kollam l tuesday l September 26, 2023 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION ASIAN GAMEs: Shooting stars and golden girls World record for shooting team The men’s 10m air rifle team kept the hosts at bay with a world record score to win the team gold. Their combined 1893.7 eclipsed the record held by China (1893.3). In fact, all three finished in the top eight in the qualifying but Divyansh didn’t advance as only the top two from each NOC could feature in the final. In the final, Aishwary won bronze The men’s 10m air rifle team and the women’s cricket side won India the first gold medals in Hangzhou. A look at Monday’s haul Gold for women’s cricket side ■ Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, back after serving a two match suspension, marshalled the bowling troops well to beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the final. Opting to bat first on a tricky surface, they made 116 before restricting the Islanders to 97. For India, Titas Sadhu excelled with the ball, picking 3/6 in her four overs | P11 FIVE Rowers finish on a high with five medals 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 Law panel’s ‘one poll’ report to suggest 2029 rollout P r ee t h a N a i r @ New Delhi Laying the groundwork for the Centre’s ‘One Nation, One Poll’ proposal, the 22nd Law Commission will submit its final report on the feasibility of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, according to top sources in the law ministry. The commission headed by Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi has been working on the final re- port since February this year. The first meeting of a highlevel committee on simultaneous polls headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind was held last Saturday . The Justice Awasthiled panel held extensive consultations with political parties, bureaucrats, academicians and experts. “I won’t say that there was consensus among parties on the idea,” an official said, adding that the government may send the Law Commission’s report to the Kovind-led committee for their perusal. Speaking to this newspaper, the official said the law panel would recommend synchronised elections in the next five years so that the simultaneous poll rollout will start in 2029. To synchronise press clusive the elections, the process has to begin from this year, the official said. He also dismissed the possibility of holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies in 2024. The commission has drawn most of its recommendations from the draft report of the pre- vious Law Commission led by Justice B S Chauhan, submitted in 2018, said the source. “We have taken many recommendations of the Justice Chauhan committee report into consideration. On the same lines as the previous law commission’s report, we have recommended synchronisation of elections in the next five years,” he said. The suggestions of the previous Law Commission included advancing or postponing elec- tion timings in certain states, such that polls to all state assemblies and the Lok Sabha may be held together. If assembly elections are due before Lok Sabha elections, it said that the term of these assemblies may be extended to synchronise it with the Lok Sabha elections, by amending the Constitution. “We have also made proposals on similar lines. It is up to the government to take the final call,” the official said. Canada’s 2nd India travel advisory out Ye s h i Se l i @ New Delhi AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami arrives at party headquarters for the district secretaries’ meet held to decide on the electoral alliance with BJP, in Chennai on Monday | P Jawahar AIADMK makes break-up official, exits BJP-led NDA Dravidian major cites constant criticism of TN BJP, says will form own alliance for LS polls nusamy told reporters after the meeting chaired by general secTHE uneasy relationship be- retary Edappadi K Palaniswatween the AIADMK and BJP, mi in Chennai. which had endured for four Munusamy said the resoluyears due to various political tion adopted by the meeting conclusions, came to an end on said that for the past year the Monday with the Dravidian BJP’s state leadership, with ulmajor unambiguously calling terior motives, has been critiit quits. The AIADMK also an- cising the AIADMK’s ideals nounced that it had exand leaders, including ited the BJP-led NationCN Annadurai, and J al Democratic Alliance Jayalalithaa. Besides, (NDA) and would form the BJP’s state leaderits own alliance to face ship belittled the AIADThe decision was taken in the 2024 Lok Sabha MK’s historic state-level deference to elections. conference held on Authe views of The AIADMK’s decigust 20 and has been more than two criticising the party’s sion, just seven months before the parliamenta- crore AIADMK general secretary . cadre who were ry polls, is seen as a set- outraged by the In Coimbatore, BJP back for the BJP at the state president K Ancriticisms of national level as it was namalai said his party’s BJP’s state one