TIRUPATI l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION PETROL PRICES HIKED FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DAY The Oil Marketing Companies increased the price of petrol in metros for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday DIESEL PRICES UNCHANGED SINCE JULY 30 According to the IndianOil website, petrol prices in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai increased to `81.73, `83.24, `88.39, `84.73 per litre respectively. The prices in Bengaluru and Hyderabad were `84.39 and `84.94 on Tuesday respectively. Meanwhile, the diesel prices have stayed the same across all metros since July 30 ■ `1.3 PRICE HIKE ON NINE OF THE LAST 10 DAYS ■ Oil companies started raising petrol prices on August 16 after a 47-day pause. Prices have gone up on nine of the 10 days since International crude prices rose on Tuesday as storms headed for the Gulf of Mexico shut over half of the region’s offshore production on Monday. Brent rose by 1.86% to $45.97 a barrel IS HOW MUCH THE PETROL PRICES HAVE GONE UP IN DELHI SINCE AUGUST 16 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 Congress to address veterans’ concerns Senior leaders who wrote to Sonia say their sole aim was to make the party battle-ready for 2024 polls tional posts. The changes, however, are planned in a phased manner. EVEN though none of the issues Meanwhile, members of the group raised by 23 senior party leaders in who sent the letter on Tuesday said their letter to Congress boss Sonia they can’t be termed ‘dissenters’ as Gandhi was discussed at the Congress their intention was only to strengthWorking Committee (CWC) meeting en the party. The intention behind writing a letter calling for meason Monday, their concerns are ures to strengthen the party likely to be addressed, sources was to ensure that the Consaid. gress is battle-ready to take The All India Congress on the BJP in the 2024 general Committee (AICC) could soon elections and not to question see organisational changes the party leadership, Conwith a reshuffle planned in many states. Sonia to get gress leader and former Karnataka CM M Veerappa Party sources said the refunctional structuring of state units Moily told TNIE. team has already started while a Moily, who was among the thorough revamp of the Sonia Gandhi will leaders who signed the letget a functional AICC is on the cards. ter, said they all have absoThe coming weeks could team, comprising lute faith in Sonia Gandhi. both old and see reshuffle of general secCWC member Anand young hands to retaries and state in-chargSharma said the letter was es. According to sources, help her overhaul written with the best interest the party Jharkhand in-charge R P N of the party “India needs a . Singh, Punjab in-charge strong opposition to confront Asha Kumari, and Chhattisgarh in- the BJP Suggestions for the party’s re. charge P L Punia will either be moved newal made in sincerity are not disto other states or relieved of their sent,” he tweeted. Rajya Sabha MP responsibilities. Vivek Tankha, one of the signatories, A few fresh faces are also likely to agreed. “The letter was a parchment be inducted in the top team while of action to strengthen the party,” he young leaders may be given organisa- said 2x8 R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi NO PHYSICAL DISTANCE Physical distancing norms blatantly violated as candidates who were selected to work as nurses wait for their certificates to be verified, at the King George Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday | G SATYANARAYANA Excesses against Dalits won’t be tolerated, Jagan warns policemen EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada CHIEF Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday said the state government will not tolerate any excesses by the police against Dalits. His remarks came after a series of incidents in which Dalits were mistreated by the police; and in one such case, a youngster in Prakasam district died. “For the first time, our government is even arresting policemen who assault or mistreat Dalits,” Jagan asserted. Addressing Collectors and Superintendents of Police during the Spandana review through video-conferencing, the CM said police officials, irrespective of their stature, will be held accountable for their mistakes. “Even if it was an SI, CI or others, we in- Even if it was an SI, CI or others, we investigated cases in a transparent manner and took action by booking them under the SC, ST Atrocities Act YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister vestigated cases in a transparent manner and took action by booking them under the SC, ST Atrocities Act. Such action was taken in four-five incidents,” he said. Jagan said these measures are intended to bring about a change in society, and asked the officials to act as though the victims were their relatives. He added that the entire system should be changed, and even relatives of senior officials should not be spared in cases of atrocities against people from weaker sections of society He recalled the ton. sure case, and said immediate action was taken. He added that all policemen should be given orientation classes and sensitised to handle such situations. “SPs should orient their men. Though it is difficult, the Home Minister, DGP and Additional DG are taking immediate action in such cases to change attitudes in society,” he said, and stressed the need for the police to adopt a huP5 mane approach. NIA CHARGESHEETS AZHAR, 2 BROTHERS S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi THE Jaish-e-Mohammad had plans to carry out a second terror strike after the Pulwama attack of 2019 but it called it off due to international pressure and India’s aggressive actions like the Balakot strike, according to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in the ter ror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers, naming JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and two of his brothers Rauf Azghar and Maulana Mohammed Ammar as the masterminds of the attack. According to the NIA, the trio was continuously giving directions and guidance to FIRE IN KERALA SECRETARIAT It broke out in the Protocol wing of the General Admin Department P5 EXPRESS READ RBI flushed out `1.1L cr worth pink notes Hyderabad: It appears that the RBI flushed `1.1 lakh crore worth `2,000 notes out of the system last fiscal. Evidence came from none other than the central bank’s FY20 Annual Report released Tuesday. Both the value and volume of pink notes shrunk a staggering 