BHUBANESWAR 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 Shah steps in to ramp up Delhi’s Covid defences POWER POINT Sulking Congress unit puts Uddhav govt on notice S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai Union Home Minister reviews situation with L-G, Kejriwal; all-party meet lined up today port submitted in a week. The number of containment zones in the city has risen from 122 on June 1 to 242. UNION Home Minister Amit Shah For proper monitoring, Shah said, on Sunday stepped in to ramp up the the Aarogya Setu app will be downfight against the coronavirus in the loaded in every person’s mobile national Capital, where it phone. is growing at an exponen“In view of shortage of tial pace, announcing a beds, the Modi governslew of measures, includment will provide 500 ing more testing and coaches equipped with all boosting hospitalisation facilities,” he added. capacity . Shah said the governDoubling Covid-19 testment will issue new ing, converting 500 railguidelines for conducting way coaches into wellthe last rites of those who equipped Covid-19 care succumb to the virus so centres to enhance Delhi’s as to help reduce the waitbed capacity by 8,000, di- More testing, i n g p e r i o d f o r t h e recting private hospitals funeral. more beds... to offer 60% of beds dediShah also announced Delhi’s testing cated for coronavirus pathat a joint team of doccapacity to be tients at a cheaper rate tors from the Union doubled over the were the key decisions Health Ministry, Delhi next two days taken at a high-level meetgovernment’s health deing chaired by Shah. After partment, AIIMS and the 500 railway doubling Delhi’s testing three Municipal Corporacoaches to be capabilities within the tion of Delhi will visit all converted into next couple of days, it will Covid care facilities. Covid-designated hospibe tripled after six days. This will add about tals in the city to evaluate According to the Delhi the situation. 8,000 beds government’s recent subTo help speed up the 60% of the beds mission in the Delhi High fight against Covid, four earmarked for Court, the combined daily senior IAS officers were testing capacity of 40 labs Covid-19 patients in transferred to the Delhi — 17 public and 23 private private hospitals to government on Sunday . be available at a — is 8,600 per day . Soon after the meeting, cheaper price Union Health Minister Kejriwal gover nment Harsh Vardhan, Lieutenpulled up its socks, orderant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief ing officials to set up 20,000 more Minister Arvind Kejriwal partici- beds in a week. pated in the meeting with Shah. To take the initiative forward, For effective contact tracing in Shah will hold an all-party meet on containment zones, a comprehen- Monday at 11 am. The parties invitsive house-to-house health survey of ed include Delhi’s ruling AAP, the every person will be done and its re- Congress, BJP BSP and SP , . 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 PARKING PLACE An abandoned bicycle of ‘Mo Cycle’ scheme hangs from a tree near Bindusagar in Bhubaneswar | IRFANA Lockdown boon for poachers on leopard hunt in Odisha SUDARSAN MAHARANA @ Bhubaneswar FOREST and wildlife protection appears to be crumbling in Odisha. The lockdown period alone has reported poaching of at least five leopards, though insiders say the actual number could be seven. The first case came to fore in May when a leopard skin was seized from Tongabilla village by the Karanjia Forest Division staff. According to Karanjia DFO Prasanna Behera, the leopard was poached in Barehipani, right in Similipal Tiger Reserve, before the skin made its way out to his jurisdiction where it w a s re c ove re d . Even the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has not been in formed about it though under protocol, the apex agency must be kept in loop. Interestingly, the Wildlife ODISHA TALLY TOTAL CASES RECOVERED DEATHS 3,909 2,708 11 19-HOUR LOCK ON GANJAM AS COVID-19 WORRY INTENSIFIES P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 pages, including 16 edex (TABLOID) GONE TOO SOON He was a talented actor of science & faith, and a searching human 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 romantic 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 impressions 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 Po Che!, where he played the inflammable ex-cricketer Ishaan. Lean and bewhiskered, Sushant soared over Abhishek Kapoor’s dusty 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 HA N T S I N GH RA JPUT 21-01-1986 14-06-2020 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 A sulking Maharashtra Congress has put the three-party coalition government led by Uddhav Thackeray on notice, saying it would no longer accept playing a junior role in power sharing and decision making. Sources said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi went to the extent of advising the state unit to take the call on walking out of the alliance if it continues to be loaded against it. Senior party leader Ashok Chavan said keeping the BJP out of power should not read as weakness, adding the voices of Congress ministers are not heard in the Thackeray government. “I am confident the chief minister will address all these issues and fair and equitable distribution of power will happen in the coalition,” he claimed. Sources in the Congress griped about ally NCP fielding its second candidate, Fauzia Khan, for the Rajya Sabha polls without consulting the it. MORE: P5 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 ace cricketer. Sushant could hold his own in most films. Twee and old world, the disaster epic Kedarnath was bogged down by convention; still, the actor took great and obvious pains lugging Sara Ali Khan up and down a mountain. In Sonchiriya, he was stoutly reliable as a dacoit losing his faith in his tribe. He was efficient in Chhichhore too, running through as many tics and jitters as an old man as he did as a college fresher. At the trailer launch of Kedarnath in 2018, Sushant was asked about faith. “There are different ways to investigate the truth,” said the actor known for both quoting Shiv mantras and Carl Sagan. “One is science…. the other is faith.” To whichever world we have lost him to now, our love shall no doubt reach unbound. Wing of the department is clueless because it has official reports of only two leopard deaths, one from Mahanadi division and another from Khurda division, this year, so far. Last year too, it had officially reported two deaths. As the Forest Department remains in denial, the Special Task Force of State Police has seized four more leopard skins within TWO JUMBOS POACHED Keonjhar: Carcasses of two elephants, suspected to have been poached, were found at Gurubeda in Baitarani (B) reserve forest under Champua range on Sunday | P5 five days, all from Nayagarh district which holds Mahanadi Wildlife Division, a part of Satkosia Tiger Reserve. On June 7, a teacher was among two arrested by STF while selling two leopard skins and as many deer hides in Daspalla. Five days later, two more leopard skins were seized during an operation in Ranapur. Bones found from the accused, including a panchayat samiti member, are believed to be of a leopard but only examination by Wildlife Institute of India can ascertain that. Seizure of the leopard skins not only point at organized and rampant poaching in Odisha forests but expose the plunging protection network. MORE: P5
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