Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 7 67,43,698 doses September 8 73,80,510 doses Total doses: 71,52,54,153 NATIONWIDE sept 07 sept 08 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 31,222 37,875 42,942 290 39,114 369 tamil nadu sept 07 sePt 08 Fresh cases SAMBALPUR l thursday l september 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION Punjab farmer unions call all-party meet minus BJP Angry farmers are in no mood to allow parties to visit villages for campaigning in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly polls Meeting called following akali request ■ 762 801 07 574 08 2022 ‘Campaigning will weaken agitation’ After a lengthy meeting at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border on Wednesday, 32 Punjab farmer unions decided to call a meeting of the representatives of all political parties fighting Punjab elections, minus the BJP, on September 10 (Friday) at Chandigarh. The decision was taken after the Shiromani Akali Dal sought such a meeting to explain its position 638 Recoveries Deaths ■ “Doing poll campaign now is too early, plus it will dent the farmers’ movement against the three Central laws,” said Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary, BKU (Lakhowal), Punjab Farm leaders had earlier said that no political party, especially the BJP, was welcome till the three farm laws were repealed | P8 Punjab assembly elections are due to be held early next year CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■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 Oppn gherao Speaker in session marred by disruptions E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar WITH just a day left, the brief monsoon session of the State Assembly has turned out to be a complete washout with persistent disruptions in defiance of repeated appeals from the Speaker of the House.The nine days session with eight working days was the least productive. Wednesday witnessed one of the most dramatic events with members of the Opposition BJP and Congress gheraoing Speaker S N Patro in his office chamber demanding discussion on their notice on the mining scam.As soon as the House assembled for the day, members of both Congress and BJP created pandemonium over the alleged mining scam in the State and demanded the Speaker to allow a discussion on the adjournment motion notice by suspending Question Hour to discuss the issue. Unable to transact business, the Speaker adjourned the House till 11.30 am. When the House was about to reassemble at 11.30 am, MLAs from both the Opposition parties gheraoed Patro in his chamber. This forced the Deputy Speaker Rajanikant Singh to adjourn the House for the second time till 4 pm.Responding to media queries, the Speaker said, “Members of the Opposition led by senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra came to my chamber for a discussion. Some members of the treasury benches were also present. I had cited the reason for non-acceptance of the adjournment motion notice. I told them that they could raise this issue during Zero Hour.”However, accusing the government of its in- volvement in the mining scam, Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja said, “We want a discussion on the mining issue as a majority of auctioned mines are still not fully functional resulting in acute scarcity of iron ore.”He said the government is not taking action against the lessees who won bids by quoting higher premiums but failed to meet the lease conditions. As a result of which, more than `10,000 crore penalty has been raised through demand notice against the defaulters. Justifying their action, Saluja said the Opposition had no other option but to protest. BJP Chief Whip Mohan Majhi who hails from the mineral-rich Keonjhar district said the BJD government is in nexus with mine owners. “Every time we want a discussion on mining scam, the State government is trying to escape,” he added.Condemning the Opposition action, BJD MLA Pratap Keshari Deb accused it of shifting goal posts. “When a playing team sees that its tactics are not working, they immediately change their strategy by shifting their goal post. The Opposition parties are doing the same,” he added. At least 35 missing as ferry capsizes in Assam’s Jorhat NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with visiting heads of CIA and MI-6 as well India, Russia share Af terror overflow worry E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With terror inextricably linked to the DNA of the government unveiled by the Taliban in Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday held separate meetings with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev and CIA chief Williams Burns. During the Doval-Patrushev meeting both sides agreed to coordinate their approaches in multilateral formats on the developments in Afghanistan. The Indian stress was on pressuring Pakistan to put a lid on terror overflow from Afghanistan. Nikolai Patrushev “We conveyed to the Russians that Pakistan has a Call to curb terror special responsibility to Both Russia and India ensure that Afghanistan agreed on the need for soil is not used to spread Taliban to adhere to terrorism,” sources said. promises, curb global Regarding the agenda of terror groups operating the Doval-Patrushev meetout of Afghanistan and ing, top officials said the their consequent threat political, security and huto Central Asia and manitarian situation in India, and smuggling the war-torn country and its possible implications on India and China was discussed at length. The role of drug cartels was also discussed with Doval and his counterpart assuring each other of cooperation to meet current