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Extremely severe cyclone Fani to hit Odisha coast on Friday afternoon

The extremely severe cyclonic storm, Fani, over westcentral Bay of Bengal, was very likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri, on Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm, Fani, over westcentral Bay of Bengal, was very likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri, tomorrow afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here today.
 
The IMD has already issued a cyclone warning for the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal and Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh.
 
In a bulletin issued at 1230 hours today, the IMD said Fani had moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of about 16 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 1130 hours IST near latitude 16.7°N and longitude 84.8°E, about 360 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 190 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 550 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal). 
 
"It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri by the afternoon of 3rd May with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph," the bulletin said.
 
The cyclone is being tracked by Doppler Weather Radars Vishakhapatnam & Machilipatnam.
 
The bulletin said light to moderate rainfall would occur over most places in North Andhra Pradesh with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts and isolated heavy to extremely heavy falls (>20 cm) over Srikakulam district today.
 
There could be heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Srikakulam district tomorrow, it said.
 
In  south coastal and adjoining interior Odisha, the IMD said there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places today, with heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy falls over Ganjam & Gajapati districts at isolated places.
 
"It is likely to increase with moderate rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of interior Odisha on 3rd. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Balasore, Mayurbhanj districts of north Odisha on 4th May," it said.
 
The bulletin also forecast light to light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over coastal and adjoining districts of West Bengal tomorrow; and heavy to very falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4.
 
"Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on 4th May," it said.
 
The bulletin said Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya would experience light to moderate rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls on May 4 and 5. There could be isolated extremely heavy falls over Assam and Meghalaya on May 4.
 
There could also light to moderate rainfall at many places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on May 4, with isolated heavy falls.
 
The bulletin said gale winds, with speed reaching 180-190 kmph, gusting to 210 kmph, were very likely to prevail over westcentral Bay of Bengal around the system centre during the next 24 hours and decrease thereafter.
 
It said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were very likely to prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Coasts and become gale wind, speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph, from tonight. It is very likely to become 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, along and off south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam district) coasts; and 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph along and off remaining districts of coastal Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram Districts) by tomorrow forenoon for the subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.
 
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"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along & off West Bengal coast from 2nd May evening. It is very likely become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 3rd May afternoon and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 4th May early morning for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter," it said.
 
The sea condition will be phenomenal over westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Andhra Pradesh coasts, till tomorrow and over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal till May 4.
 
Sea conditions are very likely to be very rough to high off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, along and off south Andhra Pradesh coasts till May 3.
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of 1.5 metre height above astronomical tide was very likely to inundate low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into deep sea areas and those out in deep sea in the above aeas were advised to return to the coasts.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone could cause extensive damage to kutcha houses and old pucca and badly managed pucca structures in Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha.
 
It said there could be extensive uprooting of communication and  power poles. There could also be disruption of rail and road links and extensive damage to standing crops, plantations and orchards. Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.
 
The IMD suggested total suspension of fishing operations, extensive evacuation of people from coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain indoors.
 
The cyclone could also cause damage, on a lesser scale, in Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Balasore districts of Odisha and east and west Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Kolkata districts of West Bengal and Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh, the bulletin added.
 
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Fire on Coast Guard vessel, one missing, 28 rescued

Rescue operation underway after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel of the Indian Coast Guard off Visakhapatnam coast; on August 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operation underway after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel of the Indian Coast Guard off Visakhapatnam coast; on August 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
One crew member of Coast Guard was missing while 28 were rescued after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel off Visakhapatnam coast on Monday.
 
According to a spokesperson of Eastern Naval Command, the crew of offshore support vessel Coastal Jaguar had to abandon their vessel and jump into water to save themselves from fire which engulfed the vessel.
 
"There was reportedly a loud explosion onboard Coastal Jaguar that was followed by thick smoke emanating from the vessel," he said.
 
ICGS Rani Rashmoni which was in area was diverted to coordinate the rescue operation. Rani Rashmoni in coordination with Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) boats rescued the distressed crew.
 
"28 out of the 29 crew present on board have been rescued, search for one missing crew is in progress," the spokesperson said.
 
Dramatic scenes of the crew jumping into the sea to save themselves and the rescue operations by the ships were witnessed.
 
The rescue operations also involved ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICG Helicopter and ICGS C-432.
 
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
 
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Essar Port’s Vizag Terminal registers 45% cargo growth; triples third-party cargo handling

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Essar Vizag Terminal Limited (EVTL), that operates the 24-million-tonnes (MT) Vizag terminal, which is India’s largest integrated iron ore handling complex located on the outer harbour of Visakhapatnam Port, has announced a 45% growth in overall cargo throughput in the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
 
The significant growth in overall cargo was primarily driven by a sharp rise in third-party cargo, with volume more than tripling when compared with the corresponding quarter in FY 2018-19, a press release from the company said.
 
Cargo volumes from the anchor customer increased by 5.6% over the same period. The share of third-party cargo in the overall cargo volumes grew to 40.6%, it said.
 
According to the release, competitive advantage through the high degree of mechanisation at the terminal and the state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment that helps ensure rapid turnaround times have been the key drivers for attracting new clients.
 
Essar Ports is one of India’s largest private sector port and terminal developers and operators. It has invested Rs 11,000 crore in developing five world-class terminals in three Indian states. Its current operations span four terminals with a combined capacity of 110 MTPA, which is roughly 5 per cent of India’s port capacity. The company is a leader in the non-containerised bulk cargo space. Having clocked a throughput of 40 MT in FY19, Essar Ports is expecting to handle over 60 MT in the current financial year.
 
"All Essar Ports terminals use advanced cargo handling infrastructure and are equipped to double capacity in the near to medium term. The company is, therefore, focused on not only enhancing cargo throughput, but also on ramping up capacity and contributing meaningfully to the Government of India’s ambitious target of developing 3,130 MT of port capacity in the country by 2020," the release said.
 
Outside India, Essar’s port assets include a liquid terminal in the UK and a coal berth in the development stage at Mozambique’s Beira port.
 
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Indian Navy's sixth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK IV class commissioned

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IN LCU L56,  the sixth ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV class was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice-Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at a ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on Monday.
 
