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Nation at a Glance

Close shave for IA passengers

New Delhi (PTI): One hundred and thirty seven people including nine crew members aboard the Chennai-Delhi Indian Airlines flight had a miraculous escape at Palam airport here on Friday night after the aircraft reported hydraulic failure but landed safely.

Full emergency was declared at the airport after the pilot of IC539 reported “hydraulic failure” to the air traffic control at 8.45 pm. Fire tenders and other lifesaving equipment were immediately moved near the tarmac, airport sources said.

However, the pilot successfully and safely landed the plane bringing relief to the passengers and airport staff, sources added. The sources added that the green hydraulic system had failed but there was no problem either with flying or landing the aircraft.

“Since the system affects the steering of the aircraft, the plane was towed away from the tarmac to the parking bay,” they said, adding that as part of the procedure full emergency was declared.

Another Indian Airlines’ flight from Chennai to Sharjah was delayed for two hours after the crew found a hacksaw blade in the plane lavatory. Passengers were told to disembark and the baggage was rechecked thoroughly before the plane was cleared for take-off.

Mumbai building collapses

Mumbai (PTI): At least one person was killed and one trapped under debris when a part of a five-storeyed building collapsed here on Friday, hospital and fire brigade sources said.

Lahu Patil, 17, died on the spot when a portion of the first floor of the commercial complex at the Kalbadevi area of south Mumbai collapsed around 8 pm. The portion came crashing down to the ground floor office of a courier company, fire brigade sources said.

Of the two injured, one was discharged after first aid and another person received minor injuries and was under observation, hospital sources added.

Efforts were on to rescue the man trapped under the debris, fire brigade sources said.

Eight in sex racket caught

Agra (PTI): A deputy commandant of the Provincial Armed Constabulary and seven others were arrested in connection with an alleged sex racket here, police said.

R.C. Shah, PAC deputy commandant, was arrested from a house in Gajananagar in an inebriated condition along with two women and an 18-year-old girl, the police said. Three women and a trader were also arrested.

Hazare breaks vrat

Ahmednagar (PTI): Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who was on an indefinite maunvrat from September 21, broke his silence following a request by the village committee. At its meeting, the gramsabha urged him to break his silence as the state government has accepted most of his demands.

Teachers’ selection

Jodhpur (PTI): Rajasthan High Court has quashed the recruitment of professors under the career advancement scheme at Jai Narain Vyas University. Acting on a petition by a reader in the political science department, the court held that the recruitment for the department was likely to be biased as the vice-chancellor was part of the selection board despite the fact that his relative was appearing for selection.

Tejpal gets bail

New Delhi (PTI): Editor-in-chief of Tehelka news portal Tarun Tejpal was granted bail by a Delhi court on Friday in connection with a complaint filed by Samata Party leader Jaya Jaitly for allegedly defaming her in the armsgate scandal. Metropolitan magistrate Gulshan Kumar granted bail to Tejpal and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of the like amount.

Minister’s visit

Madurai (PTI): Minister of state for railways A.K. Moorthy has pulled up officials here for non-payment of electricity bills by a client. He also advised chairs instead of benches for seating passengers and cancelled the license of a stall owner for keeping leaking water bottles.

Drug pedlars held

Moga (PTI): Two persons were arrested for supplying smack to students. The duo was remanded in judicial custody till October 10.

A postal stamp of the golden dome, Ananda Vimanam, atop the sanctum sanctorum of the Venkateswara temple in Tirumala would be brought out in October. Temple officials had also suggested the ancient stone arch for the stamp.

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