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Pilots fall asleep at 37,000 feet, miss landing

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In a bizarre incident, two Ethiopian Airlines pilots fell asleep while flying a flight from Sudan’s Khartoum to Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa and missed their landing. The incident took place on Monday, according to Aviation Herald.

It added that the Air Traffic Control (ATC) raised an alert when flight ET343 approached the airport but did not start the descent. While the pilots fell asleep, the Boeing 737’s autopilot system kept the plane cruising at 37,000 feet. It further said that the aircraft remained on the ground for about 2.5 hours before departing for its next flight.

Image of the aircraft’s flight path, which shows an infinity-like loop near the Addis Ababa airport

The ATC tried to contact the pilots several times but couldn’t succeed. When the plane overflew the runway where it was supposed to land, the autopilot disconnected. That triggered an alarm, which woke up the pilots, according to Aviation Herald.

They then maneuvered the aircraft around for landing on the runway 25 minutes later, the outlet further said. Fortunately, no one was harmed and the plane landed safely. Data from aviation surveillance system ADS-B confirmed that the incident took place and the aircraft flew over the runway. It has posted an image of the aircraft›s flight path, which shows an infinity-like loop

near the Addis Ababa airport.

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras also posted about the event on Twitter, calling it “deeply concerning”. He also blamed pilot fatigue for it.

A similar incident was reported in May when two pilots fell asleep on flight from New York to Rome as plane travelled 38,000 feet above ground. An investigation was carried out by the aviation regulator, which confirmed that both the pilots of ITA Airways were sleeping as their Airbus 330 flew over France.

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India-US relationship impacts rest of world: Jaishankar

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India-US relationship impacts rest of world: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a press briefing on Wednesday said that the relationship between India and US today impacts the rest of the world as there are a lot of countries which look to the association individually and bilaterally and hope for solutions which the world is searching for in many aspects.
“I think our relationship today impacts the rest of the world. There are a lot of countries which look to us individually and bilaterally for some part of the betterment which they hope for solutions which the world is searching for in many respects,” Jaishankar said during the press briefing. Referring to the bilateral consultations between the two countries as solid, positive and productive, Jaishankar underscored that the visit was very comfortable and he had some very good conversations with the Ministers in the US.
He further added that the bilateral conversations were framed under the pretext of larger global challenges and there was a very high degree of convergence as the priorities of India and the US, at times, have been different.
“That’s the sort of broad sense that I want to give you of a very solid, positive, productive bilateral conversation but framed in the context of larger global challenges where there was a very high degree of convergence on how we look at those challenges, we may articulate it a bit differently as we are oppositions and our priorities at some times will be different,” Jaishankar said in a statement during the briefing.
Describing the Washington visit as a comfortable one, the External Affairs Minister underscored that both the nations understand on how to make space for each other and work despite not entirely agreeing on every aspect of every issue. “The good part of the relationship is today that we understand that we have to make space for each other and that we can work with each other even if we do not entirely agree on every aspect of every issue,” said Jaishankar.

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‘PFI had plans to turn India into Islamic nation by 2047, RSS, BJP leaders were on radar’

