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Fake pilots in Indian put passenger in risk

A pilots of a private airline IndiGA, Parminder Kaur Gulati, was landing her Airbus A320-200 aircraft in Goa with the nose down, instead of raised on March, 8, and it raise passengers concern about their safety.

According to the Asia Times, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had only checked a fraction of over 8,000 commercial pilot licenses under scrutiny, and there were 1,704 Indian commanders and 6,331 co-pilots registered with the DGCA

According to the Washington Post, a government-ordered investigation had exposed a nationwide network of flight schools, aviation officials and others routinely forging grade sheets, fudging logbooks and accepting bribes.

E.K. Bharat Bhushan, India's director general of civil aviation, told the Washington Post that said India's skies was not unsafe, noting because the fake pilots were only a handful of our 8,000 certified pilots. Bhushan also said 29 pilots had lost their licenses and 14 people have been arrested after Gulati's incident.

In order to graduate from an Indian aviation school, students must log 200 hours of flying time, then pass four written tests, the Washington Post reported. However, one senior pilot told the Washington Post that the questions in the tests are theoretical, irrelevant and chosen by bureaucrats who have never touched the controls of the aircraft. Therefore, he said it was why so many resort to faking their test results.

Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police in New Delhi's crime department, said the average bribe paid by aspiring pilots for a forged grade sheet was about $15,000, the Washington Post reported.

Among such concerns, more and more domestic air passengers were asking about who's at the controls, according to the Asia Times.

Ai Wei Wei, 53, one of China's most prominent artists and an outspoken critic in China, was detained at the Beijing's airport by security agents when he tried to board a flight to Hong Kong on Apr. 3, 2011 and he was arrested on suspicion of "economic crimes on Thursday.

According to the Washington Post, this arrest appeared to the government's concern on activists in China who want to launch a "jasmine revolution" which is similar to the protest in the Middle East and North Africa.

Some anonymous began to launched "jasmine rallies" in China on the Internet, and about 26 people have been arrested, 30 have disappeared, and 200 people's movement were restricted since mid-February, the group Chinese Human Right Defenders told the Washington Post.

Nicholas Bequelin, Hong-Kong based China researcher for Human Rights Watch, told the Washington Post that this arrest was an effort by the China government to redraw the lines of permissible expression and to restrict the most outspoken advocates of global values.

The New York Times reported that "economic crimes" is frequently used as a legal cover by police officers who wish to detain or imprison someone when Communist Party officials consider them as a political threat.

Ai's mother, Gao Ying, 78, told the New York Times that the arrest was ridiculous and the government have no right to keep them guessing why and where the government was holding her son.

Indeed, Ai's movement had restricted by the government since last year. He was stopped at Beijing's airport when he wanted to fly to South Korea to attend the Nobel ceremony for Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, faced the same charge and received an 11-year prison sentence. Also, he was prevented from having a solo exhibition of his work at a Beijing gallery this year, the Washington Post reported.

Not only Ai was arrested, but also Ai's assistants were detained and questioned in these few days. Hong Lei, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Public Security Bureau was conduction an investigation according to law. China is a country under the rule of law, and relevant authorities will work according to law. Hong also said other countries have no right to interfere, according to the New York Times.

Some Chinese had denounced Ai's detention on microblogs and Web sites, and to circulate petitions demanding his release, the New York Times reported. Ai, 53, was the artistic director for the "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium He was an active Twitter user has 72,000 follower.

12 children were killed in Brazil school massacre

A gunman opened fire at an elementary and middle school in Brazil Thursday and 12 children were killed and 12 others were injured.

According to the New York Times, the Brazil police said that the 24-year-old gunman, Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, was a former student at the Tasso da Silveira elementary and middle school, a three-story aqua-and-yellow schoolhouse in the working-class neighborhood of Realengo, on the west side of Rio. He told a teacher who recognized him that he was there to speak to a class.

The police said Oliveira arrived at the school about 8 a.m. and he held two handguns and started to open fire violently in two first-floors classrooms after minutes. The children started to run, hide, and escape from the school. One boy escaped from the school and found a police officer, Sgt. Marcio Alves, near the school and ask him to help, the New York Times reported.

The statement from Rio de Janeiro state governor's office said Alves then arrived at the school and he shot the gunman. After Oliveira fell, he shot himself in the head, the CNN reported.

