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Mukherjee condoles passing away of former Union Minister G. Venkataswamy

 
Congress leader G Venkatswamy passes away after prolonged illness
President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the passing away of former Union Minister and senior Congress leader G Venkataswamy, who died in a hospital in Hyderabad yesterday after a brief illness at the age of 85.
 
In a condolence message to Mr Venkataswamy's son G Vivekanand, a former Congress MP, Mr Mukherjee described the former Minister as a senior Congress leader, veteran Parliamentarian and an able administrator who served the nation in different capacities.
 
"He served with distinction as a member of the Union Council of Ministers. In his death, we have lost an eminent leader who always worked for the upliftment of the underprivileged and marginalized sections of society," he said.
 
Popularly known as "Kaka", Mr Venkataswamy had been ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment at the hospital. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. His second son G Vinod is a former Minister in the state government.
 
Born on October 5, 1929, Mr Venkataswamy was elected twice to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1957-62 and 1978-84. He was a Minister in the Andhra Pradesh Government during 1978-82.
 
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1969 and was re-elected six times in 1971, 1977, 1989, 1991, 1996 and 2004.
 
In the 1970s, he served as Union Deputy Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation and later of Supply and Rehabilitation. In 1991, he served as Union Minister of State for Rural Development and later of Textiles.
 
He was made Cabinet Minister in 1991 and assigned charge of Textiles and later of Labour.
 
He was elected deputy leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (Lok Sabha) in 2004.
 
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Technip wins €100 million order for oil & gas terminal for ONGC in Andhra Pradesh

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Engineering and construction major Technip today said it had won an approximately €100 million contract from the public sector Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) to build a 6 MMSCMD onshore terminal at Odalarevu in Andhra Pradesh as part of the integrated development of Vashishta (VA) and S1 fields. 
 
These VA and S1 fields are located 30-35 km off the Amalapuram coast in the KG Basin, off the east coast of India, at water depths of 250 to 700 meters. 
 
The onshore terminal awarded to Technip is one of the critical components of the integrated development of the fields, a press release from the company said.
 
Technip's scope of work for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract includes basic design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, inspection and testing, installation, pre-commissioning and commissioning of the new onshore terminal facilities which will be integrated to the existing terminal. 
 
The release said that the hydrocarbons extracted from VA and S1 deep water offshore fields will be transported to the proposed onshore oil and gas terminal for processing. The facility consists of a slug catcher for well fluid separation, gas compressors, high integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS), glycol dehydration, dew point control, mono ethylene glycol regeneration and gas metering system. It also includes utilities and off-sites such as air compression, nitrogen generation, flare system, storage tanks and diesel generators.
 
Technip’s operating centre in Delhi will manage and execute the project, which is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2016. 
 
Nicoletta Giadrossi, President of Technip’s Region A(3), said: “This award confirms our position as a major EPC contractor in the Indian oil & gas sector. The Vashistha project represents an important milestone for Technip's operations in India. We will leverage our long experience and track record in the country to deliver this project for ONGC, with whom we are looking forward to further strengthen our strategic collaboration in the future”.
 
Samik Mukherjee, Managing Director and Country Head of Technip in India, stated: “The Vashistha project confirms our presence in the domestic market as a tier 1 EPC player. In recent years, this is our second contract from ONGC following the Heera Redevelopment (HRD) process platform project, which reinforces our position as a partner of choice across the value chain from offshore to onshore activities, supported by our strong portfolio of technologies, skilled resources and project management skills.” 
 
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Keys Hotels launches property at pilgrimage destination Tirupati

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Keys Hotels, a chain of mid-market hotels, has launched its 17th hotel in India -- Keys Hotel Vihas -- at Tirupati, the well-known pilgrimage destination.
 
With this, Berggruen Hotels Pvt. Ltd., which operates in India under the brand name of Keys Hotels and Keys Resorts, has extended its presence to 14 cities in India. The Tirupati hotel, its third in a pilgrimage destination in India,  will be operated on a Keys franchise, a press release from the company said.
 
 “The launch of Keys Vihas Hotel is yet another important milestone for Berggruen Hotels. It reaffirms the rapid growth story of the Keys brand. We are excited about the Tirupati property, and hope our guests too will be enthralled by the experience at the hotel," Mr. Sanjay Sethi, MD and CEO, Berggruen Hotels, said.
 
Located in heart of the city, Hotel Keys Vihas is at convenient distance from Tirumala Temple. The hotel is equipped with 58 rooms and three suites. Among other facilities, it has a multi-cuisine restaurant and two halls.
 
Mr. P. Rathnaiah, owner, Keys Hotel Vihas, Tirupati said “We are delighted at this alliance with a young and dynamic brand such as Keys Hotels. This partnership will help Vihas Hotel create a distribution footprint for its hotel business through their sales offices nationally.”
 
Funded by Berggruen Holdings, a New York headquartered proprietary fund, Berggruen Hotels was formed in September 2006. It launched its brand Keys Hotels in January 2007 and opened its first hotel in 2009 under this brand. 
 
Cities in which Keys Hotels has a presence include Ajmer, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai, Pune, Silvassa, Shirdi and Thiruvananthapuram.
 
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Tech Mahindra to acquire Lightbridge Communications Corporation

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IT services major Tech Mahindra Ltd., a part of the Mahindra Group, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire network services provider Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC) for an enterprise value of approximately $240 million.
 
The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the last quarter of Tech Mahindra’s 2015 fiscal year, a press release from the company said yesterday.
 
Headquartered at McLean, Virginia in the United States, LCC is one of the world’s largest independent global providers of network engineering services to the telecommunications industry, with more than 5,000 employees in over 50 countries, the release said.
 
With annual revenues of more than $400 million, LCC has built 350 networks and designed more than 350,000 cell sites for over 400 customers worldwide.  The acquisition positions Tech Mahindra as the pre-eminent partner for network services globally, it said.
 
The company said that, with this acquisition, it would also be addressing a rapidly growing market opportunity as telecommunications companies and enterprises accelerate the network upgrade cycle. 
 
"With networks increasingly becoming all IP-based and virtual, software will play a key role in managing the networks of the future. Tech Mahindra’s deep software skills, in combination with LCC’s world-class network engineering capabilities, will further differentiate Tech Mahindra’s offerings to both our Communications and Enterprise customers," it said.
 
