Pak blues for India in opener China legalises its LAC transgression to protect border SUDH I R SUR YA W A N SH I @ Mumbai Permits use of arms against those who illegally cross the border to commit physical assault 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 asConference will begin sistance when needed. inviolable. Till now, China was in Delhi on Monday. Basic border facilities, It is expected to committing border agapart from defending review all security gression with insuffithe country’s sovercient legislative frame- challenges, including eignty, shall support in eastern Ladakh work. The new law fills economic and social t h a t g a p, e x p e r t s and other sensitive development as well areas along the LAC protecting natural reopined. The law, which besources and the envicomes operational from January ronment,” it states. 1 next, says the state shall combat Even before adopting the law, any act that undermines territo- China has been constructing vilrial sovereignty and land lages close to the Line of Actual boundaries. Control and making them part of The Chinese military, it says, i t s border defence shall “resolutely prevent, stop infrastructure. and combat invasion, encroachWhile Beijing has land borders ment, provocation and other acts” with 14 countries, it’s only with on its land borders. India and Bhutan that it is yet to It permits the use of weapons sign border accords. 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 E x p r e s s N ew s Se r v i c e 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. ■ India captain Virat Kohli congratulates Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan for his team’s win in Dubai | AP visakhapatnam l monday l october 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION SRK got `25-cr bribe call, claims witness 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 ■ Investment tap flowing in J&K: Shah An unbroken first-wicket stand between skipper Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan took Pakistan to their first-ever victory against India in a men’s World Cup (T20 and 50-over format). Chasing 151 runs, they romped home in 17.5 overs without losing a wicket | P11 In the first match, sri lanka chased down bangladesh’s 171 with five wickets in hand. asalanka top-scored with 80. canter home comfortably In the past, the rivals have tended to get nervous. Not in Dubai. Both skipper Azam, who made 68, and Rizwan (79), showed uncharacteristic discipline, treated balls on merit and went for calculated big shots. F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Shaheen’s opening burst One of the best white-ball bowlers, left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi showed what he’s all about removing Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul 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 T20 World Cups, stamped his authority with a straight six against Afridi. His 57 and Rishabh Pant’s 39 helped India reach 151/7. football round-up Today’s match Afghanistan vs Scotland (7.30pm 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. Six more arrested for attack on TDP office E x p r e ss N ews Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada SIX more persons were on Sunday arrested in connection with an attack on Opposition Telugu Desam Party’s State headquarters at Mangalagiri, taking the total number of people arrested to 16. Four special teams were also formed to nab the other accused who are at large. Meanwhile, the Vijayawada city police have arrested seven more persons for their alleged involvement in the attack on TDP official spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhiram’s residence. The fresh arrests were made based on CCTV clippings, police said, while identifying the accused as Vijayawada residents Joga Raju (41), Shaik Babu (39), and Shaik Saida (28), and Banka Surya Prakash (24) of Old Guntur, Kalla Mohan Krishna Reddy (20) and Kandrukunta Guravayya (41), both from Guntur. The arrested would be produced before court on Monday after preliminary interrogation. The arrests were made based on a complaint lodged by the TDP against the vandalisation of its headquarters at Mangalagiri by alleged YSRC activists around 5 pm on October 19. The TDP headquarters was TDP delegation to meet President today A five-member delegation, led by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, will meet President Ram Nath Kovind in Delhi on Monday to lodge a complaint against the attack on its office and its leaders, besides demanding the imposition of the President’s Rule in AP. The TDP is also making efforts to get appointment of PM and Home Minister attacked after alleged derogatory remarks made by Pattabhiram against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Patta. bhiram, against whom a case was registered, was arrested on Wednesday and released on bail on Saturday . “Four special teams were formed to arrest those who are involved in the attack on the TDP headquarters. We are examining the CCTV camera footage to identify others involved in the attack and all those involved in the attack would be nabbed soon,” Mangalagiri Rural Circle Inspector Bhushanam said. 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 leade r s h i p, we can fulfill it,” he added. 