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Indian ships, aircraft widen search for missing Malaysian aircraft to Bay of Bengal

India has widened the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which disappeared from the radars early on Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people board, to the Bay of Bengal at the request of the Malaysian government.

 
India has widened the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which disappeared from the radars early on Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people board, to the Bay of Bengal at the request of the Malaysian government.
 
An official press release said here today that the Malaysian authorities had requested for the extension of the search to the Bay of Bengal in area of about 9000 sq km (15 km x 600 km).
 
"This area is approximately 900 km due west of Port Blair. Search in this area would be undertaken by the resources of Eastern Naval Command," it said.
 
Earlier, the Government had deployed assets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Air Force in a coordinated search of the area in South Andaman Sea for the missing airliner, which also had five Indians and a Canadian of Indian origin among its passengers.
 
Indian Navy has been nominated as the lead service for the coordination of the operation. The joint effort is being coordinated from Maritime Operations Centre of the Indian Navy in New Delhi.
 
The release said specific areas had been allocated by the Malaysian authorities for search by Indian ships and aircraft. Presently, two ships of Indian Navy, INS Saryu and INS Kumbhir, are combing the designated areas in South Andaman Sea.
Hunt for missing jet spreads to Indian Ocean
 
INS Kesari has replaced INS Kumbhir at around 1500h today for the search as it is also carrying an integral helicopter.  In addition, two Coast Guard vessels are also carrying out search along the coastline. Two Dornier aircraft of Indian Navy and Coast Guard are also carrying out aerial search in the vicinity of the Andaman coastline.
 
The Joint Operations Room at Port Blair has been activated to monitor the progress of the search operations. The Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command has been nominated as the Overall Force Commander of the Indian Forces.
 
 
The Boeing B777-200 ER aircraft, operating flight MH370, was reported missing off the Vietnamese coast around 0240 hours Malaysian time on Saturday. 
 
The plane had departed from Kuala Lumpur at 1241 Saturday morning and was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30 am local Beijing time on the same day.
 
Over the past five days, a lot of information has been thrown up, but most of them have turned out to be false leads and a massive search operation, involving ships and aircraft from several countries, has not found any trace of the missing aircraft. India is the latest country to have joined the search efforts in its territorial waters.
 
Malaysian police have said they are looking at all kinds of possibilities, including terrorism, hijacking, sabotage, mechanical failure and passengers or crew members with personal or psychological problems.
 
The airline has deployed teams of caregivers in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, consisting of its trained staff and volunteers from NGOs to take care of families of the passengers and crew of the aircraft.
 
Over the past four days, the search and rescue teams have expanded the scope of their operations beyond the flight path to the West Peninsula of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. 
 
"The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities," the airline had said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).
 
The search and rescue mission has been joined by teams from countries such as Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, the United States of America and now India.
 
Apart from the search in the sea, search on land in between these areas is also being conducted.
 
The airline said the aircraft, was carrying a total of 239 people, comprising 227 passengers (including two infants) and 12 members of crew. 
 
According to the manifest, the Indians on the flight were identified as: Mr Vinod Kolekar, 59; Ms Chetana Kolekar, 55; Mr Swanand Kolekar, 23; Ms Chandrika Sharma, 51; and Mr Kranti Shirsath, 44. The list also includes a Canadian of Indian origin, Mr Muktesh Mukherjee, 42.
 
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on board are Malaysians.
 
The passengers include 153 from China/Taiwan (including one infant), 38 from Malaysia, 5 Indians, 7 Indonesians, 6 Australians, four from France, three (including an infant) from the United States, two each from Ukraine, Canada and New Zealand, and one each from Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria.
 
The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53 with total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, 27, has total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
 
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The families of passengers may contact +603 7884 1234 (Kuala Lumpur) / +8610 6437 6249 (Beijing), the airline said.
 
Among the latest theories is one that suggests that the aircraft could have been deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands by someone with aviation training, hundreds of km from its intended flight path.
 
Malaysia Airlines did not give out any new information today, except to say that it would continue to cooperate with the search and rescue mission being coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation under the Ministry of Transport.
 
"Malaysia Airlines is fully aware of the on-going media speculations and we have nothing further to add to the information we have already provided," it said.
 
"The aircraft is still missing, and the search area is expanding," Malaysia's acting Minister of Transport Hishamuddin Hussein told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
 
"We are now pushing further into the South China Sea, and further into Indian Ocean," he said.
 
Mr Hussein said as many as 57 ships and 48 aircraft from 13 countries were involved in the search efforts. "Our priority remains finding the plane," he said.
 
