MADURAI MONDAY AUGUST 10, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION KERALA BRACES FOR MORE RAINS, RED ALERT IN 7 DISTS Pampa dam 20 CM OF RAINS PREDICTED FOR MONDAY The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert for seven districts of Kerala including Idukki, Wayanad and Kozhikode on Sunday. These districts may receive over 20 cms rain in the next 24 hours. Low-lying areas of Alappuzha and Kottayam are heavily impacted. As the water level rose, six shutters of Pampa dam in Pathanamthitta district have been opened The IMD has forecast heavy rains in the state on Monday, raising fears of an aggravated flood in low-lying areas ■ 42 VILLAGES ISOLATED BY FLOODS IN K’TAKA ■ In Karnataka, four villages in Khanapur forest area were completely cut off from rest of the state after a steel bridge across the Mahadayi river was washed away in the floods Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss the flood situation in the state with two ministers of the state Cabinet on Monday CONFIRMED DEAD IN MUNNAR LANDSLIDE AS ON SUNDAY 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 Rural economy withstood pandemic assault, says PM Modi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA’s rural economy has stayed resilient in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday as he launched a `1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. It will be a dedicated finance facility which will run for 10 years under which banks and financial institutions will extend loans with interest subvention of 3% per annum. The `1 lakh crore fund will be used to augment post-harvesting facilities, community farming assets, and help Farmer Producer Organisations. The fund also seeks to extend financial assistance to the agri-entrepreneurs. “Within a CRASH THEORY Did plane land at speed higher than normal? D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram THE Air India Express plane involved in the accident at the Kozhikode airport on Friday had approached the runway at a much higher speed than what is ideal for a safe landing, airport sources told TNIE. Also, it is learnt the aircraft touched down on the runway well beyond the threshold mark of 300 metres, making it a risky landing. Besides, it is suspected that the reverse thrust mode used to reduce the speed after landing probably didn’t work, which could indicate a technical fault. “Normally aircraft approach , the runway at a speed range of 220-240kmph (120-130 knots). But this plane descended on the runway at over 300kmph,” said a reliable source in the Airport Authority of India. Further, the aircraft touched down on the 2,860-metre run- way (which includes the 240-metre Runway End Safety Area) at the 1,300-metre point. The Boeing 737 with 190 on board skidded and fell off the edge of the table-top runway while landing in bad weather. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation have launched a probe into accident. An inspection of the accident site also raised suspicion whether the aircraft engine had really worked in reverse thrust — a process of temporarily diverting the engine’s thrust against the forward travel to provide deceleration. Experts say even aircraft that touchdown beyond the threshold mark can be stopped if the engine is in the reverse thrust mode. After landing, the plane crossed Runway End Safety Area and broke the instrument landing system lights. month of the Cabinet nod to the scheme, the first sanction of over `1,000 crore was made to over 2,280 farmer societies,” said the PM. Modi also released the sixth instalment under the PM-Kisan Nidhi to over 8.5 crore farmers and stated that farmers got an additional `27,000 crore this year. The PM added the government will ensure record pro- `1L cr Agri Infra Fund It aims to provide mediumto-long term debt financing facility for investment in post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets. The scheme offers both interest subvention and financial support till 2029 curement of farm produce. “The measures taken by the government, including the reforms, will change the face of agriculture in the 21st century . Income from agriculture will grow manifold,” the PM said. Since its launch in December 2018, the PM-Kisan scheme has so far transferred over `90,000 crore to more than 10 crore farmers. Start-ups to take part in the food processing. He said that over 350 such start-ups are currently working in the food processing sector. The start-ups are using the best of the innovations, including internet of things, smart equipment. He also said that the move is afoot to set up 10,000 FPOs, which will strengthen the hands of the farmers. 10 dead as hotel-turned Covid care facility catches fire in Vijayawada Fire broke out around 4.45 am, many jump from 1st and 2nd floors to save themselves ing 31 patients inside the centre at the time of the incident. Some of them broke the glass AT least 10 people were killed windows and perched on the and 18 others sustained burns balconies screaming for help. in a fire accident at a Covid Quick Response Teams, fire Care Centre being run in the tenders, NDRF and police perSwarna Palace Hotel sonnel rushed to the by Ramesh Hospitals spot following a disShort in Vijayawada early tress call. With woodcircuit on Sunday . en railings on fire and Preliminary One was charred to in the absence of an death while nine died inquiry pointed alternate staircase, o f a s p hy x i a t i o n . at negligence of firefighters used ladthe hotel and Three of them were ders, broke open the women and seven hospital. Short windows and rescued circuit may have 18 people. men. The fire broke out caused the fire, The injured were officials said around 4.45 a.m. when shifted to nearby hosmost of the inmates pitals. At least, 15 pawere asleep. The flames and tients were moved to the smoke soon spread to the first Ramesh Hospitals. and second floors of the fiveMost of the inmates were storeyed building, suffocating gripped by panic more so after the people trapped inside. it became clear that there was There were 44 people includ- no way out of the building. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada NDRF personnel wearing PPE kits carry out a rescue operation after a massive fire broke out at a Covid-19 care centre, in Vijayawada on Sunday | PTI Four of them jumped from the first floor where the fire was raging. They sustained serious injuries. All of them were rushed to a hospital where their condition is stable. "Thick smoke engulfed the hotel. I could not go anywhere. I broke the window panes, stood on the slab outside and screamed for help," a survivor said. Local tehsildar said the hotel and hospital management were aware of the electrical defects in the building, but avoided rectifying them because of the cost involved. Big guns to missiles, India bans import of 101 defence items to boost self-reliance M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi IN a push for indigenous defence production, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Sunday released a list of 101 defence items, including arms and missiles, that India will stop importing in a phased manner. The list, prepared in consul- WHAT'S ON THE LIST Sniper Rifle 7.62x51 mm Assault Rifle 7.62x39 mm Shipborne Cruise Missiles Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (Land variant) No test, no ration to villagers in Tenkasi! T H I N A K A R A N R A J A M A N I @ Tenkasi DIDN’T undergo Covid test? No ration! This decision of heath officials seems to have clicked, as the number of residents of Kalathimadam village who approached the mass-testing camp increased from a mere 20 on Thursday to more than 100 on Sunday . The officials decided to organise the camp after they sensed something amiss in the village that saw 12 deaths in the last three weeks. But contrary to their expectation, on the first day of the camp on Thursday only a few turned up. , With no other go, the officials asked the workers of a fair price shop in the locality to stop distributing ration and forcibly took swab samples of those who had lined up in front of the outlet. A health official said that on Thursday they were , able to take the samples of just 20 villagers, and among them eight tested positive for the infection. “Two other symptomatic sexagenarians of the village had tested positive at the beginning of this month. A woman who was admitted to a Maduraibased private hospital was the first person in the vilP5 lage to test positive for Covid-19,” he said. FRESH CASES DEATHS 155mm/39 Calibre Ultra-Light Howitzer Hull-mounted submarine sonar TOTAL CASES 5,994 119 2,96,901 22 DOCTORS DIED OF COVID IN THE STATE, SAYS TN IMA After the IMA wrote to the PM, listing the number of doctors who died of Covid in India, its TN unit has disputed the parent organisation's count Light machine gun Bullet Proof Jackets Multi-Purpose Vessel Offshore Patrol Vessel Missile destroyers Survey Vessels High Power Radar tation with all stakeholders, is epxted to bring pump up domestic defence hardware industry with contracts worth almost `4 lakh crore over the next five to seven years. Spokesperson for MoD Bharat Bhushan Babu said, "The list of 101 embargoed items also includes high tech- nology weapon systems and is prepared after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including Army, Air Force, Navy, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private industry to assess current and future capabilities of the Indi- an industry for manufacturing various ammunition/weapons/platfor ms/equipment within India.” "This is a great opportunity for Indian defence industry," he said. The ban on imports is planned to be implemented over a four-year period from 2020. KANIMOZHI ASKED Are you Indian? CISF officer at Chennai airport creates storm EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai A social media storm erupted on Sunday morning after DMK MP Kanimozhi tweeted that a CISF officer at Chennai airport asked her if she was an Indian when told that she doesn't know Hindi. “A CISF officer asked me ‘if I am an Indian’ when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi. I would like to know from when being an Indian is equal to knowing Hindi,” tweeted the Thoothukudi MP . T he tweet immediately caught the attention of Twitterati who fought over it for several hours. While a section supported the parliamentarian, another section termed it as a “political stunt”. A Twitter user from Coimbatore called it “Hindi imposition” while another user said Kanimozhi was trying to “divert” the attention from BJP's 'Vel Pooja' protest in Tamil Nadu. Also, there were tweets that blamed Tamil Nadu's insistence on two-language formula for the incident. Speaking to Express, Kanimozhi said, “For her question ‘are you an Indian’, I replied that she can't decide who I am, and left the place. Later, CISF officials met me at Delhi airport and expressed their apologies. They said it shouldn't have happened and assured me of proper action. Later, the DIG, CISF, Chennai, called me and apologised for the incident.” The CISF has ordered an inquiry into the incident. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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