THRISSUR l friday l august 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION 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 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 back-to-back blasts rock Kabul; 40 people including children reported dead, 120 injured; US suspects ISIS-K could be behind the attacks Express News Service League offers solution, but Haritha firm Express News Service Entrance 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 ha m id k z ar ai ai rp t or East Gate ) ul Baron ab 2 Hotel (k 1 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 Afghans cling to evacuation hopes Imran for positive engagement I P9 Wait-and-watch policy on Taliban Current priorities Evacuation of Indian nationals, safety of our diplomatic personnel Assistance to Afghan nationals in distress Providing leadership Neighbourhood First International coordination and humanitarian efforts Evac stats Embassy personnel 175 Other Indian nationals 263 by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Jaishankar then took questions. Responding to one of the 26 questions, Jaishankar admitted that the Doha process for a smooth transfer of power had not fructified. he also said there was no clarity on when US forces would be withdrawn completely from Kabul. Fielding questions on the government’s Taliban policy, he said: “It would be foolhardy to take a policy call on Kabul. India should avoid the path where events force it to take a decision and that too without assimilating Express News Service @ New Delhi Describing the security situation in Afghanistan as critical, Exter nal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday told an all party meeting of floor leaders in Parliament here that India is adopting a wait and watch approach in dealing with the Taliban. The priority now is full evacuation of Indian nationals. The long term interest is in retaining robust friendship with the Afghans, Jaishankar told the meeting attended by 37 leaders from 31 political parties. The leaders were first briefed drone policy liberalised for usage across sectors Express News Service @ New Delhi @ Kozhikode LEADERS of Haritha, the girls’ wing of Muslim League’s student outfit, have dismissed the “compromise solution” announced by the League on Thursday to resolve the issue with their parent outfit MSF. According to the solution announced by the IUML, the accused leaders of Muslim Students Federation (MSF) would express regret for their remarks against Haritha leaders and, in return, the girls’ outfit would withdraw their complaint to the State Women’s Commission. As part of the compromise, IUML will also revoke the freezing of the Haritha state committee. The solution was claimed to be reached in a meeting held at the IUML’s district office in Malappuram on Wednesday in the presence of P K Kunhalikutty E T Muhammed Bash, eer, M K Muneer, Sadikali Shihab Thangal and P M A Salam. But Haritha leaders expressed their firm position that they would not withdraw the complaint till they got justice. As per the release issued by MSF acting general secretary Salam on Thursday, the alleged derogatory remarks by student leaders were unintentional but they would express regret through their Face● More on P4 book pages. 84-day gap between vax doses for efficacy: Centre @ T’Puram Express News Service 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 suicide 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 distance 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”. Meanwhile, evacuation flights continued to take off from the airport. Some countries have announced they were halting their airlift evacuations, in view of the deteriorating situation. 100 days of Pinarayi govt: No respite from Covid, mins a letdown Taking a big leap in promoting drone usage across sectors, the ministry of civil aviation on Thursday liberalised its rules, cutting down the number of forms to be filled and approvals sought. Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the new rules aim to simplify procedures and reducing the compliance burden. The number of forms to be filled to operate them are down have now been brought down from 25 to 6. “We are all set to usher in a new era of drone usage in India.. We’re going to ensure drone application in transpor- tation, logistic, defence, mining, infrastructure sectors and more. It will provide more jobs. Our aim is to make India a global drone hub by 2030,” said the minister. He added that the new rules could make the concept of air taxis a reality in the days ahead. “Air taxis are being researched and invented globally and many startups are coming up. The time is not far when taxis, like the ones of Uber etc that you see on roads, you will see in the air under the drone policy. I believe this is very much possible,” he said. As per the new rules, approvals for the unique author- isation number, unique prototype identification number, certificate of conformance, certificate of maintenance, import clearance, acceptance of existing drones, operator permits, authorisation of R&D organisation, student remote pilot licence, remote pilot instructor authorisation, drone port authorisation, e t c h ave b e e n abolished. Besides, no pilot licence is required for micro drones (for non-commercial use), nano drone and for R&D organisations. Also, there will be no restriction on drone operations by foreign-owned companies registered in India. the facts.” He also refuted allegations that India had been isolated on the global stage, saying leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Saudi Arabian State Foreign Minister Adel Aljubeir have all been in touch with New Delhi. Also, India chaired a special session at the United Nations Security Council on Afghanistan two days after the Taliban seized power. India has so far evacuated 565 people from Afghanistan. case regarding outraging the modesty of a woman and V Sivankutty (General Education ) who was ordered to face trial in a case of destroying public property by the Supreme Court. The ministers could save their skin as protests organised by the Opposition seeking their resignation lost steam in between. Also haunting the second Pinarayi regime is the ghost of Muttil tree