kozhikode l tuesday l June 07, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION ANand now takes a shot at running global chess body mysterious emails before confirmation Bhardwaj clarified his federation’s stand, saying former secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan has always unquestionably supported Anand’s candidature. Bhardwaj’s statement came after anonymous emails started circulating, saying Chauhan is the right candidate instead of Anand and the latter had sought support from the country’s chess fraternity for his role in FIDE AICF interim secretary Vipnesh Bhardwaj says it supports 5-time world champion’s candidature for FIDE deputy president top official too backs anand ■ ■ Denying the allegations, Chauhan highlighted how the All India Chess Federation was the first to come out in support of Anand’s candidature for the International Chess Federation (FIDE) post Anand will be contesting for the post as part of incumbent FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich’s team one As per FIDE Rules, a federation can nominate only one candidate 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 Backlash from the Muslim world grows 7 more nations, including Saudi Arabia & UAE, criticise hate speech Youth’s fatal fall: PWD asst engineer held for negligence E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi An assistant engineer with the Public Works Department (PWD) was arrested on Monday in connection with the death of a youth after the motorbike he was on fell into a ditch at a bridge construction site in Tripunithura last week. Muvattupuzha native Vinitha Varghese, 41, employed in the PWD Bridges division, was arrested for causing death by negligence. No signboard had been placed at the site to warn motorists of the construction. Earlier, PWD overseer Sumesh, 44, and contractor Varkichan K Vallamattam were nabbed on Sunday. All of them have been released on station bail, said an officer with the Hill Palace police. As the prickly situation over two ex-BJP leaders’ controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammed worsens, here’s a look at what’s at stake Exports & Imports Snake rescuer Arun C Mohan and his helper with the python | Express other python was also found in another part of the net. It could be the pair of the rescued one. I took it to the Government Veterinary Hospital Exports Imports % of total 11,001 13,194 trade 7.00% 4.14% 3.32% Qatar Kuwait Oman 1.45% 1.18% 0.97% Source: Ministry of Commerce T’Puram: The State Disaster Management Authority on Monday released a detailed checklist for people to follow after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall and lightning in isolated places in the state from Tuesday to June 10 (Friday). The IMD also sounded a yellow alert in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Malappuram districts for Tuesday. P4 Leaked audio lands UDF secy in soup T’Puram: An audio clip of UDF secretary Johnny Nellore has surfaced in which he is heard demanding chairmanship of a corporation and a state car to switch to LDF. The clip is of an alleged phone call between Nellore, the KC (Joseph) vicechairman, and A H Hafees, a junior leader of LDF. Nellore has denied talking to Hafees and said he will initiate legal proceedings. P4 New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday raided residential premises of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who has been arrested for alleged money laundering. ED is understood to have found some new proof and links after it questioned Jain and some alleged hawala operators. The latest raids were launched to gather further details on these inputs, officials said. at Ambalappuzha,” said Arun, a member of the Snake Awareness Rescue and Protection App (SARPA) under the forest and wildlife department. “Dr Mary Lishi Sebastian cleaned the wounds and removed worms. We also informed the division forest officer. He asked me to preserve it as it might have died had we released it in the jungle then. I decided to protect it and tried to give it food, but it was hesitant as it was very weak,” said Arun, a medical representative of Abbott India. “The next day I brought , the python to Treat Unusual Veterinary Hospital at Nangiarkulangara near Haripad for further treatment,” ● More on P4 he said. food Quality inspections Air connectivity Gulf carriers dominate India’s international operations. Besides, 60 foreign airlines from 40 countries are scheduled to operate 1,783 flights to and from India during this summer. These include 170 departures per week by Emirates, 115 by Oman Air, 110 by Air Arabia, 99 by Qatar Airways, 82 by Gulf Air, 80 by Etihad Airways, 63 by Saudi Arabian Airlines and 56 by Kuwait Airways Remittances 1,451 463 3,148 1,242 6,840 Iraq Rescuer nurses python back to health Every life is precious and all efforts must be made to protect it. A python trapped in an abandoned plastic net in the waterlogged paddy field of Edathua of Kuttanad was saved in such an effort. As reported by TNIE on April 1, Arun C Mohan, a snake rescuer from Alappuzha, turned saviour. After 76 days of treatment, the snake was released in the forest in Ranni in full health. Arun said, “When I spotted the snake in a paddy field at Edathua, it was almost dead. It had deep wounds infested with maggots. It was trapped inside the net and could not come out. The decomposed carcass of an- 3,146 Saudi Arabia UAE 1,838 2,403 Saudi 76 days later B I J U E PA U L @Alappuzha 31,927 34,100 UAE ED raids Delhi min’s residential premises Police use water cannons on PFI activists during their march to Cliff House, the CM’s official residence, in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. They were protesting against the police action on their members in connection with the hate slogans raised by a boy during PFI’s rally in Alappuzha | Vincent Pulickal | P4 12,225 Source: DPIIT Heavy rain, lightning likely till Friday troubled waters (Since April 2000) ($ million) Figures for FY22 ($ mn) Note: UAE is