KOTTAYAM l THURSDAY l AUGUST 15, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l CITY EDITION CHANDRAYAAN-2 LEAVES EARTH’S ORBIT, ON TRACK TRANS LUNAR INSERTION COMPLETE India’s second moon mission left the earth’s orbit early on Wednesday, and is moving towards the moon, Isro said SPACECRAFT IN GOOD HEALTH Isro said it carried out the ‘Trans Lunar Insertion’ maneuvers at 2:21 am Wednesday, following which the spacecraft successfully entered the lunar transfer trajectory. The spacecraft is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20. During the final orbit raising of the spacecraft around the earth, the liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds ■ ■ The health of the spacecraft is being “continuously monitored” with support from Indian Deep Space Network antennas, Isro said There will be 4 more orbit maneuvers to make the spacecraft enter its final orbit, passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the moon’s surface Sept 7 WHEN CHANDRAYAAN-2 IS SCHEDULED TO LAND ON THE LUNAR SURFACE 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 Pehlu Khan lynching case: All 6 accused acquitted P R E S S T R U S T O F I N D I A @ Jaipur AN ALWAR court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows. Apart from the six acquitted, three others, all under 18 -- are still facing a separate inquiry by a juvenile justice board. While acquitting the six men, the court gave them benefit of the doubt, according to a lawyer. Pehlu Khan, 55, his two sons and a few others were transporting cows when they were allegedly stopped and thrashed by a mob near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017. Later, a video clip surfaced on social media purportedly showing a group of men beating them. Khan, a resident of Jaisinghpura village in Haryana’s Nuh district, died in hospital on April 3, triggering outrage over the murder and focusing attention on attacks by cow vigilantes. “The court gave benefit of the ‘I’m not happy with the court decision’ The Rajasthan Government said it would appeal against the verdict while Pehlu Khan’s son Irshad Khan said, “I’m not happy with court decision and I will appeal.” doubt to all six accused and acquitted them of lynching charges. We have not received the court order copy and will wait for it to study it and appeal in the higher court,” Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told reporters in Alwar. The accused let off by the court are Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayanand, Yogesh Kumar and Bheem Rathi. The court of Additional District Judge Sarita Swami completed the trial proceedings on August 7 and reserved judgment for Wednesday . State plans to move away from traditional construction ways Some feel it is made only to divert attention. Experts believe it needs time GOVT ANNOUNCES RELIEF PACKAGE M A N O J V I S W A N AT H A N @ Kochi The state government announced a relief package for flood victims on Thursday L4 lakh for disasterrelated deaths L10 lakh Two children being rescued from their for families partially submerged house at Kuriyad which lost their in Malappuram | ALBIN MATHEW house and land 102 37 1.77L Death toll Missing people in relief camps L10,000 Immediate assistance for affected families L4 lakh for houses totally damaged in flood, landslide NO RED ALERT ON THURSDAY 43.08% storage in Idukki reservoir ORANGE Malappuram, ALERT Kozhikode and Kannur Inevitable ordeal: Identifying decayed bodies of dear ones V I S H N U P R A S A D K P @ Nilambur IT’S been a sorrowful and difficult task for Ramesh Kollarveetil, who has been waiting for days in front of Jamiyyathul Mujahideen mosque to identify the seven missing members of his family, who were buried under the landslide debris at Kavalappara. So far, he has identified the bodies of his wife’s sister Bhavya and her father Narayanan, who were brought to the mosque on Wednesday and Tuesday respectively But . his wait for the remaining five members, including a young soldier named Vishnu, continues as they are yet to be found. The mosque, which is five kilometres away from Kavalappara, has been temporarily converted Trump talks tough on China, India Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that India and China are no longer “developing nations” and were “taking advantage” of the tag from the WTO and asserted that he will not let it happen anymore. 