HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION PETROL PRICES HIKED FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DAY DIESEL PRICES UNCHANGED SINCE JULY 30 The Oil Marketing Companies increased the price of petrol in metros for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday PRICE HIKE ON NINE OF THE LAST 10 DAYS 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 ■ ■ 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 `1.3 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 concerns of veterans Senior leaders who wrote to Sonia say their sole objective was to make the party battle-ready for 2024 elections R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi EVEN though none of the issues raised by 23 senior party leaders in their letter to Congress boss Sonia Gandhi was discussed at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, their concerns are likely to be addressed, sources said. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) could soon see organisational changes with a reshuffle planned in many states. Party sources said the restruc- turing of state units has already started while a thorough revamp of the AICC is on the cards. The coming weeks could see reshuffle of general secretaries and state in-charges. According to sources, Jharkhand in-charge R P N Singh, Punjab incharge Asha Kumari, and Chhattisg arh incharge P L Punia will either be moved to other states or relieved of their responsibilities. A few fresh faces are also likely SPARE NONE TS TO TAKE BACK LAND IF FIRMS FAIL TO START OPERATIONS the reasons are not genuine, the government would issue proceedings for the resumpTHE State government has tion of the land. decided to act tough against Rama Rao also asked the the companies that are yet to officials to put in place a deset up their units in parcels tailed bluebook with inforof lands allotted to them. mation of industries in a Industries Minister KT sector-wise manner. He Rama Rao on Tuesday stated that this inforasked the officials not mation will be useful to spare such compafor the government nies as their number in tweaking the polihas gone up to about cies whenever 700. 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The meetings, including ed that the governofficials are one at Telangana ment will provide getting ready State Industrial Infull support to the to serve showfrastructure Corpocorporation. cause notices ration Ltd (TSIIC) to The Minister also on them keep watch on the reviewed the works companies going of Hyderabad Pharback on their promises. ma City, where he assured The Minister’s direction is that the City will have zero expected to help the govern- liquid discharge units, and ment to know if the compa- that arrangements will be nies have any genuine reason made for the centralised or they are simply sitting on treatment of the waste matethe land allotted to them. If rial from the city . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Sonia to get functional team Sonia Gandhi will get a functional team, comprising both old and young hands to help her overhaul the party to be inducted in the top team while young leaders may be given organisational posts. The changes, however, are planned in a phased manner. Meanwhile, members of the group who sent the letter on Tuesday said they can’t be termed ‘dissenters’ as their intention was only to strengthen the party The inten. tion behind writing a letter calling for measures to strengthen the party was to ensure that the Congress is battle-ready to take on the BJP in the 2024 general elections and not to question the party leadership, Congress leader and former Karnataka CM M Veerappa Moily told TNIE. Moily, who was among the leaders who signed the letter, said they all have absolute faith in Sonia Gandhi. CWC member Anand Sharma said the letter was written with the best interest of the party. “India needs a strong opposition to confront the BJP. Suggestions for the party’s renewal made in sincerity are not dissent,” he tweeted. Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha, one of the signatories, agreed. “The letter was a parchment of action to strengthen the party,” he said Old software: CID finds it difficult to JUDGE UNCONVINCED retrieve data at Srisailam power plant Bhushan: SC reserves R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad THE CBI officials, who are investigating the cause of the fire that destroyed four units of the underground hydel power station and killed nine employees at Srisialam last Thursday, are struggling to retrieve data on the computer systems since the software used was written in Fortran, an outdated programming language. “It is becoming difficult for us to use the software. Nevertheless we are trying to retrieve the data with the help of experts, which might hold the key as to what led to the fire,” one official, who is associated with the investigation into the fire, said. The officials are trying to get to the bottom of what caused the fire and how it spread quickly, and who should be held responsible for it. “Until we get all technical data and also the information about the situation prior to the time of the fire, it may not be easy for us to understand if it is a systemic failure or a human error,” the officer said. The CID officials, to begin with, are trying to find out how The CID officials say it is tricky and risky even to walk on the fourth floor, the most affected part of the plant the fire had started in the control panels, who were there at that time and how the entire hydel station became a gas chamber for the staff who were trapped inside. Though it has been five days since the mishap took place, the CID team is finding it difficult to reach the fourth level which was the most affected part of the station, where the