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New Delhi [India], February 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to respond to a plea seeking to install a fail-safe mechanism — Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) — to stop aircraft from overshooting runways at vulnerable airports like Kozhikode and Mangaluru.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde was told that the Centre and DGCA have not filed their responses in the plea.
The apex court asked them to file their responses and posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.
In September last year, the Bench had issued notice to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the DGCA and asked them to file their response on the plea.
The plea, which also sought directions to examine what other airports require such mechanisms and for installation of the same, said that there was a “deliberate omission” for years to install EMAS in the airports.
“Issue appropriate order or direction, directing the respondents (MoCA and DGCA) to install the EMAS in the airports located in Mangalore, Karnataka and Calicut, Kerala. Direct respondents to examine which other runways and airports in the country require such EMAS and pass directions for installations of the same,” the plea said.
It also sought directions for an enquiry to be conducted as to why EMAS were not installed at these airports earlier despite the knowledge of the same and take appropriate actions against the officials responsible under criminal law or any other law.
The plea, filed by 88-year-old mechanical engineer Rajen Mehta, said the Airport Authority of India (AAI) was inclined to install EMAS in the airports in Calicut, initially, and Mangalore, subsequently and had invited proposals for both the airports.
Several presentations were made to the AAI and the features, specifications and advantages of the EMAS were highlighted, the plea said but added that in the year 2008, due to the extreme economic crisis, the Calicut EMAS project was put in abeyance.
It said that the court of inquiry, appointed to investigate into the Mangalore crash in 2010, specifically recommended that systems like the EMAS should be installed on the runway overshoot areas, especially for tabletop airports like Mangalore. Despite the same, no action has been taken by the government till date, the plea added.
“During this time, the aviation industry has seen two horrific incidents at Mangalore (in 2010) and Calicut (in 2020) causing loss of hundreds of lives, which could have been saved by the timely action of the government,” it said.
The plea mentioned that in August, an Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the Kozhikode, Kerala, in which 18 people, including the pilot and co-pilot of the flight from Dubai lost their lives.
“EMAS has been installed in approximately more than 125 airports across the world, with more than 100 in the USA itself. The installation of EMAS would not only have saved hundreds of lives, but would have also saved crores of rupees in aircraft and aircraft equipment. There have been at least 15 incidents in the USA itself, where the EMAS has come into play and has prevented accidents,” it said. (ANI)

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“Donation collected through door-to-door drive for temple construction would cross Rs 2,500 cr”

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): The Samarpan (donation) amount collected through door-to-door drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya would cross Rs 2,500 crores after the final calculation, said Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on Saturday.
“Even if the final figures are yet to come, it can be said, based on the banks’ receipts till March 4, that the Samarpan amount would cross Rs 2,500 crores. This month, the audit of the campaign in every district of the country would also be completed,” tweeted the official account of trust.
Earlier today, Champat Rai, secretary-general Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust said the door-to-door collection drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya has stopped, but devotees who missed the Samarpan (contribution) drive, can still make their contributions through the trust website.
“Door-to-door collection has stopped. It will take about a month to audit the money we collected through the donation drive before the end of the financial year on March 31. People can donate online on the Trust’s website. People can donate online on the Trust’s website,” said Rai while talking to media here.
He said that the Trust is in talks to acquire land for a ground in front of the temple, though nothing decided yet. “Temple to be ready in three years,” he added.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is entrusted with the task of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya. (ANI)

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“Donation collected through door-to-door drive for temple construction would cross Rs 2,500 cr”

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): The Samarpan (donation) amount collected through door-to-door drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya would cross Rs 2,500 crores after the final calculation, said Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on Saturday.
“Even if the final figures are yet to come, it can be said, based on the banks’ receipts till March 4, that the Samarpan amount would cross Rs 2,500 crores. This month, the audit of the campaign in every district of the country would also be completed,” tweeted the official account of trust.
Earlier today, Champat Rai, secretary-general Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust said the door-to-door collection drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya has stopped, but devotees who missed the Samarpan (contribution) drive, can still make their contributions through the trust website.
“Door-to-door collection has stopped. It will take about a month to audit the money we collected through the donation drive before the end of the financial year on March 31. People can donate online on the Trust’s website. People can donate online on the Trust’s website,” said Rai while talking to media here.
He said that the Trust is in talks to acquire land for a ground in front of the temple, though nothing decided yet. “Temple to be ready in three years,” he added.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is entrusted with the task of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya. (ANI)