and future threats and measures to assist Afghanistan. Doval is understood to have underlined Pakistan deep state’s symbiotic links with terror groups in Afghanistan, such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. He also expressed concern over security of minorities like Afghan Hindus and Sikhs who could not be evacuated. Patrushev later met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The two sides reaffirmed their intention to strengthen coordination in the field of enhancing regional stability including on the Afghan direc, tion,” a Russian Embassy statement said. The India-Russia meeting assumes significance as weeks ago, Russia and China had abstained from voting on a joint India-France-US-UK resolution on Afghanistan at the UN Security Council. Earlier in the day New Delhi shared its Afghan , concerns with visiting security heads of Britain and the US, MI-6 chief Richard Moore and CIA chief William Burns, respectively . Taliban 2.0’s PM among 7 UN-listed terrorists in govt Af protests gather steam E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e THE Taliban’s all-male government comprising its hardline leaders – many of them UN designated terrorists – has received a resounding thumbsdown from the international community. While the US raised concern about the terror affiliations and track records of the new ministers, the EU said the outfit reneged on its promise to make the government inclusive. Germany said it’s “not optimistic” about Taliban. However, predictably Chi, na welcomed the Taliban government and also announced $31 million aid. On the UN Security Council’s terrorism blacklist are PM Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund and both his deputies – Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi. The others include Minister of Economy Qari Din Hanif, deputy interior minister Maulvi Noor Jalal, Water and Energy Minister Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor and Telecommunication minister Najibullah Haqqani. Interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani is still wanted by the FBI and has a $10 billion bounty on his head. According to US media reports, the Biden administration is putting pressure on Pakistan to cooperate on fighting terrorist groups such as ISIS-K and Al Qaeda in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the new education minister Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir – a product of Darul Uloom Haqqania – has made a bizarre comment that higher education is useless. “No PhD or master’s degree is valuable today You see that the Mul. lahs and Taliban that are in the power have no Phd, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all,” he said, unwittingly explaining the militia’s contempt for modern education. P9 Anti-Taliban protests led by women continued on Wednesday, with demonstrators saying they would not accept a government with no women ministers. Some protesters and journalists covering the event were reportedly beaten up before the protests were dispersed Jorhat assam A man struggles to clamber on to the ill-fated ferry while a few other passengers try to maintain balance moments before it fully sank, in Jorhat on Wednesday | PTI P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati At least 35 people on board a crowded ferry were reported missing as it sank in the flooded Brahmaputra in Assam shortly after a midstream collision with another tub on Wednesday. One body has been retrieved so far. The accident occurred barely 100 metres from Neamatighat in Upper Assam’s Jorhat district around 3.30 pm. The tragedy struck passen- @ Bhubaneswar: BIJU Janata Dal’s Chilika MLA Prashant Jagdev was suspended from the party hours after he allegedly thrashed a BJP leader at Balugaon on Wednesday. Chief Minister and party supremo Naveen Patnaik issued a one-sentence order even as the legislator’s high-handed action left the ruling outfit embarrassed with the State Assembly in session. He was also removed as chairperson of the Khurda District Planning Committee. Earlier on the day, Jagdev, known for his high-handedness, had allegedly beaten up Balugaon Nagar BJP president Niranjan Sethi in front of the NAC office. The incident occurred when Sethi was stepping out from the office after meeting the executive officer. He was inquiring about delay in release of work order to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and payment of old age pension and other welfare programmes. According BJP sources, the attack on the party leader by Jagdev was unprovoked. Police said, the incident occurred at about 3pm. “A case has been registered under Sections 294, 323, 341 and 506 of IPC and Section 3 (1)(r)(s) of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Balugaon SDPO will investigate the matter, the MLA will be questioned and necessary action will be taken accordingly,” said an officer. In the FIR filed against Jagdev in Balugaon police station, Sethi alleged that the MLA slapped him. A video of the incident also became viral. Later, BJP workers staged dharna in front of Balugaon police station demanding arrest of the BJD legislator. With the visuals and video hitting the social media, the BJD reacted swiftly as it sought to placate the issue before it echoed in the monsoon session of the Assembly on Thursday . The ruling party, however, did not attribute the reason behind suspension of the MLA who has found himself embroiled in controversy for his roguish behavior Neamatighat Guwahati Brahmaputra River problem as the boats collided. One capsized and sank. The second boat could have also capsized but the police and locals managed to secure