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An OSV, Greatship Rohini, with 18 crew onboard reported fire onboard on 13 February while the ship was 92 nautical miles north-West off Mumbai, near the NQO Platform of Mumbai High. While one crew reported with fire injury was evacuated and disembarked ashore by ONGC helicopter at Mumbai for medical treatment, three others were reported missing and trapped in the engine room. On receipt of the information, Coast Guard Operation Centre Mumbai diverted Offshore Patrol Vessel Samarth to the scene of action. Simultaneously, CG Dornier aircraft was launched for assessment of the situation. CG Ship Samarth reached area at 1335 hrs on 13 February and took over as On Scene Coordinator. Initially, MV Albatross-5 operating in vicinity, tied up a hawser from forecastle of Greatship Rohini and pulled her out to safe location from NQO platform rig.

ICGS Samarth with its advance External Fire Fighting system in coordination with OSV Priya 27, established boundary cooling for controlling the spread of fire. Due to excessive heat and smoke the crew of Greatship Rohini were unable to enter the engine room, where the fire had started. The Boarding Team from ICG Ship Samarth boarded the vessel for carrying out situation assessment. However, the efforts of the team were impinged due to heat and heavy smoke gushing out of engine room. Fire-fighting efforts were restricted due to non-availability of power supply onboard. Meanwhile, Pollution Control Vessel Samudra Praheri was sailed out to reach scene of incident to augment the fire fighting and rescue efforts. The ship reached area at 1930 hours on 13 February.

Specialist Damage Control and Fire Fighting team comprising of 11 ICG personnel (including 02 officers and 9 EP) and 8 personnel of distressed vessel (Master, Chief Engineer, Second Officer, Chief Officer and 04 crew) embarked the vessel at about 0800 hours on 14 February for de-flooding and further damage assessment. Specialist team reported no visible signs of fire or smoke from the engine room and state of vessel to be stable.

All 14 rescued crew were transferred to OSV Great ship Dipti for passage to Mumbai. The distressed vessel is presently being towed by another OSV Greatship Anjali under the escort of ICGS Samudra Prahari and other support vessels.

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You’ll also request condoms: IAS officer makes fun of a Bihar girl’s request for inexpensive sanitary napkins; NCW asks for an explanation



bihar IAS mocks school girl

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday looked into the incident in Patna where an IAS officer publicly made fun of a school girl when she asked for inexpensive sanitary napkins at a workshop organized in Bihar.

The IAS, Harjot Kaur Bamrah is also the MD of Bihar Women and Child Development Corporation. The Women Commission has asked for a written explanation for the remarks made by the IAS officer.

“The reply must be communicated within 7 days,” said NCW. After coming across various social media posts regarding the “embarrassing” incident, condemning the incident, NCW said that such an “insensitive attitude” from a person in a responsible position is condemnable and “extremely shameful”.

In the event, a school girl asked if the government could provide sanitary napkins at a cheaper price. The demand was praised by so many but it did not go well with the officer. She got upset with the demand and asked if there is any end to the demands.

“Today you are asking for sanitary, tomorrow you will need jeans, then good shoes and when the question of family planning will arise, you will ask for condoms too,” she replied.
Meanwhile, ensuring action in the matter, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar also called a meeting and said that they are helping women and monitoring everything.

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Card Counting Strategy in Blackjack Explained



Counting cards is one of the most infamous strategies touted to work like a charm in the famed blackjack table game. However, as effective as it often is, it takes time to master so that you can execute the moves seamlessly. 

Interestingly, like any other strategy, effective card counting is just a matter of following some simple steps to the letter, and you’ll be raking in substantial wins consistently. So, whether you play blackjack in land-based casinos or are more into live dealer action on leading iGaming platforms like, read on to discover the basics of counting cards.

What is Card Counting?

Card counting in blackjack depends on your prowess in mathematics combined with statistics and probability. In this strategy, the goal is to determine whether the next hand dealt will benefit you (the player) or the dealer. And you’ll have this vital insight by keeping a running count of the high and low-value cards dealt in the game to ultimately get an edge over the house.