felling case happened during last ● More on P4 term. NATIONWIDE Aug 25 statewide Aug 25 37,593 46,164 Fresh cases 31,445 30,077 34,169 34,159 648 607 Recoveries Deaths 20,271 18,997 215 162 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Aug 26 Richa Sharma/Ejaz Kaiser @ New Delhi/Raipur The ongoing power struggle within the Chhattisgarh Congress took a new turn with the party’s leadership directing Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to respect the agreement of rotational CM he accepted two-anda-half years ago and smoothly transfer power to his cabinet colleague T S Singh Deo. The Bhagel camp hasn’t yielded yet, as a large number of MLAs on his side, including a couple of ministers and some senior leaders, flew into Delhi late Thursday evening to parade their support before the party high command. Bhagel is scheduled to meet former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday . Rahul had met both Baghel and Deo early this week sort out the mess. “During the meeting, Baghel was told to follow the rotational formula he had agreed to after the Assembly elections in 2018. The party wanted to do this through consensus but now he is getting his camp MLAs to put pressure to stay in power,” said sources, adding the change of guard is unlikely to be easy now. Baghel’s tenure reached its halfway mark on June 17. For his part, Deo claimed there was no such power sharing formula. Both leaders have, however, maintained that they will abide by decision of party high command. In anganwadi texts, drivers are always men, teachers women THE five-member gender audit committee designated by the state women and child development (WCD) department to suggest ways to inculcate gender awareness among children from pre-primary stage has found glaring gender issues in the anganwadi textbooks. The committee headed by state gender advisor Dr T K Anandi has completed the report. The state’s pre-primary level has ‘Ankanapoomazha’ textbook for students and ‘ nA kanathaimaavu’ as a teaching aid, catering to more than 33,000 anganwadis across the state. The major findings are that stereotypes are being promoted by portraying women as teachers and nurses in the text format as well as in visual content. At the same time, the A picture in the textbook in which both teachers are portrayed as women. man appears as doctor, driver, farmer, etc. There is less representation for women in pub- ‘Enemy within families’ A study by the health department showed that 35% of the new patients are being infected from their family members, Health Minister Veena George said in an advisory issued on Thursday. P2 Only .054% of the migrant workers in the state have received both doses of vaccine 58% of country’s Covid cases in Kerala New Delhi: While Covid positive cases in India crept up to 46,164 on Thursday, the highest since early July, 58% of them were from Kerala where the pandemic is showing no sign of abating. Aug 26 Curtains for Bhagel? Last ditch bid to stay as CM glaring gender issues A m i ya M e e t h a l @ Kozhikode The Centre has informed the Kerala High Court that the 84-day interval between two doses of Covishield vaccine was prescribed considering higher efficacy and not due to shortage. P2 AFTER a historic mandate that rewrote the pattern followed by Kerala voters in alternating rival political fronts in gover nment every five years, the Pinarayi 2.0 government did not get a break to celebrate the triumph. The pomp and splendour is missing even when the LDF government completes 100 days in office. Instead, there is an air of anxiety triggered by the rising Covid numbers and increasing deaths. For the second consecutive day state reported 30,000, plus cases and the total Covid deaths crossed 20,000-mark on Friday as 162 more patients lost their lives. For the past several weeks, Kerala has been contributing more than half of the daily Covid cases in the country, prompting the Union government to depute multiple delegations of experts to the state. Opposition UDF, which observed a studied silence in the initial days, has stepped up attack on Kerala’s Covid management strategy as there is no reprieve to the situation. “The government is trying to vaccinate maximum number of people and protect the lives and livelihood of all. We need to stand united for this cause,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday . On non-Covid issues too, the government faltered on several occasions. During the honeymoon period, the Opposition had called for the resignation of two ministers — A K Saseendran (Forest) over an alleged telephone call to settle a lic places and men dominate the space in the portrayal. Similarly, the textbook exhorts mothers to help their anganwadi children to do the activities but fathers are let free. Another important finding is that wild animals such as lion and tiger are depicted as male through illustrations and match-the-following activities in which women are equated to parrot and hen, thus cementing the patriarchal notion. “There was no woman driver, police or farmer in both texts. But we all know that women are in each and every job sector now. For instance, an illustration shows a boy sowing seeds in the farmland and a girl just watches him. The message conveyed is that the man is toiling and woman relaxing,” said a member of ● More on P5 the committee. RAIN STATE SOUNDS YELLOW AND ORANGE ALERTS Kerala is likely to experience heavy to very heavy showers in the next three days owing to the cyclonic circulation over Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. P5 express read Govt tries to hush up sum spent on lawyers T’Puram: Despite the Left government spending nearly C19 crore on high-profile Supreme Court lawyers to argue cases including controversial political murders before the High Court and SC, the government is trying to hush up the actual information. P4 Protect doctors and nurses: HC tells govt Kochi: Asking the state government to protect doctors and nurses, the High Court observed that unless health workers are allowed to function peacefully, it would be impossible “to rein in the deleterious consequences of the pandemic and other related diseases”. P4
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