CHENNAI SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 2019 `4.00 PAGES 14 VELLORE EDITION AS EXPECTED, SHASTRI GETS NEW CONTRACT AS COACH THIRD INNINGS TILL END OF 2021 WT20 Incumbent unanimous choice of Cricket Advisory Committee of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad & Shantha Rangaswamy PERFORMANCE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF This is Ravi Shastri’s third term in charge of the Indian team, running up to the completion of the 2021 T20 World Cup to be held in India. His first stint in the hot seat was as Team Director, from 2014 to 2016. In his second tenure, he replaced Anil Kumble in 2017 and this ran up to the 2019 World Cup. He was widely tipped to get his contract renewed. ■ ■ ■ The Indian team won about 67 per cent of matches across the three formats in Shastri’s second innings as coach. The run of success includes a first Test series win in Australia, other than ODI triumphs in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa The Indian team is ranked No 1 in Tests and No 2 in one-dayers `7.5 cr SHASTRI’S ANNUAL PAY LAST TIME. EXPECTED TO INCREASE NOW 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 Stop terror for talks is India’s riposte to Pak Govt measures in J&K meant to stop terrorists from bleeding it, says envoy after UNSC meet EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PAKISTAN’S attempt to corner India over Jammu & Kashmir at the UNSC fell flat on Friday as no members, except China, reportedly felt the need to intervene in India’s internal affairs. Talking to reporters after a closed-door UNSC meeting, Indian envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said the counry’s position is that matters related to Article 370 are entirely an internal matter and these have no external ramifications. He said Pakistan is trying to project an “alarmist approach” to the situation in Kashmir, which is far from the ground realities. “Stop terror to start talks,” he asserted. The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the consultations are informal in nature. India and Pakistan did not attend the meeting, which was open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. On the Chinese and Pakistani envoys briefing the media after the meeting, Akbaruddin said, “For the first time after the end of Security Council consultations, we noted that two states (China and Pakistan) who made national statements tried to pass them off as the will of the international community .” He added that India will gradually remove all restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. “We are committed to all the agreements that we have signed on this issue. We note that there were some who tried to project an alarmist approach to the situation, which is far from the ground realities,” he added. Taking a swipe at Pakistan, Akbaruddin said, “Of particular concern is that one state is using terminology of jihad and promoting violence in India, including by their leaders. Violence is no solution to the problems that all of us face.” Earlier, briefing the media, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said the voices of Jammu and Kashmir people were heard at the UNSC, the highest diplomatic forum of the world. According to UN records, the last time the UNSC discussed the Kashmir issue was in 1965. India had revoked Article 370 on August 5 and removed special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. Muslims offer prayers on a street outside a mosque in Srinagar | AP Curbs to ease from Monday Life remained crippled for the 12th consecutive day in Kashmir on Friday, but next week promises to be better Primary schools to be opened from Monday, informs J&K Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam After peaceful Friday prayers, restrictions will be eased in the next few days in an orderly way BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary GOVT OFFICES FULLY FUNCTIONAL FROM FRIDAY After peaceful Friday prayers in the morning, govt began easing restrictions No access yet to the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar and the Hazratbal shrine As and when movement restrictions are removed in an area, it will get access to public transport Telecom connectivity to be gradually restored, beginning with landlines No clear word on restoration of mobile phones and internet services Rlys cancels Thar Link Express from Jodhpur to Pakistan Rajnath googly on the future of nuclear no first use doctrine M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday triggered a debate by suggesting India’s no first use (NFU) doctrine on nuclear arms was not written in stone, saying its future would depend on the prevailing circumstances. Strategic experts called it smart posturing, viewing it from the prism of tension with Pakistan after the Centre withdrew J&K’s special status and broke it up into Union Territories, and the subsequent sharp statements by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” the defence minister tweeted. He said this while visiting Pokhran to pay homage to the EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chennai/Ranchi former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary Pokhran was where . India had conducted its nuclear tests in 2018. Experts sought to read in Rajnath’s statement a “signal” to Pakistan that the terms of reference have changed. Strategic affairs expert Bharat Karnad felt Pakistan is nowhere a real strategic threat to India and the statement of the defence minister should be seen in the light of the stated nuclear policy of India. “The fact is NFU is just a guideline and not an operational directive... There is no absolute ban on nuclear weapons,” added Prof Karnad. What people don’t know is Pakistan used the nuclear blackmail even before the 1998 tests. “During the Kargil conflict Pakistan had, directly or indirectly, threatened India 17 times,” said A Vinod Kumar, research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Aththi Varadar darshan ends; CM thanks officials 2 sanitary workers die saving colleague stuck in sewer E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THE society may have forsaken manual scavengers by turning a blind eye to the continuing practice, but the camaraderie within the community is inexplicably strong. In a heart-wrenching incident, two contract sanitary THE idol of Aththi Varadha Perumal will be immersed in Anantha Saras pond in Kancheepuram on Saturday after , 48 days of darshan. