WARANGAL THURSDAY AUGUST 27, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION CHINA SPRUCING UP MILITARY INFRA IN EASTERN SECTOR China has begun construction of huge habitat for large troop formation in the Eastern Sector, sources said on Wednesday Indian Army trucks move towards Ladakh on Wednesday | PTI PLA BUILDING A BRIGADE-SIZE GARRISON The Peoples Liberation Army is building a brigade size garrison at Gyantse in Tibet, which appears to be meant for the ground forces, sources said. Its construction reportedly began after January. Also, satellite images from June and July confirm that China is building and connecting roads to the border areas at multiple points in the Eastern Sector | P7 ■ 2021 STRATEGIC MISSILES ALSO DEPLOYED ■ ■ The new garrison includes six battalion headquarters and more than 600 sheds for vehicles and equipment It will be strategically positioned in Gyantse, which is not far from the Indian border states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Sources say China has also moved strategic missiles to the area WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GARRISON IS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED 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 Opposition to move SC to postpone JEE, NEET West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggests joint review petition by all CMs in the Supreme Court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AMID rising chorus against holding JEET/NEET in the midst of a pandemic, the Chief Ministers of seven Oppositionruled states met on Wednesday to discuss the prospects of filing a joint petition in the Supreme Court to postpone the exams. The development comes a day after the Centre decided to increase the number of examination centres for JEET and NEET to ensure social distancing. Both the exams are scheduled to be held in early September. During a virtual meeting called by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss issues faced by the Opposition-ruled states, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee mooted the idea of filing a joint petition before the apex court seeking a review after it rejected a plea on August 17 to postpone the exams. EXPRESS READ Phase II human trial of Oxford vaccine begins Pune: The Phase II clinical trial of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, being manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), began in Pune on Wednesday. Two male volunteers were administered the vaccine at Bharti Vidyapeeth’s Medical College and Hospital. According official sources, in all, 25 candidates will given the vaccine in the next seven days | P8 Swara: S-G refuses nod for contempt action New Delhi: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Wednesday refused consent to a plea seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker for her alleged “derogatory” statements against the SC on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict. The SG’s denial came within days of Attorney General K K Venugopal declining the go-ahead 3,018 COVID CASES, THE HIGHEST SINGLE DAY SPIKE, TOOK THE TALLY TO 1.11 LAKH IN TS PAGE 4 The SC had said, “Life cannot be stopped and the career of students cannot be put in jeopardy .” “Let us go to the Supreme Court and talk about this matter. This is a mental agony for students and with limited trains and flight operations, I don’t know how they will commute to sit for the exams. The situation is very serious with cases rising, we have to speak up for the children,” said Banerjee. Supporting Mamata’s suggestion, the other CMs present in the meeting said they should approach the court keeping in mind that the JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held from September 1-6 and NEET on September 13. Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren said a delegation should also meet President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. Keeping in mind the urgency of the matter, Punjab Chief Students protest Centre’s move to hold JEE, NEET exams amid Covid | PARVEEN NEGI 6.8L NEET students downloaded admit cards: Govt New Delhi: 6.84 lakh NEET candidates downloaded their hall tickets within five hours after its allocation began on Wednesday, the Centre said. A total of 15.9 lakh students have registered for the exam Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted after the meeting: “I have asked Advocate General, Punjab to coordinate with his counterparts in other States and to file a review petition in Supreme Court on NEET/JEE issue. In the midst of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, it is not safe for lakhs of students to appear for these examinations.” Addressing the Chief Ministers, Sonia said the government is indifferent to the difficulty students will have to endure if they have to write the exams amid Covid-19 induced restrictions. She also accused the government of handling the whole issue in a careless manner. