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Cyclone Titli triggers flood-like situation in Odisha

Heavy rains triggered by the severe cyclonic storm Titli have caused flood-like situations in several districts of Odisha on Friday.
 
Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
Heavy rains triggered by the severe cyclonic storm Titli have caused flood-like situations in several districts of Odisha on Friday.
 
The situation remains vulnerable, especially in Ganjam, Rayagada and Gajapati districts where the remote areas have been cut off due to the incessant rains after Titli hit the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast on Thursday morning.
 
During a review meeting via video conferencing, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday directed the three district collectors to closely monitor the situation and shift the people living in vulnerable areas to safer places.
 
He directed them to focus on early restoration of power supply and emergency services.
 
The Chief Minister has also asked the collectors to submit crop and house damage assessment reports within seven days.
 
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said two Indian Navy choppers from Vishakapatnam will be pressed into action in Ganjam district to expedite the relief and rescue operations.
 
"The two choppers are on their way to Ganjam. They will carry out relief and rescue operations in Aska and Puroshotam areas," said Padhi.
 
He said 14 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 12 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in various districts.
 
Road and electricity restoration works were also in full swing in the affected districts.
 
Reacting to casualty reports, the Chief Secretary said: "We have seen media reports of the deaths of two or three persons in these districts. We are verifying it."
 
The water is flowing above danger level in Vansadhara, Rusikulya and Jalaka rivers. 
 
A total of 16 blocks have received about 200-300 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while 60 blocks received 100-200 mm rainfall in the state. 
 
Some blocks received more than 300 mm of rainfall.
 
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1 killed, 3 feared trapped in MCL coal mine in Odisha (Lead)

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A coal miner was killed and three are feared trapped after a dump slide at an open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL) in Odisha's Talcher, said an official on Wednesday.
 
At least nine have been injured in the incident.
 
"Body of a missing coal miner was recovered while the rescue operation was underway to search for remaining three workers trapped in debris following strata collapse last night here at Bharatpur open cast project in Talcher Coalfields of MCL," said an MCL statement.
 
It said labourers working in the night shift at Bharatpur open cast mine came under a dump slide due to a strata failure.
 
The accident occurred between 11 p.m.-11.30 p.m. on Tuesday when a portion of earth broke loose, trapping 13 workers and machinery at work, it said.
 
The fellow labourers and rescue teams immediately swung into action and rescued nine workers, who were shifted to the company's Central Hospital at Talcher for treatment of minor injuries.
 
While one body has been recovered, the rescue operation was underway with the help of MCL's mines rescue team, local police and MCL security personnel to search for the three missing workers.
 
The Director (Technical/Operations) and the Director (Personnel) are overseeing the rescue operations and an inquiry committee, under the General Manager (Safety and Rescue), has started an investigation to ascertain the cause of strata failure, the statement said.
 
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Three Railway employees dead as train rams into tower car in Odisha

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Three Railway employees died when the 18005 Howrah-Jagadalpur Samaleshwari Express rammed into a maintenance tower car engaged in repair works between Singapur Road and Keutguda in Rayagada district of Odisha today.
 
The deceased employees were identified as Suresh, Technician, Maintenance Tower Car, Sagar, Senior Section Engineer, Electrical, Rayagada and Gouri Naidu, Technician, Electrical, Rayagada.
 
The engine, front guard-cum-luggage van and a general second class coach of the train were derailed due to the impact of the crash, which occurred around 1630 hours, East Coast Railway (ECoR) officials said.
 
The engine of the train also caught fire after it hit the tower car and was detached from the rake of Samaleshwari Express, they said.
 
The rest of the train and the passengers were not affected by the fire, which was confined to the engine. Fire tenders rushed to the scene and doused the flames.
 
Senior railway officers from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh left for the site of the mishap as soon as information was received, the officials said.
 
The station masters on duty at Keutuguda and Singapur Road stations have been placed under suspension.
 
The officials said the detached train returned to Rayagada this evening with the help of another engine attached to its rear. There were a total of 148 passengers on the train.
 
The Railways have ordered an inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Kolkata. The CRS is an independent statutory authority under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
 
"The matter is being viewed most seriously and the Railway Board has been apprised of the full details of the incident," the officials said.
 
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Fourth Saturday as holiday for Odisha govt employees

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The Odisha government has declared the fourth Saturday of every month as a general holiday for all state government employees.
 
The government also rescheduled the working hours in offices functioning under it to improve efficiency of administration and make it more citizen-centric.
 
"The day-to-day working hours in the government offices shall be from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with half-an-hour lunch break from 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m.," said a statement issued by the general administration department on Saturday.
 
However, the order is not applicable for vacation departments.
 
The first half of every fourth Saturday will be devoted by the heads of departments for deliberating on implementation of '5Ts' and for training and brainstorming of innovative ideas for the development of state, the statement said.
 
While addressing the senior officers here, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik emphasized on implementation of 5Ts - Technology, Teamwork, Transparency and Time leading to Transformation.
 
"I want all of you to identify services and processes where in the first phase you want to implement 5 Ts. Preferably wherever there is citizen interface. The CMO will monitor implementation of 5Ts," said the Chief Minister.
 
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BJD, BJP declare candidates for three RS seats of Odisha

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The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced candidates for the bye-elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha.
 
BJD president Naveen Patnaik declared party's IT Cell Chairman Amar Patnaik and spokesperson Sasmit Patra as party's nominees for the Upper House of Parliament.
 
Patnaik also announced his support for retired IAS officer Ashwini Baishnab, the BJP candidate from Odisha.
 
"The Prime Minister spoke to me as did the Home Minister. We (BJD) will support the candidature of Ashwini Baishnab, who was the private secretary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was the Prime Minister," said Patnaik.
 
"The party has decided that Ashwini Baishnab will be BJP's candidate for the upcoming bypolls to the Rajya Sabha from Odisha," tweeted BJP's state unit.
 
