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Declare missing fishermen as dead: Fr Churchill

Representatives of fishermen in Kanyakumari and families of missing fishermen have urged the Central team, deputed by the Union Home Ministry to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi, to declare 237 missing fishermen as ‘dead’ if they fail to return by December 31. This will enable the fishermen’s families to claim compensation and relief. After their hopes of seeing the breadwinners during Christmas were dashed, the families are now conducting Holy Mass in memory of the missing fishermen as there was no information on them since the devastating cyclone hit on November 30.Of the 237 missing fishermen feared dead, 170 are from eight fishing villages of Kanyakumari, while 67 are from other districts and states. “Most of these fishermen could have been rescued if the Indian Coast Guard and Navy commenced the rescue operation immediately after the cyclone passed the district on November 30. But our distress call was ignored,” alleges Fr Churchill, general secretary of South Asian Fishermen Fraternity, who submitted a memorandum to the centre’s team on Thursday.“There is a very remote chance of survival of the missing fishermen. Hence they should be declared dead on December 31 as it will enable the families to get the compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a government job,” he said. He demanded that the Central team take steps to declare Kanyakumari district as a disaster-affected district.State Relief Commissioner K Satyagopal said the government hoping that some more fishermen would return to the shore before New Year.

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Cyclone Ockhi: Central team visit parts of Chennai, Kanyakumari to assess damage

A Central team today visited parts of Chennai and Kanyakumari districts to assess the damage caused by torrential rains and cyclone Ockhi.While one group visited parts of Chennai and its neighbourhood, the otherheld discussions with fisherfolk in Kanyakumari, which was battered by Ockhi last month.Members of the fishing and farming communities expressed their grievances to the team members.Relatives of missing fishermen wanted the government to expedite search and rescue of the fishermen still missing in the aftermath of the cyclone.Revenue Secretary B Chandramohan told reporters here that the team will continue their survey of the affected areas in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur till tomorrow.The officials will study the extent of damage to roads, infrastructure, loss of lives and areas that faced inundation during the downpour in these districts.It will later submit its report to the Centre, he added.The Central team, headed by Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, is likely to meet Chief Minister K Palaniswami tomorrow.The team members are drawn from various central ministries like Finance, Power and Water Resources, according to officials.The state government had sought a central relief package of about Rs 9,300 crore from Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards taking up rehabilitation efforts in cyclone-hit areas of the state, including Kanyakumari, during his visit to the district post-Ockhi.The state government had wanted the Centre to declare the cyclone as a “national disaster” on account of its “severity.”It sought Rs 5,255 crore assistance towards implementing permanent rehabilitation measures in Kanyakumari and another Rs 4,047 crore to cater to other parts of the state, including Chennai, affected by the north east monsoon.

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RK Nagar bypoll: Dinakaran says trends reflect people wanting change

With early trends of counting of votes for RK Nagar bypoll favouring independent candidate TTV Dinakaran, the sidelined leader on Sunday said it showed that people want a change of regime.The sidelined AIADMK leader said, “We are the true AIADMK… people of RK Nagar have elected Amma’s successor.” He also sought to make light of the K Palaniswami camp winning the Two Leaves symbol after both camps staked a claim for it before the Election Commission.”During my recent visits to various parts of Tamil Nadu such as Avinashi (Tirupur) and Arumanai (Kanyakumari), people said the pressure cooker (his poll symbol at RK Nagar) will win. They want a change of this regime,” he said.Dhinakaran’s statement to reporters here came in response to the early leads he had taken against his AIADMK rival E Madhusudhanan and DMK’s N Maruthu Ganesh.Claiming victory, he said “this is the best gift for the 1.5 crore party supporters” on the 30th death anniversary of party founder, the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, fondly addressed as MGR.On the symbol issue, with the Election Commission awarding it recently to the Palaniswamy-led camp, Dhinakaran said only a candidate determines the symbol.”We are the true AIADMK. A candidate determines the symbol. I have already said the ‘Two Leaves’ will be a success symbol only if it was with Puratchi Thalaivar (MGR) and Amma (Jayalalithaa). Will the people vote if it is handed over to MN Nambiar and PS Veerappa,” he asked, amidst chuckles from his supporters.Nambiar and Veerappa are famous yesteryear villains, with the former being cast against MGR in many of the matinee idol’s films.Dhinakaran said the Palaniswami government will “end in three months.”Meanwhile, jubilant supporters of Dhinakaran celebrated by distributing sweets and bursting crackers, while exuding confidence that their leader would triumph with a thumping margin.

