Daman & Diu

IMD issues cyclone warning for Gujarat as Maha approaches the state

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a cyclone alert for Gujarat, saying that the extremely severe cyclonic storm "Maha" over the Arabian Sea was likely to weaken and cross its coast by the early hours of November 7, between Diu and Porbandar, as a cyclonic storm.
"It is very likely to intensify further till 5th November morning and weaken thereafter. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards slowly during next 18 hours, re-curve eastnortheastwards and move rapidly thereafter. It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Diu and Porbandar as a Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph by early hours of 7th November, 2019," a bulletin issued by IMD said.
The bulletin said Maha (pronounced as M'maha), over eastcentral Arabian Sea, had intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm in the evening yesterday over the same region. Moving west-northwestwards, it further intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm in the early morning of today over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea. 
"At 1130 hrs IST of today, it lay centered over the same region near latitude 18.6°N and longitude 64.3°E, about 680 km west-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat), 730 km westsouthwest of Diu and 650 km west-southwest of Porbandar," the bulletin said.
According to the bulletin, under the influence of the system, light to moderate rainfall was likely at many places in Gujarat, such as Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad, Porbandar and Rajkot on November 6, with heavy to very falls at a few places. It said there could be isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad and Vadodara on November 7.
In Maharashtra, there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy falls, over north Madhya Maharashtra and north Konkan (Palghar & Thane districts) on November 6 and the northern-most districts of Madhya Maharashtra on November 7.
The IMD said said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were likely to commence over northeast Arabian Sea along and off Gujarat coast from November 6 morning. It is very likely to increase gradually, becoming 80-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph along and off Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Diu and Amreli districts and 60-80 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph over Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad, Porbandar and Rajkot districts, 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph, over Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli from November 6 evening for the next 12 hours. They will decrease thereafter, it said.
The bulletin said squally winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were likely along and off the Maharashtra coast from the morning of November 6. They are very likely to increase, becoming 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph from November 6 evening along and off Palghar and Thane coasts for the next 12 hours.
According to it, gale winds, with speed reaching 160-170 kmph, gusting to 190 kmph, are prevailing over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea around the system centre. They are very likely to increase gradually over east-central Arabian Sea, becoming 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral & northwest Arabian Sea by midnight of today, and decrease thereafter.
The sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off Gujarat coast from November 6 morning and becoming high from that evening.
The sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off north Maharashtra coast on November 6.
Sea condition will be phenomenal over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral and northwest Arabian Sea till tomorrow and will be very high on November 6. Sea condition will be high over westcentral Arabian Sea from tomorrow evening and improve thereafter. It will be very high to high over northeast Arabian Sea during November 4-6.
Storm surge of 1 meter above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Bhavnagar District and 0.5 – 1.0 meter above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad and Porbandar districts around the time of landfall.
The bulletin called for total suspension of fishing operations in the affected areas for the time being and advised fishermen out at sea to return to the coast.

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Very severe cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast early Thursday morning

