NEWS CAPSULE Airlines strike called off NEW DELHI, Aug 2 – Facing the threat of stern government action, private airlines which carry about one lakh domestic passengers each day tonight called of their strike on August 18 giving relief to air travellers after two more carriers pulled out of the planned unprecedented stoppage. The Federation of Indian Airlines which gave the strike call last Friday announced the decision in view of the “agitating public sentiments” and the potential inconvenience to thousands of passengers and the government’s “willingness” to enter into a dialogue. – PTI
Plane missing JAKARTA, Aug 2 – A plane carrying 16 people today went missing in a mountainous area of Indonesia’s restive Papua province, officials said. The Merpati Airlines plane carrying 13 passengers and three crew was flying from Jayapura to Oksibil town when it lost contact with air traffic control, transport safety chief Herry Bhakti Singayuda told AFP.
Uranium output KALPAKKAM (TN), Aug 2 – India is expected to achieve self-sufficiency in uranium production to feed its existing nuclear power projects and proposed plants by 2013, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar said today. With the Jadugoda uranium mill in Jharkhand expanded and the proposed expansion of Turamdih mill expected to be over next year, uranium production would go up. – PTI
Traders’ protest HAFLONG, Aug 2 – Demanding adequate security in and around Mahur market, and in protest against the atrocities on traders by antisocials, all the traders of the market have kept their business establishments closed since July 30 last. Despite deployment of security forces, the traders and the residents of Mahur are harassed by antisocial elements.– Correspondent