kochi l monday l november 22, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Baloch fury against China’s CPEC reaches tipping point Gwadar port, keystone of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, is witnessing protests over worsening economic conditions No development, only more poverty Imran reaffirms commitment to China Thousands in Gwadar, a city in Pakistan’s poor Balochistan province, have been protesting for weeks over a dire lack of drinking water, hospitals and schools. In addition, the locals are angry over a wipe-out of livelihoods due to licences issued to Chinese trawlers. They say the government has failed in its promise to bring economic development through Chinese projects ■ ■ To protect economic interests, the government’s checkposts and movement restrictions have turned Gwadar into a security state Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has neglected the desperate pleas of those the projects were supposed to benefit, and instead said on Saturday that supporting Chinese firms is his priority | P9 $60 bn Estimated value of CPEC, the key part of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ 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 Sachin Pilots his way in Gehlot-led Rajasthan govt Five of former deputy CM’s loyalists among 15 who take oath; ministry now more diverse Custody case: Child brought to T’Puram T’Puram: The child of Anupama S Chandran — given for preadoption foster care to an Andhra Pradesh couple allegedly without the parents’ consent — was brought back to Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday night.P4 Mamata on a three-day visit to New Delhi New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in New Delhi for three days from Monday to possibly talk strategy with Opposition leaders ahead of start of the Parliament winter session on November 29. P8 R a j e s h A s n a n i @ Jaipur The long-pending cabinet reshuffle in the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government went off smoothly on Sunday afternoon, with dissident leader Sachin Pilot claiming it sent a positive message across the state. In all, 11 cabinet ministers and four ministers of state (MoS) were sworn in. The 11 cabinet ministers include three who have been elevated from MoS. As a result, only 12 new ministers were inducted. Three ministers — Govind Singh Dotasra, Harish Chaudhary and Raghu Sharma — who hold key positions in the party have been dropped. All others have been retained. The reshuffle exercise is a bid to pacify the Pilot faction, which had revolted against Gehlot last year and sparked off a crisis for the Congress. Pilot, a former Rajasthan deputy CM, figures nowhere in the Cabinet. Only a respectable po- e x pr e ss r e a d Ashok Gehlot Sachin Pilot sition for him will ensure longterm peace and harmony in the state party unit. The ministers who took oath as a part of cabinet include Hemaram Chaudhary Ramlal Jat, , Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, Mamta Bhupesh, Bhajan Lal Jatav, Tikaram Julie, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat. Dalits, women and tribals got good representation in the revamped ministry . Among those sworn in on Sunday, Hemaram Chaudhary, Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena are regarded as integral members of the Pilot camp. Team’s spirit legacy from my time: Shastri Chennai: In an exclusive interview with this daily, former head coach Ravi Shastri, said the biggest legacy of his time would be the team’s “never-saydie attitude... no one could write them off. And if you did, it was at your own peril” | P11 nov 20 nov 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths NATIONWIDE 10,302 11,787 267 10,488 12,329 313 statewide nov 20 nov 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 6,075 6,061 32 5,080 7,908 40 Halal row: Hoteliers urge CM to intervene M S V i d ya n a n d a n & A i s h w a r ya Pr a b h a k a r a n @ T’Puram/Kochi With the “smear campaign” on halal food adversely affecting thousands of small restaurants and eateries across the state, hoteliers have sought the intervention of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the issue. The Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA), which lodged a complaint with the chief minister on Sunday, wants legal action under cyber laws taken against those spreading false nar rative against hotels and restaurants. The ‘spit food’ and ‘spit-free food’ propaganda, widely shared on social media, has turned into a serious issue because of its communal overtones. “We received a response from the CM’s office stating that the complaint has been noted and forwarded to the state police chief for appropriate action,” KHRA general secretary G Jayapal. According to hoteliers, the boycott call and campaign against restaurants run by a section in the state have come as a double whammy for them in the time of the pandemic. They allege that the cyber campaign over ‘manthrichoothal’ We received a response from the CM’s office stating that the complaint has been noted and forwarded to the state police chief for appropriate action G Jayapal, KHRA general secy — a ritualistic blowing into the food to bless it — has caused a great deal of damage to the business of Muslim hoteliers, especially those running small eateries. While the practice is limited to religious gatherings of certain sub-sections, those behind the ‘campaign’ have alleged that it is a norm for all Muslims while preparing food. “A little common sense would help you debunk this myth. Most of the eateries run by Muslims employ people of different religions. If such a practice existed, it would have come to public notice much earlier. Also, have you seen such a practice in the food preparation at Muslim households? This is a vile propaganda,” said KHRA president Moideen Kutty Haji. Haji said owners of small eateries are bearing the brunt of the campaign while major businesses are relatively unaffected. “I hope the campaign will eventually fail among the educated people in Kerala soci● More on P4 ety Haji said. ,” 6 demands in farmer unions’ open letter to Modi Express News Service @ New Delhi/Chandigarh The formal process to rollback the three contentious farm laws promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi could begin on Wednesday when the Union Cabinet is expected to take up for approval bills seeking their withdrawal. These bills will then be introduced in Parliament after its winter session begins on November 29. At the Singhu border on Sunday a meeting of the Samyukt , Kisan Morcha (SKM), an um- brella body of farmer unions, reiterated its decision to go ahead with the planned march to Parliament to mark one year of their protests. It later wrote an open letter to Modi listing six demands: legally guaranteed MSP mechanism; withdrawal of draft bill on power sector re- forms; withdrawal of measures to penalise farmers burning stubble around Delhi; withdrawal of cases against agitating farmers; sacking Union minister Ajay Mishra for his alleged role in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence; and compensation to the families of the 700 Farmers urge PM to hold talks with them In its open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, the SKM urged him to open talks with them on the six issues flagged by them. Till then all their agitational programmes will continue, it added farmers who died during the course of the agitation as also land around Singhu border to build a memorial for them. SKM leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “The pre-decided programmes will continue: mahapanchayat in Lucknow on November 22; gatherings at all border points on November 26; and march to Parliament on November 29.” Sunday’s meeting also decided to seek the terms of reference of the panel the Centre will set up on MSP , farmer leader Harinder Singh Lakhowal said.
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