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PM Narendra Modi visits Ockhi-affected Kanyakumari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Cyclone Ockhi-affected fishermen and farmers in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district. He also chaired a a review meeting to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster that left dead and several missing.After visiting cyclone-hit Lakshadweep in the morning, Modi reached Kanyakumari by an IAF helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram. Here, he was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami, his Deputy O Panneerselvam and other senior officials.After the state officials made a presentation on the impact of the cyclone on the district, Modi interacted with around 25 fishermen representatives from eight coastal villages of Kanyakumari district and six parish priests, who also handed him a memorandum with 12 demands. They included widening the search operation for missing fishermen in the deep sea, satellite phones for fishermen, establishment of a naval base with helipad in the district and reservation for fishermen youth in the coast guard and Navy. Fr Andrews Cosmos, the vicar of Thoothoor Forane parish, who participated in the interaction with the PM and said that Modi gave a patient ear to the affected fishermen.However, according to some of the victims, the Prime Minister did not give any concrete assurance and simply said: “I will look into it”. When one Rebisha of Chinnathurai fishing village broke down into tears, talking of the loss of four men in her family – father, brother and two brother-in-laws — Mr Modi assured her that he would look into it.Twenty days after the cyclone hit the coastal district, as many as 350 fishermen are still missing with the families hoping that they would return to the shore before the Christmas if they are alive.Modi’s visit has come days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited cyclone-hit Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. After the meeting, Palanisami who had presented two separate memorandums, said that he has asked the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi as a national disaster and sought a Rs 9,300 crore relief package.”We have requested the Prime Minister to set up a permanent Coast Guard station along with a helipad in Kanyakumari district. We also demanded setting up of a fishing harbour with cold storage facilities and a communication centre to transmit messages of weather warning to the fishermen,” he said.HC STEPS INThe Madras High Court directed the Centre and TN government to inform it about the fate of 551 fishermen from Kanyakumari reported missing. Justices R Subbiah and A D Jagadish Chandra ordered the two governments to submit their replies by December 22. Petitioner Anto Lenin submitted that thousands of fishermen had ventured into the sea on November 29-30 from Kanyakumari district when the cyclone hit southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala coast.

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Cyclone Ockhi | PM Modi holds meeting with officials in Lakshadweep

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting at Kavaratti in Lakshadweep to review the situation arising due to Cyclone Ockhi which left a trail of destruction in the Union Territory.PM Modi, who reached the island this morning, was received by top officials of the Lakshadweep administration and public representatives, including Lakshadweep MP Muhammed Faizal.”PM @narendramodi reviewed the situation arising due to #CycloneOckhi at a high-level meeting in Lakshadweep,” a tweet by the Prime Minister’s Office said.Earlier today, youngsters of Lakshadweep extended a warm welcome to the prime minister, it tweeted said.Besides, PM Modi will visit the cyclone-battered areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala today.During his visit to the southern states, PM Modi will visit coastal Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram where he will meet officials and public representatives as well as the cyclone victims, including the fishermen, and farmers’ delegations.Parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep were severely affected by the cyclone late last month and early this month.The prime minister has constantly been monitoring the situation arising out of the natural calamity in the southern parts of the country.A PMO statement had yesterday said the Centre released the second instalment from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for Kerala and Tamil Nadu to supplement the efforts of these states in dealing with the situation.”During financial year 2017-18, the amounts of the central share of the SDRF to the governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu were Rs 153 crore and Rs 561 crore respectively,” it had said.

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PM Modi to make whirlwind tour of Ockhi affected states on Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Lakshadweep,Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Tuesday to assess the damage caused by cyclone Ockhi, which left a trail of destruction in the two states and the Union Territory.The Prime Minister, on a one-day visit, would review the situation arising in the aftermath of the cyclone and status of relief operations at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram, official sources said. Modi would fly to Agatti from Mangaluru at around 7.35 AM and leave for Kavratti. After nearly an hour’s programme, he would return to Agatti and fly to Thiruvananthapuram, official sources in Lakshadweep said. On reaching the state capital at around 1.50 PM, he would take a helicopter to Kanyakumari, where he will meet officials and assess the damage caused by the cyclone.The Prime Minister would also get a first hand report from the some of the affected fishermen, district officials at Kanyakumari told PTI. Modi would return to Thiruvananthapuram and visit Poonthura, a nearby fishing village from where some of the deceased fishermen hailed. The Prime Minister would then meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and some of his cabinet colleagues, including revenue minister E Chandrasekharan and Fisheries minister J Mercykutty at the Raj Bhavan, according to sources in the Chief Minister’s office.Chief Secretary K M Abraham would also give a presentation on the calamity and the devastation caused in coastal regions of the state capital, including Poonthura, Vizhinjam, Pozhiyur and Adimalithura. After the meeting,the Prime Minister will leave for Delhi.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi, seeks special package for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and LakshadweepThe Kerala Chief Minister had earlier met Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and sought central assistance of Rs 1,843 crore. The state also wanted the Centre to declare the devastation caused by the cyclone as a national disaster. According to government estimates, 70 persons have so far lost their lives in Kerala in the cyclone and around 105 persons are still missing.Meanwhile,search operations are continuing for the missing fishermen with the state government seeking support of local boat owners. The government has decided to extend the search operations up to Goan shores. The cyclone that hit the state on November 29-30 had also caused large-scale damage to crops and property.

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Cyclone Ockhi: DMK Prez MK Stalin urges Nirmala Sitharaman to find out number of fishermen missing

The DMK on Tuesday urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to find out the exact number of Kanyakumari fishermen who went missing after cyclone Ockhi hit the southern tip of the country last week.In a letter to the minister, DMK working president MK Stalin said that there were conflicting reports about the number — from 96 to 2,570. “I, therefore, request you to kindly use all means at your command to find out the exact number of missing fishermen. Women in the fishing community say more than 1,000 people are missing. Their cries cannot be ignored,” hesaid.He expressed his disappointment that both the state government and the central government had only speculated figures on missing fishermen and no correct or reliable information was available despite the review meeting by the Chief Minister.
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Even as Cyclone Ockhi weakens, Kerala CM calls on Centre to declare it ‘national calamity’

