chennai l monday l august 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l late city EDITION crude worry as OPEC+ to revisit production hike A month after the cartel agreed to ramp up supply, Kuwait’s oil minister on Sunday said the decision could be revisited crucial cartel meeting on september 1 Kuwait prefaced its observation on some markets being engulfed in the 4th wave of the pandemic, Reuters reported. OPEC+ had agreed to raise supply by 4,00,000 barrels per day after shuttering 45% production last year. The grouping meets on September 1 to take a call, but since Brent prices jumped back to $72.75 on Sunday, another acrimonious session is likely ■ 23 bad news for india if rates spiral ■ The International Energy Agency had slashed demand outlook for 2021 after Brent price slumped to below $64 in August first half, and warned of a surplus in 2022. But prices rallied after that Rise in rates, coupled with a supply cut, slims hopes for a fuel rate cut and may not let inflation cool down in countries like India nations, including russia, are the members of the OPEC+ grouping 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 US drone takes out IS car bomb to save airport Held for selling gutka, shopkeeper found to be serial abuser of children S ahaya N o v ins t o n L o b o @ Chennai Elusive Taliban supreme leader in Kandahar, to appear in public soon, says spokesperson E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e In its second airstrike in successive days on Sunday to safeguard the evacuation process in Kabul, a US drone took out an ISIS-K car bomb that was being readied to attack the airport. There were also reports of multiple suicide bombers on board when the car was taken out. Big secondary explosions after the drone strike indicated the vehicle was loaded with explosives, US officials said. The attack came on day when a militia rocket struck a building at Kabul’s Khuwja Bughra, around 1 km from the airport, killing a child. No group claimed the attack, but the White House said similar attacks were likely in Kabul in the next 24-36 hours. Regarding the IS suicide attack that killed over 180 people outside the Kabul airport on Thursday last, intelligence reports in Western media sug- express read Maha minister gets ED summons on extortion New Delhi/Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday summoned Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab for questioning in connection with a money laundering case against minister Anil Deshmukh and others. Summons to Parab came based on ‘disclosures’ made by other accused | P8 NATIONWIDE Aug 28 Aug 29 Fresh cases 46,759 45,083 Recoveries Deaths 31,374 35,840 509 460 tamil nadu Aug 28 Aug 29 Fresh cases 1,551 1,538 Recoveries Deaths 1,768 21 1,753 22 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 of city express gested that Al-Qaeda’s Khalil Haqqani had facilitated it. Elusive Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, who was thought to be in Pakistan army’s custody arrived in , Kandahar, spokesman Bilal Karimi said. “I can confirm he is in Kandahar. He will soon appear in public,” Karimi said. France’s President Emmanuel Macron said Paris and London on Monday planned to jointly propose at the UN the creation of a ‘safe zone’ in Kabul that would allow for ‘humanitarian operations’. As for the Kabul airport, a Taliban official said they had engineers and technicians ready to take charge of it. “We are waiting for the final nod from the Americans to secure full control over Kabul airport as both sides aim for a swift handover,” he said. Banks opened for the first time under the new Taliban rule, but with a cap on daily Afghans photographing a car bomb that was destroyed by a US drone on Sunday | AP withdrawals. While some complained of still being unable to access their money, government employees claimed they have not been paid over the last four months. Reports of continuing Taliban brutality came in, the latest being the gunning down of a folk singer north of Kabul. Fawad Andarabi was shot dead from point blank range in the Andarabi Valley in Baghlan province. In what was seen as Taliban’s outreach, its leader Sher Mohd Abbas Stanekzai said they wanted to retain economic and political ties with India. In a video address, Stanekzai referred to the air corridor between India and Afghanistan established to boost trade after Pakistan’s refusal to allow transit access. “We need to keep the air trade open,” he said. P9 Journos, sportsmen among killed in blast Among those killed in Thursday’s attack were two journalists, Ali Reza Ahmadi and Najma Sadeqi. Two Afghan national-level athletes, Mohammad Jan Sultani (taekwondo) and Idrees (wushu), too, were killed in the blast, said Chinese media outlet Xinhua The Joe Biden administration is committed to safe passage to Americans and the Afghans who helped the US government after the withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan Jake Sullivan, NSA of the US Modi to expedite administrative reforms promised two years ago? M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have told his ministerial colleagues to expedite implementation of the party’s 2019 vision document for the Lok Sabha elections. He also asked the newly inducted ministers to closely study the BJP’s 2014 and 2019 manifestos and prioritise steps for their faster implementation from their respective ministries. In two meetings of the council of ministers held soon after the Cabinet rejig, Modi’s instructions were to focus on deliverables in the 2019 vision document, which was drawn up incorporating crowd-sourced ideas. Within the BJP party leaders , are particularly looking at three big areas that are yet to be addressed: administrative, police and judicial reforms. There’s anticipation within the party that Modi may soon embark on the promised administrative reforms. The 2019 vision document spoke of reforms in the civil services to meet the objective of minimum government, besides merging similar and complementary departments into sectoral ministries. The document had also promised police reforms by framing a model Police Act in