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Panaji, May 21: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will flag-in INSV Tarini at INS Mandovi near the city, the location the sail boat had set sail from on September 10, 2017, today.
A team of six women officers of the Indian Navy had set out to circumnavigate the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini. The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, was aimed at promoting women empowerment aligned with the Government of India’s thrust for ‘NariShakti’. It also aimed to promote ocean sailing by the Indian Navy and inspire youth to develop a spirit of adventure. This was the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe.
Ms Sitharaman had flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini with an all women crew 10 September 2017. Tarini was skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and the crew comprised Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.
The expedition was sailed in six legs, with stop-overs at five ports namely Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius. INSV Tarini sailed over 21600 Nm, visited five countries, sailed across four continents, three oceans, passed south of three Capes and crossed the equator twice over the last eight months of her sailing since she left Goa.
Before starting their voyage the crew had met up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and explained the details of their voyage. To prepare for their voyage, the crew trained for an initial year under Capt Dilip Donde, India's first solo circumnavigator who retired in December 2016. UNI

Srinagar, May 21: Train service was again suspended on Monday as a precautionary measure in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for a general strike and “Eidgah Chalo” on the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
Train runs were resumed only yesterday after remaining suspended for security reasons in the valley, where separatists had called for 'Lal Chowk chalo' on Saturday against Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to inaugurate several developmental projects.
'We had to suspend all train runs in the Kashmir valley as a fresh advisory was received from police,' a senior railway official told.
The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik has called for a general strike in the valley and 'Eidgah Chalo' to pay tributes to Mirwaiz Farooq and Lone.
Mirwaiz Farooq, father of moderate Hurriyat Conference(HC) chairman Mirwaiz Omar was assassinated by unidentified gunmen on May 21, 1990 in his Nigeen house. Later more than 60 people were killed when security forces allegedly opened fire on funeral procession of Mirwaiz Farooq near Islamia College.
Later, on this day in 2002, gunmen also murdered another separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone founder of Peoples Conference (PC) when he was leaving Eidgah after paying tributes to Mirwaiz. Abdul Gani Lone is father of Sajjad Gani Lone, minister in the coalition government from BJP quota and Bilal Gani Lone senior HC leader.
He said no train will run on Srinagar-Bagdam-Baramulla in north Kashmir track today. Similarly, no train will chug on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he said.
The official said Railway department is acting on the directive of police. Since the security and safety of passengers, railway officials and rail property was involved are suspending train service in the valley.
This was the tenth time train service was suspended in the Kashmir valley during the month of May so far security reasons and damage to tracks. Last month train service remained suspended partially or fully for 8 times in the valley, where last year train could not run for over 50 times for security reasons. UNI

Srinagar, May 21: Despite tense situation due to strike called by separatists, the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus on Monday left here for Aman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector to cross over to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), official sources said.
The bus left Bemina in Srinagar with two PoK returnees, including a woman, this morning, sources told.
The bus has since reached Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC), Uri, where more passengers could board it before leaving for Aman Post, they added and said the exact number of those crossing over to PoK would be known in the afternoon.
Similarly, the number of people travelling from PoK to here will also be known in the evening, they said.
The bus, one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM), introduced on April 7, 2005 despite opposition by militants, has helped thousands of families divided due to partition in 1947 due to partition, to meet each other. However, only state subjects from both sides are eligible to travel in the bus on “ Travel Permits” instead of International passport provided their names are cleared by intelligence agencies from both the countries.
The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik has called for a general strike in the valley and 'Eidgah Chalo' to pay tributes to Mirwaiz Farooq and Lone.
Mirwaiz Farooq, father of moderate Hurriyat Conference(HC) chairman Mirwaiz Omar was assassinated by unidentified gunmen on May 21, 1990 in his Nigeen house. Later, more than 60 people were killed when security forces allegedly opened fire on funeral procession of Mirwaiz Farooq near Islamia College.
Later on this day in 2002, gunmen also murdered another separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone founder of Peoples Conference (PC) when he was leaving Eidgah after paying tributes to the Mirwaiz.
Abdul Gani Lone is father of Sajjad Gani Lone, minister in the coalition government from BJP quota and Bilal Gani Lone senior HC leader. UNI

Kozhikode, May 21: The death toll due to fever caused by a Nipah Virus (rare virus) mounted to four with one more person succumbing last night, spreading panic in the district of Kerala.
The victim Lini (31), a nurse of Perambra Taluk Hospital, died last night due to fever.
A native of Chempanoda in the district, Lini had tended to three members of a family, who died of fever since May 5.
They were Mariam (50) of Changaroth in the district, who died of May 18, her nephew V K Salih who succumbed a day earlier and his brother on May 5.
Ten more people are undergoing treatment for the disease at various hospitals in the region.
Meanwhile, Kerala Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan said the deaths of the trio were caused by Nipah Virus (NiP), spread by fruit bats causing severe disease among animals and humans.
This was confirmed by National Institute of Virology, Pune, reports said.
Urging the people not to panic, state Health Minister K K Shylaja said the administration was aware of the situation and launched adequate measures to analyse the cause.
"National Virology Laboratory, Manipal has found the cause as a rare fever and the blood samples have been sent to Pune for further tests", she said.
Stating the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been informed of the development, "Centre was requested to depute an expert team to study the issue", she added.
Senior Congress leader M K Raghavan, representing Kozhikode in Lok Sabha urged both the Centre and the state government to take joint steps to contain the rare fever.
A letter seeking Central aid has been sent to Health Minister J P Nadda, said a release.
In another letter to state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Mr Raghavan sought free treatment to affected people. UNI