Vice-Admiral A K Saxena, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition IHQ MoD (N), Maj General Biji Mathew, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander (NAVCC) ANC, Rear Admiral V K Saxena (Retd) CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) along with all flag officers of ENC and other dignitaries were present during the ceremony.
 
The ceremony commenced with a guard of honour to the Chief guest on arrival. This was followed by addresses by Rear Admiral Saxena (Retd) and Commodore Ridhorkar.
 
Later, the commissioning warrant of the ship was read out by Commanding Officer, Lt Commander Gopinath Narayanan. Subsequently, hoisting of the Naval Ensign onboard for the first time and ‘Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant’ with the national anthem being played marked the completion of the ceremony. 
 
Addressing the gathering, Vice Adm Jain congratulated the GRSE for being the first shipyard in the country to have built the 100th warship.  He stated that the induction of LCU 56 will add to the maritime and HADR capabilities of ANC as the ship will be deployed for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue missions, disaster relief operations, coastal patrol, and surveillance operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands.  He later unveiled the commissioning plaque and dedicated the ship to the nation. 
 
LCU 56 is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. 
 
LCU L56 would be administered and based in Port Blair under the NAVCC in ANC, an official press release said.
 
Designed to accommodate 216 personnel, LCU is equipped with two indigenous CRN 91 guns to provide artillery fire support during landing operations. 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 LCU Mk-IV Class of ships are fitted with close to 90% indigenous content in line with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative towards achieving self-reliance and indigenisation.
 
The Mk-IV LCU vessels are an improved version of the Mk-III LCU Vessels presently being used by the Indian Navy. The entire design of LCU Mark-IV ship has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Navy, the release said.
 
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Rajnath Singh visits Eastern Naval Command, has tour of INS Shivalik, INS Sindhukirti

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receiving the salute from the guard of honour, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Delhi on June 29, 2019.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receiving the salute from the guard of honour, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Delhi on June 29, 2019.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid his maiden visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) here yesterday and was briefed on the operational readiness of the command and other aspects of maritime and coastal security on the eastern seaboard.
 
Later he visited Indian Navy’s indigenously conceived, designed and constructed frontline stealth frigate INS Shivalik and submarine INS  Sindhukirti  at Visakhapatnam.  During the guided tour of the ship and submarine, he interacted with the crew members.  
 
Addressing the naval personnel and Defence civilians, the Minister  lauded the patriotic fervour of every sailor serving in the Indian Navy in maintaining constant vigil against maritime threat and safeguarding the  nation’s maritime interests.  He also highlighted the Indian Navy’s significant role in implementing India’s Act East Policy.  He later interacted with them during "Barakhana".  
 
The Minister was also briefed about the Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I.
 
Earlier, on arrival at INS Dega, the Minister was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) and Vice-Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and was presented a huard of honour.
 
Rajnath Singh also held a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and officials of the State and the District Administration last evening. They jointly reviewed the progress of ongoing infrastructure projects and proposals of the Indian Navy in the state and directed concerned officials to continue the proactive civil-military synergies and cooperation between the Indian Navy and the State Government to expedite the progress of the naval issues.
 
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All-round Chennai thrash Delhi to storm into final

 
All-round Chennai Super Kings rode half centuries from Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson to storm into their eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) final as they beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets in the Qualifier 2 at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
After asking Delhi to bat first, Chennai bowlers put up a superb show to restrict the first time semi-finalists to 147/9.
 
Chasing a modest 148 for victory, openers du Plessis (50; 39 balls; 7x4; 1x6) and Watson (50; 32 balls 3x4; 4x6) were off to a slow start but recovered in time to share a 81-run stand for the opening wicket.
 
South Africa captain du Plessis was the aggressor early on and once he got out, Watson took over as Delhi bowlers looked hapless.
 
Having notched up his his 12th IPL fifty and fourth this season, du Plessis mistimed a pull to Keemo Paul at deep square leg off Trent Boult's bowling while Amit Mishra had Watson caught by Boult at wide long-off.
 
Suresh Raina (11) was castled by Axar Patel, bringing skipper M. S. Dhoni to the crease. With 21 needed off 24 balls, it was a cakewalk for the defending champions, although Dhoni (9) got out with two runs required for victory.
 
Dwayne Bravo was at the crease as the yellow army crossed the target with four leg byes with Ambati Rayudu (20 not out) at the other end and an over to spare. Chennai posted 151/4 in 19 overs.
 
Chennai will now take on old foes Mumbai Indians in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday, the fourth time the two teams will be locking horns in the summit clash.
 
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh (2/31) and Bravo (2/19) used their reservoir of experience to good effect while Deepak Chahar (2/28) continued his rich form with the ball as Delhi never got going despite having Rishabh Pant at the crease for more than an hour.
 
Ravindra Jadeja (2/23) and Imran Tahir (1/28), their best bowler this season, also returned impressive figures.
 
It was an uncharacteristic innings from Pant who was initially starved of the strike and then kept at bay by the Chennai bowlers as the 21-year old eventually managed 38 off 25 with the help of two fours and a six.
 
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Pant looked to be taking off when he hit Tahir for a four and six in the 17th over which yielded 14 runs. But Bravo bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he gave away just three runs besides accounting for Keemo Paul (3).
 
Chahar dismissed Pant in the penultimate over with Bravo taking the catch at long-on before Trent Boult (6 off 3) and Ishant Sharma (10 not out off 3) smashed some lusty blows to take the score close to the 150-run mark.
 
It all started with Chahar trapping young Prithvi Shaw (5) in front in the third over.
 
Harbhajan then accounted for the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (18), the India southpaw giving a healthy edge to Dhoni who took the catch in his second attempt.
 
Colin Munro and Shreyas Iyer then tried to steady the ship but just when the former was looking good, Ravindra Jadeja had him caught at deep square-leg by Bravo for 27 off 24 deliveries.
 
Iyer (13) departed soon after, skying a Tahir googly to backward point where Raina completed a good catch. Axar (3) too failed to contribute, holing out to Tahir at third man off Bravo's bowling.
 
Harbhajan then sent back Sherfane Rutherford (10) and it all looked downhill from there for the first time qualifiers.
 
