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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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Maiden India-Singapore-Thailand navies’ trilateral exercise commences

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A maiden trilateral exercise, involving Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Royal Thailand Navy (RTN) and Indian Navy (IN) commenced at Port Blair today.
 
The five-day-long exercise is aimed at bolstering the maritime inter-relationships among Singapore Thailand and India and contribute significantly to enhancing the overall maritime security in the region. 
 
This would also strengthen the confidence among the three navies in terms of interoperability and development of a common understanding of procedures, an offiicial press release said.
 
Under the ambit of this exercise, RSN Tenacious, a Formidable-class guided missile stealth frigate and His Majesty's Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi, a Guided Missile Frigate would be exercising with Indian Naval Ships Ranvir, a Guided Missile Destroyer, Kora, a missile corvette and Sukanya, an Offshore Patrol Vessel along with P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
 
During the harbour phase scheduled at Port Blair, professional exchanges, sports fixtures and cross deck familiarisation visits would be organised. The sea phase scheduled from September18-20, a host of surface and air operations involving Gunnery, Force Protection Measures and Communication drills will be conducted providing experience gaining and learning from each other's best practices.
 
Besides fostering co-operation, the maiden IN-RSN-RTN Trilateral exercise would provide an opportunity for participating navies to come together in a spirit of collaboration to nurture stronger ties, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region this afternoon.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 8.9°N and longitude 93.4°E, occurred at 1449 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 4.8 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 12.3°N and longitude 94.8°E, occurred at 0656 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin  added.
 
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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 14.5°N and longitude 92.9°E, occurred at 0613 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 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 12.2°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 0349 hours a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Nicobar Islands region this morning.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 8.2°N and longitude 93.3°E, occurred at 0749 hours at a focal depth of 35 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Two earthquakes shake Andaman Islands region

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Two earthquakes, measuring 5.0 and 4.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region in  the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, of magnitude 5, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.9°N and longitude 92.8°E, ocurred at 0253 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
The second, of magnitude 4.8, which  had its epicentre at latitude 10.6°N and longitude 91.5°E, occurred at 0449 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, it added.
 
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Congress snatches Andaman and Nicobar seat from BJP

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Congress candidate Kuldeep Rai Sharma snatched the Lok Sabha seat from the BJP by humbling its candidate Vishal Jolly with a 1,407-vote margin in the vote count on Thursday.
 
Sharma got 95,308 votes, while Jolly had to be content with 93,901.
 
BJP's Bishnu Pada Roy had won the seat in 2014.
 
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Magnitude 5.8 earthquake jolts Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.8 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 13.9°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 0609 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
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Minor earthquuake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 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 7.4°N and longitude 94.2°E, occurred at 0204 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 9.3°N and longitude 92.9°E, occurred at 0020 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Two moderate earthquakes jolt Nicobar Islands region

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Two earthquakes of moderate intensity jolted the Nicobar Islands region in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, occurred at 0322 hours and  had its epicentre at latitude 7.7°N and longitude 94.3°E, with a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The second tremor, of magnitude 5.1, occurred five minutes later with its epicentre at latitude 7.7°N and longitude 94.3°E at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquakes shake Andaman and Nicobar Islands regions

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 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 7.3°N and longitude 94.3°E, occurred at 0213 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Later, at 0432 hours, another mild earthquake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Andaman Islands region.
 
The tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude 14.2°N and longitude 94.1°E, occurred at a focal depth of 10 km,  the bulletin 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 13.2°N and longitude 95.4°E, occurred at 0724 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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20 tremors jolt Nicobar Islands region in space of ten and a half hours

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As many as 20 earthquakes of slight to moderate intensity, ranging in magnitude from 4.5 to 5.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region in the space of about ten and a half hours today, the India Meteorlogical Department (IMD) said.
 
The first tremor, measuring 4.9, with its epicentre at latitude 7.7°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 0514 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
This was followed by a series of 19 more quakes in roughly the same area, with  the last, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, recorded at 1544 hours, with its epicentre at latitude 7.4°N and longitude 94.1°E and a focal depth of 4.8.
 
