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 ■ ■ BHUBANESWAR l SUNDAY l AUGUST 23, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION FEARING FATF ACTION, PAKISTAN IMPOSES 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 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 ■ FATF PAK GIVES DAWOOD’S KARACHI ADDRESS ■ 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 Pakistan as the order mentions his Karachi address | P7 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 ter ror 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, trying to take advantage of loosened security, he reached the city “but he was caught red OSHB to build 20K more flats for all income groups Bhubaneswar :Though the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down house building activities in the State, the OSHB on Saturday announced that construction of around 20,000 houses will be started in the coming days and provided to people of all income groups at affordable prices | P3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi PUJA IN COVID TIMES Ganesh puja rituals being performed with strict adherence to Covid guidelines at Market Building in Bhubaneswar | EXPRESS Lokayukta irked over Govt officials not heeding notices EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar Experience so far shows that sometimes, the Government officials do not respond to the notices issued from the Lokayukta, even though the proceedings before the Lokayukta are deemed to be judicial within the meaning of Section 193 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 Justice Ajit Singh, Lokayukta Chairperson first annual report of the panel. Stating that Section 22 of the Odisha Lokayukta Act provides that it may require any public servant to furnish information or produce documents relevant to preliminary inquiry or investigation, the annual report said this casts a duty on the Government officials to abide by it. Similarly as per Section 28 , of the Act, the Lokayukta can utilise the services of any officer or organization or investigating agency of the Government. “The State Gover nment should endeavour to bring Directorate of Vigilance under Lokayukta as it will not only enhance the trust and credibility of Lokayukta but also of the Vigilance amongst the people of Odisha. It will also substantially improve the functioning of both the Lokayukta and Vigilance,” the report emphasised. The ombudsman has called upon the Gover nment to immediately notify the rules and regulations for the Odisha Lokayukta (Procedure of filing Complaint) Rules, 2019, the Odisha Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2019 and the Odisha Lokayukta (Appointment and conditions of service of Secretary, Officers and staff ) Regulations-2019 which are are pending with the State Government since long. The Lokayukta said two legal experts should also be appointed to improve its functioning. “During the course of hearing, assistance of legal experts is being regularly felt for explaining various welfare schemes of the State G ove r n m e n t a s we l l a s instructions and guidelines pertaining to implementation of schemes plus other related legal issues,” the report added. It also proposed that two acres land with a building of 15,000 sq ft be provided for proper functioning of Lokayukta. The Lokayukta now functions from Toshali Bhawan, Bhubaneswar in which it has been provided three floors. Six J&K parties vow to fight Centre’s action against Art 370 FAYA Z WA N I @ Srinagar THE six biggest political parties in Jammu and Kashmir—the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party, Congress, Peoples Conference, CPI (M) and t h e Aw a m i N a t i o n a l 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 d iv i s i o n o f t h e S t at e i s u n a c c e p t a b l e t o u s . We unanimously reiterate that there can be ‘nothing about us without us’,” the statement noted. The joint statement is considered significant as it is the first open defiance to the Centre’s reading down of Article 370. P8 5K active cases in Bhubaneswar by mid-Sep: BMC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar AS Bhubaneswar has cemented its place as the worst-hit city of the State, surpassing Ganjam, 295 fresh Covid-19 cases pushed the tally of the State Capital over 7,000 on Saturday . With the case positivity rate remaining at around 10 per cent, concerns are being raised over the efficacy of tracing, testing and treating by the city administration.The administration is not doing enough to contain the spread of the virus as cases are increasing WITH THIS ISSUE he was in touch with Abu Huzafa Pakistani, another important ISIS commander who wo rke d i n t h e K h o r a s a n 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 HC orders normal functioning of lower courts through VCs THE Lokayukta has expressed s t ro n g d i s p l e a s u re ove r Gover nment of ficials not responding to its notices and asked the State to issue advisory to the department heads and other offices to promptly respond to its instructions and directives. The anti-corruption ombudsman has also demanded that the Vigilance Directorate should be brought under its jurisdiction to enhance its trust and credibility among the people. The move comes in the face of officials of the Industry and Health departments repeatedly ignoring multiple notices from the Lokayukta for hearing on the issue of alleged irregularities in the purchase of m a s k s, P P E s a n d o t h e r materials required for Covid-19 management. “Experience so far shows that sometimes, the Government officials do not respond