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 TELANGANA 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 255 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION 241 298 2 329 1 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 A J 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 Kitex hikes investment to `2.4K cr, to create 22K jobs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad GARMENT firm Kitex Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Telangana to set up two integrated ‘fibre to apparel manufacturing clusters’ in the State by investing `2,400 crore. The clusters will reportedly create 22,000 direct jobs (85 per cent of which will be filled by women) and 18,000 j o b s t hrough indirect employment. Addressing a gathering during the MoU signatory event held here on Saturday, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said Kitex would establishing their manufacturing units at Kakatiya Mega Textile Park in Warangal and at Sitarampaur and Chandanvelly villages in Rangareddy district by November 2022. To help realise Kitex’s goal of exporting 3 million pieces of kids’ apparels once the clusters get operational, the Minister suggested that the high quality cotton grown in Warangal district could be used to cater to the raw material needs of the company. Procuring cotton from farmers through the backward integration process could benefit both the farmers and the company he added. , Rama Rao suggested that the district administrations concerned train SHGs (self help groups) to supply the talent pool that would be needed for P5 the two units. 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 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 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 Abuse TS, face sedition cases: KTR warns Oppn EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TRS working president KT Rama Rao on Saturday warned the party’s political opponents that they would face ‘sedition cases’ if they blamed or abused Telangana. “We can tolerate allegations against individual leaders. But, some opposition leaders are even showing Telangana in a poor light. Those who blame or abuse Telangana will soon face sedition cases,” he said. In an informal chat with reporters at Telangana Bhavan on Saturday, Rama Rao also said that those leaders who AP SCAM CID ARRESTS INCAP MD IN AP CID officials on Saturday arrested K Sambasiva Rao, former MD of Infrastructure Corporation of AP (INCAP) Ltd, for his alleged role in the AP Fibernet Scam | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE RETURN TO SENDER PLUS 12 PAGES ‘Ready to give blood, hair, even liver samples’ Refuting allegations of PCC chief A Revanth Reddy, Rama Rao said he had nothing to do with the 2017 drugs case, and was ready to give samples for drug tests were talking as they wished would be exposed thoroughly before the public. He reiterated this, saying, ‘eenth ka jawaab patthar se denge.’ Refuting allegations of PCC chief A Revanth Reddy, Rama Rao said he had nothing to do with the 2017 drugs case, in which many Tollywood personalities are accused. He said he was ready to give samples for drug tests and asked whether Rahul Gandhi too would give his samples. “I have nothing to do with drugs. I will give blood, hair and even liver samples. Will AICC leader Rahul Gandhi also give his samples?” he asked. At a public meeting in Gajwel on Friday, Revanth had said: “father (Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) became brand ambassador for drunkards and son (Rama Rao) became brand ambassador for cinema stars, P5 who are using drugs.” We can tolerate allegations against individual leaders. But, some opposition leaders are even showing Telangana in a poor light. Those who blame or abuse Telangana will soon face sedition cases KT Rama Rao, TRS working president TEEN’S GAMBIT Hyd lad Rithvik, 17, becomes India’s 70th chess Grandmaster E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai TELANGANA’S Raja Rithvik has become India’s 70th Grandmaster (GM) after crossing the ELO rating of 2,500 in the Vezerkepzo Grandmaster tournament at Budapest in Hungary . The 17-year-old, studying in Hyderabad, achieved his third and final GM norm on September 14 after winning the First Saturday GM tournament. He then started the Vezerkepzo Grandmaster tournament with a live rating of 2496.4. In the first round of the ongoing event, he beat compatriot Ajay Krishna S to take his live rating to 2499.5. The next two rounds were draws against IM Krishna Teja N and IM Rathanvel VS, which resulted in his rating dropping to 2497.9. However, a victory over Czech Republic’s Finek Vaclav in the fourth round on Saturday has ensured that he crosses the rating of 2,500 and becomes the country’s latest GM. CONTINUED ON P3 Raja Rithvik holds a trophy he won at a chess tournament — one among his many 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 Babul Supriyo defects to TMC Hyd ready for last immersion day 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 Hyderabad: Civic agencies and government departments in the city are gearing up for the Ganesh idol immersion procession on September 19. Authorities said that like previous years, the Khairatabad idol will be immersed by the afternoon. The procession of the idol will start at around 9 am. The idol will be immersed at around 2 pm | P3 Kabul suicide bomber 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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