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Death toll in Tamil Nadu due to cyclone Gaja rises to 33

The death toll due to cyclone Gaja, which hit Tamil Nadu's coastal districts on Friday, has increased to 33, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.

 
Coast Guard conducts aerial survey of Cyclone Gaja affected areas
The death toll due to cyclone Gaja, which hit Tamil Nadu's coastal districts on Friday, has increased to 33, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.
 
Speaking to reporters at Salem, about 350 kilometres from here, Palaniswami said that 20 men, 11 women, and 2 children died due to the cyclone that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. on Friday.
 
The cyclone left a trail of destruction in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts, damaging houses, huts and crops.
 
Palaniswami said about 70 livestock and several goats, poultry and deer have also died due to the cyclone.
 
Some 127,000 trees were uprooted by the strong cyclonic winds that touched a maximum speed of about 120 kmph, the Chief Minister added.
 
He said supplies of water, milk and food were being distributed to the people affected by the calamity.
 
About 177,500 people are staying in 351 relief camps in the cyclone-affected areas.
 
The Chief Minister said about 30,000 electricity poles were broken, and 105 power sub-stations affected. About 10,000 personnel have been sent to the cyclone-affected coastal districts to repair the installations.
 
Meanwhile, actor Rajinikanth appreciated the members of his Rajini Makkal Mandram for their work in providing relief to the cyclone-affected people.
 
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Cyclone Gaja claims 13 lives, leaves trail of destruction in TN

Severe cyclonic storm Gaja battered the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, leaving at least 13 people and several livestock dead and a trail of destruction in several districts.

 
Cyclone Gaja wreaks havoc in TN’s Nagapattinam
Severe cyclonic storm Gaja battered the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, leaving at least 13 people and several livestock dead and a trail of destruction in several districts.
 
Authorities said the cyclone crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. with wind speeds of about 110-120 kmph.
 
So powerful were the gales that the roof-sheets of the Nagapattinam railway station were damaged. Thatched and tiled roofs of several houses were also damaged in the strong cyclonic winds.
 
A ship was grounded in Karaikal Port in Puducherry.
 
Traffic on the highways was affected owing to fallen trees while communication links in Vedaranyam were also affected.
 
Traffic out of hill station Kodaikanal was affected due to fallen trees.
 
In some places like Pudukottai walls of houses collapsed due to rains.
 
Apart from fallen 12,000 electricity poles in seven districts, 102 power sub-stations in districts like Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur were affected.
 
According to the state power utility, about 500 km of power supply lines were affected by Gaja. Officials said it would take at least two days to restore power supply in full in districts like Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur.
 
Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said in Salem, some 350 km from the state capital, that 13 persons had lost their lives in the cyclone.
 
He said a sum of Rs 10 lakh would be paid to each family of the dead. For those severely injured, a sum of Rs 100,000 would be paid and those who suffered minor injuries would get Rs 25,000.
 
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About 82,000 people living in low-lying areas have been sent to 471 relief centres, the Chief Minister said, adding the preventive measures helped keep the death toll low.
 
Relief centres were set up in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Thiruvarur on Thursday itself.
 
According to officials, 28 livestocks were killed in cyclone.
 
Owing to strong winds, an Indigo Airlines Chennai-Trichy flight was not able to land in Trichy and was sent back.
 
R. B. Udhyakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, said all the trees felled by the cyclone were being removed.
 
Piles of felled trees blocked traffic in parts of Nagapattinam and Vedaranyum.
 
Several universities in Tamil Nadu have postponed their examinations slated for Friday. Schools remained closed on Friday in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Thiruvarur and several other districts in Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry, including Karaikal.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast scattered heavy to very heavy rain over Tiruchirapalli, Namakkal, Dindigul, Madurai, Theni, Karur, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Nilgiris and Virudhunagar districts of Tamil Nadu.
 
According to Chief Minister Palaniswami, the Fisheries Department will estimate the damage to the fishing boats before paying compensation to the fishermen.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Palaniswami and enquired about the cyclone damage.
 
