Quality at Value VOL. 33 NO. 21| MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY| SEPTEMBER 26, 2021| 16 PAGES | ` 4* CANADIANS RELEASED AFTER HUAWEI CFO RESOLVES US CHARGES Exams are deferred at eleventh hour 8 lakh aspirants were keen to fill up the State Public Health Department vacancies SANJAY JOG / Mumbai The Maha Vikas Aghadi government is under attack for its last-minute decision to postpone the exams of the Public Health Department to fill up 6,205 vacant posts of group C and D categories in the state, citing technical snags. The exams were slated for September 25 and 26. As many as 8 lakh aspirants were to appear for it. Public health minister Rajesh Tope announced the decision to postpose exams, via video conference, late Friday night. He said there were technical glitches in the website, due to which the hall tickets can’t be downloaded. Tope blamed the contractors for the mess and apologised to the candidates. He said new dates will be announced soon. However, sources in the public health department said that the contract was given to “blacklisted” companies, due to which this problem has risen. They also hinted at the involvement of key department officers in hiring blacklisted companies, despite adverse remarks. The BJP has lashed out at the state government, demanding a CID probe into the ‘fiasco’. BJP legislator Atul Bhatkhalkar demanded that the government must compensate the students who were all set to appear for the exams. “The state government should now announce the examination dates at the earliest,” he said. Meanwhile, a senior public health department official said that a high-level probe must be conducted, and the culprits must be booked to avoid such glitches in the future. He referred to the lack of coordination among the ruling MVA partners who had failed to put in place a foolproof system. While the Chief Minister is in charge of the Information Technology department, Congress legislator Satej Patil and Tope manage public health. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE CORONAVIRUS CASES 232,109,886 DEATHS 4,754,379 Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges were released from prison and flown out of the country on Friday, PM Justin Trudeau said, just after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies reached a deal. Source - Worldometer STRAIGHT TALK "Those who use terrorism as a political tool have to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them," PM Modi said. "It is, therefore, essential to ensure that Afghanistan's territory is not used to spread terrorism," he added. – PM in his address to UN Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a dig at Pakistan over "using terrorism as a political tool" during his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday . "The danger of regressive thinking and extremism is rising in the world," PM Modi said at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which was held online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Those who use terrorism as a political tool have to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them," PM Modi said. "It is, therefore, essential to ensure that Afghanistan's territory is not used to spread terrorism," he added. "We also need to ensure that no country tries to take advantage of the delicate situation in Afghanistan and use it for its own selfish interests." The remarks came a day after India gave a strong response to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who brought up the Kashmir issue at the UNGA. PAK THE ARSONIST Pakistan, where terrorists enjoy free passage, is an "arsonist" who is masquerading as a "fire-fighter", and the entire world has suf- The External Affairs Ministry has shot down the request of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to participate in the World Peace Conference at the Vatican in October on the ground that participation in the "event is not commensurate with her status as a chief minister." She wanted to attend the event since it is themed on Mother Teresa, a Nobel peace prize winner, who spent her years as a missionary in the service of the people in Kolkata and died there in 1997. Trinamool Congress spokesman Debangshu Bhattacharya tweeted that this is for the second time that the Centre has refused her permission for foreign travel. “The Central government has denied permission for Didi’s Rome trip! Previously they had cancelled the permission for China trip, too. We ac- Karvy scam: ED freezes Rs 700 cr worth shares FPJ DESK Hyderabad fered as it nurtures dreaded terrorists like Osama bin Laden in its backyard, India said in a blistering retort after Prime Minister Imran Khan raked up the issue of load his shares in the group companies through private deals; to preserve the proceeds of crime till further investigation, the ED has issued the freezing order. ED had initiated the money laundering investigation on the basis of FIRs registered by Telangana Police on a complaint of the HDFC Bank alleging that KSBL had illegally pledged the securities of its clients and taken a loan of Rs 329 crores and diverted the same. Another FIR has been registered for defrauding IndusInd Bank to the tune of Rs 137 crore and yet another for defrauding ICICI Bank to the tune of Rs 562.5 crore. It is learnt that more FIRs are being registered by other banks and also individual shareholders/investors. The total loan proceeds taken from multiple banks using the same modus operandi is around Rs 2,873 crore, a statement issued by ED on Saturday said. KSBL fraudulently transferred shares belonging to its clients to its own demat account (which is not disclosed to the exchanges) and pledged the shares held in these accounts with the lenders/banks (HDFC