of the few key allies national leadership leadership of the saffron party . would respond to the deKP Munusamy, “The decision to leave velopment. “I will talk AIADMK leader the NDA was taken about this later,” he unanimously and in said. BJP state general deference to the views and feel- secretary Raama Sreenivasan ings of more than two crore AI- described the AIADMK’s move ADMK cadre who were out- as unfortunate. “But the BJP r a g e d by t h e c o n t i n u e d will form its own alliance and criticisms of the BJP’s state face the Lok Sabha elections as leadership. The AIADMK will we did in 2014,” he added. face the Lok Sabha elections by An AIADMK veteran told forming an alliance with like- TNIE, “The general secretary minded parties” the party’s has made a shrewd move deputy coordinator KP Mu- though it is a belated one.” T M u r u g a n a n d h a m @ Chennai CANADA has updated the travel advisory for its citizens in India asking them to “stay vigilant and exercise caution” in the context of recent developments and the “negative sentiment” towards Canada. This is the second advisory by Canada within a span of a week. Canada has asked its citizens in India to exercise a great degree of caution due to threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country . “Avoid non-essential travel to Assam and Manipur due to risk of terrorism and insurgency and avoid all travel to Jammu and Kashmir due to unpredictability, civil unrest, Women’s safety The advisory has a special word of caution for women. “Crimes committed against women frequently occur in India. Foreign women are often the target of unwanted attention,” it adds kidnapping,” it said. The advisory added that Canadian citizens currently in India should avoid all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Pakistan—which includes the states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan—due to the presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance. “The level of tension be- tween India and Pakistan may change suddenly You could ex. perience difficulties when travelling between the two countries. You may be subject to scrutiny if officials from either country become aware that you have recently travelled to the other,” it said. The advisory noted that the security situation along the M S V i d ya n a n d a n @ T’Puram The future of Christianity in Kerala would be bleak if overseas migration of members of the community continues at the current pace, according to a study by the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church. “Out of 100 Mar Thoma households, 59 have migrant members,” says the study pub- lished as a book titled ‘Migration of Marthomites and ministry to the Mar Thoma diaspora’ recently . Second or third generations of those migrating to other countries become foreign citizens and prefer not to return to their native land or maintain ties with Kerala, says the book. Quoting eminent demographer K C Zachariah, the book reveals that Marthomites migrated the most among all communities in Kerala. The book discusses several aspects of migration from the community’s point of view, including new trends and ways to boost pastoral service to the diaspora. Christian Churches that once encouraged migration as a way for economic prosperity are now regretting the massive exodus, it says. More on P4 Auspicious beginning Union defence minister Rajnath Singh draws an Om as part of the puja ceremony to induct the first C-295 MW transport aircraft into the Indian Air Force at Hindon Air Force station on Monday | Parveen negi SC hears arguments from deaf lawyer for the first time FOR the first time, a deaf lawyer argued her case before the Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud paving the way for more physically-challenged lawyers to defend their cases. Sarah Sunny on Friday argued her case with the help of an Indian sign language interpreter. Senior advocate Sanchita Ain made a plea to Chief Justice of India D Y Chandra- chud to let Sarah argue her case with an interpreter. He immediately gave his assent. This historic moment would not have taken place as the control room responsible for managing virtual hearings hesitated to accommodate Sarah and her interpreter. With the CJI’s approval, the control room accommodated Sarah, who is based in Banga- express read Five die as school bus hits autorickshaw Kasaragod: Five persons died after an autorickshaw collided with a school bus at Pallathadukka near Badiadka around 5pm on Monday. According to the police, all five persons travelling in the autorickshaw, including the driver, died in the accident. P4 Rehabilitate endosulfan victims by Oct 15: HC Kochi: The High Court on Monday directed the state government to complete the work of 36 houses to rehabilitate endosulfan victims at Enmagaje panchayat in Kasaragod by October 15 so that all families can be in the safety of a comfortable home. P5 59% Mar Thoma households 13 dogs trained to attack khaki-clad men pounce have migrants, says study on cops during