KANNUR z MONDAY z JUNE 4, 2018 z `7.00 z PAGES 30 z CITY EDITION 14 MINS OF PANIC AS SUSHMA SWARAJ’S FLIGHT GOES SILENT A VIP Embraer aircraft carrying the external affairs minister to South Africa went incommunicado on Saturday, triggering a mid-air scare HIGH SUSPENSE IN MAURITIUS AIRSPACE STOPOVERS AT T’PURAM, MAURITIUS Contact could not be established with the Indian Air Force flight IFC 31 after it left Male ATC for Mauritius airspace. Instead of waiting for the mandatory 30 minutes, the uncertainty phase, an alert known as INCERFA in aviation parlance, was activated, perhaps because the flight was carrying a VIP ■ Since the Embraer-135 aircraft, which was headed to South Africa, does not have a long range, it had stopovers at Thiruvananthapuram and Mauritius for refuelling ■ The incident happened soon after the flight was handed over to the Mauritius ATC 1 THE UNCERTAINTY PHASE IS THE FIRST OF THE THREE EMERGENCY PHASES CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Pak breaks truce Growth gauged using wrong weight word, 2 BSF men killed by snipers JUMPING THE GUN? 13 civilians injured in firing from across the border in Pargwal area of Akhinoor sector The people of Kashmir and the leadership here have to decide on using the unilateral ceasefire gesture, which stopped bloodshed here, to take the dialogue process forward Mehbooba Mufti, CM A woman injured in cross-border firing from Pakistan, being taken for treatment in Jammu on Sunday | PTI IMA state presidentelect Dr M E Sugathan said the “over enthusiasm” was unwanted since minor changes in the weight do not matter M S V I D YA N A N D A N @ T’Puram A comparison with the growth chart is the most common method used by pediatricians to assess the growth and nutrition status of a baby But what . if the comparison is done with inaccurate weight? A recent drive by the Legal Metrology Department found several hospitals in the state using weighing scales that are faulty or sub-standard. As many as 53 cases were reported in the statewide raid for BARELY five days after Pakistan’s director general of military operations (DGMO) called up his Indian counterpart on the hotline and agreed to honour the 2003 border ceasefire accord, Pakistani troops pounded BSF posts and civilian areas along the International Border in J&K on Sunday killing two BSF men and injuring 13 civilians. According to sources, both the BSF men were hit by Pakistani sniper fire. A BSF official said Pakistani troops opened fired using automatic weapons and resorted to mortar shelling on Indian posts at Pargwal sector of Akhnoor around 1.15 am. “The Pakistani firing came as a surprise as only few days back Pakistan DGMO had agreed to uphold to 2003 border ceasefire pact,” he said. The BSF retaliated in equal measure. Both the BSF men who died in the Pakistani firing hailed from Uttar Pradesh. While assistant sub inspector Satya Narayan Yadav was from Devaria village, constable Vijay Kumar Pandey was a resident of Fethpur. Sources said at least a dozen BSF posts were attacked. Ram Awtar, Inspector General of Police, BSF Jammu, said, “As a peaceful country we never initiate fire from our side. However, we will never hold back ourselves in responding professionally to the operational demands and giving befitting reply .” CALL TO SEIZE THE MOMENT FOR DIALOGUE Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urged separatists to seize the moment. “We cannot force you or give dictation,” she said. Recently a youth got killed after he came under a CRPF vehicle that was being stoned. “But why take to stonepelting? Why not give them a way out of this morass, from stone or gun culture?” she said. P9 Youth revolt looks to burst ‘bubbles’ Hyderabad: The ongoing raids by the Income Tax department are expected to intensify as officials struggle to achieve their stiff targets. Already in “hyperactive’’ mode, especially over the last couple of years, the Finance Ministry has allocated a budgetary target of `11.50 lakh crore for 18 Income Tax regions across the country, including Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi. YOUR LIFE COACH THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST Kozhikode heaves a big sigh of relief as Nipah death pauses EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Kozhikode THE open revolt by Congress’ young leaders in Kerala against the leadership indicates the party is finally breaking free from the clutches of ‘ ’ and ‘I’ groups, a bane of the party for several A decades. While five young MLAs --- Hibi Eden, Roji M John, V T Balram, Shafi Parambil and Anil Akkara --- have come out in the open, demanding a generational shift in the party leadership including a new face for the Rajya Sabha seat, the movement also has the silent backing of a large section of the party leaders and sympathisers, it is learnt. Political analysts also dismissed as “bunkum” senior leaders’ contention that there are no strong and capable young leaders in the party, who can take up bigger responsibility like that of a Rajya Sabha member. “This is sheer nonsense. Leaders like A K Antony came up through similar revolt forcing the then senior leaders to make way for them,” said J Prabash, a political commentator and former pro vicechancellor, Kerala University . “Senior leaders in Congress are like bubbles, which will remain till a turbulence comes. With the emergence of the BJP, which has roots in every village and even urban areas through RSS, the youngsters have realised that time to burst the bubble is right now. Only if the leadership makes way can it attract youngsters, who can feel that hardwork can help them to move up the ladder in the party he said. ● More on P5 ,” EXPRESS READ Expect more knocks by taxmen this year 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) ‘Fine’ window open for illegal mining firms across the country New Delhi: Illegal mining projects across the country may soon be regularised as the Centre will grant them environmental clearance (EC) if the