BHUBANESWAR l sunday l january 31, 2021 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l late CITY EDITION Covid impact: no Ranji for first time in 87 years BCCI not to conduct board’s flagship domestic product for the first time since inception. Two-month bio-bubble ‘not feasible’ list A, U-19 and women’s events on lack of clarity over compensation The board’s secretary, Jay Shah, in a letter to state units, revealed that they would conduct the senior women’s 50-overs meet simultaneously with the men’s 50-overs meet. The BCCI will end the season with the U-19 event. “This has been decided after having received your feedback on the domestic season 2020-21,” Shah wrote in the letter. This is bad news for scores of match officials, including umpires and scorers. Most of them will end up working for fewer days. Not yet known if BCCI will up with a compensation package for them ■ It is expected that the players who will miss out from Ranji revenue will be compensated. This decision was taken at the AGM ■ Shah power BCCI secretary elected as chief of the asian cricket council 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 Dharmendra sends SOS to Union Culture Minister to protect Ekamra Kshetra heritage E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar BKU’s Rakesh Tikait addresses a rally at Ghazipur; and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Gandhiji at Rajghat | PTI Bapu’s anniversary and Tikait tonic 1 2 3 4 5 Day-long fast by protesting farmers on Gandhiji’s death anniversary peaceful. They observed it as Sadbhavana Diwas (Harmony Day) after Republic Day violence Singhu border turns fortress with several layers of barricades and increased presence of security personnel after violence erupted between ‘locals’ and farmers on Friday Agitation gains further momentum as BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait’s emotional appeal draws more farmers to Ghazipur protest site from UP, Uttarakhand Internet services temporarily suspended at the Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders. Net connectivity already suspended in 14 districts in Haryana Delhi Police scanning over 1,700 video clips and CCTV footage sourced from the public on the tractor rally violence on Republic Day to identify the culprits Offer to freeze farm laws for 18 months stands: PM Oppn for probe into outside elements infiltrating farmers’ agitation E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With the Opposition parties gearing up to corner the government on the controversial farm laws in the ongoing Parliament session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the door to accept the Centre’s proposal to stay the laws for 18 months is still open. Speaking at an all-party meeting, the PM said the government’s stand was the same as it was on January 22, when the proposal to keep the laws in abeyance was made during the talks with the protesting farmers’ unions. “During the all-party meeting PM Narendra Modi assured that the government was approaching the farmers’ issue with an open mind. The PM said the agriculture minister’s proposal still stands,” parlia- mentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said. Modi stressed that the government had an open mind and was ready for a detailed discussion on the issue, adding the farmers could always approach the government as agriculture minister Narendra Tomar was just a phone call. In the meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Trinamool Congress’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut and Akali Dal member Balwinder Singh Bhunder also spoke at length on the farmers’ agitation. Azad reportedly said that the Congress had warned the Centre about the agitation and now the government has to deal with the consequences. Most Opposition leaders were of the view that the government needs to discuss the laws again in both Houses of Parliament and also seek to address the misgivings of the agitating farmers. They also reportedly asked the government not to see them as enemies. The Opposition condemned the violence during the tractor rally on January 26 but also demanded an investigation into how “outside elements” had infiltrated the farmers’ movement. The farmers made simil a r a l l e g at i o n s, bl a m i n g Punjabi actor-activist Deep Sidhu for instigating the mob and planting a Sikh religious flag at Red Fort. Joshi said the budget session would take up 38 items — 33 bills and five financial items. Though it would be mainly devoted to business relating to the budget and a discussion on the motion of thanks on the President’s address, essential legislative and other business would P7 also be taken up. AMU student PETN explosive used; Iran banished from angle, Al Qaeda under lens Aligarh city E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Lucknow An Aligarh Muslim University student leader has been banished from the city for six months as he participated in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests on the campus more than a year ago. The district administration issued externment orders against Arif Khan Tyagi, claiming he was a threat to peace in the city . AMU spokesman Professor Shafay Kidwai said Additional District Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Maalpani issued the order to the final-year postgraduate student last week under the UP Control of Goondas Act. Arif received it two days ago. The anti-CAA protest on the AMU campus in December 2019 and January 2020 had turned violent, injuring over 70 people, including students and police personnel. More than six cases were registered against Arif in that connection. However, Arif appeared unfazed. He said all citizens have a right to peaceful protest. “The externment order was yet another attempt to muzzle freedom of expression,” he said. He intends to seek judicial relief. Evidence of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, a high grade explosive chemical mostly used by the Al Qaeda group, was found during probe on a low intensity blast outside the Israel embassy here on Friday . Sources said the handling of the chemicals is not easy and the blast has to be the handiwork of a group that is experienced in using them. The probe agencies feel local agents of the group could have carried out the attack. While the police have not ruled out any possibility, in- cluding the role of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, they are also investigating the Iranian angle. An envelope with a letter addressed to the Israel ambassador to India was found, which refers to Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, both of whom were slain last year. The letter was found 12 yards away from the spot. CCTV footage has revealed a cab suspiciously moving near the area and dropping off two persons. The