KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l OCTOBER 09, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l LATE CITY EDITION THREE GET PHYSICS NOBEL FOR COSMIC DISCOVERIES Two Swiss scientists and a Canadian-US cosmologist won the prize on Tuesday for their work on our place in the universe JAMES PEEBLES DIDIER QUELOZ MICHEL MAYOR DARK MATTER THEORETICAL REVOLUTION A PLANET OUTSIDE SOLAR SYSTEM Canada-born James Peebles (84), one of the most influential cosmologists of our time, will get one half of the 9-million kronor cash award for his theoretical discoveries. The Princeton emeritus professor’s work showed that matter known to us—stars, planets and ourselves—only make up 5%, while the other 95% are made up of unknown dark matter and dark energy ■ ■ The other half of the award will be shared by Michel Mayor (77) and Didier Queloz (53) from the University of Geneva for discovering the first planet outside the solar system in Oct 1995 When they found a Jupiter-sized gaseous ball 50 light years away from our sun, scientists were not even sure if exoplanets existed P14 4,056 EXOPLANETS DISCOVERED AFTER THE WORK OF THE SWISS SCIENTISTS 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 Rajnath onboard, first Rafale shows off skills Performs puja on new aircraft; first batch of 4 to reach India in May M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE Rafale fighter jet formally joined the inventory of the Indian Air Force on Tuesday, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receiving the first aircraft at the Merignac airport in Bordeaux, France. Calling the state-of-the art jet a “gust of wind”, Rajnath said the “Rafale will boost India’s air dominance exponentially to ensure peace and security in the region.” French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly was present at the ceremony that included a shastra puja performed by Rajnath himself. “I am told Rafale is a French word meaning gust of wind. I am sure the aircraft will live up to its name,” he said, minutes before going off on a sortie with Dassault Aviation’s chief test pilot Phillipe Duchateau on the newly acquired aircraft. While the formal handover ceremony has taken place, the first batch of four Rafale jets is expected to reach India only by May 2020. The Rafale jet is seen as a game changer in the region as it is considered a 4.5 genera- EXPRESS READ 3 preventive Excise officers arrested Thrissur: The SIT appointed by the City Police Commissioner arrested three preventive excise officers on Tuesday in connection with the death of Ranjith Kumar while under the custody of Excise Guruvayur special squad on October 1. Ranjith was taken into custody by a team of eight excise officials from Guruvayur, allegedly for smuggling 2.5 kg of ganja. P5 Govt to close down unrecognised schools T’Puram: The state will close down all the unrecognised unaided schools from the next academic year. It has begun the process of scrutinising recognition applications of schools and those found wanting will be closed down.P6 18 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday deplored rising instances of mob violence in the country but took strong objection to the word “lynching”, terming it a Western plot to defame India. “Lynching is not the word from Indian ethos. Its origin is from a story in a separate religious text. Indians trust in brotherhood. Do not impose such terms on Indians,” the RSS leader said. Delivering his customary annual address on Vijayadashmi in Nagpur on Tuesday, the RSS Sarsanghachalak said the Sangh has never supported, or will ever support, such heinous crimes. “Such cases need to be handed over to the law enforcement agencies and the government should deal with them sternly he said while denying alle,” gations of Islamophobia within RSS ranks. Bhagwat also urged citizens to create harmony and live ‘Too much discussion on slowdown does no good’ Hyping up the slowdown could be counter-productive as it may spook investors and affect business sentiments, leading to further drop in economic activity, Mohan Bhagwat (pic) said Police to approach foreign lab to detect cyanide traces Defence Minister Rajnath Singh places a coconut on India’s first Rafale as part of shastra puja during a handover event at Dassault’s plant in France on Tuesday | AP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE tion fighter aircraft. It is armed with unmatched weapon systems and sensors with multirole capability . Besides jamming enemy radars, the Rafale has the capability to strike enemy targets from an unchallenged standof f range of more than 300 km. The Rafale jets will come with India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mount- THE district Crime Branch team probing the sensational multiple murder at Koodathayi is finding it hard to collect scientific evidence in the case as chances of tracing cyanide from the decomposed body