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Rabies vaccinations offered in Ripley County

first_imgVersailles, Ind. —The Ripley County Health Department is offering rabies vaccinations this week for residents. The one-year vaccination is $7 and other vaccinations are available on request. Animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier.Indiana law requires dogs, cats and ferrets over three months old to be vaccinated.Tuesday, May 16 at 5 p.m. in the Cross Plains school parking lot and at the Versailles Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m. at the Osgood Fire Department and 7 p.m. at the Napoleon Fire Department.Thursday, May 17 at the Holton Fire Department at 5 p.m.last_img read more

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Tropical Depression Forms in the Atlantic

first_imgTropical depression number 10 has formed over the central tropical Atlantic and it is heading toward the Northern Leeward Islands. The system could become Tropical Storm Imelda later today.The National Hurricane Center says it is too soon to tell if the system will affect South Florida by next week.SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…12.9N 44.9WABOUT 1165 MI…1870 KM ESE OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDSMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1007 MB…29.74 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.Interests in the Northern Leeward Islands should monitor theprogress of this system.last_img read more

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Over 70 Beers to Taste Test at Seaside’s Pouring at the…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0There may be no better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day in the Pacific Northwest than heading to Seaside, Oregon for the 9th Annual Pouring at the Coast brew fest. Held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, it’s the only place where you can sample beer and wine from over 30 breweries.Spend St. Patrick’s Day among friends, good beer and good wine at the 9th Annual Pouring at the Coast in Seaside, Oregon. Photo courtesy: Seaside ChamberIt’s no secret that Oregon and Washington are becoming known for our excellent local beers and this festival will have something for everyone – whether your taste is for traditional beers or craft beers created by microbreweries – with over 70 beers to choose from, there is sure to be one you like.The Start of Something SpecialPouring at the Coast began in 2009, when past Seaside Chamber of Commerce Director Al Smiley shared his love of beer with local Seaside brewery owner Jimmy Griffin. Through a series of discussions, the idea to create an event was discussed and the breweries dinner was born.These dinners attracted more than 60 guests each night and centered on pairing the beers with specific dishes. But soon more ideas surfaced and the Pouring at the Coast was on the horizon. With the growing popularity of craft beers, it seemed like a winning idea that paired perfectly with Seaside’s beautiful setting, just like Guinness and oysters.Organized jointly by the Seaside Chamber and Jimmy Griffin, the Pouring at the Coast has grown into a major yearly event hosting between 700-900 people each year. “It is a perfect fit for Seaside at this time of year,” says Chamber employee Sandi McDowall.Schedule of Events for the Pouring at the CoastThe Pouring at the Coast begins on Saturday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. and runs to 8:00 p.m. While you partake in the beer tasting and wine tasting, the Pouring is the perfect atmosphere to hang out with friends. Live music from two bands will complete the party feel and definitely add to the ambience as you sip your stout or admire the glow of a pale ale.Choose from over 70 beers to taste test and then vote for your favorite during the People’s Choice Competition. Photo courtesy: Seaside ChamberOne of the highlights of the day is the Craft Beer Festival and People’s Choice Competition. This is where you get to sample some beer and vote on your festival favorites!Admission is just $20 and includes a souvenir tasting glass and five tasting tickets. A special pre-order admission for $25 that includes a souvenir pilsner glass and seven tasting tickets is only available in a limited number and only if you purchase your admission online.Seaside is a great place to get away, enjoy the beautiful beaches, great shopping and experience this year’s Pouring at the Coast. With so much to do, it’s a great place to spend a night or two for the perfect weekend getaway. There are many wonderful places to stay in Seaside, including Starry Night Inn, a newly renovated 1919 Victorian home that has been transformed into a magical bed & breakfast, and the iconic The Tides by the Sea, where the first thing you will see when you wake up each morning is the breaking waves in one for their oceanfront rooms. For something fun, be sure to check out suite 157, known as the “Titanic Room” or suite 147, the romantic “Emerald Suite.”To purchase tickets, visit the Pouring at the Coast website.last_img read more

