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# China wants Pakistan to relocate Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country
President Xi pitches the suggestion to Prime Minister Abbasi in the face of mounting international pressure on Islamabad
China has asked Pakistan to explore ways of relocating Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country in response to mounting international pressure to act against him for his links with terror groups.

Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested this course of action — allowing Saeed to live a quiet life in a West Asian country — to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in China last month.

“At a 35-minute meeting, at least 10 minutes of the discussion dealt with Hafiz Saeed. The Chinese President was keen on pressing the Prime Minister to find an early solution to keep Hafiz Saeed away from the limelight,” a close aide of Mr. Abbasi told The Hindu, requesting anonymity.

Mr. Abbasi has consulted the government’s legal team, which is yet to come up with a solution.

The issue is expected to be referred to the next government as the Prime Minister will leave office on May 31 after completion of the tenure.

The general election will be held at July-end.

The JuD has been accusing the government of taking action against Saeed at the instance of the U.S. and India.

Saeed, who met some journalists over Iftar on Tuesday in Karachi, refused to believe that China would want a ban on him or to see him out of the country. However, he admitted that China would act as a super power and dictate to Pakistan.

Saeed had denied that any government functionary had met him in recent weeks to discuss the future of the JuD.

Saeed, who has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations, the U.S. and India, carries a reward of $5 million on his head for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pakistani authorities last year put him under house arrest for almost nine months but were forced to release him on the orders of the Lahore High Court.

The government also scuttled attempts by the JuD to enter the political arena by forming a political party, Milli Muslim League (MML).

The Interior Ministry refused to give clearance to the MML and the Election Commission did not register it as a party.

Reported by Indonesia

Earlier this year, the JuD was put on the list of banned organisations just before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris. Following the meeting, it was decided to put Pakistan on the grey list for its failure to prevent terror financing.

The JuD was reported by Indonesia after the authorities detected some money channelled through the country by the outfit. Indonesia notified the FATF.

# DGP warns against rumour-mongering
Appeals to people not to take law into their hands
Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy on Wednesday appealed to people not to take law into their hands by responding to false reports on social media over movement of criminal gangs in the State.

Expressing concern over the killing of two persons – one at Bibinagar on Hyderabad fringes and another at Bhimgal in Nizamabad district – in the attacks by villagers who mistook them to be offenders, the DGP warned of stringent action against rumour-mongers. “No criminal gangs are on the prowl in any part of Telangana as being projected by some on social media. Dial 100 and alert police if you come across any such gang or a person,” he said.

The killings at Bhimgal and Bibinagar were not the only incidents triggered by fake alarms about violent criminal gangs moving about in the State. In Vikarabad and other places in the State, different groups of people had beaten up individuals suspecting them to be offenders.

“In some villages, people are patrolling their localities carrying sticks looking out for suspects. Don’t do it,” Mr. Reddy appealed to the public. He said some persons were taken into custody in connection with the two killings and efforts were on to identify those responsible for the same as well as other attacks.

The DGP assured that the State police were fully equipped to catch any criminal having put in place camera surveillance system all over the State. He requested the citizens to pass on any information relating to offenders to the local police instead of resorting to physical assault on suspects directly. He added that police patrolling parties would reach the spot in case of any incident at the shortest possible time in any part of the State—15 minutes in urban areas and 30 minutes in rural localities. He also warned individuals against posting or forwarding any false content on social media. “Penal action will be initiated against them after gathering evidence,” he said.

# CS assault case: police ask Dy. CM Sisodia to join probe
Line of questioning likely to be similar to that of Kejriwal
The Delhi police on Wednesday sent a notice to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia asking him to join the investigation into the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Harendra Singh, who is heading the investigation, said that Mr. Sisodia himself received the notice. “In the notice it’s written that he’s required to attend the investigation at his residence at 11 a.m. on Friday,” he said, adding that the Minister has not confirmed his presence yet.

The police had sent a similar notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 16 asking him to join the probe on May 18.

Mr. Kejriwal was questioned at his residence in Civil Lines for over three hours.

Sources said that the line of questioning for Mr. Sisodia is expected to be “similar” to what Mr. Kejriwal was asked. It has been learnt that the Chief Minister evaded a few questions and answered many with counter-questions. He also allegedly denied any attack took place during the meeting.

The police have so far questioned 11 MLAs, including Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, who were arrested two days after the alleged incident and later released on bail.

# Coalition will not last long: Shettar
Reiterating that the Congress-Janata Dal(S) coalition government was nothing but an unholy alliance, the former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday predicted an early fall of the coalition government saying that differences would soon crop up over power sharing.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Shettar said that the kichdi sarkar would not be able to achieve much, except squabbling with each other.

“Already, symptoms are seen. H.D. Kumaraswamy, who had promised farm loan waiver, is now saying it is not possible which is a highly irresponsible act. He has no concern for farmers. If he really has the guts, he should announce farm loan waiver,” Mr. Shettar said.

