LONDON: An Iranian oil supertanker, its Indian captain and three other Indian crew members have all been released on Thursday by authorities in Gibraltar, despite a last-minute claim on the vessel by the US Department of Justice. "I am grateful and thankful for my release. And I am grateful to all who have facilitated my release in my legal team," the Captain of the Grace 1 tanker said in a statement. A spokesman for Gibraltar's government also confirmed that police proceedings against four members of the crew had ended. The arrested Indian crew members – the Master, Chief Officer and two Second Mates – were aboard the Panama-flagged supertanker that was detained off Europa Point in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory on the Spanish coast, last month. The Gibraltar authorities had said the vessel is loaded to capacity with crude oil enroute to Syria, in breach of European Union (EU) sanctions. But after a hearing in Gibraltar on Thursday, the local Supreme Court of … [Read more...] about All 24 Indian crew members aboard seized Iranian ship released
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Kedarnath’s trailers have teased a film that combines sweeping Bollywood romance and grand visual effects. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan as lovers caught between social and environmental obstacles, the film will be released on December 7.Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film has had a difficult production, with a legal spat erupting between production companies and also between Kapoor and his actor Sara Ali Khan. The issue was eventually resolved and Sara, the daughter of Saif Ali Khan, is making her film debut with Kedarnath, which is said to be set against the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.We’ve seen several films that dramatise the mass mayhem and loss of life that takes place during a natural disaster in the past. Can Kedarnath match up to these five films, all set against a backdrop of aquatic natural disasters?PoseidonThis remake of the 1970’s classic starred an ensemble cast that included Kurt … [Read more...] about Can Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan’s Kedarnath match up to these 5 water-bound disaster movies?
On the evening of November 24, the cargo vessel MV Beki sent an SOS after running aground on the Jamuna, in Bangladesh. The ship, which was carrying coal from Haldia to Guwahati, also asked the accompanying vessels MV Maheshwari and MV Aai to anchor right away to prevent it from getting stuck in the shallow river bed. The vessels were part of India’s first attempt to send containerised cargo via a river from Kolkata to Guwahati. The government wants to use inland waterways to ship cargo to the Northeast and Bangladesh, reducing cost and time to reach the landlocked region which can otherwise be reached only through the narrow Chicken’s Neck corridor in north Bengal. By using the river route, goods can reach Guwahati and be then transported across the Northeast. This also helps India increase trade with Bangladesh — a part of the river route is through that country — and counter any external threat to Chicken’s Neck. India and Bangladesh have signed … [Read more...] about Dry run: India’s plan for an inland water route from Kolkata to Guwahati hits a rough patch
Caroline Kennedy smashed a bottle across the USS John Kennedy carrier's hull on Saturday at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. She is the sponsor of her father's namesake ship. The ship is the second of the US Navy's new Ford-Class of aircraft carriers. The first was the USS Gerald R Ford, which was commissioned last year. The new carriers are designed to carry and fly more planes with fewer sailors. The Kennedy's keel was laid in 2015. The dry dock was flooded in late October. Guests at the christening ceremony included former US Secretary of State John Kerry. … [Read more...] about Caroline Kennedy christens JFK’s carrier