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LocalNews National state of mourning declared in Dominica by: – March 5, 2013 Share Share 41 Views 4 comments Share Tweet Sharing is caring! President Hugo ChavezPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has declared a national state of mourning effective March 6th and a special memorial service on March 7th at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Goodwill from 5pm in honor of President Hugo Chavez. “We have suffered a great loss…he was a true friend of Dominica,” Mr. Skerrit said in an address to the nation late Tuesday evening.Mr. Chavez who died at the age of fifty-eight (58) on Tuesday, March 5th was instrumental in Dominica’s development. Through his leadership, Dominica signed the Petro Caribe and ALBA agreements and also received assistance for the Melville Hall Airport rehabilitation among other projects.Mr. Skerrit has asked that all flags be flown at half staff during the National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, March 6th.“Above all, Dominica will cherish the special place it held in the life of President Chavez,” Mr. Skerrit said and pledged to announce further initiatives to honor Mr. Chavez’s contribution to Dominica’s development.“I have lost a colleague, a father, a brother and a friend. Hugo Chavez held my hands in the brightest and the darkest hours of my tenure to date as Prime Minister. Dominica and I could have looked to him for guidance…his passing is a great loss to me personally,” an emotional Mr Skerrit said of his personal relationship with President Chavez.He has also called on citizens to keep the Chavez family and the Venezuelan Government and people in their prayers and extended condolences to Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica Hayden Owanda Pirela Sanchez.He also assured Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro of Dominica’s “continued support and solidarity”. President Chavez had been in power since 1998 and won the 2012 general elections for another six-year term.Dominica Vibes News
India’s fastest train, the Gatimaan Express, will become operational within this financial year, which ends on March 31, 2016.General Manager of North Central Railway, Arun Saxena informed that the 160kph train has completed a series of trial runs and will start operating the Delhi-Agra route within the next few months.“In its all trial runs, semi-high-speed Gatimaan has successfully achieved the set parameters and we can now start the operations by the end of financial year,” said Saxena.On its most recent trial run, the Gatimaan Express covered the 195km journey between Delhi and Agra in one hour and 25 minutes. At present, the Bhopal Habibganj Shatabdi Express takes more than two hours to run between the two cities.Fares on the new train will be higher than the existing service, ranging from Rs 540 to Rs 1,365 (approx $8.30 to $21).