VOL. 10 | NO. 61 | WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2020 | AMARAVATI | PAGES 10 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Scattered tstorms late. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 76% Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 06:08 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Slovenia's Primoz Roglic, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after stage 16 of the Tour de France cycling race over 164 kilometers (102 miles) from La Tourdu-Pin to Villard-de-Lans in France on Tuesday Ayodhya temple trust gets back fraudulently withdrawn `6L Ayodhya (IANS): The State Bank of India (SBI) has refunded Rs 6 lakh which was fraudulently withdrawn from the account of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust last week. This was the second cyber-attack on the Ayodhya temple trust in four months. Secretary of Ram Mandir Trust, Champat Rai, said he had written to the bank demanding refund of money, fraudulently withdrawn from the account. Manager of SBI Ayodhya branch, Priyanshu Sharma, said, "The fraudsters had produced cloned cheques at the Punjab National Bank (PNB). We have refunded the amount to the temple trust's bank account and will recover the money from the PNB." The trust has conﬁrmed the refund. The amount was withdrawn through two cloned cheques with forged signatures of trustees over a 10-day span before the scam was busted during veriﬁcation of a third fake cheque at the SBI clearing house in Lucknow last week. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H China in illegal occupation of 38,000 sq km of land: Rajnath New Delhi (IANS): China is in illegal occupation of 38,000 square km of Indian land and it considers another 90,000 square km as its own, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on Tuesday, adding that the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not clearly delineated. The Defence Minister said that China has tried to disrupt the ground situation in May and June and it led to India's response. "We have told China that such incidents won't be acceptable to us," Rajnath said. China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq km in the Union Territory of Ladakh. In addition, under the so-called SinoPakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to China. China also claims approximately 90,000 sq km of Indian territory in the eastern sector of the India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh, the minister said. China does not accept the customary and traditional alignment of the ‘China moving troops in depth areas opposite Arunachal’ Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi on Tuesday boundary between India and China. "We believe that this alignment is based on well-established geographical principles confirmed by treaties and agreements, as well as historical usage and practice, well-known for centuries to both sides," the minister said. The two countries had engaged in discussions during the 1950s and 60s but these efforts could not yield a mutually acceptable solution. Both India and China have formally agreed that the boundary question is a complex issue which requires patience and have committed to seeking a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution through dialogue and peaceful negotiations. In the interim, the two sides also agree that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an essential basis for the further development of bilateral relations. The Defence Minister said as yet there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control in the border areas between India and China and there is no common perception of the entire LAC. Therefore, in order to ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas, especially along the LAC, the two countries have concluded a number of agreements and protocols. Continued on Page 5 P10 A child plays inside a big iron pan during unlock 4.0, in Kolkata on Tuesday AP seeks CBI probe into Amaravati land deals Amaravati (IANS): Andhra Pradesh's ruling party YSRCP has urged the Centre to order a CBI investigation into the alleged land scam in the Amaravati capital region and irregularities in the Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited (APSFL) during the previous TDP regime. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which had already made a request in this regard a couple of months ago, tary movements in the areas opposite the Asaphila area, and also opposite the Tuting axis and the Fish Tail-2 area, they said. Sources said the movement of Chinese troops in their depth areas (around 20 km from LAC) has been seen in the last few days using the roads built by them in the area where they have built infrastructure through glaciated areas as well. An IAF transport aircraft C17 brings in essentials supplies at a base in Ladakh on Tuesday, as the security forces gear up for winter amid tensions at the LAC decided to once again raise the issue during the ongoing Parliament session. The YSRCP alleged that the then Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government resorted to insider trading, beneﬁting Chandrababu Naidu, his family members and those close to them. The party reiterated that the information about choosing Amaravati as the location for building the new state capital was leaked by those in power and they through their aides purchased land in and around Amaravati at throwaway prices. The investigations conducted so far including by the Cabinet Sub-Committee revealed that before the announcement of Amaravati as the state capital, 4,069.94 acres of land was purchased in Krishna and Guntur districts by those involved in insider trading. Continued on Page 5 New Delhi (IANS): In a major breakthrough in the Visakhapatnam espionage case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said it has arrested the key accused Giteli Imran from Gujarat for his involvement in the espionage activities and working for the Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). An NIA spokesperson in Delhi said that the agency arrested Imran, 37, on Monday under several sections of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities Prevention act and the Official Secrets Act. The official said that during the investigation, it was found that Imran was associated with Pakistani spies/agents under the guise of cross-border "cloth trade". "As per the directions of the Pakistan-based spies, he deposited money into the bank accounts of Indian Navy personnel at regular intervals in lieu of sensitive and classiﬁed data provided by them," the