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TN cyclone toll rises to 45, opposition alleges poor relief work

 
Residents bear brunt of cyclone Gaja in Nagapattinam
The death toll due to the severe cyclone Gaja that devastated several districts in Tamil Nadu two days ago has risen to 45 and damaged 117,624 houses, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said in Sunday.
 
Opposition leaders have criticized what they say was the government's apathy in reaching out relief materials like food, drinking water and other material to the cyclone affected areas.
 
In Pudukottai district, people complained about not getting relief materials and protested on the roads. They also set fire to five government vehicles.
 
Speaking to reporters at Salem, about 350 km from here, Palaniswami said 45 persons have died in the cyclone and the loss of livestock was put at 735.
 
He added that 88,102 hectare of crop and 39,938 electricity poles were damaged in the cyclone.
 
The central government has been asked to depute a team from the National Disaster Management to assess the destruction.
 
To a query about dropping relief materials by helicopters, Palaniswami said removal of trees from the roads would be completed fully on Sunday.
 
Palaniswami said he would visit the affected areas on Tuesday.
 
DMK President M. K. Stalin in a letter to the party cadres wondered whether Palaniswami's heart was made of iron as he appeared to be more interested with inaugurating projects rather than visiting the cyclone battered areas.
 
Stalin, who toured the areas, accused the government of failing to provide sufficient food, clothing and drinking water for the people at the relief centres.
 
He said had only the government carried out the dredging of canals and other water bodies, much of the damage could have been averted and several trees could have been saved.
 
Stalin said coconut trees in about 7,000 hectares in several districts have been damaged.
 
PMK founder S. Ramadoss said it was a shame that the AIADMK government was not providing even food for the cyclone affected people.
 
He said that various districts in the Cauvery delta region like Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur had been severely affected.
 
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Cyclone Gaja crosses Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam

Severe cyclonic storm Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, felling several trees, damaging thatched huts and hoardings, according to the India Meteorological Department.

 
Cyclone Gaja makes landfall in Tamil Nadu
Severe cyclonic storm Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, felling several trees, damaging thatched huts and hoardings, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
In its weather bulletin, the IMD said Gaja crossed the coast between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam with a wind speed of about 110 kmph gusting up to 120 kmph.
 
The high speed wind has damaged the roof sheets of Nagapattinam railway station.
 
Speaking to the media, R. B. Udhyakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, said the extent of damages will be known once the wind speed gets reduced.
 
He said after the rains preventive measures against breakout of disease will be taken.
 
The fallen trees are being removed at the earliest, Udhayakumar added.
 
Road traffic in the cyclone-hit Nagapattinam was affected due to fallen trees.
 
The government had disconnected power supply on Thursday night as a precautionary measure. Owing to the cyclone, several electricity poles have been damaged.
 
Several universities in Tamil Nadu have postponed their examinations slated for Friday.
 
Similarly, schools will remain closed on Friday in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Thiruvarur and several other districts in Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry including Karaikal.
 
More than 63,000 people have been evacuated from low lying areas and housed in 289 relief centres in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Thiruvarur on Thursday itself.
 
According to the IMD, scattered heavy rains is likely to occur over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala. 
 
Isolated rain is likely to occur over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, north Kerala and interiors of south Karnataka.
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph was very likely in central parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during next six hours.
 
Similarly, gale wind speed reaching 60-80 kmph was likely in the remaining parts of Tamil Nadu and Palk Strait during next six hours while strong winds with a speed of 30-40 kmph gusting at 50 kmph are very likely over interior Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gulf of Mannar, Comorian area and Kerala coast, the IMD said.
 
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Cyclone Gaja crosses TN coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam

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Severe cyclonic storm Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam, said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
The cyclone Gaja crossed the coast with a wind speed of about 110kmph gusting up to 120 kmph.
 
The Tamil Nadu government said fallen trees are being removed at the earliest.
 
According to IMD, scattered heavy rains is likely to occur over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala. Isolated rain is likely to occur over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, north Kerala and and interiors of south Karnataka.
 
