HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION JEE (MAINS) HELD AMID STRINGENT PRECAUTIONS VIGIL TO KEEP THE DEADLY VIRUS AWAY National-level entrance exam for admission to engg colleges began on Tuesday with strict social distancing measures Staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitisers at the gate, distribution of masks and maintaining social distancing as candidates queued up, were among the scenes witnessed at the exam centres across the country. The exam, which has been postponed twice in view of the Covi-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6 ■ 9 lakh FLOOD-HIT STUDENTS TO GET 2ND CHANCE ■ Flood-hit Maharashtra and West Bengal said many students could not take the exam. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC said those who could not reach exam centres can seek re-test The exam was amid protests from Opposition parties and a section of students against holding it in the midst of a pandemic THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR JEE-MAINS 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 Amid talks, China’s fresh bid to alter status quo Army says Chinese side resorted to aggression at Pangong Tso along LAC even as commander-level talks were on P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday said the Chinese side resorted to aggression on Monday at the south bank of the Pangong Tso along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) even as commander-level talks were on to resolve the fresh face-off. “On August 31, even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action. Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Amid fresh tensions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Army top brass. The meeting chaired by Singh went for about two hours. Jaishankar, Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Genral Bipin Rawat and Army C h i e f M M N a r av a n e participated. The Director General Military Operations, the operations head of the Army, too, attended the meeting, according to an officer. “The meeting was held to analyse the current situation and discuss the future course of all military and diplomatic options,” he said. India has consolidated its position by occupying the heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso. “It was a preemptive move after we observed Chinese movement towards the area accompanied with the heavy machinery to create infrastructure,” sources said. The second brigade commander-level meeting in as many days on Tuesday was inconclusive with China accusing India of entering Chinese territory, an allegation the Indian side rejected. Meanwhile, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong accused India of flagrant provocations on August 31. “India’s move has grossly violated China’s territorial sovereignty seriously violat, ed relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and severely damaged peace and tranquillity along the China-India border areas. Similar accusations of trespassing the LAC were made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on a trip to Europe, said that the problem has arisen as the two countries do not have a clearly demarcated border. HC sets Kafeel Khan free, quashes charges granted bail on January 29 but was not released. Instead, the THE Allahabad High Court on NSA was invoked against him in Tuesday dropped all charges un- February by the Aligarh district der the National Security Act magistrate. (NSA) against Dr Kafeel The bench observed: Khan, who was detained “The state authorities for his speech during the have failed to discharge anti-CAA protests on the their bounden burden to Aligarh Muslim Univerestablish that the lecture sity campus in Decemdelivered by Khan on Deber last year. cember 12, 2019, has such Dr Kafeel Khan “A complete reading a deleterious effect on of the speech also nothe public order in AliKalita where threatens peace gets bail garh as had continued to and tranquility of the exist up to February 13, city of Aligarh. The ad- The Delhi HC 2020 necessitating predress gives a call for na- ordered bail ventive detention of the to activist tional integrity and unidetenue on that later Devangana ty among the citizens,” date.” the division bench com- Kalita, saying It said the appellant she was prising Chief Justice Gowas also denied the oppresent in a vind Marhur and Justice portunity to seek the peaceful Saumitra Dayal Singh, court’s intervention agitation, said while allowing a haagainst his detention unwhich is a beas corpus writ petition der the NSA as “the orfiled by his mother Nu- fundamental ders of the extension of right | P8 zhat Perween. detention were never While the speech was served upon the detenue. delivered on December 12, Dr Only radiograms relating to the Khan was arrested at the Mum- decision of the state governbai airport by the UP Special ment for the extension of the Task Force on January 29. term of detention were supplied The petition said Dr Khan was to the him.” Q1 (April-Jun) Q2 (Jul-Sep) Q3 (Oct-Dec) Q4 (Jan-Mar) FREE FALL Hyd Metro Rail services to resume on Sept 7 Hyderabad: After a five-month break, Hyderabad Metro Rail will be back on track from September 7. “Metro Rail is permitted to operate from September 7 in a graded manner,” according to Unlock-4 guidelines. P4 2,734 COVID CASES AND NINE DEATHS RECORDED IN TELANGANA PAGE 4 5.2 4.4 4.1 3.1 2018 Figures in % 2019 Overall 2018-19 N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow EXPRESS READ 7.1 6.2 5.6 5.7 India’s GDP growth has been steadily declining over the past many quarters. Here’s a look: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday | PIB EXPRESSING serious displeasure over the modalities for meeting the shortfall of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation payable to States, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “the Centre is abdicating its responsibility of fully compensating States by taking recourse to legal opinion”. In a letter to Modi, Rao said: “The Centre has violated the provisions of GST Act by parking the surpluses in the Consolidated Fund instead of parking them in the non-lapsable Compensation Fund in the Public Account and using the surpluses for meeting its expenditure in the years 201718 and 2018-19. Now that there is a deficit, the States are being asked to borrow.” TELANGANA recorded the