WARANGAL FRIDAY AUGUST 21, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 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 Damp Ganesh Chaturthi in store as more rains lash TS Heavy inflows into dams, Nagarjuna Sagar gates to be lifted today, streams overflow, bridge caves in cutting off villages E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains across Telangana for the next 24 hours even as officials are preparing to lift spillway gates of Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) on Friday with inflows increasing into its reservoir. With rains lashing the State in the last few days and more rains forecast in the coming days, this year’s Ganesh Chaturthi is likely to be a damp affair. With 10 gates of Srisailam Dam having been lifted, the outflow at the project was 3,45,899 cusecs which is reaching NSP filling up the res, ervoir fast. The inflows into Srisailam on Thursday evening were 4,17,582 cusecs. The inflows and outflows from Almatti were recorded at 2,69,013 cusecs and 2.5 lakh cusecs respectively The outflows from Narayanpur dam were . 2,73,695 cusecs. The inflows to Jurala were 3,45,000 cusecs and outflows 3,52,221 cusecs. In Godavari basin, Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) was filled to two-thirds of its capacity . As against its full storage capacity of 90.31 tmcft, SRSP’s current storage is 68.43 tmcft. On Thursday, widespread rains continued across the State. While most parts of the State received light to moderate showers, heavy rains were recorded at a couple of places in Mulugu district. While Venkatapuram in the district received 90mm rainfall by Thursday night, the overflowing Jampanna Vagu resulted in caving in of a bridge connecting three villages of Dodla, Mallyala and Chinaboinapalle in Eturunagaram mandal and marooned CONTINUED ON P2 them. Swachh Survekshan: Hyd bags Best Mega City Award S B A C H A N J E E T S I N G H @ Hyderabad THE Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) led the way by winning the “Best Mega City in Citizen Feedback” award in above 40 lakh population category as Telangana bagged several honours in ‘Swachh Survekshan 2020’, the fifth edition of the nationwide annual cleanliness survey . In the overall performance, the Greater Hyderabad was ranked 23rd in above 10 lakh population category ahead of Mission Bhagiratha puts TS on top Hyderabad: Telangana has emerged as the No 1 State in the country, in providing functional household tap connections for drinking water | P4 Greater Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, North and South Delhi Metro Cities. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced the awards SC gives Bhushan 3 days to apologise for tweets K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi The bridge connecting Dodla, Mallyala and Chinaboinapalle villages of Eturunagaram mandal in Mulugu district caves in as Jampanna Vagu overflows following heavy rains MEDARAM VILLAGE INUNDATED The overflowing Jampanna Vagu in Mulugu district completely inundated Medaram village. The district’s revenue and police officials have pressed their personnel into service, to take up rescue and relief operations. 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 d e f a m at o r y t we e t s 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 .” DETAILED REPORT ON P7 at the Swachh Mahotsav organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) on Thursday . Meanwhile, Medchal was adjudged the second cleanest city in South Zone and Karimnagar picked up the second best city for citizen-led awareness towards cleanliness award. Expressing his delight at the GHMC bagging two honours, Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan tweeted: “I am happy that this year GHMC bagged the Best Mega City in Citizen feedback in above 40 lakh population. Also we are in 23rd position in Swachh Survekshan rankings as against 35 in 2019.” This year, 4,384 cities participated in Swachh Mahotsav, of which 500 were with population of above one lakh. ‘’With the co-operation of public representatives, citizens and with the efforts of sanitation workers, Hyderabad city secured good rank this time,” the Mayor said. CONTINUED ON P3 Inflation worries made RBI decide against rate cuts New Delhi: The RBI’s six-member Monetary Policy Committee found the spike in consumer inflation so alarming that it chose to delay taking more steps to address the “deepest contraction in history” | P10 TS SEES 1,724 COVID CASES, 10 DEATHS I P4 Recovered woman cop donates plasma Apex Council meet may be postponed Hyderabad: “Saving lives is my duty, and if that means donating plasma, I will do it for as long as I have to,” said Sub-Inspector G Sandhya, who became the first woman police officer from the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate to donate plasma to a 55-yearold woman on Wednesday | P4 Hyderabad: The upcoming Apex Council meeting between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana might again be put off as Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the chairman of the Council, tested positive for Covid-19 and has since been hospitalised | P5
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