tirupati l friday l august 5, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION China launches 11 ballistic missiles near Taiwan coast The Chinese military on Thursday launched a four-day war game and held “precision missile strikes” in the Taiwan Strait Simulates a blockage around the island Chinese state media said the exercises are meant to simulate an air and sea blockade around Taiwan. Beijing’s action came a day after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded her one-day visit to the island, ignoring China’s fierce warnings. On its part, Taiwan said it scrambled jets on Thursday to warn away 22 Chinese aircraft in its air defence zone ■ 500 km Five missiles land in Japanese waters? ■ “Today’s China is not the old China of 100 years ago that was humiliated,” said China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, hinting at more provocative action in coming days While China said its missiles hit targets accurately, Japan claimed five of them landed in its exclusive economic zone | P9 Range of China’s dongfeng tactical missiles launched on Thursday 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 Kharge present, ED scans Young Indian’s office Jagan sets poll campaign machinery rolling, raises ‘Capture Kuppam’ slogan E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada It’s vendetta, says Cong amid uproar in RS with him. In all, Kharge was questioned for over 8 hours. Terming the summons to A day after sealing the office Kharge and his subsequent premises of the Sonia and Ra- questioning during working hul Gandhi-owned Young Indi- hours of Parliament as an “inan Ltd, the Enforcement Direc- sult” to the legislature, the Contorate searched it on Thursday gress alleged that “Modishahi” even as the Opposition attacked had reached a new low. the government over the alThe National Herald case leged misuse of probe pertains to alleged iragencies to target poregularities during its litical rivals. acquisition in 2010. The ED began its Earlier in the day, search after Young InKharge and Leader of dia Ltd office bearer the House (Rajya SabMallikarjun Kharge h a ) P i y u s h G oya l reached the Herald clashed in the Upper House building in the House over the ED afternoon. It had sumsummons. K h a r g e Eight hours raised the matter durmoned the 80-year-old Kharge, Leader of Op- Kharge was with ing Question Hour, position in the Rajya the ED at Young saying the ED sumSabha to be present Indian office for 8 mons was an attempt hours. He later during the duration of to intimidate the Contweeted, “If they gress but the party the searches. Kharge’s presence want to make the would not be cowed process a was sought as he is the down. “This House is principal officer of the punishment, I will functioning and I am embrace it. company. Under the the Leader of OpposiResilience is in rules, searches on tion. I have received a premises cannot be @INCIndia’s blood summons from the ED carried out in the ab- just like cowardice to appear before it is in BJP’s.” sence of the owner of when a Parliament a property, his represession is on. Is it sentatives or the person in fair?” he asked. “If we carry on charge. like this, will our democracy Congress general secretary remain alive? ” he added. Jairam Ramesh said the agenRebutting the allegations, cy interrogated Kharge for Goyal denied that the governhours. “Kharge...has been un- ment interfered in the functiondergoing interrogation...His ing of law enforcement agenordeal is continuing,” he said cies, adding Congress leaders while expressing his solidarity should face the law. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Chem PG held in `1,400 crore Maha drug bust S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai In one of the biggest drug busts in recent times, the Mumbai Police seized over 700 kg of a synthetic stimulant worth `1,400 crore from a manufacturing unit and arrested five persons, including a post grad in chemistry who had cracked the for mula for its mass production. The manufacturer dealt only with wholesalers who had to place orders for at least 25 kg for one transaction. He used social media apps to peddle the drug, mephedrone, and expand his network. According to the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch, they first got scent of mephedrone after the arrest of a peddler from Govandi, a suburb in Mumbai, in March this year. He had 250 grams of mephedrone. The ANC later seized over 2 kg mephedrone worth `4.14 crore from another accused. “Their interrogation lead to the arrest of accused No 5, from whom they seized 701 kg mephedrone worth `1,404.48 crore,” said Datta Nalawade, Deputy Commissioner of Police, ANC. Accused No 5 is 52 and holds a PG degree in organic chemistry. He mastered the skill of making mephedrone through trial and error by mixing various chemicals. His product was of high quality the police said. , Mephedrone, also known as ‘meow meow’ or MD, is a synthetic psychotropic substance banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The police are investigating the whole supply chain and the financial trail of the traffickers. express read Two dead while cleaning factory’s tank in WG Rajamahendravaram: Two workers were asphyxiated to death and another fell ill while cleaning a tank at a private starch manufacturing firm at Devarapalli village in West Godavari on Thursday. Kovvur DSP Srinath said a case has been registered and investigation is underway | P5 River Papagni in spate, control room set up Kadapa: Heavy rains in upper catchment areas of Kadapa district resulted in overflowing of River Papagni