ARUN ANGELA VIJAYAWADA l FRIDAY l MAY 29, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION MONSOON ONSET OVER KERALA WILL BE ON JUNE 1, SAYS IMD The southwest monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala as per its normal schedule, the India Meteorological Department said LOW PRESSURE LIKELY IN ARABIAN SEA On May 15, the IMD had forecast the monsoon might hit the southern state only on June 5 — four days after its normal onset date of June 1. “A low pressure area is likely to form over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea during May 31 to June 4... Conditions are likely to become favourable from June 1 for onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala,” it said ■ Forecast EXPECT REPRIEVE FROM HEAT WAVE ■ ■ North India, which is reeling under intense heatwave, may get a relief as maximum temperatures are set to recede from Thursday For the past four-five days, temperatures in north and central India have soared over 47 degrees Celsius at a few places Heavy rainfall is likely over south peninsular India on May 28-31 OF I.M.D. (JUNE 5) AND SKYMET (MAY 28) TURNED OUT TO BE WRONG 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 SC orders free food, water, transport for hapless migrants THE 16 ON TRAINS WHO’LL NEVER MAKE IT HOME Directs help to all those who set out on foot notified to them for the period they are waiting for their turn TAKING note of the plight of to board a train or a bus,” the migrant workers stranded bench said. across the country following While the originating state the Covid lockdown, the Su- shall provide meal and water at preme Court on Friday ordered the station, once the train all originating states to provide starts rolling, railways will them free food and shelter as have to provide the same. The also provide free transport to court stressed on coordinated those keen to going back to efforts to deal with the crisis. their native places. “How do you ensure that noA three-judge body asks the mibench headed by Jusgrant to pay or trouPUSH FOR tice Ashok Bhushan bles him? What we POLICY said: “There are sevare saying is that the “There had been eral lapses that we migrants should be instances where have noticed in the least concerned with one state sends process of registrathe means of paytion, transportation migrants but at the ment,” the bench border another and providing food said, adding that the state says we are and water to the mistate shall oversee not accepting the grants. It is seen that the registration of even after registra- migrants. We need migrant workers and tion, migrants have a policy on this,” the ensure their boardbench said to wait for a long ing the train or bus at time for their turn to an early date. come. Large number of mi“We further direct that those grants are still proceeding by migrant workers found walkfoot, though solicitor general ing on the roads, immediately says there are instructions to be taken to shelters... As and states to facilitate a bus or vehi- when the state governments cle, if any migrants are seen put in a request for trains, railwalking on foot.” ways has to provide them,” the “All migrant workers who bench ordered. are stranded at various places It sought all information on shall be provided food by the migrants and their transportaconcerned state or UT at places tion plan by June 5, the next which shall be publicised and date of hearing. K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi Plaints over lockdown to go to NDMA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh High Court has asked those who filed PILs against YSRC MLAs and Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh, with regard to violations of the lockdown, to lodge complaints with the officials concerned at the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). It noted that violations of the lockdown are under the purview of the NDMA. The direction came on Thursday, when a division bench of Justice A Venkata Sesha Sai and Justice B Krishnamohan was hearing a PIL filed by advocate P Kishore against MLAs RK Roja, Vidathala Rajini, K Sanjeevaiah, N Venkat Goud and B Madhusudhan Reddy for violating the lockdown. Hearing the PIL earlier, a Division Bench led by Chief Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheswhari, warned of handing over the case to the CBI. Meanwhile, another petition was filed by advocate Vanga Venkatrami Reddy on May 26 over lockdown violations by Naidu and Lokesh. When the PILs came up for hearing on Thursday advocate , KG Krishnamurthy arguing on , behalf of Venkat Goud, said the PIL is not worth being taken up for hearing as the petitioner has an alternate platf o r m t o c o m p l a i n o ve r lockdown violations with the state-level and national-level authorities of the NDMA. P5 RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR, N A M I TA B A J PA I A N D M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Patna/Lucknow/Ranchi MORE than 3,800 Shramik special trains, started on May 1, have transported 50 lakh migrant workers to their homes. Their lives torn apart by penury hunger and uncer, tainty on account of the sudden lockdown, these exhausted yet relieved migrants have found comfort and safety in their native villages. But at least 16 of them were not so lucky Seven each from . Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and two from Jharkhand died even before they could be reunited with their families and village folk. Uncared for and unmourned, two of them even died anonymously with no takers for their bodies. Avreena Khatoon Cadets of Scouts & Guides provide drinking water to migrants travelling to their native places in a Shramik Special train at Mathura on Wednesday | PTI The visuals of her toddler son playing with the sheet of cloth covering her lifeless body at Muzaffarpur railway station in Bihar tugged at the heartstrings of the entire country . The 35-year-old died on TTD to share white paper, list of properties EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirumala TIRUMALA Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) chairman YV Subba Reddy has directed officials to immediately prepare a comprehensive list of the TTD’s assets, mainly immovable properties, and land in particular. Based on the report, the TTD will release a ‘white paper’ on its properties across the country The white . paper will also mention when and where the temple’s land was sold previously . Subba Reddy decided to come out with