ADVERTISEMENT

Orissa

Six coaches of Utkal Express derail near Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh

Six coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, this evening.
 
The mishap occurred around 5.46 pm today, railway sources said, adding that details of casualties were not immediately available.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the coaches had climbed on to the top of another coach, and one of its ends had crashed into a building on the side of the track.
 
Gas cutters were being used to cut through the mangled steel to pull out those trapped inside the coaches. 
 
"Our focus right now is on rescue and relief operations. Officers and staff from the nearby railway stations have reached the spot," Ministry of Railways spokesman Anil Saxena told journalists in New Delhi.
 
Khatauli is located on the Meerut-Saharanpur section of the Delhi Division of Northern Railway.
 
"We have geared up our rescue and relief machinery. Senior officials of Delhi Division have rushed to the accident site. Staff and officers from the nearby stations have already reached there," Mr. Saxena said.
 
He said personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) would also reach the site soon.
 
The train had left Puri yesterday and was due to reach Haridwar at 9 pm today, they said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on micro-blogging site Twitter that he was personally monitoring the situation and had instructed senior officers to reach the spot immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations. He said medical vans had been rushed to the site of the accident.
 
"Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations. I am personally monitoring situation," he said. "Instructed General Manager, other senior officers to ensure all possible help to the people."
 
"In close touch with @CMOfficeUP , State Government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations," he said.
 
Mr. Prabhu said he had instructed the Member, Engineering of the Railway Board, the Director General, Health and other senior officers to rush to the scene.
 
"Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he added.
 
Mr. Prabhu said Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan were on their way to the scene of the accident.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told journalists that two State Ministers -- Satish Mahana and Suresh Rana -- have also left for the spot.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

16 wagons of goods train derail at Nergundi in Odisha, no one injured

As many as 16 wagons of a goods train derailed near Nergundi station in Khurda Road Division of East Coast Railway (ECR), about 11 km from Cuttack in Odisha, early this morning, but no one was injured, official sources said.
 
The train consisted of 42 covered wagons plus a guard van and an extra engine and the mishap occurred at about 0430 hours, blocking both the Up and Down lines, ECR officials said.
 
Senior railway officials, including the Divisional Railway Manager of Khurda Road Division, have reached the site and efforts were on to restore normal traffic on the section. Among other things, 140 ton cranes had reached the spot, they said.
 
"Train movement will not be hampered much as trains have alternate route available. Trains are now being run on an  alternate route via Barang/Kapilas Road," they said.
 
The officials said all Up and Down trains had been diverted via Naraj and Kapilas Road, bypassing Cuttack. The passing trains will be provided with stoppages at Kapilas Road and Naraj.
 
The diverted trains include:
 
18451 Hatia - Puri Tapaswini Exp diverted via Naraj.
07182 Secunderabad - Howrah Special diverted via Naraj.
 
Trains cancelled include:
 
58407 Bhadrask-Bhubaneswar Passenger
58411 Bhubaneswar - Brahmapur passenger 
58412 Brahmapur - Bhubaneswar Passenger     
 
NNN                                           
ADVERTISEMENT
 

India conducts final development flight trials of Astra missile

ADVERTISEMENT
India successfully conducted the final development flight trials of Astra, the Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM), over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha, during September 11-14.
 
A total of seven trials were conducted against Pilotless Target Aircrafts (PTA) successfully, an official press release said here today.
 
The missions included engagement of target at very long range, engagement of high manoeuvring target at medium range and multiple launches of missiles in salvo to engage multiple targets. 
 
"All the sub-systems including the indigenous RF Seeker performed accurately, meeting all the mission parameters and objectives. Two missiles were also launched in the combat configuration with warhead and the targets were neutralized," the release said.
 
"This effort for building a state-of-the-art BVRAAM by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), together with Indian Air Force (IAF) has completed the development phase of the weapon system successfully. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has played a role in modifying the aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries have contributed in building the Astra weapon system. Dr S. Venugopal, Programme Director led the launch operations and flight trials along with the teams from multiple organisations," it said.
 
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO, IAF, defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) and industries Air Force, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and industries for the successful trials of the missile.
 
Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence (R&D) S. Christopher congratulated the ‘Team Astra” for developing and flight testing such a formidable class of weapon system.
 
Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems, G. Satheesh Reddy, said the technologies developed under the programme would be the building blocks for development of more variants of air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Gold nanoparticles can detect lead in wastewater

ADVERTISEMENT
Gold, the favourite metal of Indian women, is increasingly becoming popular among scientists as well, though for a different reason. A group of Indian researchers has used gold nanoparticles to develop a simple method to detect lead in wastewater.
 
The new technique makes use of specially-produced miniscule particles of the yellow metal, and the property of gold nanoparticles to change colour when they ‘bunch-up’ in the presence of metal particles such as lead because of their optical properties.
 
In the study done by scientists at the CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, a solution of gold nanoparticles was prepared in water. When this solution was exposed to lead, a colour change from violet to blue occurred within a few minutes due to collecting together of anoparticles. It was also found that diluting the gold-nanoparticle solution resulted in a colour change even when small amount of lead was present. This is important as the quantity of wastewater is usually much more than the amount of lead dissolved in it.
 
“This method of detecting lead particles using specially-produced gold nanoparticles is a rapid, one-step method. It is a cost-effective method vis-à- vis the more traditional methods of lead detection,” explained Dr Nilotpala Pradhan, co-author of the study. “Lead in small amounts in wastewater even in the presence of other major toxic heavy metal particles is easily picked up by this simple test”, she added. However, she said, more studies are required before the method could be used commercially. 
 
Exposure to lead is known to cause severe and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system in children, and to the kidneys in adults. It can also result in complications during pregnancy and lead to birth defects. Industrial activities such as smelting, use of pesticides, battery production, landfill leaching are major sources of lead contamination in the environment.
 