He said that the sole purpose of the coalition was to come to power and the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda had succeeded in making his son the Chief Minister. While Mr. Deve Gowda had had his dream fulfilled, he had failed to fulfil the dreams of farmers, he said.

Mr. Shettar accused the coalition partners of meting out injustice to North Karnataka. “Both the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister are from South Karnataka. And there is no hope that the injustice to North Karnataka would be addressed by this coalition government,” he said.

The former Chief Minister said that several of the legislators of the Congress and the Janata Dal(S) were in contact with BJP leaders. He said that once the legislators came out of what he called captivity, the political scenario would change as many of the Congress legislators who were unwilling to continue there will join the BJP.

Meanwhile, the city witnessed both celebrations over the formation of the new coalition government and protests against it.

BJP leaders, including Mr. Shettar, staged a dharna in front of the party office here in protest against what they termed an unholy alliance.

On the other hand, Congress members celebrated by bursting crackers and distributing sweets at Durgad Bail in Hubballi. Janata Dal(S) members too distributed sweets.

# Finish the food, and the plate too
Researchers in Thanjavur come up with edible plates made of jackfruit
People who love to eat but hate doing the dishes have a delicious new option: plates and cutlery made of jackfruit.

Researchers at the Thanjavur-based Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology have developed a palatable plate made of jackfruit’s horny pines and sticky core, which are normally thrown away once the sweet fruit is consumed.

How the idea was born

“Actually, we had readied a millet-based ice cream, which was well received by food technologists and administrators at the Krishi Unnati Mela held last March in New Delhi. But we wanted to develop a healthy-yet-tasty cone to hold the millet ice cream. We searched for a suitable base and found that the jackfruit’s bracts, axis, seed and the fleshy, sticky, fibrous nut holders offered a healthy and economic alternative to the regular cones made of atta and corn flour,” IIFPT Director C. Anandharamakrishnan told The Hindu.

“We then hit upon the idea of an edible plate that could be used to serve salads and a range of delicacies. While the normal cones made of atta and corn flour contain less protein and little fibre, the cones and plates that we have developed are rich in protein (6.9%) and fibre (12.9%). For each kilogram of jackfruit, only 300 gram accounts for useful intake. The rest remains unutilised. But now we have managed to convert that waste into gainful taste,” he said.

From waste to food

As per current estimates, India’s total jackfruit production is close to 1.7 million tonnes a year. This presents a big opportunity for converting waste into healthy food ipn the form of edible plates. “We believe that this endeavour addresses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. It is also in line with the Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s objective of tackling malnutrition among children through child-friendly and cost effective innovations,” Dr. Anandharamakrishnan said.

# Two die in tunnel collapse
Workers were setting up explosives when they went off
Two people, Jayant and Pulchand of Jharkhand, were killed and 15 others injured in Nagarkurnool when a portion of the tunnel they were working in collapsed as explosives, those used for blasting, went off accidentally.

According to police, the work was under way as part of Palamuru lift irrigation project. Around 2.30 p.m., a portion of the tunnel at Eluru village, about seven km from Kollapur town in the district, collapsed. It was learnt that the workers were setting up explosives to carry out blasting.

“The investigation is on and we do not know what set off the explosives. We have noted that the weather changed in the area and there was a lightening strike. We also know that the workers did not set it off,” said Kollapur Inspector Saidababu.

Fifteen injured persons, of whom two are said to be critical, were rushed to Hyderabad for treatment. The police received a complaint from the representatives of workers and have begun investigation under CrPC 124.

The Inspector said that post-investigation, if the contractor is found guilty, a case would be registered against him.

# No plans to close govt. schools: Sengottaiyan
Says efforts will be taken to increase enrolments
Addressing concerns raised by various associations of teachers and schools about the probable closure of government schools, Minister for School Education K. Sengottaiyan said on Wednesday that no such decision has yet been taken.

“The department has identified 29 elementary schools which do not have any students. It has a list of around 900 schools where less than 10 students are enrolled. There are, however, no plans of closing these schools and instead, the department is going to step up measures to increase enrolment,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of the announcement of the SSLC results.

Teachers and heads of such schools had been instructed to conduct awareness drives.

“We want enrolments to increase in our schools and want to tell the students that with the new syllabus being introduced, they will be at an added advantage and they don’t have to go looking elsewhere for good education by paying for it beyond their means,” he said. The faculty in the schools identified with low strength had been given time till September to carry out the same.

# 10 injured as bus rams van
As many as 10 persons were injured when a bus from Mangaluru to Udupi hit a van which was parked near Halima Sabju Auditorium in Udyavar village coming under Kaup police station limits in Udupi district on Wednesday.

According to the police, the van overturned and two loaders — Santosh and Prakash — who were in it, and eight passengers in the bus, including the conductor, were injured.

Source:- The Hindu

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