4 PAGES SUPPLEMENT A SPACE MARKETING INITIATIVE Ramesh Kollarveetil waits at the Jamiyyathul Mujahideen mosque into a mortuary as bodies recovered from the landslide-hit area are brought to the mosque for their kin to identify. Mosque authorities have handed over the prayer hall for the same. Every time an ambulance enters the mosque, relatives of the missing people rush into the prayer hall to find out if their beloved one is among the bodies re● More on P5 covered. THE massive landslides at Kavalappara and Puthumala that buried huge tracts, leaving a trail of destruction has served a wake up call for Kerala. The state Cabinet, which met on Wednesday decided to move away from concrete structures and promote use of steel and prefabricated structures for building construction. The decision has triggered a debate with environmentalists welcoming the idea and builders questioning its practicability . Kerala, an ecologically sensitive state has been extracting millions of tonnes of sand and granite every year to make concrete structures and the construction sector is the only booming industry in the state. Shifting to alternative technology and imposing restrictions on building sector can have far reaching implications on the state’s economy, say experts. “It is possible to reduce the use of concrete, but it will lead to steep increase in building cost. Another challenge is acceptability. If the client refuses to accept the technology, no builder can survive. The government should facilitate introduction of alternative technology, bring manufacturers and incentivise it. There should be sustained efforts to create awareness,” said Antony Kunnel, secretary Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI). Welcoming the decision, environmentalist C R Neelakantan said the government should bring restrictions on the size of buildings. “The government should intervene to bring a sea change in the methodology and size of houses. Many people are building palatial mansions for pomp and show. Wetlands are filled and hills razed down to satisfy the extravagance of the affluent. The government should restrict land use and ration natural resources to conserve nature,” he said. The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) headed by Madhav Gadgil had recommended classification of the Western Ghats area intor three Ecologically Sensitive Zones, based on the fragility of ecosystem and recommended restrictions ● More on P5 on activities in these areas. BLOCKING WAY Marine Drive: HC asks police to remove street vendors E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE Kerala High Court, on Tuesday, directed city police to ensure the walkway at Marine Drive is kept clear of street vendors with immediate effect. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar issued the order on a petition filed by Ranjit G Thampy seeking a directive to Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) to keep Marine Drive neat and tidy Advocate Jaju Babu, counsel . for the petitioner, pointed out the entire stretch had been taken over by small-time vendors. “Street vendors often block the walkway. No street vendor can be given license to trade in a busy walkway obstructing the movement of pedestrians. In Kochi city, walkways, footpaths and slabs cover- ing public drainage on either side of the road are fully occupied by street vendors or bunk shops. It is ruining the walkway’s beauty and mounting the stretch with different kinds of waste,” stated the petitioner. Corporation secretary R S Anu and GCDA secretary P R Usha Kumari appeared before the court to inform of the steps taken to maintain the walkway . Usha Kumari submitted that GCDA is responsible for ensuring proper lighting, installation of CCTV cameras and repairing damaged tiles. VIR CHAKRA FOR ABHINANDAN Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been conferred the Vir Chakra. HOLIDAY: Our offices will remain closed today on account of Independence Day. Consequently, there will be no issue of the paper tomorrow. EXPRESS READ Kevin murder case: Judgment put off Kottayam: The Kottayam Principal Sessions Court, which is holding trial in the Kevin murder case, on Wednesday posted the case to August 22 for pronouncing the final judgment to get clarity on the prosecution’s arguments to consider it as an honour killing case. Custodial death: Case given to CBI T’Puram: The state government has decided to hand over the sensational Nedumkandam custodial death case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Abhaya case: Trial from Aug 26 T’Puram: The trial in the sensational Sr Abhaya murder case will enter a crucial phase on August 26 as the CBI Special Court has given the nod for examination of three witnesses that day. Fr Thomas Kottoor and Sr Sefi are the first and third accused. Shah Faesal detained under PSA in Srinagar said. The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated a political FORMER IAS officer Shah outfit after resigning from Faesal was sent back the Indian Administrative Service. to Kashmir from the After being deDelhi airport on tained at the Delhi Wednesday and detained here under the airport, he was again Public Safety Act detained under the (PSA), officials said. Shah Faesal PSA on his arrival in Faesal, who was Srinagar, the officials bound for Istanbul, was de- said.He is the president of tained at the airport on the J&K Peoples Movement Wednesday morning, they party . PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ Srinagar
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