coimbatore l monday l july 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION India may have to pull its diplomats from kabul too 50 evacuated from kandahar consulate India may have to shut its Afghan embassy in Kabul if the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, sources said India on Saturday night pulled out 50 diplomats and security personnel working at its consulate in Kandahar as the Taliban advanced into the city. The evacuation was a temporary move and the staff would be sent back once the security situation improves. For now, the consulate will continue to function with the help of local staff, the foreign office said | P7 Four Kabul’s fall a matter of time: experts ■ A special aircraft of the Air Force brought back the diplomats and other staff members, including a group of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel. Pakistan airspace was not used for the mission ■ The Taliban last week said it controls 85% of Afghan territory. Kabul’s fall to the insurgents is only a matter of time, experts said Indian consulates in Afghanistan. two of them were closed last year 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 Djokovic’s 20th High Leo the equaliser Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to win his 20th Grand Slam title and equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tally. Djokovic is the second man after Rod Laver in the Open Era to win the first three Grand Slams in a calendar year. sixth I needed to remove from myself the thorn of achieving something with the national team. Lionel Messi Djokovic also won his sixth title at Wimbledon, leaving him two short of Roger Federer’s record of 8 titles at SW19. Apart from 6 Wimbledon titles, the Serbian has won the Australian Open Argentina ended their 28-year wait for a trophy after beating arch-rivals Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final at Maracana Stadium on Saturday. Lionel Messi was ecstatic after winning his first trophy with the national team since making his debut in 2005. Before this victory, Messi had lost four finals with Argentina. Messi’s four goals during the competition took his tally to 76 for Argentina. He is just one goal away from matching the all-time South American mark set by Pele for Brazil. nine times, French Open twice and US Open thrice. I could definitely envision the calendar Grand Slam happening. I am going to give it a shot. I am in good form. Playing my best tennis at Grand Slams is my highest priority Novak Djokovic Twitter names its grievance officer in line with IT rules Also releases first monthly compliance report on the total complaints it received and acted upon ation and privacy infringement, IP-related infringement, and misAfter staring the Centre in the information/synthetic and maface for weeks, microblogging site nipulated media. The highest Twitter on Sunday partially fell in number of URLs against which acline, appointing an Indian as its tion was taken was for defamagrievance redressal officer as tion, followed by abuse. mandated under the newly noti“In addition to the above data, fied IT rules. It also released its we processed 56 grievances which first monthly compliance report were appealing Twitter account in accordance with the rules. suspensions. These were all reCalled the ‘India Transsolved and the appropriate parency Report: User responses were sent.” Grievances and Proactive In the category of ‘proacMonitoring July 2021’, tive monitoring data’, TwitTwitter said it received 94 ter said 18,385 accounts grievances and ‘actioned’ were suspended over the is133 URLs between May sue of child sexual exploi26 and June 25. ‘Actioned’ on tation, non-consensual Twitter named Vinay nudity and similar condefamation Prakash as its resident tent. Over 4,100 accounts The catagory-wise grievance officer in Inwere suspended for proURLs ‘actioned’ dia to comply with the motion of ter rorism. upon are: rules and shared his These, however, represent defamation (87), company email on the global actions and are not abuse/ website. On Twitter’s just India specific. harassment (38), transparency page, it Recently the Delhi High , impersonation (1), said, “In compliance Court had refused to alinfringement of with Rule 4(1)(d) of the low any interim protecprivacy (6) and Information Technolotion to Twitter. Earlier misinformation/ gy (Intermediary Guidethis month, Twitter had synthetic and lines and Digital Media appointed an interim manipulated Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, chief compliance officer. media (1) we have published our It had also sought eight inaugural report on weeks from the Delhi July 11, 2021 for the reporting pe- High Court to appoint a grievance riod from May 26, 2021 through to officer. Twitter has already been June 25, 2021.” booked in four cases. The company said it had reFollowing a Cabinet reshuffle, ceived 94 grievances via its griev- newly appointed Union informaance officer-India channel. The tion technology minister Ashwini majority of complaints were of Vaishnaw had said the law of the defamation, abuse/harassment, land was supreme and Twitter sensitive adult content, imperson- will have to fall in line. E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi express read Spaceport (USA): British billionaire Richard Branson flew to space and back on Sunday aboard space plane VSS Unity. Virgin Galactic’s spaceship VMS Eve, carrying VSS Unity, took off from Spaceport, New Mexico, USA at 8.10 pm IST. The rocketpowered plane detached from the mothership at 50,000 feet and ascended to a height of 88 km, before returning to Earth P12 What started as a mere buzz on social media by BJP-affiliated handles became a hot political topic on Sunday with almost , all major parties in the State denouncing the idea of creating a new Union Territory of ‘Kongu Nadu’ by bifurcating Tamil Nadu. While DMK leaders made public statements, an AIADMK spokesperson, when contacted, categorically said such ideas should be nipped in the bud. Even BJP leaders distanced themselves from the idea and said there was no such proposal. But they remained wishywashy