US president Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and British PM Boris Johnson discuss AUKUS during a virtual meet on Wednesday | AP DHARMAPURI l friday l september 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION Australia-UK-US trilateral to counter China threat The alliance will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines to counter China’s growing power in the region New Balance of power in indo-pacific Technology sharing high on agenda US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in a joint statement said the Australia-UK-US alliance, known as AUKUS, will promote stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Biden said the three countries will update and enhance their shared ability to take on the threats of the 21st century ■ ■ Under AUKUS, the three nations have agreed to enhance joint capabilities and technology sharing, integration of security and defence-related science, industrial bases and supply chains The announcement comes a week before a meeting of Quad leaders to be held in Washington on September 24 | P11 CHINA Reacted sharply to the news, saying it will aggravate arms race 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 Panel to be formed to monitor implementation of ‘social justice’ in TN E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Chennai Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday announced that a committee will be formed to monitor the implementation of social justice in education, employment, posts, promotions and appointments. The panel, comprising government officials, educationists and legal experts, will recommend appropriate action wherever social justice is not implemented properly The rules for this com. mittee will be issued soon. “I take pride in constituting a committee to monitor the implementation of social justice on the centenary day of Communal G.O., issued by the Justice Party government on Septem- Team Rupani blanked out in Patel ministry Of the 24 sworn in, 21 debuted as ministers have devoted their lives to public service and spreading our Gujarat perhaps got its most party’s development agenda.” inexperienced ministry ever on BJP general secretary inThursday with as many as 21 of charge of Gujarat Bhupendra the 24 who took oath of office Yadav said a combination of and secrecy as ministers being factors went into deciding the first-timers. That the ministry new team. “We wanted to inis being led by another first- clude fresh, young and experitimer lawmaker Bhupendra Pa- enced faces. They may not have tel indicates that the real power ministerial experience but they centre has shifted to Delhi. got enough administrative Not one representative exposure. The outgoing of the outgoing Rupani ministers have loads of government figured in experience; their talthe new ministry, obents will be used to exliquely echoing the Oppand the party’s base,” position’s charges of Yadav said. incompetence. ApplyAs expected, Patiing the no-repeat yarddars and OBCs found Surprise stick to form the new phone calls the biggest represengovernment is fraught tation in the ministry . Like the CM with challenges of reThe new team has sevhimself, most of bellion, but the BJP en Patidar ministers, the ministers appears confident of including the CM. were surprised to containing it, smug as Four of them are from get a phone call it is in the understandSaurashtra, where the from state BJP ing that they owe their BJP did badly in the unit chief C R position as lawmakers last elections. It also Patil asking them to Prime Minister has two Brahmins, to attend the Narendra Modi’s votetwo Kshatriyas, two swearing-in catching ability . SCs and four STs. ceremony The first stirrings Modi is known for of resentment came bold decisions and pofrom Mansukh Vasava, BJP’s litical innovations, said a vetLok Sabha member from eran Gujarat journalist. “In Baruch. “Baruch district has 2005, after taking charge as GuBJP MLAs but no representa- jarat CM, Modi refused to retion in the new ministry There peat any incumbent in the local . is unrest among party workers; body elections. He fielded new it will have consequences,” faces and that gamble paid off. Vasava warned. Ever since, such experiments Cong ratulating the new are carried out in Gujarat first team, Modi said, “These are and replicated elsewhere later,” outstanding karyakartas who he said. P10 S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i express read ‘All TN govt staff given maternity benefits’ Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday informed the Madras High Court that there was no discrimination in providing maternity leave benefits to its employees, irrespective of their job status. The government noted that a GO was issued last month, extending maternity leave to one year | P5 Modi hits out at critics of Central Vista project New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe in public at the critics of the Central Vista project. While inaugurating the swanky Defence Offices Complexes, he said those questioning the project would conveniently remain silent on the two new multi-storey office complexes | P9 ber 19, 1921. Let us move towards achieving the goal of everything for all,” the CM said in a statement. Although the statement did not specify