MADURAI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA EXTENDS $15 MN TO LANKA TO PROMOTE BUDDHIST TIES It announced during a virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday GRANT TO FACILITATE CULTURAL EXCHANGES The grant will help construct and renovate Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka, facilitate archaeological cooperation and reciprocal exposition of the Buddha’s relics, a government press release said. Besides, it will also help facilitate cultural exchanges and greater engagement between the Buddhist scholars and clergy in the two countries ■ Virtual MODI CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION OF POWERS ■ During the summit, Modi called for the full implementation of a constitutional provision by the new Sri Lankan government to ensure devolution of powers to the minority Tamil community The two leaders also discussed ways to boost maritime security cooperation and strengthen trade and investment ties SUMMIT WAS 1ST MEETING OF THE TWO LEADERS SINCE RAJAPAKSA BECAME PM 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 2 beheaded in revenge attack A 10-yr-old girl hurt in crude bomb attack carried out to avenge series of murders EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirunelveli ELOPEMENT and marriage of two lovers set into motion a bloody tale of revenge, resulting in the beheading of two women on Saturday morning. Police said that the 12 assailants hurled crude bombs at the women’s houses in Marukalkurichi near Nanguneri, injuring a 10-year-old girl, before embarking on a murder spree. The deceased have been identified as Shanmugathai, wife of Arunachalam, and her neighbour and relative, Santhi, wife of Subbaiah. The injured 10-year-old girl is undergoing treatment at Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital. A large posse of police was deployed to a shellshocked Nanguneri and Marukalkurichi to prevent the issue from snowballing. Sources said that beheading of Shanmugathai and Shanti is part of a long chain of retaliatory murders that began after Arunachalam’s son Nambirajan eloped with Vanmathi, daughter of Thangapandi of the same village. “Following the elopement, Vanmathi’s brothers murdered Nambirajan on November 25 last. Later, Nambirajan’s brothers murdered Vanmathi’s relatives - Arumugam (50) and Suresh (25) of Mar ukalkurichi - in March, 2020. The incident happened when the two were inside a hotel in Nanguneri,” they said. In connection with the latest murders, Nanguneri police registered a case. SP Manivannan inspected the spot on Saturday . CBI chargesheets 9 cops in Sathankulam case E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Chennai/Thoothukudi NEARLY three months after launching probe into the custodial deaths of P Jayaraj (59) and his son J Beniks (31) in Sathankulam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against nine police officials. The agency has named former SHO of Sathankulam police station, S Sridhar, sub-inspectors, K Balakrishnan and P Raghuganesh, head constables, S Murugan and A Samadurai, and constables, M Muthuraja, S Chelladurai, X Thomas Francis and Veyil Muthu. They have been charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, destruction of evidence, levelling false charges and wrongful confinement. Another sub-inspector, Pauldurai, who was arrested in July and later succumbed to Covid-19, has not been named as an accused. But, the chargesheet details his involvement in the alleged conspiracy . ‘Father-son duo tortured at station’ Investigation revealed that the father-son duo was arrested on June 19, and tortured at the Sathankulam police station by the accused, CBI spokesperson said. “A CBI team camped at Madurai and worked untiringly through the pandemic. Investigation revealed that the fatherson duo was arrested on June 19, and tortured at the Sathankulam police station by the accused in the evening as well as in the intervening night, consequent to which both of them succumbed to injuries in the intervening night of June 22 and 23,” CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said. CBI took over the custodial deaths case on July 7 after the Centre gave its nod to the agency to probe into the death of Jayaraj and Beniks. They were picked up on June 19 for questioning by the Sathankulam po- lice for allegedly violating lockdown rules. This came after the State passed a government order on June 29, in which it decided to accept the request of Director General of Police to transfer the custodial death cases registered in Kovilpatti East Police Station under Section 176 (1-A) (i) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for investigation by CBI by issuing a notification under section 6 of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, P4 1946. ‘How long will you keep us out’ PUSHKAR BANAKAR @ New Delhi INDIAN DELEGATION STORMS OUT AS PAK PM RAISES KASHMIR Pakistan PM Imran Khan raised the Kahsmir issue in his address to the UN, saying he stands for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. First Secretary in India’s Mission to the United Nations, Mijito Vinito walked out of the hall while Khan’s video message was being played. PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought a greater role for India’s at the UN, asking how long the country of 1.3 billion people will be kept out of the body’s decisionmaking structure. In his virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly, Modi said, “ For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations? “When we were weak, we did not trouble the world. When were strong, we didn’t become a burden on the world. Till when do we have to wait?” the prime minister said in his opening remarks. Seeking an expanded role for India, Modi highlighted that the ideals of UN and India’s main principles are similar. “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam has echoed in the UN halls many a time,” the prime minister said. Modi also made a strong push for UN reforms and the much-delayed expansion of the powerful Security Council. “Today people of India are con, cerned whether this reformprocess will ever reach its logical conclusion,” he said, adding that every Indian today, while seeing the contribution of India in the world organisation, aspires for India’s expanded role in the United Nations. The prime minister lashed out at the world body over its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the last 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its ef fective response?” he asked. Modi highlighted how India has helped other countries combat the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 150 countries received essential medical supplies from Indian pharma companies, Modi said. Mission South imprint in BJP’s new team EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SPB LAID TO REST WITH FULL POLICE HONOURS E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Chennai LEGENDARY playback singer and Padma awardee SP Balasubrahmanyam, known as SPB or Balu sir, was laid to rest with police honours on Saturday morning, amid an outpouring of condolences from fans across the world. The singer’s son, SP Charan, performed the funeral rites amid Vedic chants by priests. The City Armed Reserve Police Personnel, as a mark of honour, then gave a gun salute and 24 personnel fired three rounds in the air before the body was lowered into a pit at his farmhouse at Tamaraipakkam near Red Hills. Flower petals were showered on the body and crystal salt strewn around inside the pit before its closure. Earlier, the body was briefly brought to his residence in Nungambakkam before being taken to the farmhouse. With policemen marching along, the body was brought on a bier to the burial spot from an enclosure earmarked for people to pay homage and perform rituals. Around 500 personnel were deployed to manage the visitors near the farm. Since Saturday morning, Balasubrahmanyam’s friends and fans poured in to pay their last respects. Balasubrahmanyam died of cardio-respiratory arrest at a private hospital in the city on Friday afternoon, where he was admitted on August 5 after testing positive for Covid-19. He tested negative for the virus on September 4. He will live until the world exists, there is no end for him (SPB)... our friend is with us, through music Bharathiraja, director WE LISTEN TO IT. 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Contact us before it’s too late PLUS 12 PAGES He checks out their health, feeds them too FOR the last five months, 32-year-old Saravanan, a fever surveillance worker, has been visiting the house of 75-year-old Jagadambal in Mandaveli every day. The regular visits made Jagadambal clear about what exactly to expect from Saravanan — from his usual ‘ eppdi irukeenga paati’ (how are you) to more serious questions like whether she had cough, cold or breathlessness. Now, Jagadambal does not have a house to call her own. It has been four days since her house at Kuppaimedu HEART PROBLEM.. IPL PUNJAB TODAY RAJASTHAN FORGING FAMILIAL BOND NIRUPAMA VISWANATHAN @ Chennai We don’t just treat the THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday overhauled its national team of office bearers, making radical changes in how southern states are represented by promoting young leaders such as Tejaswi Surya and dropping veterans like Ram Madhav. 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