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3 Nigerians Arrested Selling Drugs In South Mumbai

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Mumbai police have arrested three Nigerian people in Mumbai after they caught on selling drugs in Byculla area. In a joint operation by Byculla police station, Agripada police station, J. J. Marg police station, RPF, GRP; these three people caught red-handed while selling drugs.

Police have filed the case against the three-drug peddler Innocense Eze (Age 28 yrs), Stanly Obiena Obi (Age 27 yrs), Ugwu Ifechiy (Age 27 yrs). The case is filed under section in C.R.No. 125/18, u/s 336, 143, 147, 149, 323, 504, 506 Indian Penal code.

The investigation is going on in this case by Sr. Inspector of police Avinash Shingte, Byculla police station.

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61,537 Covid 19 cases in past 24 hours

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While a total of 61,537 people tested positive for Covid-19, another 933 lost their lives to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours in the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

India remains the third worst-hit country with a total of 20,88,611 cases so far.

The ministry stated that so far 14,27,005 people have recovered from the deadly virus and in the last 24 hours 48,900 people were discharged from various hospitals and quarantine centres. The recovery rate stands to 67.98 per cent.

The total death because of Covid stands at 42,518. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have recorded the highest number of cases and have all crossed the one-lakh mark.

The government has conducted 5,98,778 tests in last 24 hours. The cumulative samples tested up to August 7 is 2,33,87,171.

So far total operational laboratories reporting to Indian Council of Medical Research are 1,396. There are 936 numbers of government laboratories and 460 private laboratories. Out of 1,396 laboratories, real-time RT PCR for COVID-19 is being carried out in 711 laboratories.

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Slippery runway, tailwind likely caused Kozhikode crash: Experts

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A deadly combination of a slippery runway, strong tailwind, bad weather conditions, and landing ahead of the threshold spot could have resulted in the skidding of the ill-fated Air India Express in Kozhikode that claimed 18 lives, two aviation experts said on Saturday.

An Air India Express aircraft flying in from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing in Kozhikode on Friday evening and plunged into the deep valley below. At least 17 people were killed, including two pilots.

The aircraft carrying 190 persons, including six crew members, battled heavy rain while landing at 7.41 pm on Friday, and careered off the runway after landing at the table-top airport.

“It may be due to lack of friction between the tyres and the runway. There may be the factor of hydroplaning due to waterlogging,” a pilot not wanting to be quoted told IANS.

Hydroplaning is a condition in which presence of water causes a moving wheel to lose contact with the load-bearing surface, the runway in this case. This makes braking or manoeuvring of the vehicle (plane), impossible. Hence, the aircraft’s speed could not be reduced after landing, the pilot said.

Speaking to IANS, a former Indian Air Force (IAF) navigator pointed out that the standard 9,000-feet Kozhikode runway is not an issue for this kind of aircraft.

“Probably, the pilot landed ahead of the threshold or the usual spot, owing to bad visibility, strong tailwind, and a slippery runway — all odds were stacked against him,” the former navigator said.

“With a reduction in distance available to bring the plane to a halt, the pilot would have to literally sit on the brakes with full reverse engine power. The ditch at the end of the runway must have been on his mind. The slippery runway seems to have done the rest,” he added.

According to him, it was “bad luck” and perhaps “error of judgement” on part of the pilot that led to the tragedy.

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Idukki landslide: 18 dead, search resumes for 50 missing

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 A massive search operation using man and machine, is underway on Saturday to find 50 odd people reported missing after a landslide in Kerala’s Idukki district.

Since the Thursday midnight tragedy struck Rajamalai, 18 people have lost their lives while more than a dozen have been rescued and are under treatment in various hospitals in Idukki, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.

The tragedy took place about 30km from the popular tourist destination of Munnar when big boulders came down on four lines of estate houses.

State Minister for Electricity, M.M.Mani, who hails from the district said the state government will do everything possible to help the victims, so would the Tea company, that owns the estate.

“The exact number of missing will have to be ascertained by the tea company, as it’s their residential lines and the local village council will also have to work with them. The chances of getting a survivor from the debris is slim now,” said Mani.

A huge number of rescue personnel drawn from the NDRF, Kerala Police, Fire Force, locals and volunteers are carrying out the massive search exercise.

While the Kerala government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to each of the deceased’s families, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs 2 lakh each.

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