"The acquisition of LCC will strongly augment the systematic investments that Tech Mahindra has been making in its network services business over the last few years. Tech Mahindra’s network consulting, integration and operations services in conjunction with LCC’s network engineering and field services will enable the company to offer a full range of network services to both communications service providers as well as to the ecosystem of partners who cater to the communications sector," it said.
 
Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra said, “This partnership is another significant step towards the globalization of Tech Mahindra as we welcome a diverse workforce of over 5,000 network professionals across five continents and more than 50 countries. We expect network services to be a major growth engine for our organization.”
 
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CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “This acquisition is a defining moment for Tech Mahindra and the network services sector. We will now be the largest and most comprehensive provider of technology services to Communications Service Providers. Our 25 years of rich experience in delivering technology solutions to enterprises and communications service providers globally will be significantly strengthened by this acquisition. ”
 
“Over three decades, LCC has grown to become the largest independent provider of wireless engineering services. Bringing LCC into Tech Mahindra will create the industry’s largest network engineering, deployment, and managed services organization,” said Kenneth Young, CEO of LCC. “Having Tech Mahindra’s breadth of services to provide advanced managed network services coupled with its size and scale, will help us increase the performance of our customers’ ever-evolving networks,” he added.
 
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Rajnath approves raising of eight Indian Reserve battalions in AP, Telangana

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today approved the raising of eight India Reserve (IR) battalions in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in a phased manner. 
 
Under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act,2014, the Central Government shall assist the successor States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to raise additional police force. Accordingly, the Union Home Minister approved two battalions in this financial year and one battalion each in the next two financial years in both the States. 
 
As per the approved scheme, the Government of India will reimburse a maximum amount of Rs. 51.19 crores per IR battalion which includes Rs. 26.19 crores as 75% of the standard of raising i.e. Rs. 34.92 crores and 50% of the infrastructure cost (excluding cost of land) up to a maximum of Rs. 25 crore, an official press release added.
 
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Navy chief says sinking of TRV "extremely unfortunate", causes will be probed

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Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, today said that the Navy had viewed with " great seriousness" the mishap involving a torpedo recovery vessel (TRV A-72) off the coast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night.
 
Terming the sinking of the vessel as "extremely unfortunate", he told mediapersons here that the causes of the incident would be investigated thoroughly.
 
He also said that all efforts would be made to locate the four members of crew reported missing after the mishap.
 
The Navy has launched a full-scale search and rescue (SAR) operation for the missing personnel.
 
As per the latest inputs, the search is going on in an area 215 nautical miles south-west of Visakhapatnam, after taking into account the prevailing drift and currents in the Bay of Bengal. Several ships of the Eastern Fleet and aircraft including Boeing P8I, Dorniersand Chetak helicopters havebeen deployed to search for the missing personnel.
 
"No missing personnel have been found till this afternoon," an official statement from the Navy said.
 
Admiral Dhowan had reviewed the progress of the SAR operation last evening at Visakhapatnam. He also visited the bereaved family of sailor James Jacob, who died in the mishap, as also the family of the officer reported missing. 
 
The Admiral was briefed about the mishap by the rescued crew of the ill-fated vessel. 
 
"Indian naval authorities are in constant touch with the families of three missing sailors, keeping them informed about the progress of SAR operations," the statement added.
 
A Board of Inquiry headed by a Captain is in progress to investigate the circumstances that led to the mishap, that occurred around 2000 hours on Thursday. The vessel was on a routine mission to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships during a routine exercise, when she experienced flooding in one of her compartments.
 
"As per the initial reports, the probable reason for sinking of the vessel seems to be ingress of sea-water (flooding) in the Engine Room and Aft Steering Compartment of the vessel. A Board of Inquiry headed by a Captain has been constituted to investigate into the circumstances leading to the mishap," the Navy had said on Friday.
 
TRV is an auxiliary vessel which is used to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships and submarines. The ship is 23 meters long and 6.5 meters at the beam. This ship was built by Goa Shipyard Limited in 1983 and had served the Navy for the past 31 years.
 
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Navy continues search for missing men after vessel sinks on Thursday

 
Rescue operations on after Navy torpedo recovery vessel sinks off Vizag
Ships and aircraft of the Indian Navy today continued a full-scale search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate the four personnel reported missing when a torpedo recovery vessel (TRV 72) sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night.
 
One sailor, James Jacob, died in the incident, while 24 others who were on the vessel were rescued and safely brought ashore. The missing personnel include an officer and three sailors.
 
Nine ships of the Eastern Fleet and a few aircraft, including Boeing P8I, Dorniers, Sea King 42C and Chetak helicopters, have been deployed in the day-and-night search for the missing personnel.
 
"Though no missing personnel have been found till this afternoon, one handycam (video-camera) and two life jackets (belonging to TRV 72) were recovered yesterday from the search area," a statement from the Navy said.
 
It said that, as per the latest inputs, the search is going on in an area 80 nautical miles south-southwest of Visakhapatnam, taking into account the prevailing drift and currents.
 
A Board of Inquiry headed by a Captain is in progress to investigate the circumstances that led to the mishap, that occurred around 200 hours on Thursday. The vessel was on a routine mission to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships during a routine exercise, when she experienced flooding in one of her compartments.
 
"As per the initial reports, the probable reason for sinking of the vessel seems to be ingress of sea-water (flooding) in the Engine Room and Aft Steering Compartment of the vessel. A Board of Inquiry headed by a Captain has been constituted to investigate into the circumstances leading to the mishap," the Navy had said yesterday.
 
TRV is an auxiliary vessel which is used to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships and submarines. The ship is 23 meters long and 6.5 meters at the beam. This ship was built by Goa Shipyard Limited in 1983 and had served the Navy for the past 31 years.
 
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IAF helicopters help to douse forest fires near Visakhapatnam

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) today deployed four of its newly acquired Mi-17 V5 helicopters to help douse massive and widespread forest fires that had been devouring pristine forests some 30 km east of Visakhapatna and causing large-scale destruction of flora and fauna.
 
An offficial press release said the helicopters were pressed into action on the request of the State Government.
 