Depending on how good your memory span is, card counting gives you an almost accurate idea of the composition of the remaining cards as the dealing continues in the game. With this knowledge, you can make wise decisions in your gameplay that will increase your success rate as you enjoy the game.

So, every time a card is laid down, you either add the number assigned to it or subtract it from the running total. If the value of the card laid down is 0, then nothing will change in your running count. So, logically, low-valued cards will increase the number of high cards remaining in the set and thus increase the count. Similarly, the opposite scenario also checks out with high-valued cards, increasing the number of low cards and thus reducing the number of the count. 

With proper practice in the art of card counting, you will be able to gauge when to bet big and when to bet small to increase your chances of winning big and, of course, mitigate your losses. That being said, let’s get to the actual steps you will take when executing the card counting blackjack strategy.

Steps of Card Counting in Blackjack

There are a few steps you should follow to count cards effectively in blackjack. They are as follows:

  1. Assign each card a value based on the plus-minus count. For example, cards 2 to 6 will have a +1 count, cards 7 to 9 will have a 0 count, and cards 10 to Ace will have a -1 count.
  2. Start the count at 0, then add the card’s value to the count as each card is dealt. 
  3. Continue with the count as the cards are dealt out of the deck. Then, progressively make your betting decision based on the count. 

The strategy here is to bet higher if the count is low and lower if the count is high to hit massive wins when the time is right and still minimize your losses. Remember, these steps are not exclusive to land-based blackjack gaming; you may also borrow a leaf and apply them to online blackjack.

Blackjack Card Counting Systems

The blackjack game has a few card counting systems that may differ in some ways. Some may be rather straightforward, while others may be a little complicated. Let’s take a closer look:

The Hi-Lo System

Also called the ‘basic card counting system,’ the Hi-Lo system is the simplest blackjack counting method. The system uses the three steps outlined above and is mainly recommended for beginners.

The Omega II System

Developed by Bruce Carlson, the Omega II system of blackjack card counting is a multi-level strategy. In this approach, some cards are assigned two points, whereas others are assigned only one point. That being said, here is how the values are tallied:

  • Cards 2, 3 and 7: Value +1
  • Cards 4, 5 and 6: Value +2
  • Card 9: Value -1
  • Cards 10, King, Queen and Jack: Value -2
  • Cards Aces and 8: Value 0

The Hi-Opt I and Hi-Opt II

Under the Hi-Opt I, here are how the values are assigned:

  • Cards 3, 4, 5 and 6: Value +1
  • Cards King, Queen, Jack and 10s: Value -1
  • Cards 2, 7, 8 and 9: Value 0

On the other hand, the Hi-Opt II system assigns the values as follows:

  • Cards 2, 3, 6 or 7: Value +1
  • Cards 4 and 5: Value +2
  • Cards 10, King, Queen and Jack: Value -2
  • Cards 8, 9 or Ace: Value 0

Parting Shot

We’ve only just looked at some of the most straightforward blackjack card counting systems that are perfect for beginners and mid-level players. Pro-level players can use more complicated card counting strategies such as the Wrong halves system, the Red 7 system and the KO system, just to mention a few. Well, whichever way you go, all these systems will help you get ahead in your blackjack gaming endeavours. 

However, it is worth noting that the practice is largely frowned upon by many casinos as it is considered a dirty trick. So, before using the strategy in a land-based casino, find out the house rules, as you may get kicked out of the lobby. Nonetheless, mastering the techniques of card counting is definitely something all blackjack players should master as it will boost their winning potential.

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Govindpur hamlet in Odisha declares itself ‘Birds Village’




In order to safeguard the birds that come to Hirakud Reservoir during their breeding and migration seasons, Govindpur village in the Indian state of Odisha has declared itself to be a “Birds Village.”

Residents of the Lakhanpur wildlife range village, which is next to Hirakud Lake in Bargarh district, have pledged to maintain the region clean for the birds that come.

