31,041 Views Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:32 AM By AFP Oct 28th 2016, 10:32 AM Short URL 49 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3051164 Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa A PASSENGER DOUSED a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane today, police said.There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.ABC reports that there were six people on the council bus at the time of the attack in the south of Brisbane.Police superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters “it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka”.“This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive.“A bus driver, going about, doing his business, supporting the community, has had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act.”SuspectA 48-year-old suspect was arrested at the bus stop and placed in custody.Bystanders kicked down the back doors of the municipal bus to rescue passengers, who were “traumatised” by the incident, Keogh said.“It’s lucky the whole bus didn’t become engulfed in flames,” Keogh said.Around half a dozen passengers were aboard the vehicle and some were treated for smoke inhalation.- © AFP, 2016Read: Mike Pence’s plane slides off runway in New York> Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on fire Passengers were said to be “traumatised” by what happened. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share150 Tweet Email
australiaDepartment of Immigration Australia’s Outgoing Passenger Card (OPC) will be retired from from 1 July 2017. The announcement, by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, is a move towards a more efficient and streamlined process for passengers. The retirement of the paper card will modernise the traveller experience, reduce regulation and strengthen border security.Travel agents or operators should not include the green OPC with travel documents for people who will be departing Australia on or after 1 July 2017, and airline staff should stop providing the green OPC to passengers from 1 July 2017. Arriving passengers must still complete the orange incoming passenger card (IPC).The IPC has been updated to include an additional question, and will need to be distributed to people travelling on or after 1 July 2017.The Department is currently reviewing use of the Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and options for removal. This work is expected to take several years.As part of Health initiatives announced in the 2016 Budget, the Australian Government is reducing the allowable amount of duty free tobacco for travellers arriving in Australia.From 1 July 2017, the duty free allowance for all travellers bringing tobacco products into Australia will be reduced from 50 grams to 25 grams of tobacco, as well as one open packet. The new allowance includes tobacco in any form (cigarette, loose leaf, etc). Travellers with more than this amount will be required to pay duty on all tobacco in their possession, unless they agree to dispose of the excess.
FAA prohibits airlines from flying over Iranian waters as prospect of war looms June 21, 20190 Comments Order comes a day after Iran shot down a high-altitude U.S. surveillance drone.The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency order prohibiting US airlines from flying in an area of Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.Earlier in the day, United Airlines cancelled all flights from Newark International Airport to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.“Given current events in Iran, we have conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service,” the carrier said on its website.Qantas is re-directing its flights between London and Perth, which frequently fly over Iran.A spokesman for the Australian airline said it was “adjusting our flight paths over the Middle East to avoid the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman until further notice”.The FAA emergency order comes after Iran shot down a US drone which Tehran claims entered its airspace.Flight tracking data showed commercial aircraft were flying very close to the drone at the time it was shot down.According to reports, Donald Trump reportedly gave initial approval for the military to launch strikes on Iran in retaliation, before calling them off at the last minute.The downing of the $130m unarmed Global Hawk aircraft, which can fly at up to 60,000 ft, was the latest of a series of incidents in the region, that included explosive strikes on six oil tankers.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned by the rise in tensions and urged “all parties exercise maximum restraint.” Blog