THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 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 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 ■ 1998 Convicted by dutch court for spying ■ 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 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 CONG DRAFT LIST Priyanka blows the UP poll bugle, attacks BJP 4 woman leaders to be gen secys, ‘tainted’ kept out 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 C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @ T’Puram 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 j pa 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 limits on edible Nedumudi hospitalised 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 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 . Kings landing Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Dubai on Sunday to march into a record ninth IPL final. Ruturaj Gaikwad top-scored with 70 and M S Dhoni (centre) hit three fours in the final over to win a thriller | SPORTZPICS | P11 T’Puram: Actor Nedumudi Venu has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital here following uneasiness. According to hospital authorities, Venu, who recovered from Covid, is suffering from multiple ailments. Cong-less Oppn against BJP at national level won’t be practical: CPM politburo E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram The CPM politburo meeting in New Delhi has assessed that it is not practical to kee p the Cong ress away and build a credible and effective coalition against the BJP in the next general elections. However, some politburo members pointed out the Congress has faltered in the fight a g ainst communal forces. The two-day CPM politburo meeting that began in New Delhi on Sunday is preparing the draft political resolution to be presented at the 23rd party congress to be held in Kannur next April. The draft will be discussed by the central committee later. According to sources, the CPM is for joining hands with all anticommunal and anti-fascist forces at the regional level to keep the BJP out of power. But this doesn’t mean that the par- ty is for forming a federal or third front at the national level which has lost its relevance in the current scenario. ‘The CPM would pitch for forming alliances with likeminded parties at the regional level and the Congress will also be a part of this alliance. But the political resolution to be presented in the party congress would stress the fact that the Congress has become weak in the fight against communal forces, although it has a clear role in this fight,” a politburo ● More on P4 member said. 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 9,470 10,691 12,881 12,655 101 85 Strike down sedition law, Nariman urges SC E x p r e s s N e w s Se 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 AT least four woman leaders — Padmaja Venugopal, Bindu Krishna, Suma Balakrishnan and Jyothi Vijayakumar — are expected to be named general secretaries in the 51-member state Congress committee. The draft list will be submitted to the high command soon. After overlooking woman leaders for the post of district chiefs, the state leadership has been keen to increase women representation in the state committee. The political affairs committee too had called for the same. Opposition Leader V D Satheesan, who was in Delhi, reiterated that group affiliations were not considered and all senior leaders were taken into confidence while preparing the draft list. Sources said some “tainted” leaders were overlooked on the instruction of party national general secretary and Kerala in-charge Tariq Anwar despite intense lobbying. “A few tainted leaders have been lobbying. Mullappally Ramachandran had asked Anwar not to include those who have been embroiled in CBI and disproportionate assets cases in the list,” a senior leader told ● More on P4 TNIE. coal shortage STATE MAY HAVE TO GO FOR POWER CUT: MIN E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram/Palakkad Centre: No coal crisis, but generation hit AMID looming crisis due to On a day Delhi Deputy CM coal shortage, Power Minister Manish Sisodia accused the K Krishnankutty has said the Centre of turning a blind eye to a state may have to go for power coal shortfall-triggered power cut if the situation does not crisis, the Union coal ministry on improve. He also urged people Sunday said fears of blackouts on Sunday to reduce the con- were misplaced. Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi took to sumption of electricity . Meanwhile, KSEB has ap- Twitter to allay fears, saying Coal proached the Kerala State India Limited has stocks to meet Electricity Regulatory Author- 24 days of demand. ity (KSERA) seeking permission to collect surfaced in north India. charge from the We received only 30% consumers for the from Koodankulam power it had bought power plant on Saturfrom outside the state day,” Krishnankutty from April 1 to June told mediapersons in 30. Amid reports that Palakkad. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh The board is expectand Rajasthan are exing a deficit of another periencing power cri- K Krishnankutty 220 megawatt until sis, Krishnankutty T hursday. T hough said there is a deficit of 1,000 Kerala has many hydroelectric megawatt in supply from the power projects, only 20% of recentral pool to the state so far. quired power is generated There was a deficit of 200 meg- from them. The remaining awatt on a single day last power is purchased from the week. central pool. The board authorities exAlready, several states have pect the crisis to continue for gone for power cut. Krishnansome time. KSEB has urged kutty said more hydel projects consumers to use power care- are the only solution to the fully, especially during peak power crisis in the state. He hours — from 6pm to 11pm. said the state purchased power “The board is keeping an during peak hours on Satureye on the power crisis being day at `18 per unit. ● More on P4
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