KOCHI l THURSDAY l AUGUST 15, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE 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 All 6 accused acquitted in Pehlu Khan lynching R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur THE name of Pehlu Khan became synonymous with mob lynching by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan two years ago, as the assault captured on camera triggered national outrage. However, all six accused were let off on Wednesday with a sessions court , in Alwar district giving them the benefit of doubt. Pehlu was assaulted on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in Alwar on April 1, 2017 while he and his sons were bringing cattle bought from a fair in Jaipur to their home in Haryana’s Nuh. Two days later he passed away . As soon as the judgment was pronounced, slogans of Bharat Mata ki jai rent the air outside the court. For his part, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Rajiv Swaroop, said the government will file an appeal immediately . While six accused — Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayanand, Yogesh Kumar and Bhim Rathi — were tried in the Alwar court, three other accused, who were minors at the time of the crime, are being tried sepa- ARUN KUMAR Pehlu Khan’s wife Jaibuna and son Irshad (R) Figured in chargesheet Pehlu Khan’s name, too, figured as an accused in cattle lifting in the chargesheet. It was later dropped after his death, the Rajasthan police clarified rately at a juvenile court. A disappointed Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana said: “We produced 44 witnesses, but the benefit of doubt went to the accused.” Pehlu Khan’s lawyer, Kasim said: “Our video, a sting operation done with the help of a TV channel, was not admitted. The prosecution case was weak as the investigation done by the police was poor and biased. It was entirely political and influenced, which has helped the accused.” The man who made the video P7 did not depose in the court. State plans to move away from traditional construction ways Some feel the talk 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 monetary aid for flood victims on Wednesday 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 Identifying decayed bodies of dear ones an inevitable ordeal V I S H N U P R A S A D K P @ Nilambur IT has 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 father-in-law Narayanan and wife’s sister Bhavya, which were brought to the mosque on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively . But his wait for the remaining five relatives, including young soldier 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-PAGE SUPPLEMENT A SPACE MARKETING INITIATIVE 24 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Ramesh Kollarveetil waits in front of the Jamiyyathul Mujahideen mosque into a mortuary as bodies recovered from the landslide-hit area are brought there for kin to identify. Mosque authorities have handed over the prayer hall for the same. Postmortem too is done there. 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 Kerala a wake-up call. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who briefed media on the Cabinet decisions on Wednesday said the state is eager to stop , encouraging concrete buildings, and promote use of steel and prefabricated structures for construction. His statement has triggered a debate, with environmentalists welcoming the idea and builders questioning its practicality . Construction sector is the only booming industry Kerala and the ecologically-sensitive state has been extracting millions of tonnes of sand and granite every year to make concrete structures. Shifting to alternative tech- granite nology and imposing restric- quarries are tions on building sector can in operation have far-reaching implica- in the state tions on the state’s economy , say experts. “It’s possible to reduce the use of concrete, but it’ll lead to a steep increase in build- quarries in ing cost. Another challenge Idukki is acceptability If the client district . refuses to accept the technol- alone 5,924 30 ogy, 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 Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) secretary Antony Kunnel. Welcoming the decision, environmentalist C R Neelakantan called for restrictions. “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 resources to conserve nature,” ● More on P5 he said. 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 Wednesday 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 licence to trade on a busy walkway obstructing the movement of pedestrians. In Kochi city, walkways, footpaths and slabs covering public drainage on either side of the road are fully occupied by street vendors or bunk shops. It’s ruining the walkways’ 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 tiles. ● More on P3 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 honour killing case.P4 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. P4 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. P4 Ex-J&K babu stopped from leaving country said there was a lookout notice against him by the J&K police. However, there FORMER IAS officer Shah was no clarity as to who exFaesal was stopped at actly detained him at the Delhi airport on the Delhi airport. Wednesday morning Delhi Police, CISF when he was about to and the Intelligence board a Turkish AirBureau denied Faelines flight to Istansal was detained by bul. He was sent Shah Faesal their staff. The forback to Srinagar, mer bureaucrat had where the J&K police de- floated a political outfit tained under the Public called the J&K Peoples P9 Safety Act (PSA). Sources Movement Party . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi / Srinagar
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