A US military aircraft with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on board prepares to land at Sungshan Airport in Taipei on Tuesday | AFP KOZHIKODE l wednesday l august 03, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION China fumes as Pelosi lands in Taipei US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday visited Taiwan, the highest elected US official to travel to the island nation, which China claims as its own territory, in more than 25 years. Pelosi ignored China’s repeated warnings, including a veiled threat of military action, against her trip. She was on a tour of Asia that included visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Her stop in Taiwan was not announced but was widely anticipated Itinerary Pelosi is scheduled to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, according to reports. She may also meet a group of activists campaigning against China’s human rights record Shortly before Pelosi’s landing, Chinese media reported air and ground movement of troops in Taiwan Straits — the waters that separate China and Taiwan. “If the US insists on following the wrong course of action, then it should be responsible for any serious consequence arising thereof,” China’s foreign ministry spokesperson said Don’t play with fire, Beijing warns China claims Washington had assured Beijing that it would not dramatically change its policy towards Taiwan but that promise is now broken. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the US’ betrayal is bankrupting its national credibility. Wang Yi said US politicians who play with fire on the Taiwan issue will “come to no good end” The US also deployed four of its warships, including aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, in waters east of Taiwan in what the US Navy dubbed “routine deployments” Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honours America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy — Nancy Pelosi Visit entirely her decision: Blinken The White House said the US has no interest in deepening tensions with China and that it won’t engage in saber rattling. “Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government. The decision is entirely the speaker’s,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken | P9 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 Blast-less US missile kills Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri Killed in Afghanistan, speculation on Pak role. He was a key conspirator of 9/11 attacks C h a n d a n N a n d y @ New Delhi Hellfire R9X missile Has no warhead to minimise casualty Seeker with lasers Ayman al-Zawahiri Six deadly blades. They open just before the missile homes in on the target Tracked for months before taking him out Remotely controlled drone fires the Hellfire missile Early this year, US officials identified Zawahiri’s wife, daughter and her children had relocated to a safe house in Kabul Kinetic energy from the speeding multi-bladed weapon makes it slice through whatever it hits, minimises collateral damage Now, justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more... No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the US will find you and take you out Joe Biden, US President Zawahiri subsequently relocated to the same house. He never left the house. In early April, Joe Biden got his first briefing Zawahiri was definitively identified while he was on the balcony of the house on multiple occasions On July 25, Biden met key Cabinet members to evaluate the fallout. He then authorised “a precise tailored air strike” to minimise civilian casualties The strike was finally carried out at 7.18 am IST on July 30 by a drone firing a couple of Hellfire missiles INSIDE His balcony visit proved fatal I P9 Safe house owned by Haqqani’s top aide I P9 Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the key conspirators of the 9/11 attacks, was killed in a CIA drone strike on the balcony of his Kabul safe house, US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday It is be. ing seen as the biggest blow to the global terror network ever since Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011. Zawahiri elimination will considerably weaken the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which operates on a “low scale” in India with presence also in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, security officials said. It also triggered speculation on whether the Pakistani regime sold him out to the US for crucial IMF aid — and to get off the gray list of terror financing — to save its crumbling economy, or was it the Taliban that gave the tip-off. AQIS, whose influence is not as strong as Al Qaeda, is led by Asim Umar, an Indian who has been at its helm since September 2014 when it was reportedly founded be Zawahiri. Umar, who underwent training in radical Islamist theology in Kara- Money laundering case: ED raids Nat’l Herald office, 11 other places E x p r ess Ne ws S e r v i ce @ New Delhi THE Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday carried out raids at 12 locations, including the Herald House at Bahadurshah Zafar Marg in New Delhi, in connection with the National Herald money-laundering case. The searches come close on the heels of the ED questioning Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her Rahul