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Kovind presents Colours to Army Aviation Corps

President Ram Nath Kovind presenting Colours to the Army Aviation Corps at a ceremony in Nashik on October 10, 2019.
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting Colours to the Army Aviation Corps at a ceremony in Nashik on October 10, 2019.
President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colours to the Army Aviation Corps, which is the youngest corps of the Indian Army and has proved its mettle in various operations, at a ceremony in Nashik, Maharashtra today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President noted that the Army Aviation Corps had earned 273 honours and awards for conspicuous gallantry and distinguished service. 
 
"This speaks volumes about the exceptional valour and high spirit of the Corps personnel and is a model for all soldiers and officers of our armed forces. They have been excellent ambassadors of our country while operating overseas in countries like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo while serving at United Nations Peace Keeping Missions," he said.
 
"It gives me immense pleasure to be present amid my sky soldiers. In my capacity as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, I dedicate this event to the armed forces of our country," he said.
 
He noted that the 32 years since the corps came into existence were replete with tales of heroism, honour and glory in various operations. 
 
"Immediately after its raising in 1986, the Army Aviation Corps proved its impeccable combat credentials during ‘Operation Pawan’ in Sri Lanka. The Siachen Glacier has been the ultimate operational frontier for the Corps since 1984. Routinely operating at 20000 feet and above in extremely challenging conditions, the highly skilled and motivated pilots of the Corps have been carrying out yeoman service in ‘Operation Meghdoot’," he said.
 
"At this Colour Presentation Ceremony, I would like to pay homage to the martyrs of the Army Aviation Corps. Their blood and sacrifice has secured our sovereignty and brought glory to our nation. I also congratulate all veterans and serving soldiers of the Corps for their devotion to duty and professional conduct. You have been true force multipliers in some of the most inhospitable terrain and adverse climatic conditions in the world. I take this opportunity to convey my best wishes to all ranks and families of the entire Army Aviation Corps fraternity. The Indian Army and the nation are proud of you," he said.
 
The colours were received by Combat Army Aviation Training School on behalf of the Army Aviation Corps.
 
Immediately after its raising in 1986, the Army Aviation Corps proved its impeccable combat credentials during 'Operation Pawan' in Sri Lanka. The Siachen Glacier has been the ultimate operational frontier for the Corps since 1984. Routinely operating at 20,000 feet and above in extremely challenging conditions, the highly skilled and motivated pilots of the Corps have been supporting 'Operation Meghdoot' with skill and dedication.   
 
The President congratulated Lieutenant General Kanwal Kumar, Director General and Colonel Commandant of Army Aviation and all ranks (both serving and retired) for their devotion to duty and professional conduct.
 
The ceremony was witnessed by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and various civil and military dignitaries. 
 
General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General P S Rajeshwar, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, Lieutenant General S K Saini, GOC-in-C Southern Command and Lieutenant General P C Thimmaya, GOC-in-C ARTRAC, along with a large number of serving officers and veterans witnessed the ceremony and helicopter flypast.
 
Subsequently, the President visited the School of Artillery, Deolali and interacted with the gunners.
 
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Congress, NCP announce tie-up for Maharashtra polls

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The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will contest 125 seats each, while other allies will contest the remaining 38 seats in Maharashtra assembly polls next month, NCP President Sharad Pawar announced here on Monday.
 
Addressing the media here, he said that the other allies include the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi, the Peasants & Workers Party, the Peoples Republican Party and the Left parties.
 
Pawar said it will be significant which seat will be contested by which party and the candidates they put up, though there may a swapping of a few seats, even as the NCP will try and give opportunity to fresh faces.
 
"We are making efforts to have combined election rallies of all Opposition parties in important cities like Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik. Barely a month is left and the Election Commission is likely to announce the elections schedule within this week," he said.
 
The NCP chief's declaration came even as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena combine have yet to finalise their alliance amid murmurs of discontent in the latter which may be offered a lesser quota by the BJP.
 
On the spate of defections from the NCP to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena, Pawar said: "We are not concerned about those who have left the party. Some people feel that they (BJP-Sena) will return to power. However, the public sentiments are against them. We will definitely win."
 
"Some people who have quit the NCP have said that they were threatened with probes by investigating agencies like the ED. I don't want to reveal their names, but this is what they have said," he claimed.
 