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to ask the Centre to declare the Ockhi cyclone as a ‘national calamity’.Vijayan took to his Twitter handle on Saturday to inform about the same and further wrote that the chief secretary has been entrusted to prepare the memorandum in this regard.“KERALA govt has decided to ask the Union government to declare the Ockhi cyclone a national calamity. The Chief Secretary has been entrusted to prepare the memorandum in this regard. #CycloneOckhi (sic),” he tweeted.The Indian Coast Guard stated that the cyclone Ockhi, which has originated from Kanyakumari on November 29, has moved towards Lakshadweep islands and has intensified into ‘severe cyclonic storm’ with wind reaching up to speed of 60 to 70 km.”The cyclone has wrecked havoc on South Kerala with severe damage to coastal areas and has endangered lives of fishermen operating at sea,” the Coast Guard informed in a statement.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued says Kerala CM; cyclone to move towards Mumbai in 48 hoursEarlier in the day, India Meteorological Department claimed that cyclone Ockhi would intensify in the next 36 hours and move Northwest in the next three to four days.Cyclone Ockhi has lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.Also readCyclone Ockhi kills 14, many feared trapped at sea; PM Modi assures all help Seven people, five in Trivandrum and one each in Kollam and Kasaragod districts, have died till now.Meanwhile, the IMD said that the cyclone is likely to weaken from Sunday. “The very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi over Lakshadweep area and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea further moved northwestwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of December 2, 2017 over southeast Arabian Sea near Latitude 11.1’ N and Longitude 69.7’ E, about 330 km west of Amini Divi. The system is very likely to weaken gradually from today the December 3, 2017 morning,” said IMD.
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PM Modi dials CM Palaniswami as Cyclone Ockhi batters Tamil Nadu, assures assistance

The Tamil Nadu government has said it will soon seek central funds for the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi in the southern parts of the state, with Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts being the worst hit.This was conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a telephone conversation between the two leaders last night, a state government release said.”The prime minister assured to immediately give the required assistance,” the release issued last night said.Modi dialled Palaniswami and enquired about the damage caused by the cyclone, which also battered parts of Kerala, it said.The chief minister apprised him of the various relief works going on in “full swing” in seven districts of the state and told Modi that Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli were the worst affected.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 165 families shifted from Kerala; TN writes to centre for fundsHe listed out various steps being taken, besides deputing senior ministers and IAS officials to oversee the relief work, the release added.Efforts were being undertaken on a “war footing” while power supply was being restored. The Coast Guard’s help was being used to rescue 30 fishermen stranded in the sea even as 76 of them had been already rescued, Palaniswami said.Also readCyclone Ockhi updates: More than 80 fishermen go missing; 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, KeralaThe state will send a report to the Centre seeking funds after carrying out a detailed assessment of the damage caused by the cyclone, which has crippled life in Kanyakumari district, he told the Prime Minister.Cyclone Ockhi, which in Bengali means ‘eye’, had yesterday intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved to the Arabian Sea.The state government yesterday said that over 1,200 people affected by the cyclone in Kanniyakumari and Tirunelveli districts have been lodged in relief camps.
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Cyclone Ockhi: 165 families shifted from Kerala; TN writes to centre for funds

Heavy rains have hit parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, thanks to the cyclonic storm Ockhi that has hit the two south Indian states.On Friday, the Indian Navy conducted search operations after fishermen went missing off the Kerala coast.The local district administrations in Kerala shifted around 165 families living in coastal Kerala. 130 families from Chellanam, 17 from Kumbalangi and 18 from Edavanakad town of Ernakulam district were shifted, the administrations said.The deadly storm has killed seven people in Sri Lanka and affected the lives of nearly 20,000 people. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has said that it will seek central funds for the damage caused by the cyclone, with Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts being the worst hit.This was conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a telephone conversation between the two leaders last night, a state government release said.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Depression alert over south Andaman Sea, Navy strives to resue stranded fishermen”The prime minister assured to immediately give the required assistance,” the release issued last night said.Modi dialled Palaniswami and enquired about the damage caused by the cyclone, which also battered parts of Kerala, it said.Also readCyclone Ockhi updates: More than 80 fishermen go missing; 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, KeralaThe chief minister apprised him of the various relief works going on in “full swing” in seven districts of the state and told Modi that Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli were the worst affected.He listed out various steps being taken, besides deputing senior ministers and IAS officials to oversee the relief work, the release added.Efforts were being undertaken on a “war footing” while power supply was being restored. The Coast Guard’s help was being used to rescue 30 fishermen stranded in the sea even as 76 of them had been already rescued, Palaniswami said.The state will send a report to the Centre seeking funds after carrying out a detailed assessment of the damage caused by the cyclone, which has crippled life in Kanyakumari district, he told the Prime Minister.Cyclone Ockhi, which in Bengali means ‘eye’, had yesterday intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved to the Arabian Sea.The state government yesterday said that over 1,200 people affected by the cyclone in Kanniyakumari and Tirunelveli districts have been lodged in relief camps.With Agency Inputs
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Cyclone Ockhi: More than 80 fishermen go missing; 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