The polling will be held on July 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. while the counting of votes will take place at 5 p.m. the same day.
 
Three seats had fallen vacant after Achyuta Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik were elected to Lok Sabha and Assembly in the recently held elections.
 
While Samanta was elected from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat, Deb and Patnaik were elected from Aul and Khandapada Assembly segments.
 
Samanta and Patnaik's term in the Upper House was to end in April, 2024 while Deb's term in the Rajya Sabha was till July, 2022.
 
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Hockey: India outplay South Africa 5-1 to win FIH Men’s hockey Series Finals

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Playing to a plan, India outpaced South Africa 5-1 to win the FIH Men’s Hockey Series Finals in front of their home fans here on Saturday. Asian Games Champion Japan beat the USA 4-2 to claim the third place.?
 
India and South Africa have earned a berth in the FIH Olympic qualifiers.?
 
India lived up to their supremacy in the FIH World Rankings. It did not take them very long to take the lead with a goal from Varun Kumar from a penalty corner. The hosts mostly played in South Africa’s half during the first quarter and doubled their lead, with another penalty corner; this time from Harmanpreet Singh.?
 
South Africa spared no effort to come back into the match but they struggled to create good chances. And it was India who added another goal to their tally with a penalty stroke ?from Harmanpreet Singh. At Half-time India led  3-0.
 
At the start of the second half, South Africa missed a good opportunity which, if converted, would have given hope and confidence to the African champions. Instead of that, India ?took a 4-goal advantage through Vivek Prasad who converted from a short distance as a result of an offering from Simranjeet Singh after brilliant dribbling in the circle.?
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South Africa were determined to find the target and they were a step away from doing so on two consecutive attempts from Keenan Horne and Richard Pautz towards the end of the ?third quarter.?
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The final quarter of this tournament saw the home team continue attacking and Varun Kumar scored his second penalty corner. He too was taking his goal tally in this event to six,? therefore joining Harmanpreet Singh -- later chosen Man of the Match -- and Semen Matkovskiy at the top of the goalscorer standings. ?
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Meanwhile, the African champions also found the target as Richard Pautz was in the right place to hit the ball over the goal-line from a penalty corner.  ?
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After the win, captain Manpreet Singh said, "This was quite a good tournament. We did well and can improve as well. We will work in the camp. Next step is in November (qualifiers), we will prepare for our opponents there."
 
India’s head coach Graham Reid said: “It was a really interesting tournament. There are always things which we can improve. I think that the areas that we worked on in the last two-three months,? we’ll be continuing. The boys will now have a couple of weeks off, spend time with their families and recharge their batteries. Then we have a really hard month in July and we go ?to the Olympic Games’ test event in Tokyo in August. It will be a busy period.”?
 
South Africa’s head coach Garreth Ewing opined: “First, we’ll take from this tournament a step to the next round. It was really good for us to spend some time together as a team. The first couple of games were tough but we progressed nicely, then we found our rhythm and we were very competitive and really happy to play against India in the final. We lost to a very good team tonight.”?
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 Earlier in a match for the third place, true to the tactical principles they had showcased since the beginning of the tournament, Japan immediately started to put pressure on the USA while the North Americans were defensively well-organised and ready to seize every opportunity to move quickly upfront.?
 
On one of their first counter-attacks, the USA won a penalty corner which Aki Kaeppeler converted into the first goal of this match for third place. ?
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However, Japan reacted quickly and following a drag-flick from a penalty corner by Yoshiki Kirishita, Kazuma Murata found the target one minute later.?
 
Japan continued to attack and were close to taking the lead after a nice combination inside the circle but the US defence intervened. Half way through the second quarter, the Asian champions were awarded a penalty stroke. However, Hirotaka Zendana missed the target.?
 
The Asian champions did not give up and in the same quarter they got another penalty stroke which, this time, Yoshiki Kirishita converted, therefore giving his side a 2-1 lead. In the meantime, Japan’s goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa had denied a further scoring opportunity for the USA with a brilliant save.?
 
The second half started with repeated attacks from Japan on USA’s goal. But, despite a plethora of great chances, they were either unable to find the target or were thwarted by US goalkeeper Daniel Wisselink -- later elected Man of the Match -- who was having an outstanding day. Meanwhile, Rutger Wiese’s team always looked dangerous on the break.?
 
The dying moments of the game were just thrilling. With one minute to go, the USA managed to get back into the match with a second goal from Aki Kaeppeler from a penalty corner. A shootout competition was looming … but the team of Captain Mohan Gandhi had hardly celebrated their equaliser when they conceded two goals from Kenta Tanaka before the final whistle!?
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Men's Hockey: India rout Japan to set up title clash with South Africa

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India trounced Asian Games champions Japan 7-2 to set up a title clash with South Africa who overpowered the USA 2-1 in the FIH  hockey Series Finals here on Friday.
 
Hosts India and South Africa will now battle it out for one of the first two spots of this tournament which give access to the FIH Olympic qualifiers scheduled in October-November this year.
 
The all-Asian encounter started at a high tempo and it took only 90 seconds for Japan to open the scoring after a great pass from Kenta Tanaka was converted into a goal by Kenji Kitazato. India immediately put pressure on Japan’s goal in an attempt to get a quick equaliser.
 
After a great save from Yusuke Takano following a shot from Nilakanta Sharma and a missed opportunity by Gursahibjit Singh, the home team levelled the score with a penalty corner from Harmanpreet Singh, who celebrated his 100th cap in the best possible way. 
 
But Japan were determined to give a hard time to the 5th ranked team in the world. First, Kenta Tanaka, at the conclusion of one of his numerous fast runs, put the Indian defence under pressure. Then, in the 20th minute of the game, Kota Watanabe managed to hit the ball into the goal, making it 2-2.
 
But once again, India reacted with no delay. First Ramandeep Singh from a penalty corner and then Hardik Singh doubled their team’s tally within two minutes (4-2).
 
