‘WHY WAS NO VET PRESENT WHEN AVNI WAS SHOT?’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra State Vet­eri­nary Coun­cil (MSVC) asked the for­est depart­ment why a vet­eri­nar­ian was not present when the ti­gress T1, also known as Avni, was shot dead on November 2 in Ya­vat­mal. Dr Shirish Chitte, reg­is­trar of MSVC, told HT that the coun­cil will “ini­ti­ate a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged lapses that the for­est depart­ment has not been able to prove”. ››P2

9 die in Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires, over 1,50,000 evac­u­ated

PAR­ADISE: Nine peo­ple died and over 1,50,000 were evac­u­ated on Fri­day as fierce wild­fires raged across Cal­i­for­nia. More than 2,200 fire­fight­ers were bat­tling the blaze, backed up by he­li­copters and wa­ter tankers. Fanned by strong winds, it has scorched 70,000 acres and has not been con­tained, of­fi­cials said. ››P17

Hi­jack alert on Kan­da­har flight, pi­lot says ‘mis­take’

NEW DELHI: Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials at Delhi air­port pan­icked on Satur­day af­ter the pi­lot of a Kan­da­har­bound flight — with 123 pas­sen­gers — parked on the tar­mac is­sued a “hi­jack alert” to Air Traf­fic Con­trollers (ATC). The pi­lot later told of­fi­cials he had pushed the panic but­ton “by mis­take”. ››P7

‘Khashoggi body dis­solved in acid, re­mains in drains’

ANKARA: The killers of for­mer Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi dis­solved his body in acid and poured the re­mains down the drain, Turkish pro-govern­ment daily news­pa­per Sabah re­ported on Satur­day. Sam­ples taken from the drains at the Saudi con­sulate showed traces of acid, the re­port said. ››P17

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