KOTTAYAM l MONDAY l AUGUST 05, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION 29 killed in bloody American weekend The gunman used an “AK-like assault rifle with high capacity magazines” and killed nine people in less than a minute, the city’s mayor Nan Whaley said. The shooter was shot dead by police within 60 seconds, the mayor added. Less than 13 hours earlier on Saturday in El Paso, a city in Tex, as that is on the border with Mexico, a 21-year-old gunman opened EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TWO separate mass shootings at crowded public places in the US within a span of 14 hours left 29 people dead and more than 50 wounded, a shocking carnage even in a nation used to gun violence. Early Sunday, a lone shooter opened fire on a street in a popular nightlife area in Ohio’s Dayton. fire in a Walmart store packed to capacity with around 3,000 people. Three Mexicans were among the 20 killed in what Governor Greg Abbot called “one of the deadliest days in the history of the state”. The El Paso shooter, who was apprehended, is believed to have espoused white nationalist views and the police are treating it as a P10 possible hate crime. A woman looking for her missing mother cries outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred earlier on Saturday | AP FBI OPENS DOMESTIC TERROR PROBE 125 dead The 21-year-old white male suspect in the Texas shooting is IN 22 MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S THIS YEAR, SAYS AN A.P. DATABASE The FBI investigation would go on in parallel to the state probe. The Texas governor said police would aggressively prosecute it as a capital murder as well as a hate crime The Associated Press defines a mass shooting as a homicide where four or more people are killed—not incl. the offender suspected to have written a document full of anti-immigrant and racist views. The FBI has opened a domestic terror probe 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 Sat phones add to Valley tension DAY AFTER BIG SUNDAY DRAMA: SRIRAM PROTAGONIST, BABUS BEHIND SCENE Deployment of fresh troops begins; all-party meet vows to safeguard the state’s identity F AYA Z W A N I @ S R I N A G A R THE simmering tension in the Valley went up many notches on Sunday when it became known that top police and civil officials have been issued satellite phones and hospitals cancelled staff leaves. Total uncertainty and chaos continues to prevail in the state as people do not know what to expect, but agree the Centre is up to something big. The deployment of satellite phones led to speculation that cellular and mobile internet services could be snapped in the Valley Ac. cording to sources, 55 sat phones have been issued to deputy commissioners and other district officials, 16 to chief secretary 29 to top , police official and 105 to Station House Officers of police stations across the Valley . Besides, hospitals in the Valley have cancelled leaves of their employees and provided them curfew passes. Sources said hospitals have stocked up on surgical instruments and life saving drugs to meet any emergency . Deputy commissioners across EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram AFTER hours of public outcry and mounting media pressure, Sriram Venkataraman, the IAS officer who had been undergoing treatment at a super-speciality private hospital in connection with fatally hitting journalist K M Basheer to death with a car allegedly under the influence of alcohol, was shifted to the cell ward of the Medical College Hospital. He was shifted based on the advice of district jail superintendent and prison doctor on Sunday night. Sriram was first produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate, who attended him in the ambulance, advised to move him to the district jail as he had no major health issues. However, the judge mentioned the jail superintendent could decide whether he should be put behind the bars or referred to the cell ward for further treatment. Following this, the jail superintendent referred him to the cell ward. Sriram was shifted on a stretcher, his mouth covered in a mask and body in white clothes, in an ambulance first to the district jail from the hospital and subsequently to the special cell ward, which is allotted for accused in criminal cases and prisoners. Meanwhile, there are un- Sriram Venkataraman being taken in an ambulance to the district jail on Sunday | B P DEEPU To help Sriram, police violated procedures Kochi: It’s now almost certain that the police had grossly violated the procedures to help Sriram Venkataraman get off the legal hook without much damage. The procedural lapses deliberately committed by the police will definitely help him to go scot free once all these hue and cries settle. P5 confirmed reports that the lab where the blood sample of Sriram was examined, has reportedly informed the police that there was no alcohol presence beyond permissible limit in his blood. The report would formally be handed over to the police ● More on P5 on Monday . DOWN TO EARTH