MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 JANUARY 2023 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR GOVT TO GIVE LOANS TO 9,000 FARMERS: FINANCE MINISTER ICON OF ODIYA LITERATURE P7 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. DENSE FOG IN THE MORNING. COLD WAVE CONDITIONS AT FEW PLACES. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 18 AND 03 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. NURSES’ STRIKE: SUNAK OPEN TO DISCUSSING PAY RISES P8 SNS & AGENCIES Secretary Border Management & NDMA members to assess Joshimath situation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Max. 100% Min. 55% NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY Max: 18.2 °C (-1) SUN RISES 07:15 hrs MOON RISES 17:47 hrs Min: 1.9 °C (-5) SUN SETS 17:42 hrs MOON SETS 09:38 hrs n the wake of the land subsidence incident in Joshimath, Secretary Border Management and members of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will visit Uttarakhand on Monday and assess the situation. This was decided after a high-level review meeting which was held on Sunday by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on the Joshimath situation. Mr P K Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, on Sunday held a high-level review of building damage and land subsidence in Joshimath. Cabinet Secretary; Home Secretary; senior officials of Government of India; and members of National Disaster Management Authority, Chief Secretary and DGP of Uttarakhand, DM and Officials of Joshimath; Senior officers of Uttarakhand; and experts from IIT Roorkee, National Institute of Disaster Man- THUMBNAILS Members of the LGBTQ+ community take part in Delhi Queer Pride-2022-23 in the Capital on SUBRATA DUTTA Sunday. HP cabinet expansion: After a delay of almost a month, seven MLAs were inducted as cabinet ministers in the Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh government on Sunday.Governor, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly inducted ministers in a graceful ceremony held at Raj Bhawan.Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena read the proceedings. Those who were administered cabinet rank oath include senior most Dr Col. Dhani Ram Shandil (82) from Solan Assembly constituency, while the son of sixtime former Chief Minister Virbhadra’s son Vikramaditya Singh (33) from Shimla rural Assembly segment was the youngest. P12 Govt’s expert teams A matter of personal anguish: Tata Sons chief on AI incident to visit Uttarakhand RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P10 DJOKOVIC BEATS KORDA FOR 92ND TOUR-LEVEL TROPHY I Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conducts a ground inspection of the landslideaffected areas, in Joshimath. ANI Mr P K Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, on Sunday held a high-level review of building damage and land subsidence in Joshimat One team of NDRF and four teams of SDRF have already reached Joshimath. agement, Geological Survey of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology also attended the high-level review through Video Conference (VC). It was informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is concerned and has reviewed the situation with Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.During the high level meeting on Joshimath, Uttarakhand chief secretary Sukhbir Singh Sandhu informed that state and district officials with the support of central experts have assessed the situation on ground. He informed that a strip of land with a width of around 350 metres is affected. One team of NDRF and four teams of SDRF have reached Joshimath. The district administration is working with the affected families to evacuate and relocate them to safer places with adequate arrangements for food, shelter and security. SP and Commandant of SDRF are stationed at the site. Residents of Joshimath are being informed of the developments and their cooperation is being sought. Advice of experts is being sought to formulate the short-medium-long term plans. Further, Secretary, Border Management and all four members of NDMA will visit Uttarakhand tomorrow. They will undertake a detailed assessment on the findings of the technical teams (NDMA, NIDM, NDRF, GSI, NIH, Wadia Institute, IIT Roorkee) that have just returned from Joshimath and advice the state government on immediate, short-medium-long-term actions to address the situation. (See also Page 5) NEW DELHI , 8 JANUARY The urination incident onboard an Air India flight between New York and Delhi on November 26 last year is a “matter of personal anguish”, said Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran on Sunday. In a statement, Chandrasekaran said, "The incident on Air India flight AI102 on November 26th, 2022, has been a matter of personal anguish to me and my colleagues at Air India. Air India's response should have been much swifter. We fell short of addressing this situation the way it should have been." He further said that the Tata Group and Air India stand by the safety and well-being of the passengers and crew with full conviction. "We will review and repair every process to prevent or address any incidents of such unruly nature," he added. Earlier, after facing backlash, Air India had issued show cause notices to four of its cabin crew and one pilot and de-rostered them pending investigations. On Friday, Air India chief executive officer (CEO) Campbell Wilson also asked the airline staff to report any instances of "any improper behaviour on board to authorities at the earliest even if the matter appears to be resolved". In a letter to Air India employees, the CEO stated that timely action is necessary against those who don't follow the flight rules. Campbell said, "This week has, 'regrettably', been dominated by media headlines of which you are no doubt familiar. The repulsion felt by the affected passenger is totally understandable and we share her distress."He reiterated the importance of reporting untoward incidents onboard flights to authorities, even if the crew believes it has been resolved. Meanwhile, Delhi's Patiala House Court on Saturday sent accused Shankar Mishra, who had allegedly urinated on a co-passenger, to 14 days of judicial custody. Accused Shankar Mishra's lawyer moved a bail plea in Delhi's Patiala Court. The plea will be heard on January 11.Mishra was arrested by Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Friday night. Notably, the Delhi Police has so far recorded the statements of three crew members of Air India today in connection with the case. Mishra had allegedly urinated on a 70-year-old woman in an intoxicated condition in business class of an Air India flight on November 26 last year. Delhi Police had registered an FIR against him on January 4 on a complaint given by the woman to Air India.The police registered an FIR under sections 354, 509, and 510 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 23 of the Indian Aircraft Act. Both the accused and the victim are from outside Delhi.US-based financial services company Wells Fargo on Friday also terminated its employee Shankar Mishra. "Wells Fargo holds employees to the highest standards of professional and personal behaviour and we find these allegations deeply disturbing. This individual has been terminated from Wells Fargo. We are cooperating with law enforcement and ask that any additional inquiries be directed to them," the company said in a statement. The company's statement came after Delhi Police reached out to Wells Fargo to cooperate with investigations against accused Mishra.
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