On his remarks concerning Pakistan, the NCP chief said that he said nothing about the neighbouring country, but commented on his experiences with the people of that nation.
 
"The Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) should get proper information before speaking. I had spoken about my friends, the response given to Indian cricket team, how they cheered every time they (Indians) scored runs, and such things," Pawar said.
 
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39 killed as relentless rains wreak havoc in Maharashtra

At least 39 persons were killed across Maharashtra as relentless rain wreaked havoc and left Mumbai paralysed with the country's commercial capital being pounded by record rainfall on Tuesday, officials said.
An inundated King's Circle after heavy rains in Mumbai, on July 1, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
An inundated King's Circle after heavy rains in Mumbai, on July 1, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
At least 39 persons were killed across Maharashtra as relentless rain wreaked havoc and left Mumbai paralysed with the country's commercial capital being pounded by record rainfall on Tuesday, officials said.
 
Early on Tuesday, the compound wall of a water reservoir at Pimpripada in Malad collapsed on a dozen hutments, leaving 21 killed and another 78 injured.
 
The National Disaster Response Force, the Mumbai Fire Brigade and other agencies launched a massive rescue effort to remove dig out several others feared trapped in the rubble.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the victims of the tragedy, announced compensation of Rs 500,000 for each of the deceased, even as agitated Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena for the mess and demanded action against those responsible for the loss of human lives.
 
"In the past 12 hours, the city has received an unprecedented 300 to 400 mm rains, the highest in the past decade. The existing drainage systems are unable to cope with such a heavy downpour, coupled with a high tide this afternoon," Fadnavis told journalists.
 
Two persons - Irfan S. Khan, 38, and Gulshad Sheikh, 37, who were trapped inside a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the flooded Malad subway since last night, were found dead on Tuesday.
 
Gabri Singh, 45, the security guard of a private building, was killed in a wall crash in Mulund, and 22-year old Gopal V. Jha was electrocuted at Nehru Nagar in Vile Parle.
 
In adjoining Thane district, three persons were killed when the boundary wall of National Urdu School crashed in Kalyan town and several more were injured, and two persons were washed away in flood waters in an overflowing river in Jawahar.
 
Also on Tuesday, a 15-feet high compound wall of the Bharatiya Vidyapeeth College in Pune crashed on some hutments beside it, killing at least six persons. NDRF teams were at the site to extricate those still feared trapped in the debris.
 
In Nashik, two persons were killed by drowning in a water tank and one woman killed when she was struck by lightning in Buldhana.
 
The India Meteorological Department predicted extremely heavy to very heavy rains in Mumbai, many parts of coastal Konkan, besides Vidarbha and Marathwada till Friday.
 
Battered with over 375 mm rain, the highest July rainfall within a 24-hour period since July 1974, Mumbai has received around 35 per cent of its average annual total rainfall.
 
As a precautionary measure, the state government declared a public holiday in the city and the city administration ordered all schools and colleges to be shut while the Education Department postponed all examinations scheduled for Tuesday.
 
Many parts of Mumbai city and its suburbs, as well as towns in adjoining Raigad, Thane and Palghar districts, turned into huge tracts of muddy water, witnessing people struggling to safety in waist-deep water. Small vehicles were submerged, and several tempos, trucks and heavy vehicles stranded on the roads adding to traffic snarls. 
 
The inundation also stopped local and long-distance trains in their tracks and leaving thousands stranded as road traffic, trains and flights were hit for hours.
 
At least 150 BEST buses in Mumbai were also submerged and stranded at various locations since this morning, but operations continued near-normal with diversions and cancellations of services.
 
The Central Railway had stopped its services since early Tuesday as tracks were underwater in many places, especially Sion, Chunabhatti, Kurla, Bhandup and many commuters waded through the flood waters to reach their destinations.
 
After nearly 15 hours, the CR resumed full services around 5.15 pm, though the Western Railway managed to trudge along with delays and cancellations.
 
Domestic and international flight operations were hit at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport due to heavy rains coupled with a SpiceJet aircraft with 167 passengers overshooting the runway and getting stuck in soft mud.
 
With the stuck plane blocking the main runway, at least 55 incoming flights including 26 international were diverted, 13 go-arounds, 18 incoming flights including four international cancelled and 24 departures including four international cancelled, said a spokesperson for Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL).
 
A 150-metre long ramp was being built to push the stranded aircraft and clear the runway, but it was expected to take another 48 hours till the alternative (shorter) runway is operational.
 
