TIRUPATI l MONDAY l OCTOBER 8, 2018 l `5.00 l PAGES 32 l ANANTAPUR EDITION AADHAAR MUST TO AVAIL GOVT HEALTH INSURANCE 2ND TIME Those seeking treatment under Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana a second time need the UID, a top official said WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE AADHAAR? ALMOST 50,000 USED SCHEME ALREADY ■ Since its rollout on September 23, over 47,000 people have already availed the benefits of the scheme ■ As many as 92,000 people have been given Gold cards, meaning their individual verification with biometrics has been completed ■ It is touted as the world’s largest health insurance scheme If the Aadhaar number is not available, beneficiaries must at least prove they have enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number, said Indu Bhushan, CEO, National Health Agency, which is responsible for implementing the scheme. The SC recently declared Aadhaar valid for delivering welfare schemes, but not beyond ` 5 lakh ANNUAL COVERAGE PROVIDED TO EACH FAMILY UNDER THE PROGRAMME CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI The day is not far, may be in one-two or three years, that the LWE will be eliminated from the country Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Lokesh to lay stone for first IT campus in AP today | P5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar IN a joint operation, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Odisha Police and BSF busted a Maoist camp in Sunki area under Pottangi police station limits of Koraput district on Sunday. Heavy exchange of fire took place between the police and the Maoists for about 10 to 15 minutes after the camp was busted around 1:45 pm. 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The police said a group of 10 to 15 Maoists were present on the spot and the presence of some top Maoist leaders could not be ruled out. “The Maoists managed to escape by taking advantage of the rough terrain and dense forest. After the exchange of fire, combing operation has been intensified in the area. Often, news can be stressful, upsetting or disillusioning. Good ‘news’ can seem too rare. However, good things and positive developments do happen but could go unreported. The New Indian Express launches a new series on the changemakers, highlighting news that inspires, invigorates and reminds us there is still a lot of good in the world K A R T H I K K K @ Mysuru UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday claimed the menace of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) would be wiped out from the country within three years. He pointed out that districts affected by Maoist violence have come down to 10-12 as compared to 126 some time back. Addressing Rapid Action Force (RAF) troops on their 26th anniversary celebrations in Lucknow, Singh advised them to be rapid but not reckless. He claimed LWE would be eliminated in one-two or three years. “This would happen due to your (CRPF) determination, courage and hard work and that of the state police forc- 131 killed es.” The RAF is part of the CRPF. this year But does his optimism tally with the situation on the ground? In Chhattisgarh, Congratulating the government had earlier announced its the forces, plan to free the conflict-ridden Bastar and Rajnath Singh other areas from Maoist stranglehold by said they had 2022. “Yes, we are going ahead with the killed 131 plan. The CM has set the deadline of 2022,” Maoists and the Special DG (anti-Maoist operation) D militants, M Awasthi told TNIE. Rajnath Singh arrested 1,278 though seemingly advanced the timeline. and effected 58 The Congress had a different take. “On surrenders this October 5, BJP president Amit Shah com- year alone plimented Chief Minister Raman Singh for freeing the state from Maoist menace. Now Rajnath Singh comes up with a new deadline. The BJP internally needs clarity pointed out Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, chairman of the Con,” gress Media Cell in Chhattisgarh. However, a guerilla warfare expert saw logic in Singh’s claim. “Maoists are now facing leadership problems as they don’t have second rung leaders. With local pressure on them mounting, their recruitment is going down drastically They . are also not able to get outside support as well. So, the Union home minister was going by the ground reality said Briga,” dier (retired) B K Ponwar, Director, counter terrorism and jungle warfare college, based in Kanker, north Bastar. VISITING mortuaries may not be the ideal way of spending weekends for most working professionals. But Ayub Ahmed is not an ordinary worker. Working as a loader at Mysuru’s Mandi Mohalla market, the 38-year-old has six phones and is on call 24/7. Not unusual for a man who has made giving a dignified last farewell