CHENNAI TUESDAY AUGUST 13, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION AIR INDIA TO FLY OVER POLAR REGION TO SAVE FUEL, TIME Taking a new flight path to save time as well as fuel, Air India will soon start flying to San Francisco from Delhi over North Pole FLIGHT TIME TO BE CUT SHORT BY 1.5 HOURS ALL SAFETY MEASURES TAKEN: AI 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 the region of 2,000 to 7,000 kg on these routes with the decrease in carbon emission of 6,000 to 21,000 kg per flight, the airline said ■ ■ 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 RIL to help build infra CRPF ACTIVATES ITS HELPLINE FOR VALLEY Reliance will create a special task force on J&K and Ladakh region to be part of their growth story and roll out plans in the next few months, its chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Monday 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 in an tweet. Over 500 calls have been received on the helpline since late Sunday People participate in Eid al-Adha prayers outside a mosque during a security lockdown in Srinagar on Monday | AP Subdued, peaceful Valley Eid Govt denies claims of firing by security forces; 300 public points for phones opened 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 Security to be further tightened as intel suggests militants are planning spectacular strikes on Aug 15 EXPRESS READ Agarwal backs off from Jet bid Mumbai: A day after evincing interest in Jet Airways, businessman Anil Agarwal said on Monday that he doesn’t want to pursue the deal | P13 Green card norms to get stricter Washington: The Trump Administration on Monday said those seeking public benefits like food stamp or housing assistance could be denied a Green Card | P11 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 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 professionally. 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 reiter- ate 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”. All those arrested were produced before the court, he said, adding lifting or imposing restrictions was a dynamic process. Kansal said that in order to address problems of lack of connectivity, 300 public points have been provided to people to talk to their relatives over phones. “Over 5,000 calls were made from the Srinagar office alone by people wishing to greet their near and dear ones,” he said. Due to tight security, most of the families could not visit their relatives to greet them on Eid. “I live in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar and my brother lives in Soura. Due to the curfew-like situation, I could not visit him. I also did not sacrifice an animal. I have been following the sacrifice ritual since the past few years but this year I did not purchase any sacrificial animal,” said Aijaz Ahmad. As for Javed Ahmad, a resident of Sonawar in uptown Srinagar, he sacrificed an animal but could not distribute it among his relatives. “I shared it with my neighbours instead. Owing to restrictions, I could not call on my relatives to offer a portion of P9 the meat,” he said. AFTER 4 DAYS OF INTENSE RAINS, CLOUDS STAYED CLEAR OVER MOST PARTS OF KERALA ON MONDAY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai 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% stake in fuel retailing would bring in `1.1 lakh crore. It is also looking at strategic/financial investors picking up stakes in its retail and telecom ventures that would help the firm deleverage. Last year, the company transferred the telecom assets to two infrastructure trusts for a consideration of `1.25 lakh crore, after which its net debt has come down to `154,478 crore. RIL’s gross debt is `2,87,505 crore and its cash and investments in hand are `1,33,027 Aramco’s rare crore resulting in a net debt of disclosure `154,478 crore. Apart from the large deal in the oil to chemi- Saudi Aramco said cals segment, RIL has received on Monday its first half net income strong interest from strategic for 2019 had and financial investors in its slipped to $46.9 consumer, Jio and Retail busibillion from $53 nesses, Ambani said. Global billion a year ago partners would be inducted into these businesses and move towards listing them within five years, he said. Further, RIL is also looking at unlocking value in its real estate and financial investments. “With these initiatives, I have no doubt that the company will have one of the strongest balance sheets in the P13 world,” Ambani said. A SANESH Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will open the Mettur dam on Tuesday morning and release water for irrigation in the delta HOWEVER, MET DEPT FORECASTS HEAVY RAINS ON TUE DUE TO LOW PRESSURE OVER BAY OF BENGAL RAINS STOP BUT FEAR REMAINS METTUR CM TO OPEN DAM Inflow into the dam had reached 2.4 lakh cusec by 8pm on Monday with the level of water in the reservoir touching 92.55 ft against a full capacity of 120 ft. MALAPPURAM | KERALA Toll rose to 86 as on Monday 50 people are still missing in Malappuram Rains subside, no ‘red alert’ for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday, but ‘orange alert’ in six districts Northern districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode among the most affected 31,052 No of people in relief camps as on Monday Holiday for edu insts in 9 districts Institutions in Kottayam, Kannur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Wayanad, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta closed Officials said on Tuesday initially 2,000 cusec of water would be released before the outflow was increased to 20,000 cusec over the day This is the second time the CM is releasing water from Mettur | P5 Nilgiris: CM assures full relief for affected E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore Ivorian footballer found dead Chennai: Ivorian footballer Diomande Me Aboubacar was found dead on the railway tracks in Chhattisgarh on Friday, police