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Emphasizing the urgent need to ban the Popular Front of India (PFI), Maharashtra ATS chief Vineet Agarwal on Thursday said that the outfit was planning to turn India into an Islamic nation by 2047 and big leaders of the country including from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were their target.
Agarwal said that it was very important to ban PFI because they were slow poison for the country. “PFI was banned in time. Maharashtra ATS raided many places and arrested a total of 21 people and many electronic gadgets were also confiscated. Post the ban the organisation has been dissolved. Now, they don’t have any right to regroup or protest on any platform except on the legal platform,” said the ATS chief.
Agarwal said that the big leaders of the country and the people of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were on the target of PFI.
He further said that the PFI members used to portray themselves as persons associated with social development and physical education to give lectures to incite people. “PFI had opened training centers in many places of the state and used to do anti-national work. PFI used to tell people in their coaching center by referring to old videos and incidents that your people have been subjected to a lot of atrocities, Mughals will not come to save you, you have to save yourself. PFI used to tell participants to keep items for self-defence like stones, knives, swords, bricks, sharp objects and other things on their terraces,” he said.
The ATS Chief said that till now more than 2,000 people were trained in Maharashtra.
“We are using tools to recover their data, they had planned to make India an Islamic country by 2047 by motivating people to commit hate crimes when India will complete 100 years of independence, but the government’s decision has toppled their plan. Every 5 years an agenda was prepared for the same but they have been stopped in the middle and the right steps have been taken,” said Agarwal.
“Target killing was their modus operandi by identifying the target,” he added.
He further said that the ATS has also seized the bank accounts of the arrested PFI members and terror funding is also being investigated.
“There are lakhs of rupees in the seized bank accounts of the PFI members and the money was being spent in the name of the outfit. After verifying the information from where the money was coming into the PFI fund, the ATS came to know that the money was coming from different places,” he added.
Earlier, Maharashtra Home Department has issued an order using powers under Section 42 of UAPA authorizing the Police commissioners and District magistrates to exercise their powers against the PFI.
The move comes a day after the Union Home Ministry imposed a ban on the Popular Front of India for “terror links”. Other states including Kerala and Tamil Nadu have passed such orders declaring the PFI as an unlawful association.

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All women, married or unmarried, entitled to abortion: Sc

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All women, married or unmarried, entitled to abortion: Sc

In a landmark judgement, Supreme Court on Thursday held that all women-both married and unmarried-are entitled to safe and legal abortion.
A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the meaning of the rape must include marital rape for the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MPT) Act. The Supreme Court said that the distinction between married and unmarried women for the purposes of the MTP Act is “artificial and constitutionally unsustainable” and perpetuates the stereotype that only married women indulge in sexual activities.
The rights of reproductive autonomy, dignity, and privacy under Article 21 give an unmarried woman the right of choice on whether or not to bear a child, on a similar footing of a married woman, the bench said.
Insisting on a “forward-looking” approach, the Supreme Court on 7 August opined that any discrimination between married and unmarried women in respect of the MPT law in India that does not allow a single woman to go for abortion after 20 weeks, violates her personal autonomy.
The top court had said that it will interpret the MTP Act and the related rules to see if unmarried women could be allowed to abort upto 24-week pregnancy on medical advice.
The upper limit for the termination of pregnancy is 24 weeks for married women, special categories–including survivors of rape and other vulnerable women such as the differently-abled and minors; the corresponding window for unmarried women in consensual relationships is 20 weeks.
The apex court in its August judgment had questioned if a married woman is allowed to terminate upto 24 weeks of pregnancy under the MTP Act, 1971, and the Rules framed under it, why denying the same to unmarried women, even though the risk is same for both.
The bench had said that it can strike down the restrictive clause “for being manifestly arbitrary”, which in turn would allow extending the benefit of terminating pregnancy above 20 weeks to unmarried women also.
The apex court in its August judgment had questioned if a married woman is allowed to terminate upto 24 weeks of pregnancy under the MTP Act, 1971, and the Rules framed under it, why denying the same to unmarried women, even though the risk is same for both.
The bench had said that it can strike down the restrictive clause “for being manifestly arbitrary”, which in turn would allow extending the benefit of terminating pregnancy above 20 weeks to unmarried women also.
It also held that a woman need not prove the commission of rape or sexual assault to seek termination of pregnancy under the MTP Act.
The top court also held that the marital status of a woman can’t be used to deprive her of her right to abort an unwanted pregnancy.
Interpreting the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, the Supreme Court said that whether single or unmarried, all women have the right to abort under the MTP Act and Rules until 24 weeks of pregnancy.
The upper limit for the termination of pregnancy is 24 weeks for married women, special categories include survivors of rape and other vulnerable women such as the differently abled and minors; the corresponding window for unmarried women in consensual relationships is 20 weeks.
The rights to reproductive autonomy give unmarried women similar rights as married women, the court held.
Holding that all women are entitled to safe and legal abortion, the top court said the distinction between married and unmarried women for the purposes of the MTP Act is “artificial and constitutionally unsustainable” and perpetuates the stereotype that only married women indulge in sexual activities.
“Law cannot create such artificial classifications based on narrow grounds… the decision to carry a pregnancy to full term or to abort it lies in the reproductive autonomy of a woman, which is rooted in bodily autonomy. Depriving her of this right will be an affront to a woman’s right to dignity,” the bench held in its ruling.
The verdict of the apex court came on a petition filed by a 25-year-old single woman, whose plea for termination of her 24-week pregnancy was denied by the Delhi high court, but the Supreme Court allowed her to abort the foetus if there was no risk to her life.
Earlier, the apex court had questioned why, if a married woman is allowed to terminate up to 24 weeks of pregnancy under the MTP Act and Rules framed under it, it should be denied to unmarried women, even though the risk is the same for both.
A woman had approached the apex court after the Delhi High Court declined to grant permission to abort her pregnancy, which had arisen out of a consensual sexual relationship, saying that it virtually amounted to killing the foetus.
On 15 July, the High Court ruled that allowing abortion at this stage would be tantamount to killing the foetus and advised the woman to place her child for adoption instead. 

