KOCHI l MONDAY l AUGUST 03, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION SOMETHING TO CHEER FOR THE GUNNERS AT LAST AUBAMEYANG HERO, ARTETA KINGMAKER Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final late on Saturday, in front of nearly 90,000 empty seats at Wembley Stadium HOPING FOR GOOD DAYS TO RETURN Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was hero of the night. The striker converted a penalty in the first half to help Arsenal recover from an eraly setback. He then scored the winner in the 67th minute. A lot of credit goes to Mikel Arteta, who took over as manager eight months ago and transformed a struggling side into perfomers on the big stage. ■ This is a big boost for Arsenal, who are on the road to recovery after being unimpressive for a few years. Arteta became the first person from Arsenal to win FA Cup as captain and manager. ■ Arsenal qualified for next season’s Europa League by winning the title, despite not finishning in the top 7 in the Premier League. 14 THIS WAS ARSENAL’S 14TH FA CUP WIN, THE MOST FOR ANY TEAM 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 Chennai -95.8 1,69 lakh Mumbai -96.7 2.62 lakh Delhi -90.9 Kolkata -91.7 Bengaluru -93.9 Hyderabad -94.1 Kochi -95.4 80.59 lakh 10.38 lakh 46.86 lakh 4.35 lakh 2.68 lakh April-June 2020 April-June 2019 71.60 lakh % Change THE Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, the busiest in the country operated only , 9,335 domestic flights in June this year as against 27,985 in the same month last year, a drop of nearly 67%. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the second busiest, operated a mere 2,594 domestic flights this June as against 19,682 in the same month in 2019 — a drop of 87%. These telling numbers are not restricted only to the two biggest airports in the country . 45.35 lakh 14.07 lakh Source: Airports Authority of India SEAT OCCUPANCY (%) AIRLINE JUNE 2020 JUNE 2019 Air India 56.5 81.2 SpiceJet 68.0 93.7 GoAir 57.9 94 Indigo 60.7 90.1 Air Asia 56.5 90.7 Vistara 56.6 83.3 All majors airports across the country have reported a dip of 90% or more in number of domestic passengers. The low demand has bled airlines, forcing layoffs and salary cuts GOLD SMUGGLING NIA nabs PFI man charged in palm-chopping case, 5 others Covid-19 breaches Kollam district jail, 57 inmates positive 1,169 new patients were added to the list of active cases in the state on Sunday, taking AS MANY as 57 inmates of the number to 11,342. Of the the Kollam district jail tested newly infected, 991 contracted positive for Covid-19 over the the virus through local transpast two days, upsetting the mission. The contact cases regovernment’s efforts in pre- ported on Sunday is the secventing the virus from spread- ond highest, after 1,162 on ing among prisoners. KerJuly 31. ala had won praise at A police officer from the national level for T h i r u v a n a n thapuram, who had its system of screening remand prisoners visited the Kollam district jail, tested posiat Covid first-line tive last week. The treatment centres Health Department (CFLTCs) and isolating them if found suspects him to have positive. transmitted the virus Swab samples of 15 to the inmates. We did antigen inmates were tested “We did antigen tests on the after they showed tests on the inmates inmates of the mild symptoms and district jail and as of the district jail and the results of 13 came many as 57 at the as many as 57 at the jail were found positive on Saturday jail were found posinight. Following that, positive in the last tive in the last two two days days,” Kollam Deputhe health department did antigen R Sandhya, Dy DMO ty DMO R Sandhya tests on the remaintold TNIE. ing 132 inmates as well. The Though the jail was conresults, which came on Sun- verted into a CFLTC, 54 paday evening, showed that 57 tients were shifted to another were infected. centre and three to the MediAs many as 69 new cases cal College Hospital. A health were reported in Kollam dis- officer said the patients will trict on Sunday, with 51 of be added to the state’s list on them getting infected through Monday as the results had local transmission. A total of come on Sunday evening. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kollam @ T’Puram IN a new twist to the gold smuggling case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested six persons including a Popular Front of India (PFI) member who was chargesheeted in the sensational palmchopping case. Of the six arrested, four were already arrested by the Customs and two are new persons -- Muhammad Ali Ebrahim and Muhammad Ali, both residents of Muvattupuzha. They were picked up by the NIA officers from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu on Saturday The agency . has so far arrested 10 persons in the gold smuggling case. Muhammed Ali was chargesheeted by Kerala Police in the case relating to the palm chopping of Thodupuzha Newman College professor T J Joseph in 2011. He was later acquitted by the NIA Court. Ali is still a PFI member, sources said. His arrest brings the PFI angle into the case. The arrest of Ali, who was an accused in a sensational case involving radical outfits, could provide a leeway to the probe agencies which suspect that the proceedings from gold smuggling were used for terror funding, sources said. The NIA said Muhammad Ali Ebrahim and Muhammad Ali had assisted A M Jalal, another accused who was earlier arrested by the Customs, in collecting the smuggled gold from key conspirator K T Rameez. The two also assisted Jalal in distributing the booty among other conspirators, a statement from the NIA said. ● More on P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX (TABLOID) STATE’S COVID COUNT CROSSES 1,000 AGAIN 1,169 991 fresh cases reported on Sunday of the patients infected through local transmission 688 people recovered from the disease on Sunday The swab samples of a 11-month-old girl, who died at the Govt Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode on Friday, tested positive on Sunday. 