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Insat signal saves 28 sailors

Bangalore(PTI): An Indian satellite has helped save 28 people by detecting distress signals from a Chinese cargo vessel, MV Yujiya, which sank in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Space Research Organisation said on Friday.

Isro said rescue authorities of the Indian Coast Guard were alerted by the space organisation’s mission control centre here soon after the distress signals were detected by the satellite-aided search and rescue transponder on board the Insat-3a spacecraft and all the 28 sailors were rescued.

The incident occurred on August 11, Isro said in a statement and added that the centre was part of the international Cospass-Sarsat satellite-aided search and rescue programme.

Insat-3a, launched on April 10, 2003, carries a search and rescue transponder, which keeps a constant vigil over the Indian Ocean region, complementing the Cospass-Sarsat satellites, to detect distress signals from beacons carried by maritime, aviation and land users.

The satellites transmit the distress signals to the local user terminals established by Isro at Bangalore and Lucknow. The alert signals are then passed onto search and rescue coordination centres at Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Delhi along with location information.

On July 24, it detected a distress signal from a Panama cargo vessel, MV Jubilee, which was sinking in the Bay of Bengal, and all the 21 crew members were rescued, Isro said.

Chameli director dies at 41

Mumbai: Two days after Kareena Kapoor posed for the cameras following the first shots for Chameli, where she plays a prostitute, Bollywood has lost the filmmaker.

Director Anand Balani, whose muchtouted Joggers’ Park, starring Victor Banerjee, and Mumbai Matinee with Rahul Bose in the lead, are slotted for release next month, died late on Thursday night following a cardiac arrest.

Balani, industry sources said, was a promising director. Though surprising for a filmmaker in Bollywood, the 41-year-old Balani was travelling in an autorickshaw when he suffered the attack. He was rushed to Nanavati Hospital, where he died a while later.

The death shook up Bollywood. “He was directing Kareena in a role that not only needed a lot of gumption but was also risky for the actress and the director. This was one movie many people were looking forward to,” said a senior member of the production unit.

Rangita Pritish Nandy, the producer, said she was “dumbfounded” with the news. “Just the other day, he was shooting for Chameli with Kareena and on Thursday night we heard he was no more. We are in deep shock.”

DD chief transferred

New Delhi: Doordarshan director-general S.Y. Quraishi has been transferred more than a year before his term was due to expire.

The chief executive officer of Prasar Bharati, K.S. Sarma, has been asked to hold additional charge of Doordarshan till the post is filled, reports our special correspondent. Quraishi will take over as additional secretary and financial advisor in the steel ministry.

Information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is understood to have had differences with Quraishi on the running of the public broadcaster that is due to relaunch a 24-hour news channel.

Sinha visit

Jakarta(AFP): Foreign minister Yashwant Sinha will visit Indonesia on Monday and Tuesday and hold talks with President Megawati Sukarnoputri, the Indonesian foreign ministry said

Engineer dead

Durgapur: Police recovered the body of a Russian engineer from the Durgapur Steel Plant guest house on Friday morning, reports our correspondent. Anatoly Gutchenko, 43, had been supervising the blast furnace unit of the plant. Gutchenko’s colleagues found him dead after breaking open his room. His body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Ragging custody

Bhopal(PTI): Twelve engineering students, arrested for allegedly torturing a junior that led to loss of his both arms and a leg, have been remanded in 15 days’ judicial custody. The students of the Bansal Institute of Science and Technology were produced before additional chief judicial magistrate Rashmi Agrawal who said the victim’s statement suggests that he was so frightened that he started running after seeing the seniors and this led to an accident in which his hands and a leg were severed.

Hinduja respite

New Delhi(PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday extended its earlier order allowing all the three Europe-based Hinduja brothers who are accused in the Bofors case to go abroad together till October 15.


The London-based World Nuclear University of the World Nuclear Association has selected the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s training school as one of its over 20 nodes to enhance human resources for promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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