chennai l tuesday l may 10, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Demolition drama in delhi’s shaheen bagh Plaint against aap mla for obstruction Bulldozers rolled into the epicentre of the 2019 CAA protests on Monday but protesters forced local body officials to go back Sc refuses to entertain cpm’s plea On Monday morning, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had sent its officials to carry out an anti-encroachment drive on the main road in Shaheen Bagh but they were stopped by protesters led by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Aamanatullah Khan. SDMC later filed a police complaint against Khan and his supporters for obstructing the civic body’s work ■ ■ Meanwhile, the CPM moved the Supreme Court against the demolition drive but the apex court rejected the plea saying it cannot interfere at the instance of a political party A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai asked the petitioner to approach the Delhi High Court 11 am sdmc TO CARRY OUT Demolition drive in Delhi’s New Friends Colony ON tUESDAY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 180-deg turn, as govt offers to review sedition law on its own Rajapaksas’ house in ancestral village razed The ancestral home of the Rajapaksas in Medamulana in Hambantota city was set on fire by protesters. Mahinda’s house in Kurunegala was also torched. Besides, a mob destroyed the D A Rajapaksa Memorial — constructed in the memory of the father of Mahinda and Gotabaya — in Hambantota E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Global outrage “We condemn the violence against the peaceful protesters today and call on the government to conduct a full investigation including the arrest and prosecution of anyone who incited violence,’’ US Ambassador Julie Chung tweeted. The EU urged all parties to act with restraint and refrain from violence (Top) Protesters and government supporters clash outside the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo; (Left) A Catholic priest runs to safety as a pro-government demonstrator tries to attack | afp Opposition leader Premadasa roughed up Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, who visited the GotaGoGama protest site to assess the situation, was also allegedly roughed up by Mahinda loyalists Eldest Rajapaksa goes, one left Protesters among at least five persons dead in spiralling violence as ruling party uses force to end agitation; one lawmaker commits suicide; curfew imposed across Sri Lanka E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi At least five persons, including a member of parliament of the Sri Lankan ruling party died in , sudden escalation of political violence across the country on Monday, forcing embattled Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign after hanging on to power for weeks. The protests that began on April 9 against the misrule of the Rajapaksas for pushing the country into its worst economic mess in decades, were peaceful till the ruling family apparently decided to teach the agitators a lesson. Mahinda’s supporters attacked protesters outside younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office in the morning, leaving at least Chennai record Cybercrimes up 1,648% in past 10 years Sa h aya N o v i n s ton Lo b o @ Chennai CHENNAI has recorded a 1,648% rise in cybercrime complaints over the past 10 years, according to a Home Department policy note tabled by Chief Minister M K Stalin in the Assembly on Monday . The note said the number has jumped from 748 complaints in 2011 to 13,077 in 2021. The rise may be attributed to digitisation, internet penetration, and widespread use of mobile phones. “It is natural that when volume of electronic transactions increases, related offences too will increase. Cheques and demand drafts dominated banking systems years ago, but now less than 10% transactions happen through cheques,” said V Rajendran, chairman, Digital Security Association of India and a Cyber Crimes Advocate. A senior police officer, who was part of a cyber crime team, said it is almost impossible to get back the money once an investigation crosses the golden hour, first 24 hours, in online crimes. The policy note said cybercrime teams were formed in all 11 police districts of Greater Chennai Police, in addition to five cybercrime police stations, with support from the Central Crime Branch at an outlay of `85.69 lakh. When asked about prevention measures, Rajendran said, “In other crimes, police can track, record, and thwart attempts to commit crime. But in cybercrimes, the power to prevent them lies only with the people.” P5 200 people injured. A nationwide curfew had to be imposed and the army deployed. Sensing the attack had boomeranged, Mahinda, 76, sent his resignation letter to Gotabaya. “Effective immediately I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President,” he tweeted. Mahinda’s goons attacked Mahinda Rajapaksa demonstrators at MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama protest sites. The tents opposite Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister, were also pulled down by the mob. The violence triggered widespread anger, with people turning their wrath on Rajapaksa loyalists. Vehicles carrying supporters of Mahinda were attacked across the country . The car of the ruling party’s lawmaker Amarakeerthi Athukorala was surrounded by protesters at the north western town of Nittambuwa. Athukorala allegedly opened fire killing one of the