Though there is a maximum acceptable limit of lead in wastewater there is no known ‘safe’ level for humans. According to the World Health Organisation, lead poisoning is completely preventable.
 
Therefore, there is a need of a simple and rapid method for detecting lead that is cost-effective and easily administered in lieu of the existing expensive and time-consuming methods.
 
The research team included Dr Nilotpala Pradhan and Dr Eepsita Priyadarshini. The results of the study have been published in journal Scientific Reports.
 
(India Science Wire)
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Tata Steel sets up library at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

ADVERTISEMENT
Tata Steel has set up a 150-seater library building at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here, the world’s largest tribal residential educational institute that has just been conferred with deemed university status by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.
 
The library was inaugurated here on September 2 by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Others present on the occasion included Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS, TV Narendran, managing director, Tata Steel India & SEA, Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president, corporate services and Arun Misra, vice president, Project Gopalpur and managing director, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone, among other dignitaries.
 
Set up at an investment of Rs. 4.40 crore, the 150-seater library is a prefabricated engineering building that has been constructed using steel structure as its base, a press release from Tata Steel said.
 
It is equipped with furniture, electrical and sanitary fittings and other furnishings. Of the total cost, an amount of Rs 30 lakh has been contributed by Tata Power. 
 
"The library is indeed yet another testimony of Tata Steel’s commitment to partner and facilitate education initiatives in Odisha," the release said.
 
In 2009, Tata Steel had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with KISS to jointly work towards the uplift of the state’s tribal population, with special emphasis on providing education to the children of the rehabilitated families of Kalinganagar. The collaboration today culminated in Tata Steel setting up the library at the institute, which is home to over 25,000 students belonging to tribal communities, it said.
 
In his address on the occasion, Mr Narendran said, “Improving the quality of life of people living in and around our areas of operations is integral to the business philosophy of Tata Steel. Our operations are largely confined to areas that have a sizeable SC and ST population, and we believe that promoting affirmative action is the right way to serve communities around us."
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

21 dead, 97 injured as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail near Muzaffarnagar in UP

At least 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday evening.

 
21 dead as Utkal Express derails in UP
At least 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, yesterday evening.
 
Northern Railway spokesman Neeraj Sharma told NetIndian over the telephone that 26 of the injured passengers had suffered grievous injuries while 71 had minor injuries.
 
Rescue and relief teams have completed the search for victims in the affected coaches and railway officials were now working to restore normal traffic on the route. "We hope to restore traffic on the line by 7 pm today," Mr. Sharma said.
 
Mr. Sharma said two of the derailed coaches had been re-railed and efforts were on to re-rail the other affected coaches at the earliest.
 
Senior Northern Railway officials, including the General Manager and the Additional General Manager, were at the scene of the tragedy, overseeing the restoration works as well as the relief operations.
 
Official sources said five coaches at the rear of the ill-fated train were taken to Khatauli station at little after midnight last night, while five coaches at the front were taken to Mansurpur.
 
Some of the seriously injured were referred to hospitals in Meerut and Delhi, the sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around 5.46 pm yesterday, and affected the eighth coach from the  engine and those behind it.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the coaches had climbed on to the top of another coach, and one of its ends had crashed into a building on the side of the track. Cranes were requisitioned to bring it down and to lift the capsized coaches.
 
Gas cutters were used to cut through the mangled steel to pull out those trapped inside the coaches. More than 60 ambulances from government and private hospitals as well as charity organisations were deployed to take the injured to hospitals.
 
Scores of local people joined the district administration, police and other emergency services personnel in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Railways rushed medical vans from Delhi and Saharanpur and an accident relief team from Ambala to the scene of the derailment. Arrangements were being made for buses to clear the stranded passengers from the site.
 
Various sources said that some workers were carrying out maintenance work on the track before the ill-fated train crossed the spot, and that the driver of the speeding train was not made aware of this in time.
 
As a consequence of the accident, the Railways have cancelled, short-terminated or diverted some trains. Today's 18478 Haridwar-Puri Kalinga Utkal Express has been cancelled due to yesterday's derailment.
 
Khatauli is located on the Meerut-Saharanpur section of the Delhi Division of Northern Railway, about 115 km from Delhi.
 
Senior railway officials of the Delhi Division, and staff and officers from nearby stations rushed to the scene as soon as news of the accident was received.
 
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also reached the site and massive search and rescue operations continued till late last night.
 
The train had left Puri on Friday and was due to reach Haridwar at 9 pm yesterday, they said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on micro-blogging site Twitter that he was personally monitoring the situation and had instructed senior officers to reach the spot immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations. He said medical vans had been rushed to the site of the accident.
 
"Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations. I am personally monitoring situation," he said. "Instructed General Manager, other senior officers to ensure all possible help to the people."
 
"In close touch with @CMOfficeUP , State Government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations," he said.
 
Mr. Prabhu said he had instructed the Member, Engineering of the Railway Board, the Director General, Health and other senior officers to rush to the scene.
 
"Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he added.
 
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan also rushed to the scene of the accident.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told journalists that two State Ministers -- Satish Mahana and Suresh Rana -- had been sent to the spot.
 
The Ministry of Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3.50 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident, Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for those with minor injuries.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased," he said on Twitter.
 
"I wish those injured a speedy recovery. The situation is being monitored very closely by the Railways Ministry," he said.
 
"Railways Ministry & UP Government are doing everything possible & providing all assistance required in the wake of the train derailment," he added.
  