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 147/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 38; Deepak Chahar 2/28, Harbhajan Singh 2/31, Ravindra Jadeja 2/23, Dwayne Bravo 2/19); Chennai Super Kings: 151/4 (Faf du Plessis 50, Shane Watson 50)
 
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Bowlers steal show as Chennai restrict Delhi to 147/9

 
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowlers put up a superb show to restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
Harbhajan Singh (2/31) and Dwayne Bravo (2/19) used their reservoir of experience to good effect while Deepak Chahar (2/28) continued his rich form with the ball as Delhi never got going despite having Rishabh Pant at the crease for more than an hour.
 
Ravindra Jadeja (2/23) and Imran Tahir (1/28), their best bowler this season, also returned impressive figures.
 
It was an uncharacteristic innings from Pant who was initially starved of the strike and then kept at bay by the Chennai bowlers as the 21-year old eventually managed 38 off 25 with the help of two fours and a six.
 
Pant looked to be taking off when he hit Tahir for a four and six in the 17th over which yielded 14 runs. But Bravo bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he gave away just three runs besides accounting for Keemo Paul (3).
 
Chahar dismissed Pant in the penultimate over with Bravo taking the catch at long-on before Trent Boult (6 off 3) and Ishant Sharma (10* off 3) smashed some lusty blows to take the score close to the 150-run mark.
 
It all started with Chahar trapping young Prithvi Shaw (5) in front in the third over.
 
Harbhajan then accounted for the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (18), the India southpaw giving a healthy edge to M. S. Dhoni who took the catch in his second attempt.
 
Colin Munro and Shreyas Iyer then tried to steady the ship but just when the former was looking good, Ravindra Jadeja had him caught at deep square-leg by Bravo for 27 off 24 deliveries.
 
Iyer (13) departed soon after, skying a Tahir googly to backward point where Suresh Raina completed a good catch. Axar Patel (3) too failed to contribute, holing out to Tahir at third man off Bravo's bowling.
 
Harbhajan then sent back Sherfane Rutherford (10) and it all looked downhill from there for the first time qualifiers.
 
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 147/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 38; Deepak Chahar 2/28, Harbhajan Singh 2/31, Ravindra Jadeja 2/23, Dwayne Bravo 2/19) vs Chennai Super Kings.
 
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CSK win toss, ask DC to bat first in Qualifier 2

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Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S. Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first against Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.
 
While the Delhi team remained unchanged from their last game, Chennai made one change with Shardul Thakur coming in for Murali Vijay.
 
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
 
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Delhi pulls off nail-biter contest against Hyderabad

 
In yet another Indian Premier League (IPL) contest which went down to the wire, opener Prithvi Shaw's (56 off 38) valiant half-century followed by Rishabh Pant's (49 off 21) heroics helped Delhi Capitals register a thrilling two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of the T20 tournament here on Wednesday.
 
Despite the duo's valuable contribution, Delhi hobbled towards the death over. However, it was Keemo Paul's stunning boundary off Khaleel Ahmed's delivery on the second last delivery of their innings which helped Delhi pull off a nail-biting victory and advance to the second Qualifier of the league, where they will now face three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday.
 
The winner of that match will meet Mumbai Indians in the final.
 
For Hyderabad, Khaleel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan bagged a couple of wickets each.
 
Chasing the 163-run target, Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan took Delhi to a desired start as they added 25 runs in just three overs. The Delhi openers then notched up their 50-run stand in 5.4 overs as the Hyderabad bowlers struggled to get the early breakthrough.
 
Deepak Hooda gave Hyderabad a much-needed respite as he finally broke the opening 66-run partnership after dismissing Dhawan (17 off 16) in the eighth over. Khaleel then stepped up to send Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer (8 off 10) back to the dug-out before he struck again to bring back Hyderabad into the contest as he accounted for the wicket of a well-settled Shaw in the 11th over, leaving Delhi at 87/3.
 
Shaw's knock was decorated with six boundaries and couple of hits into the stands.
 
Newcomer Pant and Colin Munro (14 off 13) then tried to put things back in control but could only manage to put 24 runs together before Rashid came with a breakthrough to claim Munro's wicket in the 15th over. The Afghan spinner then put Delhi in deep trouble as just in the very next delivery, he also sent back incoming batsman Axar Ptael, who failed to open his account.
 
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Despite the jolts, Pant kept on clobbering the Hyderabad bowlers to help his side cross the 150-run mark in 17.5 overs. Bhuvneshwar then brought some twist in the story as he dismissed Sherfane Rutherford (9 off 12) and a dangerous Pant in the second last over, leaving Delhi five runs away from victory with three wickets in hand.
 
Pant's blistering innings was laced with two boundaries and five massive sixes.
 
With the game going down to the wire, Delhi's Amit Mishra (1 off 2) also departed with three balls left and two runs still needed. While trying to take a quick single, Mishra ran completely in the middle of the wicket and the throw by Khaleel hit him after which Hyderabad went up for a caught-behind call and then for obstructing the field after which he was given out.
 
When it seemed Hyderabad would somehow restrict the Delhi side from a victory, their tailender Paul hammered Khaleel for a boundary on the penultimate delivery to help his team reach home in time. 
 
Earlier, a collective batting effort had helped Hyderabad post a fighting 162/8.
 
Delhi bowlers did a good job to restrict their opponents at a modest total, thanks to Paul and Ishant Sharma, who bagged three and two wickets, respectively.
 
Put in to bat first, last year's runners-up Hyderabad were off to a decent start as thier scorecard read 31 for no loss in the first three overs with opener Martin Guptill (36 off 19) hammering Trent Boult for 15 runs in the third over.
 
However, Ishant drew the first blood in the next over, dismissing opener Wriddhiman Saha (8) who holed out to Iyer at mid-off.
 
Manish Pandey (30 off 36) then added 25 runs with Guptill to take their side past the 50-run mark. However, the partnership didn't last long as leggie Mishra struck to send back a Guptill in the seventh over.
 
Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson and Pandey then tried to anchor the innings but their slow stand saw their side placed at 71/2 after 10 overs. The duo added 34 runs before Paul came up with a breakthrough, accounting for Pandey. 
 
