CHENNAI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA EXTENDS $15 MN TO LANKA TO PROMOTE BUDDHIST TIES It announced during a virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday GRANT TO FACILITATE CULTURAL EXCHANGES MODI CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION OF POWERS The grant will help construct and renovate Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka, facilitate archaeological cooperation and reciprocal exposition of the Buddha’s relics, a government press release said. Besides, it will also help facilitate cultural exchanges and greater engagement between the Buddhist scholars and clergy in the two countries ■ ■ During the summit, Modi called for the full implementation of a constitutional provision by the new Sri Lankan government to ensure devolution of powers to the minority Tamil community The two leaders also discussed ways to boost maritime security cooperation and strengthen trade and investment ties Virtual SUMMIT WAS 1ST MEETING OF THE TWO LEADERS SINCE RAJAPAKSA BECAME PM CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI CBI chargesheets 9 cops in Sathankulam case Mission South imprint in BJP’s new central team E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Chennai/Thoothukudi Ram Madhav dropped, Tejaswi Surya in, Kerala gets two slots, Tamil Nadu left out EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday overhauled its national team of office bearers, making radical changes in how southern states are represented by promoting young leaders such as Tejaswi Surya and dropping veterans like Ram Madhav. With his new team, BJP chief J P Nadda has signalled his party’s search for new growth regions. National general secretaries, known to be the core of the party’s leadership, has seen major changes with Nadda dropping Ram Madhav, Murlidhar Rao and Anil Jain. According to party sources, Madhav may find a berth in the next Cabinet expansion. And, Muralidhar Rao was dropped because he could not attract the Velama community, which supports the ruling TRS in Telangana. D Purandareshwari, C T Ravi and Dilip Saikia are the new general secretaries, representing Andhra Pradesh, Kar nataka and Assam, respectively . D K Aruna’s (Telangana) as vice-president is another notable appointment from the South. Aruna joined BJP from the Congress before the Assembly elections in 2019. Karnataka-based Ravi’s appointment is seen as the BJP’s continued efforts to gain a strong foothold in Vokkaligadominated Old Mysuru region, where the Congress and the JDS have a strong presence. First-time MP Surya is seen as an outspoken young leader who connects with an urban demographic. BJP General Secretary (Organization) B L Santosh’s imprint is said to be clear in both these appointments. Kerala, which did not have any representation earlier, have got two slots in the new team — AP Abdullakutty as vice-president and Tom Vadakkan national spokersperson. Both are from the minority communities. Curiously, both are recent defectors from the Congress. Sources said the central leadership has sent out a clear message to the faction-ridden Kerala BJP . Odisha has got two national spokespersons with Aparajita Sarangi given the task along with seasoned Sambit Patra. Team Nadda has strong thrust on Odisha, Andhra The rejig: Who’s in, who’s out OLD NEW Andhra Pradesh GVL Narasimha Rao D Purandareshwari (Natl spokersperson) (Natl Gen-Secy) Ram Madhav (Natl Gen-Secy) Satya Kumar (Natl Secy) Telangana D K Aruna (Natl V-P) P Muralidhar Rao (Natl Gen-Secy) Dr K Laxman (OBC Morcha Natl President) Karnataka Tejasvi Surya (Yuva Morcha Natl President) C T Ravi (Natl Gen-Secy) *B L Santhosh (Natl Gen-Secy) *B L Santhosh (Natl Gen-Secy) Rajiv Chandrashekhar (Natl spokesperson) Kerala A P Abdullakutty (Natl V-P) Nil Tom Vadakkan (Natl Spokesperson) Tamil Nadu H Raja (National secretary) Nil Odisha Baijaiyant Jay Panda Baijaiyant Jay Panda (Natl vice-president) (Natl vice-president) Sambit Patra (Natl spokesperson) Sambit Patra (Natl spokesperson) Suresh Pujari (Natl secy) Aparajita Sarangi (Natl spokersperson) Biseswar Tudu (National secretary) * Represents Delhi Pradesh, Assam, Karntaka, Kerala and Telangana, but Tamil Nadu — which goes to polls next year — is surprisingly left in the cold. While party sources in Tamil Nadu expressed shock at the decision, as it comes barely a month after Nadda praised the state unit’s work, state general secretary Professor R Srinivasan sought to downplay the snub. “The leadership might have thought the work of all leaders in the State is needed for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Maybe in the coming months, the list of office bearers will be revised,” he said. Meanwhile, the team looking after organizational matters has been left untouched, with B L Santosh, V Satish, Saudan Singh and Shivprakash continuing in their respective positions. P7 NEARLY three months after launching probe into the custodial deaths of P Jayaraj (59) and his son J Beniks (31) in Sathankulam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against nine police officials. The agency has named former SHO of Sathankulam police station, S Sridhar, sub-inspectors, K Balakrishnan and P Raghuganesh, head constables, S Murugan and A Samadurai, and constables, M Muthuraja, S Chelladurai, X Thomas Francis and Veyil Muthu. They have been charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, destruction of evidence, levelling false charges and wrongful