KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l AUGUST 08, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION TRUMP BANS DEALINGS WITH OWNERS OF TIKTOK, WECHAT Executive orders by US President Donald Trump on Friday gave Americans 45 days to stop doing business with them 45-DAY DEADLINE FOR THEIR SALE Unless an American company acquires them, the two apps will be removed from Apple and Google app stores in the US in 45 days. Analysts say the tight deadline would open the door to a pressured sale of the apps. Microsoft reportedly expanded its talks with ByteDance on acquiring TikTok on Thursday. Trump has indicated his support for the talks ■ 1 billion DON CITES STATEMENT BY INDIAN GOVT ■ Trump alleged the apps collect users’ data and pass them on to the Chinese government, which poses a national secuirty threat In justifying his order, the US president cited a statement by India’s Ministry of Information Technology saying TikTok was “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data” | P9 ESTIMATED NUMBER OF WECHAT USERS WORLDWIDE, 3 MN IN THE U.S. 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 DOUBLE DISASTER Munnar landslide buries 80 homes of tea workers; 18 die, 48 under debris Plane skids off runway, splits into two at Koz airport. 17 dead, 40 hurt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Kozhikode/TPuram NO RESPITE FROM RAIN Shutters of 7 dams raised. Several lowlying areas get flooded The death toll in rainrelated incidents since June 1 this year crosses the 50-mark Heavy rain lashes the state, mainly in central and northern districts and in Western Ghats 1,608 families shifted to 131 relief camps across the state N E J M A S U L A I M A N @ Idukki FOR the third consecutive monsoon, it’s raining deaths and devastation in Kerala. While heavy rain continued in the state, a major landslide at Rajamala near Munnar in Idukki district killed as many as 18 people, including five women and two children. At least 48 more people are still trapped under the debris after a portion of the Pettimudi hills caved in on Thursday night, burying 80 houses along four lanes of a tea estate. Twelve people were pulled out alive. “Most of the people are plantation workers and from neighbouring Tamil Nadu,” said Idukki district collector H Dinesh. Dotted with tea plantations, Pettimudi was never considered a landslide-prone area. The 80-odd residents were not prepared for such a disaster, which struck late into the night when most of them were sleeping. With heavy showers persisting, a red alert was sounded in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts, orange alert in nine districts and Kerala Case Diary 1,251 test positive on Saturday 1,061 through local contact Senior CPM leader MA Baby tested positive for Covid-19. Baby and his wife are now under treatment at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. 814 recovered 73 unknown sources EXPRESS READ Rajapaksa clan sweeps parliamentary poll in Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister for the fourth time on Sunday after his party registered a landslide victory in the general election, securing two-thirds majority in Parliament. The victory will enable him to amend the Constitution and further consolidate his family’s grip on power. Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas issues order banning all mining activities in the district until further notice Wind with a speed of 50km-60km is expected to hit the Kerala coast. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea A red alert sounded in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts, an orange alert in nine districts and an yellow alert in two districts Sea erosion continues to be a worry in Ernakulam district Sea erosion continued to pose problems to coastal residents in Ernakulam. People living in areas where water has entered are shifted to relief camps. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there are also reports of houses in coastal areas suffering extensive damage. yellow alert in the remaining two districts. Besides Idukki, the IMD has forecast extreme heavy rain in Wayanad and Kottayam districts in the next two days, raising fears of more landslides on the Western Ghats. Wind with a speed of 50km-60km is also expected to hit the Kerala coast. Relief works are being carried across the state, with 1,608 families already shifted to 131 relief camps. Authorities have sounded an alert in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts as excess water is being released from dams. The Pettimudi settlement, where the landslide occurred, belongs to Authorities have sounded an alert in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kottayam and P’Thitta districts a excess water is released from dams the Nyayamakad tea estate of KDHP and is located nearly 20km away from Munnar. “The site of the tragedy has the facilities to continue search during night,” said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the dead, and added the state government would bear the cost of treatment of the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced Rs 2 lakh eas ex gratia for the victims. “The entire village was destroyed,” said Deepan, a 25-year-old resident of Pettimudi, who had a miraculous escape. “Everything happened in a flash.” Deepan lay halfburied in the mud for nearly eight hours before a group of men, who too had survived, pulled him, his mother and two others out by around 6.30am on Friday Two families who . heard the sound of the gushing waters moved to safer points. The family members informed the forest officials about the incident around midnight after they reached Rajamala on foot through the forest ● More on P4 path. COVID VACCINE Serum Institute to make up to 100 million doses P T I @ New Delhi THE Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday said that it has entered into a new partnership with international vaccine alliance Gavi and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate manufacturing and delivery of up to 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for India as well as other low and middle-income countries (LMICs). “The collaboration will provide upfront capital to SII to help them increase manufacturing capacity now so that, once a vaccine, or vaccines, gains regulatory approval and WHO pre-qualification, doses can be produced at a scale for distribution to India and LMICs as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC mechanism as early as the first half of 2021,” SII said in a statement. The company has set an affordable ceiling price of USD 3 (around `225) per dose, it added. The funding will support at-risk manufacturing by SII for candidate vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax, which will be available for procurement if they are successful in attaining full licensure and WHO prequalification, the statement said. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via its Strategic Investment Fund, will provide at-risk funding of USD 150 million to Gavi, which will be used to support the SII to manufacture the potential vaccine candidates and future procurement of vaccines for LMICs via Gavi’s COVAX AMC, the statement said. The Air India Express flight that skidded off the runway at the Kozhikode airport | MANU R MAVELIL Narendra Modi@narendramodi Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected. Deceased identified so far Fire and Rescue Services personnel recover bodies from the landslide spot at Pettimudi in Rajamala in Idukki | SHIYAMI IN Kerala’s biggest plane accident, an Air India Express aircraft carrying 190 people on board, including crew, from Dubai to Calicut airport skidded off the table-top runway while landing in bad weather, fell 35 metres onto a road below and split into two at 7.41pm on Friday At least . 17 persons, including pilot Captain Deepak Vasanth Sare and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar, died while 40 suffered grievous injuries. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals. A statement by the airline said the flight IX 1344 from Dubai to Kozhikode was a part of the ongoing Vande Bharat Mission to bring stranded Indians from abroad. “There were 184 passengers, including 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew members on board the aircraft. No fire was reported at the time of the landing,” the statement said. Rescue operations, which were continuing at the time of going to press, were launched with the help of local residents who gathered after hearing the loud noise. Fire and rescue teams of Kozhikode and Malappuram districts also rushed to the spot soon after the incident. The passengers who suffered major injuries, were shifted to Kozhikode and Manjeri medical college hospitals. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed shock over the tragedy He . asked all government agencies to engage in rescue operations using all government facilities. He also instructed Local Self-Government Minister A C Moideen to coordinate rescue operations and deputed Kozhokode IG of Police to oversee the same. Health authorities also have been instructed to provide all possible medical aid to save the lives of victims. “Arrangments have been made at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, 1. Captain Deepak Vasanth Sare Kunnamangalam, Pilasserry, Kozhikode 2. Co-pilot Akhilesh 5. Saheer Sayeed (38), Thekkankurur, Tirur, Malapuram 3. C P Rajeevan (61), Cherikka Parambil, Kokkallur, Kozhikode 4. Sharafudheen (35), Mele Maruthakottil, 6. Mohammad Riyas VP (23), Chalavara, Palakkad Beach Hospital, Farooq Hospital and other private hospitals,” said Health Minister K K Shailaja. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents Wayanad in Parliament, said he was shocked by the accident. “Deepest condolences to the friends and families of those who died in this accident. Prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he ● More on P4 said.
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