Ishant then castled Williamson, leaving Hyderabad struggling at 111/4 in 15.5 overs. Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Nabi then chipped in with valuable knocks of 25 and 20, respectively, to take Hyderabad to 147 runs before the former fell in the 19th over. Nabi and Shankar hit some lusty blows towards the end to help Hyderabad post a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 165/8 in 19.5 overs (Pritvi Shaw 56, Rishabh Pant 49; Rashid Khan 2/15) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 162/8 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 36, Manish Pandey 30; Keemo Paul 3/32) by 2 wickets
 
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IPL: Hyderabad post 162/8 against Delhi in Eliminator

 
A collective batting effort helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) post a fighting 162/8 against Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
Delhi bowlers, too, did a good job to restrict their opponents at a modest total, thanks to Keemo Paul and Ishant Sharma, who bagged three and two wickets, respectively.
 
Put in to bat first, last year's runners-up Hyderabad were off to a decent start as their scorecard read 31 for no loss in the first three overs with opener Martin Guptill (36 off 19) hammering Trent Boult for 15 runs in the third over.
 
However, Ishant drew first blood in the next over, dismissing opener Wriddhiman Saha (8) who holed out to Shreyas Iyer at mid-off.
 
Manish Pandey (30 off 36) then added 25 runs with Guptill to take their side past the 50-run mark. However, the partnership didn't last long as leggie Amit Mishra struck to send back a dangerous-looking Guptill in the seventh over.
 
Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson and Pandey then tried to anchor the innings but their slow stand saw their side placed at 71/2 after 10 overs. The duo added 34 runs before Paul came up with the breakthrough, accounting for the wicket of Pandey. 
 
Ishant then castled Williamson, leaving Hyderabad struggling at 111/4 in 15.5 overs. Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Nabi then chipped in with valuable knocks of 25 and 20, respectively, to take Hyderabad to 147 runs before the former fell in the 19th over. Nabi and Shankar hit some lusty blows towards the end to help Hyderabad post a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 162/8 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 36, Manish Pandey 30; Keemo Paul 3/32) vs Delhi Capitals
 
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Delhi opt to field first vs Hyderabad in Eliminator

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
Both the teams have made one change in their squads as Colin Munro replaced Colin Ingram in the Delhi side while Deepak Hooda replaced Yusuf Pathan in the Hyderabad playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
 
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Can Delhi overcome Hyderabad challenge in Eliminator?

 
Delhi Capitals, who have had a dream run so far in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
In their last encounter, Delhi had secured a comfortable five-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals whereas Hyderabad had to face a four-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was only after Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) defeat against Mumbai Indians in their final group stage game that the Orange Army could make it to the playoffs. 
 
Delhi have been one of the top sides in this IPL edition. Despite finishing with 18 points from their 14 matches, they could not secure a place in the top two because of their lesser net run-rate in comparison to table-toppers Mumbai and second-placed Chennai Super Kings.
 
The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi have a strong batting line-up with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant all amongst the runs. Their bowling also looks settled with Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra leading the attack in the absence of Kagiso Rabada. 
 
Hyderabad, on the other hand, boasts a strong bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and the spin duo from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi in their playing XI. However, it is their batting which is their weak link since the departure of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. 
 
The winner of the match will play Chennai at same venue in Qualifier 2 on Friday.
 
Squads
 
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Jagadeesha Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, T. Natarajan
 
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INS Ranjit sails into sunset after 36 years of service

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INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned at a solemn yet grand ceremony at the Naval Dockyard here yesterday at the end of 36 years of service. 
 
The decommissioning ceremony was attended by officers and sailors of the commissioning crew as well as others who have been part of the ship’s voyage over the past three decades.
 
The chief guest at the decommissioning ceremony was Andaman & Nicobar Lt. Governor Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi, who was also a part of the commissioning crew. 
 
The ceremony was graced by 16 officers and 10 sailors from the commissioning crew and 23 erstwhile Commanding Officers.
 
The ship, commissioned on September 15, 1983, by Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in erstwhile USSR has rendered yeoman service to the nation for 36 years. The ship has been helmed by 27 commanding officers and the last commanding officer, Captain Vikram C Mehra, has been in command since June 6, 2017.
 
INS Ranjit, since her commissioning, has sailed for 2190 days covering a distance of over 7,43,000 nautical miles which is equivalent to navigating around the world 35 times and 3.5 times the distance from earth to moon.
 
The ship has been at the forefront of major naval operations and has the distinction of serving on both Eastern and Western seaboards. Apart from various naval operations like Op Talwar and various multinational exercises, the ship has also been a flag bearer of the Indian Navy`s benign role by participating in relief operations post Tsunami in 2004 and Hud-Hud on 2014.
 
In recognition of the service rendered to the nation, INS Ranjit was awarded Unit Citations by the Chief of Naval Staff in 2003-04 and in 2009-10.
 
At sunset, the National Flag, Naval Ensign and Commissioning Pennant were lowered for one last time on board and a glorious era in the history of the Indian Navy came to an end.
 
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Cyclone Fani pounds Odisha coast, 2 killed; alert in Bengal

Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
 
The cyclone Fani was set to cross several districts in Odisha before advancing to the neighbouring West Bengal. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was campaigning in Rajasthan's Hindaun, near Jaipur, said the Centre stood with the people hit by the cyclone. "I want to assure the families affected by the cyclone that we are with them at this point of hour. We have collected fresh updates from the officials and had released a fund of Rs 1,000 crore for relief work on Thursday."
 
In Odisha, about 10,000 villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) were likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm. The state has activated an emergency helpline number -- +91674253417 -- for Cyclone Fani.
 
The two deaths in Odisha were reportedly caused by falling trees, authorities said. 
 
The airports in Odisha and West Bengal have been shut down, resulting in the cancellation of many flights. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed his Ministry officials to continuously monitor the situation.
 
The Indian Railway has cancelled 223 trains in the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section along the coastal lines of Odisha on the Kolkata-Chennai route till May 4, officials said.
 
The Assam government too has sounded an alert following a warning of the cyclone hitting the state and other parts of the northeastern region in the early hours of Saturday. The cyclone is also expected to affect the regular pattern of weather conditions in some parts of Nepal, weather officials said.
 
