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Cyclone Sitrang likely to form today; Check wind, rainfall warning issued by IMD



Bhubaneswar: Cyclone ‘Sitrang’ is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast.

“The Depression over the east central Bay of Bengal moved northwest at a speed of 17 km/h during the past 6 hours, intensified to a Deep Depression and centered at 05:30 IST on today, October 23, over the same region near latitude 15.40 N and longitude 89.00 E, about 580 km northwest of Port Blair, 700 km south of Sagar Island and 830 km south of Barisal, Bangladesh,” IMD noted in its bulletin this morning.

“It is very likely to move northwest over the next 12 hours and intensify into a cyclonic storm over the central Bay of Bengal. Thereafter, it would turn and move north-northeastward and cross the Bangladesh coast between Tinkona Island and Sandwip around early morning on October 25, the bulletin added.

The agency has issued wind and rain warnings for several states in connection with the system.

rain warning

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Light to moderate rain in most places with heavy rain in isolated spots over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on October 23.

Odisha: Light to moderate rain in many places likely over coastal districts of Odisha on the 23rd and light to moderate rain with isolated heavy rain likely over the same region on the 24th and isolated heavy rain over northern coastal districts of Odisha on October 25.

West of Bengal: Light to moderate rain in places likely over coastal districts of West Bengal on the 23rd. Light to moderate rain with isolated heavy rain on the 24th and heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places on Oct 25 likely over coastal districts.

Northeastern States: Light to moderate rain in most places with heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places in South Assam, East Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura on October 24. Light to moderate rain in most locations with isolated heavy to very heavy rain over the same region and isolated extremely heavy rain over Tripura and Mizoram likely over the same region on Oct 25 and isolated heavy rain likely on Oct 26.

wind warning

October 23: The storm’s wind speed reaching 50-60 km/h with gusts to 70 km/h is very likely over the west-central and east-central and southeastern Bay of Bengal beginning in the morning. It would gradually increase and become a gale wind of 65 to 75 km/h with gusts of 85 km/h in the same region beginning on the 23rd at night. The storm wind speed is very likely to reach 35-45 km/h with gusts to 55 km/h along and off the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal and the Andaman Islands and the contiguous North Andaman Sea .

October 24th: Gale wind speeds are likely to reach 80-90 kmph with gusts to 100 kmph over the west-central and adjacent areas of the east-central and northern Bay of Bengal. It would gradually increase to 85-95 kmph with gusts to 105 kmph in the same region starting on the 24th at night. Stormy wind speeds are very likely to reach 40-50 kmph with gusts to 60 kmph along and off the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal.

October 25: Gale wind speeds are likely to reach 90-100 kmph with gusts to 110 kmph over the northern Bay of Bengal and along and off the coast of Bangladesh; 80-90 kmph with gusts to 100 kmph likely along and out of Parganas district 24 and 60-70 kmph with gusts to 80 kmph along and east of Medinipur district off the coast of West Bengal through morning . It would gradually decrease to 45-55 kmph with gusts to 65 kmph over coastal areas of Bangladesh after overnight. The wind speed of the storm reaches 45-55 km/h with gusts of 65 km/h probably along and outside the Balasore district and 40-50 km/h with gusts of 60 km/h along and outside the remaining northern coastal districts of Odisha and over Mizoram and Tripura.

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R.I.P. true friend of India Dominique Lapierre, you will be missed



New Delhi: French author Dominique Lapierre (91), who had a special bond with India and was known for his iconic book on Kolkata, ‘City of Joy’, has died due to age-related ailments.

Lapierre’s wife, Dominique Conchon-Lapierre, confirmed the news to the French newspaper Var-matin on Monday.

Lapierre received the country’s third highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, was fluent in Bengali and wrote the iconic “City of Joy,” the inspiring story of an American doctor who experienced a spiritual renaissance in an impoverished section of Calcutta, plus of collaborating with American writer Larry Collins on such seminal works as “Freedom At Midnight” and “Is Paris Burning.”

Adapted for film by Roland Joffe and starring Patrick Swayze, “City of Joy” is about the unsung heroes of Kolkata’s Pilkhana slum. Lapierre donated half of the royalties he earned from this book to support various humanitarian projects in Kolkata, including shelters for children with leprosy and polio, clinics, schools, rehabilitation workshops, educational programmes, health actions and hospital ships.

Calcutta, now Kolkata, has been nicknamed ‘City of Joy’ after the novel.

To process and channel the charity funds, Lapierre founded an association called Action Aid for Calcutta Lepers’ Children (registered in France under the official name Action pour les enfants des l preux de Calcutta). Aware of the corruption in India, he arranged all of his fund transfers to India in such a way as to ensure that the money reached the right person for the right purpose. His wife since 1980, Dominique Conchon-Lapierre was his partner in the City of Joy Foundation.

His other Indian classic (with Larry Collins), “Freedom At Midnight,” is a detailed account of the final year of the British Raj, the princely states’ reactions to independence, including descriptions of the extravagant lifestyles of Indian princes. , the partition of the subcontinent and the bloodshed that followed.

The events leading up to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and the lives of the motives of Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah are also described in detail.