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray cited a US report EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh – all BJP-ruled Thursday’s GST Council meet- states – too have conveyed their ing is likely to be stormy as displeasure over the Centre’s many states, including BJP- s t a n d o n d e l ay i n g G S T ruled ones, are miffed at non- compensation. payment of GST compensation Another sticky point is that to states. most states are not in favour of While Kerala and West Ben- opting for market borrowing. gal have been very vocal on They say the Centre should the delayed payout, many use the Consolidated Congress-ruled states Fund of India to pay have also accused the states or allow them to Centre of denying their levy some tax. rightful dues. According to the 101st Almost all states are Constitution Amendgoing through a rough ment, states will be patch as revenues have compensated for a peMeet to fallen drastically due to discuss all riod of five years from t h e c o r o n av i r u s the implementation of options pandemic. GST in July 2017. Under Punjab Finance Min- “Revenue fall is this provision, states a known fact. ister Manpreet Singh will have to be compenIn the last Badal said the state has sated till July 2022 for meeting, the received compensation any losses. Centre had only till March 2020 and The compensation shared the the Centre is sitting would meet the shortrevenue over `4,400 crore unfall in revenue to the situation. This states, assuming a 14% paid dues. meeting will Chhattisg arh has growth annually in complained the state discuss all the GST revenues. options,” a has not received a sinHowever, the GST gle penny since April senior official revenue growth was from the 2020 as compensation. less than anticipated. finance Last month, Kerala Even after three years ministry told Chief Minister of GST rollout, mop-up Pinarayi Vijayan had The New Indian has mostly remained Express also flagged the matter under `1 lakh crore per terming the Centre’s month. non-payment of GST compensaVapid GST collections and the tion to states unconstitutional. proportionately lower payout to Recently, Bihar deputy CM states have been a matter of disand state finance minister Su- cord between the Centre and shil Modi said the Centre has a states. Meanwhile, finance moral commitment to paying ministry sources said all soluthe states. tions will be discussed at ThursAccording to sources claim day’s GST Council meeting. P8 ASKING the Centre not to hide behind the RBI, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed it to clarify its stand on waiving interest on loans during the moratorium period. “It is your responsibility to take steps under the Disaster Management Act. You have enough powers to decide the issue of waiver. You cannot just depend on the RBI,” the bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhush- A POSTMAN became a super-spreader of Covid-19 at a village in Wanaparthy district of Telangana. In a span of six days, he infected about 110 people after visiting various houses to distribute pension amounts. The incident took place in Chinnambavi village where more than 2,500 people reside. “The incident came to our notice on the 20th of this month, when a sudden spike in cases was noticed. On investigation, we found a common primary contact — the postman. We immediately started house-to-house surveillance and isolated and tested all suspected cases,” said Dr A Srinivasulu, District Medical and Health Officer, Wanaparthy . While the incident triggered panic, the health officials are taking steps to prevent further spread of virus in the village. Meanwhile, officials said that all the infected villagers were largely asymptomatic and were having fewer symptoms. “Most of them are under home isolation and a few who do not have proper facilities at home are isolated at a government school. We are distributing essential items and home isolation kits to ensure no one is inconvenienced and also to ensure they do not step out, in order to prevent further spread of the virus,” the doctor added. To the relief of Health Department, just three fresh new cases were detected on Wednesday Meanwhile, Wanaparthy . district, which has 21 active containment zones, reported 337 cases in just one week. people who purchased plots or flats in unauthorised layouts will not be able to sell or transfer their properties. “In order to enforce statutory rule position, the instructions have been issued in respect of registration of open plots and structures in panchayat, municipality or municipal corporations, including the GHMC,” Chiranjeevulu said. The fresh instructions were issued as per the provisions of the Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019 and Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018, which safeguard against registration of unapproved plot, sub-divisions, buildings and structures. Now, only the plots or the approved layouts and plots which were regularised under layout regularisation scheme (LRS) are eligible for registration. Plots in unauthorised layouts will not be registered even though the same plot was registered earlier, the memo said. an said. The court was hearing a petetion filed by Agra resident Gajendra Sharma. Noting that the economic distress was created by the Centre’s nationwide lockdown, the Supreme Court asked the government to decide on the matter within one week. The court’s observation came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta referred to the RBI’s affidavit, and said the banking institutions are also distressed. “The problem was created by your (Centre) lockdown. This isn’t the time to take care of only the business interests. You must also consider the plight of the people,” the bench noted. Mehta said such observations could have some repercussions for the government, which has been issuing all necessary directions under the Disaster Management Act. “Then you must take a stand. Whether interest should be charged and any interest on interest should be charged during moratorium period,” the bench noted. Barcelona star Lionel Messi has asked club to release him. Here’s a brief look what transpired... Messi has told Barcelona through his lawyers he wants to leave despite a year remaining on his contract. This may lead to legal complications if both sides remain firm. @ Hyderabad 2001 20 Major