ASSAM VAIRENGTE Aizwal HYDERABAD TUESDAY JULY 27, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 5 Assam cops killed in Mizo border firing P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati AT least five Assam Police personnel were killed and over 50 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. Automatic weapons, including light machine guns, were used by the Mizoram Police in the attack, the Assam government alleged. The injured included Assam’s Cachar Superintendent of Police Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant and the officer-in-charge of a police station in the district. Ironically, while Assam has a BJP government, the ruling party in Mizoram is an NDA ally . “Clear evidences are now beginning to emerge that unfortunately show that Mizoram Police has used Light Machine Guns (LMG) against personnel of @assampolice,” tweeted a horrified Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma later in the day . 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 issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Meghalaya capital Shillong. Shah spoke to the two CMs on Monday and asked them to peacefully resolve the issue. Following his intervention, the Assam Police withdrew from the site. The CRPF is now manning the area. Blaming Mizoram for the flareup and breaching status quo, an Assam government statement said, “Mizoram began constructing a road towards Rengti Basti in Karimganj Hailakandi Cachar LAILAPUR Kolasib MIZORAM W H O ’ S T H E 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 CONTINUED ON P8 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 Assam, destroying the Inner Line Reserve Forest in Lailapur area. Simultaneously, the Mizoram side also set up a new armed camp on a hillock next to the camp of the neutral force, CRPF, in the same vicinity .” When Assam officials went to the area to request the Mizoram side not to disturb status quo, “they were surrounded and attacked by a mob of miscreants from the Mizoram side, which was visibly supported by the Mizoram Police.” 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 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 or 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 OFFERING RELIEF Murugesh Nirani, Basavaraj Bommai, C T Ravi, Ashwath Narayan, Pralhad Joshi, B L Santhosh in race to replace him June 6: Yediyurappa says he will resign the day the BJP leadership asks him to - B S Yediyurappa June 16-18: After many leaders speak openly against BSY, party general secretary Arun Singh holds a series of meetings in Bengaluru. He says action will be taken against those speaking against the CM BJP not keen BSY’s choice for CM It has reliably been learnt the BJP will not go by the choice of Yediyurappa in choosing the next CM though his son B Y Vijayendra’s political future will be protected 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 national 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. Govt to monitor spending Beneficiaries under Dalit Bandhu would get an electronic chipenabled ID card with a bar code through which the government would monitor whether they were properly utilising the money received through the scheme Now, SCs to get quotas in licenced shops allotment E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad WHAT KCR SAID APPARENTLY with an intent to win the Huzurabad byelection hands down, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday decided to provide reservations to SCs for granting licences for their self employment. SCs would get a quota as per their population while issuing licences for fertiliser shops, medical shops, rice mills, wine shops and others under the Dalit Bandhu scheme, the Chief Minister said during a day-long interactive session on the Dalit Bandhu scheme with select villagers from Huzurabad, at Pragathi Bhavan on Monday. The pilot project will begin soon at the Huzurabad Assembly segment. Over 500 villagers from Huzurabad, where the bypoll is due, attended the orientation session, where they were served a sumptuous lunch. Buses were arranged for them to travel from Huzurabad to Hyderabad. Rao said that the government would provide reservations to SCs in all other possible sectors. Besides, financial assistance would be provided to SCs to purchase auto rickshaws, tractors, harvesters, to set up poultry farms, oil mills, flour mills, etc. The State Dalit Bandhu is not a scheme, it is a movement Successful implementation of Dalit Bandhu should be replicated across the country Issues on Dalit assigned lands will be resolved All assigned land issues will be solved through a special drive in Huzurabad in 10 days All SCs in Huzurabad will be given their own houses Shah, Nadda meet to devise K’taka strategy Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and the state in-charge Arun Singh held extensive meetings in the Parliament complex on Monday. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi was also present in one of the meetings held soon after BSY announced his resignation “I resigned voluntarily Nobody . forced or coerced me to quit. I have decided to work for the party . I will not accept any decorative posts,” Yediyurappa asserted when asked if he would become the governor of a state. The suspense over who will succeed him, however, continues. The BJP Legislature Party meeting is Ex-MLA’s son held for sexually abusing his kids 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 government dues to the MSME sector, Sitharaman said she is “personally monitoring it”. “I have reviewed it from the point of view of central gover nment 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) platform from which “ t h e s e p ay m e n t s c a n b e discounted”. July 20: Seers from Lingayat and other communities back Yediyurappa, warn BJP against leadership change July 22: BSY breaks silence, says high command will send a message July 25: Yediyurappa hints that he will step down July 26: Announces resignation July 26: Governor Thaawarchand Gehlor accepts BSY’s resignation, dissolves council of ministers. INSIDE BJP may not have gauged Lingayat rage | P5 Thriller that played out in serialised form | P6 Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu speaks to media after landing in New Delhi on Monday A pair of 13-year-olds finished 1-2 in a new event while a 58-year-old