Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 17 2,30,30,698 doses September 18 77,25,076 doses Total doses: 80,33,75,147 NATIONWIDE sep 17 sep 18 Fresh cases 34,403 35,662 Recoveries Deaths 37,950 33,798 320 281 statewide sep 17 seP 18 Fresh cases 23,260 19,325 Recoveries Deaths kozhikode l Sunday l september 19, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition Furious France recalls envoys from US, Australia French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled the envoys after Canberra chose US submarines over French vessels new alliance led to scrapping of deal paris unable to trust canberra The 2016 Australia-France submarine supply deal became redundant on Wednesday after the new Australia-US-UK defence pact offered US tech to Canberra. Paris had called the unilateral scrapping of the $36.50 billion deal an act of backstabbing. Both Washington and Canberra expressed regret over France’s decision and pushed for talks to resolve the row | P9 ■ ■ The row seemed prophetic as China had said the allies risked ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ through the new tripartite deal Withdrawing envoys is the last diplomatic step taken when ties between countries plunge. Another marker of Paris’ fury was its stand that it is unable to trust Canberra in the EU trade deal talks 20,388 27,266 131 143 Sept 24 gala at france ambassador’s house in Washington called off 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 Resigns moments before Congress Legislature Party meeting on his replacement; Sonia to take call on successor ‘Humiliated’ Capt quits, keeps options open H a r p r e e t B j a w a @ Chandigarh amit bandre Apparently they (the high command) do not have confidence in me and did not think I could handle my job Amarinder Singh, Punjab former CM After four-and-a-half years at the helm, Amarinder Singh stepped down as the Punjab chief minister on Saturday cit, ing continued humiliation by the Congress high command over the past two months. The chief minister resigned moments before a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party , which passed a resolution authorising Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take a decision on Amarinder’s replacement. He did not attend the meeting. “I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months. They called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now they have convened a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party he told reporters ,” after resigning. Amarinder’s fate was sealed when the high command appointed Navjot Sidhu as the state party chief in July Sourc. es said many ministers, MLAs and other leaders had also complained to Amarinder that there was growing anti-incumbency against him. The other complaints were he had failed to curb the drug mafia and his increasing reliance on the bureaucracy Ama. rinder was seen as being inaccessible as he was seldom seen meeting MLAs or reaching out to the public. Although he stressed he had resigned as the chief minister and not from the party, he made it clear he would explore his future options when the time comes. “There is always an option and I will use that when the time comes. At the moment I am still in the Congress,” he said. Despite proximity to Sonia, numbers were stacked against Amarinder R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi The change of guard in Punjab was not an overnight decision and it was in the offing for some time now but the proverbial final straw came after 40 party MLAs wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi seeking a change of guard. With a majority of MLAs not by his side, outgoing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation, saying he felt “humiliated” over the events in the past two months. “The change was needed. He didn’t have the numbers on his side to pressure the high command to rule in his favour. That was used by Sidhu and Schools in Kerala to open on Nov 1 E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ T’Puram AFTER being confined to their homes for more than one-and-ahalf years, students in the state are set to return to schools on November 1. The decision to resume offline classes, initially for primary section and also for classes 10 and 12, was taken at the Covid review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Saturday Classes . for standards 8, 9 and 11 will begin only on November 15. The chief minister said health experts were of the view that classes for primary students should begin first. Classes for Class 10 and 12 students Kerala HSE, VHSE Plus-1 exams from Sept 24 T’Puram: The first-year Higher Secondary Education and Vocational Higher Secondary Education examinations will be held from September 24 to October 18 and from September 24 to October 13, respectively. The timetable is available on the portal www.dhsekerala.gov.in The timetable was issued after the SC gave the state permission on Friday to conduct the exams. were allowed to start as they are set to write the Board exams at the end of this academic year. “The departments of general ipl reboot With the IPL season resuming in the UAE on Sunday, a look at what happened in India, new players and more... Delhi toppers With a new captain, the outfit, powered by Shikhar Dhawan’s consistency at the top, rose to top spot, losing just twice in their eight matches so far. As long as they pick up two more wins, they are pretty much guaranteed to advance. Rest of the top four CSK, MI and RCB complete the top four. Barring a big surprise, you would expect all these sides to advance as well. Rajasthan are fifth but they have suffered with many withdrawals including the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Today’s match Mumbai vs Chennai Live at 7.30 PM Playoffs: Oct 10, 11 & 13 Return to Sender WIT H T H IS ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES Final: Oct 15 education and health have been directed to jointly decide on the preparations to be made for school reopening,” Pinarayi said. He added it would be ideal if students with weak immune system keep away from schools for the time being. The guidelines to be followed when children use various modes of conveyance to schools also need to be chalked out, he said. The CM added that adequate precautions should be taken to ensure