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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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Minor earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands late tonight, the India Meteorological Deparment (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin from IMD said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.6°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 2253 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region last night.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.4°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 0006 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, rocked the Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.0°N and longitude 94.0°E, occurred at 0902 hours at a focal depth of 100 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud likely to cross north AP, south Odisha coast on Oct 12: IMD

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The cyclonic storm Hudhud is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon on October 12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours today said the cyclone over south-east Bay of Bengal had moved west-north-westward and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST near latitude 12.8ºN and longitude 91.0ºE, about 970 km southeast of Gopalpur and 1000 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam. 
 
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at many places over Andman & Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting into 70 kmph would prevail in and around Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours. The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands will be high during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause damage to thatched huts and minor damage to power and communication lines in the islands. Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin also forecast rainfall at most places on the north Andhra Pradesh coast and south Odisha coast from October 11 evening onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (? 24.5 cm).
 
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Rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall at a few places, over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from October 12 morning, it said.
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, it said.
 
The IMD warned that there could be extensive damage to "kutcha" houses and partial disruption of power and communication cyclones under the influence of the system.
 
There could also be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, it said.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of cyclone. It also suggested judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas should remain at safe places around landfall period, it added.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud heads towards A&N Islands, may hit AP, Odisha on Oct 12

The cyclonic storm Hudhud headed towards Andaman & Nicobar Islands today and was likely to intensify and hit north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast, between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur, around noon on October 12.
 
The cyclone lay centred at 0830 hrs IST today over north Andaman Sea near latitude12.3ºN and longitude 92.9ºE, close to Long Island. 
 
"It is now crossing Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island. Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and 
subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours," a bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at noon today said.
 
"The system would cross north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (?25 cm), during the next 24 hours.
 
It said the sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar Islands would be high during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin said there could be damage to thatched huts in the islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Met department issues cyclone warning in Odisha
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours. 
 
The bulletin also warned that there would be rainfall at most places on north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls, from the evening of October 11.
 
Heavy rain to very heavy rainfall would also commence at a few places over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram. Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along north Andhra and Odisha coasts from the morning of October 11, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 from October 12 morning.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition along north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, the bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone alert issued for Andaman & Nicobar Islands; AP, Odisha asked to watch out

Met department issues cyclone warning in Odisha
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a cyclone alert for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and a pre-cyclone watch for north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts after a depression over north Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood intensified into a deep depression.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours said the depression had moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today over north Andaman Sea and neighbourhood near latitude12.0 N and longitude 94.0 E, about 130 km 
east-southeast of Long Island.
 
The bulletin said the deep depression would further move west-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It would cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island by tomorrow forenoon, it said.
 
"Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards for some 
more time and then northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh - Odisha coast during subsequent 96 hours," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the system's influence, there would be rainfall at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (>=25 cm) during the next 36 hours.
 
It said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph would prevail in and around 
Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next six hours. The wind speed would increase gradually reaching gale wind speed of 70-80 kmph by tomorrow morning.
 
The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands is very rough. It would 
become high during the next 24 hours.
 
The storm is expected to cause damage to thatched huts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Andaman Sea region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Sea region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.5°N and longitude 95.3°E, occurred at 0951 hours at a focal depth of 36 km, a bulletin from IMD added.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the Nicobar Islands this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 8.6°N and longitude 92.6°E, occurred at 1837 hours at a focal depth of 41 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded off coast of North Andaman Islands

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, was recorded off the coast of North Andaman Islands this evening.
 
A bulletin from the India Meterological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 14.3°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 1841 hours at a depth of 13 km.
 
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Rijiju says illegal immigration into Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be curbed

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Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that illegal immigration into the strategic islands of Andaman & Nicobar would be curbed. 
 
Talking to newspersons here yesterday at the end of a three-day visit to the islands, he said that it had come to the knowledge of the Centre that people from abroad manage to secure false identities and infiltrate into Andaman & Nicobar.
 
However, the Centre is committed to put a check on such illegal activities, he said. 
 
Cautioning against overcrowding in the environmentally sensitive islands of Andaman & Nicobar, Mr Rijiju said congestion would hamper its ecological protection and sustainable development. 
 
He favoured effective regulations in allowing people from outside the Islands in restricted areas. However, he emphasized that while protecting the cultural identities and livelihoods of the indigenous population, promotional activities should also go hand in hand in such a way that balanced growth is ensured without compromising on the interests of the tribal people. 
 