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MH17: Aviation summit call

first_imgA pair of respected voices in the aviation industry is calling for high-level action in the wake of the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 late last week. Reuters reports Tim Clark, president of globe-girdling Emirates, wants an international conclave of carriers to “respond as an entity” to the downing of the Boeing 777. All 298 souls on board the aircraft perished. Clark wants the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to convene the meeting.Now comes word that Flight Safety Foundation is urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to convene what it terms in a prepared release a “High-Level Ministerial meeting to review the systems in place to warn airlines of hostile airspace and take action in response to the shoot down.” FSF further calls for “authorities to bring criminal prosecutions against those who brought down the aircraft and interfered with the investigation. “This tragically unfolding affront to safety, security, and humanity must be dealt with swiftly and surely by the international aviation community and law enforcement,” says FSF President and CEO Jon Beatty.The respected safety expert says, “Where known threats to civil aviation exist, States should assess and widely publish this information, or close the airspace. If States cannot discharge their responsibilities to manage their airspace safely, ICAO should play a leading role to alerting or prohibiting airlines from flying through known, hostile airspace.”Reuters reports German flag carrier Lufthansa has joined in Emirates call for action.On Monday, after the Clark statement and before Flight Safety Foundation’s announcement, IATA Director General & CEO Tony Tyler said, “No effort should be spared ensuring that this outrage is not repeated”¦Governments will need to take the lead in reviewing how airspace risk assessments are made. And the industry will do all it can to support governments, through ICAO, in the difficult work that lies ahead.”In response to rivals Emirates and Lufthansa endorsements of a summit, European powerhouse British Airways says, “Safety and security are our top priorities at all times. We work closely with ICAO and IATA who are responsible for any new industry wide protocols and standards.”The issue is what specific procedures and protocols need adjustments in the wake of the new threat?Up until now the industry has focused on the potential havoc wreaked by so-called MANPADS, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems. These are shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missiles of limited vertical range. Now, with startling suddenness, airlines and governments must reckon with the potential danger posed by vehicle-mounted missiles such as the SA-11, purported to be the sophisticated weapons system that brought down MH17. The SA-11 can reach altitudes in excess of 30,000 feet. The ill-fated Triple-Seven was at 33,000 fleet when the Russian-built missile allegedly struck it.Should a summit happen, airlines will have to wrestle once again with balancing safety and economics. Ukraine in particular is an airborne crossroads, a place traversed daily by flights bound from Europe to Southeast Asia. Detouring around that airspace, or airspace above any zone of armed conflict, costs carrier’s extra fuel. In a perfect world you’d fly directly from Point A to Point B.There’s no quick and easy fix for this one.Ironically, even as airlines and governments began to assess this new, potentially game-changing threat, the United States Federal Aviation Administration shut down air routes from the US to Israel for 24 hours, this after a rocket hit a mere mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. In a prepared release FAA says, “On July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours…The NOTAM applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport.”FAA says it will “continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.”Â Âlast_img read more

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CBI grills Tripura Minister in Rose Valley case

first_imgCBI officials questioned Tripura Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Bijita Nath on Thursday in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam. The firm is reported to have cheated public of hundreds of crores of rupees, until the SEBI cracked down on it. Opposition parties have accused Ms. Nath of helping Rose Valley to expand its business in her home turf Dharmanagar in north Tripura. She has repeatedly denied the charge.A two-member team of the agency, accompanied by a woman officer of the State police, spent an hour at the Minister’s office. The CBI had earlier sent a notice to Ms. Nath asking her to be present at her official residence to face questioning. It later changed the venue, mainly to avoid crowds and the media as her residence was located in the middle of the city, sources said.last_img read more

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A timeline of major attacks on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgIn what could be the deadliest attack on the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three decades in the State, at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated in the Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a suicide blast. Here is a timeline of the major attacks that have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir since 1999 till date.February 10, 2018: A group of heavily-armed men struck the sprawling Sunjuwan Military camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry before dawn on February 10, killing six Army personnel. December 31, 2017: Five CRPF jawans were killed in a pre-dawn suicide attack on the central force’s training-cum-induction centre in Pulwama’s Lethpora area. September 18, 2016: Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours, killing 17 jawans and injuring 20 other personnel.June 25, 2016: Eight CRPF personnel were killed and 20 others injured when militants attacked their convoy at Frestbal near Pampore in Srinagar on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.February 21, 2016: Three army commandos, including two Captains and a militant, were killed in a fierce gunfight with a group of terrorists holed up inside a government building on the outskirts of Srinagar, raising the toll to seven in the encounter that began a day earlier.December 7, 2015: Six CRPF personnel were injured when militants opened firing on their convoy near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag District.November 25, 2015: Three JeM militants and a generator operator of MES were killed when a group of militants attacked an Army camp near LoC at Tanghdar in North Kashmir’s Kupwara District.November 18, 2015: A Colonel with the Army’s elite Para Commando unit was killed in an encounter with militants in the forests of Kupwara.May 31, 2015: Army foils attack on its Brigade headquarters in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara District by killing four members of six heavily armed militants.March 21, 2015: Two terrorists were killed during a fidayeen attack at the Army camp on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway in Samba District. Three persons including one civilian, a Major and an Army jawan were also injured during the attack.March 20, 2015: A fidayeen squad of militants in Army fatigues stormed a Police Station in Kathua District killing seven persons, including three SF personnel, two civilian and two militants while 12 persons, including eight CRPF personnel, three Policemen and a civilian were also injured in the incident.December 5, 2014: A group of heavily armed militants stormed into an Army’s 31 Field Regiment Ordinance Camp located at Mohra in Uri Sector of Baramulla District near the LoC.One Lieutenant Colonel and seven soldiers of the Army, one ASI and two constables of Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed. Six militants were also killed in the operation.November 27, 2014: 10 persons, including four civilians, three Army soldiers and three militants were killed in a day-long encounter at border village of Kathaar in Arnia sector, close to the International Border, of Jammu District.September 26, 2013: At least 13 killed in twin suicide attacks Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 10 people, apart from three militants, were killed during the attacks.The dead include four policemen and two civilians in Kathua District and four Army personnel, including Lieutenant Colonel Bikramjeet Singh in Samba District.24 June, 2013: Eight soldiers killed in attack on military convoy at Hyderpora, Srinagar.31 March, 2013: Attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar kills five.5 October, 2006: Terrorists attack at Budshah Chowk, in heart of Srinagar, killing five JKP personnel, two CRPF soldiers and one civilian.6 April, 2005: A day before the bus from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir is to be flagged off, two suicide squad terrorists attack the Tourist Reception Centre.22 July, 2003: A three-member team storms an army camp killing eight security force personnel, including a Brigadier, and injuring 12 others in Akhnoor.14 May, 2002: 36 persons are killed and 48 others injured in a fidayeen attack on an army cantonment in Kaluchak, Jammu.Most of the killed were family members.3 November, 1999: Ten army personnel killed in fidayeen attack on 15 Corps Headquarters at Srinagar’s Badami Bagh.(With inputs from The Hindu Net Desk)last_img read more

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Lady Maroons’ top hitter Isa Molde injures knee

first_imgUP power hitter Isa Molde injures her knee in the second set of their game against Ateneo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Isa Molde suffered an injury early in the second set of University of the Philippines’ match against Ateneo Saturday.League doctors could not say the extent of the injury after she landed badly on her left knee on top of teammate Mirgie Bautista while attempting a spike.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ateneo, which earlier took first set, was leading, 4-0, when it happened.Molde, one half of Lhe lady Maroons’ double-barrelled weapon along side Tots Carlos, has scored five points before her injury. She was ruled out of for the rest of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShe became the third heavy hitter in the league to be stricken by injury which sidelined University of Santo Tomas’ Milena Alessandrini and Far Eastern University’s rookie hotshot Lycha Ebon. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer ready for John Isner shoot-out for Miami crown Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 8

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In the overall Best Scorers’ table, Madayag is the highest-scoring middle blocker with 134 points.6. Heather Guino-oWeeks on list: 2Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Lady Tamaraws went 1-1 this week but Heather Guino-o still deserves some praise.FEU has been undermanned since rookie star Lycha Ebon went down with an injury in Week 6 and Guino-o dutifully stepped up her game in the Lady Tamaraws’ two games this week.Guino-o had a meager seven-point production in FEU’s first game this week against Ateneo but upped the ante on Saturday, putting up a career-high 22 points in the Lady Tamaraws’ 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22 win over UP.7. Marian Buitre (University of the Philippines, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMarian Buitre. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUP needed someone to step up from its ranks when star hitter Isa Molde suffered an ankle injury on March 31.Fortunately for the Lady Maroons, veteran Marian Buitre was there.Buitre languished at UP’s bench for much of the season but she kept herself ready and in her first start she put up a career performance of 19 points in the Lady Maroons’ close 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11 win against UE.She, however, slowed down in UP’s next game which was a 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22 loss to Ateneo, where she scored nine points. LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 4. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 6Last week: No.5Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Golden Tigresses, like the Lady Spikers, played just one game this week and it was a quick one.UST trumped UE in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, in a game that didn’t need any huge offensive outbursts from star Cherry Rondina—although she’s still the league’s top scorer with 197 total points.Leading the way for the Golden Tigresses was rookie star Eya Laure who’s on track to keep the Rookie of the Year prize.Laure finished with 14 points to maintain her spot as the second-best scorer in the league with 189 points.5. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s not just Kat Tolentino who has been the stabilizing factor for the Lady Eagles during this long winning streak.Enter middle blocker Maddie Madayag.The Lady Eagles’ main force in the middle is looking more impenetrable as the season goes on and she averaged 9.5 points during Ateneo’s perfect run this week.Madayag is also the league’s leading blocker with a total of 38 kill blocks and an average of 0.9 per set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino averaged 12 points this week while maintaining her place in the top five of the Best Scorers list with a total of 166 points for the No. 4 spot.2. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/ADiana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDiana Carlos makes a return on this list, not much because of UP’s collective week but through her sheer scoring prowess.The Lady Maroons split their games this week but Carlos was nonetheless stellar for the no.5 team in the tournament.Carlos averaged 19 points this week and that was the most by anyone in Week 8.UP’s captain also ended the week as the No. 3 scorer with a total of 169 points.3. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/AJolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle had just one game this week but that lone match helped the Lady Spikers solidify their hold of the second spot in the standings and one person responsible for that outcome was rookie Jolina Dela Cruz.Dela Cruz was solid for the defending champions with 13 points while also helping on the defensive end with 10 excellent digs.La Salle’s rookie is also the third-highest scoring opposite in the league, 13th overall, with 115 points behind Kat Tolentino and Adamson’s Eli Soyud. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—The Final Four spots are down to three.Ateneo officially clinched its place in the big dance leaving defending champion De La Salle, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines fighting for the remaining spots in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Spikers are in second after Week 8 with an 8-3 record, two games behind the Lady Eagles, while the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws are squeezed in the third spot with 7-4 records.The Lady Maroons have the toughest bind out of all the remaining Final Four contenders with their 6-5 record putting them at the fifth spot. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew DeMarcus Cousins to get his first playoff chance at last SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles National University was officially eliminated from the race after falling to a 3-8 record while University of the East, 2-9, and Adamson University, 1-10, languish at the bottom of the ladder.With the team scenarios out of the way, here are the seven best players that made Week 8 must-watch television.1. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 5Last week: No.2Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo’s maddening rush has resulted to 10 straight wins with its lone loss of the tournament against La Salle in the opening weekend, and one focal point of that streak is the steady play of Kat Tolentino.Tolentino has been the Lady Eagles’ best scorer throughout the tournament and she has been the team’s constant throughout their winning run.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Regulation amendment clarifies new ICBC benefits and timelines

