ani tadepalligudem l monday l september 19, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION India, Singapore agree to strengthen cooperation an open discussion on future of ties: EAM In their first multi-ministerial roundtable, the two countries discussed fintech and investment opportunities ■ 3-member Energy security among talking points External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said it was an open and freewheeling discussion on the possibilities and prospects of ties between the two countries in the coming decade. The discussion focussed on ways to enhance cooperation in emerging and futuristic areas. The Indian delegation was led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ■ Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the two countries discussed ways to improve cooperation in food and energy security, digitisation and skills development He said it was agreed to jointly meet the challenges posed by evolving geopolitical developments and supply chain disruptions Indian delegation also included commerce minister piyush goyal 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 Chorus grows for Rahul Gandhi as party president Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Odisha PCCs adopt resolutions urging him to lead party pesh Baghel and seconded by PCC chief Mohan Markam, state AsCongress leaders from across sembly Speaker Charan Das Mathe country have started exerting hant, and ministers T S Singh pressure on Rahul Gandhi to re- Deo, Shivkumar Dahariya and turn as party president. The par- Premsai Singh Tekam. ty’s state units in Rajas“If similar resolutions than, Chhattisg arh, are passed in other Assam, Odisha and Gustates, then Rahulji jarat have passed resolushould rethink his decitions that he be brought sion of not returning as back as party chief. OthCongress president.... er state units are likely keeping in view the sento do an encore. timents of party workRahul had resigned ers, I think Rahulji will from the post after the agree (to become party Similar party’s loss in the 2019 chief),” Baghel said. resolutions Lok Sabha elections. Rahul had recently in 2017 Ever since, he has fobbed said “whether I become Similar off calls to take back the president of Congress or party’s reins and indi- resolutions were not will become clear passed in 2017 cated he may not change when elections for the before Rahul was president’s post take his mind. elevated as With the process for place.” His remark was Congress the Congress president’s seen as an indication president. But election scheduled to bethat he might stick to his the situation gin on September 22, all stance of not taking up now is state units had been the party chief ’s post. completely asked by the party’s cenSenior Congress leaddifferent tral leadership to pass a er P Chidambaram and resolution authorising Jairam Ramesh, too, the incoming president to appoint have favoured a consensus for the state unit chiefs and AICC mem- post of AICC chief. The window bers. While adopting it, PCCs for filing nomination papers for have started passing another res- the post is between September 24 olution calling for the return of and 30. The last date for withRahul as party president. drawal of nominations is October In Chhattisgarh, the resolution 8. Elections, if required, will be seeking Rahul’s retur n was held on October 17. The results moved by Chief Minister Bhu- will be out on October 19. Sh a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi linda holds court Seventeen-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova receives the Chennai Open winner’s trophy from Tamill Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday as TN Tennis Association president Vijay Amritraj looks on. Fruhvirtova beat Magda Linette in three sets | Ashwin prasath NIA searches PFI workers’ homes in Andhra, Telangana E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday searched the residences of suspected Popular Front of India (PFI) activists in the State and Telangana. While the residences of suspected PFI activists in Nellore and Nandyal districts in Andhra Pradesh were inspected, the premier counter-terror agency also carried out searches in Nizamabad, Hyderabad, Jagityal, Nirmal, Adilabad and Karimnagar in Telangana. The searches in AP sparked mild tension as local residents tried to stop the NIA sleuths and raised slogans against the agency The searches were car. ried out in connection with a case NIA has registered in Telangana. It may be recalled that suspected PFI members had at- NIA conducted searches based on an FIR lodged in Telangana | Express tacked a police station and ransacked private property at Atmakur town in Nandyal recently. During the probe, police reportedly found that the PFI had trained some locals in martial arts and used to deliver incendiary speeches. In Nandyal town, the NIA inspected the house of a suspected PFI activist, Yunus, at Viswas Nagar under II-Town police limits. Sources said Yunus had left house on Saturday