the main ambit of the committee, it will be to ensure proper implementation of reservation i n g ove r n m e n t services. Tracing the history of social justice in TN, Stalin said the Justice Party had raised its voice for eradication of untouchability rights , of the oppressed classes, and State autonomy, and implemented its ideologies through government orders after it came to power in 1920. Of them, the Communal G.O. turned 100 years old on Thursday . The order was issued on the basis that domination of a particular community in government services would not augur well for the country and that government posts should be filled with members of all communities, said the CM. From that point, began the journey Justice Party G.O. turns 100 The Justice Party had passed the order in 1921 on the basis that the domination of a particular community in government services would not augur well for the country crackdown `30,600 CRORE SOVEREIGN GUARANTEE FOR BAD BANK E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi THE Union Cabinet on Thursday approved `30,600 crore government guarantee for the National Asset Reconstruction Co Ltd (NARCL) to acquire stressed loans, setting the wheels in motion for the muchawaited bad bank. Government guarantee will be valid for five years, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. NARCL’s mandate is to take over bad loans from public sector banks and ensure professional management of such stressed debt. The bad bank will pay up to 15% of the agreed valuation of the nonperforming assets in cash and will issue security receipts with sovereign guarantee for the remaining part. Security receipts are instruments issued by asset reconstruction firms as consideration for their purchase of distressed assets from banks. NARCL is free to invoke the government guarantee to meet the shortfall between the face value of the security receipt and the actual realisation upon resolution or liquidation. Sixteen banks, including private lenders and NBFCs, will be part of NARCL initially with 51% stake. They will put in `6,000 crore to recover NPAs worth `90,000 crore in the the first phase. So far, banks have identified stressed loans worth `2 lakh crore to be transferred to NARCL. Assets worth `1.1 lakh crore with lower provisions would be transferred to the bad bank in the second phase. “We are also setting up an India Debt Resolution Company Ltd to manage the nonperforming assets. In this company public sector banks , and state-owned financial institutions will own 49% stake.” Sitharaman said. However, it will be a while ED raids activist Harsh Mander’s premises For security receipts to have their value intact, the government has to give backstop arrangement. Hence, the government guarantee of `30,600 crore Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman before the bad bank can start out as it is yet to get RBI licence to begin asset reconstruction operations. The Indian Banks’ Association had moved an application before RBI last month for the licence. The process is on and “should happen sooner than later,” Sitharaman said. Madras HC too stays operation of new IT Rules E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of certain sub-clauses of the recently introduced IT Rules, 2021, observing there is substance in the petitioners’ argument that an “oversight mechanism to control the media by the government may rob the media of its independence”. The Bombay High Court had pronounced a similar order in a related case in August. Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu stayed the operation of subrules (1) and (3) of Rule 9 of the I n f o r m a t i o n Te c h n o l o g y (Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules 2021) which mandate adherence to a Code of Ethics annexed to the IT Rules, 2021. The Code provides for a three-tier structure to address grievances made in relation to publishers. The court was hearing petitions filed by Carnatic musician TM Krishna and the Digital News Publishers Association challenging its validity . Further, the court said any action taken under Rule 3 of the Rules read with Rule 7 will be subject to the outcome of the final verdict on the challenge to the Rules. continued on: p5 Water world A man wades through a waterlogged area following heavy rains in Lucknow on Thursday | PTI Now, ex-AIADMK minister Veeramani under DVAC scanner, 35 sites raided S a h aya N o v i n s t o n L o b o @ Chennai KC Veeramani on Thursday became the third former AIADMK minister to come under the scanner of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC). After booking Veeramani on charges of amassing assets worth `28.78 crore, 654 per cent more than his known sources of income, officials raided 35 places linked to him across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, including at six places in Chennai and two in Bengaluru. AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami came down heavily on the action, terming it “a drama to divert the people’s attention”. A DVAC statement said it seized `34.01 lakh in cash, US Dollars worth `1.80 lakh, nine luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce, and, 275 units of sand worth `30 lakh from a residential property belonging to the leader. of social justice, he