Army Chief General Naravane (2nd R) during his visit to forward areas to review the operational preparedness of troops | PTI KOCHI l TUESDAY l JULY 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION 4TH ROUND OF INDIA-CHINA LT GEN-LEVEL TALKS TODAY Tuesday’s talks are expected to finalise the modalities for the next phase of disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh MEETING AT CHUSHUL IN EASTERN LADAKH The meeting is set to be held in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The talks will focus on Finger Area and the strategic Depsang plains, sources said, adding that India will urge China to exchange maps of the Western Sector border areas after the disengagement is complete for clarity of perception of the LAC ■ 2002 MAPS TO OFFER CLARITY OVER CLAIMS ■ The maps will offer clarity over each other’s claims in the region and make patrolling easier, sources said. So far, only the maps for the central sector (Sikkim) have been exchanged Y-Junction in Depsang Bulge remains a sore point with forces from both sides in the stand-off position | P7 THE LAST TIME INDIA AND CHINA EXCHANGED THEIR RESPECTIVE MAPS 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 Rebellion still on, but Gehlot shows strength Another Congress Legislature Party meeting lined up today to discuss differences threadbare; invite sent to Pilot’s group too The main entrance of the Padmanabhaswamy temple wears a deserted look on Tuesday as devotees are not allowed entry due to the lockdown | VINCENT PULICKAL 1 2 3 4 The Supreme Court said the death of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who had signed the Covenant, would not in any way affect the shebaitship of the temple held by the Travancore royal family The apex court went with the suggestion offered by the royal family on setting up a fivemember administrative panel, ignoring the Kerala govt’s idea to have an eight-member panel with ministerial representation As an interim measure, the Thiruvananthapuram District Judge will head the administrative panel to manage the affairs of the temple till a final committee is constituted by the royal family The top court said the committee can decide on opening Vault B for inspection of its contents. The royal family doesn’t want to open it as they believe doing so will invite disaster to the state of Kerala RAJESH ASNANI & RICHA S H A R M A @ Jaipur/New Delhi AMID revolt by Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday tried to show who is the boss by holding a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting that saw a decent turnout. While party leaders claimed a headcount of 109 lawmakers at the meeting, including allies, observers put it around 102. The Congress has 107 MLAs in the 200-member Assembly and Gehlot needs 101 for simple majority For abun. dant caution, the veteran warhorse shepherded his flock into the Fairmount resort in Jaipur to prevent poaching. Gehlot’s show of strength happened in the presence of senior AICC leaders deputed from New Delhi — Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ajay Maken, K C Venugopal and state incharge Avinash Pandey After . the meeting, minister Pratap Singh Khachariawas said: “There is no threat to the government. We have the support of more than 109 MLAs and despite all attempts by the BJP the Congress government , in Rajasthan would complete its five-year term.” A resolution adopted at the meeting criticised the BJP and warned of strict action ag ainst those who work against the government, but did not name Pilot. However, the party kept the door ajar for the rebels with Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala appealing to them to approach the high command for redressal of grievances. “Pilot’s demands have been negotiated by the Cong ress high command many times in the last 48 to 72 hours,” he claimed, adding it is an internal family dispute DISPUTE SETTLED T’core royal family, not Kerala govt, to manage Padmanabhaswamy temple: SC K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi UPHOLDING the rights of the Travancore royal family in managing the affairs of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the Supreme Court on Monday resolved the decade-old dispute over the administration of one of the richest temples in the world. A two-judge bench headed by Justices U U Lalit and Indu Malhotra overruled a 2011 Kerala High Court order, which had directed the state government to set up a trust to take control of the management and assets of the temple, and held that the family will continue to have shebait rights. The top court ordered that the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram shall head an administrative committee to manage the affairs of the temple till a final committee is constituted by the royal family . “The administrative and advisory committees shall do well to discharge all their functions including performance of the worship of the deity and maintenance of its properties, dili- The government will not