the white paper to clear the air on the controversy over the TTD Board’s review of the previous Board’s decision to sell TTD land. According to TTD records, till 2014, the administration sold 129 assets through auc- tions based on GO MS No 311 of the Revenue Endowment dated April 9, 1990, rule 165, chapter 22, which lets the TTD put on sale or for lease immovable assets. In 2016, a sub-committee was formed by the then Trust Board headed by TDP leader Chadalawada Krishna Murthy and based on a report , of the sub-committee, the Board passed a resolution for sale of 50 assets with a base value of `23.92 crore. Simultaneously, the chairman also asked executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal to write a letter to the State government for seeking constitution of an apex body to inquire into the developments that took place after the resolution was passed in 2016, including the malicious campaign by some individuals and publications over the issue. SHIELD FROM THE HEAT Dark clouds hover above the Tirumala Hill on Thursday, when the maximum temperature recorded in Tirupati was 41.5 0 C | MADHAV K NOT HEADING OUT KIA Motors to invest $54 million more in Andhra Pradesh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada KIA Motors on Thursday said it’s going to invest an additional $54 million in Andhra Pradesh. This works out to about `409 crore, and will be spent on the SUV manufacturing unit in Anantapur. Announcing this during the State government’s ‘Mana Palana-Mee Suchana’ brainstorming session on industries and investments, KIA Motors India Private Limited managing director Kookhyun Shim said, “We are going to make an additional investment of $54 million for our upcoming project in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we prosper, we will invest more and create more business opportunities in AP.” Speaking before him, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took a dig at the previous TDP government, which had claimed KIA Motors would leave the State. “The previous government and a section of the media, spread canards and manipulated facts. There were rumours that KIA Motors was moving out of AP. I was shocked to hear this. But the managing director tweeted and gave out a press release denying those stories in a section of P4 the media,” he said. cently after he suffered a paralytic stroke. With the lockdown imposed soon after, his family was stranded in the city without any income. Securing a berth on the Shramik Special train to Darbhanga in Bihar on May 23 finally gave them some hope. But the joy of being able to return home was cut short as Kamat died on the train near Munger. His wife Krishna Devi and three daughters de-boarded at Bhagalpur with his body and went to Darbhanga by road. Krishna Devi alleged that Kamat was on regular medication but had to miss the medicines in the train because there was no water. board the Shramik special train that arrived from Ahmadabad in Gujarat. Divorced by her husband 18 months ago, she had gone to Ahmadabad, where her sister’s family stayed, and took up job in a small scale unit to bring up her two children aged four years and 15 months. Her brother-inlaw Mohammed Wazir alleged that she died due to hunger and heat in the train, but Muzaffarpur district magistrate as well as the Railways claimed that the family had admitted that she had been ill for several days when she was travelling. Lal Babu Kamat Working as a security guard in Surat for a decade, the 50-year-old had lost his job re- CONTINUED ON P7 VIRAL VIDEO: PATNA HC TAKES COGNIZANCE Following the Patna High Court’s suo-motu cognizance of the video of a child trying to wake up his dead mother, the Bihar govternment informed the court that the deceased was mentally unstable and had died a natural death during the course of her journey from Surat Won’t sell properties, new panel to protect ‘unviable’ ones: TTD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirumala PUTTING an end to the controversy over the proposed auction of its “unviable” properties, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of Trustees on Thursday resolved not to sell any properties of Lord Venkateswara or the TTD, including those donated by devotees. Disclosing this after a marathon meeting of the TTD Board in Tirumala, TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy said in view of the controversy racked up over their review on how to deal with the previous board’s decision to auction “unviable” properties and also following Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s directions, the Board passed a resolution that no properties, including those offered by devotees, would be sold henceforth under any circumstances. To safeguard properties donated by devotees that are found to be unviable, the board resolved to form a committee with Board Members, elders (swamijis, peetadipathis) of Hindu Dharma, intellectuals and devotees. “The committee will explore ways to protect such properties and how best to utilise them,” the TTD chairman said. Offering a clarification on the proposed auction of “unviable” properties, Subba Reddy said the resolution for this was passed by the previous Board, and the present Board only reviewed its status. “However, it was turned into a controversy with an intention to malign the TTD and the State government. Why was there silence till the present Board reviewed the issue? Why it was not raised all these years? It was not our decision, but we had to face criticism. Hence, the Board unanimously resolved to ask the State government to order a probe to find those behind the conspiracy, be it individuals or political parties, and take action against them,” he said. Explaining the other resolutions passed by the Board, Subba Reddy clarified that the Board has not given permission to build guesthouses on a nomination basis in Tirumala. “In fact, such a decision was taken by the previous government. As directed by our Chief Minister, we decided to give permission for guesthouses through a donation scheme, an old practice followed for years, in a transparent manner. A resolution to this effect was passed,” he P5 said. AP VIRAL WATCH 2,125 128 1,061 6,409 68 3,245 3,42,236 ONE 59 new cases total recoveries 0.95 % Positivity rate active cases tests done per million people 65.49 % Recovery rate 1.82 % Mortality rate TOTAL CASES new recoveries NEW DEATH TOLL SAMPLES TESTED IN THE STATE
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