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Aftershocks continue to rock
A&N islands, cross 100 mark

What is India News Service, Thursday, 6 January 2005, 1400 hrs IST

The number of aftershocks in the region of the Andaman and Nicobar islands following the megaquake of December 26 staggeringly crossed the triple-figure mark today, notwithstanding the claims made by local officials and indeed the Science and Technology Ministry that the aftershocks were abating.

While data with the Indian Meteorological Department in its Meteorological Office in Shadiapur, Port Blair, showed 54 aftershocks till the morning of December 29, similar data collected by the Command Meteorological Office from that point onwards, show another 42 till yesterday, taking the total number to 96. With more tremors occurring Wednesday, the century mark has been crossed.

So how many people have died on the island of Katchal? Naval sources stated today that while the 2001 Census figure shows a population of 5312 the village \91captains\92 met by naval officers supporting relief there indicated to them a population of 12,000. The administration estimates a population of 8512, which presumably includes new settlers and other workers and officials. \93The village \91captains\92 are very disciplined and exact people. During evacuation from one island, they gave us a detailed list of names of the people to be evacuated. The village heads are more likely than not to be correct,\94 said a senior naval officer.


Tsunami breaks backbone of fishing community: The number of children dead in one cluster of fishermen\92s villages located along this coastline hit by the tsunami is highest in entire south India and their parents some of whom could survive are shattered.

Relief links

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Tsunami helplines

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Be kind enough to give cash: Relief groups have some friendly advice for people who want to lend a helping hand to desperate tsunami survivors: Don\92t donate that old sweater or a loaf of bread.

India stands up, wants to be counted: India's aggressive tsunami diplomacy has puzzled major world capitals. Even as the United States is trying to acclimatise to the "stunning" realisation that India is capable of handling its own disasters, and competently so, the international media is a picture of absolute disbelief.

Question mark over Chennai desalination plant: The
tsunami has dealt a body blow to the ambitious desalination plant envisaged by the Tamil Nadu Government at Chennai and put on hold a slew of similar such projects in the Coromandel coast.

Monitor fund collection, PM tells CMs: Dr Manmohan Singh has asked all Chief Ministers to personally supervise and monitor the fund collection for tsunami-disaster victims and its utilisation.

Disaster management teams set up in the Andamans: Disaster management teams have been constituted in the tsunami-hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where relief efforts are concentrated on eight islands. 

Tsunami didn't spare Orissa, suggest new reports: Surprising as it may seem, late reports emanating from coastal Kendrapara indicate that the famous Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in the district may have suffered damage on account of the tsunami waves which practically went unnoticed. The report flies in the face of the general belief that the dreaded tsunami left Orissa untouched. 

India to offer expertise to tsunami-hit countries: India is likely to offer the tsunami-affected countries help based on the skills that have been acquired on the "frontline" of managing natural disasters. 

Court allows felling of trees in the Andamans: The Supreme Court today permitted the felling of tress in the forests of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, devastated by Tsunami waves, to enable the use of the timber for relief and rehabilitation. 

 
Other headlines


Munger SP, 5 cops killed in mine blast: In a major Naxal strike, Munger Superintendent of Police KC Surendra Babu, along with five policemen, was killed in a landmine blast late on Wednesday evening, near Bheembandh in the district.

UPA panel on Telangana: The Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Sonia Gandhi, has formed a three-member group to suggest suitable follow-up action on the demand for carving out a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad lab clears Anara Gupta in porn CD case: The former Miss Jammu, Anara Gupta, sex scandal case, pending in the High Court, took a new turn when the Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad, in its report, said the CD sent by the Jammu and Kashmir police \93did not\94 contain the pictures of the former Miss Jammu.

Court order on hazardous waste: The Supreme Court today ordered the destruction of 133 containers of hazardous waste oil lying at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai.

A breakthrough in distance learning: The School of Education Technology (SET), Jadhavpur University (JU), launched its first Multimodal Digital Distance Education (MDDE) programme in partnership with CMC Ltd and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). 

States

Flyover at ITO in 36 hours: Believe it or not. A kilometre-long stretch of flyover is proposed to be erected in 21 to 36 hours flat. A proposal to construct the flyover in the heart of Delhi at the ITO intersection, in just 36 hours, was made before the Delhi Government on Wednesday.

Dharam Govt yet to take action against erring officers: Seven months after the Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka Police recommended disciplinary action against several senior police officers for their alleged "misconduct" in the investigation of the Telgi scam, the coalition Government headed by N Dharam Singh has failed to take action against the officials, reportedly due to pressure from a powerful lobby headed by a former minister. 

EC notices to INLD, Abhey Chautala: The Election Commission today issued show-cause notices to the Indian National Lok Dal and party leader Abhey Chautala for violating the Model Code of Conduct and threatened to derecognise the party for violating the code.



Neighbours


Breakthrough in talks expected: Pakistan said on Wednesday it had been pursuing a policy of restraint and understanding to achieve an early breakthrough in its ongoing composite dialogue with India, but would never compromise on its vital national interests. 

150 Maoists killed in Nepal: More than 150 Maoist rebels were killed and over 100 injured in a gunbattle with security forces in western Nepal today. The three-hour gunfight took place at Bankhet area near Musrai of Kailali district.

View from abroad

Not non-required Indians:
The list of the 15 non-resident Indians whose contribution and eminence in their adopted countries has been recognised with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman shows how well the NRIs have adjusted in alien societies and how respected they are in the countries of their choice.


Overall

More aftershocks rocked Andaman Nicobar islands: Their number has crossed a staggering 100.

UPA set up panel on Telangana:  A three-member committee will look into the demand for a new state to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

150 Maoist rebels were killed in Nepal: Government forces and Maoist rebels clashed for three hours in a western district.