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Goa’s Dabolim international airport runway damaged

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Panaji, Sep 11 Heavy rains have deteriorated the runway at Goa’s Dabolim international airport and the proposed shut down of the runway from November 2, for six hours every Saturday for its maintenance, was expected to prevent any further deterioration, the Indian Navy said on Wednesday.

“The excessively heavy monsoon this season has adversely affected the runway surface,” the Indian Navy said.

The statement comes at a time when travel and tourism industry stakeholders in Goa, have expressed anxiety that the closure of the runway on Saturday could impact tourist arrivals.

The Indian Navy, however maintained, that flights of only one international charter service provider would be impacted by the weekend closure.

“The proposed maintenance slot between 0630-1230 hours affects only one flight of charter operator Thompson Airways from the United Kingdom. The operator was offered additional slots to cater for their requirements which was accepted by their local manager as also all other airline operators,” the statement said.

The Dabolim international airport, Goa’s only airport, operates out of the Indian naval base INS Hansa in South Goa district. The military-run facility shuts down civil operations for 25 hours every week to facilitate training and exercises conducted by the aviation wing of the Indian Navy.

Apart from the proposed maintenance schedule on Saturday, civilian flights are currently allowed at regulated hours during weekdays and for 24 hours on weekends.

Setting aside hours for maintenance of the runway is common practice at other Indian airports, the statement also said.

“It is to be noted that many major airports in the country have runway maintenance slots of six to seven hours. The requirement to have minimum of six hours is necessary in Goa to prevent deterioration of runway surface. Indian Navy is mandated by regulations to ensure satisfactory condition of runway surface,” it said.

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Dalit girl gangraped by 3 in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, Sep 24 : A 15-year-old Dalit girl was gangraped by three men in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi district and who also recorded the crime in their mobile phones.

One of the accused was cornered by villagers at a paddy field and beaten

The other two accused escaped by firing in the air with a country-made pistol, according to a complaint filed the mother of the girl.

According to police, the incident took place on Saturday when the girl had gone to collect fodder at a neighbouring village for her livestock when the three men attacked her. In her police complaint, she said they dragged her to a secluded place and took turns to rape her.

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Hamirpur bypoll record 51% voter turnout

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Hamirpur, Sep 24 (IANS) Voter turnout in bypoll for Hamirpur assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh was recorded to be 51 per cent, said the district election office.

Last time the voter turnout was recorded to be 63.69 per cent.

Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Arvind Kumar Pandey said that 51 per cent polling took place in the bypoll to Hamirpur Assembly constituency amid rain.

Counting of votes will take place on September 27.

Initially the polling was slow due to rain and some reports of technical faults in EVMs as till 9 a.m. only 5.60 per cent polling was recorded which gradually rose to 13.63 per cent by 11 a.m. and by 1 p.m. it went to increase to 22.9 per cent. By 3 p.m. the polling increased to 32.95 per cent whereas by 5 p.m. it was recorded to be 42.05 per cent.

The authorities made arrangements of boats to ferry the voters from the flood affected villages to the polling booths.

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Cow Vigilantes beat up alleged cow smuggler in Alwar

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Jaipur, Sep 23 : Almost two-and-a-half years after Pehlu Khan was lynched in Alwar district of Rajasthan, another alleged cow smuggler Munfed Khan was badly beaten by a mob in the Shahjahanpur area of the same district on Monday.

Khan has sustained several fractures due to the beating. He was saved by the police and admitted to the hospital, police said.

Khan was travelling with 7 cows in a vehicle when he was caught by a mob at Khusa Ki Dhani area of Shahjahanpur area.

Ajay Singh, SHO, Shahjahanpur, said: “The police had put up barricades to nab the cow smugglers. However, a speeding vehicle crossed the ckeck-post and went ahead taking a kid under its wheel leaving him injured. There were three people in the vehicle and seven cattle. While police was chasing it, villagers also followed them and got hold of Munfed Khan while two others escaped.”

A case has been registered against 50-60 villagers who thrashed Khan.

However, two smugglers escaped police chase early on Monday in Shahjahanapur in Alwar.

Meanwhile in another case, police had paraded 13 accused half-naked in Behrod area of Alwar for around a kilometre from Shahjanpur to “instil fear among the criminals”.

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