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CPI supports agitating farmers, says party’s Andhra state secretary

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Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) Andhra Pradesh state secretary K Ramakrishna on Saturday said that their party is extending full support to the farmers’ agitation which completes 100 days today.
While addressing the media here, Ramakrishna demanded the Centre government to immediately repeal the three farm laws.
The farmers’ protest against the Central government’s three farm laws has entered its 100th day on Saturday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Ramakrishna also slammed Andhra Pradesh’s Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath over the raising the state’s debt.
“The state had debts of Rs 95000 crores by the time of bifurcation of the state. Chandrababu Naidu in his 5 years of rule raised debts of 1.30 lakh crores. But the present YSRCP government has raised debts of 1.5 lakh crores in just 20 months rule. No development works are taken up. No projects are completed. Then what for those debt amounts are raised and where they are spent,” Ramakrishna said.
He also demanded the state government to produce a white paper on the borrowings. (ANI)

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Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) Andhra Pradesh state secretary K Ramakrishna on Saturday said that their party is extending full support to the farmers’ agitation which completes 100 days today.
While addressing the media here, Ramakrishna demanded the Centre government to immediately repeal the three farm laws.
The farmers’ protest against the Central government’s three farm laws has entered its 100th day on Saturday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Ramakrishna also slammed Andhra Pradesh’s Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath over the raising the state’s debt.
“The state had debts of Rs 95000 crores by the time of bifurcation of the state. Chandrababu Naidu in his 5 years of rule raised debts of 1.30 lakh crores. But the present YSRCP government has raised debts of 1.5 lakh crores in just 20 months rule. No development works are taken up. No projects are completed. Then what for those debt amounts are raised and where they are spent,” Ramakrishna said.
He also demanded the state government to produce a white paper on the borrowings. (ANI)

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Manipur cyclist sets out on campaign to raise funds to feed the hungry

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [india], March 6 (ANI): A cyclist from Manipur who had set out to raise funds in order to feed the hungry, reached Hyderabad on Saturday.
Rohan Philem Singh, a cyclist who has been conducting cycling campaigns since 2018 for various humane and environmental issues, now has come up with another cycling campaign to raise funds to feed the hungry.
Till now in his previous expeditions, Rohan was able to cycle for about 17,000 kilometers and now plans to travel from Kolkata to Delhi via Chennai and Mumbai or the ‘Golden Quadrilateral Route’.
Singh, speaking to ANI said, “Since 2018, I have been cycling all over India over various issues of humanity and environment under the ‘Cycling for Humanity initiative. I have now completed seven expeditions and currently, I am on my 8th expedition. During my previous expeditions, I have covered the distance of 17,000 kilometers across the country. Each and every cycling expedition has been for a cause.”
Currently, during his eighth cycling expedition, Rohan targets to feed the hungry.
“The current expedition is ‘Cycling for Humanity- Feed the hungry’. During the lockdown, we have seen people suffering for food, especially the homeless. So that is when we decided to initiate this campaign to feed the hungry and we are now able to feed at least 50 to 60 people every day.”
Further speaking, Rohan said that hunger is not just the problem of Manipur or the Northeast but of the whole country. “India is facing a lot of issues regarding malnutrition, lack of hygiene, food. Many people lose their lives due to hunger and even when I am speaking, someone is dying out there due to hunger. That is why I have taken this initiative to raise awareness about this on a Pan-India level and raise funds. When people of this country die due to hunger, it should be our first priority to feed them.”
“In this cycling expedition to feed the hungry, I will be travelling across the various cities as I call it the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’. I started from Kolkata on February 5, 2021. I will be travelling to Chennai and from there to Mumbai. Later from Mumbai, I will be cycling to Delhi and that is where the cycling ends. Hyderabad was actually not on the route map, I was actually called for interaction in Nagpur, and on my way, the program was called off, that is when I started heading towards Hyderabad.”
He said that though Hyderabad was suddenly planned, it is really good to be here as it serves my purpose. He said that he was able to raise funds and create awareness among the public of Hyderabad. “I was able to raise funds for the campaign by visiting Hyderabad. During a small interaction with the students at Holy Mary College, I was able to raise funds. This campaign is more about fundraising than just cycling. I’m more focused on interacting with people. So when more people come in for interactions, more funds will be raised,” said the cyclist hailing from Manipur.
Alongside interactions and raising funds, Rohan is also selling t-shirts wherever he is campaigning. “Furthermore, I raise funds by selling t-shirts at every place I go, ” he added.
“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this campaign is not going as per the expectations. We have targeted more and more students for this campaign but were unable to reach many of them since most of the colleges are still shut and many colleges follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols. But I can say that the campaign is going in a flow. Till now, we were able to raise funds of about Rs 79,000 and all these funds will be used for feeding the hungry,” he said.
Rohan has adopted a mentally challenged person whom he treats like a brother.
“When I adopted my brother who is mentally challenged, that is when I have decided to work for them and always work for a better society by being a part of the solution.”
The cyclist also stated that there are many people who have been working for the cause of feeding the hungry for a long time and were able to make a change.
“If at all it takes me to work for the whole life, then I am ready to do for this cause. Not just about feeding them, but I am also planning to open a shelter home for the homeless. All I want to do is built a shelter house for the homeless and voiceless people, feed them and take care of them,” he added. (ANI)

