sambalpur l thursday l august 18, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Actor Jacqueline named accused in extortion case The ED on Wednesday filed a chargesheet naming her an accused in the case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar ‘Accepted gifts bought with illegal money’ ■ August 31 Conman helped her family too, says ED The Delhi Police arrested Chandrashekhar in August last year for allegedly extorting `215 crore from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, former promoters of Ranbaxy. The ED said Chandrashekhar, who had been dating Jacqueline Fernandez, had given her gifts worth `5.7 crore. She was aware that the gifts were bought with the proceeds of the crime, the ED alleged ■ ■ In addition to the gifts, Chandrashekhar gave $1,72,913 to close family members of the actor through a hawala operator Jacqueline is the only person named in the latest chargesheet She has been questioned several times by the ED. In April, the agency provisionally attached her assets worth `7.27 crore when a special court will take up the chargesheet for hearing 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 Over 2.26L people marooned; flood remains grim BSY in, Gadkari out of top party panel E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi 4.67 lakh people in 12 districts affected; SRC says situation to ease in next 24 hours E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Bhubaneswar Over 2.26 lakh people in 425 villages of 10 districts have been left marooned as the flood situation in the State continued to remain grim on Wednesday . The first flood of the season has affected over 4.67 lakh people in 12 districts, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena told mediapersons here. The SRC, however, said that peak flood waters have started receding and by Thursd ay m o r n i n g , t h e situation will ease to some extent. The flood has affected 1,757 villages under 64 blocks and 10 urban local bodies in 12 districts. So far, 53,866 people have been evacuated to safer places and 158 free kitchens have been opened for them, he said. As per latest information, over 1,444 houses have been damaged and 34,701 hectare crop area has been damaged due to the flood. Flood waters breached two more river embankments - Kushabhadra near Tendiakuda in Puri and Mahanadi near Teramanapur in Jagatsinghpur - on Wednesday On Tuesday breaches were . , reported at two places in the Mahanadi river system - one in Makara river in Puri district and the other at Rajua Raiki in Khurda district. Two senior officers, Additional Chief Secretary in Revenue and Disaster Management department Satyabrat Sahu and Director of Technical Education and Training G Reghu have been deputed to the worst affected Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts respectively to guide and support the administrations in flood response management. The SRC said this is the first time after 2011 that so much Top to bottom: Children being evacuated by a country boat at Haripur village in Jagatsinghpur; A man carries food through neck-deep water at Kotasahi village in the same dist on Wednesday | DEBADATTA MALLICK water flow was seen at Mundali. “However, within the next 24 hours, water flow at Mundali will reduce to 9 lakh cusecs. At present, 10.57 lakh cusecs is passing through the barrage. Water flow is reducing by 17,000 cusecs every hour and within the next few hours, the flow will further reduce by 25,000 cusecs,” Jena said. On Wednesday night, the water level in Hirakud stood at 625.95 feet against the full reservoir level of 630 feet. While 5.36 lakh cusecs water was entering the reservoir, 6.76 lakh cusecs was being discharged through 40 gates of the reserContinued on P5 voir. EWS flats Govt flip-flop on Rohingya refugees housing E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday did a flipflop hours after a minister applauded a decision to provide government accommodation to Rohingya refugees in Delhi’s outskirts. It said there was no direction to provide EWS (economically weaker section) flats in Bakkarwala to ille g al mig rants from Myanmar. The day began with Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri tweeting, “In a landmark decision all #Rohingya #Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & roundthe-clock @DelhiPolice protection.” Several individuals and social media users slammed the government ‘support’ to the Rohingya and sought similar relief to Hindu migrants from Express read Airlines told to enforce mask mandate New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday asked all airlines to strictly enforce Covid protocols, including the mask mandate, in view of a ri se in cases. The DGCA said it will conduct random inspections to check if the protocols are being followed Ravenshaw posts highest cut-off Bhubaneswar: The merit list for first phase admission to Higher Secondary Schools (HSS) was announced by the department of School and Mass Education on Wednesday. One of the most sought after institutes at HSSlevel, Ravenshaw Higher Secondary School in Cuttack has posted the highest cut-off in the streams of Science and Commerce | P2 UK inflation hits 10.1% as food prices rocket Soaring gas prices can push Britain into a recession expected to last through 2023 | P9 A Rohingya refugee settlement in Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi on Wednesday | express Pakistan as well. The VHP termed it shocking, with its working president Alok Kumar saying, “Rohingyas are not refugees but infiltrators. That had been the consistent stand of the Union of India including in its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court. The proposal to allocate accommodation to Rohingyas is deplorable.” The Aam Aadmi Party, too, joined the attack, alleging the Centre had hatched a plot to permanently settle Rohingyas. As the outrage grew, the Union home ministry issued a statement say- ing it has not instructed relocation of the Rohingyas. “The Government of Delhi proposed to shift the Rohingyas to a new location. MHA has directed the Government of Delhi to ensure that the Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location at Kanchan Kunj, Madanpur Khadar as MHA has already taken up the matter (their) of deportation,” it said. It complained that the Delhi Government had not declared the present location (Madanpur Khadar) of the refugees as a detention centre. About 1,100 Rohingyas have been staying in tents in Madanpur Khadar on which the Delhi government reportedly spends about `7 lakh per month. Following a high-level meeting held in July, it was decided to allot EWS flats to Rohingyas. The Delhi Police were directed to provide security to the premises. In a major shake-up in its parliamentary board and the Central Election Committee, the BJP on Wednesday dropped stalwarts Nitin Gadkari and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and inducted B S Yediyurappa, Sarbanand Sonowal, Devendra Fadnavis and Bhupendra Yadav, among others. While Fadnavis and Bhupendra Yadav were made members of the CEC, Yediyurappa and Sonowal got into the more important parliamentary board. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath failed to make it to the panel. He was expected to be elevated to the party’s top decision-making body after the BJP returned to power under his leadership in the state. The parliamentary board is the BJP’s apex organisational body while the CEC is , the top election committee which decides candidates for all polls. Yediyurappa’s inclusion was a balancing act, highlighting the party’s efforts to send a message to the powerful Lingayat community B S Yediyurappa Nitin Gadkari ahead of Karnataka polls. When he was replaced by Basavaraj Bommai as chief minister in 2021, Yediyurappa did not take the decision well, and had announced his retirement from politics. The party leadership chose Iqbal Singh Lalpura as the first Sikh representative in the parliamentary board. Lalpura, a BJP leader from Punjab, is a former cop and is at present the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. Gadkari is considered close to the RSS leadership. His axing came as a big surprise to BJP watchers. The removal of Gadkari and Chouhan shows their increasing differences with the top party leadership. The other new parliamentary board members are K Laxman, Sudha Yadav and Satyanarayan Jatiya, three Shivraj Chouhan old party faithfuls but political lightweights. Sudha Yadav and Laxman are from the Other Backward Classes while former Union minister Jatia is from the Scheduled Castes. Sonowal is a tribal. Laxman is at present the president of the BJP’s OBC Morcha. The new entrants to the CEC include Rajasthan leader Om Mathur and BJP women wing chief Vanathi Srinivasan. Srinivasan replaces her predecessor Vijaya Rahatkar as the party’s Mahila Morcha chief as its ex-officio member. Both Yediyurappa and Jatiya are over 75, well over the age bar announced by Modi for holding important posts in the party. Fadnavis’ induction marks his growing stock in Maharashtra. It’s seen as a reward for bringing down the Uddhav government.
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