HYDERABAD SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 06, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION ANDHRA BEST STATE TO DO BUSINESS: GOVT RANKINGS Andhra has topped the latest ease of doing business rankings, prepared by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry U.P. AT NUMBER 2, TELANGANA DROPS TO 3RD K’TAKA SLIPS TO 18TH, KERALA TO 28TH Uttar Pradesh, which ranked 12th in 2018, has come second in the 2019 rankings, while Telangana, which was second, has slipped to the third position. Madhya Pradesh (4th), Jharkhand (5th), Chhattisgarh (6th), Himachal Pradesh (7th), Rajasthan (8th), West Bengal (9th) and Gujarat (10th) are the others states in the top 10 ■ ■ ■ Karnataka dropped from 8th to 18th position. Tamil Nadu ranked 14th, slightly bettering its previous year’s rank of 15th Kerala slipped seven places to 28th while Odisha came 34th The ranking is based on implementation of the Centre’s Business Reform Action Plan 2018-19, which comprises 181 reform points 12th RANK FOR DELHI, UP FROM 23RD IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR 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 Telangana slips to 3rd spot in EoDB ranking; Law dept plays spoilsport directly related to the nonadoption of two reforms in the Law Department. Of the total 190 refor ms, Telangana had completed 187 — two were incomplete and one was rendered non-applicable. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Inter nal T rade’s (DPIIT) A I H I K S U R @ Hyderabad THE Telangana government has slipped from the second place to the third in the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) with regard to the implementation of the Business Reform Action Plan, according to a report released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday. The fall in the ranking is website lists the non-completed reforms as “ensure that at least 9 per cent of the vacancies in specialised commercial courts have been filled up” and “design and implement a system that allows publishing of e-cause l i s t s fo r c o m m e rc i a l disputes in commercial courts”. I congratulate the top three States — AP, UP and Telangana — for consistently taking reform steps. I am sure this competition is only going to get healthier, more reforms will come in the times to come Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister Government officials told Express that despite repeated reminders, the Law Department did not implement the reforms, resulting in a loss of points. But they also pointed out that bagging the third rank, despite not completing all reforms, was a laudable task, especially because there are six States which attained full marks in reforms, and did not miss out China abducted five Indians from Arunachal: Cong GANGA JAMUNA TEHZEEB GOVT TO REBUILD TEMPLE, MOSQUES AT SECRETARIAT China’s People’s Liberation Army has abducted five people from Arunachal Pradesh, Congress MLA Ninong Ering said on Saturday. Narrating the incident on Twitter, the lawmaker claimed a similar incident had happened a few months ago. According to local media reports, the incident occurred at Nacho forest area in Upper Subansiri district. The persons - Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri – had gone out for hunting E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad DEFENCE DIPLOMACY Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting with his Uzbekistan counterpart Major General Kurbanov Bakhodir Nizamovich, in Moscow | PTI India draws red line, tells China to behave Rajnath Singh tells his Chinese counterpart to learn to respect LAC, avoid trying to change status quo India has the capability to protect its interests and will not hesitate to hit back if its national interests are hurt. Indian forces’ strong r e s p o n s e t o t h e P L A’ s aggression has rattled the Chinese leadership, says Lt Gen V K Chaturvedi (Retd). “The Chinese never expected such response from the Indian military, which not only has dug in its heels along the Line of Actual Control ( L AC ) b u t i s a l s o strengthening its positions.” He added India has successfully blocked China’s ‘salami slicing tactics’ and told the Chinese to go back to positions before the end of April. Talking to TNIE on condition of anonymity, a serving Army of ficer said the Defence Minister’s statement has reaffirmed Indian stand on the territorial dispute, standoff and disengagement. “The Statement is a clear-cut red line on how much is acceptable and what is non-negotiable,” the M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA did not blink once during the two-and-a-half-hour intense meeting with China on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit summit in Moscow. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was as direct as possible during his interaction with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe, stating Indian forces are deter mined to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity . Drawing attention to the fact that Indian troops have always taken a responsible approach towards border mana g ement, Singh said China’s aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements. 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WHERE TO USE: Offices, crowded places PRICE: `10,000 TECH TONIC PLUS 12 PAGES Tech Tonic ‘SITUATION IS VERY NASTY’ US President Donald Trump has said the situation along the India-China border has been ‘very nasty’ and that he would love to get involved and help. “We stand ready to help. If we can do anything, we would love to get involved,” he said Indian Army rescues 3 Chinese nationals who lost their way Amid the standoff in eastern Ladakh with the PLA, the Indian Army recently came to the rescue of three stranded Chinese citizens at Sikkim border and assisted them in their safe return. “The three Chinese citizens lost their way near Sikkim on Sept 3. The Indian troops helped them to return safely,” said the Army. The personnel were prompt in protecting them – two men and a woman — from the vagaries of extreme altitude. “Realising danger to their lives in sub-zero temperatures, they