THRISSUR l wednesday l September 28, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION Nasa’s dramatic smash hit of spacecraft into asteroid The collision was intentional and designed to test whether space rocks that could threaten Earth can be intercepted Impact expected to alter rock’s orbit Scientists to keep tracking dimorphos The US space agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) probe smashed into the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos, a small body 160 metres in diameter. DART’s camera returned images right up to the moment of impact. Researchers expect the impact to shorten Dimorphos’ orbit by about 1%. Dimorphos orbits a larger 780-metre asteroid called Didymos ■ ■ However, it will take some weeks before scientists on the Nasa mission know for sure whether their experiment has worked Post impact, which happened 11 million km away from Earth, the team will observe Dimorphos using ground-based telescopes to confirm its orbit around Didymos has indeed been altered | P12 22,000 km/hr The speed at which NASA’s spacecraft crashed into asteroid Dimorphos 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 Cong carrot and stick to resolve Raj revolt S h a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi farewell, friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to former Japanese premier Shinzo Abe during the state funeral, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday Abe, 67, was assassinated by a gunman on July 8. Modi also had a private meeting with Akie Abe, the widow Abe, at the Akasaka Palace Earlier in the day, Modi had a fruitful meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, where they discussed various bilateral issues Representatives from over 100 countries, including heads of state and governments, attended the funeral State seeks SC nod to put down rabid strays E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi/Kochi With stray dog menace on the rise, the Kerala government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking permission for euthanasia or culling of violent and vicious stray dogs, particularly dogs suspected of having contracted rabies. It has also sought the top court’s nod to let trained Kudumbashree units trained in Animal Birth Control (ABC) to undertake the programme. “One issue pertainsto rabid/feral dogs. While the state Act and Rules provide for ‘destruction of dogs’ that are violent or rabid, no culling is done at present as it is regarded as contrary to central rules. During a zoonotic disease outbreak, culling of animals or birds is done to prevent the spread. However, rabid dogs are only to be isolated till they die,” it said. The government said it had held discussions on controlling stray dog bites and preventing rabies infection in bite victims. It also said it issued orders to form action plan at the local body level, decided to identify hotspots where there were increased dog bite incidents, set up temporary shelters/cages to take ferocious dogs off the streets and planned a cleanliness drive to tackle wet waste, particularly meat waste, in public places, which leads to congregation of dogs for food. The government submitted that alternate arrangements through community-based committees at the LSG level to provide food for dogs will be made, with the support of dog lovers, hoteliers, kennel owners and others. “The state has also instructed to encourage pet dog registration (and vaccination) and local body-level committees of all local stakeholders are being constituted to ● More on P7 ensure it,” it said. The Congress leadership on Tuesday tried a carrot and stick approach to deal with Ashok Gehlot’s refusal to hand over Rajasthan chief ministership to his detractor and former deputy Sachin Pilot. While on the one hand senior party leaders engaged the chief minister and continued efforts to persuade him to resign and enter the race for the party president’s post, on the other, the ground is being prepared for taking disciplinary action against Gehlot’s closest ministers Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi, who spearheaded the rebellion against signing a resolution authorising interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi to appoint a new chief minister after Gehlot’s nomination as a presidential candidate. Sources said senior leaders, Gehlot loyalists in firing line Shanti Dhariwal: Minister for Urban Development and Housing. Convened meet of MLAs in Gehlot camp at his home on Sunday ahead of the CLP meet scheduled for 7.30 pm. Their numbers swelled from about 25 around 6 pm to beyond 70 later Dharmendra Rathore Very close to Gehlot. State Tourism Development Corporation chairman. He is a political appointee. Was involved in the show of strength against the high command’s diktat including Ambika Soni, are still trying to convince Gehlot to take up party presidency after relinquishing the chief minister’s post. He has been told that the party leadership is ready to put the ugly episodes of Jaipur behind and get on with the organisational elections. Party leaders at Delhi have not lost hope of Gehlot acceding to the high command’s wishes. They did not rule