kochi l saturday l january 22, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 18 l late city EDITION Flyers can carry just one handbag, 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 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 Embarrassed CPM winds up Kasaragod meet after HC rap 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 grama panchayat. The high court directed the Kasaragod 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 holding 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 P N, 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 on the TPR to convince us of the minimal severity,” ● More on P4 the court said. Cluster management 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 team 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 identifying 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 among individuals working in the same area in the institution/office stateWIDE Jan 20 Jan 21 Fresh cases 46,387 41,668 Recoveries 2,23,990 2,51,777 Deaths 491 703 Recoveries Deaths 15,388 32 17,053 33 Industries dept to facilitate 1L ventures 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 new financial year covering diverse sectors ranging from traditional industries to food processing, IT & electronics. P4 HC to hear Dileep’s bail plea today Kochi: The High Court has decided to hear the anticipatory bail pleas of actor Dileep and other accused persons in a case for allegedly conspiring to murder police officers probing the 2017 actor abduction and assault case on Saturday at a special physical sitting. P7 Bodies of Indians killed in UAE arrive Chandigarh: The mortal remains of the two Indians who were killed in a drone attack in Abu Dhabi reached Punjab on Friday. Hardev Singh, 35, of Moga and Hardeep Singh, 28, of Amritsar were killed in the blast | P9 18 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express 400 Furore over putting out flame persons were present at the venue of the Kasaragod district meet Having negated TPR, the government cannot again fall back on the TPR statistics to say that there could be public meetings organised without any curbs High Court The court issued the order on a public interest litigation challenging the holding of the CPM conference amid the raging pandemic Opposition 2 alleges the government tweaked protocol to hold CPM meets 1 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. P9 Priyanka Congress face in UP polls E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi 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.” Truck ruins Kuthiran tunnel lights, cameras E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Thrissur Fresh cases 3,17,532 3,47,254 express read (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 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- 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. 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. (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 | P10
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