official said. The official said that some digital devices and incriminating documents have been Facebook grants `32cr to help 3,000 small biz New Delhi (IANS): Facebook India on Tuesday announced a grant of $4.3 million (Rs 32 crore) for more than 3,000 small businesses in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The grant, that includes both cash and ad credits with cash constituting a larger share, is part of a $100 million global grant for small businesses Facebook announced in March this year as Covid-19 pandemic began to spread globally. "The grant programme is open to small businesses from all industries and verticals, and businesses do not need to have a Facebook family of apps presence in order to apply. They are also free to do what they wish to do with this grant," Ajit Mohan, MD and VP, Facebook India, being maintained in almost all the sectors with China from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh as the Chinese suffered a setback in the southern Pangong Tso area and may try to make fresh attempts to ingress into newer dormant areas," government sources told ANI. In the Arunachal Pradesh sector, the Indian security forces have been keeping a close watch on Chinese mili- United Nations (PTI): In a signiﬁcant victory, India got elected as Member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global body focussed on gender equality and women empowerment, beating China in a hotly-contested election. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 54member ECOSOC, holding the ﬁrst plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on Monday, held elections for two seats in the Asia-Paciﬁc States category with Afghanistan, India and China in the fray. Afghanistan, which is led by Ambassador Adela Raz at the UN, garnered 39 votes and India got 38 votes of the 54 ballots cast. China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, got only 27 votes and could not even cross the half-way mark and also failed to get the required majority of 28 votes. “India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body! India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It's a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support,” India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted. NIA arrests key Indian link of ISI in Indian Navy espionage case SPORTS Thomas and Uber Cup postponed, BAI supports BWF's decision New Delhi (ANI): After the Chinese Army's attempts to occupy dormant heights in Southern Pangong Tso area were foiled by the Indian security forces, Indian agencies are keeping a close watch on their movements opposite other sectors, especially Arunachal Pradesh, where the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been moving troops in the depth areas. "A strict vigil is India beats China to win election to UN panel on women said in a statement. Facebook and Instagram also launched capabilities for businesses to drive the discovery and sale of Gift Cards. "Gift cards will help small businesses reach more potential customers online. They will also help small businesses to get cash ﬂow when they need it the most, and even when physical stores might be shut," Mohan said. Conﬁguring gift cards on Facebook and Instagram is free for businesses. Facebook also released India ﬁndings of the 'State of Small Business Report', an ongoing research collaboration between Facebook, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank to survey SMBs globally, including India, in the context of Covid-19. According to the survey, more than a third of operational SMBs on Facebook India expect cash ﬂow to be a challenge in the next few months. Nearly 41 per cent of operational SMBs on Facebook India reported that at least a quarter of their sales are made digitally. More than half of operational SMBs on Facebook India also said they feel optimistic about the future of their business. According to Facebook, 180 million small businesses globally use the Facebook family of apps to reach potential customers and build their business. It means, for every 45 people in the world, there is a small business present on the Facebook family of apps. "The 60 million small businesses in India are a key growth driver for the economy, fueling innovation and disruptive business models," Mohan noted. The social media giant in April announced to pour in Rs 43,574 crore for a 9.99 per cent slice in Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)-led Jio Platforms, underlining its commitment to India and especially small businesses. The NIA took over the case on December 29 last year. The case was originally registered on November 16, 2019 at the CI Cell division of Andhra Pradesh Police under criminal conspiracy and waging or attempting to wage war against the Indian government and sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 3 of Oﬃcial Secrets Act seized in the search conducted at the house of Imran Giteli on Monday. The NIA took over the case on December 29 last year. The case was originally registered on November 16, 2019 at the CI Cell division of Andhra Pradesh Police under criminal conspiracy and waging or attempting to wage war against the Indian government and sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 3 of Ofﬁcial Secrets Act. The 2019 Visakhapatnam espionage case relates to an international racket involving individuals based in Pakistan and at different loca- tions in India, including Visakhapatnam and Mumbai. It included agents in India recruited by Pakistanbased spies between 2011 and 2019. They were collecting sensitive and classiﬁed information about locations or movements of Indian naval ships and submarines and other defence establishments. Investigation revealed that a few navy personnel came in contact with the Pakistani nationals through various social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp. Through chats and messages, often comprising sexuallyexplicit content, exchanged with accounts of Inter-Ser- vices Intelligence agents posing as young women, the Indian recruits were lured into sharing classiﬁed information in lieu of monetary gains. The money was deposited into the bank accounts of the navy personnel through Indian associates having business interests in Pakistan. The espionage racket was busted in an operation codenamed 'Dolphin's Nose', jointly executed by the naval intelligence, Central agencies and Andhra Pradesh State Intelligence wing. The anti-terror probe agency has ﬁled a chargesheet on June 15 this year against 14 people involved in the espionage case.
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