third highest suicide rate in the country at 20.6 per cent behind Kerala (24.3 per cent) and Chhattisgarh (26.4 per cent) in 2019, according to a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report. As per the report — Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India (ADSI) 2019 — the State also re- -23.9 2020 THREE sets of data released on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the state of the country’s economy . GST collection for August fell both on a year-on-year basis as well as sequentially On an annual basis, the . August mop-up at `86,449 crore was 12% lower compared to `98,202 crore recorded in the same month last year. Experts, however, say the drop in indirect tax collection is due to reduced imports and that the latest revenue figure is actually impressive as it shows domestic economic activity is on the mend. GST collections have faltered since the beginning of the current fiscal as Covid-19-induced lockdown disrupted economic activity. The revenue collected in April was `32,172 crore, `62,151 crore in May, `90,917 crore in June and `87,422 crore in July . Meanwhile, India’s manufacturing sector activity reentered the growth territory in August. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose from 46 in July to 52 in August, signalling an improvement after four consecutive months of contraction. With economic activity picking up pace, energy use is also gradually going up across the country Accord. ing to power consumption data released on Tuesday , 110.57 billion units were consumed in August, almost FULL COVERAGE P10 the similar level as last year. ments have increased. In April, 2020, we suffered a revenue loss of 83 per cent, whereas Covid-19 pandemic related expenditures have increased. We are faced with the difficult task of meeting the expenditure through front loading of market borrowings, taking resort to ways and means advances and overdrafts. With the broad fiscal policy being controlled by the Central government, States are forced to depend on the Centre even to go for market borrowings,” the Chief Minister said. He also pointed out that the borrowings were limited to three per cent of the GSDP to States, whereas the limit for the Centre was 3.5 per cent, which was against the federal spirit of the Constitution. CONTINUED ON P5 Dubious record: TS suicide rate third highest in country E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad 4.2 E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Centre abdicating responsibility on GST compensation, says KCR “States are in the forefront of fighting Covid-19 and reviving the stalled economic activities. They need more resources than the Centre,” the Chief Minister said. “The then UPA government assured the States on payment of full compensation after the abolition of Central Sales Tax (CST). However, the States were denied CST compensation and Telangana was deprived of `3,800 crore on account of revenue loss by CST,” he added. Despite the statutory mandate of paying full GST compensation once in two months, the States have not been paid GST compensation since April, 2020, he said. “While the States’ revenue collections have significantly declined, their expenditure commit- 6.1 Q1(April-Jun) GST mop-up down, auto, mfg sectors up FAREWELL, STATESMAN E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Overall 2019-20 corded fourth highest farmer suicides in the country during the year. The State saw 491 farmers die by suicide, of whom 373 were cultivating their own lands and 118 were farming on leased lands. The report also says that as many as 6,964 persons died and 21,999 persons were injured in 21,570 road accidents in the State P2 during 2019. IF EVERYONE WEARS A MASK, WE CAN ACHIEVE 90% EFFECT OF LOCKDOWN: DR D NAGESHWAR REDDY Can you be reinfected by Covid if you’ve recovered from it once already? How long after you notice symptoms can you afford to wait before you rush to a hospital? If the virus keeps mutating over time, will the upcoming Covid vaccine still be effective? Six months of on-again, off-again lockdowns later, the average Indian still has a whole load of basic questions about the virus. To address them, TNIE Editor G S Vasu spoke to renowned gastroenterologist and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy. The Hyderabadbased Chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology sought to dial down the panic, spoke on how wearing masks can achieve 90% effect of lockdown, and why India’s numbers are likely to be 5x higher than we think. Scan the QR code or watch it on: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lUGKK4KjyLM For transcript on TNIE site, go to https://bit.ly/3bh6fJX HUGE RELIEF TS announces LRS for unauthorised properties S BACHAN JEET SINGH @ Hyderabad PEACEFUL SEND-OFF Devotees capture the moment on their mobile phones as the Khairtabad Ganesh idol is immersed in Hussainsagar at Tank Bund, in Hyderabad on Tuesday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN | P3 DECKS have been cleared to regularise unapproved and illegal layouts in urban as well as rural areas of Telangana. According to a new order — Regularisation of Unapproved and Illegal Layout Rules 2020 for urban and rural areas — issued by the State government on Tuesday owners or develop, ers of unapproved and unauthorised plots or layouts, not covered under the prohibitory category, can apply for regularisation of their properties by October 15, 2020. As per the new Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS), they can file an online application or at Mee Seva Centre or Citizens Service Centres (CSC) in the prescribed format for regu- larisation of their properties before the competent authority . The registration fee for individual plot owners is `1,000 and for layout developers it is `10,000 for the entire layout. The payment can be made online at the time of submitting the application. All applications received within the stipulated time will be taken up for processing and the applicants will be required to pay regularisation fee once their applications are accepted. Basic regularisation charges include betterment, development and layout scrutiny charges as well as penalty and other charges. For less than 100 sq.m plot, the basic regularisation charges will be `200 per sq.m. CONTINUED ON P3
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