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for the benefit of the passengers and their relatives:
 
Muzaffarnagar Railway Station: 0131-2433099
Delhi Railway Station: 011-23962389/23967332
New Delhi: 011-23342954/23341074
Nizamuddin: 011-24239748
Ghaziabad: 09412715210
Haridwar: 9760534054, 01334227477/4227478/4227479/4227480
Moradabad: 05912420324
Roorkee: 9760534056
Bhubaneswar: 9674-2301525, 2301625, 203060, 2492611, 2534027, 845885936
Cuttack: 0671-2200568
Puri: 06752-226717, 1072
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

19 dead, 60 injured as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail near Muzaffarnagar in UP

At least 19 passengers died and 60 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday evening.

 
19 dead as Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derails
At least 19 passengers died and 60 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, this evening.
 
Northern Railway spokesman Neeraj Sharma told NetIndian over the telephone that the number of casualties could go up as the rescue and relief teams complete searching of the worst-affected coaches. He said several of the injured had been discharged after first aid at nearby hospitals.
 
However, the seriously injured were referred to hospitals in Meerut and Delhi, sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around 5.46 pm today, he said and affected the eighth coach from the  engine and those behind it.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the coaches had climbed on to the top of another coach, and one of its ends had crashed into a building on the side of the track. Cranes were requisitioned to bring it down and to lift the capsized coaches.
 
Gas cutters were being used to cut through the mangled steel to pull out those trapped inside the coaches. More than 60 ambulances from government and private hospitals as well as charity organisations had been deployed to take the injured to hospitals.
 
"Our focus right now is on rescue and relief operations. Officers and staff from the nearby railway stations have reached the spot," Ministry of Railways spokesman Anil Saxena told journalists in New Delhi.
 
Scores of local people joined the district administration, police and other emergency services personnel in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
The Railways have rushed medical vans from Delhi and Saharanpur and an accident relief team from Ambala to the scene of the derailment. Arrangements were being made for buses to clear the stranded passengers from the site.
 
Various sources said that some workers were carrying out maintenance work on the track before the ill-fated train crossed the spot, and that the driver of the speeding train was not made aware of this in time.
 
As a consequence of the accident, the Railways have cancelled, short-terminated or diverted some trains. Tomorrow's 18478 Haridwar-Puri Kalinga Utkal Express has been cancelled due to today's derailment.
 
Khatauli is located on the Meerut-Saharanpur section of the Delhi Division of Northern Railway, about 115 km from Delhi.
 
"We have geared up our rescue and relief machinery. Senior officials of Delhi Division have rushed to the accident site. Staff and officers from the nearby stations have already reached there," Mr. Saxena said.
 
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had also reached the site and massive search and rescue operations continued till late into the night.
 
The train had left Puri yesterday and was due to reach Haridwar at 9 pm today, they said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on micro-blogging site Twitter that he was personally monitoring the situation and had instructed senior officers to reach the spot immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations. He said medical vans had been rushed to the site of the accident.
 
"Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations. I am personally monitoring situation," he said. "Instructed General Manager, other senior officers to ensure all possible help to the people."
 
"In close touch with @CMOfficeUP , State Government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations," he said.
 
Mr. Prabhu said he had instructed the Member, Engineering of the Railway Board, the Director General, Health and other senior officers to rush to the scene.
 
"Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he added.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Mr. Prabhu said Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan also rushed to the scene of the accident.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told journalists that two State Ministers -- Satish Mahana and Suresh Rana -- had been sent to the spot.
 
The Ministry of Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3.50 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident, Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for those with minor injuries.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased," he said on Twitter.
 
"I wish those injured a speedy recovery. The situation is being monitored very closely by the Railways Ministry," he said.
 
"Railways Ministry & UP Government are doing everything possible & providing all assistance required in the wake of the train derailment," he added.
 
As a consequence of the accident, the Railways have cancelled, short-terminated and diverted various trains.
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for the benefit of the passengers and their relatives:
 
Muzaffarnagar Railway Station: 0131-2433099
Delhi Railway Station: 011-23962389/23967332
New Delhi: 011-23342954/23341074
Nizamuddin: 011-24239748
Ghaziabad: 09412715210
Haridwar: 9760534054, 01334227477/4227478/4227479/4227480
Moradabad: 05912420324
Roorkee: 9760534056
Bhubaneswar: 9674-2301525, 2301625, 203060, 2492611, 2534027, 845885936
Cuttack: 0671-2200568
Puri: 06752-226717, 1072
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

13 dead, 58 injured as ten coaches of Utkal Express derail near Muzaffarnagar in UP

At least 13 passengers died and 58 others suffered injuries when ten coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday evening.

 
13 dead as Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derails
At least 13 passengers died and 58 others suffered injuries when ten coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, this evening.
 
The mishap occurred around 5.46 pm today, railway sources said, but said details of casualties were not immediately available.
 
However, Union Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, who was among those who reached the spot to oversee rescue and releif efforts, told a television channel that 13 people had died and 58 others had been taken to nearby hospitals.
 
Mr. Baliyan said efforts were being made to shift the seriously injured to Meerut and New Delhi.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the coaches had climbed on to the top of another coach, and one of its ends had crashed into a building on the side of the track.
 
Gas cutters were being used to cut through the mangled steel to pull out those trapped inside the coaches. More than 60 ambulances had been deployed to take the injured to hospitals.
 
"Our focus right now is on rescue and relief operations. Officers and staff from the nearby railway stations have reached the spot," Ministry of Railways spokesman Anil Saxena told journalists in New Delhi.
 
Scores of local people joined the district administration, police and other emergency services personnel in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
The Railways have rushed medical vans from Delhi and Saharanpur and an accident relief team from Ambala to the scene of the derailment.
 
Arrangements were being made for buses to clear the stranded passengers from the site.
 
Various sources said that some workers were carrying out maintenance work on the track before the ill-fated train crossed the spot, and that the driver of the speeding train was not made aware of this in time.
 
As a consequence of the accident, the Railways have cancelled, short-terminated or diverted some trains. Tomorrow's 18478 Haridwar-Puri Kalinga Utkal Express has been cancelled due to today's derailment.
 