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PM Modi declares 36th National Games open in Ahmedabad

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday declared the 36th National Games open at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “At the world’s largest stadium, such a young country in the world, and the biggest sports festival in the country! When the event is so wonderful and unique, its energy ought to be so extraordinary.”
He recited the Key Words of the National Games Anthem ‘Judega India – Jeetega India’ to the rousing accompaniment of everyone present in the stadium and said that the confidence shining on the face of athletes is a precursor of the coming golden age of Indian sports. Recalling the grand drone show that took place in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said that everyone is astonished and proud to see such a spectacle.

“Such careful use of technology, like a drone, will take Gujarat, India to new heights, ‘’ the Prime Minister added.
Remarking on the official mascot for the National Games 2022 is Savaj, the Asiatic lion, the Prime Minister said that the mascot reflects the mood of India’s youth, a passion for fearless entry into the sporting arena. This is also a symbol of rising India in a global scenario.

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Congress President will work under Gandhi family, says Digvijaya Singh

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Congress President will work under Gandhi family, says Digvijaya Singh

A day before the filing of the nomination for the Congress presidential race, Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday made it clear that the Gandhi family will remain the leader whosoever becomes the president of the party.
Digvijaya Singh said, “The Nehru-Gandhi family will remain our leader. Whoever becomes the party president will work under their leadership. Our priority is to see how the situation in the country improves, won’t let the country divide or the constitution weaken,” he said.
The Daily Guardian on Thursday exclusively talked to Digvijaya Singh to understand his point of view. Here is an excerpts:
TDG Reporter: So, you have officially taken the plunge…..
Digvijaya: What is the meaning of ‘officially’? There is nothing ‘official’ about it. Congress is a democratic party and all PCC delegates have rights to fight in the elections. The party constitution has given us that right. So, I am also contesting the election.
TDG Reporter: Some say that you have blessings of the Gandhi family…that’s why you are contesting the election.
Digvijaya: This is completely wrong. This is my own decision.
TDG Reporter: Why have you taken this decision?
Digvijaya: Reason is simple. I think I am a fit candidate to fight in the Congress Presidential election. I had been MLA for five times, won Lok Sabha elections twice and was in Rajya Sabha twice. I was also delegate of Pradesh Congress Committee. Rajiv Gandhi ji made me the state party chief in Madhya Pradesh. In 1992, I once again became the President of the state unit and in 1993, I became the Chief Minister. From 2004 to 2017, I have been AICC general secretary. So, I have enough experience and I think I am a capable candidate.
TDG Reporter: Did you have any discussion with Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi?
Digvijaya: No, I did not have any discussion with anybody. Sonia Gandhi has clearly said anybody can contest the poll. So, I am here.
TDG Reporter: What is the feedback you are getting? How are you feeling?
Digvijaya: Oh, I am feeling damn good.
TDG Reporter: Sashi Tharoor is in the fray. Did you have any interaction with him?
Digvijaya: Sashi is a candidate who is young, attractive, articulate and has huge international experience. He is in the fray…and that’s a good news. I think we both have many similarities, we both like Gandhi-Nehruvian ideology. We fight for ideology and continue to do that.
TDG Reporter: There is no internal fight?
Digvijaya: No, there is none. We are here to fight an election which is everybody’s right. That’s it.
TDG Reporter: You have said that Congress Presidential election is crucial one. What are the issues you want to bring on the table?
Digvijaya: My first responsibility is to make the ‘Bhart Jodo Yatra’ a great success. I have put my heart and soul here. I will continue to work for that till the Yatra reaches Srinagar.
TDG Reporter: As you earlier told the party needs a solid fighter. Do you think you will rise to the occasion?
Digvijaya: Well, the party decides on this who is what. I am a small worker of the party. Let party workers decide on it.
TDG Reporter: BJP is also reacting to your candidature….
Digvijaya: Oh, that’s quite natural.
TDG Reporter: You have said that you will make ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ a success? As you are a candidate now, how would you do that?
Digvijaya: I will not leave the Yatra. I need not to go anywhere for campaign. Through various modes of communication, I will try to campaign even while in Yatra. That’s possible.
TDG Reporter: When you joined Congress, had you ever thought that you would file your nomination for Congress President?
Digvijaya: I am a very small worker of Congress. This party had Presidents like Motilal Nehru, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Lajpat Rai, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Gandhiji. So, when you are also a candidate for the same post, it is quite natural that you too have a great feeling. I am nowhere as compared to them. However, I will try my best.