Under the direction of the Hirakud wildlife division, the residents have taken the initiative.

A forest official said the involvement of the villagers will create a sense of ownership among them to protect the birds.

In a meeting, the two neighbouring villages of Tamdei and Ramkhol also vowed to support bird protection.

The official said all houses in these villages will have wall paintings of the colourful birds like the Redcrested Pochard, Moorhen, and Skimmer.

The Hirakud Division has built adequate trash cans for the purpose, but the neighbourhood residents nevertheless make an effort to keep the area clean.

The Hirakud Lake will become a Ramsar site in 2022, which is likely to draw a lot of tourists and photographers to the region.

Every year, more than 2 lakh birds travel to Hirakud Reservoir for breeding and remain there for six months. Every year in October, migratory birds of roughly 100 species visit the 746 sq. km. reservoir.

Visitors to these three villages for picnics, boating, and bird viewing come from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and districts in Odisha, including Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Sonepur, and Sambalpur, as well as inhabitants from the Bargarh districts.

Many photographers too come here to capture images of temples submerged in Hirakud reservoir and the wildlife of Debrigarh Sanctuary who come down to drink water, another forest official said.

The official said that signage from Chhattisgarh and in neighbouring districts will soon be installed for directions to guide tourists.

The work on the dustbins, signboards, and wall paintings has already begun.

The official said books and printed material on birds and the Hirakud Lake will be distributed among the villagers by the division in the next six months.

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Everything You Need to know About Rummy



Card games are popular all over the world. Most families and friends can be seen huddling up playing cards after dinner during weekends, vacations and at get togethers. In many families, it is infact a tradition to participate in a round of two of cards with family members just for sport. It is a great bonding activity for family and friends and helps people to relax and bond over something fun and interesting. There are many card games today but perhaps the most interesting one amongst them all remains the Rummy Card Game. A true and classic game that has been around for time immemorial. Rummy is a game that can be played anywhere and anytime and all one needs is a deck of cards and atleast 3 players. The more the number of players, the more interesting the game can get. The game is so popular that there is an online version of the game that is available to be played via Mobile Apps. 

Rummy | Introduction and Facts

A Rummy card game basically is played for friendly betting and gambling. In most cases, the gambling is just for sport. Online Rummy variations use the same concept to help people win cash money by playing opponents online over mobile apps. Rummy is played in almost all parts of the world and therefore the rules differ from one region to another. But standard rummy rules are used in most places so that people from various backgrounds can play without having any misunderstandings of the game and the rules. 

Rummy is basically played with 13 cards but this can be changed based on the number of players. If there are more players than 4, the cards dealt can be lower. 13 cards are the golden standard however as this allows for the players to make 4 sets, one of 4 and 3 of 3 cards each. The remaining card becomes the closing card of the player. Rummy is an entertaining and yet a mind engaging game as it requires the players to anticipate the players moves and formulate winning strategies to close the game as early as possible. If the player does not see any possible combinations in the beginning itself, it is wise to fold and wait for the next round. 

Playing Rummy | Rules and How To

13 cards are dealt to each player and a random joker is picked (Wild Joker) and placed on the table face up from the remaining pile of cards. The opening card is also placed face up and the game can start from the person who won the last round going clockwise. 

The person may either choose the opening card or pick one up from the pile placed on the table and discard one of their own cards and the game moves to the next person until a player declares rummy. To form a rummy, a person must have 4 sets of cards with them:

  • Set 1 with different combinations and same letter (example: A in all 4)
  • Set 2 with same numbers and different suites (example: 5 in 3 suites)
  • Pure Sequence with consecutive numbers in same suite
  • Impure Sequence consecutive with a joker

Jokers can be used 4 times in the entire but the rummy pure sequence cannot include a joker. Atleast 2 sets need to be present to declare a Rummy by the Winner to reveal cash prize.