Khatauli is located on the Meerut-Saharanpur section of the Delhi Division of Northern Railway, about 115 km from Delhi.
 
"We have geared up our rescue and relief machinery. Senior officials of Delhi Division have rushed to the accident site. Staff and officers from the nearby stations have already reached there," Mr. Saxena said.
 
He said personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had also reached the site and massive search and rescue operations continued till late into the night.
 
The train had left Puri yesterday and was due to reach Haridwar at 9 pm today, they said.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on micro-blogging site Twitter that he was personally monitoring the situation and had instructed senior officers to reach the spot immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations. He said medical vans had been rushed to the site of the accident.
 
"Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations. I am personally monitoring situation," he said. "Instructed General Manager, other senior officers to ensure all possible help to the people."
 
"In close touch with @CMOfficeUP , State Government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations," he said.
 
Mr. Prabhu said he had instructed the Member, Engineering of the Railway Board, the Director General, Health and other senior officers to rush to the scene.
 
"Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he added.
 
Mr. Prabhu said Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan were on their way to the scene of the accident.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told journalists that two State Ministers -- Satish Mahana and Suresh Rana -- have also left for the spot.
 
The Ministry of Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3.5 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident, Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for those with minor injuries.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased," he said on Twitter.
 
"I wish those injured a speedy recovery. The situation is being monitored very closely by the Railways Ministry," he said.
 
"Railways Ministry & UP Government are doing everything possible & providing all assistance required in the wake of the train derailment," he added.
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for the benefit of the passengers and their relatives:
 
Muzaffarnagar Railway Station: 0131-2433099
Delhi Railway Station: 011-23962389/23967332
New Delhi: 011-23342954/23341074
Nizamuddin: 011-24239748
Ghaziabad: 09412715210
Haridwar: 9760534054, 01334227477/4227478/4227479/4227480
Moradabad: 05912420324
Roorkee: 9760534056
Bhubaneswar: 9674-2301525, 2301625, 203060, 2492611, 2534027, 845885936
Cuttack: 0671-2200568
Puri: 06752-226717, 1072
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 
 

Probiotic can prevent infections in infants

ADVERTISEMENT
Thousands of infants die due to infections in the first few weeks of their life. A bulk of these deaths can be prevented with an inexpensive probiotic-based preventive therapy developed by a group of Indian and American scientists.
 
The therapy has been tested in over 4,500 infants from 149 villages in Odisha. Results of this trial, published this week in international journal Nature, show that the probiotic when given orally for one week after birth can reduce sepsis and death by 40 percent. In addition, it also drastically reduces respiratory tract infections. This is the largest ever clinical study of probiotics conducted among new born babies.
 
Sepsis is a severe complication of bacterial infection that results in around one million infant deaths globally every year.
 
The preventive therapy is called synbiotic treatment - a combination of probiotic bacteria and a prebiotic nutrient to support the probiotic strain. While probiotics are live microorganisms that can provide a health benefit, prebiotics are molecules such as certain carbohydrates in human milk or those derived from plants.
 
In the Odisha study, the synbiotic preparation was given daily for one week to full-term born babies when they were two to four days old. The oral preparation contained Lactobacillus plantarum, which had earlier been found to have shown good gut-colonizing properties in newborns, along with fructooligosaccharide, a plant-derived prebiotic.
 
The therapy was given in addition to breast milk which is known to contain prebiotics as well as other molecules that provide immunity to babies. Only mothers who had started breast feeding their children in their first 24 hours were included in the study.
 
Follow-up showed that the therapy reduced the risk of sepsis or death by 40 percent.
 
Substantial reductions were seen in all three subtypes of sepsis assessed, and reductions were also observed in diarrhoea and umbilical-stump infection in infants who had not been classified as having sepsis.
 
“This will reduce the nagging high neonatal mortality and infant mortality in developing countries. More importantly, reduction of such infections during infancy can prevent ‘stunting’ with even more grievous consequences such as reduced cognition and chances of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes in early adulthood,” Pinaki Panigrahi of University of Nebraska Medical Center, who led the research team, told India Science Wire. He said it is an affordable intervention as one-week therapy costs just one dollar.
 
“The trial provides evidence for the effectiveness of a global health intervention that could be used to complement existing strategies for giving every newborn the best chance to survive and thrive,” pointed out Daniel J. Tancredi of University of California, in a commentary published in the same issue of Nature.
 
Among the institutes that participated in this study are the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; Asian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar; Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar; SCB Medical College, Cuttack; and Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela, besides Universities of Nebraska, Michigan and Maryland. The community-based trial recruited local volunteers to coordinate follow up.
 
The research team included Pinaki Panigrahi, Sailajanandan Parida, Nimai C. Nanda, Radhanath Satpathy, Lingaraj Pradhan, Dinesh S. Chandel, Lorena Baccaglini, Arjit Mohapatra, Subhranshu S. Mohapatra, Pravas R. Misra, Rama Chaudhry, Hegang H. Chen, Judith A. Johnson, J. Glenn Morris Jr, Nigel Paneth and Ira H. Gewolb.
 
(India Science Wire)
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

High time Paika Rebellion of 1817 got its due place in annals of history: Mukherjee

ADVERTISEMENT
President Pranab Mukherjee has said that it was high time the struggle and sacrifice by a generation of Odia people, who participated in the Paika rebellion of 1817 against the British, got its due place in the annals of history.
 
Inaugurating the bicentenary celebration of the rebellion, the President said 40 years before the revolt of 1857, later termed as 1st War of Indian independence against British colonialism, a battle was fought under the leadership of Baxi Jagabandhu of Odisha. “The heroics of Buxi Jagabandhu continues to inspire the people of Odisha. It is time, this struggle and sacrifice by a generation of Odia people got its due place in the annals of history,” he added.
 
