chennai l sunday l october 2, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l vellore EDITION Russia vetoes U.N. motion slamming its land grab Both India and China abstained from voting on the UN Security Council resolution tabled by the US and Albania Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya raises his hand against the UN Security Council vote | AP Dialogue only way to settle disputes: India Putin’s ally China too urges restraint Ten of 15 members of the Security Council supported the resolution, while Gabon and Brazil also abstained. Addressing the Council after the vote, India’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj called for dialogue, saying it is “the only answer to settling differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment” ■ ■ Russia’s strategic ally China too called for restraint. “The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be safeguarded,” China’s ambassador to UN Zhang Jun said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had said Washington would seek a vote at the General Assembly if there was a veto 30 killed in an attack on a civilian convoy in Ukraine’s Kupiansk 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 Ultra high-speed services rolled out in eight cities Services all set to go pan-India by end of 2023 Country to lead the fourth industrial revolution, says PM India ushers in 5G era R a k E s h Ku m a r @ New Delhi India on Saturday ushered in the 5G era with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the services in eight cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Varanasi. The 5G technology which is 100 , times faster than 4G and has the potential to deliver up to 20 Gbps speed, would be available across the country next year. The government estimates the cumulative economic impact of 5G on India will touch $450 billion by 2035. While launching the 5G services, Modi said the technology’s use will not be limited to highspeed internet access, saying it has the capability to change lives. “Today, 130 crore Indians are getting a wonderful gift in the form of 5G... It is the beginning of an infinite sky of opportunities. I congratulate every Indian for this,” he said. The PM pointed out that India was dependent on other countries for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies but with 5G, India has created history “India is setting a global . standard in telecom technology for the first time,” he remarked. He further said the cost of data in India is among the lowest in the world. It has come down from `300 to about `10 per GB. Modi also urged the telecom industry leaders to visit schools and colleges and unleash every aspect of this new technology He also asked them to create an eco. system for MSMEs to prepare spare parts for electronic manufacturing. “India may not have benefited from the Reliance Jio’s Akash Ambani gives 5G demo to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch event | pti Impact across industries Other than offering ultra high-speed internet, 5G can make remote healthcare, precision agriculture, safer transportation and digitised logistics a reality first three industrial revolutions, but I am confident that it will take full benefit of the 4th industrial revolution and, in fact, will lead it,” said Modi. Reliance Industries and Bharti Airtel said they will roll out 5G services nationwide by December 2023 and March 2024, respectively The third largest telco Voda. fone Idea hasn’t given any timeline for rolling out its 5G service. State-owned BSNL is yet to complete its 4G rollout. Diggie, PC in race for RS LoP as Kharge quits s h a h i d f a r i d i @ New Delhi Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday resigned as the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha after filing nomination to contest in the party’s presidential election. Kharge’s resignation is in line with the policy of “one person, one post” adopted at the Udaipur conclave. Sources said senior leaders P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh and Pramod Tiwari are the frontrunners in the race to replace Kharge. Party general secretary Mukul Wasnik’s name was also doing the rounds, but Congress leaders said the party may not pick up another Dalit for a top job within days of selecting Kharge for presidency and appointing Dalit leader Brijlal Khabri as UP Congress president on Saturday . Sources said Tiwari was being considered as Chidambaram hails from the South and the party is electing its president from the same region. Digvijaya has been the Madhya Pradesh CM for 10 years, and is considered close to Rahul Gandhi. He is also known for his political acumen. Meanwhile, for mer Jharkhand minister K N Tripathi’s nomination for president was rejected on Saturday as the signature of one of his proposers did not match, narrowing the race to between Kharge and Shashi Tharoor. No pollution paper, no fuel: Delhi minister A s h i s h S r i v a s ta v a @ New Delhi Digvijaya Singh P Chidambaram Senior CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan dies 10 of 15 irrigation dams in TN 90% full; 98% water in Mettur Express news service S G U R U VANMIKANATHAN @ Chennai Senior CPI(M) leader and former Kerala home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan died on Saturday at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for the past one month. He was 68. A five-time MLA, he had served as Kerala’s home minister from 2006 to 2011. He was also a three-time CPM state secretary, and had served in that capacity till August. P5 Of the 15 irrigation reservoirs in Tamil Nadu, water level in 10 of them is at nearly 90% of their storage capacity—thanks to copious rainfall during southwest monsoon. As per storage data on Saturday while water level in Sholayar, , Mettur and Bhavanisagar dams is at 100.93%, 97.88%, and 92.23% of their storage capacity respectively water level in five other dams is , just one foot short of their full capacity . In Mullaiperiyar dam, which has been a bone of contention between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, water level is near its full permitted storage level of 142 feet. The dam has 4,837 mcft (million cubic feet) of water which is 63.10% of its full capacity . A senior official of the Water Resources Department (WRD) said as per the Cauvery Management Authority order, Tamil Nadu must get 121.91 tmcft of water between June and September every year from Karnataka. P4 Shutter work to start in 5 days Shutter repair work in Parambikulam dam is expected to start in next 5 days by which time outflow of water from the dam is expected to stop. Over 5.5 tmcft water lost till September 21 due to the damage | P4 Vehicles without a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate will not be allowed to fill fuel at petrol pumps in Delhi from October 25. “Vehicular emission is one of the key contributors to rising pollution in Delhi. It is imperative to reduce it so it has been decided that from October 25, petrol, diesel will not be provided at petrol pumps without PUC certificate of the vehicle,” Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said in a press conference here. An official told this newspaper that the aim is to have about 25% vehicles in the city which , do not have a valid PUC, to obtain it. press Intake GST mop-up in September at D1.47 lakh crore | P10 W I TH TH I S I SSUE Empire in Retreat PLUS 12 PAGES
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