KOCHI l SATURDAY l AUGUST 08, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE 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 Plane skids off runway, splits into two at Koz airport. 18 dead, 40 hurt Munnar landslide buries 80 homes of tea workers; 18 die, 48 under debris N E J M A S U L A I M A N @ Idukki Rescue work in progress at the Kozhikode airport after the Air India Express plane skidded off the runway on Friday night | 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. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Kozhikode/TPuram 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 feet onto a road below and split into two at 7.41pm on Friday. At least 18 persons, including pilot Commander Deepak Vasanth Sathe and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar, died while 40 suffered grievous injuries. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals. An official 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 were launched with the help of local residents who gathered after hearing the loud 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 recorded 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. 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS 190 passengers were on board the flight 7.41pm was when the aircraft touched down Captained by accomplished Air Force pilot The deceased pilots have been identified as Cmdr Deepak Vasant Sathe and First Officer Akhilesh Kumar. Sathe was a former Indian Air Force pilot. He was commissioned into Air Force service in 1981 and served in the force for 22 years. He retired in 2003 as a squadron leader and moved to commercial aircraft flying. He has won the sword of honour and was accomplished fighter pilot. He was from the 58th course of the NDA. 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. Resc u e w o rk g o t o v e r a t midnight. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said it would investigate the crash. The flights scheduled to land at the Kozhikode airport were diverted to Kannur and Kochi. LANDING ON A TABLETOP RUNWAY Runways located in high altitude with one of both ends adjacent to a drop are known as tabletop runways. Such runways create the optical illusion of being at the same level as the plains below when a pilot comes in for a landing. The incident brought back the nightmares of the May 22, 2010, crash of Air India Express flight IX 812 at Mangaluru International Airport. The plane slipped off the tabletop runway, fell off the cliff and burst into flames killing 158 passengers. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed shock over the tragedy . “Arrangments have been made at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, 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 said. “The Kozhikode airport landing strip is a tabletop, like the one at Mangaluru. If the engine of the plane had caught fire, the devastation would have been massive,” said Kondotty MLA T V Ibrahim. “As per the initial assessment, the table-top runway along with bad weather resulted in the unusual landing, leading to the mishap,” the MLA said. The incident brought back the nightmares of the May 22, 2010 crash of Air India Express flight IX812 at Mangaluru airport when the plane, after unable to land on the table-top runway, fell off the cliff and burst into flames, killing 158 people. HOPE AHEAD Oxford vaccine to be priced at `225 in India E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PUNE-BASED Serum Institute of India (SII), which is manufacturing Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine, said on Friday it would make the shot available for `225 in India and $3 in other low and middleincome countries. SII has tied up with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be able to deliver up to 100 million doses of vaccines for India and other lower and middle-income countries. The vaccine candidate by the university is under advanced NEP stages of clinical trials in India and several other countries, and is likely to be available for public use in the first half of 2021. This experimental vaccine was found to show good results in early stage human trials. “The rampant spread of the virus has rendered the entire world in an unimaginable halt of uncertainty To . ensure maximum immunisation coverage and contain the pandemic, it is important to ensure the most remote and poorest countries have access to affordable cure and preventive measures,” said SII CEO Adar Poonawala. FOCUS ON HOW TO THINK: PM Narendra Modi says implementing the new edu policy is a mahayagya 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 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 Fire and Rescue Services personnel recover bodies from the landslide spot at Pettimudi in Rajamala in Idukki | SHIYAMI No respite from rain Heavy rain lashes the state, mainly in central and northern districts and in Western Ghats Shutters of 7 dams raised. Several low-lying areas get flooded The death toll in rainrelated incidents since June 1 this year crosses the 50-mark Pathanamthitta districts as excess water is being released from dams. The Pettimudi settlement, where the landslide occurred, belongs to 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 1,608 families shifted to 131 relief camps across the state Wind with a speed of 50km-60km is expected to hit the Kerala coast. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea Authorities have sounded an alert in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kottayam and P’Thitta districts as excess water is released from dams night,” said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who announced a compensation of `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 `2 lakh as ex gratia for the ● More on P4 victims.
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