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Himachal Pradesh: Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 strikes Chamba

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New Delhi, June 14: An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Himachal Pradesh on Thursday. The quake was reported at Chamba region.

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Tamil Nadu: Cyclone Gaja kills 11, Nagapattinam district heavily damaged

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Chennai, Nov 16: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy on Friday said that the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ claimed 11 lives so far and Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged due to the calamity. 

According to the authorities, the cyclone crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. with wind speeds of about 110-120 kmph.

Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged by Gaja Cyclone. In total, 471 relief camps have been established in which 81,948 ppl are staying, the Chief Minister told media.

“We”ll seek assistance from the centre after assessment is done by our officials in the affected areas”, he added.

The state government has announced ex-gratia of 10 lakh rupees to the kin of the deceased, 1 lakh rupees to those severely injured and 25 thousand to those who received minor injuries.

Relief centres were set up in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Thiruvarur.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rains till Friday evening.

Isolated rains are likely over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, north Kerala and several areas of south Karnataka.

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BJP Lok Sabha member from Ladakh quits party

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Srinagar, Nov 15 : Thupstan Chhewang, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Ladakh constituency, resigned from the party on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Ravinder Raina, Chhewang said he was resigning from the basic membership of the party on health grounds.

Chhewang also told Raina that he was writing separately to the Lok Sabha speaker submitting his resignation from Parliament.

The BJP has three Lok Sabha members from Jammu and Kashmir including Chhewang.

The other two BJP Lok Sabha members are Jitendra Singh, MoS (PMO) and Jugal Kishore Sharma.

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Cyclone Gaja: Heavy rainfall in Cuddalore, landfall expected by night

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Chennai, Nov 15: The ‘GAJA’ cyclone will make a landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday by night bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) “After landfall, the cyclonic storm is likely to retain its intensity for about six hours. Hence gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph is likely to prevail over adjoining interior districts of Tamil Nadu. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places expected over interior districts during the same period.”

The Cyclone GAJA has intensified into severe category. It will reportedly get weaken into a Cyclone before land fall.

Damage Expected over Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of TamilNadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry. Schools and colleges have been also closed in these areas.

In the wake of calamity, a total suspension of fishing operations along Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts have been suspended for the next 24 hours till Friday.

As per the AIADMK government, telecommunication companies have assured they would have oil stocked for a minimum of five days in the cyclone expected zone and for 15 days at their headquarters.

The mobile telephone firms also assured the government of moving their mobile telecom towers or cell on wheels to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore.

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