The Paika uprising was aimed at upholding the rights of the Odia people and sovereignty of Odisha. It was not only the rebellion of Paikas, but a national war waged by ordinary people at the grass roots level who resented the dispossession of their sovereign of his rights and the consequential repressive measures that followed.
 
“As we celebrate 200 years of the Paika Rebellion, it is time to remember the great history of our country and pay respect to our great heroes. Along with Buxi Jagabandu it is time to pay respects to other great warriors of Paika Bidroha who fought side by side such as Dinabandhu Samantray Mohapatra, Dama Subudhi Manjaraj, Samanta Madhaba Chandra Routray (Dalbehera of Tapanga), Pindiki Bahubalendra, Krutibas Patsani and many more heroes of Paika Bidroha,” he added.
 
The President said the year-long celebrations should be documented for future guidance. He also urged historians to concentrate on indigenous source material available in folk songs and folk stories narrated over the years by one generation to another.
 
The Paikas were essentially the peasant militias of the Gajapati rulers of Odisha who rendered military service to the king during times of war while taking up cultivation during times of peace. They unfurled the banner of rebellion against the British under the leadership of Baxi Jagandhu Bidyadhara as early as 1817 to throw off the British yoke.
 
The rulers of Khurda were traditionally the custodians of Jagannath Temple and ruled as the deputy of Lord Jagannath on earth. They symbolised the political and cultural freedom of the people of Odisha. The British, having established their sway over Bengal Province and Madras Province to the north and south of Odisha, occupied it in 1803.
 
The Gajapati King of Odisha Mukunda Deva-ll was a minor then and initial resistance by Jai Rajguru, the custodian of Mukunda Deva-II, was put down brutally. A few years later, it was the Paikas under Baxi Jagabandhu, the hereditary chief of the militia army of the Gajapati King, who rose in rebellion, with the support of the tribals and other sections of society.
 
The rebellion started in March 1817 and spread quickly. Though Paikas played a larger role in the rebellion against the British, it was by no means a rebellion by a small group of people belonging to a particular class. The tribals of Ghumusar (part of present day Ganjam and Kandhmal Districts) and other sections of the population actively took part in it.
 
It received a boost when 400 tribals of Ghumsar entered Khurda protesting against the British rule. The Paikas attacked British symbols of power, setting ablaze police stations, administrative offices and the treasury during their march towards Khurda, from where the British fled.
 
The Paikas were supported by the Rajas of Kanika, Kujang, Nayagarh and Ghumusar and zamindars, village heads and ordinary peasants. The rebellion quickly spread to Purl, Pipli Cuttack and other parts of the province. The British were initially taken aback and then tried to regain lost ground but faced stiff resistance. Many a battle was fought with some victories to the rebels, but the British finally managed to defeat them within three months.
 
Widespread suppression followed with many killed and imprisoned. Many more were tortured. Some rebels fought a guerilla war till 1819 but were captured and killed. Baxi Jagabandhu was finally arrested in 1825 and died in captivity in 1829. Though the Paika Bidroha enjoys a cult status in Odisha with children growing up with stories of the brave fight against the British, it has unfortunately received less attention at the national level.
 
Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma were present at the inaugural function.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to cross Odisha coast on Tuesday night, cause heavy rains

ADVERTISEMENT
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said the depresssion over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal and coastal areas of Odisha was very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Puri by tonight.
 
A bulletin from IMD, issued at 1130 hours today, remained practically stationary in the past three hours and lay centred near latitude 19.0º N and longitude 86.0 ºE, about 120 km east-southeast of Gopalpur and 80 km south-southeast of Puri. 
 
The bulletin warned that rainfall was very likely over south Odisha during the next 48 hours and over north coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours, with  heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall.
 
It also said that rainfall was very likely at most places in Chhattisgarh, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, during the next 24 hours and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall during the subsequent 24 hours.
 
The bulletin said rainfall was very likely at most places over Telangana and north Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at  isolated places, and over east Madhya Pradesh on July 19-20 and west Madhya Pradesh on July 20-21.
 
The bulletin said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, would prevail along an off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours.
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours.
 
Fishermen along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into sea during the next 48 hours.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

New broad gauge line sanctioned between Jeypore and Navarangpur in Odisha

ADVERTISEMENT
The Ministry of Railways has sanctioned a new broad gauge line between Jeypore and Navarangpur in Odisha.
 
The 138 km-long railway line would be built at a cost of Rs 747.91 crore and will be completed in three years, an official press release said.
 
The project will be implemented on a cost-sharing basis (50% by Ministry of Railways under GBS and 50% by Odisha government).
 
The release said the project is important for connecting Navarangpur district of Western Odisha with Jeypore, an existing station on Kottavalasa--Kirandul line. This line will provide connectivity to important towns including Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur and Dantewada. The line will be useful for connecting Navarangpur to Junagarh/ Kalahandi district and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
 
Odisha government will be bearing the entire cost of land and 50% of the construction cost of the project, the release added.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Prabhu inaugurates various railway related services in Odisha, Assam

ADVERTISEMENT
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated various railway related services in Odisha and Assam through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan here yesterday.
 
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Member of Parliament Prasanna Kumar Patasani were present at the launch along with Railway Board Chairman A. K. Mittal, Member Traffic Mohammed Jamshed and others.
 
The projects launched were a railway line between Bolagarh Road and Nayagarh Town and work for the provision of a new line between Khurda Road and Bolangir for a total length of 289 km that was sanctioned in the year of 1994-95 at a total cost of Rs 801.78 crore.
 
The work for commissioning of new line between Bolagarh Road and Nayagarh town (12 km) has been completed. The total length of rail line is about 65 km, an official press release said. Train No. 58429/ 58430/ 58431/ 58432 (Khurda Road- Bolagarh) were being extended up to Nayagarh Town.
 