first_imgpeople who are injured in motor vehicle accidents on or after April 1, 2019, are eligible for increased limits in disability benefits, funeral expenses and death benefits;people can also receive increased medical and rehabilitation benefits starting April 1, 2019, even if their injuries were sustained before that date, and they can recover costs for necessary medication.The amendments establish a 60-day time limit for people to submit receipts for medical care or rehabilitation expenses to ICBC.Previously, people had up to two years to submit their expenses to ICBC.The auto insurer says the long limitation period made it difficult for them to determine if expenses were reasonable and necessary when they were incurred. This left people at risk of spending significant amounts of money on expenses that could be ineligible for reimbursement.According to ICBC, the new limit gives people a reasonable amount of time to submit their receipts while ensuring ICBC receives the information it needs to accurately assess the severity of claims, provide additional supports to injured people as needed and better forecast future costs.Exceptions may be allowed in cases where people cannot meet the deadline due to the nature of their injuries or other factors. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Attorney General is making amendments to the Insurance Vehicle Regulation to clarify changes to ICBC benefits and processes that come into effect on April 1, 2019.According to ICBC, these changes will better protect those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions.The amended regulation states:last_img read more

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Cyclone Fani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm: IMD

first_imgNew Delhi: Cyclone ‘Fani’ intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on Monday evening and is headed towards the Odisha coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.It could take a shape of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, prompting the government to put the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard on high alert, officials said. In its 9 pm bulletin, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said the storm currently lays about 620 km east-northeast of the Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, 770 km east-southeast of Chennai and 900 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ (pronounced as Foni) over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kilometres per hour in last six hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. “It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha coast,” the bulletin said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s top body to deal with emergency situation, Monday took stock of the situation arising out of cyclone ‘Fani’ and assured the state governments concerned of all assistance from the central government to face the storm. The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and the fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea as cyclone ‘Fani’ is expected to intensify into a ‘very severe storm’ by Tuesday, the Home Ministry said. The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kilometres per hour with wind gusting up to 100 kmph. In case of an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could gain the speed of 195 kmph. Light to moderate rainfall at a few places is very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on Thursday. The precipitation is likely to increase intensity with ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ at isolated places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh from Thursday. Light to moderate rainfall is expected at many places. Downpour at isolated places is also very likely to start over coastal districts of West Bengal from Friday, the IMD said. The NCMC met here under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and took stock of the situation. Chief secretaries, principal secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal attended the meeting through video conference. Senior officers from the central ministries and agencies concerned also attended the meeting. The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard are coordinating with the state governments. The home ministry has assured the state governments to release in advance the first instalment of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), as per their request, a Home Ministry statement said. During the meeting, officers of all the state governments concerned confirmed their full preparedness to deal with any emerging situation arising out of the cyclonic storm. Further, the state government highlighted that there is a seasonal ban on fishing in sea up to June 14 due to breeding season. The state governments were advised to effectively enforce this ban According to the IMD, the cyclone’s landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch. Regular warnings have been issued since April 25 to fishermen not to venture into the sea and asking those at sea to return to the coast. The IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned. The Home Ministry is also in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned, the statement said. The NCMC meeting followed directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is closely monitoring the situation. The NCMC will meet again Tuesday to take stock of the situation.last_img read more

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