The very severe cyclonic storm Vayu over the Arabian Sea is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva early Thursday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
The very severe cyclonic storm Vayu over the Arabian Sea is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva early Thursday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
It will have wind speeds of 140-150 km, gusting to 165 kmph, a bulletin issued at 0330 today by IMD said.
The administration in Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu have drawn up plans to evacuate some three lakh people from low-lying and vulnerable areas in the districts likely to be hit by the cyclone.
The IMD bulletin said the cyclone had moved further northwards with a speed of about 18 kmph in the previous six hours, intensified into Very Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of June 11 near latitude 17.1°N and longitude 70.6°E over eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 420 km west-northwest of Goa, 320 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 420 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat).
"It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph around morning of 13th June 2019," the bulletin said.
According to it, wind speed is very likely to become gale wind speed reaching 120-130 kmph, gusting to 145 kmphm over eastcentral and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea today.
It is very likely to be 60-70 kmph, gusting to 80 kmphm over Gujarat coast from today morning and become gale wind speed reaching 140-150 kmph, gusting to 165 kmph, by midnight tonight.
It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph, over the Maharashtra coast.
The bulletin said gale wind speed of the order of 125-135 kmph, gusting to 145 kmph, was very likely over north Arabian Sea and the Gujarat coast in the morning hours tomorrow and decrease gradually thereafter. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph, over north Maharashtra coast and northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea.
According to it, the sea condition is very likely to become very high to phenomenal over eastcentral and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea and the Gujarat coast from today and over north Arabian Sea tomorrow.
The sea condition is very likely to be very rough to high along and off Maharashtra coast today and tomorrow.
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea in the region.
The bulletin said storm surge of height of about 1.5-2.0 m above the astronomical tides was likely to inundate the low-lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi, Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagadh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.
It said there could be total destruction of thatched houses, extensive damage to "kutcha" houses and some damage to "pucca" houses in  the above districts. There could be major damage to roads and flooding of escape routes. There could also be minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems as well as widespread damage to standing crops, plantation, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds.
Apart from total suspension of fishing operations and regulation of road and rail traffic, the bulletin called for evacuation of people from low-lying areas in the above districts, coastal hutment dwellers, urban slum dwellers and people staying in unsafe houses to safer places.
People in the affected areas have been advised to remain indoors.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued detailed advisories to Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu, asking them to take all precautionary measures to ensure that there is no loss of human lives and damage to vital infrastructure is minimised.
This followed a high-level review meeting held here on Tuesday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The advisory also urged them to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall. State/UT Governments have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas.
Gujarat and Diu Administration have planned to evacuate about 3 lakh people from the identified vulnerable areas starting this morning.
The evacuated people will be shifted to around 700 cyclone relief shelters. In consultation with State Administration, 39 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being pre-positioned in Gujarat and Diu to help the local administration in evacuation, search, rescue and relief operations. In addition, 34 teams of Army personnel have also been on stand-by.
Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force units have also been put on stand-by and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance, an official press release said.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met in New Delhi on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha and reviewed preparedness relating to the cyclone.

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Aabishek Mishra, France’s Adrian Metge in lead in Desert Storm

Chandigarh's Sunny Sidhu along with co-driver Ashwin Naik in action during Day 2 of the Desert Storm in Bikaner on May 9, 2019
Chandigarh's Sunny Sidhu along with co-driver Ashwin Naik in action during Day 2 of the Desert Storm in Bikaner on May 9, 2019
Defending champion Aabhishek Mishra rode the tough terrains and blazing conditions with ease to surge into the lead after SS4 on Day 2 of the Desert Storm in Bikaner on Thursday evening.
France’s Adrian Metge of TVS Racing was the unquestioned leader in the Moto Category, with a total time of 02:03:34 hours after SS 1 and 2 on Wednesday and SS4 on Thursday. Chasing him was India’s star biker CS Santosh of Hero Motosports (02:11:20) and Abdul Wahid Tanveer, also of TVS Racing.
As many as eight participants in the Moto and 4 in the Xtreme category bowed down before the fury of the desert, failing to complete the stages on Day One.  
Strong contender Sanjay Agarwal (co-driver Smitha N), in fact, saw his Maruti Vitara go up in flames not too far from the start, due to heating and electrical issues.
“This year the heat has been extreme but I enjoyed Day 1. Stage 1 was a little more challenging than 2 but both were equally fast. I had a couple of falls but it was all fun and thankfully no major injury,” said Aishwarya Pissay from Team TVS Racing, who is in the 23rd position in the Moto Category.
The 41-km SS 1 for Moto and Extreme categories started from Noorsar village in Bikaner district while the 46-km SS 2 took off from Rajasar village. The Extreme drivers even took part in the night stage, a 41-km stretch starting from Kelan village.
The Team Sparky’s Garage star, with Srikanth Gowda as co-driver, made the most of overnight leader Sunny Sidhu’s misfortune in the Extreme Category to wrest back the initiative with a total time of 03:22:46 hours after the morning stage.
Team Mahindra Adventure’s Sidhu (with Ashwin Naik) had looked in fine fettle on Day 1 but the heat got to him and his car, throwing him to the middle of the pack after SS4.
His teammate Gaurav Gill (and Musa Sherif), who was trailing in the fourth position after Day 1, however, made up for his struggles, making his move in the morning and jumping to the second position.
He recorded a remarkable timing of 01:10:11 in SS4 for a cumulative tally of 03:25:46, just three minutes off the leader. Samrat Yadav ((co-driver Kunal Kashyap) held on to his third position.
In the Ndure Category, Ankur Chauhan (co-driver Prakash M) was in the lead with a cumulative leg penalty of just 13 minutes 38 seconds after 8 sections. He was followed by Deepak Sachdeva (co-driver Japjyot Singh Dhingra) and Capt Abhilash Singh (co-driver Aashish Agarwal).