In the second half, India won numerous penalty corners and it was Ramandeep Singh -- later elected Man of the Match -- who converted, scoring his second goal of the night. He was soon copied by his teammate Gursahibjit Singh, increasing the score to 6-2 at the end of the third quarter.
 
The final quarter gave the opportunity to India’s youngest player Vivek Prasad to put his name on the scoresheet, much to the delight of the home crowd. Despite several penalty corners, Japan could not find the net in this second half.
 
Captain Manpreet Singh said after the win, “Japan played very well. They were attacking and did not give us easy chances in the first two quarters. But after that our players played very well, they got good chances and we converted penalty corners. We’re really happy because we’re qualified for the Final and for the FIH Olympic qualifiers. Tomorrow is a really important game for us because South Africa is doing very well. We hope we’ll play as we played today.”
 
Earlier, in the match between the USA and  South Africa, the first opportunity was created by the African champions with Austin Smith’s drag-flick from a penalty corner heading just centimetres wide of the goalpost.
 
South Africa was enjoying most of the ball possession but, as previously showcased in this tournament, USA was defending very well, leaving very little space for their opponents to capitalise upon.
 
South Africa had a further very good opportunity from a deflected ball after another penalty corner, but USA goalkeeper Jonathan Klages cleared it. 
 
On a counter-attack, the USA got a penalty-corner which Aki Kaeppeler converted for the first goal of this semi-final, five seconds before the end of the first quarter. The next fifteen minutes did not provide many scoring chances. A good attempt from Keenan Horne went slightly off target. At half-time, the USA were still leading 1-0.
 
The match continued in the same pattern at the start of the second half. South Africa had to look for the equaliser but they struggled to create opportunities as the USA’s defensive organisation was very solid. Additionally, the American side was quick to go on the attack whenever they turned over possession. However, Garreth Ewing’s team found the net towards the end of the third quarter when a penalty corner was fired home by the experienced Austin Smith.
 
South Africa came very close to taking the lead following two consecutive penalty corners right at the start of the final quarter but Jonathan Klages was in fine form and saved well. The USA reacted quickly with Kei Kaeppeler crossing the ball for Alberto Montilla who could not quite get into position to deflect it into the goal. The intensity of the match was increasing, with the ball moving quickly from one half to the other. With just 30 seconds left to play, the fate of this match was decided: following a shot from Nqobile Ntuli, South Africa’s Nicholas Spooner was in the right place to deflect the ball past the goal-line and give his team a place in the final.
 
South Africa’s Nicholas Spooner said, “0-1 behind, then coming back to score and then the 2-1 was 30 seconds to play. It’s incredible. Great performance from the team. We’re fortunate enough to get a win. I was in the right place at the right time and was lucky enough to hit the ball over the line at the end of the day.”
 
USA’s Head Coach Rutger Wiese said, “Congratulations to South Africa. What two battles we fought with them this week! Overall, I think our first four games were pretty good.”
 
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Hockey: Japanese test awaits India on their road to Tokyo

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India will look to register their place in the next round of hockey qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as they face an already-qualified Japan in their semi-final match of the FIH Series Finals here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium on Friday evening. 
 
After finishing at the top of Pool A with three wins to their name, the World No. 5 Indian team will face the tough task of defeating World No. 18 Japan to secure their place in the final of the competition, and with it, a place in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers which are to be held later in October-November.
 
India has remained unbeaten in the competition so far as they finished with nine points from their three matches in Pool A, defeating Russia 10-0, Poland 3-1 and Uzbekistan 10-0. 
 
On the other hand, Japan finished second in Pool B with seven points from their three matches, behind leaders USA on an inferior goal difference. 
 
The Asian Games 2018 gold medalists started their campaign with a 3-1 win against Mexico, and then defeated World No. 16 South Africa 2-0, but could only manage a 2-2 draw against USA in their last pool match which saw them advance to the cross-over match against Poland.
 
In the cross-over encounter, Japan defeated Poland 6-2 to advance to the semi-final against India. 
 
The hosts do hold an advantage against the Japanese team as they have finished on the winning note in all of their last 13 meetings, scoring an overwhelming 61 goals in the process and conceding only 12 goals. 
 
However, Chief Coach Graham Reid says that his team is only focused on tomorrow's match and will not be depending on the past statistics, "We do have a good record against the Japanese side, and we beat them 2-0 in the last encounter at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup  but it is a new day and a new match for everyone involved. We like to focus on the upcoming match and treat it as a match that we need to win."
 
Speaking on the threat that Japan carry, Reid said, "Japan is a strong team and put in a great performance against Poland last night. It is a semi-final match that we need to win, and we will be focusing on doing the right things to make sure that we can tackle the threat that Japan carry."
 
The highest ranked team and favourites to win the tournament, India have scored a total of 23 goals which have come through 10 different goal-scorers in the FIH Men's Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 so far and have only conceded once in the tournament, but the Japanese forward-line can test their resolve when the two teams face off for the second time this year. However, defender and vice-captain Birendra Lakra believes his team is in good form, and can stop their opponents from creating opportunities. 
 
"It is a tough challenge for us against a strong Japanese side, but we have been doing well as a unit throughout the tournament. Our defence will need to be strong as they have some good attacking players in their ranks. It will be important that we start the match well and take our good momentum into this match. The local crowd support has been amazing, and i am expecting a great performance from the team tomorrow."
 
In case Japan finish in the top 2, they will not secure a place in the Olympic qualifiers since they have already qualified as both host of the 2020 Olympic Games and winners of the Asian Games.
 
If Japan do finish in the top 2, the team that finishes third does NOT automatically qualify for the Olympic qualifiers. Such additional place is determined by the FIH World Rankings as at the completion of the continental championships (8 September ).
 
