THRISSUR l TUESDAY l AUGUST 13, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION AIR INDIA TO FLY OVER POLAR REGION TO SAVE FUEL, TIME FLIGHT TIME TO BE CUT SHORT BY 1.5 HOURS With the new route, the flight duration will come down to 13 hours from 14.5 hours at present. Air India has flights between India and North America over the Atlantic and the Pacific routes. Fuel savings would be in Taking a new flight path to save time as well as fuel, Air India the region of 2,000 to 7,000 kg on these routes with the decrease in will soon start flying to San Francisco from Delhi over North Pole carbon emission of 6,000 to 21,000 kg per flight, the airline said ALL SAFETY MEASURES TAKEN: AI ■ ■ Risk analysis has been conducted and crew training, weather monitoring, and aircraft serviceability have been enhanced to ensure safe operations on this route, Air India said The airline also said a reputed diversion support agency would assist in aircraft and passenger retrieval in case of diversion Aug 15 WHEN AIR INDIA WILL START THE NEW FLIGHT PATH OVER THE NORTH POLE 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 FEAR FACTOR HILLY TERRAIN, TONNES OF DEBRIS WORRY RESCUE TEAM, ANXIOUS RELATIVES 31,052 1,413 LOW PRESSURE: MET DEPT FORECASTS HEAVY RAIN FOR TUESDAY are now in relief camps across the state relief camps are currently open SKIES CLEAR, RESCUE ON n After four days of intense rains, clouds Rasheed, whose sister Sakkeena went missing following Friday’s landslide at Kavalappara, Malappuram, anxiously watches the rescue operations | A SANESH stayed clear over most parts of Kerala on Monday n Tough terrain and huge debris have come in the way for the rescue team to find 50-odd people at landslide sites at Kavalappara and Puthumala Met Department warns heavy rains on Tuesday following low pressure over the Bay of Bengal n Receding water levels saw many people returning to their homes n Orange alert issued in six districts — Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur — for Tuesday 83 n CM to visit worst-hit areas of Malappuram and Wayanad on Tuesday Rahul Gandhi, who is the Wayanad MP, appeals to people to donate relief materials to the flood victims of Kerala Train traffic is returning to normal Death toll EXAMS POSTPONED: 50 Kerala, MG, Calicut and Health universites postpone examinations which were scheduled for Tuesday. The new dates will be announced later still missing Holiday has been declared for all educational institutions in Kottayam, Kannur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Wayanad, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha as most of the places in these districts are inundated and camps are functioning there JIOFIBRE TARGETS 35 M IN FIRST YEAR P R E S S T R U S T O F I N D I A @ Mumbai JIO, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, is targeting 35 million subscribers within the first year of commercially operationalising its fibre-based broadband business from next month, a senior official said. A senior Jio official said the company will bundle in not just TV sets, but also desktops as part of the Jiofiber plan which will go commercially live from September 5. He also hinted that the cable TV subscription is not a part of the plans ranging from low `700 to a high `10,000 per month. Subscribers will have to pay separately for receiving the TV services which will be delivered either through the cable fibre or by getting a DTH service, he added. He said Jio, which unveiled a set top box earlier in the day , wants to grow in the market WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST “very quickly”. “We want the people to again feel excited. We couldn’t do that with LTE phones because our price points were really low,” the official said, referring to the mobile connectivity service which retails for as low as under `150 per month. The official said the company will target 1,600 towns from the first day of the launch and will initially try to reach out to the rest of the country through 30,000 local cable operators who are aligned to three multi-system opera t o r s a c q u i r e d by i t recently . The company had launched the home broadband service at the last AGM, following which 5 lakh homes were connected as part of a pilot project and the experience with apartment blocks has not been very unpleasant as many housing societies are “receptive” he added. YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX (TABLOID) Kavalappara was a tragedy waiting to happen for long DHINESH KALLUNGAL @Kavalappara (Nilambur) Mystery over study ALMOST all natural disasters Soon after last year’s mudare to some extent man-made. Here also, the negligence of au- slip, the people in the colony thorities and greed of a section were evacuated by the authorities. Later, a study of people led to the was conducted by Gemajor landslide that At a glance ological Survey of Inclaimed the lives of around 58 people at The majority of land dia (GSI) officials. Bhoothanam colony strips on the hilltop However, the local adnear Kavalappara in is owned by private ministration is still individuals, not not certain about Nilambur, Malaprevenue or forest puram, on Friday. who had conducted departments According to a cross the study -- were they section of people GSI officials or geoloNow the state gists from the Mining with whom ‘Express’ government has and Geology Departspoke, the landslide decided to hold a ment. The study, acwas a result of the study on the hill’s cording to colony resdelinquency of auhealth along with thorities who failed other hills nearby by i d e n t s a n d l o c a l to act in time and administration offiroping in experts cials, found that there t a k e p r e v e n t iv e from IIT was a slight chance measures despite of a mudslip in the area once clear warnings. There was a mudslip in the the rain subsided in the region, region a year ago after a few in- but there was no major threat. dividuals who possess large Both proved wrong as there chunks of land in the hilltop was no major or minor mudslip razed a portion of the hill to after the rain last year but, this create a rubber plantation. This time, a big portion of the hill resulted in the loss of the car- came crashing down and fell on pet of grass and other foliage the colony burying as many as ● More on P6 on the hilltop as they used 58 people alive. Little did Vishnu know what awaited him at home A R U N M @ Kavalappara VISHNU Soothrathil, a young soldier who went missing in the landslide at Kavalappara, was a man of steel for local residents. He was having food at his residence, after initiating a rescue operation in a flood-hit area nearby on Thursday night, when he and three other family members got caught under the debris. His brother Jishnu, who was away at the time, was the only one to escape. Adding to the misery, three more relatives who were there to visit Vishnu, also got trapped under the debris. The search for all seven are still underway . 