vijith hegde renjala KOllam l friday l February 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION 9.15-second dash breaks bolt’s record, again Usain Bolt’s 9.58-second 100-metre dash record stood bettered this year, too, with a 23 year-old clocking 9.15 secs in a buffalo race Nishant shetty, srinivas gowda bettered elite club of four kambala jockeys Kambala jockey Vishwanath Devadiga (23) sprinted through a slushy track in Udupi, taking 0.36 seconds lesser than last year’s champion Nishant Shetty, whose dash had clocked 9.51 seconds. Earlier, Srinivas Gowda’s 9.55 seconds sprint had brought him social media fame, resulting in the Union sports minister offering a nationals trial, which he declined ■ While kambala and a 100-m sprint are markedly different, the former draws national attention owing to the endurance of the buffalo racers, who sprint 140-odd metres through multiple laps ■ Vishwanath joins the elite club of four racers who have bettered the much-vaunted Jamaican sprinter’s 100-m record set in 2009 3rd try Vishwanath managed to set the record after falling twice 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 Govt talks tough, says Twitter can’t overstep Indian law E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Better sense finally prevails Clockwise from left: Video grab of Indian and Chinese officers shaking hands to break the ice; and tanks rolling back to begin the process of disengagement Full Pangong pullback expected in two weeks Rajnath says vacated space on the banks of the lake will be a no-go zone for both sides; disengagement elsewhere later M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi A day after the Sino-Indian disengagement began from standoff positions in Eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday confirmed the pull back in a “phased, coordinated and verified manner” in Parliament, and gave a sense of how the whole process is expected to unspool. While the Chinese Army will move back to the east of Finger 8, the Indian Army will fall back to Dhan Singh Thapa post, short of Finger 3 in the North bank area of the Pangong Lake. A similar disengagement began on the South Bank of the lake on Wednesday. Full disengagement on both sides of the lake is expected in 10-15 days, a senior officer said. After the drawdown from Finger 4, Rajnath said, unless a decision is taken otherwise, the area in between will be a no-go zone for both sides. “It has also been agreed to have a temporary moratorium on military activities by both sides in the North Bank, including patrolling to the traditional areas. Patrolling will be resumed only when both sides reach an agreement in diplomatic and military talks that would be held subsequently A similar action would .” be taken in the South Bank area by both sides, he said. Local commanders of both sides are meeting twice a day to iron out the wrinkles. Structures built after April 2020 to be removed On the heights India occupied in Rechen La and Razang La on the Kailash Ranges and fortified its positions, Rajnath said structures raised by both sides will be removed. “These are mutual steps and any structures that had been built by both sides since April 2020 in both North and South Bank area will be removed” Sludge, water stop tunnel floor boring Vinee t U padh yay @ Tapovan (Uttarakhand) With a change in strategy failing to deliver, attempts to save 37 workers trapped in the Tapovan hydropower plant tunnel since Sunday following flash floods appeared to be a long shot, as no official or agency could say how much longer it would take to reach them. Ravinath Ram- Nod to parade Ramachandran, conditions apply E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Palakkad Celebrity t u s k e r Thechikottu Ramachandran, which at a towering 320cm is the tallest captive elephant in the country, has been granted permission to be paraded in festivals and poorams but under strict conditions. Fondly called Raman, the tusker commands a huge fan following. According to the conditions, it can be paraded at festivals in Thrissur and Palakkad districts. The elephant can be paraded at two festivals per week in Palakkad and Thrissur districts. Four mahouts should accompany the elephant, said the order of the Assistant Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry), Thrissur. The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendation of the Thrissur district-level monitoring committee constituted under the Kerala Captive Elephants Rules, 2012. ● More on P7 an, commissioner of Garhwal division of Uttarakhand said, “At this point of time, no one can tell how much time the operation will take. This is a developing situation and unstable landscape. The response strategy keeps changing according to the developing situation.” Also, a meeting in Delhi discussed reports of a lake formation in Rishiganga in the higher reaches. A day after chiding microblogging platform Twitter for noncompliance, the Centre on Thursd ay w a r n e d s o c i a l m e d i a platforms of strict action on failure to crackdown on inflammatory content. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Centre is committed to freedom of media, but it was equally concerned about the security and law and Rahul Gandhi hurls barb on Central govt M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hurled Hum Do Hamare Do Sarkar (we two, ours two gover nment) barb on the NDA government, alleging that the country was run by only four persons. Without naming anyone, he claimed the contentious farm laws are meant to benefit big corporate entities alone. The BJP hit back sharply at the Congress, saying Gandhi’s barb must be a reference to DidiJija and two (sister, brother-inlaw and family). The Congress leader sought to link his charge of crony capitalism against the current dispensation with the ongoing farm agitation by harping on his slogan in the Lok Sabha during the Budget discussion. The former Congress president alleged that the first farm law would destroy APMC Mandis as anyone could purchase any amount of food grains; the second would unleash hoarding; the third would deprive the farmers of judicial remedy . “The farm laws will destroy the rural economy,” said Gandhi amid protests from the Treasury bench, objecting to his speaking on the farm laws in place of the Budget. Though Gandhi said that he was laying the foundation for discussion on the Budget, he abruptly ended his speech, calling for a “two-minute silence for 200 farmers who have died since the start of the agitation”. SURPRISE MOVE CM names Vijayan football academy director E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Malappuram At time when speculation is rife about the UDF fielding football star I