to unclaimed bodies the mission of his life. He goes around in his old Ambassador car whenever he gets a call from hospitals, police or public. Once the paperwork is done, he takes unclaimed bodies to the graveyard and conducts the last rites - as per the faith, if possible. Though he has not kept count, Ahmed says he must have buried about 10,000 bodies in the past two decades. He usually spends his own money for the burials though sometimes he gets donations. He also posts photos of the bodies on his Facebook page in the hope of reaching out to the relatives of the deceased. How did he choose this ‘vocation’? It was an incident that changed his life. Two decades back, he was travelling to Gundlupet in a KSRTC bus to buy a used Ambassador car. On the way, he saw a few people around a dead body near Bandipalya on MysuruNanjangud road. When he was returning to Mysuru in his car, he noticed the body was still there. “When I asked a policeman, he said there was no one to help shift the body I . said main hoon na (I am there) and transported the body to the mortuary in my car,” Ahmed recalls. After the incident, he had to face huge opposition f ro m h i s p a re n t s a n d friends. “I had to shift from Mysuru to Bengaluru. In Beng aluru too, I once helped shift an unclaimed body found near Lalbagh. That’s when I decided to take up this service. I returned to Mysuru and spoke to my parents who then relented,” says Ahmed. Born in a poor family, Ahmed always had a soft corner for the needy “Dur. ing my school days, I used to File picture of Ayub Ahmed digging a grave to bury an unclaimed body. He claims to have buried over 10,000 bodies so far | EXPRESS bunk classes and beg on the streets to buy food for the destitute. But one day, my uncle saw me and informed my parents. My father then warned me to stay away When I asked a policeman about a body lying near a road for hours, he said there was no one to help shift the body. I said main hoon na (I am there) and transported it to the mortuary in my car Ayub Ahmed Militancy-free in ’15, back to the bad old days now @ Srinagar/New Delhi CHAMPIONS OF NATURE Orphan students pledge to preserve forests at a programme held at Coringa mangrove forest in East Godavari district on Sunday to mark Wildlife Conservation Week | EXPRESS Biker’s knife attack leaves one dead E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kakinada A row over overspeeding between a motorcyclist and two siblings led to death of one as the former attacked the latter at Drivers’ Colony in the city on Sunday . Indrapalem police said Swarna Madhu (22) and his brother Vasu (25) had an argument with NVV Satyanarayana (25) while he was riding a motorcycle at a high speed posing a threat to road users. Angered by the objection raised by the duo, Satyanarayana attacked Madhu and Vasu with a knife. Madhu died on the spot in the attack and Vasu sustained severe injuries. After attacking the two siblings, Satyanarayana fled. The injured Vasu was admitted to Government General Hospital. A case was registered against Satyanarayana. THE killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in mid2016 and the subsequent fivemonth unrest not only led to militancy spreading to newer areas, but towns that were declared “militancy-free” in 2015 returned to the bad days. South Kashmir, especially Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts, had traditionally been the breeding ground of local militants. But, security officials said, many youth from central Kashmir, including the State capital Srinagar, and north Kashmir began to wield the gun in the turbulent months after Burhan Wani’s killing. Not only this, even some areas in south Kashmir, such as Kulgam, that were “militancy-free” in 2015, came under the grip of militants, the officials said. The same was the case with Budgam and Gan- derbal in central Kashmir and some areas of north Kashmir comprising Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts. After being free of militancy for about a year, these districts witnessed militant recruitments and gunfights SABARIMALA Thantri family and Pandalam palace snub CM talks offer @ Sabarimala TURBULENCE F AYA Z W A N I & S A N A S H A K I L But, exact details of the spot cannot be disclosed as the operation is still underway,” a senior police officer said. Interestingly, the security forces launched the combing operation just two days after DGP Dr Sharma and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart RP Thakur met in Bhubaneswar to chalk out a plan of action to intensify operations in the bordering areas of the two States which continue to be Maoist hotbed. P T MOHANAN PILLAI UNCLAIMED E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Lucknow/Raipur PROBE NEARS INTERSTELLAR SPACE the presence of any top