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SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
DECEMBER 16, 2
MCI (P) 079/10/2022
FOOD TO CHENNAI
The WestLite Integration Cup, presented by
Zee Entertainment and WestLite Accommodation,
which will be awarded to the winners on Sunday.
More than 750 students from
schools across the National
Capital Region gathered in
Gurugram on Tuesday to
celebrate Aravalli Day.
They hugged trees in a
symbolic protest and made a
human chain to save Aravalli, a
mountain range in north-western
India that starts near Delhi,
passes through Haryana and
Rajasthan and ends in Gujarat.
“Mining has already destroyed
more than 25 per cent of Aravalli,
which is billions of years old and
one of the oldest mountain ranges
in the world,” said Class 6
student Nevaeh Kapoor.
“We are afraid that if we do
not act now, in a few years
Aravalli will become just a
chapter in our geography
The students walked into the
forest with their faces painted like
birds and other animals to draw
attention to the threat on
Modi to skip annual Putin summit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
won’t be holding an annual in-person
summit with Mr Vladimir Putin after
the Russian president threatened to
use nuclear weapons in the war in
Ukraine, reported Bloomberg.
The relationship between India and
Russia remains strong but trumpeting
the friendship at this point may not be
beneficial for Mr Modi, said a senior
This is only the second time the
leaders of India and Russia have
cancelled the summit since 2000,
when the relationship was elevated to
a strategic partnership. The summit,
usually held in December, was
cancelled in 2020 at the height of the
Cyclone Mandous kills at least four
A cyclonic storm killed at least four
people in Tamil Nadu on Saturday, as
heavy rain and strong winds buffeted
several districts, damaging property
and causing power outages.
Cyclone Mandous damaged 185
houses and huts, said Tamil Nadu’s
Chief Minister MK Stalin.
The storm uprooted 400 trees in the
capital Chennai. Nearly 25,000 people
were involved in the relief work and
more than 9,000 people were moved
to safety in 201 relief camps.
Boy trapped in borewell dies
An eight-year-old boy who was
trapped in a well in Madhya Pradesh
for more than three days has died.
Tanmay Sahu fell into the borewell
while playing with friends on Dec 6.
He was stuck at about 16m in the
Early on Dec 10, rescue teams
managed to reach the boy by digging a
parallel hole. He was taken to hospital
where doctors declared him dead.
Chinese, Indian troops injured in
fresh border ‘face-off’
Indian and Chinese troops engaged in
a fresh “face-off” on their disputed
Himalayan border last week, leaving
several injured on both sides, AFP
reported. The Dec 9 scuffle occurred at
the Tawang sector of India’s
north-eastern state of Arunachal
Pradesh, which China also claims.
India says its soldiers prevented
Chinese soldiers from entering Indian
territory, while China says the Indian
troops illegally crossed the border to
stop a routine patrol of its soldiers.
Soldiers from both sides suffered
Fuel demand hits eight-month high
India’s fuel demand climbed to an
eight-month high in November,
government data released on Friday
showed, as festivals and a pick-up in
industrial activity boosted sales in the
world’s No. 3 oil consumer.
Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil
demand, was 2.4 per cent higher than
the previous month, and rose 10.2 per
cent year-on-year to 18.84 million
tonnes in November, according to the
data from Indian oil ministry’s
Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell.
Officials removed at Safari Park as
27 spotted deer die in two months
Heads have started rolling at the
Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri,
Darjeeling district in West Bengal, over
frequent deaths of spotted deer there.
IANS reported that as many as 27
spotted deer died within two months
at the park due to negligence by
authorities. The state forest
department has issued a notification of
transfer for both the director and
assistant director of the park.
Firebrand Jharkhand poet among
Forbes’ Self-Made Women
Jharkhand poet, writer and freelance
journalist Jacinta Kerketta has been
named in the Forbes’ Self-Made
Women list, among others from India.
She belongs to the Oraon tribe and
hails from a village near Khudpos in
West Singhbhum district.
Ms Kerketta has won both national
and international awards for her
contributions to contemporary Hindi
Star economist Rajan joins
Gandhi’s cross-India march
Former central bank governor and
renowned economist Raghuram Rajan
walked alongside opposition leader
Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday in a
cross-country march to revive the
Congress party’s fortunes ahead of
general elections due in 2024.
Mr Rajan, an ex-chief economist at
the International Monetary Fund and
now a finance professor at Chicago
Booth, is the top-profile, non-party
member to have participated in the
march, which will complete 100 days
Leech bank opens at Aligarh
A leech bank has opened at the A.K.
Tibbia College, Aligarh Muslim
University, to promote the study of
The leeches will help treat chronic
eczema, psoriasis and a variety of
other diseases. Hirudotherapy or leech
therapy has been in practice by
traditional medicine practitioners in
India for ages.
No cricketing ties between India
India’s External Affairs Minister S.
