NATIONWIDE Aug 25 Aug 26 Fresh cases 37,593 46,164 Recoveries Deaths 34,169 34,159 648 607 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 25 66,22,337 doses August 26 67,87,305 doses Total doses: 61,10,43,573 odisha Aug 25 Aug 26 Fresh cases DGCA lifts ban on Boeing 737 Max after two-and-half yrs The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Thursday withdrew the ban on the aircraft’s commercial flight operations in India Changes made to enhance safety aspects SpiceJet the sole carrier with 737 max DGCA grounded all Boeing 737 Max planes in India after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max plane near Addis Ababa in March 2019, which killed 157 people, including four Indians. The plane’s flight control software had serious flaws, which sent the aircraft into fatal nosedives. Boeing has made several changes to the software and hardware for airworthiness ■ ■ In its order, the DGCA cited the clearance granted to Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 17 regulators worldwide, including the US. China is the only major country yet to allow the aircraft to fly again In India, only SpiceJet has Boeing 737 Max aircraft in its fleet. The low-cost carrier plans to deploy the plane from next month 849 Recoveries Deaths sambalpur l friday l august 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION 887 721 69 764 66 Mar 13, 2019 When D.G.C.A. ordered grounding of All Boeing 737 Max planes 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 Kabul massacre Two blasts rock Kabul; 40 people including children reported dead, 120 hurt; US suspects ISIS-K hand E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e At least 40 people, including children, were reportedly killed and over 120 people injured in two suspected sucide blasts that rocked Kabul on Thursday evening. The casualties could go up as the condition of some of the injured are reportedly serious. According to reports, the injured include five US military personnel, one of whom is critically wounded. The Taliban claimed some of its fighters were also seriously injured in the blast outside the airport. The first explosion went off in a crowd of people waiting to enter the airport near the Abbey Gate. Thousands of Afghans have been gathering at the gates trying to gain access to the airport, which has become the only way out of the country since the Taliban took over Kabul. The second blast happened some time later near the Baron Hotel located a short distance. A few days ago, the US military had rescued 169 Americans staying in the hotel by flying them out to the airport using helicopters. The attacks are believed to be handiwork of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), which considers the Taliban as an enemy entity. According to US officials, at least one of the explosions was due to sui- Wounded women arrive at a hospital after suffering injuries in the blast outside the Kabul airport on Thursday | AFP U.S. warning to citizens On Wednesday, US defence officials had warned of attacks on the crowds gathered outside the Kabul airport. The US Embassy in Kabul had specifically asked its citizens to leave Abbey Gate, East Gate, and North Gate of the airport immediately. The UK, too, had issued a similar warning to British nationals in Afghanistan INSIDE East Gate l) Entrance ha m id ka rz Afghans cling to evacuation hopes cide bombing. There were also reports of firing after the first blast. “We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short dis- a i ia r r po t (k u ab 2 1 Baron Hotel Abbey Gate Main entrance A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Abbey Gate, the main entrance to the airport, at 5:10 pm 2nd blast occurred near Baron Hotel, where foreigners were waiting to be evacuated. Last week, 169 US citizens were airlifted from the hotel to the airport in choppers Imran for positive engagement I P9 tance from Abbey Gate” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby tweeted. The terror attacks came a day after US defence officials warned of attacks on the crowds that had gathered outside the Kabul airport hoping to catch a flight to safety . On Wednesday the US Embassy , in Kabul had urged people to avoid travelling to airport and advised US citizens near the Abbey Gate – the main entryway to the international airport – to leave immediately The UK, too, issued a similar . warning to it citizens to avoid the airport due to “an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack”. Wait-and-watch Mahanga murders policy on Taliban Court orders no clarity on when US forces would be withdrawn completely from Kabul. Describing the security Fielding questions on situation in Afghanistan as the government’s Taliban critical, External Affairs policy he said: “It would be , Minister S Jaishankar on foolhardy to take a policy Tuesday told an all party call on Kabul. India should meeting of floor leaders in avoid the path where events Parliament here that India force it to take a decision is adopting a wait and that too withand watch apout assimilating Current proach in dealing priorities the facts.” with the Taliban. 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Also, Jaishankar then took India chaired a special sesquestions. sion at the United Nations Responding to one of the Security Council on Af26 questions, Jaishankar ghanistan two days after admitted that the Doha the Taliban seized power. process for a smooth transIndia has so far evacuatfer of power had not fructi- e d 5 6 5 p e o p l e f r o m fied. he also said there was Afghanistan. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi 175 263 probe against Pratap Jena E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Cuttack Trouble seems to be mounting for State Law Minister Pratap Jena with a local court directing fresh investigation into his alleged involvement in the brutal killing of two BJP leaders at Mahanga in January this year. The court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Salepur’s direction came in response to a protest petition filed by Ramakant Baral, son of one of the deceased BJP leaders and former Mahanga block chairman Kulamani Baral. Ramakant had filed the petition on August 16 accusing Mahanga police of dropping the Law Minister’s name from the chargesheet. The petition alleged that the investigation conducted by the investigating officer (IO) was perfunctory as he completely overlooked the allegations against Jena even after his name was mentioned in the FIR filed by Ramakant and statement recorded under section 161 of CrPC. The complainant had also categorically alleged that the IO did not examine the material evidence and falsely recorded the statement of witness under section 161 of CrPC in order to shield the CONTINUED ON: P5 minister.
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