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Cyclone Vayu intensifies to very severe category; massive evacuation on in Gujarat

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Cyclone Vayu intensifies to very severe category; massive evacuation on in Gujarat

Cyclonic storm “Vayu” intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” today (Wednesday, June 12) morning, forcing authorities to put Gujarat on high alert.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) upgraded the cyclone’s severity condition as it continued to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat.

The cyclone has intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and was around 340 km south of Gujarat’s Veraval coast in the afternoon today. It would hit the coast near Veraval as a very severe cyclonic storm “with a wind speed of 145 to 155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of June 13,” an IMD release said.

The cyclone is set to make a landfall near Veraval in Gir Somnath district tomorrow (Thursday, June 13) but it will be preceded by heavy rainfall in isolated places, according to the IMD.

The State authorities have swung into action, ordering closure of schools for three days in coastal districts and deploying teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and asking fishermen to return to the coast from high seas.

All possible arrangements have been done with the mission of “zero tolerance and zero casualty”. The Indian Army has deployed 10 columns in the coastal areas of Gujarat on Wednesday night. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has also deployed helicopters at nodal points in the state for relief and rescue operations and stationed a “highly mobile radar” at state capital Gandhinagar.

The state government launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions, officials said Wednesday.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani asked “all tourists visiting coastal places of Somnath, Dwarka & Kutch to leave for a safer place or return to their respective states by afternoon today, ie June 12, in the wake of #CycloneVayu which is likely to hit Gujarat coast early tomorrow.”

Skymet tweeted that “out of the 3 lakh people to be evacuated from the coastal areas of #Gujarat 1.25 lakh have been moved to safer areas and the rest will be sent to safe locations by 4 pm.”

The Somnath beach has been shut for visitors for three days in the wake of an upcoming severe cyclonic storm.

ANI said in a tweet:“Western Railway:All passenger & Mail/Express trains to Veraval,Okha, Porbandar,Bhavnagar,Bhuj&Gandhidham stns are being short terminated/cancelled after 1800 hrs today to morning of Jun14. One spl train from each station to evacuate all persons from respective areas.”

In wake of the approaching cyclone “Vayu”, over 1600 workers have already been shifted from Alang shipbreaking yard and Chara port, as all shipping activities including the RO-Pax ferry service, have been suspended all across the Gulf of Khambhat in Gujarat, official sources said. The arrival of vessels at Gujarat ports have already been suspended till June 14.

Mumbai:

With Cyclone Vayu being 280km away from Mumbai, the city has been experiencing strong winds since early morning on June 12.

Mumbaikars have been advised to stay away from coastal areas.

Fishermen have already been advised not to venture into the sea.

“In view of #CycloneVayu heading towards Gujarat coast, Mumbai is likely to experience very windy conditions from afternoon,” the Mumbai police commissioner’s Twitter handle tweeted.

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West Bengal train ticket examiner collapses after live wire falls on him, video viral | Watch

The Senior DCM of Kharagpur, while talking to the media, also expounded on the conversation and stated that a probe has been ordered into the matter to find the genesis of the incident. According to reports, the officials suspect that the wire which caused the incident might have snapped after it came in contact with another live wire.

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West Bengal train ticket examiner

A spine-chilling video has come to light from West Bengal’s Kharagpur railway station, where two Train ticker examiners (TT3) were conversing, and out of the blue, a live wire fell on one. One of the two TTEs was able to save himself and step away from the area of impact, whereas, the other one wasn’t so lucky as the man comes in direct contact where the live wire fell on him.

In the video, two TTE’s can be seen conversing on the platform of the Kharagpur railway station and out of the blue, a live wire can be seen falling on one of the man which electrocuted the man which led to him collapsing and falling down the platform and onto the train tracks.

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The video also shows the man conversing with the victim prior to the live wire fall, being taken aback by what transpired as he narrowly escapes from it. The man can also be seen holding on to his hat as he dashes away from the the live wire.

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According to reports, the man was identified as Sujan Singh Sardar and upon witnessing the incident, the railway officials rushed to the victim and took him to the hospital. The man was reportedly reached stable state.

