HUBBALLI l SUNDAY l JULY 29, 2018 l `7.00 l PAGES 26 l CITY EDITION SMALLER CITIES GIVE WING TO INDIAN AVIATION SECTOR It’s not big cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, but smaller ones like Surat, Ahemedabad & Ranchi that drive India’s aviation sector growth SURAT SEES WHOPPING 250% GROWTH ‘INFRA AND PRICING DID THE TRICK’ Nationwide, airports saw a 17% annual increase in air travellers, with the rates in smaller cities being much higher. Ranchi and Amritsar saw passengers increase by 72% and 64% in 2017-18, and Surat topped the list with a whopping 250%. Delhi and Mumbai, meanwhile, saw 14.5% and 6.5% growth respectively ■ ■ Infrastructure development and affordable pricing have attracted people in smaller cities towards air travel, said a senior official of the ministry of civil aviation Growth would continue, with effort from the government to put more smaller cities on the aviation map, officials said 308.8 mn AIR PASSENGERS IN INDIA IN 2017-18; IT WAS 265 MN THE PREVIOUS YEAR 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 HEALTH UPDATE Karunanidhi stable in ICU, says hospital EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE FIT AND PROPER? The photo of a UP police officer seeking blessings from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Gorakhnath temple on Friday that went viral| PTI As St Stephen’s calls off Mamata event, TMC blames saffron pressure EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AN address by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee due to have been made on Wednesday (August 1) to students of St Stephen’s Colle ge in New Delhi has been cancelled. Pe o p l e f a m i l i a r w i t h the matter in Mamata’s party — Trinamool Congress — have claimed that the college suspended the event because of growing “saffron pressure”. Although, the reason for the cancellation by the college is yet to be confirmed, TMC has cited “protocol issues” as mentioned by the college in an apology written to Mamata, expressing regret for cancellation of the event. According to sources, the Bengali Literary Society of the colle ge had invited Mamata for the event. St Stephen’s principal John Varghese could not be reached for a comment despite multiple attempts by TNIE. Mamata is scheduled to leave for New Delhi on Monday This is the third event in . recent weeks which Mamata was supposed to address but got cancelled. WILL THE REAL IMRAN STAND UP? ‘Leader like Mamata needed’ Midnapore (West Bengal): Giving a call to oust BJP, TMC leaders on Saturday said people of India needed a leader like Mamata who worked for all, including farmers and women They reiterated the “BJP hatao, desh bachao” slogan given by Mamata last week and said that a pledge needed to be taken to win all the 42 LS seats in the state. “First, the Vivekananda event in Chicago. Then her China visit and now St Stephens! Mamata Banerjee is giving the BJP-RSS sleepless nights. Let them keep trying, she cannot be silenced. The Bengal CM’s trip to Delhi is on schedule. She will be chief guest at the ‘Love your Neighbour’ conference organised by India’s largest Christian body, The Catholic Bishops Conference of India, at 2.30 pm on July 31,” a senior Trinamool MP said. PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE DMK president M Karunanidhi is reportedly stable after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at around 1.30 am on Saturday . “Karunanidhi’s health condition continues to remain stable with ongoing medical support. He is continuously being monitored by the panel of expert doctors in the ICU,” said a Kauvery Hospital bulletin released at 8 pm on Saturday Kau. very hospital had earlier said in a bulletin he was brought there after his blood pressure had dropped. As soon as Karunanidhi was shifted to the hospital, his sons M K Azhagiri, M K Stalin, daughter Kanimozhi and party leader Durai Mur ug an r ushed the hospital. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the hospital and enquired about the health of Karunanidhi with the hospital authorities. P6 Nitish puts BJP on notice over ‘diluting’ SC/ST Act JD(U) joins Paswan-led LJP’s demand to restore original provisions of the SC/ST Act, demands Justice AK Goel be removed as NGT chief RAMAN SINGH A N A N D S T D A S @ Patna THE BOILING POINT TROUBLE mounted for BJP as its main Bihar ally JD(U) on Saturday came out in support of LJP’s demands for undoing the Supreme Court’s “dilution” of the SC-ST atrocity law and removing Justice (retd) A K Goel as NGT chairperson. Sensing the rising resentment among Dalit voters in Bihar towards the BJP-led NDA, the JD(U) said the two demands put forth by Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP are justified. With LJP’s demands finding support among Dalit groups and they planning a nationwide protest on these issues on August 9, JD(U) is afraid of losing the support of Bihar’s Dalits, who form 16% of the electorate. “The demands are sensible and justified. If Dalits choose not to vote for NDA, what will happen to the alliance? The government is for the poor. Should we not be ad- LJP has set August 9 deadline for the Centre to restore the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to its original form and remove Justice (retd) A K Goel, one of the Supreme Court judges who had passed the order, as chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT). Dalit groups back LJP’s demands, plan nationwide protests on August 9 dressing their issues first?” asked JD(U) national general secretary KC Tyagi. Reminding that the strict law was framed by “leaders such as Ram Vilas Paswan, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sharad Yadav and others under the leadership of VP Singh,” Tyagi said it was “only natural” that changes in the law would TELECOM Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R S Sharma was left in an awkward situation on Saturday after he shared his Aadhaar number online and issued a challenge. Hours later, his personal details such as PAN number and alternative phone number were put out on public domain by hackers triggering a debate on Aadhaar data security . It started after Sharma, responding to a Twitter post, shared his Aadhaar number and tweeted from his handle @rssharma3, “Now I give this challenge to you. Show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me!” The tweet was sent as a reply to one @kingslyj’s post at around 1.45 pm. By 6 pm, however, French security expert and Aadhaar critic Elliot Anderson had revealed the Now I give this challenge to