COIMBATORE MONDAY AUGUST 05, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION 29 killed in bloody American weekend The shooter used an “AK-like assault rifle with high capacity magazines” and killed nine people, including his sister, in less than a minute, the city’s mayor Nan Whaley said. The gunman was shot dead by police within 60 seconds. Less than 13 hours earlier on Saturday in El Paso, a city in Tex, as that is on the border with Mexico, a 21-year-old gunman opened EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TWO separate mass shootings at crowded public places in the US within a span of 14 hours left 29 people dead and more than 50 wounded, a shocking carnage even in a nation used to gun violence. Early Sunday, a lone shooter opened fire on a street in a popular nightlife area in Ohio’s Dayton. fire in a Walmart store packed to capacity with around 3,000 people. Three Mexicans were among the 20 killed in what Governor Greg Abbott called “one of the deadliest days in the history of the state”. The El Paso shooter, who surrendered after the massacre, is believed to have espoused white nationalist views. The police are P10 treating it as a hate crime. A woman looking for her missing mother cries outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred earlier on Saturday | AP FBI OPENS DOMESTIC TERROR PROBE 125 dead The 21-year-old white male suspect in the Texas shooting is IN 22 MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S THIS YEAR, SAYS AN A.P. DATABASE The Associated Press defines a mass shooting as a homicide where four or more people are killed—not incl. the offender suspected to have written a document full of anti-immigrant and racist views. The FBI has opened a domestic terror probe The FBI investigation would go on in parallel to the state probe. The Texas governor said police would aggressively prosecute it as a capital murder as well as a hate crime CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Ex-CMs under house arrest Omar, Mehbooba restrained; curfew at crack of dawn; net, mobile services suspended F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE situation in the Kashmir Valley became more tense on Sunday as former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were placed under house arrest around midnight. “They will not be allowed to move out of their houses as curfew will be imposed at crack of dawn,” the police said. The house arrest confirmed a tweet Omar put out around 11.35 pm: “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders.” Congress leaders Usman Majid and CPM MLA M Y Tarigami too have been arrested. Preparations for the curfew happened earlier in the day as top police and civil officials were issued satellite phones and hospitals cancelled staff leaves. From midnight, mobile internet services were suspended in the Valley Besides, hos. pitals cancelled leaves of their employees and provided them curfew passes. Sources said hospitals have stocked up on surgical instruments and life-saving drugs. VELLORE POLL CCTV CAMERAS STOLEN AHEAD OF ELECTIONS TODAY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Shanmugam (Puthiya Neethi Katchi founder) put up a spirited fight to reenter the EVEN as preparations were Lok Sabha from Vellore, from in full swing for the Vellore where he won way back in Lok Sabha polls today, crimi- 1984. Meanwhile, DMK is hopnals targeted a polling booth ing its strongman Durai Mucentre near Gudiyattam and rugan’s son Kathir Anand stole Closed Circuit Televi- would increase its strength in sion (CCTV) cameras, com- Delhi. puters and related All eyes are on equipment in the the minority comwee hours of munities, especially Sunday . Muslims, who are The centre, locatin large numbers in 2019 ed in the Kondasamthe constituency. uthiram Panchayat DMK is pinning its primary school, has hopes on minority Computers, three booths (29, 30 votes, while AIADmodem and 32), and comes MK leaders also say also stolen under the KV Kupthe mood has pam Assembly changed in their faApart from CCTV Constituency . vour since April. cameras, 11 Election officials The constituency , computers, one installed the cam- copier, one modem with about 14.32 eras only recently, lakh voters, has and a projector to monitor and supresence of Dalit were stolen from pervise the election and Vanniyar comthe school where processes. “Eleven the polling booths munities too, who computers, a copier could sway the verhave been set up, machine, modem dict. Since 1951, the in Vellore and projector have Congress has won been stolen from the the segment 6 times, school and CCTV cameras DMK 5 times and AIADMK from the booths,” an officer and PMK twice each. said. Shanmugam is hopeful of a Police were alerted by the big win. “People believe I can local people, who saw the deliver,” he says. “Their exschool door open on Sunday. pectations have only gotten It’s not known if there is any bigger.” Kathir Anand, meanpolitical connection to the while, says people have alcrime. ready decided to make his Meanwhile, the tension in party win. “They have been the political camps was palpa- suffering without developble as pundits are predicting a ment for the last 5 years.” FULL COVERAGE: P5 photo finish. AIADMK’s AC @ Vellore LOK SABHA ELECTION