by claiming that if peo- Ambitious U.P. policy to reduce fertility rate E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Lucknow A day after the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission shared a draft population control bill to incentivise the two-child norm, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday released an ambitious new Population Policy 2021-30, indicating how serious he is in addressing the matter. The new population policy aims to bring down the gross fertility rate from 2.7 now to 2.1 by 2026 and 1.9 by 2030. The policy also has provisions to ensure healthcare for all and to pay special attention to pregnant women, infants, sick newborns and children who are severely malnourished. Launching the ‘Population Stability Fortnight’ he said there should be adequate gap between births of two children to control population growth. If the gap is not adequate, their nutrition will be affected and the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate will be very difficult to control, he said. UP’s fertility rate was 3.3 in 2016 when the national average was 2.6. Due to sustained efforts, the state’s fertility rate has come down to 2.7, while the national average is at 2.2. “Earlier efforts have yielded good results; further push is needed,” he added. Under the new policy, efforts will be made to make contraceptives more accessible and provide a proper system for safe abortions. “The new population policy is not only concerned with stabilising population growth, but also providing a path to prosperity for every citizen,” he claimed. The state’s maternal mortality rate, too, is down to 197 as against 258 in 2016, he pointed out. Finally, Pondy CM allots portfolios; BJP gets Home E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Puducherry Two weeks after being sworn in, Puducherry’s five ministers were allotted portfolios on Sunday BJP’s . A Namachivayam was given the Home Ministry as well as the Elec, tricity, Industry and Commerce, Education (including college education), Sainik Welfare, Ports and Youth Affairs departments. The other BJP minister, AK Sai J Saravanan Kumar, was given charge of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, as well as DRDA, Community Development, Urban Basic Services, Fore Services and Minority Affairs. CM Rangasamy gives the portfolio-allotment list to Lt-Guv Tamilisai Soundararajan | Express The remaining three ministers — K Lakshminarayanan, C Djeacoumar, and Chandira Priyanga — are from the AINRC. Lakshminarayanan will head the Public Works Department, as well as the Tourism and Civil Aviation, Fisheries and Fishermen Welfare, Law, Information Technology, and Stationery and Printing departments. C Jeyakumar was given charge of the Agriculture, Animal Hus- Schools, colleges in UT to reopen on Friday Rangasamy told the media that schools and colleges in Puducherry will be reopened for in-person classes from July 16 for Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12. An official order is expected from the Puducherry Education department soon e x p r e s s n e w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai SAMIR Banerjee came into Wimbledon with one objective: win one round. So it’s fair to say his reaction after the final — where he beat Victor Lilov 7-5, 6-3 — was perfectly par for the course. An overcooked backhand from Lilov prompted the 17-year-old to drop his racquet on No 1 Court. He then proceeded to mouth ‘what have I done?’ a few times before shaking Lilov’s hand. After that exchange at the net, he once again asked himself ‘what did I do?’ He may have also pinched himself in the process, to convince himself that this wasn’t a dream. To answer his question, he became the first US player to win a junior boys Wimbledon title since 2015 (Reilly Opelka). What’s remarkable is that this was only his second appearance at this level (the US player of Indian origin lost in the first round of the French Open). Both his father (born in Assam) and mother (born in Andhra Pradesh) moved to the US more than 30 years ago. However, Banerjee will not be becoming a professional. Not yet anyway His Instagram page notes that . he will move to Colombia University in New York. P11 Major TN parties reject ‘Kongu Nadu’ idea, but BJP remains noncommittal T M u r u g a n a n d h a m @ Chennai Branson completes historic space trip Indian-origin boy jr Wimbledon champ bandry and Animal Welfare, Forest and Wildlife, Social Welfare, Backward Classes Welfare, and Women and Child Development departments. Chandira Priyanga will serve as Transport Minister, with additional responsibilities of Adi Dravidar Welfare, Housing, Labour and Employment, Art and Culture, and Economic and Statistics departments. Chief Minister N Rangasamy handed over the portfolio-allotment list to Lt-Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday morning, and by evening, it was published in an extraordinary publication of The Gazette of Puducherry . P4 ple wish for a bifurcation, it is the duty of the Union government to execute it. They did not elaborate on why the issue was raised when there was no such popular demand from the people of the region. A report in a Tamil daily, which triggered the issue by its claim about the purported idea of the Union government, too did not cite any source for its information. It claimed the Modi government developed the plan because it was angered by DMK leaders’ recent use of the term ‘Ondriya Arasu’ to refer to it. “It’s just a news item that appeared in a daily BJP treasurer ,” SR Sekar told reporters at Tiru- pur, adding that the party has no such plans. However, he added that the BJP would discuss idea of Kongu Nadu in due course. BJP State legislature party floor leader Nainar Nagenthran, in Tirunelveli, gave an ambiguous reply to reporters. “There are so many ‘nadus’ in Tamil Nadu — Valla Nadu, Varusha Nadu, Vazha Nadu etc. Can all these be made separate States? But we have to keep in mind developments in the past. Andhra Pradesh was divided into two States. Uttar Pradesh was divided. 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