KOCHI l SATURDAY l AUGUST 17, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY 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 A7.5 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 n No access yet to the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar and the Hazratbal shrine n 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. Strate gic 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 When will we learn? asks HC, pointing to Anwar’s check dam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi NEW BEGINNING Kerala Farmers’ Day falls on Saturday, the first day of the Malayalam month of Chingam, but those like T Shaji of Kadamakkudy have nothing much to rejoice following the flood. But as he replants the pokkali seedlings, which are preferred for its potential to overcome adverse conditions, he too hopes to fight his way back | A SANESH Congress does U-turn, urges govt to implement ‘scientific’ Gadgil report situation demands it. Senior Congress leader V M THE Oommen Chandy-led UDF Sudheeran also urged the Left government had vehemently government to review an earlier opposed Madhav Gadgil’s West- Cabinet decision per mitting er n Ghats Ecolo g y Exper t widespread quarrying in the Panel (WGEEP) report in 2011, state. but now the state leadership Speaking to mediapersons, of Congress, the leading Mullappally said the Conparty in the front, has gress had earlier opposed made a U-turn and come the report, keeping in out in vocal support of his mind the worries of those recommendations. living in the high ranges. Terming Gadgil report Madhav Gadgil “Many people opposed as scientific, KPCC presithe Gadgil report without dent Mullappally Ramachandran reading its content even once. said political leaders had rejected Gadgil is a true Gandhian. He it for temporary benefits. had come up with a scientific reChandy said he had made the port. Most of the recommendacall based on a majority decision tions made by the Gadgil-led panand added the report could be el should be implemented,” said ● More on P6 considered again if the current Mullappally . E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram FLOOD FURY 111 31 Death toll still missing No cause for worry in IMD forecast 4 more bodies recovered from Kavalappara on Friday 1.47L living in relief camps across the state THE Kerala High Court on Friday expressed its concern at the delay in demolishing the check dam co-owned by LDF MLA P V Anwar in the context of the devastating landslide near Nilambur, wondering ‘When will we learn?’ The check dam in Cheenkannippalli region of Kakkadampoyil hill, Nilambur, is located just 10km away from Kavalappara, where a massive landslide swept away an entire village last week. The High Court also directed the Malappuram district collector to demolish the check dam to ensure free flow of the natural stream. The expense for demoli- Court order tion will have to be borne by the The High Court check dam’s owner. directs the The court further ordered Malappuram that the district collector along district with officers of the Irrigation, collector to Mining and Geology depart- demolish the ments should inspect the area check dam during the time of monsoon. One of the petitions was filed The expense for by T V Rajan of All Kerala River demolition will Protection Council (AKRPC) have to be borne seeking to demolish the check by the check dam as it was constructed vio- dam’s owner lating all norms and rules. Anwar’s father-in-law and the check dam’s owner C K Abdul Latheef filed the second petition challenging the district administration’s decision to demolish it. When the petitions came up for hearing, AKRPC counsel Daisy A Philipose submitted that water has accumulated in the check dam following heavy rain. Though the High Court had directed to pull down the structure completely, only one side was demolished by the authorities. This could trigger another major landslide. State Attorney K V Sohan submitted there was no imminent danger in the area and necessary steps would be taken to drain the water as per experts’ advice. The court orally directed the government to examine whether there was accumulation of water and whether it would affect the soil. GETTING TOUGH Auto majors reduce work days due to slowdown EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chennai/Ranchi 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 an- nounce 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 August 16 and 17 would be non-working 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. Mukkam man 1st in state held under changed triple talaq rule EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kozhikode Pokhran to pay homage to the 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. E K USAAM, a native of Mukkam near Kozhikode, became the first in the state to be arrested since triple talaq was made a criminal offence. The 32-year-old was held on Friday following a warrant issued by Thamarasserry Judicial First Class Magistrate Court. As per the complaint filed by his wife Rejina Kaariveetil, she and Usaam had been leading a married life in Qatar until last month. Usaam brought her to Mukkam on August 1 and divorced her by pronouncing triple talaq in the presence of her father at her house. After the police allegedly refused to take action on her complaint, she sought legal help. Rejina alleged Usaam has married another woman and plans to leave for Qatar. Usaam’s relatives, meanwhile, alleged that Rejina’s family had agreed for divorce. The court granted bail to Usaam, who surrendered his passport. EXPRESS READ Tainted person set to be appointed Consumerfed managing director Fin Dept for medical insurance re-tender T’Puram: The LDF Government is set to appoint a person facing corruption charges as Consumerfed managing director. K A Ratheesh was listed as accused by the CBI in corruption cases while serving as MD of Cashew Development Corporation. Consumerfed is also under the Vigilance scanner in connection with alleged corruption to the tune of D1,000 crore. P4 T’Puram: The Finance Department has recommended the CMO to re-tender for the provider of medical insurance for government employees and pensioners. The move is in the wake of the failure of Reliance General Insurance, which quoted the lowest annual premium. P4 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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