BENGALURU MONDAY AUGUST 17, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA’S COVID-19 TOLL NEARS 50K, TOTAL CASES AT 25.8 LAKH Total deaths climbed to 49,980 on Sunday morning with 944 people succumbing to the infection in 24 hours DEATH RATE AMONG WORLD’S LOWEST RECOVERY RATE CLIMBS TO 72% India will be the fourth country after the US, Mexico and Brazil to hit the grim toll of 50,000 deaths. However, the country’s fatality rate, which fell to 1.93% on Sunday, is among the lowest in the world. “The USA crossed 50,000 deaths in 23 days, Brazil in 95 days and Mexico in 141 days. India took 156 days to reach this national figure,” the Union health ministry said ■ ■ Accounting for 53,322 fresh recoveries since Saturday morning, a total of 18.62 lakh people have recovered from the infection. India’s recovery rate of 72% is much higher than the US’s 52%. With 19,749 deaths, Maharashtra has reported 39.5% of all Covid fatalities in India. Tamil Nadu with 5,641 deaths (11.2%), follows 6.77 lakh ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN INDIA AS OF SUNDAY MORNING 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 Several firsts to mark Parliament monsoon session RAIN, DELUGE BRING WIDESPREAD MISERY BELAGAVI VIJAYAWADA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Lucknow UV virus killer, staggered seating of MPs on cards; session likely to start by month-end Among the additional installations are four large display screens of 85” size each in the WITH the monsoon session of chamber and six of 40” size Parliament expected to start each in the four galleries. soon, hectic preparations are unPolycarbonate sheets will derway to make the Houses safe separate the officials’ gallery of for lawmakers in view of the cor- the Rajya Sabha from the chamonavirus pandemic. ber. There will be audio The measures in- Two shifts consoles in the gallerclude seating the MPs Both Houses ies, while special cables in chambers and galusually function will connect the two leries to meet physical simultaneously. But Houses to transmit audistancing norms, in- this time, one House dio-visual signals. stalling 10 large will sit during “All these arrangescreens to help mem- morning hours and ments mark the first-ofbers watch House prothe other in the its-kind session to be ceedings. Also, ultra- evening, say sources held in compliance with violet ger micidal the social distancing irradiation system will be used norms. Using the chambers and to kill micro-organisms. galleries of both Houses for Sixty members will be seated holding the session is a first in in the chamber and 51 in the the history of Indian Parliagalleries of the Rajya Sabha ment since 1952,” said the RS (leaving out the 1st row) and 132 secretariat. in the LS chamber. Rajya Sabha Chairman M This is the first time in the Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha history of Indian Parliament Speaker Om Birla had met on since 1952 that such an arrange- July 17 to examine various opment will be in place. tions to hold session. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE The overflowing Krishna river has inundated farmlands along its banks at Manjri village in Chikkodi taluk on Sunday | EXPRESS @New Delhi Belagavi comes to halt Heavy rain in the last 24 hours brought life to a standstill in Belagavi on Sunday. Several low-lying areas in the city were inundated due to clogged drains. P5 Private operators who will be handed over 150 trains to ply on 109 routes by the Railways will have the freedom to choose halt stations of the trains they operate, documents released by Indian Railways have shown. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow UTTAR Pradesh police on Sunday dismissed reports of brutality on the body of a 13-yearold girl who was raped and killed in Lakhimpur Kheri district. Officials said her postmortem report stated the death was due to strangulation after rape, adding that two men have been arrested for the crime that took place on Friday . Earlier, media reports claimed Telephone service between the UAE and Israel began on Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the US that required Israel to halt its plan to annex West Bank land sought by the Palestinians. | P9 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) & 4 OF CITY EXPRESS IN the biggest single-day spike, 27 personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force have tested positive for Covid-19 at the CIJW School at Halbhavi Camp in Belagavi on Friday So far, the . numbers had remained in single digits, according to sources. However, the establishment was not forthcoming on whether more personnel had tested positive on subsequent days. Some personnel of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) School, at Torali village in Khanapur jungles, which trains Central Re- serve Police Force (CRPF) jawans, and the Army Station in Belagavi have also tested positive. They are all being treated at the Military Hospital in Belagavi, sources said. On Saturday Belagavi Super, intendent of Police Laxman Nimbargi also tested positive for coronavirus during random testing. Meanwhile, 478 new cases were recorded in the district on Sunday while 410 patients, who had recovered, were discharged. Of the total of 7,810 cases so far, 3,769 are still active while 3,920 patients have recovered. The district has recorded 121 Covid casualties as of Sunday . PROHIBITORY ORDERS EXTENDED City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has extended prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in DJ Halli and KG Halli till August 18. A company of the Rapid Action Force patrolled the area of Sunday too, even as family members, mainly women, protested