consultation with states. Modi’s urgency appears to be directed at addressing political challenges in the aftermath of the second Covid wave. While the BJP can claim to have ticked the nationalism checkboxes in the document like taking out Articles 370 and 35A as also the CAA, there are loads of unfulfilled assurances, like building consensus for simultaneous polls, single voter list across polls, doubling farmers’ income by 2023, completing dedicated railway freight corridor projects by 2022, among others. Higher edu institutions The vision document promised to enhance capacities of higher education professional institutions by 50%, apparently to facilitate the implementation of the 10% EWS quota We’ve studied the vision document. Steps are being listed for their implementations in an orderly manner New Union minister paralympics Mother’s push behind Nishad’s jump Fi r o z M i r z a @ Chennai MOTHER Pushpa Devi looked in horror as her eight-year-old son Nishad Kumar’s right hand got dismembered by a grasscutting machine in their farm almost 13 years ago in Amb town of Una district, Himachal Pradesh. Being a former national-level volleyball player herself, her dream was to see her son take up sports at the highest-level, before it came crashing down many moons ago. Devi still remembers how her son was lying unconscious in a pool of blood with his limb cut off from the elbow. While it did cut short Devi’s dreams for the time being, it seldom stopped her from ensuring Nishad played some sport or the other. That faith and determination eventually yielded a high jump silver medal in the T47 category for India at the To- Nishad Kumar won silver with a clearance of 2.06m at the Paralympics Sunday | PTI kyo Paralympics on Sunday, August 29, incidentally celebrated as National Sports Day . The 21-year-old cleared 2.06 m setting an Asian record to finish joint-second with American Dallas Wise. USA’s Roderick Townsend clinched the gold with a world record jump of 2.15 m. “My mother was alone on the field that fateful day She, how. ever, didn’t lose heart. In fact, she was so determined to make him a sportsperson that my brother started competing a barely year after that accident,” Rama Devi, Nishad’s sister, told this daily . N i s h a d eve n c o m p e t e d against able-bodied athletes in the 2017 School Nationals. In the same year, he shifted to Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula, Chandigarh to hone his skills. He won bronze in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with a jump of 2 m to secure a Paralympic quota. “He was confident of winning a medal. Even in the morning when I spoke to him, I was nervous but he assured me not to worry informed the sister. ,” Nishad twice returned Covid19 positive earlier this year but continued improving his show by setting his personal best on two occasions, the second one of 2.07 m came at the trials. P11 One more medal India celebrated the National Sports Day with one more medal at Paralympics. Bhavinaben Patel settled for silver after losing the table tennis final. Discus thrower Vinod Kumar bagged bronze in the men’s F52 event but it was put on hold A 48-year-old shopkeeper, held for selling gutka, was charged under several sections of the POCSO Act on Saturday after police found videos of him sexually assaulting children on his mobile phone. According to police, the man has sexually assaulted at least five girls, aged between 4 and 13, over seven years. Apart from the accused, identified as one Perumal, two sisters, aged 30 and 28, were also arrested under multiple sections of the POCSO Act. Police said the women allowed Perumal to sexually assault their daughters for money; the women have one daughter each. According to sources, Perumal’s shop was searched by the T P Chatram all-women police on Saturday after they received information that he was selling gutka. The police team, led by Inspector E Rajeswari, found a few sachets of gutka in the shop and seized his phone to find the contacts of his suppliers. It was then that the police team found the videos. “There were at least 50 videos on his cellphone,” said an officer investigating the case. Though the team initially thought he might have downloaded the videos from the internet, a closer examination revealed that the man in some of the videos was Perumal himself and the victims were children. The two women were also seen in the videos; police later found they were the mothers of two of the children assaulted by Perumal. Quoting the confession statements of the trio, police said the two sisters, who visited Perumal’s shop often, developed an extramarital affair with him. “Perumal claims the girls were sent by their mothers to please him so he did not charge them for items purchased. The assault took place in the houses of the two women and in their presence,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Kilpauk) K Ramesh. Police said they have identified at least three other children assaulted by Perumal. P3 6 from city die in accident at Kallakurichi E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kallakurichi Six, including three women and a child, died after the car they were travelling in collided with a TNSTC bus near Kallakurichi on Sunday night. Tambaram residents Ebenezer, Emanuel, Rebecca, two other women, and a boy were returning from Ooty On Thi. yagadurugam bypass near Prithivimangalam, their car reportedly went to the wrong lane and collided with a TNSTC bus coming from the opposite side, killing everyone inside the car on the spot. Six others, including the bus driver, sustained injuries, a source from SP’s office here said. Personnel from Thiyagadurugam police station rushed to the spot and managed to retrieve the bodies from the mangled remains of the car after a two-hour-long effort. The bodies were sent to Gover nment Kallakurichi Hospital for postmortem examination. The injured are undergoing treatment at the same hospital. Identities of the two women and the child are yet to be established. The Thiyadurugam police registered a case and launched an investigation.
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