As parts of Mumbai experienced a lull in rains for a few hours this afternoon, thousands of harried people rushed out of their homes to buy stocks of vegetables, fruits, groceries, milk from local markets, despite the higher rates being charged.
 
The Indian Navy's team of divers from INS Tanaji deployed rubber boats, life-jackets, lifebuoys to rescued over 1,000 people stranded in rising waters at Krantinagar slums in Kurla in north-east Mumbai.
 
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Kovind to visit Maharashtra on October 22-23

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Maharashtra on October 22-23, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, the President will inaugurate the Vishwashanti Ahimsa Sammelan being organised by the Bhagwan Shri Rishabhdev 108 Feet Vishalkai Digambar Jain Murti Nirman Committee at Mangi Tungi, Nasik. 
 
On October 23, the President will grace the convocation ceremony of the Symbiosis International University in Pune, the release added.
 
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Sukhoi jet catches fire, crashes in Maharashtra

 
Su-30 MKI jet crashes in Nashik, pilots eject safely
 
 
A Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jet caught fire mid-air and crashed on the outskirts of Nashik while on a test sortie but both pilots on board are safe, officials said on Tuesday.
 
The incident occurred around 10.50 a.m. when the jet, manufactured by the HAL, hurtled down in a cloud of smoke and crashed with a bang in barren fields near the Wavi-Thushi village, around 30 km from here. The site is around 10 km away from the Ojhar airfield. 
 
The aircraft was destroyed completely.
 
According to a statement from the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the aircraft was undergoing a routine production sortie when it developed severe engine vibrations and the engine caught fire.
 
Both the pilots -- Wing Commander Prashant Nair, who has flown all HAL's Brahmos sorties, and Wing Commander L. Biswal -- managed to eject safely.
 
They were on deputation to the HAL which is constructing these sophisticated multi-role aircraft under licence from Russia.
 
Top officials from HAL, military and air force were at the crash site for investigations even as police experienced a tough time controlling a huge crowd of onlookers rushing to the crash site and clicking selfies.
 
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Sukhoi jet crashes in Maharashtra, both pilots safe

 
Fighter jet crashes in Nashik, pilots eject safely
 
 
A Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jet crashed on the outskirts of Nashik while on a test sortie but both pilots are safe, official sources said here on Wednesday.
 
The incident occurred around 11 a.m. when the jet, manufactured by the HAL under license, was seen hurtling down and seconds later crashing in open fields near the Wavi-Thushi village, around 30 km from here.
 
According to preliminary information, the crash may have occurred due to a technical glitch, but the pilots on board managed to eject safely.
 
The pilots were on deputation to the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, which is constructing these sophisticated multi-role aircraft under licence from Russia.
 
The aircraft is believed to be destroyed completely.
 
Top officials from HAL, and air force rushed to the crash site for investigations even as police experienced a tough time controlling a huge crowd of onlookers at the crash site and clicking selfies.
 
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Sukhoi jet crashes in Maharashtra, pilots survive

 
Fighter jet crashes in Nashik, pilots eject safely
 
 
A Sukhoi SU-31 fighter jet crashed near Nashik while on a sortie but both pilots on board ejected safely, official sources said.
 
The crash may have occurred due to a technical glitch, the sources said.
 
Top military and air force officials and police have rushed to the crash site in Maharashtra. Further details are awaited.
 
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10 killed in road mishap in Nashik district of Maharashtra

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At least 10 pilgrims returning from a pilgrimage in Madhya Pradesh were killed in a road accident on the Mumbai-Agra national highway in Maharashtra's Nashik on Thursday, police said.
 
The pilgrims were travelling from Ujjain to Ulhasnagar in Thane when the accident occurred near Chandwad around 7.15 a.m., Inspector A.R. Mohite said. 
 
"The front tyre of the minibus carrying the pilgrims party suddenly burst leading the driver to lose control. The vehicle then rammed from behind into a stationery sand-truck by the road," Mohite told IANS.
 
While 10 pilgrims succumbed on the spot, another 12 were injured, including five whose condition is critical, he added.
 
The injured have been rushed to the Chandwad Civil Hospital and their relatives who are mostly in Kalyan and Ulhasnagar in Thane have been informed.
 
The identity of the deceased and other details were being verified, Mohite added.
 
