Bashar al-Assad retains Presidency of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been elected for a 3rd term in office. He won the recently held presidential polls by securing around 88% votes.  President Assad’s rivals- Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, got 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.

Earlier, the Supreme Constitutional Court had announced that some 11.63 million Syrians voted out of a total of 15.85 million eligible voters. Voting was held in government-controlled areas, but not in parts of the north and east under seize by rebels.

The Syrian government is battling with a long running civil war waged by rebels. The victory is likely to boost Assad’s supporters. Over the past year, the government has made major military gains and rebel groups have fought among themselves. Thousands of people have died in three years of civil war in Syria, with millions more dislocated.

Vice Admiral Anil Chopra takes charge as the Western Naval Commander

Commander JiVice admiral Anil Chopra, took chanrge as the flag officer commanding-in-chief of the Western Naval Command (WNC). The ceremonial parade was held at INS Shikra, Mumbai. He succeeded Vice admiral Shekhar Sinha who took voluntary retirement on April 21, 2014.

Previous to his appointment, Vice admiral Chopra was the director general Indian Coast Guard. Under his controls, the Coast Guard observed an exponential surge in both its force levels, and operational dispositions. Chopra who got commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1975, had also been been the fleet commander of the Navy’s Sword Arm – the Western Fleet in 2008.