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Cabinet okays promulgation of The Daman and Diu Civil Courts (Amendment) Regulation, 2019

The Union Cabinet today approved Promulgation of the Daman and Diu Civil Courts (Amendment) Regulation, 2019 and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil Courts and Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Regulation, 2019 under Article 240 of the Constitution.
The move will be helpful in bringing uniformity in Judicial Service. It will also help overcome the difficulties being faced by the litigants in travelling to Mumbai for filing appeals due to existing limited pecuniary jurisdiction, an official press release said.
Enhanced pecuniary jurisdiction will accelerate the justice delivery system, besides making access easier for litigants without having to travel outside the Union Territory, it said.

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Diu Smart City becomes first to run on 100% renewable energy during daytime

Diu Smart City has become the first in India to run on 100% renewable energy during daytime, setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green.
Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat till last year. It has now adopted a two-pronged approach whereby a 9 MW solar park spread over 50 hectares of rocky barren land has been developed besides installing solar panels on the rooftops on 79 government buildings thereby generating 1.3 MW annually.
To further enhance its solar capacity, Diu offers its residents a subsidy of Rs 10, 000-Rs. 50,000 for installing 1-5KW rooftop solar panels. Diu is saving about 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Due to low-cost solar energy, power tariffs have been cut in the residential category by 10% last year and 15% this year, an official press release said.
To improve traffic management in Bengaluru Smart City, a prototype of an intelligent traffic management solution is currently being tested in collaboration with the Electronics City Township Authority (ELCITA).
The release said the solution would provide traffic information that is currently unavailable, and help improve management of commuter traffic. It involves capturing video streams from several cameras and processing them using artificial intelligence so that typical traffic management tasks such as vehicle detection, traffic density estimation and control of traffic lights can be automated for real-time performance.
To revitalise urban public spaces and socially activating the area besides generating economic activity, Jaipur Smart City Ltd (JSCL) has planned to develop night bazaar at Chaura Rasta, in the heart of the Pink city.
The JSCL would register up to 700 vendors who will be allowed to set up stalls, including eateries, between 9 pm and 1 am. The project will provide entertainment, culture and shopping to citizens after office hours, the release added.
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Modi to visit two States, two UTs over the next two days

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit two States  -- Gujarat and Tamil Nadu -- and two Union Territories -- Daman & Diu and Puducherry -- in the next two days.
An official press release said Mr. Modi would reach Daman tomorrow and launch various development projects, and hand over certificates to beneficiaries of various official schemes. He will address a public meeting.
The Prime Minister will then travel to Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, he will attend an event to mark the inauguration of the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme – a welfare scheme of the State Government.
On Sunday, the Prime Minister will visit Puducherry. At Aurobindo Ashram, he will offer floral tributes to Shri Aurobindo, and interact with students of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. 
Mr. Modi will also visit Auroville. He will release a commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Auroville. He will deliver an address on the occasion. He will also address a public meeting in Puducherry.
On Sunday evening, Mr. Modi will be in Surat in South Gujarat, to flag off the “Run for New India Marathon".
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L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering wins Rs. 1150 crore contract from ONGC

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro, has bagged an offshore contract valued at approximately Rs. 1150 crore (about $ 177 million) for the Daman Development Project from the public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
The contract, won against international competitive bidding, encompasses total Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) for the project, a press release from the company said.
The project, part of ONGC’s strategy to extract gas from Daman Field, is situated in the south western part of Tapti - Daman block in Mumbai Offshore, located at about 160-200 km north-west of Mumbai and 160 km west of Daman.
The release said L&T has been serving the upstream hydrocarbon sector since the early 1990s. "This contract reiterates the long term association of ONGC with L&T in the development of offshore fields in India," it said.
The company’s offshore track record includes successful completion of several challenging projects for domestic and international clients. LTHE provides complete EPCIC solutions for the offshore oil & gas industry combining customized engineering, procurement, fast-track project management and world-class fabrication and sea installation capabilities meeting stringent timelines, conforming to international safety standards, the release added.