While responding to a query on the high cost of air travel between the islands and mainland, Mr Rijiju said the issue would be actively looked into by the Centre. The need to increase the frequency of inter-island ferry travel would also be considered sympathetically, he said. 
 
Actions are being initiated at a fast pace to overcome the problem of poor telecom connectivity in the islands that suffer from paucity of satellite transponders. Rs 150 crore has already been released to the Islands Administration by the Centre for improving telecom connectivity, he informed. 
 
As the basic geographical structure of the Islands and in some cases their dimensions have got marginally changed due to the 2004 tsunami, remapping of the Union Territory and preparing the latest and reliable cartography of the islands would be initiated very soon, by adopting the latest scientific tools and technology, he said.
 
Mr Rijiju said more administrative powers would be delegated to the Island Administration, and the Centre would mainly be concerned with major policy initiatives related to the islands. 
 
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Moderate quake jolts Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 9.7°N and longitude 93.7°E, occurred at 0222 hours today at a focal depth of 100 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Andaman Sea region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Sea region late last night, four hours after a magnitude 5.8 quake occurred in the area, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake which had its epicentre at latitude 12.6°N and longitude 95.2°E, occurred at 2303 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
The first tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.7°N and longitude 95.3°E, had occurred at 1910 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the IMD had said earlier.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Andaman Sea region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Sea region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.7°N and longitude 95.3°E, occurred at 1910 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts region off North Andaman Island coast

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, shook the region off the coast of North Andaman Island today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 14.3°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 1237 hours at a focal depth of 35 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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India, Singapore begin annual naval exercises SIMBEX 14

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India and Singapore today began the 2014 edition of SIMBEX 14, the annual bilateral naval exercises between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), in the Andaman Sea.
 
The exercises, which will go on until May 28, are the 21st in the series designed to enhance inter-operability and mutual understanding between the two navies, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said bilateral naval cooperation between the two navies was first formalised when RSN ships began training in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with the Indian Navy in 1994. 
 
SIMBEX is an acronym for ‘Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise’. Since its inception in 1993, SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity.
 
"It has transcended the traditional emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) to more complex maritime exercises, involving various facets of naval operations like air defence, air and surface practice firing, maritime security and search and rescue operations. Both navies derive considerable value form the conduct of SIMBEX. Inter-operability between the two navies has matured to a point where standard operating procedures for the conduct of exercise have been formalised," the release said.
 
This year, the Indian Navy is being represented by IN ships Kuthar and Karmuk from the Eastern Naval Command. In addition, a maritime patrol aircraft and a helicopter each from Andaman and Nicobar Command is also participating in the exercise. 
 
The Singapore Navy is represented by the missile corvette, “Valour’ and the patrol vessel, ‘Independence’. The RSN ships are making a port call at Port Blair from May 22-23 for the harbour phase of the exercise. The ships will sail for the sea phase on May 24 and will be visiting Port Blair again from May 26-28 for debriefing and the closing ceremony of the exercise.
 
"IN and RSN share a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions. This includes exchange programmes, staff talks and cross-attendance at courses. SIMBEX is an important outcome of this comprehensive process of bilateral engagement and it is through these interactions that the two navies continue to reinforce the strong maritime bridges of friendship that connect our respective nations," the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.5°N and longitude 94.5°, occurred at 2323 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 81 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts North Andaman region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the North Andaman region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.5°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 0626 hours today at a focal depth of 44 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the Andaman Islands region early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.3°N and longitude 93.2°E, occurred at 0615 hours today at a depth of 60 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands region

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A strong earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, jolted the Nicobar Islands region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 07.5°N and longitude 94.2°E, occurred at 1911 hours today at a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
This was followed by two more quakes, the first measuring 5.3 at 1941 hours and the second of magnitude 5.2 at 1955 hours, in the same region at depths of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

 
An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, jolted the Nicobar Islands region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.7°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 1908 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake rocks Andaman Islands region

 
An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.8°N and longitude.93.0°E, occurred at 1653 hours at a focal depth of 32 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Army chief Gen Bikram Singh visits Port Blair

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Gen Bikram Singh, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff, visited the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair today.
 
He was received by Air Marshal P K Roy, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command, who also briefed him on the current security situation and future challenges. 
 
