VISAKHAPATNAM l WEDNESDAY l JUNE 10, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION GOOGLE MAPS TO SHOW COVID-19 RELATED INFO The new feature will alert users about coronavirus-related travel restrictions to help them plan their trips better NEW FEATURE ROLLING OUT IN INDIA SOON USERS TO GET ALERTS FOR CHECKPOINTS “When you look up public transit directions for a trip that is likely to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions, we’ll show relevant alerts from local transit agencies... Transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the US,” the company’s official blog said ■ ■ Google Maps will alert drivers about checkpoints and restrictions along the route. The user will see an alert on the directions screen if the route is impacted by these restrictions Google said the new update will allow commuters to check how crowded a train station might be at a particular time 1 billion ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING THE GOOGLE MAPS APP IN A MONTH 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 Partial disengagement on LAC on eve of talks De-escalation in Galwan Valley & Hot Springs but impasse on at Finger-4; bilateral gesture ahead of Divisional Commanders’ meet M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THINNING of Indian and Chinese troops at multiple standoff points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh was reported on Tuesday, by there was no change in the situation at the focal point at Finger-4 where the impasse continues. The positive gestures came on the eve of the bilateral meeting of divisional commanders ahead of the next interaction between Corps Commanders of the two countries in the near future. A senior Army officer said, “Troop de-escalation has taken place from Patrolling Point 14 and Patrolling Point 15 in Galwan Valley and from Patrolling Point 17A lying in the Hot Springs Sector.” But the focal issue remained unresolved. “The stand-off at Finger-4 area continues and it is to be discussed again at the Corps Commanders meeting to be held later,” a source said. Also, the Indian “Reserve Force” of a little over 8,000 — moved in after China in- creased deployment on its side — remains at its designated locations. The Chinese had gradually moved in tanks and artillery and India matched its deployment. The thinning of troops is being attributed to the first-ever Corps Commander-level talks on June 6 at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, said sources. Heavy vehicles from both sides were moved back on May 25, as first reported by TNIE. Another marginal troop retreat took place on June 2. In the coming days, multiple meetings of the highest rank- Contentious points The points of contention are the roads at the base of Finger-4 and the link road connecting the DarbukShyok-Daulat Beg Oldi road to Galwan valley. Chinese troops had attacked Indian soldiers with rods, stones and fists. India retaliated ing officers of the front, Division Commanders and Sector Commanders of both sides, will take place to chalk out area-wise troop withdrawal. These will happen before the next Corps Commander-level meeting. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had on Monday claimed the first Corps Commander-level talks were positive. “Both India and China have agreed to resolve the border dispute in future and also the present tussle with talks,” he added. “The Major General (Division Commander) level meeting, is likely to be held on Wednesday, depending on the weather, to pave the way for future step wise de-escalation,” said sources. The stand-off locations extended from the Galwan Valley to Finger-4 along the northern flank of the Pangong Tso Lake in Eastern Ladakh. It started at Finger-4 in the intervening night of May 5-6, and stretched to the Hot Spring Sector and the Galwan Valley . EXPRESS READ Srikalahasti temple shut for 2 more weeks Chittoor: Hours after announcing the date for resuming darshan at the Srikalahasteeswara temple, authorities decided to keep it shut for two weeks more weeks as a staff tested positive for Covid-19 | P3 `50K electricity bill corrected to `329 Kurnool: After TNIE wrote about a villager who received an electricity bill of `49,918 for the month of May, the SPDCL on Tuesday corrected the bill to `329 and replaced the man’s electricity meter | P3 Journo’s death puts focus on hosp service Hyderabad: The death of a journalist in Telangana who had a pre-existing condition of Myasthenia gravis has raised apprehensions about the service at Gandhi Hospital and other hospitals in the state | P5 FIlm shooting in state to resume from July 15 Vijayawada: The state govt has given permission for film shooting to resume from July 15, after Tollywood representatives, including actors Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna, met the Chief Minister | P4 Upset over Electricity Bill, AP writes to Centre J AYA N T H P @ Vijayawada EXPRESSING its reservation over certain clauses of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the state energy department has sent its views to the Union Ministry of Power, which sought feedback from stakeholders, including power distribution companies (discoms). Several states, including Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, already opposed the Bill claiming it would infringe states’ rights. The chief ministers of Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh, and energy minister of Maharashtra have written to those at the helm, including the Prime Minister and Union Minister for Power, asking them to drop the Bill as it is against the spirit of federalism. Along the same lines, Andhra Pradesh energy officials expressed their reservations against certain clauses, such as the adjudication powers of State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs) being transferred to New Delhi by proposing an Electricity Contract E n f o r c e m e n t Au t h o r i t y (ECEA), direct benefit trans- fer (DBT) of subsidies to beneficiaries, and selection of SERC chairman and members by the central commission, among other things. Though it was initially discussed that the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) would send its views after studying the bill, the department sent it after consulting the CMO. “Each state is different and our demographic dividend is high, so centralisation of power may do more harm than good. Who would know a state and its conditions better than the state itself ? Each state has a different requirement too. Ours is an agrarian state and the industrial sector is not as big as in states like Maharashtra or Gujarat. So, we will have to offer more to the agriculture sector and take steps as per our needs. The same was conveyed to the Union ministry,” a senior official explained. Though officials felt seeking DBT was a progressive move, Discoms should be cautious as it involves upfront payments, they said. It is also learnt that the state said the State Load Despatch Centres (SLDCs) should be allowed to P4 act autonomously . ILLEGAL QUARRYING Simhachalam EO transferred EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Visakhapatnam EXECUTIVE officer (EO) of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamyvari Devasthanam, Simhachalam, M Venkateswara Rao was on Tuesday surrendered to his parent department (Revenue) following a report submitted by the joint commissioner of the Endowments department into allegations of illegal quarrying of Simhachalam hill against him. Endowments regional joint commissioner of Rajahmahendravaram D Bhramaramba has been given full additional charge of the post of executive officer, Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Simhachalam. The joint commissioner earlier submitted a report after an inspection with the endowments regional joint commissioner of Rajahmahendravaram, deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner of Visakhapatnam with regard to illegal quarrying on the hill, and said there was a directive that no EO should carry out any new work on top of the hill without permission from the commissioner and government. However, he said they found heavy quarrying was executed by donors in three places without the knowledge of the temple engineering staff and also in defiP4 ance of the master plan.
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