BHUBANESWAR l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l JEYPORE 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 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 SC reserves verdict on Bhusan veterans’ concerns K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi Senior leaders who wrote to Sonia say their sole aim was to make the party battle-ready for 2024 polls sational 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 Con- their intention was only to strengthgress Working Committee (CWC) en the party. The intention behind meeting on Monday, their concerns writing a letter calling for measures are likely to be addressed, sourcto strengthen the party was to es said. ensure that the Congress is The All India Congress battle-ready to take on the Committee (AICC) could BJP in the 2024 general elecsoon see organisational tions and not to question the changes with a reshuffle party leadership, Congress planned in many states. leader and former KarnataParty sources said the re- Sonia to get ka CM M Veerappa Moily structuring of state units told TNIE. functional has already started while a Moily who was among the , team thorough revamp of the leaders who signed the letSonia Gandhi will ter, said they all have absoAICC is on the cards. The coming weeks could get a functional lute faith in Sonia Gandhi. see reshuffle of general sec- team, comprising CWC member Anand both old and retaries and state in-chargSharma said the letter was young hands to es. According to sources, written with the best interJharkhand in-charge R P N help her overhaul est of the party “India needs . the party Singh, Punjab in-charge a strong opposition to conAsha Kumari, and Chhattisfront the BJP. Suggestions garh in-charge P L Punia will either for the party’s renewal made in sinbe moved to other states or relieved cerity are not dissent,” he tweeted. of their responsibilities. Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha, one A few fresh faces are also likely to of the signatories, agreed. “The letter be inducted in the top team while was a parchment of action to ,” young leaders may be given organi- strengthen the party he said R I C H A S H A R M 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. 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. NIA chargesheets Azhar, 2 brothers 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 terror attack which claimed the Omar Farooq, Sameer lives of 40 CRPF soldiers, naming JeM Ahmad Dar and Adil chief Maulana Masood Azhar and two of Ahmad Dar| PTI 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 Jammu and Kashmir seven Pakistanis and 12 locals. While seven of accused have been P10 killed, seven are under arrest and five are absconding. 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 ‘offender’ and then consider the offence.” P9 Naveen against JEE & NEET exams EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar CHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday joined rising voices against conduct of JEE (Main) and NEET in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and demanded postponement of the exams scheduled in the first fortnight of September. Patnaik dashed off a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank seeking deferment of the exams in the interest and safety of the thousands of students who would be appearing the tests. “I would like to say that in view of the prevailing Covid pandemic situation in the country, it would be highly unsafe and perilous for the students to visit the state centres physically to appear in these tests,” the Chief Minister said. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled to conduct the JEE (Main) and NEET, 2020 tests on Sep- tember 1-6 and September 13 respectively The Chief Min. ister stated more than 50,000 students from Odisha are appearing in NEET and around 40,000 in JEE (Main) examination. However, the NTA has opened examination centres for the tests in seven towns only he said. , He said that as frequent lockdown/shutdown are being enforced, local transportation has also got P 3,7 disrupted.
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