The first set of pictures of our planet captured by Chandrayaan-2, India’s mission to the moon that was launched a fortnight ago, was released on Sunday | ISRO Army asks Pak to take BAT bodies The Army asked Pak to take away the bodies of at least four of its Border Action Team killed on the Indian side of the LoC A long queue at a petrol station in Srinagar on Sunday, as people stock up on fuel | AFP the state have asked their subordinates not to leave their respective stations without prior approval. The authorities, meanwhile, have begun deploying the additional 38,000 paramilitary forces across Srinagar and in other vulnerable areas in north, south and central Kashmir. Also, paramilitary personnel have been deployed on the premises of many educational institutions. In view of the prevailing situation, all colleges and universities have cancelled their exams, told Woof woof: Officer Buddy brings state its first gold medal G O P I K A V A R R I E R @ Thrissur THE Kerala Police Academy had a surprise hero at the passing out parade of women officers here on Sunday . Buddy, a four-year-old Labrador, won the hearts of the crowd when she sauntered on to the parade ground. No one was mistaken by her relaxed gait. Buddy, attached with Kasaragod Dog Squad, had just returned from Lucknow where she was adjudged the best sniffer dog of India. She won the gold medal at the AllIndia Police Duty Meet held from July 16 to 20. “She’s the first Kerala police dog to win this honour,” said her handler K Ajeesh. Officer Buddy came first in six categories of competition: Obedience, food, resistance, luggage search, building search and ground search, said assistant handler Manu Cheriyan. More than 52 dogs, including Army and paramilitary dogs, were in the fray “Buddy . sniffed out explosives such as RDX, PETN, TNT, gun powders, PEK buried in the ground, in vehicles and human bombs,” said Ajeesh. On Sunday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan handed over the token of appreciation to Buddy’s handlers. ● More on P6 BARRIER BROKEN Doubles explosion in Bangkok E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IT started with Saina Nehwal challenging the Chinese domination in women’s singles and continued with the rise of PV Sindhu. Kidambi Srikanth then took the flag and planted it firmly at the top of the men’s division. Now, India’s badminton revolution appears to have ventured into the doubles section as well. On Sunday, the young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty outwitted Chinese world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in Thailand Open final. This was the first time an Indian badminton pair had triumphed in a BWF Super 500 tournament and the win moved them into the top 10 in world rankings. Chirag Shetty (L) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are the first Indian men’s doubles pair to clinch a BWF Super 500 tournament | AFP But the significance of their victory reaches far beyond statistics. For years, doubles languished in the shadows as the pauper cousin. On days when there wasn’t a singles achievement to laud, the question thrown around was ‘why aren’t we doing well in doubles?’. Now, we have a pair capable of taking on the best in the world and, on their day, beating them. And they’ve arrived with eleven months left for the Olympics! “I’m still in shock. There’s too much going on. It’s unbelievable,” said Satwik. Chirag was more collected. “I hope this win inspires more people and changes their outlook on doubles,” he said. From being World No 684 to top 10 in just three-and-a-half years. If they can keep up the pace, it might only be a matter of time before they enjoy the view from the top. Maybe Tokyo 2020 is a target too early but Chirag and Satwik — 22 and 19 respectively — have time by their side. the students to go home and got their hostels vacated. Meanwhile, an all-party meeting at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah decided to unitedly fight to safeguard their unique identity . In Delhi, Home Minister Amit Shah convened a meeting of top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Later, he met Additional Secretary Gyanesh Kumar, who is in charge of the Kashmir department in the home ministry . EXPRESS READ Rain batters Maha, IAF rescues 58 Mumbai: At least 58 people stranded in Thane district were rescued by the IAF on Sunday, as rains continued to batter Maharashtra. Heavy rains in Mumbai crippled life for the second consecutive day, even as release of water from a dam on Godavari caused a floodlike situation in Nashik | P7 WAR ON THE WATER Express takes a look at the various boat races staged in Kerala, their genesis and rich history with special focus on IPL-like Champions Boat League | P2 Imran warning Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan holds NSC meet, warns the country is ready to respond to any “misadventure or aggression” by the Indian forces WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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