Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Uttarakhand High Court says won't dispose PIL on proper last rites in hurry

The Uttarakhand high court on Tuesday said that it won't dispose the public interest litigation regarding the last rites of those killed in the 2013 flash floods too soon and that the progress in the petition will happen step by step.

"I submitted the statement of higher officials of the state government which shows their ignorance about the disaster. The honourable high court told me to submit some suggestions regarding the problems in Kedar valley," said Ajay Gautam (42), the petitioner. The petition was attended by division bench of justices V K Bisht and Sarvesh Gupta.

The PIL was filed in June 2014 and it stated that bodies of the deceased lie decomposed and proper last rites have not been performed for thousands of people killed in the tragedy. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for June 22.

Earlier, the petitioner submitted a supplementary affidavit on March 24 stating that the responsible officials should be held accountable for deaths in June 2013 deluge. In 2014, the HC said DNA profiling of the bodies should be carried out so that it can be used to identify the deceased.

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8 migrants drown after wooden boat sinks off Turkish Aegean coast; 3 still missing

The Turkish Coast Guard says it has recovered the bodies of eight migrants who drowned after a wooden migrant boat sunk in the Aegean off the Turkish coast of Datca late Monday.

The Coast Guard boats rescued nine other people. A boat and a helicopter were still searching for three missing people.

The Coast Guard did not provide information on the migrants' nationalities or say where they were heading. Datca is close to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Cos. The state-run Anadolu Agency said that the dead included migrants from Syria and Iraq.

The Coast Guard said it had rescued a total of 152 migrants from the sea between April 3-6, in six separate rescue operations off the coasts of Didim, Bodrum, Datca and Izmir.

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