vijayawada l monday l october 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION father of pak clandestine N-programme A Q Khan dies Abdul Qader Khan (85) had been keeping ill since August and passed away on Sunday due to lungs-related complications Abdul Qader Khan 1 April 1936 10 October 2021 Helped arm libya, north korea and iran Convicted by dutch court for spying Deified in Pakistan for making it the first Islamic Nuclear Power, Khan was condemned globally as one of the most notorious nuclear smugglers. In 2004, he confessed to running a secret proliferation network to arm nations like North Korea, Libya and Iran. Despite global pressure, he was pardoned and placed under house arrest by then president Gen Musharraf ■ ■ A year after India’s first nuclear test in 1974, Khan stole copied blueprints for centrifuges and other components from an Amsterdam-based lab. He was convicted by a Dutch court for this He was born in Bhopal in 1935 and migrated to Pakistan in 1952. He got PhD in metallurgical engineering from a Belgian university 1998 spearheaded pak’s response to india’s pokhran tests | P9 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 No coal crisis, says Centre, but generation hit Priyanka blows the UP poll bugle, attacks BJP Blowing the UP poll bugle at the Kisan Nyay rally in Varanasi, Priyanka alleged that nobody, including the poor, the deprived and the downtrodden, was safe under the Modi government. She accused him of favouring a few billionaire friends | P7 Here, farmers feed citizens, and their sons protect the country’s borders. But when some of them get killed in incidents like the one that took place in Lakhimpuri Kheri, their families lose hope for justice Priyanka Gandhi Vadra E xp r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e A large number of Congress supporters along with the convoy of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Varanasi on Sunday. She later addressed a Kisan Nyay rally, which was her first public address ahead of the forthcoming elections | pti SIT to seek police remand today N a m i ta B a jpa i @ Lucknow With the UP Police claiming that Ashish, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra and the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, was noncooperative and evasive during interrogation, the kid-glove treatment he got thus far appears to be off. Ashish (35) was arrested after about 12 hours of interrogation and produced before a local court past Saturday midnight, which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. He is lodged in barrack 21 of the Lakhimpur district jail. On Monday a special inves, tigation team (SIT) led by DIG Upendra Agarwal will seek his police remand for further interrogation. Though Ashish kept insisting that he was not in the car that rammed into the protestors from behind, which led to the violence that killed eight persons, including farmers and a journalist, police authorities claimed they had evidence to show his presence at the spot. It was Ashish’s Mahindra Thar SUV that mowed into the farmers around 3 pm last Sun- day, when farmers were protesting against the visit of UP deputy chief minister Keshav Maurya to Lakhimpur Kheri. While he ducked questions about his role in the ghastly incident, sources claimed he failed to provide satisfactory evidence about his whereabouts between 2.36 pm and 3.30 pm on that fateful Sunday . Ashish claimed he was attending a dangal (wrestling match) at his ancestral village Banbirpur at that time and furnished videos and affidavits of 10 people to corroborate his claim, but the SIT was express read stock 13th round of Sino-India talks over limits on edible oils to ease crisis The Centre on Sunday imposed stock limits on traders of edible oils and oilseeds till March 31 to offset the rising domestic prices and give relief to consumers. Oil prices have shot up 46.15% in the last one year due to various factors | P7 Kings landing Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets to march into a record ninth IPL final on Sunday. Ruturaj Gaikwad top-scored with 70 and MS Dhoni (centre) scored three fours in the last over to win a thriller in Dubai | SPORTZPICS | P11 Tribal societies to give eco-tourism an extra push for sustainable development G Janardhana Rao @ Visakhapatnam Eco-tourism in Visakhapatnam’s Agency areas are getting an extra push, thanks to the societies tribesmen from Anantagiri to Koyyuru have formed. Besides promoting community-based eco-tourism, these societies also generate income for its members. The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) has set up a tourism cell to monitor and guide these societies. Speaking to TNIE, Vanthada not impressed. “I was not present at the site of incident,” was his standard response to most questions, adding: “I came to know about it later.” But when asked about the bullet cartridges the police found in his car that was burnt by the angry protestors at the violence site, he was evasive. He also did not provide satisfactory answers to questions on the licensed arms he was carrying and who all were with him, sources said. The name he mentioned was of Hari Om, who, he claimed was driving the SUV . Eco-tourism society members clear trees to lay a pathway at Kothapalli waterfalls in Vizag Agency | EXPRESS Abraham from Kothapalli said they formed the Eco-tourism Society with 20 members to provide basic amenities to tourists with ITDA’s support. “We are laying a pathway to the waterfalls,’’ he said. The society has graduates and students as its members. ITDA project of ficer R Gopalakrishna said the programme was aimed at providing 100% employment to local youth as part of eco-friendly