MANGALURU WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 18 CITY EDITION MOST ROAD ACCIDENTS IN T.N.; K’TAKA FOURTH IN FATALITIES With 74,571 accidents, TN saw more crashes than other states in 2017; K’taka retains 4th spot in fatalities despite fall in numbers CRASHES CLAIMED 1.5 LAKH LIVES IN 2017 OVERSPEEDING BEHIND MOST CRASHES As many as 4,70,975 road accidents took place in India last year, leaving 4,64,910 people injured and 1,47,913 dead, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Two-wheelers accounted for 33.9% of all accidents and 29.8% of fatalities, and LMVs accounted for 24.5% of accidents and 21.1 % fatalities ■ ■ While more than three out of four (76%) accidents were due to overspeeding, the second-most common cause of crashes was mobile phone use and driver fatigue (18%) As many as 73,793 people who died in accidents last year were 18-35 years old, while 55,250 victims were 35-60 years old P9 1 minute FREQUENCY OF ACCIDENTS IN INDIA; A LIFE IS LOST IN CRASHES EVERY 3.5 MINS 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 Gas pipe blast kills 9 in SAIL’s Bhilai plant 14 other employees injured, 4 critical; identity of victims yet to be declared E J A Z K A I S E R @ Raipur NINE people were killed and 14 sustained serious injuries at the Bhilai Steel Plant, a flagship unit of state-owned Steel Authority of India, following a major explosion on Tuesday morning. The blast took place around 10.30 am in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant, situated 30 km east of Raipur. The reason behind the explosion was not immediately known. SAIL has ordered an inquiry into the incident. According to sources, around 30 employees were working at the spot when the incident took place. Half-a-dozen employees miraculously escaped unhurt when the fire broke out. All the 14 injured were rushed to Bhilai Sector-9 hospital, where they are undergoing treatment. According to hospital sources, four of the injured are in critical condition. Company sources said some of the bodies have been charred be- yond recognition. “We are not in a position to reveal the names of those identified,” Bhilai plant’s spokesperson and DGM Vijay Mairal told The New Indian Express. On whether the fire broke out due to leakage of gas, the official said an investigation was on whether there were any lapses. Employees protested as the management seemed reluctant to declare the identities of those killed in the accident. Though some bodies could be recognised, their names were not announced immediately . TNIE has learnt from reliable sources that no safety audit was undertaken in the plant. “It’s sad not much attention is being given to maintenance and preventive care as the focus is on newer projects”, said a former official. “Had the requisite routine maintenance works been carried out, the tragic incident could have been averted,” said former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi. TEACHING ART OF GIVING BY SETTING PERSONAL EXAMPLE S G U R U S R I K A N T H @ Vijayawada SIXTEEN years ago, when a mandal education officer told teacher Kakumanu Jojappa that his government school needed toilets and drinking water supply to qualify for an upgrade to an upper primary one, he did his bit by donating `15,000 to construct the toilets. For a man of his means, `15,000 was a big sum at that point in time, but he did not mind. Neither did his wife, who is also in the same profession. The Government Elementary School in Nulakapeta of Tadepalli mandal in Guntur district eventually became the Mandal Parishad Upper Primary School, helping children in the vicinity avoid crossing the Krishna canal to reach the next school, which was a considerable distance away . “My objective was to help the children and see the school where I worked upgraded. I did it in memory of my parents - Maya SAYS WILL NOT BEG FOR SEATS IN ALLIANCE Ashirvadam and Keeritamma - who strived to make me what I am today says the math teacher, ,” who now works at the Vaddeswaram Zilla Parishad High School in the same mandal. What inspired Jojappa (53) to become a philanthrophist? It all began after he read an article in a magazine about the art of giving, recalls. Recently, on the occasion of his mother’s death anniversary , he pledged to donate a day’s salary every month for the next 80 months - till he retires in April 2025 - to the state’s ‘Badi Runam Teerchukundam’ programme, aimed at improving infrastructure at government schools. He earns `80,000 a month, and his donation, which gets deducted from his salary, would amount to about `2.13 lakh. Born into a poor family of weavers, his was a family of seven with both parents working to feed the rest. Jojappa’s mother passed away when he was in college and his father died just when he b e c a m e a t e a c h e r. “Through my philanthrophy, I feel like I’m serving my parents. It gives me a sense of fulfilment. I focus on students and schools because the future generations can be moulded there and I get to set a good example,” he says. Jojappa spends 10% of his salary on charity . BSP will fight elections alone than beg for seats in any alliance, party supremo Mayawati said, asserting her decision to have no pact with the Congress in poll-bound MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. She said the BJP was ‘casteist’, ‘communal’, ‘arrogant’, ‘malicious’ and ‘narrow-minded’. B’luru-M’luru train services to resume from Wednesday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mangaluru/Bengaluru TRAIN services between Mangaluru and Bengaluru are set to resume from Wednesday (October 10), nearly two months after they were suspended owing to landslides on the SakleshpurSubrahmanya Road stretch. According to South Western Railway (SWR) Chief PRO E Vijaya, the reservations for the trains have already commenced. While KSR BengaluruKannur/Karwar Express (Train No 16511/16513) will leave the state capital at 7.15 pm from Bengaluru on Wednesday, its pairing train (16512/16514) Karwar /Kannur-KSR Bengaluru will run from October 11 onwards. On Thursday, the day train — Yesvantpur-Karwar Express (Train No 16515) — will leave Yesvantpur at 7.10 am. Its pairing train (16516) will leave from Karwar on Friday (Oct 12). Train operations came to a standstill between the two cities following a landslide on August 14 on the Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road stretch of the Hassan-Mangaluru railway section. It was succeeded by 64 more landslides and torrential rains. Asked about the speed limit, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysuru Division, Aparna Garg said that trains passing through the ghat section generally maintain a speed of 30 km per hour and this will continue. At two sections , the train will run at a speed limit of P2 10 kmph, she said. EXPRESS READ Sabarimala case: SC refuses urgent hearing Rahul slams Centre over Gadkari’s remark New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to give urgent hearing to pleas seeking review of its ruling lifting restrictions on allowing women from entering Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “The case may come up only after Dussehra vacation.” New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi slammed the Centre over minister Nitin Gadkari’s reported confession that BJP made tall promises in 2014 LS polls thinking it won’t come to power. “You are right...the public also thinks the government exploited the people’s trust for their greed for power,” Rahul tweeted.
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