chennai l saturday l january 22, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore EDITION Flyers can carry just one hand bag, says regulator The restriction for domestic air passengers is aimed at reducing the burden of security screening to ease congestion and delays Enforce rule strictly, cisf tells airlines Ladies’ bag, laptop bag allowed Following a directive by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, the regulatory authority for civil aviation security in India, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has asked the aviation authorities to implement the ‘One Hand Bag’ rule strictly. The decision was taken after it was found that passengers carrying multiple handbags were taking more time to clear security screening ■ ■ The CISF, which guards airports in the country, has asked all airlines to sensitise passengers about the rule by displaying the information prominently at vantage points at airports and including it on boarding passes as well as tickets Ladies’ hand bag and laptop bag are exempt from the rule 7 kg Maximum allowed weight of the cabin bag that a flyer can carry in a flight CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Priyanka pitch Semester exams to be held online in TN from Feb 1 as UP’s CM face b I N ITA j AISWAL @ Chennai E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Cong Youth Manifesto Ending reticence, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday pitched herself as the party’s chief ministerial face in Uttar Pradesh though she was non-committal on contesting the forthcoming state elections. Responding to a question on the party’s CM candidate during the launch of the Congress Youth Manifesto for UP she said: “Aapko kisi aur , ka chehra dikh raha hai Congress party ki taraf se? To phir? Dikh tho raha hai na sab jagah mera chehra.” (Can you see the face of any other Congress leader? It’s mine alone that is being seen everywhere in UP). That was a brave statement, considering the party is a marginal player in UP that is set to witness a straight fight between the BJP and the SP in most seats. She had refused to project herself as the CM face during the 2017 UP polls after which the party forced Sheila Dikshit to take up that role. As for entering the poll fray Priyanka parried, , saying: “When it is decided, you will get to know. We haven’t made a decision yet.” She, however, said her party would be open to a post-poll Opposition alliance in event of a fractured mandate. “If such circumstances arise and in the event that they do, we would be open to considering that,” she said. Explaining the party’s experiments in UP, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said: “If you want to propose a new vision to India, you have to start at UP .” Promises to.provide 20 lakh jobs express read HC refuses to stay TN urban local body polls Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday refused to grant an interim stay on urban local body polls in Tamil Nadu and said the PILs against the proposed polls will be heard by it physically on Monday. According to TNSEC counsel, Covid protocol circular has been issued by it and all standard operating procedures followed during rural local body polls will be adhered to in urban polls too | P4 Pongal hamper issue: CM orders dept action Chennai: Acting tough on complaints of inferior quality and missing items in Pongal gift hampers, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday ordered departmental action against officials responsible for it. Stalin also directed officials to blacklist vendors who supplied them in violation of tender norms at a review meeting held at the Secretariat | P4 Bodies of Indians killed in UAE reach Punjab Chandigarh: The mortal remains of the two Indian nationals who were killed in a drone attack in Abu Dhabi on January 17 reached Punjab on Friday. Hardev Singh (35) from Moga and Hardeep Singh (28) from Amritsar were killed along with Pakistani national Mamoor Khan — all three employees of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company — in the blast | P8 Jab-o-meter Take your shot January 20 60,79,373 doses January 21 58,37,209 doses Total doses: 1,61,05,63,199 NATIONWIDE Jan 20 Jan 21 Fresh cases 3,17,532 3,47,254 Recoveries 2,23,990 2,51,777 Deaths 491 703 tamil nadu Jan 20 Jan 21 Fresh cases 28,561 29,870 Recoveries Deaths 19,978 21,684 39 33 Filling up 1.5 lakh vacant teacher posts in the primary education sector THE State government has decided to conduct semester exams in all colleges, scheduled to begin on January 20 but postponed due to spike in cases, from February 1 to February 20 through online mode. The higher education department, however, made it clear that the final semester exams, scheduled in May/June, will only be conducted only in offline mode. Higher education minister K Ponmudi, who made the announcement on Friday, said students will write their final semester exams on rotational basis at their respective institutes. All students in first, fifth and seventh semesters in govern- Hiring to fill 38,000 vacant teacher posts in the secondary education sector Filling up 1.15 lakh vacant