Equipped with forest fire fighting equipment, called the "Bambi Bucket" having a capacity of 3500 litres of water each, the first sortie of the helicopter from Visakhapatnam was devoted to carrying out a detailed aerial assessment of the general area and the extent of the fire.
 
Initially the fire seemed under control, but at 1330 hours the wind speed increased and fire picked up. A total of 1,00,000 ltrs of water was used to douse the fire and 42 shuttles were carried out in all by the helicopters. The forest fire is now under control and a sortie is planned in the morning along with forest and district officials to assess the situation, an official press release said.
 
This is the third time that the helicopters have been used to fight forest fires, the release said.
 
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Navy's Torpedo Recovery Vessel sinks off Vizag; one killed, four missing

 
Rescue operations on after Navy torpedo recovery vessel sinks off Vizag
At least one sailor died and four others were reported missing after a Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV) (A 72) of the Indian Navy sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh last night, official sources said.
 
As many as 24 others on the vessel were rescued safely by ships despatched to the area, a statement from the Navy said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 2000 hours yesterday. The vessel was on a routine mission to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships during a routine exercise, when she experienced flooding in one of her compartments, the statement said.
 
"At the time of the incident there were 29 personnel on board. One sailor has lost his life during the rescue operation and four personnel (one officer and three sailors) are still reported missing. Twenty four personnel have been rescued safely by the Search and Rescue (SAR) ships dispatched to the area," it said.
 
An update issued by the Navy later in the day today said a full-scale search and rescue (SAR) operation had been launched for the four missing personnel.
 
Nine ships of the Eastern Fleet and a few aircraft including Boeing P8I, Dorniers, Sea King 42C and Chetak helicopters had been deployed through the night to search for the missing personnel. 
 
"As per the initial reports, the probable reason for sinking of the vessel seems to be ingress of sea-water (flooding) in the Engine Room and Aft Steering Compartment of the vessel. A Board of Inquiry headed by a Captain has been constituted to investigate into the circumstances leading to the mishap," it said.
 
TRV is an auxiliary vessel which is used to recover practice torpedoes fired by fleet ships and submarines. The ship is 23 meters long and 6.5 meters at the beam. This ship was built by Goa Shipyard Limited in 1983 and had served the Navy for the past 31 years.
 
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Moderate rainfall likely at many places in AP due to depression over Bay of Bengal: IMD

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that moderate rainfall was likely to occur at many places over Andhra Pradesh on November 8 and 9 under the influence of a deep depression over central Bay of Bengal.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 0830 hours today said the depression had remained practically stationary during the past 12 hours and lay centred at 0530 hours near latitude 14.10 N and longitude 86.90 E, about 750 km east-southeast of Ongole, 560 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 730 km east north east of Chennai. 
 
"It would move westwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast and weaken gradually into a depression while reaching near the coast on 9th Nov. 2014, morning," it said.
 
The bulletin said squally winds with speed reaching 35-45 kmph, gusting to 55 kmph, would prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coast on November 8 and 9.
 
Sea conditions could be rough to very rough along and off Andhra Pradesh 
and north Tamil Nadu coast on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
The bulletin advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts on November 8 and 9. Fishermen out at sea along and off these coasts have been advised to return to the coast.
 
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Deep depression over Bay of Bengal to weaken before reaching near AP coast

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A deep depression over central Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours but weaken gradually into a depression while reaching near the Andhra Pradesh coast on the morning of November 9, th e India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2030 hours said the deep depression had remained practically stationary during the past six hours and lay centered at 1730 hours IST near latitude 14.10 N and longitude 86.90 E, about 690 km west-northwest of Port Blair,560 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 690 km south-southeast of Paradip.
 
"It would move northwestwards and may intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hrs. It would then move west-northwestwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast. It would weaken gradually into a depression while reaching near the coast on 9th Nov. 2014, morning," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, moderate rainfall would occur at many places over districts of Andhra Pradesh on November 8 and 9.
 
Squally winds, with speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph, would prevail in and around Andaman Islands during the next 12 hours and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
Sea conditions around Andaman Islands would be rough to very rough 
during the next 12 hours and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Andaman Islands during the next 12 hours. Similarly, fishermen were advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on November 8 and 9. Fishermen out at sea along and off this coast should return to the coast, the bulletin added.
 
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Depression over central Bay of Bengal likely to intensify, cause rains over Andaman

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A depression over central Bay of Bengal is likely to move nealry northwards initially and intensify further into a deep depression in the next 24 hours, causing rainfall at many places over Andaman during this period, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A buletin from the IMD issued at 0820 hours today said the depression over central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal had moved northwards and lay centred at 0530 hours IST over central Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.80 N and longitude 87.50 E, about 610 km west-northwest of Port Blair, 630 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 730 km south-southeast of Paradip.
 
"It would move nearly northwards initially and intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hrs," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at many places over Andaman during the next 24 hours, with isolatd heavy to very heavy falls.
 
Moderate rainfall would occur at many places over districts of north Andhra Pradesh and coastal Odisha on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph will prevail in
and around Andaman Islands during next 24 hours, the bulletin said.
 
The sea conditions around Andaman Islands would be rough to very rough during the next 24 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off Andaman Islands during the next 48 hours.
 
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8th Annual Poultry Exhibition to be held in Hyderabad on November 26-28

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Global poultry experts will discuss the benefits of lean chicken protein intake, 
ease of accessibility to this vital element in a daily Indian diet and sustained growth of the poultry industry in India at the 8th Annual Poultry Exhibition here on November 26-28.
 
A press release from Poultry India, an advisory body comprising heads of national organisations including Indian Poultry Equipment Manufacturers' Association (IPEMA), National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC); CLFMA of India; Poultry Federation of India (PFI), among others, said here today that it is spearheading an educational campaign to Eat Right, Eat Healthy. 
 
The release said protein deficiency in India is cause for concern. A recent paper published in The National Medical Journal of India highlighted the fact that India has the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) and TB-related deaths in the world, with 2.3 million new cases and an estimated 320,000 deaths annually. 
 
A recent study commissioned by Du Pont and done by Economist Intelligence Unit concluded that quality of the food consumed in India is highly deficient in 
protein, iron and Vitamin A. In their latest report, this study says that while meat consumption remains important to the human diet, milk and eggs will increasingly provide a more efficient source of calories and protein. 
 
