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Cargo traffic at non-major ports grew 4.8% to 447.21 MT in Apr-Dec

During the April-December 2019-20, Directorate of Ports at Odisha recorded highest growth in traffic at 64.2% followed by Ports of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board (34.1%), Directorate of Ports, Puducherry, 27.7%) and Ports Management Board, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (25.4%) against the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, as per the report.

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    Indian engineering exports to China increased by a significant 27.60 per cent to USD 1.77 billion during April-December 2019 -20, according to EEPC India analysis. "In fact, China has emerged as our 10th largest export destination for engineering goods, dominated by iron and steel as also industrial machinery,'' said EEPC chairman Mr Ravi Sehgal.

    Over 250 to 300 Indian students are reportedly stuck in Wuhan triggering concerns over their well-being.

    Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan chaired a video-conference meeting with chief secretaries and police chiefs of the five states bordering Nepal -- Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim to review their preparedness for prevention and management of novel coronavirus. The Principal Secretary (Health) carried out a similar exercise.

    Indian seafarers will be eligible to be placed on ships under the flag of another country for employment, thus leading to increased employment opportunities, the government said. “The bilateral MoU would, therefore, make the seafarers of both countries eligible for employment on ships of either party, based on the certificates so recognised,” an official statement said.

    "PLR will be calculated on the existing wage ceiling for calculation of bonus at Rs 7,000 per month. This scheme is fostering better industrial relationship and congenial work atmosphere in the port sector, apart from stimulating better productivity," the release said.

    The Indian Coast Guard - the fourth largest coastal security agency in the world - is moving ahead with its Vision 2025 of having a fleet of about 200 ships and 100 aircraft in order of prevent transnational maritime crimes like drug/arms trafficking, piracy and others.

    The growing segments for cruise tourism in the country are wedding, meetings, incentives, conferences and events, and young travellers, Jalesh Cruises Strategic Advisor Rajiv Duggal said. "Destination weddings are now slowly getting extended to cruise as we are witnessing growing interest in the segment and MICE is also a huge segment for us," he added.

    The patrol planes will leave Japan on Saturday and start operations from Jan. 20. The destroyer will depart Japan for the region on Feb. 2 and begin patrols later in the month, Kono told reporters.

    YES Bank said it would not proceed with the offer made by Erwin Singh Braich/SPGP Holdings.

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    "All social networking platforms including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other messengers from here on now will not be allowed at the naval bases and ships," said a senior Indian Navy officer. On December 20, Intelligence agencies busted an espionage racket linked to Pakistan with the arrest of seven Indian Navy personnel and a hawala operator.

    No fewer than 23 modern surface warships were launched by China in 2019, this total including nine destroyers (two Type 055s and seven Type 052Ds), twelve Type 056 corvettes, one Type 075 landing helicopter dock and one Type 071 landing platform dock. Notable was the absence of any Type 054A frigate construction with production having temporarily halted.

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