file a review petition. Those who interpret the verdict as a setback to the government have the right to do so. The government has made its stand clear Kadakampally Surendran, Devaswom Minister The verdict should not be seen as a victory of the royal family but the blessing of Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy on his devotees. We thank all those who stood with us Pooyam Thirunal Gowri Parvathi Bayi, member, royal family HOW THE ADMINISTRATION PANEL LOOKS LIKE l District Judge, Thiruvananthapuram l One member nominated by the trustee l One member nominated by Kerala govt l One member nominated by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India l Chief Thantri of the temple gently and in the best interest of the temple, and provide adequate and requisite facilities to the worshippers,” the judgment stated. The bench left it to the committee to decide on the question of unlocking Vault B, a large mysterious chamber in the temple which has remained untouched on account of the belief that its opening will spell doom for whoever opens it. “The committees shall consider whether Nilavara B is to be opened for the purpose of inventorying. The interim orders dated 27 November 2014 and 4 July 2017 passed by this court had recorded that Nilavara B was not opened, and it was directed that inventorying with respect to the said vault be undertaken only after obtaining express orders from this court. We deem it appropriate to leave this issue to the best judgement and discretion of the committees.” The judgment noted that the committee shall preserve all treasures and properties endowed and those belonging to the temple. “Protect all tenanted properties and take appropriate measures to ensure reasonable retur ns from such tenanted properties,” the 218-page judgment reads. “Ensure that all rituals and religious practices are performed in accordance with the instructions and guidance of the chief thantri of the temple and according to customs and traditions. In temporal matters, the committees shall be guided by the advice given by the chief thantri. The designation of the chief thantri shall be done in accordance with the customs and traditions,” the order directed. It added that audit for the past 25 years as suggested by the amicus curiae shall be conducted by a firm of reputed chartered accountants. The bench directed the committee to file reports by second week of December 2020 stating all the developments along with the audited accounts and the balance sheets. The judgment came on an appeal filed by Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma, younger brother of the last ruler of Travancore. P5 150kg of gold smuggled in 10 months for terror, UAE emblem forged: NIA CM comfortable, but margin slim 102 MLAs attended CLP meet at Gehlot residence, including Congress (98) and allies (4) NINE Congress MLAs skipped it 30 200 Strength of the Rajasthan Assembly Lawmakers on his side, Sachin Pilot had claimed on Sunday 75 BJP plus allies * Hours before CLP meeting, Income Tax officials search premises in Jaipur said to be linked to local party leaders Rajiv Arora and Dharmendra Rathore Rahul’s mann ki baat from today “Today a large part of the Indian news media has been captured by fascist interests. A hate-filled narrative is being spread by television channels, WhatsApp forwards and false news,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted, adding: “I want to make our current affairs, history and crisis clear and accessible for those interested in the truth. From tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you on video.” that should be resolved internally . In Delhi, party sources said Pilot has spoken to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. He wants equilibrium in power sharing and participation in the government’s decision-making process. “Also on Pilot’s wishlist are better portfolios for loyalists and 50% seats in panchayat polls,” said sources. Given the turnout at the CLP meeting, Pilot’s claim on Sunday of having the support of 30 MLAs appears mislead- ing. Observers said he does not have more than 15-18 MLAs in his camp, including ministers Ramesh Meena and Vishvendra Singh. And Gehlot’s show of strength could hurt Pilot’s ability to strike a good bargain. In a late night development, the Pilot camp put out a video showing about a dozen MLAs on his side. And the Gehlot camp called a second meeting of the CLP on Tuesday All re. bels, including Pilot have been invited to discuss differences in detail, said Surjewala. P7 GOOGLE TO INVEST $10 BN TO BOOST DIGITAL INDIA T O B Y A N T O N Y @ Kochi B I S M A H M A L I K @ Bengaluru IN a major revelation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel has found that the racket had brought in 150kg of gold over the past 10 months. The NIA Court on Monday remanded suspects Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair in the agency’s custody till July 21. It has also come to light that the smuggling was undertaken not