one of the top 10 FDI contributors in India. In the past three years, FDI worth $5.5 billion has come from UAE express read Though PWD officials have faced action in the past for negligence during construction work, this is said to be the first time there has been an arrest. Works Minister P A Mohamed Riyas announced a department-level inquiry into the incident. “The government will take strict action against those responsible. There will be no compromise. A detailed department-level inquiry will be conducted along with the ongoing probe,” he told reporters in Fort Kochi on Monday . Eroor native Vishnu Madhavan, 28, died on Friday while his friend Adharsh, 28, suffered severe injuries in the incident which took place at the construction site of the bridge that would connect Tripunithura and ● More on P4 Puthiyakavu Road. Foreign direct investment 8,758 ity has generated Arab interest about India. Developments in India are closely monitored and reactions follow immediately ,’’ said Bobby Naqvi, an expert on Gulf region. As for Pakistan, the MEA lit into it, saying: “The absurdity of a serial violator of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another nation is not lost on anyone. The world has been witness to the systemic persecution of minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Ahmadiyyas by Pakistan.’’ MEA’s Arindam Bagchi said India accords the highest respect to all religions, which is quite unlike Pakistan where fanatics are eulogised and monuments built in their honour. In a similar withering remark, the foreign office said the OIC Secretariat has chosen to make “motivated, misleading and mischievous comments. This only exposes its divisive agenda being pursued at the behest of vested interests.” 44,833 A day after the BJP suspended a senior functionary and expelled another for hate speech against Prophet Mohammed, the Centre continued to find itself in the line of fire from the Muslim world with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Indonesia and Afghanistan sharing their indignation. On Sunday, Qatar, Kuwait and Iran had done likewise. Pakistan had joined in as did the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), but both drew sharp rebukes from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), as India calibrated its diplomatic response while emphasising its rejection of prejudice against symbols of Islam. At stake was not just India’s diplomatic ties but also trade with the Gulf besides sizable remittances from expats. All that had to be salvaged, which was why the MEA scampered to build distance between the government and the suspended BJP’s national spokesperson Nupur Sharma, calling her a fringe element. Yet, a Kuwaiti supermarket, Al Ardiya Cooperative Society , pulled out Indian products to register its anger. The size of India’s trade with the seven Gulf countries in 2021-22 was around $189 billion, which works out to 18.3% of the nation’s total imports and exports. For the 7.5 million expats living in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) now, it is important that peace prevails both within the GCC and India to keep themselves and their jobs safe. Besides, the remittances India receives are highest from the Gulf nations with UAE at 27%, Saudi Arabia at 11.6%, Qatar at 6.5%, Kuwait at 5.5% and Oman at 3.3%. On the positive side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has generated a lot of goodwill in West Asia and has made repeated and reciprocal visits to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. “Modi’s popular- 28,044 Ye s h i Seli @ New Delhi why GULF matters Iran 0.19% UAE 27% Saudi 11.6% Qatar 6.5% Kuwait 5.5% Oman 3.3% Source: RBI (2018) Civil Supplies Minister G R Anil visits schools in Kozhikode to inspect quality of food being served to students, says flash inspections will continue | P2 `76k cr defence boost for domestic industry M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi IN a move aimed at lifting the domestic industry the Ministry , of Defence on Monday approved the procurement of military hardware worth `76,390 crore. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, which approved the proposals, also pushed for indigenisation of the aero engines. The Army , Navy and Coast Guard will benefit from these approvals. “For the Indian Army, the DAC accorded fresh AoNs (acceptance of necessity) for procurement of rough terrain fork lift trucks, bridge laying tanks, wheeled armoured fighting vehicles with anti-tank guided missiles and weapon locating radars through domestic sources with emphasis on indigenous design and development,” the defence ministry said in a statement. For the Navy, the DAC accorded AoN for procurement of next generation corvettes (NGCs) at an estimated cost of approximately `36,000 crore, the ministry added. “These NGCs will be versatile platforms for a variety of roles viz. surveillance missions, escort operations, deterrence, surface action group operations, search & attack and coastal defence,” the defence ministry statement read. AoN is the government stamp that the proposal from the forces is accepted. These NGCs would be constructed based on the new in-house design of the Indian Navy using the latest technology of ship building. The projects will be executed under ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’ categories. This will Digital Coast Guard DAC has also approved the Digital Coast Guard project under Buy (Indian). The aim is to build a pan-India secure network to digitise surface and aviation operations, logistics, finance and HR processes in Coast Guard provide a substantial boost to the Indian defence industry and cut foreign spending. Engines for aircraft are becoming the focus area for the government. “The DAC accorded AoNs for manufacture of Dornier aircraft and Su-30 MKI aero-engines by Hindustan Aeronautics with focus on enhancing indigenisation particularly in indigenising aero-engine material,” it added.
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