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  • New Passenger Ship ‘M V Corals’ to Lakshadweep Launched

    Date: 2015.01.10 | Category: Boycott Etihad Airways, Boycott Etihad Flight, Chagos islands, Citigroup, M V Corals | Response: 0


    New Passenger Ship 'M V Corals' to Lakshadweep Launched

    New Passenger Ship ‘M V Corals’ to Lakshadweep Launched

    New Passenger Ship ‘M V Corals’ to Lakshadweep Launched
    January 10, 2015 Kochi, ‘Lakshadweep Forum News’

    Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Jairam Gadkari dedicated the ‘M V Corals’, a new stylish all weather passenger-cum-cargo vessel for Lakshadweep at a function held at Willingdon Island, Kochi on Friday.

    The Minister also commissioned the 300-metre-long newly constructed wharf built for handling Lakshadweep-bound vessels at the Port. Speaking at the function after dedicating the new passenger facility for the Lakshadweep, he said the NDA government is committed to the progress and development of the Lakshadweep Islands.

    M V Corals has a capacity to carry 400 passengers and cargo and has been built by Colombo Dockyard of Sri Lanka with Norway-based Global Maritime Brevik AS., a world renowned ship design company, at a cost of USD$ 29,260,000 (INR.182 crore). The vessel has 10 first class cabin berths, 40 second class berths and 350 bunks. All the passenger compartments are Centrally Air conditioned.

    The overall length of the vessel is 99.00 m; breadth mld – 17.00 m; depth – 9.20 m; and design Draft – 4.20 m. The ship will have top speed of 16 knots and will cover the distance between Cochin port and Lakshadweep overnight. The ship would be operated on the Kochi-Lakshadweep and interisland routes. MV Corals was ceremonially handed over by Colombo Dockyard Plc to Union Territories of Lakshadweep Administration on 28 October. The ship had its maiden trip between Cochin and Lakshadweep last week.

    According to Port trust, the dedicated wharf will not only make embarkation and disembarkation for passengers of Lakshadweep more convenient but will also add to overall capacity of Cochin Port to handle Passenger Ships. It was constructed by the Cochin Port, using Rs 37.52 crore allotted under the Plan fund for the Lakshadweep administration.

    Lakshadweep administrator Rajesh Prasad, who welcomed the gathering, said that ‘M V Lagoons’, the sister ship of ‘M V Corals’, presently under construction by the same company in Sri Lanka is expected to be inducted into service by next month. M V Lagoon is also belong to the the same class as that of M V Corals. Both the Vessel has been designed for the carriage of Passengers and general cargo, between Kochi and Lakshadweep Islands.

    “With these all-weather ships in service, along with the existing fleet, operating between Kochi and Lakshadweep, the Lakshadweep administration expects to put an end to the travelling woes of the islanders,” the administrator said.

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    The exhilarating experience during the Catamaran transfer from Agatti to Kadmat Island (Distance 65 km)
    [Agatti-Kadmat-Bangaram-Thinnakara Itinerary Route Descriptions]

    Lakshadweep Samudram Tour Programme ‘Five Days Cruise by Ship M V Kavaratti’

    Resources: ‘MintValley Tourism Division’

  • Global warming is causing rising sea levels

    Date: 2014.04.28 | Category: Chagos islands, Climate Change, Emerald Islands, Exotic Islands, India, Indian Ocean, January, Kadmat Island Tourism, Kerala Tourism, Lakshadweep Tourism, Other | Response: 0

    Sea Erosion at Kadmat Beach Resort, Kadmat, Lakshadweep. The island chain of Lakshadweep has got total shore length of 132 Km.

    Global warming is causing rising sea levels
    ‘IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and Implications for Policy and Decision Making’
    April 28, 2014 Lakshadweep Forum News, Kochi

    Sea-level rise is expected to be the most severe challenge to our economies and lives. The potential impacts of sea-level rise caused by warmer global temperatures are becoming clearer, according to the latest authoritative assessments from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and sea-level rise can be expected to reach 28-61cm by 2100.