In Odisha, widespread damages to property have been reported as thousands of trees and electricity poles were uprooted under the impact of the cyclonic storm which made its landfall in Puri.
 
The trail of destruction could be seen in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. There was no electricity in Bhubaneswar since morning. 
 
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Bhubaneswar reported extensive damage hours after the cyclone made its landfall. The institute also cancelled a post graduate examination scheduled to be held on May 5.
 
As per reports, the tourists who were stuck in Puri were fleeced by the bus operators for a ride to a safer place after rail and air connectivity was snapped in the region.
 
The Army, Navy and Air Force were keeping a strict vigil on the developments in the coastal region. J. P. Sharma, a top official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said, "The actual work will start once the storm passes over, leaving behind the destruction in its path."
 
The cyclone started crossing into the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The process of the landfall continued till 1 p.m, completely throwing normal life out of gear. 
 
About a million people were evacuated to safer places in Odisha due to the cyclonic storm. The met department said that heavy rainfall will continue across the state.
 
Three Indian Navy warships -- Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt -- have been put on stand-by with relief materials and medical teams.
 
Other naval vessels were also kept on stand-by at Visakhapatnam from where teams of naval divers have been moved to Odisha.
 
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and the Gangetic West Bengal after cyclone Fani made its landfall. The cyclone with a wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph was expected to hit the state on Friday midnight or early Saturday.
 
The cyclone was located over 400 km southwest of Kolkata and over 350 km southwest of Digha, the sea resort in East Midnapore district.
 
"The outer ring cloud band has already reached the coastal areas of West Bengal and Kolkata, prompting rainfall. The rain intensity will be gradually increasing. As the cyclone comes closer to Bengal, it will have a speed of 80-100 kmph," weatherman J.K. Mukhopadhyay said.
 
Six teams of NDRF have been deployed in Jhargram, West Medinipur, East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts.
 
The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have decided to shift people living in low lying areas to safer places. A toll-free helpline number, 1070, has been shared for assistance.
 
The cyclone also triggered heavy rains in parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, while gusty winds uprooted trees and electricity poles there, officials said.
 
Under its impact, gusty winds with speed reaching up to 140 kmph lashed the coastal area of Srikakulam district, where about 20,000 people have been shifted to 126 relief camps. Nine NDRF teams were deployed in the district. 
 
The heavy rains could also cause Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers to overflow, leading to floods in the region, officials warned.
 
Heavy downpour also lashed Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, two other districts in the north coastal Andhra, since Thursday.
 
Many trains and flights to and from the state have been cancelled.
 
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Australia-India maritime exercise begins in Visakhapatnam

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AUSINDEX-19, the 3rd Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Australian and Indian Navies began here yesterday with the arrival of HMAS Canberra (L02), a Landing Helicopter Dock, Newcastle (06) and Paramatta (154), both frigates and Success(OR 304), a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler along with HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine. 
 
The bilateral maritime exercise from April 2-14 is aimed at strengthening mutual cooperation and enhance interoperability between the Royal Australia Navy (RAN) and the Indian Navy by providing opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of the two navies, an official press release said.
 
AUSINDEX involves exercises in all three dimensions with a focus on Anti-Submarine Warfare and in three phases. The harbour phase from April 2-7 at Visakhapatnam will witness professional interaction in the form of Subject Matter Expert Exchange for sharing best practices, cross deck visits in addition to sporting, social and cultural engagement. 
 
Operational planning conferences towards the smooth conduct of the sea phase will also be held during this period. 
 
The sea phase from April 7-11 will be held in the Bay of Bengal. This will be followed by a second harbour phase from April 12 to 14 during which debrief and setting up of goals for the next edition of AUSINDEX, which is likely to be hosted by Australia in 2021, would be discussed.
 
During AUSINDEX-19, Australia will be represented by HMAS Canberra, an Amphibious Assault Ship; HMAS New Castle and HMAS Paramatta, both frigates; HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine and HMAS Success, a replenishment tanker. 
While the ships are embarked with MRH-90 and MH-60R helicopters, this year, the Australian version of P8A and ASW helicopter will also be participating. 
 
The Indian Navy would be represented by INS Ranvijay, a multi-role destroyer, INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate, INS Kora, a missile corvette, INS Kiltan, an ASW corvette and INS Sindhukirti, a conventional submarine. 
 
In addition to embarked helicopters such as Seaking Mk 42B and Chetak, the aviation component of the Navy will include Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers and P8I ASW aircraft. 
 
The sea phase of this year’s edition is being conducted under the command of Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. The Australian Navy’s maritime assets will be headed by Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, the Commander of the Australian Fleet.
 
The number and variety of units participating in the bilateral exercise are the highest till date from both navies and signifies the importance attached to the exercise by both countries while the enhanced complexity is indicative of the interoperability between the two navies. 
 
The current exercise will contribute towards consolidating bonds of friendship across the seas, the release said.
 
The maiden edition of the exercise was held in September 2015 at Visakhapatnam. Australia hosted the second edition of the exercise off Freemantle in June 2017, wherein ships of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy (IN) exercised with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships and submarines.
 
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Rear Admiral Suraj Berry takes over as Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet

Rear Admiral Suraj Berry
Rear Admiral Suraj Berry
Rear Admiral Suraj Berry took over the command of the Eastern Fleet, the sword arm of the Eastern Naval Command, from Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, at a ceremony held at the Naval Base in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
 
Rear Admiral Berry was commissioned on January 1, 1987, and is a specialist in Gunnery and Missile Warfare. His sea commands include the missile vessel INS Nirbhik, missile corvette INS Karmuk, stealth frigate INS Talwar, and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya of which he was the commissioning Commanding Officer. 
 
His staff and operational appointments include those as the Operations Officer of the Mobile Missile Coastal Battery, Fleet Gunnery Officer of the Western Fleet, Defence Adviser to the Indian High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and Maldives, Director at the Directorate of Staff Requirements and Naval Assistant to the Chief of Naval Staff and Principal Director Strategy, Concepts and Transformation at the Naval Headquarters.
 
