SHIVAMOGGA SUNDAY AUGUST 22, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 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 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 Taliban detain, free leaving Indians About 150 were taken away for questioning in Kabul before being allowed to proceed to airport; 85 others evacuated had happened. The incident came hours after THERE was palpable tension in another batch of 85 Indian nationthe air in Kabul on Saturday as a als was evacuated from Kabul and batch of about 150 Indian evacu- taken to Tajikistan on an Indian ees on their way to the Hamid Air Force transport aircraft. AcKarzai International Airport cording to sources, another IAF there, were taken away by the Tal- aircraft is ready to be gin iban to an unknown location, evacuation. prompting local media speculaA few hundred Indians are still tion of their abduction. stranded in Afghanistan and the They were, however, released government is working on priorafter questioning and ity to bring back as many 400 checking of documents, Indians as possible, sourcIndians sources said. All of them es said, adding that the still in Af later reached Kabul airspecial cell on Afghaniport safely and are expectstan in the Ministry of As per rough ing evacuation, the sourc- estimates, the External Affairs is workes said, adding that a team ing round-the-clock on number of of officials is in the city to evacuation logistics. Indians facilitate their return. External Affairs Minstranded in There was no official ister S Jaishankar spoke Afghanistan word though from New to his German countercould be Delhi on the development part Heiko Maas on the around 400 though. and India has challenges relating to A spokesperson of the emergency evacuation been looking Taliban denied the refrom Afghanistan. at ways to ports of abduction. Af- evacuate them India had on Tuesday ghan media reports, quotevacuated all its embassy ing a person who managed staff and visiting journalto jump out of the van with his ists. Though the militia’s political wife, had earlier claimed that the leadership had assured New Delgroup was taken away in eight hi of the safety of its diplomatic vans around 1 pm. personnel, the Taliban on ThursThe escapee said the Taliban day raided India’s consulates in had told them they would be en- Kandahar and Herat to rummage tering the airport through anoth- f o r d o c u m e n t s a n d s t o l e er gate but he was not sure if that parked cars. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Assam police arrest 14 for supporting the Taliban 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 @ Guwahati 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 KABUL AIRPORT, US ADVISES AMERICANS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 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 to form a new government. A Taliban official told Reuters they were trying to build a new model for governing the country with separate teams for , internal security and financial issues. “Experts from the former government will be brought in for crisis management,” he said. THE Assam Police has arrested 14 people, including an MBBS student, for their social media posts in favour of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. The arrests were made in Kamrup, Darrang, Barpeta, Dhubri, Hailakandi, Cachar, Karimganj, South Salmara, Goalpara and Hojai districts on Friday night. All the persons have beebooked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Information Technology Act and the Criminal Procedure Code. Police said the accused had posted “adverse/objectionable” comments on the social media supporting the Taliban. Special Director General of Police G P Singh confirmed that one of the persons arrested was an MBBS student while three were Islamic clerics. The official also cautioned people to be extra careful about inflammatory social media posts as their actions, including retweeting or liking them could invite penal action. Deputy Inspector General of Police Violet Baruah tweeted: “#assampolice are taking stern legal action against pro #Taliban comments in the social media platform that are harmful to the National Security. We’re registering criminal cases against such persons.” She appealed to the people to inform police if they came across any objectionable posts on the social media. CM, minister to visit schools tomorrow A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru AS schools are set to reopen for students of Classes 9 to 12 in districts with Covid positivity rate of less than 2 per cent, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Education Minister BC Nagesh will visit a few schools in Bengaluru on Monday to instill confidence among students, teachers and parents. Bommai and Nagesh will visit two schools, while the minister will head to two more schools along with officials. Nagesh told The New Sunday Express, Our intention is “We want to tell the students how serious to let children we are on reopening of schools. The attend physical Chief Minister personally visiting classes in a schools will make a difference to parents, phased manner. It is nearly oneteachers and students.” Bommai too appealed to the students and-a-halfof Classes 9 to 12 to come to schools and years since they have come to colleges without any fear from Monday . schools. “The government has made all arrangements and taken all safety precau- Basavaraj Bommai, tions. Classrooms have been sanitised Chief Minister and teachers and other non-teaching staff have been vaccinated. Social distancing will be strictly be maintained and classes will be conducted in batches. I request the parents to get vaccinated and pay attention to the health of their children,” the Chief Minister said. Deciding to stay put, Pak 2 K’taka residents to return may gain the upper hand from Afghanistan today B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru THE US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul in less than a week is reshaping geopolitics with the regional players coming together as one block against the USA – their common adversary. While the rest of the countries, who have a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, are