titles Messi won at Barcelona P11 Devotees line up at Bibi ka Alawa to offer Dhatti to historic Bibi Ka Alam in the month of Moharram at Dabeerpura in Old City of Hyderabad on Wednesday HC refuses permission for Moharram procession EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad “Houses, buildings, apartments (flats) or any structures would be registered only if they have the approvals and permissions from the competent authority and on the registered document it should be clearly mentioned that the registration is in accordance with the sanctioned building plan,” the memo said. These fresh instructions will come into force with immediate effect and any violation of instructions will invite stringent disciplinary action, it added. New Delhi: Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the petitioners, told SC the loan moratorium scheme is ending on August 31 and it should be extended. “I am only saying that till these pleas are decided, the extension should not end,” Sibal said. SC posted the matter for September 1, asking the Centre to come back with its stand on the issue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE The club buying Messi has to pay Barcelona €700 million as release fee, but the 33-year-old believes he can leave as a free agent. Few clubs can match his weekly salary of €1 million, but the names of Bayern Munich, Manchester City, PSG are doing the rounds. Year when Messi joined the club’s junior team GOVT TO MAKE STAND ON MORATORIUM CLEAR BY SEP 1 HC dismisses Karvy’s pleas, paves way for SFIO probe Can Messi leave Barca? TS stops registration of unauthorised property HENCEFORTH, unauthorised plots or buildings will not be registered in the State. According to a memo issued by Stamps and Registration Commissioner T Chiranjeevulu on Wednesday, only approved and authorised plots or buildings will be registered now. As per the memo, unauthorised plots or buildings that were already registered too will not be considered for any official transactions, which means that the E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Clear the mess you created, SC tells Centre Stormy GST Council meet today, states not keen on mkt borrowing ENFORCING THE LAW EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad that said 97,000 children there were infected when schools reopened and expressed concern what will states do if such a situation arises here. He noted that schools could not be even opened in June when the number of cases was relatively less. How can, then, the situation be considered conducive now to hold examinations, he asked. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel and Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy agreed that they are ready to approach the apex court on the matter. “The general consensus is that the government of India should approach the supreme Court on this issue so that this problem can be tackled effectively said Gehlot. ,” However, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal reiterated that both the exams would be held next month as per schedule. Covid-positive postman infects 110 villagers THE Telangana High Court on Wednesday rejected the plea of Fatima Seva Dal Society seeking permission to take out a Moharram procession on August 30. Relying on a Supreme Court order, Justice T Vinod Kumar of Telangana High Court said that any religious activity confined to within the mosque are not interfered with, but processions are strictly banned. Justice Vinod Kumar passed this order in the petition filed by Fatima Seva Dal seeking direction to the State government to grant permission to car ry out the procession through Alawa Bibi, Dabeer- pura and other areas and to end it at Almas Mosque at Chaderghat. The petitioner society also sought permission for bringing an elephant into the State and to use it in the procession. After hearing both sides and perusing the Apex Court order, the judge observed that by virtue of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on July 29 this year, all processions are ‘banned’, and the Supreme Court has rejected similar pleas. Even the petition filed earlier, seeking permission to hold procession during Bonalu festival in the city was rejected keeping in view the turbulent situation prevailing in the State and all over the country, the judge noted. PAVING way for the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) probe into alleged financial irregularities at Karvy Stock Broking Limited Company Justice A Rajashek, er Reddy of Telangana High Court on Wednesday dismissed the two petitions filed by the financial services firm, challenging the decision of Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) in ordering SFIO probe and issuance of notices to the company on June 16 and 19 this year. On February 27 this year, the MCA directed the SFIO to investigate not only into the affairs of Karvy and its group companies but also nine other entities, including Wizard Insurance Services, Zenith Insurance Services, Buoyant Insurance and Nova Wealth Management Services. Justice Rajasheker Reddy rejected the argument of senior counsel S Niranjan Reddy, appearing for petitioner company, who submitted that the ministry has taken the decision without following due process of law, without proper enquiry and without giving an opportunity to be heard. The judge dismissed the two petitions by taking into consideration the submissions of Assistant Solicitor General N Rajeshwar Rao, appearing for the Central government, that the action of the petitioner company has affected the interests of more than 90,000 depositors.
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