CHENNAI THURSDAY OCTOBER 03, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION PADAYATRA POLITICS ON 150TH BIRTH ANNIV OF PEACE ICON DIFFERENT SPINS TO REMEMBER BAPU Amid celebrations, both the BJP and Congress took to the streets on Wednesday in a bid to cash in on Gandhi’s legacy PM INVOKES EINSTEIN IN TRIBUTE Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah flagged off his party’s four-month-long Gandhi Sankalp Yatra in Delhi and followed it up with a march. Other senior party leaders undertook similar programmes across India. The Congress followed suit with party president Sonia Gandhi and her children hitting the streets along with thousands of party workers P11 ■ ■ Speaking at Rajghat, Sonia told party workers that Gandhi’s soul would be pained by what has been happening in India Earlier, PM Narendra Modi, in an NYT op-ed, reminded the world of Einstein’s famous praise of Gandhi and proposed a challenge to ensure the Mahatma’s ideals are remembered in the future 3,229 BJP MPs, MLAs AND OFFICE-BEARERS TO GO ON A 15-DAY PADAYATRA 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 Curb on political activities lifted in Jammu Senior DD official Move comes days after J&K administration announced local body polls later this month F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE two-month-long curb on political activities of leaders of non-BJP parties in Jammu following the abrogation of special status to J&K on August 5, was lifted on Wednesday, but the restrictions in Kashmir Valley would continue. Official sources said National Conference leaders Devender Singh Rana, Javed Rana, Surjit Singh Slathia and Sajad Kichloo, Congress leaders Vikar Rasool and Raman Bhalla, and J&K National Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh were released from preventive detention in the past 24 hours. They said the curbs on movement on leaders were lifted following improvement in the situation in Jammu. Sources hinted that these leaders were released after they agreed not to issue any statement on abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union territories. While NC and Congress leaders were detained for their views on Article 370, NPP leader Harsh Dev was held for opposition to J&K’s bifurcation. Notably, the release of these leaders comes ahead of the Block Development Council elections on October 24. There is, however, no clarity on when prominent political leaders under detention in the Valley would be set free. Mainstream leaders, including two ex-chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest, while another former CM and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah, has been arrested under the stringent Public Safety Act. Speaking to TNIE, Farooq Ahmad Khan, advisor to J&K Governor, said the detention of these leaders is one of the reasons for peace in the Valley “It is not a perpet. ual detention... People who had to be detained under PSA were booked under that law. Those who were not seen as major threats were dealt with accordingly he said. ,” Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday discussed the Kashmir situation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, official sources said. P9 What kind of elections is the present government up to? The legitimate leadership is still under detention. The very veracity of the Block Development Council polls is under question National Conference Detention of minors makes major point SANA SHAKIL & KANU SARDA @ New Delhi Of the 144 minors detained by the J&K Police since August 5 after Article 370 was read down, 83 were picked up on the mere suspicion of creating trouble, an analysis of a report filed by a four-judge Juvenile Justice Committee of the J&K High Court shows. The report was placed before the Supreme Court on Tuesday . A child as young as nine was among the 83 against whom provisions of preventive detention under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) were invoked in parts of Srinagar. A 11-year-old was picked up under Section 107 (apprehen- The western state shines with seven spots in the country’s 10 cleanest stations as Railway Minister Piyush Goyal releases ‘Stations’ Cleanliness Survey Report’ on Wednesday | P11 4 9 6 2 8 10 1 5 JAIPUR STATION 3 1. Jaipur 2. Jodhpur 3. Durgapura 4. Jammu Tawi 5. Gandhinagar Jaipur 6. Suratgarh 7. Vijayawada 8. Udaipur City 9. Ajmer 10. Haridwar E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Chennai Relatives of detained Kashmiri political workers wait to meet them outside a detention centre in Srinagar on Wednesday | AP Rajasthan cleans up Railway rankings CLEANEST MAJOR STATIONS suspended for not airing PM speech? DETAINED JUVENILES Age Minors 9 1 11 3 12 1 13 11 14 20 15 23 16 43 17 38 No info 4 Total 144 Toilets, waiting rooms, tracks were among areas judged sion of breach of peace) of the CrPC from Batamaloo on August 5. The 9-year-old and another 11-year-old were picked up on August 7. Fifty-two of them were detained/arrested on charges