that the viral disease does not spread after the schools are reopened. Special masks that fit schoolchildren should be made and adequate quantity should be stocked in ● More on P4 schools. No decision on dine-in Nov 1: Resuming of offline classes for primary section and for classes 10 & 12 Nov 15: Classes for standards 8, 9 and 11 to begin No decision was taken on resuming dining in restaurants and bars despite strong demand Journalist & author K M Roy passes away E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kochi K M ROY, a popular journalist and author, passed away at his residence in Kadavanthra, here, on Saturday He was 82. A reporter, col. umnist, cultural activist and public speaker, Roy started his journalism career with the Malayalam daily Keralaprakasam in 1962 while pursuing his MA at Maharaja’s College. He worked with various English and Malayalam dailies before retiring in 2002. Since then, he has been writing columns. His funeral will be held at St Joseph’s Church, Thevara, on Sunday . “Roy was known for his writings. His adamant personality on maintaining purity in the social and political activities always reflected through his writings. His reports were analytical and highlighted the freedom of people to know. His demise is an irreparable loss,” CM Pinarayi Vijayan said in his message. Roy also wrote the biography of social activist Mathai Manjooran, three novels and two travelogues. The state government presented him with Swadeshabhimani-Kesari award, the highest honour for mediapersons. K M Roy Roy was known for his writings. His adamant personality on maintaining purity in the social and political activities always reflected through his writings Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister two units to be set up Kitex signs `2,400-cr deal with Telangana E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kochi KOCHI-BASED kids apparel exporters Kitex signed an agreement with Telangana governm e n t o n S at u rd ay fo r investment to the tune of `2,400 crore in the state. The agreement was signed to set up two garment units at Kakatiya Mega Textile Park in Warangal and Sitarampur Industrial Park in Hyderabad. Kitex chairman and managing director Sabu M Jacob told TNIE that though he had announced an investment of `1,000 crore in July, the proactive attitude of Telangana gov- er nment and the investor friendly atmosphere in the state gave him confidence to double the investment. The project will provide employment to 40,000 people of which 85% will be women. As many as 22,000 people will be employed directly and 18,000 indirectly . “We have a good presence in the market for kids garments and the new units will be concentrating on the same sector. We are considering the possibility of launching two other brands. As an investor, I felt very comfortable with the investor-friendly attitude of the Te l a n g a n a g o v e r n m e n t . The state is a major producer of cotton and the availability of raw material is an added factor,” said Sabu. He said Kitex is not considering the possibility of shifting the existing unit at Kizhakkambalam in Kochi for the time being. If the going gets tough, that option will be considered. However, the company has decided not to make new invest● More on P4 ments in Kerala. 40,000 people to be given employment 85% of them women I felt very comfortable with the attitude of the Telangana government Sabu Jacob MLAs from his camp to show him the door,” said a top Congress leader. It was seemingly a tough decision for Congress president Sonia Gandhi keeping in mind her close association with Amarinder since Rajiv Gandhi’s time. Amarinder spoke to her in the morning after a Congress Legislature Party meeting was called by the party high command, bypassing his authority, and apprised her about his decision to quit. Sources said former party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra wanted to replace him but Sonia was holding on to take a final call on it. Coming from a royal family and known for his regal style of living, Amarinder himself had said that he had not met Rahul in the last two years and that he would to talk directly to Sonia. Many a time he had toed a line that was different from the party’s official stand on national issues. Sources said it was Priyanka who had pushed for Sidhu’s elevation as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief in July this year despite strong objections from Amarinder. Since then, Sidhu and Amarinder have been engaged in a battle for supremacy, which ended in the latter’s exit as the chief minister in two months. Full coverage: P7 express read Kendra Sahithya Akademi fellowship for M Leelavathi Kochi: Writer and literary critic M Leelavathi has been conferred with Kendra Sahithya Akademi fellowship for her overall contribution to Malayalam literature. The fellowship has been bestowed on Leelavathi for her contribution as a poet, translator, critic and biographer. P5 HC concerned over delay in handing over churches Kochi: The Kerala High Court has directed the state government to inform it about the action required for complying with the directive of the Supreme Court to hand over administration and management of various churches to the Orthodox faction. Justice Devan Ramachandran issued the order. P5 Kabul airport attacker was in India, claims IS M P P r a s h a n t h @ Kozhikode ISLAMIC State (IS) has claimed that the suicide bomber who killed around 180 people at the Kabul airport on August 26 was arrested in Delhi five years ago and was deported to Afghanistan after being imprisoned for five years. He is suspected to be an Afghan national. The new edition of the IS mag azine ‘Voice of Hind’ said: “By the grace of Allah, a soldier of the Khilafah, Abdur Rahman al-Logri, carried out an istishadhi (suicide attack) operation. The brother was arrested five years ago in India, when he had travelled to Delhi to carry out an istishadhi operation on the cow-worshipping Hindus in revenge for Kashmir.” “But Allah had decreed otherwise, the brother was tested with imprisonment and was deported to Afghanistan. Staying true to his promise to Allah, the brother didn’t go home, rather carried out his operation, his heart filled with tranquility and pleasure,” it ● More on P4 said.
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