BHUBANESWAR l monday l june 20, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION war in ukraine could go on for years, warns NATo chief Jens Stoltenberg’s warning comes as Ukrainian president vowed to retake areas that have fallen to Russian forces bad news for economies around the world Stoltenberg’s prediction suggests the world economy could suffer further and possibly plunge into a very deep recession, the likes of which has not been experienced so far. Poorest countries would take the biggest hit. On a positive note, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, visiting the Black Sea city of Mykolaiv on Sunday, vowed to restore all that was destroyed ■ 87 Italy joins Qatar’s natural gas project ■ The war that began on February 24 has led to record high inflation and crippling food shortages in many countries With Russia using gas supply as a weapon, Europe has turned to new energy sources. Italy’s Eni on Sunday signed up to expand production from Qatar’s largest natural gas field N.o. of Russian troops killed on Saturday, according to Ukraine 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 Narrow escape for 185 passengers as Delhi-bound plane catches fire R a m s h a n k a r @ Patna As many as 185 passengers of a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight had a narrow escape on Sunday as one of the aircraft’s engines caught fire shortly after takeoff following a suspected bird hit. Flight SG-723 took off from Patna airport at 12.04 pm. According to airport officials, “soon after the take-off, the pilot noticed there was an engine problem as the wing started emitting smoke and flames and loud noises”. The pilot promptly turned off the engine and contacted Air Traffic Control to make an emergency landing. The Boeing 737 landed in Patna at 12.22 pm, 18 minutes after it took off. “The flight landed safely and all 185 passengers, including two infants, have been deboarded safely A full emergen. Top def officers rebut criticism, say Agnipath on Army to hold 83 recruitment rallies across the country; draft notification on hires today MAYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi With the general situation across the nation easing a tad after days of violent protests, the government fielded senior tri-services officers as well as from the defence ministry to rebut criticism, convey that the short-term Agnipath recruitment scheme was very much on, and to indicate a broad timeline of its rollout. Fielding questions at a press conference on whether the government proposed to review or roll back the scheme, Lt Gen Puri, additional secretary in the Department of Military Affairs, shot back, “No, why should there be a rollback?” He said the whole objective was reduce the average age of the personnel in uniform. “I will give you an example. Do you know how many casualties are reported just for health purposes from high altitude areas? Do read about it, then you would come to know why young is important,” he said. Putting the protesters on notice, Lt Gen Puri warned that they will find no place in the Agnipath scheme. “The Army’s foundation is discipline. There is no space for arson or vandalism. Every individual will give a certificate that they were not part of the protest or vandalism. Police verification is 100%; no one can join without that. If any FIR is lodged against them, they can’t join,” he said. As for allowances, Agniveers will get them at par with regular soldiers. Also the family of any Agniveer sacrificing his/ her life in the service of the nation will get compensation of `1 crore. While many experts have wondered why the defence ministry did not seen the need to run a pilot project to test the idea, Lt Gen Puri suggested the first batch of 46,000 hires was meant to do just that — analyse the outcome to tweak the scheme if needed. Lt General Anil Puri gestures as he addresses a tri-services press meet in New Delhi on Sunday | Parveen Negi cy was declared at the airport and the situation was dealt with effectively airport direc,” tor Atul Prakash said. According to Patna district magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh, people living close to the airport alerted the district administration and the airport authorities after they noticed smoke coming out of the plane. The airport administration alerted the ATC. The pilot, however, was of the problem by Was it 10 minutes or 15-20 minutes? Video grab of the engine on fire | PTI Four-day rain spell likely in many dists as monsoon strengthens: IMD E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Bhubaneswar Many districts of the State are likely to witness heavy rainfall over the next four days with the south-west monsoon’s flow towards Odisha set to strengthen from Monday onwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday . Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal and Ganjam districts, and light to moderate rainfall or thunderstorm activity is expected at many places in the State on Monday. The regional Met office has forecast thunderstorm with lightning at isolated plac- es in Nayagarh, Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and 10 other districts during the same period. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts, and heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places Dhenkanal, Angul, Boudh and Sambalpur districts on Tuesday the national weather fore, caster said. “ monsoon flow is expected As to strengthen this week, rainfall activity will increase substantially with heavy showers predicted in many pockets between Monday and Thursday ,” said Bhubaneswar Meteorolog- ical Centre scientist, Umasankar Das. The Met office said the rainfall activity occurred just on time which will help farmers in sowing the crops. Lack of monsoon showers had left the farmers worried with rainfall deficit of a whopping 80 per cent between June 1 and 14. However, due to the rains in last five days, the deficit has come down to 57 per cent. The experts also said a weather system may develop in the coming days and if it does, rainfall activity will intensify . In the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday, Athagarh recorded maximum rainfall of 90 mm, Parjang and Burla received 80 mm each. “We want a mix of josh and hosh. That is why we want to reduce the age profile. The average age is 32 years at present and we want to reduce it as per the recommendations of the Kargil review committee and Arun Singh committee report,” Lt Gen Puri said E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Six high courts got new chief justices after the government accepted the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium, the Department of Justice in the Union Law Ministry announced on Sunday . While five high court judges were elevated as chief justices, the chief justice of the Telangana High Court, Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, was transferred to the Delhi High Court in the same capacity . The vacancy so created in the Telangana High Court has been filled by promoting Justice Ujjal Bhuyan of the same court as its chief justice. His parent ONGC Chairperson to have shorter tenure? setting an example Prime Minister Narendra Modi picks up litter while inspecting the newly-opened Indian Trade Promotion Organisation tunnel built under Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project, in New Delhi on Sunday | PTI Jab-o-meter Take your shot June 18 11,61,176 doses June 19 2,73,256 doses Total: 1,96,06,74,860 NATIONWIDE June 18 June 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 13,216 12,899 8,148 8,518 23 15 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 18 june 19 38 14 0 51 18 0 The oil ministry has proposed raising of the eligibility age as well as a shorter tenure for the top ONGC post, after it failed to find a suitable candidate even after a year of searching Low reservoir level hits hydropower generation in Odisha E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar WITH monsoon playing truant and water level in all reservoirs low, regulated release by the Water Resources department has hit the hydropower generation in the State. The average generation of power from the six hydro generating stations of the State has come down to 182 MW against an installed capacity of 2,099.5 MW The five units of . the Rengali hydropower station with a generating capaci- ty of 250 MW (5 x 50MW) were kept idle on Friday in view of the dipping water level in the dam. The live storage capacity of Rengali dam is at 109.93 mtr against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 123.5 mtr. The water level in Rengali dam during this day last year was 112.83 mt. The minimum draw down level (MDDL), the level below which the water will not be drawn so as to maintain a minimum head required in power projects, is 109.72 mtr. it took off from the airport. We raised an alarm. The crew members asked us to keep quiet,” another said. The post-landing flight inspection showed that three fan blades of the jet’s left engine were damaged in the suspected bird hit. The airport director said the airline made an alternative arrangement for stranded passengers to reach their destination. express read Prez poll: Name only after Modi’s K’taka trip Covid cases on the rise in Odisha New Delhi: As the final date to file nomination for the Presidential election inches closer, suspense over the name to be chosen by the ruling BJP is getting intense. With the return of PM Narendra Modi from pollbound Karnataka on June 21 evening, the NDA may put the final seal of approval and a formal announcement may be made between June 25 and 30 or even before | P7 Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported a marked rise in new Covid-19 cases with 51 people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours. The fresh infections spread from five to 11 districts during the period. Khurda accounted for 50 pc of the caseload with 26 cases, followed by four from Balasore, three from Cuttack and two each from Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh and Sundargarh | P3 JNU prof abducted, assualted over road dispute New Delhi: A JNU associate professor was allegedly abducted by a group of people and subjected to physical assault, threats and extortion following a traffic altercation. He was travelling in his car when he was abducted by a group of miscreants. In a statement on Saturday, the the JNU Teachers Association alleged that professor Sharad Baviskar was subjected to a “protracted violent assault” on the night of 17-18 June 2022. An FIR has been registered Telangana, 5 other HCs get new CJs Mix of josh and hosh “In the next 4-5 years, our intake will be 50,000-60,000 and will increase to 90,000-1 lakh subsequently. We’ve started small at 46,000 to analyse the scheme...and to build up infra capacity. Our intake of Agniveers will go up to 1.25 lakh in the near future,” he said. Addressing the press meet, Air Marshal S K Jha said, “Agniveer batch 1 registration will start from June 24 and from July 24, phase 1 of the online examination process would start. Training would commence by December 30.” As for the Army Lt Gen Ban, si Ponappa said a draft notification on the hiring will be issued on Monday. In all, 83 recruitment rallies would be organised across the country . Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi said the first batch of naval recruits — both male and female — would join training by November 21. In the first batch, 3,000 Agniveers will be inducted into the Navy of 20% would be wom, en, said sources. Soon after the safe landing, there seemed to be some confusion about the duration for which the plane remained airborne. Airport officials said the emergency landing took place within 10 minutes of the takeoff while many passengers claimed they spent “15-20 minutes” inside the plane then. After receiving the clearance from Air Traffic Controller, the pilot skillfully landed the plane on one engine. The fire was doused soon after the landing and there is no serious damage to the aircraft’s fuselage. Once they were safely deboarded, passengers shared their experiences. “I have never gotten so scared in my life,” one of them said. “We felt tremors inside the flight soon after The live storage of the dam is only one per cent of the FRL. Sources in Odisha Hydro Power Corporation ( OHPC) said the water level in Rengali dam is at a critical stage and water from the reservoir is released only for irrigation and drinking water purpose. The live storage level in Hirakud dam (FRL 630 ft) on Sunday was only 13 per cent of the FRL. The current water level is 599.93 ft which is 9.93 ft above the MDDL of 590 ft. The water level during this day last year was 601.25 ft. The average generation from Hirakud hydropower station on Saturday was 4.37 MW against its generating capacity of 287.5 MW . Similarly, the hydel power generation from Upper Indravati with an installed capacity of 600 MW was only 17.39 MW because of the low water level in the reservoir. The Indravati dam has an FRL of 642 mtr but the live storage is at 629.3 mtr. The Upper Kolab hydropower station with a generating capacity of 320 MW had generated only 5.9 MW on Friday. The State is getting its peaking power from Balimela hydropower station with installed capacity of 510 MW . The instantaneous peak demand of State crossed the 6,000 MW mark at noon on Friday with an actual power demand of 6,106 MW . With an average daily demand of 5,250 MW, the State is comfortable with thermal power from its own sources, IPPs, CGPs and Central share, sources in Gridco said. transfers in the higher judiciary HC where appointed as Chief Justice Name Vipin Sanghi, judge, Delhi HC Ujjal Bhuyan, judge, Telangana HC Amjad Ahtesham Sayed, judge, Bombay HC Shinde Sambhaji Shiwaji, judge, Bombay HC Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, judge, Gujarat HC Name Satish Chandra Sharma, Chief Justice, Telangana HC high court is Gauhati. Delhi High Court judge Vipin Sanghi was appointed as the chief justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. He was functioning as the acting chief Uttarakhand Telangana Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan Gauhati High Court where transferred As Chief Justice, Delhi High Court justice of the Delhi High Court after Justice D N Patel retired on March 13. Justice Amjad A Sayed of the Bombay High Court will be the new chief justice in Himachal Pradesh. 2 Pak nationals among 4 terrorists killed in Valley forces in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam in south KashFour terrorists, including two mir around 3.30 pm. “In the enPakistani nationals, were killed suing encounter, two local miliin two different encounters that tants were killed,” the police were ongoing in Kashmir official said. on Sunday . The slain militants The police and the were identified as Haris Army launched a joint Sharief of Srinagar search operation in the and Zakir Padder of forest area of ChandiKulgam. Haris, accordgam, Lolab in Kuping to the police, bewara district after inlonged to Lashkar Operations while Zakir was assofor mation gleaned from an arrested ter- will continue ciated with Jaish. rorist Showkat Ahmad “By targeting “Both the killed milSheikh. innocent civilians itants were part of “During the search including women groups involved in sevof a hideout, the terand kids, eral militancy incirorists fired indisunarmed dents, including atcriminately on the policemen and tacks on security troops. The fire was relabourers, forces and civilians,” turned and in the enterrorists can’t the official said. Opersuing heavy gunfire, deter our efforts ation in that area was two Pakistani terror- to bring peace in going on as well when ists of Lashkar were Valley,” Inspector reports last came in. killed,” a police officer General of Police, Meanwhile, the posaid, adding they susKashmir, Vijay lice arrested three aspect a few more terrorKumar said sociates of Al-Badr ists are trapped in the outfit during checking area. The official said heavy ex- in the Wangam area of Handc h a n g e o f g u n f i r e w a s wara. The trio was identified as continuing. Nazim Ahmad Bhat, Siraj din Another encounter broke out Khan and Adil Gull, all resibetween militants and security dents of Kralgund, Kupwara. F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar
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