in the matter. Herald House is the office of National Herald and that of its publisher Associate Journals Ltd (AJL), which is under probe over its acquisition by Young Indian Private Ltd. Cong holds protest rally against raids The Congress on Tuesday held a protest march over the ED raids. “We strongly condemn this vendetta politics against those who speak up against the Modi Govt,” said party leader Jairam Ramesh The searches added fresh fuel to ongoing acrimony between the Congress and the BJP with , the former accusing the ruling party of vendetta. “This is absolute rock bottom for Indian politics,” Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate told reporters. The BJP refuted the charges, claiming the law was taking its own course. Sonia and her son Rahul are among the promoters and majority shareholders in Young Indian with 38% stake each. It is alleged that Young Indian paid only a paltry sum of `50 lakh to obtain the right to recover `90.25 crore that AJL owed to the grand old party . The Congress has maintained there has been no wrongdoing. Since Young Indian is a not-for-profit company established under Section 25 of the Companies Act, there can be no question of money laundering, it contends. Skateboarder on Kashmir 5th case trip dies in Haryana mishap 30-year-old man +ve for Monkeypox They said the trip combined two things he loved the most — A fortnight before he set skateboarding and travelling. out on an ambitious KanyakuSuresh Thellickachal, who mari-Kashmir trip on May 29, taught Anas for five years in a Anas Hajas had told one of his parallel college at Thempafor mer teachers about his moodu, still remembers his fidream. The 31-year-old had said nal conversation with Anas. that he wanted to become the “We told him he would be the first person in the world first person from our to successfully complete place to travel to Kashthe arduous 3,700-kmmir on a skateboard. He long trip on his corrected us, gleefully, skateboard. that he would be first not However, fate had othjust from our place but er plans. On Tuesday from the entire world,” mor ning, the youth said Suresh. from Ancham Kallu, a Suresh said the local Anas Hajas nondescript village club Anas was associatnear Panavoor in Thirued with had been planvananthapuram, was hit by a ning to accord him a grand retruck at Kalka in Haryana. He ception upon his return. “He died on the spot. He was 15 days was interested in attending the away from reaching his desti- reception as it would help him nation. Those who knew Anas introduce the sport to chilrecalled how the computer sci- dren,” he said. After getting the ence graduate, who dabbled in news of his death, Anas’ relathe IT sector, fell in love with tives left for Haryana to bring ● More on P4 skating while working in Bihar. his body back. S h a n A S @T’Puram The native of Areacode in Malappuram arrived at Kozhikode airport from UAE last Thursday. Health Minister Veena George said he is currently under treatment at the Tirurangadi taluk hospital | P5 chi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hails from Sambhal in UP . While Indian intelligence — and whatever little presence it has in Afghanistan — had no clue of the July 31 drone strike on Zawahiri, a quick, preliminary assessment by senior officials led them to conclude that “sufficient care needs to be taken within India so that hotheads here do not take to any form of violent means” anywhere in India. This, sources said, would mean wider and deeper surveillance of not only fundamentalist elements across India in general but also those still active in Kashmir. Sources said that their concern stems from Zawahiri’s April 2022 video message that praised a Karnataka girl for braving social outrage to don a hijab to college, especially when the student’s father is a local Popular Front of India (PFI) leader. The mechanics of the drone operation in Kabul suggests it was the result of an understanding between the Pakistani security establishment and the American intelligence organisation, security officials here claimed. E X P RESS READ No flights for pax with Monkeypox symptoms New Delhi: India has written to the WHO representative in the UAE to ensure that passengers exhibiting symptoms suggestive of Monkeypox are not allowed to board flights. The Union Health Ministry referred to three cases in which passengers had come to India from the UAE. State 3rd in slapping most abused IPC Sec A goods vehicle carrying a generator parked near Periyar river submerged following heavy rain in Ernakulam | T P Sooraj Holiday in 12 dists ‘Red’ dams Holiday in Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur for all educational institutions on Wednesday. Calicut University, MG University and Kerala varsity have postponed exams on the day The authorities have declared red alerts in seven more dams: Ponmudi, Kallarkutti, Erattayar, Lower Periyar, Kundala, Moozhiyar and Peringalkuthu. Entry towards Athirapally waterfalls and Nelliyampathy tourist centre has been restricted. Death toll climbs to 12 as rain continues, 2,291 in relief camps E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i ce @T’Puram Deceased Three persons died in landslides in Kannur. They are Rajesh, 45, of Vellara Colony, Mannali Chandran, 55, in Vellara and two-and-a-halfyear-old Numa Thasmin, the daughter of Nadira J Rahim in Poolakutti. Kingston, 27, a native of Kanyakumari drowned at Puthanthura in Thiruvananthapuram. Kunnumparambil Riyas, 45, died in a flash flood at Koottikal in Kottayam. Body of Poulose, 65, who went missing from Kuttambuzha on Monday found in a forest. Six more people, including a two-year-old, died as heavy rain continued to lash the state on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 12. While three persons died in Kannur, one death each was reported from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram. Three persons — two fishermen in Chavakkad and one in Kollam — are missing. Over 2,000 people in 11 districts have been moved to relief camps. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) maintained red alerts in 10 districts, indicating very heavy rainfall, at least till Thursday. Red alert in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Golden moment for the four T'Puram: Kerala ranked third among the states that registered the highest number of cases under 153 A, one of the most decrepited sections of IPC, for promoting enmity between groups. As many as 552 people were arrested under the section in the state between 2018 and 2020. P4 HeR-story: (From left) India’s Lovely Choubey, Pinki Kaushik Singh, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey created history by winning in the Women’s Fours Lawn Bowls final at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday | ap table tennis lifting Gold for men’s team Silver for Thakur India men’s team comprising A Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty beat Singapore in the final to win gold Indian weightlifters continue to win medals as Harjinder Kaur (71kg) and Vikas Thakur (96kg) clinched a bronze and a silver respectively to add to India’s medal tally Now, sign language vocabulary for 1st responders 1,05,366 In a major breakthrough towards preparing an inclusive risk reduction programme, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority and National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) have jointly developed a sign language-based vocabulary to help rescue persons with speech and hearing disa- persons with hearing disability in state, according to the Kerala Disability Census 2011 bilities during disasters. Around 350 words have been included in the online course designed for first responders. KSDMA officials said it is Second chance for those who missed CUET UG in July @ New Delhi long overdue S h a i n u M o h a n @T’Puram Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur will continue on Wednesday. Orange alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod indicating heavy rainfall. The heavy rain has also caused immense damaged to property, completely destroying 23 houses – 18 in Kannur and five in Idukki – and 71 partially. So far, 27 houses have been destroyed fully and 126 partially in the heavy rain since Sunday . As many as 2,291 people have been moved to 102 relief camps opened in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. ● More on P4 E x p r ess Ne ws S e r v i ce HC: Only emergency refund at Karuvannur Kochi: The Kerala High Court has directed the Karuvannur Service Co-operative bank authorities not to return deposits for the time being to the customers. This will not, however, prevent the bank from making part payments in case of utmost necessity. P4 The wild elephant that was caught in Chalakudy river in Thrissur on Tuesday. The elephant managed to cross the river after a 7-hour struggle | Express | P2 the first time such a disabled inclusive initiative is being launched in the country . The plan is to introduce the course in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform. “There are no accessible materials for the hearing impaired for use during a disaster. Such materials are available either in Malayalam or English. Those who are hearing impaired require such materials in sign language, as videos,” said Raji Jacob, head, Degree (HI), NISH. NISH has already started designing the online course. “Around 50 per cent of the work is over. The course is being drawn up based on terminology related to disasters suggested by KSDMA,” said ● More on P4 Raji. Candidates who missed the Central University Entrance Test undergraduate (CUET UG) exam in the first phase in July due to lastminute change of centres and cancellations, will get another chance in the second phase beginning August 4, officials said on Tuesday . The National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the entrance examination, on Tuesday released admit cards for students appearing for the examination on August 4, 5 and 6 on Tuesday Admit cards . for the examinations to be held after August 6 will be issued later. The testing agency also announced that exams for candidates affected by the flood and having other entrance and competitive examinations during this period had been shifted to August 12, 13 and 14 from August 4, 5 and 6, following various representations Technical problems in the first phase marred the firstever CUET. Exams were cancelled in two centres, one in West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri and other Punjab’s Pathankot – owing to technical issues. NTA said 19 students who missed the exams in these two centres can now take them.
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