For Indians, protein in diet is only 37 grams as against a world average of 65% and World Health Organisation recommendations of minimum 84 grams per day. An average Indian consumes 35-40gms of protein per day while the protein requirement for an average person is 1 gm per kilogram of bodyweight per day, the release said, quoting an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report.
 
It quoted Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures to say that two billion people in the world suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies, while 1.4 billion are overweight, of which 500 million are obese. FAO’s Director-General said tackling obesity will feature prominently during discussions at the Rome conference of FAO.
 
The release said that, In India the prevalence of malnutrition is very high. More than 40% of under-five children population suffers from the condition.  In India an estimated 400 million people, a number larger than the entire population of the US, are infected with the TB-bacillus but are asymptomatic though at risk of developing active TB. More than half the cases of TB every year (two thirds in cases of people in age group of 15-19) could be prevented by ensuring people get enough to eat in terms of proteins and calories.
 
The World Bank reviewed and proposed revisions in May 2014, to its poverty calculation methodology and purchasing power parity basis for measuring poverty worldwide, including India. According to this revised methodology, the world had 872.3 million people below the new poverty line, of which 179.6 million people lived in India. In other words, India with 17.5% of total world's population had 20.6% share of world’s poorest in 2013.
 
"Most people get enough protein. But are you making the best protein choices?" asks nutritionist Geeta Dharmatti. "You need protein for your muscles, bones, and the rest of your body. Exactly how much you need changes with age. If you're watching your weight, try including protein with every meal. It will help you feel full longer."
 
"Spreading protein evenly across your meals is also good for your muscles, which is especially important as you get older and start to lose muscle mass. Along with the quantity of the protein, it is also very important to choose 
right quality of protein. Quality of proteins refers to the amount of amino acids provided by that protein. Poultry and egg proteins are easy to digest, cheaper and easily accessible, and hence contribute more in providing the required amino acids to the body. For this reason, they are also referred to as complete dietary protein," she said.
 
"The human brain needs certain essential nutrients to perform at an optimum level, particularly with regard to neurotransmitter-precursors, electrolytes (i.e. salts) and fuel (primarily glucose). By eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in chicken, eggs, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish and carbohydrates, you can maintain healthy brain function without having to buy expensive dietary supplements (some of which work, but many of which don't).
 
"Apart from protein, you might also want to think about what else you're getting from protein-rich foods. For instance, to limit saturated fat, you'd want to choose lean chicken meat over fattier cuts. And to cut back on sodium, skip the processed meats like hot dogs and sausage. If you're trying to get more omega-3s, you might choose fish or eggs enriched with omega-3s. If you need to get more fibre look to beans, vegetables, nuts and pulses," Dr Dharmatti said.
 
According to the release, eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients in India.  They provide a tremendous amount of choline which can improve your memory and cognitive response. Studies have linked dietary intake of choline with higher IQ results. Additionally, the omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients like folate, pantothenic acid and zinc are also important for your brain function. Eating the yolk can reduce your stress level and prevent neurological disorders like depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. 
 
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"Consumption of adequate protein ensures strong immune defence, efficient signalling of nerves and impulses, healthy hair and maintenance of fluid balance in the body. Protein can also turn into an energy provider when required by the body. Insufficiency of protein in the body affects all organs and overall growth and development. It is always advisable to choose a balanced diet with adequate amount of proteins along with other nutrients to 
ensure a healthy body and revitalised mind," she added. 
 
Mr Om Prakash Singh, core committee member, Poultry India said: "Our Prime Minister has embarked on a worthy campaign to educate us on how to stay clean and thus stay healthy. Poultry India wants to support our Prime Minister by educating people on obesity and tell them that obesity decreases the quality and length of life, and increases individual and national healthcare costs. Our campaign which has just begun also fits in rather well with the three global events on nutrition and health globally this month. People who start the day with a protein-rich breakfast consume 200 fewer calories a day than those who chow down on a carb-heavy breakfast."
 
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Venkaiah Naidu adopts cyclone-ravaged village of AP for rehabilitation

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Union Minister for Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu has adopted the Chepala Uppada village of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh for rehabilitation and development in the aftermath of the recent cyclone Hudhud that ravaged districts on the north coast of the state.
 
An official press release said the fishermen's village and the surrounding hamlets were severely affected by the cyclone.
 
Mr Naidu has decided to donate month's and make a contribution of Rs. 25 lakhs from his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for rebuilding the village and ajoining hamlets.
 
Resources will also be mobilized from other sources like trusts and NGOs in this regard. Nellore-based Swarna Bharati Trust has offered Rs.10 lakh for rehabilitation of the village, the release said.
 
Over the last two days, Mr Naidu has extensively toured the cyclone-affected areas of the state for an assessment of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts. He convened a meeting of representatives of over 20 Central government departments and agencies at Visakhapatnam and reviewed the measures being taken for restoration of different kinds of services to the public. 
 
Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) management handed over a cheque of Rs. 5 crore to Mr Naidu for rehabilitation of Hudhud affected areas. 
 
He also reviewed the progress on the rehabilitation front with Collectors of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.
 
Mr Naidu also discussed the situation with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the release said. The Union  Minister suggested that a separate entity may be created for integrated development of Visakhapatnam with representation from the central government for promoting ‘Smart City’ features. 
 
Mr Naidu spoke to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the telephone and urged him to direct the concerned officials for speedy settlement of insurance claims and rescheduling of bank loans of all the cyclone affected people.
 
Expressing concern over soil erosion of beaches of Visakhapatnam, Mr Naidu said he would take up the matter with the Ministry of Environment for long-term measures.
 
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BCCI names squad for first three ODIs against SL, Virat Kohli to lead

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today named the Indian team for the first three one-day internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka beginning November 2, with Virat Kohli as the captain.
 
BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said its All-India Senior Selection Committee, which met today to pick the team, had decided to rest regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
 
The following is the team:
 
 Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, W Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar Patel.
 
The committee also named the India 'A' team, with Manoj Tiwary as captain, that will play a one-day practice match against Sri Lanka at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai on October 30.
 