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4 vendors killed, 5 injured in wall collapse in Odisha

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At least four vegetable vendors were killed and five others injured when the wall of an abandoned rice mill collapsed inside a weekly market in Odisha's Dhenkanal on Sunday. Several two-wheelers were also damaged in the incident.
 
The injured were rushed to the district headquarters hospital. Three persons were later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after their condition deteriorated. The district administration cleared the debris and demolished the remaining portions of the abandoned wall.
 
The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Odisha Fire Services personnel carried out the rescue. "We are providing all necessary help to the injured. I am personally monitoring the situation. Whatever assistance is required will be provided by the Red Cross and the Chief Minister's Relief Fund," said Dhenkanal Collector Nikhil Pawan Kalyan.
 
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Hockey: USA , Japan chalk out contrasting victories in Pool B of FIH hockey series

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USA and Japan chalked out contrasting victories over their respective rivals to set up a clash for the top place of pool B in the FIH Men's hockey Series Finals here on Saturday.
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 USA routed  Mexico 9-0 while Asian Games champion Japan battled to down South Africa 2-0 to be levelled with six points each ahead of their last Pool game.?
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The match between Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) neighbours started on the right foot for the USA team. They scored just three minutes after the initial centre pass through Michael Barminski Jr from short distance after a fine cross from his teammate Alberto Montilla.?
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One minute before the end of the first quarter, Julian Croonenberghs deflected a powerful shot from Paul Singh into the goal, making it a perfect start for USA.?
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After the quarter break, the USA side continued to put pressure on Mexico and despite several brilliant saves, goalkeeper Jose Hernandez could not stop Tyler Sundeen from celebrating his 100th cap by scoring the third goal for his team a few seconds before half-time.?
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The game continued to follow the same pattern in the second half. Mexico was struggling to create meaningful attacking opportunities while Rutger Wiese’s players’ offensive efficiency continued. Sean Cicchi, twice with drag-flicks from penalty corners, Alberto Montilla, after a beautiful cross from Kei Kaeppeler, Christian de Angelis, from short distance, Michael Barminski Jr, after a nice team combination in a short space within the circle and finally William Holt, from a penalty stroke, consolidated the convincing USA performance.?
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For their last Pool games, USA will take on Japan while Mexico will face South Africa on 10 June.?
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 Earlier Japan’s Head Coach Siegried Aikman had expressed in very clear words his disappointment about his team’s performance in their first game, despite a win over Mexico. His players surely wanted to do better and they started immediately on a high tempo, piling multiple attacks on South Africa’s goal.?
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The first one finished with a good shot from Kenta Tanaka. This was quickly followed by his teammate Kota Watanabe, whose hopes of opening the scoring were denied by experienced goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse. An individual effort from Kazuma Murata – to be elected later Man of the Match - may have deserved a better fate but his attempt went slightly off the goalposts.?
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While the African champions tried to create opportunities to open the scoring, it was their Asian counterparts who managed to do so, in a beautiful manner. Suguru Hoshi, who celebrated his 100th cap today, gave a magnificent long pass to Kentaro Fukuda, who converted the offering into Japan’s first goal in this match, shortly before half-time.?
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One goal down, South Africa had to show a more offensive face in the second half. They did so, but Japan were in a determined mood and, despite Rassie Pieterse’s outstanding performance, Japan doubled their lead with Kazuma Murata concluding a magnificent team movement with a delightful deflection goal.?
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In the last quarter, South Africa created a great chance from a penalty corner but their two consecutive shots on goal were brilliantly cleared by Japan’s goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa. Japan were not only defending well but also taking every opportunity to add a third goal to their tally. While they did not achieve that, they came out as winners of this continental champions’ duel.?
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Japan’s captain Manabu Yamashita: “We had a good game today. All players worked hard together and showed good mentality. We had some really nice phases in that match. Against USA, we will need to improve further our performance.”?
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South Africa’s captain Tim Drummond: “We’re disappointed with the result but we all take a lot of confidence from how we played. We created good chances, we had a much better structure than against USA. Now, we need to recover quickly and learn quick because Mexico is a very important game for us.”
 
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Hockey: India beat Poland for their second win, Russia? trounce Uzbekistan

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India overpowered spirited Poland 3-1 for their second successive win while Russia trounced  Uzbekistan 12-1 on the second day of the FIH Men's Hockey Series Finals here on Friday.?
 
The Poles were the first to go on the offensive with a fine shot from Mateusz Hulboj following a penalty corner. Gradually, the pressure mounted on Poland’s goal but the European side was defending well and proceeding in counter-attacks. And so Poland ended the first quarter without having conceded a goal despite the pressure from the higher ranked Indian team.?
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In the second quarter, India were pushing hard to open the scoring. Following a penalty corner, Polish goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski made another great save but India’s captain Manpreet Singh was well positioned in the circle. He pounced on the ball and did not let such an opportunity go away, slotting the ball home. India took the lead and the home crowd was delighted.?
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Nevertheless, after that, the hosts did not make the most of several opportunities they created and, as is often the case in such situations, that paved the way for their opponents to equalise, through the always dangerous Hulboj, who benefited from a mistake by the hosts’ defence.?
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India instantly went back on the attack. ?And, once again, the experienced team captain led the way, concluding a brilliant combination with Mandeep Singh with a fine shot to reestablish the lead.?
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The second half started on a similar pattern, with India pushing to increase their lead and Poland sparing no effort to defend properly and use every opportunity they could to get closer to India’s goal.?
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The home team managed to add another goal in the third quarter, with Harmanpreet Singh finding the target from another penalty corner. Shortly later, Mandeep Singh had a huge chance to score but this brought a further great save from Poland’s goalkeeper.?
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With this result, India sits at the top of Pool A and Poland will play a decisive game against Russia in two days.?
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Captain Manpreet Singh said: ”I was happy when I scored that second goal because we were at 1-1. After that, I talked to my team and said that we needed to raise our level and that’s what we did. I’m so happy to get the Man of the match award but I think this is all due to my teammates because of their hard work as well.”?
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Poland’s Piotr Kozlowski said, “It was a very tough match. India is one of the best teams in the world. We lost this match but I’m very happy for my teammates and for my team because we worked very hard and scored one goal. I’m proud of my team. It was key for this game to work very hard in defence, if possible looking for counter-attacks and getting penalty corners. It was very tough for us but we learnt a lot from this match. We feel good and we’re waiting for the next match against Russia.”?
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?In another match of the day, Russia recovered quickly from their heavy loss against India yesterday by defeating Uzbekistan by an even larger score (12-1). It’s not that often that a team’s goal difference moves from -10 to +1 in less than 24 hours! But this is what Russia managed to achieve today.?
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After a good shot from distance from Marat Khairullin was saved by Uzbekistan’s goalkeeper Marsel Askarov, Semen Matkovskiy opened the scoring for Russia through a drag-flick from a penalty corner shortly before the end of the opening quarter. And it was a matter of seconds before Russia doubled the score thanks to Alexander Skiperskiy.?
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Despite a nicely executed attack from the Asian side at the very beginning of the second quarter, Russia largely increased its advantage during that period.?
 
