tirupati l monday l june 20, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city 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 MAYAN K S IN 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 Compound wall at TDP leader’s home partially razed; party alleges vendetta E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam Tension prevailed at Narsipatnam in Anakapalle district as the municipal and revenue officials partially demolished the compound wall at the residence of former minister and TDP politburo member Ch Ayyanna Patrudu, claiming that it was constructed on encroached land. Following heated arguments between the authorities and the followers of the TDP leader, the demolition drive was halted for the day. Another survey is set to be taken up on Monday . Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Govinda Rao, municipal commissioner Kanaka Rao and ASP Manikanta Chandol along with other officials arrived at the TDP leader’s house with an excavator and started demolishing the compound wall at 4 am on Sunday . Ayyanna Patrudu is in Hyderabad for medical tests. Terming the act vendetta politics, the leader’s son, Chintakayala Rajesh, alleged that power supply was disconnected at 4 am and that they were not given any prior notice regarding the demolishment. However, officials maintained that the Narsipatnam Tahsildar had served a notice to the family on June 2, stating that 0.02 acres of irrigation land in survey number 276 was encroached. “Only the struc- tures built in the encroached land were being razed,” they said. On the other hand, Rajesh said they have been residing in the site for the last 30 years and constructed the building after obtaining all approvals. Ayyanna Patrudu’s wife Padmavati alleged that the YSRC government was trying to stifle her husband’s voice as it could not take criticism. Asserting that there were no violations in the construction, she said the family will approach the court for justice. Meanwhile, a large number of TDP workers gathered in front of Ayyanna’s house following rumours that his son P4 may be arrested. “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 ss N e w s S e 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 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 NATIONWIDE June 18 June 19 Take your shot Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths June 18 11,61,176 doses June 19 2,73,256 doses Total: 1,96,06,74,860 13,216 12,899 8,148 8,518 23 15 Chairperson to have shorter tenure? 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 31 child marriage bids foiled in 50 days in East Godavari district Grim reality As per the NFHS-5 survey conducted in 2019, AP stood top among the five Southern States in child marriages Tamil Nadu Karnataka 23.5% 21.3% 12.8% Kerala 29.3% Telangana In a span of just 50 days from April 1, the Childline helpline (1098), jointly with the officials of the Women Development and Child Welfare department and police successfully prevented 31 child marriages in East Godavari district. Officials have noted that the incidents of child marriages was high in Rajamahendravaram, Gokavaram, Sitanagaram, Rajanagaram and Korukonda blocks. The administration has been conducting campaigns against child marriages with focus on these areas, and has formed teams at the village, block, division and district levels. While police officers explain the legal implications of child marriages to the parents, doctors enlighten them on how early marriage and pregnancy could take a toll on the health of the mother and the child. Explaining how aged grooms from other districts lure parents of young girls, Childline helpline coordinator B Srinivasa Rao told TNIE that interested parties approach women matchmakers in and around Andhra Pradesh K V S a i l e n d r a @ Rajamahendravaram 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 Jagan to lay stone for `700-cr Apache unit No evidence found against ex-serviceman Tirupati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will lay the foundation stone for the Apache manufacturing unit at Inagaluru village in Srikalahasti mandal on June 23, Minister for Industries Gudivada Amarnath said. Hilltop SEZ Development India (Apache) will set up its second footwear making unit with `700 crore and provide 10,000 jobs in Tirupati district | P4 Vijayawada: Palnadu police, who detained an ex-serviceman, A Subba Rao, suspecting his role in the violence at Secunderabad railway station against the Agnipath scheme, reportedly could not find any incriminating evidence to confirm his role in incident. It was alleged that Rao, who runs defence academies, provoked his students to take up an agitation | P4 Pawan urges people to give him a chance, bless JSP Ongole: Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan urged the people to give his party one chance to rule the State. “Look towards Jana Sena Party this time. Bless us. We will change the direction of the State for good,’’ he said. YSRC Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, too, during his campaign in 2019 had asked people for one chance. The JSP chief was addressing a gathering in Prakasam district on Sunday after handing over cheques of `1 lakh to 72 families of tenant farmers, who had ended their lives | P4 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 6.3% Rajamendravaram and offer them `2 to 3 lakh for finding a suitable girl from the same caste. “Poor parents are lured with attractive money and so they agree to get their minor daughters married off, who might just have attained puberty. Sometimes, the grooms are double the age of the brides,’’ he noted. Rao added that often the minor girls are forced to do household chores and farm work after marriage. The official pointed out that during wedding season, par- ents get their minor children married at temples to escape the law. “Whenever we stop a child marriage, the officials of the Women and Child Welfare Department and police counsel the parents, bride and groom,’’ he said, He pointed out that although there are committees formed at every level along with collector, tahsildar, police officers and women and child welfare department officials as a members, child marriages are rampant in the rich and prosperous East Godavari district. 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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