KANNUR l SUNDAY l SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l 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 MODI CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION OF POWERS 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 ■ ■ 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 Virtual 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 LIFE: CBI tightens screws, Vigilance loses relevance Mission South imprint in BJP’s new central team FILES TO BE RETURNED Vigilance to return files to the LSG Department once preliminary probe is over. P4 Ram Madhav dropped, Tejaswi Surya in, Kerala gets two slots, Tamil Nadu left out respectively . D K Aruna’s (Telangana) as THE Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president is another no(BJP) on Saturday overhauled table appointment from the its national team of office South. Aruna joined BJP bearers, making radical from the Congress before the changes in how southern Assembly elections in 2019. states are represented by proKarnataka-based Ravi’s apmoting young leaders such as pointment is seen as the BJP’s Tejaswi Surya and dropping continued efforts to gain a veterans like Ram strong foothold in Madhav. Vokkaliga-domiWith his new nated Old Mysuru team, BJP chief J region, where the P Nadda has sigCongress and the nalled his party’s JDS have a strong search for new presence. Firstgrowth regions. time MP Surya is National general seen as an outspoAbdullakutty, secretaries, known ken young leader Vadakkan to be the core of who connects with taken aboard the party’s leaderan urban demoT’Puram: A P ship, has seen magraphic. BJP GenAbdullakutty and jor changes with eral Secretary (OrTom Vadakkan are Nadda dropping ganization) B L R a m M a d h a v, the two leaders from Santosh’s imprint Kerala who have Murlidhar Rao and is said to be clear made it to the list of i n b o t h t h e s e Anil Jain. A c c o r d i n g t o the party’s national appointments. office-bearers. par ty sources, Kerala, which Abdullakutty and Madhav may find a did not have any berth in the next Vadakkan have been representation earC ab i n e t e x p a n - named vice-president lier, have got two and spokesperson sion. And, Muslots in the new respectively. ralidhar Rao was team — AP Abduldropped because lakutty as vicehe could not attract the Vela- president and Tom Vadakkan ma community, which sup- national spokersperson. Both ports the ruling TRS in are from the minority comTelangana. munities. Curiously both are , D Purandareshwari, C T recent defectors from the ConRavi and Dilip Saikia are the gress. Sources said the cennew general secretaries, rep- tral leadership has sent out a resenting Andhra Pradesh, clear message to the factionK a r n a t a k a a n d A s s a m , ridden Kerala BJP . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran claims CM Pinarayi Vijayan will end up behind bars if the CBI conducted a meticulous probe. P4 Found itself trapped in the midst of investigations by four Central agencies, the CPM is all set to launch a major political offensive. P4 A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi THE Vigilance probe ordered by the Kerala Government into the LIFE Mission Project at Wadakkanchery in Thrissur has lost its relevance with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launching a probe after registering a case invoking the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). The Central agency took a case on its own on Friday three , days after the Vigilance was asked to probe the bribery al- legations and deals with the UAE-based charity organisation Red Crescent related to the state’s `20-crore housing scheme for the homeless. Legal experts say, in this particular case, a Vigilance inquiry does not fit in because the role of the state government itself is under scanner. Vigilance inquiry is only a process of preparing a preliminary report as per the Vigilance manual, giving the state the power to decide whether to Reform in responses, in processes, and in the very character of the UN is the need of the hour — PM Modi INDIAN DELEGATION STORMS OUT AS PAK PM RAISES KASHMIR Pakistan PM Imran Khan raised the Kashmir 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. “The only dispute left in Kashmir relates to the part of Kashmir that is still under illegal occupation of Pakistan,” India said in its right to reply statement. PITCH FOR U.N. REFORM How long will you keep us out: Modi to UN PUSHKAR BANAKAR @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought a greater role for India at the UN, asking how long the country of 1.3 billion people will be kept out of the body’s decision-making 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 muchdelayed expansion of the pow- erful Security Council. “Today, people of India are concerned whether this reform-process 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 82% individual taxpayers harassed for TDS mismatch: CAG KUMAR VIKRAM @ New Delhi MORE THAN 82 per cent of individual taxpayers faced TDS mismatch problems in the last three years resulting in disallowance of refund and the creation of avoidable harassment of taxpayers, a latest report by the Comptroller and register a case or not based on that. The CBI has registered the case under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which is the specific legal procedure to conduct a criminal investigation into the incident. “This is not a case for a state agency like Vigilance to probe. In fact, the Vigilance probe is an eyewash. The state government can always reject the preliminary report saying there are no specific details warranting reg- Auditor General report has pointed out. The apex audit body in its report tabled in Parliament last week also said the actual reasons of the large scale mismatch could not be ascertained because of non-submission of the relevant data by the ‘GOVT UNDERREPORTED PUBLIC ACCOUNT LIABILITY’ The Comptroller and Auditor General in its report said, the government has deliberately underreported Public Accounts Liability and external borrowing, giving incorrect picture of the economy ministry to the CAG. “In last three years, over 82% individual taxpayers faced TDS mismatch due to the difference in the amount available in Form 26AS and that claimed by the assessees through their ITR, majority being salaried taxpayers,” the CAG said. ADIEU BALA SPB laid to rest with full police honours Around 500 personnel were deployed to manage the visitors near the farm at Tamaraipakkam on Saturday | ASHWIN PRASATH 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. the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective 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. The prime minister noted that India’s vaccine production has reached phase III and once complete will help the world beat Covid-19. istration of a case. The CBI has registered a case under Section 154 of CrPC which is all that legally required to launch a detailed probe to book the offenders,” said Kerala High Court former judge B Kemal Pasha. Former director-general of prosecution T Asaf Ali said there was no point in ordering a Vigilance inquiry into the incident in which a transfer of funds had taken place from abroad for a state-government project violating Central stat● More on P4 utes. Bineesh land deals: Agency sends letter to dist registrars E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money trail in the smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel, has sent a letter to all district registrars, seeking details of the of immovable assets owned by Bineesh, the son of CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The ED also directed that since these properties are under investigation, any transaction of these assets must not be done without informing the agency. ED suspects the properties owned by Bineesh are part of the proceeds of P4 the crime. WITH THIS ISSUE THE GREAT IMMUNITY BAZAAR PLUS 12 PAGES
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