In quick succession, Semen Matkovskiy from a penalty stroke, Sergey Lepeshkin from short distance, Alexander Skiperskiy with a beautiful individual movement to hit the ball past the goal-line and Alexey Sobolevskiy close to the goal, all found the target. And, as if two goals were not enough for Russian drag-flicker Semen Matkovskiy before half-time, he scored again following a penalty corner.?
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But this plethora of conceded goals did not undermine the Asian players’ morale and their efforts were rewarded when Khakimboy Khakimov scored with a drag-flick from a penalty corner just before half-time.?
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In the second half, the Russians showed no sign of slowing down. In fact, they added five more goals to their tally with a nice deflection from Mikhail Proskuriakov; an unstoppable close-range shot from Marat Khairullin; two consecutive drag-flicks from a penalty corner from Semen Matkovskiy – who eventually scored no less than five goals in that match – and a final goal from Denis Starienko one minute before the end of the match.?
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Hockey: India start favourites in the 8-nation FIH Series Finals

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With their sights set on a top-2 finish which enables them to make the next round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification, all eight participating teams -- hosts India, Mexico, USA, Russia, Uzbekistan, Poland, South Africa, and  Japan -- expressed their readiness to face stiff competition at the FIH Men's Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 to begin at the  Kalinga Hockey Stadium here on Thursday.
 
India, the highest-ranked in the tournament, will have to guard themselves against complacency and ensure they finish the tournament on a high.
 
"After our Australia tour, when we assessed our performance we collectively felt that our finishing needed improvement. The past three weeks in Bhubaneswar have been very important for us in terms of getting these aspects right," Indian skipper Manpreet Singh told journalists.
 
"We have also been working on different variations in penalty corners having three good dragflickers in our side. We are ready for the tournament and expect every team to give a good fight as all of us are eyeing the Olympics," he added.
 
Japan's captain Manabu Yamashita, whose side has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as 2018 Asian Games winners, said: "Even though we have won the Asian Games and qualified for the Olympics, we want to win this tournament to gain world ranking points. That's very important for us as it decides which pool we will play in at the Tokyo Olympics."
 
The Polish who last played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics would like to bring back their glory days. The team's goalkeeper Mateusz Popiolkowski said, "It was 19 years ago that we last played at the Olympics and definitely we want to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But for now our aim is do well in the group stage and make it to the knockouts. That's our immediate goal and we will try to play our best hockey." 
 
South Africa, who were here in Bhubaneswar for the Men's World Cup, emphasized that they want to compensate for a poor outing in December last year when they were knocked out in the round robin stage. "The World Cup was not a good outing for us because as per our world ranking, we should have finished at least in No. 8 - No. 12 position but there were a lot of positives we have taken from that event and the team is confident of a good show here because we are familiar with this atmosphere, the stadium and the crowd and would like to use it to our advantage," stated the team's goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse. 
 
Meanwhile, Russia, who take on World No. 5 India in their first match on Thursday,  said it was an honour to play India in their first match. "India is an excellent team and it is an absolute honour for us to play the hosts in our first match. We have watched the World Cup matches here and the crowds turn out in full support of the team. We are looking forward to experience that feeling and hope to give it our best," Pavel Golubev of Russia.
 
USA skipper Ajai Dhadwal said his team's fitness will be an X-factor in doing well at this tournament. "We are a team that pays a lot of attention to our fitness and I believe this will be one of the factors that will help us succeed. Though we are an inexperienced team, we do have that firepower in us to create some upset wins and we sure want to be a serious contender for the top-2 finish," stated the Indian-origin skipper from the USA. 
 
Uzbekistan's captain Golib Kalandarov and Mexico's Miguel Leon, too, expressed their excitement at taking part in this crucial tournament in the Olympic Qualification pathway.
 
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Governor invites Naveen Patnaik to form government in Odisha

Naveen Patnaik (File photo: IANS)
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Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Sunday invited Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik to form the next government in the state after the latter staked his claim to be the Chief Minister.
 
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said that the Governor has invited Patnaik to form the next government after being satisfied that the BJD commands a majority in the new Assembly.
 
The BJD has secured 112 of the 146 assembly seats in the recent elections.
 
Naveen Patnaik and his council of ministers will take oath at the Exhibition Ground here on May 29.
 
Patnaik met the Governor earlier on Sunday and staked his claim to form the government for a fifth consecutive term in Odisha.
 
In support of his claim, Patnaik also submitted a letter showing that he has been elected as leader of the BJD legislature party.
 
Patnaik was elected the leader of the BJD legislature party by the newly elected MLAs at the party headquarters here.
 
Meanwhile, the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar has also handed over the list of newly elected MLAs to the Governor.
 