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Cyclone Gaja set to cross TN coast near Nagapattinam

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The severe cyclonic storm Gaja, which lay centred about 126 km east of Karaikal in Puducherry, is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast near Nagapattinam on Thursday night, Indian Meteoroligcal Department (IMD) said.
 
According to IMD, Gaja is expected to cross the coast south of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu by 11 p.m. Thursday with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.
 
The IMD officials said the outer rim of the Gaja cyclone is touching Karaikal and strong winds have already started blowing in the coastal districts.
 
Rains have started in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thiruvarur districts.
 
The IMD predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry.
 
Extremely heavy rain measuring about 20 cm at isolated places is also likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts, IMD said.
 
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has set up relief centres in the districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur. People in living in low-lying areas have been shifted to relief centres.
 
Universities and colleges have postponed their exams slated for Friday. Similarly, schools and colleges in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Thiruvarur will be closed on Friday.
 
According to the state government, telecommunication companies have said they would have oil stocked for a minimum of five days in the cyclone-expected zone and for 15 days at their headquarters.
 
The mobile telephone companies also assured the government of moving their mobile telecom towers or cell on wheels to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore.
 
According to a statement from the state government, arrangements have been made to send bulk SMS to mobile subscribers warning about the weather issued by the emergency control centres.
 
The Indian Navy is also on high alert and is ready to render any assistance, a statement said.
 
Two Navy ships - Ranvir and Khanjar - are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support, including proviging medical aid, the Navy said.
 
Additionally, aircraft from Naval Air Stations Dega, Rajali and Parundu and patrolling boats from naval detachments in Ramnathapuram, Nagapattinam have been warning the fishing vessels about the approaching storm, the Navy said.
 
Naval aircraft are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty, evacuation and air drop of relif material to the stranded.
 
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Cyclone Gaja likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast on Thursday

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The cyclonic storm Gaja over west-central and adjoining east-central and south Bay  of Bengal is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore during the forenoon of Thursday, November 15.
 
A bulletin issued by  the India Meteorological Department (IMD) this morning said the cyclone had moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 7 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today over west-central and adjoining east-central and south Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.2°N and longitude 87.3°E, about 760 km east of Chennai and 850 km east-northeast of Nagappattinam (Tamil Nadu).
 
"It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours and maintain the intensity during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards. While moving west-southwestwards, it is likely to weaken gradually on 15th November and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November forenoon," the bulletin said.
 
"The cyclonic storm is meandering over the region, as it lies between two anti-cyclonic circulations located to its east and west in the deep layer mean atmosphere. It is expected to move slowly for next 12 hours and complete the loop. Thereafter, its speed of movement will increase gradually and move west-southwestwards as it will be guided by the anticyclone to the west of the centre," it said.
 
The bulletin said that rainfall was very likely to commence over north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu from November 14 evening, with heavy falls at isolated places. 
 
It said heavy rainfall was very likely over north Tamil Nadu and adjoining districts of south coastal Tamil Nadu, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls (20 cm or more) at isolated places on November 15. Rainfall is also likely at most places over remaining parts of south Tamil Nadu, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places.
 
Rainfall was also likely at most places over interior Tamil Nadu, with heavy  falls at a few places and very heavy falls at isolated places, on November 16, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin also forecast rainfall in south coastal Andhra Pradesh on these days, in Rayalaseema region on November 15 and in Kerala on November 15 and 16.
 
The bulletin said gale winds with speed reaching 70-80 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph, prevailed over southeast and adjoining central and southwest Bay of Bengal. "It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph over southwest & adjoining westcentral and southeast Bay of Bengal from evening of 13th November 2018," it said.
 
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"Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to commence along & off north Tamil Nadu & Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts from 14th November morning. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming gale wind speed 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph along & off north Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coasts from 14th November night onwards," it said.
 
The bulletin said sea condition was high over southeast and adjoining central and southwest Bay of Bengal. It will become "very high" over southwest and adjoining westcentral and southeast Bay of Bengal from 13th evening to 14th night and high over the southwest Bay of Bengal on 15th. The sea condition is very likely to be rough to very rough along and off Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh coasts from 14th November morning and high from 14th November night.
 