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Kovind attends function to declare urban Maharashtra open defecation free

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President Ram Nath Kovind today attended a function organised here to declare urban Maharashtra open defecation free (ODF).
 
During a visit to Maharashtra, Mr. Kovind also inaugurated the Shirdi airport and the centenary year celebrations of the samadhi of Sai Baba.
 
Speaking at the function in Mumbai, the President said a healthy and prosperous India could be built only on the foundations of a clean India. 
 
He congratulated the Government and Chief Minister of Maharashtra on the occasion of urban Maharashtra being declared Open Defecation Free. 
 
He congratulated all the members of the “Swachh Maharashtra Team” and those who worked hard on the ground to achieve this goal and had kept to the commitment of a two-year deadline, set on October 2, 2015. He stated that such success is possible only with the cooperation and participation of all stakeholders.
 
The President said that the declaration of 'ODF' Urban Maharashtra is particularly relevant for the state as 49 per cent of Maharashtra’s people live in urban areas. ‘Smart Cities’, he said, also require ‘Smart Sanitation’ and ‘Smart Waste Management’. 
 
Mr. Kovind added that it was a matter of great satisfaction that the Government is focusing on sustainability of this successful campaign. The ‘OD Watch’ monitoring will be useful in alerting people and helping them quit old habits and not relapsing to open defecation. He hoped that just as the state has been successful in realising the goal of 'ODF', it would also realise the goal of 'Managing 100 per cent Waste'. 
 
The President said that tomorrow is Gandhi Jayanti and Maharashtra has paid a befitting tribute to Gandhiji by declaring urban Maharashtra Open Defecation Free today.
 
Speaking in Shirdi, the President said that Sai Baba attracted people from every caste, religion, sect and class. Using simple phrases such as ‘Sabka Malik Ek Hai’, Sai Baba explained the philosophy of 'Advaita' to the common man. The influence of Sai Baba can be seen all over the world.
 
The President added that along with ‘spiritual connectivity’, the country also needed ‘physical connectivity’ through large infrastructure projects. He commended the building of the airport as a measure that would help pilgrims and visitors as well as trigger economic activity and job creation in Shirdi. He hoped that people in large numbers would use the Shirdi International Airport inaugurated today.
 
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Air India subsidiary Alliance Air links Shirdi to Mumbai, Hyderabad

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Alliance Air, the wholly owned subsidiary of national carrier Air India, today linked the pilgrimage town of Shirdi in Maharashtra to Mumbai and Hyderabad with an ATR 72 aircraft.
 
The first flight AI 9654 from Shirdi to Mumbai was flagged off by President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajpati Raju and Maharashtra Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis launched the flight by giving away the boarding passes to passengers along with Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal and senior Air India officials.  
 
The flight from Mumbai to Shirdi and return will operate daily with an ATR 72 aircraft. Flight AI 9653 will depart Mumbai at 0830 hours to reach Shirdi at 0915hrs and the return flight will depart Shirdi at 0945 hrs to arrive in Mumbai at 1105 hrs on Wednesday,Friday and Sundays. 
 
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays the flight AI 9653 will leave Mumbai at 1520 hrs to arrive in Shirdi at 1605 hrs and leave Shirdi at 1630 hrs to arrive in Mumbai at 1715 hrs.
 
The flight from Hyderabad to Shirdi and return will operate on all days except Thursdays with the ATR 72 aircraft. The flight AI 9869 will leave Hyderabad at 1410 hrs to arrive in Shirdi at 1600 hours and the return flight AI 9870 will depart Shirdi at 1630 hrs to arrive in Hyderabad at 1815 hrs. 
 
"This flight will also give a boost to tourism and will fulfill a long standing demand of travellers to this pilgrimage town.These new connections by Alliance Air will lend a further boost to the national carrier's Connect India mission," a press release from the airline added.
 
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Foundation stone laid for Cold Storage Warehouse for onions, other perishables at Lasalgaon

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis laid the foundation stone for a cold storage facility at Lasalgaon near here on July 30.
 
The facility is being developed by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), a public sector undertaking of the Indian Railways.
 
An official press release said the cold storage facility would have a total capacity of 2500 Mt, out of which 1500 MT would be exclusively utilized for onion storage and the remaining for other perishable commodities such as fruits & vegetables like pomegranate, grapes, banana, tomato and citrus.
 