14th India-EU Summit to be held in New Delhi on October 6

The President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Franciszek Tusk and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker will be on a "working visit" to New Delhi from October 5-7 during which they will attend the 14th India-European Union (EU) Summit here on October 6 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr. Tusk and Mr. Juncker will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
EU is India’s largest regional trading partner with bilateral trade in goods standing at US$ 88 bn in 2016. The EU is also the largest destination for Indian exports and a key source of the investment and cutting edge technologies. India received around US$ 83 bn FDI flows from Europe during 2000-17 constituting approximately 24% of the total FDI inflows into the country during the period, the release said.
India and EU are also strategic partners since 2004. The 13th India-EU Summit was held in Brussels on 30th March, 2016. The 14th India-EU Summit aims to deepen the India-EU Strategic Partnership and advance collaboration in priority areas for India’s growth and development, it said.
The India-EU Business Event will also be held on October 6 on the sidelines of the with Mr. Juncker as keynote speaker, the release added.

Rajnath chairs meeting of Home Minister’s Advisory Committee for Daman & Diu

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the implementation of various Central schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PAHAL, Aadhar enrollment, Aadhar seeding of Bank accounts, DBT and PM Mudra Yojana in  the Union Territory (UT) of Daman & Diu.
Chairing a meeting of the Advisory Committee associated with the Minister of Home Affairs for the UT of Daman & Diu here yesterday, Mr Rajnath Singh said he had visited Daman & Diu during February last year and reviewed coastal security, development and governance issues.
At the meeting, the members of the Advisory Committee had suggested 36 agenda items relating to different fields of developments in Daman & Diu. The matters relating to improving the air and road connectivity were discussed in detail. 
The Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation informed the meeting that, for the overall development of air connectivity in Diu district, four flights a week are operating on the Mumbai-Diu-Mumbai route. Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, seven days connectivity to Diu airport for operating flights on the Ahmedabad-Diu-Ahmedabad route will be operational shortly, he said.
The UT Administration has also decided to set up an engineering college at Daman from the next academic year. The meeting was informed that the UT Administration was also planning to start a shipping training institute in Diu shortly. The discussion also centred around several projects pertaining to a mini-harbour in Daman, better medical facilities, improvement of roads, development of tourism and river front development.
Directions were given for expediting other ongoing development project works like laying of water supply pipelines, laying of gas pipeline and sewerage system in the UT area. The facilities of the ferry boat and floating restaurant to upgrade tourism and development of mini harbour facilities for Daman were also discussed. The recruitment of specialist doctors and filling up of vacant posts in the police department for better police facilities were emphasised.
The meeting was attended by Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State (Home), Prafulbhai Khodabhai Patel, Administrator, Daman & Diu, Home Secretary, OSD (Home), Secretary, Civil Aviation, senior officers of Ministries of Home Affairs, Culture and Environment, Forest and Climate Change and members of the Home Minister’s Advisory Committee for the UT of Daman & Diu.

NHAI takes steps to remove hurdles for faster execution of projects

In order to ensure faster execution of projects, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has delegated powers to its Regional Officers (ROs) for hiring of equipment and labourers up to Rs.10 lakh per project, to demolish structures that fall within the right-of-way of the project, an official press release said today.
As some of the contracts had no provision for demolition of such structures, there would often be protracted correspondence between the contractors, Project Directors and NHAI headquarters before these could be removed, often leading to delay in execution of projects.
With this delegation of power to ROs, NHAI will be able to make encumbrance free land available more speedily to the concessionaire/contractors as laid down under the concession agreement or contract, the release said.
The Regional Officers had also been instructed to ensure measurement of such structures along with videography for record purpose, it said.
NHAI had recently delegated powers for construction of foot overbridges under Change of Scope upto Rs. 80 lakh and for 4 and 6 laning projects up to Rs. 1 crore, respectively. Similarly, Regional Officers have been delegated the power for maintenance of highways requiring urgent repair works upto Rs. 1 crore.
CGM (T) jointly with Regional Officers have also been delegated power for shifting of transmission line/electric line and water pipelines/other utilities up to Rs 10 crore and Rs 5 crore, respectively. All these steps are expected to cut down delays in completion of projects, the release added.

