NATIONWIDE Aug 20 Aug 21 Fresh cases 36,571 34,457 Recoveries Deaths 36,555 36,347 540 375 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 20 54,71,282 doses August 21 43,92,759 doses Total doses: 58,08,57,505 odisha Aug 20 Aug 21 Fresh cases sambalpur l sunday l august 22, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city EDITION Former u.p. chief minister Kalyan Singh passes away The 89-year-old Hindutva icon and a BJP veteran died at a Lucknow hospital on Saturday after prolonged illness Kalyan Singh 5 January 1932 21 August 2021 Spearheaded Ram temple movement Babri Masjid fell under his watch Singh was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences on July 4. As per official sources, Kalyan Singh passed away due to sepsis and multi-organ failure. A Hindutva mascot, Singh drew his political stature within the BJP and outside by spearheading the Ayodhya temple movement ■ ■ He became the first BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1991. A year later, the Babri Masjid fell under his watch on December 6, 1992, which led to the dismissal of his government in UP and three other BJP governments in different states Singh also served as Rajasthan governor from 2014 to 2019 | P8 986 911 Recoveries Deaths 926 69 979 66 1989 sINGH WAS arrested in U.P. for leading the Temple movement 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 About 150 of them were taken away for questioning in Kabul before being allowed to proceed to the airport; 85 others evacuated, flown to Tajikistan Taliban detain, free leaving Indians but he was not sure if that had @ New Delhi happened. The incident came hours after There was palpable tension in another batch of 85 Indian nathe air in Kabul on Saturday as tionals was evacuated from Kaa batch of about 150 Indian evac- bul and taken to Tajikistan on uees on their way to the Hamid an Indian Air Force transport Karzai International Airport aircraft. According to sources, there, were taken away by the another IAF aircraft is ready to Taliban to an unknown location, begin evacuation. A few hunprompting local media specula- dred Indians are still stranded tion of their abduction. in Afghanistan and the governThey were, however, ment is working on prireleased after question- 400 Indians ority to bring back as ing and checking of many Indians as possistill in Af documents, sources ble, sources said, addAs per rough said. All of them later ing that the special cell estimates, the reached Kabul airport on Afghanistan in the number of safely and are expectMinistry of External Indians stranded Affairs is working ing evacuation, the in Afghanistan sources said, adding round-the-clock on that a team of officials could be around evacuation logistics. 400 and India is in the city to faciliExter nal Af fairs has been looking Minister S Jaishankar tate their return. at ways to There was no official spoke to his German evacuate them word though from New counter part Heiko Delhi on the developMaas on the challengment though. es relating to emergency evacuA spokesperson of the Tali- ation from Afghanistan. ban denied the reports of abducIndia had on Tuesday evacution. Afghan media reports, ated all its embassy staff and quoting a person who managed visiting journalists. Though the to jump out of the van with his militia’s political leadership had wife, had earlier claimed that assured New Delhi of the safety the group was taken away in of its diplomatic personnel, the eight vans around 1 pm. The es- Taliban on Thursday raided Incapee said the Taliban had told dia’s consulates in Kandahar them they would be entering the and Herat to rummage for docuairport through another gate ments and stole parked cars. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Some U.S. evacuees beaten up in kabul The Pentagon revealed that a 'small number of Americans and Afghans the US want to evacuate, have faced harassment in Kabul. In some cases, they have been beaten up on their way to the airport, the officials said Double-speak While the Taliban announced general amnesty and asked all govt employees to report for work, and activist in Kabul said, "Today some of my friends went to work at the court and the Taliban didn't let them into their offices. They showed their guns and said, you're not eligible to work in this government if you worked in the past one.'' stray resistance Pockets of resistance against the Taliban continue to be active with claims that three districts Deh Saleh, Bano and Pul-Hesar in Baghlan province, to the north of Panjshir, have been re-taken 823, not 640 people on packed U.S. cargo plane The official caption accompanying an iconic image (above) of a US C-17 heavy lift cargo plane packed with Afghan refugees from Kabul last Sunday had said there were 640 on board. It now transpires that while doing the head count, 183 children sitting on people’s laps were inadvertently left out. So, the correct count is 823 passengers, which is a record for the C-17 Afghanistan A Savage Future PLUS 12 PAGES Stay off unsafe Kabul airport, US advises Americans e x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e WITH the security situation around Kabul airport getting more dangerous by the hour, the US on Saturday advised its nationals to avoid travelling to the airport unless they get individual instructions from a US government representative. Echoing the ground situation, President Joe Biden said he could not rule out loss of lives during the airlifting of thousands of US nationals and Afghans from Afghanistan that was dramatically overrun by the Taliban just about a week ago. Apparently getting past the Taliban check , posts outside Kabul airport is a major hassle, as several Indian evacuees, too, found out on Saturday . Given the tense situation, Switzerland put off a flight from Kabul. “The security situation around Kabul airport has worsened significantly in the last hours. A large number of people in front of the airport and sometimes violent confrontations are hindering access to the airport,” the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said. Amid the chaos, Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar arrived in Kabul for exploratory talks with other leaders to form a new government. A Taliban official told Reuters they were trying to build a new model for governing the country with sep, arate teams to manage internal security and financial issues. “Experts from the former government will be brought in for crisis management,” he said. While the Taliban sought to present a moderate face, activists and locals across the country have reported harsh retaliation against protests. express read Mittal meets CM over steel project Bhubaneswar: Executive chairman of ArcellorMittal Nippon Steel LN Mittal on Saturday met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed about the company’s group projects at Paradip and Kendrapara including the proposed mega steel plant with an investment of more than `50,000 crore. The Chief Minister assured all support for speedy implementation of the steel plant project. Mittal thanked the Chief Minister for the State government’s cooperation. Earlier in the day, the steel magnate took a boat on river Mahanadi to visit the seaside villages and take stock of the land available at Badatubi, Sanatubi, Hetamundia, Kansaradia, Nipania and Batighar for establishment of the proposed steel plant | P3
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