(Joyce) #1

India can

never forget


attacks: Modi

New Delhi


he nation observed the
12th anniversary of the
26/11 terror attack in
Mumbai yesterday and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi said In-
dia cannot ever forget the attack.
He also clarifi ed that the
country has now been “combat-
ing terrorism with new policy
and new method”.
Noting that the day is associ-
ated with the biggest terrorist
attack on the country when in
2008 terrorists attacked Mumbai
leaving many Indians, as well as
foreigners dead, the prime min-
ister said he pays his respect to all
those killed in that attack.
“India cannot forget Mumbai
attack. Today’s India is facing
terrorism with new strategy and
new polity. I praise those secu-
rity offi cers who have been play-
ing major role in securing the
country,” the prime minister said
while addressing the concluding
session of 80th All India Presid-
ing Offi cers Conference via video
conferencing in Kevadia, Gu-
Paying homage to security
forces and police personnel who
lost their lives in the Mumbai at-
tack, the prime minister asserted
that India’s security scenario has
changed from previous years.
“Today’s India is combating
terrorism with new policy and
new method.”
A series of terrorist attacks
took place on November 26, 2008
in Mumbai when 10 Lashkar-e-
Taiba terrorists carried out 12 co-
ordinated shooting and bombing
lasting four days killing 166 peo-
ple and injuring over 300.
In these gruesome attacks,
nine terrorists were killed and
the lone survivor, Ajmal Kasab,
caught and was sentenced to
death at Yerwada Central Jail in
Pune in 2012. On November 11,
2012, Kasab was hanged in Yer-
awada Jail in Pune.
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra
governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari

and Chief Minister Uddhav
Thackeray led the state by sol-
emnly laying wreaths at the new
Martyrs’ Memorial erected in-
side the Mumbai Police commis-
sionerate premises near Craw-
ford Market in south Mumbai.
The other dignitaries included
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh,
Tourism Minister Aditya Thack-
eray, chief secretary Sanjay Ku-
mar, director-general of police
Subodh Jaiswal, Mumbai Police
commissioner Param Bir Singh
and other offi cers.
A large number of police per-
sonnel also paid homage to their
colleagues who had been mar-
tyred in the terror attacks car-
ried out at key locations in south
Mumbai, with a special thought
for Tukaram G Omble, who sac-
rifi ced his life in nabbing Kasab
Later, the relatives of the mar-
tyrs and several brave-hearts also
turned up to pay homage to their
departed kin as the governor,
chief minister and other top of-
fi cials waited and acknowledged
them with folded hands.
The relatives including wid-
ows, mothers, sons, daughters,
brothers or sisters stepped up to
the memorial and off ered their
own personal tributes with fl ow-
ers or tears for their near and
dear ones.
Several other relatives of vic-
tims felled during the terrorists’
mayhem also paid homage at the
Martyrs Memorial and other lo-
Other memorial services were
held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj Terminus, Hotel Taj
Mahal Palace, Hotel Oberoi, the
Chabad House, Cama Hospital,
and the Leopold Cafe, all sites
brutally targeted by the attackers.
Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata
Trusts, tweeted: “The wanton
destruction that took place 12
years ago today will never be for-
The traditional and social me-
dia featured many remembrance
ads, touching tributes and mes-
sages of the 60-hours that shook
the world.

Singh warns BJP against

pushing farmers to brink



trongly condemning Har-
yana’s forcible attempts to
stop farmers from march-
ing to Delhi in protest against
the farm laws, Punjab Chief
Minister Amarinder Singh yes-
terday warned the BJP-led gov-
ernment against pushing them
to the brink.
Urging the Manohar Lal Khat-
tar government to allow the pro-
testing farmers to pass through
the national highway to take
their voice to Delhi peacefully,
Amarinder Singh questioned
the need to stop them from pro-
“Why is the Khattar govern-
ment in Haryana stopping farm-
ers from moving to Delhi? The

tyrannical use of brute force
against peacefully protesting
farmers is totally undemocratic
and unconstitutional,” he said,
asserting that “the hands that
feed the nation deserve to be
held, not pushed aside”.
Terming it a “sad irony” that
on Constitution Day, the consti-
tutional right of farmers to pro-
test was being suppressed, the
chief minister fl ayed the use of
brute force by the Haryana po-
lice, which had used water can-
nons and teargas in a bid to stop
the Punjab farmers from march-
ing through the state and had
not allowed farmer from Harya-
na to move out of their villages in
many places.
“What was the need for vio-
lence,” Amarinder Singh asked,
pointing out that the farmers
had been protesting for the past

two months in Punjab without
any problem, even though the
state had suff ered crores of ru-
pees in losses.
There had been no violence
or law and order problem in
Punjab, he observed, terming
the Haryana government’s ac-
tions as provocative. “For nearly
two months farmers have been
protesting peacefully in Punjab
without any problem.”
On Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal’s condemna-
tion of the use of force against
farmers in Haryana, Amarinder
Singh raised doubts over the
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader’s
sincerity towards the farmers’
cause, asking why the Delhi gov-
ernment had failed to bring its
own laws in the state Assembly
to counter the dangers of the
central farm laws.