protesters. When the angry mob toppled the car, he took refuge in a nearby building and committed suicide using his own revolver. Later, the bodies of Athukorala and his personal security of- chennai eviction: Protester dies, CM assures new policy Su b a s h i n i V i j ayaku m a r @ Chennai Following the death of 58-year-old VG Kannaiyan, who on Sunday immolated himself to protest eviction of residents at Govindasamy Nagar in Raja Annamalaipuram by Water Resources Department (WRD) officials, Chief Minister M K Stalin told the Assembly on Monday that all Govindasamy Nagar residents will be allotted houses at resettlement sites being built in Mandaveli and Mylapore by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB). A new resettlement policy that covers all aspects of people’s welfare will be drafted soon and people will henceforth be moved out only after all basic facilities are ensured at resettlement sites, the CM said. “Consultation will be held with people before resettlement to prevent such incidents. We will ensure conflict-free operation by talking to elected representatives of the locality,” the Chief Minister said. Announcing `10 lakh solatium to Kannaiyan’s family, the CM said he was speaking with a heavy heart and hoped that this would be the last of such tragedies. Meanwhile, Kannaiyan’s family has refused to accept his body after he died around 3 am at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital on Monday He . had suf fered 90% bur n injuries. The family wanted the government to file an abetment to suicide case against officials, particularly those from the Water Resources Department, involved in the eviction drive, solatium of `50 lakh, and government job for one member of the family . Continued on: P3 ficer were found. Protesters also tried to storm Mahinda’s official residence in Colombo and set a truck in the entrance ablaze. Security personnel had to fire in the air to control the situation. The mass violence has made President Gotabaya’s position more difficult. He is the last Rajapaksa left in power. Others in the clan, including Basil and Namal, have already resigned. Mahinda’s son and his chief of staff, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, left for Singapore with his wife early on Monday morning. Former Lankan cricket great Sanath Jayasuriya said, “This is the end of the Rajapaksas. I never thought that this type of thuggery will be unleashed on innocent protesters at Galle Face in broad daylight and outside Temple Trees.” P9 NATIONWIDE May 8 May 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,451 3,079 40 3,207 3,410 29 tamil nadu May 8 May 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 47 68 0 38 62 0 Jab-o-meter Take your shot May 8 13,50,622 doses May 9 12,07,787 doses Total doses 1,90,48,54,263 The affidavit said there is general agreement about the need for statutory provisions to deal with serious offences of a divisive nature. “Penal provision for such purposes is generally accepted by all in legitimate state interest.” ahead. After having broken above 77 levels, there is the possibility of this move extending THE rupee, which touched the towards 78.00 and even 78.50 lowest level of 77.56 against the levels on spot,” says currency US dollar on Monday, may fall expert Anindya Banerjee. further to 78 or even 78.5 At the time of writing in the short term. this, the rupee had setUnfavourable macrtled around 77.45 after oeconomic conditions the day’s low of 77.56. may continue to weigh The rupee has fallen on the Indian rupee in 3.9% since the beginthe short-term as forning of the calendar eign investors desert year, when it was tradRupee is in India amid hike in US ing around 74.5 against ICU: Cong interest rates and Inthe US currency . Targeting the dia’s trade deficit conWhen foreign invesNarendra Modi tinues to widen. tors sell off their ruExperts say the ru- government, the pee-denominated inpee, like many other Congress said the vestment in Indian rupee is in ICU. emerging market curequity and debt, the Party leader rencies, may be under demand for dollar visRahul Gandhi fur ther downward a-vis rupee goes up, said the PM pressure as there is a weakening the local high likelihood that cannot keep the currency. Similarly, economic the US central bank when imports exceed will hike interest rates realities of India exports (trade deficit) again. The impact on “hidden forever” by a bigger margin, global commodity pricthe rupee gets weak. es due to uncertainties around Some experts, however, bewar could also weaken the ru- lieve that the rupee needs to depee further. preciate to maintain our export “The rupee has a tough week competitiveness. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi e x p re s s re a d Value addition, good price goals: Minister TNIE takes a close look at the major milestones in State agriculture department as MK Stalin-led DMK government completes first year in office Penal provisions Rupee slips further, on course to touching 78 Inside Providing better marketing opportunities to ensure profitable price for produce, and establishing facilities for value-addition of farm products are the key objectives of agriculture budget, says Minister M R K Panneerselvam | P4 China wants border row kept alive: Army chief New Delhi: The basic issue with China is the resolution of the boundary question but Beijing’s intent is to keep it “alive”, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said on Monday. Talking to reporters, he said Indian