The strongest of the tremors was of magnitude 5.5. It had its epicentre at latitude 7.5°N and longitude 94.2°E, and occurred at 1341 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
One of the other 19 quakes was of magnitude 5.2, two were of magnitude 5, four of 4.9, six of magnitude 4.8, one of 4.7, one of 4.6 and four of magnitude 4.5.
 
No loss of life or property was reported from anywhere in the region, which is an earthquake-prone area.
 
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Two moderate earthquakes shake Andaman Islands region

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Two earthquakes of moderate intensity, both measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region ten minutes apart this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 14.2°N and longitude 92.9°E, occurred at 1659 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The second tremor had its epicentre at latitude 14.0°N and longitude 93.1°E, and occurred at 1709 hours at a depth of 60 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Nirav Modi held in London, in police custody

Nirav Modi. Image from Nirav Modi group's Facebook page.
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Fourteen months after he fled India, fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has been arrested in London in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case and was sent to police custody till March 29 after being denied bail.
 
The 48-year-old businessman was arrested from Holborn on Tuesday afternoon on behalf of Indian authorities and was produced before a judge at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
 
He was denied bail and will stay in custody until the next hearing on March 29.
 
According to informed sources, the Westminster court in its lengthy hearing observed that Nirav Modi should be kept in Metropolitan Police custody due to his involvement in fraud of high value funds and access to means of escape. 
 
The Police made the arrest seven days after the Westminster Court issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi who left India days before the scam came to light in January 2018. 
 
The court had issued arrest warrant after UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid referred to India's extradition request for Nirav Modi.
 
The Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi in July 2018 at the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 
 
The businessman's whereabouts were a mystery as he had been spotted in New York, Hong Kong and other cities. Along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Group, Nirav Modi left the country before the CBI formally started investigating the PNB scam.
 
The ED had on May 24 and 26 last year filed chargesheets against both men. Non-bailable warrants were also issued against them.
 
The development came days after the The Telegraph newspaper in Britain claimed that Nirav Modi was spotted in London.
 
He was said to be living in a three-bedroom flat, occupying half the floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, the daily reported. 
 
It claimed Nirav Modi was involved in a new diamond business, run from an office in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his apartment. The new business was incorporated in May 2018, it said.
 
An extradition request against him had been pending before the UK authorities since September last year.
 
The ED on February 26 attached Rs 147 crore worth of property of Nirav Modi and his associate companies in connection with the PNB case.
 
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33rd India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol commences at Port Blair

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Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN-235 led by Cmde Dafit Santoso arrived here today for the opening ceremony of the 33rd edition of the India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) to be held from March 19 to April 4.
 
Indonesian Ambassador Shidharto Raza Suryodipuro will also be here to attend the opening ceremony to be held on March 20-21. The Indian delegation is led by the senior officer from the Indian Navy, Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command.
 
The ship and aircraft from both the countries will undertake patrolling on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary line. The patrolling would be conducted in three phases from March 22-31.
 
This will be followed by a Closing Ceremony at Belawan, Indonesia, which is scheduled from April 1-4.
 
The IND-INDO CORPAT series of bilaterals seek to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly maritime neighbour countries to ensure good order in the maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between India and Indonesia, an official press release said.
 
During the stay in Port Blair harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ship, sporting fixtures between both navies, ship open to visitors and professional interactions have been planned.          
 
Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the maritime concerns on the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities.
 
The 33rd IND-INDO CORPAT, also coinciding with 70 years of India-Indonesia diplomatic ties, will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 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 11.9°N and longitude 93.6°E, occurred at 0644 hours at a focal depth of 95 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.4°N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 0530 hours at a focal depth of 94 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 6.8°N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 0104 hours at a focal depth of 48 km.
 
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Rajnath Singh chairs fifth meeting of Island Development Agency

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the fifth meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) here on Tuesday at which the  progress made under the programme for "Holistic Development of Islands" was reviewed.
 
An official press release said bids for private sector participation in three tourism-based projects have already been invited by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. 
 
They include eco-tourism projects in Smith Island and Long island and tent city project in Aves Island. Bids will be invited shortly for one more project in Neil Island of Andaman & Nicobar.
 
