KOZHIKODE 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 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 ■ 2022 ‘Campaigning will weaken agitation’ ■ “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Farm leaders had earlier said that no political party, especially the BJP, was welcome till the three farm laws were repealed | P8 Punjab assembly elections are due to be held early next year CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■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 Nipah: 36 more suspects -ve, origin still unknown E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kozhikode A man passes by the Nipah triage area at the Kozhikode MCH | T P Sooraj 46 68 265 tested negative so far people in deceased currently boy’s in hospitals contact list GIVING the state some respite, samples of 36 more people who were suspected to have contracted Nipah tested negative on Wednesday, but a lack of clarity over the origin of the virus continued to be a cause of concern. The total number of people to have tested negative rose to 46. Ten more were shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, taking the total number of hospitalised people to 68. “Results of more than 15 samples are awaited,” said Health Minister Veena George. She added that as per Nipah protocol, 42 days of zero cases since reporting the last case are needed to declare that the virus threat is over. At present, 265 people are on the contact list of the deceased 12-yearold boy, who belonged to Pazhoor in Chathamangalam. Among them, 47 are from different districts. As part of door-todoor surveillance, the officials visited 4,995 houses in Chathamangalam panchayat. “It is a good sign that no new contact was added to the list during the process,” Veena said. Meanwhile, the health depart- ment is waiting for the experts from NIV Pune to arrive to figure out the source of infection. “The preliminary report suggests the deceased boy might have got the infection from the bat-bitten rambuttan fruit,” said the minister. Forest Minister A K Saseendran said officials from the forest department will be asked to collect the samples from wild boar in the infected area. In the preliminary assessment of health experts, fruit bats were considered to be the source of the virus. The state animal husband- ry department collected droppings of bats and blood samples of goats in the region to check presence of virus in them. Medical experts are not ruling out the chances that deceased boy might have got the infection from another person. To reach a conclusion in this regard, the heath authority is checking the recent deaths reported in the region with symptoms similar to Nipah. For the same, details of 35 deaths reported in the local body in the last one month have been collected. The department will also initiate a detailed study on the medical report of the deceased boy P2 . 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. “We conveyed to the Russians that Pakistan has a Nikolai Patrushev special responsibility to ensure that Afghanistan Call to curb terror soil is not used to spread Both Russia and India terrorism,” sources said. agreed on the need for Regarding the agenda of Taliban to adhere to the Doval-Patrushev meetpromises, curb global ing, top officials said the terror groups operating political, security and huout of Afghanistan and manitarian situation in their consequent threat the war-torn country and to Central Asia and its possible implications India, and smuggling 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. 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 thumbs-down 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, China 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, the Biden administration is putting pressure on Pakistan to cooperate on fighting terrorist groups such as ISIS-K and Al Qaeda. Meanwhile, new education minister Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir has made a bizarre comment that higher education is useless. “No PhD or master’s degree is valuable today. You see that the Mullahs 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, unwitP9 tingly explaining the militia’s conte. Land on lease, waiver on fees: State lures vax cos to Life Sciences Park In a huge boost to efforts to produce vaccines within the state to fight infectious diseases, the state cabinet on Wednesday decided to set up vaccine manufacturing units at the Life Sciences Park in Thiruvananthapuram. Companies ready to set up units will be given land on lease for 60 years with 50% subsidy on the lease premium. Waiver on registration fees and stamp duty will be given to execute the lease agreement with the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. In addition, a capital investment subsidy of up to 30% will be given to procure equipment and plant ma- NATIONWIDE sep 07 Fresh cases seP 08 31,222 37,875 Recoveries Deaths 42,942 290 statewide sep 07 39,114 369 seP 08 Fresh cases 25,772 30,196 Recoveries Deaths 27,320 27,579 189 181 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- Haritha panel disbanded over ‘indiscipline’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kozhikode The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has decided to disband the current state committee of Haritha, a collective of girls under the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) in colleges, for ‘gross violation of discipline’. Briefing reporters after a high-powered committee meeting, IUML state acting general secretary P M A Salam said a new committee will be announced soon. “Haritha has repeatedly violated party discipline. Moreover, the current committee was formed in 2018. The stipulation is that the Haritha committee should be constituted every year,” Salam said. The party had earlier frozen the activities of Haritha after a controversy over allegations against some MSF leaders. As many as 10 Haritha leaders had alleged that MSF state president P K Navas and Malappuram district general secretary V Abdul Wahab had used sexuallycoloured language against them. Haritha leaders also filed a complaint with the Kerala State Women’s Commission, which asked the police to investigate the case. The police had recorded the initial statements of the girls. Meanwhile, the Muslim League leadership intervened and arrived at a rapproche● More on P4 ment. 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 Ashwin returns, Dhoni to mentor T20 WC squad Majuli’s lifeline Neamatighat Guwahati 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 @ Guwahati 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 chinery up to `1 crore for fill-finish units and up to `5 crore for vaccine manufacturing units. Earlier, an expert committee appointed to explore the possibility of setting up a Covid vaccine manufacturing unit in the state had recommended a three-stage process to install the facility after holding discussions with leading companies. Though the committee recommended setting up fill-finish units in the first phase, fullfledged manufacturing units in the second phase and research and development units in the third phase, the cabinet meeting has approved the setting up fill-finish units and vaccine manufacturing ● More on P2 units. assam P r a s a nta M a z u m d a r booster dose E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Jorhat 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- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned to the India’s T20 World Cup squad, four years after being sidelined from shorter format Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was named the mentor Team: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), K L Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami. Standby: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar Full coverage: P11 AFTER CM, CPM CALLS FOUL AGAINST JALEEL IN ED GAME vs LEAGUE E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram THE CPM state leadership is learnt to have conveyed its displeasure to MLA K T Jaleel over his demand for an Enforcement Directorate probe into the alleged irregularities in the A R Nagar Cooperative Bank in Malappuram. Jaleel had alleged that black money to the tune of several hundred crores of rupees was handled by the bank on behalf of Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty The CPM found Jaleel’s stand . unacceptable as it is against the party’s position that central agencies need not interfere with the functioning of cooperative societies in the state. On Tuesday CM Pinarayi Vijayan had criticised Jaleel’s , stand and said there was no need for the ED to meddle in Kerala’s cooperative sector. CPM state secretary A Vijayaraghavan said on Wednesday that the CPM had nothing more to say than what the CM had said. He said the LDF’s stand is to strengthen the cooperative sector. It is learnt that Vijayaraghavan conveyed the party’s stand to Jaleel and directed him to be more cautious while dealing with such sensitive issues. Speaking to reporters here, Cooperation Minister V N Vasavan said the government could not say whether there were any malpractices in the bank as the probe report by joint registrar has not been submitted. He said Jaleel should have introspected whether he would have invited ED to probe the case. “We won’t use any machinery to settle personal vendetta of anyone. We’ll take a stand based ● More on P4 on the merit of the issue,” he said. 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. BJP gets poll ready, Pradhan to manage UP 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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