At least 80 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing after cyclone Ockhi lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.The cyclone has so far claimed the lives of four people in Kerala.On Thursday, a man in an autorickshaw died in Kollam after a tree fell on the three-wheeler, two others were electrocuted in Trivandrum and a woman died after a tree fell on her house in Vizhinjam due to the cyclone. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has already issued an alert of heavy to very heavy rainfall in both the states.The depression in Southwest Bay of Bengal had snowballed into the cyclonic storm- Ockhi.Schools in seven districts of Tamil Nadu, including Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Virudhunagar remained closed.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Torrential rains in Tamil Nadu,Kerala; eight dead The deadly storm has killed seven people in neighbouring Sri Lanka and affected the lives of nearly 20,000 people.
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‘End the shame’: India kicks off world’s largest march to protect children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people gathered in southern India on Monday to kick off what is expected to be the world’s largest march against the trafficking and sexual abuse of children as reports of such crimes continue to rise in the country.Organised by Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, over 10 million people from across India are due to take part in the month-long “Bharat Yatra” – or India March – which will end in the capital New Delhi on Oct. 16.Flagging off the march from Kanyakumari, a coastal city on the southern-most tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Satyarthi told crowds of school children, officials and activists it was time to shatter the silence around such crimes.
ALSO READ Sorry Mr. CEO, Ryan International is no victim and you have blood on your hands”The sun rises every morning. But today this morning is different and this sun is different. Today this sun rises to dispel the darkness of fear, hopelessness and shame faced by our children. Today we march to end this,” Satyarthi said.”India is known for a country where children are being raped, where children are being sold. They are not safe in their schools; they are not safe even in their homes. If one child is in danger, then it means that the whole of India is danger.”
ALSO READ Ryan student death: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar assures victim’s father of CBI investigationChildren in India face a barrage of threats ranging from human trafficking, sexual violence and early marriage to a lack of access to quality education and healthcare, say activists.More than 9,000 children were reported to have been trafficked in 2016, a 27 percent rise from the previous year, according to government data.Most are from poor rural families who are lured to cities by traffickers who promise good jobs, but then sell them into slavery as domestic workers, to work in small manufacturing units, farming or pushed into sexual slavery in brothels.In many cases, they are not paid or are held in debt bondage. Some are found, but many remain missing.Figures from the National Crime Records Bureau also show that almost 15,000 children were victims of sexual violence such as rape, molestation and exploitation for pornography in 2015 – up 67 percent from the previous year.But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg in socially conservative India, say activists, where fear of being blamed, shamed or stigmatised means victims and their families often keep quiet and do not report the abuses they face.BREAKING THE SILENCESatyarthi, whose charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) has rescued 80,000 enslaved children, said the march was part of a three-year campaign to spread public awareness and push for stronger policies on child protection.The march participants will travel around 11,000 km (7,000) miles) and cover 22 of India’s 29 states. They will stop in towns and villages, visit schools and colleges and hold events with local officials, police, religious and community leaders.Monday’s kick-off saw thousands of children from remote areas across the country travelling to Kanyakumari to participate in the event. They chanted slogans and waved banners calling for an end of child slavery and child sexual abuse.”I am here today as I want to help protect other children like me,” said Ruby Kumari, 14, a pony-tailed schoolgirl from the district of Koderma in India’s eastern Jharkhand state.”We want to tell people that we are the future of this country and we want a safe environment for all children. They should be able to go to good schools and not sent to work.”The event also saw the participation of parents and their children who are survivors of sexual abuse and child labour.Thirty-five-year-old Moti, whose two teen daughters were raped by a family friend in the northern state of Punjab for years before the crime was discovered, said he hoped the march would help parents understand the dangers faced by children.”I had no idea that this was happening to my daughters. I trusted this man and he did this to my daughters,” said Moti, as he sat amongst the crowds, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with #MakeIndiaSafe printed on the back.”If there had been marches like this before, perhaps I would have known better and I could have saved them. Now I am here to take part in his march so that it doesn’t happen to other children and parents won’t have to go through what I did.”

Lankan navy attacks TN fishermen, 20 boats damaged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked a group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu on Tuesday and damaged their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island.According to information reaching the police here, the navy personnel of the island nation subsequently chased away the fishermen after warning them of severe consequences.Twenty boats were damaged and more than 10 fishermen sustained injuries in the attack, the police said, adding that the injured were admitted to a private hospital and discharged subsequently.Over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who had put out to sea last night were forced to return to the shore this morning.The incident comes a day after 80 fishermen from the state, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents early this year, returned to the Karaikal port from the island nation.The released fishermen belonged to Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai, Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Puducherry districts, a government official said.The Sri Lankan government had agreed to release the 80 fishermen last week.

BJP is in for a long haul in power, says Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah has said his party has not come to power for mere 5 or 10 years, but at least 50 years and called upon workers to strengthen the party and take it to every part of the country.Shah also said that though the BJP appears to be at its peak with a majority government at the Centre and 1,387 MLAs in states the workers feel the party has still a long way to go.”Today, we have a majority government at the Centre with 330 MPs, and also have 1,387 MLAs in different states.The party appears to be at its peak, but dedicated workers feel we have a long way ahead,” a BJP release today quoted Shah as saying at a meeting with partymen.”We have not come to power for 5-10 years, but at least 50 years. We should move forward with a conviction that in 40-50 years we have to bring major changes in the country through the medium of power,” Shah said.He was addressing the Madhya Pradesh BJP’s core group members, office-bearers, MPs, MLAs and district chiefs, among others, at the party headquarters here yesterday.Shah arrived yesterday on a three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh for meetings with the BJP workers and office-bearers besides participating in various programmes as part of his 110-day nationwide tour.The BJP president reminded the activists that the party has become a political force to reckon with due to hard work, dedication and sacrifice of its leaders over the years.Today the BJP has become a party of 10-12 crore members because of many stalwarts who have dedicated their lives in building and strengthening the organisation, said Shah, according to the release.”We have to ensure no place in the country is left where we don’t have our flag. For this, we have to strengthen the organisation further,” Shah said.”Character is the basis of our foundation,” he said, and called upon the BJP workers to ensure the party is present in every (polling) booth, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kamrup to Kutch.

