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75 passengers of cruise ship rescued in Bay of Bengal: Mamata

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Mamata Banerjee on Bulbul Cyclone

Kolkata, Nov 10 : At least 75 passengers of a cruise ship in the Bay of Bengal were rescued by the West Bengal police while Severe Cyclone Bulbul raged on Saturday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

“These people did not know about the calamity. The 24 Parganas South police superintendent led the rescue,” Banerjee told mediapersons at the special control room in the state secretariat Nabanna.

The passengers have been sheltered in Mousuni Island, located near Namkhana.

“The passengers and crew have said they don’t need food, but only shelter. They will be there till the situation normalises,” said the chief minister.

Banerjee informed that her administration rescued 1,64,315 persons from the low lying areas in the coastal districts.

Of them, 1,12,365 have been housed in 328 relief camps opened in schools, ICDS, flood and cyclone centres.

The government has opened 1,215 kitchens, and deployed 16 disaster response teams, 1,335 civic volunteers, as also 94 boats for relief and rescue operations. Altogether, 2.40 lakh water pouches were supplied to the affected people.

“There has been lot of damage. The cyclone ravage is spread around 200 km. We have to conduct a survey for which we will use a drone. Lots of thatched houses have collapsed, agricultural land damaged,” she said.

She said there was no report of any human casualty in the coastal districts.

Iterating that major part of the cyclone has already crossed the state, Banerjee appealed to the people not to venture outdoors till the situation stabilises completely.

“Our control room will remain open through the night and also on Sunday. Four principal secretaries will monitor the situation from the control room all night,” she said.

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Heroin worth approx Rs 100 cr seized in Kolkata

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Kolkata: In a major drug haul by Kolkata Police, heroin worth between Rs 75 crore to Rs 105 crore in the international market, was seized early on Tuesday and two persons were arrested, a senior officer said.

Acting on a tip off, the Special Task Force of the city police made the seizure from Paikpara under Tala police station between midnight and 2 a.m.

“We have seized about 25 kilogram of heroin. According to the grey market rates, the price range can be anything between Rs 75 crore to Rs 105 crore.

“We have also arrested two persons,” Deputy Commissioner, Special Task Force, Pradeep Kumar Yadav told IANS.

This is one of the biggest haul of opioid drug heroin in east and north east India in recent times.

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More snowfall in Shimla, Manali

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Shimla: The Himachal capital Shimla and nearby Manali received a fresh spell of overnight snow bringing down temperatures in the hill state as well as affecting the plains below, officials said on Tuesday.

Traffic in towns in upper Shimla district was partially hampered in the morning with snow piled on roads, however, it gave the resort and its neighbouring areas a picturesque look.

The snow that froze the “Queen of Hills”, as Shimla was fondly called by the erstwhile British rulers, largely melted in the morning.

It was a low of zero degree Celsius here. Manali town received 9 cm snowfall and saw a low of minus 1.6 degrees.

Tourists have been flocking to Shimla and nearby places like Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda even for weekends.

Hills overlooking Manali like Gulaba, Solang and Kothi have been experiencing moderate snow since Monday evening, according to a meteorological official here.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district, which saw 4 cm snow, recorded a minimum of minus 7.4 degrees, while it was minus 2.3 degrees in Dalhousie and 2.1 in Dharamsala, which was lashed by 13.6 mm rain.

“The higher reaches of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Chamba districts have been experiencing snowfall since Monday evening, while mid and lower hills experiencing rain,” the IMD official said.

The Met Office said a Western disturbance — a storm system originating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — would recede by Wednesday.

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Surat fire engulfs textile market

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Surat: A massive fire broke out early on Tuesday at the Raghuvir textile market here in the Gujarat city.

The 10-storey building was gutted as 50 fire tenders fought billowing flames in the Saroli area.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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