The following is the India 'A' team:
 
Manoj Tiwary (Captain), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Perveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav 
 
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board had agreed to play a five-ODI series in India at short notice to fill the void created by the abrupt decision of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to cancel an ongoing tour of India over a payment structure dispute with its players.
 
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BCCI suspends bilateral tours with West Indies, to initiate legal action against WICB

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Five days after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) cancelled the rest of an an ongoing tour of India because of a payment structure dispute with its players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India today decided to initiate legal proceedings against it.
 
At a meeting of its Working Committee here, the BCCI also decided to suspend all bilateral tours between the BCCI and WICB.
 
"BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour. All bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
 
Mr Patel said the members appreciated the gesture of the Sri Lankan Cricket board in accepting BCCI's request to play five one-day internationals (ODIs) starting from November 2 at such a short notice.
 
"This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in months of July/August 2015," he said.
 
Mr Patel also announced that the venues for the five ODIs would be Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad and the detailed itinerary would be announced shortly.
 
The WICB decision came when five matches of the tour -- the fifth ODI, a T20 International and three Test mathces -- were remaining.
 
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Commerce and Industry Ministry officials to visit cyclone-hit Vizag on Oct 21

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Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman has deputed two senior officials of her Ministry to visit Visakhapatnam on October 21 to assess the damage caused to various industrial projects, including special economic zones, in the port city by cyclone Hudhud which hit the region last Sunday.
 
The cyclone caused large scale destruction to public and private property in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and parts of south Odisha.
 
The two officials -- Mr Rajeev Arora, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce and Mr D.V. Prasad, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion – will also suggest restoration measures, an official press release said.
 
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Pratt & Whitney launches work on its Customer Training Centre at Hyderabad

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Aircraft engine makers Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun work on the construction of its customer training centre here.
 
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new facility, to be housed in United Technologies Corporation India Private Limited, was held here yesterday.
 
Expected to be operational by mid-2015, it will train aircraft engineers and technicians of Pratt & Whitney’s customers on current and new engine models. This Pratt & Whitney training centre will be the third such facility in the world.
 
A press release from Pratt & Whitney said the initiative addresses the shortage of skilled manpower in India’s aviation industry. 
 
Initially, training would be provided on V2500 and PW1100G-JM engines, with scope for adding other Pratt & Whitney engines flying in the region and other models from the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family.
 
The facility will include specialized trainings such as general familiarization, line & base maintenance and borescope inspection. It will have a capacity of 5,000 student days per year, which would gradually increase to 9,000 student days per year.
 
“Pratt & Whitney recognizes India’s potential as a major aviation hub. The Hyderabad centre will make world-class aerospace training available in India,” said Bruce Hall, General Manager – Customer Training, Pratt & Whitney. “The specialized training at this facility will train engineers from airlines in India and abroad. We are proud to deliver training programs that will support India in becoming a leader in the global aviation industry.”
 
Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager – Pratt & Whitney, UTC India said, “This customer training facility marks a major milestone for Pratt & Whitney. We will continue to invest in talent and infrastructure to support the industry's growth here.”
 
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Over last few years, Hyderabad has emerged as a promising aerospace investment destination and is evolving as an aviation hub. Roy Chowdhury said.
 
“The elements facilitating Hyderabad’s rapid growth include a robust infrastructure comprising of a host of government and private manufacturers and R&D institutions. Hyderabad also has a world-class airport and associated facilities. The presence of a highly-developed education system that produces high-quality engineering and IT talent is also a contributing factor.”
 
At present, a large fleet of aircraft in India use engines made by Pratt & Whitney and IAE International Aero Engines AG (a consortium in which Pratt & Whitney is a majority shareholder). The company will also supply the PurePower Geared Turbofan engines for Airbus and Embraer aircraft ordered by GoAir, IndiGo and Air Costa. The GTF engines deliver double-digit improvements in fuel burn, noise and emissions with the highest level of maturity of the new generation of advanced commercial engines being developed in the industry.
 
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Modi visits cyclone-hit Vizag, announces Rs 1000 crore interim aid for AP

Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore interim aid to AP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam and made an aerial survey of other affected areas and announced an interim assistance of Rs 1000 crores to the Andhra Pradesh government for relief, rehabilitation and restoration efforts.
 
Mr Modi told journalists after making an aerial survey of the affected areas in north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha that a Central team would soon make an assessment of the devastation caused by the disaster.
 
He said the Central government and the state government would make all efforts to ensure that essential items were available in adequate quantities.
 
He said the Centre would render all possible assistance to the state government for the restoration of the infrastructure in Visakhapatnam.
 
Mr Modi also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of those who died in the cyclone and Rs 50,000 to those who had suffered injuries from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
 
He expressed his condolences to the families of those who had lost their lives and his sympathies to those who had suffered on account of the cyclone. He said the entire country stood with them in this hour of crisis and promised them all possible assistance from the Central government.
 
Mr Modi had a word of praise for the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which had been able to predict the time, path and intensity of the cyclone with a high degree of accuracy several days in advance and had, thus, helped to minimise the loss of human lives by using modern technology.
 
He said that, during the past many days, the Centre and the state governments concerned had worked in perfect harmony to take all possible preventive and precautionary measures to ensure minimal loss of human lives.
 
He noted that several Central government organisations and establishments, including the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Railways, the airport, national highways and other facilities had suffered heavy losses in the cyclone.
 
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He said detailed surveys would be conducted on the losses caused, including to agricultural crops and public and private properties.
 
Mr Modi noted that he had, only a fortnight ago, announced plans to include Visakhapatnam, which bore the brunt of the cyclone's fury, among the places that would be turned into "smart cities" in the country.
 
"Suddenly, we are faced with this test, but I am sure we will emerge from it successfully. Very soon, things will be back to normal and all the damaged infrastructure will be restored. Priority will be given to ensuring adequate supplies of electricity, water, communication links and so on and there will be an improvement in these areas in the next few hours," he added.
 
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People in cyclone-hit Vizag scramble for food, water, other essentials

Two days after Visakhapatnam and its neighbouring areas were ravaged by cyclone Hudhud, people in the port city continued to struggle on Tuesday without electricity and communication links and had to cope with shortages of almost all essential commodities, including food, milk, drinking water and fuel.