He said investigating teams would not release any information until it had been properly verified and corroborated.
 
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Sitharaman visits Andaman & Nicobar Command

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, arrived here today on a two-day visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC).
 
She was received at INS Utkrosh by Lieutenant Governor Admiral (Retd) D K Joshi and Commander-in-Chief, ANC, Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma.
 
On arrival, she was accorded a joint Services guard of honour by the troops of Andaman & Nicobar Command. Subsequently, during her visit to the Headquarters, ANC, the Minister was given a comprehensive briefing on the security environment and thrust areas of the command, an official press release added.
 
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Sitharaman to visit Andaman & Nicobar Command

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will pay a two-day visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Command on October 18-19.
 
An official press release said here today that, on her maiden visit to the Command, Ms. Sitharaman would celebrate Diwali with troops and interact with their families during various events over the two days.
 
Ms. Sitharaman will visit the operational area of the Command and Air Force Station Car Nicobar. She will also wreaths at the Swatantra Jyoti in Cellular Jail and Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.6°N and longitude 91.9°E, occurred at 0102 hours at a focal depth 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in North Andaman Sea

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the North Andaman Sea this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.3°N and longitude 95.2°E, occurred at 1930 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Rajnath, Gadkari, on two-day visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation for several national highways and shipping projects worth about Rs 1321 crore during their two-day visit to Andaman & Nicobar islands today and tomorrow.
 
They will lay the foundation stone for four National Highways projects worth Rs 1121 crore and several shipping projects worth Rs 200 crore at Port Blair, Diglipur and Baratang today and tomorrow, an official press release said.
 
The highways projects for which foundation stone will be laid include construction of 26 km of NH between Beodnabad- Ferrargunj at a cost of Rs 170 crore and 56 km of NH between Austin Creek and Kalra Junction at a cost of Rs 410 crore.
 
In addition, foundation stone will be laid for construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge and Humphrey Strait Creek Bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 262.97 crore and Rs 277.17 crore, respectively.
 
Work is also in various stages of progress for other highway projects. National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) is handling highways work amounting to Rs 6330 crore in A&N Islands. Much of these works pertain to rehabilitation and up-gradation of NH-4.
 
On the shipping side, an alternate sea route to Baratang Island will be launched. The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 45.16 crore and aims to improve connectivity of the island from Port Blair, reduce traffic on the route which passes through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve, thus promoting tourism without disturbing the tribal areas. 
 
The Ministers will also lay the foundation stone for extension of wharf in Hope Town, Port Blair by 200 meters at an expenditure of Rs 17.49 crore. The wharf is used by Indian Oil Corporation for discharging LPG and other petroleum products.
 
The extension of jetty would allow berthing of bigger vessels of upto 160 meter length and higher capacity. This will help in increasing availability of LPG cylinders in the area while reducing logistic costs. In addition to this, foundation stone will also be laid for construction of Additional Approach Jetty, an extension of Berthing Jetty  and dredging in front of jetty, Neil Island at a cost of Rs. 38.19 crore and extension of existing New Dry Dock – II in Port Blair at a cost of Rs 96.24 crore.
 
Shipping facilities in the inter-island sector are being augmented. New vessels are being constructed across various categories at a total cost of about Rs 1350 crore. In all, 25 ships are proposed for acquisition by the A&N Administration, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.9°N and longitude 91.9°E, occurred at 0501 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Two earthquakes shake Andaman Islands region

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Two earthquakes of slight intensity shook the Andaman Islands region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 13.0 N and longitude 92.0 E and occurred at 1819 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
The second tremor, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, occured in the same area at 2005 hours ata focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Banwarilal Purohit appointed Governor of Tamil Nadu, Jagdish Mukhi moves to Assam

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The President today appointed Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit as the new Governor of Tamil Nadu.
 
Mr. Purohit will be suceeded as Governor of Assam by Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, who is the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
 
Brig. (Dr.) B. D. Mishra (Retd.)  has been appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh while Mr. Satya Pal Malik will be the new Governor of Bihar and Mr. Ganga Prasad the Governor of Meghalaya.
 
The President has also appointed for Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi as the new Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in place of Prof. Mukhi.
 
The appointments will be with effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices, the communique said.
 
Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao has been discharging the functions of the Governor of Tamil Nadu, in addition to his own duties, since August 31, 2016 after Mr. K. Rosaiah completed his tenure on August 30.
 
Admiral Joshi, 63, had resigned as Chief of the Naval Staff on February 26, 2014, taking moral responsibility for a series of accidents and incidents which took place in the preceding few months and caused great embarassment for the Navy.
 
