BABAR AZAM 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 ■ ■ SHIVAMOGGA MONDAY OCTOBER 25, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION China legalises its LAC transgression SRK GOT `25-CR BRIBE CALL, CLAIMS WITNESS S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai Permits use of weapons against ‘illegal crossers’ against those who illegally cross borders to commit physical asIN what is being read as a direct sault, resist arrest or engage in poke at India with which it is other violent activities. locked in a long stand-off across On a comparatively sober note, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) the law adds that the state shall, in Ladakh, China’s legislature following the principle of equalfilled a legal gap by adopting its ity mutual trust and friendly con, first national law to protect and sultation, handle land border afexploit its land border areas. fairs with neighbouring countries The Land Border Law that was through negotiations to properly approved at the legislative ses- resolve disputes and longstandsion of the Standing Committee ing border issues. of the National Peo“The state shall build ple’s Congress on Sat- Four-day Army basic facilities for urday, stipulates that blockade, transportaconference the sovereignty and tion, communication, A four-day Army territorial integrity of monitoring, deterCommanders’ China are sacred and rence, defence and asinviolable. Till now, Conference will begin sistance when needed. China was committing in Delhi on Monday. Basic border facilities, It is expected to border aggression with apart from defending review all security insufficient legislative the country’s soverframework. The new challenges, including eignty, shall support in eastern Ladakh law fills that gap, execonomic and social and other sensitive development as well perts opined. The law, which be- areas along the LAC protecting natural recomes operational sources and the envifrom January 1 next, says the ronment,” it states. state shall combat any act that Even before adopting the law, undermines territorial sover- China has been constructing vileignty and land boundaries. The lages close to the LAC and makChinese military, it says, shall ing them part of its border de“resolutely prevent, stop and fence infrastructure. While combat invasion, encroachment, Beijing has land borders with 14 provocation and other acts” on its countries, it’s only with India and land borders. Bhutan that it is yet to sign borIt permits the use of weapons der accords. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NATIONWIDE OCT 23 OCT 24 KARNATAKA OCT 23 OCT 24 Fresh cases 16,326 15,906 Fresh cases 371 388 Recoveries Deaths 17,677 16,479 666 561 Recoveries Deaths 342 7 586 5 Signed on blank papers Sail claimed that Wankhede made him sign on 10 blank papers while being named as a witness. He also alleged that Gosavi had sought R25 crore, but settled for R18 crore, of which R8 crore was meant for Wankhede A key witness in the cruise drugs case involving Aryan Khan on Sunday alleged that NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede and others had demanded `25-crore bribe from Shah Rukh Khan for his son’s release. For his part, Wankhede denied the claims and sought the Mumbai Police’s protection from precipitate legal action. Witness Prabhakar Sail released a video and a notarised affidavit claiming that after Aryan’s detention, he overheard a phone conversation between Shah Rukh’s manager Pooja Dadlani and K P Gosavi and one Sam D’Souza, demanding `25 crore to release Aryan. Sail was in the car as he was Gosavi’s bodyguard. It was Gosavi’s selfie with Aryan that had gone viral. He is absconding. Deputy director general of NCB Mutha Ashok Jain said though Wankhede had denied the claims, some contentions of the affidavit were matters of vigilance probe. The affidavit would be forwarded to NCB’s Director-General, Mutha said. PAK MAKE OPENING STATEMENT A century-run opening stand between Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan took Pakistan to their first-ever victory against India in a World Cup (T20 and 50-over format). Chasing 151 runs, they romped home in 17.5 overs without losing a wicket INDIA vs PAKISTAN T20 WORLD CUP GROUP 2 MATCH WAS PERHAPS THE MOSTWATCHED MATCH AND IT LIVED UP TO ITS BILLING DISCIPLINED CANTER In past games, the rivals have tended to get nervous and lose their bearings. Not in Dubai. Both skipper Azam and Rizwan showed uncharacteristic discipline, treated balls on merit and went for calculated big shots. SHAHEEN’S OPENING BURST Probably one of the best white-ball opening bowlers in this format, the southpaw showed what he’s all about removing KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in successive overs. He came back to remove Kohli to finish with figures of 3/31. KOHLI’S COUNTER CHARGE The Indian skipper, never been dismissed against Sunday’s opponents in the T20 World Cup, stamped his authority with a straight six against Shaheen. India finished on 151 thanks to his 57 FOOTBALL ROUND-UP IN the background of rapidly evolving relations among nations in India’s neighbourhood, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Sunday said India’s policy on geopolitical alignment has stood the country in good stead, but it cannot become dogma, and needs to be continuously reexamined and reevaluated with the changing environment. At the concluding ceremony of the Swarnim Vijay Divas conclave to commemorate the golden jubilee of the India-Pakistan war in 1971, the Indian Air Force chief, citing discussions during the three-day meet attended by senior officers from IAF, Army, Navy, Ministry of External Affairs and strategic experts, said the world order has changed from bipolar to unipolar, to multipolar one. There cannot be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, which is why India’s geostrate gic outlook needs to be (7.30 pm in Sharjah) Manchester United vs Liverpool One of the hottest properties in world football, Mo Salah, again served notice with a brace and an assist in a sensational first-half burst. Liverpool were four goals to the good at half-time. Barcelona vs Real Madrid Shorn of Lionel Messi for the first time in this fixture for more than 15 years, the Catalans struggled after a bright opening. As a result, Real Madrid won 2-1 Geopolitical policy can’t be dogma, must keep revisiting it: IAF chief E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru TODAY’S MATCH Afghanistan vs Scotland refined accordingly, he pointed out. “Our vibrant diversity as a nation gives us an inherent flexibility and we must leverage this in making connections across the region,” he said. He emphasised the need to be future-ready to meet dynamic changes in the nature and scope of moder n warfare along with the need to synergise planning processes a n d o b j e c t ive s t o increment the net national power. P5 EXPRESS READ 2 die after drinking contaminated water in Vijayapura VIJAYAPURA: Two people allegedly died after drinking contaminated water at Yeragal village in Vijayapura district on Sunday. The victims have been identified as Neelamma Benkannavar (65) and Basavaraj Malagi (21). Four others showed symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, but they are out of danger. Zilla Panchayat officials said, “After the treatment, four people were discharged.” Investment tap flowing in J&K: Shah F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said Jammu and Kashmir has already drawn an investment of `12,000 crore, which would likely reach a total of `51,000 crore by 2022-end. Addressing a gathering of BJP workers in Jammu on Day-2 of his visit, Shah assured the region would not be sidelined anymore, but jointly developed with Kashmir. Taking a swipe at the Abdullah, Mufti and Gandhi families, Shah said dadagiri (intimidation) of three families would no long er work in J&K. “When we introduced the new industrial policy, the three families exploiting you mocked us asking who will come and invest here. But due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts, `12,000 crore investment has come,” he said. Terming the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A as historic, he said, “Lakhs of citizens got their due rights. Discrimination towards Sikhs, Valmiki Samaj and West Pakistan refugees has ended. “I wished to fulfill Syama Prasad Mukherjee’s one country, one law, one leader and one s y m b o l dream. Under Modi’s leadership, we can fulfill it,” he added. P8
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