of rioting, stone-pelting, causing damage to public property, wrongfully restraining movement of persons and attacking police personnel, while five others were charged under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), including attempt to murder. However, all juveniles barring two detained between August 5 and September 23 have been released. The two boys arrested by Srinagar’s Maharaja Gunj police station have SCREENPLAY TAMIL NADU GETS STINKER A hole in the wall Guduvancheri Delhi Sadar Bazar Perungalathur Video grabs show the two burglars dressed in winter jackets, wearing gloves and masks, to make sure their identity is not revealed To ensure sniffer dogs do not follow their trail, the duo also sprinkled chilli powder in the showroom. Still cops brought sniffer dogs to the spot 30 million passengers in a year 10-30 million 2 million 70-YEAR CASE India beats Pakistan in UK court battle for Nizam’s £35 million ‘Abuse of process’ The UK judge said it was an “abuse of process for Pakistan to assert a defence of limitation in relation to the Princes’ and India’s claim” and held that the “paragraphs in Pakistan’s statements of case asserting this defence must be struck out” the ones made by India. The neighbouring country had claimed in its appeal that the money was deposited to pay for weapons Pakistan supplied to the erstwhile Hyderabad State during Operation Polo, and for keeping it out of the reach of India, as Hyderabad was acceding to the Union then. Smith, in his judgment, found no evidence supporting Pakistan’s weapon money claim, although it was noted that Pakistan did supply weapons to the Nizam during that time. “I can see no reason why Moin — acting on behalf of Nizam VII — would have transferred the entire balance from the Second Account to the Rahimtoola Account without any clear understanding of how this money would be used... There is no evidence of any such understanding,” Smith noted, adding that Pakistan had made no request regarding the payment. Pakistan brought up the “annexation” of Hyderabad by the Indian Union and said the New Delhi’s claim to the money was “illegal”. However, Smith again struck down Pakistan’s argument, terming it “analytically irrelevant”. The seventh Nizam’s kin, who have claimed a share in the `307 crore fund, rejoiced. Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, a great grandson of the Nizam, said, “The family has long awaited t h i s verdict.” 1 Two burglars enter the store by drilling a hole in one of the walls of the store around 2 am Wednesday 3 2 They pack all the ornaments kept in the ground floor in bags and take them 3 Employees open the store on Wednesday morning to find the entire ground floor almost empty AMIT BANDRE < 10 IN a major win for the country and the kin of the seventh Nizam, Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, the United Kingdom High Court on Wednesday upheld India’s claim over that of Pakistan in the 70-year-old ‘Hyderabad Fund case’ involving 35 million pounds. The case dates back to September 1948, when Nawab Moin Nawaz Jung, an official in the Nizam’s administration, transferred 1 million pounds to the account of Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola, the then high commissioner of Pakistan to the UK. The transfer was rendered unauthorised by the seventh Nizam, following which the bank authorities froze the funds until the rightful claim was established. Since then, the sum, now amounting to £35 million (around `307 crore), has been locked in the National Westminster Bank in the UK. In his judgment, a copy of which Express possesses, UK High Court judge Marcus Smith tore down several claims made by Pakistan and upheld A little masala 1 FACTOIDS 35 stations handled over Footfall in 513 stations A I H I K S U R @ Hyderabad A clean job The other side of the wall, on which a hole was drilled, is a popular school in the city. Police suspect the burglars could have scaled school wall The southern state has two of the three worst performing stations Footfall in 172 railway stations between 7 attempt to murder charges against them. Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said, “It is lllegal to arrest a juvenile under the preventive detention laws. Section 18 of the J&K Juvenile Justice Act, 2013 says proceedings under Chapter 8 of the CrPC shall not be invoked against juveniles. Yet, the state police invoked Section 107 for detention.” The panel denied allegations of mass detention of children in Pulwama, Pampore, Awantipora and Khrew. But the data showed arrests/ detentions of minors from Parimpora, Budgam, Sadder, Soura, Sopore, Batamaloo and other areas. PRASAR Bharati has suspended R Vasumathi, an assistant director of Doordarshan Podhigai channel, for allegedly failing to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speech at IIT-Madras. Though the reason behind the suspension has not been mentioned, the Prasar Bharati order said it was a disciplinary action. A suspension order has been issued