2,040 ganja smuggling cases booked this year Year Cases No. of arrested 2011 267 802 2012 278 870 2013 336 857 2014 427 1,094 2015 532 1,410 2016 724 2,290 2017 712 2,406 2018 579 2,174 2019 812 2,565 2020 928 2,900 2021 2,040 5,415 nature’s bounty Torrential rains have rejuvenated several waterfalls, including the one at Kapila Theertham in Tirupati | Express express read India’s largest aromatic garden set up in U’khand Dehradun: The research wing of Uttarakhand state forest department opened India’s largest aromatic garden at Lalkuan of Nainital district on Sunday. Established in over three acres, the garden has 140 different species of aromatic plants from across India | P8 North-East Monsoon to hit State tomorrow Vijayawada: The onset of the North-East Monsoon in Andhra Pradesh, which is normally on October 20, is expected on October 26. The State, which witnessed a normal rainfall with a couple of spells of heavy rains till September, has received 38% deficit rainfall in October | P4 Run thermal units at full capacity: Centre Vijayawada: The Union Ministry of Power has asked all thermal units in all States to operate at full capacity, noting that electricity prices will increase if generation is not ramped up. The Centre noted that despite its earlier directive, some thermal units were not operating at full capacity | P4 P h anin d r a Pa pa s ani @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh police have registered 2,040 cases under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against ganja smugglers and peddlers this year so far. A total of 270 tonnes of ganja has been seized by arresting 5,415 smugglers and peddlers from January 1 to October 24. According to the police, the number of cases registered so far is more than double, compared to 928 cases booked last year. The rise in seizure of ganja and arrest of smugglers and peddlers is largely attributed to setting up of the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) to curb the menace. The SEB, in association with the police, have intensified crackdown on smuggling of ganja and other drugs in the State. According to statistics obtained from the Police Department, the SEB has registered 288 cases of the total 2,040 and the remaining 1,752 cases are booked by local police. Of The increasing number of NDPS cases is an indication that police are acting tough on ganja smugglers. We are observing zero tolerance towards smuggling of ganja and drugs, which spoil career of youngsters D Gautam Sawang, DGP the total 13 districts in the State, Visakhapatnam has topped the list with registration of 972 cases against ganja smugglers and peddlers, followed by East Godavari with 319 cases, Guntur with 138, Chittoor with 107 and Krishna with 98. The Enforcement Bureau has also filed four cases against smugglers of other drugs such as LSD, MDMA, Zolpidem 50 mg and Tramadol. As many as 1,405 vehicles used for the transportation of ganja by smugglers have been seized in police and SEB raids in the State. A majority of the accused involved in ganja smuggling and drug peddling are in the age group of below 30 and college dropouts, the P5 SEB said. Poor school infra hits primary education in Vizag Agency G J ana r d h ana Ra o @ Visakhapatnam EVEN as country is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav to mark its 75 years of Independence, many interior tribal hamlets in Visakhapatnam Agency still remain cut off from the outside world. Children of Bandapalem hamlet in GK Veedhi mandal are forced to trek 2 km to school at Panasapalli after crossing a stream everyday risking their , lives. They have to do a balanc- ing act on a tree trunk laid across the stream. There is always a threat of flash floods in streams in the Agency area. Shanta of Panasapalli complained that there is no building for the school and it is run in a thatched house constructed by the villagers. “There is not even a blackboard leave alone other basic amenities,” she pointed out, while underlining the need to develop road network in the Agency to enable tribals join the mainstream. Village sarpanch Subhadra admitted to the lack of proper school building and other basic amenities for tribal children. But children are keen to attend school. “Even if there is a moderate rain, a holiday is declared for the school. Generally, the school remains closed during the entire rainy season,” said Murali, the brother of sarpanch, urging the State government to focus on developing basic infrastructure in P5 Agency areas. NATIONWIDE oct 23 oct 24 Fresh cases 17,677 16,479 666 561 statewide A screen grab of children crossing a rivulet to reach school at Panasapalli | EXPRESS 16,326 15,906 Recoveries Deaths oct 23 oct 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 396 400 566 516 6 4 40,855 37,744 gender no bar She steals the show in male characters of mythological dramas S r een u B ab u Pat i v a d a @ Vizianagaram It may be a little easy for a male actor to impress the audience in a female character. But it is not the same with a female to portray a male character that too in mythological dramas, and more particularly when it is a stage performance. Be it the role of Satya Haris- chandra or Lord Rama or Arjuna, 41-year-old Koppara Mangadevi of Balagudaba village in Parvathipuram mandal of Vizianagaram district plays it to perfection. Though folk arts like Harikatha, Burrakatha, Tappeta Gullu and theatre art have lost their sheen in other parts of the State, they enjoy a good patronage in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of North Andhra. Koppara Mangadevi in a male role Mangadevi has been playing the lead character of Harichandra in mythological drama Satya Harichandra for quite a long time and mesmerising the audience with her performance and voice. Though it is difficult to sing poems in mythological drama in male voice, her practice, hard work, commitment and interest towards the theatre have enabled her steal the show. She has given more than 3,000 stage shows across the country so far. Mangadevi started acting in plays ever since she was in Class VII. Her first role was that of Chandramathi, wife of Harischandra. However, on her father Chinnam Naidu’s insistence to play the role of Harischandra, she donned the character and won accolades from the audience. Later on, she started playing male lead characters Rama in Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddham and Arjuna in Gayopakhyanam dramas. She had also acted in a movie based on the story of Satya Harischandra directed by her mentor Yadla Gopala Rao. However, the movie has not been screened yet. She used to give 20 to 25 stage shows a month before the outP5 break of Covid-19.
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