VILLUPURAM SUNDAY FEBRUARY 07, 2021 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION IN A FIRST, 34 WOMEN INDUCTED INTO CRPF’S ELITE CoBRA UNIT After a 3-month training, they will be deployed in Naxal-hit districts of Chhattisgarh like Sukma, Dantewada and Bijapur BREAKING GENDER-BASED STEREOTYPES 35 YEARS OF GLORIOUS SERVICE CRPF Director General A P Maheshwari underlined the induction as a step towards defeating gender-based stereotypes. An all-woman brass band of the country’s largest paramilitary was also commissioned at the force’s Kadarpur camp near Gurugram during a ceremony to mark the 35th Raising Day anniversary of its first women battalion known as the 88 | P7 ■ ■ Raised on Feb 6, 1986, 88 Mahila battalion has served the country with distinction for 35 years. It has been part of many UN missions. It comprises six units with over 1,000 women in each CoBRA was raised in 2009 for intelligence-based jungle warfare operations. It had been an all-male affair for this unit till now MARTYRS 7 PERSONNEL OF 88 BATTALION HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE SO FAR 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 SC judge heaps lavish praise on PM, creates ripples in legal circles K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi DELHI KARNATAKA ODISHA (From left) Securitymen at the barricaded Ghazipur border in New Delhi during the farmers’ chakka jam on Saturday; police arresting agitators in Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar | PTI, ASHISHKRISHNA HP, BISWANATH SWAIN Kisans ready for long haul, to protest till Oct Set Gandhi Jayanti deadline for govt to repeal farm laws; Tikait says won’t wilt, insists talks only on equal terms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ANNOUNCING that the agitation against the farm laws would go on till October, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait declared on Saturday that talks with the government would not happen under any pressure. Addressing farmers during the nation-wide chakka jam protest, Tikait said they were giving the government time till October 2 to repeal the contentious laws, till then they would stay put on the borders.It was EXPRESS READ Depressed at husband’s arrest, woman kills self Thoothukudi: The wife of the accused in the murder of a sub inspector died by suicide here on Saturday. Selvalakshmi (32), was allegedly depressed over the arrest of her husband, Murugavel, accused of deliberately running over Sub Inspector V Balu, who was riding a bike. Sources said that it was for the second time that Selvalakshmi had tried to end her life | P5 WITH THIS ISSUE THE K WAVE PLUS 12 PAGES not clarified if the deadline had anything to do with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.He said there was no chakka jam in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as they had inputs that some people might take advantage of the protest and could indulge in violence. “If the government is placing nails on our way then we will grow crop there. We are ready to talk but it has to be on an equal platform, no pressure tactics will work,” he said. In sharp contrast to the farmers’ tractor rally on January 26, which turned violent, Saturday’s protest was completely peaceful and took place under heavy security cover in Delhi and adjoining states. With the Capital, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand out of the ambit of the road blockade, vehicular movement was affected mainly in Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan. Roads were blocked in several places in Punjab and Haryana from 12 noon to 3 pm. Farmers parked tractors, trailers and other vehicles on national, state highways and oth- er roads. Ambulances and school buses were not stopped. Women took part in large numbers in Sangrur and Ludhiana. Punjabi actors Binu Dhillon and Dev Kharoud with singer Pammi Bai participated in the blockade in Patiala. There were similar scenes in Rajasthan. Most cities saw tractor rallies on state and national highways. Meanwhile, farmers in Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand expressed solidarity by staging protests in their P7 respective states. Sasikala & TTV, a threat to law and order: AIADMK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai DAYS after lodging a complaint over the usage of the party flag by VK Sasikala, the one-time confidante of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK on Saturday lodged another complaint against her, and TTV Dhinakaran, alleging that the duo posed threat to the law and order situation in the State. “Sasikala supporters in Bengaluru are saying that a hundred of them are ready to turn into suicide bombers and enter into the State. Dhinakaran also said that he was least bothered about the petitions submitted to police against her (Sasikala). They are planning to disrupt the peace and tranquility by creating huge riots,” Law Min- ister CVe Shanmugam said. The minister was speaking to reporters after submitting a petition to the Director-General of Police, JK Tripathy here. He , was accompanied by Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, AIADMK Presidium Chairman E Madhusudhanan and a few others. Stating