posts in the UP Police New scheme to provide collateral free credit up to L5 lakh for entrepreneurs below 30 years of age Express News Se rvi ce @ New Delhi (Top) Air Marshal B R Krishna, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, merging the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame with the one at National War Memorial in New Delhi; and (left) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue will be installed at India Gate | PTI Furore over putting out flame The Congress on Friday accused the Centre of “removing history” by extinguishing the Amar Jawan Jyoti. However, government sources said there is a lot of misinformation on the matter and said the Amar Jawan Jyoti was not extinguished but merged with the flame at the National War Memorial P7 Draft rules for owners on handling pets in public places, TN govt told Express N e ws Se rvi ce @ New Delhi THE Madras High Court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to devise a framework for regulating pet animals and make owners responsible for handling them in public places. The first bench of Acting Chief Justice (ACJ) Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu made the suggestion on Friday while hearing a batch of petitions related to stray dog menace and alleged mishandling of dogs on the premises of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras. Expanding the scope of the petitions, the bench said a regulatory mechanism must be devised for pet animas and stray dogs. “We are enlarging the scope of the case so that Tamil Nadu will be academic year. “After Pongal holidays, the cases are surging and there is no certainty when things will become favorable for conducting offline exams. Students are already on study holidays and preparing for exams, hence it is the apt time to conduct exams,” said a senior higher education department official. Continued on: p2 Netaji’s statue at India Gate, eternal flame shifted to Natl War Memorial Filling up 1 lakh vacant posts of principals Hiring 6,000 doctors to fill vacancies in state govt hospitals ment arts and science colleges, private colleges affiliated to universities, and engineering and polytechnic institutions will take the exams online simultaneously on the dates announced, he said. State education officials said the decision to hold online exams has been taken keeping in view rising cases and to avoid further delay in completing the the first State to regulate pet animals too apart from stray dogs,” the bench said, pointing out that such a framework for regulating pets in public places is in vogue in the US and Europe where the onus of maintaining them is on the owner. The court requested all the advocates who are part of the petition to study how other countries are managing the pet animal menace. “The State takes the lead and Chennai the first city to implement the regulations,” the bench stated. It asked the lawyers and the State government to submit their suggestions before the court for consideration. Referring to the mishandling of dogs on the premises of IIT-Madras, the judges questioned the institution as to why it did not treat the canines in a fair manner. Continued on: p4 A grand statue of iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be installed at India Gate to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday . “This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him,” Modi tweeted. The statue, made of granite, will be installed under the canopy next to the India Gate. The canopy used to have a statue of King George V, which was removed in 1968. Till the statue is completed, a 28-ft long, 6-ft wide hologram statue would be present at the spot, which the PM will unveil on Sunday The installation of . Bose’s statue will be part of the year-long celebrations to mark his 125th birth anniversary the , PMO said in a statement. While most Opposition parties welcomed the decision, the Trinamool Congress alleged it was to blunt the criticism arising from the Centre’s rejection of Bengal’s tableau on Bose for the Republic Day parade. The announcement also came on a day the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate was merged with the immortal flame at the National War Memorial. “In a befitting military ceremony, the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti was merged on Friday with the eternal flame at National War Memorial with full military honours,” read a defence ministry statement. Amar Jawan Jyoti was inaugurated on January 26, 1972 to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 and as a tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives. The 42-metrehigh India Gate War Memorial Arch was built in honour of more than 80,000 soldiers who died in the First World War (1914-1918) and the Third AngloAfghan War (1919). India Gate was built in 1931 and remains a memorial to the soldiers from India who died in action. The National War Memorial was inaugurated in February 2019 in honour of soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice to defend the sovereignty and integrity of the country .
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