BHUBANESWAR l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 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 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 planned in a phased manner. Meanwhile, members of the group EVEN though none of the issues who sent the letter on Tuesday said raised by 23 senior party leaders in they can’t be termed ‘dissenters’ as their letter to Congress boss Sonia their intention was only to strengthen Gandhi was discussed at the Congress the party. Speaking to TNIE, former Working Committee (CWC) meeting Karnataka chief minister M Veerappa on Monday, their concerns will be ad- Moily said, the aim was to ensure that dressed, sources said. the Congress is battle-ready to The All India Congress Comtake on the BJP in the 2024 genmittee (AICC) could soon see eral elections and not to question the party leadership. organisational changes with a Moily, who was among the reshuffle planned in many leaders who signed the letter, states. Party sources said the said they all have absolute restructuring of state units has already started while a Sonia to get faith in Sonia Gandhi. CWC member Anand Sharthorough revamp of the functional ma said the letter was written AICC is on the cards. team with the best interest of the The coming weeks could see reshuffle of general sec- Sonia Gandhi will party in mind. retaries and state in-charges. get a functional “India needs a strong oppoA c c o r d i n g t o s o u r c e s, team, comprising sition to confront the BJP. both old and Suggestions for the party’s Jharkhand in-charge R P N young hands to renewal made in sincerity are Singh, Punjab in-charge Asha Kumari, and Chhattis- help her overhaul not dissent,” he tweeted. Rathe party garh in-charge P L Punia will jya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha, either be moved to other one of the signatories, s t a t e s o r r e l i e v e d o f t h e i r agreed. “The letter was a parchment responsibilities. of action to strengthen the party,” he A few fresh faces are also likely to be said. inducted in the top team while young Another leader claimed nobody in leaders may be given organisational the CWC meeting questioned the conposts. The changes, however, are tent of the letter, only its timing. 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, two brothers 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 Chargesheet names Umar in the terror attack which claimed the Farooq (left)as the main lives of 40 CRPF soldiers, naming JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and two of accused | 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— 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 absconding. P10 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 7,3 disrupted.
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