Storm surge of height of about 1.0 meter above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Nagappattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry at the time of landfall.
 
The bulletin called for total suspension of fishing operations along and off north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during 13-15th November.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into central parts of south and central Bay of Bengal on 13th and into southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal during 13-15th November.
 
Fishermen who were in deep sea were advised to return to the coast. 
 
Coastal hutment dwellers have been advised to move to safer places. Other people in the affected areas were advised to remain indoors.
 
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Eight killed as roof of TNSTC building collapses in Nagapattinam district

 
8 die as bus depot roof collapses near Nagapattinam
Eight employees of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) died when the roof of a portion of a building at the Porayar bus depot, about 20 km from Nagapattinam, collapsed in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
Three others suffered grievous injuries in  the incident and have been admitted to a hospital in Nagapattinam, about 300 km from here, they said.
 
The victims were bus crew who were resting in the building before operating early morning services, the sources said. Most of them were asleep when the roof collapsed around 3.30 am, they said.
 
Fire and Rescue Service personnel rushed to the spot and extricated the victims from the debris, they added.
 
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CCEA clears proposal for Petroleum, Chemicals & Petrochemicals Investment Region in TN

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approval a proposal of the Tamil Nadu government to set up a Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in the Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts of the state. 

This is the first PCPIR to be approved after PCPIRs in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Orissa. 
 
An official press release said a total investment of about Rs.92,160 crore is expected in the TNPCPIR, which includes committed investment of Rs.22,160 crore. 
 
It envisages development of physical infrastructure such as roads, rail, air links, ports, water supply, power, desalination plant, CETP and so on at a total cost of Rs.13,354 crore. 
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Severe cyclonic storm Thane likely to hit north Tamil Nadu coast Friday morning

The "very severe" cyclonic storm Thane over south-west Bay of Bengal is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast, between Nagapattinam and Chennai close to Puducherry, in the early hours of Friday.

Fishermen watching the high waves at Marina beach following authorities warning them not to venture into the sea due to cyclonic storm Thane, in Chennai on December 29, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Fishermen watching the high waves at Marina beach following authorities warning them not to venture into the sea due to cyclonic storm Thane, in Chennai on December 29, 2011. UNI PHOTO

The "very severe" cyclonic storm Thane over south-west Bay of Bengal is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast, between Nagapattinam and Chennai close to Puducherry, in the early hours of tomorrow.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone had moved slightly westward and lay centred at 1430 hours today near latitude 12 degrees North and longitude 81.7 degrees East, about 180 km east of Puducherry, 180 km southeast of Chennai and 400 km north-northeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.
 
A bulletin from IMD said that, under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (25cm or more), would occur over north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 48 hours.
 
Rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, would also occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalseema and isolated heavy rainfall would occur over south Tamil Nadu during the same period, it said.
 
Squally winds with speed reaching 55-65 kmph, gusting to 75 kmph, is likely along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.
 
The wind speed will increase gradually becoming 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph along and off north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast from today night onwards.
 
A man coming out of a fisherman's hut inundated by the sea during high tide due to cyclonic storm  Thane, in Chennai on December 29 2011. UNI PHOTO
A man coming out of a fisherman's hut inundated by the sea during high tide due to cyclonic storm Thane, in Chennai on December 29 2011. UNI PHOTO
Storm surge of about 1.0-1.5 metre height above the astronomical tide would inundate the low lying areas of Puducherry and Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Villupuram districts of north Tamil Nadu at the time of landfall.
 
The bulletin said sea conditions were very rough and would gradually become very high to phenomenal along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.
 
Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into sea during next 48 hours.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was likely to cause extensive damage to thatched roof and huts in north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh. It said minor damage was likely to power and communication lines due to uprooting of large avenue trees.
 