Beef is toxic for the body; cow urine can cure cancer: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS leader Indresh Kumar today termed cow meat as poison and claimed that its urine can treat diseases like cancer and dung can be used for making bunkers.He described cow as “mother of humanity” and said it offers many benefits by producing milk and dung and these have several uses.”90 per cent of the world’s population depends on cow milk and that is why it is called mother of humanity. Cow keeps poisonous things to itself and gives milk and gobar (cow dung),” he claimed.”Dung can also be used for making bunkers. It is also used as cement by common man for making houses. Its urine has medicinal properties which treat diseases like cancer,” Kumar claimed.He claimed that cow meat was poison and killing of cows was not allowed in any religion.
ALSO READ Cow urine saved former government law officer from serious illness: BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi”If somebody says he will eat poison (cow meat) then we can pray for him that better sense prevails,” he said.Asked whether he was suggesting that cow meat should not be eaten, he said, “Tobacco is also called poison and this warning is written on packets. We are not forcing anybody. We are just telling the truth. Therefore, telling the truth is not prohibiting anybody.”Asked about export of beef from the country, Kumar said it has dropped significantly.”As far as beef export is concerned, you (media) can take government figures which says beef export has reduced,” the RSS leader said.The RSS leader was here to attend an event organised by the Forum for Awareness of National Security here.Mohd Faiz Khan, National Convener of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, was also present on this occasion. He had started ‘Gau Seva Sadbhavana padayatra’ from Leh to Kanyakumari in June to generate awareness about cow protection, cow rearing, medicinal qualities of milk, ghee etc.

CPI student, youth wings on 15,000-km march for ‘secularism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The student and youth wings of the Communist Party of India (CPI) will go on a 15,000-km march across the country to “raise awareness” on issues like secularism, equality in education and recent mob lynchings. The march, organised by All India Students’ Federation (AISF) and All India Youth Federation (AIYF), is expected to begin on July 15 from Kanyakumari in South India and will spread across 18 states before it culminates in Hussainiwala in Punjab near the Pakistan border on September 12. Speaking to reporters here, AISF national general secretary Vishwajeet Kumar said during the march there would be over 200 public meetings scheduled to spread awareness on different issues such as secularism, equality in education and mob lynchings. “Rohit Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula would also join the protests besides other activists,” Kumar said. AIYF president Aftab Alam Khan said the march would also raise issues regarding implementation of Rozgar Guarantee Act and also the reasons for saving public sector companies. Other issues that will be raised during the march include, electoral reforms, and reservations in the private sector.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SL fisheries bill not right for implementation: Radhakrishan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Pon Radhakrishan today said the Sri Lankan government’s new fisheries bill could be right politically, but not for implementation. It has to be seen whether the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill would be implemented in toto, the Minister for Transport and Shipping told reporters here. “The Bill can be right politically, but not for implementation”, Radhakrishnan said. The bill has drawn flak from various political parties in Tamil Nadu with some terming it a “black bill” and against Tamil Nadu fishermen. To a question on opposition for GST from various sectors, he said there were bound to be some teething problems for any new scheme or reform and the Centre and officials were trying to clear doubts about it. Noting that there was no truth in reports that Tamil Nadu government would be dismissed after the presidential election, Radhakrishnan said “BJP was not willing to dismiss any elected government in the country and if any government falls on its own weight, it is their problem.” On being asked about his remarks about Tamil Nadu becoming a battlefield, the Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping said it was a caution in the background of murder and attacks on workers and leaders of various Hindu outfits in Ramanathapuram, Theni and Kanyakumari districts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Armed forces celebrate yoga day — from sea to Siachen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the Siachen glacier, considered the world’s highest battlefield, to Kanyakumari and Arunachal Pradesh to Kutch, thousands of armed forces personnel today performed yoga asanas to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. In the national capital, the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force organised separate yoga sessions to mark the occasion. Indian Navy personnel showed their grit and enthusiasm with their yoga demonstration onboard submarines INS Sindhudhvaj and INS Sindhukirti while a group of air warriors from the IAF performed asanas at Leh, the highest airfield. The crew of Eastern Fleet ships of the Navy also started their day practicing yoga in the South Indian Ocean. Troops from the Indian Army held a yoga session at the Siachen, regarded as the highest battlefield in the world. A large number of army personnel also performed yoga in difficult terrain along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. A group of Navy personnel also participated in the celebrations onboard INS Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier. In Delhi, Navy Chief Adm Sunil Lanba joined other high- ranking navy officials and their family members in celebrating the yoga day. Almost all the bases of the Army, Navy and Air Force across the country organised events to commemorate the day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