troops hold “important positions” along the LAC and the Army is capable of dealing with any situation | P7 nalised. This is an ongoing process. These were laws and compliances which reeked of a colonial mindset and thus have no place in today’s India,” the Centre said. It added that the government was aware of various views being expressed on the subject of sedition, including concerns of civil liberties and human rights activists. In the Kedar Nath Singh vs State of Bihar case in 1962, a Constitution bench had upheld the sedition law. The Centre in its initial affidavit had said the Kedar Nath verdict came after testing the constitutional validity of 124A from angles. A three-member bench led by Chief Justice N V Ramana had last week said it would hear arguments on May 10 (Tuesday) on whether pleas challenging the sedition law should be referred to a larger bench for reconsidering. Don’t criticise to demoralise, Sonia at CWC E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi WITH the differences within the party leadership out in the open, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday sought unity and cooperation in the party . This is the second time in a month that the Congress chief is pleading that differences be set aside for the common good. Gandhi said self-criticism is fine but it should not be done to the extent of eroding self-confidence and morale. She was addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. Setting the stage for the Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) in Udaipur from May 13 to 15, she also called upon members to repay their “debt to the party”. During her address, Gandhi sought full cooperation in ensuring that the single overriding message that goes forth loud and clear from Udaipur is one of unity, cohesion, determination and commitment to our party’s accelerated revival. “There are no magic wands. It is only with selfless work, discipline and a sense of consistent collective purpose that we will demonstrate our tenacity and resilience,” she said. The prime focus of the Chintan Shivir, being held after a gap of nine years, is the party’s preparation for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The Udaipur meet is also being held in the backdrop of growing demand for organisational changes and the party’s revival plan after the proposed deal with poll strategist Prashant Kishor did not take off. hoary past Carbon dating shows Tamils used iron ore 4,200 yrs ago E X p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ chennai A child sleeps blissfully on the lap of a woman whose house was among those demolished at Govindasamy Nagar, on Monday | P Jawahar In a sudden change of heart, the Central government on Monday filed a fresh affidavit before the Supreme Court saying it has decided to reconsider its position on Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 that deals with sedition law. Monday’s affidavit comes just a couple of days after it defended 124A in its submission in the court, arguing that instances of the abuse of the law cannot justify the reconsideration of a binding judgment of the Constitution bench. Doing a complete U-turn, the government on Monday requested the court to await its internal exercise and not invest time in examining 124A, adding the relook will happen before a constitutionally permitted appropriate forum. The Union home ministry’s affidavit said the government is committed to removing outdated colonial laws while protecting the sovereignty of the nation. Over 1,500 outdated laws have been scrapped since 2014-15 when the Modi government first came to power, it said. It also pointed out that over 25,000 compliance burdens that were pain points have already been removed under Narendra Modi’s watch as prime minister. “Various offences which were causing mindless hindrances to people have been de-crimi- CHIEF Minister MK Stalin on Monday told the Tamil Nadu Assembly that carbon dating of materials excavated at Mayiladumparai in Krishnagiri district has revealed that Tamils used iron ore about 4,200 years ago. Of the 28 Accelerator Mass Spectrometry-based (AMS) dating of sites in India, this is the earliest, the Chief Minister said. The 28 sites include Mayiladumparai in Tamil Nadu, and other excavation sites in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Mahar- ashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. Making a suo motu statement under Rule 110, the Chief Minister said after excavations by the State Archeological Department of a habitation site located at Mayiladumparai in Krishnagiri district, two charcoal samples were sent to Beta Analytic Inc in Florida in the US for radiocarbon dating. The Chief Minister said it has also been ascertained that black-red pottery was introduced even before 4,200 years, during the later stages of the New Stone Age. Some of the materials excavated from Mayiladumparai site | Express The CM said that to prove the existence of ancient Tamil business ventures in various States, the State Department of Archeology will take up excavations at Pattanam in Kerala, Talakadu in Karnataka, Venki in Andhra Pradesh and Pallur in Odisha. A deep-sea study at Korkai, an ancient harbour belonging to the Sangam era, will also begin this month, the CM said. The history of India should commence from the Tamil landscape and the State government is working towards scientifically establishing it through evidences, Stalin said.
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