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 SEP 07 Fresh cases SEP 08 31,222 37,875 Recoveries Deaths 42,942 290 TAMIL NADU SEP 07 39,114 369 SEP 08 Fresh cases 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 ■ 1,576 19 1,594 18 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 1,587 Recoveries Deaths TIRUCHY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 09, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION 1,544 ■ “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Farm leaders had earlier said that no political party, especially the BJP, was welcome till the three farm laws were repealed | P8 PUNJAB ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS ARE DUE TO BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■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 House cites secularism, passes anti-CAA resolution E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THE Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution urging the Union government to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, by voice vote as the BJP walked out to register its protest. With this, TN becomes the eighth State to adopt such a resolution after Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. The Union Territory of Puducherry, too, had adopted one in 2020. The resolution moved by Chief Minister MK Stalin said, “This august House considers that the CAA passed by Parliament in 2019 is not in tune with the secular principles laid down in our Constitution and also not conducive to the communal harmony that prevails in India.” “ per established democratic As principles, a country should be governed taking into consideration the aspirations and concerns of people belonging to all sections of the society But it is seen that . the CAA was passed in such a way that it does not accord warm support to the refugees considering their plight, but instead discriminates against them according to their religion and country of origin,” the resolution stated. While DMK allies — Congress, TVK, MDMK, CPI, CPM, VCK, and MMK — welcomed the move AIADMK SKIPS VOTE Just before the Chief Minister moved the resolution, AIADMK staged a walk-out after MLA KP Munusamy was denied permission to raise other issues. Condemning this after a round of heated arguments, Opposition leader Palaniswami led the party out of the House and extended their support to the resolution, only PMK from the Opposition joined them. MLAs from the BJP opposed the resolution and staged a walk-out, and didn’t return till the end of the morning session. BJP floor leader, Nainar Nagendran, reasoned that the CAA was brought in to protect the minorities of neighbouring countries since they were subjected to discrimination by the majority there. Meanwhile, just before the CM moved the resolution, principal Opposition party, the AIADMK, walked out after MLA KP Munusamy was denied permission to raise various other issues. Speaker Appavu said the party had not sought prior permission for the same, and assured it will be given on Thursday During the . argument, the House witnessed heated exchanges among the Leader of the Opposition, Edappadi K Palaniswami, Munusamy , and the Leader of the House, Durai Murugan. Later, all their arguments were expunged. Condemning this, Palaniswami led the party outside the House. Speaking to reporters, Palaniswami said the DMK government had given up on schemes started by the AIADMK regime. 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 S E 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 direction,” 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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- THE Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the heads of corporations and municipalities to file a written undertaking that no manual scavenging work would be permitted in their jurisdiction. Passing the order on a batch of pleas, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu said the commissioners of corporations and the heads of municipalities, as indicated in previous orders, will be personally held liable in case any manual scavenging activity is detected or any mishap template for critical guidelines to be issued in such regard. As per submissions made by the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, in the Lok Sabha recently , 43 people have died while cleaning sewers and septic tanks in TN 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- L A L I T H A R A N J A N I @ Madurai CM CHEF Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh cooking food for Tokyo Olympians from his state, on Wednesday | PTI Civic chiefs will be held liable for manual scavenging occurs in course thereof. “So as not to compromise public interest, the State should endeavour to obtain appropriate machines or improve sewer lines to ensure that no manual scavenging is necessary anywhere in the State,” the judges said. It will also be the responsibility of the heads of local administration to ensure that no private person also indulges in such an activity or engages any other, the court said. The matter was adjourned to November 10 for the State to place its Neamatighat 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. MBBS ADMISSIONS AT BJP gets poll ready, Pradhan MADURAI AIIMS UNLIKELY THIS YEAR to manage UP HC ASKS FOR UNDERTAKING E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai 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 during the last five years. Only Uttar Pradesh, with 52 deaths, has reported a higher toll. Overall, in the last five years, 340 deaths due to manual scavenging were reported in the country , revealed the data. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Maharashtra, Guajarat, Haryana, and Karnataka accounted for nearly 75 per cent of the total deaths. The National Safai Karmacharis Finance and Development Corporation is implementing a scheme, Swachhata Udyami Yojana, under which loans are given to procure mechanised equipment up to the cost of `5 lakh with a subsidy of 50 per cent. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HEALTH Minister Ma Subramanian said it is unlikely the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai will be able to admit students in the current academic year (2021-22). The plan to commence classes this year came up at the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court in June, but the minister said the options suggested by the Union government for conducting classes were not feasible. This comes days ahead of this year’s NEET on September 12. Since last year, admission to MBBS courses at AIIMS and JIPMER has been based on NEET scores. Speaking to TNIE, Subramanian said, “During the meeting with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi on September 3, it was conveyed that none of the suggestions put forward regarding temporary arrangements were feasible for the State. TN is for beginning admissions only after construction of the planned buildings at Thoppur. Thus, we insisted on expediting the project. The Ministry acknowledged the practical difficulties in meeting the criteria of the National Medical Commission to admit students at AIIMS this year.” The Union government had suggested three temporary options to begin classes this year for 150 students of Madurai AIIMS: to host them at JIPMER in Puducherry at a , government medical or arts college in Madurai, or at any private medical college in Madurai. The State did not find these options viable and instead suggested 50 students each be accommodated at the Madurai, Theni, and Sivaganga government medical colleges. However, all these CONTINUED ON: P4 options have now been ruled out. EXPRESS READ Veteran poet-lyricist Pulamaipithan dies Chennai: Former AIADMK presidium chairman and critically-acclaimed poet and lyricist Pulamaipithan (86) passed away at a private hospital on Wednesday morning after he was admitted there on September 1 for age-related ailments | P4 Tata to manufacture 40 aircraft for IAF 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 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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