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32 Maharashtra varsity staffers die as bus plunges into ravine

At least 32 university staffers died and one miraculously survived when a private bus on a picnic trip plunged into a deep ravine near Poladpur, around 175 km from Mumbai, on Saturday morning, officials said.
 
32 dead as bus plunges into ravine in Maharashtra
 
 
At least 32 university staffers died and one miraculously survived when a private bus on a picnic trip plunged into a deep ravine near Poladpur, around 175 km from Mumbai, on Saturday morning, officials said.
 
The sole survivor, Prakash Sawant-Desai, who escaped the tragedy with minor injuries, managed to climb to safety and alerted the university and police authorities of the accident around 10.30 am.
 
According to Raigad Police Control officer P.D. Patil, the bus was on way to Mahabaleshwar for a weekend picnic when the tragedy occurred.
 
By noon around 12 bodies were retrieved with the help of locals, he said.
 
Sawant-Desai told reporers that, near Poladpur, the bus reportedly lost control after skidding on wet mud that had collected on the treacherous stretch.
 
"I managed to climb up and called up Dr. Balasaaheb Sawant Konkan Agriculture University authorities and the police," said Sawant-Desai, who is an Assistant Director.
 
He said that he had to climb over 500 feet, as there was no mobile phone range in the valley below in the treacherous Ambenali Ghat section.
 
"On reaching the road at the top, I came into the mobile range and called up the police and university officials," he said. 
 
The university promptly informed the police about the accident.
 
The Raigad police along with National Disaster Response Force teams from Pune and local Mahabaleshwar hikers-trekkers groups are engaged in a massive operation to retrieve the bodies from the ravine fighting heavy rains, with clouds descending on the thickly forested valley and hills.
 
Around 34 varsity staffers, including some women of the Ratnagiri-based university, left around 6.30 am today for a weekend sojourn to the state's most popular twin hill resort of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani.
 
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Hundreds of shocked family members of the victims and varsity officials have rushed to the site. The police have blocked the Poladpur-Mahabaleshwar road as a precautionary measure.
 
Deep below in the ravine, the remains of the bus lie as a crumpled heap of metal, with bodies of the passengers strewn around or stuck in the trees and bushes.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sorrow over the accident. "Pained by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Maharashtra's Raigad district. My condolences to those who lost their loved ones."
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also condoled the deaths.
 
"I appeal to Congress workers in the area to provide all possible assistance to the injured and families of those who have died," Gandhi said.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai said he was pained to learn about the massive loss of lives in the accident.
 
"The administration is taking all efforts to provide required assistance. Senior officials and emergency management systems are in place. My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved one," Fadnavis said in a tweet.
 
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Prabhu reviews progress on greenfield airports in Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri

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Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu on Friday reviewed the ongoing work of the greenfield airports at Parule Chipi in Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.
 
The Minister was informed that the construction of taxiway, apron and isolation bay has been completed and work on the airfield ground lighting was in progress. Eighty percent work on construction of passenger terminal building, air traffic control (ATC) tower and the technical building has been completed and the remaining work will be finished in a month’s time.
 
An official press release said the work on the construction of ancillary buildings was nearing completion and would take a month to finish. Sindhudurg airport will have a 2500-metre runway which has provision for future development.
 
During the meeting, the Minister said air connectivity to the Konkan region fulfils the objectives of UDAN-RCS (Ude Deshka Aam Naagrik- Regional Connectivity Scheme) of the Union Government which will let the common citizen of the country fly and make air travel affordable and widespread, giving a boost to inclusive economic development, job growth and air transport infrastructure development.
 
The Minister also said the construction of the Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri airports would not only provide better connectivity to the Konkan region of Maharashtra but also boost tourism in this scenic area of the State.
 
On being informed that progress of work in Ratnagiri airport was affected by land-related issues, Mr Prabhu told the concerned officials to take up the matter with Maharashtra government. He said he would personally speak to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
 
The Sindhudurg airport is being built at an approximate cost of 520 crore. At present, Maharashtra has three functional international and 13 domestic airports.
 
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Saudi Aramco, ADNOC sign MoU for refinery and petrochemicals complex in India

Indian Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan witnessing the signing of an MoU between Saudi Aramco and ADNOC to invest in the proposed Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals (RRPCL), in New Delhi on June 25, 2018.
Indian Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan witnessing the signing of an MoU between Saudi Aramco and ADNOC to invest in the proposed Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals (RRPCL), in New Delhi on June 25, 2018.
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here today to jointly develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra in what will be the single biggest foreign investment in the refining sector in India.
 
The project will be implemented by Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL), an official press release said.
 
The MoU was signed between Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin H. Nasser and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State & ADNOC Group CEO. 
 
The signing was witnessed by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is on an official visit to India, and Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
 
Earlier, Saudi Aramco had joined the project by signing an MoU with the Indian consortium on April 11 this year on the sidelines of the 16th  International Energy Forum Ministerial. Saudi Aramco had said at that it time that it would include another strategic partner to co-invest in the project as an overseas investor.
 
RRPCL, which is promoted by a consortium of India PSUs consisting of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limtied (HPCL), will now have Saudi Aramco and ADNOC as overseas strategic partners, the release said.
 
