While maintaining that that there is no scope for “confrontation in a healthy democracy”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre is expecting cooperation from the West Bengal government.During his visit to Kolkata, Mr. Singh, who interacted with party workers and journalists, was careful to avoid any direct criticism of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government.Asked to comment on the law and order situation in the State as highlighted by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Mr. Singh said that law and order is a State subject.“The Centre will extend all help to control any kind of violence but it is for the State government to ensure that law and order is maintained,” Mr. Singh said.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reviewed the preparations for cyclone Vayu which is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat and directed officials to ensure all possible steps for safety of people, officials said. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned 26 teams, comprising about 45 personnel each, and the rescuers are equipped with boats, tree-cutters and telecom equipment. The NDRF is also moving another 10 teams as requested by the Gujarat government. After review, the Home minister directed the senior officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated. He also told them to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water and their immediate restoration in the event of damages caused to them, a Home Ministry official said. The Ministry is in continuous touch with the State governments and Union territories including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Daman and Diu, which may be affected due to the cyclone. The Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force units have been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance, the official said.Mr. Shah also gave instruction for round-the-clock functioning of control rooms. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that cyclone ‘Vayu’ is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13, another official said. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat with storm surge with a height of about 1.0-1.5m above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall. The IMD has been issuing regular bulletins since April 9 to all the States concerned. The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences and senior officers of the IMD and the MHA. Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha has also convened a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee later in the day to review the preparedness of States and Central agencies, the official said. Chief secretary of Gujarat and advisor to administrator of Diu are scheduled to attend the meeting.
Story Highlights The Prime Minister will deliver Jamaica’s Policy Statement to the United Nations on Saturday, September 28 Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller left the island on Monday, September 23, for the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.The Prime Minister is accompanied by Senator the Hon A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Ms. Onika Miller, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, along with support and security personnel.The Prime Minister will attend the formal sessions of the General Assembly and is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Panama, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras and Tanzania. Mrs. Simpson Miller will also meet with the President of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Commonwealth Secretary General.On Thursday, September 26, Prime Minister Simpson Miller will address a UN Forum on Sustainable Transport and Road Safety at the Ford Foundation. Family members of former South African President Nelson Mandela and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will also make presentations at that event.The Prime Minister will deliver Jamaica’s Policy Statement to the United Nations on Saturday, September 28 at 9 a.m. She will return to the island on Sunday, September 29, 2013.In her absence, Dr. the Hon Omar Davies, Minister Housing, Transport and Works will be in charge of the Government. The Prime Minister will attend the formal sessions of the General Assembly The Prime Minister is accompanied by Senator the Hon A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade