Fisherman rescued

Rescue of Five Fishermen Indian Naval Ship Sharda, based at Kochi, rescued five fishermen at sea who were floating in the water after their fishing vessel, FV Omkaram, sank, some 35 km North West of Azhikal port, on 04 Mar 19. The incident occurred at around 09:30 AM when the ship was on patrol in the area.   An alert lookout sighted a movement in the water, which turned out to be the five floating fishermen. The ship acted with alacrity and immediately altered course towards the survivors. It thereafter lowered its life boats and successfully rescued and brought on board all five fishermen within ten minutes of the initial sighting. Two of the fishermen had sustained minor injuries and were administered first aid by the Ship’s Medical Team. The ship thereafter headed for Kochi to disembark the survivors.   The rescued fishermen have indicated that they had cast off from Cheruvathur in Kasargod at 04:00 AM on 04 Mar 19. As per them, water started entering their 13 feet boat, which they were unable to control, and the heavy flooding ultimately caused the boat to sink. The fishermen had to remain afloat without any life saving devices from 06:30 AM till the time they were rescued. They were out of mobile range and were unable to swim or to seek help from other boats. They said that they had removed their clothes to wave at the ship and had almost lost hope of being rescued. All the survivors Manoharan (56) (Boat Owner), Vasav (57), Chandran (60), Suresh (42), Surendran (49) belong to Kanjanghad, Kasargod. The survivors were provided food, water and fresh clothing by the ship’s crew. Efforts are on to inform their next of kin as well as Trikkaripur local coastal police station.      INS Sharda is an offshore Patrol Vessel of the Indian Navy and presently in its 26th year of commission. The ship is actively deployed for coastal surveillance and patrolling off Kerala and Lakshadweep islands and has also undertaken regular anti-piracy deployments in the Gulf of Aden. The ship was earlier too involved in rescue of 21 fishermen during Cyclone Ockhi and was also used for distribution of relief material during Op Madad, which was launched by the Southern Naval Command, at the time of the Kerala floods. The ship is presently commanded by Commander R Anoop.  
Witchcraft

Mother, daughter forced to eat excreta for practicing witchcraft

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Neighbours allegedly forced a 65-year-old woman and her 35-year-old daughter to eat human excreta on February 16 in Dulami area Ranchi on the suspicion of practising "witchcraft" after which their heads were tonsured.

Both the victims have filed their complaints against the accused for forcing them to eat faeces and tonsuring them.

While showing the deep concern police has registered the complaint against the accused .

"A woman and six others took ill and fell unconscious last night. A man was called to find out what went wrong with them. After he pointed them out they dragged them out of their house and made them eat human excreta. Their heads were tonsured. A case has been registered and the actions are being taken," SHO Sujit Roy said.

(With agency inputs)

Pensions

Elderly denied pension for not having aadhaar card

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Many inmates in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh at an old age homes are denied for the benefits of pension due to not having Aadhaar cards.

While talking to a media person, an old age victim, sufferer said the machine cannot trace their thumb impression because of wrinkles on their fingers.

“I will be grateful if I can be helped somehow because I am being deprived of facilities due to fewer documents also the machines can’t trace my fingerprints due to wrinkles. Despite no options left at this age, I am not able to receive pension benefits," Veervati, victim, said.

Senior citizens aged between 60 to 79 years who are below poverty line are entitled to a monthly pension of Rs 400, while those above 80 years get Rs 500 per month.

However, Bareilly's social-welfare officer, Ashok Dixit said there are many people who do not have any identity proof.

"If a person applies online for pension he will be asked for Aadhaar no. Free food and shelter is provided to such people. Aadhaar can be made only if we have their details," he added.

A recently filed affidavit by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Supreme Court stated that the state is fully committed to implementing provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 and is providing old age pension and implementing various welfare programmes for elderly citizens.

(With agency Inputs)

Sushma Swaraj

Hijacked oil tanker rescued after four days, no casualties

An oil tanker has been rescued which went missing with 22 Indians on board off the coast of Benin in West Africa on 1 February, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

All the 22 crew members have been released safe by pirates after four days, the ship has resumed sailing, official said.

"I am happy to inform that Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals on board has been released," Swaraj tweeted.

The External Affair Minister has also thanked government of Nigeria and Benin for their support in the matter.

Swaraj had spoken to her Nigerian counterpart on Monday to seek assistance in tracing the missing oil tanker.

The Indian mission in Abuja was in touch with Nigeria and Benin for help in locating the ship.

"The ship, Marine Express, has been released and is back under the command of the captain," Director General of Shipping Malini Shankar told PTI in Mumbai.

It was not immediately clear if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the vessel and the cargo.

The Marine Express was anchored in Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea in Benin when it was taken over by pirates on 1 February. All communication systems on the vessel were switched off by pirates before making it sail.

In a Facebook post, ship manning agent Anglo Eastern said the Panama-flagged vessel was the victim of "pirate attack and seizure" and confirmed its safe release.

(With agency inputs)

Stabbed To Death

23-year-old photographer stabbed to death by girlfriend's kin

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Worry gripped when a 23-year-old was stabbed to death by the family member of his girlfriend from the different community in Khyala, west Delhi area, police said today.

As per the police, the family of the girl was against the deceased who was a professional photographer and the sole breadwinner.

The victim was in a relationship for 2-3 years with a 20-year-old girl in neighbor, a student of 2nd year of graduation by correspondence.

The incident took place yesterday when the victim’s father was not at home and the family of the girl got in an argument with the boy, that later turned violent. Despite being warned by them, the victim kept meeting the girl, police said.

The violence of the argument led the girl's father, mother, uncle and a minor brother caught the victim and one of them stabbed him in the neck, police further added.

Police also informed during the intervention of the boy’s mother to shield her son, girl’s family thrashed her.

Yet the accused fled from the spot but the locals caught hold of the girl's uncle and thrashed him, later handed him over to police.

While informing about the incident to the police, the deceased was later taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

All the accused in the matter have been nabbed also in the evening, the minor brother was apprehended, police said.