said on Monday RIL will be debt-free by March 2021, says Mukesh MYSURU | KARNATAKA Flood-related deaths stood at 42 as on Monday, 12 still missing A total of 5,81,897 people evacuated and rescued so far 3,32,629 people in 1,181 relief camps 2,694 villages in 86 taluks of 17 districts hit CM announces `5 lakh relief to those who lost houses | P6, 7 3.93L Number of people taken shelter in relief camps KURNOOL | ANDHRA PRADESH Second Flood Warning along Tungabhadra River course in Kurnool dist High alert in lowlying areas in Kurnool city and other villages along Tungabhadra and Krishna rivers People are being evacuated Schools in low-lying areas downstream of Tungabhadra to be shut 2L Cusecs flood discharge at Tungabhadra Dam CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday said that the State government would provide a full compensation to those who had lost their homes to the floods in The Nilgiris and for the restoration of areas affected by landslides. Speaking to reporters at the Coimbatore International Airport, the CM slammed DMK president M K Stalin’s visit to the rain-affected areas as a publicity stunt. He said Revenue Minister R B Udayakumar had visited the district a day after it received a heavy downpour and had told officials to carry out rescue works immediately. However, Stalin had been in The Nilgiris only for two days and P5 that was for publicity he charged. , RARE BRAVERY Elderly couple fights off masked robbers with slippers, chairs and stools Couple targeted for third time Police said this is the third time robbers have targeted the house. The first attempt was two years ago and the second attempt was six months ago. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirunelveli CCTV footage of an elderly couple fending off two masked robbers armed with sickles with just slippers, plastic stools and chairs has gone viral. Kadayam police are searching for the robbers, who struck the couple’s home in Kalyanipuram of Kadayam at 10pm on Sunday and made away with a 37gram gold chain. Meanwhile, 67-year-old S Shan- m u g ave l a n d 6 2 - ye a r- o l d S Senthamarai are being hailed for their bravery that was captured on the CCTV camera installed at their house. “The couple’s house is situated on the outskirts of the town. Their neighbour’s house is 100 metres away. Both Shanmugavel and Senthamarai were wearing gold chains. The masked men seem to have planned to enter the house after attacking Shanmugavel who Screen grab of CCTV footage of the the couple fighting off the robbers | EXPRESS was sitting in the veranda. However, once the robbers began choking him, his wife came to the veranda and helped fight them off,” said police. Speaking to reporters, Shanmugavel said, “My wife and I were talking to my son over the phone on the veranda. After that, she went into the house. Suddenly a masked man, from behind, started choking me. I raised my voice and my wife came to the veranda when the second man appeared. They tried to attack us with a sickle but we managed to chase off.” “By throwing slippers at them, Senthamarai managed to make the robbers leave her husband. Then they fought off the robbers with chairs. But, the robbers managed to snatch her chain. She has sustained an injury on her hand,” police added. The couple has two sons and a daughter but they all live in Bengaluru. Jiofiber to roll out on Sept 5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi RELIANCE Jio will be launching its keenly awaited high speed fibre-to-the-home service, JIOFIBER, across India next month, with subscribers being offered combined TV, high-speed broadband internet and fixed-line telephone services in one package. While detailed tariffs will be announced on its launch on September 5, JIOFIBER subscriptions will cost between `700 and `10,000 a month depending on the plan. “We are pricing our plans at less than 1/10th the global rates, to make it accessible for all,” RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Monday . JIOFIBER is seen as a gamechanger in the fixed-line segment thanks to its pricing and bundled offerings, with TV, high speed-internet and landline telephone services likely to be offered at a much cheaper combined rate than prevailing market prices. MADURAI SHOCK Orphanage trustee held for raping four girls V V I G N E S H @ Madurai IN a shocking incident, Madurai police on Sunday night arrested a 41-year-old trustee of a children’s orphanage for allegedly sexually assaulting four children at the facility. The man was identified as K Adhisivan of Kesavanpatti in Karumathur. District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) temporarily shifted 21 other residents of the orphanage to homes in the district. Based on a tip, on Sunday the CWC members visited the Samayanallur home, where 25 orphans or children of single parents resided, and questioned the children. Two of the victims, sisters, opened up and told them of two other girls who were being sexually assaulted, officials said. The sisters had been raped multiple times, officials added. The abuse reportedly started a few weeks ago. “One of the victims has not attained puberty. He seems to have chosen her to avoid any pregnancy a CWC member said. ,” The CWC alerted the DCPU and had the children shifted out. The victims were sent to a reception home and will be sent for medical examination. A case was registered against Adhisivan at the Samayanallur All Women Police station under multiple sections of POCSO Act and the IPC. He was arrested on Sunday night and remanded to Madurai Central Jail on Monday . Police said Adhisivan has been a trustee of a trust for two years. The trust runs three homes — for children, elderly and deserted women. The orphanage, which had functioned for some 20 years, was reportedly shut last year over a licence issue. The 25 residents had joined the home only after it was reopened.
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