HYDERABAD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION OXFORD VACCINE HALTED IN US, UK, S. AFRICA AND BRAZIL AstraZeneca Plc said it has paused global trials of the Covid-19 vaccine due to an unexplained illness in a study participant VOLUNTEER GOT SICK AFTER VACCINE SHOT WATCHDOG STINKER TO SERUM INSTITUTE On Tuesday, a participant in the UK who was administered the vaccine had to be hospitalised after developing transverse myelitis — an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and can be caused by viral infections. However, it is not clear whether the syndrome was related to inoculation. It will be confirmed only after a detailed medical review ■ ■ Serum Institute (SII), which has partnered with AstraZeneca to make the vaccine for India, said Indian trials will continue Meanwhile, the Drugs Controller General of India has issued a show-cause notice to SII asking why the permission to conduct trials be not suspended till patient safety is established 1 billion DOSES OF THE VACCINE WILL BE DEVELOPED BY SERUM INSTITUTE 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 “I am 99.9% sure that there will be no land-related disputes. Prajalaku peeda viragada avutundi” “Sixteen Fast Track Tribunals will be set up to resolve around 16,137 pending land-related cases” KCR AIMS TO END ALL LAND DISPUTES WITH GC MAP, NEW BILLS VV BALAKRISHNA @ Hyderabad A massive land survey will be undertaken in the State shortly to prepare a survey-number-wise Geographic Coordinate (GC) Map. The exercise aims to end land-related disputes permanently . Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced this in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, while moving the Telangana Abolition of the Posts of Village Revenue Officers Bill, 2020 and Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Passbooks Act, 2020 Bill. The Geographic Coordinate Map is based on the longitude and latitude of the location, which cannot be changed by anyone. “These digitised maps will end land encroachments,” he said. Village, mandal, district and State-wise digital maps would be made available soon. Rao said that the new Bills were intended to reduce human-interface so that people need not visit gover nment of fices frequently . The Chief Minister explained that the Dharani p o r t a l t o o wo u l d b e launched soon. The portal would have a list of agricultural and non-agricultural lands. The details of lands, debts on lands and other details would be available on the portal. “So that people need not apply for encumbrance certificate (EC). The government land will be autolocked and cannot be registered by anyone,” Rao said. Hitherto Tahsildars and RDOs had discretionary powers, the CM said, adding that Revenue courts too used to function under Tahsildars/RDOs/Joint Collectors. They would take policy decisions and also issue judgements on land disputes. This wasn’t the right way to go about things. “All three types of Revenue Courts will be abolished and 16 Fast Track Tribunals will be set up to resolve around 16,137 pending land-related cases,” the Chief Minister announced. Each Tribunal would deal with around 1,000 cases. These cases would be settled by Tribunals in the next 90 days. CONTINUED ON P4 Farmers celebrate revenue reforms by performing ‘paalabhishekam’ to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s portrait in Karimnagar on Wednesday New system to clip powers of Tahsildars, RDOs, Jt Collectors E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad OPTIONS BEFORE VROs Key features of the Telangana Abolition of the Posts of Village Revenue Officers Bills, 2020 VROs will be absorbed in other government departments in an equivalent category Any VRO not willing to accept transfer may opt for retirement or resign USHERING in revolutionary changes in the land record system, the State government has decided to replace Village Revenue Officers (VROs) with IT. The IT-driven system, to be introduced shortly for maintaining land records, will clip the discretionary powers of Tahsildars, Revenue Divisional Officers (RDOs) and Joint Collectors. However, Tahsildars in rural areas will function as joint registrars and carry out registration and mutation of agriculture land records. Certain judiciary powers from Tahsildars, RDOs and JCs, magisterial officers will be delegated to special tribunals, which will deal with land related cases. However, if Tahsildars issue wrong Pattadar Passbooks they will be terminated from the service. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao introduced two Bills in the Assembly on Wednesday The Bills are aimed at bring. ing transparency and also to bring the corruption to zero level, which will ultimately provide good governance. With the abolishment of 5,485 VROs and close to 20,000 Village Revenue Assistant posts, VROs and VRAs would be accommodated in other departments. The VRAs who are currently drawing `10,000 salary MORE ON P4 would get a salary scale. The VRO post is created primarily to maintain revenue records at village level. The State government is proposing large scale modernisation of the system of land records using information technology together with comprehensive rationalisation of land administration. Consequently, the post of VRO will be rendered perfunctory Luncheon meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, India and China today in Moscow before Sino-Indian talks in the evening; analysts downbeat on outcome of the interactions Trilateral before bilateral P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi in Moscow. Russia being a close ally of both India and China, HOURS before the India-China certainly would like to see a bilateral meeting amid the on- peaceful resolution of the isgoing tension along the Line of sue, therefore Putin urging Actual Control (LAC) in both sides to disengage and deLadakh, the foreign ministers escalate in private cannot be of the two countries — S Jais- ruled out. If the situation aghankar and Wang Yi — will gravates, participating counhold a trilateral luncheon meet tries may opt out the forum,” B with their Russian counterpart R Deepak, Sinologist and Sergey Lavrov on Thursday . Chairperson of the Centre for The announcement of the Chinese and South Asian Studtrilateral was made by the Chi- ies at JNU said. nese foreign ministry on Moscow-based political anaWednesday. Both Jaishankar lyst Andrew Korybko echoed and Wang are already in Mos- Deepak’s view, adding there is cow to attend the SCO foreign nothing Russia can do to bring ministers’ meeting. China and India closer. “In the While the India-Chievent that the Chinese na bilateral is schedand Indian foreign uled to take place at ministers meet on the 5.30 pm IST, given the sidelines of the SCO Pleasure to meet fresh stand-off on the in Moscow, it would be FM Sergey southern bank of the because India did so Pangong Tso and the Lavrov... Excellent out of respect for its talks that reflect shocking firing by the Russian hosts, just our Special and PLA on Monday, the like when their DePrivileged p e rc e p t i o n i s t h e fense Ministers met Strategic meeting could end in a Partnership. Value last week. IN and PRC stalemate. Just last our exchanges on have irreconcilable week, Defence Minis- the international stances on the LAC,” situation ter Rajnath Singh and he said, adding all his Chinese counterMoscow can do is to ofS Jaishankar part Wei Fenghe’s fer a venue. meeting was Korybko was also of inconclusive. the opinion that the meeting Though Moscow had said up- would be overshadowed by the front it would not intervene be- recent gunfire on the LAC. “Intween Beijing and New Delhi, it dia and China have different had urged the two countries to interpretations of what hapuse the SCO to resolve their dif- pened and who is responsible ferences. However, experts are for violating the bilateral not optimistic of any positive agreement that hitherto preoutcome from the bilateral vented any firearm escalation. meeting. “The SCO is a multi- That escalation placed them on lateral forum where no bilat- an irreversible trajectory of soeral issues are brought for dis- called decoupling, with the cussion. However, these are ‘best case’ scenario being that discussed at the sidelines, as it it’s ‘manageable’ whereas the happened between Rajnath Sin- worst case one is a repeat of the gh and his Chinese counterpart 1962 conflict,” he said. Ayushman Bharat most useless: KCR E N S @ Hyerabad IN an interesting development, hours after Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan praised sky-high the Centre’s health scheme — Ayushman Bharat, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao dubbed it as the most useless of all health schemes. Earlier in the day the Gov, ernor spoke on how beneficial Ayushman Bharat would be for Telangana if the Chief Minister implements it. However, the CM, while speaking in the Assembly, said Ayushman Bharat is useless as it does not cover as many diseases as the Aarogyasri, the State’s health scheme, does. “Ayushman Bharat is the most useless of all the health schemes,” he said and pointed out that he was game if the Centre releases the Ayushman Bharat funds and allows the State to use them for Aarogyasri. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov (left) before their bilateral meeting, in Moscow on Wednesday | TWITTER India on dominating heights in Finger 4 too M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi The Indian Army has positioned its soldiers on higher peaks in the Finger 4 area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso lake and fortified its positions using barbed wire in both the north and south banks of the lake in eastern Ladakh. “We have now repositioned our troops at dominating heights within our area around Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso,” a senior officer confirmed. The Indian side is now able to observe all Chinese movements in and around Finger 4, which was where the flareup first began in May . “We have