DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES BY UNNY TO KEEP PRESSURE ON SEPARATIST CONGLOMERATE Govt considers ban on both factions of Hurriyat; final call at ‘highest level’ Bidtoblockfundsamidreportsof PakistanMBBSseatracket DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, AUGUST 22 Tax portal still not working, FM summons Infy CEO today ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, AUGUST 22 WITH THE new income tax portal continuing to face glitches and remaining unavailable for the last two days, the Finance Ministry has summoned Infosys MD & CEO Salil Parekh on Monday to explain to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman the reasons for the continued glitches even after more than two monthshave passed since it was launched. The new tax portal executed by the Bengaluru-based CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THECENTREISconsideringaban on both the factions of the All PartyHurriyatConferenceunder the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), government sources said on Sunday. The ban willallowsecurityagenciestoarrestanyofficebearerforbeingassociated with the Hurriyat, and block flow of funds. According to sources in the UnionHomeMinistry,whilediscussions to declare both the LEADER OF OPPOSITION, RS PAGE 10 hardline and moderate factions of the Hurriyat as “unlawful association” have started, file ELGAR PARISHAD CASE Waging war on country in NIA draft charges; no mention of ‘bid to kill PM’ SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, AUGUST 22 ‘No doubt we will fight future elections together with others’ MALLIKARJUN KHARGE Most leaders of the Hurriyat are currently in jail. Archive THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has proposed to charge the 15 people arrested in the Elgar Parishad case with 16 offences,includingwagingawar against the country which has a maximumpunishmentof death. In its draft charges submitted before a special court earlier this month, the NIA has said the accused conspired to organise sophisticated weapons “to attempt or cause death of public functionary”. The Pune police, which had conducted the initial investigation in the case, had in its proposed draft charges said the weapons were linked to a conspiracy to “assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. WhiletheNIAdoesnotmention the Prime Minister, an NIA official said the draft charges have not gone into specific allegations and the evidence on this will be part of the trial. The Pune police had claimed to have seized a letter where a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 movementinthisregardisyetto begin. The hardline faction is currently led by Ashraf Sehrai, and the moderate faction by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The sources said the discussionsfollowevidenceandintelligence provided by Jammu & KashmirPoliceandcentralagencies such as the National Investigation Agency and the EnforcementDirectorate.“Afinalcallwill be taken only at the highest level inthegovernment,”asourcesaid. A decision to ban an organisation is signed by the Union CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 17-yr-old Shaili leaps to silver at World U20 Centre drew red line long ago, Hurriyat left in the cold since J&K split 168, including two Afghan BASHAARAT MPs, arrive from Kabul: MASOOD ‘Nothing is left. It’s zero...’ Afghan refugees at Hindon air base on Sunday. Praveen Khanna SRINAGAR, AUGUST 22 E EXPLAINED BUSINESS AS USUAL `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 THEREDlinewasdrawn seven years ago. That it wasn’t business as usual with the Hurriyat was made clear barely threemonthsintoPrimeMinister NarendraModi’sfirsttermwhen New Delhi called off Foreign-Secretary talks withPakistananhourafter then Pak High ● Commissioner Abdul Basit met separatist leader Shabir Shah. “Pakistan’s continued efforts to interfere in India’s internal affairs were unacceptable… CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Test for Covid template as Puri temple reopens NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 22 LONG JUMPER Shaili Singh, 17, brought up by a single mother wholearnttailoringtoearnaliving, won a silver at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi on Sunday. Mentored by long jump great Anju Bobby George and coached by her husband CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 22 WHEN THE Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri, one of the four pilgrimage centres for Hindus, reopens its doors after four months to devotees from across the nation on Monday, it will put to test a strategy that could possibly be a template for other religious shrines in these pandemic times. Forming the core of the strategy is a comprehensive vaccination drive for the temple’s more than 3,500 servitors and their families,workingoutastrictCovid protocol for entry to the temple, taking on board all stakeholders, andadaptingtochallengesunique NEW DELHI, LUDHIANA, AUGUST 22 TWO AFGHAN Members of Parliament and their families were among 168 people, including 107 Indians, airlifted from Kabul to the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad,inanIndianAirForce C-17 military transport aircraft, on Sunday morning. According to reports, the group had 24 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus,includingthetwominority MPs, Narinder Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar. “India is our second home. We have been living there since generations.WepraytoGodthat Afghanistan is rebuilt, and we CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PUSH IN NORTHEAST, ANDAMANS Oil palm mission: Govt cleared despite red flags by top forestry institute V KAUSHIK KUMAR Anju Bobby George ward missed gold by just a centimetre JIGNASA SINHA & DIVYA GOYAL GOPAL JAY MAZOOMDAAR Sanitisation exercise outside Jagannath Temple in Puri on Sunday. Photo courtesy: SJTA tothetemple,accordingtothetop official responsible for the temple’s administration. The plan evolved in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mr Shailendra Kumar CEO & Founder Editor, TIOL with his book NEW DELHI, AUGUST 22 LAST WEEK, to cut the import bill, the Union Cabinet cleared the Rs 11,040-crore National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) with a focus on growing the crop in the Northeast and Andaman and Nicobar Islands due to their favourable rainfall and temperature. That clearance, however, came in the face of objections raised by India’s top forestry researchinstituteagainstintroducing oil palm in biodiversity rich areas — and in the absence of a detailed study it had proposed. Approached by the Andaman and Nicobar administration for relaxing its 2002 ban on plantations of exotic oil palm in the archipelago, the Supreme CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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