65 pc of TN will receive normal rainfall in SW monsoon; TNAU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixty five per cent of Tamil Nadu would receive normal rainfall during the South West onsoon, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University said here today. Tamil Nadu is a rain shadow area to South West Monsoon and nearly 32 per cent of the state’s total annual rainfall is received from this monsoon, which today hit Kerala and the Northeast, two days ahead of its scheduled arrival. TNAU’s Agro Climatic Research Centre in its forecast said Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, and Nilgiris districts are expected to receive normal rainfall. Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Erode, Kancheepuram, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Sivagangai, Theni, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Villupurum and Vellore districts are also expected to receive normal rainfall during the Monsoon, it said. Deficit rainfall is expected in Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tutucorin, Tiruppur, Karur, Virudhunagar, Tiruchirappali, Thanjavur, Ariyalur and Tiruvarur districts, the release said. TNAU advised deficit rainfall districts to follow normal cropping pattern with existing agro-technologies along with weather based agro advisories in normal rainfall districts. They should use the forecast to make strategic decisions to raise short duration, less water requiring crops with available irrigation facilities, it said. TNAU said that district level rainfall forecast for June to September was developed based on Southern Oscillation Index of summer season and Sea Surface Temperature values of east pacific ocean using Australian Rainman International V.4.3. software. The historical rainfall data collected from University Stations was used to represent the basis for district rainfall data set, the release said, adding that in the absence of data from research stations in a particular district, data from Rainman software were used alternatively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong attacks Bengal BJP chief Ghosh for slogan remarks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today slammed West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh for his remarks on “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Sri Ram” slogans, charging him with using religion as a “political stick”. Ghosh while addressing a public meeting in West Bengal yesterday said that those who oppose “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Jai Sri Ram” slogans will be relegated to history. Reacting to the statement by Ghosh, Congress leader Jaiveer Shergil said “I just want to say one thing to him that if he keeps on repeatedly using religion and Lord Ram as a political stick, then very soon he himself will become history”. Ghosh had said that the slogans “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Sri Ram” will be chanted all over the country from Gujarat to Guwahati and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. “Those who will oppose it, will be relegated to history,” Ghosh said in a public meeting in 24 Parganas district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Discriminating Hindus, Muslims won’t harmonize nation Azam Khan on Dilip Ghosh’s remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Condemning West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Dilip Ghosh?s warning that those who will oppose the chants of ?Bharat Mata Ki Jai? and ?Jai Sri Ram? will relegate to history, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Sunday said by differentiating between Hindus and Muslims, India cannot be made harmonious. ?By differentiating between Hindus and Muslims you cannot make the country harmonious. These people should keep that in mind. The Muslims are very important for creating a new India,? Khan told ANI. He further said the people would have to think differently for creating a new history. ?These people want to split the nation. The people who make such comments should think where Muslims will reside. Remember, the one who acts as a dictator is not the strongest rather he is the coward. Sometimes, the one who is suffering rises against the ill treatment,? he added. Ghosh has stoked yet another controversy by saying that anyone opposing the chants of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Jai Sri Ram” in the country will become history. ?A leader like Narendra Modi has the capacity to take such decisions in this platform. If anyone restricts he will be thrown out from here. From Gujarat to Guwahati and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari everyone has to utter Bharat Mata ki jai and Jai Sri Ram and the one who would oppose this has to be a part of history,? Ghosh said. Asking the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters to change their “bad habits, Ghosh warned that the BJP activists in the state could not be messed with. ?The BJP is present all over the nation. I request you not to compel us. The BJP is very good but if you compel then the party would be the worst of all,? he added. Coming out in defence of Ghosh, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said we all are Indians, adding that everyone should praise the country they live in.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anyone opposing ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Jai Sri Ram’ will be history Dilip Ghosh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Dilip Ghosh has stoked yet another controversy by saying that anyone opposing the chants of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Jai Sri Ram” in the country will become history. ?A leader like Narendra Modi has the capacity to take such decisions in this platform. If anyone restricts he will be thrown out from here. From Gujarat to Guwahati and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari everyone has to utter Bharat Mata ki jai and Jai Sri Ram and the one who would oppose this has to be a part of history,? Ghosh said. Asking the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters to change their “bad habits, Ghosh warned that the BJP activists in the state could not be messed with. ?The BJP is present all over the nation. I request you not to compel us. The BJP is very good but if you compel then the party would be the worst of all,? he added. Coming out in defence of Ghosh, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said we all are Indians, adding that everyone should praise the country they live in.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Those opposing Jai Sri Ram will be relegated to history: Ghosh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh today said that those who will oppose “Bharat Mata ki jai” and “Jai Sri Ram” slogan will be relegated to history. “In the entire country from Gujarat to Guwahati and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Bharat Mata ki jai and Jai Sri Ram will be chanted. Those who will oppose it, will be relegated to history”, Ghosh told a public meeting in North 24 Parganas district. Hitting out at the ruling ruling Trinamool Congress, He said, “You are showing your power here. You are resorting to extortion. BJP is there throughout the country. It has 11 crore members.” Slamming Ghosh TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that it is BJP which will be relegated to history. “They (BJP) do not know anything about history. They are only trying to incite people by misusing religion,” he said adding no other BJP leaders in the state had spoken in such language. The TMC leader said “He (Dilip Ghosh) is talking about 11 crore BJP members, but there are another 110 crore population in the country who will not allow BJP to fulfil it’s dream.” “They (BJP) may try to incite the people in the state but the people are with Mamata,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prepare the ground for a better show in 2019: Shah to cadres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah today asked party leaders to chart a winning path for the outfit from “Kashmir to Kanyakumari”, adding that they should prepare the ground for a “better show in 2019” and not just be satisfied with the previous (2014) Lok Sabha results. Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting here on its foundation day, he asked party MPs to work for strengthening the outfit in states where its reach remained limited and exhorted them to take the “NaMo track record” of governance to the masses. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present at the meet as he had left for Jharkhand to attend an event. Shah asked the MPs to “obey with smile” the top brass’ directives for events slated for the next few days. The BJP has come out with a series of programmes for its parliamentarians and other leaders during the eight-day long period between April 6, its foundation day, and April 14, the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar. The programmes will focus particularly on the states and the Lok Sabha seats, where the party had not performed well in the 2014 elections so as to improve the party prospects in 2019. The BJP has lined up programmes of Union ministers and senior leaders in these places. Shah told the saffron leaders that they should not sit back with satisfaction after getting 272 seats (majority mark in the Lok Sabha) but aim for more. The BJP had won 282 seats in the 2014 polls. BJP’s allies may be present in several states where the party is not strong but it should not deter its leaders from working to boost its strength, he said. “You have NaMO (Narendra Modi) track record starting from Gujarat before you. Take the NaMO role model of good governance and development to the masses… Modi had said in 2014 that the three factors of casteism, family rule and appeasement fail Indian politics. “People had dealt a blow to these factors by voting for the BJP in 2014. They have done it again in the recent Uttar Pradesh polls. We have vowed to rid polity of these ills,” he said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar briefed reporters following the meeting and said apart from promoting digitisation and Bhim app, a digital payment interface, the party leaders will also inform the masses about benefits of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) during the period. Shah said BJP was the only party out of over 1,600 registered outfits which has spread on the strength of its ideology and practices internal democracy by holding organisational polls every three year. Founded in 1980, the BJP is currently at the peak of power with 281 MPs in the Lok Sabha and over 1,398 MLAs in various state assemblies. It is in power in 13 states, he noted, adding that its governments have been re-elected due to their performance. Its governments are run on three-point agenda of good governance, development and welfare of poor, the BJP chief said. Shah also mentioned Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s praise of the government and other Lok Sabha members for the passage of the budget, adding that for the first time in the country’s history, budget allocations will be spent from the first day of the fiscal. It usually starts four to five months after the beginning of the new fiscal, the BJP leader added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICG ship apprehends Sri Lankan fishing boat for alleged illegal fishing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship, Vaibhav apprehended one Sri Lankan fishing boat Kuvisha Putha 03 with seven crew members onboard for alleged illegal fishing in Indian waters. The apprehension was done yesterday under Maritime Zones of India (MZI) Act during Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Security Patrol. The Sri Lankan Fishing boat was apprehended approx position 150 NM off the Kanyakumari Coast. The apprehended Sri Lankan boat is being escorted by ICGS Aadesh to the Tuticorin harbour for handing over to Coastal Security Group, Tuticorin for further investigation. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) yesterday said Sri Lanka released 38 Indian fishermen who will be handed over to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). “38 Indian fishermen, released by Sri Lanka govt wth efforts of HCI, left KKS Naval Stn. To be handed over to Indian Coast Guard at IMBL,” MEA official spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted. The Sri Lankan Navy earlier on April 2 apprehend six Indian fishermen near Nainatheevu for allegedly having cocaine and confiscated one boat. The Navy personnel recovered 13.5 kg of cocaine from the possession of the fishermen. The detained fishermen have been taken to the Kangeshanthurai Naval Camp for further investigation. Earlier on March 26, at least 12 Indian fishermen were arrested and two trawler boats were seized by the Lankan Navy from Pudukkottai and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC directs TN govt to submit report on monozite availability

