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Month: October 2013

Phailin – Divine Intervention? Jai Ma Durga!

Phailin – Divine Intervention? Jai Ma Durga!

I drove my parents to the Mumbai Domestic Airport at Vile Parle at 5.00 am this morning for their 6.20 Jet Airways flight to Bhubaneswar. I was worried! Bhubaneswar was hit by the worst cyclone in 14 years – Phailin – less than than 36 hours ago. On Sunday, Oct 12, 2013, we were told by Jet Airways that they were ready to fly to Bhubaneswar on Monday morning but were pending ATC clearance, which obviously has come through since…

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Phailin – Why are the Indian Government figures still low?

Phailin – Why are the Indian Government figures still low?

Phailin has grown at one of the fastest rates every recorded, going from a tropical storm to a Category 4 cyclone in only 24 hours.  Yesterday, Friday Oct 11, 2013, it became the equivalent of a Category 5 cyclone with sustained wind speeds of 260 Kmph. This brings it at par with the super cyclone that hit the Odisha coast in 1999.   Projected Phailin tracks overlaid on Google Earth. Download KML file – Original. Atmospheric scientists believe that a catastrophic storm surge…

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Is Odisha ready for Phailin?

Is Odisha ready for Phailin?

The Odisha state Government seems to be doing much better than in 1999 which left more than 10,000 dead across the coastal areas of the state and an estimated USD 4.5 Billion in damages. People from low lying areas are being evacuated. Essentials stockpiled in schools and other buildings on higher ground. The disaster recovery folks seem to be doing their job but how good are their plans and the execution? Only time will tell of course but Indian Governments…

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NaMo Youth Anthem

NaMo Youth Anthem

An anthem for the youth, in support of Sri Narendra Modi as the PM candidate for India. Concept and Libretto: Krishnan Sugavanam. Graphics & Video: Arunponraj.M Music Production and Composition: S. Ved Shanker Download this Media File – (Right Click) – 50 Mb, MP4 format.   Lyrics of the NaMo Youth Anthem Listen Up India Now is the time for change Pump up the volume And Let’s go In 1 2 3 4 He was a commoner who started just…

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Phailin Update

Phailin Update

Phailin has been upgraded to Super Cyclone.  At 1200 UTC, 11 October 2013, PHAILIN (IO02) was located in the Bay of Bengal basin at 16.7°N and 87.7°E. The current intensity was 140 kt and the center was moving at 7 kt at a bearing of 305 degrees. The minimum central pressure was 918 mb. Visible light satellite image Late Cycle Track Guidance Late Cycle Intensity Guidance          Animated images

Cyclone Phalin

Cyclone Phalin

Satelite photo of Cyclone Phailin:   The armed forced are on alert, the army having moved it’s Command Control to Bhubaneswar. Engineer columns from Bagdogra and Medical columns from Gopalpur are moving toward Bhubaneswar. Infantry relief columns are on standby. East Coast Railway has plans to cancel approx 24 trains running between Visakhapatnam and Bhadrak on the Chennai – Kolkata route. The trains which will either be regulated and cancelled are: Puri-Cuttack-Puri passenger Paradeep-Cuttack passenger Cuttack-Paradeep passenger Puri-Gunupur-Puri passenger Puri-Rourkela…

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Cyclone Phailin – Helpline Numbers

Cyclone Phailin – Helpline Numbers

Cyclone Phailin relief helpline details Helpline number in Odisha: 0674-2534177 District control room numbers: Mayurbhanj 06792-252759, Jajpur 06728-222648, Gajapati 06815-222943, Dhenkanal 06762-221376, Khurda 06755-220002, Keonjhar 06766-255437 Cuttak 0671-2507842, Ganjam 06811-263978, Puri 06752-223237, Kendrapara 06727-232803, Jagatsinghpur 06724-220368, Balasore 06782-262674, Bhadrak 06784-251881

Shame: Middle class India duping domestic help of Rs 18,000 cr every yr

Shame: Middle class India duping domestic help of Rs 18,000 cr every yr

http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/-1156783.html Jay Mazoomdaar makes an interesting point but his assumptions or lack thereoff, create a few problems. First of all he clubs together some 300 million Indians into a single category called “middleclass” and does not mention or take into account financial disparities in this group, which includes people earning anything from a few tens of thousands per month to people earning in lacs (hundred thousand) per month. How does somebody earning say 25,000 per month pay for domestic help…

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