CHENNAI SATURDAY AUGUST 03, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION LEAVE NOW, GOVT TO AMARNATH YATRIS F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar IN an unprecedented security measure, the Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended the ongoing Amarnath yatra and ordered yatris and tourists to leave the Valley immediately . The security advisory was issued soon after the Army revealed that security forces had foiled attempts by Pakistanbacked terrorists to disrupt the yatra. Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Srinagar-based Army’s 15 Corps, said the weapons seized during search operations clearly show that Islamabad is backing terror in the Valley . Addressing a joint press conference with J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh, Lt Gen Dhillon said a thorough anti-terror operation was launched on Daily hearing on Ayodhya from Tue SC to hear the appeals of Nirmohi Akhara and deity Ram Lalla first; no more mediation matter on a day-to-day basis. The bench said the appeals of Nirmohi Akhara and deity THE Supreme Court on Friday Ram Lalla would be heard first. decided to hear the vexed Ayo- This saw opposition from sendhya Ram Janambhoomi-Babri ior advocate Rajeev Dhawan Masjid land dispute case on a who argued one of the Muslim day-to-day basis from August 6. parties has filed the case first. The decision is after the apex He also sought 20 days to argue court found the mediation pro- various issues in detail. The cess has not been successful. bench, however, refused to acIn a hearing that cept any requests at lasted barely five min- Order likely this stage. utes, the five-judge The development by Nov 17 constitution bench comes 10 years after Hearings will headed by CJI Ranjan the case reached the have to be Gogoi said, “We’ve reSC. The court also concluded and ceived the report submade it clear that dayorder pronounced mitted by the chairto-day hearings will before Nov 17 man of the committee, take place till the arguwhen CJI Gogoi Ju s t i c e K a l i f u l l a . ments of all parties retires. Else, the We’ve perused the concerned are over. case will have to same. Mediation proWhile the case is to be heard afresh ceedings have not rebe heard on a day-toand the bench sulted in any kind of day basis, full hearreconstituted final settlement. ings may happen only Therefore, we have to on Tuesdays, Wednesproceed with the hearing of the days and Thursdays. This is beappeal, which will commence cause Mondays and Fridays are from August 6.” reserved for PILs and fresh casThe order came after a legal es. But sources said the bench heir of one of the original liti- could still hear the Ayodhya gants, Gopal Singh Visharad, case in the afternoon on these prayed that the mediation pro- days, if hearings on the recess be discontinued. served cases are finished early . It also said the office of the The bench also comprises registry should keep all the ma- Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chanterial ready for the perusal of drachud, Ashok Bhushan and S P9 the court for the hearing of the A Nazeer. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi both routes to the Amarnath cave in South Kashmir after specific intelligence inputs in the past three-four days that terrorists backed by Pakistan and its army were planning to attack the yatris. DGP Singh said searches were still going on in both the routes. Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir), confirmed that the yatra has been EXPRESS READ suspended. The NC and PDP slammed the advisory, saying it will trigger panic. “No elected government in J&K had allowed a situation to develop where the yatra had to be cancelled,” NC chief Omar Abdullah tweeted. The authorities had already suspended the 45-day yatra, which began on July 1, from August 1 till August 4 citing weather conditions. So far 3,42,883 yatris have had darshan at the cave. P11 A day after MK Stalin addressed workers of a leather-based industry and leaders of Muslim community separately in Ambur, Police have booked him for alleged violation of the model code | P7 5 Indian kids win debate contest Five Indian students have bagged the World Schools Debating Championships 2019, held in Bangkok. The contest is usually won by native English-speaking countries like UK & Australia | P2 PAK TRYING TO ATTACK PILGRIMS: ARMY Searches have yielded an American M-24 sniper rifle and an anti-personnel mine with Pakistan ordnance factory markings on it, Lt Gen K J S Dhillon said Aug 15 THE YATRA, NOW SUSPENDED, WAS SET TO HAVE CONCLUDED ON I-DAY “These clearly indicate that Pakistan is involved in terror in Kashmir,” Lt Gen Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army’s 15 Corps, added at the Srinagar presser BE READY FOR EXTRA FLIGHTS: DGCA Aviation regulator DGCA asked airlines to be ready to operate extra flights from Srinagar if the need arises. IndiGo and Vistara waived cancellation fees for flights to and from J&K for a week It is advised that Amarnath yatris and tourists may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to go back as soon as possible J&K govt security advisory INDIA SNUBS TRUMP Houses for Gaja victims in 5 yrs: govt; AGAIN ON K-OFFER till then give them rental money: HC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MCC violation: Stalin booked US-made telescopic gun and other Pakistani weapons, recovered during searches on Amarnath route, displayed at a presser in Srinagar Friday | PTI HOURS after US President Donald Trump said he would “certainly intervene” in Kashmir if asked to by India and Pakistan, New Delhi reiterated its rejection of any offer of mediation. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Bangkok as part of the ASEAN summit, said he told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clearly on Friday that “any discussion on Kashmir, if warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally”. Last month, Trump had claimed that PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir, prompting a strong denial from India. GO declaring ACM firms as public utility stayed What govt said In his report to the court, the revenue administration dept submitted that the government had already identified 2,53,645 huts in rural areas and 29,004 huts in urban areas, which were completely damaged. It had also identified damaged tiled houses EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE Madras High Court on Monday stayed a recent government order declaring the auto component manufacturing (ACM) industry as public utility services for six months. THE Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Friday directed the State government to provide interim relief to victims who lost their houses in Cyclone Gaja, to cover their temporary accommodation costs. The direction came after the government submitted that it would take at least five years to provide houses for all victims of the disaster. “Till full implementation of relief works, lakhs of affected families would remain homeless for years together. Once the monsoon begins, the victims would have to live in precarious conditions,” Justice R Suresh Kumar said, and directed the government to provide ‘reasonable cost’ for victims to arrange temporary shelters. The judge further stated that until the completion of works, the petition should be kept pending, and should be listed for hearing every three months. The case has been adjourned to November 1. The order does not satisfy requirements as provided in the Industrial Disputes Act, the court held. “There is also no public emergency or public interest involved in the industry . Hence, the order suffers from arbitrariness and non-application of mind,” said Justice Par- thiban while passing orders on the writ petition filed by Kovai Mavatta Pricol Thozhilalrgal Otrumai Sangam against the GO. As per the Industrial Disputes Act, persons employed in public utility services cannot strike work without issuing a notice, six weeks in advance. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Madurai
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