kozhikode l thursday l September 29, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION K L Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav celebrate after Indian won the first T20I match vs South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday | B P Deepu | P13 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 PFI, 8 affiliates get 5-year ban, SDPI spared Home ministry notification says outfit has links with terror groups like ISIS, was aiming to radicalise a particular section of society Police block BJP workers from marching towards Ports Minister Ahammed Devarkovil’s house in Kozhikode after news of alleged INL-PFI links surfaced in media | E Gokul The ban is welcome. PFI unleashed much violence. RSS too has committed heinous crimes and time has come to ban both organisations M K Muneer, IUML MLA Banning organisations like PFI is not a solution. Such forces should be politically isolated. Stern administrative action should be taken against them — Sitaram Yechury, CPM general secretary Cong suspense continues, Sonia-Gehlot meet today Others include the party’s top Dalit leaders like Leader The suspense over the Con- of Opposition in Rajya Sabgress presidential candi- ha Mallikarjun Kharge, dates moved to the penulti- AICC general secretary mate day of filing of Mukul Wasnik, former Manomination papers, as the harashtra CM Sushil Kumar widely expected meeting be- Shinde, former Lok Sabha tween party president Speaker Meira Kumar Sonia Gandhi and and former Haryana Rajasthan CM president of ConAshok Gehlot got gress Kumari Selja. postponed to ThursParty treasurer Paday Gehlot was clos. wan Kumar Bansal’s eted with his confiname is also being dants right through mentioned as a pos‘To express sible contender. the day at Jaipur feelings of and was expected to On Wednesday, loyalists’ arrive in Delhi late Sonia Gandhi conin the night. “The CM is going sulted Ambika Soni As suspense over and A K Antony, to Delhi to wh e t h e r o r n o t who was called express the Gehlot would agree from Kerala where feelings of 102 to resign as CM to he is leading a reMLAs, as their file his nomination tired life, on the Raguardian, with papers continued, jasthan crisis. She the party names of other leadership,” said was advised to meet Congress probables minister Pratap Gehlot one last time started doing the to try and iron out Khachariyawas rounds. Right on the differences. top of the list was that of The two central observers former Madhya Pradesh CM — Ajay Maken and MallikarDigvijaya Singh, who shares jun Kharge — shielded a close personal equation Gehlot in their report after with Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi retur ning from Jaipur family loyalist Ambika Soni, where they were not able to considered close to Sonia, meet the party MLAs loyal could also be on the ballot. to the CM. S h a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ Rahul Gandhi’s yatra leaves Kerala today T’Puram: After covering eight districts in 18 days, Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra will complete its Kerala leg on Thursday. The Congress state leadership is content as the padayatra has energised grassroots party workers. The padayatra will enter Karnataka from Nilambur in Malappuram on Thursday morning | P7 Tatra graft: Antony appears in court New Delhi: Former Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday appeared before a Delhi court and was cross examined in the Tatra trucks corruption case. Sources said Antony expressed shock why General V K Singh didn’t complain about the incident of him being offered a bribe unlike in other cases | P9 Retd Gen Anil Chauhan is Chief of Defence Staff M AYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi THE Centre on Wednesday appointed Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired), a former eastern Army commander and director general of military operations, as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He will also function as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Military Affairs with effect from the date of his assumption of charge, a government release said. Since his retirement from service in May last year, he has been serving as Military Advisor in National Security Council Secretariat headed by NSA Ajit Doval. The appointment comes nine months after the post fell vacant followi n g t h e d e at h o f former CDS in a helicopter crash on December 8, 2021 in Tamil Nadu. The government had widened the CDS selection pool in June to include three-star officers who haven’t attained the age of 62 at the time of appointment. Lt General Chauhan is 61. The age cap for CDS is 65 with no fixed tenure defined. Born on 18th May 1961, Lt General Chauhan was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Army in 1981. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy Khadak, wasla and Indian Military Academy Dehradun. , He will be the first Lt General and only the second officer to become the CDS. In a career spanning 40 years, Lt Gen Chauhan has held several command, staff and instrumental posts. He was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. Express News Service @ New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) for five years, less than a week after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted countrywide raids and arrested hundreds of its leaders and activists primarily across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and the Northeast. The PFI later put out a statement saying it stood disbanded after the ban, adding as “lawabiding citizens of the country , we accept the decision”. Expel Devarkovil from cabinet: BJP to LDF T’Puram: Accusing the Indian National League (INL) of having links with PFI-affiliated Rehab India Foundation, the BJP Kerala unit on Wednesday demanded expulsion of Ports Minister Ahammed Devarkovil from the Kerala cabinet and his party from the ruling LDF | P4 Curiously, the government chose not to include the PFI’s political front, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), on its list of banned outfits. The proscribed affiliates and fronts of the PFI are the Centre are Rehab India Foundation, Campus Front of India, Junior Front, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation, National Women’s Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala. They all were outlawed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Claiming that investigations have established a hub-andspoke relationship between the PFI and its associates, a notification issued late on Tuesday night by the home minstry said they were pursuing a secret agenda to radicalise a particular section of the society to undermine democracy More on P10 .● PFI shouldn’t have existed in progressive Kerala: T J Joseph M a n o j V i s w a n at h a n @Kochi Professor T J Joseph, the first victim of PFI’s violence in Kerala, on Wednesday said he would like to offer silence as response — like other victims of the outfit’s brutality who are dead and hence cannot respond— to the ban. He said an extremist body like PFI should not have existed in a progressive, literate state like Kerala. PFI members had chopped off Joseph’s hand in 2010 alleging he committed blasphemy in a question paper he set. The episode had announced the emergence of the extremist Muslim outfit as a force to reckon with in Kerala’s socio-political sphere. “Many in Kerala lost their lives in attacks by this radical group. They cannot react as they are dead. I am a victim too…I do not want to react to the ban...as it would be subjective,” he told TNIE. “PFI is inspired by an ideology. As long as that ideology is there, the ban will not offer a full solution. People at the top of PFI decided to chop off my hands. Though it was termed an emotional reaction of workers at the lowest level, they are yet to disown my attackers. I only have sympathy for them as they are victims of a barbaric ideology,” he said. The detailed interview – a part of the ‘Express Dialogues’ series – will be published on Sunday .
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