KOTTAYAM l FRIDAY l AUGUST 9, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION PRANAB GETS THE COUNTRY’S HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD Late Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika have also been conferred the Bharat Ratna POSTHUMOUS AWARDS FOR BHUPEN, NANAJI 5TH PRESIDENT TO GET THE AWARD President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to former president Pranab Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Vikramjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. Vice President M Venkaikah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were present at the function ■ ■ ■ The Bharat Ratna has been conferred after a gap of four years Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya were given the award by the Narendra Modi government in 2015 Mukherjee is the fifth president to receive this award AGAIN? January 25 THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BHARAT RATNA WAS MADE EARLY THIS 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 Landslide near Puthumala at Meppadi in Wayanad on Thursday | Scores trapped after landslide hits Wayanad A year after, another flood looms large EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi Rescue workers evacuate a family from a flooded house at Nilambur in Malappuram district | EXPRESS FURY IN FACTS & FIGURES 8 8,000 204.3mm killed on Thursday 3 bridges in Idukki washed away Moved to relief camps as lowlying areas get inundated Many flights diverted and some cancelled at the Kochi and Kozhikode airports. Operations were suspended at Kochi until Friday 10am as a precaution Tourism banned in Idukki district till August 15 rainfall recorded In Wayanad district Holiday for edu institutions in all districts except Kollam & T’Puram State disaster management authorities expect another heavy spell by Aug 14-15 as per the current weather model If you live in one of the affected areas, be sure to follow directions from your local officials. If told to evacuate, do so immediately! Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister Shutters of many small dams opened Many flights diverted and some cancelled at the Kochi and Kozhikode airports. Operations were suspended at Kochi until Thursday midnight as a precaution Chief Minister convenes urgent meeting. State to approach Centre seeking 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force Modi reaches out to J&K people, says Art 370 revocation ‘historic’ ‘Pak presenting alarming picture’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ New Delhi REACHING out to Kashmiris with messages of hope and optimism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured them of all-round development, early and transparent elections and end to terrorism as he defended scrapping of Article 370, which he asserted, has only given separatism, corruption, family rule and used by Pakistan as a tool to spread ter ror in Jammu and Kashmir. In a televised address to the nation three days after the far-reaching decision, Modi also sought to assuage concerns of the people after his government bifurcated the state into Union Territories, saying J&K will not remain UT for long. With the Kashmir Valley reeling under security clampdown, Modi promised that the government is making all sincere efforts to ensure that the people in the region have no difficulties in celebrating Eid which is on Monday . “I want to assure friends of PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ New Delhi KARAN SINGH NOT FOR ‘BLANKET CONDEMNATION’ New Delhi: Taking a stand different from his party’s, veteran Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday said he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of the government’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out what he called were its several positives. J&K that the situation will gradually return to normalcy and their difficulties will ease,” he said, in his nearly 40-minute address. “We all want that in future J&K assembly elections take place, a new government is formed, new energetic youths become MLAs, ministers and chief minister,” Modi said. INDIA on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision. The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu & Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. “The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alar mist vision of the region will never succeed,” the MEA said in a statement. EXACTLY a year after the 2018 flood, Kerala is once again on the edge. Heavy rain continued to pound many parts of the state for the second consecutive day causing land, slides, widespread destruction and claiming at least 8 lives. Reports said ab o u t 4 0 p e o p l e a re trapped under the debris of a big landslide at Meppadi in Wayanad district. Five districts --- Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Idukki and Malappuram --- are the affected with hundreds forced to move to safer areas, leaving homes and properties behind. Flights were diverted due to poor visibility, trains were running late and road traffic came to a halt in several places as roads caved in. Rivers including Thodupuzha and Muvattupuzha are in full spate. Periyar rose above the danger-mark after the shutters of small dams like Munnar, Kallarkutty, Lower P e r i y a r, Bhoothathankettu, Poringalkuthu and Malankara were opened as a precaution. Three bridges in Idukki --- Attukudu across Muthirapuzha near Pallivasal, Periyavara across Kannimala river near Munnar and one at Mankulam --were washed away in the gushing waters, cutting off Marayur and Mankulam from the mainland. With the Met Department predicting more rains during the next 24 hours, the district collectors have declared holiday on Friday in 12 districts, exce pt Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. Three people each died in Idukki and Wayanad districts, one each at Attapady (Palakkad) and Thrissur, taking the death toll since Wednesday to 10. Flights were diverted f ro m Ko z h i ko d e a n d Kochi airports while train services were affected after speed restrictions were imposed due to high winds and poor visibility . Nearly all train services were delayed after trees fell on the tracks in