SRINAGAR: An intense chilly wave swept the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as minimum temperatures dropped below the freezing position right away. Leh city in Ladakh region recorded a bare minimum temperature of minus twelve.1 degrees Celsius.
“The minimal temperatures during the valley dropped below zero nowadays (Sunday),” an formal of the nearby weather business office advised IANS.
The minimal temperature was minus .eight in Srinagar town, minus four.3 in Pahalgam and minus 9.2 in Gulmarg.
In Jammu location, minimal of eight.5 levels was recorded in Jammu, 8.five levels in Katra, 2.5 degrees in Batote, .3 degree in Bhaderwah and 2.5 degrees in Banihal city.
“We are expecting a additional fall in the night time temperatures across the point out during the next a few to 4 days.
“In the course of this interval, weather is envisioned to continue being dry. Distinct evening skies will cause additional drop in minimal temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Achieved formal mentioned.
The forty-working day interval of bitter chilly, acknowledged locally as ‘chillai kalan’, starts on December 21 and ends on January 31. Lakes, streams and rivers freeze in the valley freeze during the period.
CHENNAI: Heavylifter C-17 Globemaster and the C-130J Super Hercules, which helped in preserving 1000’s of lives for the duration of Uttarakhand and Kashmir floods and the fatal Nepal earthquake early this year, once again did a yeoman service in rain-hit Chennai exactly where they ferried practically one,five hundred men and women to safety following the deluge.
The two tremendous aircraft, India’s prized defence property, also played a essential part in ferrying NDRF and Army teams along with weighty tools from different areas of the country to Tambaram Air Base and Arakkonam Naval Foundation, the two nodal details that played a critical position in overall rescue operations in the wake of torrential rains listed here.
“The propeller-driven C-130J is capable of landing on short runaway, even on ‘kucha’ terrain and which is why they confirm so crucial in this kind of functions.
“But, prior to Chennai floods, they served in rescue functions during the Uttarakhand floods in 2013, where they landed at Dharasu. This massive hen has also landed in Daulat Beg Oldie (Innovative Landing Floor) in Ladakh,” a senior defence official advised PTI.
Developed by American plane maker Lockheed Martin, six C-130Js had been obtained by India in 2008, and these are based at the Hindon Air Base, exterior of Delhi.
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The one that flew from Palam to Tambaram on December 2 was from this base only.
It came back the up coming working day carrying about 120 men and women onboard.
Junior Warrant Officer Chandran Mohanan, a loadmaster, on that C-130J states, “It fills me with delight to be a crew member of this prestigious transport aircraft, and to be ready to provide our region by rescuing folks.
“I have witnessed Bihar floods. And I have been component of the rescue functions for the duration of Uttarakhand and J-K floods, onboard this aircraft, and occasionally it utilized to get emotionally frustrating to see people crying, but it felt always fantastic to see family members acquiring united.”
Tambaram Foundation, situated nearly 30 kms outside the house Chennai, has a shorter runway, and for that reason the C17s heading for rescue operations had been landing at Arakkonam Foundation, 70 kms west of the metropolis.
Sitting regal on the tarmac, the ‘big bird’ transported to basic safety over 480 folks to Delhi, Hyderabad and Patna from December three-5, a senior Naval formal of Arakkonam or INS Rajali Base said.
The C-17s can carry about 230-250 folks onboard.
Although equally the C-17s as nicely as the Tremendous Hercules flew in and out of Nepal throughout the quake tragedy and the Kashmir floods, supplying rescue and relief, for the duration of Uttartkhand cloudburst disaster only C-130Js ended up employed.
“The C17s can very well land at Jolly Grant (Dehradun Airport) but they have been not needed.
“In Kashmir, they landed at Srinagar Airport for the duration of the rescue operations,” a top IAF official mentioned.
Thirty nine year-outdated Mohanan, a Kerala indigenous, chatting about C-130J claims, “This plane is so versatile, it (American C-130J) is recognized to have landed in severe temperature, which includes in Antarctica.”
“It has a fore-to-aft size of about 56 ft and a ramp measuring 10-fifteen ft. In one particular go, it can carry 128 folks and has a capability of 20 tonne.
But, for VIP configuration, it can be changed appropriately,” he included.
“Its crew involves two pilots, 1 CSO (overcome system operator) and two loadmasters,” Mohanan said.
Captain S L Singh, the pilot of the Tremendous Herc, who flew on December 2 from Palam to Tambaram, states, “this aircraft is scientifically very innovative. It can collect dwell footage whilst flying and thus is strategically an important asset.”
Captain Singh, of Squadron seventy seven ‘Veiled Vipers’ dependent in Hindon, claims, “The Tremendous Hercules are India”s prized possession and significantly enhance our armed forces transport capabilities.”
The rescued men and women ended up all praise for the defence staff and their traveling giants.
“Being rescued from our higher education 1st by the Military and the getting flown to Hyderabad in a C-seventeen of the IAF, it only lifted the respect we experienced for the defence forces, following observing them up, near and individual,” stated George, a scholar of SRM College right here, who was rescued together with hundreds of other pupils from his campus.
As Chennai limped back to normalcy, and trains and bus transportations resumed procedure, the aerial sorties and airdropping of aid had been named off from yesterday. Kopal Gupta, a Dehradun native, and college student of VIT Vellore campus, was remaining stranded at the Chennai Airport for two days, ahead of being rescued and flown to Delhi on December four.
SRINAGAR: Former Union minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said India does not have the “power” to take Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the neighbouring country and advocated granting autonomy to both sides of Kashmir under the existing set-up.
“India does not have powers to take PoK from Pakistan and Pakistan too doesn’t have the power to take away this side of Kashmir (J&K) from us,” the 78-year-old said, while addressing National Conference supporters on 110th birth anniversary of his father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah at Hazratbal here on Saturday.
“Both countries are nuclear powers and have atom bombs. Are we going to drop these bombs on each other and get wiped out?” Abdullah said. He added that those who think borders could be redrawn need to realise the realities and dimensions of the conflict. He said there were various proposed models of resolving the Kashmir issue and his suggestion of converting the Line of Control to an international border was one such viable option.“I believe granting autonomy on both sides of the border will resolve the issue,” he said.
Abdullah said the country’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had proposed the autonomy idea to his Pakistan counterpart Liyaqat Ali Khan. “But he (Khan) hadn’t agreed to it”.