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Odisha: BJD takes huge lead in Assembly, Lok Sabha

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The ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha has taken a massive lead in Assembly constituencies while it is dominating in Lok Sabha seats from the state.
 
Out of 146 Assembly seats, the BJD was leading in 115 while the BJP was ahead in 21 and the Congress in 8. Others were leading in two seats, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar.
 
Out of 21 Lok Sabha seats, BJD was leading in 16 Lok Sabha seats while Bharatiya Janata Party took the lead in five, including Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Bhubaneswar, Kumar said.
 
BJP candidate and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram was leading by 23,380 votes against Congress candidate George Tirkey from Sundargarh seat.
 
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Five of family killed in road accident in Odisha

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At least five members of a family were killed and two others seriously injured when a car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck in Odisha's Kalahandi district on Wednesday, police said.
 
The mishap occurred near Jaring on National Highway 26.
 
The family was returning to Khuseiguda village from the railway station in Kesinga. While on the way from Visakhapatnam , the car had a head-on collision with a truck near Jaring. The victims had gone to Visakhapatnam for a health check-up.
 
All five members of the family died on the spot, the police said.
 
While the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital in Bhawanipatna, one of them has been shifted to Visakhapatnam as her condition deteriorated, the police officials added.
 
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Cyclone Fani toll across Odisha rises up to 64

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The toll due to cyclone Fani, which left a trail of destruction and devastation through coastal Odisha as it hit the state on May 3, has increased to 64, a official report said on Sunday.
 
A Cyclone Situation Report released from the office of Special Relief Commissioner said that while 39 deaths have been reported from worst-affected Puri district, nine deaths occurred in Khurdha and six in Cuttack.
 
Four persons were killed in Mayurbhanj district and three deaths each were reported from Jajpur and Kendrapara, it added.
 
A total of 1.64 crore people have been affected in 14 districts by the cyclone.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that permanent houses will be sanctioned for all families whose houses were completely or substantially damaged due to the cyclonic storm.
 
The house damage assessment will begin from May 15 and will be completed within a week, he added.
 
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Centre steps up efforts to restore power, telecom in cyclone-hit Odisha

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha today reviewed the rescue and relief measures in the cyclone Fani-affected areas of Odisha with senior officials of the State Government and Central Ministries and agencies concerned.
 
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has released further assistance of Rs 1,000 crores to Odisha, as announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. Earlier, Rs 341 crores had been provided to the State as an advance to its State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).
 
Stressing on early restoration of power infrastructure, the state government reported that, following the deployment of additional manpower and materials from Central PSUs and neighbouring states, the power supply has been restored partially in Bhubaneswar, while a lot of ground still needed to be covered in Puri.
 
Power supply to maintain essential services such as water, health and banking and so on is being provided through diesel generator sets. It was reported that landline connectivity has been restored in Puri though mobile services still remain skeletal.
 
Department of Telecommunications is coordinating with the State Government to implement a priority plan for restoration of mobile and internet services in the affected areas. Mobile service providers have allowed free SMS and inter-circle roaming in these areas. Cellular towers on wheels are also being deployed in Puri.
 
Banking services have started and efforts are being made to operationalize all ATMs, an  official press release said.
 
The Centre has also decided to extend the Registration dates of the JEE Advanced examinations by five more days up to May 14th in the State. Those students who are unable to get internet connectivity, can approach IIT Bhubaneshwar for registration.
 
Reviewing the relief measures, the Cabinet Secretary stressed that Power and Telecommunications in Puri and Bhubaneswar needed to be restored on a priority basis and directed the concerned State and Central officials to work in close coordination. He directed that adequate number of gen-sets and mobile cellular towers be arranged and provided for the restoration efforts.
 
The Chief Secretary and other senior officers of Odisha participated in the NCMC Meeting through video conference. Senior officers from Ministries of Home Affairs, Power, Telecommunications, Steel, Financial Services, Road and Transport, Health, Higher Education and NDMA also attended the meeting.
 
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Cyclone death toll increases to 37 in Odisha

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The death toll due to cyclone Fani has increased to 37 in Odisha, said an official on Tuesday.
 
While 21 died in Puri district, where the devastating cyclone made landfall on May 3, five people were killed in Cuttack and four in Mayurbhanj. Besides, four died in Jajpur and three in Kendrapara, said the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office.
 
Meanwhile, relief and restoration work is going on in full swing in the affected areas. However, the government is yet to restore electricity and telecommunication in Bhubaneswar and Puri even after four days of the cyclone hitting the coast.
 
A total of 1.48 crore people in 16,647 villages and 51 urban local bodies are affected by the cyclonic storm in 14 districts.
 
The SRC office said that a total of 40 teams of cutters of the Odisha Forest Development Corp (OFDC) were now engaged in clearing fallen trees in the state capital.
 
A group of 25 expert cutters from Andhra Pradesh are being brought to be sent to Puri.
 
Besides, teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire service have been engaged in the renovation and restoration work.
 
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Cyclone Fani: 29 deaths reported in Odisha so far

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The Odisha government on Sunday confirmed that 29 deaths have been reported so far after cyclone 'Fani' hit the coastal state on Friday.
 
Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi said that 21 people have died in Puri while eight deaths were reported from other affected districts.
 
"We are still collecting information and the actual figure can be confirmed only after all the assessment has been done," he added.
 
Cyclone 'Fani' has severely devastated Puri and parts of Khurdha district. While thousands of trees were uprooted and several houses destroyed, the cyclone also damaged the electricity and communication facilities in the affected areas.
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who held a review meeting here, said that 70 per cent of water connection in Puri and 40 per cent in Bhubaneswar has already been restored.
 
The state government has accelerated massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
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Train services to resume in Bhubaneswar

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Trains originating from Bhubaneswar will resume from tomorrow a day after cyclone Fani hit Odisha causing massive destruction. The services were kept on hold as the rail lines were damaged by the cyclone.
 
