CHENNAI TUESDAY DECEMBER 24, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION NO PILOTS TO FLY, GOAIR CANCELS 18 FLIGHTS A320 NEO SNAGS ADD TO THE TROUBLE Flights from cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata were cancelled partially due to lack of pilots, an airline source said HOW BAD IS THE PILOT SHORTAGE? Apart from crew shortage, an airline source cited problems with the aircraft. Of late, the budget carrier has reported a series of incidents involving engine glitches, mainly in its A320 Neo planes. For instance, on Monday, a Kolkatabound A320 Neo operated by GoAir had to make an emergency landing due to a snag. A similar incident happened with another flight the previous day ■ Earlier this month, 11 GoAir flights were delayed due to operational issues including lack of crew members ■ With the demand for air travel going up and low-cost airlines proliferating, the supply of quality pilots has not kept pace ■ Asia needs 261,000 pilots in the next 20 years, says Boeing P13 CAA protests WERE ALSO BLAMED FOR THE CANCELLATIONS 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 Jharkhand jolt to BJP, fifth to bolt in a year CAA-NOON ROW Party pays for alienating former ally AJSU Party; tribals lose trust in CM; anger over tinkering with tenancy laws Shrinking saffron Mar 31 2018 Holding party flags and placards, cadre of DMK and its allies took out a huge protest march against the CAA from downtown Egmore to Rajarathinam stadium | R SATISH BABU Thousands converged at Bengaluru’s Quddus Saheb Eidgah ground to take part in a rally on Monday. Road traffic was badly hit in several parts of the city | PANDARINATH B |P6 WHAT HAPPENS TO K’TAKA’S FIRST DETENTION CENTRE? Mamata urges all non-BJP CMs to jointly fight CAA C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E @ Bengaluru E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata WITH the Centre in denial over the existence of detention centres to house illegal immigrants, what will happen to the one coming up in Bengaluru’s backyard? Karnataka’s first detention centre in Nelamangala taluk, about 40 km from here, can house 25. Located in Sondekoppa, it is almost ready for inauguration. At first appearance, it looks almost like an imposing jail — with a formidable 10-ft high boundary wall, barbed wires and two watch towers. The centre, which stands in a half acre and 20 guntas land, has five rooms where illegal immigrants and overstaying foreigners will be housed, a common kitchen and a common bathroom. What was once an OBC hostel is now busy with policemen patrolling the area and letting in only contract labourers, construction workers, electricians and plumbers. “It was a women’s hostel earlier. The work started six months ago. The centre could be even inaugurated in the first week of January,” said an employee who is in charge of construction. Even groceries have WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday took the lead in forging a united Opposition by writing to all non-BJP chief ministers urging them to come under one umbrella to fight against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Mamata’s outreach came in the wake of the BJP losing power in Jharkhand. She congratulated the JMM and the Congress for overthrowing the BJP through a tweet. An experiment on opposition unity was conducted last week when the Left and the Congress came together in Kerala to organise a joint protest on December 16, though a section of the GOP was grumpy Also, an Opposition dele. gation had met the President to share concern over the CAA. Karnataka’s first detention centre in Nelamangala, about 40 km from Bengaluru also been stocked in the centre. A senior police officer said the five rooms have five beds each. The pending work relates to the completion of staff quarters and toilets. “Even that is almost done. Just plastering of the bathroom and staff quarters is to be completed. It will be done in another week’s time,” explained the officer. A police jeep with five policemen have been deployed for guarding it in shifts. According to locals, the entire construction work was done in a hush-hush manner — even the local panchayat had no idea what was coming up there. A former Zilla Panchayat member said, “We wanted this building for the gram panchayat office but the social welfare department has not shared any details with us.” Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had earlier said that NRC will definitely be implemented in Karnataka. A huge database of illegal migrants is also being put together in the state. Bommai had recently said, “We are collecting information of all illegal migrants, drug dealers from other countries and foreign nationals.... A lot of them have crossed have settled in Karnataka. It is the question of people’s security .” Continued on: P6 A German exchange student from IIT-Madras has allegedly been asked to leave the country for participating in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Jakob Lidenthal is pursuing a course with the Physics Department, and has to complete one more semester here. The action has come days after images of Jakob holding placards against the CAA went viral. “I have been ‘banned’ from India,” Jakob told Express in a WhatsApp conversation. I have no confirmation about the ban, but I have been threatened with deportation, he alleged. Jakob participated in protests at his campus, Valluvar Kottam, and at Chepauk. After supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday flipped, saying there