NATIONWIDE OCT 9 Fresh cases 19,740 18,166 OCT 10 Recoveries Deaths 23,070 23,624 248 214 TELANGANA OCT 9 OCT 10 Fresh cases HYDERABAD MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 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 190 162 Recoveries Deaths 245 2 214 1 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 investigation , team (SIT) led by DIG Upendra Agarwal will seek his police remand for further interrogation. Though Ash- ish 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 Sunday when farm, ers 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 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 . Wall collapse kills 5 of family, including 3 kids, at Gadwal 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 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Strike down sedition law: Nariman to SC down Section 124A and offensive portion of UAPA. Then citizens here URGING the Supreme Court to strike would breathe more freely .” down offensive portions of the UnlawHe was speaking at a function orful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 ganised by the Viswanath Pasayat (UAPA) and Section 124A of the Indi- Memorial Committee. Justice Naran Penal Code that criminalises sedi- iman pointed out that sedition was tion, retired Supreme Court part of the original draft but judge Rohinton Nariman on not in the final version of the Sunday said the court should Indian Penal Code drawn up not leave it to the government by Lord Thomas Babington to remove the offending laws Macaulay It came into force . and instead use its judicial in 1862. power to do so. “Sedition provision was In July last, the Supreme there in draft but not in the Court had observed that the final book. But it was later Rohinton Nariman sedition law was being widely discovered and re-drafted. It misused and wondered whether the was said that this section was left out colonial era law was at all necessary by oversight. The wordings were also now. Justice Nariman said, “I would vague. Sentence under 124A was exhort the Supreme Court to not send enormous as it was transportation sedition law cases pending before it for life and imprisonment for three back to the Centre. Governments will years,” he said while stressing that come and go (but) it is important for this law has a chilling effect on jourthe court to use its power and strike nalists as well. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN a shocking incident, five of a family died after a partition wall inside their hut collapsed on them while they were asleep at Kothapally village of Aiza mandal in Jogulamba Gadwal district in the wee hours of Sunday . Aiza SI Muthaiah said the deceased persons are Mosha (35), his wife Shantamma (30) and their children Charan (9), Teja (7) and Ramu (8). The police shifted Sneha (5) and Chinna (3), the children who survived the wall’s collapse, to Gadwal Area Hospital. They are said to be out of danger. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced an ex gratia of `5 lakh for each of the victims, to be given to the next of kin. He told Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy that officials needed to identify dilapidated and weak structures in villages and shift residents to safer places. The partition wall that collapsed inside a hut, killing five members of a family (parents and their three children) on Saturday in Gadwal district Acrimonious MAA election comes to an end VISHNU PANEL SWEEPS POLL Actors Vishnu Manchu, Raghu Babu and Siva Balaji won and will assume the posts of Movie Artists’ Association (MAA) president, general secretary and treasurer, respectively. Manchu defeated Prakash Raj by 107 votes for the president’s post. Vishnu’s panel member Madala Ravi became the vice-president. Srikanth, Benerjee and Uttej from Prakash Raj’s panel were elected as executive vicepresident, vice-president and joint secretary respectively. Actors Srilakshmi, Jayavani, Poojitha, Manik and Srinivasulu P became executive committee members | P5 M U R A L I K R I S H N A C H @ Hyderabad A bizarre video showing actress Hema biting the arm of actor Siva Balaji was widely shared on Sunday . Social media has since been rife with memes about the incident, which perhaps marks the culmination of a long list of unsavoury exchanges between rival factions that contested the Movie Artists’ Association (MAA) elections held on Sunday . The elections, held once every two years, have been the source of much bitterness this year, even as the factions, one led by veteran actor Prakash Raj and the other led by actor Vishnu Manchu, have often grabbed the headlines with their statements and incendiary speeches directed at each other. All the tension over the past weeks ap- peared to be straight out of a Tollywood drama. Earlier, Hema had lodged a police complaint against VK Naresh and Karate Kalyani, who contested for the post of joint secretary from Vishnu Manchu’s panel, for allegedly maligning her image on social media. In her complaint, Hema stated that she saw a video of the duo making comments that she claimed amounted to character assassination. The drama began when Vishnu Manchu announced in June that he would contest against Raj for the coveted post of president of the 900-member artistes’ body. While the former won the support of actors like Krishna, Krishnam Raju and Balakrishna Nandamuri, the latter is reportedly backed by the P5 Chiranjeevi family . ON a day Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the Centre of turning a blind eye to a coal shortfall-triggered 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 re por ts of coal crisis even as Punjab utility PSPCL continued operating plants at 50% capacity and announced a minimum three-hour 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 . 1 STEP FORWARD, 2 BACK 2 MORE SITES IN MIX FOR GADDIANNARAM MARKET E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE problem of shifting Gaddiannaram fruit market from its present location is back to square one. Now, the government is looking at Victoria Memorial playground at Kothapet, or Koheda village, besides Batasingaram, as an alternative. The government had recently tried to shift the market to Batasingaram, but its efforts hit a roadblock with the fruit merchants moving the High Court, complaining of lack of facilities. The High Court then set October 18 as the deadline for creation of necessary facilities to shift the market to Batasingaram. The government wanted to shift the market from Gaddiannaram as it wanted to build a super-speciality hospital there, and it is keen on grounding the work as early as possible. Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gave a direction to explore alternative sites to shift the market after AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, speaking in the Assembly requested the , government to reconsider its decision. Accordingly, Ministers Md Mahmood Ali (Home), S Niranjan Reddy (Agriculture) and P Sabitha Indra Reddy (Education) got into a huddle with AIMIM MLAs Jafar Hussain and Ahmed Bin Abdullah Balala, who urged the Ministers to consider Victoria memorial playground (Victoria Memorial Home) at Kothapet. But the officials concerned told them that all facilities had by then been created at Batasingaram. Another proposal came up for relocating the market at Koheda village, and till the time all re- Traders pack up their wares on the last day that they were allowed to ply at Gaddianaram fruit market in Hyderabad quired facilities come up there, the market may be shifted to Batasingaram. Later, the Ministers tentatively decided to use two sites of the Logistics Park in Batasingaram for the market, on a temporary basis. The three of them will visit the alternative sites discussed at the meeting on Monday and take a decision on the issue.
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