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IAF on Phailin relief and rescue operations in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 (ANI): Nearly eleven hours after hitting the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh with a wind speed of about 200 kilometers per hour, Cyclone Phailin is reported to have calmed down on Sunday morning. Local media is reporting damage to property and to substantial flooding in coastal districts of Odisha and on National Highway Five. Several teams of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy are on standby across the region to begin massive relief and rescue operations. Air Force Official Y K Yadav said that within 2hrs wind speeds will reduce and there choppers will be mobilized. Oct 13, 2013
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Armed forces on standby for rescue, relief operations as Cyclone Phailin calms down

Odisha/ Andhra Pradesh, Oct 13 (ANI): Nearly eleven hours after hitting the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh with a wind speed of about 200 kilometers per hour, Cyclone Phailin is reported to have calmed down on Sunday morning. Local media is reporting damage to property and to substantial flooding in coastal districts of Odisha and on National Highway Five. Several teams of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy are on standby across the region to begin massive relief and rescue operations. Most areas hit by Cyclone Phailin are without power, as the lines are down. A trail of destruction along the coastline has become visible. News channels are showing visuals of uprooted trees, overturned cars, and damaged buildings, but the extent of the damage is yet to be fully assessed. Oct 13, 2013
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Baton of Commonwealth Games to leave India for Bangladesh

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): The regal baton of Queen Elizabeth-II for the 2014 Commonwealth Games was given a befitting ceremonial send-off in New Delhi prior to its departure from India for Bangladesh as the next destination in course of its global tour. To mark this event, the British High Commissioner to India Sir James Bevan hosted a colourful event in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, he said it was a memorable occasion. Bevan while addressing an exclusive event in New Delhi said that the regal baton was to leave the country on Monday. Prior to this, on Friday (October 11), the Queen Elizabeth II's baton had reached New Delhi after it was flagged off at a grand ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace earlier this week. As a part of ceremonial tradition the Baton started its worldwide tour from India, since New Delhi hosted the last Commonwealth Games held in 2010. The 2014 Commonwealth Games would be held at Glasgow, in Scotland from July 23 to August 3 next year. Oct 13, 2013
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Entire Srikakulam district is in full control of cyclone, says Disaster Management Commissioner

Srikakulam/Hyderabad, Oct 13 (ANI): The much dreaded and expected severe cyclone Phailin struck Srikakulam region in Andhra Pradesh. Disaster Management Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh state, T Radha said this at Hyderabad. Rains and winds lashed India's east coast, forcing nearly five hundred thousand people to flee to storm shelters as one of the country's largest cyclones closed in, threatening to cut a wide swath of devastation through farmland and fishing hamlets. Citing the weather department's warning of extensive damage to mud houses, he said that major disruption of power and communication lines may be caused. Nonetheless, all preventive measures have been initiated. Oct 13, 2013
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'Red alert' as massive cyclone bears down on India

India evacuated nearly half a million people as massive cyclone Phailin closed in on the impoverished east coast on Saturday, with winds already uprooting trees and tearing into flimsy homes. Duration: 00:43 Oct 12, 2013
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Dozens dead in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

Close to 200 shocked survivors were plucked from the sea on Saturday after their overloaded boat sank, claiming more than 30 lives in the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean. Duration: 00:40 Oct 12, 2013
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England closer to World Cup after win over Montenegro

Manager Roy Hodgson warns England not to take Poland lightly in their final World Cup qualifier next week after they take another stride towards Brazil with a 4-1 win over Montenegro. Duration: 01:08 Oct 12, 2013
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Dalai Lama in Mexico, decries violence

The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, described Friday as "very sad" the violence in Mexico and call on acting against it, during the first day of his visit in the country where he won't be received by officials of the government. Duration: 01:23 Oct 12, 2013
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Kenya and Tanzania conduct joint wildlife census

A joint wildlife census is being conducted by Kenya and Tanzania in Amboseli National Park to establish the landscape's wildlife population, trends and distribution. Duration: 01:49 Oct 12, 2013
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Home Minister's brief on preparation to handle upcoming Cyclone Phailin - Part -1

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Briefing on the India's largest evacuation process in 23 years ahead of the closing Phailin Cyclone on Saturday, Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that nearly 5 lakh people have been evacuated from the state to be affected. Shinde also said that the Ministry is holding meetings of all concerned departments in the concerned states and briefed about all the evacuation process being undertaken so far to counter a great disaster going to hit India. Oct 12, 2013
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Home Minister's brief on preparation to handle upcoming Cyclone Phailin - Part -2

New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Briefing on the India's largest evacuation process in 23 years ahead of the closing Phailin Cyclone on Saturday, Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that nearly 5 lakh people have been evacuated from the state to be affected. Shinde also said that the Ministry is holding meetings of all concerned departments in the concerned states and briefed about all the evacuation process being undertaken so far to counter a great disaster going to hit India. Oct 12, 2013
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India, Pak not at resumed talks stage: Khurshid

Onboard, Oct 12 (ANI): While returning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a bilateral visit to Indonesia, Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday made it clear that India and Pakistan are not at a stage where they can resume dialogue. He also said that the recent incidents on the LoC are "upsetting" and are not conducive to the normalization of ties. Oct 12, 2013