‘Suspicious package’ shutters New Zealand’s Dunedin airport

New Zealand police closed Dunedin airport late Sunday after a suspicious device was reported on the airfield. Armed police have been keeping a tight security on public facilities including Christchurch airport, above. (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2019
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‘Suspicious package’ shutters New Zealand’s Dunedin airport

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: New Zealand police closed Dunedin airport late Sunday after a suspicious device was reported on the airfield.

“Dunedin Airport is currently closed” a statement said. “Police are at the scene and specialist teams have been deployed to determine the nature of the package.”

New Zealand is currently on a state of high alert after a gunman, who is believed to have lived in Dunedin, killed 50 people in two mosques filled with worshippers.

An Air New Zealand staff member on the scene, who was not authorized to speak to the press, said the terminal building had not been evacuated.

Only a handful of flights were due to arrive to the airport in the southeastern city, as the scare came in the late evening.

According to tracker Flightaware, Air New Zealand flight 691 from Wellington had been circling about the city for almost an hour before returning to its destination.


India’s top court allows a month longer for citizens’ list in Assam state

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India’s top court allows a month longer for citizens’ list in Assam state

  • Residents of Assam which borders Muslim majority Bangladesh have to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971
  • That year hundreds of thousands of people fled Bangladesh during its India-backed war of independence from Pakistan

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for the publication of a citizenship list for the eastern Assam state by a month to Aug. 31, the chief justice said, after the government asked for more time to detect illegal immigrants.
Residents of Assam which borders Muslim majority Bangladesh have to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971. That year hundreds of thousands of people fled Bangladesh during its India-backed war of independence from Pakistan.
“We extend the deadline for final publication of National Register for Citizens in Assam from July 31 to August 31,” chief justice Ranjan Gogoi said, adding that floods in Assam made work on the list difficult.
Last week the federal government sought more time to compile the citizenship register, saying thousands had produced fake documents to become Indian citizens.