tight vigil for 72nd republic day A member of a bomb squad conducts a security check at Manekshaw Parade Grounds in Bengaluru on Monday, ahead of the Republic Day celebrations | Shriram BN BELAGAVI l Tuesday l january 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 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 Minor face-off on LAC, this time in Naku La MAYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Hours after India and China concluded talks on resolving the months-long stand-off along the Line of Actual Control, reports of another face-off on January 20 between troops on both sides emerged, this time in north Sikkim area. “There was a minor face-off at Nakula area of North Sikkim on January 20. It was resolved by local commanders as per established protocol,” an army officer said, which indicates the entire border with China continues to be hot. However, the ruling Chinese party’s mouthpiece Global Times called it fake news. This was the second face-off in over eight months in the same spot at Naku La; the first one happened on May 9. Monday’s meeting of Corps Commanders of both sides went on till 2.30 am on Tuesday A joint statement issued later stated, “The two . sides agreed to push for an early disengagement of the frontline troops. They also agreed to follow the important consensus of their state leaders, maintain the good momentum of dialogue and negotiation.... The two sides agreed to continue their effective efforts in ensuring the restraint of the frontline troops, stabilize and control the situation along the LAC in the Western Sector of the ChinaIndia border, and jointly maintain peace.” Galwan warrior Col Babu gets Maha Vir Chakra MAYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Acknowledging the bravery of the soldiers who fought against PLA troops in Galwan in Ladakh, they have been conferred with awards given out only during warlike situations. Col Bikumalla Santosh Babu (16 BIHAR) who led the Galwan offensive and laid down his life in the process, has been awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. Six others who were part of the same operation have been awarded the Vir Chakra. The Maha Vir Chakra was last given during the 1999 Kargil operations. Wing Commander Abhinanadan Varthaman was honoured with the Vir Chakra in 2019 for his fortitude while in the enemy territory . Parveen negi 2 lakh tractors to roll into Delhi today l 2 lakh tractors will take part in the kisan parade today, according to farmers’ unions l Thousands of farmers are ready with tractors at three Delhi borders Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur l 500 women, too, are expected to drive tractors l Tractor march likely to begin at 11.30 am and continue for over 12 hours l Each tractor can carry a maximum of five persons, including the driver; no It has been 60 days since the farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan are protesting near Delhi. Did the country’s PM enquire about them? - NCP supremo Sharad Pawar overtaking allowed l Over 3,000 volunteers, including women, to manage the parade l Three routes decided for rally; expected to cover over 100 km in Delhi l Coming up, protest on budget day, Feb 1. Farmers will march towards Parliament on foot | P7 Dr Hegde, Kambara get Padma awards E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @Bengaluru Renowned cardiologist Dr B M Hegde, Jnanpith awardee Chandrashekar Kambara and folk artist Manjamma Jogati are among five from Karnataka to get Padma awards this year, which were announced on Monday . While Dr Hegde gets the secondhighest civilian award of Padma Vibhushan, Kambar gets Padma Bhushan. Jogati, K Y Venkatesh (former para-athlete) and Prof Rangasami Lakshminarayana Kashyap (a renowned mathematician) have been awarded Padma Shri. Dr BM Hegde and Chandrashekara Kambara Dr Hegde said he is extremely happy with the award. “I got a call on Monday mor ning asking whether I agree to receive the award and I did,” he said. Asked whether he expected the award, Dr Hedge, who was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2010, said many had expected the second-highest civilian award for him. Kambar said the award is for Kannada Saraswathi. “It is Kannada which got me till here. It gave me Jnanpith and now Padma Bhushan. I might have not got the awards if I had done my literary work in English. I am happy,’’ he said. Sixty-four-year-old Manjamma Jogati, the first transwoman to have been appointed chairperson of the Kar nataka Janapada Academy, was delighted with P5 the h0nour. Cabinet 4.0, BSY reshuffles again E N S @Bengaluru Once you start juggling, you have to keep juggling. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, under sustained pressure from his cabinet colleagues upset with their portfolios, offered fresh proof of that on Monday A fourth cabinet re. shuffle in the last five days, twice on Monday alone. He carried out the first cabinet expansion and reshuffle on January 21. But as grumbling grew loud from among his ministers, he reshuffled it again on January 22. That too did not stop the ministers from complaining, and he reassigned portfolios on Monday morning. But by evening, there P4 was a new list out. express read Startups pin hope on tax holiday in budget Bengaluru: Even though a B1,000 crore package for startups has been announced, stakeholders say that a regulatory system should be brought in place in the upcoming budget that addresses the tax P10 parity concerns.
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