The severe cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ over east central Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of about 9kmph in six hours and intensified into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ on Sunday, reported the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
It lay centred over the east central Arabian Sea, about 150 km southwest of Panaji, Goa. The IMD said that it is very likely to intensify further during the next 12 hours. The cyclonic storm is very likely to reach the Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17 May and cross between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around early morning on 18 May.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra and the Administrator of Daman and Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli to assess the preparedness of states and Union Territories and Central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with ‘Tauktae’. He also spoke to the Goa Chief Minister.
Shah reviewed the preparedness of all health facilities in the areas likely to be impacted by the cyclone and directed the state administration and district collectors to make adequate power backup arrangements in all Covid hospitals, labs, vaccine cold chains and other medical facilities. The Home Minister also directed Maharashtra and Gujarat to plan in advance for keeping a buffer stock of oxygen for two days and the movement of oxygen tankers allocated to the states, so that supply is not impacted in case of any disruption.
“A 24×7 control room is functioning in MHA, which can be contacted at any time for any assistance by the states. The Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force units have also been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial sorties,” Shah said.
The Home Minister also directed senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and all essential services maintained, including health and oxygen facilities, power, telecommunications, drinking water and that these are restored immediately in the event of damages.
Though the cyclonic storm is heading towards the Gujarat coast, it is causing continuous downpour and gusty winds in Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.
All flights to and from Goa have been cancelled. The official Twitter handle of Airports Authority of India, Goa International Airport tweeted, “Considering prevalent weather conditions in, around, en route Goa due to very severe cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’, all airlines have cancelled their flight operations to and from Goa for today.”
Incidents of trees falling on railway tracks at five places between Margao and Thivim railway stations were reported by Konkan Railway officials. Though some trains are running late, there’s no disruption in train traffic on the Konkan Railway route, they added.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that roads are blocked and the power supply disrupted in the state due to the destruction caused by the cyclone. He stated that two deaths have been reported, besides reports of more than 500 trees falling and around 100 major houses and 100 minor houses being damaged.
The dialysis unit of Manipal Hospital in Goa has been affected by the cyclone and the hospital has sent an SMS to inform patients of the damage and ask them to book slots at nearby hospitals.
In Maharashtra, the IMD has predicted extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad and heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in north Konkan, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on Monday.
The IMD had informed the Mumbai civic body that the city is not in the direct line of threat. However, as a precautionary measure, it has decided to shift as many as 580 patients from three Covid care facilities.
In Karnataka, four people were killed and 73 villages in six districts—three coastal and three in hilly regions of the Western Ghats—were destroyed due to Tauktae. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa stated the situation is being closely monitored and rescue and relief operations have been ensured.
An orange alert has been sounded in three districts of Kerala, namely Malappuram, Ernakulam and Idukki, and a yellow alert in all other districts, after torrential rains and fierce winds and high tidal waves wreaked havoc in the state over a few days.
All districts experienced very heavy rainfall and many low-lying areas and roads were flooded. Two lives were lost in rain-related incidents in Ernakulam and Kozhikode. Several houses were damaged, many trees were uprooted and power lines were snapped in various parts of the state.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed the preparedness of states and Central agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclone. The National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) has deployed a total of 101 teams across the states that will most likely be affected. As many as 79 teams, along with 22 on standby, have been deployed. Rescue and relief teams of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard, along with ships and aircraft have also been deployed.
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6 ITBP personnel died in a bus accident, president expresses grief
On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu expressed sorrow over the deaths of six members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who perished when the bus they were riding in crashed into a riverbed in Pahalgam.
“The tragic loss of precious lives of ITBP personnel in the unfortunate accident at Anantnag, J&K fills me with sadness. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.
A civilian bus carrying 37 ITBP employees and two J-K Police officers was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam when it apparently experienced brake problems and crashed into a steep gorge, injuring 33 people, according to a senior ITBP official.
“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.
Amit Shah, the union home minister, also shared his grief over the unfortunate occurrence and wished for the quick recovery of those hurt.
“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.
According to Dr. Syed Tariq, a physician at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, 30 individuals were injured in the collision.
“Our six jawans have lost their lives, 30 injured. We will provide the best possible treatment to the injured. ITBP Headquarters is keeping a watch on the situation. The jawans were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty. All help will be provided to affected families, Vivek Kumar Pandey, ITBP PRO said.
The incident happened in the Pahalgam region of Frisland.
For the Amarnath Yatra, the jawans were stationed there.
“We are in touch with the local administration and teams of disaster management have been rushed to the site for a rescue operation,” an ITBP official said.
On June 29, the Amarnath Yatra set out from Jammu under the strict security measures put in place by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police.
The pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, a 3,880-meter-high cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the higher Himalayas, is conducted from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal.
Kashmiri Pandit shot dead, 2nd attack in two days
A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead in a terror assault in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, and another person was hurt, according to a tweet from the J&K Police, who also noted that the injured person was receiving medical assistance at the nearby hospital. The dead have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhat and his brother Pintu Kumar was hurt, according to the identification.