with immediate effect, in the exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (1) of Rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, said a confidential order signed by Chief Executive Officer Shashi Shekar Vempati. The suspension order was issued shortly after Vasumathi was asked to furnish an explanation on why Podhigai failed to cover Modi’s speech. “The Information and Broadcasting Ministry first sought an explanation on the alleged goof-up. Later, on Tuesday it issued the , suspension order,” confirmed a top official.On September 30, Modi took part in SingaporeIndia hackathon and IIT Convocation in Chennai. AN ‘ITALIAN JOB’ IN TIRUCHY, MASKED MEN STEAL 30 KG GOLD M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy AS in a Hollywood flick, burglars wearing animal masks drilled their way through into a popular jewellery showroom in the city, right under the nose of six security men who were on duty Tuesday night, and decamped with gold, diamond, and platinum or naments estimated to weigh over 30 kg, and worth over `13 crore. To neutralize sniffer dogs, the burglars also sprinkled chilli powder around the showroom. The Lalithaa Jewellery showroom that was targeted is located in the heart of the city, near the busy Chatiram bus stand. Despite its location and the presence of security personnel, the burglary came to light only when the shutters were opened on Wednesday morning. The thieves has emptied all the shelves on the ground floor. Police officials rushed to the spot soon after, including city Commissioner A Amalraj. They found a hole drilled SEVEN POLICE TEAMS FORMED TO CRACK THE CASE Seven police teams have been formed to nab the burglars. “I am satisfied with the investigation. The police are taking all efforts. I hope they nab the culprits soon,” said Kiran Kumar, owner of Lalithaa Jewellery, who rushed to Tiruchy from Chennai upon hearing the news of burglary. He alleged that as many as 800 ornaments had been stolen from the showroom into the showroom wall, through which the burglars must have entered the store. Located on the other side of the wall is an empty space belonging to a popular school functioning there. CCTV footage showed two burglars, both wearing animal masks, entering the showroom through the hole. “They must have scaled the school wall to drill a hole into the showroom building and enter unnoticed by the security men,” said the police. The video also shows the duo stuffing all the jewels into bags. Police suspect a third member could have been waiting outside the hole to help them. “Going by the CCTV footage, the incident must have happened between 2am and 4 am on Wednesday,” said the police. The burglars used gloves to ensure they don’t leave finger prints, and were wearing winter jackets. “They have also sprinkled chilli powder to ensure sniffer dogs do not trace them.” Indeed, forensic experts and the dog squad brought to the crime scene found it difficult to detect clues. Seven police teams have been formed to nab the burglars. Meanwhile, Kiran Kumar, owner of Lalithaa Jewellery, who arrived in Tiruchy from Chennai, said as many as 800 gold, platinum, and diamond ornaments had been stolen. Costly miss for Podhigai staffer The suspension order was issued shortly after Vasumathi was asked to furnish an explanation on why Podhigai failed to cover Modi’s speech. Sources, however, say the Podhigai channel covered all events except for the PM’s address at the hackathon event A team of 15 members were present with him throughout to air his programmes. However, the Podhigai unit allegedly failed to telecast the event. Sources, however, say that only Modi’s address during the hackathon was not covered. Other events were telecast on the channel. An inquiry will be held after which the total period of suspension will be decided, officials said. Bike taxis will soon become legal in TN B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai FINALLY, the State government is on the verge of approving bike-taxi services in Tamil Nadu. Provisions to legalise such services will be introduced in the amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act, and bike taxis will be operated with yellow number plates. Recently, the Centre amended the Motor Vehicles Act, thereby authorizing State governments to decide on mobilebased transport services. “With the Central Act permitting mobile-based transport services, the State government has decided to allow bike taxi service,”says Transport Commissioner C Samayamoorthy. “Rules for granting permission to service operators will be finalised soon.” The decision was also taken based on a Madras High Court order, which directed the State government to consider a service operator’s plea to allow bike-sharing services. Currently, the TN Motor Vehicles Act categorises two-wheelers as non-transport vehicles, prohibiting their commercial usage. Only a few states have legalized bike sharing services till now. 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