HARLEY-DAVIDSON TO EXIT INDIA BIZ ■ The iconic American bike maker plans to close its plant in Bawal, Haryana and lay off around 70 employees in India ■ The move is part of the firm’s overhaul strategy called Rewire, which advocates exiting markets where volumes are low and profitability is elusive TIRUPATI l FRIDAY l SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l ANANTAPUR EDITION 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 EXPRESS READ Centre lets AP raise `2.5K cr through OMB Vijayawada: The Union Finance Ministry on Thursday gave permission to the Andhra Pradesh government to raise additional financial resources of `2,525 crore through Open Market Borrowings (OMBs) | P4 UK to conduct human challenge trials New Delhi: The UK has said it will conduct human challenge trials, in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with coronavirus to assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines | P7 Chennai Tied Test hero Jones passes away CHENNAI: Dean Jones, who fought dehydration to score 210 in the Tied Test in Chennai, 1986 died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel Thursday. The 59-year-old Australian, who revolutionised ODI batting in the late 80s, was in India as a commentator for IPL. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs, winning the World Cup in 1987. IPL DELHI TODAY CHENNAI LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm Trust deficit apparent in LAC talks China wants focus on Pangong south bank alone; India for negotiations on entire Ladakh M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi MILITARY-LEVEL talks on resolving the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh will not be guided by the Chinese agenda, as they cannot be fully trusted, a senior officer said on Thursday . While the Chinese side wants to discuss only the situation on the south bank of the Pangong Tso lake for now, India is emphatic that the bilateral talks need to include every stand-off location so as to arrive at a comprehensive solution. “China wants that the talks be only on south bank of the Pangong Tso. We want that the talks should be on the entire eastern Ladakh and begin from Depsang. The south bank ought to be the last point of discus- sion,” the officer said. “The De psang problem, where Chinese have blocked four patrolling points, is much older than the problem they initiated in May last in the Pangong area. Now that we are talking, we need to include every place,” the officer added. The Chinese are harping on on the south bank because the Indian Army has occupied all the important heights there, including Mukhpari, Rezang La and Reqin La, the officer shared and added that the talks need to include de-escalation of air activity too. “However, the situation doesn’t seem to get resolved soon and we cannot trust them. China also has done all the preparations to stay at the LAC through the entire winter sea- Ground communication to be strengthened India and China have decided to strengthen ground communication and stop sending more troops along the LAC to avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, the MEA said son. We cannot trust China blindly the officer said. ,” Referring to the recent joint statement issued by both sides FIR against Muslim youths restored EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday suspended GO No. 776, under which an FIR against some Muslim youth was withdrawn, on the ground that it was against the spirit of the Constitution. A division bench comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice J Uma Devi issued the orders while hearing a petition filed by an advocate, challenging the GO. The Muslim youth were booked for allegedly at- tacking the police at the Old Guntur police station on May 15, 2018. The petitioner sought a CBI probe into the incident. The bench expressed dismay over identifying the youth by their religion in the government order. “We are living in a secular country,” it stressed and questioned how this could be done for political gain. The government advocate submitted that the GO went by the FIR and recalled that a group of youth went to the old police station after a youngster was apprehended on allegations of molesting a minor girl. Interjecting, the petitioner’s lawyer said the mob had not only attacked the police station but also destroyed a police van. “It was the police themselves who filed the complaint (against the youth),” he explained. After hearing arguments of both the sides, the bench issued notices to Prinicipal Secretary (Home), DGP, Guntur SP and Old Guntur PS SHO. It also directed the petitioner to make the CBI and NIA as respondents and deferred hearing to October 1. after the Corps Commanderlevel meeting, he said: “Issuing a joint statement is good. We want solutions but China should manifest whatever it says on the ground. Till the time Chinese troops don’t go back we will not slacken our positions. Our soldiers are alert and fully prepared,” the officer emphasised. Most of the Indian soldiers on the LAC have been armed with the modern Seg Sauer assault rifles. The soldiers used to have INSAS rifles till now. Clarifying why representatives from the foreign office attended the recent Corps Commanders meeting, the officer said it was to send a clear message that there is no difference in India’s stance at the military and diplomatic levels. AP VIRAL WATCH 69,353 active cases 52 new deaths 7,855 new cases 8,807 1,00,718 tests per million 12.17% 0.85% positivity rate mortality rate 88.55% recovery rate new recoveries 76,000 53,78,367 new sample tested total samples tested Major show of strength to mark Bharat Bandh against farm bills today ing Presidential assent. “The nationwide agitation will continue till the government reTAKING their fight to the peals the black laws,” A K Anstreets after the showdown in tony had said after a meeting Parliament, Opposition par- of the party general secretarties will on Friday support a ies on Monday. Apart from call for Bharat Bandh given by joining the Bharat Bandh, the over two-dozen affiliated Congress has lined up a series farmer organisations over the of pro-farmer programmes, recent passage of three farm said K C Venugopal, party gensector reforms bills eral secretary . by voice vote. In poll-bound BiWhile Punjab has har, RJD, Congress already seen disrupand Left parties will tions in train servictogether take to the es due to massive prostreets and stage protests, a clutch of tests. In West Bengal, organisations like Chief Minister and the All India FarmTrinamool Congress ers Union, Bharatiya 14 train pairs head Mamata Banersuspended Kisan Union, All Injee said they will prodia Kisan Mahatest against the farm With the threesangh, and All India bills until they are day Rail Roko Kisan Sangharsh Co- protest in Punjab withdrawn. ordination Commit- by farmer outfits As for Tamil Nadu, tee have announced a the DMK and its alstarting on nationwide bandh on Thursday, 14 pairs lies have announced Friday . protests across the of trains have Farmers’ outfits in been suspended. state from SeptemKar nataka, Tamil ber 28. While Chief A state bandh Nadu and Maharash- call for Friday has Minister and AIADtra, too, are on the MK chief Edappadi already been same page. Also, 10 K Palaniswami is solmade Central trade unions idly backing the new will support Bharat Bandh. farm reform measures, DMK The Congress on Thursday chief M K Stalin claimed the launched a nearly two-month- bills would push poor farmers long mass movement against to penury . the government for passing Apart from Congress, Trithe farm bills. It intends to col- namool, AAP, TRS, BJD and lect two crore signatures from Left parties have demanded protesting farmers against the that the bills be sent to a select proposed laws that are await- committee for vetting. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi
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