Jaishankar last Saturday gave a strong
message to cross-border terrorism by
saying there would be no cricketing
ties between India and Pakistan.
Earlier, the Indian cricket board
(BCCI) said India would not travel to
Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023 which led
to a huge row between the BCCI and
the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“Tournaments keep coming and
you are aware of the Indian
government’s stand. Let’s see what
happens. It is a complicated issue,”
said Mr Jaishankar.
Pant’s Dream 11 ad draws flak
An advertisement featuring cricketer
Rishabh Pant has created a stir on
social media after classical musicians
Kaushiki Chakraborty and Purbayan
Chatterjee expressed their strong
disapproval as it “insulted Indian
The ad, launched during the T20
World Cup this year, showed that Pant
would have been a failed musician had
he not been a cricketer.
“Thank God, I followed my dream,”
he says in the Dream 11 ad.
Kaushiki tweeted: “I don’t have
words to express my disgust and the
ugliness of this commercial.
Disrespecting your legacy makes you
look like a fool, Rishabh Pant.”
Ishan slams quickest ODI double
India’s Ishan Kishan made history by
becoming the seventh batsman in
one-day international cricket to hit a
double century and the fastest to
achieve the feat during his country’s
third ODI match against Bangladesh
The left-hander, who reached the
double century in 126 balls after
hitting nine sixes and 24 fours, joins
Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag and
Sachin Tendulkar as the only other
Indians to have scored 200 runs or
more in an ODI innings.
By the time Taskin Ahmed could
get him out, Kishan had notched up
210 runs – joining Pakistan’s Fakhar
Zaman on the fifth-highest score in
men’s ODI cricket, 54 runs behind
Rohit’s record of 264.
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December 16, 2022
The authorities stepped in to ease the congestion at Delhi airport.
Amid a mad rush and chaos at Delhi’s
Indira Gandhi International Airport,
Air India on Tuesday asked passengers
to reach the airport up to four hours
The airline also advised passengers
to carry only one piece of cabin
baggage for a seamless security check
and check in online for faster board-
Delhi airport, especially Terminal 3,
has been witnessing massive conges-
tion with heavier than usual footfall
due to the winter vacations.
The government on Monday swung
into action and summoned the chief
executive officer of Delhi International
Airport Limited (DIAL) over the issue.
Traffic marshals were later posted at
the departure forecourt to avoid vehic-
ular congestion, officials said. There
were 16 entry gates at T3 (14 for
passengers and two for crew) and two
additional gates were opened for pas-
Officials said an analysis of the
manpower requirements at immigra-
tion counters would be undertaken
immediately, and if need be, additional
manpower would be deployed.
The civil aviation ministry has also
ordered easing measures and asked
airlines to deploy adequate manpower
at all check-in and baggage drop coun-
ters to ensure the smooth flow of
On Tuesday, budget carrier IndiGo
also advised passengers to reach the
airport at least 3
hours before do-
mestic departures and carry only a
single piece of hand baggage no heav-
ier than 7kg. Passengers were advised
to use gates 5 and 6 for entry to T3 as
they were the nearest to the airline’s
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyoti-
raditya Scindia made a surprise visit to
the Delhi airport the day before,
following a flurry of complaints about
delays caused by the congestion.
He told ANI steps were being taken
to ensure ease of travel for passengers.
He added that the winter rush of
passengers at the airport was “unex-
pected” and efforts were made to clear
the bottlenecks, but it would take
seven to 10 days for the situation to
“No one anticipated such a rush for
the winter festival vacations,” Mr
Scindia told NDTV.
“Between the demand of passen-
gers wanting to travel and the supply
by airlines sits the airport, which has
to provide a seamless and efficient
“It is the airport operator’s responsi-
bility to provide that service. I held a
meeting with all the airport operators
The bottlenecks, he said, started at
the gates and extended to the security
For this, he has suggested emer-
gency measures including setting up
closed-circuit television cameras at the
gates and a central control to direct
passengers to the gates with the most
time to spare.
“If there is a 20-minute wait time at
gate 6 and only a two-minute wait at
gate 11, then it must be switched and
the switch announced on a display
screen,” the minister said.
“The number of security check-
points inside the airport will be in-
creased from 11 to 20. As of today,
there are 17 points.
“We have also removed all unneces-
sary barricades,” said Mr Scindia.
“Things will improve in the next
seven, 10 days as these new measures
are implemented fully. We need to do
this in coordination with all airlines,
that’s why the implementation will
take a few days.”
DIAL on Wednesday claimed that
the chaos had reduced at T3. The
passengers’ movement was also
smoother at all terminal entry gates
with a maximum waiting time of five
But some passengers said the chaos
at the terminal remained unchanged.
There was unhappiness about having
to wait at the airport for nearly four
hours to catch their flights.
Indo-Asian News Service
Delhi airport in chaos as footfall spikes
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