Notorious criminal Warren Andersen, under whose stewardship the biggest killer gas leak happened in the Central Indian city of Bhopal had died in Florida, USA.
The Bhopal disaster took place in a plant belonging to Union Carbide’s (UCC) Indian subsidiary, Union Carbide India Limited, in Bhopal during 1984. Thousands of people died and thousands more were injured in the disaster. As the UCC CEO, Anderson was charged with murder by Indian authorities. He flew to India and was promptly placed in custody by Indian authorities. Anderson who got bail later, and was controversially allowed to leave the country, never returned.
On the night of the disaster, when an explosion at Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal caused 40 tonnes of lethal gas to seep into the city, six safety measures designed to prevent a gas leak had either malfunctioned, were turned off or were otherwise inadequate. In addition, the safety siren, intended to alert the community should an incident occur at the plant, was turned off.
Union Carbide responded to the disaster by paying survivors inadequate compensation and abandoning the plant, leaving tonnes of dangerous toxic chemicals strewn around the site and the people of Bhopal with a toxic legacy that is still causing injury today. In 2001, the company shed its name by merging with Dow Chemical.
The US government had refused to extradite Warren Andersen to India saying that there was insufficient evidence to show his culpability.
Warren Anderson’s death was not announced by his family, was confirmed from public records in Florida, USA
Tamil news channel, “News7Tamil” launched a little earlier in the day today, and in a first of its kind, the launch broadcast was led by an all women editorial and technical team, a channel official stated. A complete women crew was in command of the editorial and technical operations related to the launch programs.
In a proud moment for the members of the launch crew, and the new channels top management, the launch that commenced at 6 am was an all-women show – Pramila Krishnan was the shift in-charge of the newsroom, Rafia Begam led the Output shift and Dhanya Lakshmi led the studio floor camera team. The Production Control Room was commanded by Anandhi G and Uma Gomathi. The Broadcast and IT shifts were led by Bhuveshwari G and Divya V.
The inaugural broadcast, the official added, will feature reports from women reporters across Tamil Nadu including Tamilarasi and Sherly in Coimbatore, Jansi M in Madurai and Anbarasi in Puducherry.
The channel stated that with an average employee age of 25 years, News7Tamil has the youngest television newsroom in the world. It is also the only television news station in the world to have a separate social media studio, it added. The channel is said to be equipped with one of the largest video walls in the world, the latest versions of the most advanced broadcast, news gathering and newsroom automation systems, and News7Tamil would be one of the most technologically advanced news stations in the world.
The Narendra Modi led NDA government was sort of embarrased in the highest court of the country today – in a blow to the dilly dallying approach of the centre making names public in a selective way, the court ordered that the list of black money holders, in toto, be handed over by tomorrow to the court.
The SC pulled up the government for seeking modification of its order on disclosing names of account holders in foreign banks.
The apex court also ordered the government to just pass the information of account holders and then await its orders on the matter. This decision by the Supreme court comes a day after the centre released eight names against whom it has started prosecution for allegedly stashing black money in foreign banks. Of the eight, three of them were said to have bank account in foreign banks.
This made the court to question the government as to why it was keen on providing a protective umbrella to foreign bank account holders. “We can’t leave the issue of bringing back black money to government. It will never happen during our time”, stated the SC said in its judgement.
This happening in the court is a huge embarrassment for the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has, as per even many NDA supporters, has been vacillating on the black money holder list being made public.