Railway officials said services will run normally from Bhubaneswar from Sunday, though services would be available only for those trains which originate from Bhubaneswar.
 
However two originating trains from Bhubaneswar will remain cancelled. 
 
"Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express and Visakhapatnam Intercity Express will not resume from tomorrow due to non-availability of pairing trains," the official added.
 
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Cyclone Fani pounds Odisha coast, 2 killed; alert in Bengal

Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
 
The cyclone Fani was set to cross several districts in Odisha before advancing to the neighbouring West Bengal. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was campaigning in Rajasthan's Hindaun, near Jaipur, said the Centre stood with the people hit by the cyclone. "I want to assure the families affected by the cyclone that we are with them at this point of hour. We have collected fresh updates from the officials and had released a fund of Rs 1,000 crore for relief work on Thursday."
 
In Odisha, about 10,000 villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) were likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm. The state has activated an emergency helpline number -- +91674253417 -- for Cyclone Fani.
 
The two deaths in Odisha were reportedly caused by falling trees, authorities said. 
 
The airports in Odisha and West Bengal have been shut down, resulting in the cancellation of many flights. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed his Ministry officials to continuously monitor the situation.
 
The Indian Railway has cancelled 223 trains in the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section along the coastal lines of Odisha on the Kolkata-Chennai route till May 4, officials said.
 
The Assam government too has sounded an alert following a warning of the cyclone hitting the state and other parts of the northeastern region in the early hours of Saturday. The cyclone is also expected to affect the regular pattern of weather conditions in some parts of Nepal, weather officials said.
 
In Odisha, widespread damages to property have been reported as thousands of trees and electricity poles were uprooted under the impact of the cyclonic storm which made its landfall in Puri.
 
The trail of destruction could be seen in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. There was no electricity in Bhubaneswar since morning. 
 
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Bhubaneswar reported extensive damage hours after the cyclone made its landfall. The institute also cancelled a post graduate examination scheduled to be held on May 5.
 
As per reports, the tourists who were stuck in Puri were fleeced by the bus operators for a ride to a safer place after rail and air connectivity was snapped in the region.
 
The Army, Navy and Air Force were keeping a strict vigil on the developments in the coastal region. J. P. Sharma, a top official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said, "The actual work will start once the storm passes over, leaving behind the destruction in its path."
 
The cyclone started crossing into the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The process of the landfall continued till 1 p.m, completely throwing normal life out of gear. 
 
About a million people were evacuated to safer places in Odisha due to the cyclonic storm. The met department said that heavy rainfall will continue across the state.
 
Three Indian Navy warships -- Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt -- have been put on stand-by with relief materials and medical teams.
 
Other naval vessels were also kept on stand-by at Visakhapatnam from where teams of naval divers have been moved to Odisha.
 
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and the Gangetic West Bengal after cyclone Fani made its landfall. The cyclone with a wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph was expected to hit the state on Friday midnight or early Saturday.
 
The cyclone was located over 400 km southwest of Kolkata and over 350 km southwest of Digha, the sea resort in East Midnapore district.
 
"The outer ring cloud band has already reached the coastal areas of West Bengal and Kolkata, prompting rainfall. The rain intensity will be gradually increasing. As the cyclone comes closer to Bengal, it will have a speed of 80-100 kmph," weatherman J.K. Mukhopadhyay said.
 
Six teams of NDRF have been deployed in Jhargram, West Medinipur, East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts.
 
The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have decided to shift people living in low lying areas to safer places. A toll-free helpline number, 1070, has been shared for assistance.
 
The cyclone also triggered heavy rains in parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, while gusty winds uprooted trees and electricity poles there, officials said.
 
Under its impact, gusty winds with speed reaching up to 140 kmph lashed the coastal area of Srikakulam district, where about 20,000 people have been shifted to 126 relief camps. Nine NDRF teams were deployed in the district. 
 
The heavy rains could also cause Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers to overflow, leading to floods in the region, officials warned.
 
Heavy downpour also lashed Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, two other districts in the north coastal Andhra, since Thursday.
 
Many trains and flights to and from the state have been cancelled.
 
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Extremely severe cyclone Fani hits Odisha coast

The extremely severe cyclone, Fani, over the Bay of Bengal crossed the Odisha coast near Puri on Friday morning with windspeed of 175-185 kmph, gusting to 195 kmph, the India Meteorological Department said.
A scene at Puri in Odisha near the landfall of cyclone Fani in the morning of May 3, 2019.
A scene at Puri in Odisha near the landfall of cyclone Fani in the morning of May 3, 2019.
The extremely severe cyclone, Fani, over the Bay of Bengal crossed the Odisha coast near Puri this morning with windspeed of 175-185 kmph, gusting to 195 kmph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
"Landfall started at 0800 hours IST. Part of the eye lies over land at 0830 hours IST. The entire process of eye entering into land will be completed in the next two hours," IMD said on Twitter.
 
It said the maximum sustained wind speed at Puri was 142 kmph, gusting to 174 kmph, at 0730 hours today.
 
At least one million people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours from the vulnerable districts in Odisha ahead of Fani's landfall in the state, officials said.
 
The cities of Puri, Paradip, Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur experienced light to moderate rain since Thursday night and early Friday morning.
 
Strong winds measuring up to 174 kmph lashed Chilika, leading to the uprooting of trees.
 
The highest number of people -- 3 lakh -- were evacuated from Ganjam district while 1.3 lakh others from Puri district, said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office.
 
About 10,000 villages and 52 towns are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
The state government has advised people not to step out of their houses. 
 
As a precautionary measure, all shops, business establishments, private and government offices will remain closed in 11 coastal districts.
 
Flight operations were suspended in Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport from Friday midnight.
 
Meanwhile, the cyclone has triggered heavy downpour coupled with squall in coastal Odisha.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD this morning said Fani had moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 20 kmph in the previous six hours at lay centred at 0830 hours near latitude 19.6°N and longitude 85.7°E, about 25 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), about 90 km eastnortheast of Gopalpur (Odisha), about 300 km east-northeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and 330 km southwest of Digha (West Bengal).
 
