chennai l wednesday l september 27, 2023 l `9.00 l PAGES 22 l late city EDITION Waheeda rehman chosen for the DAdaSaheb Phalke Award Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman will be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2021, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema started her career in Telugu film Industry The 85-year old actress, who started her career in 1950s, said, “I’m very happy and doubly happy because it is Dev Anand’s birthday. I think, taufa unko milna tha, mujhe mil gaya.” Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand starred in seven movies together and are still remembered for their roles in Guide. She started her career in 1955 with Telugu films Rojulu Maraayi, Jayasimha Had successfully teamed with Guru Dutt ■ ■ Waheeda Rehman, born in Chennai, is a Bharatanatyam dancer, too, which helped her later in movies. She is the recipient of National Film Award for best actress, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Her other successful collaboration was with director-actor Guru Dutt. They worked in Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvin Ka Chand | P11 90 The number of movies in which waheeda Rehman has acted so far 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 Rhythmoflife Dressage team script history at Hangzhou Four-member side dominate from start to finish to win India’s first equestrian gold since 1982 Asiad, hosts China win silver Staying positive, their mantra It’s remarkable when you frame this within the proper context; riders weren’t even sure of their fate a few months ago thanks to governance issues within the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI). Multiple riders had to knock on the doors of the Delhi High Court to get the justice they sought. But this squad never let the doubts affect their position. They were 100% sure that they would be in Hangzhou | P17 Europe, the common link Two riders—Anush Agarwalla and Hriday Chheda— have chance of winning an individual dressage medal on Thursday. Divyakriti Singh and Sudipti Hajela complete the quartet. Most of them left India to train in Europe before the age of 20. Even within Europe, at least two of them have had training in Germany, a sort of mecca for riders who specialise in dressage. What is dressage? Performing predetermined moves in an arena that’s roughly 60m by 20m. Theni organ donor gets 1st state honour J EYALAKSHMI RAMANUJAM @ Theni T Vadivel (43), a senior revenue inspector in Theni collectorate, declared brain-dead on September 24, became the first person in TN to be accorded state honour during funeral under the CM’s plan to honour the deceased whose organs are donated by their families. On September 23, Vadivel fell down and sustained severe head injuries after a cow dashed against his motorcycle. He was rushed to a government hospital in Chinnamanur before being shifted to Theni Government Medical College Hospital. He was later admitted to Apollo Hospital in Madurai where the doctors declared him brain-dead on September 24. Vadivel’s wife Pattulakshmi works as a clerk at the Theni district court. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. After the family’s consent, Vadivel’s kidneys, liver, skin, and eye were retrieved to give patients in Apollo Hospital and Madurai Rajaji Hospital a new lease of life. On Tuesday, Health Minister Ma Subramanian accorded state honours to Vadivel by placing a wreath on his body P7 at the funeral in Theni. Kovai man’s organs donated by kin | P7 Health Minister Ma Subramanian places a wreath on the body of T Vadivel (inset) in Theni on Tuesday | Express e x pr e s s r e ad Withdraw V-C search panel notification: Guv Panel asks K’taka to give TN 3,000 cusecs Chennai: Governor RN Ravi on Tuesday issued a press release demanding TN govt to withdraw a notification issued to set up a search committee, without a representative from the UGC, to identify V-C for Madras University. The notification violates UGC norms and SC order, Ravi said | P4 New Delhi: The Cauvery Water Regulation Committee on Tuesday directed Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs for 18 days from September 26. TN sought 12,500 cusecs for 15 days but Karnataka officials opposed it citing drought-like condition in the state | P7 Jaishankar gives terror masterclass to Canada Says respect for a nation’s territorial integrity can’t be cherry-picked Y e s h i S e l i @ New Delhi External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday called out the selective approach of nations on terrorism, in what was particularly seen as a stinging attack on Canada that recently blamed India for killing its national, who was a Khalistani terrorist. “Political convenience determines responses to terrorism, extremism and violence. Similarly, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs cannot be exercises in cherry picking. When reality departs from rhetoric, we must have the courage to call it out. Without genuine solidarity there can never be real , trust. This is very much the sentiment of the Global South,’’ said Jaishankar in his address at the annual UN General Assembly session in New York. His remarks were also seen in the context of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan and the stand-off with China in the Ladakh area. “We often advocate the promotion of a rules-based order. From time to time, respect for Foreign minister S Jaishankar addresses the UN General Assembly | AP the UN Charter is also invoked. But for all the talk, it is still a few nations who shape the agenda and seek to define the norms. This cannot go on indefinitely Nor will it go unchal. lenged,’’ said Jaishankar. The minister began his address with a Bharat pitch — Namaste from Bharat — just as the name board before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s seat at the recent G20 summit at Delhi said Bharat. While concluding his 17-minute address, he again invoked Bharat. Prodding the UN to reform its Security Council, he recalled Ram temple Consecration likely on Jan 22 E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Speculation over, it’s time for the real thing. The consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is expected on January 22, said Nripendra Mishra, chairperson of its construction committee on Wednesday . The construction of the ground floor of the three-storey temple will be over by Decemberend, he told a news agency . Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take part in the consecration between January 20-24, To last he said, adding the final date 1,000 yrs is yet to be decided. Mishra said the But it is expected to be dur- temple is being ing January 20-24 as after constructed that the PM will be very busy with a vision with Republic Day and other that it will programmes, Mishra told last at least PTI. The Sri Ram Janmab- 1,000 years hoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will formally invite Modi for the consecration during which the idol of Ram Lalla will be installed in the sanctum sanctorum. An equipment is to be installed on shikar of the temple, which will make the Sun’s rays fall on the forehead of the deity in the sanctum sanctorum on Ram Navami every year. It is being built in Bengaluru and its design is being overseen by scientists. The Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee and an institute in Pune jointly created a computerised programme for this, Mishra said. o f f t h e b e a t e n t rac k Chennai to get Disneyland-like theme park EX P RESS NE W S SERVICE @ Chennai The state government envisages setting up a large amusement park, on the lines of global theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios in the US, on at least 100 acres on the outskirts of Chennai. The park to be developed with private participation is among the initiatives proposed in the ‘Tourism Policy 2023’ released by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday . The policy aims to tur n Tamil Nadu into the most-attractive experiential destination in Asia through multipronged goals. Over the next five years, the state aims to attract `20,000 crore investment and facilitate skill development of three lakh people in the sector. Through the policy, which gives tourism sector industry status for the first time, the state aims to generate at least 12% of its annual Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) annually through the tourism sector. Among other major proposals is the plan to establish recreational facilities in popular tourist destinations such as Chennai, Ooty Rameshwaram, , Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Tiruchy, and Coimbatore. The proposed amenities will include theme parks, golf cours- es, sports facilities, and recreation centres. The state also will promote homestays in rural areas where tourists and visitors can stay with local families to experience their daily routine, traditions, customs, and cuisine. The projects will be given special incentive under homestay schemes and shall be promoted on tourism websites. The main thrust of the policy is to encourage private sector participation in tourism. The state tourism department will adopt investor-friendly measures and provide support and incentives to MSME-equivalent units in the sector to encourage growth and attract investcontinued on p5 ments. Industry status for tourism ‘Tourism Policy 2023’ released on Tuesday aims to convert TN into the most-attractive experiential destination in Asia. By giving tourism sector industry status for the first time, the state aims to generate 12% of its annual GSDP through tourism sector India’s initiative at the G20 meet to admit the African Union as its permanent member. “By doing so, we gave voice to an entire continent which has long been its due. This significant step in reform should inspire the United Nations, a much older organisation, to also make the Security Council contemporary. Broad representative is after all, a pre-requisite for both effectiveness and credibility,’’ Jaishankar said. Hailing the G20 Summit as successful, Jaishankar said the country began its G20 Presidency with the Voice of the Global South Summit. It enabled India to hear directly from 125 nations and place their concerns on the G20 agenda. “At a time when East-West polarisation is so sharp and North-South divide so deep, the New Delhi G20 Summit affirmed that diplomacy and dialogue are the only effective solutions. The inter national order is diverse and we must cater for divergences, if not differences. The days when a few nations set the agenda and expected others to fall in line are over,’’ the minister said. SC ticks off Centre, says govt sitting on 70 collegium fiats S h r u t i k AKKAR @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Centre for its inordinate delay in clearing various collegium recommendations for appointment and transfer of high court judges. A bench of judges S K Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia asked Attorney General R Venkataramani to get the government’s view on this, adding it would take up the issue every 10 days till some progress is made. “There were 80 recommendations pending until last week when 10 names were cleared. Now, the figure is 70, of which 26 recommendations are of transfer of judges, seven are reiterations, nine are pending without being returned to the collegium, and one case is of appointment of the Chief Justice to a sensitive high court,” the bench said. It added that the delay leads to loss of talent for the judiciary because candidates withdraw their consent. “I thought of saying a lot, but since the attorney general is only seeking seven days time, I’m holding myself. Today I am , quiet... The next time I will not be quiet. Use your good office to see these issues are resolved,” Justice Kaul told Venkataramani. The observation came during the hearing of a petition filed by Advocates Association of Bengaluru seeking contempt action against the Union Ministry of Law and Justice for not adhering to the timeline set by the court in a 2021 judgment. Senior Advocate Arvind Datar, representing the petitioner, said delays in appointment of judges were not only detrimental to the judiciary but also embarrassing for the candidates involved. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for another petitioner NGO Common Cause, told the court that 16 names reiterated by the collegium are pending before the Centre. He said many advocates have withdrawn their consent for judgeship in view of the delay in appointments. “So many recommendations are pending. This can’t go on forever,” Bhushan said.
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