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 ■ ■ CHENNAI SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 VELLORE EDITION FEARING FATF ACTION, PAK STEPS UP CURBS ON TERRORISTS The new sanctions target Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and others including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed OCT DEADLINE TO AVOID BLACK-LISTING PAK GIVES DAWOOD’S KARACHI ADDRESS The Financial Action Task Force put Pakistan on its grey list in June 2018, and directed Islamabad to take 27 steps to curb terror financing before June 2019. However, even a year after the deadline, Pakistan was still in non-compliance with the directives. In June, the watchdog retained Pak on its grey list and sought action by October to avoid being black-listed ■ ■ Islamabad issued two orders on August 18, announcing sweeping sanctions on 88 terrorist groups and their leaders Dawood Ibrahim and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar are among those hit. Islamabad finally admitted that Ibrahim lives in Pak as the order mentions his Karachi address | P7 FATF IS AN INTERNATIONAL WATCHDOG SET UP TO COMBAT TERRORIST FINANCING Suspected IS terrorist with 15 kg of explosives, en-route to strike Delhi arrested: Police EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Delhi Police special cell has arrested a suspected Islamic State operative after a brief exchange of fire on the Ridge Road at Dhaula Kuan late on Friday night. The police said the accused, Muhammad Mustakeem Khan alias Abdul Yusuf, 36, was planning terror strikes at various spots with “high footfalls.” The police claimed to have recovered two pressure cooker Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing approximately 15 kgs, a pistol with six cartridges and a motorcycle in which he was travelling. The ownership of the motorcycle was being verified but the police said it was most probably stolen. As per the standard operating procedure, the Delhi Police informed the National Security Guard, whose team defused the IED.Briefing reporters about the operation, DCP special cell Pramod Kushwaha said their teams had working on this for the past one year. “His plan was to enter the city during Independence Day and carry out terror strikes but he could not near the national capital because of heavy security arrangements,” Kushwaha said. After Independence Day try, ing to take advantage of loosened security, he reached the city “but he was caught red 30,05,281 TOTAL COVID-19 CASES DEATHS 6,97,330 55,794 22,22,577 T N B AT T L E EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DEATHS 5,980 80 STATEWIDE TALLY 3,73,410 Chennai’s caseload remains high Fresh cases 1,294 Deaths 11 Toll 2,564 5,603 53,710 Discharged in TN today Active cases in TN DIP IN COVID DEATHS AFTER 3 WEEKS The number of Covid deaths in Tamil Nadu dipped below 100 on Saturday, which comes almost three weeks after the Sate reporting 98 deaths on August 2. Tamil Nadu reported 5,980 fresh cases and 80 deaths on the day, taking the tally to 3,73,410 and toll to 6,420. Though the number of deaths in Chennai city (11) was also much less than what was reported in the past few weeks, the number of cases remained high with 1,294 testing positive. With 5,603 people being discharged on Saturday, the total number of cured patients rose to 3,13,280 and the number of active cases remained at 53,710. SPB STABLE, BUT STILL IN ICU: HOSP Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, is stable, but continues to remain on ventilator and ECMO support in ICU. He is closely monitored by multidisciplinary medical team, a release from MGM Healthcare said. ALL SMILES AS ONAM BEGINS Joyous children pluck flowers to make floral carpet in Kozhikode on Saturday, the 1st day of Onam celebrations | MANU R MAVELIL Bombay HC quashes FIRs against Jamaatis, says they were targeted Six J&K parties vow to fight Centre’s action against Art 370 to various countries inlcuding the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Djibouti, Benin and STATING that followers of Indonesia. the Tablighi Jamaat were A division bench of Justice made “scapegoats”, the Bom- T V Nalawade and Justice M bay High Court’s Aurangabad G Sewlikar of the Aurangbench on Friday quashed the abad bench heard three sepafirst infor mation reports rate petitions. “A political govagainst 29 foreign naernment tries to find tional belonging to the scapegoat when the Jamaat. there is pandemic or The court observed calamity and the cirA political that the foreigners cumstances show had no option but to government tries that there is probato find the stay in masjids as no scapegoat when bility that these forhotels were available there is pandemic eigners were chosen for stay due to the t o m a ke t h e m a or calamity and lockdown. the