KOCHI l TUESDAY l AUGUST 13, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 36 l LATE 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 AND ANXIOUS RELATIVES MET DEPT FORECASTS HEAVY RAIN TODAY AFTER LOW PRESSURE IN BAY OF BENGAL EFFORTS ON, BUT TOUGH & TIRING After four days of intense rain, clouds stayed clear over most parts of Kerala on Monday 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 in Wayanad Met Department warns heavy rain on Tuesday following low pressure over the Bay of Bengal Rasheed, whose sister Sakkeena went missing following Friday’s landslide at Kavalappara, Malappuram, anxiously watches the rescue operations | A SANESH Receding water levels saw many people going back home Train traffic is returning to normal CM to visit worst-hit areas of Malappuram and Wayanad on Tuesday ORANGE ALERT n Alappuzha n Idukki n Ernakulam n Malappuram n Wayanad n Kannur Rahul Gandhi, who is the Wayanad MP, appeals to people to donate relief materials to the flood victims 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 have camps functioning there 85 Death toll 50 EXAMS POSTPONED Kerala, MG, Calicut and Health universites postpone examinations which were scheduled for Tuesday 31,052 1,413 still missing are now in relief camps across the state relief camps are open, mostly in north Kerala CONTROL ROOM NOS Police headquarters: 0471 2722500, 9497900999 Chief Minister’s Office: 0471 2517500, 2322056 Official negligence & greed brought a hill down at Kavalappara DHINESH KALLUNGAL @Kavalappara (Nilambur) Mystery over study ALMOST all natural disasters are to some extent man-made. Soon after last year’s mudslip, Here also, the negligence of au- the people in the colony were thorities and greed of a section evacuated by the authorities. of people led to the major land- Later, a study was conducted by slide that claimed Geological Survey of At a glance the lives of around India (GSI) officials. 58 people a t The majority of land However, the local adBhoothanam colony strips on the hilltop ministration is still near Kavalappara in is owned by private not certain about who had conducted Nilambur, Malapindividuals, not puram, on Friday. the study -- were they revenue or forest According to a cross GSI officials or geolodepartments gists from the Mining section of people Now the state and Geology Departwith whom ‘Express’ government has ment. The study, acspoke, the landslide decided to hold a cording to colony reswas a result of the study on the hill’s idents and local delinquency of auhealth along with thorities who failed administration offito act in time and other hills nearby by cials, found that there roping in experts was a slight chance t a k e p r e v e n t iv e from IIT of a mudslip in the measures despite area once the rain clear warnings. There was a mudslip in the subsided in the region, but region a year ago after a few in- 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. Soldier who led rescue mission wasn’t spared either A R U N M @ Kavalappara VISHNU Soothrathil, a young soldier who went missing in the landslide at Kavalappara on Friday, 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 have gone missing. Search for all seven are still under way . Jishnu, 21, is yet to recover Jishnu, brother of soldier Vishnu, at Gramaprakashini Vayanasala relief camp in Bhoothanam | A SANESH from the trauma. “Vishnu came to make arrangements for the marriage of our sister. 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 landslide 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 him from getting home. He never expected the disaster to hit his house and trap his dear ones. Vishnu, 26, a Sepoy with Signal Regiments at Siliguri, West Bengal, reached his house on August 3 on a 20-day leave. Vij a y a n , 6 2 , h i s f a t h e r, earthmovers and JCB to level the land. Visweswari, 55, his mother and sister Jishna, 20, are still missing. Narayanan, brother of Vijayan, his wife Kamala and daughter Bhavya are the three other relatives trapped under the debris. The remains of their house were recovered 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 ‘RIL WILL BE FREE OF Subdued, peaceful Eid in Valley; govt denies firing claims DEBT BY MARCH 2021’ CRPF ACTIVATES ITS HELPLINE FOR VALLEY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai ments in hand are `1,33,027 crore resulting in a net debt of `154,478 crore. Apart from the large deal in the oil to chemicals segment, RIL has received strong interest from strategic and financial investors in its consumer, Jio and Retail businesses, Ambani said. Global partners would be inducted into these businesses and move towards listing them within five years, he said. RELIANCE Industries will be a zero-debt company by March 2021, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said at the company’s AGM here on Monday . RIL announced a 20% stake sale in its oil to chemicals business to Saudi Aramco, which together with the recent deal to sell 49 per cent stake in fuel retailing would bring in `1.1 lakh crore. It is also lookJioFiber to roll out ing at strategic/finanon Sept 5 cial investors picking Reliance Jio will be up stakes in its retail Mukesh Ambani launching its keenly and telecom ventures that would help the fir m awaited high speed fibre-to-thehome service, JIOFIBER, deleverage. Last year, the company trans- across India next month, with ferred the telecom assets to two subscribers being offered cominfrastructure trusts for a con- bined TV, high-speed broadsideration of `1.25 lakh crore, band internet and fixed-line after which its net debt has telephone services in one package. Detailed tariffs will be ancome down to `154,478 crore. RIL’s gross debt is `2,87,505 nounced on its launch on Sepcrore and its cash and invest- tember 5. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 36 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX + 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Kashmiris who require help for their families can now call up 14411. “14411 Restored: #Kashmiri students and general public residing in Kashmir or outside can contact #CRPF Madadgaar on 24x7 toll free number 14411 for speedy assistance,” the CRPF said TIGHT VIGIL TILL I-DAY With Eid out of the way, the focus is now on smooth and peaceful conduct of I-Day Restrictions in place since last Monday after scrapping of Article 370 would remain in force F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar BARRING minor incidents, Eid al-Adha festivities passed off peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir, and there was no firing anywhere in the Valley the , police said on Monday . National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday undertook an aerial survey of the city and South Kashmir areas to take stock of the situation. Likewise, police chief Dilbag Singh and Army commanders did separate aerial inspections. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S P Pani said, “Eid namaz was offered in different People participate in Eid al-Adha prayers outside a mosque during a security lockdown in Srinagar on Monday | AP mosques and after the prayers, the congregations dispersed peacefully. There have been a couple of minor localised incidents of law and order, which have been handled very profes- sionally In these incidents, . a couple of injuries were reported. Otherwise the entire Valley situation is peaceful,” he said. However, Eid prayers were disallowed at the Syed Yaqoob Shah shrine at Sonawar in Srinagar and the famous Hazratbal shrine. J&K principal secretary Rohit Kansal said not a single bullet was fired by the security forces in the Valley on Monday. “There have been some reports in the media about firing by security agencies and deaths. The police carried out a detailed briefing and I would like to reiterate and categorically deny that any firing incident has happened in J&K,” he said.Pani said some arrests were made but these were “absolutely in the ambit of law”. 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. Of the 29 crew on board, one died and one has gone missing while 27 have been rescued. 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. P6 Beijing: India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar 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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