Maoist leader at the camp, the DGP did not divulge any further details. “Combing operation is still going on. The Rajnath expects Maoist wipeout DAILY WAGER WHO GIVES LAST in three years RESPECT TO THE Credits CRPF and state police forces for their determination and courage NASA “The police received information about the presence of Maoists in the area, following which, a joint operation was launched and the Maoist camp was busted. Though there was a heavy exchange of fire between the police and the Maoists, no casualties have been reported from either side,” Dr RP Sharma, Odisha DGP told Express. , On being asked whether the police had received any specific information about since last year. “Till 2016, only foreign militants were operating in north Kashmir; but now, local militants also have a good presence in the region,” security officials said, adding that over two to three dozen youth from north and central Kashmir, including Srinagar, have joined militancy . On August 27, four youth, who had a day earlier released photos of them joining militant group Al Badar, were arrested by the army near the Line of Control while trying to cross over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to receive arms training. According to a police officer, most of the arrested boys hailed from north and central Kashmir. In September last year, Mohammad Eisa Fazili, an engineering student from Srinagar, turned a militant. He was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir this year. from begging,” he informs. Though Ahmed did not continue his education, he kept reading verses from the Quran, which he says helped him be a strong believer of mankind. He lives in a small rented house in Shanthinagar, and has two daughters - Adiya Mariyam (10) and Bibi Ayesha (8) who are in school. “My wife Roohi Tabassum supports my mission. Even if I get a call at midnight, she gives me a jacket to wear and asks me to take care,” he says. THE hopes of the LDF government in Kerala to find a consensus before implementing the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple suffered a major setback on Sunday when the temple’s thantri family and Pandalam Palace Coordination Committee (PPCC) rejected Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s offer to hold a discussion. The chief minister, however, is still hopeful of the priests’ visit. Thantri Kantararu Mohanararu said the discussion would be a futile exercise since the the state government and Travancore Devaswom Board had decided not to file a review petition against the apex court verdict. He said the decision was taken after seeking the opinion of the Nair Service Society as well. Mohanararu said the gover nment had also begun preparation for the deployment of 400 women police personnel for the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, which would affect the temple’s purity . PPCC president Sasikumara Varma said the government’s follow-up actions post the cour t verdict were against the ongoing practice of the temple and have hurt the sentiments of devotees world over. MSP hike in July was well below those announced by UPA govt, says RBI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai THE government’s move increasing Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for kharif crop in July was well below the past hikes announced by the UPA government in 2008-09 and 2012-13, according to the Reserve Bank of India. Yet, these hikes can spike inflation by about 29-35 bps, it added. In fact, in August, the MPC’s decision to hike repo rate by 25 bps was influenced by the uncertainty around the impact of MSP . “In a historical perspective, the current increase in MSPs (announced in July) is significantly higher than the average of the last five years but well below the upward revisions effected in 2008-09 and 2012-13,” RBI said in its latest Monetary Policy Report published on Friday . However, it noted that the increase in MSP can affect food inflation, which when combined with stepped-up food procurement operations and unbudgeted farm loan waivers by states pose upside risks to the fiscal outlook. In July, the government raised MSP for the summer crop, following a budget announcement affirming a 50 per cent mark up to farmers over the cost of produce. MSP on common variety of rice was raised by `200, along with other crops like cotton, and pulses like tur and urad. Last week, this was extended for the winter crops, including an increase of `105 per quintal for wheat, and masur by `225 per quintal. According to the central bank, the hike for the 14 crops during kharif season implies a nominal MSP increase in the range of 3.7 per cent to 52.5 per cent for different crops as compared to their levels last year.
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