drug bust another glass ceiling broken Shruti Kakkar @ New Delhi border with Pakistan, especially along the Line of Control, which separates the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, remains volatile. “Cross-border gunfire and shelling are occurring sporadically along the LoC. The presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance also constitute a risk. Although international travellers regularly use the Wagah border crossing linking Amritsar, India, to Lahore, Pakistan, it remains vulnerable to attack. Security measures are in place. You may experience long delays,” it added, explaining the situation in border areas. If simultaneous elections cannot be conducted, all elections falling due in a calendar year should be conducted together, the panel had suggested. It would require at least five Constitutional amendments. The official further said, “The previous commission gave suggestions for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We have considered its suggestions on hung House and no-confidence motion, etc,” he said. lore, and her interpreter, Saurav Roychowdhury too appear, ing virtually . As Sarah’s turn came, her interpreter stepped forward and acted as a bridge between the her and the world. In the process, he received praise from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who said the speed at which the interpreter is interpreting in sign language is amazing. Sarah’s determination has broken down more barriers. The CJI, when he took his oath of office in November last year, had said, “My work, not words, will speak.” In line with his commitment, he established the “SC Committee on Accessibility,” chaired by Justice S R Bhat. This committee’s mission is to conduct comprehensive accessibility audits of Supreme Court premises and its opera- tions. It involves reaching out to persons with disabilities who visit the Supreme Court, soliciting their feedback, and assessing the nature and extent of the challenges they face. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to ensure that justice is accessible to all and to gain a deep understanding of the hardships faced by differentlyabled individuals in their interactions with the Supreme Court of India. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kottayam It was supposed to be a routine raid. However, the police team that went to a dog trainer’s house at Kumaranalloor near Kottayam on suspicion of drug trade was in for a rude shock when the suspect, Robin George, let loose 13 dogs on them and escaped. It later emerged that the dogs were trained by Robin to specifically attack anyone in khaki. However, none of the personnel were injured in the attack by dogs. Though Robin slipped from the net, police seized 17.3kg of ganja from the house. The incident unfolded around midnight on Sunday when the joint team of the Gandhinagar police and anti-narcotics cell, acting on a tip-off, carried out a flash raid at Robin’s house. The team had secured a court order for raiding the rented house where Robin was running a dog training centre and daycare for canines. On seeing the police approaching the house, Robin let loose the dogs and fled. “There were 13 dogs in the house. He used the dogs to guard his illegal activities by training them to attack anyone wearing khaki. It was an extremely risky raid as we didn’t expect an attack by dogs. How- Robin George training one of his dogs | Instagram photo ever, our team members are safe,” said K Karthik, district police chief. Karthik said Robin got training in handling dogs from a dog expert who had retired from the Border Security Force. However, when Robin asked the expert to train his dogs to attack khaki-worn persons, the BSF man refused to do so. Later, Robin started his dog training centre and daycare for dogs. Karthik said the dogs in the house will be handed over to its original owners after identifying them. A special team under the leadership of the DySP has been constituted to probe the case. Efforts are on to find out Robin’s accomplices. after medal, roshibina recalls manipur days Fi roz Mi rza @ Chennai After selection trials in June, she tried to go home but couldn’t. All she managed was Imphal, Manipur’s capital. Kwasiphai Mayai Leikai, a nondescript village in Bishnupur seemed a distant place, almost inaccessible due to the tension that had been afflicting the state since May this year. Hours after Naorem Roshibina Devi assured India of a medal in Wushu at the Asian Games, she recollected how her father had to come to Imphal to meet her. Later, she learnt that he had to sell his land to fund her travel. Though Roshibina was physically in the camp in Srinagar, her mind was in Manipur. The athlete said she used to cry a lot thinking about her family members and their safety when her state was in turmoil. Sensing his daughter’s anxiousness, father Naorem Damu Singh sold a piece of land he owned in his village to arrange for her More P11 travel.
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