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: The Madras High Court today directed Tamil Nadu government to deploy experts to coastal areas in three districts in the state, to make an assessment on the availability of monozite and submit a comprehensive report on the same. The first bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice RMT Teekaa Raman passed the order on a PIL filed, last year, alleging illegalities in mining of beach sand minerals in the southern coast covering Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts. When the matter came up today, the bench had directed the state government to send requisite experts from Atomic Minerals Directorate and Indian Bureau of Mines, Chennai, to the coastal areas covering these three districts, to collect samples of raw materials and assess the availability of monozite and submit a comprehensive report. Perusing a report submitted by the Amicus Curiae, appointed by the Court in 2016 to assist it in matters relating to illegal beach sand mining, the bench also directed the Centre to take effective steps to regulate the process of mining and restrict issuance of licenses for mining monozite. The Amicus Curiae had in his report submitted that despite the ban imposed in 2013 by the state government on mining and transporting of beach sand, illicit mining was continuing in a brazen manner. The bench then directed the Assistant Commissioner of Customs to furnish details of quantity of monazite and other beach minerals that were exported (from the state) and their value from 2006 till date. The court then posted the matter for further hearing after four weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Run campaign for conservation of rivers : Sadguru Vasudev

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual Guru Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to run a campaign for conservation of rivers in the country akin to ‘Namami Sewa Yatra’, currently underway in Madhya Pradesh. “I will discuss with the Prime Minister and the Union Ministry for Environment to have a campaign like the ‘Namami Devi Narmade – Sewa Yatra’ across the country to make people aware about the importance of river conservation,” he told a gathering yesterday at Shahganj in Sehore district. Sadguru Vasudev was in the town to participate in the ongoing Narmada Yatra. He added, “The Indian civilisation flourished between Narmada and Godavari rivers, which are shrinking now. This means that we are not worried about our future. A campaign like ‘Namami Devi Narmade – Sewa Yatra’ has never been conducted so far.” He said efforts should be made to run an awareness campaign for river conservation from Kanyakumari to Uttarakhand. “The talks are being held with the Union Government to save rivers. The rivers used to flow incessantly when forest was unharmed in India,” he said. “It is necessary to protect the soil next to the bank of rivers, otherwise it will convert into sand turning areas surrounding the rivers into a desert,” he said. Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar, BJP’s national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain also participated in this campaign along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. ‘Namami Devi Narmade – Sewa Yatra’ was started on December 11 last year from Amarkantak, the source of river Narmada. The state government has claimed that this is one of the biggest river conservation campaigns in the world.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JKNPP demands imposition of Governor’s rule in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today demanded imposition of Governor’s rule in the state in view of the “deteriorating” law and order situation. “We urge President Pranab Mukherjee to invoke Section 92 of J&K Constitution without any further delay so that Governor rule is imposed in the state which has been on fire for nearly 14 months,” chief patron of JKNPP Bhim Singh told reporters here. He alleged that the security and law and order situation is worse in the state and the government has failed on all fronts. Singh claimed that the Governor’s rule is the only solution and the state Assembly should be dissolved without any delay and fresh elections be held. The law and order situation triggered by unrest in Kashmir can only be tackled when the state is reorganised by establishing Jammu and Kashmir as two separate states, the JKNPP leader asserted. The people of Ladakh region should have the option to remain with Kashmir or Jammu or under the control of the Union as Union Territory, he said. Singh said JKNPP will be holding its 34th foundation anniversary on March 23 in Jammu with a “mission” that there should be one Constitution from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Our party stands for urgent amendment in the Constitution of India so that Article 370 is amended to make way for one flag and one Constitution from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, he said. “That is the only solution to restore peace and normalcy in J&K when every Indian citizen residing in J&K shall enjoy all fruits guaranteed in the fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fishermen’s 7-day protest ends; Bridgo’s body buried