Flooding of escape routes was likely. The storm is expected to damage the standing rice, groundnut and maize in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and rice and groundnut in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
 
The IMD has suggested total suspension of fishing operations. It said coastal hutment dwellers should be moved to safer places. People in affected areas have been advised to remain indoors. Farmers are advised to drain out excess water from the field to prevent crop damage. Taller crops like banana, leaves may be removed and extra physical support may be given, the bulletin added.
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UNI adds from Chennai:
 
Chennai and northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu are bracing to meet any eventuality as the cyclone was fast approaching the coast.
 
The city, its suburbs and the northern coastal districts of the state received intermittent rains, accompanied by gusty winds, today.
 
District administrations of Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam have chalked out precautionary measures to meet any possible calamity. 
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been put on alert and the state Public Works Department (PWD) has also worked out contingency plans to meet any eventuality.
 
Chennai Corporation officials, headed by Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, along with Local Administration Minister K P Munusamy, visited various places in north Chennai, which were marooned after sea water entered the areas.
 
People living in fishing hamlets along the coast were advised to move out to cyclone relief centres and other buildings, arranged by the administration. The Government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges tomorrow.
 
As the sea became rough with high tidal waves rising to 10 meters high in some coastal areas, fishermen refrained from venturing into sea for fishing.
 
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Hundreds of mechanised boats and trawlers in several coastal areas like Kovalam and Neelankarai on East Coast Road (ECR) and at Kasimedu fishing harbour in north Chennai and Cuddalore and Nagapattinam remained on shore.
 
A senior PWD official said 20 special teams headed by Superintendent Engineers were formed to monitor the water levels in reservoirs and take necessary steps in the coastal districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Villuppuram.
 
Coastal District Administrations have drawn up precautionary measures to meet any eventuality. Personnel in Revenue, Police, Fire Service, Telecom and Electricity departments were kept in a state of readiness to take up relief and rescue operations.
 
Cyclone Relief Centres in these districts were kept open to accommodate people living in low lying areas in the event of their evacuation. Schools, temples and marriage halls are also being readied to accommodate the affected people.
 
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TN govt. to establish Fisheries University at Nagapattinam

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The Tamil Nadu Government will establish a Fisheries University at Nagapattinam at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa told the State Assembly today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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L&T bags Rs 3500 crore order from PPN for gas-based power plant in Tamil Nadu


Engineering and construction major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) today said it had received an order valued at more than Rs 3500 crore from PPN Power Generating Company for settingup a 3 x 360 MW gas-based power plant at Pillaiperumalnallur in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu.


PPN is a Chennai-based company whose main promoters are the Apollo Group, a press release from L&T said.


The release said the three new units will come up as an expansion project in the same location where PPN Power Generating Company Limited is presently operating a 330.5 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant since 2001.


The EPC order was bagged by L&T under International Tariff Based Global Competitive bidding against competition from domestic and international power plant equipment manufacturers.


L&T’s scope includes design, detailed engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the complete power plant on a turnkey basis. The plant will incorporate state-of-art advanced class gas turbines and high efficiency steam turbines from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, which will be procured by L&T, the release said.


L&T-Sargent and Lundy, a subsidiary of L&T, will carry out the plant integration and detailed engineering, using propriety technology of Sargent & Lundy LLC of the United States.


L&T will design and manufacture critical equipment for the plant, like heat recovery steam generator, de-aerator, condenser, cooling tower, switchgear and valves. Project management, construction, installation and commissioning will also be carried out by L&T, the release added.


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Community Radio Station at Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has allowed the Dhan Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, to establish, maintain and operate a community radio station at Nagapattinam in the state.

The station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement, an official statement said. It will be set up at Vizhunthamavadi village in Keelaiyur Block of the Nagapattinam district, the statement said.

Nagapattinam was one of the areas worst affected by the tsunami which struck the southern coast of India a few years ago. The community radio station is, in particular, expected to serve women, farmers and fishermen and empower them with information and communication critical for disaster preparedness and management.

The community management committee has made linkages with the local government institutions like panchayats, health centres, schools and disaster management related Government institutions to establish a disaster management mechanism to face natural calamities.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is hoping that is Community Radio initiative will provide an opportunity to the local communities to be better informed about the developmental initiatives of the Government and promote transparency in the implementation of the schemes, the statement added.

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