chennai l monday l october 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 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 x p r e s s N e w s Se 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 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 e x p r e ss 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 Poor infra drags engg admission below 10% in six AU constituent colleges B I N ITA JAISWA L @ Chennai Of the 440 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, as many as 306 have managed to fill fewer than 10 per cent of their seats at the end of second round of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) counselling concluded on Saturday. The trend has raised concerns among experts as at least six of the 306 institutes are constituent colleges of the premier Anna University (AU). While only 36 seats of the total 386 were filled at the Uni- 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 . v e r s i t y VO C C o l l e g e , Thoothukudi, it was 33 out of 387 seats at the University College of Engineering, Pattukkottai. Similarly, University Colleges of Engineering in Panruti, Nagapattinam, and Ramanathapuram have managed to fill only 21, 17, and 13 seats, respectively out of 387 seats in each of the colleges. Ariyalur campus managed to fill only 11 out of the 388 seats. However, at the end of two rounds, over 95 per cent seats have been filled at the four AU campuses in Chennai. Once in demand for low fee structure and quality education, a few of the university’s constituent colleges have lost their popularity in the last few years due to a lack of adequate infrastructure, said experts. “Year after year, the admission figures at some of the constituent colleges have been decreasing. This year, it is abysmally low as these six colleges have hardly managed to fill 10 per cent seats even after two rounds,” Jayaprakash Gandhi, career consultant, said. continued on: P3 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 tamil nadu oct 9 oct 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,344 1,457 14 1,329 1,436 15 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 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 . 2 biz groups under lens `250 cr uncovered in tn i-t raids chit subscribers have also been seized. The group had also earned unaccounted inThe Income Tax department terest income from cash fisaid it has found undisclosed nancing and had huge unacincome of over `250 crore counted investments and during searches carried out at expenses, the statement said. the establishments of two Many property documents business groups in Tamil registered in the names of Nadu — one dealing in the group’s members silk sarees, the other and their associates in chit funds. The were also seized. searches were carried Properties owned out at 34 locations in by this group’s memKancheepuram, Velbers include palatial lore, and Chennai dishomes, farm houses, Sales tricts on October 5, parcels of land, and figures said a statement. luxury vehicles. tampered The de par tment These individuals said the chit fund In case of the were either non-filers group was running an group engaged or had disclosed negunauthorised busi- in business of ligible income in their silk sarees, ness, and all the intax returns, the stateevidence vestments and payment said. relating to outs, running into Many associates over `400 crore in the suppression of and investors of the sales figures past few years, were chit fund were invesdone entirely in cash. during the last tigated and they have There is evidence of four years was also admitted to have found the g roup having made unaccounted inearned unaccounted vestments and earned income by way of commis- unaccounted income. Unacsion and dividends, the state- counted cash of `1.35 crore ment added. and gold jewellery worth Numerous promissory about 7.5 kg was seized. The notes, signed post-dated undisclosed income detected cheques, and power-of-attor- so far, in this group is more ney documents kept as collat- than `150 crore, the statement eral for loans given or from added. continued on: p3 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Chennai
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