Army asks Pak to take BAT bodies The Army asked Pak to take away the bodies of at least four of its Border Action Team killed on the Indian side of the LoC | P9 An all-party meet at NC leader Farooq Abdullah’s residence in Srinagar on Sunday | PTI Deputy commissioners across the state have asked their subordinates not to leave their respective stations without prior approval. The authorities, meanwhile, have begun deploying the additional 38,000 paramilitary forces across Srinagar and in other vulnerable areas in north, south and central Kashmir. Also, paramilitary personnel have been deployed on the premises of many educational institutions. In view of the prevailing situation, all colleges and universities 24 engg colleges can hike management quota fee, says panel S M A N N A R M A N N A N @ Coimbatore TAMIL Nadu State fee fixation committee for professional colleges has allowed 24 private engineering colleges to hike the fee for management quota seats to `1.35 lakh for non-accredited courses and `1.40 lakh for accredited courses. In June 2017, the panel headed by Justice NV Balasubramanian fixed the fee for management quota engineering seats at `85,000 per year for non-accredited courses and `87,000 for accredited courses. Now, they have been hiked by `50,000 and `53,000. This fee includes tuition fee, admission fee, special fee, laboratory/computer/internet fee, library fee, sports fee, maintenance and amenities fee, extracurricular activities fee and other recurring expenditure. In addition to the above annual fee, these 24 colleges were also permitted to collect `15,000 per student as placement and training fee subject to the condition that they submit details of expenditure towards the same. Reacting to the development, the chairman of a private college said many more colleges are likely to seek a fee hike in the coming year citing these 24 institutions as an example. P2 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) BARRIER BROKEN Doubles explosion in Bangkok E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IT started with Saina Nehwal challenging the Chinese domination in women’s singles and continued with the rise of PV Sindhu. Kidambi Srikanth then took the flag and planted it firmly at the top of the men’s division. Now, India’s badminton revolution appears to have ventured into the doubles section as well. On Sunday, the young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty outwitted Chinese world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in Thailand Open final. This was the first time an Indian badminton pair had triumphed in a BWF Super 500 tournament and the win moved them into the top 10 in world rankings. Chirag Shetty (L) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are the first Indian men’s doubles pair to clinch a BWF Super 500 tournament | AFP But the significance of their victory reaches far beyond statistics. For years, doubles languished in the shadows as the pauper cousin. On days when there wasn’t a singles achievement to laud, the question thrown around was ‘why aren’t we doing well in doubles?’. Now, we have a pair capable of taking on the best in the world and, on their day, beating them. And they’ve arrived with eleven months left for the Olympics! “I’m still in shock. There’s too much going on. It’s unbelievable,” said Satwik. Chirag was more collected. “I hope this win inspires more people and changes their outlook on doubles,” he said. From being World No 684 to top 10 in just three-and-a-half years. If they can keep up the pace, it might only be a matter of time before they enjoy the view from the top. Maybe Tokyo 2020 is a target too early but Chirag and Satwik — 22 and 19 respectively — have time by their side. have cancelled their exams, told the students to go home and got their hostels vacated. Meanwhile, an all-party meeting at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah decided to unitedly fight to safeguard the state’s identity . In Delhi, Home Minister Amit Shah convened a meeting of top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Later, he met Additional Secretary Gyanesh Kumar, who handles Kashmir in the home ministry P9 . Imran warning Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan holds NSC meet, warns the country is ready to respond to any “misadventure or aggression” by the Indian forces EXPRESS READ Rains batter Maha, IAF rescues 58 Mumbai: At least 58 people stranded in Thane district were rescued by the IAF on Sunday, as rains continued to batter Maharashtra. Heavy rains in Mumbai crippled life for the second consecutive day, even as release of water from a dam on Godavari caused a floodlike situation in Nashik | P7 Corruption bureau notice to Mehbooba Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of J&K issued a notice to ex-CM Mehbooba Mufti asking her whether she endorsed recommendations made by some ministers in her government for appointments in J&K Bank CWC meet on Aug 10 to decide new prez New Delhi: After nearly 20 years, the Grand Old Party may see a non-Gandhi as party chief this week as the Congress Working Committee will meet here on August 10 to decide on Rahul Gandhi’s successor as party president | P9
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