bhubaneswar l tuesday l september 27, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l jeypore EDITION Investors lose `13.30 lakh cr in four days of market crash Falling for the fourth straight day, the 30-share BSE Sensex on Monday tanked 953.70 points (1.64%) to settle at 57,145.22 Sensex falls 1,060 pts in intra-day trade Rupee sinks further, touches 81.67 per $ With this, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed firms tumbled as much as `13,30,753.42 crore in four sessions to reach `2,70,11,460.11 crore. During the day, the sensitive index plummeted 1,060.68 points or 1.82% to 57,038.24. Maruti, Tata Steel, ITC, Axis Bank, NTPC, Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were the major laggards | P10 ■ ■ ■ The rupee plunged 58 paise to close at an all-time low of 81.67 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday On Friday, the rupee had slumped 30 paise to close at 81.09 Monday’s is the fourth consecutive session of loss for the Indian currency, during which it has lost 193 paise against the greenback 4.31% In four days, the BSE benchmark slumped as much as 2,574.52 points 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 Azad floats party, to offer 50% seats to youth, women Quit as CM, Nath to tell Gehlot Else, he could be dropped as Gandhi family’s pick for Congress prez; may lose CM post later Faya z Wa n i @ Srinagar S h a h id F a r idi a n d Ra j e s h A s n a n i @ New Delhi/Jaipur FORMER Congress leader and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who quit the grand old party a month ago, on Monday launched his own political outfit Democratic Azad Party (DAP). The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said his party will not be autocratic but democratic with independent ideology . He sought to downplay the allegations that his party will work for the BJP, saying his outfit will follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and J aw a h a r l a l Nehru. “Our policies will not be influenced by the politics of religion, caste or creed. We respect all religions, all regions and all parties,” he said. Azad said he had initially planned to float the party on September 23 but later decided to launch on 26th Monday, the first day of the Navratri. Fifty per cent tickets will be given to youth and women in the next Assembly polls, he said, adding Article 370 restoration won’t be an election issue. Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday decided to send senior party leader Kamal Nath to Jaipur to persuade Ashok Gehlot to resign from the post of Rajasthan chief minister before filing his nomination papers for the post of the party’s national president. Sources said Kamal Nath has been asked to convey to Gehlot that if he does not resign, he would not be supported by the party high command for presidentship. They said if Gehlot does not heed to Kamal Nath’s message he may be asked not to file his nomination papers in the party election. Kamal Nath, who flew in here from Bhopal on Monday, met Sonia at her residence. She asked him to go to Jaipur with her message. Top Congress leaders told this paper that Gehlot’s rebellion may not only cost him Congress presidentship but may also lead to his removal from the post of state chief minister as he has refused to accept his former deputy Sachin Pilot as his successor. He has conveyed to party leadership that he would not accept either Pilot or anyone Key players in the rajasthan drama Ashok Gehlot CM. Tipped to be national president, but has angered Sonia Gandhi as he does not want Sachin Pilot to succeed him C P Joshi Gehlot loyalist. Calls Maken anti-Gehlot High command’s choice as the new chief minister of Rajasthan Mahesh Joshi & Mahendra Chaudhary Assembly Speaker. Gehlot wants him to be his successor as CM Shanti Dhariwal Sachin Pilot Cong chief whip Joshi and deputy chief whip, CM’s loyalists. Joshi in Sonia’s line of fire Rajendra Gudha One of the six BSPturned-Congress MLAs. On the fence Govind Singh Dotasra Pratap Singh Khachariyawas Jat leader and PCC chief, Gehlot’s man Gehlot loyalist. Was close to Pilot before 2018 Mallikarjun Sent to Jaipur by Sonia for the smooth succession at Kharge and Ajay Maken Sunday’s CLP meet; Gehlot loyalists boycotted it from his camp. He said Pilot and the MLAs who had walked out with him to form a government with the help of the BJP are not acceptable to a large number of Congress MLAs. Kamal Nath’s meeting with Gehlot is the party leadership’s last-ditch attempt to seek Gehlot’s compliance with its decision to hand over chief ministership to Pilot. Congress MLAs loyal to Gehlot had on Sunday refused to meet the party’s central observers Ajay M a ke n a n d M a l l i k a r j u n Kharge. The central observers were sent to get the MLAs to pass a resolution authorising the Congress president to choose the next chief minister. MLAs in the Gehlot camp re- fused to sign the resolution. The party leadership in Delhi feels the MLAs avoided the central observers on the direction of Gehlot. This is being seen as an open rebellion by Gehlot against the Gandhi