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 TAMIL NADU SEP 17 SEP 18 Fresh cases 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 | P11 ■ ■ 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 1,653 Recoveries Deaths MADURAI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION 1,669 1,565 17 1,581 22 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 TN govt systems under cyber attack, probe on TO SENDER PLUS 12 PAGES 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 With the IPL season resuming in the UAE on Sunday, a look at what happened in India, new players and more... cial from the Information Technology department confirmed the attack, and said, “We are at THE Tamil Nadu government’s it and trying to get back the acPublic Department is said to cess.” Cyber security experts have come under a ransomware from the Centre for Developattack, wherein a malware was ment of Advance Computing used to encrypt computer files. 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RETURN DESPITE PROXIMITY TO SONIA, NUMBERS WERE STACKED AGAINST AMARINDER IPL REBOOT C S H I VA KU M A R & T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai WITH THIS ISSUE 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. DELHI TOPPERS REST OF THE TOP FOUR 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. 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. 30 Matches remaining, including playoffs and final Venues Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah TODAY’S MATCH MUMBAI VS CHENNAI Live at 7.30 PM PLAYOFFS: OCT 10, 11 & 13 16 Number of replacements signed by the franchises FINAL: OCT 15 MURUGAN GETS RS TICKET FROM MP The BJP on Saturday nominated former chief of the party’s TN unit and currently the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L Murugan, to contest Rajya Sabha polls from Madhya Pradesh | P6 GOVERNOR RAVI TAKES CHARGE CM MK Stalin with newly appointed TN Governor, RN Ravi, at the swearing-in ceremony in Chennai on Saturday. Soon after, Ravi said he would work on making his relationship with the government as beautiful as possible | P6 | ASHWIN PRASATH ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER ATTACK Hooligans hunt ‘treasure’ at historical site @ Thoothukudi VASAVAPPAPURAM archaeological site is at risk as the gravel sand there is allegedly being illegally transported for various projects, including government works. On top of that, the residents said the site has not been excavated yet by the Tamil Nadu Department of Archaeology and that anti-social elements are breaking open many an ancient urn hoping to find treasure in it. The site, spread over several hundreds of acres, is an elevated mound running along the borders of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli districts. Located about 9 km west of Adichanallur site, Vasavappapuram is home to various antiques such as ancient stone circles, cairns, SOUMYADIP SINHA G O D S O N W I S E LY D A S S cupules, stone arts, iron pieces, potsherds and urn burials. Tamil Murugan, an archaeological enthusiast, told TNIE the urn burials come to light when the gravel sand is scooped away illegally “At least 18 urns . were broken in the recent past. The officials know about the incidents, but only a few urns have been unearthed carefully for preservation”, he said. The urns contain iron and copper objects and gold ornaments, which were offered to the dead ones. “Instead of taking it to the officials, they break the urns hoping to find these valuables,” said Murugan. P6 Metal activity? According to archaeology enthusiasts, the presence of several stone circles and cupules indicate prehistoric settlements. Iron ore pieces, smelting, charcoal and burnt ashes hint at a busy metallurgical activity 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: P9 EXPRESS READ Doc drowns in flooded subway Pudukkottai: A woman doctor, who worked as assistant surgeon at Hosur Government Hospital in Krishnagiri district, drowned in a freak mishap as her car got stuck in a subway filled with rainwater at Thudaiyur in Pudukkottai on Friday night. The subway is over 100 metres long and remains a nightmare for motorists during rains | P7 Babul Supriyo defects to TMC Kolkata: BJP’s MP from Asansol and former Union minister Babul Supriyo sprang a surprise on Saturday by joining the TMC ahead of the high-voltage by-election in Bhowanipore. After being dropped from the Union cabinet, he announced his retirement from politics two months ago. He is likely to be nominated to Rajya Sabha | P10 Kabul airport attacker did time in India: IS M P P R A S H A N T H @ Kozhikode THE Islamic State (IS) has claimed that the suicide bomber, who carried out the August 26 Kabul airport attack that left around 180 people dead, was arrested in Delhi five years ago and deported to Afghanistan after serving time. The claim was made in an article in the fresh edition of the terror outfit’s magazine Voice of Hind. The article said Abdur Rahman al-Logri, a suspected Afghan national, carried out the suicide attack at the Kabul airport. “The brother (Abdur Rahman) was arrested five years ago in India, when he had travelled to Delhi to carry out an istishadhi (suicide) operation”, the magazine said. However, the plan did not materialise as he was arrested under unspecified circumstances and deported. Criticisng the Taliban as deviated sufis, the magazine – run by the IS’ Indian module Ansarul Khalifa Al Hind – claimed more such attacks have been planned to inflict punishment on those who have threatened to eliminate the Khilafah. The IS has in the past claimed Keralites’ involvement in the attacks on gurudwara in Kabul and a prison in Jalalabad in 2020.
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