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INS Sindhuratna: Bodies of two missing officers recovered

The two officers identified as Lt Commander Kapish Muwal from Delhi and Lt Manoranjan Kumar from Jamshedpur, died of asphyxiation after inhaling toxic smoke aboard INS Sindhuratna

The two missing Naval officers in the INS Sindhuratna mishap have been found dead.


In a statement, the Navy said, “The two officers who were earlier declared missing have been located in the compartment and after examination by medical officers, both were declared dead”.


The two officers identified as Lieutenant Commander Kapish Muwal from Delhi and Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar from Jamshedpur, died of asphyxiation after inhaling toxic smoke aboard the submarine.


The Navy earlier Thursday continued its search for the two officers, who were missing after submarine INS Sindhuratna had a mishap off the Mumbai coast, leaving seven sailors seriously ill.


The submarine was brought back to the Mumbai dock today morning.


Meanwhile, the condition of the injured personnel, who had inhaled smoke and were airlifted to the naval hospital INS Ashwini, is reported to be stable.


INS Sindhuratna was at sea off Mumbai for routine training and workup (inspection) in the early hours Wednesday when smoke was reported in the sailors' accommodation, in compartment number three, by the submarine.


Hours after the mishap and in the wake of a spate of accidents involving the Naval warships in the recent past, Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi had resigned taking moral responsibility.


Rahul Gandhi disapproves of Khurshid's 'impotent' remark on Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi said he does not appreciate the 'impotent' remark made by Salman Khurshid against Narendra Modi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he does not appreciate the 'impotent' remark made by union minister Salman Khurshid against Narendra Modi in the context of the 2002 Gujarat riots.


“I do not appreciate this kind of comment... the kind of language,” Gandhi said disapproving Khurshid’s remark.


The Congress leader was speaking to reporters at the AICC headquarters after a meeting of the campaign committee.


Khurshid, the external affairs minister, had stoked a controversy by calling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)s prime ministerial candidate Modi as 'impotent' and insisted that he did nothing wrong as there was no other appropriate word to describe the Gujarat chief minister in the context of the 2002 Gujarat riots.


On Tuesday, the Minister had said, “We don’t accuse you (Modi) of killing people... Hamara aarop hai ki tumnapunsak’ (impotent) ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn’t stop the killers.”


“I am not his doctor. I cannot physically examine him. So I have no business to be saying what his physical condition is. The word impotent is used in political vocabulary to show that somebody is incapable of doing something,” Khurshid had said.


“Either you admit you are strong and fully capable and what had happened was done deliberately or say that I made lot of efforts but did not have the capability (to stop the riots). If there is no capability (to deal with) what is it called? Is it not called impotency? If it is called impotency and I said that then what the problem is,” he had said.


Rebutting BJP’s criticism for his comment, Khurshid had said if they do not understand the vocabulary then he can send a dictionary to them.


BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shanker Prasad had slammed Khurshid, saying some UPA ministers were trying to grab air time through foul language.


The party had asked Khurshid to apologise for the regrettable and shameful comment. BJP leaders said Congress and its leaders have forgotten manners and etiquettes and asked if Sonia Gandhi approved of this comment.




3 years ago

How can he approve this remark,which is the sole property of UPA:)

MG Warrier

3 years ago

Before parting with the dictionery, better look for more socially acceptable words to explain one’s thoughts. Though, need for a ‘POLITICAL DICTIONARY’ is growing, as one who follows Gandhian teachings and considering the criticism from living Gandhis, occasionally, when appropriate words are not immediately available from memory, SILENCE will help…Learn from MMS.

Supreme Court restrains Tamil Nadu from releasing four more convicts

The Suprme Court has asked Jayalalitha government in Tamil Nadu to maintain a status quo on the release of convicts Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran

After staying release of three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court on Thursday restrained the Tamil Nadu government from letting out four more convicts in the case.


A Bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam directed the state government to maintain status quo and said it will hear on 6th March the union government's  plea against the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release all seven prisoners undergoing life imprisonment.


Opposing the Centre’s plea, the Tamil Nadu government said the petition is not maintainable as the union government cannot file a writ in the case.


The state also submitted that the Centre has no locus in the matter.


It asked as to why the Centre rushed to the apex court instead of replying to the state government’s letter seeking the stand of the union government on the release of the prisoners.


“Is the Centre rushing or you are rushing?” the Bench questioned the State Government and made it clear that it will first consider the maintainability of the Centre’s petition before going into its merits.


“You take it from us that we would consider the maintainability issue first,” it said, adding, “We would solve the problem amicably.”


The Bench said that every state must be aware about the procedure to be followed for the release of prisoners.


The apex court had on 20th February stayed the release of three convicts — Murugan, Santhan and Arivu — whose death sentence was commuted to life term by it on 18th February in the case, saying there had been procedural lapses on the part of the state Government on the decision to release them.


Thereafter, the Centre had moved the plea seeking a stay on the release of convicts Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran.


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