VISAKHAPATNAM l FRIDAY l AUGUST 21, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA, CHINA AGREE TO WORK TOWARDS FULL DISENGAGEMENT A diplomatic talk on India-China border disputes was held on Thursday as military-level engagements have hit a wall FILE PHOTO TO MAINTAIN CLOSE COMMUNICATION BOTH SIDES KEEN ON PEACE In the 18th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC), India and China agreed to continue to work towards a complete disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control. The two sides agreed to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels to ensure that the goal is met ■ Acknowledging that peace at border is key for improving ties, it was agreed to resolve disputes in an “expeditious manner” ■ The Indian delegation was led by Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary, (East Asia) Ministry of External Affairs. Senior Chinese foreign ministry official Hong Liang represented Beijing WMCC IS A CONSULTATION MECHANISM FOR MANAGEMENT OF INDIA-CHINA BORDER 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 JOBLESS INDL WORKERS TO GET HALF OF 3 MTHS PAY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN a move that will benefit at least 40 lakh jobless industrial workers, the Centre on Thursday decided to give 50% of their three months’ salary as unemployment benefit. This will be applicable to those who lost their jobs after March 31 as well as those who might lose their jobs before December 31. Industrial workers whose monthly salary does not exceed `21,000 fall under the ambit of the scheme. To avail the benefit, workers have to show their Aadhaar number as proof. The proposal was approved at a meeting of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Board held on Thursday headed by La, bour minister Santosh Gangwar. “It has been decided to relax the existing conditions and the amount of relief for workers who have lost employment during the Covid-19 pandemic period. The enhanced relief under the relaxed conditions will be payable during the period of 24.03.2020 to 31st December 2020,” a statement from the ESIC said. Review of these conditions will be done after December 31, depending on the need and demand for such relaxed condition, the ESIC said. EXPRESS READ Inflation worry behind no rate cut: MPC New Delhi: RBI’s six-member Monetary Policy Committee, which met earlier this month, found the spike in consumer inflation so alarming that it chose to delay taking more steps to boost growth, minutes of the MPC meet released on Thursday showed | P10 `1 L for info on accused in V’wada blaze Police promise reward, say Ramesh Hospitals management not cooperating with investigation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Vijayawada City Police have announced a reward of `1 lakh to anyone who provides information on the whereabouts of the absconding key persons wanted in connection with the fire at the Swarna Palace Covid Care Centre (CCC) here that killed 10 patients and left 18 others injured. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday Vijayawada City Po, lice Commissioner Bathini Srini- ing, Srinivasulu said special vasulu said the management of Ramesh Hospitals, which was teams were formed to nab those who are absconding, and running the CCC, is not have gone to Hyderabad, cooperating with the Bengaluru and Chennai probe. “Though they are to find them. “We are in a profession that researching for people who quires responsibility it is , hold top positions in unfortunate that they are Ramesh Hospitals,” he behaving irresponsibly,” said. he stated, adding that the “They are not even in a responsibility to render P Ramesh Babu, MD of the hosp position to say what kind justice to the victims now of MoU was signed belies with the police. Pointing out that the accused tween the hospital and hotel. The and the suspects are not cooperat- hotel does not have an NOC from Vijayawada ranks 4th, Vizag 9th among the cleanest Indian cities EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada TWO major cities in Andhra Pradesh — Vijayawada and Greater Visakhapatnam — are respectively the fourth and ninth cleanest cities in the country with a population of more than 10 lakh, according to the fifth edition of the nation-wide annual cleanliness survey ‘Swachh Survekshan 2020’. The temple town of Tirupati was ranked sixth among cities with a population between 1 lakh and 10 lakh. Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday announced the rankings at the Swachh Mahotsav organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA). Further, Vijayawada secured the sixth rank, while Tirupati placed 12th and Greater Visakhapatnam 17th among the top 25 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the counrty with more than 1 lakh people. CONTINUED ON P4 To contain the spread of Covid-19, the state govt on Thursday said pandals should not be erected in public places. Here are the govt’s appeals to the public for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations the fire services department and the CCC was being operated even before permission was obtained,” he added, and said the hospital management didn’t follow GO 77, which was about Covid-19 management. The PC further said that of the 31 patients lodged at the hotel when the mishap took place, 26 tested negative for Covid-19, and of the 10 who lost their lives, six later tested negative. He called upon the hospital management to surrender to the police. NO GANESH IDOL PANDALS IN PUBLIC PLACES TEN GATES OPENED AT SRISAILAM When there are no restrictions on Perform pooja at home instead of in public places liquor shops, why is the govt Practise physical imposing distancing, wear masks restrictions on celebrating a when shopping for the festival? CM festival Jagan should Physical distancing, reconsider wearing of masks to be ensured at temples S Vishnuvardhan Reddy, BJP state V-P With the reservoir almost full, officials lifted 10 crest gates. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, it is expected to be filled to capacity today | P2 Bhushan gets three days to apologise K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Thursd ay g ave l aw ye r- a c t iv i s t Prashant Bhushan three days to reconsider his stand that he won’t apologise for his defamatory tweets against the judiciary A bench headed by Justice . Arun Mishra observed the tone, tenor and content of Bhushan’s ‘defiant statement’ makes the matter even worse. It asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to go through Bhushan’s affidavit in justification of his tweets, and see if his reply is a defence or an aggravation of contempt. However, Bhushan told the court he won’t change his statement. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said he will not seek mercy to escape punishment for doing what believed was right. Bhushan told the court, “I am pained not because I can be punished but because I’ve been misunderstood. I believe open criticism is necessary to safeguard the constitutional order. My tweets were a small attempt to discharge what I consider my highest duty Dushyant Dave, .” appearing for Bhushan, urged the court to defer the hearing on sentence as he sought to file a review petition.
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