tourism development, so that it would be a win-win situation for both ITDA and the tribals. “There is more involvement of locals in concept-based societies, paving way for sustainable tourism developP5 ment,’’ he said. New Delhi: India on Sunday pressed for disengagement of troops in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh at the 13th round of military talks. There was no official comment yet on the outcome of talks at Moldo, on the Chinese side of the LAC | P7 NATIONWIDE oct 9 oct 10 Fresh cases 19,740 18,166 Recoveries 23,070 23,624 Deaths 248 214 statewide oct 9 oct 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 629 624 797 810 8 4 45,818 38,312 Strike down sedition law, Nariman urges SC E xp r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Urging the Supreme Court to strike down offensive portions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA) and Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises sedition, retired Supreme Court judge Rohinton Nariman on Sunday said the court should not leave it to the government to remove the offending laws and instead use its judicial power to do so. In July last, the Supreme Court had observed that the sedition law was being widely misused and wondered whether the colonial era law was at all necessary now. the original draft but not in Justice Nariman said, “I the final version of the Indian would exhort the Supreme Penal Code drawn up by Lord Court to not send sedition law Thomas Babington Macaulay . cases pending before it back to It came into force in 1862. the Centre. Govern“Sedition provision ments will come and was there in draft but go (but) it is important not in the final book. for the court to use its But it was later discovpower and strike down ered and re-drafted. It Section 124A and ofwas said that this secfensive portion of tion was left out by UAPA. Then citizens oversight. The wordhere would breathe Rohinton Nariman ings were also vague. more freely .” Sentence under 124A He was speaking at a func- was enormous as it was transtion organised by the Viswa- portation for life and imprisn a t h P a s aya t M e m o r i a l onment for three years,” he Committee. said while stressing that this Justice Nariman pointed law has a chilling effect on out that sedition was part of journalists as well. UAPA, too, is draconian “We had China and Pakistan wars. Thereafter, we introduced the draconian legislation, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. UAPA has no anticipatory bail and has minimum five years imprisonment. This Act is not under the scanner yet. This too has to be looked into,” Justice Nariman said On a day Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the Centre of turning a blind eye to a coal shortfalltriggered power crisis, the Union coal ministry on Sunday said fears of blackouts were misplaced. Union coal minister Pralhad Joshi took to Twitter to allay fears, saying Coal India Limited has stocks of 43 million tonnes, which are sufficient to meet 24 days of demand. Earlier, Sisodia slammed Union power minister R K Singh for dismissing reports of coal crisis even as Punjab utility PSPCL continued operating plants at 50% capacity and announced a minimum threehour daily power cut till October 13. The shortage affected power generation in many states, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. For its part, the coal ministry said an extended spell of rains had affected movement and temporary shortfalls were not indicative of crisis as rolling stocks got replenished daily. The ministry said coal companies on Saturday supplied 19.2 lakh tonnes against a demand of 18.5 lakh tonnes, signaling a return to normalcy . Polavaram reimbursement PPA rejects bills worth `1,086 cr J aya n t h P @ Vijayawada In a setback to the State government, which is scrambling for funds, the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) has ‘rejected’ bills worth `1,086.35 crore sent by Andhra Pradesh for reimbursement of the funds spent on the Polavaram Irrigation Project (PIP). Out of the total `1,658.91 crore worth bills sent, only `320.18 crore bills have been approved by the PPA and sent them to the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS). Of the total bills rejected, `279.85 crore pertain to headworks, `285.48 crore to left and right main canals, `285.60 crore to land acquisition, and `235.46 to administrative aspects. Water Resources officials said that the PPA rejected the bills because of componentwise restrictions and other reasons such as quantities/ components were not covered in the previous detailed project report (DPR) that was approved before the PIP was declared a national project. Of the total, `805.68 crore bills were not approved because of the component-wise restriction. Another `280.69 crore bills have been rejected as they pertain to the work quantities that were not included or covered in the old DPR. Even though the Revised Cost Estimates at 2017-18 price level got the approval of technical advisory committee and revised cost committee, the MoJS is yet to give investment clearance for the same. As the Finance Department, MoJS and PPA are taking March, 2017 Cabinet resolution, which said funding for the remaining cost of the ir- rigation component alone would be borne at the rates approved in 2013-14 for the work quantities of 2010-11, the bills are being rejected. As a result, the State government has been facing difficulties, a senior Water Resources official explained. After the MoJS gives investment clearance, in coordination with the Finance Ministry the file will be sent to the , Union Cabinet for final approval.
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