Indian Railways has now steered into the areas of providing storage facility to the farmers and the cold storage at Lasalgaon will be a boon to the farmers of not only Nashik and Lasalgaon but also of nearby areas of Jalgaon, Manmad and Dhule, the release added.
 
The cold storage is being set up on CSR model at a cost of Rs. 5 crore. It will be maintained by Lasalgaon Vibhag Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sangh Ltd. Railways are a major transporter of onion and play a key role in its transportation to various consumer markets from producer states. To reduce the spoilages, Indian Railways allot the rakes/ wagons on priority basis wherever possible for carriage of onion.
 
The climatic conditions largely affect the onion growing areas thereby leading to fluctuations in farm produce. The bumper production needs to be properly stored to stabilise supply during scarcity. The conventional methods lead to losses exceeding 35% depending on the weather conditions, the release added.
 
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BHEL commissions 270 MW thermal unit in Maharashtra

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had commissioned another 270 MW thermal unit at RattanIndia Nasik Power Limited’s 5x270 MW thermal power project, located at Sinnar in Nasik district of Maharashtra.
 
This is the fourth unit to be commissioned at this project and the milestone has been achieved within 35 days of commissioning of the third unit, a press release from the company said.
 
So far, BHEL has successfully commissioned 14 sets of 270 MW rating in the country, including 9 sets for the RattanIndia group. In addition to four units at Nasik, BHEL has earlier commissioned 5 sets of 270 MW each at Amravati, for RattanIndia. The fifth unit at the Nasik project is also in advanced stages of completion.
 
BHEL’s scope of work in the project envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of Steam Turbines, Generators, Boilers, associated Auxiliaries and Electricals, besides state-of-the-art Controls & Instrumentation (C&I) and Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs).
 
The equipment for the project was supplied by various manufacturing units of BHEL located at Trichy, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal and Haridwar while the construction work was carried out by BHEL’s Power Sector - Western Region.
 
Thermal sets of 270 MW rating are an in-house improvisation of 210/ 250 MW sets supplied earlier by BHEL, which today form the backbone of the Indian power sector and have been performing much above the national average as well as international benchmarks. 
 
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BHEL commissions two 270 MW Thermal Units in Maharashtra

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned  two  units  of  270  MW  at  RattanIndia  Nasik  Power Limited’s 5x270 MW thermal power project, located at Sinnar in Nasik district of Maharashtra.
 
With the commissioning of these units, BHEL has commissioned eight sets for RattanIndia in Maharashtra - three at Nasik and five at Amravati, a press release from the company said.
 
In addition,  two more 270 MW units are presently in advanced stages of completion at Nasik, it said.
 
BHEL’s scope of work in the project envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines, generators, boilers, associated auxiliaries and electricals, besides state-of-the-art controls & instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs).
 
The equipment for the project was supplied by various manufacturing units of BHEL located at Tiruchirapalli, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal and Haridwar while the construction work was carried out by BHEL’s Power Sector - Western Region, the release said.
 
Thermal sets of 270 MW rating are an in-house improvisation of 210/250 MW sets supplied earlier by BHEL, which today form the backbone of the Indian power sector and have been performing much above the national average as well as international benchmarks. A large number of similar sets ensures easy availability of spares and operators’ familiarity, it said.
 
As many as 13 sets of 270 MW rating have so far been commissioned by BHEL in the country
 
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BrahMos firepower for Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30 aircraft

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BrahMos Aerospace today said it had successfully demonstrated the integration of world’s most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos on Su-30MKI frontline strike fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
 
The demonstration flight, carried out at Hindustan Aeronauticals Limited (HAL), Nashik, involved carriage of BrahMos weapons on the long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter, giving a major fillip to the BrahMos air-launched flight test programme.
 
With today’s successful flight, the Brahmos air version programme now inches closer towards actual test firing when a 2.5-ton BrahMos air-to- ground missile will be fired from the Sukhoi-30 in the coming months, a press release from the company said.
 
Todays flight took place in the presence of HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju, BrahMos Aerospace CEO & MD Sudhir Kumar Mishra and HAL Nashik CEO Daljeet Singh CEO HAL Nasik. 
 
Dr. S Christopher, Secretary, Defence Research and Development, congratulated the team. 
 
The release said Dr. Christopher had continuously motivated and guided the BrahMos team to achieve the design capability of the Brahmos airborne missile system and personally reviewed engineering activities. 
 
