ani chennai l monday l september 19, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late 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 pinarayi proposes, bommai disposes rail & road projects 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 on the Karnataka side. Bommai and Vijayan held a bilateral as decided at the Souther n 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. Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai (L) felicitates his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan in Bengaluru 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 strictly 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 and fauna. Bommai said he flatly rejected a proposal to construct an underground rail tunnel on the route, as that too would damage the environment during the course of the construction. Bommai also said the Kerala CM sought permission to increase the number of night buses passing through the Bandipur National Park from two to four. “But we said no,” the Karnataka CM said. He said Vijayan also told him that the National Highways Authority of India has proposed a new alignment touching National Highway H-73 that won’t pass through any eco-sensitive areas. “Let NHAI give us a proposal. We won’t allow any project in eco-sensitive zones ...” Bommai said. express read Fortified ration rice in Ramnad, Virudhunagar Students protesting over alleged objectionable videos, at Chandigarh University | PTI Massive protests in Univ over ‘objectionable’ vid Protests first broke out on the campus on Saturday midProtests erupted on the cam- night after three students livpus of a private university here ing in the girls’ hostel apfollowing claims that objection- proached the warden and able videos of girl students claimed that one of the stuwere allegedly recorded and dents had been making objecshared on social media by a tionable videos. They alleged hosteller. Punjab Chief the hosteller had made Minister Bhagwant videos of others while Police fail Mann ordered a hightaking bath and shared to pacify level probe into the with the 23-year-old students matter on Sunday . man in Shimla, who in Protesting Earlier in the day, turn, uploaded them students the hosteller was aron social media. rested after the Punjab demanded to see T he Chandig arh Police registered a a copy of the FIR University manageand refused to case. A 23-year-old ment and the district accept the man, with whom the administration, howmanagement hosteller had allegedly ever, denied claims and police’s shared the objectionathat videos of several ble videos, was arrest- version. SSP Soni girls were made and tried to pacify ed by Himachal shared. Later they said them but failed the accused had shared Pradesh Police and handed over to Punjab her own video with Police in Rohru near Shimla. the man. Contrary to the claims The man, who belongs to a well- of the protesting students that to-do family is a school dropout some of them had tried to com, and was working at his native mit suicide, the management place. His location was tracked said a few had panic attacks through his mobile number. In and were given first-aid. a late night development, anSAS Nagar SSP Vivek Sheel other 31-year-old man was tak- Soni said a case under Section en into custody by the Punjab 354-C of IPC (voyeurism) and Police for questioning. the IT Act has been registered. H a r p r e e t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Chennai: To address malnutrition and anaemia, about 5.5 lakh Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Household ration cardholders in Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram districts will get rice fortified with iron, folic acid, and vitamin B-12 at ration shops from next month | 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 Caste case accused may be banished from TN village E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Tenkasi A day after two people were arrested for refusing to sell snacks to schoolchildren belonging to Scheduled Caste community, Inspector General (South Zone) Asra Garg has initiated steps to invoke externment provisions under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against the accused to bar them from entering Panjakulam village near Sankarankovil in Tenkasi district. If the decision to invoke Section 10 of the SC/ST Act is approved by the special court set up to handle cases under the Act, the accused can be stopped from entering the village for up to three years. On Saturday, the Karivalamvanthanallur police had arrested shopkeeper Maheswaran and village chief Ramachandran under various sections after a video went viral on social media. Asra Garg said the decision to invoke externment provisions was taken considering the gravity of the offence in the present case and a related one registered in 2020. Meanwhile, Tenkasi District Adi Dravidar Welfare Officer inspected the Panjakulam government primary school on Sunday and submitted a report to District Collector P Akash saying that students were not discriminated based on caste on the school premises. According to sources, the district administration has planned to hold a peace meeting in the village to douse the tension between caste Hindus and members of the SC community . Six killed, 2 injured as lorry mows down pvt bus passengers in Salem E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Salem Six people, including three of a family, died and two others were injured when a tipper lorry mowed down a group of passengers loading their luggage into a Chennai-bound bus on Salem-Chennai National Highway near Pethanaickenpalayam town panchayat of fice in Salem late on Saturday . The deceased were identified as G Thirunavukkarasu, 61, a resident of Kal Ottar Street in Pethanaickenpalayam, his wife Vijaya, 55, and son Ravikumar, 41; T Senthilvelan, 46, of Aragalur, M Subramani, 40, of Kothambadi, and R Deepan, 25, assistant driver of the bus and resident of Kallupatti. M Matheswari, 57, and her son Jayaprakash, 40, of Thulukkanur in Attur suffered injuries. Police sources said the accident took place around 11.55pm when the private bus halted on Victims were loading luggage into the bus when the lorry hit them | Express the roadside to pick up passengers. As some passengers were loading their luggage into the storage area of the bus, a speeding tipper lorry from Salem bound for Attur rammed the bus on the right side and mowed down the passengers, sources said. A police officer said, “Five people died on the spot. A team from the Ethappur police rescued three people and sent them to Salem GH for treatment. While Vijaya died on the way two others are , under treatment.’’ District Collector S Karmegam and Salem police SP Sree Abhinav visited the spot. S Karmegam said, “Adequate steps are being taken to prevent road accidents. in Salem district. Accidents happen primarily because of violation of rules and carelessness of drivers. Vehicles should not be parked on roads for any reason. Strict action will be initiated against violators. Orders have been issued to place warning boards at accidentprone areas.” The Ethappur police have arrested R Karthik, 30, lorry driver, and R Parameshwaran, 50, bus driver, under various sections. A probe is on. gen next New Guruvayoor chief priest is also a YouTuber E x p r e ss N e ws S e 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. party polls 15 DMK dists may get new secretaries S K UMARESA N @ Chennai As the DMK has invited application for 72 district secretary posts and several other districtlevel posts, hectic parleys have started within the ruling party . According to senior party sources, at least 15 district secretaries may be replaced with new faces. Applications can be submitted along with `25,000 fee at the party headquarters for district secretary polls between September 22 and 25. District secretaries play an important role in DMK party affairs and their inputs are taken into consideration by the party leadership while choosing candidates for assembly and parliament elections. According to sources, the 15th intraparty elections, which commenced on February 21, 2020, have been dragging on for more than two years due to the pandemic and assembly and local body polls. In the meantime, the party high-command had also carved out more district units. The DMK now has 72 district units, seven more than the last intraparty election. As information started doing the rounds about the leadership’s intention to replace at least 15 district secretaries or in-charges with new ones, intense lobbying began within the party to bag the coveted posts. While the incumbents want to retain their posts, many district-level second-rung leaders too are eyeing the posts. To bolster their case, some aspirants have started arguing that ministers should not be allowed to hold district secretary posts since they wouldn’t pay enough attention to party affairs. P5
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