HONG KONG: Protesters vowed to defy a police ban Saturday and rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators last weekend. Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white T-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government protesters and bystanders in a station and on a train, leaving at least 45 people needing hospital treatment. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us The brazen assault was the latest escalation in seven weeks of unprecedented political violence that shows little sign of abating as the city’s pro-Beijing leaders refuse to budge. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history after millions of demonstrators took to the streets — and sporadic violent confrontations erupted between police and pockets of hardcore protesters. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The demonstrations were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China but have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Saturday’s rally will be held where last Sunday’s attack took place in Yuen Long, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border where many of the surrounding villages are known for triad connections and their staunch support for the pro-Beijing establishment. Advertise With Us Police have been heavily criticised for being too slow to respond to Sunday’s violence, fueling accusations of collusion or turning a blind eye to the pro-government mob — allegations the force have denied. Police say they have arrested 12 people so far in connection with Sunday’s violence, nine of whom have known triad links. In a rare move, Hong Kong police banned Saturday’s rally saying they feared reprisal attacks against villagers from protesters. But social messaging channels used to organise the largely leaderless movement have quickly filled up with vows from people to join in. Some suggested holding a “shopping spree” in Yuen Long, others for a mass gathering of Pokemon Go, a popular mobile phone game. Others suggested, sarcastically, it could be an occasion to mourn the death on Wednesday of notorious Chinese communist hardliner Li Peng, noting that religious gatherings do not need police permission. Rumours have swirled that protesters might target the ancestral halls and graves of a village close to the Yuen Long’s station where the white shirt mob ran into after their attack and later left without police making any arrests despite a large presence of officers. Earlier this week the graves of Junius Ho’s parents were vandalised. An ardent pro-Beijing lawmaker, Ho was seen shaking hands with the white-shirted men before Sunday’s attack. He also threatened a pro-democracy lawmaker in an online video earlier this week. That lawmaker, Eddie Chu, who also hails from the New Territories, said many villagers abhorred Sunday’s attack but were afraid to speak out. He used Facebook to call on fellow protesters not to target village halls and graves, saying such actions would backfire and unite sympathetic villagers against their protest movement. Beijing has labelled the protests as “extreme illegal violence”, but has left it to the city’s semi-autonomous government to deal with the situation. City leader Carrie Lam has shown no sign of backing down beyond agreeing to suspend the extradition bill. On Wednesday China issued a stark reminder that its army could be deployed in Hong Kong if city authorities requested support in maintaining “public order”, something local authorities have said they have no intention of doing. Two days later thousands held a 10-hour protest at the airport arrival hall in a bid to “educate” visitors, particularly mainlanders, about their movement. The protest was peaceful and there was no disruption to flights. Protesters also plan to march on Sunday through a district where riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at projectile-hurling protesters the week before. Police have allowed a rally to take place, but denied protesters permission to march, raising the likelihood of further confrontations.
Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jaipal Reddy cremated with state honours today afternoon near PV Ghat at Necklace Road. Jaipal’s elder son Aravind Reddy performed the last rites of his father. The police tightened the security at the area as several political personalities attended the funeral including Karnataka CLP leader, former chief minister Siddha Ramaiah and Karnataka former speaker Ramesh Kumar who carried Jaipal’s body to the funeral pyre. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The Congress leader passed away around 1.30 am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at Asian Gastroenterology Hospital in Gachibowli. Delete Edit PreviousNext
Patancheru: Residents of Bheeramguda, Patancheru, Isnapur, Rudraram and other industrial areas are facing traffic jams on the national highway every day because of faulty signaling system. The highway is getting jammed almost daily because of heavy movement of vehicles causing severe hardships to the travelling public. Fruit vendors park their pushcarts and autos on the roads beside shops on footpaths are also impeding traffic movement. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Traffic CI Venu Kumar, speaking to the Hans India, stated that although they were making efforts to regulate vehicular traffic the problem of jams was persisting. He said there was a need for creating public awareness on the problem by convening a meeting by the traffic police of shop-keepers and auto drivers and seeking their cooperation in regulating movement of vehicles. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The CI warned that if the shop-keepers and auto drivers failed to cooperate, the traffic police would take action as per law. He suggested that the 45 traders operating on footpaths near the Beeramguda Kaman and 100 auto drivers shift to roadside for avoiding problems to residents. He held an awareness programme for them on Wednesday. Kumar said soon efforts would be made to create a halting facility for buses carrying industrial workers. Discussions in this regard were already held with IALA representatives. He assured that traffic would be regulated shortly.
