YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C WORKED WITH COACHES, JAYANT YADAV TO RETURN TO FORM: CHAHAL SPORTS Rainfall may occur. NADDA, SHAH DISCUSS K’TAKA SITUATION WITH ARUN SINGH NATION Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 27 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—84 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Mamata sets up panel to probe Pegasus hacking in Bengal KOLKATA: Hours before going to Delhi, chief minister Mamata Banerjee threw open a challenge to the BJP government at the centre by announcing an enquiry commission that will look into the 'widely reported' issues of illegal hacking and monitoring of mobile phones of various persons in the state. The formation of the twomember commission was approved at the special cabinet on Monday afternoon. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, "The cabinet has approved the appointment of a commission of enquiry consisting of Hon'ble justice M.B. Lokur, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India and Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, retired chief justice, High Court, Calcutta, in exercise of the power conferred by section 3 of the commission of Enquiry Act 1952 in the mat- ter of widely reported illegal hacking, monitoring, putting under surveillance, tracking recording etc of mobile phones of various persons in the state of West Bengal". "From judges to journalists, from politicians to bureaucrats, police and everyone is now under the surveillance of the Pegasus. The Parliament session is going on and I thought that the Centre will investigate into the thing under the guidance of the Supreme Court but I felt the Centre is not at all concerned about the whole thing and so West Bengal becomes the first state in the country to constitute a commission of enquiry which will look into the whole issue independently and impartially," the chief minister said. Urging the two members of the commission to take their responsibility quickly and start the inquiry, the chief minister said, "If someone is asleep, one will have to take the initiative to awaken the person". Political experts are of the opinion that the move just before going to Delhi, where she will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is likely to meet the major leaders of the opposition, is significant. "The political parties should come forward and unite to fight against the autocratic attitude of the central government. The formation of the commission is a strong signal that Trinamool Congress is Criminals kill advocate in Tamar MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Five criminals on Monday evening shot dead a Ranchi civil court advocate Manoj Jha (50) in Radgaon village under the Tamar police station area. Jha was a resident of the Church road area in Ranchi. He was supervising the construction of a boundary wall around a 14acre plot near the Radgaon village when the criminals fired several times at him. The initial report says that Jha received at least four bullet shots but the actual extent of injuries would be ascertained only after the autopsy report. Local police reached the spot after getting information and rushed the advocate to the hospi- CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,417,313 TOTAL DEATHS: 421,117 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 195,013,883 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,178,778 tal but he succumbed to injuries on the way. Bundu sub-divisional police officer Ajay Kumar carried out the preliminary inquiries in the case. Ranchi rural SP Naushad Alam said that two persons have been detained in connection with the murder, adding that efforts are being made to identify the criminals. Meanwhile, Ranchi District Bar Association member Sanjay Vidrohi condemned the incident. He said that the lawyers would be meeting at the Bar Association building on Tuesday to protest against the incident. He said that the state government must implement the protection of advocates act as soon as possible. BENGALURU: Outgoing BJP Chief Minister in Karnataka, B.S.Yediyurappa, categorically stated that there was no pressure from party high command to tender his resignation as he submitted his letter to Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Monday. Speaking after his visit to the Raj Bhawan, Interim Chief Minister Yediyurappa stated, he voluntarily took the decision to step down from the post to make way for a new CM in the state. He also maintained that he will continue in politics serving the party organisation. He said he will not ask for any position from the party in future. "There is no question of me sitting idle or going out of politics. I will strive to bring back the party to power every time," he underlined. "I once again add that, there was no pressure from Delhi. I only decided to tender resignation on the occasion of completion of two years in office," he stated. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president J.P.Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah have not forced me to take any decision," he stated. "I am doing this so that, the party could install a new face in the state as the CM," he added. The BJP high command was tense over the process of changing the leadership of Karnataka as the Monday developments progressed but heaved a sigh of relief as the former CM Yediyurappa's "voluntarily resigned" statement came through. Yediyurappa's announcement finally brought the curtains down on a week-long suspense surrounding his continuation as Karnataka chief minister. Nation will never forget sacrifice made by gallant heroes of Kargil conflict: Rajnath singh Devotees throng Pahari Mandir on the first Monday of ongoing Shavan month, in Ranchi. Hemant Sutradhar Encounter breaks out in J&K’s Kulgam SRINAGAR: An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Monday, officials said. "Encounter has started at Aharbal area of Kulgam. Police and security forces are on the job," a police officer said. The firefight began after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search ready to take the fight directly to the BJP camp and is making a positive effort so that the other political parties come forward and join hands with TMC," a senior Trinamool congress leader said. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be arriving in Delhi on Monday evening and will stay there for the next five days. This is her first trip to the national capital after returning to power in West Bengal for the third consecutive term. The Trinamool Congress supremo is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week during the visit. With the monsoon session going on, Banerjee is also likely to visit the parliament and meet several political leaders during her stay. She will also have discussions with the party's members in both the Houses of the parliament. No pressure from Delhi: BSY ‘voluntarily resigns’ operation on basis of specific information about presence of terrorists there. As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding, they came under a heavy volume of fire and retaliated, triggering the encounter. 73 critical roads along Indo-China border being developed on priority: Centre New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The government is focusing on enhancing the road infrastructure along the IndiaChina border for which it has identified 73 critical roads of 4,203 km that are being accorded highest priority with dedicated funding. In a written reply to Naresh Bansal in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt, said that the government is fully seized of the security needs of the country and reviews the same from time to time. The required measures, including development of infrastructure like construction of roads, tunnels and strategic railway lines, are taken to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India, the minister said. NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and senior Indian military officers paid homage to the fallen heroes on the 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in New Delhi. Singh laid a wreath in the honour of the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation during India's victory in 'Operation Vijay' in 1999, also known as Kargil conflict. In his message in the visitors' book at the National War Memorial, Singh recalled the valour of the bravehearts of the Kargil conflict, saying that nation will never forget the sacrifice made by the gallant heroes of Indian Armed Forces. He added that the grateful nation will always be indebted to their courage and continue to follow their ideals. In a tweet, Singh said the supreme sacrifice of the brave soldiers will inspire the generations to come. Minister of State (Defence) Ajay Bhatt, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Army Staff General M.M. Naravane, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain also paid homage to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial. Senior civil and military officials of the Ministry of Defence were also present on the occasion. During the Kargil conflict, the gallant soldiers of the Indian Army, with the help of Indian Air Force, overcame insurmountable odds, hostile terrain and inclement weather to win against the enemy that had occupied dominating heights. On this momentous occasion, the proud nation is celebrating the victory by remembering the fallen heroes through various events across the country. India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark the anniversary of the Indian Army's victory against Pakistan in 1999. The armed conflict continued for more than 60 days at Kargil in Ladakh. President pays homage to Kargil fallen heroes NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind visited Baramulla on the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas on Monday and paid homage to all those who lost their lives in the Kargil war while protecting the nation. He was accompanied by the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha and Lieutenant General DP Pandey, General Officer Commanding Chinar Corps. He paid homage to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces personnel during the Kargil conflict in 1999 by laying a wreath at the Dagger War Memorial in Baramulla during a solemn ceremony. The President was received by Major General Virendra Vats, General Officer Commanding Baramulla Division and was briefed about the town's history, highlighting the contribution of the town in various operations post-independence. He interacted with the soldiers of Baramulla Division and wished them luck in all future endeavours. After visiting Baramulla, the President proceeded to Gulmarg and visited the High Altitude Warfare School. He was briefed on the various facets of training there. Kovind paid homage to the Indian armed forces at Baramulla after he could not make it to Dras War Memorial as planned earlier due to bad weather. This is not the first time bad weather has prevented the President from visiting Dras. In 2019 also bad weather prevented the President from visiting Dras to participate in the Kargil Vijay Diwas. He instead paid tribute by laying a wreath at a war memorial at the Army's 15 Corps headquarters in Badamibagh in Srinagar. The President flew to Srinagar on Sunday for a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas, PM pays homage to fallen heroes NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation on Kargil Vijay Diwas. India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark the anniversary of the Indian Army's victory against Pakistan in 1999. The armed conflict continued for more than 60 days at Kargil in Ladakh. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said; "We remember their sacrifices. We remember their valour." He also said, "Today, on Kargil Vijay Diwas we pay homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation. Their bravery motivates us every single day. Also sharing an excerpt from last year's 'Mann Ki Baat'." On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme urged people to salute the brave hearts who made the nation proud in 1999. "It is but natural to get emotional in honour of the one who bears the Tricolour of the country. This feeling of patriotism unites all of us. Tomorrow, that is the 26th of July is Kargil Vijay Diwas as well," he said. He further stated the Kargil war is a symbol of the bravery and patience on part of India's Armed Forces which the whole world has watched. "This time this pride filled day will be celebrated amid Amrit Mahotsav. That is why this day becomes all the more special. I wish you read the enthralling saga of Kargil… let us all bow to the bravehearts of Kargil," the Prime Minister stated. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and senior Indian military officers paid homage to the fallen heroes on Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.