kozhikode l Sunday l may 29, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition rajasthan face Titanic challenge in IPL final Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals brace themselves for one last battle in Ahmedabad on Sunday to attain glory Contrasting journey to the top Gujarat bowlers vs Royal batting While Rajasthan rode on the consistency of Jos Buttler with the bat and Yuzvendra Chahal with the ball, Titans provided the most consistent team performance throughout the league stage with one player or the other coming to their rescue. On the big day, it will be all about whether the collective team effort can pip the individual stars ■ ■ For Rajasthan, it will be about finding their heroes in the middle-order against a top-quality bowling attack, led by Rashid Khan, as they have struggled once the top-order falls Titans have relied heavily on David Miller and skipper Hardik P11 Pandya, but they would want Shubman Gill to step up A20 cr Prize money for the winners while the runners-up will get `13 crore 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 ‘In 8 yrs, haven’t given reason to hang head in shame’ DILI P SI N GH K SHAT R IYA @ Ahmedabad PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, who completed eight years in office on May 26, said on Saturday that his government has left no stone unturned in protecting the dignity of all Indian citizens. Keeping people-centric governance as the motto, the government has not given a single reason to make anyone hang their head in shame in the past eight years, Modi claimed while speaking at an event in Gujarat’s Rajkot. “In the past eight years, we have tried to make our country the kind of India Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel dreamt of. I have not done anything, even by mistake, which would make any citizen feel ashamed. We have given priority for good governance,” Modi said while inaugurating a multispecialty hospital at Atkot in Rajkot district. Modi claimed his government has eased the life of the Fresh plea in SC against Places of Worship Act E x pre s s N e w s Ser v i c e `5 lakh FINE ON INDIGO The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Saturday imposed the penalty on the airline for denying boarding to a speciallyabled child at Ranchi airport on May 7 | P7 WIT H T H IS ISSUE how young12india thinks PLUS PAGES Other Petitions @ New Delhi Several other pleas challenging the 1991 law have already been filed in the top court. In March 2021, BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay filed a plea against the Act. Earlier, in June 2020, a Hindu group moved a similar petition Attempts to challenge the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 have reemerged amid the controversy over a Shivalinga-like structure being found in the Gyanvapi mosque. The latest to move the Supreme Court is Devkinandan Thakur, a Mathura-based religious guru. His petition challenges certain sections of the 1991 law, claiming these violate the rights of religious groups to seek judicial intervention to reclaim their places of worship. The 1991 law passed by the then Congress government, preserves the character of a religious place as it stood on August 15, 1947. The plea states that the Centre has “transgressed its legislative power” by barring remedy of judicial review which is a basic feature of the Constitution. The petition by Thakur specifically challenges the validity of Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the law. “The injury caused to the Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs is extremely large because sections 2, 3, 4 of the Act has taken away the right to approach the court and thus right to judicial remedy has been closed,” said the plea. While Section 3 of the Act deals with the bar of conversion of places of worship, Section 4 pertains to the declaration as to the religious character of certain places of worship and the bar of jurisdiction of courts. “The Hindus are fighting for the restoration of the birthplace of Lord Krishna but while enacting the Act, the Centre has excluded the birthplace of Lord Ram at Ayodhya but not the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura, though both are incarnations of Lord Vishnu,” it said. Cops to Act tough on noise pollution at worship places E x pre s s N e w s Ser v i c e @ T’Puram In a bid to address noise pollution at places of worship, the government has directed the state police chief to strictly enforce norms regarding the use of loudspeakers, microphones and musical instruments in public places. The home department has directed the police to take necessary steps to ensure that people from all sections of society strictly follow the regulations in the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000. The department issued the order after the Kerala State Commission loud and clear Govt 1 rightsinstructions follow child panel’s recommendation for necessary