added. “I salute the leaders who were responsible for this. The DMK government has taken another step in that direction by constituting a committee to monitor the implementation of social justice,” said Stalin, adding that the social justice revolution that began then had spread its wings across the country . According to the seven-page FIR registered against Veeramani, “discreet verification” revealed he had “intentionally enriched himself illicitly and was in possession of pecuniary resources and properties in his name and in the name of his mother C Maniyammal”. This was during his tenure as Commercial Taxes and Registration Minister between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2021. continued on: p5 E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi THE Enforcement Directorate on Thursday searched some premises linked to social activist and for mer IAS officer Harsh Mander – a well known critic of the Narendra Modi government – in connection with a money laundering probe. The searches were conducted at his residence and his offices at Adchini, Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj in Delhi, sources said. Apparently the raids were held , soon after Mander and his wife left for Germany for a sixmonth fellowship. ED officials said the searches were based on an FIR registered by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing in February, naming two children’s homes and their parent body Centre for Equity Studies, headed by Mander. Delhi Police registered the case following a complaint by apex child rights body NCPCR, citing violation of rules. Confirming the raids, the Centre for Equity Studies said that over the past few months, it has faced raids, investigation, and inquiries by different government agencies. The raids evoked strong protests from activists and intellectuals who termed the Central agency’s action part of a “continuing chain of abuse of state institutions to threaten, intimidate and try to silence every critic” of the government. In a joint statement, the group of over 25 activists and intellectuals said Mander had done nothing but work for peace and harmony . “We condemn these raids to harass and intimidate a leading human rights and peace activist who has done nothing but work for peace and harmony, consistently upholding (upheld) the highest moral standards of honesty and probity,” the statement said. captain’s call Hitman’s superior tactical skill runs Kohli out of T20 leadership race v en k ata k r i s h n a b @ Chennai AT 5:53 PM on Thursday Virat , Kohli broke the news. Once India’s upcoming T20 World Cup campaign ends in the UAE in November, he will step down as skipper of the national team in the format. It’s something that had been coming. He cited the immense workload he has endured since taking over as all-format captain in 2017. However, the 32-yearold wrote that he would be available as a batsman going forward. Like how his predecessor, MS Dhoni, passed the baton to him, Kohli has decided to do it now. If anyone occupies the hot seat other than Rohit Sharma, the decorated T20 captain who has a record five IPL titles to his name, it would come as a massive surprise. Never mind the fact that Rohit is 34, but with another T20 World Cup slated for October 2022 in Australia, it is hard to see selectors handing over the reins to an untested candidate. “Understanding workload is important. Considering my workload... playing all formats and captaining regularly... I feel I need to give myself space.” Virat Kohli’s statement If Kohli, who has led the side to 27 wins in 45 matches, was waiting in the wings in 2017, Rohit is in that position now. With every IPL title he has held aloft for Mumbai Indians, the opener has been sending gentle reminders to selectors. So why the change? Workload aside, the emergence of Rohit as an all-format player and his growing stature in the team and the tactical acumen he brings too have played a big role. On Thursday if Kohli did , show ambition by wanting to continue as ODI captain with 2023 World Cup in mind, Rohit too has been having his eyes on the role. In the past 12 months, Rohit’s calm demeanour in the dressing room and his influence among the team has only been on the ascendance. That has also added some pressure from within. By coming out in the open, Kohli, who has lost only one T20I series as captain (against Australia in India in early 2019), has put an end to all speculations. However, it is only for the time being because all things point to Rohit taking charge of India’s white-ball teams as having two skippers could prove detrimental with two World Cups (T20 and 50 overs) lined up in the next two years. At a time when successful white-ball teams are inclining more and more towards shortterm goals with data analytics to aid, Rohit looks the perfect fit. More so when the team has appeared to have lost direction in white-ball cricket over the last seven years. Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 15 57,10,380 doses September 16 57,11,488 doses Total doses: 77,17,36,406 NATIONWIDE sep 15 sep 16 Fresh cases 27,176 30,570 Recoveries Deaths 38,012 38,303 284 431 tamil nadu sep 15 Fresh cases 1,658 Recoveries Deaths 1,542 29 sep 16 1,693 1,548 25
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