Modi to conduct aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas
Two days after Visakhapatnam and its neighbouring areas in Andhra Pradesh were ravaged by cyclone Hudhud, people in the port city continued to struggle today without electricity and communication links and had to cope with shortages of almost all essential commodities, including food, milk, drinking water and fuel.
 
Desperate scenes were seen in some parts of the city, where people mobbed relief officials stopped trucks carrying vegetables and other items and looted whateve they could lay their hands on in sacks of bigger than themselves. The few policemen around could do very little to stop the miscreants.
 
There were also long queues at stations as people waited for hours to fill up petrol or diesel in their vehicles. People also lined up at automated teller machines (ATMs) of banks to withdraw cash to make purchases.
 
Drinking water, milk and other items were being sold at astronomical prices as people scrambled to stock up on essential supplies.
 
Most areas hit by the cyclone on Sunday, with winds of speed upto 195 kmph, remained without electricity, communication links and piped water supply for the third day today as the full scale of the unprecedented devastation wrought by the cyclone is only beginning to unfold.
 
With fallen trees, electricity and telephone poles blocking most roads, the movement of essential supplies to the affected areas was delayed, and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were trying to clear the roads at the earliest.
 
The cyclone has claimed at least 21 lives in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh -- 15 in Visakhapatnam, five in Vizianagaram and one in Srikakulam -- and three in south Odisha.
 
Thousands of people have taken shelter in relief camps set up by the authorities in the affected districts.
 
The State Road Transport Corporation has resumed services in some areas, but train services remained affected. The cyclone caused major damage to the Visakhapatnam airport, but it has been opened for relief flights though commercial services may take longer to resume.
 
All over Visakhapatnam, there are signs of the havoc wreaked by the cyclone, with hundreds of buildings suffering extensive damage and the streets littered with uprooted trees and poles, shattered glass and other debris.
 
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There were signs of destruction everywhere -- hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles uprooted, roofs of thatched huts, hoardings, signboards and street furniture blown away, and glass panes of windows of buildings shattered and interiors damaged.
 
Thousands of people, including many visitors to the region, were stranded in the region for want of bus, train or air services.
 
Ahead of the cyclone, the authorities had cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies. These measures helped to ensure that there was minimal loss of lives due to the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi yesterday evening to review the relief and rescue operations, is due to visit Visakhapatnam today for a first-hand assessment of the situation and an aerial survey of the affected parts of Odisha.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on the extent of destruction, including the damage to infrastructure such as roads, railway lines, buildings, power and telecommunication lines. He was also given an overview of the status of relief operations and steps taken to ensure supply of essential commodities including food, drinking water and fuel. He was informed that the extent of damage to standing crops shall be assessed over the next few days.
 
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Mr Modi instructed top officials of the Union Government to continue to work closely with the affected states to ensure that there are no bottlenecks in relief and rescue work. He also emphasized the need to document learnings from this cyclone, and to put in place more precise drills and disaster management plans involving all stakeholders, especially in areas which are prone to such disasters.
 
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met again in New Delhi yesterday under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and took stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and reviewed the relief and restoration efforts.
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started operations for picking up food packets from Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, to be dropped in affected places in Visakhapatnam. 
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 42 teams for rescue and relief operations.
 
An official press release said NDRF personnel had also started restoration works, including clearing of roads by removing fallen trees and other obscacles.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has described the devastation as unprecedented and urged Mr Modi to declare it as a national calamity. He also sought Rs 2000 crore as interim relief from the Central government.
 
The Defence Crisis Management Group has nominated the Indian Navy as the lead service for conduct of rescue and relief operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and the operation has been codenamed as Op Lehar.
 
Eastern Naval Command has indicated readiness in all respects for providing assistance for relief operations. Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material for 5000 personnel, a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
Additionally, four more ships have been kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations. About 24 diving teams have been deployed in and around Visakhapatnam for relief operations. One P8I ex-Rajali and one Dornier ex-Dega were launched this morning to make an assessment of the damage.
 
Officers and men of the naval base at Vishakhapatnam are also working to get the base back to its operational status at the earliest. 
 
Damage in the Naval Dockyard was minimised by the proactive and preventive measures undertaken by all concerned. The airfield at INS Dega was flooded and damaged has been reported to almost all buildings. 
 
Both runways have been made fit for flying operations in the forenoon today.
 
Power supply to the base has been disrupted due to damage to transmission lines and communications have been severely affected as BSNL lines, Rukmani and INMARSAT are not operational, the statement said.
 
Communication with Maritime Operations Centre (MOC), Vishakhapatnam has been established with Communication Centre, Delhi, it added.
 
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Hudhud toll in AP, Odisha rises to 24 as full scale of devastation begins to unfold

A day after cyclone Hudhud ripped through coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha yesterday, claiming at least 24 lives, the full scale of the unprecedented devastation wrought by it began unfolding on Monday as officials and rescue teams made their way to the affected areas.

Vizag faces lack of amenities after cyclone Hudhud
A day after cyclone Hudhud ripped through coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha yesterday, claiming at least 24 lives, the full scale of the unprecedented devastation wrought by it began unfolding today as officials and rescue teams made their way to the affected areas.
 
Those killed in the disaster included 21 people in Andhra Pradesh -- 15 in Visakhapatnam, five in Vizianagaram and one in Srikakulam  -- and three in Odisha, official sources said.
 
The cyclone had made landfall around noon yesterday near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and the port city bore the brunt of its fury as wind speeds touched upto 195 kmph.
 
All over the city, there were signs of the havoc wreaked by the cyclone, with hundreds of buildings, including the airport, suffering extensive damage.
 
There were signs of destruction everywhere -- hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles uprooted, roofs of thatched huts, hoardings, signboards and street furniture blown away, and glass panes of windows of buildings shattered and interiors damaged.
 
Added to all this was the fact that people had to manage without electricity and communication links and without any means of transport, with road, rail and air traffic coming to a halt. Thousands of people, including many visitors to the region, were stranded at railway stations, bus stations and the airport.
 