Andaman & Nicobar Command is the first and only joint command in the country. 
 
An official press release said Gen Bikram Singh would also carry out review of operational preparedness of all three services components of the command. Enhancing operational readiness and force modernisation have been his major thrust areas. 
 
A major asset allocation and infrastructure development plan is also likely to be reviewed with an eye on capability development for the future and developing security situation, especially in the South East Asian Region. 
 
Gen Bikram Singh will also be interacting with the Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands on issues relating to security and infrastructure development, in view of increased importance of Andaman & Nicobar Command in the region. 
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Andaman Sea region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Sea region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.5°N and longitude 93.7°E, occurred at 1153 hours at a focal depth of 33 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Naval exercise Milan 2014 ends in Andaman Sea

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As many as 15 ships from different countries manoeuvred in perfect harmony in the Andaman Sea to bring Milan 2014, a biennial exercise of Navies, to a close here this morning.
 
After a few manouvers at sea, the ships formed up in a column and steamed past the flag ship with men manning the side of the ship and presenting a traditional salute in the form of “man and cheer ship” to the presiding officer, the Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN), Air Marshal PK Roy. 
 
As many as 17 nations, including India, had participated in Milan 2014, making it the biggest edition since its inception in 1995.
 
The event started on February 4 and the last six days saw the maritime foces of these nations come closer professionally and building confidence in interoperability.
 
It was the first time that countries from the western Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) participated, including two African nations, Kenya and Tanzania, and island nations of Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles. It was also the first time that the Philippines and Cambodia participated. 
 
The six days of engagement included an International Seminar on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), with participating nations like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Philippines sharing lessons from their recent first hand experiences in handling disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis.
 
In his keynote address, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral D K Joshi, emphasized the need for developing capacity and procedures based on common principles and considerations. He stated that ‘Rapid Deployment’, Co-ordination, Logistics and Medical Aid are cardinal considerations for founding common procedures for HADR operations. 
 
He expressed appreciation for the concerted efforts to enhance HADR co-operation and training in the region, such as ADMMPlusHADR exercise hosted by Brunei in June 2013 and Exercise Komodo, being hosted by Indonesia, next month, and stated that this seminar and the Table-Top exercise, being conducted under the aegis of Milan would contribute to these efforts. 
 
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He also mentioned that work is in progress towards developing a Standard Operating Procedure for HADR under the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).The proceedings of the seminar focused on ‘Maritime Cooperation for Disaster Preparedness and Response’, ‘Capacity Building for Coordinated HADR Operations’ and ‘Mechanisms for Sharing of Best Practices through fora such as Milan and IONS’. 
 
A table top exercise on HADR called “Rahat” was conducted on February 8 in which delegates from the participating nations/ships were presented with a topical situation on HADR operations. 
 
Delegates grouped into multinational teams evolved a combined response to the eventuality and various options were analysed during the course of the exercise. This was followed by a discussion on various key issues like preparedness and response strategies for maritime forces in those regions prone to disasters, Logistics management issues, strategies for HADR kits and supply chain management of relief stores and regional cooperation between maritime forces during HADR operations. 
 
As different nations have evolved their own mechanisms and procedures for conduct of such operations a substantial gain was accrued from sharing these experiences and expertise.The exercise was a milestone step towards enhancing the confidence levels for cooperating and building the framework for establishing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for such operations. 
 
Milan, with its emphasis on building friendship and understanding between personnel at the tactical level, also presented ample opportunities for the sailors to build personal bonds and friendships through a food festival, cultural programmes and sports activities. It was the first time that Milan  included a jungle survival drill and a special sporting event in the form of a triathlon.
 
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Yesterday afternoon saw the Marine Drive in Port Blair transformed into a colourful and festive site during the International City Parade. The local public turned up in massive numbers on the entire stretch of the Marine Drive. 
 
The parade showcased the rich heritage of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and gave the audience a glimpse of Indian culture and the Armed Forces.
 
In addition to a fly past by aircraft of the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force, the parade included an operational demonstration of the Indian Navy involving covert operations by the Marine Commandos and a SAR demo.
 
A sky diving display by the Akash Ganga Sky Diving team of the Indian Air Force also enthralled the audience. The march past had contingents of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, and the Indian Coast Guard, along with military bands and contingents from the foreign ships participating in Milan 2014. 
 
Countries which participated in Milan 2014 included Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand. 
 
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