VIJAYAWADA l MONDAY l JUNE 15, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION PETROL PRICES UP BY `4.52, DIESEL BY `4.64 IN 8 DAYS FUEL DEMAND PICKS UP AS INDIA UNLOCKS Price of petrol went up by `0.62 and that of diesel by `0.64 as fuel prices were hiked for the eight day in a row on Sunday HIT BY INCREASES IN EXCISE DUTY On March 16, facing a dip in domestic demand for oil and a slump in international benchmark prices, the oil companies had stopped daily fuel price revision, despite a hike in excise duty on fuel by the government two days earlier. But the daily price revision resumed 82 days later on June 7 as Covid-19 lockdown started easing and the demand for fuel picked up ■ ■ The hike in prices has added to the burden on consumers, who are already reeling under extensive layoffs and wage cuts Analysts say the two hikes in excise duties—which added `13 to the cost of petrol and `16 to that of diesel—sat heavily on oil companies, which avoided raising prices so far due to low demand `75.16 THE RETAIL PRICE OF ONE LITRE OF DIESEL IN DELHI ON SUNDAY 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 Whopping 294 new cases in Andhra Pradesh Shah steps in to ramp up Delhi’s Covid defences 6,152, while the toll is 84. Meanwhile, as many as 131 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals across the state between 9 am Saturday and 9 am Sunday taking the total number of , recoveries to 3,316. The number of active cases in Andhra Pradesh stands at 2,752. Among the 294 new cases, 39 were people who returned from other states, and two had returned from abroad, according to a media bulletin issued by the State Command Control EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada Union home minister reviews situation with L-G, Kejriwal; all-party meet lined up today Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal participated in the meeting with Shah. UNION Home Minister Amit For effective contact tracing Shah on Sunday stepped in to in containment zones, a comramp up the fight against the prehensive house-to-house coronavirus in the national health survey of every person Capital, where it is will be done and its growing at an exporeport submitted in a nential pace, anweek. The number of nouncing a slew of containment zones in measures, including the city has risen more testing and from 122 on June 1 to boosting hospitalisa242. For proper monition capacity . toring, Shah said, the Doubling Covid-19 Aarogya Setu app testing, converting will be downloaded in 500 railway coaches every person’s mobile into well-equipped More testing, phone. Covid-19 care centres “In view of shortmore beds... to enhance Delhi’s age of beds, the Modi Delhi’s testing bed capacity by 8,000, government will procapacity to be directing private hosv i d e 5 0 0 c o a ch e s doubled in 2 days pitals to offer 60% of equipped with all fabeds dedicated for cilities,” he added. 500 railway coronavirus patients Shah said the govcoaches to be made at a cheaper rate were ernment will issue Covid care facilities. the key decisions taknew guidelines for This will add about en at a high-level conducting the last 8,000 beds meeting chaired by rites of those who Shah. After doubling succumb to the virus 60% of the beds Delhi’s testing capaso as to help reduce earmarked for bilities within the Covid-19 patients in the waiting period for next couple of days, it private hospitals to the funeral. will be tripled after Shah also anbe available at a six days. nounced that a joint cheaper price According to the team of doctors from Delhi government’s submission the Union health ministry, Delin the Delhi High Court, the hi government’s health departcombined daily testing capacity ment, AIIMS and the three Muof 40 labs — 17 public and 23 pri- nicipal Corporation of Delhi vate — is 8,600 per day . will visit all Covid-designated Union health minister Harsh hospitals in the city to evaluate Vardhan, Lieutenant Governor the situation. S A N A S H A K I L & S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi ANDHRA Pradesh on Sunday reported a massive spike in the number of coronavirus cases, with 294 people testing positive in the 24 hours ending at 9 am. This is the state’s biggest single-day rise in the number of cases, and was accompanied by two deaths — one each from East Godavari and Kurnool districts. The total number of cases in Andhra Pradesh now stands at V I RA L WATC H 294 2 131 NEW CASES NEW DEATHS NEW RECOVERIES 2,752 ACTIVE CASES 1.11% 53.9% 1.43% POSITIVITY RATE RECOVERY RATE MORTALITY RATE AMID concerns that the Andhra Pradesh government is not issuing enough e-passes to those wanting to enter the state by road, Special Task Force officer MT Krishna Babu has said granting the requests of all who apply would put the government in a “difficult position”. “The state gets between 14,000 and 20,000 applications every day for e-passes to arrive by road. It is not possible to give so many on a daily basis,” Krishna Babu told TNIE, adding that 6,000-7,000 peo- According to a media bulletin issued on Sunday, as many as 15,633 samples were tested in the 24 hours ending at 9 am. With a testing ratio of 10,341 samples per million people, Andhra Pradesh continues to top the country and is followed , by Tamil Nadu (8,985 tests per million) and Rajasthan (7,583 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada FEEDING THE DISEASE Crowds throng the Fishing Harbour, violating physical distancing norms in Vizag on Sunday, when the district recorded 25 new cases | G SATYANARAYANA WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) EXPRESS READ MLA’s gunman dies of coronavirus Anantapur: A gunman of Dharmavaram MLA Kethireddy Venkatarami Reddy died of Covid-19 two days ago. Initially, it was reported that he died of cardiac arrest, but the MLA on Sunday confirmed that coronavirus was the cause of death | P3 Positive case in Tirupati sub-jail Tirupati: An undertrial prisoner brought to the Tirupati sub-jail two days ago from Pitchatur in Chittoor has tested positive for coronavirus. Five people who came in contact with him have been shifted to the quarantine centre inside the jail | P3 ple arrive on special trains and 1,300-1,500 on flights every day . “We will be in a difficult position if we give e-passes to 15,00020,000 more people to enter by road every day, as we have to make arrangements to quarantine and test them. It would almost be an unmanageable figure,” he asserted. To cater to the demand, the government has now started issuing around 5,000 e-passes per day . “Since there is a lot of backlog and duplication, we decided to issue passes for fresh applications. Some people applied multiple times as their attempts were unsuccessful, so we are issuing over 4,000 passes per day to those who applied recently,” he added. When asked about people being given ‘spot passes’ at the borders without applying on the Spandana portal, he said, “We don’t give such passes to anyone and everyone. We have given directions to register people who are given spot passes, and they are not granted except in case of an emer- gency This is verified through au. dio and video calls by officials at the border check posts.” Registration is done so the government has details of everyone who enters the state, he explained. “The work is more than double what we can manage in the given time. We need to take all precautions to save our time. People applying on the Spandana portal save our time on data entry, and we can use it for other important work. We are only encouraging and allowing people with e-passes unless there is an emergency,” he said. GONE TOO SOON He was a talented actor of science and faith NO SUICIDE NOTE FOUND, SAY POLICE SHILAJIT MITRA M y first assignment as an entertainment journalist in Mumbai was an interview of Sushant Singh Rajput. It was June 2017, a few days before the release of Raabta. Too young to be made an anchor, I was relegated to the task of assistant cameraman. The setup I was handed (and barely knew how to operate) was a small, rigged iPhone — not a bulky TV camera typically used on such shoots. As Sushant settled down with his co-star Kriti Sanon, he cast a curious look in my direction. “iPhone shoot?” he wondered aloud. I might have thought he may look down on it, but then, he added, “How cool.” Sushant was ever a man of the future. The actor was always seeking out new paths, new innovations. He shared a deep love for science and cosmology, and his film choices were marked by this need to experiment. He started out on television, debuting in the ro- 15.6K samples tested in a day tests per million). The national average stands at 4,080 tests per million people. As far as the positivity rate is concerned, Andhra Pradesh has recorded a figure of 1.11 per cent, much lower than the national average of 5.67 per cent. The state’s recovery rate (53.9 per cent) too is better than the national average (50.6 per cent). Meanwhile, the mortality rate in the state is 1.43 per cent, compared to the national average of 2.87 per cent. APSRTC buses to Karnataka resume from Wednesday ‘Giving e-pass to everyone will put govt on the backfoot’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada 84 TOTAL DEATHS Room. Of the new recoveries, 48 had returned from other states and one had returned from abroad. Sushant Singh Rajput found hanging in his Bandra apartment on Sunday morning. He was 34 An accidental death report will be registered on the basis of preliminary information. No suicide note found Police claim they did not find any foul play in their initial investigation His died days after his former manager, Disha Salian (28), ended her life by jumping from a high-rise on June 9 SUS H A N T S I N G H RA JPUT His body was later brought to the Dr R N Cooper Municipal General Hospital in Juhu. He is survived by his father and four elder sisters mantic show Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil and later breaking out with the household hit Pavitra Rishta. The restrictive nature of Indian soap operas is well known, but Sushant was already making a mark. Asked about his impres- sions of the actor, director Dibakar Banerjee later commented that he found him ‘understated on TV’, which as anyone can tell you is a miracle in itself. This knack for restraint was evident in his big screen debut, Kai 21-01-1986 l 14-06-2020 Po Che!, where he played the inflammable ex-cricketer Ishaan. Lean and bewhiskered, Sushant soared over Abhishek Kapoor’s dusty friendship drama, announcing himself as the next big thing in Bollywood. Two big-bannered vehicles followed — Shuddh Desi Romance, PK — and for a while, his journey seemed resigned to the beats of mainstream stardom. Sushant, though, responded with an astonishing choice, appearing as the newest iteration of the 20th century Bengali sleuth in Dibakar’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi! It was a matter of great cultural debate — and I had my own reservations against the film’s narrative as well as his performance. Yet, there was no denying that this was a good kind of a shake-up. He would quickly bounce back with the celebrated M S Dhoni biopic. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, this was perhaps his most definitive performance, a box-office winner that brought out the lesser-known indecisions of an ace cricketer. P5 THE Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will resume bus services to Karnataka from Wednesday Tickets . can be booked on www.apsrtconline.in from Monday . At first, 168 bus services will be operated from across Andhra Pradesh, but there won’t be any from Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. All buses will run from source to destination with no stops in between. As many as 10 buses will be operated from Vijayawada to Bengaluru, while those from the Rayalaseema region will leave for Mysuru, Belagavi, Mangaluru, Chirtradurga, Gangavathi, Raichur, Ballari, Hubbali and Dharwad. As per the guidelines from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), five per cent of passengers on each bus will be tested at random for Covid-19. All of them will have to wear masks and maintain physical distancing at bus stations. Masks are being sold at bus stations for `10 each.
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