Mr. Mishra congratulated the joint team of HAL, DRDO, IAF and BrahMos for achieving this technological feat which would go down in the history as first in the world combination of supersonic
cruise missile with a long range fighter aircraft. 
 
He further noted the immense contribution of Mr. V S N Murthy, PD (BrahMos), and the three Deputy PDs -- Gp. Capt. M K Srivastava, Gp. Capt. S Mondal, and Gp. Capt. K N Santosh -- for 
the BrahMos air version programme.
 
"The Indian Air Force is elated at the enhanced firepower and range this deadly combination of Su-30 with BrahMos will provide to them. The powerful missile will enable the IAF penetrate deep inside the enemy territory to deliver a deadly blow to their vital installations from stand-off ranges. The integration brings a paradigm shift in the capability of the IAF vis-à-vis its adversaries," the release said.
 
According to it, the Su-30--BrahMos combination will carry out air combat operations within and beyond visibility range and will provide the IAF with the capability of attacking targets protected by powerful air defence assets.
 
"Integration of BrahMos with the Su-30MKI will render the weapon a multi-platform capability while making the IAF the only Air Force in the world in procession of a supersonic cruise missile system.
 
"Today’s flight trial has been keenly observed by several other nations in the world in possession of the Su-30 strike fighter who are looking towards acquiring a lethal weapon system for the Russian-made warplanes," the release added.
 
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Parrikar hands over first overhauled Su-30 MKI to Air Chief

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over the first overhauled Su-30 MKI fighter jet to to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) here today.
 
The handing over of the world’s first overhauled SU-30 MKI coincides with 50 years of establishment of Nashik Division of the HAL.
 
Those present on the occasion the Chairman, HAL, and Defence Secretary, besides a host of other dignitaries. 
 
Later, the overhauled SU-30 MKI took to the skies, demonstrating the technical prowess of HAL. 
 
On arrival at Ojhar airfield, the Air Chief, along with the Defence Minister, Defence Secretary and Chairman HAL, planted trees at the MiG complex of HAL. Besides the main event of handing over of the overhauled aeroplane, the CAS also inspected various assembly shops and the flight hangar. 
 
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Central Railway diverts trains after boulder falls on track near Igatpuri in Maharashtra

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The Central Railway today said several long-distance trains had been diverted or short-terminated after a boulder fell on the up line at a spot about four km from Igatpuri in Nashik district of Maharashtra this morning due to heavy rains.
 
The boulder had damaged the overhead electric equipment on the up line, a press release from Central Railway said.
 
According to the release, the following trains had been short-terminated: 
 
a)  12140 Nagpur-Mumbai Sewagram Express at Igatpuri and will run as 12139 Mumbai-Nagpur Sewagram Express from Igatpuri.
b)  12072 Aurangabad-Dadar Janshatabdi Express at Lahavit and will run back as 12071 Dadar-Aurangabad Janshatabdi Express from Lahavit.
c)  12118 Manmad-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express at Devlali and will run back as 12117 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Manmad Express from Devlali.
d)  51154 Bhusaval-Mumbai Passenger short terminated at Manmad and will run back to Bhusaval.
e)  51153 Mumbai-Bhusaval Passenger at Kasara and will be backed up to Mumbai.
 
The release also said the following trains had been diverted via Manmad-Daud-Pune-Kalyan:
 
-- 11094 Varanasi-Mumbai Mahanagari Express arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on 30.7.2014
-- 12142 Patna-Mumbai Express arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus  on 30.7.2014
-- 11056 Gorakhpur-Mumbai Godan Express arriving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on 30.7.2014
 
Central Railway Additional General Manager  and Principal Chief Engineer A K Mittal and other senior officials have left for the site to supervise the restoration of the line.
 
Several long distance trains on the route are expected to be affected until the up line is restored.
 
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CBI arrests enforcement officer of EPFO at Nasik in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested an Enforcement Officer of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) at MIDC, Satpur, Nasik in Maharashtra for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a doctor.
 
A CBI press release said a case was registered against the EPFO official on a complaint from the doctor, who owns a hospital in Nasik Rural.
 
The complaint said the official had demanded the bribe to reduce the EPF assessment for the hospital staff.
 
According to the release, the CBI laid a trap and the accused was caught red handed while allegedly accepting the bribe of Rs.10 lakhs from the complainant.  Searches are being conducted at the premises of the accused, it said.
 