family and the party’s central leadership. Congress leaders in Delhi said the party has started looking for an alternative candidate for the post of Congress president. There are four days left for the nominations to close for the party’s presidential election. Nominations for the presidential elections close on September 30. The Congress Legislature Party meeting, which was called on Sunday had to be can, celed as more than 90 MLAs loyal to Gehlot threatened to resign. Gehlot loyalists Shanti Dhariwal and Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi are being seen by the high command as the key players in the drama. Gehlot met Kharge in the hotel he was staying on Monday afternoon. Before leaving for Delhi, Kharge said, “everyone will have to be on the same page with Congress president’s decision. There has to be unity and discipline in the party unit.” Dhariwal later alleged that Maken was part of a plot to unseat Gehlot as CM. Burglars loot 3 ancient idols from Shakti shrine in Salipur File photo of stolen Astadhatu idols which were being worshipped at the outer compound of Bhagabati temple E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v ice @ Cuttack Unidentified miscreants looted three ancient Astadhatu idols from the 8th century Shakti shrine Maa Bhagabati temple at Bateswar village within Salipur police limits late on Sunday night. The miscreants reportedly broke open the lock on the iron grill gate at the outer compound of the temple and decamped with the precious idols of Goddess Kali, LaxmiParvati and Lord Chand r a s h e k h a r. T h e i d o l s weighed over one quintal. The priests had performed the ‘Sola Puja’ ritual of the deities and locked the gate at around midnight. When they Party with neo-fascist roots wins Italy poll returned on Monday morning for the puja, they found the lock broken. “We were dumbstruck to find three Astadhatu idols missing from the outer compound,” they said. The miscreants had decamped with three metal idols and left the stone idol. The idols were installed and worshipped at the outer compound of the temple, they stated. Managing trustee of the temple Gagan Bihari Dixit filed a complaint at the Salipur police station following which police rushed to the spot and launched an investigation. “As per the FIR, the idols are made of Astadhatu metals with height ranging up to one and half feet. We have called upon the endowment inspector to ascertain the antiquity of the stolen idols to pave the way for carrying out further investigation,” said IIC Girija Nandan Patnaik. Meanwhile, the incident wherein the miscreants have succeeded in targeting the Shakti Shrine on the night before the start of Navaratri has sent shockwaves among the locals and devotees in the area. E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v ice els in the entire State. The revival of the yatra has been announced at a time THE ruling BJD is planning a when the Congress is planmassive show of strength on ning a three-month long September 29, by organising Bharat Jodo Yatra in Odisha meeting of representatives from October 31, to be attendof its frontal organisations ed by senior party leaders from across the State here, on from across the country . the day when national presiIn a letter to all senior leaddent of the BJP JP ers, observers, senior Nadda will visit Odiand block functionsha and address pararies, Chief Minister ty workers’ meeting Naveen Patnaik said in the Capital City . on the closing day on Sources said a fiNovember 2, all electnal decision about ed representatives, the proposed profunctionaries and gramme will be takoffice-bearers will en after a meeting of have to take pledge senior leaders of the to rededicate themparty here on Tuesselves for the betterday. The meeting of ment and developParty workers will the representatives ment of the State try to reach every of the frontal organand its people. family during the isation will be held padayatra to make The CM said that aware about the for two to three days. during the yatra, welfare measures Chief Minister Gandhi and Shastri launched by the Naveen Patnaik is Jayanti, Utkalmani State government also likely to address Gopabandhu Jayanfor the benefit of the meeting on the ti and Loknayak people first day . Jayaprakash NarayNaveen Patnaik, The BJD is also an Jayanti on OctoChief Minister going to revive its ber 2, 9 and 11 will yearly Jana Sambe celebrated by park Yatra from Ocparty leaders and tober 2 this year in a full- workers at their respective fledged manner. The yatra level. Party workers will try was being held during the to reach every family during last two years in a very trun- the padayatra to make aware cated manner with Covid re- about the welfare measures strictions. The month-long launched by the State governyatra will be organised at the ment for the benefit of differAssembly constituency, ur- ent sections of people, he ban, panchayat and ward lev- added. @ Bhubaneswar Six students score 100 percentile in CUET-PG E x p r e ss Ne ws Se r v ice @ New Delhi fun time Students meet Ibha, the official mascot