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.
New Delhi: In Bihar, death toll in rain related incidents has gone up to 31. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of rupees four lakh each to the next of the kin of those who were killed in natural calamity.
Expressing grief over the incident Chief minister Nitish kumar has instructed affected districts to assess caused due to hailstorm.
In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists, who were holed up in a house at Sopore in Baramulla district, have been killed, an Army official said. A police official informed that security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Natipora area of Sopore at around 3:30 am after receiving information about the presence of militants there. During the searches, the militants, believed to be two in number, opened fire on the forces, triggering the gun-battle.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday asked European Union countries to stick together despite developing policy divisions with the U.S., Britain's decision to leave the alliance and other difficulties.
Speaking at a campaign event in a Bavarian beer tent, Merkel proposed that G-7 summit in Italy that finished Saturday had filled in as something of a reminder. G-7 leaders were not able to achieve consistent concurrence on environmental change after U.S. President said he required more time to choose whether to back a key climate accord.
New Delhi: Supreme Court shall be hearing a plea today on Aadhar being made compulsory for filing IT returns and PAN . Mukul Rohtagi, the Attorney General of India is likely to argue before the Apex court division bench, which shall be head by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri.
Rohtagi will represent the central government and argue on the issue of adhaar on a point of section 139AA, inserted in the income tax act under the finance act, 2017.
The case dates back to the Supreme Court making a verdict in 2015 letting Aadhaar cards be optional for filling IT returns and PAN . Despite this, the centre made it mandatory to have an Aadhar card to be able to file IT returns. On April 21, the Supreme Court had questioned the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar compulsory despite its repeated orders that the unique identification programme cannot be made mandatory. The Apex court is scheduled to hear a plea on this matter today.
The Arguments given by Rohtagi are as follows:-
-Aadhaar will help fulfil India’s international obligations in the fight against black money.
-There are over 113 crore Aadhaar numbers and not a single case of duplication.
-Even with a low verification rate of 0.2% per year, at least 10 lakh PANs had been found to be fake. By linking Aadhaar to PAN, the latter was also being made foolproof since a person would be locked to a single PAN through biometric verification.
New Delhi: According to HT media reports, a group of suspected militants attacked an army camp in Chowkibal’s Panzgam area in Kupwara district of Kashmir on Thursday. Firing was still on.The attack has claimed the lives of three soldiers while two militants have been killed by the forces. Two other militants are believed to be inside the camp.
According to Army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia, the militants used guns and grenades to target soldiers northwest of Srinagar. The militants are believed to have crossed over from Pakistan and the army has cordoned off the entire area, including a nearby forest, as bodies of the two militants have been retrieved.
A major fire broke out in a high rise residential building in London around 1 AM this morning. The building with 27 storeys and 120 homes, was on the verge of collapsing. The blaze was largely extinguished by 5 a.m., but the smoke was still pouring in from the building. It engulfed almost all of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.
The metropoliton police confirmed that a lot of people had died in the attack. London Ambulance said hat at least 50 people were taken to the city hospital.The Police said that it would take some time to investigate the cause of the fire.