many places. Road traffic was affected in many places, especially in northern parts and Idukki due to landslips. Officials said over 8,000 people have been move to relief camps across the state. Wor ryingly, heavy rains are likely to continue till Saturday with the Met Department declaring red alert in Idukki, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts, where 204 mm rains are predicted in 24 hours. Orange alerts have been declared in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kannur, Kasaragod on Friday , and where 115-204.5 mm rains are likely . Kottayam: In a major twist in the Nedumkandam custodial death case, the fresh autopsy examination conducted by a team of forensic experts has found that severe torture led to the death of Rajkumar. The report submitted by the forensic team stated that “the death was due to complications of multiple blunt injuries on the body”. The examination spotted multiple contusions on the back of the trunk. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kozhikode SCORES of people were stranded and several buildings including temples, churches and houses were destroyed in the gushing waters following a landslide at Puthumala, some 12 km from Meppadi near Kalpetta in Wayanad, on Thursday evening. “The area has the tea plantation of Harrison Malayalam where hundreds of labourers work. They have their ‘padees’ there. It is feared that at least 30 people are stuck in these padees,” said a local source. The rescue teams and others could not be reached as the Meppadi-Puthumala road has been blocked due to the landslide and uprooted trees. Vehicles cannot proceed beyond Kalladi, said a source. According to Transport Minister C K Saseendran, army and rescue teams cannot reach the area. “The road should be cleared for them to reach the spot and gather correct information. Earth-movers have been pressed into service to clear the road but heavy rain is posing a threat,” he said. A video, said to be posted from Puthumala, showed shocking visuals of several buildings being razed to the ground in the deluge. In other rain-related incidents, three persons including a couple died in the district on Thursday . Sumesh, 28, and wife Prenu, 25, of Muttil Pazhashi Colony were killed following a landslide that occurred in Muttil Mala, while a 24-year-old woman, Muthu, of Panamaram died while being shifted to a safe place. The collector has issued a high alert in the district since it is set to receive the highest rainfall yet overnight. Landslides were also reported at Makkiyaad and Thonichaal around noon on Thursday . Roads, houses and other buildings were flooded in Mananthavady town and suburbs after continuous downpour. Traffic along the Thamarasserry Ghat road was disrupted because of uprooted trees, while the other route connecting Kozhikode via Kuttiady Ghat road was also blocked due to a landslide. The Muthanga region of NH 766 was inundated blocking traffic on the Mysuru route. The water level in the Banasura Sagar dam was 768.6 metres while it was 758.2 metres in the Karappuzha dam on Thursday . Shutters of the Karappuzha dam will be opened at 8 am on August 9 if heavy rain continues in the area. As many as 4,976 people have been moved to 73 relief camps opened in the district. The district was expected to receive the heaviest rainfall yet overnight, the district administration said. An Army team from Kannur and an NDRF team were set to reach the district at night. PSC question papers leaked from University College? EXPRESS READ Autopsy confirms torture led to Rajkumar’s death EXPRESS World Archery suspends Indian body Kolkata: THE World Archery (WA) on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India (AAI) for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month. The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram THE special branch officers investigating the PSC police constable examination fraud suspect that the question paper was leaked from the University College, which was an examination centre. The officers received the vital information from Gokul, the civil police officer accused of sending answers as SMSes to SFI leader P P Pranav, who secured second rank in the examination. “The question papers of the absentees were collected with the help of the class-IV staff of the college. The answers were prepared by Gokul and another person named Safeer. The latter sent about 80 text messages to Sivarenjith and Pranav who sat for the examination at different centres in Attingal,” officers said. The accused prepared the answers on the Sanskrit College campus opposite to the University College. The cyber police had earlier found that the accused used SIM card-supported smart watch to receive the SMSes. ANOTHER DRAMA? Sriram has ‘retrograde amnesia’; SIT need to wait EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’PURAM IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman, under treatment at the Medical College Hospital here, is suffering from retrograde amnesia --- partial or total loss of one’s ability to recall events that occurred during the period before brain injury .’ The hospital said it might take time for him to recover from the condition, a post-con- cussion syndrome. The special investigation team headed by ADGP Sheikh Darvesh Sahib will find it tough as the recording of his statement will get affected. The team had earlier served notices to Museum police station personnel, Sriram and Wafa Firoze, the woman who was with the alleg- edly inebriated IAS officer in the car at the time of fatally knocking down journalist K M Basheer in the capital city last week. the of ficer was shifted from trauma ICU to high-care (stepdown) ward on Thursday . “The medical board had a thorough look at Sriram’s con- dition and based on that he was shifted to the ward. In addition, he has a ligament tear on his wrist and slipped disc. He might have to continue his treatment for three weeks,” said an MCH officer. He added surgery would be performed on him after that, but only if needed. Meanwhile, the Psychiatry De par tment is providing Sriram medication after it felt he is still suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.
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