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India: SCR Opens Emergency Control Rooms


Hyderabad: In view of the cyclonic weather conditions and forecast of heavy rain in the south coastal districts of the state, South Central Railway general manager PK Srivastava has asked officials to be on a high alert and initiate measures to face any situation arising out of the cyclone ‘Helen’. Additional general manager KL Pandey held a high-level review meeting at Rail Nilayam here on Thursday with principal heads of departments concerned on the preparedness to tackle any emergency situation that may arise. SCR has opened emergency control rooms at Rail Nilayam in Secunderabad and at the divisional head offices of Vijayawa
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India: 'Nirbhaya' Distress Alarm Launched


The Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), a Central government undertaking has launched a unique product ‘Nirbhaya’, a GPS-based tele distress alarm device. Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Ratan Kumar Sinha and secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) released this product in Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion, Sinha said that self-reliance is the guiding beacon of DAE and brings out innovative products regularly through inhouse research development. One such product is ‘Nirbhaya’ which immensely benefits large section of society. ‘Nirbhaya’ is developed at BARC and commercialised by
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India: Trai Recommends Steps for Telecom Network Management in Disasters


New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai has issued recommendations for network management during disasters that will enable priority routing of calls for people engaged in recovery operations and help frame proper inter-circle roaming pacts to deal with emergency situations. Trai has suo motu finalised its recommendations on the telecom network failures during emergencies and priority routing of calls of persons engaged in response and recovery, he added.  The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has also sent the recommendations to the Home Ministry and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).  Trai has suggested i
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India: Soon, a Crack Team to Search and Rescue Victims from collapsed Buildings


Navi Mumbai: With a strong disaster management workforce already in place to tackle contingency situations, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will now conduct an intensive training course to build and train a core team of experts on the lines of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), to rush to building collapse sites within minimum response time to rescue victims. The training programme on search and rescue for collapsed structures started on December 02 Monday at Nerul fire station and will continue till December 21. Trainers from NDRF, Pune, will train the team. On completion of the short-term c
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India: Accident Taught Northern Railway a Lesson - Emergency facilities Created


New Delhi: The fatal accident in Kanpur where a woman train passenger died while trying to disembark, comes nearly two years after a similar tragedy here. On November 16, 2011, businessman Bhagwan Porwal fell while boarding an Indore-bound train, and slipped into the gap between footboard of the train and the platform at the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. Two years hence, Hazrat Nizamuddin seems to have learnt its lessons. Officials at the station have now created an EmergencyEquipment Room where freshly procured stretchers, wheelchairs, first-aid equipment and gas cutters are kept.Station managers say that first-aid
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