Ahead of the cyclone, the authorities had cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies. These measures helped to ensure that there was minimal loss of lives due to the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi this evening to review the relief and rescue operations. He will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow for a first-hand assessment of the situation and will make an aerial survey of the affected parts of Odisha.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on the extent of destruction, including the damage to infrastructure such as roads, railway lines, buildings, power and telecommunication lines. He was also given an overview of the status of relief operations and steps taken to ensure supply of essential commodities including food, drinking water and fuel. He was informed that the extent of damage to standing crops shall be assessed over the next few days.
 
Mr Modi instructed top officials of the Union Government to continue to work closely with the affected states to ensure that there are no bottlenecks in relief and rescue work. He also emphasized the need to document learnings from this cyclone, and to put in place more precise drills and disaster management plans involving all stakeholders, especially in areas which are prone to such disasters.
 
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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met again in New Delhi today under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and took stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and reviewed the relief and restoration efforts.
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started operations for picking up food packets from Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, to be dropped in affected places in Visakhapatnam. 
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 42 teams for rescue and relief operations.
 
An official press release said NDRF personnel had also started restoration works, including clearing of roads by removing fallen trees and other obscacles.
 
Meanwhile, the cyclone, which had weakened by this morning into a deep depression over south Chhattisgarh and its neighbourhood, had weakened further into a depression, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
It had moved north-northwestwards and lay centered at 1730 hours today near latitude 21.3°N and longitude 81.0°E, about 60 km west-northwest of Raipur. 
 
"It would move northwards for next 6 hours and then north-northeastwards. It would weaken into a well marked low pressure area during next 12 hours," an IMD bulletin issued at 1845 hours today said.
 
The bulletin said rainfall would occur at most places over Chhattisgarh and east Madhya Pradesh during the next 24 hours and over east Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar during the next 36 hhours, with isolated heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm).
 
Rainfall would also occur at many places over interior Odisha during the next 12 hours, with isolated heavy falls, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph would prevail upto 50 km around the system centre, which includes areas of Chhattisgarh during the next 12 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu described the devastation as unprecedented and urged Mr Modi to declare it as a national calamity. He also sought Rs 2000 crore as interim relief from the Central government.
 
The Defence Crisis Management Group has nominated the Indian Navy as the lead service for conduct of rescue and relief operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and the operation has been codenamed as Op Lehar.
 
Eastern Naval Command has indicated readiness in all respects for providing assistance for relief operations. Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material for 5000 personnel, a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
Additionally, four more ships have been kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations. About 24 diving teams have been deployed in and around Visakhapatnam for relief operations. One P8I ex-Rajali and one Dornier ex-Dega were launched this morning to make an assessment of the damage.
 
Officers and men of the naval base at Vishakhapatnam are also working to get the base back to its operational status at the earliest. 
 
Damage in the Naval Dockyard was minimised by the proactive and preventive measures undertaken by all concerned. The airfield at INS Dega was flooded and damaged has been reported to almost all buildings. 
 
Both runways have been made fit for flying operations in the forenoon today.
 
Power supply to the base has been disrupted due to damage to transmission lines and communications have been severely affected as BSNL lines, Rukmani and INMARSAT are not operational, the statement said.
 
Communication with Maritime Operations Centre (MOC), Vishakhapatnam has been established with Communication Centre, Delhi, it added.
 
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Armed Forces ready to launch rescue, relief efforts after cyclone Hudhud strikes east coast

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The Armed Forces today repositioned their assets and are waiting for directions from the civil administration for launching rescue and relief operations in the areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha which were hit by cyclone Hudhud earlier in the day.
 
In the meantime, the Andhra Sub Area of theArmy has deployed four teams of its personnel at Vishakhapatnam and four teams at Srikakulam (Tikli and Echerla). 
 
The personnel are carrying 300 life jackets, 12 boats and other equipment, an official press release said.
 
The Army has established a Disaster Management Cell at Air Defence College, Gopalpur in Odisha. Six teams and ten sub-teams have been deployed for road opening and for rescue and relief operations at Gopalpur.
 
The Army has also kept 25 rescue teams and two Engineer Task Forces on standby at Ranchi, Allahabad and Secunderabad. 
 
Indian Navy has also positioned its assets and personnel in some of the important areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, including Chilka and Vishakhapatnam, for relief and rescue operation, which will be coordinated by Naval Officer-in-Charge, Odisha and Naval Officer-in-Charge Andhra Pradesh, respectively. It has kept 30 diving teams with Gemini craft and associated equipment, 20 rescue teams, four ships with Medical Bricks and medical stores, six helicopters and two fixed winged aircrafts and two medical teams ready at Vishakhapatnam for undertaking rescue and relief operations. 
 
Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept one IL-76, one C-17 and five AN-32 aircraft ready at Chandigarh, Delhi, Jorhat and Agra. 
 
Three Chetak helicopters have been kept on standby at Hakimpet, one medium light helicopter (Mi-8) at Yelahanka and ten medium light helicopters (Mi-17) at  Nagpur, Hyderabad, Kalaikunda, Suratgarh, Bagdogra and Barrackpore, it said.
 
Indian Coast Guard has also deployed 17 ships, two Air Cushion Vessels (ACVs) and 13 aircraft in Eastern and North-Eastern regions to augment the rescue and relief operations, wherever required. Out of 17 ships, six ships and five aircraft have been stationed at Chennai, three ships at Kakinada, three at Vishakhapatnam, four ships at Paradip, one ship, two ACVs and four aircraft at Haldia and four aircraft at Kolkata. Three rescue teams of Coast Guard are also kept on standby at Vishakhapatnam, Kakinada and Gopalpur. 
 
As the exact nature and magnitude of devastation is yet to emerge completely, the state authorities are now monitoring the route and velocity of the cyclone closely. The contour and the magnitude of relief operations by the armed forces in these two states will be shaped accordingly, the release added.
 
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At least 4 killed as cyclone Hudhud batters north AP, south Odisha

At least four people died as the very severe cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam into the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha a little after noon on Sunday, bringing with it torrential rains and high velocity winds with speed of upto 195 kmph.

Image: Courtesy: IMD
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At least four people were killed as the very severe cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam into the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha a little after noon today, bringing with it torrential rains and high velocity winds, with speed of upto 195 kmph.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone crossed the coast between 1200 hours and 1300 hours between Visakhapatnam and Bheemilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
 
The cyclone was moving at a speed of about 20 kmph at that stage. The wind speeds, which had gone upto 195 kmph, reduced considerably as the eye of the storm passed over the region. However, the rainfall is likely to continue for the next 24 hours, official sources said.
 
Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said in Delhi after a review of the situation that two deaths had been reported in Andha Pradesh and two in Odisha in cyclone-related incidents.
 
IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore told journalists in Delhi that, while the winds in north Andhra Pradesh were very strong, they had speeds of only 60-70 kmph in south Odisha districts when the cyclone hit the coast. 
 
But he said that the southern coastal districts of Odisha would experience very heavy rainfall in the coming hours, with extremely heavy precipitations in some  parts. 
 
The cyclone uprooted hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles and blew away hoardings and signboards, disrupting road traffic all over the affected districts, where the skies had turned dark by mid-day.
 
The authorities had already cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
Power supply was disconnected in many parts of the affected districts from late last night as a precautionary measure and communication was disrupted in several areas.
 
Dr Rathore said that very severe cyclonic conditions would persist in the affected districts for about six hours after landfall, after which they are expected to reduce in intensity to a cyclonic storm, when wind speeds would slow down by half. 
 
In the subsequent six hours, it will further reduce in intensity into a deep depression and wind speeds will come down by another half, but the system will continue as a low pressure area and travel first northwestwards and then northwards, causing heavy rains in many parts of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic West Bengal.
 
 
Outer edge of Hudhud makes landfall at Kailasagiri in Vizag
Heavy rains are likely in all these areas over the next three days, Dr Rathore said.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies.
 
The IMD had said earlier this morning that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
It said rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed upto to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
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The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be phenomenal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low 
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. 
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 
In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, met again this morning to review the situation and the steps taken by the Centre and the states to cope with the effects of the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also been monitoring the situation regularly and been in touch with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
 
Mr Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu after the cyclone made landfall and assured him of all possible assistance in rescue and relief operations.
 
Mr Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting in this regard yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
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An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
The Armed Forces had kept its assets -- including aircraft, helicopters, boats and diving teams -- and personnel on standby to meet any eventuality, while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had deployed its teams with boats and other equipment for rescue and relief efforts in the vulnerable areas.
 
The Eastern Naval Command had been put on high alert to provide any assistance towards rescue and relief of affected persons. 
 
Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material. Four more ships have been kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations as required. 
 
Two Dornier fixed wing aircraft and six helicopters are also ready for deployment and one long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft (P 8I) has been kept standby for carrying out damage assessment once the cyclone passes and wind speeds reduce. 
 
In the meantime, naval diving teams have been deployed in and around Vishakhapatnam for carrying out rescue and relief operations. As many as 14 diving teams have been deployed to Srikakulam, Anakapalle, and around Vizag. 
 
Additional 30 teams are ready for deployment at short notice as required, an official press release said.
 
In addition approximately 250 NDRF and 300 Army troops have been deployed in and around Visakhapatnam. Army columns have also been deployed at Achutapuram, Palasa and at Etcherla. 
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has provided a mobile communication team as part of the contingency preparedness procedure and it has kept on standby at INS Circars. 
 
The naval base at Vishakhapatnam has seen some storm damage with approximately 30-40% trees uprooted inside the Naval Station and some naval installations on Dolphin Hill suffering damage. 
 
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Cyclone Hudhud crosses coast near Vizag as squally winds, heavy rains batter AP, Odisha

Torrential rains and high velocity winds, with speed of upto 195 kmph, battered the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam in the forenoon on Sunday.

Image: Courtesy: IMD
Image: Courtesy: IMD
Torrential rains and high velocity winds, with speed of upto 195 kmph, battered the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam in the forenoon today.
 
India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Laxman Singh Rathore told journalists in Delhi that, while the winds in north Andhra Pradesh were very strong, they had speeds of only 60-70 kmph in south Odisha districts when the cyclone hit the coast. 
 
But he said that the southern coastal districts of Odisha would experience very heavy rainfall in the coming hours, with extremely heavy precipitations in some  parts. 
 
At least four people have so far been reported killed in cyclone-related incidents  -- two in Andhra Pradesh and two in Odisha.
 
The cyclone uprooted hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles and blew away hoardings and signboards, disrupting road traffic all over the affected districts, where the skies had turned dark by mid-day.
 
The authorities had already cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
Power supply was disconnected in many parts of the affected districts from late last night as a precautionary measure and communication was disrupted in several areas.
 
Dr Rathore said that very severe cyclonic storm conditions would remain in the affected districts for about six hours after landfall, after which it is expected to reduce in intensity to a cyclonic storm, when wind speeds would slow down by half. 
 
In the subsequent six hours, it will further reduce in intensity into a deep depression but the system will continue as a low pressure area and travel first northwestwards and then northwards, causing heavy rains in many parts of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic West Bengal.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies.
 
The IMD had said earlier this morning that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
Outer edge of Hudhud makes landfall at Kailasagiri in Vizag
It said rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed upto to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be phenomenal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low 
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
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In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. 
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 
 
In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, met again this morning to review the situation and the steps taken by the Centre and the states to cope with the effects of the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also been monitoring the situation regularly and been in touch with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
 
Mr Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting in this regard yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud closes in on north AP, Odisha coast; more than 2 lakh people evacuated

Heavy rains and strong winds hit the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha on Sunday morning as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud over westcentral Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast of the country and was expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon.

Image: Courtesy: IMD
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Heavy rains and strong winds hit the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha this morning as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud over westcentral Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast of the country and was expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon today.
 
Several trees were uprooted and signboards of shops blown away by the winds as people in the vulnerable areas braced for any eventuality.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 0630 hours today that the cyclone had moved northwestwards with a speed of about 15 kmph during the last six hours and lay centered at 0530 hours IST near latitude 17.2ºN and longitude 84.2ºE, about 100 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 240 km south-southwest of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Visakhapatnam around noon of today, the 12th October 2014," the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
It said rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed upto to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
Hudhud races toward Vishakhapatnam, NDRF on alert
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be phenomenal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low 
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. 
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 
In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has been meeting every day to review the preparedness of the Centre and the states to cope with the cyclone.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting in this regard yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
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