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 | P12 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l FRIDAY l SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY 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 Kottayam boy tops engg entrance exam T’Puram: Varun K S, a native of Kottayam, has won the top rank in the engineering stream of the Kerala Engineering Architecture and Medical entrance exam. The results were published on Thursday.P5 Controlling NCDs: Kerala bags UN award T’Puram: Kerala has bagged the United Nations award for its multi-sectoral approach in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases(NCDs). The award was announced by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus via UN channel, said a release. Chennai tied Test hero Dean Jones dies Chennai: Dean Jones, who fought dehydration to score 210 in the Tied Test in Chennai, 1986 died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel on Thursday. The 59-year-old Australian, who revolutionised ODI batting in the late 80s, was in India as a commentator for IPL. P11 IPL DELHI TODAY CHENNAI LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF THIRUVANANTHAPURAM EXPRESS 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 Chinese priorities, 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 Oppn parties back farmers’ bandh call E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 14 train pairs suspended TAKING their fight to the streets after the showdown in Parliament, Opposition parties will on Friday support a call for Bharat Bandh given by over two-dozen affiliated farmer organisations over the recent passage of three farm sector reforms bills by voice vote. While Punjab has already seen disruptions in train services due to protests, a clutch of organisations like the All India Far mers Union, Bharatiya Kisan Union, All India Kisan Mahasangh, and All India With the three-day Rail Roko protest in Punjab by farmer outfits starting on Thursday, 14 pairs of trains have been suspended. A state bandh call for Friday has already been made Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee have announced a nationwide bandh on Friday . Farmers’ outfits in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, too, are on the same page. Also, 10 Central trade unions will support Bharat Bandh. The Congress on Thursday launched a nearly two-monthlong mass movement against the government for passing the farm bills. It intends to collect two crore signatures from farmers against the proposed laws that are awaiting Presidential assent. “The nationwide agitation will continue till the gover nment repeals the black laws,” A K Antony had said after a meeting of the party general secretaries on Monday. Apart from joining the Bharat Bandh, the Congress has lined up a series of pro-farmer programmes, said K C Venugopal, party general secretary . 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. KERALA CASE DIARY DAILY COVID CASES CROSS 6K MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME 45,919 under treatment 6,324 fresh cases reported on Thursday 1,07,850 recoveries so far NIA questions Sivasankar, Swapna together for 4 hrs E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi AFTER grilling M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to the chief minister, for nearly 25 hours on two earlier occasions, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday quizzed him again for nine more hours — four hours in the presence Swapna Suresh — as part of its probe into the case related to the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channel. Though the suspended IAS officer has been questioned seven times by three central agencies — the Customs, NIA, and Enforcement Directorate (ED) — over the past two months, sources said he may be summoned again. While Sivasankar reached the NIA office in Kochi at 10.45am, Swapna, who was already in the agency’s custody , was brought there around 11.15am. By the time she arrived, the former bureaucrat’s i n t e r ro g at i o n h a d c o m - confirmed cases menced. “They were questioned together for nearly four h o u r s, ” s a i d a s o u r c e. “Sivasankar was summoned for interrogation based on the data retrieved from the mobile phones and laptops used by Swapna,” the source said. With Swapna’s four-day custody period ending on Friday , the NIA has to present her before court at 11am. “So it was one of the last opportunities for the NIA to verify facts from Sivasankar about his association with Swapna,” the ● More on P4 source said. INTERVIEW ‘League will have total control of UDF if it comes back to power’ 613 deaths 1,54,456 M Sivasankar comes out of the NIA office in Kochi after interrogation on Thursday | A SANESH Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPM state secy CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said if UDF gets another tenure, the front would be under Muslim League’s control. In an interview to TNIE Chief of Bureau Anil S, he said the Left has minister K T Jaleel’s back. “How can action be taken against Jaleel, when he hasn’t done anything wrong,” asked Kodiyeri. He made it clear that the party won’t shield any wrongdoer, even if it’s his son. He also refuted charges of the Left indulging in appeasement politics. FULL INTERVIEW: P4
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