concerned firms pay a penalty, as directed by the Supreme Court. The court, on August 2 last year, said mining companies in Odisha operating without EC would have to pay the state a 100 per cent penalty. B I G M O N E Y, B I G G E R C A N VA S Malayalam filmmakers zoom in on history, myth for big-budget movies S H I B U B S @ Kochi Willingness to invest big THE colour, costumes, drama and love that lace Kerala’s history and folklore have often made Malayalam filmmakers to turn to it whenever they planned wide-canvas, big-budget movies. In the past, several Vadakkan Pattu movies were made in studios, mainly Udaya, while some of the most expensive productions in the past few decades — be it Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha (1989), Kalapani (1996) or Pazhassi Raja (2009) — were based on Kerala’s history bal, lads, folklore and legends. Like elsewhere, technology dictates terms in modern-day Mollywood, but history and myth continue to fascinate bigbudget movie makers. In the pipeline are the life of Kunjali Marakkar, Kerala’s Robin Hood Kayamkulam Kochunni; the ballads of Nila — Mamankam; Marthanda Varma, Kaaliyan and Nangeli’s protest against the breast tax system. Are our directors inspired by Baahubali’s success? “Of course, Baahubali’s success has mandatory for hospitals to calibrate the weighing machines every year. Cases will be registered against errant hospitals under the provisions of the Legal Metrology Act. To ensure compliance with Central rules, the department has started efforts to set up a laboratory to examine calibration of BP apparatus. Meanwhile, the Legal Metrology Department’s drive has not gone down well with the Indian Medical Association. The association has petitioned to the Health Minister’s office against the “unnecessary” inspections. CONGRES CAMP R A J E S H A B R A H A M & A R U N M @ Kochi F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar WITH THIS ISSUE the usage of weighing and measurement devices without the department’s mandatory stamp. According to the department’s joint controller Reena Gopal R, the drive put special focus on weighing scales used by pediatricians. “Doctors determine the nutritional status of the child with the help of the baby’s weight and height. Not just children, certain diagnoses and treatment procedures for elders too are dependent on weight and height,” she said. The joint controller said it was ■ Producers’ willingness to invest big provides filmmakers with an opportunity to give world-class visual effects Director Vinayan said not everyone is lured by dynamism of historical figures ■ given south Indian film makers the courage that big ventures can be sold globally with the help of superb marketing. But that’s not the only reason for selecting the tale of Kunjali Marakkar for my next movie,” ace director Priyadarshan told Express. His next venture, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham starring Mohanlal, is likely to be the costliest Malayalam movie ever. “For Malayalees, wide canvas once meant Udaya-stable movies, which narrated Vadakkan Paattu tales. Later, in the ‘80s too, movies with heroes from history and folklore were made in Malayalam. However, budget constraints didn’t give them the desired technical finesse, with Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha being the only exception. Marakkar was in my mind since 1996 and, in fact, I had planned it with the late scenarist T Damodaran. Back then, our industry size was very limited and most producers weren’t ready to invest hugely in such big ventures,” said Priyadarshan. ● More on P6 Baahubali’s success has given south Indian film makers the courage that big ventures can be sold globally with the help of superb marketing Priyadarshan, director WITH no death reported for the third straight day, health officers in the district are relieved and believe the Nipah infection rate is going down. The last death in the district was reported on Thursday . Though a patient, who was undergoing treatment at the Medical College Hospital, died on Saturday she was not infect, ed by Nipah virus, confirmed authorities. However, the authorities have urged people to be vigilant and careful as they have not ruled out the chances for infection. The district administration is strictly monitoring the contact list, which now over 2,000 names. The health officials are also in touch with the people in the contact list and have ensured with facilities such as ambulance services to reach Medical College Hospital, in case symptoms become ● More on P6 visible. 1932-2018 Former Express scribe Leela Menon no more E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi LEELA Menon, who stretched the boundaries of journalism as a scribe of Express, passed away at 8.30 pm on Sunday after prolonged illness at an old-age home here. She was 86. The body will be kept at the Ernakulam Town Hall between 10 am and noon on Monday Cremation will be held later at . the Ravipuram Crematorium. After joining as a clerk at a post office in 1949, she became a telegraphist. An interview of her as the only woman telegraphist at that time sparked the desire in her to become a journalist. In 1978, she joined as sub-editor of Indian Express in Delhi and moved to Kochi in 1982. At a time when women were hesitant in pursuing a career in journalism, Leela Menon, with her exclusives and scoops, stood out and opened the doors for several women, especially in Kerala, to follow in her footsteps. Leela Menon served as bureau chief of Express at Kottayam till 1990, and later moved to Kochi and served there till 2000. Later, she also worked with The Hindu, Outlook, Vanitha, Madhyamam, Malayalam and Kerala Mid-Day Times. In the twilight of her career, she was the Chief Editor of Janmabhumi. Leela Menon was born in Vengolla, near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam, on November 10, 1932. Her husband Major Bhaskara Menon, pre● More on P6 deceased her.
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