“Kejriwal is just playing to the
gallery, the fact is that he nei-
ther cares for the farmers nor is
interested in protecting them,”
said the Punjab chief minister,
urging his Delhi counterpart
to stand fi rmly with the farm-
ers instead of indulging in dou-
ble standards, if he really cared
about them.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands
of farmers managed to break po-
lice barricades at several places
in Haryana while heading to the
national capital.
Several protesters and police-
men were injured.
The farmers broke barricades
and threw them down the bridge
ahead of the Punjab-Haryana
border in Shambhu near Am-
According to offi cial esti-
mates, there are over 50,

farmers heading towards Delhi.
Residents of several towns
located along the Punjab-Hary-
ana borders throughout the day
faced a harrowing time due to
the heavy deployment of the se-
curity forces and snapping of the
bus services in the past 24 hours.
Several link roads entering
Haryana have also been barri-
Despite the use of water can-
nons, the protesting farmers,
comprising men and women —
both young and old — and school
and college students riding trac-
tor-trailers, cars and motorcy-
cles, managed to enter Haryana
from Punjab near Shambhu in
Patiala district.
Angry farmers threw stones at
security forces deployed to con-
trol the crowd at the Shambhu

Three die as cyclone

batters Tamil Nadu



hree people were killed
and an equal number in-
jured as the very severe
cyclonic storm Nivar wreaked
havoc in Tamil Nadu and Pu-
ducherry yesterday.
Accurate forecasting and the
evacuation of several hundred
thousand people helped a major
loss of life, authorities said yes-
terday, as rescuers worked to re-
store power and clear fallen trees.
Nivar made landfall at 3.05am
(2135GMT) near Puducherry,
packing gusts of up to 130kms
per hour, uprooting trees and
bringing torrential rain of up to
30 centimetres (12 inches) in a
few hours in some parts.
Thousands of emergency per-
sonnel were deployed in Tamil
Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Pu-
ducherry as authorities began
restoring power that had been

suspended to prevent damage to
the electricity grid.
“The people have given us full
co-operation,” said Tamil Nadu
deputy chief minister O Panneer-
selvam. “It’s a solace that nothing
untoward happened and the weak-
ening of the cyclone is good news,”
he said, adding that 250,000 peo-
ple were housed in shelters in the
state as a precaution.
Rescue workers were using
heavy machinery to remove hun-
dreds of trees uprooted in Tamil
Nadu and Puducherry, the Press
Trust of India reported.
Electricity pylons were also
toppled in some areas, and sev-
eral fl ash fl oods were reported.
Chief Minister K.Palaniswami
appreciated the work done by the
Chennai corporation and Chen-
nai police in clearing fallen trees
and helping the needy.
Palaniswami also visited Cud-
dalore to inspect the cyclone
damages and meet the aff ected

Initially classifi ed as a “very
severe cyclonic storm” as it
swirled in the Bay of Bengal, Ni-
var weakened after landfall into a
“severe cyclonic storm”, the In-
dia Meteorological Department
(IMD) said.
“No major damage has been
reported in Tamil Nadu. We are
assessing the situation but things
are returning to normalcy,” an
offi cial at the State Disaster Re-
sponse Force said.
Ahead of the arrival of the
storm – a regular and often
deadly occurrence in the Bay of
Bengal – local authorities de-
clared a public holiday Wednes-
day and yesterday, shutting
everything except emergency
services. Flights at Chennai air-
port were suspended until yes-
terday morning and metro train
services halted. Bus services that
were stopped from November 24
afternoon ahead of the cyclone
resumed yesterday in seven dis-
tricts of Tamil Nadu.

As the national capital battles a resurgence in
Covid-19 cases, health experts yesterday said Delhi
is currently facing the third wave of the disease
which is likely to last at least a few more weeks.
Although the last week off ered some signs of slow-
down in fresh Covid cases in Delhi as compared to
the previous five weeks, the resurgence cannot be
said to be over yet, according to doctors. There is,
however, no unanimity among them about when
the curve will flatten. According to Dr Ajay Aggar-
wal, director, internal medicine, Fortis Hospital, No-
ida, the second wave of Covid-19 ended in October
and the third wave started around mid-November
and is likely to end in mid-January and post that.