itself. Meanwhile, a group of purported PFI and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) supporters gathered in the locality and demanded that the NIA stopped raiding a particular community. They raised slogans and tried to stop the returning NIA officers. Local police, who were already alerted about the raids, tried to pacify the agitators but as they did not heed, some of them were taken into preventive custody. They were later let off. A separate team of NIA officers searched the house of another suspected PFI member, Ilyas, on Khaja Street at Buchireddypalem in Nellore. The sleuths reportedly questioned his family as Ilyas, too, was not at home. As the news of the search spread, locals gathered in strength and tried to obstruct P4 the sleuths. express read BJP’s Praja Poru Yatra commences in Andhra Students protesting over alleged objectionable videos, at Chandigarh University | PTI Massive protests in Univ over ‘objectionable’ vid night and lasted till early morning. Students resumed it on The campus of a private uni- Sunday evening. versity here was on the boil Sources said it all began after since Saturday midnight fol- three inmates of the girls’ hoslowing rumours of objectiona- tel complained to the warden ble videos recorded by a girl about a fellow hosteller shootstudent and released on social ing multiple videos of bathing media. The Punjab Pogirls and sending them lice arrested the girl to the boy in Shimla. Police fail and claimed it was The university manto pacify only her own video agement, district adstudents that was doing the ministration and PunProtesting rounds, adding they jab Police, however, students did not find any other rejected accusations objectionable material demanded to see of the existence of in their preliminary a copy of the FIR multiple videos. A few and refused to inquiry . girl students who accept the After agitated stupassed out in panic management dents of the Chandiwere given first aid. and police’s g arh University Senior Superintendclaimed the objection- version. SSP Soni ent of Police of SAS tried to pacify able videos were sent Nagar Vivek Sheel them but failed by the girl to a boy in Soni said a case under Shimla, who uploaded section 354-C of IPC it on the Internet, the Himachal (voyeurism) and the IT Act has police detained him. been registered. “Our forensic Students also alleged that teams have so far found only some of them had attempted one video of the accused girl. suicide in panic, but the police She has not recorded any other rejected the claims. Chief Min- video of anyone else. Electronister Bhagwant Mann ordered ic devices and mobile phones a high-level inquiry . have been taken into custody Massive protests on the cam- and will be sent for forensic pus began past Saturday mid- test,’’ he said. H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Visakhapatnam: The BJP’s Praja Poru Yatra, led by State party president Somu Veerraju, commenced on Sunday. Party leaders will visit all Assembly constituencies in the State to reach out to people, particularly beneficiaries of the centrallysponsored schemes | P4 President Murmu offers tribute to Queen in UK London: President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday visited Westminster Hall in London, where the body of Queen Elizabeth II is lying in state, and offered tributes to the late British monarch on behalf of the Indian government and the people of the country. She will attend the state funeral on Monday | P9 K’taka rejects Kerala’s interstate rail, road plans Express News Service @ Bengaluru Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday turned down various road and rail infrastructure projects proposed by his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, saying the projects would adversely affect ecologically sensitive areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Bommai and Vijayan held a bilateral as decided at the Southern Region Council meeting convened by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Thiruvananthapuram recently . “The Kerala government sought our cooperation for its various railway projects, including the Kanhangad-Kaniyoor rail line, and other highway projects. The proposed railway line will have a 40 km route in Kerala and 31 km in Karnataka. But the project will not benefit Karnataka. Besides, it will pass through some of the most ecologically sensitive and biologically diverse areas of the Western Ghats. The Kerala chief minister was clearly told that it was not possible to extend cooperation,” Bommai said. He said Vijayan also brought up the old proposal of Thalassery-Mysore railway line and was again told that it was not possible to give permission as the proposed rail route would pass through Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks and would cause great damage to the flora P5 and fauna. One lakh farmers in Prakasam may not receive PM Kisan aid IV N P P r a s a d B a b u @ Ongole Around 1 lakh farmers in Prakasam district are unlikely