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Typhoon Nock-Ten maintains intensity as it nears Philippines

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typhoon Nock Ten also known as nina

Manila: Typhoon Nock-Ten maintains its intensity as it approaches the eastern Philippines, where it is expected to make landfall later on Sunday and remain in the archipelago until Wednesday.

With sustained winds of 175 kph and gusts of 215 kph, the typhoon, known as Nina in the Philippines, was located 150 km the east of Catanduanes island in Bicol region, the country’s meteorological agency PAGASA said.At least 76,300 people have been temporarily relocated to sports venues and schools in the region that will be affected by the category-4 typhoon, graded second highest in the five-tier measurement system, Efe news reported.

The governor of Albay province said evacuation efforts were on and it could include the movement of up to a million people.Authorities have declared a state of alert in about a dozen provinces, where the passage of the typhoon is expected to cause heavy rainfall, The Inquirer newspaper reported.

An alert has also been issued regarding the possible rise in sea level by 2.5 metres — which poses a threat to the coastal localities of at least three provinces — as well as may cause floods and landslides.Thousands of people have had to postpone their Christmas travel plans by boat owing to the storm.

The typhoon, which according to its current course will pass near Manila, could affect operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport near the country’s capital, said the department of civil aviation.Nock-Ten is the third typhoon in the history of the country to hit the Philippines during Christmas time.

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Prime Minister Modi wishes nation on 71st Republic Day

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning extended his warm wishes to Indians on the occasion of India”s 71st Republic Day.

Prime minister took to Twitter to convey his greetings: Wishing everyone a happy Republic Day. Greetings to all Indians on this occasion. Jai Hind!”

Earlier on Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu greeted the nation. While Kovind invoked Mahatma Gandhi, Naidu reminded Indians of discharging Indians their conditional duties.

“It should be part of our daily routine to introspect on Gandhiji”s message of truth and non-violence, which has become all the more necessary in our times,” said Kovind while addressing the nation.

Meanwhile Naidu asserted, “Let us pledge to faithfully discharge our constitutionally mandated Fundamental Duties and be responsible citizens who will be proactive partners in the nation”s development.”

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