There is a third book on India, “Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World’s Deadliest Industrial Disaster” which Lapierre wrote in collaboration with Javier Moro based on the 1984 Bhopal disaster which the authors investigated by living in the city for three years.

Royalties from the book go to the Sambhava clinic in Bhopal, which provides free medical treatment to victims of the disaster. Lapierre also financed a primary school in Oriya Basti, one of the settlements described in the book.

Born on July 30, 1931, in Chatelaillon, Charte-Maritime in France, Lapierre was 18 years old when he received a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. A car fanatic from the start, he bought a 1937 Chrysler convertible and fell in love with a fashion editor.

They were married in New York City Hall on her 21st birthday and flew to Mexico in the old Chrysler for their honeymoon. With just $300 in their pockets, they had enough to buy gas, sandwiches, and cheap motel rooms for truckers. In Los Angeles, they won another $300 on a radio game show for Campbell Soup. The prize included a box of soup, which was her only food for three weeks.

Lapierre sold the Chrysler for $400 in San Francisco and bought two tickets on the SS President Cleveland to Japan. The honeymoon lasted a year. They made their way through Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Iran, Turkey, and Lebanon. When they returned to France, Lapierre wrote his second book, “Honeymoon around the Earth.”

On his return to Paris after his honeymoon, he was conscripted into the French army. After a year in a tank regiment, he was transferred to SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) headquarters to serve as an interpreter. One day in the cafeteria he met a young American corporal, Larry Collins, a Yale graduate and recruit and they became instant friends.

When Collins was discharged, he was offered a job at Procter & Gamble. Two days before he reported for the new job, United Press offered him a job as a subheading editor in their Paris office, for much less money than Procter & Gamble offered. Collins accepted the United Press offer, and Newsweek soon tapped him to be its Middle East correspondent.

When Lapierre was discharged, he found a job as a reporter for Paris Match magazine. Collins became godfather to the Lapierres’ first daughter, Alexandra. On several occasions, Collins and Lapierre met while on assignment. Despite their friendship, they had to compete with each other for stories. But they decided to join forces to tell a great story that would appeal to both French and Anglophone audiences.

His first best-seller “Is Paris Burning?” it sold close to 10 million copies in 30 languages ​​by mixing the modern technique of investigative journalism with the classical methods of historical investigation. It was also made into a movie.

After that, they spent four years in Jerusalem to reconstruct the birth of Israel for the book “Oh Jerusalem!” Lapierre was proud that, after spending so much time in Jerusalem, he was intimately familiar with every alley, square, street, and building in the Holy City.

Lapierre and Collins wrote several other books together, notably “The Fifth Horseman”, the last being “Is New York Burning” before Collins’ death in 2005.

RIP true friend from India Dominique Lapierre. You will be greatly missed.


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33 persons killed in Colombia landslide



Bogota: At least 33 people died from a landslide that buried vehicles along a highway in Colombia, Interior Minister Alfonso Prada said.

The landslide that occurred on Sunday buried a bus carrying passengers from Cali to Condoto, along with a car and a motorcycle on the Pereira-Quibdó highway, in the central-western department of Risaralda, the Xinhua news agency reports.

“We have identified 33 deceased people, including three minors. We have rescued nine people, four of them are currently in critical condition,” Prada said Monday.

Personnel from Colombia’s Risk Management Unit and the Transportation Ministry’s Transit and Transport Directorate, as well as the police department and the army, rushed to the rescue, he said.

Following the landslide, authorities plan to declare a nationwide high alert to prepare for weather-related disasters amid a cold snap that is expected to continue for several more months, Prada said.

President Gustavo Petro ordered the installation of a Unified National Command Post in the capital Bogotá by Tuesday at the latest to determine the state of the roads in adverse weather conditions, he said.

Risaralda Governor Víctor Manuel Tamayo told reporters that the road where the accident occurred is in poor condition, complicating efforts to find survivors and recover the bodies of the victims.


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At 6, Indian-origin boy is youngest S’porean to trek to Everest Base Camp



Singapore: A six-year-old boy of Indian origin has become the youngest Singaporean to reach Everest Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres.

Om Madan Garg walked for 10 days in October together with his parents, covering an elevation gain of around 2,500m from Lukla village at 2,860m to the base at 5,364m, according to the Singapore Book of Records.

Om, a Kindergarten 2 student at Canossaville Preschool, “managed well despite bad weather, flight cancellations, lack of amenities, hot days and cold nights.”

The Garg family reached Lukla, which is the starting point and also the gateway of the base camp trek on September 28, and arrived at the base on October 7.

They were accompanied by a licensed guide and two porters.

From Lukla, they walked to Phakding and continued until they reached Namche Bazaar, the commercial center of the Everest region.

From Namche Bazaar the trail goes to Tengboche and eventually to Everest Base Camp at 5364m.

“I threw my hat into the sky and caught it and we climbed to the top of the rock at Mount Everest Base Camp and took a photo. “We flew the Singapore flag,” he told Channel News Asia in an interview.

The preschool student received a certificate from the Singapore Book of Records.

Their entire stay has been documented in a seven-part series on the family’s YouTube channel, The Brave Tourist.

Three-year-old Heyansh Kumar from India is the youngest person to reach Mount Everest Base Camp.

Kumar was three years, seven months and 27 days old when he achieved the milestone.


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