4 die in wall collapse, life hit in flooded Vadodara

first_imgNDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfall NDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfallVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:4101:41  Incessant rainfall has caused the death of four people in a wall collapse in Vadodara, besides causing floods and affecting life in the city. Nearly 5,000 people from over two dozen low-lying areas were shifted by the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force). Most of the roads were completely inundated.The government has deployed nine teams of the NDRF, besides the Army and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to evacuate people from areas along the Vishwamitri river that is flowing to the danger level mark.center_img According to the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC), a total of five NDRF and four SDRF teams have been involved in rescue operations in addition to two columns of the Army and as many companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP).Additionally, district police and teams of fire brigade of Vadodara and Surat Municipal Corporations have been deployed for a major rescue operation in the city which had seen an extremely heavy downpour of 499 mm on Wednesday.The district authorities ordered the closure of all schools and colleges on Friday. The operations at the city airport were shut on Thursday.Waterlogging of tracksFlooding has disrupted traffic movement as the authorities shut down all eight bridges in the city. The Western Railway has cancelled over a dozen trains due to waterlogging of tracks.“Five teams of the NDRF have been airlifted from Pune to join the evacuation works in Vadodara. CM has deputed a team of senior bureaucrats from Gandhinagar to oversee rescue and relief works,” a Gujarat government release stated.More than one lakh food packets were distributed by the NDRF and police in localities submerged in knee-deep waters.According to Vadodara Collector Shalini Agrawal, water was not receding because of the opening of sluice gates of the Ajwa dam and inflow of more water due to rains in the catchment area of the Vishwamitri.Floodwaters have entered the Sayajibaug zoo and government-run SSG hospital, besides local markets.On Thursday evening, the State energy division restored power in some of the areas where supply was stopped after four dozen feeders were submerged. “We have restored power in some areas but still several areas are in dark,” a government official said.“Four labourers were killed in a wall collapse due to heavy rain in Chhani area of Vadodara,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said after holding a review meeting in capital Gandhinagar.last_img read more

Sikhs to serve langar to commemorate Olympics in London

first_imgWhile Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old marathon runner, carries the Olympic relay torch in London on July 21, the Sikhs would celebrate the occasion by organising a langar (community kitchen) along the road for public. They would serve free Roti Rolls at several key points along the Olympic torch route from Greenwich to Waltham Forest between 7 am to 8 pm.Fauja, the oldest torch bearer at London 2012, would carry the Torch on the 64th day of the Olympic Torch Relay when it reaches Newham. The Olympic Stadium is also located at Newham.The langar would be organized by United Sikhs, an organization dedicated to promoting the Sikh identity and tenets. “We are proud to share with the public the 500 year old Sikh tradition of serving free meals,” said Parvinder Kaur, who would manage the langar project.She said the Sikhs from the UK and around the world would be participating in celebrations. They would show the world how the community embraced diversity.”We hope to demonstrate through Langar how the community involves in selfless service. We will be serving thousands of free vegetarian meals along the route,” she said, adding “It would also showcase how community food can bring people from all walks of life together.”Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, meanwhile said that he always believed in promoting the big society as a Sikh and as a Conservative. “I am looking forward to seeing Gurdwaras from all over the country come together to serve others in the name of faith and community.”advertisementThe people serving the langar would also be branded in yellow t-shirts carrying Fauja Singhs image. The langar would be served at several service points in each of the five boroughs, each serving at least 1,000 vegetarian roti rolls within two hours.Fifteen furdwaras from South and East London already granted their consent for participating in the event. The organisation also demonstrated how to prepare roti-rolls, an improvised version of cooked mixed veg filled in rotis made of whole wheat flour and plain flour. An executive chef already apprised the volunteers how to prepare roti rolls.United Sikh also invited gurdwaras from Scotland and Wales to partner with the London gurdwaras to set up more langar service points. The sources said several Sikh from India have also been planning to reach London to support the project.last_img read more

Bar Refaeli wants $10,000 donations to make sex tape

first_imgSupermodel Bar Refaeli has reportedly appealed to her fans to donate 10,000 dollars so she can make her very own sex tape. Obviously the whole thing is just a joke for a new video from comedy website FunnyOrDie.com.I know what youre thinking,?? the Mirror quoted the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model as saying in the video.Who would watch that? Im not sure myself. But maybe a small audience might want to watch me have sex. After all, Im really good at it,?? she says.In the video, she said, “Hi, my name is Bar, and Im currently working as a model and actress – you know, just to pay the bills – but I need your help to make my real dream to come true. I want to make a sex tape.??Just to be clear, this would be a tape of me having sex with some dude, in many different sex positions, for at least a few hours,?? she said.In the video, she offers some incentives if the donation is made through Kickstarter (the donations website) – for 50 dollars you get an autographed picture of her having sex, if youre into that kind of thing??, for 200 dollars you can visit the set of the sex tape if you have time?? and for 1,000 dollars, shell put you in the running to be in the film.last_img read more

Dr. Davies Pushes for New Road Traffic Act This Year

first_imgMinister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says he is working assiduously to ensure that the new Road Traffic Act is passed in 2013.The amended Act will ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st century requirements. It will, among other things, deal with the use of mobile phones while driving, and also cover the use of in-car devices such as DVD players.“It’s an enormous document. It needs to be coordinated through (the various departments of government)… which are involved, and so there is an overlapping for which we need to ensure that there is a consistency. But my plan is to have that taken through Parliament and passed during this Parliamentary year,” Dr. Davis said.He was addressing a handing-over ceremony for six road safety infomercials on Tuesday (January 8) at the Insurance Company of the West Indies’ (ICWI) head offices in New Kingston.[RELATED: Traffic Investigators to be Trained in Crash Reconstruction]The Transport Minister said once the new Act is passed, driving schools and instructors will be required to be certified by the Island Traffic Authority and adhere to an approved curriculum, which will address issues such as defensive driving. He noted that motorists, who are in breach, may also be required to attend courses.The six road safety infomercials, which address a number of crucial issues affecting road safety in Jamaica, were handed-over to the Ministry of Transport by the ICWI.The areas covered by the infomercials are: pedestrian safety; motorcycle safety; overtaking; speeding; tailgating; and safe driving on the whole.last_img read more

Gov’t Making Use of ICT in Fighting Crime

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Ministry is taking full advantage of the offerings of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in combating crime across the island.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 19, Mr. Bunting noted that a number of crime control and prevention initiatives have been implemented with the use of modern technology.Among these is the recent upgrading of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS) at a cost of $260 million.Mr. Bunting noted that the modernisation exercise involves, in part, the conversion of the remaining paper-based fingerprint records to digital format.In addition, the Blackberry (smart phone) law enforcement database has been installed on some 550 handsets of traffic and operational personnel across the island and the smart phone application has been used to check the authenticity of drivers’ licences and motor vehicle documents.The analogue police radio system will be converted to a digital system with enhanced capabilities at a cost of $240 million.Mr. Bunting further informed that the JCF will be expanding surveillance via closed circuit television (CCTV) during the next financial year to detect criminal offences in public spaces.He said the necessary equipment has already been installed in several towns including Mandeville, May Pen, Montego Bay, and Half-Way-Tree.“We will be expanding the use of this facility by increasing the number of cameras in existing towns and, will also expand the surveillance to include areas of Spanish Town,” he said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more