    Concluding four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world, the 5th assessment report responds to the request of the world’s governments for a comprehensive, objective and policy neutral assessment of the current scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change.

    Ocean swell events that damage coral reefs, cause coastal erosion and inundate land will occur more frequently, especially during years with a strong El Nino, which will become more extreme. Up to 600 million coastal people around the globe could face devastating consequences from rising seas. Some small island states are at risk of disappearing.

    Adaptation to climate change and recovery costs associated with flood damage could reduce global GDP by up to 10 percent by 2100 if adaptation measures are not implemented. This is shown in a recent study, Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise, by a group of researchers from Britain’s University of Southampton.

    How well coastal communities implement adaptation measures is found to be the most important factor in trying to limit the costs of sea-level rise.

    Photograph: Kadmat Island Beach Resort’s New Accommodation Blocks

    Courtesy to, Kadmat Island

    Kadmat Forum, Lakshadweep Islands

    Read More on IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and Implications for Policy and Decision Making:

    The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

    Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

    Sea-level rise could reverse Africa’s development gains

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    Climate Change

    Features: Global Warming

    Last updated: April 28, 2014 Kochi


  • Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370

    Date: 2014.04.15 | Category: Bluefin-21 AUV, Chagos islands, Indian Ocean, Malaysia Airlines, MH370 Crash | Response: 0

    Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370

    Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370

    The US Navy's Bluefin-21, an autonomous underwater vehicle

    The US Navy’s Bluefin-21, an autonomous underwater vehicle

    Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370
    Apr 15th, 2014

    The Bluefin-21 AUV, a robotic submarine, which was last night deployed in a search mission for the missing Malaysian jet, has returned to the surface after six hours of scanning the depths.

    The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the Bluefin-21 AUV which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and black boxes.

    Search crews sent the Bluefin 21 deep into the Indian Ocean yesterday to scour the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes.

    But after only six hours of its planned 16-hour mission on the sea bed, the autonomous underwater vehicle exceeded its maximum depth limit of 15,000ft and its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the search co-ordination centre said.

    Earlier the Ocean Shield vessel discovered an oil slick that could relate to the missing aircraft, and it will take couple of days to examine the samples of the collected oil.

    The Boeing 777 vanished on March 08 with 239 people on board, and today is the 39th day of the search operations.

    Photo Credit: Subsea World News Bluefin/AMSA

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  • Peak Season Availability at Kadmat Beach Resort, Lakshadweep – Starting from December 01, 2014 to January 10, 2015

    Date: 2014.03.31 | Category: Chagos islands, Climate Change, Emerald Islands, Exotic Islands, India, India's Coral Beach Resort, Indian Ocean, Kadmat Island Tourism, Kerala Tourism, Lakshadweep Tourism, Other | Response: 0

    Peak Season Availability at Kadmat Beach Resort, Lakshadweep, India

    Deluxe Cottages, Kadmat Beach Resort, Lakshadweep, India

    Peak Season Availability at Kadmat Beach Resort, Lakshadweep – Starting from December 01, 2014 to January 10, 2015
    March 31, 2014 Kochi

    Booking is available for Christmas and New Year Holidays at Kadmat Island Beach Resort (International), Lakshadweep. Please note, resort accommodation is subject to availability and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Place a Query / Order Form

    Water sports facilities like swimming, rafting, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, yachting, catamaran sailing, sports fishing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available in the islands.

    Scuba Diving: A wealth of unexplored dive sites in the world. Most of the dive locations are within an easy boat trip from the shore. Diving is very enjoyable and is the only sport where you feel that you are in a zero gravity environment. There are opportunities for divers of all levels of experience. Explore the underwater world, enjoy the sublime seascapes. What lies beyond or beneath is more than what meets the eye.