to receive financial assistance under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme this time as they have not completed their eKYC (Electronic Know Your Customer) process, officials of the agriculture department said. There are nearly 3.18 lakh farmers in the district. While all of them have reportedly completed the Aadhaar authentication process (registration) for the scheme, only around 2.20 lakh have completed their eKYC process as well. “The registered farmers will receive `6,000 financial assistance in three equal instalments,” officials said. Stating that the Union government has extended the date to complete eKYC process four times, the agriculture department officials said only 68 per cent of the farmers have completed the process by September 15. Earlier, the Central government had announced July 31 as the deadline, but based on the request of the State government and farmers’ associations, the last date to complete eKYC process was moved three times and finalised to September 18 (Sunday). “As of now, we have no information on whether the My elder brother Venkata Ramana, a farmer from Besthavaripeta, called me and inquired about the eKYC process. He requested me to complete it and also confessed that he was not aware of the scheme G Srinivasa Rao, farmer from Cumbham deadline for completing eKYC will be extended further,” Agriculture Joint Director (JDA) A Srinivasa Rao said. It has also been reported that among the 1 lakh farmers in the district who will lose the aid, around 35,000 ryots may be ineligible as they might be Income Tax assessees or have more than one beneficiary in their family or might not h ave p r ov i d e d o r i g i n a l documents. The remaining 65,000 farmers are eligible, but their whereabouts are not known. They reportedly have not been residing at their registered residential addresses and their mobile phone numbers are unreachable. Among the 38 mandals in the district, around 80 per cent farmers in Ongole have completed the eKYC process, the highest in the district. gen next New Guruvayoor chief priest is also a YouTuber E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Thrissur The newly-appointed head priest of the Sree Krishna Temple in Guruvayur, Kerala, is the talk of the town. Not only is the 34-year-old Kiran Anandh an ayurveda doctor, he is also a popular YouTuber. He manages a YouTube channel with his wife Manasi Mundayakkad. “I belong to Kakkad Mana, one of the four Othikkan families of Guruvayur temple, and used to take part in major rituals of the temple with my fa- ther. I will perform my duties as melsanthi with utmost devotion. The new responsibility will take me one step closer to the lord,” said Kiran. Kiran had been working as an ayurveda doctor in Moscow for the past six years. When his father found it difficult to perform temple rituals due to age-related ailments, Kiran returned from Russia and learned how to perform them. He said although he lacks the experience of perfor ming ‘nithya pooja’ in temples, he has been practising whatever he has learned as Vedic rituals in his life. The couple’s YouTube channel is named HARTT DUOS – HARTT stands for Health, Art, Tech and Travel – and contains, among other things, videos of I will perform my duties as melsanthi with utmost devotion. The new responsibility will take me one step closer to the lord Kiran Anandh their travels through Russia as well as neighbouring countries. The channel has more than 18,900 subscribers and 179 videos at present. Being music lovers and talented singers, the duo has posted several videos to help viewers “understand music easier.” “We are planning to continue posting videos on YouTube. In collaboration with my friend, I may bring out a devotional music album,” said Kiran, who is planning to set up an ayurveda clinic in Guruvayur once his term as melsanthi ends. Chintamani artistes fight for livelihood B a n d h a v i Ann a m @ Guntur A PLAY with a noble message was tweaked to cater to the interests of the young audience — and perhaps to rake in more moolah. It ended up flaring community passions, forcing the government to ban it. Even after nine months, over 3,500 theatre artistes are yet to come into terms with the ban on Chintamani Padya Natakam, the 100-year-old play. The ban has rendered the artistes, belonging to different troupes, jobless, and they are now practising other famous dramas. The play was written in 1920 by Kallakuri Narayana Rao, a social reformer. It ran into trouble in 2020-21, when several artiste g roups perfor med a raunchy version of the play across the State to mark its centenary However, leaders of the . Arya Vysya community found it insulting and expressed that the content was offensive. The play revolves around Subbi Shetty, a businessman from the Arya Vysya community, who loses his wealth and family due to his attraction to Chintamani—a courtesan and a devotee of Lord Krishna, who finds salvation by rendering P4 bhajans.
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