NaTioNWidE july 25 july 26 Fresh cases ASSAM vAiREngtE Aizwal BHUBANESWAR l tuesday l july 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PaGes 12 l jeyPORe edItION 6 Assam cops killed in Mizo border clash p R A s A n tA M A z u M d A R @ Guwahati Six Assam Police personnel were killed and over two dozen others, including civilians, injured when the Assam-Mizoram border row flared up on Monday that saw the police of the two states firing at each other. The injured included Assam’s Cachar Superintendent of Police nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant and the officer-incharge of dholai police station in the district. ironically, while Assam has a BJP government, the ruling par- ty in Mizoram is an ndA ally . “i am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defending constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted. The incident came amidst a fortnight-long eyeball to eyeball confrontation between the two police forces and two days after the CMs of the two states discussed the matter with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong. After Shah spoke to the two CMs on Monday, the Assam Police withdrew from the site. The CRPF is now manning the area. Assam government sources said the trouble broke when the Assam Police personnel stopped the Mizoram authority from constructing a road within Assam’s “constitutional” territory . For his part, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga condemned Assam’s ‘unjustified act’ of intrusion and aggression. Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana said around 200 Assam Police personnel came to Mizoram’s Vairengte auto-rickshaw stand around 11.30 am by forcibly crossing a CRPF post and overran a Mizoram Police post. They damaged several vehicles along the national highway between Vairengte and Lailapur. The Assam Police were adament despite attempts by the SP of Kolasib district and an executive magistrate to resolve it, the minister said. it snowballed into launching tear gas cannisters and grenades followed by firing P8 around 4.50 pm, he added. Recoveries Deaths Karimganj Hailakandi Cachar lAilApuR MizoRAM W h O ’ s t h e Kolasib Mamit s q u a t t e r ? Border conflicts have occurred since Mizoram was carved out of Assam as a Union Territory in 1972 to eventually become a state in 1987 Officials and locals in Assam claim Mizos have been squatting on 1-3 km land from the interstate border There have been several rounds of talks between the two states since 1995 to resolve the issue The official stand of Mizoram is that the boundary should be demarcated based on a notification of 1875 that distinguished the Lushai Hills (present day Mizoram and erstwhile district of Assam) from the plains of Cachar But Mizoram groups claim the authorities in Assam have been using ‘illegal Bangladeshis’ to move 10-12 km inside their territory 39,742 39,361 39,972 35,968 535 416 JAB-o-Meter July 25 TAkE 38,87,028 doses yoUR July 26 SHoT 57,48,692 doses totAl: 44,10,57,103 odisha july 25 july 26 Fresh cases 1,833 1,637 Recoveries Deaths 2,108 67 2,204 62 1933 thE point of conflict is AnothER BRitish-ERA notificAtion of 1933 thAt AssAM follows But is not AccEptABlE to MizoRAM, which sAys thEiR AncEstoRs wERE not consultEd on this In 1971, the interstate boundary was redefined and Mizos say it was done without their knowledge and consent. Much of Mizo land under British rule was included into Assam territory 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 BSY resigns, suspense over successor Murugesh Nirani, Basavaraj Bommai, C T Ravi, Ashwath Narayan, Pralhad Joshi, B L Santhosh in race to replace him A n u s h A R A v i @ Bengaluru Ending weeks of speculation, B S Yediyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister on Monday, the day his government completed two years in office. The 78-year-old veteran BJP leader became emotional when he announced his decision to quit as tears welled up in his eyes and voice choked with emotion. On the elaborately decorated dais of Vidhana Soudha’s banquet hall where celebrations for his government’s second year anniversary were being held, Yediyurappa gave his farewell speech, recalling his years of struggles, and reminiscing on his hard work for the party before stunning his , supporters with the resignation bomb. “i have decided to go to Raj Bhavan and submit my resignation. i am not sad. i am happy that Prime Minister narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP na- tional president JP nadda gave me an additional two years despite crossing the 75-year-old cap. Words are not enough to thank them. i appeal that all of us work together to build the party,” he said at the end of his emotional speech. With this, the four-time chief minister finally drew curtains on speculation over leadership change in Karnataka. From Vidhana Soudha, Yediyurappa went straight to the Raj Bhavan, where governor Thaawarchand gehlot wasted no time in accepting his two-line resignation letter, and issued a statement saying the council of ministers has been dissolved. A complete revamping of the government is on the cards now with the party inclined to appoint four deputy chief ministers to take care of caste and regional equations. “i resigned voluntarily nobody . forced or coerced me to quit. i have decided to work for the party . i will not accept any decorative BJP brass wants smooth transition The BJP leadership’s top concern is to ensure smooth leadership transition in Karnataka and also ward off any attempt by the Congress to destabilise the partyled state government. Sources said BSY’s successor will be picked based on his ability to keep all factions of the party united posts,” Yediyurappa asserted when asked if he would become the governor of a state. The suspense over who will suc- ceed him, however, continues. The BJP Legislature Party meeting is likely to be called on Wednesday or Thursday where a new chief minister will be named. Sources said Union Minister dharmendra Pradhan and the party in-charge for Karnataka Arun Singh will oversee the leadership succession in the state government as Central observers. Currently, more than half-adozen names for the top post are doing the rounds. They include Murugesh nirani, Basavaraj Bommai, Arvind Bellad, C T Ravi, dr C n Ashwath narayan, Sunil Kumar, Pralhad Joshi and even B L Santhosh. Party sources suggested that the new chief minister is likely to be named by the end of this week. While he may have resigned as chief minister, Yediyurappa has refused to walk quietly into the sunset, insisting that he will remain in active politics and work P5 for the party . Offering relief FM directs all Psus to clear pending dues to MsMes within 45 days ExpREss nEws sERvicE @ New Delhi FinAnCE Minister nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the Centre is deeply concerned about the delay in payments to MSMEs and steps have been taken to ensure that all dues are paid within 45 days. Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha on gover nment dues to the MSME sector, Sitharaman said she is “personally monitoring it”. “i have reviewed it from the point of view of central government and various departments which owe money to the MSMEs. We have made sure that standard, as per rule 45 days, be not crossed and all dues be paid from the government side to the MSMEs,” Sitharaman said. The FM clarified that the pendency is also on the part of state governments and state PSUs. Sitharaman also said the Centre is actively encouraging MSMEs to use the Trade Receivables discounting System (TRedS) platfor m from which “these payments can be discounted”. in January, Union minister nitin gadkari had said delayed payments to the MSME sector was becoming a huge problem and the Centre was planning a new law to make it mandatory that MSME receivables are paid within 45 days. On Monday the FM also in, troduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to provide a pre-packaged resolution process for financially stressed MSMEs. The Bill will replace the Ordinance, which came into effect from April 2021 to help small enterprises. The law allows for a prior bankruptcyresolution agreement between a creditor, such as a bank, and an investor without initial approval from the national Company Law Tribunal. The proposed amendments would also help notify the threshold of a default not exceeding `1 crore for initiation of pre-packaged resolution process. The Centre has already prescribed a threshold of `10 lakh for this purpose. On gST relief to the sector, the FM said it’s up to the gST Coucil to take a call.
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