walked away with bronze, underlining that age does not matter at the Olympics. A look at action from Tokyo on Monday... Al-Rashidi Age is just a number: Japan’s Momiji Nishiya and Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, both 13, won gold and silver in women’s skateboarding. The new event has proved to be a smash hit. At 58 years, Abdullah AlRashidi won a bronze in skeet shooting I P11, 12 July 25: 38,87,028 doses NATIONWIDE JULY 25 JULY 26 TAKE Fresh cases 39,742 39,361 YOUR SHOT July 26: 57,48,692 doses Recoveries 39,972 35,968 TOTAL: 44,10,57,103 Momiji Nishiya E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata Redemption time: After a poor individual round, the four mixed team pairs (two in 10m air pistol and two in 10m air rifle) have a chance at redemption. If they tackle the qualifying, they have a good chance to win a medal JAB-O-METER Deaths 535 416 TELANGANA JULY 25 JULY 26 Fresh cases 494 638 Recoveries Deaths 710 4 715 3 Ramappa’s UNESCO tag spurs ASI to beef up security U M A H E S H @ Mulugu Minister Satyavathi Rathod and other TRS leaders cut a cake at the Ramappa temple in Mulugu on Monday RAMAPPA temple, a poem in architecture, will now get round-the-clock security after its elevation to world heritage site status. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI), in the past, had written to the State government to provide police protection to the Kakatiya Rudreshwara temple at Palampet village in Venkatapur mandal of Mulugu district. As there has been no response from the State government, the ASI has decided to make its own arrangements to preserve the rare form of architecture chiselled by the sculptor Ramappa about 800 years ago, during the reign of the Kakatiyas. The ASI is contemplating to hire security staff to protect the priceless monument. Speaking to Express, a senior ASI official said that they had already deployed six trained security guards at the temple. He said earlier, the department had written letters to the State government seeking police protection to all archeological sites. When the ASI sought security for the Ramappa temple, the State government allocated home guards with the proviso that the ASI had to pick up their wage bills. Fol- 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 introduced 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 bankruptcy-resolution agreement between a creditor, such as a bank, and an investor without initial approval from the N a t i o n a l C o m p a n y L aw 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. Didi forms snoopgate probe panel All things new and old WELCOME BACK COMETH THE HONOUR, COMETH THE MEN Ration cards, medicare and pensions will be provided at all SC colonies in Huzurabad government has already decided to deposit `10 lakh directly into the bank accounts of SCs and would not hesitate to spend even `1 lakh crore for the scheme. Rao said that a Dalit Protection Fund would be set up as part of which the funds would be given to District Collectors. He added that beneficiaries under Dalit Bandhu would get an electronic chip-enabled ID card with a bar code through which the gover nment would monitor whether they were utilising the P4 money properly . 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-a-doz, en names for the top post are doing the rounds. They include Mur u g e s h N i r a n i , B a s av a r a j 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 for the party . SHEKHAR YADAV @ New Delhi July 18: BSY meets BJP national president J P Nadda, denies reports of his resignation E N S @ Hyderabad IN a shameful act, a 44-yearold software professional, son of a former MLA of erstwhile Warangal district, allegedly sexually abused his 14-yearold daughter and 11-year-old son. Worse still, the accused allowed his friend to sexually assault his own daughter in his presence, on several occasions prior to 2018, which came to light only now. The police arrested the father on Monday and are now looking P4 for his friend. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE July 17: Yediyurappa meets PM Narendra Modi BSY resigns, suspense over successor A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru FM directs all PSUs to clear pending dues to MSMEs within 45 days HOW THE DRAMA UNFOLDED I resigned voluntarily. Nobody forced or coerced me to quit. I have decided to work for the party. I will not accept any decorative posts lowing this, the ASI outsourced armed private security guards. Now, after UNESCO has declared the temple as a World Heritage Site, the ASI is preparing proposals to beef up security by deploying more armed guards and by setting up increased surveillance of the area with CCTV cameras, said a senior ASI official. Mulugu Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Potharaju Sai Chaitanya said that a police picket had been set up at the temple. “We have proposed a permanent police outpost. It will be set up very soon,” added the official. WITH the Centre blocking Opposition demands to come clean on the Pegasus snoopgate, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sprang a surprise by setting up an inquiry commission headed by retired Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur into the matter. Coming as it did on the day she arrived in Delhi to explore options of forging Opposition unity setting up the panel sent , an unambiguous message of her being the most strident opponent of Modi rule, thus giving her the right to lead the proposed coalition and sustain the momentum till the next general elections in 2024. Talking to media before boarding a flight to Delhi, Mamata claimed the Centre had used the spyware to tune into a meeting she had with her advisor Prashant Kishor. She had earlier brandished a taped handset to take a swipe at the Centre, following reports of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s name figuring on a list of potential targets. The BJP, however, was not amused, with its IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeting, “Why are we even surprised that Mamata Banerjee has constituted a commission to probe bogus Pegasus Project? Her priorities have always been warped. If only she had shown such alacrity to probe post-poll violence and probe several Covid scams in Bengal.” PARLIAMENT STALLED | P7
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