reached out with medical assistance, food and warm clothes,” said the Army 2,511 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 11 MORE DEATHS IN TS I P2 S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi MAGAZINE CONTINUED ON P3 officer said. Meanwhile, in a predictable response, Beijing blamed New Delhi for the LAC f l a r e - u p. “ T h e r e l a t i o n s between the two countries have been severely affected by the border issue. The cause and truth of the current tension are v e r y c l e a r, a n d t h e responsibility lies entirely with India,” said Wei Fenghe. A former diplomat, who did not wish to be named, said it was important that India stated its position. “We have seen statements from many quarters. The latest statement shows that India is not going to listen to China. We will put our foot down and stand up to them,” he said. According to B R Deepak, Sinologist and Chairperson of Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU, India’s statement after the meeting points to the fact that India will not tolerate any unilateral change to the status quo. After the meeting, both Indian and Chinese defence ministers agreed to continue P7 discussions. Insurance body moves apex court against private hospitals for Covid ‘profiteering’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE Cyberabad police arrested more than 13 people and seized 11 petrol pumps after busting an interstate gang which installed integrated circuit (IC) chips in the fuel dispensing machines. I C ch i p s re d u c e t h e amount of fuel being dispensed by 30 ml than what is displayed on the screen, resulting in illegal profiteerTHE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS ing by petrol pump owners. on any points, like Telangana did. “The points are calculated based on Feedback Reform. The feedback for the completed reforms was so good that despite not achieving 100 per cent of the tasks, we were able to stand third,” an official said. Meanwhile, data released by the Finance Ministry also shows that Telangana is among the top States to improve its FIFTEEN INNOVATIONS THAT PROMISE TO CHANGE HEALTHCARE IN THESE TIMES OF CRISIS By BINDU GOPAL RAO edical science is a war that never ends. Viruses mutate. New pathogens emerge from primeval forests. Bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Medical technology is changing by the minute. When Akshay Chaturvedi’s father had a variation in blood pres- overcharging Covid-19 patients, this is the first time an insurance body has expressed concerns. “It is respectfully submitted that in order to bring confidence and to have clarity on the billing structure, there is a need for proper monitoring of the treatment costs by the private hospitals and take suitable action against the violators,” the affidavit said. The plea cites cases of h o s p i t a l s o ve r- c h a r g i n g insured patients. One of the cases mentioned in the affidavit is that of a Chennai hospital, which billed `14 lakh for the Covid treatment, including 35day hospitalisation. When objected by the insurance company, the final cost, was brought down to less than `4.5 lakhs. The GIC also alleged that private hospitals are charging P7 high for PPE kits. COVID: INDIA TO OVERTAKE BRAZIL India is all set to overtake Brazil to become the world’s second-worst Covid-hit country TOP THREE USA 63.98 lakh Brazil 40.91 lakh India 40.23 lakh 86,432 New cases between Friday and Saturday morning. This is more than the total Covid-19 cases reported in mainland China since the outbreak in December 2019 70,072 recoveries since Friday morning 1,089 deaths 52% of all Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka INDIA 8.46 L ACTIVE CASES 31.07 L 69,561 RECOVERED DEATHS CHIEF Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday said the temple and two mosques, which had been damaged during the demolition of the old Secretariat, will be constructed on the same premises at the State government’s expense. The temple will be built in 1,500 sq yard and two mosques in 750 sq yard each, which would include quarters for Imams, he said. While the foundation stone for the places of worship would be laid on the same day, after the monsoon session, Rao said the construction will be fasttracked, mirroring Telangana’s Ganga Jamuna Tehzeeb. The Chief Minister said this at a meeting with the elders of the Muslim community including , Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, MP Asaduddin Owaisi and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, at Pragathi Bhavan. The mosques, which would be constructed at their original locations, would be handed over to the State Waqf Board, and the temple to the Endowments Department. Since there is a demand from the Christian community for a church in the new Secretariat complex, the State government will construct CONTINUED ON P4 one, Rao said. EoDB rankings in the recent years. From the 13th position in 2015, Telangana scaled up to the third in 2019. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “I congratulate the top three States — AP, UP and TS — for consistently taking reform steps. I am sure this competition is only going to get healthier, more reforms will come in the times to come.” Stop imports: Gadkari; can’t, says auto industry A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi UNION minister Nitin Gadkari o n S a t u r d ay a s k e d t h e automobile and components industry to stop depending on imports and start using local substitutes. “I request you, don’t encourage imports,” he said at an event organised by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India. However, automobile sector players feel it is easier said than done. “Can we de-link from imports completely? Neither we can nor we should,” said Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra, who spoke at the same event. The two statements come at the backdrop of rising tension between India and China and a record fall in demand for automobile products owing to the economic distress induced by the novel Coronavirus pandemic. CONTINUED ON P10
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