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India ends evacuation in Yemen, 5,600 pulled out
India has ended its massive evacuation efforts of its nationals in Yemen, pulling out 5,600 people, including 4,640 Indians and 960 nationals from 41 countries, the government said.
 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "The evacuation operation from Yemen is over. General V.K. Singh is returning tonight. We are closing our Embassy there."
 
Earlier the external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that India concluded its evacuation efforts in Sana'a by airlifting over 630 people by three special Air India flights from the Yemeni capital.
 
Akbaruddin said the security situation in Yemen has deteriorated further with a bomb blast at Aden port on Thursday. "India completes its air evacuations from Sana'a".
 
"The total no. of Indians evacuated from Sana'a by air has crossed 2,900 by 18 special flights since the beginning of the air operations," he tweeted.
 
"Indian naval vessels have also evacuated over 1,670 Indians from Aden, Al Hudaydah and Al Mukalla ports in Yemen since 31 March," he wrote.
 
"Indian Naval Ship INS Sumitra evacuated 349 persons, including 46 Indians and 303 foreign nationals from Al Hudaydah port on April 9," he said.

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Delhi-Nagaland direct flight announced

Rijiju said the northeast has great potential to emerge as a trade hub and the union government has the vision to Look East through North East

 

DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday announced a direct daily flight from Delhi to Dimapur in Nagaland from April 15 onwards.
 
Addressing the 64th plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC), Jitendra Singh said the government was trying to start direct flights to many other parts of the northeast, as air connectivity has always been an issue for the region.
 
The meeting was attended by the governors and chief ministers of the northeastern states, and officers from the state and the central governments.
 
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the development priorities for a particular state should be fixed in consultation with that state.
 
"Politics should have no place in developmental activities and there should be absolute coordination between the state governments and the concerned central ministries," he said.
 
Corruption should be eradicated in implementation of development plans, he said.
 
Rijiju said the northeast has great potential to emerge as a trade hub and the union government has the vision to "Look East through North East".
 
NEC secretary Ameising Luikham presented his report on the various development activities being carried out in the region.
 
Several issues related to railways, road transport, civil aviation and border were discussed in the meeting.
 

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Greenpeace India's license suspended

Greenpeace India, however, has received "no official communication" from the ministry, the NGO said in a statement

 

The Indian government on Thursday announced it has "temporarily" suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the foreign contributions law for "under-reporting" such funding it and conducting transaction of such funds without informing the authorities as required by the law.
 
Along with the 180-day suspension, the ministry of home affairs froze all seven bank accounts of the organisation and served it a show-cause notice seeking explanation why its license should not be cancelled.
 
Greenpeace India, however, has received "no official communication" from the ministry, the NGO said in a statement.
 
"This is a smear, pure and simple. All of this was put before the Delhi High Court when we brought a case against the centre, and the court decided in our favour," said Greenpeace India executive director Samit Aich.
 
Posted on the ministry's website, the order found the association in violation of rules under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act for transferring "foreign contribution received in the FCRA designated account to FCRA utilization account and from there to... five other bank accounts without informing authority concerned".
 
It further said: "The association has under-reported and repeatedly mentioned incorrect amount of foreign contribution received in violation... of FCRA, 2010."
 
Divya Raghunandan, Greenpeace India programme director, dismissed the charges as based on "bunch of minute technicalities".
 
"We are confident that we will be able to rebut and respond to these charges that are based on minor technicalities, as told to us by our lawyers and chartered accountant," Raghunandan told IANS.
 
Greenpeace India also claimed that they were being targeted for expressing dissent and protesting against "crony capitalism" that supported a coal mine project in Mahan forest of Madhya Pradesh's Singrauli district.
 
Aich added that they "will continue to work towards clean air, clean water and inclusive development in India".
 
Security agencies, in their reports to the home ministry earlier, had recommended cancellation of Greenpeace India's FCRA registration, terming it a threat to national economic security.

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