for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup during a promotional event for the upcoming tournament at Rajdhani Girls High School, in Bhubaneswar, on Monday | DEBADATTA MALLICK express read I&B min orders YouTube to remove 45 videos Modi will hold bilateral meeting with Kishida BSF to deploy anti-drone system along Pak border New Delhi: Based on the inputs from intelligence agencies, the ministry of information and broadcasting has directed YouTube to block 45 videos uploaded on 10 channels on the digital platform. They were accused of spreading fake news to create animosity among religious communities | P7 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay tributes to Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe at his state funeral in Tokyo on Tuesday. Modi will also have a personal meeting with Abe’s wife, Akie Abe. Modi, during his 12-hour stay in Tokyo, will also meet PM Fumio Kishida | P7 Chandigarh: For the first time, the Border Security Force is deploying laser-equipped antidrone technology and antidrone guns along the Intentional Border (IB) with Pakistan at 30 spots in Punjab. The new system can shoot down and jam the intruding drones | P8 THE National Testing Agency on Monday announced the results of the much-awaited Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-PG, for which over six lakh candidates had registered. However, unlike the CUET-UG exam results, officials clarified that ‘no normalisation of scores” was done for the postgraduate exams. “The universities will prepare the rank lists based on ‘raw marks’ and not NTA scores,” said University Grants Commission Chairman Prof M Jagadesh Kumar. A total of 66 universities opted for CUET for PG admissions. CUET-UG results were announced on September 16. The UGC chairman had then announced that the admission to undergraduate courses in central universities in India would be through the ‘normalised’ marks and not percentile or raw marks. He further said that the PG exam was held in a single sitting for most subjects, but it was not so in the UG exam, which was conducted in different phases and shifts, and thus scores had to be normalised to provide a level playing field for all candidates. Six students scored 100 percentile — Nakul Kumar Vaish (BEd), Akash Patel (BEd), Sumit Joshi (Social Work), Neeraj Godara (Social Work), Mayank Kumar Mishra (General, MBA etc.) and Mohit (General, MBA etc.). road connectivity Arunachal village celebrates arrival of first LPG cylinders P r a s a n ta M a z u mda r @ Guwahati A party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, won the most votes in Italy’s national elections, looking set to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since World War II | P9 BJD plans massive show of strength during Nadda visit to State Cooking gas has wended its way to the “disconnected” Vijaynagar circle of Arunachal Pradesh on the Myanmar border, 57 years after the first Indane LPG connection in India was released on October 22, 1965 in Kolkata. Two days ago, an agency, based in the Miao subdivision of Changlang district, delivered LPG cylinders to 15 families in Vijaynagar, 157 km away. Locals celebrated it. Minister Kamlung Mossang said the service fulfilled a long-felt need of the people. “They rely entirely on fire- wood for cooking and they faced a lot of difficulties especially during the rainy season,” he said. Antu Ngemu, the gas agency proprietor, said the consumers were overjoyed. Nearly 500 others applied for the LPG connection but their documents are yet to reach the agency. “We haven’t been able to extend the service to them due to issues like logistics and documentation. Even for one bank transaction, you have to wait for several days,” Antu said. Usina Yobin said her father was so ecstatic that he called her up to break the news of the Nearly 90% of the road is over. Only blacktopping is left. It’s a GSB (granular sub base) road for 130 km. That area is prone to landslides, so disruptions are common Sunny K Singh, District Magistrate arrival of the red cylinders. “He received the cylinders, not the oven which will be delivered soon, but that couldn’t take away his joy,” Usina told this newspaper from Jairampur in the district where she was married off in 2019. The BSNL reached Vijaynagar in 2020 but one can get through only if lucky This re. porter could not reach any of the LPG consumers despite multiple attempts. After her wedding, Usina had to walk for over 100 km and five days along with her husband until reaching a road where she hopped into a car to go to his house. “Life is very difficult in Vijaynagar. Locals walk 15-20 km to go to a forest to collect firewood,” she said. Spread across 8,000 sq km, Vijaynagar was discovered in 1961 by the Assam Rifles during an expedition “Srijit II”. It was carried out under the leadership of Major General A S Guraya, the then Inspector General. He had named the valley after his son, Vijay. Happy locals posing with LPG cylinders at Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh | Express
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