Rajnath reviews coastal security, development, governance issues in Diu

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the coastal security apparatus, inaugrated a coastal police station and an operational detachment in the Union Territory of Daman & Diu during his two-day visit that concluded today.
The Union Territory is guarded by four coastal boats and foot patrol with one Coastal Police jetty already operational at Daman. Construction of jetty at Diu was in advanced stage. After inaugurating the coastal police station, he also inspected another one under construction in Daman. 
The Administrator expressed his gratitude to the Home Minister for the creation of 114 posts for Coastal Police and assured that recruitment will be completed soon and both new Coastal Police Stations will start working in full capacity within six months.
The Home Minister expressed satisfaction on the progress made by the Union Territory for strengthening and upgrading the infrastructure and called for creating even greater synergies amongst all agencies involved in this endeavour. 
During the visit, Mr Singh also inaugurated a newly-constructed 60- bed District Hospital built at a cost of Rs. 27 crore. He also dedicated to the nation a 3 MW solar power plant and laid the foundation stone of a 6 MW plant. The commissioning of the plant will make Diu the first district in the country to meet its entire energy requirement from solar power.
The Home Minister laid the foundation stone of the Government Polytechnic College as part of an education hub and inaugurated an auditorium with a seating capacity of 600. In all, Mr Singh inaugurated and laid foundation stones of projects worth about Rs. 150 crore.
Mr Singh held a meeting with senior officials of the UT administration and reviewed the development project in the UTs of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. 
Addressing a gathering at the newly built auditorium, the Home Minister commended the efforts of the administration in giving a special thrust to the tourism sector and launching a special festival of Diu, which was inaugurated by the President for promoting tourism.
“The time has now come to give an even greater push to this sector in conjunction with the neighbouring state of Gujarat and develop Diu –Gir – Somnath and Daman – Sanjan – Udwada as tourist circuits,” he said.
The Home Minister assured the gathering that he will ask the Civil Aviation Minister to start flights on the Ahmadabad-Diu sector at the earliest and also urge the Shipping Minister to start Catamaran services between Mumbai, Daman and Diu for improving the sea connectivity between the two parts of the Unionn territory.
He said he was impressed by the remarkable level of cleanliness maintained in the city. It has the potential of becoming a Model Smart City, figuring in the 98 cities shortlisted by the Government.
The Centre has decided to establish a Regional Centre of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology in Daman, he added.

