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Friday, August 7, 2009

Indian Coast guard detains suspicious North Korean ship

Port Blair, 7 Augugust : The Indian Coast Guard detained a suspicious North Korean ship with 39 crew members on board late on Friday in the Indian Ocean near Andaman and Nicobar Island.
Sources said the ship MV Musen, had dropped anchor off Andaman and Nicobar coast without taking permission from Indian authorities. The officials of the Integrated Command and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are investigating the ship and all its crewmembers. The Indian officials are facing difficulty in communicating with the crew because of the language problem, sources said. The ship, which had embarked on its journey from Thailand on 27 July with 1,600 tonnes of sugar to be shipped off to Iraq, stopped at Singapore without permission and then moved ahead without proper passport stamping done.
On Friday helicopters of the Coast Guard identified the ship in Indian waters. The ship did not respond to the signals, following which the Coast Guard ships chased the Notrh Korean vessel and made it obey its orders. Earlier, the ship dropped anchor at Hut Bay without any permission. Even the logbook of the vessel was found to be vague, sources said.

Speaking to media Kripa Nautiyal, Deputy Inspector General of the Coast Guard, at Andaman said, “There is language problem which is delaying the investigations. The vessel may be short of documents that’s why they tried to flee the spot. We are in touch with ship’s agents in India and all people concerned with the vessel are being contacted. We are in possession of the ship and are still probing the ship”.

Induction of modern technology to boost Anti-Naxal operations
ANI, New Delhi, 7 August : The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs is planning to equip the security forces involved in anti-naxal operations with modern technology which would enable them effectively combat the Naxalites.
Modern technology will help the security forces check infiltration along the line of control, and foil attempts by terrorists to stage attacks in metropolitan. An assessment is being made of the threat perceptions. The Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, is expected to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers later this month.
According to senior officials, modern technology is going to be used in a big way to combat incidents of infiltration and terror-related incidents.

Car falls into Teesta river, four feared drowned in hills
Siliguri, 7 August : At least four people were reported missing after a passenger car fell into Teesta river at Sevoke in Darjeeling district Friday. Officials fear that the missing people may have drowned.
Two of the passengers fell out of the vehicle before it plunged into the river and were admitted in a hospital here with injuries, a police official told Bengal Newz. “The accident happened near national highway 31 A around 2.15 p.m. There were around six to seven people in the car including the driver. Two people fell from the car before it plunged into the Teesta,” the officer said.
The Siliguri-bound car was coming from the neighbouring state of Sikkim.
2 injured as wagons, brake van and engine derail at Pakur rly station
Kolkata , 7 August : Two persons were today injured as four wagons of a goods train derailed after it was hit by an engine at Pakur railway station on Nalhati-Barharwa section of Eastern Railway under Howrah division.
The incident occurred when a speeding diesel engine hit the rear of a stationary goods train resulting in the derailment of four wagons, one brake van and a diesel engine.
6 killed in Faridpur road crash, Total 10 killed, 56 injured in BD road accidents
Faridpur, Dhaka, 7 August : At least 10 people were killed and 56 were injured in road accidents since Thursday night, with six killed in Faridpur, three in Manikganj and one in Kishoreganj. 6 people died and 15 others were injured on Friday in a road crash at Mawpara in Bhanga Upazila in Faridpur, police said. Four were killed on the spot, while two others died from the wounds at Faridpur Medical College Hospital, officer in charge of Bhanga Police Station Mohammad Marfat Ullah said.
The accident occurred at around 1:45pm(BDST) as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch after one of its one front wheels spun off, he said. The bus was bound for Madaripur from Chandrapara of Sadarpur Upazila in Faridpur.
The wounded were admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, the official added. Photo : STAR

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