M Vijayan in the assembly elections, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday sprang a surprise by naming the former India captain as the director of the Kerala Police Football Academy . While Vijayan is thrilled to take up the new role of helping groom future stars, the 51-year-old said he is more intent on completing his tenure with the Kerala Police, which he currently serves as Inspector of Police. In an interview to TNIE, he said in a lighter vein that he would prefer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha like Sachin Tendulkar rather than enter the electoral battle on behalf of a political party . All three fronts have sent feelers to contest, he said. The state’s first government-run football academy is set to begin operations in April. It will function under the Kerala Police’s Malabar Special Police (MSP) battalion in Malappuram. Vijayan will be the first director of the academy which, in the long run, aims to develop a squad capable of competing in the I-League. ● More on P4 EXPRESS READ EC team in state today to assess preparedness ED launches probe into dollar smuggling case T’Puram: As part of assessing the preparedness for the upcoming assembly election, a team of top officials of the Election Commission (EC) will reach the state on Friday. The team will be led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar, and will comprise other senior officials. Kochi: After Customs, the Enforcement Directorate has launched a probe into the source of $1.9 lakh smuggled out by former finance head of UAE Consulate in August 2019. The agency would probe it as part of the money laundering case behind the smuggling of gold using diplomatic baggage. order in the country. Naming Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn, Prasad said: “We respect your good work. You bring FDI, but you have to respect the laws of the country .” On Wednesday, the ministry had come down heavily on Twitter, saying social media platforms should not treat differentially the problems at Capitol Hill and the Red Fort. After the Republic Day violence, the Centre had asked Twitter to block over 1,100 han- We respect social media, it has empowered the common people. Social media has a big role in Digital India programme. However, if social media is misused, action will be taken Ravi Shankar Prasad, Information Technology Minister elsewhere Chennithala welcomes NCP unit to UDF fold Amid the confusion, Ramesh Chennithala welcomed the NCP state unit, including Transport Minister A K Saseendran, to UDF. “We wish the entire NCP state unit joins the UDF,” he said. Protest at Secretariat a farce: E P Jayarajan T’Puram: The strike being staged by candidates in front of the Secretariat is a farce and under the influence of some people who have vested interests, said Industries Minister E P Jayarajan. Rajya Sabha polls may not be held now T’Puram: With the Election Commission expected to issue notification for assembly elections within next two weeks, the Rajya Sabha election due on April 21 is unlikely to be held. dles and posts that allegedly spread misinformation about the farmer protest. These included accounts of journalists, activists, and politicians. Twitter blocked some accounts, only in India, and said these demands were inconsistent with Indian law. Meanwhile, despite a French expert claiming Koo, a desi alternative to Twitter, exposed user data, its popularity surged among users and investors. The app developer, however, said steps have been taken to protect user data. ‘Pinarayi govt regularising postings during VS term’ E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kochi OPPOSITION Leader Ramesh Chennithala turned the screws further on the LDF government over the recruitment row saying the Pinarayi Vijayan regime, in its last days in office, is regularising the temporary appointments made by the previous V S Achuthanandan government. “Pinarayi’s claim that his government regularised the temporary appointments made during Oommen Chandy’s term is false. He is saying those who completed 10 years of temporary service will be regularised. But these persons are CPM members and they were appointed during the final year of the Achuthanandan government,” said Chennithala as the UDF’s Aiswarya Kerala Yatra entered Ernakulam district on Thursday . Chennithala said it was wrong on the part of the government to say those staging protests in front of the Secretariat did not figure in the rank list. “The Facebook posts of these persons who had criticised the government for appointing them despite figuring in the rank list are being discussed widely even now. So it shows the government’s double standard,” said Chennithala. “The CM should hold talks with the protesting rank-holders and try to end the protest. He is humiliating them just like PM Narendra Modi is doing with the far mers in Delhi,” said Chennithala. Chandy inaugurated the valedictory meeting. “The LDF government has forgotten the people. If they are pro-people, they would have reduced the surplus tax imposed by the state government on fuel at a time when the price of petroleum products is sky-rocket● More on P4 ing,” said Chandy . Vithura case: First accused convicted TIMELINE E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kottayam October 1995 Suresh lures the victim to THE Kottayam district additional Jubaira Manzil promising job sessions court on Thursday found Suresh, the first accused in the Vithura flesh trade case, guilty. The court pronounced its verdict in one of the 24 cases registered against him in connection with December 2014 Suresh surrenders the rape and sale of a minor girl. before the court after 18 years on the run The quantum of sentence will be June 2019 Crime Branch arrests Suresh, declared on Friday. who had jumped bail, from Hyderabad Suresh, a native of Kadakkal in Kollam, was accused of kidnapFebruary 2021 Court finds Suresh ping, raping and forcing the vicguilty tim into flesh trade by keeping her July 1996 The flesh trade involving the minor girl comes to light when the victim landed in police custody along with one of the accused. Case registered in illegal custody for several days. Considering the case, the court found the accused guilty under IPC 344 (wrongful confinement for 10 or more days), IPC 372 (selling minor for prostitution) and Section 31 and 51 (g) of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act. The court, meanwhile, acquitted him of the charges of forcing another person to rape the girl. The court’s procedures in 23 other related cases are yet to be completed. Suresh is the prime accused in all the cases and ● More on P4 will stand trial.
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