KOTTAYAM l SUNDAY l AUGUST 11, 2019 l `8.00 l PAGES 26 l CITY EDITION #KeralaTragedy 80 landslides in 8 districts in two days 1.65L people in relief camps 9 7 A man near his landslide-hit house at Chelakkattu near Kattappana in Idukki on Saturday | SHIYAMI Rescuers struggle to move a boat while evacuate stranded people at Cheruvatta in Kozhikode on Saturday | MANU R MAVELIL Two people attempt to wade through a flooded road with their bike in Kozhikode | MANU R MAVELIL 57 DEAD, 68 MISSING Monsoon misery Police to take stringent action against people spreading fake messages RED ALERT n Kasaragod n Kannur n Wayanad ORANGE ALERT n Kozhikode n Malappuram n Thrissur n Palakkad n Ernakulam n Idukki 74,990 people in 183 camps in Wayanad Banasura Sagar dam shutter opened 9 KSEB substations closed 4 small power stations closed The Cochin International Airport will resume operations from today noon. Check-in will start at 9 am at both domestic and international terminals All express train services between Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru cancelled on Saturday The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has partially resumed its inter-state services ‘Arun Jaitley responding to treatment’ ANOTHER LANDSLIDE HITS KAVALAPPARA, HAMPERS RESCUE; KANNUR, KOZHIKODE UNDER WATER E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE third day since rain intensified in Kerala, the focus continued to be on the landslide-hit areas of Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala at Meppadi in Wayanad, as the total death toll by natural calamities rose to 57 on Saturday . Worryingly, a total of 68 persons - 59, including 20 children at Kavalappara, and nine at Puthumala -- are still missing nearly three days after the landslides. In Kavalappara, the rescue team had to be moved to safety after the site witnessed another lands l i d e o n S a t u r d ay, h a m p e r i n g operations. Meanwhile, four persons died in Kozhikode while three persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Kannur. Major rivers in the state - Pampa, Bharathapuzha and Periyar - were in spate, inundating nearby areas. With rain continuing to lash the state, around 1.66 lakh Article 370: Nat’l Conference moves SC against Prez order P T I @ New Delhi P T I @ New Delhi FORMER Union minister Arun Jaitley who has been ad, mitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness, is stable and responding to treatment, said the Vice-President’s office, after Venkaiah Naidu visited the hospital on Saturday . Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu visited AIIMS to enquire about his former cabinet colleague’s health. “Doctors informed the VicePresident that Shri Jaitley is responding to the treatment and his condition is stable. He also met Shri Jaitley’s family members, who were present,” the Vice President’s secretariat tweeted. PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE from 46,400 families have been shifted to 1,318 camps. Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts saw the highest number of people being shifted to camps. In Wayanad, one of the four shutters of Banasura Sagar dam opened 10 cm at 3 pm on Saturday releasing water at 8.5 cu, bic metre per second. This affected Kottathara, Padinjaarathara and Panamaram g ram panchayats, forcing authorities to shift over 150 people from these areas to relief camps. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that the state witnessed 80 landslides in eight districts in the past two days. The Cochin International Airport, which was closed from Friday, will resume operations from Sunday noon, while the Southern Railway on Saturday cancelled all express trains running between Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore due to landslides and waterlogging on railway tracks. THE National Conference (NC) mounted a legal challenge in the Supreme Court on Saturday to the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, contending that these have taken away the rights of its citizens without their mandate. Arguing the legislation approved by Parliament and the subsequent orders issued by the President were “unconstitutional”, the petition prayed for these to be declared as “void and inoperative”. The petition has been filed by Mohammad Akbar Lone and Rtd Justice Hasnain Masoodi, both Lok Sabha members belonging to NC. Lone is a former Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly and Masoodi is a retired judge of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, who ruled in 2015 that Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution. They have challenged the Jammu and Kash- mir Reorganisation Act, 2019 and the Presidential Orders that have followed. While challenging the Centre’s decisions to scrap Article 370 and divide it into two Union Territories, the two MPs sought a direction to declare the Act and the Presidential Orders as “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”. The petitioners said the legislation and the Presidential Orders were “illegal and violative” of the Fundamental Rights, guaranteed under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution, to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The two MPs submitted that the apex court now has to examine whether the Union government can “unilaterally” unravel the unique federal scheme under the cover of President’s rule while undermining crucial elements of due process and rule of law. “This case, therefore, goes to the heart of Indian federalism, democratic processes and the rule of apex court as the guardian of the federal structure,” the petition said. They submitted that Article 370 was extensively considered and carefully drafted in order to ensure the peaceful and democratic accession of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union. The two parliamentarians from Jammu and Kashmir contended that the Presidential Orders and the new legislation “unconstitutionally undermine the scheme of Article 370”. The first Presidential Order uses Article 370 (1)(d) -- meant to apply other provisions of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir -- to alter Article 370 itself and thereby the terms of federal relationship between J&K and Union of India, they submitted. President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave assent to a legislation for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, and two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh -- will come into existence on October 31. EXPRESS READ Sriram case: SIT records eye-witness statement Anomaly alleged in HSE transfer list Man arrested for giving triple talaq to wife T’Puram: Contrary to the statement given by IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman to police on Friday that he was not drunk during the accident, an eye-witness told the Special Investigation Team on Saturday that the officer was in an inebriated state while getting down from the driver’s seat in the car and that he was speeding. T’Puram: Many teachers awaiting transfer on compassionate grounds have alleged anomalies in the higher secondary school teachers’ transfer list for the year 2019-20, published by the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE). The teachers are also demanding revising the list to bring transparency. New Delhi:A 38-year-old man has been arrested for giving instant triple talaq to his wife, the first such case registered in the national capital since the practise was criminalised, said police on Saturday. The arrest was made on Friday at 11.00 pm after a 30-year-old woman lodged a complaint against her husband in north Delhi’s Bara Hindu Rao police station. Rain intensity to decrease Things are likely to improve in the state with Met Department forecasting a decrease in intensity of rainfall over the next four days, beginning Sunday. 38% water in Idukki dam Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said waterlevels in most dams in the state have reached only half their maximum storage level. Idukki dam, the largest hydel-dam in the state, has only only 38 per cent storage Puthumala landslide toll; 9 still missing confirmed dead in Kavalappara landslide; 59 feared trapped Centre to provide I52.27 cr to Kerala as flood assistance Pregnant woman, family saved in daring rescue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Palakkad IN a daring operation on Saturday a rescue team compris, ing Fire and Rescue Services personnel and the police saved six members of a family including a pregnant wom, an, who were stranded for a week on an island in Attappadi after the temporary bridge was washed away in heavy rain. On Friday, a few rescue team members managed to reach Pattimalam Konar island in Bhavani River where Palaniamma, 60, her husband Selvaraj, their son Murugeshan, his eight-months pregnant wife Lavanya, their oneand-a-half year old daughter Myna and helper Ponnan were stuck. The rescue team managed to secure a strong rope across the gushing river. Although the family members were initially reluctant to be taken across via rope using a special belt and pulley, officers were later able to convince them. Lavanya being rescued using a rope First, Palaniamma was rescued, followed by Murugeshan, his daughter, Selvaraj and Ponnan. The officers consulted a doctor and took necessary precautions before shifting the pregnant woman. The family members waited on the other side of the shore with baited breath while Lavanya was being brought over. “It was a risky endeavour, but we are happy that it ended well,” said Palaniamma.
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