The release said the train would benefit a large number of pilgrims visiting Puri during the Rath Yatra festival. It will be a daily service with a composition of 12 coaches.
 
In other infrastructure, the Nayagarh Town Railway Station building was inaugurated. It is an ‘E’ category station on Khurda Road-Bolangir section, built at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. Passenger amenities like booking windows, public address system, waiting hall, platform, toilets and drinking water have been provided at the station. To facilitate physically handicapped passengers, wheelchairs have been provided. Stretchers have also been provided for medical needs of the passengers.
 
The passenger halt at Bolagarh Town was sanctioned on October 13, 2016. Location of the halt is between Rajsunakhala and Bolagarh Road stations on Khurda Road-Bolangir new line in Khurda Division of East Coast Railway. It has been built at a cost of Rs. 98 lakh.
 
The amenities provided are high-level platform (360 metres), booking counter-cum-waiting room (25 sqm), approach road (900 sqm) and one hand operated tube well.
 
The Minister also inaugurated a passenger reservation system (PRS) counter at Kamakhya temple announced on May 7 this year. This is a non-rail head PRS with the assistance of Kamakhya Devottar Board and will cater to an approximately catchment area of 5000 passengers. This is a location of tourist importance, lakh of devotees visit the shrine, especially during Ambubushi Mela.
 
At present, on Northeast Frontier Railway, there are 249 locations where computerised reservation facility is available. After this, the figure will be 250 (including 115 locations in Assam), the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Bye-elections to Rajya Sabha from Manipur, Odisha to be held on May 25

ADVERTISEMENT
The Election Commission of India (ECI) will hold bye-elections on May 25 to fill two casual vacancies in the Rajya Sabha, one each from Manipur and Odisha.
 
The vacancy from Manipur was caused by the death of Congress member Haji Abdul Salam on February 28 and from Odisha by the resignation of Biju Janata Dal member Bishnu Charan Das on March 21.
 
In the normal course, Mr. Salam's membership would have expired on April 9, 2020 and Mr. Das' membership on July 1, 2022.
 
An official press release said the notifications for the bye-elections would be issued on May 8 and the last date of making nominations will be May 15.
 
Polling will be held from 8 am to 4 pm on May 25, and counting of votes will be taken up at 5 pm on that day, the release added.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Prabhu launches Vistadome coach, mechanised laundry and Lifeline Express

ADVERTISEMENT
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu laid the foundation stone for and launched various railway initiatives, including the new Vistadome coach, at Rail Sadan here yesterday through video-conferencing.
 
He also inaugurated the Lifeline Express at Sindhudurg, Maharastra, an official press release said.
 
While flagging off a train with the new Vistadome coach between Visakhaptnam and Araku,  Mr. Prabhu said the coach, which features such as glass roof, LED lights, rotatable seats and GPS based info system, would help tourists enjoy the scenic beauty along the route.
 
He said the mechanised laundry at Visakhapatnam under the BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer) model  would help improve the quality of linen provided to passengers on trains.
 
Inaugurating the Lifeline Express of Konkan Railway, he said it would be a great boon for poor patients.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

India successfully test-fires AAD endo-atmospheric interceptor missile

India's Advanced Area Defence Endo-Atmospheric Interceptor Missile of the DRDO being test-fired from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, on March 1, 2017.
India's Advanced Area Defence Endo-Atmospheric Interceptor Missile of the DRDO being test-fired from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, on March 1, 2017.
India successfully test-fired its Advanced Area Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from the Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha this morning.
 
The endo-atmospheric missile, developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 kms, was launched at 1015 hours and successfully destroyed the incoming missile. 
 
All the mission objectives were successfully met, an official press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
The release said the weapon system radars tracked the target and provided the initial guidance to the interceptor which could precisely home on to the target and destroyed it in endo-atmospheric layer. 
 
The complete event including the engagement and destruction was tracked by a number of electro-optical tracking systems using infrared imagery. Radars and telemetry stations tracked the target and the interceptor till the destruction of the target.
 
"The launch has proved the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) prowess of the country," the release said.
 
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated DRDO on the successful launch of the interceptor missile. Dr. S. Christopher, Chairman DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, also congratulated team AAD for the successful test firing.
 
Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems), DRDO, monitored the launch operation along with other senior officials, the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Eight police personnel dead, five injured in landmine blast in Odisha

 
8 policemen killed, 5 injured in landmine blast in Odisha
At least eight police personnel died and five others suffered injuries in a landmine explosion triggered by suspected Maoists in Koraput district of Odisha yesterday, official sources said.
 
The incident took place near Mungabhumi village in Pottangi police station limits close to the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, on National Highway 26, when the policemen were on their way to Cuttack in a van for training as drivers.
 
The injured persons have been taken to a hospital in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh for treatment, police said.
 
Police said that, while no organisation had claimed responsibility for the blast, they believed it had been carried out by Maoists, who have a strong presence in the area.
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the incident as a "cowardly act".
 
"Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in landmines blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Guided Pinaka rocket successfully test-fired

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully test-fired the guided Pinaka, converted from the  Pinaka rocket, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
 
The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I, is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka, an official press release said.
 
"This conversion has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka. The test-firing has met all mission objectives. The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path," it said.
 
The Guided Pinaka has been developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range and launch support.
 
Dr. K.M. Rajan, Director ARDE, Pune, Mr. B.H.V.S. Narayana Murthy, Director, RCI, Hyderabad, Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ITR, Chandipur and Mr. R. Appavuraj, Director, PXE, Chandipur monitored the launch operations. An Armed Forces team witnessed the flight test. Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, was present during the test firing.
 
