kollam l saturday l january 22, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION Flyers can carry just one handbag, says regulator Enforce rule strictly, cisf tells airlines 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 restriction for domestic air passengers is aimed at reducing the burden of security screening to ease congestion and delays Ladies’ bag, laptop bag allowed ■ ■ 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 7kg Maximum allowed weight of the cabin bag that a flyer can carry on 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 Grand Netaji statue at India Gate; eternal flame shifted After HC rap, CPM winds up Kasaragod meet on day 1 Express News Se rvi ce @ New Delhi Court directs collector to restrict people at all meetings to 50; ruling party decides to wrap up Thrissur district conference today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kasaragod/Kochi A DEFIANT CPM was forced to wrap up its three-day Kasaragod district conference on day one itself after the High Court on Friday pulled up the party for organising the event flouting the Covid protocol. The CPM has also decided to wind up its Thrissur district conference on its second day on Saturday . Around 400 persons were present at the venue when the party flag was hoisted ahead of the conference at Ambalathumkara in Kasaragod’s Madikai gram panchayat. The high court directed the Kasaragod district collector to ensure that no meetings were conducted within the district allowing participation of more than 50 persons for a period of one week. The court issued the order on a public interest litigation challenging the conduct of the CPM conference amid the raging pandemic. While the LDF government had imposed restrictions across the state limiting the number of people who can attend any function, it exempted districts where CPM conferences are being held from the rules, leading to political outrage. At 3.45pm, the high court started hearing the writ petition. In 15 minutes, the court ordered the party not to go ahead with the event for the next 10 days. Around the same time, the party leaders in Madikai, Kasaragod, cut short the event by two days, cancelling Sunday’s programmes. Around 5.45pm, the party informed the media through its sources that it was wrapping up the conference by 10.30pm on Friday . The court asked whether the Covid protocol does not apply to the political parties in the state. It also directed the district collector to ensure that the Covid protocol is strictly followed as per the notification issued by the state government. A division bench comprising Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice C Jayachandran issued the order on the petition filed by Arun Raj PN, an advocate clerk in the High Court. “The government cannot blow hot and cold by saying that they are not looking at the TPR (test positivity rate), are more concerned with the hospitalisation which is very minimal, as propounded by the state and again fall back upon the TPR to convince us of the minimal severity,” ● More on P4 the court said. Cluster mgmt guidelines The state government has started cluster management to deal with the surge in Covid cases in institutions & offices. Infection control team (ICT) to be established in all offices ICT to ensure protocol in office, do symptom check & contact tracing ICT to identify high-risk contacts in case of cluster formation and quarantine them Selected IPC members to be trained online by health workers Close office room/area or classroom for 10 days if it is a large cluster (more than 10 infected) May close down office/institution (as the last option) if five large clusters form NATIONWIDE Jan 20 Jan 21 (Top) Air Marshal B R Krishna, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, merging the Amar Jawan Jyoti with the flame at National War Memorial in New Delhi; and (left) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue will be installed at India Gate | PTI 400 persons were present at the venue of the Kasaragod district meet 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 the Amar Jawan Jyoti was not put out. P7 Having negated TPR, the government cannot again fall back on the TPR statistics to say that there could be public meetings organised without any restrictions Priyanka Congress face in UP polls High Court Ending reticence, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday almost pitched herself as the party’s chief ministerial face in Uttar Pradesh but 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.” The court issued 1 the order on a public interest litigation challenging the holding of the CPM conference amid the raging pandemic Opposition Leader V D Satheesan alleges the government tweaked the Covid protocol to hold CPM district conferences 2 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Truck ruins Kuthiran tunnel lights, cameras E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Thrissur What is a cluster? A cluster is identified when more than two persons with confirmed or suspected Covid are identified within seven days in the same class/office room or between individuals working in the same area in the institution/office stateWIDE Jan 20 Jan 21 Fresh cases 3,17,532 3,47,254 Fresh cases 46,387 41,668 Recoveries 2,23,990 2,51,777 Deaths 491 703 Recoveries Deaths 15,388 32 17,053 33 THE lights, cameras and sensors installed in the first tunnel at Kuthiran on the Thrissur-Palakkad highway were destroyed by a tipper lorry which sped away with lifted cargo bed on Thursday night. According to NHAI, 104 lights and panels, 10 security cameras and a dust detection sensor were destroyed over a length of 90m by the lorry proceeding from Palakkad to Thrissur. “The incident occurred around 9pm. The lifted cargo bed of a speeding tipper lorry hit the ceiling of the tun- The high-definition cameras and lights inside the Kuthiran tunnel that were destroyed on Thursday night | Express nel and destroyed lights, cameras and dust detection sensors over a length of 90m. The lorry sped away. Damage to the tune of around `10 lakh is estimated,” said Thrissur Expressway PRO ● More on P4 Ajit Prasad. express read Bodies of two Indians killed in UAE reach Punjab Kerala industries dept to facilitate 1 lakh ventures High Court to hear Dileep’s bail petition today Chandigarh: The mortal remains of two Indians 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 Pakistan national Mamoor Khan in the attack | P8 T’Puram: The industries department is gearing up for a mega entrepreneur hunt starting next month. The target is to facilitate one lakh new ventures in the 2022-23 fiscal year covering sectors ranging from traditional industries to food processing, IT and electronics | P4 Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday decided to hear the anticipatory bail pleas of actor Dileep and other accused persons, in a case for allegedly conspiring to murder officers probing the 2017 actor abduction case, on Saturday at a special sitting | P5 Six years on Varsity dragging feet on Basheer museum E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Malappuram The University of Calicut has drawn flak for delaying the completion of the Vaikom Muhammad Basheer museum project of the varsity . A source said the university initiated measures to set up the museum six years ago after completing the construction of the building. However, the works related to the museum are not complete yet. Though the university had also planned to publish a dictionary comprising the words used by Basheer six years ago, this project too remains in limbo. “M T Vasudevan Nair, M M Basheer, architect R K Ramesh had together prepared a project report for the museum. They had also planned to showcase Basheer’s manuscripts and some belongings of the writer, known as Beypore Sultan, such as his easy chair and books that his family members had agreed to hand over to the varsity Yet, the universi. ty has not completed the museum project,” said Rasheed Ahamed, a Calicut University syndicate member. “The varsity has also showed lethargy in completing the project to release the lexicon comprising the words from Basheer’s books. A team of M M Basheer and N Gopinathan Nair handed over a copy of the 6,000-page lexicon to the university. I think DC Books has agreed to publish the dictionary, but the project has not reached anywhere since then.” Ahamed also said the buildings of the museum and the Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair have become a hub of anti-social elements. “Some people are using the buildings, con- 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. structed using several crores of rupees from the state government, to hold liquor parties and other illegal activities. It seems the university is not even using the housekeeping workers to maintain the buildings properly If the varsity respects Bash. eer, the building should be used to set up the museum and hold activities like seminars to promote Malayalam literature,” he said. Meanwhile, Tom K Thomas, a member of the ruling front of the syndicate, said the Covid crisis is one of the reasons for the delay in completing the projects. “We are planning to reactivate the Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair. The syndicate sub committee has been instructed to speed up the works related to the Basheer museum and the dictionary he said. ,” (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 par ried, 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 Con, gress chief Rahul Gandhi said: “If you want to propose a new vision to India, you have to start at UP .” 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. “The flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti was merged on Friday with the eternal flame,” read a defence ministry statement. 4 indians freeze to death Accident along US-Canada border | P11
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