"It is very likely to move north-northeastwards close to Puri during next 02 hours with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph," it said.
 
The bulletin said moderate rainfall would occur at most places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of interior Odisha today, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places.
 
Light to moderate rainfall will occur at most places over north Odisha tomorrow, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Balasore, Mayurbhanj districts.
 
In north Andhra Pradesh, there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places over Srikakulam district today, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
In coastal West Bengal and adjoining districts, there could be ;ight to moderate rainfall at most places today with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places. 
 
 
Cyclone ‘Fani’ hits India’s eastern coast
There could also be heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4. There could also be light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim tomorrow.
 
The bulletin said light to moderate rainfall was likely at most places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on May 4 and 5, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls. There could be isolated extremely heavy falls over Assam and Meghalaya tomorrow, it said.
 
According to it, gale winds with speed reaching 140-150 kmph, gusting to 165 kmph, were prevailing along and off Puri and Jagatsighpur districts of Odisha coast. It is very likely to increase gradually and become 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, during the next six hours and 150-160 kmph, gusting to 180 kmph, along and off the remaining districts of coastal Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts) during the next six hours and decrease thereafter.
 
"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along & off West Bengal coast during next 12 hours. It is very likely become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from  3rd May afternoon and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 4th May early morning for subsequent 12 hours and decrease   thereafter," it said.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition would be phenomenal over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, during the next six hours, and was likely to become high to very high subsequently for the next 24 hours. Very rough to high seas are likely to prevail over northwest Bay of Bengal along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts till tomorrow.
 
Sea conditions are very likely to be very rough to high along and off the south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next six hours.
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of 1.5 metre height above astronomical tide was very likely to inundate low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into deep sea areas and those out in deep sea in the above aeas were advised to return to the coasts.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone could cause extensive damage to kutcha houses and old pucca and badly managed pucca structures in Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha.
 
It said there could be extensive uprooting of communication and  power poles. There could also be disruption of rail and road links and extensive damage to standing crops, plantations and orchards. Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.
 
The IMD suggested total suspension of fishing operations, extensive evacuation of people from coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain indoors.
 
The cyclone could also cause damage, on a lesser scale, in Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Balasore districts of Odisha and east and west Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Kolkata districts of West Bengal and Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh, the bulletin added.
 
The bulletin said interior districts of West Bengal were very likely to experience gale wind speed of 90-100 kmph, gusting to 115 kmph by early morning of May 4. It is very likely to decrease gradually becoming 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph by the evening of May 4.
 
Interior districts adjoining to south coastal Odisha are very likely to experience cyclone wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 150 kmph for 6 hours after landfall and 90-100 kmph gusting to 100 kmph over districts adjoining north coastal Odisha from tomorrow evening till early next morning and decrease thereafter.
 
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Cyclone Fani to make landfall in Odisha on Friday morning

At least one million people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours from the vulnerable districts in Odisha ahead of cyclone Fani's landfall in the state on Friday, officials said.
 
The cyclone was expected to make landfall between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the south of Puri.
 
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Fani, which has turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm, laid centred about 110 km away from Puri at 4.30 a.m.
 
It is very likely to cross between Gopalpur and Chandabali close to Puri with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph in the Friday forenoon, the IMD said.
 
The cities of Puri, Paradip, Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur experienced light to moderate rain since Thursday night and early Friday morning.
 
Strong winds measuring up to 174 kmph lashed Chilika, leading to the uprooting of trees.
 
The highest number of people -- 3 lakh -- were evacuated from Ganjam district while 1.3 lakh others from Puri district, said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office.
 
About 10,000 villages and 52 towns are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
The state government has advised people not to step out of their houses. 
 
As a precautionary measure, all shops, business establishments, private and government offices will remain closed in 11 coastal districts.
 
Flight operations were suspended in Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport from Friday midnight.
 
Meanwhile, Cyclone Fani has triggered heavy downpour coupled with squall in coastal Odisha.
 
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Cyclone Fani: 74 trains cancelled in first phase

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In view of the cyclonic storm Fani, at least 47 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in Odisha, said an official on Wednesday.
 
In all, 74 trains have been cancelled in the first phase keeping in mind the safety and security of passengers, the ECoR official said.
 
The rail passengers have been advised to plan their journey accordingly.
 
The train services between Odisha's Bhadrak and Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram have been suspended and inward trains towards Bhubaneswar and Puri will be restricted from the evening of May 2.
 
East Coast Express and Coromondal Express will not run from Howrah on May 2. Besides, trains for Puri from Howrah on May 2 night stand cancelled.
 
Trains from Bengaluru, Chennai and Secundrabad to Howrah in the evening of May 2 have been cancelled, the official said.
 
Similarly, all train services between Puri and Bhubaneswar and incoming trains touching Puri and Bhubaneswar on May 3 have also been cancelled, the official said.
 
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Cyclone Fani: Odisha closes schools, colleges

A scene in  Odisha as cyclone Fani in the  Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A scene in Odisha as cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
The Odisha government on Wednesday ordered the closure of all educational institutions in the state from May 2 in view of the cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is likely to hit the coast on May 3 afternoon.
 
"All educational establishments should declare holidays from May 2 till further orders. All the examinations should be rescheduled," said the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
 
The SRC also advised tourists to leave Puri by May 2 evening and cancel non-essential travel to the districts likely to be affected on May 3-4.
 
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' was likely to cross between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri, while 11 districts of Odisha were to be affected.
 
Bhubaneswar Met Centre Director H.R. Biswas said that the storm was very likely to cross Odisha coast in Puri on May 3 afternoon and the wind speed was likely to be 175-185kmph gusting up to 205kmph.
 
The major threat of the cyclone was heavy rain, flooding, damaging wind gusts and storm surge, he added.
 
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