FARMERS SET A DEADLINE FOR GOVT The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is speaheading the protests, said their biggestever mahapanchayat in nine months aims to show to the Yogi-Modi combine the agitation has the support of “all castes, religions, states and classes”. They would press the state to withdraw cases against farmers by September 8, failing which they will ramp up their protests. P10 BENGALURU SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 05, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION 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 INFIGHTING SLOWS DOWN Karnataka to ban online gambling TALIBAN GOVT FORMATION AS H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru ISI chief rushes to Kabul to lobby for the Haqqanis; Taliban reasonable in addressing India’s concerns, says Foreign Secretary Shringla EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE THE Taliban have yet again postponed the for mal announcement of their government reportedly due to infighting among various factions within the militia over powersharing, especially between the Baradar camp and the Haqqani Network. While Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chairman of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, is widely believed to be the face of the new government with Hibatullah Akhundzada being the titular head, the ISIsponsored Haqqani Network, whose troops control Kabul, is eyeing an important role in the yet-to-be formed government. “The announcement about the new government and Cabinet members will be made next week,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Saturday, without divulging more details. This is the second time that the Taliban have delayed the formation of the government in Kabul since they seized Kabul on August 15. In a surprise move, ISI chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed reached Kabul on Saturday reportedly to lobby for the Haqqanis. The ISI chief ’s trip is the first high-level visit by a Pak official since the Taliban took over Kabul. Earlier in the day, Pak Army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa met British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and told him that ONLINE gambling and betting will soon be banned in Karnataka. The Cabinet on Saturday took a decision to amend the Karnataka Police Act to bring the ban into effect. However, online lottery and betting on horse races, happening within or outside the State, can continue legally, said Law and Parliamentary Affairs MinisJAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT A Taliban fighter walks past a group of people sitting outside a bank waiting to withdraw their money, at Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood in Kabul on Saturday | AFP PM Modi plans to visit US later this month New Delhi: Amid the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to visit the US during September 22-27, sources said. This will be Modi’s first US trip after President Joe Biden assumed office. The two have previously met virtually at the Quad summit in March, G7 summit in June and climate change summit in April Pakistan would assist in the formation of an inclusive administration in Afghanistan. According to Khalil Haqqani, one of the Taliban leaders negotiating with different groups over power-sharing, the bid to make the new government broad- based and acceptable to the international community is causing the delay . “The Taliban can form a government of their own but they are now focusing to have an administration in which all parties, groups and sections of the society have proper representation,” he said. Meanwhile, India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla expressed hope that the Taliban would be ‘reasonable’ while addressing India’s concerns. “Our engagement with the Taliban has been limited. It’s not that we have had a robust conversation. But for whatever conversation we’ve had so far... the Taliban seem to indicate that they will be reasonable in the way they handle this,” the foreign secretary said. On Tuesday the Indian en, voy to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, had held talks with a senior P12 Taliban leader in Doha. September 3 51,88,894 doses September 4 62,25,922 doses TOTAL DOSES: 68,37,29,058 NATIONWIDE SEPT 03 SEPT 04 Fresh cases 45,352 42,618 Recoveries Deaths 34,791 36,385 366 330 KARNATAKA SEPT 03 SEPT 04 Fresh cases 1,220 983 Recoveries Deaths 1,175 19 1,620 21 WITH THIS ISSUE AN ELUSIVE BALANCE PLUS 12 PAGES HAVEN BECKONS TOURISTS bright side P2 ter JC Madhuswamy after the cabinet meeting. The cabinet approved a draft of the amendment bill, which will be placed before the Houses during the legislature session commencing from September 13, he added. The decision follows a direction from the Karnataka High Court asking the State Government to take a stand on online gambling. The draft bill states, “Gaming means all forms of wagering or betting in the form of tokens, valued in terms of money, virtual currency and electronic transfer of funds in connection with any game of chance. It is also any act of risking money on the unknown result of an event, including on a game of skill, playing any game or by any third parties.’’ EXPRESS READ Bhabanipur bypoll on Sept 30 New Delhi: The bypoll to the Bhabanipur Assembly seat in West Bengal, from where CM Mamata Banerjee plans to contest, will be held on September 30, the Election Commission announced on Saturday. The Bhabanipur bypoll will allow Mamata a chance to become a member of the Assembly. She had moved out of her traditional seat in Bhabanipur to fight from Nandigram during the Assembly elections. P10 8 in UP charged with waging war Lucknow: Eight people arrested over alleged illegal religious conversion in UP have been charged with conspiring to wage a war against the country. Special judge Ram Gupta allowed a plea by the antiterrorist squad, which had arrested the eight in June. P9 ‘No decision on opening Std 1-5’ Bengaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday clarified that the State Government has not considered reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 5. “We will see how things work out for Classes 6, 7 and 8, and then take further decisions,” Bommai told reporters. P7 Madhuswamy said the instrument of gaming includes any article used or intended to be used, including computers, computer systems, mobile apps, internet or cyber space, virtual platforms, software and accessories. Home Minister Araga Jnanendra told TNSE that earlier, the police could raid places where playing cards and other gambling P4 activities took place. MEDAL RUSH FOR INDIA India won 4 more Paralympic medals on Saturday, taking their tally to 17. A look at the medallists... PRAMOD BHAGAT (badminton, men’s singles SL3) GOLD World No 1 in this category who won a hatful of medals coming into the Games. Was the favourite and lived up to the billing. First time that the sport is at the Games. MANOJ SARKAR (badminton, men’s singles SL3) BRONZE A worlds silver medallist from 2017. Took to the sport at a young age and used to hold his own against able-bodied athletes. Was struck by polio when he was an adoloscent SINGHRAJ ADHANA (shooting, mixed 50m pistol SH1) SILVER Got into the sport well into his 30s. This is his second medal in a single Paralympics, having won a bronze in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol Sh1 discipline. MANISH NARWAL (shooting, mixed 50m pistol SH1) GOLD Has the world record in this category. Was on the verge of elimination but showed admirable cojones to claw his way back to win. Has a congenital impairment in right hand | P15
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