evacuating their staff and closing down their missions, four neighbours of Afghanistan -- Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran -- have decided to stay put giving “regional consensus” to the Taliban. Pakistan played a crucial role in rendering Kabul to the Taliban and is now demanding their pound of flesh from the August 20 54,71,282 doses August 21 43,92,759 doses JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT TOTAL DOSES: 58,08,57,505 NATIONWIDE AUG 20 AUG 21 Fresh cases 36,571 34,457 Recoveries Deaths 36,555 36,347 540 375 KARNATAKA AUG 20 AUG 21 Fresh cases 1,453 1,350 Recoveries Deaths 1,408 17 1,648 18 BEST OF MANY WORLDS P2 Taliban in leveraging their hold in the region. “Islamabad would like to have someone in Kabul, who listens to them. It was for no reason that special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad included Islamabad for Doha talks; to ensure that the militants on the ground backed by Pakistan listen to those on the negotiating table in Qatar,” said Professor and Dean, School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Dr Suba Chandran. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday announced that Pakistan will play a “positive role” in the government formation in Afghanistan. CONTINUED ON:P7 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru OF hundreds of Indian nationals reportedly stranded in Afghanistan, two from Karnataka will make it safely back home on Sunday . Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), CID, Umesh Kumar, who has been appointed as the nodal officer by the State Government to coordinate with the Ministry of External Affairs, said Fr P Robert Rodrigues from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district and Fr Jerome Sequeira from Mangaluru city are likely to return to India on Sunday. “Fr Rodrigues’ relative had called the control room requesting for assistance for his return to India. We contacted him in return and had forwarded his request to the MEA for co-ordination. They cleared it. Fr Jerome is with Fr Rodrigues. The two are likely to return on Sunday,” said Kumar. Sources, meanwhile, said that the two priests were part of a group of 250 Indians airlifted in P4 two Indian Air Force planes. Af students from Mangaluru seek refugee status A group of Afghan students studying in Mangaluru have appealed to the government to grant them refugee status, as their return home appears impossible after the Taliban took control. A group of around 50 students and their family members met Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar in his office and submitted a representation in this regard. P5 SUSTAINABLE FUTURE State aims to wean away from thermal power B O S K Y K H A N N A @ Bengaluru AIMING to ultimately put out burning embers of thermal power plants to address issues of carbon emission and economic baggage these ecologically unsustainable plants carry, the State Government is emphasising on green energy options in its renewable energy policy . The State started work in this direction after the Centre spelt out its policy on green energy sources, with the focus on solar and wind energy . The energy department, however, is sceptical and cautious about hydro energy sources as construction of dams and utilisation of water resources to generate power has political implications, and officials do not want to be on the wrong side of any politician, especially Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. “The policy is being revised with stress on green energy sources. To ensure that there is sufficient generation and utilisation all year round, adequate storage mechanisms are being worked upon. Now, renewable energy contributes around 25 per cent of the State’s power production and at times, it goes up to 50 per cent. We are working towards gradually reducing usage and dependence on thermal energy and eventually stop it completely It is not possible . to shut down thermal plants immediately,” a senior energy department official told The New Sunday Express. CONTINUED ON: P4 FOR HEALTH AND HARVEST Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai offers bagina to River Krishna at Almatti Dam in Vijayapura on Saturday. Water Resources Minister Govind Karjol and Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani are also seen | P4 Five Year Plan back? Villages told to aim for holistic growth A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru THE Five Year Plan, the grand scheme that has been scrapped by the BJP government at the Centre, seems to be making a comeback, though at the micro, gram panchayat level in Karnataka. To commemorate 75 years of Independence, the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) has directed all local bodies to prepare the plan by September 30 which will be made public on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti). This will help realise the Mahatma’s ideal of gram swaraj which aims at making every village a self-reliant autonomous unit, officials said. The panchayats should prepare the plan after holding discussions with the public, self-help groups and ex- perts. The aim is to achieve holistic development in health, education, women and child welfare, social security financial , stability and environment, they added. Karnataka is home to over 6,000 gram panchayats, to which members were elected a few months ago. Each gram panchayat will constitute teams comprising elected representatives, serving and retired panchayat officials, local experts, members of NGOs and self-help groups. Principal Secretary (Panchayat Raj) Uma Mahadevan said that each panchayat gets a grant of `1.5 crore per year from various sources. But there is no proper mechanism to utilise these funds. A holistic and comprehens ive ap p ro a ch i s n e e d e d , she added. GPs should aim at generating their own resources. For instance, if they take up lake development under MGNREGA, they can rent it out for fishing and generate funds. If their panchayat is a tourist hub, they can take help from self-help groups who can improve the local economy Uma Mahadevan Principal Secretary (Panchayat Raj)
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