parts of victims are grim. The probe team does not have much hope in the forensic tests of the mortal remains at forensic labs in the country Hence, the police . are likely to approach an advanced forensic lab in a foreign country . Presently samples of tooth, , hair and vertebra collected from the graves of the victims are at the Regional Forensic ed displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems among others. Earlier, Rajnath met French President Emmanuel Macron and held discussions on strengthening India-France defence and strategic ties. He was then flown to Merignac on a French military aircraft. PALARIVATTOM FLYOVER CASE Mole behind leak of crucial probe details shunted out of Vigilance @Kozhikode Science Laboratory in Kannur. And, the results are expected in a week. However, the probe team is not expecting positive results from the lab. In the second attempt, the samples will be sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad. As a final effort, the police will approach a foreign forensic lab. Rural SP K G Simon said, “It has been decided to send the samples to an advanced laboratory in a foreign country if the forensic tests held in the country fail in trace analysis. The state police chief has already given his approval for the same. However, we are awaiting the results from the regional lab Officer transferred On September 27, the Vigilance Directorate issued the order to repatriate the officer in the rank of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) to the local police The suspected officer used to leak the details of what former PWD secretary T O Sooraj revealed in connection with the flyover case when the probe team interrogated him A source THE Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) probing the Palarivattom flyover graft case has identified a mole within the agency and immediately shunted him out of the bureau. The person had been allegedly leaking highly-sensitive probe details to prime suspects who are yet to be arrested in the case. The decision to transfer the officer out of the department was taken after top VACB officers became worried about crucial investigation details and statements of the accused vital for expanding the probe getting compromised, thereby jeopardising the probe team’s move to , book the remaining suspects. The incident has caused much embarrassment to the Vigilance Department as the probe has entered a crucial phase, wherein the team is into collecting evidence to book the remaining accused, including senior politicians. Surprisingly the mole was close to the activi, ties of the probe team and the department could sense his nefarious designs only after he started openly meddling with the day-to-day affairs of the team. On September 27, the Vigilance Directorate issued the order to repatriate the officer in the rank of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) to the local police. When enquired, VACB Inspector-General H Venkatesh confirmed to TNIE that an officer from the Ernakulam Vigilance wing was moved out of the department. “The officer has been transferred out of the ● More on P6 bureau,” he said. in Kannur and, later, the samples will be sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad as a second attempt. In the last attempt, we will approach the foreign lab with the consent of the court.” Shaju as approver Since collecting scientific evidence substantiating the crime is hard, the Crime Branch is trying to include more witnesses in the case. In addition, Shaju, husband of prime accused Jollyamma, may be listed as an approver. Hinting at this, a police source said, “Shortage of scientific evidence will definitely weaken the case in the court. Hence, an approver is must in the case.” However, the officer did not confirm ● More on P5 Shaju’s name. within the confines of law. “Alertness is a constant necessity There is an overt or covert . effort to create disaffection towards civil discipline. This has to be countered at all levels,” he added. His comments come in the wake of a sedition FIR filed in Bihar against 49 eminent personalities, who wrote an open letter to the PM against hate crimes including mob lynching. On Tuesday 180 celebrities , joined issue with the Centre over the sedition case. KOODATHAYI MULTIPLE MURDER JOLLY TRIED TO KILL MORE PERSONS, SAYS SP Jollyamma, alias Jolly, prime accused in the multiple murder case, had tried to kill more persons, including two girls and relatives, said Kozhikode Rural SP K G Simon, who is supervising the probe. P5 CUSTODY TO BE SOUGHT The probe team will move court to get the three accused Jollyamma, M S Mathew and Preji Kumar - in police custody for further interrogation and evidence collection. Jollyamma is now under judicial custody at Kozhikode women’s jail, while M S Mathew and Preji Kumar are at the Kozhikode district jail. NSS breaks equidistance policy, hits out at govt A J