He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (Meritorious Service Medal) in 2006 for services during the tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the Nau Sena Medal (Navy Medal) in 2015 for devotion to duty. 
 
He was elevated to the Flag Rank in October 2016 and was the Assistant Chief of Personnel for Human Resource Development prior to taking over command of the Eastern Fleet.
 
Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi has been placed in the select list for promotion to Vice-Admiral and is headed to New Delhi as the Assistant Director-General, Project Seabird, an official press release added.
 
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Cyclone 'Phethai' hits Andhra coast, triggers heavy rains

 
Cyclone Phethai makes landfall in Andhra Pradesh
Cyclonic storm ‘Phethai crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast in East Godavari district on Monday, causing widespread rains, uprooting trees, paralyzing transport and damaging crops.
 
‘Phethai' made the landfall near Katrinekonda in East Godavari district with a wind speed of 80 kmph and re-emerged into the Bay of Bengal before crossing the coast between Kakinada and Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in the same district. 
 
Authorities heaved a sigh of relief as no loss of life was reported till Monday evening. The coastal region was also spared of major losses, barring damages to standing crops over hundreds of acres.
 
According to officials at the Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, the severe cyclonic storm weakened due to unfavourable environmental conditions and crossed the coast as cyclonic storm. After crossing the coast, it moved towards Odisha.
 
The incessant rains accompanied by gusty winds lashing the coastal district since Sunday inundated low-lying areas, disrupted electricity and drinking water supply throwing normal life out of gear. The cyclone also paralysed road, rail and air traffic in the region.
 
East Godavari District Collector Kartikeya Mishra said electricity supply was disrupted to 99 villages and it would be restored soon.
 
Over 5,000 people from some coastal and low-lying villages were shifted to relief camps opened by the East Godavari district administration.
 
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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu monitored the situation from Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) control room in Amaravati. 
 
Home Minister N. Chinna Rajappa, who monitored the situation at the Collector's office in Kakinada, said all measures were taken to tackle the situation. He said efforts were on to restore normalcy in the affected areas.
 
RTGS officials said the measures taken by the authorities and the precaution by people ensured that there was no loss of life and also minimised the property damage.
 
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and naval helicopters were on standby along with 10,000 government employees as part of disaster preparedness.
 
Rescue workers were busy removing fallen trees, electric poles and debris from roads to restore vehicular traffic.
 
Turbulent weather conditions forced the authorities to cancel 14 flights to the port city of Visakhapatnam and divert many others to Hyderabad. Over 700 passengers were stranded at Visakhapatnam airport due to cancellation of flights.
 
A holiday was declared for all educational institutions in the coastal region. Authorities also suspended long-distance bus services and cancelled over 50 trains as a precaution.
 
The cyclone, the second to hit Andhra coast this year, had its impact on seven out of nine coastal districts. The rains inundated roads and low-lying areas in Vijayawada, bringing vehicular traffic to a halt.
 
‘Phethai' also had impact on neighbouring Telangana state with heavy rains lashing many districts. Paddy, cotton and other agriculture produce brought by farmers to the markets for sale were damaged. 
 
The weather in Greater Hyderabad was cloudy and chilled. Parts of the city experienced showers. 
 
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Heavy rains lash coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh

 
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Heavy rains accompanied by squally winds were lashing parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday as the severe cyclonic storm 'Phethai' is set to hit the coast near Kakinada later in the day, officials said.
 
Incessant rains were lashing East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts since Sunday night under the impact of Phethai in Bay of Bengal. Squally winds have uprooted trees and electricity poles in some places.
 
Electricity supply to Kakinada town and several other parts of East Godavari district was snapped. The meteorologists have asked people to remain indoors during the landfall of the storm.
 
Authorities have sounded red alert in seven out of nine coastal districts and opened over 300 relief camps to provide shelter to people evacuated from coastal villages and low-lying areas.
 
A holiday was declared for all educational institutions in the coastal districts. Authorities have also suspended long-distance bus services and cancelled several trains as a precautionary measure.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation with district collectors through vide-conference from Amaravati. He directed them to treat this as an emergency situation and gear up the district administration to prevent loss of life.
 
Naidu asked officials to keep helicopters on standby for rescue and relief operations. 
 
Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were already deployed in the districts likely to be impacted by the cyclone.
 
According to the Met Department, Phethai lay centred at 160 km southeast of Machilipatnam and 190 km south of Kakinada early Monday. 
 
"It is very likely to move northwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast around Kakinada during 17th December afternoon. However, due to unfavourable environmental conditions, it is likely to weaken before landfall and cross coast as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph," it said.
 
The IMD has forecast rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry, which is an enclave in East Godavari district.
 
The Met office warned that storm surge of height of about 0.5 to 1.0 metres above the astronomical tides may inundate the low lying areas of East Godavari, West Godavari, Vishakhapatnam and Krishna districts and Yanam district of Puducherry at the time of landfall.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea and those already out in deep sea were advised to return to the coast.
 
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National Medical Devices Promotion Council to be set up under DIPP

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A National Medical Devices Promotion Council will be set up under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu announced here on Friday. 
 
Addressing a programme on the occasion of 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, at Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone here, Mr Prabhu said it would give a fillip to the medical device sector, a sunrise sector.
 
The Medical Devices Industry (MDI) plays a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem and is indispensable to achieve the goal of health for all citizens of the country. The manufacturing and trade in MDI are growing steadily which includes a wide range of products, an official press release said.
 
Although the industry has been growing in double digits, it is predominantly import-driven with imports accounting for over 65% of the domestic market, an official press release said.
 
As Indian manufacturing companies and startups move towards creating innovative products, the setting-up of the Council will spur domestic manufacturing in this sector, it said.
 
The Council will be headed by Secretary, DIPP. Apart from the concerned departments of the Union Government, it will also have representatives from the healthcare industry and quality control institutions. Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone, Visakhapatnam, will provide technical support to the Council.
 
It will act as a facilitating and promotion & developmental body for the Indian MDI. The council will hold periodic seminars, workshops and all related networking activities to garner views of the industry and understand best global practices in the sector and deliberate on various parameters for inclusion in the industrial and trade policies in medical devices.
 
