CHENNAI l MONDAY l OCTOBER 21, 2019 l `5.00 l PAGES 34 l LATE CITY EDITION QANTAS TESTS WORLD’S LONGEST FLIGHT AT 19 HOURS The Boeing 787-9 jet from New York with 49 passengers on board touched down in Sydney on Sunday morning SPICY MEALS TO KEEP SLEEP AT BAY PILOTS’ BRAIN WAVES UNDER LENS Researchers monitored how jetlag affected the health of those on board as they crossed multiple time zones. On departure, passengers set their watches to Sydney time and were kept awake until night fell in eastern Australia with exercise, caffeine and a spicy meal. Six hours in, they were served a high-carb meal and lights were dimmed to get them to sleep P14 ■ Researchers tested the bood pressure of passengers and studied the brain waves and alertness levels of the four pilots on board Qantas aims to regularly fly “ultra long-haul” flights from Australian cities to destinations in Europe and the US by 2022 Experts predict intense competition for ultra long-haul routes ■ ■ 3 meals WERE SERVED DURING THE 16,000 KM FLIGHT 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 VOLATILE SEPTEMBER At least 6-10 Pak troopers and an equal number of terrorists killed in retaliatory shelling by heavy artillery in Neelam Valley; India loses two jawans AGITATIONS IN SEPT 2019 WITHIN THE VALLEY 292 Army destroys terror ceasefire violations by Pak in Sept 2019, which was thrice that of Sept 2018 (102) and Sept 2017 (101) 28 launch pads in PoK 54 61 cases of calibre escalation in September last from Pakistan RAJNATH SINGH VERY MUCH IN LOOP Gen Rawat said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had been briefed. “He has regularly been in contact with me on this issue,” Gen Rawat said PAK STAYS IN DENIAL ON PoK STRIKES Pak rejected reports that the Indian Army targeted at least four terror camps in PoK, saying it can arrange a visit of P5 diplomats to the area to expose Indian “falsehood” DEALERS PAY FULL MONEY IN ADVANCE The price range of carrom boards in the Valley is between `350 and `3,000. We get the full money in advance. As mobile phones often don’t work the Valley, we get orders through landlines,” Chatrath said EIGHT months after Indian Air Force missiles destroyed a terrorist training facility deep inside Pakistan’s Balakot, the Indian Army on Sunday launched a major artillery attack on four militant launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Neelam Valley opposite the Tangdhar sector in J&K’s Kupwara. The Indian artillery fire killed 6-10 Pakistani soldiers, an equal number of terrorists and took out at least three of the four terrorist launch pads, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat later informed. The Army action was in retaliation to the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan to assist infiltration of terrorists into the Indian side in the Tangdhar sector, officials said. While three terror camps were destroyed in Each launch the action, another one was severely damaged, pad had over Gen Rawat said, adding the retaliation had 15 terrorists caused substantial harm to the terrorist infraTerror launch structure across the Line of Control (LoC). pads belonging Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, he said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to LeT and Jaish were targeted had been briefed. The action came on the eve of through heavy Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryartillery strikes in ana besides a clutch of bypolls. Jura, Chandok, Gen Rawat said the Army had precise inforAthmuqam and mation on the terror launch pads. “Of late, we Kundalsahi in were getting information that terrorists are PoK. The Army’s coming closer to camps in the forward areas. estimates that Ever since the abrogation of special provisions 15-20 terrorists (for J&K), we are getting repeated inputs about were present in infiltration by terrorists from across the border. each camp at the In the last one month, we have seen repeated time of the attempts from different sectors to infiltrate terartillery attack rorists. So, it was decided that we target the terror camps across. We had the coordinates of these camps. We have caused severe damage to terror infrastructure,” he said. On the Indian side, Pakistani shelling killed two Armymen and a civilian. Eight other civilians were injured. This is the third instance of India targeting terrorist infrastructure inside Pakistan since 2016. The first one was the surgical strike to eliminate terrorist training camps in PoK in 2016 in the aftermath of an attack on an Army garrison in Uri in which 19 Indian soldiers had been killed. In February this year, the Indian Air Force struck a terrorist training facility in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakthunkwa province. This came after a suicide bomber blew up a bus carrying CRPF personnel in Pulwama killing 40. P9 Balle, balle for indoor games in locked down Kashmir H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh WHILE communication blockade in J&K since August 5 forced many Kashmiris indoors, it came as an opportunity for some sports goods t r a d e r s i n f a r aw ay Jalandhar. Indoor games like ludo, chess, tambola and carroms became preferred options to keep children and the youth engaged, which led to a surge in demand Three children with symptoms of dengue die at ICH in just 24 hours Spike in demand for platelets Even as government and private hospitals are struggling to deal with fever and dengue cases, donors say they are finding it difficult to meet the rising requirement for platelets. Doctors and donors agree the need for platelets has spiked. P3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THREE children with symptoms of dengue have died at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) in Egmore in just over 