AY K A N T H @Kochi China softens a tad, says K-issue bilateral Though Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing for talks, China dropped its recent references to the United Nations resolutions and said the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally, to create the right atmospherics for the Xi-Modi summit ‘Lynching is a Western plot to defame India’ protect democracy, secularism, social justice, faith in God, customs and rituals in FOR the first time in the past the prevailing situation, the two-and-a-half decades, the NSS is forced to find a right disNair Service Society (NSS) has tance in these byelections. I am resolved to break its equidis- making a categorical appeal to tance policy in the wake of its all community members to growing standoff with the shift towards a right distance LDF Government on various from our proclaimed equidisissues. tance in these bypolls,” he said. Speaking after inauguThough he didn’t menrating the 106th Vijayation any political party dashami Day Nairs or coalition in particuMeet at Perunna on lar, Nair dropped a Tuesday, NSS general clear message to the secretary G Sukumaran community members Nair called on the Nair G Sukumaran Nair by criticising both the community members to LDF and BJP while re, find a ‘right’ distance in the maining silent on the UDF on upcoming byelections in the the Sabarimala issue. “The five assembly constituencies Nairs can understand the in the state, taking into ac- right distance, which I am count the prevailing political talking about,” he said. situation and communal He also launched a scathing equations. attack on the LDF stating that “The NSS doesn’t have poli- those who are at the helm of tics and has always main- the state’s administration are tained equidistance with all trying to instigate communal ● More on P6 political parties. However, to riots. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Kottayam ON A RIGHT NOTE Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan initiating a child into the world of letters on Vijayadashami day at Cliff House in T’Puram on Tuesday | EXPRESS | P6 EXPERT ON BOARD Demolition man Sarwate to advise govt on razing Maradu apartment complexes STATS SAY IT ALL Total number of buildings demolished: Normally, there won’t be any effect beyond 100 metres. But there are chances of small concrete fragments flying during the implosion, which can be controlled through a systematic approach S B Sarwate 300+ Notable buildings razed: Raj Tower Indore (11-storey building), Minal Mall (7-storey building) Demolished 65 buildings in Rann of Kutch in 2001 after earthquake Mumbai Hotel (17-metre high) K I R A N N A R AYA N A N @ Kochi S B SARWATE, an Indore-based controlled implosion expert, has been appointed the official consultant for the government to oversee the demolition of the four apartment complexes in Maradu. Sarwate, who made it to the the Limca Book of Records for conducting the most number of controlled implosions in India in 2003, told TNIE that he will assist the government in the selection of the companies which will execute the demolition, and assist them in the process. “After the site inspection, I will assess the methodology presented by companies selected and zero in on the most suitable company for Maradu,” he said. The mining engineer, who will reach Kochi on Thursday, will meet the representatives of the shortlisted firms to check their background and experience in the field and the methodology of implosion to be followed, besides holding talks with top officials. He also ruled out the possibility of any impact on nearby 3 companies in the race for demolition Edifice Engineering Vijay Steels MD Concrete Cutting and Demolition buildings following the implosion. “Normally there won’t be , any effect beyond 100 metres. But there are chances of small concrete fragments flying during the implosion, which can be controlled through a systematic approach,”he said. He said normally, the complete demolition of an apartment complex will take 10 days. “As we have five (including twin Alfa Serene towers) apartment complexes to be demolished, the entire process can be wound up in two months,” he said. The authorities will have to evacuate the residents from within the 300 metres of the complexes to be demolished, he said, adding that the neighbourhood residents need not worry about the impact. The expert said the foundation of the buildings will not be touched during the implosion. “We don’t do anything to the foundations of these buildings. The entire process will happen above the ground and the structure up to two metres above the ground will remain as it is.” He also quashed the fears regarding the oil pipeline passing through the area. “As the IOC pipeline is going below the ground, there will be no effect on it during or after the implosion,” he said. P4
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