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Gehlot apologises, Sonia to decide on Rajasthan CM

Ashok Gehlot opts out of Congress Presidential election indicating that he prefers to be in Jaipur as the CM. In another development, Sachin Pilot too met the party chief.

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Gehlot apologises, Sonia to decide on Rajasthan CM

In a day full of political drama, two important protagonists in Rajasthan politics, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, on Thursday called on Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi to break the deadlock that has been going on for the last few days. However, at the end of the day the most crucial question remained unanswered: Will Gehlot be able to keep chief minister’s post in Rajasthan?
Amid the political tension in Rajasthan that antagonized the high command, Gehlot reached 10 Janpath to meet the party supremo. After the meeting, Gehlot made two important points: One, he will not fight for the post of Congress chief, and two, Sonia Gandhi will take a call on the chief ministership in Rajasthan in a few days.
“I met Rahul Gandhi in Kochi and requested him to fight the polls (for Congress President). When he didn’t accept, I said I’ll contest but now with that incident (political crisis in Rajasthan), I have decided not to contest the elections,” CM Gehlot said.
“I won’t contest these elections in this atmosphere, with moral responsibility,” he added.
Gehlot also apologised for the ruckus in Rajasthan triggered by his loyalists over a possible leadership change in the state after Gehlot was set to file his nomination papers for the Congress chief polls.
Gehlot said that whatever happened in the state in the past two days had shocked everyone. “I had a conversation with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. Whatever happened two days ago shocked us. It gave a message that all of it happened as I wanted to be CM. I apologised to her,” said Gehlot addressing the media persons after meeting Sonia.
On being asked if he will remain Rajasthan CM, Gehlot said, “I won’t decide that, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will decide that.”
“One-line resolution is our tradition. Unfortunately, a situation arose that resolution wasn’t passed. It was my moral responsibility (to pass the resolution), but despite being a CM I couldn’t get it passed,” he added.
Talking to reporters, Gehlot said the party works under the Congress president and decisions will be taken in the time to come.
Hours after Sonia-Gehlot meeting, Sachin Pilot met the party’s interim chief and later said: “It is often debated that BJP and Congress government keeps coming every five years in Rajasthan. I don’t see any reason why Congress cannot return for a second consecutive term in Rajasthan in 2023. We will work towards this.”
As regards Rajasthan development, MLAs have not yet changed their stand. In what went down in political history of the state, more than 90 legislators opposed “the one line resolution” from the high command on Sunday. They were under the impression that Sachin Pilot who led rebels against the government two years ago would be appointed CM. They are still in a mood to oppose any such decision. Several legislators are saying that they would prefer a mid-term poll if the decision to give CM post to Sachin was thrust on them. So, the high command will find it difficult to take a call on Rajasthan leadership. General Secretary in-charge of organisation, KC Venugopal has said that the scene will be clear in next two days.  All eyes are on what steps Sonia takes for Rajasthan.

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