It will identify redundant processes and render technical assistance to the agencies and departments concerned to simplify the approval processes involved in medical device industry promotion & development.
 
The council will enable entry of emerging interventions and support certifications for manufacturers to reach levels of global trade norms and lead India to an export-driven market in the sector.
 
It will support dissemination and documentation of international norms and standards for medical devices, by capturing the best practices in the global market and facilitate domestic manufacturers to rise to the international level of understanding of regulatory and non-regulatory needs of the industry.
 
The council will adopt a robust and dynamic Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy, by identifying the strengths of the Indian manufacturers and discouraging unfair trade practices in imports while ensuring pro-active monitoring of public procurement notices across India to ensure compliance with PMA guidelines of DIPP and DoP.
 
It will undertake validation of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and other such entities within the MDI sector, which add value to the industry strength in manufacturing to gain a foothold for new entrants.
 
Make recommendations to government based on industry feedback and global practices on policy and process interventions to strengthen the medical technology sector, including trade interventions for related markets.
 
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Azharuddin appointed Telangana Congress working president

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today appointed former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin as the working president of the party's Telangana unit.
 
Azharuddin is a former Member of Parliament, having been elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. He, however, lost the 2014 elections from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan.
 
A press release from the Congress said Mr. Gandhi had also approved the appointment of B. M. Vinod Kumar and Jaffer Javed as Vice-Presidents of the state unit.
 
S. Jagadeeshwara Rao, Nagesh Mudiraj, T. Narsa Reddy, Manavatha Roy, Faheem, Kailash, Laxa Reddy and Krishank have been appointed General Secretaries. Durgam Bhaskar, Daruvu Ellanna, Vijay Kumar and Bala Laxmi have been named as Secretaries.
 
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ED summons TDP MP after raids at residence, offices

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Saturday conducted searches at the residence and offices of former Union Minister and TDP MP Y. S. Chowdary here for alleged financial irregularities and asked him to appear before the agency on November 27.
 
According to ED, searches conducted at seven locations in Hyderabad and one in Delhi revealed that the banks have been defrauded by companies owned by Chowdary to the tune of over Rs 5,700 crore.
 
The ED seized six luxury cars including Ferrari, Range Rover, and Benz from Chowdary's residence. These vehicles, registered in the name of dummy companies, have been seized under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
 
Documents recovered revealed that various FEMA/DRI/CBI cases were existing against the group companies. Similarly documents related to forex transactions were also seized, the ED said in a statement.
 
"Documents recovered indicate that they are controlling over 120 companies and most of them are non-operating or companies on paper only without any genuine business activities," it said.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that certain loans to group companies were sanctioned against the personal guarantee of Chowdary.
 
Chowdary, a member of the Rajya Sabha, is a close aide of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Chowdary was Minister of Science and Technology in the Narendra Modi Cabinet till March when the TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
 
The raids were conducted in connection with three FIRs registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on complaints from three banks stating that the consortium of banks were cheated to the tune of Rs 364 crore by Best & Crompton Engineering Projects Ltd, Chennai (BCEPL), which had obtained loans by falsification of accounts and submission of false statements.
 
Meanwhile, Sujana Group said in a statement that the ED team from Chennai had come to gather some information with regard to a 10-year-old case and the same was provided to it. The group denied that lookout notices were issued for some directors.
 
Saturday's raids came just days after the Andhra Pradesh government withdrew the "general consent" it had earlier given to the CBI to operate within its territory.
 
The CBI now requires the permission of the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct raids in the state.
 
The move had come following a series of raids by the Income Tax authorities against TDP leaders including Naidu's close aide and MP C.M. Ramesh.
 
The party leaders alleged that the Modi government was misusing central agencies to target them.
 
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Jagan injured in attack at Vizag airport, TDP smells conspiracy

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Jaganmohan Reddy
 
YSR Congress Party President Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy suffered a minor injury at the Visakhapatam airport in a knife attack by a young man and was on Thursday admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad even as Andhra Pradesh's ruling TDP voiced doubts that the attack could be a political conspiracy.
 
Soon after landing in Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh's Leader of Opposition was admitted to a hospital. Doctors said his condition was stable.
 
The injury on his left arm was 3 to 4 inch deep and it required nine stitches, the doctors said. With doubts being expressed by YSRCP leaders that the knife could have been laced with poison, the doctors sent his blood samples for examination.
 
Jagan suffered the injury on his left arm when he was stabbed by a youth who sneaked up to him with a request to take a selfie, police said.
 
The attacker, identified as Jaripalli Srinivas, works as a waiter at a restaurant at the airport.
 
A commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) overpowered the attacker, who was handed over to police. Jagan continued his journey to Hyderabad after getting first aid from the airport staff.
 
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police R. P. Thakur said they were questioning the accused.
 
The police chief said Srinivas claimed to be a fan of Jagan. "Prima facie it appears that he resorted to the attack for publicity," he said.
 
The officer said the police had no role in the security measures inside the airport. He said it was for CISF to find out how the attacker managed to carry a knife into the airport.
 
A case has been registered by the police on a complaint by CISF.
 
The YSRCP chief, who is on a state-wide 'padyatra' for nearly a year, visits Hyderabad every Friday to attend the court in the disproportionate assets case.
 
Jagan tweeted after landing in Hyderabad that he was safe. "To everyone worried about my safety - I'd like to inform you that I am safe. God's grace and the love, concern & blessings of the people of Andhra Pradesh will protect me," he tweeted.
 
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"Such cowardly acts will not dissuade me but only strengthen my resolve to work for the people of my state," he added.
 
The YSRCP took strong objection to the DGP's "premeditated and preconceived notions" even as the state government was trying to shift the blame for lax security on CISF.
 
YSRCP spokesman Ambati Rambabu alleged that the accused was working at a restaurant owned by a TDP leader.
 
Andhra Pradesh ministers including Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh condemned the attack on Jagan but they voiced their doubts about the incident.
 
Four Ministers addressed a joint news conference in Vijayawada on Thursday evening to say that their may be a political conspiracy behind the incident.
 
The TDP leaders said they had doubts because Jagan took medical treatment four hours after the attack and that too after reaching Hyderabad. 
 