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated the DRDO, industry and the Armed Forces for the successful flight-test. Mr. P.K. Mehta, DG (ACE) and Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and head of DRDO, also congratulated all the teams that participated in the successful test firing.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval for IISER, Berhampur Society

ADVERTISEMENT
The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its ex-post facto approval for formation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
 
IISER, Berhampur will start functioning in a transit/temporary campus from the academic year 2016-17, which will involve a cost of Rs. I52.79 crore, for the initial three years (2016-19), and ex-post facto approval of starting the academic session of 2016-17 from  August 1, 2016.
 
The land is being given free of cost by the State Government. The Cabinet also approved creation of the post of Director of the Institute in the pay scale of Rs.80,000 (Fixed).
 
A Bill will be introduced, namely, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Appendix-Ill) in Parliament for inclusion of IISER, Tirupati and IISER, Berhampur in the Second Schedule of National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Act, 2007 (29 of 2007) with such modifications/ changes of the drafting and consequential nature as may be considered by the Legislative Department.
 
The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) have been declared as Institutes of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (NITSER) Act, 2012. 
 
These Institutes are envisaged to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate level. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Earlier, there were five IISERs at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram. After coming to power, the present Government started an IISER at Tirupati in 2015.
 
To increase the presence of IISERs in various States/ geographical locations to cater to the need for quality education in science and research, the Union Finance Minister, in his Budget Speech in 2015 had announced setting up of an IISER in the State of Odisha.
 
Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the setting up of IISER Berhampur at the transit/ temporary campus at academic-cum-workshop building of the Government ITI, Berhampur. 
 
The student strength intake for this year in the BS-MS course is 60 which will progressively go up and the cumulative student strength is envisaged as 665 in the 3rd year, including MS Degree, MS-Ph.D, Ph.D and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.
 
The total cost of the project for temporary campus is Rs. 152.79 crores. EdCIL, a PSU of Ministry of HRD, Government of India has been asked to submit a proposal for preparation of detailed Project Report for the permanent campuses. Thereafter, the process for setting up of the campus would start.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Cabinet nod for exchange of land between AAI, Odisha govt. for widening road at Bhubaneswar airport

ADVERTISEMENT
The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal for the exchange of Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) land measuring 1.6 acres with an equivalent land area of 1.6 acres offered by the Odisha Government.
 
The State Government has offered 1.6 acres of land in lieu of 1.6 acres land of AAI and agreed to undertake and relocate all the existing infrastructure of AAI at its own cost, an official press release said.
 
Further, the land offered by the State Government is contiguous to existing airport and it will be used by AAI for construction of parallel taxi track. "The exchange of land is not only beneficial to the State Government & AAI but also to the people," the release said.
 
Odisha Government wants to widen the State Government road near Bhubaneswar Airport (known as Ekamara Marg/Palashpalli Road) for streamlining the security arrangements of the VIP movements and creating buffer zone for public use. For this purpose, 1.6 acres land of AAI is required by the State Government, the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Cyclone Kyant over west-central Bay of Bengal to weaken into depresssion

ADVERTISEMENT
The cyclonic storm Kyant over west-central Bay of Bengal has weakened into a deep depression and is likely to weaken further into a depression during the next 12 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said this morning.
 
In a bulletin issued at 0630 hours today, the IMD said the system had moved further west-south-westwards in the past six hours with speed 12 kmph and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST today over west-central Bay of Bengal, near latitude 15.9º N and longitude 85.9º E, about 390 km south-southeast of Gopalpur, 340 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 500 km east of Machilipatnam. 
 
"It is most likely to move west-southwestwards during next 24 hours. It will weaken further into a depression during next 12 hours," it said.
 
The bulletin said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, is very likely to prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh coast from October 27-29.
 
It said sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off the Andhra Pradesh coast during this period. It advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27-28.
 
The IMD said light to moderate rainfall was very likely to occur at many places over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh on October 27-28.
 
Light to moderate rainfall was very likely at many places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh on October 28-30 and over north coastal Tamil Nadu on October 29-31, with heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Cyclonic storm Kyant likely to cause heavy rains, strong winds along Odisha, Andhra, TN coasts

ADVERTISEMENT
The cyclonic storm Kyant over central Bay of Bengal is most likely to move west=southwestwards towards west-central Bay of Bengal during the next 72 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The cyclone had moved further west-southwestwards in the past six hours with speed 18 kmph and lay centred at 1730 hrs IST of today near latitude 16.3º N and longitude 87.0º E, about 400 km southeast of Gopalpur, 430 km east-southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 620 km east of Machilipatnam.
 
"It is most likely to move west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours," a bulletin issued at 2030 hours today by the IMD said.
 
The bulletin said squally winds, with speed reaching 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph, were likely along and off south Odisha coast on October 27 and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast from October 27-30.
 
It said sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off south Odisha coast on October 27 and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during October 27-30. Fishermen were advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast from October 27 onwards, it said.
 
Under the influence of the system, light to moderate rainfall was very likely to occur at many places over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh on October 27-28. Light to moderate rianfall was likely to occur at many places at many places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, with heavy rainfall at isolated places, on October 28-30 and over north coastal Tamil Nadu on October 29-31, the bulletin added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

22 dead, several injured in major fire at Bhubaneswar hospital

At least 22 people died and several more suffered injuries when a major fire broke out in the private SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening, leading to panic among the patients, their attendants and the staff, official sources said.

 
22 dead, several injured in Bhubaneswar hospital fire
At least 22 people died and several more suffered injuries when a major fire broke out in the private SUM Hospital here this evening, leading to panic among the patients, their attendants and the staff, official sources said.
 
Fire brigade officials told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene of the tragedy that they had shifted more than 80 of the patients from the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) and dialysis ward, which were affected by the blaze, and rushed them to various other hospitals, including the AMRI Hospital, Capital Hospital, Apollo Hospital and AIIMS Bhubaneswar.
 
The hospitals said that 22 of these patients were brought dead, mainly due to asphyxiation because of the thick smoke that engulfed the SUM Hospital.
 