directives Court orders and legislations regarding noise pollution are not being followed effectively, says govt 2 for Protection of Child Rights recommended that the government issue necessary directives to ensure the use of loudspeakers, microphones and musical instruments at places of worship, prayer meets and religious festivals by Hindu, Muslim, Christian and other religions be regulated as per law. T he gover nment said though there are different court orders and legislations regarding noise pollution, these are not being followed effectively. Excessive noise from microphones, loudspeakers and musical instruments could cause health issues to children, the elderly population and those suffering from various illnesses. It’s in this backdrop that the government directed the police to ensure that the norms should be strictly complied with. The Central legislation has made it clear that loudspeakers cannot be used in public places, without the government’s prior permission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at an event in Gujarat on Saturday | pti are misplaced priorities of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) hurting Indian armed forces’ communication and navigation systems? Four dedicated navigation satellites of the armed forces, which would have enhanced their communication systems, are yet to go up in space. Reason: ISRO’s “misperceived priorities” in general and the decision by its former chairman K Sivan to put their launch in the backburner, sources said. Curiously, another critical component of the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) programme designed to provide accurate real-time positioning and timing services to Indian defence forces has also been delayed by three years at the defence ministry level. Sources said NavIC’s accuracy has been hampered as the satellites are not in place. The navigation component, called ‘reference stations’, which are used in heavy artillery for locating very precisely Hold-up not due to priority issues: Sivan The delay was not because of priority issues but due to difficulty in procuring a particular type of sensor, said former ISRO chairman K Sivan, adding that the pandemic also played a role poor began facing a food crisis. We opened the food grain stores for the people. For a life of dignity to women, direct transfer was made to Jan-Dhan bank accounts. Money was transferred to the bank accounts of farmers... free gas cylinders were given to the poorest of the poor. We also ensured free Covid vaccines for every Indian.” Targeting the Opposition, he said some parties blindly oppose anything and everything his government does for political reasons. Dileep has assault visuals; card with court accessed too: Crime branch P R a m d a s @Kochi In a shocking revelation, the crime branch has confirmed that actor Dileep was in possession of the visuals of the sexual assault on the actor inside a moving car in 2017. Moreover, the memory card containing the visuals that had been in the court’s custody had been accessed, it has said. “Digital data received from the phone of Dileep’s brother Anoop helped conclude that the actor is in possession of either the original memory card containing the visuals or its copy the crime branch said in ,” the report it filed in the Kerala High Court while seeking three more months to complete the probe. Dileep is the eighth accused in the case. “The data from Anoop’s phone shows photographs of the print in which second-bysecond commentary of the as- Agency says Digital data received from phone of Dileep’s brother helped conclude that actor is in possession of either the original memory card having the visuals or its copy ■ ■ Dileep’s friend Sarath had a tab containing the visuals. He handed it over to Dileep who watched it with others sault visuals is described. When confronted, Anoop said he took the photographs from the office of Dileep’s counsel. However, an analysis of digital evidence showed he lied,” said the report, a copy of which is with TNIE. “Further probe revealed that Dileep’s friend Sarath G Nair was in possession of a tab containing the visuals. He had handed over the device to Dileep, who then viewed the visuals along with his associates in the presence of director P Balachandrakumar (a witness),” the report said. The tab has not been recovered, it said, adding that Sarath was arrested under IPC Section 201 for causing disappearance of evidence. The crime branch said Dileep and his associates, with the help of others, indulged in tampering with and destroying proof. However, the police could retrieve valuable evidence to reveal the crime. “The soft copy of the reports submitted by Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Thiruvananthapuram, regarding the six mobile phones runs to more than 2 lakh pages and includes 11,161 videos, 11,238 audio clips, over two lakh images and 1,597 documents,” said the re● More on P4 port. Lankan crisis turns