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Mumbai Airport runways to be shut 6 hours on May 9 for pre-monsoon revamp

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Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport’s (CSMIA) primary runway 09/27 and the secondary runway 14/32 will remain temporarily non-operational on May 9, for pre-monsoon maintenance and repair work, an official said here on Monday.

The runway closures will be implemented for six hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 9, and all normal operations will resume thereafter at the CSMIA.

A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) has also been issued to enhance runway resilience and ensure smooth operations, particularly during the monsoon season, said an official spokesperson.

–IANS

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Swati Maliwal alleges threats following campaign by AAP leaders, YouTuber Dhruv Rathee

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal on Sunday said that she has been receiving rape and death threats after a “character assassination” campaign allegedly orchestrated by party leaders and volunteers.

She said that the situation escalated after the YouTuber Dhruv Rathee posted a one-sided video against her.

“After the leaders and volunteers of my party, i.e., AAP orchestrated a campaign of character assassination, victim shaming, and fanning of emotions against me, I have been getting rape and death threats. This got further exacerbated when YouTuber @Dhruv_Rathee posted a one-sided video against me,” Maliwal wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday.

Maliwal accused the party leadership of trying to intimidate her into withdrawing her complaint. She also expressed disappointment with Dhruv Rathee, saying that despite her efforts to contact him and share her side of the story, he ignored her calls and messages.

“It is shameful that people like him, who claim to be independent journalists, could act like other AAP spokespersons and victim-shame me to the extent that I am now facing extreme abuses and threats,” she added.

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Maliwal listed several points that she felt were neglected in Dhruv Rathee’s 2.5-minute video:

She said Rathee failed to mention: why the AAP took a U-turn after accepting that the incident happened; the ⁠MLC report that reveals injuries due to the assault; selected part of the video was released and then the phone of the accused was formatted; the accused was arrested from the crime scene (CM house). Why was he allowed to enter the place again? For tampering of evidence?; and how a woman who always stood for the right issues, even went to Manipur alone without security could be bought over by the BJP?

“The manner in which the entire party machinery and its supporters have attempted to vilify and shame me speaks volumes about their stand on women’s issues. I am reporting these rape and death threats to @DelhiPolice. I hope they take strong action against the perpetrators,” Maliwal said.

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She concluded by noting, “In any case, if something happens to me, we know who instigated it.”

Bibhav Kumar was arrested on May 18 in connection with the assault on Maliwal at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on May 13.

Kumar, a former PS to Kejriwal, on Saturday moved local court seeking bail. The court has issued notice to Delhi Police and sought its reply.

–IANS

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Kerala: IMD predicts heavy rain till May 29, issues yellow alert

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 26 (IANS) The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted that heavy rains will continue in Kerala till May 29 and also issued a ‘yellow alert’ in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.

The IMD said that thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds reaching speeds of 30-40 kmph are likely to occur in some places in Kerala on Sunday.

IMD has warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea till further notice. “Those living in coastal areas are advised to move to other safer places,” the IMD said.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) also informed the fishermen to keep their fishing vessels and mechanised boats safe in the respective harbours to prevent them from drifting away into the sea.

The IMD said that the state will continue to witness heavy rains till May 29 due to the low-pressure area formed over the southeast Arabian Sea.

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At least 13 people have lost their lives in Kerala due to the incessant rains which has also hit normal life. Around 230 people are staying in relief camps due to the water logging and inundation, leading to damage to the homes.

Rains have been lashing Kerala for the past week and several houses were damaged and roads inundated leading to traffic disruptions.

Several shops and commercial establishments in low-lying areas of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram have also been inundated.

KSDMA said that 15 houses have been fully damaged while 218 houses have been partially damaged due to heavy rains.

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SpiceJet flight to Leh returns to Delhi after engine hit by bird

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) A SpiceJet aircraft bound for Leh returned to Delhi airport following a bird-hit on engine 2 on Sunday, prompting authorities to declare a full emergency at the airport.

As per official sources, the flight took off from IGI airport at 1030 hours and landed safely at about 1100 hours.

“On May 26, 2024, SpiceJet B737 aircraft operating SG-123 from Delhi to Leh returned to Delhi after suffering a bird hit on engine 2,” said the airline spokesperson.

“The aircraft landed back safely in Delhi and passengers were deplaned normally. The aircraft made a normal landing and not an emergency landing,” added the spokesperson.

According to sources, the aircraft was carrying 135 people.

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Manipur: Army averts major incident, diffuses three IEDs

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Imphal, May 26 (IANS) In a significant success, alert soldiers of the Indian Army foiled a major incident by effectively diffusing three big Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Manipur on Sunday, officials said.

Defence spokesman Lt Col Amit Shukla said that the Army soldiers, during a routine area domination and surveillance operation in Imphal East district, noticed three powerful IEDs on the road connecting Nongdam Tangkhul and Etham Tangkhul villages near Maphou Dam.

“The three IEDs were placed along the road. Army columns acted swiftly and cordoned off the area. Subsequently, a bomb disposal squad arrived at the location and diffused the IEDs safely, thereby preventing potential loss of life and injury to locals,” Lt Col Shukla said.

“The security forces remain steadfast and committed to the safety of citizens in the state of Manipur,” he stated.

A senior Manipur Police official said that search operations and area domination were conducted by security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of hill and valley districts.

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Strict security measures are taken up in all vulnerable locations and security convoys are provided in sensitive stretches in order to ensure free and safe movement of the vehicles, he said.

A total of 125 nakas/checkpoints were installed in different districts of ethnic violence-hit Manipur and Police detained 132 persons on Saturday in connection with violations of law in different districts of the state.

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Delhi hospital fire tragedy: NCPCR takes cognizance after death of seven newborn babies

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Following the death of seven newborn babies at a Delhi hospital, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken cognizance of the incident while a probe has also been initiated, an official said.

“The Commission has taken cognizance of the incident of fire in a hospital in Vivek Vihar area in Delhi and the death of newborn babies. A team of CrPC @NCPCR_ will visit the hospital today to investigate the incident. Official information will be shared after the team’s visit,” said Priyank Kanoongo, NCPCR Chief on X.

Seven newly born babies died after a fire broke out in a baby care centre in Delhi’s Shahdara, police said on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Surendra Chaudhary said that on Saturday at around 11:30 p.m. a Police Control Room (PCR) call regarding a fire at Baby Care NewBorn Hospital was received at Vivek Vihar police station, following which a police team rushed to the spot.

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Upon reaching the spot, the fire was found in the hospital and its adjacent building.

“In the hospital, there were 12 newborn babies admitted and one was already dead before the fire incident. All the 12 newborn babies were rescued from the hospital with the help of other people and shifted to East Delhi Advance NICU Hospital, for treatment,” said the DCP.

The DCP said that fire tenders also reached the spot and doused the flames.

Delhi Fire Service (DFS) Chief Atul Garg said that seven children were declared dead at the hospital while five newly born babies are undergoing treatment.

“All 7 dead bodies have been further shifted to GTB Hospital for postmortem. Appropriate legal action is being taken against the owner of the hospital namely Naveen Kichi, a resident of Bhairon Enclave, Paschim Vihar, Delhi,” said the DCP.

–IANS

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