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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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IAF, navy relief teams alert after Indonesia quake

Wednesday - Apr 11, 2012, 06:17pm (GMT+5.5)
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New Delhi -  India Wednesday kept its air force and navy teams ready to address any eventuality in case a tsunami hits coastal states following an earthquake off Indonesia.

According to officials, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has rushed two Hercules C-130J transports from Hindon airbase near the capital to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

These will carry two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to the islands where people have been moved to safer areas as a precautionary measure.

Besides, one IL-76 heavy freighter has also been kept on standby to fly from Chandigarh to Chennai, the officials said.

The aircraft will be carrying six NDRF teams to Tamil Nadu, if needed.

The IAF has also put on alert its southern command in Thiruvananthapuram and tri-services command in Port Blair. Dornier and AN32 aircraft have been kept on standby for relief and rescue  purposes in case tsunami hits the east coast.

The officials said the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam is on “stage one alert” which is the highest degree of alertness.

Disaster relief teams of the navy are ready to embark on ships with relief material, the officials said.





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