KOCHI l SUNDAY l AUGUST 23, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY 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 BLACKLISTING 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 blacklisted ■ ■ 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 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 Centre asks states to lift cross-border restrictions IPL teams locked in hotel rooms in UAE for six days EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai 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 cannot 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. KERALA CASE DIARY Low-risk contacts needn’t go into 14-day quarantine T’Puram: From now, only high-risk contacts of Covid patients must remain in 14-day quarantine. As per a revised advisory issued by the Health Department, low-risk primary contacts need not remain in quarantine, but are asked to avoid all non-essential travel. 2,172 1,964 Covid-19 cases reported on Saturday contract the virus through local transmission Miscreants attack house of infected family Alappuzha: The house of a family infected with Covid-19 was attacked by miscreants in Vayalar near Cherthala on Friday. P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE FUTURE IS HERE PLUS 12 PAGES 6 J&K parties vow to fight Centre’s action against Art 370 FAYAZ WANI @ Srinagar THE six biggest political parties in Jammu and Kashmir — the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party, 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,” the statement said. Home ministry tells states and UTs local-level curbs on movement of goods are affecting economic activities and employment EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ALL SMILES AS ONAM BEGINS Children pluck flowers to make floral carpet in Kozhikode on Saturday, the first day of Onam celebrations | MANU R MAVELIL Bombay HC quashes FIRs against Jamaatis, says they were targeted Suspected IS terrorist held with 15kg of explosives to various countries inlcuding the Ivory Coast, Ghana, TanSTATING that followers of the zania, Djibouti, Benin and Tablighi Jamaat were made Indonesia. “scapegoats”, the Bombay A division bench of Justice High Court’s Aurangabad T V Nalawade and Justice M G bench on Friday quashed the Sewlikar of the Aurangabad first infor mation reports bench heard three separate against 29 foreign napetitions. “A political tional belonging to government tries to the Jamaat. find the scapegoat The court observed when there is pandemic or calamity that the foreigners A political had no option but to government tries and the circumstancto find the es show that there is stay in masjids as no hotels were available scapegoat when probability that these for stay due to the there is pandemic foreigners were choor calamity and sen to make them a lockdown. the circumstances The foreign nation- show that there is scapegoat,” the bench als were booked unsaid. probability that der various provi- these foreigners In a 58-page strongwere chosen to sions of Indian Penal ly worded judgement, make them a Code, Epidemic Disthe bench said “in big scapegoat eases Act, Maharashreligious places, intra Police Act, Disas- Bombay High Court c l u d i n g m a s j i d s, ter Management Act there are arrangeand the Foreigner’s Act for al- ments of stay made for relilegedly violating their tourist gious persons or the persons visa conditions by attending who are involved for mainthe Tablighi Jamaat congrega- taining of the masjids.” tion at Nizamuddin in Delhi. If pilgrims or followers are Police also booked six Indi- made to stay in an emergency an nationals and trustees of situation, it cannot be seen as the masjids for giving shelter a breach of rules and the law, to the petitioners, who belong the court said. P7 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai UAE aid to Jaleel on FinMin probe radar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram IN WHAT may spell more trouble for Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel, the Centre has reportedly decided to probe whether the minister violated Life Mission: the foreign exchange rules ED notice to while receiving the assistance chief secretary T’Puram: The from the UAE Consulate. In a Facebook post, Jaleel Enforcement had admitted to receiving aid Directorate has sent from the UAE Consulate in the a notice to Chief form of Ramadan kit worth `5 Secretary Vishwas lakh. The minister had direct- Mehta seeking ly dealt with the consulate to clarification on avail of the aid. In the wake of whether Centre’s the revelation, the Centre was permission was flooded with numerous com- obtained before entering into an plaints against him. Jaleel’s decision to distrib- agreement with a ute copies of Holy Quran given foreign institution by the UAE Consulate is also for the project. P4 under a cloud. Sources said the possibility of Central agencies joining the Union finance ministry’s probe cannot be ruled out. Jaleel said he was ready to face any kind of probe. “I’ve nothing to fear. I’ve already clarified that I’m ready to face any kind of investigation by any agency he said. ,” The minister, who is in quarantine, has been directed to extend the self-isolation period after his gunman tested positive for Covid-19. Jaleel said he was available on phone for any queries. 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 15kg, 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. The Delhi Police informed the National Security Guard 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. 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 affecting economic activities and employment. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla shot off a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories, expressing concerns 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 wait at Sri City on AndhraTamil Nadu border| SHIBA PRASAD SAHU tries,” an MHA official said. In his letter, Bhalla noted local-level restrictions run afoul of the guidelines issued by the MHA 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 of industrial activities and offices across the country . Currently, India is in the third phase of unlock. Sandalwood smugglers suspect tribal woman to be informer, shoot her dead E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi A 34-year-old tribal woman was shot dead by members of a sandalwood smuggling gang in Idukki on Friday suspecting her to be an informer. The police said the deceased is K Chandrika, a resident of a Panapatti tribal sett l e m e n t i n M a r a y u r. Kaliyappan, a relative of the victim, has been arrested while two other accused --both minors --- have been taken into custody . A sandalwood smuggling case is pending against Kaliyappan. “Two of the accused are minors. They used a country- made gun to shoot the woman wood smugglers after a sandown. We’ve recovered the dalwood tree was reportedly weapon and it will be sent for smuggled out from the area detailed forensic examina- by a gang. Based on certain tion,” said Marayur Inspecspecific information, the detor of Police Sunil S. partment had also raided the area and arrestAs per a preliminary probe, the aced some members of cused had a fight the smuggling with the victim susracket. pecting that she had Following this, the passed on informaracket suspected that tion about the sanit was Chandrika K Chandrika dalwood smuggling who had passed on racket to forest officers. The the details to the forest accused were nabbed by the officials. local people and handed over Marayur forest division is to the police. world famous for its sandalThe police said the Forest wood trees which have a speDepartment was actively pur- cial aroma and rich oil suing the activities of sandal- content.
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