in Anantapur district, disrupting vehicular traffic at Kamalapurama. Control room has been set up and public can call toll-free number 1077 and 08562-246344 for assistance | P3 RED ALERT in Kerala Gigantic waves push back two anglers at Valiyathura pier in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala is on high alert with major rivers in spate and dams opening shutters. For the past three days, schools in several districts have been shut due to heavy rains. The government has kickstarted measures to avoid a 2018-like flood situation | B P Deepu ysrc cautious as mp terms nude video morphed E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada HINDUPUR MP Gorantla Madhav on Thursday categorically denied charges of making a nude video call to an unidentified woman, and termed the video “morphed.” The video showed a man, purportedly the YSRC leader, exposing himself to the woman. The widely circulated lewd video prompted TDP to launch a broadside against Madhav, who retaliated saying the doctored clip was circulate by opposition leaders, Chintakayala Vijay Ponnuri , Vamsi and Sivakrishna. An apparently embarrassed YSRC, meanwhile, The person in adopted a cautious stand. question has The party said the MP would sought a police not be spared if a test proved probe, claiming that it is a the video was genuine. YSRC General Secretary morphed video. If the MP is found to and government advisor be involved, the (public affairs) Sajjala Ram- party will take akrishna Reddy said the strict action party was viewing the issue against him seriously . “The person in question Sajjala Ramakrishna, YSRC general secy has sought a police probe, claiming that it is a morphed video. Our party strives for women empowerment. Our leader, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, would not remain silent (if the video is genuine and the MP is involved),” Sajjala said. “If the MP is found to be involved, the party will take strict action against him, and certainly set an example for others,” he added. Earlier, Madhav said he had taken up the issue with the district superintendent of police and the cyber crime wing, urging them to inP5 vestigate the issue. NATIONWIDE Aug 3 Aug 4 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 17,135 19,893 19,823 20,419 47 53 Nothing cute as tech glitches mar Day One of CUET-UG 2 E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi THE first day of the second phase of CUET-UG was a total washout, as thousands of students could not take the crucial exam due to technical glitches at examination centres across India. The National Testing Agency (NTA) later declared the examinations in both the first slot (morning) and the second slot (afternoon) as cancelled and announced new dates for the Central University Entrance Test (undergraduate), a gateway to undergraduate courses in 90 universities. Technical glitches were reported from all 489 examination centres in the afternoon shift, forcing NTA to cancel the exam across India. The reason was the inordinate delay in uploading the general test paper. Instead of 3 pm, the exam paper was uploaded only after 5 pm. The exam was supposed to get over at 6 pm. According to the new schedule, the postponed exam of the first shift will be conducted on August 12 and the second shift during August 12-14. Early in the morning, NTA announced the cancellation of exams in Kerala in view of torrential rains and red alert in several districts. The exams scheduled for August 4,5 and 6 have now been postponed and fresh dates will be announced later on the NTA website. Soon afterwards, several centres cancelled the test due to server issues. Existing admit card valid: NTA Students can use the same admit card to write the exams. If the new dates are not suitable, they can write to datechange@ nta.ac.in mentioning their desired date and roll number THE first step to achieve the party’s goal of securing all 175 Assembly seats in the State should begin from Kuppam, the constituency represented by Opposition leader and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRC President and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy t o l d t h e p a r t y c a d re o n Thursday . The chief minister kicked off his programme to interact with the party rank and file of all 175 constituencies to guide them in the run-up to the 2024 elections. In the first meeting held at his camp office in Tadepalli, he interacted with the cadre of Kuppam constituency . Jagan said if the party’s can- Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy interacting with YSRCP cadre from Kuppam constituency. Minister Ramachandra Reddy and MLC Bharat can be seen | Express didate in Kuppam emerges victorious, he would be given a berth in his cabinet. The YSRC party president had earlier announced that MLC Krishna Raghava Bharat, son of former retired IAS officer K Chandramouli who had india high on tejas-win Historic medal Late inclusion in the team, Tejaswin Shankar became the first Indian to win a high jump medal at the Commonwealth Games late on Wednesday. He managed to win a bronze clearing 2.22m Tejaswin Shankar during medal ceremony | AP contested against Naidu in Kuppam, would represent the party in the next election. Jagan Mohan Reddy further assured the party men that his government would develop the constituency on a par with Pulivendula in YSR district.P4 boxing squash More medals assured Ghosal-Pallikal in last four Sagar Ahlawat, Amit Panghal and Jasmine stormed into semis to assure India medals with dominating victories. 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