kochi l Sunday l march 21, 2021 l `8.00 l PAGES 26 l late city edition Tokyo organisers say no to fans from abroad In a historic decision, no spectators from outside Japan will be allowed to watch the Olympic Games because of pandemic will hit income but too risky Sharath, Manika qualify in mixed Officials said the risk was too great to admit ticket holders from overseas during a pandemic. Japanese public too was against fans entering the country. About 1 million tickets are reported to have been sold to fans from outside Japan. Organisers have promised refunds. Japan had a budget of $800m through ticket sales -- third largest income source in the Games ■ ■ ■ Sharath Kamal is on a roll. A day after securing Olympic berth in singles, he paired up with Manika Batra for TT mixed spot On Friday, India booked four berths in men’s and women’s singles. The total now stands at five This is the first time mixed-doubles is included in Olympics 4.5m Number of tickets sold to spectators in japan 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 Welfare & happiness in UDF manifesto Cong-led front promises to increase welfare pension to D3,000, set up ministry of happiness, legislation for Sabarimala, reform at PSC KEY PROMISES B6,000 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd James Austin III making Covid-appropriate contact at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday | pti Human rights, LAC rule India-US talks P u s h k a r B a n a k a r & M aya n k S i n g h @ New Delhi India’s tension with China on the LAC and alleged human rights violation in India were among the major issues that figured in the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Defence Secretary Llyod Austin on Saturday . Austin is on a two-day visit to India. This is the first overseas visit by a top functionary of the Biden administration. Sources said Austin told Jaishankar that “as the two largest democracies in the world, human rights and values are important to us and we will lead with these values”. Later, talking to reporters, Austin said, “India is our partner whose partnership we val- ue… Partners need to be able to have those kinds of discussions. And certainly, we feel comfortable in doing that and you can have those discussions in a very meaningful way and still make progress.” The issue of human rights was raised amid global concerns raised over the government’s handling of the farmer protest, alleged persecution of minorities and independent voices being gagged. Ahead of Llyod’s visit, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had urged him to take up the issue with India. On India-China tension, Austin said the US never thought the two countries were on the brink of a war. The two leaders also discussed the importance of the Indo-Pacific region. monthly aid under NYAY scheme for underprivileged families B2,000 monthly aid to housewives in the 40-60 age group who are not beneficiaries of NYAY scheme Priority ration card to everyone; 5kg rice to all white ration card holders 5 lakh houses under LIFE Mission scheme for eligible people E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram A DAY after the Left front released its poll manifesto with ‘welfare’ as its key word, the UDF came up with its own version, doing an encore and announcing a few more prog rammes for people’s wellbeing. In addition, the UDF promised to reform the Public Service Commission (PSC) and bring in a legislation for Sabarimala, two issues the UDF had used at will to corner the ruling front. Shashi Tharoor, MP, who headed the committee which prepared the manifesto, said the UDF plans to set up a ministry of happiness if voted to power. Aiming to position the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) at the forefront to address “modern societal complexities” and prepare a new leadership, the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the top decision-making body particular, had protested against the state-run LIFE Mission housing project, but the manifesto promises to build five lakh houses under the scheme for eligible people. KERALA It also says corrupASSEMBLY ELECTIONS tion allegation against the scheme will be probed and discrepancies rectified. Plans to set up an automated system to report vacancies in PSC and create advice memo have been announced. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala released the manifesto — Prosperous Kerala, Global Kerala — in the presence of all UDF allies. P5 2021 Poll panel rejects 3 NDA candidates’ nominations E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Kannur/Thrissur/Munnar THE Election Commission on Saturday rejected the nomination papers of NDA candidates in three constituencies, causing further embarrassment to the BJP which is fac, ing allegations of ‘vote sale’ particularly after the revela- tions made by RSS ideologue R Balashankar. The nominations of BJP candidates N Haridas (Thalassery) and Niveditha Subrahmaniam (Guruvayur) and A I AD M K c a n d i d at e Dhanalakshmi (Devikulam) were rejected on Saturday during scrutiny as docu- RSS gets future-ready, picks Hosabale for top post A s h w i n i M S r i pa d & M a n i s h A n a n d @ Bengaluru/New Delhi The LDF had promised to increase its monthly welfare pension to `2,500 in a phased manner while the UDF, on Saturday announced it would in, crease it to `3,000. A welfare pension revision panel modelled on the pay commission has also been proposed. The manifesto, prepared after holding exhaustive deliberations with a cross section of people in the state, highlights the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme. It aims to provide a monthly aid of `6,000 to underprivileged families. The Opposition, Congress in of the organisation, on Saturday unanimously elected Dattatreya Hosabale (66) to succeed Suresh ‘Bhaiyaji’ Joshi as the next Sarkaryawah (general secretary), a position Joshi served for 12 years. Sharing his thoughts on the road ahead for the RSS, Hosabale said there is a need for an intellectual campaign. “It is time to set right the narrative on India,” he stressed. On the hotly debated issue of ‘love jihad’, he said the organisation will fully support laws to regulate it, while favouring inter-caste marriages. He stressed the need for reservation for backward communities. Continued on: P7 Maha HM used Waze to extort money? S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai In a new twist to the bomb scare case near ind u s t r i a l i s t M u ke s h Ambani’s residence, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Saturday accused state home minister Anil Deshmukh of using arrested assistant police inspector Sachin Waze to extort money . In an eight-page letter addressed to CM Uddhav Thackeray, Singh said Waze was given an extortion target of `100 crore per month. Re j e c t i n g S i n g h ’s charges, Deshmukh threatened to sue the exMumbai police chief. He said Singh was levelling false allegations as he faced arrest in the bombscare case. Singh said Waze was called to Deshmukh’s residence, where the minister told him to collect `2-3 lakh each from the 1,750-odd bars and restaurants in the city. Waze was alle gedly asked to tap into other sources to meet the shortfall. W I TH TH I S I S S U E Covidology 2021 PLUS 12 PAGES ments were not filed properly . The UDF and LDF cited the rejection of nominations as proof of the BJP’s secret deal. KPCC chief Mullappally Ramachandran said the rejection points to the understanding between CPM and BJP . “The CPM and BJP are involved in friendly contest in many constituencies. The CPM is joining hands with communal forces to retain power. The BJP has fielded weak candidates against CPM in many seats,” Mullappally alleged. CPM Kannur district secretary M V Jayarajan said the rejection points to the understanding between BJP and ● More on P7 UDF. Interview Ramesh Chennithala PEOPLE OF KERALA NEED CHANGE S O V I V IDYADHARAN @ T’Puram OPPOSITION Leader Ramesh Chennithala has termed as a sham the opinion polls that have predicted the return of LDF to power. In an interview to TNIE in the midst of the hectic UDF campaign, Chennithala said people in the state need change and they will definitely vote for the UDF. On the Sabarimala issue, Chennithala said had Pinarayi been sincere, the LDF government should have furnished a revised affidavit in the Supreme Court. FULL INTERVIEW ON P2
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