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The Chess Scandal explained – Magnus Carlsen resigned after just one move



The Chess Scandal explained – Magnus Carlsen resigned after just one move

While chess is known as the “game of kings,” an argument more suited to a school playground has been consuming the sport over the last month. World champion Magnus Carlsen recently resigned from a game after making just one move, but how did it get to this point? 
The scandal started when Carlsen met American youngster Hans Niemann in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup. Chess has been studied for centuries, and all of the best openings are pretty much memorized, so Carlsen prefers to play opponents with obscure openings. Thus, after a standard Nimzo-Indian opening, he played 4. g3, a move that is pretty much unheard of. But Niemann knew exactly what to play, and this left Carlsen in trouble: the move is obscure for a reason, as it is unsound, and Niemann took a shock victory to end Carlsen’s 53-game unbeaten streak with the White pieces in classical chess over the board against an opponent with a lower rating than him. 
Niemann revealed that he had prepared for the opening the night before, “by some miracle”. This raised eyebrows, but what really set the circus in motion was Carlsen’s decision to withdraw from the tournament: considered bad sportsmanship without a very good reason. “If I speak, I get in trouble,” was the image attached to the statement, leading to suspicions that something was amiss. While Carlsen has a reputation as a “sore loser”, he has never gone this far. Niemann angrily responded that the only time he had ever cheated in chess was in unrated online games when he was a child, but the chess website said that there was evidence of more cheating than he had admitted to and banned him from the website. Either way, cheating over the board is much harder than in real life, and the organisers said there was no evidence of cheating, but they enhanced checks anyway. Raising suspicions further was the fact that Niemann won two of his first three games, but didn’t win another in the whole tournament after the incident.
The scandal has grown bigger than chess, with the mainstream media excitedly thinking up wacky contraptions and far-fetched theories of ways Niemann could have cheated with a radio device. A more plausible theory is that Carlsen’s preparation could have been leaked, but there is no evidence and Carlsen has made only an indirect accusation. While Niemann may be suspicious, some have criticised the World Champion for sullying the American’s reputation without direct proof, while others have sympathised with him. The two next met in an eagerly-anticipated clash, this time online, at the Julius Baer Generation Cup. But the Norwegian made one move and then resigned and turned off his camera, refusing to give any press conferences. Carlsen seems unperturbed, coming out on top of the preliminary round standings, while Niemann has also advanced to the next stage, meaning the two could meet again in the very near future.
The author is a student studying at the London School of Economics.

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Won’t let Nawaz Sharif decide selection of Pak army chief: Imran Khan



Won’t let Nawaz Sharif decide selection of Pak army chief: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday warned that he would not let Nawaz Sharif decide the selection of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and reiterated his demand that the selection should be done on merit.
“The army chief should be selected on “merit” and the “thieves” should never be allowed to undertake the task,” Imran Khan said while addressing a lawyers’ convention in Lahore, reported The Nation. He also announced that the party would begin its ‘Haqeeqi Azadi’ movement on Saturday, “I will give a call and we will get our country liberated in real terms,” said Khan.
Imran’s announcement comes after the incumbent government of Pakistan beefed up security arrangements in Red Zone areas of Islamabad, saying that “some people were headed towards Islamabad to have their political demands accepted”.
In his address yesterday, the PTI chief again said that those “issuing threats from unknown numbers” should be threatened back — something he had first mentioned in his speech in Chakwal on Monday, reported The Nation.
Earlier on Monday, while addressing a rally in Chakwal, PTI Chief said that when he says that the army chief should be selected on merit, it means Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz should not get to select the next COAS as they are the most corrupt people and do not rely on merit.
“Army chief should be appointed on merit and I believe only those nations prosper which follow merit. DG ISPR, you should have got me right about [army chief appointment comments],” said Imran while referring to his controversial remarks that angered the military.
“So if you want a prosperous Pakistan, the country that Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal had dreamed of, you must come out when I give the call,” said Imran Khan.
He criticised the incumbent government for its economic policies, saying the rupee had greatly depreciated against the dollar and caused inflation and unemployment to soar. He alleged that while the poor people were suffering, the wealth of those in the government was increasing.

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