to the notices issued from the Lokayukta, even though the proceedings before the Lokayukta are deemed to be judicial within the meaning of Section 193 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860,” Chair person Justice Ajit Singh said in the New Delhi: Top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Anees Alias Chota Sultan was killed in an encounter with CRPF in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday. In another incident, BSF shot dead five intruders on India-Pak border in Punjab early in the day | P8 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. The police said after Alindi, Centre asks states to lift cross-border restrictions EXPRESS READ Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has ordered for resumption of functioning of subordinate courts in the State for usual official timings through virtual mode or video conferencing | P3 Top LeT commander killed in encounter across the localities of Capital city The Bhubaneswar Municipal . Corporation (BMC) authorities, however, put up a brave front boasting that the civic body is in a comfortable position to deal with the situation in September and on way to flatten the curve. Municipal Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary proclaimed that the Covid-19 situation has reached its peak in the city “With the new cases, the . Covid tally of the city has increased to 7,015, of which 2,754 are active cases. We have projected the active cases to be 3,429 by August-end and 5,000 by mid-September,” he said. He claimed that testing capacity has been increased to around 3,000 per day. The city also has 4,151 beds at different dedicated Covid facilities of which around 40 per cent are still vacant. With around 80 per cent patients being asymptomatic, the civic body has set a target to keep around 50 per cent infected people in home isolation by August 30. The BMC Commissioner said that the civic body is also planning to increase the number THE FUTURE IS HERE of containment zones in the city to prevent cluster outbreaks and local transmission. On Saturday in a major cluster , outbreak, at least 36 personnel of a police security wing and 28 persons from a biscuit factory in Chandaka area were tested positive. Chaudhary said people in both the clusters were in quarantine after coming in contact with earlier cases. Besides, 142 persons were found infected locally. Contact tracing is continuing in cases where source of infection is still not known, officials said. PLUS 12 PAGES 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 disr upting economic activities and employment. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla shot off a letter to the chief secretaries of all States a n d U n i o n Te r r i t o r i e s , expressing concer ns over re por ts of local-level restrictions on movement of persons and materials imposed by various districts and States. The Chief Secretaries were t o l d n o t t o i m p o s e a ny restrictions on inter-State or intra-State movement, warning 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 Trucks wait at Sri City in Andhra and Tamil Nadu border| SHIBA PRASAD SAHU 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-per mit will be required for such movement of persons and goods for cross land border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries,” 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 a s p a r t o f L o c k d ow n 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. BJP TARGETS GOVT OVER SALE OF DHARMASHALA LAND ONAM SMILES UPPING the ante over sale of Bagala Dharmasala by Puri administration, the BJP on Saturday staged dharna near the site in Puri and demanded the State Government to restore the land for the purpose it was donated by scrapping the sale deeds PAGE 4 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai STATING that followers of the Tablighi Jamaat were made “scape goats”, the B o m b ay H i g h C o u r t ’ s Aurangabad bench on Friday quashed the first information reports against 29 foreign national belonging to the Jamaat. The court observed that the foreigners had no option but to stay in masjids as no hotels were available for stay due to the lockdown. The foreign nationals were b o o ke d u n d e r v a r i o u s provisions of Indian Penal Code, Epidemic Diseases Act, Maharashtra Police Act, Disaster Management Act and the Foreigner’s Act for allegedly violating their tourist visa conditions by A political government tries to find the scapegoat when there is pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them a scapegoat Bombay High Court at t e n d i n g t h e Tabl i g h i Jamaat cong re gation at Nizamuddin in Delhi. Police also booked six Indian nationals and trustees of the masjids for giving shelter to the petitioners, who belong to various countries inlcuding the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Djibouti, Benin and Indonesia. A division bench of Justice T V Nalawade and Justice M G Sewlikar of the Aurangabad bench heard three separate petitions. “A political government tries to find the scapegoat when there is pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them a scapegoat,” the bench said. In a 58-page strongly worded judgement, the bench said “in big religious places, including masjids, there are arrangements of stay made for religious persons or the persons who are involved for maintaining of the masjids.” If pilgrims or followers are made to stay in an emergency situation, it cannot be seen as a breach of rules and the law, the court said. CONTINUED ON: P7
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