"The project will be set up as a 50:50 joint partnership (50:50) between the consortium from India and Saudi Aramco and ADNOC. This will be single largest overseas investment in the Indian refining sector," the release said.
 
According to it, the  strategic partnership brings together crude supply, resources, technologies, experience and expertise of these multiple oil companies with an established commercial presence around the world.
 
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The mega refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day (60 million metric tonnes per annum). It will produce a range of refined petroleum products, including petrol and diesel meeting BS-VI fuel efficiency norms. The refinery will also provide feedstock for the integrated petrochemicals complex, which will have a capacity of producing approximately 18 million tonnes per annum of petrochemical products.
 
RRPCL will rank among the world’s largest refining and petrochemicals projects and will be designed to meet India’s fast-growing fuels and petrochemicals demand. The project cost is estimated at around Rs. 3 lakh crore (US$ 44 billion).
 
RRPCL was formed as a joint venture company on September 22, 2017  between IOCL, BPCL and HPCL with equity participation of 50:25:25, respectively.
 
A preliminary feasibility study has been conducted by the public sector Engineers India Limited (EIL), which has also provided the basic technical configuration of the project. Certain pre-project activities have also been initiated.  A demand supply market study for petrochemicals has also been completed through IHS Markit, a reputed global consultant. A further configuration study through an international consultant is being taken up shortly which will lead to carrying out the Detailed Feasibility Study for the project, culminating into a final investment decision, the release added.
 
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Prabhu reviews the development of Konkan region

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Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu chaired a meeting here yesterday to review the development of Konkan region.
 
The meeting focussed on the development of agriculture, services and manufacturing sector in the region.
 
Reviewing the agriculture sector in Konkan region, the Minister directed officials to run campaigns on Geographical Indicators (GIs) so as to increase awareness about the benefits of GI tag for the produce of the region. He directed officials to prepare a policy for establishing GI stalls at all airports of India.
 
Moreover, he also suggested displaying GI products from all over India at all international airports of the country. Plans to develop GI Tourism Circuits including the circuit covering Mahabaleshwar-Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Nasik were also discussed.
 
To boost tourism, the Minister directed Airports Authority of India (AAI) to operationalize Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri Airport on a priority basis.
 
In order to boost agricultural activity in the region, prospective role and contribution of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Spice Board and Rubber Board was discussed. The Minister said representatives from Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Farmers’ Groups should also be consulted.
 
In the manufacturing sector, the discussions focused on leather, gem & jewellery and packaging sectors. To boost packaging sector in the Konkan region, Mr Prabhu directed the officials to conduct a feasibility study for establishing a campus for Indian Institute for Packaging (IIP) in Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri district.
 
In the service sector, steps will be taken to give a boost to the IT and ITES industry. It was decided to actively involve NABARD in the process. The Minister stressed that the Commerce Ministry will coordinate with other Union Ministries and State Governments to smoothen the development of the Konkan region.
 
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Department of Commerce, Civil Aviation, APEDA, MPEDA, Spice and Rubber boards and officers from the Konkan region.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.6°N and longitude 73.3°E, occurred at 0109 hours at a focal depth of 15 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.6°N and longitude 73.6°E, occurred at 0519 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.0°N and longitude 73.7°E, occurred at 0221 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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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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36 killed, 18 injured as Goa-Mumbai bus veers off bridge in Maharashtra

At least 36 people were killed and another 18 injured when a private bus they were travelling in veered off a bridge over the Jagdbudi river near Khed in Ratnagari district of Maharashtra in the early hours of Tuesday.
 
Over 30 feared dead in bus accident in Ratnagiri

At least 36 people were killed and another 18 injured when a private bus they were travelling in veered off a bridge over the Jagdbudi river near Khed in Ratnagari district of Maharashtra in the early hours of today.

Five of those killed and one of the injured passengers were foreigners, police sources said.
 
Ratnagiri district collector Rajeev Jadhav told NetIndian over the telephone that the mishap occurred around 0315 hours today when the bus was on its way from Goa to Mumbai.
 
Mr Jadhav said rescue operations had been completed, and all the victims had been extricated from the wreckage of the bus. All the injured had been taken to the civil hospital at Khed, about 120 km from Ratnagiri district headquarters.
 
He said some of the injured were in a critical condition. According to him, the bus fell upside down, which led to the higher toll.
 
The police are investigating the cause of the accident. The bus driver was among those injured, sources added.
 
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Three minor earthquakes jolt Western Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat

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Three minor earthquakes jolted Western India this morning, two in Maharashtra and one in Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

In the first incident, an earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale shook the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat at 0853 hours. The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 23.5 degrees North and longitude 71 degrees East, occurred at a depth of 7 km.
 
The second quake, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, jolted the Satara district of Maharashtra at 1057 hours. Its epicentre was at latitude 17.4 degrees North and longitude 73.8 degrees East and it occurred at 1057 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The third tremor, of magnitude 4, was recorded near Ratnagiri, also in Maharashtra at 1147 hours, the IMD said. It had its epicentre at latitude 17 degrees North and longitude 73.5 degrees East and occurred at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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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.

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Minor quake recorded in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Ratnagiri region of Maharashtra tonight.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.3 degrees North and longitude 73.3 degrees East, occurred at 19.27 hours at a depth of 33 km.


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