Authorities action

The Senior DCM of Kharagpur, while talking to the media, also expounded on the conversation and stated that a probe has been ordered into the matter to find the genesis of the incident. According to reports, the officials suspect that the wire which caused the incident might have snapped after it came in contact with another live wire.

Twitter reaction

After the video of the incident went viral one user came forward to remark on the incident and claimed the blood to be in the hands of the government, stauchly implyin that what caused the incident is the negligence of the government.

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Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Row: MVA MPs meet Amit Shah, protest outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru

Members of the Namma Karnataka Sena staged a vigorous protest against the Maharashtra government outside the bank located in Gandhinagar.

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protest outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru

Home Minister Amit Shah is having a meeting with MPs of Mahavikas Aghadi in Delhi on the issue of border dispute between Maharashtra-Karnataka. It is reported that a team of MVA MPs led by Supriya Sule has come to meet the Home Minister. Apart from the ongoing dispute between the two states, other issues of Maharashtra are also likely to be discussed in this meet.

On the other hand, there is news of a vigorous demonstration outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru regarding the border dispute. Reportedly, members of the Namma Karnataka Sena staged a vigorous protest against the Maharashtra government outside the bank located in Gandhinagar. Bengaluru police has also detained several of them.

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Last week the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra had taken a violent turn. Following a protest in Belagavi by an organization called Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, trucks with Maharashtra number plates were stopped, vandalised and black ink was applied on them. Several trucks were also pelted with stones.

Reportedly, Belgaum city is at the center of this dispute. Maharashtra has consistently claimed that this Marathi-majority region was wrongfully given to Kannada-majority Karnataka in the language-based reorganization of states in the 1960s. Karnataka has recently resumed its claim on some villages in Maharashtra, triggering a fresh round of acrimony, despite the fact that BJP is the only party in power in both these states.

Several political leaders of Maharashtra are asking for Centre’s intervention now. NCP chief Sharad Pawar even said that if Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai is going to make provocative statements, then the Centre should intervene. He also requested Maharastra MPs to take a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, since the winter session of the Parliament is beginning tomorrow.

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Gujarat Elections 2022: Bhupendra Patel to take oath as CM on December 12, Congress breaks silence on getting confined to North Gujarat, AAP gains national party tag

Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. PM Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah will attend Patel’s swearing-in ceremony.

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Gujarat Elections 2022

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel is all set to take oath and begin his second term. Reportedly, BJP is planning to organize a grand swearing-in ceremony at the Gandhinagar assembly helipad ground on December 12. State BJP president C R Paatil said the ceremony will begin at 2pm.

He even revealed that Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. It is being told that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and several top BJP leaders will attend Bhupendra Patel’s swearing-in ceremony.

Congress on getting confined to North Gujarat

On the other hand, Congress has broken silence on their crushing defeat in Gujarat. Congress leader are trying to at lest stay positive on Twitter and on camera, as they said that the grand old party is busy celebrating their win in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat loss will be seen as a lesson. Moreover, Congress is also likely to lose the post of the Leader of Opposition in the state.

Rahul Gandhi’s Congress barely managed to win 17 seats in Gujarat. This is severely down from its tally of 77 in the 2017 elections. This is also the worst performance of the Congress in Gujarat. Experts are blaming Congress’s silent, localised door-to-door campaign for a near evaporation of the party. 

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AAP gains national party tag

However, at least Congress was able to win seats in North Gujarat and win Himachal Election but despite several campaigns the election results have come as a disappointment to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. AAP could not draw enough voters and had to settle for 5 seats in its debut elections in Gujarat and worst to their fears the party drew a blank in Himchal Pradesh.  

But Contrary to how things may appear, AAP has a lot to look forward. Yes! the party may have only won MCD elections but did manage to leave an impression despite its single-digit tally in the state. Winning 5 seats, Aam Aadmi Party has dared to breach the fortress of PM Modi and Amit Shah in Gujarat.

With its government in two states and one Corporation under its fold, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. now ranks third after the BJP and Congress, leaving behind all other regional parties.

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