CHINA FUMES AS PELOSI LANDS IN TAIPEI KALABURAGI WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION A US military aircraft with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on board prepares to land at Sungshan Airport in Taipei on Tuesday | AFP 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. 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 MISSILE KILLS ZAWAHIRI Qaeda boss killed in U.S. drone strike in Af; Speculation on Pak role C H A N D A N N A N D Y @ New Delhi AL-QAEDA head Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the key conspirators in 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 Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hails from Sambhal in UP . While Indian intelligence — and whatever little presence it has in Afghanistan — had no Ayman al-Zawahiri 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 PFI has been under the scanner of Indian security agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau. 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. The Indian intelligence feels that the top echelon of the Pakistani ISI, with a nod from the political establishment, may have “created the conditions” or “devised an operation to identify” the house in the Sherpur area of Kabul where Zawahiri was hiding, before the CIA drone zeroed in on the target. The ISI’s most clandestine unit, the Directorate S, is the “most likely” centre from where intelligence may have been shared with the CIA. To this extent, they saw similarities in the “sudden but operationally sound” helicopter gunship raid on the Abbottabad hideout of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, which, sources said, could not have been accomplished without the tacit support of the Pakistan army . At that time, the Americans had troops on the ground. However, the August 2021 withdrawal of almost all US troops from Afghan soil has led Indian security officials to “assess and analyse” that Pakistan may have “provided intelligence (on the Sherpur house)” to their CIA friends as quid pro quo. P11 Landslide in Bhatkal claims 4 members of a family FARMER WASHED AWAY IN VIJAYANAGARA S U B H A S H C H A N D R A N S @ Bhatkal FOUR people from a single family were buried alive in a landslide in Bhatkal town on Tuesday morning. The landslide happened following heavy rain which lashed the district after a gap of two weeks causing damage to hundreds of houses. The deceased have been identified as Lakshminarayana Naik (60), Lakshmi Naik (45), their son Narayan Naik (38) and Praveen Ramakrishna Naik, nephew of Lakshminarayana Naik. The hillock that caved in slowed down relief and rescue Hosapete: A 62-year-old farmer was washed away in a stream, while crossing it, at G Nagalapura village in Vijayanagara district on Tuesday. The deceased is Bamappa Unchatti. Rescue operations in progress at the landslide site in Muthalli in Bhatkal town operations. Residents of Bhatkal and surrounding villages spent the night in fear Golden moment for the four as the taluk recorded 533 mm rainfall. “The impact of the rainfall TABLE TENNIS Gold for men’s team India men’s team comprising A Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty beat Singapore in the final to win gold LIFTING Silver for Thakur 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 | P13 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 EXPRESS READ Cabinet panel for withdrawal of cases against 30 activists Bengaluru: A Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhu Swamy on Tuesday decided to recommend withdrawal of cases against 30 people who are facing trials in various courts of the state. The cases against the accused, including BJP workers and farmers, pertain to damaging public property during protest rallies. | P5 was such that many of us spent the night worrying about our safety,” said Inayath, a local resident. The landslide occurred at 3 in the morning, but it took 11 hours to dig out the bodies. Bhatkal MLA Sunil Naik had to walk for miles to reach the affected place as the P5 roads were blocked. ‘No eggs in schools’: Tejaswini sparks row BA N SY K A L A P PA @ Bengaluru TEJASWINI, wife of former Union minister late Ananth Kumar, has kicked up a storm by suggesting that schoolchildren should not be provided eggs in mid-day meals and the diet should be only vegetarian. Tejaswini, who runs Adamya Chetana, a facility that prepares meals for school kids said eggs fall into the category of non-vegetarian food. She tweeted, ‘’Why has our Karnataka govt decided to give eggs in mid-day meal? These are not the only source of nutrition. It is also exclusionary to many students who are vegetarians. Our policies are to be designed in such a way that every student has equal opportunity Her tweet came under heavy fire .’’ from many on social media. Also, defending children’s right to nutritional food, a group of nutritionists, activists, researchers, doctors and citizens of Karnataka have written to Chief Secretary VanP4 dana Sharma on Tuesday .
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