An Air India flight from Dubai left the runway and snapped in half when landing at Karipur Airport in Kozhikode on Friday evening. The flight, IX 1344, landed at the airport at around 7:40 p.m. No fire was reported at the time of landing, according to an Air India statement.
- There are 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and five cabin crew aboard the aircraft. According to initial reports, rescue operations are underway and passengers are being transferred to hospital for medical treatment.
Up to 11 people were killed and several were reportedly trapped in a large landslide at Nayamakkad Farm in Pettimudi near Munnar, Idukki district on Friday. The state government has sent a team of 50 fire and rescue personnel to the area to step up the rescue effort. A total of 12 people have been rescued so far. While the state government has requested assistance from the Indian Air Force (IAF), inclement weather in Idukki would create difficulties for helicopters to operate in the area at this time.
US President Donald Trump has signed executive orders banning popular Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat, calling them a threat to national security and the country’s economy. The ban takes effect in 45 days, Trump said in his two separate executive orders signed Thursday. India was the first country to ban Tik Tok and WeChat for national security reasons.
- India has banned up to 106 Chinese apps, a move hailed by both the Trump administration and US lawmakers.
- In a statement to Congress, Trump said the spread in the United States of mobile apps developed and owned by Chinese companies poses a threat to national security, foreign policy and the country’s economy.
Days after a massive explosion caused by stored ammonium nitrate killed over 100 people and injured thousands in Beirut, the alarm bells started ringing over 740 tons of the same explosive chemical stored in a container loading station in Manali, near the port of Chennai.
- The Beirut explosion was caused by around 2,750 tons of stocks of ammonium nitrate stored for more than six years in a port warehouse.
- While port officials said the substance was not stored at the facility, customs officials said the chemical was imported by a company based in Karur in 2015, and like the company did was not allowed, the material was seized and stored in 37 containers at a facility in Manali.
- The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) acted quickly and ordered the customs commissioner to immediately clean the cache of ammonium nitrate.
- Concerns were also expressed regarding the importation and storage of ammonium nitrate in the port of Vishakapatnam former secretary of Union E.A.S. Sarma said the port of Visakhapatnam alone witnessed an import of 2, 60.505 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in 2018-2019.
- The 2012 ammonium nitrate rules set stringent standards for the storage of the chemical and require local authorities to perform periodic and unexpected inspections to detect failures that could lead to serious accidents or misuse of the chemical.
- Although the imported ammonium nitrate is fertilizer grade, it is a powerful explosive substance.
Much of the media attention has been devoted to vaccine development efforts in the United States and Europe, and China is seen as the dark horse of the race. Russia has now stepped in, saying it is set to become the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine. The Associated Press reports that mass vaccinations have been planned as early as October, using injections that have not yet completed clinical trials, raising safety concerns.
- The vaccine is said to have been jointly developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defense Ministry and is expected to be approved on August 12.
- The PA also reports that Moscow is seeking a propaganda victory similar to Sputnik, recalling the Soviet Union’s launch of the world’s first satellite in 1957.
- Meanwhile, the Serum Institute of India (SII) said today that it has entered into a new partnership with the international Gavi vaccine alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million doses of Covid- 19 for India. as well as other low and middle income countries (LMIC).
- The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 20,79,484 at the time of publishing this news summary, with the death toll at 42,515, India registered 62,538 new cases on Friday.
On Friday, the RBI established a committee of experts led by veteran banker K V Kamath to suggest financial parameters for the resolution of stressed assets related to the pandemic. The committee will present its recommendations to the RBI, which will notify them along with any modifications, if any, within 30 days.
The National Education Policy (NEP) lays the foundation for the “New India” of the 21st century, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at an event today, emphasizing the shift from rote learning to a focus on creative and innovative thinking.
- Addressing a conclave on transformational reforms in higher education under the NEP, the Prime Minister said that there had been no major changes in the education system for many years, which resulted in the promotion of a “herd mentality” in society.
- India. “Until now, the focus has been on ‘what to think about.’ NEP emphasizes a shift in focus to focus on “how to think” instead”.
The Supreme Court appreciated Italy’s efforts to prosecute its marines accused of killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012, but insisted it will close its criminal trial in India only after the families are heard of the victims and paid “considerable” and “adequate compensation.”
- We appreciate the steps taken by Italy to prosecute the two Marines. But if you want the case to be closed here, you have to pay adequate compensation to the families” said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Sharad A. Bobde, who led a bench of three judges, addressing attorney Suhail Dutt, who was appearing for Italy.
The captain of the Indian national hockey team, Manpreet Singh, and three other players tested positive for Covid-19 before the national camp in Bangalore. In addition to Manpreet, defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh and Varun Kumar also tested positive for the deadly virus.
The Railways are intended to end the colonial-era practice of appointing khalasis or “bungalow laborers” who worked in the residences of high officials, following an order from the Railroad Board that prohibited any new appointment to the post. In an order issued Aug. 6, the Railroad Board has said the issue related to the telephone attendant-cum-dak khalasis (TADK) is being reviewed.