circumstances s c a p e g o a t , ” t h e The foreign nation- show that there is bench said. probability that als were booked unIn a 58-page strongder various provi- these foreigners ly worded judg ewere chosen to sions of Indian Penal ment, the bench said make them a Code, Epidemic Dis“in big religious placscapegoat eases Act, Maharashes, including mastra Police Act, Disas- Bombay High Court jids, there are arter Management Act rangements of stay and the Foreigner’s Act for made for religious persons or allegedly violating their tour- the persons who are involved ist visa conditions by attend- for maintaining of the ing the Tablighi Jamaat con- masjids.” gregation at Nizamuddin in If pilgrims or followers are Delhi. made to stay in an emergency Police also booked six Indi- situation, it cannot be seen as an nationals and trustees of a breach of rules and the law, the masjids for giving shelter the court said. CONTINUED ON: P7 to the petitioners, who belong FAYA Z WA N I @ Srinagar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai THE six biggest political parties in Jammu and Kashmir— the National Conference, Peop l e ’s D e m o c r a t i c P a r t y, Congress, Peoples Conference, CPI (M) and the Awami National Conference—on Saturday vowed to unitedly fight for the restoration of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution and the statehood for J&K. “We all reiterate that we are bound, wholly, by the contents of the August 4, 2019 ‘Gupkar Declaration’ and will unwaveringly adhere to it,” a joint statement released by the National Conference said. Under the Gupkar Declaration, the parties had vowed to protect and safeguard J&K’s special status. “We are committed to strive for restoration of Articles 370 and 35A, the J&K constitution and restoration of statehood. Any division of the State is unacceptable to us. We unanimously reiterate that there can be ‘nothing about us without us’,” the statement notted. The joint statement is considered significant as it is the first open defiance to the Centre’s reading down of Article 370. P8 TAKING a grim view of the mindless restrictions imposed by many states on inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and services, the Centre on Saturday said such curbs are disrupting economic activities and employment. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla shot off a letter to the chief secretaries of all States and Union territories, expressing concern over reports of local-level restrictions on movement of persons and materials imposed by various districts and States. The Chief Secretaries were told not to impose any restrictions on inter-State or intraState movement, war ning them such restrictions would amount to violation of the Unlock-3 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The letter explained that unnecessary hindrance to free movement of vehicles imposed by states is impacting supply chains. The Centre urged states and UTs to lift restrictions, reminding them that no separate permit is needed for movement of persons and goods. “The letter draws attention to para 5 of Unlock-3 guidelines that clearly states that there shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. This para also states that no separate permission/ approval/e-permit will be required for such movement of persons and goods for cross land border trade under treaties with neighbouring coun- Trucks queue up at Sri City Andhra and Tamil Nadu border| SHIBA PRASAD SAHU C S H I VA K U M A R @ Chennai SENTHIL Rajkumar launched his company Super Shaper as he felt there was a huge demand for boilers in the market. The company, which in its heyday had over a hundred employees, is now struggling to stay afloat. The bank that funded the venture has issued a notice to Senthil under the Sarfaesi Act as his company had turned into a Non-Performing Asset (NPA). Just like Senthil, hundreds of micro and small enterprises in Tamil Nadu — a State popular for incubating small businesses —are on the verge of shutting down permanently. First, they were hit by a plunge in orders due to the subsequent lockdowns. Now, the moratorium on repayment of bank loans is set to end on August 31, after which many of these firms that cannot repay their debt would get tagged as NPAs. Once the NPA stamp is fixed, the company would become ineligible to get more loans. Ergo, laws made to bring ‘wilful’ defaulters into account are now likely to We will take up the matter with Bankers Committee and the Reserve Bank of India through appropriate channels, and ask them not to issue notices Official sources MILLIONS of of cricket lovers adore Mahendra Singh Dhoni as ‘Captain Cool’. His humbleness, both inside and outside the field, has earned him fans across the globe. But, what impressed Appusamy from