The fire brigade said they had rushed all their resources to the hospital, including several fire tenders and scores of personnel. Their immediate objective was to shift all the patients in the hospital out of the building and rush them to other hospitals, they said.
 
The fire broke out around 7.30 pm and police officials said they got the first intimation around 7.40 pm. By 11 pm, the flames were brought completely under control and all the patients had been shifted to other hospitals, the sources said.
 
The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, but sources said it appeared to have started because of an electrical short-circuit.
 
According to various sources, Capital Hospital said 14 patients were brought there dead, while eight persons were confirmed dead at AMRI Hospital.
 
NNN 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Two dead, 22 injured as Bhubaneshwar-Bhadrak Passenger rams into goods train

ADVERTISEMENT
Two persons died and 22 others suffered injuries when the 78408 Bhubaneshwar-Bhadrak passenger train rammed into a goods train from behind at a passenger halt near Cuttack in Odisha this evening, official sources said.
 
The train was crowded with passengers because private bus operators were on a strike today across the state, sources said.
 
The deceased were identified as Amulya Mohanty and Ranjit Das, East Coast Railway spokesperson J. P. Mishra told NetIndian.
 
The mishap occurred at around 6.30 pm when the passenger train rammed into the stationary goods train, which was on the same track. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, the sources said.
 
Senior officials of the East Coast Railway, including General Manager Umesh Singh, rushed to the scene of the mishap.
 
Personnel from the Odisha Disaster Response Action Force (ODRAF) as well as from the district administration and police also reached the site as soon as news of the accident was received.
 
Rescue teams had to use gas cutters and other equipment to extricate the trapped passengers. Relief trains and medical vans were also rushed to the spot.
 
Efforts were being made to restore traffic on the affected section at the earliest, Mr. Mishra said.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and told officials to expedite rescue and relief efforts. He said the state government would bear the cost of treatment of the injured passengers.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed deep concern over the accident and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
 
He said anyone found guilty of negligence in the incident would be punished severely.
 
The East Coast Railway has set up the following helpline numbers at Cuttack: 0674-2490670, 0674-2301525 and 9437579238.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Indian Oil, GAIL to take equity stake in Dhamra LNG terminal

ADVERTISEMENT
The public sector refining giant Indian Oil Corporation Limited and gas major GAIL (India) Limited  yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dhamra LNG Terminal Private Limited (DLTPL) for taking equity in the 5 MMTPA capacity LNG Receiving, Storage and Regasification Terminal, being put up at Dhamra Port, Odisha. 
 
The agreement was signed in New Delhi in the presence of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
 
An official press release said that, as per the MoU, DLTPL shall be an equal joint venture of Indian Oil and GAIL, on the one hand, and the Adani Group on the other. 
 
Indian Oil and GAIL would acquire 39% and 11% equity, respectively, in DLTPL, with the balance 50% being held by Adani group.  Going forward, Indian Oil and Adani group will each divest 1% of their respective stake to a credible financial institution which will then have 2% stake in the terminal. 
 
Apart from equity, Indian Oil and GAIL intend to book regasification capacity of 3.0 and 1.5 MMTPA, respectively, in the terminal.
 
The release said the development comes in the backdrop of Government’s focus on undertaking welfare and growth measures in eastern India so as to bring this hitherto underdeveloped region into the economic mainstream of the country.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has maintained that India cannot develop till the eastern part of India progresses, it pointed out.
 
Presently, the states in eastern India, such as Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, are not able to get the benefits of natural gas in sectors like domestic, transport, industries, and so on as the region does not have gas infrastructure by way of LNG Terminals and cross-country gas pipeline grid. 
 
The LNG Terminal at Dhamra would provide the potential customers in these states a clean and economically viable alternative which will also help in reducing the carbon footprint. This will also provide momentum to the economic growth of the region by attracting new industrial projects the release said.
 
The LNG Terminal would also meet the gas requirements of three oil refineries of Indian Oil situated in Barauni, Haldia and Paradip. The three fertilizers plants at Barauni, Sindri and Gorakhpur which are being revived by Government of India will also benefit from the terminal. The natural gas from the terminal would also be supplied to various City Gas Distribution networks coming up in eastern India, which in turn would cater to the requirements of piped gas for households, CNG for automobiles and clean fuel requirements of commercial establishments and industries.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
"It is, therefore, expected that once operational, Dhamra LNG terminal will emerge as a bridge to prosperity for the entire eastern India," the release said.
 
Meanwhile, in another development yesterday, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved capital grant of 40%, amounting to Rs. 5,176 crore over five years, for  the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Pipeline (JHBDPL) project, which is being implemented by GAIL at a total capital outlay of Rs.  12,940 crore. 
 
This is the first time that the Government of India has extended capital grant to a natural gas pipeline project.
 
The 2,539 km long JHBDPL is expected to be completed by December 2020 and will connect Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The project will also see City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks being set up by GAIL in seven important towns in eastern India -- Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack.
 
The JHBDPL gas pipeline will be used for gas supply to three fertilizer plants in eastern India -- Barauni, Sindri and Gorakhpur.
 
The release said the Dhamra LNG Terminal project and JHBDPL project, cumulatively, are expected to bring investments to the tune of Rs. 51,000 crore into the economy of eastern India. Of this, about Rs. 13,000 crore will be spent on JHBDPL pipeline infrastructure; Rs. 6,000 crore on CGD projects in seven cities; Rs. 6,000 crore on Dhamra LNG Terminal and Rs. 26,000 crore on revival of Gorakhpur, Barauni, Sindri and Talcher fertilizer units.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
Syndicate content
© Copyright 2012 NetIndian. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of NetIndian content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of NetIndian Media Corporation. Write to info[AT]netindian[DOT]in for permission to use content. Read detailed Terms of Use.