visakhapatnam l friday l august 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late 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 serial blasts rock Afghan capital; 12 US soldiers and children among over 70 killed, 140 hurt; no outfit claims role but ISIS-Khorasan’s hand seen Sistla Dakshina Murthy @ Vijayawada E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e At least 72 people, including children, were reportedly killed and over 140 injured in two suspected suicide blasts in Kabul on Thursday evening. Twelve US military personnel, too, were among the victims, and 15 were wounded, General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said at a briefing in Washington. While there was no official confirmation on the number of locals killed in the blasts, media reports quoting Afghan health officials on the ground put the number at 60. The casualties could go up as many are fighting for life. A few Taliban fighters were also injured in the blasts. The first explosion went off in a crowd of people waiting to enter the airport near the Abbey Gate. Reports said shots were fired soon after. Thousands of Afghans had gathered at the gates trying to gain access to the airport, hoping to catch a flight to safety The second blast hap. pened hours later, near the Baron Hotel in the city A few days ago, the US military had lifted . 169 Americans from that hotel using choppers. It is now said to be housing UK’s evacuees. Videos from the scene showed dozens of bodies strewn across a sewage canal and the surrounding banks outside the airport. “We can confirm that a number of US service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport. A number of others are being treated for wounds,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby tweeted, adding that “a number of Afghans” were also killed in the attack. While no group claimed responsibility for the attacks, the US and other Western governments believe the blasts were triggered by the Islamic State’s regional affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISISK), which is opposed to the Taliban. The Taliban had shot dead one of the group’s top leaders in Afghanistan, hours after taking over the Kabul prison where he was held. The blasts came a day after US defence officials warned of terror attacks near the airport. On Wednesday the US Embassy in Kabul had , urged people to avoid travelling to the airport unless given specific instructions were given. Meanwhile, US evacuation flights continued to take off from the airport. Some countries including Canada have announced they were halting their airlift evacuations in view of the deteriorating situation. Covid cases climb, 58% of them 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. The health ministry also warned against people dropping their guard as the festive season approaches. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said except Kerala, the Covid count elsewhere is declining. Kerala reported 31,445 cases and 215 deaths. Its test positivity rate is now over 20%, signalling the explosive rate of disease progression | P7 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 25 66,22,337 doses August 26 67,87,305 doses Fresh cases 37,593 46,164 Recoveries Deaths 34,169 34,159 648 607 statewide aug 25 aug 26 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,601 1,539 1,201 1,140 16 12 71,532 67,590 North Gate 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 ka rz ai Entrance Afghans cling to evacuation hopes r ai p t or East Gate ) ul Baron ab 2 Hotel (k 1 Abbey Gate Main entrance Suicide bomber blows himself up near the Abbey Gate to the airport, at 5:10 pm local time 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 P12 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 E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Describing the security situation in Afghanistan as critical, External 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 by Foreign Secretary Harsh Var- dhan 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 the facts.” drone policy liberalised for usage across sectors E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi 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. 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. The Zilla Parishad high school at Anasagaram village in Nandigama mandal of Krishna district has only two helpers for its upkeep though it has a student strength of about 280. D Gopi Charan, a class X student, was electrocuted while cleaning the water tank on Wednesday The school authori. ties had maintained that some students used to show keenness to clean the tank though they were not asked to do it. It was unfortunate that Gopi accidentally came in contact with the overhead power cables and got electrocuted, they said. It came to light that the authorities of ZP school submitted petitions at Spandana and other grievance redressal programmes in 2018 and 2019 for the removal of 11 KV power cables passing over it. “However, there has been no response from the electricity department to the petitions submitted earlier,’’ school sources said. R Narasimha Rao, Regional Joint Director (RJD), Kakinada, inspected the school on Thursday to probe the incident. School headmistress Padma- @ Tirumala The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has come up with an initiative to provide healthy food to pilgrims in the name of ‘Sampradaya Bhojanam’. The traditional meal is prepared using organic ingredients. The eight-day trial run of Sampradaya Bhojanam began at Annamayya Bhavan on Thursday. As part of the trial run, the meal consisting of 14 dishes was served to pilgrims. The TTD, which came up with the initiative of Sampradaya Bhojanam after holding discussions with farmers engaged in organic and natural farming, will purchase the pro- ‘Sampradaya Bhojanam’ trial run commenced at Annamayya Bhavan in Tirumala on Thursday | Express vathi was suspended. The inquiry report will be submitted to School Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh, recommending action against those responsible for the incident, the RJD said. Speaking to TNIE, Municipal Teachers Federation president S Ramakrishna said paucity of funds to hire more workers for the upkeep of school premises, was one of the reasons for the tragic incident at the ZP school. Same is the situation at several ZP schools in Krishna district. “Though the State government is collecting `1,000 from each student from the aid given to beneficiaries under the Amma Vodi scheme, adequate funds are not being allocated to schools for upkeep,’’ he said. Days after announcing the fee structure for private unaided schools and junior colleges for 2021-22 to 2023-24, the AP regulatory body has come up with a toll free No. 9150381111 to enable parents lodge complaints if they are fleeced Parents have every right to question the management of a private educational institution about collection of exorbitant fee and they can even approach the APSERMC for redressal of their grievances R Kantha Rao, APSERMC chief The APSERMC toll free number functions from 10 am to 5 pm The commission will initiate action against the errant private educational institution within a week of receiving a complaint The APSERMC will keep a watch on all private institutions to ensure that they strictly follow the fee structure Curtains for Baghel? Last ditch bid to stay as CM R i c h a S h a r m a / E j a z K a i se r @ 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 Baghel 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. Baghel 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. TTD serves ‘Sampradaya Bhojanam’ with 14 dishes E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e D Gopi (inset), who was electrocuted while cleaning the water tank of the ZP high school at Anasagaram I Express Dial 9150381111 if you are overcharged by pvt schools organic food Total doses: 61,10,43,573 NATIONWIDE Aug 25 Aug 26 Only two helpers for upkeep of ZP school with a strength of 280 duce from them on a regular basis for its requirements. Breakfast, lunch and dinner under Sampradaya Bhojanam will be prepared in Annamayya Canteen. “We want to fix the prices of organic food items on cost-to-cost basis,” said TTD Additional Executive Officer AV Dharma Reddy . The aim of the TTD initiative is to promote Desi cow products and organic farm produce P5 in a big way . Five burglars from MP held in Kadapa dist E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Kadapa Police arrested five members of an inter-state burglar gang from Madhya Pradesh. Disclosing this to mediapersons here on Thursday, Superintendent of Police KKN Anburajan said the gang members had committed housebreakings in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Bharat Bhuriya is the leader of the gang. He is now lodged in the Mysuru central prison as an undertrial. “He would direct the gang members to commit housebreakings in colonies located at industrial units and power plants through his contacts. He was involved in more than 10 cases in Karnataka, the SP said. This was revealed by the arrested gang members during questioning. The arrested included Nanka Bhuriya, brother of Bharat Bhuriya, Vishal Soni, Gourav Jain, Kapil Jain and P5 Peru Vishnu.
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