AP CHENNAI THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION 39 FOUND DEAD IN TRUCK CONTAINER NEAR LONDON HUMAN TRAFFICKING GONE WRONG? Police found the bodies of 38 adults and one teenager inside a truck parked at an industrial estate in Thurrock, Essex TRAGIC INDEED, BUT NOT THE FIRST While there is no confirmation of the nationalities of the victims, officials believe the truck came from Bulgaria and entered the UK via Holyhead port in Wales on Saturday. According to Essex Police, there were no survivors in what is suspected to be a case of human trafficking gone horribly wrong. The 25-year-old Irish driver has been arrested ■ ■ In 2000 June, 58 Chinese immigrants were found suffocated to death in the back of a lorry in Dover. There were two survivors In 2014, one dead body and 34 barely alive Afghan Sikhs were found inside a metal shipping container at the English port of Tilbury. They were being smuggled into the UK | P13 12 hours TRUCK HAD BEEN AT THE INDL ESTATE FOR THAT MUCH TIME BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED 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 JT OPS CENTRE TO COUNTER TERROR H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh INSTEAD of working in silos, India’s top intelligence and security agencies will now set up a joint counter operation centre in Punjab to neutralise terror threats from Pakistan’s ‘K2’ (Kashmir and Khalistan). To be located in Chandigarh or Amritsar, the centre will have hand-picked officers from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police. It will also handle cyber warfare. Highly placed sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday gave the green light for the new centre. At present, all these agencies and the state po- lice work independently and share information on a case-tocase basis with each other. The police and other agencies have also been tasked to seek out retired police officers who fought against Khalistani militancy when it was at its peak, so as to learn from their experiences and train officers suitably Punjab DGP Dinkar . Gupta has been actively pushing for a joint counter-terror operation centre for some time now. “All agencies in this centre, in- cluding the state police, will work jointly to counter terrorists and their handlers. The details have been worked out,’’ a senior police officer confirmed. State and Central intelligence agencies are regularly monitoring activities of Sikh militant outfits like Babbar Khalsa International, Khalistan Zindabad Force, Khalistan Tig er Force and International Sikh Youth Federation. Besides, they are tracking Sikhs for Justice, which was MISCHIEF FLIES IN FROM ACROSS THE BORDER In the last two months, Pakistan has dropped arms and ammunition as well as drugs within Punjab using drones, which is a clear and present threat. More than a dozen intruding drones have been spotted so far, two of which were seized and weapons recovered SpiceJet plans new airline in UAE, to set up int’l hub at Ras Al Khaimah EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh with Sheikh Khalid bin Saud Al Qasimi, chairman, Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah | PTI WHY RAS AL KHAIMAH? SpiceJet sees great potential in Ras Al Khaimah, where over 3,400 Indian companies are headquartered. “We see partnering with RAK Airport as the way to grow within the UAE, Europe and beyond,” said SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh INDIA’S second largest carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday signed an agreement to set up its first international hub at Ras Al Khaimah and announced plans to launch an airline from there in the near future. Ajay Singh, chair man of SpiceJet, was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying that the budget airline has applied for a licence for the new airline which will operate from Ras Al Khaimah. “We are looking to establish an airline locally based at Ras Al Khaimah. We are applying for certification shortly and the approval will take three to six months. The new airline will help connect India with Eastern and Western Europe using RAK as a hub,” Singh said. Earlier, Jet had a European hub at Brussels, which it later moved to Amsterdam to connect North America with India. Aviation analysts say passengers now prefer direct flights than going through hubs. However, Gulf-based carriers as well as Singapore, Turkish and European airlines have been routing Indian passengers to Europe and North America through their national airports by offering cheaper or more frequent connections. SpiceJet also signed an MoU with the RAK International Airport to start direct flights between RAK and New Delhi from December 2019. Initially the air, line will start with five flights a week, gradually increasing the number depending on demand. `2L LOST, `70L FOUND Man in I-T soup after cops find his missing bag E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IN a bizarre case, a man who approached the police for assistance in recovering a bag with cash is now under scrutiny from the income tax department. According to police, Siraj, a businessman from Malappuram in Kerala, had arrived in the city by train on October 19. “He said he stayed at a lodge in Chintadripet and on Monday, with a friend, went to Mint for shopping,” a police officer said. “After that, the duo hired an auto to take them from Mint to Chennai Central. It was at the station that he realised he’d left his bag in the auto,” the police officer added. Siraj then lodged a complaint at the Elephant Gate police station stating that he’d lost his bag with `2 lakh cash in an auto. Based on the complaint, police scanned CCTV footage and traced the vehicle and retrieved the bag on Tuesday The . autodriver had given the bag to a friend. However, the police were surprised to find that the bag had not `2 lakh but `70 lakh in cash. Police questioned Siraj who reportedly did not have valid documents for the money. A senior police officer said the cash has been handed over to the income tax department for further investigation. They hired an auto to Chennai Central. It was at the station that he realised he’d left his bag in the auto Police officer SALUTE! Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami pinning a medal on a police officer at an event in Chennai on Wednesday honouring the Tamil Nadu police | P JAWAHAR NEW MEDICAL COLLEGES: CM THANKS MODI Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre’s approval to set up six new medical colleges in the State. “I convey my thanks to the Prime Minister for this special permission on behalf of people of TN,” he said. P4 banned by the Union government as it was running a ‘Referendum 2020’ campaign at the behest of Pakistan’s Deep State, the InterServices Intelligence (ISI), on social media to radicalise the youth. With the Kartarpur Corridor about to be opened, Khalistani mischief from across the border cannot be far away . “Under ‘K2’, ISI is trying to exploit the sentiments of Kashmiri and Punjabi youth to fuel insurgency an official said. ,” Sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs is also considering setting up a regional National Security Guards (NSG) hub, perhaps on Pathankot’s border with J&K, which could provide land for it. The idea is to deploy a quick response commando team there to combat terror threats. New J&K L-G to take oath of office on Oct 31 in Srinagar THE new Lieutenant Governors of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and the Chief Justice of the J&K High Court will be sworn-in on October 31 in Srinagar. Earlier, it was speculated that the ceremony may happen in Jammu, as the seat of governance would shift to the winter capital on October 25 — six days before the bifurcation of J&K into two UTs. However, gover nment spokesman Rohit Kansal clarified that both the events will take place in Srinagar. Their sequence could be as follows: Since J&K High Court Chief Ju s t i c e G e e t a Mittal had taken her oath under the state’s constitution when she first assumed charge in August last year, its validity will end on October 31. So, Governor Satya Pal Malik may administer a fresh oath of office to her under the Indian Constitution, a legal expert opined. Thereafter, she can administer the oath of office to the Lt Governor, which could be Malik himself. Sources said Malik is the frontrunner for the posts of Lt Governor for both J&K and Ladakh. The Prime Minister’s Office is expected to issue a notification in this regard within the next few days. On August 5, the Centre ended the state’s special status and bifurcated it into two UTs – J&K (with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature). The new arrangement will come into effect from October 31 midnight. Internet and prepaid mobile services are yet to be restored in P11 the Kashmir Valley . PWD razes trees nurtured by citizens @ Chennai WEEKS after environmentalists lost the battle to save the Aarey forest in Mumbai, activists in Chennai, who had planted and nurtured trees and shrubs at the Kotturpuram tree park, were heartbroken to find on Wednesday around 100 of them razed to the ground by Public Works Department (PWD) staff. The trees, including those belonging to rare species, were allegedly razed to pave the way for excavators to form the bund on the banks of the Adyar, adjoining the park. When Express visited the spot on Wednesday morning, the trees MARTIN LOUIS and shrubs on a patch of land between the park and river bank, were found bulldozed and a part of the land was levelled. Caretakers said the trees were run over on Tuesday evening but the machines retreated following opposition from workers at the park. However, by then, many trees and shrubs had been destroyed. According to Shobha Menon, ‘Cadres told not to put up banners’ The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday submitted a sworn affidavit to the Madras High Court stating that the party had advised cadres not to put up banners illegally| P4 Shivakumar granted bail New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar on furnishing a bond of `25 lakh and two sureties of like amount | P8, 11 F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar ‘HEARTBREAK’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS READ founder of Nizhal, an NGO that planted several of the trees and maintains them, many of the trees razed include rare species. Some of them were Kokottai (Garcinia spicata), Kumizh (Gmelina arborea), Azhinjil (Alangium salvifolium), Asoka (Saraca asoca) and Vennangu (Pterosper mum canescens). Many were as old as the park itself, planted 13 years ago. Work for creating bunds and construction of a see-through fence had been taken up on the banks of Adyar here. PWD officials said they had not touched the land within the park and this part of land, adjoining the park, belonged to the department. P4 BCCI: GANGULY TAKES CHARGE Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and four others formally took charge of the board from CoA on Wednesday. P16 BSNL & MTNL get a lifeline with merger Cabinet OKs revival package for the two loss-making public sector telecom firms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi T H E U n i o n C ab i n e t o n Wednesday approved a proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL as well as a revival package to restructure debt by raising `15,000 crore through bonds backed by sovereign guarantee, halving the number of employees through a generous VRS scheme, and raising another `38,000 crore by monetising assets over the next four years. “The Cabinet has given inprinciple nod to the merger of BSNL and MTNL and till modalities are in place, MTNL will be a subsidiary of BSNL,” Te l e c o m M i n i s t e r R av i Shankar Prasad said after the Cabinet meeting. Dismissing rumours that the two firms might be shut down, the minister said, “Neither BSNL nor MTNL will be closed, disinvested or sold off. Government wants to make them professional.” The two firms will be allotted additional 4G spectrum to enable them to offer broadband and data services. The government will bear the spectrum cost of `20,140 crore as well as GST of `3,674 crore. “The spectrum allocation to BSNL worth `14,115 crore will be in lieu of (fresh) equity shares and `6,295 crore for MTNL in lieu of preferential shares,” Telecom Secretary Govt eases norms for petrol pumps In the biggest reform in fuel retailing sector in two decades, the government on Wednesday relaxed norms for setting up petrol pumps, allowing non-oil companies to venture into the business | P15 Anshu Prakash said. The VRS scheme, by which the government wants to trim employee size as well as costs, is estimated at `29,937 crore. The ex-gratia component will cost another `17,169 crore. Both will be funded by the government. “Employees above 53.5 years will get 125% of their salary which they would have earned if they worked till 60,” Prakash said. BSNL has 1.68 lakh employees currently while MTNL’s headcount stands at 22,000. The distressed telcos’ troubles worsened after the entry of Reliance Jio, which saw telecom rates coming down in an aggressive price war.
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