Vijayawada: Three chess players from Spark Chess Academy (SCA) here would represent Andhra Pradesh at the National Chess Championship in Under – 19 years category, said Spark Chess Academy coach and secretary T Naresh here on Thursday. Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Naresh informed that the selected players would participate in the National Chess Championship which would be held at Ahmadabad (Gujarat) from August 3 to 11. The players representing the state are Talla Nischal, G R Krishna Vedanth and Jalwadi Nandika. The Academy wished them all success in the national championship.
Gachibowli: National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), in association with Data Security Council of India (DSCI), hosted a two-day ‘Cyber Workshop’ for Shanghai Corporation Organization (SCO) members at Cyient here. The programme was inaugurated by Lt Gen (Retd) Dr Rajesh Pant, the National Cyber Security Coordinator of NSCS. S M Sahai, the Additional Secretary of NSCS, along with TS Principal Secretary (IT) Jayesh Ranjan were present. Inaugurating the programme, Dr Pant said, “The ever-expanding cyber space has inverted the century-old established theories of jurisdiction, which were deeply rooted in the concept of territorial and physical boundaries and sovereignty. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The identification and mitigation of cyberattacks has become more complicated and difficult to deal with. Cyberattacks cannot be seen limited only to loss of financial assets and intellectual property, but there are also issues associated with the security of critical information infrastructure and public safety.” Sahai highlighted the importance of cooperation between SCO member-states in countering the menace of terrorism, separatism and extremism. He said that the fact that India hosted the workshop showed its commitment to offer the expertise available, especially in the cyber domain, to the SCO member-states in eliminating terrorism. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He also said, “The job roles of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies must change in line with the rapid changes in the technology. The issues and challenges related to globalisation of the criminal evidence cannot be solved in isolation, and cooperation among the member-states of SCO is very crucial.” Representatives from Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Executive Committee of RATS-SCO participated in the workshop. Jayesh Ranjan said the cyber workshop was a great initiative in bringing together the member nations to collaborate, co-operate and exchange ideas and skills to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region. Advertise With Us Rama Vedashree, the CEO of DSCI, said the workshop provided an excellent opportunity for the audience to enhance their understanding of the need of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for handling cybercrimes and also realising the imperatives of having digital forensics capabilities in corporate and government environments. After joining the SCO in 2017, India has been actively contributing to realise the goals of the SCO, she added.
Jharasangam: ZP chairperson Manju Sri Reddy, Zaheerabad MLA Manik Rao, and MLC Fariduddin called upon everyone to strive for protecting the environment. They were taking part in Haritha Haram programme at Jharasangam ZP hq on Monday. They said protecting saplings was as important as planting them. Saplings should be planted in every mandal, they added. TDC Chairman Umakanth Patil, state leaders Malkapuram Shivakumar, Temple Chairman Narasimha Goud, MPDO Sujatha, APO Raj Kumar, Village sarpanch Jagadish, BC Rajini Priya, Mallikarjun, Nageshwar and Shyamaiah also planted saplings on the occasion.
Amaravati: The High Court has directed the AP government to deploy 97 security personnel for the safety and protection of the former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The Court on Thursday ordered the NSG and the state security to arrive at a decision to settle the difference between the two bodies. The Court has also directed the government to install Jammer to the Chandrababu’s convoy. Chandrababu Naidu has recently approached the High Court challenging the reduction of his security by the AP government. After hearing the case, Justice Durga Prasad Rao reserved the verdict.