out the possibility of Gehlot visiting Delhi to meet Sonia soon to resolve the differences. Gehlot is not averse to giving up chief ministership and entering the presidential race. But he does not want Pilot as his successor. He says he would hand over the chief ministership to any one from the 102 MLAs who had stayed loyal to the party when Pilot had walked out, but not the latter. NADDA calls on CATHOLIC BISHOPS; BJP, CHURCH MUM E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kottayam/T’Puram Even as the BJP is making all-out efforts to woo Christian voters in Kerala, party president J P Nadda has held a closed-door meeting with archbishops of two major Christian denominations triggering speculations. Nadda met Mar Joseph Perumthottam, Archbishop of Changanassery diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church and Mar Mathew Moolakkattu, Archbishop of the Kottayam diocese of the Knanaya Church, on Sunday at the Knanaya Church’s Educity campus at Thellakom in Kottayam. The meeting assumes importance as it occurred soon after the for mation of ship and the BJP have mainBharatiya Christian Sanga- tained silence on what tranmam (BCS), an organisation spired in the meeting. floated by political and com“Nadda had visited Educimunity leaders of various ty It was just a casual visit . Christian Church and there is nothdenominations. ing political about Highly placed it,” said Knanaya sources said the Church sources. meeting was part of Interestingly the , the BJP’s “confiBJP too kept the dedence building meastails of the visit reures” with stricted to just the minorities. party top brass so The party has been as to avoid unnecesJ P Nadda trying to connect sary discussions in with the Christian the public domain community in Kerala for over the visit. some time now. The BJP chief was accomThe meetings was part of panied by Union Minister V a goodwill gesture to take Muraleedharan, BJP Kerala the Church leadership into Prabhari Prakash Javadekar confidence, they said. and party state president K Both the Church leader- Surendran. India not in sync with G7 push for cap on Russian oil? EXPRESS READ PFI men hid papers for laundering: ED Kochi: The ED, probing the funding of PFI, has found that the front’s leaders from Kerala manipulated and hid financial records to launder crores of rupees in liquid cash for funding radical activities. The ED’s findings were revealed in a report filed in a Lucknow court | P4 Yes h i S el i @ New Delhi India has not had any issue in defence supplies from Russia and might not endorse a price cap on Russian oil, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar indicated after his meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday . “Oil price cap on Russian crude is a G7 initiative,” he said suggesting India may not be on the same page. “Past few months the energy market has been under stress, not so much the pricing but availability is an issue. Our concern is that energy market is under stress. Regarding buying of military equipment we have no problem of getting spares from Russia. Where we get our military supplies from is not an issue. We look at possibilities across the berth and exercise a choice which we believe is in our national interest. Having said that, we have also taken military aircraft from US, France and Israel,’’ said Jaishankar. Speaking about the Ukraine war, he said: “We have taken the position privately public, ly confidentially and consist, ently that this conflict is not in anybody’s interest.” Mahesh Joshi: Congress Chief Whip. PWD Minister. Coordinated with loyalist MLAs, asking them to reach Dhariwal's house on Sunday night. Now says AICC observer Ajay Maken misread their actions KSRTC seeks G5 cr in damages from PFI Packed delight A monkey carrying a baby holds a soft drink bottle that it snatched from a tourist at Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary in Idukki. Waterbodies have started drying up in the district, hinting at a scorching spell of summer ahead | ExpresS Kochi: The KSRTC on Tuesday approached the High Court seeking a directive to PFI state general secretary A Abdul Sathar to pay I5.06 crore as compensation for the damage and revenue loss caused during the front’s recent hartal | P4 H i g h es t h o n o u r Phalke award for veteran actor Asha Parekh E XPR E S S N E W S S E RVICe @ New Delhi veteran actor Asha Parekh, 79, will be honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2020, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema. The award is in recognition of her exemplary lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema, said Union Information and Broad- casting Minister Anurag Thakur. President Droupadi Murmu will present the award at the National Film Award ceremony to be held in the national capital on Friday . A five-member jury of Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Udit Narayan, and T S Nagabharana nominated her. Having started acting at the age of 10, Parekh is considered one of the most influential ac- Previous recipients Rajinikanth (2019) Amitabh Bachchan (2018) Vinod Khanna (2017) K Vishwanath (2016) Manoj Kumar (2015)Shashi Kapoor (2014) Gulzar (2013) Pran (2012) Soumitra Chatterjee (2011) 1st recipient: Devika Rani (1969) tors of all time in Hindi cinema, who was the highest paid during her heydays. Parekh is best known for her films Dil Deke Dekho, Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, and Caravan. Also a director and producer, she had helmed the acclaimed TV drama Kora Kagaz. Parekh was given the Padma Shri in 1992. She also headed Central Board for Film Certification from 1998 to 2001. Sonia summons Antony to solve Raj, poll imbroglio loyal to Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot for skipping the ConBogged down by the ongoing gress Legislature Party meetdrama in Rajasthan and the un- ing on Sunday and working tocertainty over the party’s offi- wards thwarting the chances cial candidate for the of Sachin Pilot to sucpresidential poll, the ceed Gehlot. Congress high comBefore leaving on mand summoned vetTuesday, Antony, 81, eran leader A K Antony rubbished rumours that to New Delhi on he was tipped to succeed Tuesday . Sonia as the party’s naIt is learnt that Contional head. “I relocated gress interim chief Soto ThiruvananA K Antony nia Gandhi summoned thapuram after bidding the former union minister in adieu from active politics. My his capacity as chairman of the health has not been very good AICC disciplinary committee. after the pandemic,” he told reThe move comes after the party porters when asked about the ● More on P4 sought explanation from MLAs rumours. C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @T’Puram Anti-Kanam group gears up for open revolt in state meet before the Party Congress, the highest decision-making body, With only three days remain- gives its nod, they say . ing for commencement of its Though the mandatory age state conference, the CPI in cap is what they criticise, it’s Kerala is witnessing an un- clear that their ultimate target precedented and intense fac- is Kanam. They plan to chaltional feud. There are clear in- lenge the secretary by fielding dications that it would not be Babu. The rebel faction calcueasy for state secretary Kanam lates that it would be able to Rajendran to get a third garner support from term in office. seven districts - KotAnti-Kanam groups tayam, Idukki, Pathanhave forged a collective amthitta, T hrissur, within the party and are Kozhikode, Kasaragod set to take on the state and Wayanad. In addisecretary through an tion, they expect supopen contest. Sources port from a section in confirmed that the K E Kanam Rajendran the Kanam group that is Ismail faction is set to unhappy with the ongofield Prakash Babu as ing developments. candidate. In that case, “It’s more of a fight to it will be the first time retain the glory the par, in CPI’s history that an ty once had. Corruption election is being held to and nepotism are now the state secretary post. rampant in the party. K E Ismail The open revolt just The CPI has been rethree days before the duced to a mere B team state meet has put the party’s of the CPM. The party has lost official leadership in a fix. It its identity Otherwise how can . was Ismail who first fired a sal- the CPI support the Lok Ayukta vo two days ago. On Tuesday, ordinance? No consultations or senior leader C Divakaran too collective decision making has came down heavily on Kanam. been happening. Both veterans feel that strictly Contest to the post of secreenforcing the age cap of 75 tary is a move against the oneyears is a mere cover up to oust man show in the party said a ,” them from the state council. No prominent leader of the rebel ● More on P4 such decision can be enforced faction. A N I L S @ T’Puram State’s child porn fight gets Canadian upgrade Anil Kant in Kochi recently . The licences, given for free The state police have strength- under the firm’s corporate soened their arsenal to take on cial responsibility drive, are perverts circulating child valid for one year. porn on the internet, by Magnet Axiom helps joining hands with a Carecover and analyse dignadian cyber forensics ital evidence — even firm and acquiring two deleted data — gathsoftware that would help ered from Android or them build an airtight Apple phones, the cloud case against the and Windows, Mac, offenders. Chrome and Linux Magnet Axiom and The software devices. Magnet Outrider, the It can also create rewill help us software made by Cana- combat child ports and share portada-based Magnet Foren- porn menace ble case files. sics, will enhance the ca- with enhanced Outrider is a live pability of the state efficiency and analysis tool that can mount better police’s Counter Child help successfully navioffensives Sexual Exploitation Cengate the noisy data P Prakash, tre (CCSE) in recovering (data that is corrupt or and analysing digital evi- Cyberdome nodal meaningless) and find officer dence, even the data that illicit content, in this was deleted. case content of child The licences of the two soft- sexual abuse. It also provides ware were handed over by a real-time updates of dark web senior official of Magnet Fo- apps and other proscribed conrensics to state police chief tents stored in a device. S h a n A S @T’Puram
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