primarily for jewellers but for terrorist activities, the agency told the court. The accused also forged the UAE Consulate’s emblem to send the consignments. “The preliminary investigation carried out by multiple agencies showed that the gang had been smuggling gold since September 2019. They had smuggled around 150kg of gold till now. The interrogation of the suspects will shed more light on their modus operandi and the other people involved,” a source said. Moving the custody application, the agency told the court that the Ministry of Home Af- THE pandemic has not stopped big-ticket investments flowing into India. After Amazon and Facebook, tech behemoth Google on M o n d ay a n n o u n c e d a `75,000-crore ($10 billion) fund for India, the world’s second largest inter net market. The money would be invested over the next 5-7 years through the ‘Google for India Digitisation Fund’ to bolster India’s digital economy by supporting start-ups and 97.67% Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (C) with senior Congress leaders during a meeting with party MLAs at his residence in Jaipur on Monday | PTI MODI, PICHAI DISCUSS DATA SECURITY, AI Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday held discussions on a wide range of issues including data security and concerns around privacy, technology to transform the lives of farmers and ways to expand the scope of online education. They also spoke about the new work culture in the times of Covid-19 small businesses, Google’s Indian origin CEO Sundar Pichai said on Monday . Earlier in the day, he held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi through videoconference. Pichai said the $10 billion will be infused through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, and operational, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. “This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy Pichai said. ,” According to the Google CEO, the fund will focus on four areas including enabling accessibility to information for every Indian in their local language, building new products and services relevant to the country’s unique needs, empowerment of small businesses and leveraging technology and artificial intelligence for social good, in areas like health, education, and agriculture. In India, Google has invested in startups like hyper-local delivery platform Dunzo, edtech start-up Cuemath, telemedicine company Practo, among others. Swapna Suresh being brought to the NIA court in Kochi on Monday | EXPRESS fairs had conducted an initial probe and found that the smuggled gold was used for terrorist activities. According to NIA, a detailed probe is required as it involves the India-UAE bilateral relationship. The UAE has also launched a probe into the incident. On Monday morning, the NIA Court decided that the custody application would be heard in the presence of the accused persons, following which SUCCESS FOR TVM REGION IN CBSE XII RESULTS they were brought from the Covid First-Line Centres in Thrissur and Angamaly to the court in the afternoon. Swapna arrived around 3pm and Sandeep Nair around 3.30pm. After some initial hiccups about the counsel to represent the accused, the court heard NIA prosecutor Arjun Ambalapatta. The counsel said that the gold was smuggled through the diplomatic channel by the ac● More on P4 cused. Feat by the region, comprising schools in Kerala & Lakshadweep, is the country’s highest Total cases jump from 7,000+ to 8,000+ in 2 days KERALA CASE DIARY 449 4,028 cases reported on Monday under treatment 8,322 4,257 cases have been confirmed so far 4 MIGRATED recovered 33 DEATHS KERALA DEATH TOLL GOES UP The death toll in Kerala went up to 33 on Monday. The swab samples of Kollam native Thyagarajan, 74, and Kannur native Aisha, 64, who both died on Sunday, tested positive on Monday. BIG SPIKE: The total number of confirmed cases in the state crossed the 8,000-mark on Monday, taking the figure to 8,322. While it took 120 days to reach the first 1,000 cases, the number of patients jumped past 8,000 from 7,438 in just two days. P2 First 1,000 in 120 days 3,000 12 days 4,000 7 days 5,000 7 days 6,000 4 days 7,000 3 days The state’s CFR (number of deaths per 100 cases) is 0.39, whereas the world average is 4.38 and national average 2.67. In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, it is 1.42 and 1.77, respectively 8,000 2 days Pinarayi Vijayan, CM 2,000 touched in 12 days EXPRESS READ Arrest warrant issued against Bishop Franco Kottayam: In a major development in the rape case against Jalandhar Latin Catholic Church diocese head Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the Additional District and Sessions Court I, Kottayam cancelled the bail granted to him for violating the bail conditions. Judge G Gopakumar also issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Franco for repeatedly failing to appear before the court. P5 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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