confinement. Another sub-inspector, Pauldurai, who was arrested in July and later succumbed to Covid-19, has not been named as an accused. But, the chargesheet details his involvement in the alleged conspiracy . FARM FALLOUT Akali Dal finally ends 23-year alliance with NDA over agri bills HARPREET BAJWA @ Chandigarh party-lead coalition in 1998 and had remained a member since. DAYS after Shiromani Akali The Akalli Dal is the third Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat ally to break away from NDA Kaur resigned as Union Food since the coalition came to Processing Industries minister power in 2014. from the Modi Cabinet in proIn 2018, the Telugu Desam test against the farm Bills, the Party ended its four-year alliparty on Saturday pulled out ance with the BJP over denial from the National Democratic of special category status to Alliance (NDA), endAndhra Pradesh. Last ing its 23-year alliance year, the Shiv Sena with the BJP . walked out of the alliThe decision was ance after the Mahaannounced by SAD rashtra Assembly chief Sukhbir Singh election as it accused Badal late on Saturthe saffron party of day after holding a breaking its promise core committee meetof giving equal diviing of the party here. sion of power to it. “The highest deciSukhbir Singh Badsion-making body of The government’s al said his party will the Shiromani Akali decision on farm continue to stand by Dal core committee at its core principles of bills is deeply injurious to the its emergency meetpeace and communal ing here tonight de- interests not only h a r m o n y a n d o f cided unanimously to of the farmers but guarding the interests pull out of the BJP also of labourers of Punjab. and traders who -led NDA alliance,” he He added the decidepend on announced. sion has been taken agriculture Badal said the Cenafter deep deliberaSAD chief Sukhbir tre’s “stubborn refustions with party workSingh Badal al” to give statutory ers, farmers, traders, legislative guarantees and other poor secon minimum support price tions of society . (MSP) and its continued insenMeanwhile, Punjab Chief sitivity to certain issues such Minister Capt Amarinder Sinas excluding Punjabi as official gh termed the Akali Dal’s decilanguage in Jammu and Kash- sion to quit the NDA as nothmir are behind the move. ing more than a desperate case SAD is the oldest ally of the of political compulsion. “SAD BJP, having allied with the had no choice since the BJP acthen Bharatiya Jana Sangh for cused it of failing to convince the first time during Assembly farmers about the ‘good aselections. It joined the saffron pects’ farm bills,”he added. 82% OF INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS FACED TDS MISMATCH PROBLEMS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS More than 82% of individual taxpayers faced TDS mismatch due to the difference in the amount available in Form 26AS and that claimed by the assessees through their ITR, the CAG said. As a result, not only that TDS credit was denied to them, but they might have also been subject to harassment | P7 FORGING FAMILIAL BOND He checks out their health and feeds them too NIRUPAMA VISWANATHAN @ Chennai FOR the last five months, 32-year-old Saravanan, a fever surveillance worker, has been visiting the house of 75-yearold Jagadambal in Mandaveli every day. The regular visits made Jagadambal clear about what exactly to expect from Saravanan — from his usual ‘eppdi irukeenga paati’ (how are you) to more serious questions like whether she had cough, cold or breathlessness. Now, Jagadambal does not have a house to call her own. It has been four days since her house at Kuppaimedu was de- molished by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board to make way for a new structure. Having no money on hand to take a house on rent, she and her family of four are now living in a tarpaulin tent put up near the debris of their erstwhile home. However, Saravanan still keeps coming, and has also been bringing food for Jagadambal’s family for the past four days. “How could I not? They are like my own family I have been . going to their house (for fever survey) for more than five months,” says Saravanan. Living in Thiruvanmiyur with his wife and child, Saravanan was recruited as a tem- The demolition drive in Mandaveli ended on Saturday | ASHWIN PRASATH porary worker for survey after he was laid off in a BPO firm. With officials turning a blind eye to the families camping in the open and nowhere to go, Saravanan felt it was not enough to help only Jagadambal and her family “There are . many people here, around 500. If it is just for them (Jagadambal’s family), I can bring food. I needed more help to get food for all the others,” he adds. A fan of actor Dhanush, he approached the star’s fan club in the city, which helped him arrange food packets. “I pick up the food packets from the association office and distribute them here. I don’t see this as an extraordinary favour. I feel responsible (for their well-being); I feel like I should do more,” P3 Saravanan beams. ‘Father-son duo tortured at station’ Investigation revealed that the father-son duo was arrested on June 19, and tortured at the Sathankulam police station by the accused, CBI spokesperson said. “A CBI team camped at Madurai and worked untiringly through the pandemic. Investigation revealed that the fatherson duo was arrested on June 19, and tortured at the Sathankulam police station by the accused in the evening as well as in the