was no place for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his state P6 One of the placards Jakob was holding made a reference to the Holocaust in Germany: ‘19331945, we have been there’. Another sign that he was holding read: ‘Uninformed criminals = criminals’. He said the threat, in the form of an unmarked communication, came from an ‘unnamed immigration officer’. Jakob flew out of the country on Monday evening. EXPRESS READ Ambassador to US Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed new foreign secy Boeing fires CEO to restore confidence amid MAX crisis New Delhi: Senior diplomat Harsh Vardhan Shringla was on Monday appointed as the new foreign secretary for a two-year fixed term. He will succeed Vijay Gokhale and will take charge on January 19. Shringla is a 1984 batch officer of the P9 Indian Foreign Service CM Edappadi K Palaniswami greeting President Ram Nath Kovind at Chennai Airport on Monday. Kovind was on his way to Puducherry. Washington: Boeing on Monday fired its chief executive Dennis Muilenburg in a bid to restore buyers’ confidence in the firm amid a protracted crisis involving its grounded 737 MAX jets. Muilenburg’s response to the MAX crisis has come under intense scrutiny as the grounding of the jets has dragged on far longer than the company has expected | P11 WITH THIS ISSUE: 4 PAGES MARKETING SUPPLEMENT KILLJOY President in, You out: Gold medallist wearing hijab told D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry THE only Muslim girl among the 10 gold medallists from Pondicherry University, chosen to receive the award from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, was unceremoniously pulled out from the convocation function at the last moment, allegedly because she was wearing a hijab. The incident, coming amidst nationwide protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, has fuelled anger among the student community . Rabeeha Abdurehim topped her class in MA Mass Communication. “I was seated along with other students inside the Jawaharlal Nehru auditorium, when a woman SSP asked me to step out with her. She said she wanted to have a word with me,” said Rabeeha speaking to Express. “When I stepped out, I was asked why I had worn my headscarf ‘differently’.” When the student told the police that is how she usually wears her scarf, she was allegedly told to sit outside the auditorium. “The SSP Akansha Yadav , went back to the hall and locked the door behind her. When I heard the programme start, I asked the policemen outside why I wasn’t al- 2019 Dec 23 2019 Others BJP NDA alliance No longer a state PARTY POSITIONS 2019 81 JMM+Cong+RJD 47 BJP 25 AJSU 2 Ind 2 Others 5 2014 No NRC in Andhra: Jagan Holocaust placard gets German student deported? SUSHMITHA RAMAKRISHNAN& C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai LOK SABHA ELECTION lowed to participate. But they gave me no answer. Neither did the SSP come back. Receiving the gold medal in front of a cheering crowd was my dream. I did not imagine it being ruined like this,” she said. “I had no intention of boycotting an award that I had earned with my hard work. But, now that they have discriminated against me, I don’t want it anyP3 more.” Receiving the gold medal in front of a cheering crowd was my dream. I did not imagine it being ruined like this Rabeeha Abdurehim, Student 81 BJP 37 AJSU 5 JMM 19 Cong 6 Others 14 M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi A groundswell of distrust in the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, alienation of the Sudesh Mahto-led All-Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and attempts to alter the twin tenancy Acts which shape tribal land rights seem to have brought about the downfall of the BJP and the victory of the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance in Jharkhand. This is the fifth state in which opposition parties have managed to upstage and unseat the saffron party in the past one year, starting with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to Maharashtra recently. The only state where the BJP could form government again was in Haryana, that too after stitching together a post-poll alliance with the Jannayak Janta Party . Das conceded defeat as the Opposition Mahagathbandhan won 47 seats while the BJP was reduced to 25 from 37 in 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated JMM leader He- Hemant Soren mant Soren, tweeting: “Congratu- to be CM lations to @HemantSorenJMM ji JMM leader and the JMM-led alliance for the Hemant Soren, the victory in the Jharkhand polls. son of Jharkhand Best wishes to them in serving the architect Shibu state.” Soren, is set to take up the reins Tribal consolidation of the state for a Perhaps the biggest reason for the second term BJP’s defeat was the alienation of the tribals, who constitute 36 per cent of the state’s population. In 2017, the Raghubar Das government agreed to provide land to Adanis to set up a power plant in Koderma a tribal-backward caste dominated district. This was met with strong resistance from locals, leading to police firing and widespread outrage. Subsequently, his government sought to amend the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act, which had been vogue since the British era. The twin Acts protected the rights of the tribals wherein non-tribals could not acquire land. Das tried to attract big-ticket industries in tribal-dominated arCONTINUED ON: P7 eas by amending the Acts.
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