blessing for T’Puram int’l airport K r i s h n a c h a n d K @T’Puram Sri Lanka’s fuel crisis is proving beneficial for Thiruvananthapuram airport. SriLankan Airlines, owned by the government of the island nation, has chosen the capital as the refuelling and crew change spot for its longdistance services, bringing in revenue to the airport. Already two SriLankan Air, lines flights from Colombo, one bound to Frankfurt in Germany and the other to Melbourne in Au s t r a l i a , had a stopover at Thiruvananthapuram on Friday and Saturday roughly earning , the airport `1 crore in revenue. Each long haul flight, having around 12 hours of flying time, needs to refill at least 120 tonnes of fuel. Sources at the airport said the stopovers were also for cabin crew layover and technical landing. “The halts would help the fuel supply units at the airport generate more income and fill the state and the Centre’s coffers with tax revenue,” said a source. “More flights of SriLankan Airlines would land here for refuelling. This has led to a rise in the demand for fuel at the airport and oil firms have had to ensure more supply,” ● More on P4 said a source. express read Hate slogans: Father of nine-year-old arrested Alappuzha: The Alappuzha police on Saturday arrested the father of the nine-year-old boy who chanted inflammatory slogans during a PFI rally in the district earlier this month | P4 Congress tilts to Hindi to woo voters New Delhi: After peddling ‘soft Hindutva’ for years, the Congress is now pushing Hindi to woo the masses in the Hindi-speaking belt. Senior leaders say the party’s top leadership has realised that language is also an issue that the party has not been able to effectively communicate with voters in the Hindi belt, where the BJP has a strong footprint | P7 Antique idols from US, Aus to be returned to TN New Delhi: Ten antique idols of Lord Natraja and Shiva-Parvati dating back to 10th and 12th century, retrieved from the US and Australia through joint efforts by ministries of culture and external affairs, will be handed over to the Tamil Nadu government during a ceremony in New Delhi on June 1 | P7 Curious delay in launch of military satellites C h a n d a n N a n d y @ New Delhi poor and the middle class. “When everyone gets their due, there is no scope for discrimination or corruption,” he said. Modi pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi wanted an India in which the poor, Dalits and women are empowered, where cleanliness and good health are part of life, and where economy is based on swadeshi solutions, adding that his government has scored on all these. Extolling the achievements of his government, he said, “When pandemic began, the refuel spot enemy targets on mountainous terrain as well as plains, was first delayed by three years as the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) under the defence ministry posed several questions to Indian suppliers. According to some Indian firms, said there is now a threemonth delay in the process because the DGQA has been insisting on several tests of the equipment before they are fiP8 nally commissioned. welcome art Painters decking up the wall of a classroom at Government Model Girls Higher Secondary School in Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram, ahead of the reopening of schools on June 1 | Vincent Pulickal teen wonder 15-year-old gem of Rajaji Nagar shines in State Film Awards Ar ya U R @T’Puram It’s not difficult to find the house of Sneha Anu in the densely-populated Rajaji Nagar colony in the capital. Ask any resident and they happily guide visitors to the abode of the 15-year-old who bagged the Best Child Artist (female) honour in the State Film Awards 2021 that were announced on Friday. She was picked for her gripping portrayal of ‘Mullu’ in Thala written and directed by Khais Millen. The reason for the residents’ happiness is twofold: The first is, of course, the award which they believe would advance the teenager’s career. The second Sneha Anu with her parents K N Anu and Nisha is the hope that the honour would help them collectively move further away from the notorious past of the colony ear, lier known as Chenkalchoola. The news of her win came as a surprise to her as well as her family, which comprises her parents and grandparents, as they had no clue she was in the running. “The production process of the film went on for four years as it had to show everything, including the physical growth of children, as part of the plot. I was in Class 4 when shooting began. A majority of the scenes was shot here. In a way, I was growing up with the movie. The shoot was wrapped up before the announcement of Covid-induced lockdown,” says Sneha, a Class 9 student of Government Cotton Hill Girls Higher Secondary School. “It was director Khais who told my grandfather Jayan that I had won,” says Sneha, who wants to be an actor. ● More on P4
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