COIMBATORE FRIDAY AUGUST 5, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 12 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 Dams brim over as rains pound TN; govt says no release of water without warning E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai 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. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 Bank of England raises rates to tame inflation London: The Bank of England raised interest rates by 0.5 points on Thursday, marking its biggest increase in over 27 years to tame inflation. The increase pushes the bank’s key interest rate to 1.75%, the highest since the 2008 crisis. It also said recession will kick in Q4 of this fiscal | P9 Ramana recommends Justice Lalit as next CJI New Delhi: Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Thursday set in motion the process of appointment of his successor by recommending the name of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, next in seniority, to the Centre. Justice Ramana is scheduled to demit office on August 26 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 OPS’ PLEA FOR NEW BENCH RILES JUDGE; CJ TO TAKE A CALL R S I VA K U M A R @ Chennai JUSTICE Krishnan Ramasamy of the Madras High Court on Thursday slammed former Chief Minister and AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam and his counsels for seeking a change of judge to hear his suit. “It is a cheap practice (to seek change of judge), scandalising and undermining the court,” the furious judge told OPS’s counsel Rajalakshmi. When the petitions filed by OPS and general council (GC) member P Vairamuthu, seeking an injunction on the July 11 general council meeting of the party, came up for hearing, Rajalakshmi sought time till Monday as a representation was submitted to the Chief Justice seeking a change of judge. When the counsel said the plaintiff (OPS) was aggrieved over certain observations and remarks made by the judge in his order on interim applications filed last month, the judge said if they were really aggrieved they should have explored legal remedy through appeals and get the order set aside, but cannot seek a change of judge. “Or you should have come to me for removing such portions of the order,” he said. Justice Krishnan Ramasamy also said his observations are being proved right now as the petitioner is running here and there. He told the lawyer that changing the judge would open the floodgates for other litigants and lawyers to line up with similar pleas. He cited an instance where a contempt of court case was initiated for making certain remarks against the CONTINUED ON: P4 judge. NATIONWIDE AUG 3 AUG 4 TAMIL NADU AUG 3 AUG 4 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 17,135 19,893 19,823 20,419 47 53 1,288 1,691 1 1,211 1,616 0 Nothing cute as tech glitches mar Day One of CUET-UG 2 E X P R E SS N E WS S E 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 AFTER heavy rainfall pounded several districts and discharge of water from Mettur Dam was increased to two lakh cusecs due to heavy inflow from Karnataka, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday told officials not to increase the quantum of water discharged from reservoirs without informing people and not to release surplus water at night. He held a review meeting through videoconference with Collectors of 12 districts (located on the banks of Cauvery and Kollidam rivers) and officials of various departments. The meeting was held on a day when the combined storage level in 90 reservoirs across the State reached 86.74% of their capacity, and 10 reservoirs, including Mettur, Veeranam and FILLING UP Total % of Reservoir capacity Storage storage level Mettur 120 ft 120.13 ft 100.22 Amaravathi 90 ft 88.26 ft 96.12 Vaigai 71 ft 70.01 ft 95.70 Veeranam 15.60 ft 15.60 ft 100 More showers ahead Heavy rains are expected to continue in Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul, Erode, Dharmapuri, Salem, Kallakurichi, Perambalur & Namakkal for two more days | P4 Gundar, reached full capacity . Collectors of Tiruchy Karur, , Salem, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Erode, Cuddalore, Tiruvarur, and Tiruppur and officials from the departments of revenue and disaster management, home, PWD, agricul- 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 ture, police, and fire and rescue services took part in the meeting, a press release said. Following IMD forecast, monitoring officers were sent to districts where very heavy rains are expected. Three teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been stationed at Kanniyakumari, Coimbatore, and The Nilgiris districts, in addition to the two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed in The Nilgiris. Stalin ordered the stationing of two NDRF and one SDRF team in Tiruchy district and two SDRF teams each in Erode and Namakkal districts. Following the discharge of surplus water to the Cauvery alerts were sent to , around 21.87 lakh mobile phones through the Common P4,5 Alert Protocol. 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. However, Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain lost Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal sailed into mixed doubles quarterfinals with a clinical 11-8, 11-4 win over the Wales pair of Emily Whitlock and Pater Creed
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