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Indian ships reach Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, DEC. 27. A massive Indian relief operation involving naval ships and helicopters is under way in Sri Lanka ravaged by the tsunami on Sunday. Two Indian naval ships have arrived in Sri Lanka's eastern and southern ports. Last night, ...

WTO beneficial, says Kamal Nath
NEW DELHI, DEC. 27. The Government defended the promulgation of an ordinance on Sunday for giving effect to the third amendment of the Indian Patents Act on the grounds that the world trading order under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) had ...

CPI (M) donates funds
KOLKATA, DEC. 27.The CPI (M)'s West Bengal unit today decided to raise funds to help the victims of tsunami. The party has donated Rs. 7 lakhs to the affected people of Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Anil Biswas, CPI (M) Polit Bureau ...

A tragic end for many Velankanni pilgrims
VELANKANNI, DEC. 27. The famous pilgrimage centre of Velankanni in the coastal belt of Nagapattinam district has witnessed the worst calamity in its history due to the havoc caused by the tsunami. It proved to be black Sunday for hundreds of ...

Gujarat rushes financial, material assistance
GANDHINAGAR, DEC. 27. The Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, has sanctioned Rs. 10 crores from his relief fund as immediate assistance to the earthquake and tsunami-hit States and Union Territory in South India. Mr. Modi has also appealed ...

No advisory on further quakes, says Met Department
CHENNAI, DEC. 27.The Meteorological Department has clarified that it has not issued any advisory regarding the further occurrence of earthquakes or tsunamis. Denying that there might be more earthquakes in the coming days, a spokesman said ...

U.S. offers Rs. 44.5 lakhs as relief
NEW DELHI, DEC. 27. The United States has announced an emergency relief of Rs. 44.5 lakh to India for providing help to the tsumani-affected people. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the U.S. Ambassador to India, David C. ...

5,000 feared dead and missing in Andaman and Nicobar
CHENNAI, DEC. 27. About 3,000 persons in Nicobar Islands were estimated to have died and 2,000 reported missing. So far, 300 bodies had been recovered, official sources said. In the Andaman group of islands, four persons died, they added. ...

Commerce body estimates total loss at Rs. 2000 crores
NEW DELHI, DEC. 27. Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the casualties due to the destruction wrought by the tsunami, the president of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Mahendra K. Sanghi, today appealed to ...

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