The Air India Express plane from Dubai that crashed at Kozhikode on Friday evening was a repatriation flight operated by Vande Bharat, and those on board were returning after being stranded for several months.
- Up to 56 of the 175 passengers on board were stranded tourists who were reunited with their families after months, a copy of the passenger manifesto showed.
- There were 10 babies, as well as six crew members on the flight, bringing the total to 191. Many were forced to return home after losing their jobs, as well as those whose visas had expired. Some were students, while at least two were returning to get married.
- Air India Express lost two of its pilots, Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe and First Officer Akhilesh Kumar in the crash. Their families were escorted from Mumbai and New Delhi to Kozhikode early Saturday. Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, 59, and captain, was a highly decorated pilot.
- An accomplished fighter pilot, he joined Air India Express in 2013. The Kerala government has announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of those who died in the Air India crash.
- The medical costs of those in treatment will be borne by the state government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Currently, 149 people are in various hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode. Of these, 23 are in critical condition.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Arvind Singh on Saturday said “corrective action” would be taken after receiving Air India Express plane crash investigation report at Kozhikode airport.
- A combination of bad weather and a track with an almost zero margin of error were the factors behind the accident. The Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) is investigating the accident.
- High-level teams from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), IAA and Air India have also come to Kozhikode for investigations. A day after the accident and despite concerns about the safety of the two runways at Kozhikode International Airport, it resumed operations.
- Official sources said the length of the runway could not be changed due to unavailability of land, although this was recommended after the Mangaluru accident in 2010 which left 158 people dead.
- Officials at the crash site investigating the crash said there was no need to temporarily close the airport as mitigation measures for the runway were already in place.
- Besides Kozhikode, the other table gateways in India can be found in Mangaluru, Lengpui in Mizoram, Pakyong in Sikkim and Simla and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh.
As of August 7, nearly 200 doctors, mostly general practitioners, had lost their lives due to Covid-19, according to information released by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
- Physician deaths from Covid-19 in various states include Tamil Nadu (43 deaths), Maharashtra and Gujarat (23 each), Bihar (19), Karnataka (15), Andhra Pradesh and Delhi ( 12 each).
- Of the 196 doctors who lost their lives to the virus, 170 were over 50 and general practitioners accounted for around 40% of deaths.
- The IMA, which represents 3.5 lakhs of doctors spread across the country, said there had been worrying reports that doctors and their families were unable to find admission beds and were running low also drugs in many cases.
- He wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to urgently ensure that these “at-risk health workers and their families receive at least safe treatment when infected”.
- Meanwhile, the number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 21,43,326 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 43,387.
A meeting between India and China at the level of the major general began today in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO). On the agenda were questions regarding the strategic plains of Depsang, a defense source said on Saturday. Talks began around 11 a.m. and were limited to Depsang to discuss the issues of various claims and also the blocking of patrols by each other, a defense source said.
- Depsang Plains is the most crucial issue outside of Pangong Tso with the ongoing stalemate along the real line of control in eastern Ladakh.
- This is the first meeting at the level of the major general since the cessation of all established meetings at the level of colonels, brigadiers and major general following the violent clash in Galwan on June 15, after which the Military talks were limited to the corps commander level.
DMK Chairman MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal urging them to halt the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, until ”that the situation is favorable to follow the due process enshrined in the Constitution.
- His concerns seemed mainly twofold: the erosion of federalism and the return of the trilingual formula.
- Stalin stressed that the proposed policy threatened the progress made in the level, access and quality of education in the country by undermining not only the authority of the states, but also by creating additional obstacles to social justice and equity in our country.
- He added that the trilingual formula proposed in the new education policy with a compulsory option of Sanskrit at all levels of education could not be accepted.
Former Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (G-G) Girish Chandra Murmu took office on Saturday as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Murmu was sworn in as CAG by President Ram Nath Kovind, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement. An IAS officer retired from the Gujarat cadre in 1985, Murmu will serve until November 20, 2024. He replaces Rajiv Mehrishi, who was ending his term this week.
Four days after a massive explosion left at least 158 people dead, thousands of Lebanese, furious with their political leaders, once again took to the streets to protest, the BBC reported. An economic crisis and currency collapse sparked massive anti-government protests in October last year.
- This week, two ministers who tried to visit severely damaged neighborhoods in recent days were driven out, and police fired tear gas at protesters throwing stones as they tried to break through a barricade preventing access to the parliament building.