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [india], March 6 (ANI): A cyclist from Manipur who had set out to raise funds in order to feed the hungry, reached Hyderabad on Saturday.
Rohan Philem Singh, a cyclist who has been conducting cycling campaigns since 2018 for various humane and environmental issues, now has come up with another cycling campaign to raise funds to feed the hungry.
Till now in his previous expeditions, Rohan was able to cycle for about 17,000 kilometers and now plans to travel from Kolkata to Delhi via Chennai and Mumbai or the ‘Golden Quadrilateral Route’.
Singh, speaking to ANI said, “Since 2018, I have been cycling all over India over various issues of humanity and environment under the ‘Cycling for Humanity initiative. I have now completed seven expeditions and currently, I am on my 8th expedition. During my previous expeditions, I have covered the distance of 17,000 kilometers across the country. Each and every cycling expedition has been for a cause.”
Currently, during his eighth cycling expedition, Rohan targets to feed the hungry.
“The current expedition is ‘Cycling for Humanity- Feed the hungry’. During the lockdown, we have seen people suffering for food, especially the homeless. So that is when we decided to initiate this campaign to feed the hungry and we are now able to feed at least 50 to 60 people every day.”
Further speaking, Rohan said that hunger is not just the problem of Manipur or the Northeast but of the whole country. “India is facing a lot of issues regarding malnutrition, lack of hygiene, food. Many people lose their lives due to hunger and even when I am speaking, someone is dying out there due to hunger. That is why I have taken this initiative to raise awareness about this on a Pan-India level and raise funds. When people of this country die due to hunger, it should be our first priority to feed them.”
“In this cycling expedition to feed the hungry, I will be travelling across the various cities as I call it the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’. I started from Kolkata on February 5, 2021. I will be travelling to Chennai and from there to Mumbai. Later from Mumbai, I will be cycling to Delhi and that is where the cycling ends. Hyderabad was actually not on the route map, I was actually called for interaction in Nagpur, and on my way, the program was called off, that is when I started heading towards Hyderabad.”
He said that though Hyderabad was suddenly planned, it is really good to be here as it serves my purpose. He said that he was able to raise funds and create awareness among the public of Hyderabad. “I was able to raise funds for the campaign by visiting Hyderabad. During a small interaction with the students at Holy Mary College, I was able to raise funds. This campaign is more about fundraising than just cycling. I’m more focused on interacting with people. So when more people come in for interactions, more funds will be raised,” said the cyclist hailing from Manipur.
Alongside interactions and raising funds, Rohan is also selling t-shirts wherever he is campaigning. “Furthermore, I raise funds by selling t-shirts at every place I go, ” he added.
“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this campaign is not going as per the expectations. We have targeted more and more students for this campaign but were unable to reach many of them since most of the colleges are still shut and many colleges follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols. But I can say that the campaign is going in a flow. Till now, we were able to raise funds of about Rs 79,000 and all these funds will be used for feeding the hungry,” he said.
Rohan has adopted a mentally challenged person whom he treats like a brother.
“When I adopted my brother who is mentally challenged, that is when I have decided to work for them and always work for a better society by being a part of the solution.”
The cyclist also stated that there are many people who have been working for the cause of feeding the hungry for a long time and were able to make a change.
“If at all it takes me to work for the whole life, then I am ready to do for this cause. Not just about feeding them, but I am also planning to open a shelter home for the homeless. All I want to do is built a shelter house for the homeless and voiceless people, feed them and take care of them,” he added. (ANI)

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