Atchan Naidu, one of the Ministers, said the incident could be a conspiracy against the TDP government and besides the BJP and Jagan, Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao could be involved in it.
 
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister spoke to Jagan over phone and enquired about his health. The TRS chief wished Jagan speedy recovery.
 
Leaders cutting across party line in both the Telugu states condemned the attack on Jagan.
 
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YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy injured in attack at Vizag airport

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YSR Congress Party President Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy suffered a minor injury in a knife attack by a youth at Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday, police said.
 
The Leader of Opposition, who received an injury on his shoulder, continued his journey to Hyderabad after he was provided first aid by the airport staff.
 
A commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) overpowered the attacker, who was handed over to police.
 
The attacker was identified as Jaripalli Srinivas, who works at a restaurant at the airport. He came close to Reddy with a request to take a selfie but suddenly took out a small knife from his pocket and stabbed him.
 
The incident triggered tension at the airport as scores of YSRCP activists gathered outside shouting slogans against Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and the TDP government.
 
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2nd ODI: Hope-Hetmyer guide Windies to tie in last ball thriller

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
India skipper Virat Kohli's 37th ODI ton went in vain as the West Indies pulled off a heart-stopping chase to hold the hosts to a tie in the nail-biting second One-Day International at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
This is interestingly the second tied match between the two sides, with the other one, way back in December 1991.
 
Chasing a mammoth 322, powered by Kohli's unbeaten 157 off 129 balls and Ambati Rayudu's 80-ball 73, the West Indies rode on an undefeated century from Shai Hope (123 off 134; 4X10, 6X3) and Shimron Hetmyer's 64-ball 94 to get tantalisingly close to a win.
 
Needing 14 off the dramatic final over from Umesh Yadav, Hope got a single off the first ball before the second ball went for four leg byes. Ashley Nurse managed to get a single off the third before being rnn out off the fourth. 
 
With two deliveries left and Windies requiring 7 runs, Hope drove the penultimate delivery for a couple before slicing the final ball for a boundary, to which the Indian players gathered around and appreciated the effort of the right-hander as the match ended in a thrilling tie.
 
The West Indian chase centred around an excellent 143-run fourth wicket stand between Hope and Hetmyer, after the loss of the openers -- Kieran Powell (18) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (32) -- with the scoreboard ticking 64 on the board. 
 
India managed to pack back veteran Marlon Samuels (13) cheaply before the left-right combo of Hetmyer and Hope dashed their hopes for a major part of the middle overs.
 
With the dew making batting relatively easier in the second innings, the Windies duo used it to good effect as Hetmyer looked set to become the second fastest West Indian after Brian Lara to bring up a century, had Yuzvendra Chahal not dismissed him caught by Kohli.
 
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But the fall of Hetmyer did not deter Hope, who went on punishing the Indian bowlers at will, despite losing Rovman Powell (18) and skipper Jason Holder (12) in quick succession.
 
For India, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/67) turned out to be the star with the ball, even as the dew made life difficult for the other bowlers.
 
Earlier, opting to bat, Kohli came up with yet another authoritative century to anchor the hosts to a comfortable position after the early dismissal of the openers. 
 
In the process, the 29-year-old skipper also reached a personal milestone of becoming the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs.
 
Coming into the match 81 shy of the 10,000-run mark, Kohli got to the landmark in style, before racing to his sixth century of 2018 in a mere 106 balls. With the knock, Kohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in the calendar year.
 
Kohli was more importantly engaged in a 139-run fourth wicket stand with Rayudu (73 off 80 balls; 4X8) that dug the hosts out of a tricky start.
 
India lead the five-match rubber 1-0.
 
Brief scores: India 321/6 (Virat Kohli 157 not out, Ambati Rayudu 73, Shikhar Dhawan 29; Ashley Nurse 2/46, Obed McCoy 2/71) tie with West Indies 321/7 (Shai Hope 123 not out, Shimron Hetmyer 94, Chandrapaul Hemraj 32; Kuldeep Yadav 3/67).
 
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Kohli ton powers India to 321/6 vs Windies in 2nd ODI

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
India rode on skipper Virat Kohli's second successive century and a brilliant half century from new No. 4 Ambati Rayudu to post a staggering 321/6 against the West Indies in the second One-day International at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Opting to bat first on a placid track, Kohli came up with yet another authoritative century, his 37th in ODIs, to anchor the hosts to a comfortable position after the early dismissal of the openers.
 
In the process, the 29-year-old skipper also reached a personal milestone by becoming the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs.
 
Coming into the match 81 runs shy of the 10,000-run mark, Kohli got to the landmark in style, before racing to his sixth century of 2018 in a mere 106 balls. With the knock, Kohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in the calendar year.
 
Immediately after smashing the century, the Delhi batsman changed gears by depositing debutant Obed McCoy for two massive sixes before dispatching Kemar Roach for a six and two boundaries, to single-handedly take India past the 300-run mark. Kohli eventually ended on an unbeaten 157 off 129 deliveries, laced with 13 fours and four sixes.
 
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Earlier, after the early departure of openers Rohit Sharma (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (29), Kohli and Rayudu (73 off 80 balls; 4X8) dug the hosts out of trouble with a 139-run fourth wicket stand.
 
The 33-year-old Rayudu, who was recently anointed India's No. 4, grabbed the opportunity with both hands, matching his skipper shot for shot before reaching his ninth ODI fifty with a boundary off McCoy.
 
With the hosts going great guns at 179/1, off-spinner Ashley Nurse managed to break the partnership with the wicket of Rayudu before former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20 off 25; 6X1) joined Kohli for a brief 43-run fifth wicket stand.
 
Promoted up the order, Dhoni managed to show glimpses of his vintage self before being castled by McCoy. Thereafter, Rishabh Pant (17 off 13; 4X2) and Ravindra Jadeja (13 off 14) gave company to a rampaging Kohli, who blew away the West Indian attack from one end to help India to the massive score.
 
Brief scores: India 321/6 (Virat Kohli 157 not out, Ambati Rayudu 73, Shikhar Dhawan 29; Ashley Nurse 2/46, Obed McCoy 2/71) vs West Indies.
 
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