near DJ Halli police station demanding to know why their sons and brothers were taken into custody when they were at home when the violence broke out. The police, however, dispersed the group citing prohibitory orders. SECOND INNINGS MSD pads up for organic fertiliser venture AT R E Y O M U K H O PA D H YAY @ Chennai DONE with playing cricket for India, MS Dhoni’s second innings is likely to see him spend more time with his business ventures. The former skipper, who will continue to play for Chennai Super Kings, remains a soughtafter name in the endorsement world. But there is an organic fertiliser project that might take up a ch u n k o f h i s t i m e a f t e r this year’s IPL. According to Mihir Diwakar, MD of Aarka Sports which manages Dhoni and other cricketers, the player from Ranchi has become a stakeholder in New Global. This company has two products in the market already and plans to increase the number to 15. “Dhoni will be associated in a big way and I will be in the UAE in September to finalise talks with him about this and other matters. He has tested the organic fertiliser in his farmhouse,” said Diwakar. New Global has factories in Mumbai and Bhavnagar in Gujarat, other than an office in N ew D e l h i . D h o n i seems to be impressed with what he has seen. “Dhoni is happy with the product and has acquired a big stake. This will be launched formally after the IPL,” added Diwakar. incident has put the Yogi Adityanath government in a spot with the Opposition berating the government over the law and order situation. Deputy SP, Dhaurahra, Abhishek Pratap said the two culprits were arrested on Friday Lakhimpur Kheri SP Satyendra Kumar said the accused have been booked under offences of murder and gangrape. The National Security Act will aslo be invoked against the accused, he added THE Karnataka Cabinet is expected to discuss the issue of banning the Popular Front of India (PFI), the ideological wing of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), at its next meeting scheduled to be held on Thursday . If Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa approves the proposal, the State Home Ministry will write to the Union Home Ministry with its recommendations. While the State Government cannot propose a ban on the SDPI, since it is a political outfit that has contested elections in Karnataka, the cabinet ministers are set to propose a ban on the PFI. The SDPI, which was registered as a political party with the Election Commission of India in 2013, has been making gradual inroads, cornering minority votes, in Karnataka since the 2013 Assembly elections. “They managed to retain their deposit in the Narasimharaja Assembly constituency in Mysuru,” a political analyst, who did not want to CONTINUED ON: P5 be named, pointed out. 27 men at ITBP’s Belagavi camp test positive in a day @ Belagavi 13 villages flooded Water from Godavari river has flooded 13 villages in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. More than 1,800 people have been shifted to seven rehabilitation centres. P5 POLICE TO INVOKE N.S.A. AGAINST ACCUSED A N U S H A R A V I & B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru VIRAL ATTACK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE grievous injuries were inflicted on the victim’s tongue and eyes. According to local police sources, the girl had gone to her fields on Friday afternoon. When she did not return, her family started looking for her and found her body in a sugarcane field. The K’taka cabinet to discuss ban on PFI at next meeting Telephone service on between UAE, Israel YOUR LIFE COACH Rivers in spate Incessant showers in Maharashtra have resulted in Krishna and Ghataprabha rivers getting swollen, creating panic among villagers residing on the river banks. With most roads submerged, people use afibre-made motor boat to cross a channel near Vijayawada on Sunday | PRASANT MADUGULA 350 houses damaged About 350 houses have been damaged. With water levels of Godavari set to increase, authorities are on high alert. At least five National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed 2 arrested for rape, murder of minor in UP EXPRESS READ Pvt train operators can choose halts Ex-cricketer, UP minister Chauhan dies of Covid-19 Brand likely to stay intact Dhoni’s business partners and managers are confident the brand won’t be affected post India retirement. He endorses nearly 30 brands | P11 night itself. He added that Sanjay Gautam and Santosh Yadav were arrested on the basis of the complaint filed by the girl’s father. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav accused the state government of shielding criminals who commit rape, kidnapping and murder. “The police must initiate such strong action that it becomes a deterrent for criminals,” said Congress leader Jitin Prasada. A former cricketer and a minister in the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, Chetan Chauhan, died on Sunday due to Covid-19. He had tested positive for coronavirus on July 11 and was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow. Later, on July 31, he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram as his condition deteriorated. Doctors at Medanta said, Chauhan died of multipleo r g a n f a i l u re. C h a u h a n played 40 Tests and 7 ODIs from 1969 to 1981. He is regarded as the best opening partner Sunil Gavaskar ever had. Together, they shared 11 Test century stands, 10 of them for the opening wicket. He was particularly effective against the fast bowlers of Australia and Pakistan. Not flashy as a batsman, he put a premium on his wicket and was diffiP11 cult to dislodge.
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