Mukherjee flags off Asia’s longest beach festival in Diu

Asia’s longest beach festival kicks off in Diu
President Pranab Mukherjee has flagged off the colourful Festa De Diu, claimed to be the longest beach festival in Asia, packed with concerts, carnivals and jam sessions, that began yesterday and will go on till February end.
More than 300 artistes including Shreya Ghosal, Shubha Mudgal, Kailash Kher, Vir Das, Indian Ocean and Shibani Kashyap are set to perform in the fest.
Each of the weeks has a theme. The opening week is titled “Colours of India’ and will feature a Bharatnayam recital, Siddhi Dhamal dance, performance by artistes of Utkarsh Dance Academy at the beach. and Kalbelia dance from Rajasthan at the amphitheatre.
Morning Ragas will feature Hiran Chatey on the tabla and a Sarod recital by Hriday Desai. Music and Dance concert at the beach will feature Huda and Talwar dance by new age composer-singer Ankit Tiwari. Stand-up comedian Suni Pal will also perform.
The event will feature 20 musicians, ten comedians and 15 bands. It  also includes six heritage walks and 30 workshops.
For the visitors, the festival village features air-conditioned luxury tents with 5-star accommodation facilities. The tents comprise porches, king-size beds and TVs, along with a cosy sitting area inside. There are two accommodation options for the tents - luxury cottage and luxury cottage with sea view.
A 6000 sq ft conference hall has also been set up that can accommodate up to 200 individuals. This space can be booked by corporates or exhibitors during the duration of the festival to conduct their own private meetings, exhibitions or team off-sites.
For adventure enthusiasts, hot air ballooning, zip lining and bungee jumping are on offer. Air India, the official airlines partner of Festa De Diu, will have a direct flight from Mumbai to Diu during the festival, from Monday to Thursday.
Diu, a former Portuguese colony, is a small island linked by a bridge to Gujarat’s southern coast. The nearest railway station on the main line is Veraval, 90 km away. There is also a metre gauge line with two train services, from Junagarh and Verawal. Visitors to Diu can get down at Delwada station, 8 km away.
Buses from Ahmedabad take about 10 hours to reach Diu. There are sleeper-cum-sitting bus services from Mumbai also.
The President, in his speech yesterday, referred to the pristine beauty of Diu and said, on what was his first visit to the island, it presents “a serene spectacle, inspiring a profound sense of calmness. Diu may be geographically small, but it holds immense possibilities to draw tourists from all parts of India and indeed the world.”
Watching the Siddhi Dhamal dance,  he said it made him reflect on the manner in which civilizations have mingled over millennia.
“The dance of this special tribe is the perfect manifestation of the confluence of cultures which binds the people of India and Africa together. Those were the days when sailors would set out from the Eastern seashore of Africa, across the Indian Ocean and reach the western shores of India,” he said.
“Diu was once a thriving port and traders from Gujarat would carry textiles to Africa and return with Gold and Ivory. In that age, our people were not connected with internet but were bound by ideas, culture and trade,” he added.
Historically Diu also has a special significance for the Parsis as it was in Diu that they first landed in India. Even today, the Agyari and Dakhma bear testimony to the historical journey of the Parsi community in India. This ethos of acceptance and assimilation has defined the Indian civilization and made it a melting pot of the world, the President said.
“We must nurture and preserve this spirit which has made our country a rich amalgam of multiple cultures,” he added.
Mr Mukherjee, during his speech, noted that Diu was striving to become  the first city in the country to be completely run on solar energy. A modern cycle track which has been constructed in Diu is also a positive step towards green mobility.
Enhanced air connectivity, with Air India commencing its operations, will give a major boost to tourism opportunities in the territory. “I feel that Diu can become a tourism gateway for southern Gujarat and Diu-Somnath-Gir are a natural tourism circuit. Better connectivity and collaboration with Gujarat tourism will provide a greater fillip to the immense opportunities in this sector,” he said.
The Saurashtra region of Gujarat is also full of vibrant cultural and folk traditions and a boost to Diu tourism will also have a multiplier effect for development of tourism in that region.
Organizing special cultural festivals such as these would be a source of encouragement for the Indian folk and classical artists and ensure that our youth stay connected with our cultural traditions.
“I am informed that last year nearly 17 lakh tourists visited Diu and with the consistent efforts of administration, this is likely to touch 25 lakh this year,” he said
“Diu has a unique locational advantage, blessed as it is with the bounty of nature. Thousands of small fishermen depend on the ocean for their livelihood. I am informed that the administration is taking measures for modernizing the fishing harbor at Diu. I would also suggest that we explore the possibilities of greater value addition so that they get a better value for their catch,” the President said.
Referring to Ministry of Earth Sciences' plans to set up a world class oceanarium at Diu, he said it will boost the two primary sectors of local economy – fisheries and tourism.
“While planning for the development of the region, the aspirations of the youth will also have to be taken care of. Providing modern education, skill development and adequate and decent job opportunities should be one of the goals of the administration,” the President said.

Mukherjee to visit Gujarat, Diu from November 30 to December 2

President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a three-day visit to Gujarat and Diu from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
Tomorrow, Mr. Mukheree will inaugurate Amul's state-of-the-art feed manufacturing plant. 
He will also present Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards to creative children as well as interact with faculty and students of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).
On December 1, he will visit the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and inaugurate its Archives and Research Centre, address the 62nd Convocation of Gujarat Vidyapith, visit Somnath Temple and inaugurate a Beach Festival at Diu. 
The President will visit the Dwarkadhish Temple on December 2  before returning to Delhi. 