The deceased included 10 girls and 2 boys, ages 12 to 14. The shooting was planned since the police officers had found a letter in Oliveira's pocket showed that he intended to die, the New York Times reported. In the letter, he asked to be buried in Islamic traditional way and he wanted his burial to be near his adopted mother.

Students and family members were shocked by this massacre. The Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, said that the school would remain closed on Friday. However, Bianca Assia, whose cousin was wounded in this incident, doubted the school can be reopened. She said what mother will allow her child to go back there. Also, she said the state had to provide more security in the schools, the New York Times reported.

According to the CNN, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she was shocked by the attack. She said this type of crime was uncommon in Brazil, and she considered that all of the Brazilians are united in rejecting this type of violence.

Authorities in Japan discovered an about eight-inch-long crack in the concrete wall of a pit at the unit-2 reactor Saturday that made highly radioactive water leak from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean.
According to the Washington Post, the radioactivity level in the air above the water was measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour. Under the Japanese law, this measure is four times the maximum level that workers can be exposed.
Workers struggle to prevent the leakage spread. The New York Times reported the workers tried to plug the apparent source of water using more than 120 pounds of sawdust, three garbage bags full of shredded newspaper and about nine pounds of a polymeric powder that officials said absorbed 50 times its volume of water on Sunday.
According to the New York Times, experts estimated that about seven tons an hour of radioactive water is escaping the pit. Also, the toxic water from the damaged No. 2 reactor contains one million becquerels per liter of iodine 131. It is about 10,000 times the levels normally found in water at a nuclear plant.
Itsuro Kimura, emeritus professor at Kyoto University and director of the Japan-based Institute of Nuclear Technology, said that the cooling systems coming back online at the plant's six reactors is the best way to stop the leakages, the New York Times reported.
At the same time, Japan still needs aid from other countries. According to the Washington Post, Japan received aid including a German-designed robot that can be used to remove debris and help repair the power plant; British radiation counters and gas masks; and 10,000 tons of gas and diesel from China.

Libyan woman accused she was raped by 15 men

A Libyan woman burst into the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday morning and attempted to tell the foreign journalist that she was raped by 15 men beaten by members of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's militia, however, she was took away by security forces brutally.
According to the CNN, the woman gave her name as Eman al-Obeidy. She told the journalist in the hotel that she was a native of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. She had been stopped by Qaddafi militia on the outskirts of Tripoli and being held for about two days. During two days, she was tied up, and the militia defecated and urinated on her.
CNN reported that al-Obeidy showed the journalist a broad bruise on her face, a large scar on her upper thigh, several narrow and deep scratch marks lower on her leg, and marks from binding around her hands and feet. She was raped by 15 men.
However, when the journalist wanted to interview with her, the security forces quickly closed to throttle her, the New York Times reported. The security forces also attacked the journalist and destroyed their equipments. Two members of the hotel staff took table knives to threaten al-Obeidy and the journalists.
The official forces finally arrest the woman and the woman yelled that they were taking her to jail, according to the New York Times.
A government spokesman told the journalist in the new conference that this case was a criminal one, not a political case, the CNN reported. And he later said the woman was a sane person and they would bring criminal charges against her attackers.
According to the New York Times, Khaled Kaim, the Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister, promised that the woman would be treated in accordance with the law.

Japan faces a nuclear crisis after the massive earthquake

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan Friday initiated a serious nuclear power plant leakage and explosion.
In the massive earthquake, the cooling system of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was damaged and the government had to evacuate more than 45,000 residents within a 10-kilometre radius, the Asian Age reported.
The Asian Age reported that if the cooling system could not cool the fuel rods, it would become exposed and release radioactivity and finally it would be leading to a meltdown.
The official then decided to vent radioactive steam from a severely overheated reactor vessel but it caused a hydrogen explosion finally, the Star Tribune reported.
The Japanese broadcaster had quoted Tokyo University professor Naoto Sekimura said that there was a portion of the fuel may have melted but the reactor had already been stopped and is being cooled, the Asian Age reported.
However, if the temperature inside the Fukushima reactor vessel continued to rise, the potential risk still exists. The Star Tribune reported that some experts, who were interviewed by The Associated Press, saying any melted fuel would create the uranium and dangerous byproducts. Since the melted fuel will corrode the bottom of the reactor vessel and the floor of the already-damaged containment building, those byproducts then would start discharging into the environment.
According to the Star Tribune, another expert also said that the result of meltdown is the neighboring land would be unavailable for a period of time and a lot of first responders would die.

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