16% even as the number of `500 and `200 notes merrily inched higher. In volume terms, a record 5,512 lakh pieces of `2,000 notes were taken off the circulation grid 2nd Covid serosurvey nears completion Omar Farooq, Sameer Ahmad Dar and Adil Ahmad Dar| PTI Pakistani terrorists who had infiltrated into India for the purpose. The NIA has charged a total of 19 accused for carrying out one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir - seven Pakistanis and 12 locals. While seven of accused have been killed, seven are under arrest and five are abscondP8 ing. Chennai:A second round of national serosurvey to estimate the real size of Covid-19 infection in India will be completed by the first week of September, the Indian Council of Medical Research director general Dr Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday. The study will involve testing 28,000 samples for antibodies against SARS CoV 2. More centres for NEET, JEE exams New Delhi: The National testing Agency that conducts JEE, NEET exams said on Tuesday it will increase the number of exam centers to ensure the safety of the students. The NTA has also decided to limit the number of candidates in each room. Officials in the Ministry of Education asserted on Tuesday the exams will be conducted as per schedule next month 9,419 92 AP VIRAL WATCH 9,927 64,351 new deaths new cases new recoveries positivity rate new samples tested 3,460 3,71,639 2,78,247 total deaths 11.07% total cases 33,56,852 total recoveries 74.87% recovery rate TOTAL SAMPLES TESTED 89,932 62,862 active cases 0.93% mortality rate tests per million HC stays probe into V’wada fire, asks why Collector, other officials were not booked E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued interim orders staying proceedings against the managing director (MD) of Ramesh Cardiac and Multispeciality Hospitals Dr Ramesh Babu and non-executive chairman Sitarama Mohan Rao in the case registered by the Governorpet police over the Swarna Palace hotel fire mishap that claimed 10 lives. Dr Ramesh Babu and Mohan Rao filed a petition in the court seeking a stay on their arrest and quashing the case registered by the Vijayawada city police against the hospital management. Hearing the petition, Justice D Ramesh asked why the district Collector, Sub-Collector and District Medical and Health Of ficer (DM&HO), who permitted Ramesh ‘DM&HO won’t be spared, notices already issued’ When the High Court asked why action was not taken against the Collector and DMHO, who permitted Ramesh Hospitals to run the Covid Care Centre, the public prosecutor said the DM&HO will not be spared and notices were already issued to the Collector and DM&HO. The public prosecutor also urged the court not to pass any interim orders on the case Hospitals to run the Covid Care Centre (CCC) from Swarna Palace, were not named as the accused in the case. Justice Ramesh said the investigation in the case should not proceed till these officials are named as accused in the case. Stating that the negligence of the administration is clearly evident, the court asked the public prosecutor how the sub-collector allowed a quarantine centre to be run from Swarna Palace by the Airports Authority. The quarantine centres were set up as per a government order, and this fact should not be ignored, Justice D Ramesh observed. The petitioners’ counsel D Srinivas told the court the DM&HO gave permission to run the CCC after confirming that the hotel had the basic infrastructure. CONTINUED ON P5 Bhushan: Court reserves verdict on punishment Not about us; it’s about the institution, says apex court “If a person says he didn’t make a mistake and he won’t apologise for it despite repeated opportunities, what will be the purpose of saying don’t do it again? It is not about us or him. It is about the institution after all,” Justice Mishra said while hearing the case K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to activist-laywer Prashant Bhushan in the suo-motu contempt of court case for his tweets against the judiciary . The apex court had on August 14 held Bhushan guilty of contempt for his tweets. At the outset of the hearing, a three-Judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra asked Attorney General K K Venugopal for his opinion on the quantum of punishment. The A-G submitted that Bhushan should be let off with a warning telling him not to repeat this in future. CONTINUED ON P7 SURVIVAL SKILLS Renowned scholar & lecturer in Kadapa turns construction worker due to Covid-19 S N A G A R A J A R A O @ Kadapa HE’S a well-known writer and scholar in Rayalaseema who researched Rayalaseema literature for his doctoral thesis, which is now used as referral material by those pursuing postgraduate degrees in literature. But due to the coronavirus crisis, 40-year-old Tavva Venkataiah, who used to be a lecturer at a private degree college, is now a daily-wage construction labourer. He used to engage in literary discussions with giants in the field, and received accolades from Kendra Sahitya Academy award winners. But now, when he can’t find work as a construction labourer due to the rains, he tries to land a job as an agricultural labourer with his students, to support his wife Prameela, daughter Keerthana, father Venkatiah and brother Karthik. Since March, the college where he used to work has been shut due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Venkataiah had asked the college management to loan Venkataiah works at a construction site; (above) file photo of him being felicitated by Yogi Vemana University | EXPRESS him some money but it refused, , saying it too was in a financial crisis as the government did not provide its fee reimbursement. He then borrowed money from his friends to meet his daily needs. Following this, Venkataiah decided to work as a construction labourer, and now supports his family with his daily earning of `600. When there is no construction work, he works as a far m hand with his students. “Even becoming a construction labourer was difficult as several people didn’t employ me saying I am a PhD holder. The ‘respect’ they show doesn’t help in any way So I go to Cha. padu mandal from my village, Tavvurupalle, in Khajipet mandal, for construction work,” he says. Venkataiah points out that he has experience working as a mason, as he did the same job while pursuing his studies. The lecturer also expressed his frustration that his studies proved to be useless when he needed it the most. CONTINUED ON P3
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