floor, though made of concrete, had lifted up under the intensity of heat. “It is tricky and risky even to walk on the floor. But that is where the control panels are located. We should know to what extent they had suffered the damage and whether we could salvage anything worthwhile for us to investigate,” the officer added. When the fire broke out, the seven employees who perished in it, chose to stay there to put out the flames but could not succeed as the flames remained untamable, spreading quickly like conflagration, filling the entire station with thick toxic fumes, suffocating them to death. According to sources, the fire started when batteries meant for supplying 220 KV DC power were being fixed. The authorities are trying to find out if a short circuit that took place led to the fire or if the load had suddenly increased because of malfunction of a gadget. For obtaining technical details, the CID officials are holding talks with independent experts to find out the actual processes involved in generation of the hydel power and what had gone wrong and where. CONTINUED ON P5 verdict on punishment 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 threeJudge 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. An unconvinced justice Mishra replied, “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.” He added that it was painful for him to decide the case days before he is due to demit office on September 2. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Bhushan, reminded Justice Mishra that as a judge of the Calcutta High Court, he had let go of Mamata Banerjee after she said all judges were corrupt. This institution must have criticism and not just criticism but extreme criticism. Your shoulders are broad enough,” Dhavan said. He added, “Scandalising the court is ambiguous. Criticism of court is inevitable. Consider the bona fide of the P7 ‘offender’ and then consider the offence.” NIA names Azhar, two brothers in chargesheet 2,579 COVID-19 CASES AND NINE DEATHS RECORDED IN TELANGANA PAGE 4 S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi Eatala confirms two cases of reinfection EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad IT’S official. Out of one lakh detected SARS COV2 cases, there are two cases of reinfection in Telangana. For the first time, the State gover nment has acknowledged that they have treated cases of reinfection of patients with the novel Coronavirus. “The virus is new and we are learning about it daily There is . no guarantee that Coronavirus will not come again in those who were infected before. Those who are not developing antibodies in enough amount might get infected again,” Health Minister Eatala Rajender said. He, however, asked the citizens to keep courage as it is the main drug to tackle the pandemic. “Courage is the most important drug, followed by support of the public and the third important drug to battle Covid-19 is oxygen which the State government is working to provide at all hospital beds,” he said. Earlier in the day Director of , Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said that there were a few cases of reinfection in the State and that the symptoms were very mild. “As per our knowledge, the reinfection was not as severe. It is mild in most cases,” he said. In Hong Kong, it was two different strains of the virus that had infected the patient in whom the first official documentation of reinfection was done, he said and added: “The citizens must know that in case of reinfection also, the precautions to be taken are same.” HOLLOW MAN An Albert György-inspired Kapil Kapoor creation is installed by HMDA near Engineering Staff College of India in Khajaguda, Hyderabad. The photo was tweeted by MAUD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar AT A DISADVANTAGE EXPRESS READ 24L students lack access to online classes in the State More centres for NEET, JEE exams M AYA N K T I W A R I @ Hyderabad AN estimated 24 lakh schoolchildren, a majority of whom come from the marginalised communities, may not be able to access online classes which will begin on September 1. Though the State government has come up with collaborative adjustment learning system for e-education on Doordarshan, TSat network and the internet, it remains to be seen how effective it would be. The Directorate of School Education (DSE) on Tuesday directed the headmasters of schools in remote villages to make alternative arrangements after categorising the number of schoolchildren based on the availability of e-education resources like TVs, smartphones, internet connectivity and laptops. “They can learn at houses of their friend who have a TV or a smartphone. Anyway this is not , the beginning of the official academic year, so students from remote areas will not be affected as their gram panchayats would help them make collaborative ar- rangements,” a DSE official informed. “It is an alternative academic year. The modalities for re-opening schools are being worked out and would be based on the directions made by the Central government,” the official added. The gover nment directed gram panchayat and district education officers to arrange col- l ab o r at ive s c re e n i n g p ro grammes for students who do not have access to any of the resources for e-learning. T-SAT network will now be available on Bharti Airtel DTH and Airtel Xstream App. Until recently, the channel remained largely inaccessible as it was only available on cable TV . CONTINUED ON P4 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. 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 terror 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 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 J&K. P8 Omar Farooq, Sameer Ahmad Dar and Adil Ahmad Dar| PTI
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