bank, ICICI bank, IndusInd bank, Axis Bank, etc). cepted that decision keeping in mind international relations and India’s interests. Now, why Italy , Modi Ji? What is your problem with Bengal?" he has asked in the tweet. Mamata wanted to go all alone as the Italian government had requested her not to come with any delegates. The conference will be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE T Taliban hang bodies from crane in city he Taliban hung the bodies of four kidnappers from cranes after killing them during a shootout in Herat on Saturday, a senior official said. The men's corpses were displayed in various public areas on the same day as the killings to teach a "lesson" that kidnapping will not be tolerated. Graphic images posted to social media showed bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck while a crane hoisted one man up. A crowd of people looked on as armed Taliban fighters gathered around the vehicle. Another video showed a man suspended from a crane at a major roundabout in Herat with a sign on his chest reading: "Abductors will be punished like this". The display across several squares in the city is the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban swept to power last month, and is a sign the Islamist hardliners will adopt fearsome measures similar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001. If other organs work in tandem, judiciary need not be law-maker LAST WORD IANS / Cuttack SOCHI: Lando Norris took pole position for the first time in a rain-hit qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday after timing his final fast lap to perfection on a drying track. Pakistan has "misused" UN platforms to "propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country and is seeking in vain to divert the world's attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy free pass.’’ – First Secretary Sneha Dubey at UN YOSHITA SINGH United Nations OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Enforcement Directorate has frozen shares worth 700 crore held by Karvy Stock Broking Limited CMD C Parthasarathy , his sons and their entities, as part of a money laundering investigation against them. The ED action comes in the wake of search operations on Wednesday at six locations connected to Karvy group. During the course of search, incriminating evidence in the form of property documents, personal diaries, electronic devices, email dumps, etc have been seized & are being analysed, ED officials stated on Saturday . It is reliably learnt that CMD C. Parthasarathy is trying to off- NORRIS SNATCHES POLE POSITION IN WET RUSSIAN GP QUALIFIER PAK ‘ARSONIST’ IN GARB OF ‘FIREFIGHTER’: INDIA Mamata's Vatican trip is shot down An artist giving final touches to an idol of goddess Durga at a workshop in Navi Mumbai. Photo by BL SONI * ` 5 Outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region Chief Justice N.V Ramana . on Saturday said the executive and the legislature should function in unison in realizing the constitutional aspirations, only then the judiciary would be spared from stepping in as lawmaker and only then would it be left with the duty of applying and interpreting the law. Speaking at the inaugura- tion of a new building of the Odisha state legal services authority in Cuttack, CJI Ramana said the legislature needs to revisit the laws, and reform them to suit the needs of the time and people -- laws must match with our practical realities and the executive has to match these efforts by way of simplifying the corresponding rules. He emphasized that the executive and the legislature CONTD. ON NATION PAGE 'CJI HAS INFUSED A NEW ENERGY' NEW DELHI: A new energy has been infused into legal fraternity and judiciary after Justice NV Ramana took over as Chief Justice of India (CJI) in April this year, Orissa High Court Chief Justice Dr. S Muralidhar said on Saturday. Dr Muralidhar, who was a judge of Delhi High Court from May 2006 to March 2020 and then in Punjab and Haryana High Court before becoming Orissa High Court Chief Justice in January, was quoted by Bar and Bench news portal as saying that there have been palpable changes since then and the foundations of judiciary have become even stronger. Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly . "We exercise our Right of Reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country and going so far as to spew falsehoods on the world stage," First Secretary Sneha Dubey said in the UN General Assembly on Friday . "While such statements deserve our collective contempt and sympathy and reveal the mindset of a person who utters falsehood repeatedly I am taking the floor to , set the record straight," the young Indian diplomat said. Imran Khan, in his 25-minute address, had spoken about the August 5, 2019, decision of the Indian government on the abrogation of Article 370 as well as the death of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. In the Right of Reply Dubey , said that this is not the first time the leader of Pakistan has "misused" platforms provided by the UN to "propagate false and malicious propaganda against my CONTD. ON NATION PAGE BJP MP thrashed in UP RASHMI SHARMA / Lucknow A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP was thrashed by public at a government programme in Pratapgarh district on Saturday. The MP of Pratapgarh, Sangam Lal Gupta, who was visiting a health camp organized in Sangipur block of his constituency was chased by the irate mob and trashed. While he was driving away, the mob pelted stones on his vehicle. Later, the BJP alleged that the supporters of senior Congress leader Pramod Tiwari and her legislator daughter Aradhana Mishra were behind the assault. A few BJP workers present at the programme were also roughened up during this scuffle. Infuriated at the thrashing, the party workers staged a dharna on Varanasi highway and demanded action against the Congress leader. BJP MP Gupta too joined the protestors. Late on Saturday evening an FIR was lodged at Lalganj police station of Pratapgarh district against Pramod Tiwari and his legislator daughter along with 27 of their supporters on the charge of attempt to murder and creating ruckus. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE IT IS SHOWTIME AGAIN, FOLKS Theatres, auditoriums to reopen from October 22 in Maharashtra; state Govt to release SOPs soon; needs to be seen whether halls operate at 50% or full capacity Cinema halls and auditoriums in Maharashtra will reopen from October 22 but strictly adhere to Covid19 protocol. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made this announcement after holding a meeting with the Task Force and representatives from the cinema industry on Saturday New SOPs for the . same will be announced soon. “Theatres and auditoriums in the state will start operating after October 22. We are working out the SOPs and will declare them soon,” the Chief Minister’s Office tweeted. The associations representing cinema and drama theatres, multiplexes and auditoriums are expecting the government’s announcement in a day or two on whether they can operate at full capacity or 50 per cent. There are 475 single-screen theatres and 400-plus multiplexes across the state and employ lakhs of people. Due to the closure of theatres since March, these employees have been badly hit. The Multiplex Association of India (MAI), along with leading cinema chains like PVR and INOX, had appealed to the state government to reopen theatres on “urgent basis”. It had pointed out that the industry has suffered losses up to Rs 4,800 crore due to the prolonged closure. “In one factors in the monthly loss of Rs 400 crore, the cinema exhibition industry has lost approximately Rs 4,800 crore since March 2020,” said the MAI in a letter to the CM. MCA secretary Prakash Chaphalkar said the government has given them three weeks to restart multiplexes by putting in place the SOPs. “Multiplex operators will now get down to logistics, mobilization of employees and complete the necessary work for ticketing and revenue sharing arrangement with the distributors,” he said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Jignesh Mevani and Kanhaiya Kumar are joining the party on Sept 28 Aggressive, young blood for Congress DARSHAN DESAI Ahmedabad It is official. Aggressive young leaders and among the most bitter critics of the ruling BJP , Jignesh Mevani and Kanhaiya Kumar, are finally joining the Congress party on September 28 in New Delhi. Speaking to this correspondent, Jignesh Mevani confirmed the development. Mevani, Independent Dalit MLA from Gujarat, said, “Yes, we -- I and Kanhaiya -- are joining the Congress party in Delhi on September 28.” Speculations to this effect were already doing the rounds for nearly one month and various dates, including October 2, were being talked about. This follows a series of meetings they had with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. They are likely to join in the presence of Gandhi. Mevani did not spell out the reason for this. He said, “This would be explained in a press conference on that day And if .” they would join in the presence of Rahul Gandhi, as rumoured, he said, “That would be the party’s decision.” Though the Dalit MLA would not be dragged into this discussion, sources close to him claimed that for over a year he was weighing various options, including joining the Aam SANJAY JOG /Mumbai BETWEEN THE LINES CYCLONE GULAB A cyclonic storm, christened Gulab, is likely to make landfall on Sunday evening in the coastal regions of southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh. "It is likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours and move nearly westwards and across north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur, by the evening of 26th September 2021," an IMD bulletin said. The wind speed is likely to be around 70-80 kmph. But, it can go up to 90 kmph. HUAWEI ROW ENDS T Aadmi Party of which he was earlier a spokesperson before he quit after the infamous Una Dalit atrocity in 2016. He was also exploring the possibility of some national front of sorts of like-minded youngsters like him, Kanhaiya, Chandrashekhar of Uttar Pradesh and even Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patel. He was in constant touch with them. However, the Congress party is a natural ally for him and even Kanhaiya Kumar. Mevani was elected from Scheduled Caste seat of Vadgam in North Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in 2017 as an Independent. The Congress, which already had a sitting MLA from there, vacated CONTD. ON NATION PAGE wo Canadians freed by China after nearly three years in custody have arrived home, ending a diplomatic row between Beijing and the West. Hours before their release, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, detained in Canada, left for China. She was wanted on charges in the US. In 2018 China accused the two Canadians of espionage, denying that it was detaining them in retaliation for Meng's arrest. Critics have accused China of using them as political bargaining chips. The two men had maintained their innocence throughout. At a news conference on Friday, the Canadian prime minister said they had been through "an unbelievably difficult ordeal". Ms Meng - the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, the billionaire founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei - spent three years under house arrest in Canada while fighting extradition to the United States.