    Sports Fishing: The Lakshadweep Sea off these islands are abound with sport fish like Tuna, Kingfish, Barracuda, Shark, Snappers, Bonefish, Stonefish, wahoo to name a few. The island is ideally situated on the migratory routes for large game fish. Fishing in Lakshadweep is carried out mostly by poll and line method. It is acknowledged all over the world that Pole and line method is most Eco friendly method of fishing of tuna in which only mother fishes are caught and young ones as also mother marine creatures are spared, which are unnecessarily destroyed in other fishing methods.

    Guests are offered Suheli Island Fishing Trip or any other options according to their interests: Hardcore fishing fans can take the boats for deep sea fishing, where as those looking for leisure fishing will enjoy Lagoon fishing. And the best part is you can barbeque what you catch.

    For more about Suheli Island Fishing Trip from Kadmat or Agatti Island

    How To Reach: By Air: connecting a flight from Kochi to Agatti. High Speed Vessels from Agatti to Kadmat takes 45nml/2 and half hrs.

    Read more about Kadmat, Lakshadweep:

    All about Kadmat Island travel & tourism information

    Kadmat Island

    Booking also open to Bangaram & Thinnakara for Beach Tent Camping Adventures!
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    Photo Courtesy – Sea Erosion at Kadmat Beach Resort, Kadmat, Lakshadweep
    Global warming is causing rising sea levels ‘The IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and Implications for Policy and Decision Making’

    The policies and guidelines
    The policies and guidelines prepared by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep to promote sustainable tourism can be categorized into four groups. 1. Impacts on physical environment 2. Impacts on ecological environment 3. Impacts on human use values, and 4. Impacts on quality of life values.

    Place a query: Place a Query / Order Form
    Mobile: +91 9605477000 : (Mr. Sadhik, Executive) ;
    Mobile: +91 9605177000 : (Mr. Menon, Documentation)
    Phone : +91-484 2397550, 4047550, 4011135

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    The accommodation rates are as follows:-


    Kadmat, Minicoy, Kavaratti, Thinnakara and Bangaram

    Name of package(ISLAND) Category of Rooms No. of Room Double Single Extra bed
    Marine Wealth Awareness Programme (KADMAT) Super Deluxe (A/C) 5 10000 8000 4000
    Deluxe (A/C) 10 8000 6000 3500
    Standard (A/C) 6 6000 5000 3000
    13 4000 3000 2000
    Swaying Palm –Programme (MINICOY) Deluxe (A/C) 12 8000 6000 3500
    Standard (A/C) 10 6000 5000 3000
    Taratashi Programme (KAVARATTI) Deluxe (A/C) 6 8000 6000 3500
    Tent (THINNAKKARA) 10 8000 6000 3000
    Tent (BANGARAM) 10 10000 8000 4000

    Rates in Indian Rupees and are subject to revision by the Lakshadweep Administration

    Peak Season:

    The rates for the month of December will be 10% higher than the normal rate and for the month of February and March will be 10% lower than the normal rate.

    Place a query: Place a Query / Order Form

    Principal Source: MintValley Tourism Division

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    Kadmat ; Thinnakkara ; Suheli Par ; Cheriyam

  • MH370 down in Indian Ocean, all 239 on board feared dead

    Date: 2014.03.24 | Category: Chagos islands, Indian Ocean, Malaysia Airlines, MH370 Crash, Other, Reparation Mechanisms | Response: 0

    MH370 crash: Plane goes down in Indian Ocean, all 239 on board fearMissing-plane-lost-in-Indian-Ocean-Malaysian-PM-announcesed dead
    March 24, 2014

    PETALING JAYA: All 239 passengers and crew on board MH370 are feared dead after it was determined that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 went down in the Indian Ocean.

    While Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced live over TV that the flight ended in the Indian Ocean based on confirmation from investigators, Malaysia Airlines sent a text message to families expressing deep regret.

    The text message read:

    “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

    Families in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur were seen wailing when they heard the news that the plane had crashed and there was no hope of any survivor.

    Some of the family members in Beijing were seen knocking their head. First teams rushed in to help several of the collapsed family members and sent them on to ambulance to hospital.