intervening night, consequent to which both of them succumbed to injuries in the intervening night of June 22 and 23,” CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said. CBI took over the custodial deaths case on July 7 after the Centre gave its nod to the agency to probe into the death of Jayaraj and Beniks. They were picked up on June 19 for questioning by the Sathankulam po- lice for allegedly violating lockdown rules. This came after the State passed a government order on June 29, in which it decided to accept the request of Director General of Police to transfer the custodial death cases registered in Kovilpatti East Police Station under Section 176 (1-A) (i) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for investigation by CBI by issuing a notification under section 6 of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, P4 1946. How long will UN keep India out? Modi calls for reforms PUSHKAR BANAKAR @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought a greater role for India’s at the UN, asking how long the country of 1.3 billion people will be kept out of the body’s decisionmaking structure. In his virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly, Modi said, “ For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations? “When we were weak, we did not trouble the world. When were strong, we didn’t become a burden on the world. Till when do we have to wait?” the prime minister said in his opening remarks. Seeking an expanded role for India, Modi highlighted that the ideals of UN and India’s main principles are similar. “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam has echoed in the UN halls many a time,” the prime minister said. Modi also made a strong push for UN reforms and the much-delayed expansion of the powerful Security Council. “Today, people of India are concerned whether this reform-process will ever reach its logical conclusion,” he said, adding that every Indian today , while seeing the contribution of India in the world organisation, “aspires for India’s expanded role in the United Nations”. The prime minister lashed out at the world body over its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the last 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?” he asked. Modi highlighted how India has helped other countries combat the pandemic. More than 150 countries received essential medical supplies from Indian pharma companies, Modi said. The prime minister also noted that India’s vaccine production has reached phase III and once complete will help the world beat Covid-19. Speaking about the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, he said it will be a “force-multiplier for world economy P7 .” EXPRESS READ 2 women murdered in an act of revenge Around 500 personnel were deployed to manage the visitors near the farm at Tamaraipakkam near Red Hills on Saturday | ASHWIN PRASATH SPB LAID TO REST WITH FULL POLICE HONOURS E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Chennai LEGENDARY playback singer and Padma awardee SP Balasubrahmanyam, known as SPB or Balu sir, was laid to rest with police honours on Saturday morning, amid an outpouring of condolences from fans across the world. The singer’s son, SP Charan, performed the funeral rites amid Vedic chants by priests. The City Armed Reserve Police Personnel, as a mark of honour, then gave a gun salute and 24 personnel fired three rounds in the air before the body was lowered into a pit at his farmhouse at Tamaraipakkam near Red Hills. Flower petals were showered on the body and crystal salt strewn around inside the pit before its closure. Earlier, the body was briefly brought to his residence in Nungambakkam before being taken to the farmhouse. With policemen marching along, the body was brought on a bier to the burial spot from an enclosure earmarked for people to pay homage and perform rituals. Around 500 personnel were deployed to manage the visitors near the farm. Since Saturday morning, Balasubrahmanyam’s friends and fans poured in to pay their last respects. Balasubrahmanyam died of cardio-respiratory arrest at a private hospital in the city on Friday afternoon, where he was admitted on August 5 after testing positive for Covid-19. He P3 tested negative for the virus on September 4. He will live until the world exists, there is no end for him (SPB)... our friend is with us, through music Bharathiraja, director Tirunelveli: Two women were murdered at Marukalkurichi near Nanguneri on Saturday. According to police, 12 men riding four twowheelers threw country-made bombs at the house of one Arunachalam. They then barged in and beheaded Arunachalam’s wife Shanmugathai. They also threw bombs at the house of Arunachalam’s neighbour Subbaiah, beheaded his wife Santhi and fled. Police said the women were murdered in retaliation to murders committed following a love affair | P5 What is ailing the Super Kings in IPL? Chennai: With just one win from three matches, the Chennai Super Kings are in bit of a spot. They have decided against giving offdays to players as captain MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming are keen on using the six-day gap to create match simulations and prepare their players for their next match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday | P11 IPL PUNJAB TODAY RAJASTHAN LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE THE GREAT IMMUNITY BAZAAR PLUS 12 PAGES
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