Three projects in Lakshadweep have been identified for issue of bids. They include tourism projects in the islands of Kadmat, Minicoy and Suheli Cheriyakara. Environmental Clearance (EC), Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Clearance and all other clearances required for these projects are being obtained upfront, on priority, to attract more number of reputed bidders, the release said.
 
The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce has issued a notification extending tax incentives for investments made in manufacturing and service sector in islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep. 
 
"Expeditious implementation of the above mentioned projects will provide high economic return to the private sector, satisfactory jobs and additional income to the islanders and enhanced revenue to the Government - a win-win situation for all. Above all, stability of the island eco-system will be maintained with effective execution of well-planned environmental safeguards," the release said.
 
A detailed presentation was made by CEO, NITI Aayog highlighting the current status of planned projects being implemented for islanders’ benefits. The status of implementation of decisions taken in the last meeting was also highlighted in the presentation.
 
Rajnath Singh expressed satisfaction at the progress made since its last meeting held on June 30, 2018 when directions were given to focus on creation of recreational facilities along-with tourism infrastructure; implementation of renewable energy projects; incentives for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); development of a film city in an island, and so on.
 
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Key infrastructure projects such as operationalization of Diglipur airport for civilian aircraft and construction of a new airport in Minicoy Island have been accorded high priority by the Government. Four islands (Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Hutbay and Long) in Andaman & Nicobar and three islands (Kavaratti, Agatti and Minicoy) in Lakshadweep have been identified for seaplane operation. CRZ clearance has been accorded for ‘Middle Strait Bridge’ on Andaman Trunk Road. All these measures will improve inter-island connectivity significantly.
 
"Digital connectivity will improve substantially in the islands with augmentation of satellite bandwidth and laying of optical fibre cable. Better communication services will facilitate setting up of Information Technology based and other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the islands," the release said.
 
In order to sustainably utilize the potential of tuna fish, ten deep-sea modern fishing vessels are being procured by Lakshadweep administration from Cochin Shipyard Limited. Export of sea food and coconut products is being encouraged to generate more employment opportunities in the islands.
 
Rajnath Singh called upon all concerned to expedite implementation of ongoing projects which have been planned to create additional jobs for the islanders and improve inter-island connectivity. He directed that adequate care should also be taken for maintaining a clean, green and healthy environment in the islands. Home Minister appreciated collective efforts being made by all the Ministries for holistic and sustainable development of islands.
 
The meeting was attended by Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral D. K. Joshi (retd); Administrator of Lakshadweep Farooq Khan; Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha; CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant, Secretaries and senior officials from ministries of Home, Commerce, Tribal Affairs, Environment and Forest, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Telecommunications, Shipping, Water Resources, Earth Sciences, New and Renewable Energy.
 
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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 in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.9°N and longitude 91.4°E, occurred at 0151 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Naval Air Station Shibpur in Andamans commissioned as INS Kohassa

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Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur in the Andaman & Nicobar islands was commissioned as INS Kohassa by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, and Chief of the Naval Staff on Thursday.
 
The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries and senior officials including Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. 
 
The ceremony included the presentation of ceremonial guard, hoisting of the Commissioning Pennant and reading of the Ship’s Warrant by the Commanding Officer, Commander Kuldeep Tripathi. 
 
INS Kohassa has been named after the White-Bellied Sea Eagle, a large bird of prey, endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
 
NAS Shibpur was established in 2001 as a Forward Operating Air Base (FOAB) for enhanced surveillance in North Andaman. The close proximity of Coco Islands (Myanmar) and wide expanse of Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) makes the base a very vital asset. 
 
The airfield provides sustained detached operations of Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft. The Air Station operates Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft and helicopters. 
 
These aircraft undertake EEZ Surveillance, Anti-Poaching Missions, Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions within the ANC Area of Responsibility. 
 
During the search operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Dornier DO 228s of the Navy and Coast Guard operated from this base.
 
NAS Shibpur was identified by NITI Aayog as one of the ‘Early Bird’ projects as part of holistic island development. In order to meet these objectives, the Indian Navy has been ready in all respects to facilitate civil flight operations from NAS Shibpur. The runway extension to 10,000 feet is also planned in the near future to facilitate operations of wide-bodied aircraft.
 
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