that Sasikala was imprisoned for four years in a disproportionate asset case for looting public money Shanmu, gam said that her claims to take over the AIADMK is against the Supreme Court order. “The Apex Court had clearly stated that the two-leaf symbol belongs to the AIADMK, headed by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam,” said the minister. CONTINUED ON: P4 Two-leaf symbol is ours: Min Law Minister Shanmugam said the Supreme Court had clearly stated that the two-leaf symbol belongs to the AIADMK, headed by CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Dy CM O Panneerselvam COASTAL BODYGUARDS TN’s largest mangrove cover cut by 60% S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA A view of the Muthupet mangrove forest in Thiruvarur district that was damaged during the Gaja cyclone in 2018 | SHIBA @ Thiruvarur/Thanjavur COUPLE of years back, a devastating severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam, killing 52 persons and displacing over five lakh people. At the time of its landfall, wind speeds of 100-120 kmph were experienced and the I OF III PART SERIES highest sustained speed of 160 kmph was recorded at Muthupet, home for Tamil Nadu’s largest mangrove for- varur and Thanjavur districts. est. In our series, Lost Treasure, However, the storm was too hot we brings you a walk through for even 20 to 30-foot-tall fullyfrom the once-dense mangrove grown mangroves to endure. forests of the coastline. The latest remote sensing Going by the multiple testi- data from Tamil Nadu forest monies of jurisdictional forest department, accessed by Exofficials and the local populace, press, shows that a whopping 60 the fatality count of Gaja could per cent of the total 11,886 hechave easily run into hundreds tares of Muthupet mangrove if not for Muthupet mangroves area has now degraded. Only that acted as a natural barrier, 2,000 hectares (16.8 per cent) is preventing the storm from hit- currently a dense mangrove ting coastal villages in Thiru- forest. The State of Forest Re- PRASAD SAHU WHAT IS A RAMSAR SITE? port, 2019, says there was a decline of 4 sq.km forest cover in the State between 2017 and 2019. “This loss is significant in Ramanathapuram (1.07 sq.km) and Thiruvarur (1.04 sq.km) districts. It is due to the devastating damage caused by the Gaja cyclone,” the report says. Muthupet, or the ‘Land of Pearls’, is part of the Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the only Ramsar Site P3 in Tamil Nadu. A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance. It is also an important protected area as it is closer to the international border between India and Sri Lanka No road block in UP, U’khand over fears of anti-social elements There was no road blocking in UP and Uttarakhand, as announced by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), as there were fears of anti-social elements disrupting the protest. However, the UP Police deployed 144 PAC companies, six paramilitary companies, with senior officers at the state and national highways. In parts of western UP, a number of farmer leaders were placed under house arrest IN another instance of a Supreme Court judge praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an open forum, Justice M R Shah described the PM as a “popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader”. Speaking at the Gujarat High Court’s diamond jubilee celebration, which was attended by Modi also, on Saturday Justice , Shah said: “I feel proud and privileged to participate in this function to release the commemorative stamp of Gujarat High Court and that too, by our most popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader, honourable Prime Minister Narendabhai Modi.” The effusive praises were mutual as Modi hailed the judiciary for performing “its duty well in safeguarding people’s rights, upholding personal liberty, and also in the situations when national interests need to be prioritised”. This is not the first time Justice Shah has praised the PM. In 2019, Justice Shah, while being sworn as the chief justice of the Patna HC, had termed Modi as a role model. Justice Shah was not the only one to lavish praise on Modi at the function. Gujarat HC chief justice Vikram Nath said the PM was popular because of his commitment to the country . Legal experts expressed reservation over sitting judges openly praising members of the political executive, saying the conduct of judges must be in consonance with institutional ethics. They said as the judiciary was the final arbiter of legality and the constitutionality of the executive’s actions such statements do not bring credit to the institution. SC lawyer Sanjay Hegde said: “It reminds me of an effusive letter written by the late Justice P N Bhagwati to Indira Gandhi on her return to power. He was criticised for it. The wall of separation between the government and judiciary must be maintained at all times.” Echoing Hegde’s sentiments, SC advocate Shwetank Sailakwal said: “The judiciary and executive are independent and function within a framework provided by the constitution. Beyond that, no relationship should be allowed in a healthy P7 democracy .”
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