The arrested accused will be produced tomorrow in the court at Nasik, a press release added.
 
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CBI arrests group captain of Air Force in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a Group Captain of the Indian Air Force (IAF), based at the Air Force Station, Deolali near Nashik in Maharashtra, for allegedly for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from a civil contractor.
 
A press release from the agency said the contractor had complained that the officer had demanded the bribe for handing over of a construction site for carrying out the work given to him.
 
On the basis of the complaint, the CB registered a case and, after verification of the allegations, laid a trap. The release said the officer was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe from the complainant.
 
Searches were conducted at the residential and office premises of the accused and incriminating documents were recovered, the release said.
 
The arrested accused was produced today before the Competent Court at Nashik. Further investigation is in progress, the release added.
 
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Central Railway releases list of victims of Nashik train mishap

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The  Central Railway has released the following list of names of those who died and were injured in the derailment of ten coaches of the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express at Ghoti near Igatpuri in Maharashtra this morning:
 
NAMES OF DECEASED:
 
1 Satya Bir Singh, M-40, Pathoda, Haryana
2 Raju Kushwaha, M-34, Aligarh, UP 
3 Unidentified
 
INJURED AND HOPITALISED AT GHOTI 15/11/2013
 
1. Kamla Ramani, F-70
2. Madhavi Bhairan, F-28
3. C. Murlidhar, M-60
4. Simran Ramani, F-35
5. Rahul P. Ramani, M-10
6. Ashwini Purgaonkar, F-50
7. Tek Singh, M-60
8. Suraj M Gautam, M-30
9. Surtaj Kumar, M-38
10 Uttamchand Khandelwal, M-40
11 Rinku Sharma, F-25
12 Sunita Rathod, F-28
13 Shubhi Rathod, F-1 1/2
14 Rajesh Kumar, M-25
15 Purshottam Banwari, M-54
16 Kumar Banwari, M-44
17 Nisha Ramani, F-35
18 Riya Ramani, F-2 1/2
19 Puja Ramani, F-13
20 Ram Ramani, M-38
21 Prakash Ramani, M-35
22 Neha Ramani, F-19
 
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3 killed, 29 hurt as Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express derails near Nashik

At least three passengers died and 29 others suffered injuries when 10 coaches of the 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express derailed between Ghoti and Igatpuri in Nashik district of Maharashtra early Friday morning, official sources said.
At least 3 killed in Nashik train derailment
At least three passengers died and 29 others suffered injuries when 10 coaches of the 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express derailed between Ghoti and Igatpuri in Nashik district of Maharashtra early this morning, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 6.25 am in the Bhusaval Division of Central Railway.
 
Official sources said seven of the injured were in a serious condition and had been admitted to the Nashik Civil Hospital, while 22 others with simple injuries were being treated at the government hospital in Ghoti.
 
They said the Railways had rushed medical and accident relief teams to the scene of the accident. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.
 
Rail traffic on both the up and down lines on the section was blocked as a result of the mishap, they said. 
 
The ten coaches which derailed were: S-8, S-9, S-10, S-11, B-1, B-2, B-3, A-1, GS1 and SLR, the sources said.
 
A special train with 22 coaches, consisting of one AC 2-Tier, one 3-tier AC, 13 Sleeper Class, 5 General Second Class and  2 General Second Class cum Guards Brake Van has left Lokmanya Tilak Terminus towards Igatpuri and will run as 12618 Mangala Express Special from Igatpuri to Ernakulam carrying the stranded passengers towards their destination. Ten buses carried the passengers from the site of the derailment to to Igatpuri Station.
 
Senior railway officials including the General Manager, Central Railway have immediately rushed to the site to monitor the relief operations.
 
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The Railways have activated the following helplines for the convenience of relatives of passengers and the public:
 
Kalyan:  0251- 2311499
Igatpuri: 02553-244020
Panvel:  022-27468833
Chhatrapat Shivaji Terminus: 022-22694040
Trichur: 0487-2430060
Ernakulam: 0484-2100317
New Delhi: 011-23341074 / 011-23342954
Hazrat Nizamudin: 011-24359748
 
As a result of the derailment, the following changes have been made in the schedule of trains:
 
CANCELLATION  OF DOWN TRAINS
22101 LTT –Manmad Rajyarani Express
12109 CSTM – Manmad Panchavati Express
51153  CSTM – Bhusawal Passenger
 
CANCELLATION OF UP TRAINS
22102 Manmad – LTT Rajyarani Express at Nasik Station
12110 Manmad – CSTM Panchavati Express at
51154 Bhusawal – CSTM Passenger.
17618 Nanded – CSTM Tapovan Express.
 