it,” Jorhat Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain told this newspaper. He said some 75 people were on board the capsized ferry and around 35 were missing. “The boat that sank was retrieved around 350 metres away The personnel of NDRF . (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disas- Mechanised boats are the lifeline of people of Majuli. Official sources said there were 27 twowheelers as well on the ill-fated ferry. They said such ferries carry around 70-80 people along with vehicles, mostly two-wheelers ter Response Force) are conducting the search and rescue operations,” the SP added. While official sources said said such ferries carry around 70-80 people, locals claimed there were 100-120 passengers on board. Ferries on the Brahmaputra operate under the Inland Water Transport Department. Since tickets are not issued and records are not maintained, it had no clear head count of the passengers. People pay the fare after boarding ferries. Protesting youth slits BJP gets poll wrist, consumes poison ready, Pradhan to manage UP near State Assembly E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar cm chef Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh cooking food for Tokyo Olympians from his state, on Wednesday | PTI Naveen suspends MLA for assaulting BJP leader E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e gers of ‘Maa Kamala’, which had set sail for Kamalabari in river island Majuli from Neamatighat. It capsized moments after colliding with ‘Tipkai’, a bigger ferry that was en route to Neamatighat from Kamalabari. Official sources said the body of one person was retrieved and 42 others survived after they swam ashore or were rescued by the locals. The rescued people included seven children. “There was perhaps a communication Majuli’s lifeline in the past. According to the affidavit filed by him in the nomination papers for the 2019 assembly election, 10 criminal cases are pending against him. Charges against him include assault or use of criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage modesty, voluntarily causing hurt to prevent public servant from duty, causing grievious hurt and criminal intimidation of STs/SCs and Railway cases. Cases have been filed against him at Boudh, Khurda and Bhubaneswar. A majority of the criminal cases against him have been filed between 2014 and 2019 when he was BJD MLA from Begunia. However, he continued to find favour from the party . A youth on Wednesday consumed poison and slit his wrist at Lower PMG Square, not far from the State Assembly premises and in presence of a posse of policemen, to highlight what he described negligence in treatment by authorities of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. He died half an hour later. The victim, who belonged to Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district, was rushed first to Capital Hospital before being referred to SCB but succumbed 30 minutes later after his admission, said sources. Ahead of being shifted to the hospital, the injured even spoke to mediapersons but the policemen present at Lower PMG Square failed to notice him. By the time he drew attention, the youth’s condition had deteriorated. After he met with a road accident, the youth said, the Department of Health and Family Welfare had asked him to undergo treatment at SCB Medical College. “I was harassed in SCB while undergoing treatment and the doctors did not provide me with medicines. I was forced to write letters to the Chief Minister, Governor and Department of Health’s Secretary in this regard but to no avail. They then deliberately discharged me,” he alleged. According to the papers the deceased was carrying, he reportedly met with an accident on March 22, 2020 and sustained serious injuries on his left leg. He was admitted to SCB and underwent a surgery on March CONTINUED: P5 23, 2020. express read Dhoni turns mentor, Ashwin back Tata to manufacture 40 aircraft for IAF Chennai: Ravichandran Ashwin’s recall to the T20I squad after a gap of four years and MS Dhoni’s return to the dressing room as mentor headlined India’s World Cup squad announcement on Wednesday | P11 New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared purchase of 56 twin-turboprop C-295 planes for the Air Force to replace the Avro fleet. Sixteen aircraft will be procured from Airbus in a flyaway condition while 40 will be manufactured in India by the Tata-Airbus consortium E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The ruling BJP on Wednesday cranked up its poll machine by assigning senior ministers the task of managing five states that are slated for Assembly elections early next year. Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Joshi and Bhupender Yadav will oversee preparations in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur, respectively . Union minister Anurag Thakur will assist Pradhan in UP Eight other senior leaders . will be part of the team managing UP They include Arjun . Ram Meghwal, Shobha Karandjale, Saroj Pandey Capt Ab, himanyu, Annapurna Devi and Vivek Thakur. The BJP has created six zones for UP (Kashi, Braj, western UP, Avadh, Kanpur and Gorakhpur), which will be looked after by senior functionaries of the party . Shekhawat will be the election in-charge for Punjab. He will be assisted by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Meenakshi Lekhi. Prahlad Joshi has been appointed election in-charge for Uttarakhand. Bhupender Yadav will be the election incharge for Manipur, while former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will manage Goa. Barring Punjab, the BJP is in power in all four poll-bound states.
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