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fishermen agitating over the killing of a colleague allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy withdrew their seven-day old protest today after the funeral of the fisherman was held here amid tight security. The protesting fishermen took out the mortal remains of Bridgo in a procession from Rameswaram government hospital to Thangachimadam. The body was later buried at Anthoniarpuram Catholic cemetery. Yesterday, the fishermen had decided to withdraw their agitation after talks between a delegation of their leaders, led by Struggle Committee President Arualanandam and Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan here. After the meeting, Arulanandam said the Ministers had assured that their demands would be met. The development came three days after Sri Lanka released 53 Indian fishermen, arrested in recent past, as per a decision by the two countries to set free fishermen in each other’s custody to defuse the tension following the killing of Bridgo. The fishers had been on protest since March 7, refusing to receive the body of the youth unless a central minister visited the island and gave them an assurance that such incidents would not recur. The stir had drawn support from several political leaders who had visited the fishermen and expressed solidarity, demanding the Centre’s intervention in nabbing the culprits. The 22-year-old fisherman was shot dead on March 6 allegedly by the Lankan Navy personnel while fishing in a mechanised boat off Katchatheevu islet. Chief Minister K Palaniswami had last week written to the Centre urging it to summon Lankan High Commissioner to India forthwith and convey to him “the strong feelings of the Government of India and government of Tamil Nadu about the ‘unprovoked’ firing on fishermen and non-adherence to earlier agreements on this issue.” Meanwhile, in Kanyakumari district, a group of fisherwomen owing allegiance to South Asian fishermen friendship organisation submitted a memorandum to the district administration demanding an inquiry into the firing incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

32 fishermen from TN,Kerala stray into Diego Garcia, detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 32 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who reportedly went missing, have strayed into Diego Garcia of British Indian Ocean Territory, fisheries official said today. President of the Society Jose Biblin said two deep sea fishing boats carrying 32 fishermen are feared to have been detained by authorities Diego Garcia from March 1. The fishers belong to Thoothoor coastal hamlet in this district and Poonthurai, Vizhinjam and Ernakulam in Kerala. He said the families of the fishermen had received information that they had been detained by naval personnel in Diego Garcia. The boats that had ventured into the sea last month for fishing were expected to return by March 1, but they did not. The families have sought the assistance of the officials to ensure their return, he added. According to Deputy Director of Fisheries Department, Kanyakumari district, Lamek Jayakumar, the fishermen had contacted their families and informed that they had been detained by British Navy at Diego Garcia. However, the Centre is yet to receive an official confirmation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hirakhand Express derailment: A worrying list of train accidents since 2016

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ajmer-Sealdah Express ​derailment – December 28, 2016:Over 50 passengers were injured when 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed near Rura Railway Station in Kanpur Rural district.Capital Express derailment – December 6, 2016:The engine and two coaches of the Rajendra Nagar-Guwahati Capital Express derailed near Samuktala Road in Alipurduar of West Bengal at around 9.15 pm on December 6. Two people died in the incident.Indore-Patna Express derailment – November 20, 2016:Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur on November 20 lead to the deaths of 151 people. The Delhi Police had picked up two people from Bihar in connection with the train derailment. The Bihar Police has claimed that derailment was planned and funded by anti-India elements based in Dubai.So far, three have been arrested for planting a bomb on railway tracks in the state on October 1, 2016. A two-member NIA team to Motihari for investigation into the Bihar Police’s claimsJhelum Express derailment – October 4:Ten coaches of the Jhelum Express derailed near Ludhiana and three passengers were injured on October 4.Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak passenger train – September 29:Two people were killed in a collision between a Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak passenger train and a goods train near Kathojodi station at Cuttack.Delhi-Faizabad Express August 28:Seven coaches of Delhi-Faizabad Express got derailed near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. There were no casualties in the incident.UP train collision with school van – July 26, 2016: A passenger train hit a school van in Badohi, eastern Uttar Pradesh. Eight children were killed and several others were injured. The collision was so impactful that the van was thrown up in the air.Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Express – May 19, 2016:An Assam-bound train, the Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Express derailed in Nagercoil near Kanyakumari due to a landslide. There were no casualties in the accident.Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central superfast – May 6, 2016:A side collision between Chennai Central – Thiruvananthapuram Central superfast near Pattabiram and a suburban train injured seven people.Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express – May 1, 2016:Twelve coaches of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express derailed in the wee hours on Sunday near Karukutty station, around 45 kms from Kerala. Over 40 people were injured in the incident.

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