Storm warning Cyclone Vayu likely to return and hit Kutch next week

first_imgNew Delhi: Cyclone Vayu will change its path again and is likely to hit Kutch on June 17-18, an official of the ministry of earth sciences said on Friday. The very severe cyclonic storm will also reduce in intensity and turn into a severe cyclonic storm by Saturday morning, a senior India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. “The system is moving nearly westwards affecting Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka districts with wind speed of 50-60 kilometres per hour gusting to 70 kilometres per hour and Gir Somnath and Junagarh districts with wind speed of 30-40 kilometres per hour gusting to 50 kilometres per hour. The wind speed over these districts is very likely to decrease gradually,” the Cyclone Warning Division said in its bulletin at 5.30 pm. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “The system is very likely to move nearly westwards during next 48 hours and recurve northeastwards thereafter,” it added. “Cyclone Vayu will again recurve. It is likely to hit the Kutch coast on June 17-18,” ministry of earth sciences secretary M Rajeevan told news agency PTI. By June 16, Vayu is likely to become a cyclonic storm with an expected wind speed of 80-90 kilometres per hour, he said. The intensity of the cyclone is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression, Rajeevan added. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize He said the Gujarat government has been alerted about the possible recurvature of the cyclonic storm. Cyclone Vayu was to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, but it changed course on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. It skirted the Gujarat coast, affecting Gir, Somnath, Diu, Junagarh and Porbandar. After it changed its course on Thursday, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said that the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), that were brought in to provide aide for possible damage, will remain stationed along the coastline for another 48 hours. As a precautionary measure, the state government has evacuated over two lakh people living along the coast. Meanwhile, there was no let up in heatwave in northern and eastern India due to deficient pre-monsoon showers and conditions look to remain the same till the weekend when rain is likely in some parts. The mercury crossed the 45-degree mark at some places in Delhi, which is the only 100% rain-deficient state in the country.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

Chinas Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit

BEIJING, China – Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands.Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep, but a possible acquisition would be in line with chairman Wang Jianjun’s goal, announced in February, of becoming the top specialty SUV producer by 2020.Great Wall “has this intention,” said the public relations director for its Haval SUV brand, Zhao Lijia, when asked about a report by Automotive News that the Chinese automaker wants to buy Jeep. An employee of the press office for the company headquarters, who would give only his surname, Zhang, said, “Yes, we are interested in Jeep.”Zhao and Zhang said they had no other details when asked about a possible price. Zhao said it may take some time to assemble a formal bid.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the company is for sale and cannot compete globally without a tie-up to a bigger partner due to the high costs of developing and marketing vehicles.In a statement Monday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it had not been approached by Great Wall.Marchionne said in April that Jeep and Chrysler’s Ram truck brand are strong enough to stand alone. The company spun off its Ferrari brand in 2015 into a separate business.Chinese companies in industries from autos to robots are spending billions of dollars to acquire brands and technology to strengthen their competitive position at home and speed their development.Great Wall Motors Ltd., headquartered in Baoding, southwest of Beijing, is one of a series of independent Chinese automakers that have grown up alongside state-owned giants such as Shanghai Automotive Industries.If it goes ahead with a Jeep bid, Great Wall could become the second Chinese automaker, after Geely Holding Group, to expand onto the global stage by acquiring an established foreign brand.Geely bought Sweden’s Volvo Cars from Ford Motor Co. in 2010 and has launched a third brand, Lynk & Co., as a partnership between Volvo and Geely’s Chinese brand.In June, Geely bought a 49.9 per cent stake in Malaysian automaker Proton and a controlling interest in British sports car maker Lotus.In 2011, a state-owned Chinese automaker, Dongfeng Motor Group, bought 14 per cent of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe’s second-largest automaker.Great Wall sold just under 1.1 million SUVs last year, behind Jeep’s 1.4 million. Its revenue of 98.6 billion yuan ($14.4 billion) was a fraction of FCA’s global total of $118 billion (111 billion euros), but its $1.5 billion profit was almost equal to the Italian-U.S. automaker’s $1.8 billion.Great Wall also can draw on strong demand in China, the biggest auto market by units sold. Total SUV sales rose 16.8 per cent over a year earlier to 4.5 million in the six months ending in June.Great Wall emerged from a collective founded in the 1980s to repair and customize vehicles. Wei, then 26, took control in 1990 and shifted into auto manufacturing. The company launched its first sedan in 1993 but narrowed its focus a decade ago to SUVs.Wei said in February that the company’s “globalization strategy” included improving technology to meet U.S. safety standards. But he gave no indication when Haval might export to the United States or major European markets such as Germany.Great Wall shares rose 1.6 per cent in Hong Kong, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV gained 2.8 per cent in Milan.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting and AP Business Writer Colleen Barry contributed to this report.___Online:Great Wall Motors Co.: www.gwm-global.comFiat Chrysler Automobiles NV: www.fcagroup.com China’s Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 4:08 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more