377 While eight died on Sunday, only the case of a woman who passed away on July 29 was officially declared. P2 ENTIRE WESTERN KOCHI A CONTAINMENT ZONE cases reported in T’Puram, which is the highest in state Official data accessed by this newspaper shows that Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown have played havoc with the aviation sector, resulting in a sharp fall in the number of flights operated and the number of fliers f ro m a i r p o r t s a c r o s s t h e country . Consider the number of domestic flights in June 2019 and 2020 from some of the other prominent airports. Chennai airport saw a drop of more than 80%, Bengaluru 74%, Hyderabad 71% and Kolkata 61% in flight operations. The numbers are more grim if April-June 2019 and the same pe- K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi 1.14 crore 3.90 lakh 64,993 India’s airlines gasping for breath DOMESTIC AIR PASSENGERS 40.5 lakh Kochi: Divisions 16 and 18 of the Kochi Corporation were declared as containment zones. With this, the entire western Kochi has now become a containment area. “So far, 100 people in Fort Kochi cluster have tested Covid positive,” said G Poonguzhali, DCP. AMIT SHAH COVID +VE, HOSPITALISED E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi UNION Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to a hospital in Gurugram on Sunday . “On getting the initial symptoms of corona, I got the test done and the report came back p o s i t iv e. M y health is fine, but I am being admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors,” Shah tweeted. The minister requested all those who came in contact with him recently to self-isolate. The 55-year-old was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. He has comorbidities, and thus, is more vulnerable to the disease, sources said. A team of AIIMS doctors is expected to visit Medanta Hospital to oversee Shah’s treatment. The home minister was expected to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi and prominent personalities for the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ ceremony at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Wednesday . riod this year are compared. Most airports show a drop of more than 80% (see graphic). The same steep decline in June 2019 and 2020 is seen in the number of domestic passengers handled at all the airports in the country . In June 2019, the Delhi airport handled more than 40 lakh domestic fliers, but in the same month this year, it came down to 8.82 lakh, a fall of 78%. The story is the same across all airports. Among the major airports that saw a drop of more than 90% are Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore. CONTINUED ON: P7 India tells China to deliver complete disengagement Chinese troops yet to retreat from Finger 4 & PP17A, say sources M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi REJECTING China’s claim that disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was more or less over, India on Sunday demanded complete disengagement of troops from Finger 4 and Patrolling Point 17A and other stand-off points. According to sources, India hardened its stance during the fifth round of talks between Corps Commanders of the two countries held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC on Sunday, in a bid to thwart China’s salamislicing tactics. “Talks are being held and complete disengagement of troops from the remaining standoff points will be the main agenda,” sources told TNIE on Sunday evening, when the talks were still on. Finger 4 on the northern flank of Pangong Lake and Patrolling Point 17A (Gogra) EXPRESS READ UP minister Kamal Rani Varun dies of Covid; Yedi, TN guv +ve Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Technical Education Minister Kamal Rani Varun, 62, who tested positive for Covid-19 on July 18, died on Sunday. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit tested positive. P8 Teenager abused sexually in the name of exorcism Kalpetta: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her relative in the name of exorcism in Mananthavady. The police arrested Vineeth, 43, of Valliyurkavu Kannivayal tribal colony, on Saturday in connection with the case. P4 Cyclonic circulation may bring rain similar to 2019 cloudburst T’Puram: The development of cyclonic circulation that is predicted to bring heavy rain to the state this week is almost similar to the pattern that led to the deluge in August 2019. The IMD has sounded an orange alert in four districts on Monday. P5 MINISTER SEEKS REPORT 3-yr-old swallows coin, taken to 3 hospitals but dies E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi A THREE-year-old boy, who had accidentally swallowed a coin, died on Sunday morning, after two hospitals allegedly failed to attend to him properly and a medical college hospital denied him treatment saying his house was in the Covid-19 containment zone. Prithviraj, the lone child of Raju and Nandini, from Kadungalloor near Aluva, breathed his last at 2.30am. The boy was rushed to the district hospital in Aluva after the boy swallowed a one-rupee coin at 11am on Saturday , but the authorities said there was no paediatrician there and referred the child to Ernakulam General Hospital. The General Hospital sent the boy to the Medical College Hospital in Alappuzha asking the parents to consult the paediatric surgeon there. The relatives said the doctors at the district hospital told them that the coin would go out naturally and advised them to give the child fruits and rice. The child was brought back home, but he developed uneasiness by Saturday night and his condition worsened. Though he was taken to the district hospital in Aluva again, his life could not be saved. “When we took him to the hospital at Aluva, the authorities said that the coin would go out naturally. They asked us to go to the Ernakulam GH if he developed any issues. The Alappuzha hospital authorities said they could not admit the child as we are coming from a containment zone. However, the child developed uneasiness by night and began crying,” said ● More on P4 Nandini. are the places where China has not fulfilled the commitments of disengagement as decided in previous meetings. Disengagement at PP14 (Galwan Valley) and PP15 was completed and verification done in the beginning of July . Sources said Chinese troops left the heights at Finger 4 but remained deployed on the ridges in the vicinity Also, . the disengagement is pending at PP17A. “Our stance is status quo ante before Chinese troops moved forward in the first week of May” source added. Indian XIV Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and Maj Gen Lin Liu, Commander of the South Xinjian Military District have been representing their respective sides. Earlier meetings were held on June 6, June 22, June 30 and July 14. The Chinese troops had clashed with the Indian troops on the intervening night of May 5 and 6 and subsequently moved their troops forward. Later, the artillery and armoured assets were moved. Thereafer, both sides deployed fighters in forward areas. India has done precautionary deployment all along the 3,488-km LAC, de facto border between India and China. China had on July 25 said disengagement was complete in Galwan, Hot Springs and Gogra but was silent on Pangong Tso. In response, India said there has been some progress but disengagement is not yet over.
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