    Source: The Star, Malaysia


  • Chagos islands: UK experts to carry out resettlement study

    Date: 2014.03.13 | Category: Chagos islands, Other | Response: 0

    Chagos islands: UK experts to carry out resettlement study
    Foreign Office to ‘neutrally’ examine options and risks involved in re-establishing Chagossian community on archipelago.
    13 March 2014 The Guardian, U.K.

    Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago, is the site of a major US military base.

    Diego Garcia: Photograph

    The UK government is sending an expert team to the Chagos islands to see if it is feasible to resettle the tropical archipelago from which it forcibly evicted hundreds of families nearly 40 years ago to make way for a massive

    US military base.

    Up to 5,000 US servicemen presently live on the largest island, Diego Garcia, and have all their food, drink and essentials flown in. But the remaining 50 islands and reefs which stretch over hundreds of square miles of some of the most pristine seas in the world are now uninhabited and it is the dream of many Chagossian families living in exile mainly in Britain and Mauritius to return.

    The independent consultants, which will not include Chagossians, have been instructed by the Foreign Office (FCO) to “neutrally” examine the options and risks involved in establishing several sorts of community on the outer islands as well as on Diego Garcia itself. The suggestions include “a modern lifestyle, an eco-village, a pilot resettlement with some employment on the military base and a scientific research station”, says the terms-of-reference paper.

    At their peak in 1953, the islands supported a population of more than 1,000 people and the Foreign Office paper suggests that a decision on whether any of Chagossians are allowed to return to the British overseas territory will hang on the costs to the Treasury of maintaining a community and whether they can be self-sufficient. The costs of setting up police and health facilities, running water, waste management, communications and transport will all have to be considered.

    “All options should consider the development of a sustainable local economy, social and livelihood development and income generation for any resettled individuals,” the paper says.

    The coral islands, which have some of the cleanest waters in the world and half the total area of high quality coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, are rich in fish which would normally form the economic base of any resident community. But since Britain established the archipelago as the world’s largest marine reserve in 2010, it is theoretically illegal for anyone to fish there – except for the US military who have been allowed to catch around 50 tonnes of fish for sport. The setting up of the reserve by the then-foreign secretary David Miliband was widely interpreted as an attempt to prevent any  resettlement by the evicted Chagossians.

    But the terms of reference for the consultants also suggest Britain may be prepared to compromise on the total ban on fishing. The team has been asked to consider eco-tourism, fishing, game fishing and “industrial development”. If the Chagossians return, they have said they plan to re-establish copra production and fishing, and to develop the islands for tourism.

    Britain has previously made it impossible for the islanders to return, citing both costs and sea level rise. A 2003 feasibility study led to the government concluding that resettlement would be “costly and precarious” and that sea-level rise was averaging 5.4mm a year – twice the global average – and accelerating. This was refuted by other scientists.

    The study will consider many other environmental factors that could make life impossible for a small community to establish itself, but which appear to have not deterred the US military. The terms of reference specifically ask the consultants to look at how climate change could affect life on the islands in future. “This should include sea-level rise, rogue waves, coastal erosion, tropical cyclone frequency and intensity and changes in wave and wind conditions.”

    David Snoxell, co-ordinator of the Chagos islands’ all-party parliamentary group and former British high commissioner to Mauritius, said: “The FCO are to be applauded for initiating a new feasibility study which the all-party group has been arguing for since 2008. The foreign secretary announced in December 2012, following the Strasbourg verdict, that the case was inadmissible, that he would take stock of policies towards resettlement, but it has taken 15 months to get only to the stage of publishing terms of reference. It is imperative that the study is completed by the end of 2014 so that parliament is consulted and decisions taken before the election. We do not want a repeat of what happened over the announcement of the marine protection area in April 2010, five weeks before the last general election, thus ensuring that there was no time to consult parliament.”

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    Lakshadweep Archipelago, The Chagos Archipelago Chain of Islands

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