special cell has contacted the cab driver and inquired P7 about the two suspects. UNION Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday sought urgent intervention of the Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture for protection and preservation of the ancient heritage structures that have surfaced during the demolition drive conducted by the State government as part of its Ekamra Kshetra beautification project. In a letter to the Union Culture Minister Pralhad Singh Patel, Pradhan urged him to send an expert team to Bhubaneswar to conduct a detailed study and thorough scientific excavation of the Ekamra Kshetra for unearthing heritage structures that may be lying buried under encroachments, and ensure their preservation. The letter comes after TNIE reported the discovery of an ancient temple structure, said to be a part of the 10-11th century Suka-Sari complex, during the demolition drive and highlighted the blatant disregard of the State agencies to the invaluable pieces of Odisha’s history and heritage in their blind push for the project. While carrying out scientific cleaning of the land in the Ekamra Kshetra heritage zone, the Bhubaneswar Circle In a rare move, the Supreme Court Collegium is understood have withdrawn its consent to make Justice Pushpa V Ganediwala of the Bombay High Court a permanent judge following her controversial verdicts in POCSO cases. On January 20, a three-judge collegium headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde had recommended to the law ministry to appoint Jus- quickly in order to salvage and preserve what remains of this priceless ancient Odisha architecture. I seek your urgent intervention for preservation of the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the country by protecting the centuries old temples in Bhubaneswar,” Pradhan wrote. The ASI (Bhubaneswar circle), meanwhile, has issued show cause notice to Odisha Bridge Construction Corporation (OBCC) for carrying out construction work at the site where scientific cleaning is underway . After Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation demolished the Gopal Tirtha Mutt and some urban structures on the site, the OBCC had been using JCB machines to level the land. Superintending Archaeologist of ASI Arun Malik on Saturday met Secretary of Works department in this regard. Maoists kill 2 in Anganwadis to reopen from Feb 1 Kandhamal dist What’s Allowed E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Berhampur/Bhubaneswar Maoists on Friday night struck at Gochaguda village within Belghar police limits of Kandhamal district, killing two persons including son of a sarpanch, accusing them of being police informers. Sources said, a group of 15 to 20 armed Maoists reached the village late in the night and dragged Bhabani Shankar Pat r a , s o n o f t h e s a r p a n ch o f Bhandarangi panchayat and Hemanta Patra, a ration shop owner, out of their houses. They then shot one at point blank range killing him on the spot. The other was beaten to death. Before leaving the village, the Maoists of Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavalli (BGN) division, left a note stating that the two were killed for being police informers. It said, the deceased were responsible for the deaths of five Maoists in an encounter with police at Sirki last year. The rebels also warned others working as police informers to surrender within a fortnight or face similar consequences. CONTINUED ON: P5 EXPRESS READ Gandhi statue vandalised in US Washington: Unknown miscreants have vandalised a Mahatma Gandhi statue in a park in the US state of California, evoking a strong response from India which sought a thorough investigation and appropriate action against those responsible for the despicable act. The 6-ft tall, 294 kg bronze statue of Gandhi appeared to have been sawed off at the ankles and half its face was missing, local media reported | P9 W I T H T H I S I SS U E Best Foot Forward PLUS 12 PAGES Collegium nixes nod to make Nagpur judge permanent E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi of ASI had recently came across an ancient structure, presumed to be remains of temple belonging to the 10th11th Somavamshi period on the north-west corner of the Sari temple. The ASI had also discovered two other structures believed to be the remains of small shrines. These findings have led ASI experts to believe that the Sari temple complex was built on the Panchayatana model where the main press temple is surby four IMPACT roundedd i a r y subsi shrines, he said and added that there is high chance of additional heritage structures lying buried. “Suka-Sari temple complex and Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar are protected by ASI under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (AMASR Act). There is an urgent need to act tice Ganediwala, currently an additional judge of the Bombay HC, a permanent judge. According to sources, a note was sent to the Ministry withdrawing the Collegium recommendation. Officials said the issue was raised by two senior SC judges who hail from the Bombay HC. Justice Ganediwala recently acquitted a man accused of groping a 12-year-old girl’s breast because he did not make skin-to-skin contact. Days earlier, the judge ruled that holding the hands of a five-year-old girl and unzipping the trousers do not amount to sexual assault under the POCSO Act. The skin-to-skin order was stayed by the top court on January 27, ruling that the judgment would set a dangerous precedent. Reopening of anganwadi centres from Feb 1 Opening of primary schools to be decided by S&ME department Social, political, religious gatherings with max 500 persons Opening and use of swimming pools @ Bhubaneswar The State government on Saturday allowed reopening of anganwadi centres (AWCs) from February 1 while indicating it could also open up primary schools from the month. As per the SOP issued by the Women and Child Development de par tment, the AWCs will be opened for two hours from 9 to 11 am for 25 days a month. Hot cooked meals will be provided to the pre-schoolers in ages of three to six years in a staggered manner by complying with all Covid-19 safety norms like hand-washing and physical distancing. If needed, the children may attend the AWCs in two batches, the SOP stipulated. The School and Mass Education department has been asked to prepare a detailed SOP for the primary schools and decide on opening them with approval from the government. Issuing the notification on further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in February, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena has also raised the ceiling on social, political and religious gatherings to 500 persons from earlier 200. CONTINUED ON: P5
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