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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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Jamia student moves High Court, seeks Rs 1 cr in damages

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Another Jamia Milia Islamia student here on Wednesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court seeking Rs 1 crore compensation over alleged police brutality on campus on December 15.

The plea, filed by Md. Mustafa through advocate Nabila Hassan, seeks the court’s direction to the Delhi Chief Secretary, the Home Department and the Department of Law to pay the compensation and provide free medical treatment.

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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Uttar Pradesh: Dalit minor sexually harassed by 3 youths

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Shamli (Uttar Pradesh) Feb 19 : A 16-year old Dalit girl was sexually harassed by three youths while she was on her way to a brick kiln in Bhabisa village in Shamli district, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place on Tuesday when the girl was carrying lunch for her kin, working at the brick kiln.

Station House Officer (SHO), S K Dubey said the girl’s brother had filed a complaint, against the three youths who had sexually harassed the girl.

The SHO said that one of the three accused had been indentified while others are absconding. He said further investigations were underway.

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Ammonia gas leak from Haryana plant, 100 affected

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Chandigarh, Feb 19 At least 100 people were impacted, including 50 fainted after inhaling ammonia gas that leaked from a cold storage plant in Haryana’s Kurukshetra district, police said on Wednesday.

Two of them were seriously ill and admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in Kurukshetra, some 100 km from the state capital.

The police evacuated 100 people from nearby residential areas of Hargovind cold storage in Nalvi village.

The cause of gas leakage was not known yet.

An official told IANS the toxic gas leaked from the plant at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday when most of the employees were not working inside the unit. “It had subsequently spread to the neighbouring areas,” the official said.

Kurukshetra Superintendent of Police Astha Modi said the leakage was plugged.

An initial investigation into the gas leak incident found lapses on the part of the company, said a police official.

A probe was underway, but no arrest has been made so far.

According to fire brigade officials, water was sprayed to lessen the impact of the leaked gas.

Ammonia used in manufacturing, refrigeration and agriculture is a pungent, colourless and toxic gas.

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