KOCHI l MONDAY l FEBRUARY 17, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l LATE CITY EDITION TEAM INDIA READY TO PLAY D-N TEST DOWN UNDER BCCI accepts Cricket Australia’s proposal at Sunday’s apex council meeting, formal announcement in due course MORE GAMES UNDER LIGHTS ON THE CARDS APEX COUNCIL DOUSES CONFLICT FLAME Not just in Australia towards the end of this year, India willl be playing day-night Tests in other series as well. When England tour India for five Tests next year, one of them will be played under lights. Whether the team will play at least one day-night Test in every series will be decided later. Reluctant initially, the board has warmed up to the idea nonetheless. ■ ■ ■ Apex council concludes there is no substance in conflict of interest charges against key figures, including Sourav Ganguly Having prepared a budget of `12 crore, Indian Cricketers’ Association sanctioned just `2 crore as initial amount Retd Justice DK Jain to continue as ombudsman if he agrees 9 FIRST APEX COUNCIL MEETING ATTENDED BY ALL 9 MEMBERS 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 Modi rules out relook at CAA, Art 370 & 35A Says decisions taken in national interest; won’t bend despite pressure from all sides All difficult decisions that had been left pending are being taken with conviction by our government with the blessing of Lord Shiva CPM to expose radical Islamists for keeping RSS at bay CPM EXPELS ‘MAOISTS’ ALAN, THWAHA E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram CPM will expose the designs of Islamic fundamentalists who try to whip up communal sentiments in the state, adding fuel to the religious polarisation being carried out by the RSS, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said. “There is no major difference between Jamaat-e-Islami, SDPI and RSS in Kerala. On the one side, the SDPI is exhorting to chant ‘Bolo Takbir’, while on Kodiyeri Balakrishnan the other, RSS is promoting Jai Sri Ram slogans. The intention of all these organisations is religious polarisation,” Kodiyeri said. RSS is also trying to cash BULLETS MISSING NOT A NEW THING: KODIYERI The CPM on Sunday expelled Alan Shuhaib and Thwaha Fasal, who were arrested under the UAPA for alleged Maoists links. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told mediapersons said. The case of bullets having gone missing from the armoury of Kerala Police, which was highlighted in the accountant general’s report, is hardly anything new, said Kodiyeri. in on by strongly promoting anti-Islam campaigns. Congress, on its part, is taking antiCommunist stance. So the CPM has decided to hold pro- grammes to expose the designs of RSS and Islamic fundamentalists, he said. The Left is also looking for a broader stance against the NC: Remove all roadblocks, then we’ll take part in polls Narendra Modi, Prime Minister L25K-CR DEVPT IN KASHI, SAYS PM Development projects worth D25,000 crore were under way in Kashi, he said, adding they would be pivotal for progress of the entire Purvanchal region. N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday ruled out any rethink on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), hollowing of Articles 370 and 35 A in J&K and bar on triple talaq despite pressure from all sides. “Duniya bhar ke saarey dabao ke bawjood, inn faislon par hum qayam hain aur qayam rahengey (Despite pressure from all sides, we remain firm on these decisions and will continue to be so),” he said, adding they had to be taken in the interest of the nation. Addressing a public gathering after unveiling a 63-ft statue of party ideologue Deen Dayal Uapdhyaya in Chandauli during a day-long visit to Varanasi, his parliamentar y c o n s t i t u e n c y, M o d i launched a veiled attack on the previous governments for their ‘inaction’ due to which sensitive decisions had been hanging fire since Independence. “All difficult decisions that had been left pending are be- ing taken with conviction by our gover nment with the blessing of Lord Shiva,” the prime minister said. The Ram temple in Ayodhya also figured prominently in his addressses during the day, including a gathering of Lingayats. “We are entering an outstanding decade in the history of India. A grand Ram temple that will fulfil people’s aspirations in Ayodhya and the upcoming Kashi Vishwanath Corridor will together define this decade,” he said. At another event, while addressing over 10,000 artisans engaged in the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme of the state gover nment, Modi noted its ability to contribute to the goal of making India a $5 trillion economy . D eve l o p m e n t p r o j e c t s worth `25,000 crore were underway in Kashi, he said, adding they would be pivotal for progress of the entire Purvanchal region. The PM began the day by participating in the centenary celebrations of Jangambari Mutt belonging to the Lingayat community in Karnataka. F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar JUMBO BATH The festival season has peaked and captive elephants are made to brave hot weather and travel from one temple to another in lorries. Some mahouts, however, squeeze in time to take them to nearby water bodies and give them a cool break. A scene from the Bharathapuzha in Shoranur | PRAVEESH SHORANUR HEN LAYS EGGS VIA C-SECTION A visit to the veterinary hospital turned out to be ‘egg’citing for a Perinad native, after the doctors suggested a ‘caesarean’ as solution to his hen’s egg-laying problem | P5 Kejriwal hints at going national with his ‘new-brand’ development model S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday underscored his politics of development after taking the oath of office and secrecy, at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan. “Ours is the politics of better schools, hospitals, cheap power supply 24x7, water, roads, women’s security and making the administration corruption-free. This new brand of politics is already being talked about all over the country It will help create the . India of the 21st century,” Kejriwal said, hinting at plans to go national with his development model. Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already announced its intention to fight every local body poll across the nation. It also hopes to wrest control of the Municipal Corporation in Delhi from the BJP . Party leaders from across the country gathered at CM’s residence in the evening to deliberate upon expanding the AAP’s national footprint. Waving the Tricolour and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing the gathering at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday, after taking the oath of office and secrecy | PARVEEN NEGI carrying placards, thousands gathered at the iconic ground to catch a glimpse of Kejriwal, who overcame incumbency and scored a landslide in the Assembly polls last week, picking up 62 seats in the 70-member House. In a contrast to the swearing-in ceremony in 2015, Kejriwal this time spoke about taking everyone along for the development of Delhi and forgiving the Opposition for its sharp language in the run up ALL 6 MINISTERS MAY RETAIN PORTFOLIOS Along with Kejriwal, all six ministers in the outgoing government took their oaths of office and secrecy. While the portfolios are yet to be officially announced, sources said they are likely to retain their respective positions. The AAP invited around 50 commoners and treated them as guests of honour, with seats on the dais right wing’s Hindutva agenda and Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Unfortunately, the Congress is looking the other way , he said. The Left parties will hold national-level protests on the Martyrs’ Day on March 23, raising the slogan ‘India belongs to everyone’. Further, the Left parties will also hold protest programmes on Tuesday against the Centre’s “anti-people stance in the Union Budget and its procorporate policies, “he said. to the elections. “I forgive all my opponents for their remarks against me. I want to take everyone along. I will not work alone but with all of you,” said Kejriwal. It was an AAP-only show as no Opposition biggies were invited. However, BJP MLA from Rohini and former Leader of Opposition Vijendra Gupta was present. According to party sources, the AAP did not want to turn it into an event showcasing Opposition unity, since it would have otherwise altered the focus of the message the new gover nment wants to send. “Your son has taken the oath of office for the third time. This is the victory of each and every Delhiite,” he said. 2 more Indians on ship catch coronavirus In a first, state to link Aadhaar & thandaper EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TWO more Indians on board cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off Japanese port city of Yokohama, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Indian embassy in Japan said on Sunday With this, . five Indians on the ship have caught the Wuhan virus, bringing the total number of cases on the ship to 355. Meanwhile, all 406 people housed at an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) quarantine facility in Delhi after being evacuated from Wuhan have tested negative for Covid-19, officials said on Sunday. They will be discharged in a phased manner starting Monday. The g roup includes seven Maldivians. A Covid-19 patient in Kerala was discharged on Sunday after the final tests returned negative. Earlier, another patient in Kerala was discharged. Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said India would soon send a consignment. @T’Puram THE revenue department would soon demand Aadhaar details while paying land tax as it is set to roll out Unique Thandaper Number (UTN) to streamline land documents. The process considered a first in the country would help authorities identify the total land in possession of a person. Thandaper is the revenue record of a property . The decision was taken when the state celebrated the golden jubilee of the Kerala Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1969. At present, a person can register properties in the respective village offices after presenting different identification documents which may have different addresses. It creates difficulty for authorities to find the total land in possession of a person. “There are several instances where we need to find the land details. By creating UTN, the whole process becomes easier,” said an officer. According to him, the UTN would help in revenue recovery, settling proper ty disputes and investigations. The gover nment made the decision on UTN at the end of last year. But the department is yet to start the modalities. “We need to make a few changes to the software to enter the Aadhaar details.” said the officer. The department uses ReLIS (Revenue Land Information System), a web-based application, for online mutation and management of land records. There are several instances where we need to find the land details. By creating UTN, the whole process becomes easier — An officer IN a dramatic U-turn, the National Conference (NC) said on Sunday that it will take part in the panchayat elections next month if cert a i n “ ro a d bl o ck s ” a re removed. This is in sharp contrast to the 2018 panchayat polls when the NC, along with the PDP, boycotted the democratic process in protest against the reading down of Articles 370 and 35A. In a letter addressed to Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar, NC central secretary Rattan Lal Gupta stated the party respects the democratic right of people to elect representatives at different levels of P9 polity . EXPRESS READ 3 forest officials die in wildfire near Thrissur Thrissur: Wild fire took the lives of three forest officers, who went to stop the spread of the forest fire at Desamangalam in the border of Thrissur district. P4 Centre asks states to replicate Kerala model T’Puram: Kerala’s scheme to distribute handloom school uniforms to students in Classes I to VII free of cost has caught the fancy of the Centre, which has written to all states and Union Territories to explore the possibility of implementing the Kerala model. P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) FROM MUNNAR 4-month-old stray set for dream flight to Switzerland A veterinary doctor fixes a microchip behind the neck of Nandi as Johny and Alan among others look on | EXPRESS S I N D U C H O O D A N @ Kollam HE was seen wandering on the streets and near the landfill in Munnar until three days ago, but four-month-old dog Nandi’s life has changed for the better in quick time. His cute looks caught the eyes of a Swiss tourists pair, who have decided to take him to their country after completing all formalities. Johny and Alan took the dog along, with the only intention of giving him a bath and feeding him. He became attached to them so closely that they called him Nandi and thought why don’t they take to their home country. They soon started enquiring about the procedure. Johny and Alan took Nandi in company as they left Munnar for Varkala, another tourist spot, and on their way took the dog to the District Veterinary Hospital. “We first implanted a microchip behind his neck for identi- fication. Then we gave him antirabies vaccine and a multicomponent vaccine against nine diseases,” said Dr D Shine Kumar of the district hospital. It is not enough. Nandi needs to ‘pass the blood test’. While the hospital will take 14 days to issue the report that he is immune, Nandi’s blood samples can be collected only after four days to conduct such a mandatory test in Switzerland. Johny and Alan had planned to return home by next week, but the love for Nandi has grown so much so that they have decided to stay back and fly with him.
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