Mr. Purohit, 77, who was appointed Governor of Assam on August 17, 2016, is a former member of the Lok Sabha, having been elected from Nagpur first as a Congress candidate in 1984 and 1989 and later as a member of the BJP in 1996.
 
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Before that, he was elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1978 as served as a minister in the state government in 1982-83. 
 
Prof. Mukhi, 74, used to be a BJP leader in Delhi. He had served as Minister for Finance, Planning, Excise and Taxation and Higher Education in the Delhi government. He has also worked as a teacher at the Shahid Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. He was elected from the Janakpuri constituency to the Delhi Assembly for seven consecutive terms since 1980 but lost in the 2014 elections.
 
Brig. (Retd.) Mishra, 78, served during the 1962 war with China, the 1971 war that saw the liberation of Bangladesh and in the operations in Sri Lanka in 1987-88. He has also served as a Commander of the National Security Guard (NSG) and was involved in the successful rescue operation during the Indian Airline plane hijacking at Amritsar in 1993.
 
Mr. Malik, 64, is a former member of the Lok Sabha from Aligarh constituency in Uttar Pradesh (1989-91), while Mr. Prasad has served as a Member of the Bihar Legislative Council.
 
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Stranded tourists evacuated from Havelock by Indian Navy

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Tourists stranded in Havelock in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands following the cancellation of ferry service that had developed a defect have been evacuated by the Indian Navy, an official release said today.
 
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been experiencing heavy rains and rough seas since September 17.
 
An official press release said that, on that day, a message by the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) was received from the civil administration that, due to a defect in the hull, the return trip for tourists from Havelock by civil ferry Makruzz was cancelled. 
 
It was also intimated that a number of passengers, who had their flights scheduled for the morning of September 18, were stranded and required to be brought to Port Blair.
 
As the civil ferries do not ply at night to Havelock, the Andaman and Nicobar Command had been approached for ferrying the stranded tourists. Two ships of the Naval Component, INS Bangaram and INS Battimalv (Fast Attack Craft class) set out on the mission despite torrential rains and very rough weather.
 
Subsequently, 24 civilian tourists (10 women, 10 men and four children) were taken on board INS Bangaram at Havelock and ferried to Port Blair. Additionally, 54 officers from Defence Services Staff College, who were on a visit to the islands and got stranded due to the cancellation of the ferry, were also taken on the ships. 
 
Thus a total of 78 stranded personnel were ferried back to Port Blair on the two ships. In the traditional role of support to civil authorities, the tourists were given accommodation inside the ship as the sea state was very bad and were also served with refreshments, the release said.
 
On arrival in Port Blair at about 2230 hours, the tourists were provided a Naval transport to their places of stay in Port Blair. The prompt action by the ANC and the help extended by the ships was highly appreciated by the stranded tourists, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region late this evening.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.6°N and longitude 91.8°E, occurred at 2018 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman and Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region early this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.2°N and longitude 93.1°E, occurred at 0407 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.0°N and longitude 94.1°E, occurred at 2214 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, jolted the Andaman Islands region early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 10.0°N and longitude 93.6°E, occurred at 0540 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier late last  night, an earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, had been recorded in the Nicobar Islands region. The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 8.2°N and longitude 93.4°E, occurred at 2336 hours yesterday, the bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 9.2°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 1222 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Navy's second Landing Craft Utility ship commissioned at Port Blair

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands Lieutenant Governor Jagdish Mukhi commissioned into the Indian Navy its second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class ship here yesterday.
 
IN LCU L52(GRSE Yard 2093) has been indigenously designed and built by  Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. 
 
"The commissioning of L-52 is yet another manifestation of the potential of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
According to it, LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with the primary role to transport and deploy Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multi-role activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
 
The ship, commanded by Commander Kaushik Chatterjee, has a complement of five officers and 46 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. The ship, displacing 830 tons, is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72 and other vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
 
The remaining six ships of the same class are in advanced stages of construction at GRSE and are scheduled to be inducted in the next two years, the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves closure of ANIFPDCL, Port Blair

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the closure of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Limited (ANIFPDCL), Port Blair, a Central Government undertaking and discharging the liabilities of all the employees.
 
The closure will help to stop unproductive loans to ANIFPDCL from the Union Government and enable a more productive utilization of assets, an official press release said.
 
This would be achieved by offering Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) / Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) package to willing employees and by retrenchment under Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 of those not opting for VRS/VSS including settlement of other liabilities, if any, it said.
 