A Kerala special court yesterday refused to grant
bail to arrested former minister V K Ebrahim
Kunju. The court, however, also rejected the Vigi-
lance and Anti-Corruption Bureau’s (VACB) plea
for his custody. Kunju, a senior legislator of the
Indian Union Muslim League — the second-big-
gest party of the Congress-led UDF, was arrested
by the VACB last week from a leading private
hospital in the Palarivattom flyover collapse case.
His arrest was recorded by VACB last week while
he was under treatment for multiple myeloma at
the private hospital. The Muvattupuzha vigilance
court permitted the probe team to question him
for a day on Monday from 9am to 5pm.

The Centre yesterday extended the suspension of
scheduled commercial international flight operations
to and from India till December 31. “This restriction
shall not apply to the international all-cargo opera-
tions and flights specifically approved by the DGCA
(directorate general of civil aviation),” an off icial
statement said yesterday. “However, international
scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes
by the competent authority on a case to case basis,”
it added. At present, India has entered into ‘Air Bubble’
agreements with several countries. Passenger air
services were suspended on March 25 due to the
nationwide lockdown to fight Covid-19. Domestic
flight services, however, resumed from May 25.

Lalan Paswan, the Bharatiya Janata Party legisla-
tor from Pirpaiti in Bhagalpur district, lodged a
complaint with the vigilance department in Patna
yesterday afternoon in connection with ‘tape-
gate’. Paswan claims that Rashtriya Janata Dal
leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Pras-
ad called him from Ranchi on Tuesday evening
and asked him to remain absent during the voice
vote for the post of Speaker in the Bihar assembly
on Wednesday. Following this, Paswan claims he
informed senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi
about the development. Paswan has also released
a recording of the telephonic conversation with
Lalu Prasad on social media platforms.

An eight-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh apparently
died when she allegedly hanged herself from a
ceiling fan at her home in Muzaff arnagar district.
According to a police off icer at Charthawal police
station, the family members of the girl buried the
body before the authorities could arrive. The inci-
dent took place in Nirdhana village. Apparently the
child took the drastic step after her mother refused
to take her along to a wedding ceremony. The fam-
ily members said the girl had been pressurising
her mother to take her to the wedding ceremony
of a relative but she instead took her son to the
function. According to villagers, the girl had locked
the door from inside and hanged herself.

Third wave of Covid

in Delhi ‘far from over’

Kerala ex-minister’s

bail plea refused

International flights to stay

suspended till December 31

Legislator complains

against Lalu Prasad

Eight-year-old ‘hangs

self’ in Uttar Pradesh


A man carries a child through a water-logged road after cyclone
Nivar’s landfall, in Chennai yesterday.

Farmers gather on a bridge as police block a road during a march to New Delhi to protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms, on the outskirts of
Ambala yesterday.

PM pitches ‘One Nation, One

Election’ as need of India


rime Minister Narendra
Modi yesterday again
emphasised the need to
introduce the “One Nation,
One Election” formula to save
time and money of the country.
Reiterating his idea for si-
multaneous elections across
India, the prime minister said
that “One Nation, One Elec-
tion” is not a matter of debate
only, but this is the need for
The prime minister pitched
the idea while addressing the
concluding session of the 80th
All India Presiding Offi cers
Conference via video confer-
encing in Gujarat’s Kevadia on
the occasion of the celebra-
tions of Constitution Day.
Modi suggested that a single
voters’ list should be prepared
for the Lok Sabha, assembly
and panchayat polls, saying
that separate lists are a waste
of resources.
“Only one voter list should
be used for Lok Sabha, Vid-
han Sabha and other elections.
Why’re we wasting time and
money on these lists?,” Modi
“One Nation, One Election’

isn’t just an issue of delib-
eration, but also need of the
country. It hampers the devel-
opmental work and all of you
know about it. We must think
about it seriously and offi ce-
holders can lead deliberations
on this.”
“I would urge you to take
initiatives to make aspects of
our Constitution more popular
among our youth and that too,
through innovative methods,”
the premier said.
Modi has been committed to
the idea of “One Nation, One
Election” since he fi rst became
prime minister in 2014.
As per the prime minister,
“One Nation, One Election”
would reduce the cost of hold-
ing elections, and limit all elec-
tions to a single season as elec-
tions happen somewhere or
the other almost all the time at
present. Modi had been press-
ing for holding a constructive
dialogue to enable the Election
Commission to hold elections
simultaneously to bring down
Besides, this will also give
governments more free time to
implement welfare schemes.


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