placed barbed wires ahead of our positions all along these areas. PLA troops in the south bank tried to remove them on Monday so as to reach our positions. But we warned them sternly of strong ac- Part of Kangana’s bungalow demolished S U D H I R S U RYAWA N S H I @ Mumbai PART of actress Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow in Mumbai was demolished by the Shiv Sena-run Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday citing illegal alter, ations in the building. The Bombay High Court later stayed the demolition termi n g t h e B M C ’s c o n d u c t “malafide” and “deplorable”. A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla asked why the BMC gave only 24 hours to Ranaut to respond to its stop-work notice and why it took action when she was outside the state. Kangana, a three-time National Award Winner, tweeted some of the videos and photos of the demolition process. “I am never wrong and my enemies prove again and again this is why my Mumbai is POK now,” she tweeted soon after the demolition work began. The actor, who returned to Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon from her home state Himachal Pradesh, alleged the BMC officers demolish ‘illegal alterations’ at Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow at Bandra, Mumbai on Wednesday | PTI Maharashtra government was targeting her because of her criticism of the Shiv Sena. M e a n w h i l e, Kangana Ranaut supporters of Ranaut and Shiv Sena hurled slogans against each other while the Sena workers waved black flags at the film actor shouting at her to go back. While the BJP in Maharash- ALL FOR AN NOC Medak Additional Collector arrested for seeking `1.12 cr bribe MOULI MAREEDU AND P KRISHNA @ Hyderabad/Sangareddy EVEN as Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was unveiling a new Act in the Assembly to root out corruption, the ACB sleuths on Wednesday apprehended Medak Additional Collector Gaddam Nagesh for demanding a bribe of `1.12 crore for issuing a No Objec- tion Certificate (NOC) at the rate of `1 lakh per acre for 112 acres in Chipplaturthi village of Narsapur mandal. The Additional Collector’s arrest comes close on the heels of Keesara Tahsildar E Balaraju Nagaraju’s arrest. The latter had collected a `1.10 crore bribe for issuing land passbooks. The Medak Additional Collector had demanded `1.12 crore bribe in cash vey and Land Records and five acres of land office Waseem and a as his share for issubenami of the Addiing the NOC, to get 112 tional Collector named acres of prohibited Kola Jeevan Goud. government land in According to ACB Chipplaturthi regisofficials, K Linga Redtered. The ACB offidy, a resident of SerGaddam Nagesh cials also arrested ilingampally, lodged a Narsapur RDO B Aruna Reddy complaint with them stating and Narsapur Tahsildar Abdul that he along with four persons, Sattar, Junior Assistant of Sur- had entered into an agreement tion,” a source said. When the PLA fired bullets into the air for intimidation, “we used megaphones to convey in Mandarin that it will be dealt with sternly . After some time the Chinese went back. At present, they are about 300 metres away from Indian positions on at least three heights in south Pangong,” the source said. The Chinese have now deployed battle tanks in the Spanggur Gap. “They have around 15-20 tanks near Spangur Gap and are trying to intimidate us,” the source said. Also, the Chinese have amassed 5,000-7,000 troops in Moldo, opposite Chushul Sector. According to sources, the top leadership in China is directly in contact with its military and is coordination all action along the LAC. Meanwhile, the Brigade commanders of both sides met in the Chushul-Moldo area. for purchasing 112 acres of land in Survey No 59/31, 59/40, 58/1 and 58/2 located at Chippalturthi. For registration of this land, an NOC is required from Revenue officials. On June 21, Tahsildar Abdul Sattar forwarded an application in connection with the NOC issue to the RDO of Narsapur. In turn, the RDO sent the file to district collectorate for a final nod to issue an NOC as the land falls under the list of 22-A prohibition lands. On July 31, Additional Collector Gaddam Nagesh demanded `1.12 crore at the rate of `1 lakh per acre to issue an NOC and took `19.5 lakh as advance from the complainant. On August 7, Nagesh received the next bribe installment of `20. 5 lakh from Linga CONTINUED ON P2 Reddy . tra supported Renaut, the NCP , which is part of the coalition government in the state, expressed displeasure at the demolition. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said illegal constructions are not new in Mumbai. “The BMC may have taken the action as per procedure, but the timing was not right,” he said. Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil said the Sena is unnecessarily targeting the actor. 2,479 COVID CASES RECORDED IN TELANGANA The State also witnessed 10 deaths, which took the total toll to 916 PAGE 4
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