At present, there are 836 employees on the rolls of the corporation. The closure will be done by infusion of funds of Rs. 125.72 crore through budgetary support from the Union Government for funding VSS of all employees on 2007 notional pay scales and for discharging other liabilities.
 
Government loans of Rs. 186.83 crore given to ANIFPDCL will be written of and accrued interest of Rs 185.18 crore with freezing of interest as on March 31, 2017, after the closure of the Corporation.
 
Auction of movable assets (Plant & machinery, electrical equipment, vehicles & office equipment, furniture & fixture, elephant & livestock, plantation & other inventories etc.) will be done through Metal Scrap Trading Corporation Ltd. (MSTC Ltd),
Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will transfer/sale of immovable assets i.e. land and /or buildings of ANIFPDCL through NBCC Ltd.
 
ANIFPDCL was set up in 1977 with the objective of developing and managing forestry plantations in the Islands. It has been operating three main projects -- Forestry Project, Red Oil Palm Project (ROP) and Katchal Rubber Project (KRP).
 
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The forestry operations were the main activities of the corporation and contributed around 75% of the total revenue. Due to the suspension of the forestry activities in view of the order dated October 10, 2001 and May 7, 2002, of the Supreme Court.
 
The ANIFPDCL has become an overall loss making venture since 2001 onwards. As a result, the ANIFPDCL was not able to pay salary and wages to its employees. In order to ensure disbursement of salary to the employees of tine Corporation and other statutory payments, the Government provided financial assistance to the ANIFPDCL in the form of interest bearing loan.
 
During the last 15 years, various committees were appointed and professional agencies were engaged by the Ministry from time to time and they have thoroughly examined all possible avenues that could be availed for the revival of the forest corporation, including right sizing the staff. Based on those decisions, several proposals were examined, but none of them fructified. After a thorough examination, the Government  decided to close down the corporation, the release added.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.8 N and longitude 92.9 E, occurred at 0904 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Earlier, an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the border region between Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.3 N and longitude 96.6 E, occurred at 0809 hours at a focal depth of 60 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 on  the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 6.3 °N and longitude 94.9°E, occurred at 0918 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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National ST Commission to take action on video films of Jaravas on YouTube

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The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has initiated action after taking suo motu cognizance of objectionable video films and pictures of the protected Jarava and other tribal communities of Andaman Islands on the YouTube social media platform.
 
The Commission has decided to take up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands for removal of these objectionable video films from YouTube and initiate action against those who uploaded these video clips.
 
As per provisions of Andaman and Nicobar Island (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956, the Andamanese, Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shom Pens have been identified as “aboriginal tribes”. The PAT contains the provisions of protection of these communities from the outside interference.
 
Penalty provisions for promoting tourism through advertisement relating to aboriginal tribes have also been made in the year 2012. Whoever enters these areas in contravention of the notification under section 7 (which prohibits entry into reserve areas) for taking photographs or making videos shall be punishable with imprisonment up to three years. 
 
Section 3 (i) (r) of the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) is also applicable, an official release said.
 
The total population of tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is about 28077. Out of these five tribal communities have a population of below 500, an official press release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.2°N and longitude 92.6°E, occurred at 0355 hours at a focal depth of 107 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region late last night.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.6 N and longitude 94.0 E, occurred at 2308 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.0 N and longitude 93.9 E, occurred at 2315 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

An IMD bulletin said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.4N and longitude 94.8E, occurred at 1934 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.

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South-west monsoon advances into south Andaman Sea & Nicobar Islands

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The south-west monsoon has advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands, entire south Andaman Sea and parts of north Andaman Sea today, thanks to the strengthening and deepening of southwesterly winds, persistent cloudiness and rainfall.
 
A press release from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) passes through Lat.5°N/Long.86°E, Lat.9°N/Long.90°E, Hut Bay and Lat.14°N/Long.98°E.
 
"Conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of southwest Bay of Bengal, some more parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Andaman Sea, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and some parts of eastcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours," it said.
 
The release warned that heavy to very heavy rain was very likely at isolated places over Andaman & Nicobar Islands during May 14 to 16.
 
Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph is very likely to prevail over Nicobar Islands and adjoining Sea areas during May 14-15 and over Andaman Islands and adjoining Sea areas during May 15-17, it said.
 
The release said sea condition would be moderate to rough over south Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal during May 14-15 and over north Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast and eastcentral Bay of Bengal during May 15-17.
 
The release said fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off Nicobar Islands during May 14-15 and along and off Andaman Islands during May 15-17.
 
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