Police declared that the two were killed in an apple orchard.
“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one was injured. Both belong to the minority community. An injured person has been shifted to hospital. The area had been cordoned off.Further details shall follow,” the police said this afternoon.
Omar Abdullah, the leader of the National Conference and a former chief minister of J&K, strongly denounced the attack and expressed his sympathies. It was the most recent in a horrifying string of targeted killings that began in October of last year.
“Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident (referring to the death of at least six troops from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police who died after the bus they were in fell into a riverbed) and a militant attack have left a trail of death and suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally, in which Sunil Kumar was killed and Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences…”
Altaf Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s J&K spokesperson, declared that he “seriously condemns” the wicked act of terror.”
He said, “I strongly condemn this dastardly act of terror on innocent majority community members… in which one minority community member, Sunil Kumar, was killed and another injured. Terror has no religion. Killers should be punished.”
In less than 24 hours, Kashmir has experienced a second attack on Pandits who are not migrants.
Terrorists injured Karan Kumar Singh when they tossed a grenade at a home in Budgam on Monday, the day the nation celebrated its 75th Independence Day. Singh was taken to a hospital in Srinagar.
Bus carrying 39 ITBP personnel falls into riverbed in Pahalgam, rescue teams rushed
A major accident happened where an Indo-Tibetan-Border Police (ITBP) bus fell into a deep roadside river bed. Reportedly so far six soldiers have been martyred .
The bus carrying 37 ITBP personnel and two J-K Police was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. This information has been given by ITBP.
Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is said to be the brake failure of the bus. According to the police, six ITBP personnel have been martyred. The injured were rushed to Anantnag district hospital. The identity of the injured has not been disclosed yet.
“We are in touch with locals administration and teams and disaster management have been rushed to the site for the rescue operation,” the officials said.
Moreover, ITBP commandos have been sent to the spot so that the rescue operation can be done expeditiously. All the jawans going by bus were on duty for Amarnath Yatra and were coming back to Pahalgam. About 20 ambulances are engaged in rescue work on the spot.
Earlier on 29 June, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
However, further details about the incident are awaited.
The battle without the gun
The 5th Generation Warfare is a covert attempt to paralyse a nation and a battle not on the ground but of strategies to discredit and stymie its growth.The well-described Sun Tzu Strategy is unquestionably proving to be a great approach to debilitate the growth of any country, which lists down five agendas, i.e.,win all without fighting; avoid strength, attack weakness; deception and foreknowledge; speed and preparation; shape your opponent; and character-based leadership.
Daniel Abbot defines the 5th Generation Warfare as the war of “information and perception” which calls for tactics like social engineering, misinformation and cyber attacks, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots.
The tactic of psychological manipulation in order to decay the intellect, breach privacy, or fleece the people of a country is what can be called social engineering. In recent times, there have been instances where foreign powers have adopted certain methodologies, including baiting, scareware, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing, to rob the nation.
Deliberately spreading deceptive and misleading information in order to influence actions and the entire persona in long run is a commendable tactic to vanquish the enemy nation. Be it fuelling political agenda or be it triggering extremism, misinformation has a vital role to play.
We need to outsmart the strives of the foreign nations to uproot the culture of our country with subtle poisoning of technology along with Cyber attacks and look beyond petty affairs to see the wider picture.
PM Modi, President Murmu extend greetings on Parsi New Year
On the occasion of Parsi New Year-Navroz Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people.
“Greetings on Parsi New Year. May the coming year be filled with joy, prosperity, and good health. Navroz Mubarak,” PM Modi said.
Earlier in the morning today, President Droupadi Murmu greeted the citizens and wished them to live together in harmony.
Taking to Twitter President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens, especially our Parsi brothers and sisters. The Parsi community has significantly contributed to the development of our nation through their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurship. The inclusive culture of India inspires all the citizens to live together in harmony.”
Meanwhile, the Parsi New Year is also known as Navroz and its the beginning of the new Persian calendar. Followed by Zoroastrians Navroz is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the calendar. In the Persian language meaning of ‘Nav’ is new and ‘Roz’ means for the day, i.e. the ‘new day’.
Former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh passes away; Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav pays tribute
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav expressed condolences on the demise of former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter Yadav said, “Received the sad news of the demise of former minister cum BJP MLA Shri Subhash Singh Ji from Gopalganj Sadar. Praying to God to give his soul a place at his feet and strength to his family members to bear the loss. Om Shanti.”
Former Bihar minister and BJP leader Subhash Singh passed away on Tuesday morning at AIIMS, Delhi.
Former Bihar Minister Tarkishore Prasad confirmed the news and said, “Heartfelt tributes to the former minister of Bihar government and MLA from Gopalganj, Subhash Singh on his death. May God give peace to his soul and strength to his bereaved family members to bear this loss. His death is an irreparable loss to the politics of Bihar and the BJP. Om Shanti.”
However, in 2015 Subhash Singh was an elected member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Gopalganj.
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