Anupam Kher leads "March for India" against intolerance protests, meets Mukherjee, Modi

Anupam Kher leads delegation to meet Mukherjee, Modi
Well-known actor Anupam Kher today led a march by writers, filmmakers and artistes to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against the decision by several renowned intellectuals to return their national awards to voice their concern about what they describe as the "growing intolerance" in the country.
Mr Kher and the others said the campaign to return the awards was aimed at defaming the country by projecting a "wrong" picture of the situation.
Mr. Kher, whose wife, actress Kiron Kher, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha from Chandigarh, and the others met President Pranab Mukherjee and handed over a memorandum to him.
Later, talking to journalists, he quoted Mr. Mukherjee as saying that awards were not given by the government but by the people of the nation. Mr Mukherjee also emphasised the secular foundation of the country's Constitution," he said.
"India is a very tolerant country. Some people have coined the term 'growing intolerance'. They are very few. Not every Indian thinks like that. We are secular people. We do not believe in pseudo-secularism, selective outrage or selective patriotism," Mr Kher said.
He said several writers, artistes and filmmakers they met also believed that there was no intolerance in the country.
"This march is a symbolic gesture on part of a lot of people over here who say India is one and free of intolerance," he said.
Those who joined the march today included Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashoke Pandit, Priyadarshan, Manoj Joshi, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Madhu Kishwar. 
Mr. Bhandarkar alleged that those who were protesting against "intolerance" had opposed Mr Modi before his election as Prime Minister and that fact raised questions about their motives.
"The projection that is happening for the past few days is very sad. The people who were against Modiji during elections are the same people who are coming out right now.
"The whole projection and narrative that is going abroad is wrong. It is a diverse country and of course there are incidents but we all condemn them. There is no two ways about it," he said. 
Mr. Kher said they were not aligned with any political party or other organisation. "This march is led by Indians and for Indians," he said.
Mr. Kher also later led a delegation of 51 artistes and writers to meet Mr. Modi and submitted a memorandum to him.
"They expressed concern over what they described as a protest with a political agenda by a section of people to tarnish the image of the country, and derail the development initiatives of the Prime Minister," an official press release said.
The Prime Minister stated that Indian culture goes beyond tolerance, and talks of acceptance, it added.

Indian Navy, Coast Guard rescue 14 from sinking vessel off Daman

The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard rescued 14 members of crew, including the master, of MV Coastal Pride, a merchant vessel before it sank 24 nautical miles south of Daman on Wednesday morning, official sources said.
In a dramatic mission, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard rescued 14 members of crew, including the master, of MV Coastal Pride, a merchant vessel, as it sank 24 nautical miles south of Daman this morning, official sources said.
The sources said an Indian Navy Seaking helicopter took off from Mumbai at 0800 hours while two Coast Guard helicopters left a litte later, at 0840 hours, from Daman after receiving a distress call around 0630 hours from the vessel, a cement carrier.
The Coast Guard helicopters reached the spot first and rescued six men from the vessel. By the time the Seaking arrived on the scene, the vessel had already sunk and the remaining eight men were in the water.
In extremely rough weather conditions, the Seaking and the Chetaks managed to rescue the remaining members of crew from the sea, they said.
Ministry of Defence principal spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said on micro-blogging site Twitter that all 14 men were safely evacuated to Umargaon in South Gujarat.

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Deep depression over Arabian Sea likely to cross South Gujarat coast on Tuesday: IMD

A deep depression over north-east Arabian Sea is expected to to move east-north-eastwards and cross the South Gujarat coast, near Diu, by today afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
In a bulletin, the IMD said the deep depression lay centred at 0830 hours IST of today over north-east Arabian Sea off South Gujarat coast near latitude 20.5°N and longitude 70.5°E, about 50 km west-southwest of Diu.
The bulletin said the maximum surface wind speed was about 30 knots, gusting to 40 knots, around the system centre. The sea condition is very rough around the system centre and along and off the Gujarat coast.