TERMINATION OF TRAIN
17617 CSTM – Nanded Tapovan Express at Kalyan.
 
TRAINS DIVERTED – DOWN DIRECTION
12859 CSTM – Howrah Gitanjali Express via Kalyan-Pune-Daund-Manmad
15017 LTT – Varanasi Kashi Express via Kalyan-Pune-Daund-Manmad
12534 CST – Lucknow Pushpak Express via Kalyan-Pune-Daund-Manmad
15647 LTT – Guwahati Express via Vasai Road-Jalgaon
12165 LTT – Varanasi Ratnagiri Express via Kalyan-Pune-Daund-Manmad.
 
TRAINS DIVERTED – UP DIRECTION
13201 Rajendranagar – LTT Express via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan
12140 Nagpur – CSTM Sewagram Express via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan
01014 Nagpur – CSTM Special via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan
18609 Ranchi – LTT Express via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan
12321 Howrah –CSTM Express via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan
12880 Bhubaneshwar – LTT Express via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan
 
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2 killed, 30 hurt as Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express derails near Nashik

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At least two passengers were killed and 30 others suffered injuries when 13 coaches of the 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express derailed between Ghoti and Igatpuri in Nashik district of Maharashtra early this morning, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 6.25 am in the Bhusaval Division of Central Railway.
 
The sources said eight of the injured were in a serious condition and had been admitted to the Nashik Civil Hospital, while 22 others with simple injuries were being treated at the government hospital in Ghoti.
 
They said the Railways had rushed medical and accident relief teams to the scene of the accident. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.
 
They said a relief train with 16 coaches was being arranged for the stranded passengers.
 
Rail traffic on both the up and down lines on the section was blocked as a result of the mishap, they said. 
 
Consequently, several trains were delayed, cancelled or diverted, they added.
 
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CCEA okays 4-laning of Aurangabad-Yedeshi section of NH-211 in Maharashtra

 
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved four-laning of the Aurangabad-Yedeshi section of National Highway (NH)-211 in Maharashtra.
 
The project will be implemented under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT-Annuity) in Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern. 
 
An official press release said that the cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 2406.63 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 190 km with paved shoulders, it said.
 
The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Maharashtra and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying on the Aurangabad-Yedeshi section of National Highway-211. This stretch is a link between NH-3 and NH-4 in Maharashtra and shall be giving feeder traffic to ‘Yedeshi-Solapur’ section meeting Golden Quadrilateral NH-4 at Solapur, it added.
 
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9 killed, 28 injured as bus crashes into Innova car on Nashik-Mumbai highway

 
At least nine people were killed and 28 others suffered injuries when a luxury bus veered out of control, crossed the central verge and crashed into an oncoming Innova car on the Nashik-Mumbai highway yesterday afternoon, police said.
 
Police inspector Dilip Salunke of the Shahapur police station in Thane Rural district of Maharashtra told NetIndian over the telephone that the mishap occurred around 1545 hours yesterday at Lahegaon when the bus was on its way from Shirdi to Borivali in Mumbai and the car was on its way from Mumbai to Shirdi.
 
He said those killed included the driver and four passengers of the car, and four passengers of the bus.
 
The victims included four women, two men, two boys and a girl, he said. The injured were admitted to hospitals in Shahapur, he said.
 
According to various accounts, the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle when he tried to save a motorcyclist who sudenly entered the highway.
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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Indiabulls Power Ltd. synchronizes Amravati power plant in Maharashtra

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Indiabulls Power, the flagship company of Indiabulls Group for power business, today announced the synchronization of the first unit (270 MW) of its 1350 MW Amravati Phase I Thermal Power Plant in Maharashtra with the Western Region grid. 

The power from the plant is proposed to be supplied to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited against the Power Purchase Agreement inked for supply of power for twenty five years, a press release from the company said.
 
According to it, this marks the beginning of power generation from Indiabulls Power's plants. 
 
The company is constructing a total of 5400 MW comprising two 2700 MW coal-based thermal power projects, one at Nandgaonpeth in Amravati district and the second at Sinnar in Nashik district, both in Maharashtra.
 
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