KOCHI l MONDAY l DECEMBER 09, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA-BORN LAWMAKER TABLES KASHMIR BILL IN U.S. CONGRESS Pramila Jayapal’s resolution urges India to lift restrictions on cellphone/internet usage in Kashmir and end mass detention STRONGLY OPPOSED BY INDIAN-AMERICANS WHAT’S BEHIND JAYAPAL’S BILL The Chennai-born Jayapal received thousands of emails from IndianAmericans urging her not to table the resolution. But, Jayapal claimed she decided to act after some of her Kashmiri constituents complained they were unable to get in touch with their relatives in J&K. Indian Embassy later found out that the complainants were from Pakistan—not Kashmir ■ ■ ■ Some analysts say Jayapal is trying to prove her credentials to the rising progressive wing of the Democratic party The resolution requests India to swiftly release all “arbitrarily” detained people and allow foreign observers to visit Kashmir The bill has just one co-sponsor — Republican Steve Watkins 54-yr-old JAYAPAL IS FIRST INDIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ELECTED TO THE U.S. HOUSE 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 43 KILLED IN WORST DELHI FIRE IN DECADES, 16 HOSPITALISED Owner of the residential building that housed illegal manufacturing units held M U D I TA G I R O T R A @ New Delhi POWERPLAY West Indies opener Lendl Simmons during his match-winning knock of 67(n.o) against India in the second T20I at Karyavattom Sports Hub in T’Puram on Sunday. Windies won by eight wickets to level the three-match series 1-1 | B P DEEPU EXPRESS READ 4 fishermen from Kollam go missing Man shot accidentally by friend on way to hunting at Vilangad Kollam: Four fishermen who ventured into the sea from Kollam on Saturday evening have gone missing after their boat developed a glitch. Though a search operation was launched jointly by local fishermen and security agencies, they were yet to receive any information about the missing fishers. P5 Kozhikode: A 33-year-old man was shot accidentally by his friend while on their way to the forest for hunting at Vilangad in Kozhikode district on Saturday night. The deceased is Rasheed of Mandeppuram house at Indira Nagar in Vilangad near Nadapuram. The police have arrested his friend Libin Mathew in connection with the incident. P5 THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) A massive fire that began in the wee hours of Sunday at a five-storey building housing illegal manufacturing units in north Delhi, killed 43 labourers and left 16 hospitalised. It was Delhi’s worst fire accident in over two decades. While some of the victims were charred to death, many died due to asphyxiation. Locals said the labourers worked in the ill-fated units and most of them were migrants. Mohammad Rehan, the owner of the building at Azad Mandi in the Filmistan area, and his manager Fukran have been arrested. An FIR under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against them and the case handed over to the Delhi Crime Branch. The incident came a day after a minor blaze was reported in the same area at a factory Fire and rescue services . officials said the blaze started on the second floor and spread to the upper floors. Those on the ground and first floors managed to escape. Combustible materials like fabric, plastics and cardboard were stored inside and one of the two staircases was jammed with it, said officials. Locals claimed the fire started around 3.30 a.m. “After 4 am, we heard screams and cries seeking help and the fire brigade was called,” one of them said. Delhi Fire and Rescue Services chief Atul Garg said, “the residential building was being illegally used for commercial purposes. Also, no safety measures like providing adequate facilities for escape in the event of an accident or smoke detection and suppression systems were installed.” For the fire services, accessing the building was difficult as it was in a congested lane. They had to cut a window grill to reach P9 the victims. Executions ahead? Bihar jail told to make ropes RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ Patna Overhead wires were dangling in the area and were not removed by govt agencies despite repeated complaints Fire and Rescue Services personnel at work near a building that caught fire in Delhi on Sunday | PARVEEN NEGI It was disaster waiting to happen Residential building had been ILLEGALLY turned commercial, rented out for running multiple manufacturing units 5.22 am: Fire services begin ops 10.05 am: Operations wound up 30+ fire tenders join ops ONE OF THE TWO ENTRY/ EXIT GATES WAS CLOSED Building did not have fire safety clearance; no fire safety equipment was found on the premises The units were packed with combustible material like cardboards, plastic wrappings, garments, rexine, plastic toys, packaging materials etc. Lanes approaching the building very narrow and congested, making rescue operations difficult FOR the first time since 2013, Buxar Central Prison near the Uttar Pradesh border in Bihar, has been asked to produce 10 specialised Manila ropes for the country’s hangmen. Prison Department sources said in Patna that “such ropes for the hangmen are not prepared normally unless there is concrete demand.” The last ‘order’ for a rope the Buxar jail received was from Maharashtra to execute Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistan terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack. Superintendent of Buxar Central prison Vijay Kumar Arora said, “We are anticipating demand for hanging ropes in the near future. The ropes are being prepared on the directives of senior prison department officials.” However, it is not immediately clear who are in the line to be hanged. Vinay Sharma, one of four sentenced to death in the 2012 Nirbaya gang-rape case withdrew his mercy petition ● More on P9 on Saturday .
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