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Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli to promote tourism by establishing new brand image

The Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have launched a campaign to promote tourism by establishing a new brand image.
"Both Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli share their rich history with Goa. While Goa is already world-famous as a tourist destination, very few people know that Daman and Diu are also endowed with excellent beaches and rich Portuguese heritage," Union Tourism and Culture Minister Shripad Naik said after launching the campaign here yesterday.
"Dadra & Nagar Haveli, on the other hand, has lovely forests, lakes and gardens which make it an enviable destination to spend time with nature. 
"Unfortunately, people of India are still not aware about the tourist attractions in these UTs," he said, describing the new campaign as a "highly commendable and welcome step".
Mr Naik said he was especially delighted to note the forward looking approach of the UT Administration by conceiving, designing and publishing its vision for Dadra & Nagar Haveli. 
"Though promotional campaigns may be outstanding, they need to be backed by quality infrastructure to make every tourist satisfied with his overall experience. I am, therefore, happy that both Union Territories have invested a lot in connectivity, basic infrastructure and tourism and have drawn a long term strategy before taking the important step of creating and launching their tourism campaign," he said.
Mr Naik said the Ministry of Tourism was promoting India as a brand across the world. 
"Our 'Incredible India' campaign has been highly successful. However, for maximizing our tourism potential, the Government’s effort needs to be supplemented by each State Government and Union Territory Administration. 
"Many States and Union Territories are already well known for their tourism potential, and have also been proactive in promoting their destinations across the nation as well as at international level but there are others that are now trying to make a beginning," he added.

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AAP expels Ashwini Upadhyay for "repeated anti-party activities"

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), headed by former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, today expelled one of its founder-members, Ashwini Upadhyay, for his alleged "repeated involvement in anti-party activities".
A press release from AAP also said Mr Upadhyay had failed to respond to the show cause notice served to him.

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Coast Guard's maiden all-women Dornier flight

The three women who undertook the Indian Coast Guard's first all-women Dornier flight from Daman on the Western Coast on June 19, 2013. Read story.
The three women who undertook the Indian Coast Guard's first all-women Dornier flight from Daman on the Western Coast on June 19, 2013
Read story.The three women who undertook the Indian Coast Guard's first all-women Dornier flight from Daman on the Western Coast on June 19, 2013

Maiden all-women flight by ICG Dornier in history of Indian Coast Guard

The three women who undertook the Indian Coast Guard's first all-women Dornier flight from Daman on the Western Coast on June 19, 2013
The three women who undertook the Indian Coast Guard's first all-women Dornier flight from Daman on the Western Coast on June 19, 2013
Last Wednesday, a Coast Guard maritime reconnaissance aircraft had taken off into the of Daman and adjoining Arabian Sea with an all-women crew, setting a record of sorts for the force.
The crew comprised Asst Comdt Neetu Singh Bartwal (captain of the aircraft), Asst Comdt Neha Murudkar (pilot in command) and Asst Comdt Shristi Singh (co-pilot). 
The flight was the maiden all-women flight by an Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Dornier and was undertaken from Coast Guard Air Station Daman situated on the Western Sea Board of the country. 
This achievement was possible with passing out of 1st Short Service Entry (observers) course comprising three women officers who had undergone long drawn training in various Naval and Coast Guard establishments for qualifying as air borne tacticians. 
"These women officers had toiled long hours gaining proficiency in handling Dornier aircraft and sensors for safeguarding the maritime borders of India. During this mission the crew flew over one hour and landed safely to a warm welcome by Station Commander, Officers and men of Coast Guard Air Station Daman applauding the milestone achieved," an official press release added.

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Delhi HC issues contempt notice to N D Tiwari


The Delhi High Court today issued a show cause notice to veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari asking him why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for not obeying its orders by which he was directed to give blood samples for a DNA test to ascertain paternity claims made by a youth against him.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Rs 55 lakh looted from cash van in Daman


In a daring daylight robbery, a lone masked man made off with a cash movement van with Rs 55 lakh in cash from near a HDFC Bank ATM in Teen Batti area of the city today.

According to police, the loot took place at around noon. A van of Writer Safeguard, a cash management service provider, was parked in front of an HDFC Bank ATM in Teen Batti area of the city. Two employees of the company and a securityman went inside the ATM to load the money while the driver was waiting by the van. In the meantime, a masked man walked up to him, pushed him to the ground and decamped with the van in the space of a few seconds.

The employees and the driver raised an alarm and the police was informed but by that time the robber had disappeared with the van.

Daman and Gujarat police sealed the exit and entry points of the Union Territory but failed to nab the dacoit. An abandoned van was spotted at Mohan village on the Daman-Gujarat border. When the police checked it, they found nothing inside.

The police of the Union Territory as well as Gujarat have launched a massive manhunt to nab the robber.


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