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 ■ ■ chennai l monday l october 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore 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. E x p ress N ews S er v i c e NATIONWIDE oct 23 oct 24 tamil nadu oct 23 oct 24 Fresh cases 16,326 15,906 Fresh cases 1,140 1,127 Recoveries Deaths 17,677 16,479 666 561 Recoveries Deaths 1,374 17 1,358 15 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 `25 crore, but settled for `18 crore, of which `8 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 before against Pakistan 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 Today’s match Afghanistan vs Scotland (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 Kerala asks TN to draw Mullaperiyar water E x p ress N ews S er v i c e @ T’Puram/Theni Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday wrote to his Tamil Nadu counterpart MK Stalin, asking him to issue immediate directions to draw as much water as possible from the Mullaperiyar dam to the Vaigai dam through the tunnel. He also asked TN to intimate Kerala at least 24 hours before raising the shutters of the dam so precautionary measures can be taken. “It is feared that the reservoir level may reach (the permissible) 142 ft once the torrential rain intensifies. Hence, there would arise an urgent need for the gradual release of water from Mullaperiyar dam through the tunnel to Tamil Nadu,” the letter said. Till late Sunday night, there was no public response from the TN government. On Saturday the first flood alert was , issued in Theni for the Mullaperiyar, and water from the dam is being released to Vaigai dam. Local officials said the inflow is 5,250 cusecs per minute and the outflow is 2,200 cusecs. Though located in Kerala’s Idukki district, the Mullaperiyar dam is operated and maintained by TN, where five districts rely on it to meet drinking and irrigation needs. After concerns over the dam’s safety arose in 1979, the water level was reduced from the full reservoir level of 152 ft to 136 ft till TN completed strengthening works. Then, the State demanded that the water level be raised but Kerala objected. The matter went to the Supreme Court, which has twice held that the water level could be maintained at 142 ft. However, Kerala alleged TN contributed to its flood disaster in 2018 by releasing water from the dam without sufficient warning. More showers to lash Tamil Nadu Rains are expected in Pudukottai and TN’s delta districts on Monday, the IMD said, adding that thunderstorms are likely at isolated places in Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Chengalpattu districts, and in Puducherry and Karaikal. In Chennai, showers are expected in some areas 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 symbol dream. Under Modi’s leadership, we can fulfill it,” he added.
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