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami lauded the efforts of all involved in organising and managing the event, which happens only once every 40 years. Next, the idol will be taken out for darshan only in 2059. “Over one crore devotees from various parts of the country, and abroad, came for darshan. I thank all those who worked day and night in Kancheepuram in managing the event, particularly the district administration, HR&CE, police, revenue and municipal administration department,” Palaniswami said. The chief minister also thanked the sanitary workers who kept the temple premises clean during the last 48 days, and those who donated for annadanam. “The government had made elaborate arrangements to ensure comfortable journey for pilgrims to Kancheepuram. Supply of drinking water and medical camps were also arranged,” he said. “Even during wee hours -- midnight to 4 am -- sanitary workers were awake and ensured cleanliness inside temple premises. I have requested them to stay in Kancheepuram for two more days,” he said. Collector P Ponnaiah said the idol would be returned to the pond on Saturday night after certain rituals. MURDER AT BUSY RESTAURANT SHOCKS PUBLIC A 35-year-old man was chased into a restaurant near Tirutani court and hacked to death by a 4-member gang. Police say the deceased was there to meet a friend. A N T O N Y F E R N A N D O @ Nagapattinam workers from Nagapattinam sacrificed their lives to save their colleague stuck inside a drain, on Friday . The duo allegedly went down the manhole without proper safety gear to rescue their friend, who is now recovering in hospital. Sources say the trio was try- ing to clear a block in the drain system near Nambiar Nagar road. As attempts from the outside did not yield results, T Sridhar (40) went inside the 6-footdeep manhole. As Sridhar looked distressed, and was struggling for breath, his colleagues N Sakthivel (27) FLOODED STREETS Several low-lying areas of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh were inundated following heavy inflows into the Prakasam Barrage and flood discharge at 7.13 lakh cusecs on Friday morning | PRASANT MADUGULA SUDDEN DEATH Mounting TNPL debt pushed VB to suicide: Police E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai Rahul Dravid at the late VB Chandrasekhar’s (inset) residence in Chennai on Friday | ASHWIN PRASATH DEBTS incurred from loans taken to run his Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) team led VB Chandrasekhar to commit suicide, police officials said on Friday. The former cricketer was found hanging in his residence on Thursday evening. He will be cremated on Saturday . Although no suicide note was found, police said after talking to family members that the 57-year-old was depressed. They say it was caused by his inability to repay loans. In 2016, he had bought the Tiruvallur franchise in the TNPL for `3.48 crore. “On Thursday evening he asked his wife for tea. He then went to his room and locked the door,” said a police officer. His wife Sowmya raised an alarm and on breaking the door open, they found him hanging. It has been learnt that mounting debts were playing on his mind. The annual franchise fee for his TNPL team was `3.4 crore. Plus, the annual operational cost came to above a crore. Investigations reveal that after taking loans from various banks, Chandrasekhar was struggling to pay back. UNITED IN GRIEF Members of the Tamil Nadu cricket fraternity turned up in large numbers to pay last respects to VB Chandrasesekhar. Rahul Dravid came from Bengaluru to bid him goodbye. Auto majors reduce work days due to slowdown and R Madhavan (38) jumped in to save him. Despite being hit by the toxic gas, the duo managed to save their friend and push him out to safety before they collapsed. Meanwhile, the public informed fire service personnel who arrived at the spot within P5 minutes. AS the goings get tough, Indian auto majors are becoming tough to get going. Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp and TVS Group on Friday joined Mahindra & Mahindra, Suzuki, Toyota and Ashok Leyland to announce temporary production cuts. Tata Motors said it was halting production at its Jamshedpur plant on Friday and Saturday owing to “sharp decline” in orders. Two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp, too, announced a production pause of four days from August 15-18. Sundaram-Clayton, a TVS group company has said Au, gust 16 and 17 would be nonworking days at its Padi (Chennai) factory. “This is due to a business slowdown across sectors,” it stated. Another TVS component manufacturer Lucas-TVS also declared non-working days for its employees on Friday owing to the overall industry slowdown. Meanwhile, India’s largest car maker Maruti disclosed on Friday that it has let 3,000 temporary employees go. Speaking to a television channel, its chairman R C Bhargava said contracts of the temporary workers could not be renewed due to the ongoing slowdown. Earlier this week, auto components major Bosch announced it would temporarily stop production for 13 days at its plants at Gangaikondan in Tamil Nadu and Nashik (Maharashtra). P5
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