Snag in flight throws passengers into tizzy

first_imgKolkata: Passengers landing at the city airport were gripped by a sense of fear as they felt a sudden jerk when the Singapore Airlines flight in which they were travelling, suddenly came to a halt on the runway with a loud sound. The 200-odd passengers had to wait for more than half an hour before they could come out of the flight.According to sources in the airport, the Singapore Airlines SQ 516 landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at around 10.28 pm on Saturday night, but passengers could not vacate the flight as it had developed a hydraulic snag. The hydraulic leakage resulted in drainage of fuel from the flight on the runway. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior official said that the snag had developed a few minutes before the flight was scheduled to land, when the fuel started leaking. As it landed, the nose wheel of the flight got locked and the flight came to a halt with a sudden jerk. The pilot stopped the engine of the airline to mitigate any risk. After sometime, the flight was towed across the runway by a special vehicle. “The passengers could not be taken near the aerobridge. They were brought out of the airport in a special bus,” a source informed.A spokesperson of the airport, however, said that there was not much of a problem as the alternate runway was handed over for operation soon. “There was no impact on any other flight as the alternate runway was put in use. The runway was handed over back for operation after being vacated, proper cleaning of the fuel leakage and inspection,” the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Obese Eat peanuts to lose it

first_imgWhether your goal is overall weight loss or better overall health, researchers recommend snacking on peanuts or peanut butter, three to four times a week.According to a new study, teenagers at high risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) when they adhered to a nutrition intervention that included a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.“Obesity is the most pressing health issue facing us today,” said Craig Johnston from University of Houston in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We’d like to think it’s preventable, but from where I sit right now, there hasn’t been a lot shown to be very effective on a large scale,” Johnston added in the paper published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.The study acknowledged that snacking is more common during the adolescent years and that the unhealthy eating habit can lead to an unhealthy weight. In the 12-week study, instructors guided 257 adolescents from three Houston-area charter schools through a programme of physical activity and nutrition education. About half the students received a snack of peanuts or peanut butter three to four times a week, while the rest received the snack fewer than once a week.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPeanuts were chosen because nuts are nutrient-dense snacks that promote a feeling of being full. Students spent 12 more weeks maintaining the healthy snacking habit. The findings showed that students who received the snack more regularly experienced a decrease in their overall BMI compared to those who did not receive the regular peanut snack. After school programmes and schools can replace energy dense, unhealthy snacks with peanuts to provide a healthier alternative for children — researchers in the study ensured students did not suffer from nut allergies, the researchers concluded.last_img read more

Week long theatre extravaganza concludes

first_imgThe morning of June 4 featured a spectacular play, ‘Proposal’ by Anton Chekov. The show was produced by Moscow Theatre of Russia. The packed audience at Bratyajon International Theatre Festival sat through with a lot of enthusiasm and their applause inspired the artistes to deliver their best on stage. Russian Consul General in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin watched the show along with theatre personalities namely Ashok Mukhopadhyaya, Meghnad Bhattacharjee and Goutam Halder. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe penultimate day of the festival had night long shows of three theatre productions, all written by playwright Bratya Basu. The evening started with ‘Jatugriha’, staged by Shantipur Sanskriti, followed by ‘Cinemar Mato’ at 11 pm and ‘Hridipash’ at 3 am in the morning.Local Bangla band, ‘Arshinagar’ captivated the audience with their melodious folk music at 2 am between two successive theatre shows.The festival ended with another Bratya Basu play, ‘Anusochna’, which dealt with ethics of forgiveness.last_img read more