you. Show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me! R S Sharma mobile number linked to the Aadhaar number. Soon, Sharma’s PAN number, alternative phone number, email ID, the phone he was using, his WhatsApp profile pic and some other sensitive data was out in the open. However, some Twitter users disputed the claims of Aadhaar data breach, stating that most of the data disclosed was in public domain as Sharma is a high ranking official. In the first tweet, Elliot @fs0c131y shared his mobile number: “The phone number linked to this #Aadhaar number is 995*****77”, One arrested for trolling Kerala girl on social media E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi ONE person has been arrested in connection with the online defamation of Hanan Hamid, the 19-year-old Kerala student who bore the brunt of massive online abuse and social media trolls after it came to light that she was selling fish. Hanan, a chemistry degree student, has been selling fish after her college hours to support her ailing mother. Police is questioning Noorudeen Sheikh, against whom various provisions of the IT Act and other non-bailable offenses have been slapped. Sheikh, hailing from Wayanad, posted an abusive video that was circulated online. Noorudeen Sheikh abused her online, q u e s t i o n i n g h e r c re d i b i l i t y a n d claiming that she was fake. Her pictures, along with actors like Mohanlal, was circulated online, insinuating that her fish-selling was staged in order to land a film role. Reacting to the arrest, Hanan thanked the government and her college for standing by her. Meanwhile, police war ned that more people will be arrested for abusing Hanan online. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had supported the girl in an Facebook post, following which the police decided to act against the online bullies. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan condemned the cyber attack on Hanan and said those who had attacked her world should be punished. PLASTIC SURGERY Caught using plastic? Get ready to pay fine PENALTY CORNER MANUFACTURERS A 2 lakh for first time A5 LAKH for subsequent offence SELLING A 50,000 for first time A 1 LAKH for subsequent offence DOMESTIC USE A 500 for first time A 1,000 for subsequent offence evoke protests from leaders irrespective of political affiliation. “Considering the still deplorable condition of Dalits and the rising atrocities against them, this law needs to be further strengthened. The need of the hour is to make Dalits feel safe,” said JD(U) leader Ashok Chaudhary . LJP has set August 9 deadline for the Centre to restore the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to its original form and remove Justice (retd) A K Goel, one of the SC judges who had passed the order, as NGT chairperson. Sources said Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has been unhappy over “dilution” of the law by the apex court and that he has privately raised the issue with senior BJP leaders, including BJP chief Amit Shah, during their meeting earlier this month. JD(U) leaders, however, did not specify if the party would support the August 9 protests. Aadhaar dare: Hackers post Trai chief’s personal info A K R A M M O H A M M E D @ Bengaluru A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru THE next time you choose to step out with a plastic bag in your hands, chances are you could be facing a `500 fine. Three years after the Bruhat Beng aluru Mahanag ara Palike (BBMP) enforced a plastic ban in the city, the civic agency is now gearing up to enforce it with the help of technology . According to officials, the agency is procuring hand-held devices which will be able to capture details of the persons using plastic bags, including their picture and the location where they were spotted. The machine will also generate a spot penalty receipt automatically, instead of the manual receipts being issued currently . Speaking to Express, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said the agency was readying to become stricter about enforcing the ban. In INTERVIEW The new system will be in place in 2 months all, 110 junior health inspectors have been hired on a contract basis to supplement the in-house health inspectors. “These devices will be similar to the ticket-vending machines used by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and will have additional features such as a camera and a screen enabled with a Global Positioning System (GPS) interface. The machines will be procured locally and can be modified to meet our requirements,” he said. Explaining further, the Commissioner said that the BBMP official would use the device to take a picture of the offender or the shop where plastic was being sold. This would include the sale of plastic covers, cups and plates. “The GPS-enabled machine will record the exact location along with the time and date where the health inspector captures the offence. There will be a centralised dash board for monitoring and every time the penalty is levied, the dash board will show the amount collected along with the ward details. These can be monitored by senior officials in the central office,” he said. This system will use an integrated portal developed by the BBMP. P5 and revealed that it was issued by Department of Electronics and Information Technology. With the help of others, Elliot also succeeded in getting the date of birth, personal number and alternative phone number of Sharma. “I stop here, I hope you will understand why make your #Aadhaar number public is not a good idea,” he wrote. Another hacker, meanwhile, discovered that Sharma was using an iPhone with the said number. A short while later, the WhatsApp profile pic of the said number was put up in social media. P6 Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh ‘UNITY AMONG OPPN LEADERS DOUBTFUL’ C hhattisgarh CM Raman Singh dismissed any threat to the NDA in the 2019 elections saying ‘ambitious’ Opposition leaders would not be able to put up a united fight. “To what extent they can put aside their differences and what convincing narrative of governance these cluster of parties have remains to be seen,” said Singh, the BJP’s longest serving CM, in an interview to The New Sunday Express. “The united Opposition is more a reflection of their panic owing to PM Narendra Modiji’s charismatic leadership,” he added. FULL INTERVIEW: P9 33 KILLED AS BUS TUMBLES DOWN MAHA GORGE A bus with staff of an agriculture university in Maharashtra skidded off the road into a deep gorge in Raigad district on Saturday
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