ASSAM Vairengte Aizwal vijayawada l tuesday l july 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION 5 Assam cops killed in Mizo border firing P r a s an 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 Wh 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 Murugesh Nirani, Basavaraj Bommai, C T Ravi, Ashwath Narayan, Pralhad Joshi, B L Santhosh in race to replace him 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 June 6: Yediyurappa says he will resign the day the BJP leadership asks him to 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 - B S Yediyurappa 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 July 17: Yediyurappa meets PM Narendra Modi BSY resigns, suspense over successor A n u s h a Ra 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 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. 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 Didi takes lead to form snoopgate probe panel, Justice Madan Lokur to head it E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata 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. “He (Kishor) got his cellphone audited and came to know that they (Centre) knew of one of Parliament stalled Both Houses of Parliament on Monday saw repeated adjournments amid Opposition clamour for discussion on Pegasus snoopgate in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Shah | p7 DRDO to fund incubation centres for defence research E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Defence Research and Development Organisation will provide financial assistance up to `1 crore to incubation centres which take up defence related research projects with fresh BTech graduates, said DRDO Chair man G Satheesh Reddy . Further, the DRDO may extend an aid of up to `10 crore if the fresh graduates rope in an industry as a partner for their defence research projects. It has also started joint PhD programmes with universities in India and DRDO scientists will act as co-guides to research scholars, who will get an opportu- nity to work in DRDO labs during their research, he said. Satheesh Reddy, who is on a three-day visit to the State, interacted with SRM University AP Pro-Vice Chancellor D Narayana Rao, Vice-Chancellor VS Rao, scientists and faculty members on Monday . Explaining the new initiatives of the DRDO, he said it has also started MTech course in Defence Technologies, in collaboration with varsities. As part of the course, students can do their project work in DRDO labs in the second year. “The DRDO is also interested in collaborating with universities for long term defence research projects spanning two to three decades,” he said. our meetings through Pegasus,” she alleged. 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.” July 18: BSY meets BJP national president J P Nadda, denies reports of his resignation July 20: Seers from Lingayat and other communities back Yediyurappa, warn BJP against leadership change 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 . 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 BSY could have resigned on August 2, but did not | P5 BJP may not have gauged Lingayat rage | P5 Thriller that played out in serialised form | P6 Offering relief FM directs all PSUs to clear pending dues to MSMEs within 45 days E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 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”. BIE says no to offline Inter admissions All things new and old welcome back 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 Momiji Nishiya 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 Shekhar Yadav Jab-o-meter 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 Deaths 535 416 statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested july 25 july 26 2,252 2,440 15 84,858 1,627 2,017 17 57,672 E M C e l ec t i o n YSRC vote share up by 11%, TD’s down by 14% E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The ruling YSRC, which completed the clean sweep by winning the Eluru Municipal Corporation (EMC) election emphatically has , not just bagged all the 12 municipal corporations for which elections were held on March 10, but improved its vote share by more than 11 per cent in the EMC limits compared to the Assembly polls held in 2019. At the same time, the opposition TDP’s vote share shrunk by more than 14 per cent in the civic poll. Of the total 1.32 lakh votes polled in the EMC election, the YSRC got 74,854 votes accounting for 56.43 per cent of ballots. In the Assembly elections held on April 11, 2019, the ruling party secured 44.73 per cent of the total 1.62 lakh votes polled in the limits of EMC. It means the YSRC has improved its vote share by more than 11 per cent in the EMC limits in less than two years. On the other hand, the TDP secured 68,175 votes in the Assembly elections in the EMC limits, securing a share of 42.21 per cent of the total ballots. Now, the vote share of TDP had declined to 28.2 per cent. The BJP contested the municipal elections in alliance with the Jana Sena Party . Its vote share increased to 2.15 per cent in the civic body election from 0.6 per cent in Assembly polls. The vote share of its alliance partner came down to 5.58 Mayor post for BC woman YSRC general secretary Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy on Monday announced that the party will field a BC woman belonging to Dudekula caste for the Mayor post of Eluru, for which election will be held on July 30 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 Council to take a call. per cent in the election from 10.33 per cent in Assembly polls. It may be noted that the two parties contested separately in the Assembly elections. The TDP suffered a jolt even as some leaders had openly announced their support to the strong Jana Sena Party candidates ahead of the municipal election. Commenting on the party improving its vote share in the municipal corporation election, YSRC general secretary and Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy on Monday said the increase in vote share was not just in the EMC poll, but also in the bypoll to Tirupati Lok SabP4 ha constituency . E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada With reports of some private junior colleges in the State starting offline admissions, the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) has made it clear that admissions for the academic year 2021-22 will only be through online mode. It has cautioned parents and students against opting for offline admissions, stating that they will not be approved. In a statement issued here on Monday BIE Secretary V Ram, akrishna said the board came to know that some private junior colleges had started offline admissions for the first year Intermediate courses. “The BIE has not issued any notification to start the admission procedure in junior colleges and all the offline admissions will not be considered,’’ he said, adding that action will be taken against the private colleges if they continue the admission process. The BIE will orally warn the private junior college managements providing offline admissions initially If they continue . the process, memos will be issued and the affiliation of junior colleges will be cancelled, BIE officials said. It may be recalled that a few private junior colleges had approached the High Court last year stating that they were not ready to conduct online admissions. The HC directed the BIE to conduct only offline admissions and asked it to prepare the ground for conducting admissions through online.
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