Chennimalai more is the bond the cricketer shares with his little daughter. The 41-year-old man’s admiration for ‘Dhoni as a father’ has now taken the shape of a handWITH THIS ISSUE weavers, Appusamy has been passionate about keeping alive the dying art form of handloom. It is his way to express THE FUTURE IS HERE his unconditional love by gifting handloom portraits. Earlier, he has made similar portraits of APJ Abdul Kalam, late chief ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Appusamy had planned to gift the artwork to Dhoni during the Indian Premier League. However, the pandemic had other plans. “I hope my present will reach him once things get back to normal,” he hopes. PLUS 12 PAGES push small businessmen, who are already on the verge of collapse, over the edge. Anticipating such a move, the State government has, time and again, asked bankers not to issue notices to entrepreneurs during these testing times. Many MSME owners are getting notices simply for taking possession of their assets after being declared as NPA. “We will convey this matter to the State-level Bankers Committee and the Reserve Bank of India through appropriate channels, and ask them not to issue notices to stressed units,” say official sources in the P5 State government. IPL teams locked in hotel rooms in UAE for six days A handwoven gift for Thala, all the way from Erode woven portrait. “Every time I see Namma Thala with his daughter Ziva, I am reminded of my daughter’s childhood days. Their bond makes me like the superhuman even more,” says the textile designer. He has made the portrait of the cricketer with his daughter on a 44x47 cm handloom cotton cloth in 20 days. The artwork is made special by using shades of acrylic yarn. Hailing from a family of tries,” an MHA official said. In his letter, Bhalla noted local-level restrictions run afoul of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs under provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005. The communication urged States and UTs to ensure that the Centre’s unlock guidelines are strictly followed. Cross-border movement of people and goods was stopped during the first two months of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Transportation was resumed gradually, first in May as part of Lockdown 5 guidelines, with the Centre allowing movement within and between states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi first announced lockdown with effect from March 25 to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, which was subsequently extended till May 31. Since June 1, the unlock process began with the opening up industrial activities and offices across the country . Currently, India is in the third phase of unlock. ‘Sick’ of downturn, MSMEs want banks to deliver on govt’s promises SHADES OF LOVE C H A N D H I N I R @ Erode The police said after Alindi, he was in touch with Abu Huzafa Pakistani, another important ISIS commander who worked in the Khorasan province of Afghanistan. Huzafa promised the accused to call him to Khorasan for which fake IDs were created and passports for his wife and children were also made, the police said. Home ministry tells states and UTs local-level curbs on movement of goods are disrupting economic activities and employment RECOVERED FRESH CASES New Delhi: A top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander was killed in an encounter with CRPF in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday. In a separate incident, BSF shot dead five intruders on India-Pak border in Punjab early in the day, a senior officer said handed during the operation,” the DCP said. “The accused and his contacts were being monitored through sources. We found out that he was in direct touch with his ISIS handlers for many years. This operation was being handled by Yisf Alindi, who was recently killed in Syria,” Kushwaha said. Centre asks states to lift cross-border restrictions INDIA CROSSES 3MN ACTIVE CASES Top LeT commander killed in encounter E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai FAREWELL TOO SOON With the Madras HC giving permission to individuals to immerse idols, people were seen completing the ritual at Foreshore Estate on Saturday | DEBADATTA MALLICK THE six IPL teams to have reached the UAE for the competition starting on September 19 are confined to thier hotels. Players, coaches and team officials are not allowed out of their rooms for six days, according to Covid-19 rules in the UAE. They can not step out of their rooms under any circumstances. Even food is being served at the doorstep, according to a squad member. Six teams have already reached the UAE. The Delhi and Hyderabad franchises are reaching on Sunday. Net practice starts from August 28.
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