24 hours, raising concerns over fever deaths in the State. A senior doctor at ICH said Divya Dharshini (8), from Ashok Nagar, was admitted to Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital. On Friday, she was shifted to ICH in a critical condition. She died on Saturday night. A source said she died EXPRESS READ Rohit cracks double ton as hosts pile on misery Ranchi: Rohit Sharma helped himself to 212 as India scored 497/9 decl in their first innings of the third Test against South Africa. In reply, the visitors were 9/2 before bad light stopped play. P12 LEARN LIKE A LEGEND of a severe form of dengue. “Aravind (10) from Periamedu died on Saturday night and Akshita (7) from Puzhal died on Friday Both had symptoms of . dengue,” the source said. However, K Kolandaswamy, Director of Public Health, said Divya’s blood tested negative for dengue when samples were taken at ICH. “We were told she tested positive for dengue at Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital. So, we are investigating. In the cases of Aravind and Akshita results are awaited,” he said. Economic growth to hit 7% in 2020: IMF expert IMF’s chief economist Gita Gopinath expects India’s economic growth rate to hit 7% next year. She described the present slowdown as a “cyclical downturn” during an interview with a television channel THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS Stone pelting Bandh 3 85 Civil protest 5 It was roughly double in August. On August 5, Article 370 was read down. 67% of these agitation incidents are restricted to Srinagar town TOTAL TERRORISTS KILLED IN 2019 F AYA Z W A N I & S A N A S H A K I L @ Srinagar/New Delhi terrorists attempted infiltration in Sept 2019, of which 12 were successful WITH THIS ISSUE J&K 147 35 28 NEELAM VALLEY TANGDHAR 3 820 PoK 08 07 03 5 744 1 129 07 05 2 287 Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Jaish-e-Mohammed LeT Al Badr Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Islamic State in J&K Others Not known JAMMU & KASHMIR 4 151 MAJOR CEASEFIRE VIOLATION AREAS THIS YEAR TILL SEPT Krishna Ghati Bhimbhar Gali Nowshera Sundarbani Poonch THE BIG NUMBERS Ceasefire violations Terrorists killed along LoC & hinterland Terrorist-initiated incidents Indian Army casualities Local recruits of terrorists killed 2019 (till Oct 10) 2018 2017 2,317 1,629 860 147 254 213 131 318 131 31 61 59 100 208 128 Videograb of a destroyed terror launch pad in PoK | PTI for play boards. Manufacturers in Punjab claim there has been a seven-fold increase in demand for all types of indoor games, adding they are struggling to maintain supply because of their low production base. There are 15 carrom board manufacturers in Jalandhar who sent an average of 200 pieces to merchants in the Valley each month. Suddenly, in DOUBLE TRAGEDY Depressed Stephen’s prof murders mother, kills himself in Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE decapitated body of a Delhi University professor was found on railway tracks and that of his mother hanging from a ceiling fan with her mouth stuffed with cloth at their flat in Pitampura, the police said on Sunday . Hours after Lissy (55) was found hanging at the flat in Ashiana Apartment, the police spotted Allen Stanley’s (27) body. They hailed from Kottayam. Stanley was a guest professor at St Stephen’s C o l l e g e, w h e r e h e taught Philosophy. He g raduated from the same college and was pursuing PhD at IIT-Delhi. Police suspect Stanley committed suicide after killing his mother. However, no suicide note was recovered with Stanley’s body, but a note written in Malayalam was found. The mother-son duo was suffering from depression because of an abetment-to-suicide case against them. Both were on anticipatory bail, the police said. Five days ago, Stanley told his friends he tried to force his mother to commit suicide but she refused, the police claimed. “Some seven months ago, his step-father committed suicide at his Kottayam house,” a friend said, adding the mother-son duo was framed up in the case. “The relatives of the step-father tried to pass it off as natural death. But when Lissy learnt about her husband’s suicide and the property he left in her name, his relatives sought to pin the blame for his death on Lissy,” the friends said. Another angle emerged on their alleged media trial in Kerala. “Articles published in regional media in Kerala compared them with the Kerala serial murders. Stanley and his mother were targeted by trolls and misogynistic comments were made against his mother,” another professor said. “The public humiliation was unbearable for Stanley and his mother,” he said. (Assistance to overcome suicidal thoughts is available on Tamil Nadu’s health helpline 104 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050.) The artillery strikes were launched after credible information on Pak pushing terrorists into J&K to cause disturbances in the Valley Indian Army the last two months, the demand skyrocketed to 700 per day . Vishwas Chatrath, a leading manufacturer of carrom boards said, “This is unprecedented. Chess, ludo, carrom boards, you name it and there is huge demand from the Valley to the extent that local demand cannot be met. No manufacturer was prepared for this. There is no stock either.” Chatrath’s production capacity is 150 carrom boards per day He . has now scaled it up to 400. P9 DR. PALANISWAMI Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanaswami being honoured with an honorary doctorate by AC Shanmugam, founder & chancellor of Dr MGR. Educational & Research Institute, at a convocation held in Chennai on Sunday. Other recipients of honorary doctorates included music director Harris Jayaraj and danseuse Shobana Chandrakumar | P JAWAHAR | P4
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