21-year-old Jishnu is yet to Jishnu, brother of soldier Vishnu, at Gramaprakashini Vayanasala relief camp in Bhoothanam | A SANESH recover from the trauma of the tragedy “Vishnu came to make . arrangements for the marriage of our sister Jishna. He had planned to take a bank loan and buy ornaments for her. Besides, he wished to renovate the house,” said Jishnu. According to him, the incident occurred a few minutes after Vishnu reached home after initiating a rescue operation near Panamkayam, which was flooded following torrential rain on Thursday night. Jishnu, an industrial worker, was on his way back after work, but the landslide-hit roads of Kavalappara prevented Jishnu from getting home on that day However, he . never expected the disaster to have hit his house and trapped his dear ones. Vishnu, 26, a Sepoy with Signal Regiments at Siliguri, West Bengal, reached his house on earthmovers and JCB to level the land. August 3 for a 20-day leave. Vijayan, 62, his father, Viswesari, 55, his mother and sister Jishna, 20, are still missing. Narayanan, brother of Vijayan, his wife Kamala and daughter Bhavya are the three relatives trapped under the debris. The remains of their house were recovered just a few miles away from the valley of the hill where it was located. Abdul Rahman, Vishnu’s neighbour, said he rescued several persons trapped in flood using a rope. “He was a brave fellow and willing to help anybody,” he added. Roopesh, a BSF jawan and local resident, said Indian Army officials have enquired about the ongoing search operations. GADGIL BLAMES IMPROPER LAND USE Kochi: It is increased human activities like quarrying and construction works in ecologically fragile areas that trigger natural disasters like floods and landslides, ecologist Madhav Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, told Express. P4 IN 3 DAYS, MORE THAN A MONTH’S RAINFALL Kochi: It was three days of incessant rain that surpassed the monthly average rainfall that triggered apocalyptic flood in the four districts of North Kerala. While Wayanad receives an average rainfall of 644 mm in August, Vythiri station recorded 739 mm rainfall from August 8 to 10, which was 114.7 per cent of the monthly average. P5 Eid in J&K passes off peacefully barring few incidents S R I N A G A R @ PTI BARRING a few minor incidents in which some people were injured, Eid al-Adha festivities passed off peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir and there was no firing anywhere in Kashmir Valley, said the police on Monday . Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S P Pani said the Jammu and Kashmir administration was committed to maintaining peace and order and the state police worked in this direction. “Eid namaz was offered in different mosques and congregations dispersed peace- fully after prayers. There were a couple of minor localised incidents violating law and order, but it was handled very professionally he said. ,” “Apart from a couple of injury cases being reported, the situation in the entire Valley was peaceful. I strongly deny any incident of firing anywhere in the Kashmir Valley ,” he told at a press conference here. The IGP also said no medicolegal cases were reported. “The injured were admitted to the hospital and are absolutely stable,” he added. Referring to the law and order situation prevailing in J&K, Pani said some arrests A Muslim woman gets emotional as she celebrates Eid with Kashmiri students who could not reach their families in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi, Monday | PTI were made but those were “absolutely in the ambit of law” and that all those arrest- ed were produced before court and legal action would be taken. “At this stage, every district has got its own priority and depending on the local situation, depending on the incident, they respond and try to maintain order,” he said. The IGP also said there was a malicious campaign on social media and that its content was strongly refuted by the force. “We request citizens not to pay any attention to such things. We have strongly denied this,” he said, referring to a tweet by a Pakistani journalist, in which he alleged a fratricidal incident involving security forces in Kashmir Valley . EXPRESS READ Coastal Jaguar gutted; 1 dies, 28 crew rescued Sriram discharged from hospital Jaishankar asks China to avoid disputes Delhi-Lahore bus service cancelled Visakhapatnam: FIRE engulfed an offshore support vessel ‘Coastal Jaguar’ off the coast here on Monday, forcing the crew to abandon it and jump into the sea to save themselves. A total of 28 out of the 29 crew on board have been rescued and search is on for the remaining one. There was reportedly a loud explosion on board the vessel. T’Puram: A week after getting admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College Hospital, IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman was discharged from hospital on Monday, following the advice of the medical board. The officer has been recommended four weeks’ rest. Beijing: India on Monday told China that it is important to ensure that any bilateral differences should not become disputes, as Beijing said it is “very closely” following the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir and its “ramifications” and asked New Delhi to play a “constructive role” for regional peace and stability. New Delhi: THE Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Monday cancelled the Delhi-Lahore bus service as Pakistan decided to discontinue it in the wake of India revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, said a senior official of the public transporter. On Saturday, Pakistan suspended the friendship bus service.
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