VISAKHAPATNAM l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION PETROL PRICES HIKED FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DAY The state-owned Oil Marketing Companies increased the price of petrol 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 Meanwhile, members of the group who sent the letter on Tuesday said EVEN though none of the issues they can’t be termed ‘dissenters’ as raised by 23 senior party leaders in their intention was only to strengththeir letter to Congress boss Sonia en the party . Gandhi was discussed at the Congress Speaking to TNIE, former KarnaWorking Committee (CWC) meeting taka chief minister M Veerappa on Monday, their concerns will be Moily said, the aim was to ensure addressed, sources said. that the Congress is battleThe All India Congress ready to take on the BJP in the Committee (AICC) could soon 2024 general elections and not see organisational changes to question the party with a reshuffle planned in leadership. many states. Party sources Moily, who was among the said the restructuring of leaders who signed the letSonia to get state units has already startter, said they all have absofunctional ed while a thorough revamp lute faith in Sonia Gandhi. team of the AICC is on the cards. CWC member Anand The coming weeks could Sonia Gandhi will Sharma said the letter was see reshuffle of general sec- get a functional written with the best interest retaries and state in-charg- team, comprising of the party in mind. both old and es. According to sources, “India needs a strong oppoyoung hands to Jharkhand in-charge R P N sition to confront the BJP. Singh, Punjab in-charge help her overhaul Suggestions for the party’s the party Asha Kumari, and Chhattisrenewal made in sincerity garh in-charge P L Punia are not dissent,” he tweeted. will either be moved to other states or Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha, one relieved of their responsibilities. of the signatories, agreed. “The letter A few fresh faces are also likely to was a parchment of action to be inducted in the top team while strengthen the party,” he said. young leaders may be given organisaAnother leader claimed nobody in tional posts. The changes, however, the CWC meeting questioned the conare planned in a phased manner. tent of the letter, only its timing. 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 HC stays probe into V’wada blaze, asks why Collector wasn’t booked EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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-Collec- ‘DM&HO won’t be spared, notices issued’ When the court asked why action was not taken against the Collector and DMHO, who permitted Ramesh Hospitals to run the CCC, the public prosecutor said the DM&HO will not be spared and notices were issued to the Collector and DM&HO tor and District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO), who permitted Ramesh Hospitals to run the Covid Care NIA CHARGESHEETS AZHAR, 2 BROTHERS 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 persons. Stating that the negligence of the administration is evident, the court asked the public prosecutor how the subcollector earlier allowed a quarantine centre to be run at Swarna Palace by the Airports Authority The quaran. tine 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 FIRE IN KERALA SECRETARIAT It broke out in the Protocol wing of the General Admin Department | P5 Govt announces more centres for JEE, NEET S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Jaish-e-Mohammad had plans to carry out a second terror strike after the Pulwama attack of 2019, but it was called 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 AMID rising pressure from various quarters to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the Centre on Tuesday decided to increase the number of centres for these examinations to ensure proper social distancing. The National Testing Agency under the Union education ministry which is responsible for organis, ing the tests, said the number of examination centres has been increased from 570 to 660 in case of JEE Main, while it has gone up to 3,843 from 2,546 for NEET. The agency also said that in case of JEE (Main), the number of shifts has been raised from earlier 8-12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85,000. The NTA said that to ensure proper social distancing inside the examination halls, the candidates will be seated in alternate seats. The number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12 now. “For ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates has been staggered,” said a statement by NTA Chargesheet names Umar Farooq (left)as the main accused | PTI Pakistani terrorists who had infiltrated into India for the purpose. The NIA has charged a total of 19 accused— seven Pakistanis and 12 locals— for carrying out one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. While seven of the accused have been killed, seven are under arrest and five are abP8 sconding. 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 Regardless of who you are, excesses against Dalits won’t be tolerated, Jagan warns cops E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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 lost his life. “For the first time, our government is even arresting policemen who assault or mistreat Dalits,” Jagan asserted. Addressing Collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) during the Spandana review through video-conferencing, the Chief Minister said police officials, irrespective of their stature, will be held accountable for their mistakes. “Even if it was an SI, CI or others, we investigated cases in a 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 transparent manner and took action by booking them under the SC, ST Atrocities Act. Such action was taken in four-five incidents,” Jagan said. He added that these measures are intended to bring about a change in society, and asked the officials to act as though the victims were their relatives. Jagan further said 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 humane approach. 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 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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