VISAKHAPATNAM l SUNDAY l SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA EXTENDS $15 MN TO LANKA TO PROMOTE BUDDHIST TIES It announced during a virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday GRANT TO FACILITATE CULTURAL EXCHANGES MODI CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION OF POWERS The grant will help construct and renovate Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka, facilitate archaeological cooperation and reciprocal exposition of the Buddha’s relics, a government press release said. Besides, it will also help facilitate cultural exchanges and greater engagement between the Buddhist scholars and clergy in the two countries ■ ■ During the summit, Modi called for the full implementation of a constitutional provision by the new Sri Lankan government to ensure devolution of powers to the minority Tamil community The two leaders also discussed ways to boost maritime security cooperation and strengthen trade and investment ties Virtual SUMMIT WAS 1ST MEETING OF THE TWO LEADERS SINCE RAJAPAKSA BECAME PM 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 Two people washed away, floods snap road links Mission South imprint in BJP’s new central team E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Ongole/Kurnool Ram Madhav dropped, Tejaswi Surya in, Kerala gets two slots, Tamil Nadu left out EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday overhauled its national team of office bearers, making radical changes in how southern states are represented by promoting young leaders such as Tejaswi Surya and dropping veterans like Ram Madhav. With his new team, BJP chief J P Nadda has signalled his party’s search for new growth regions. National general secretaries, known to be the core of the party’s leadership, has seen major changes with Nadda dropping Ram Madhav, Murlidhar Rao and Anil Jain. According to party sources, Madhav may find a berth in the next Cabinet expansion. And, Muralidhar Rao was dropped because he could not attract the Velama community, which supports the ruling TRS in Telangana. D Purandareshwari, C T Ravi and Dilip Saikia are the new general secretaries, representing Andhra Pradesh, Kar nataka and Assam, respectively . D K Aruna’s (Telangana) as vice-president is another notable appointment from the South. Aruna joined BJP from the Congress before the Assembly elections in 2019. Karnataka-based Ravi’s appointment is seen as the BJP’s continued efforts to gain a strong foothold in Vokkaligadominated Old Mysuru region, where the Congress and the JDS have a strong presence. First-time MP Surya is seen as an outspoken young leader who connects with an urban demographic. BJP General Secretary (Organization) B L Santosh’s imprint is said to be clear in both these appointments. Kerala, which did not have any representation earlier, have got two slots in the new team — AP Abdullakutty as vice-president and Tom Vadakkan national spokersperson. Both are from the minority communities. Curiously, both are recent defectors from the Congress. Sources said the central leadership has sent out a clear message to the faction-ridden Kerala BJP . Odisha has got two national spokespersons with Aparajita Sarangi given the task along with seasoned Sambit Patra. Team Nadda has strong thrust on Odisha, Andhra The rejig: Who’s in, who’s out OLD NEW Andhra Pradesh GVL Narasimha Rao D Purandareshwari (Natl spokersperson) (Natl Gen-Secy) Ram Madhav (Natl Gen-Secy) Satya Kumar (Natl Secy) Telangana D K Aruna (Natl V-P) P Muralidhar Rao (Natl Gen-Secy) Dr K Laxman (OBC Morcha Natl President) Karnataka Tejasvi Surya (Yuva Morcha Natl President) C T Ravi (Natl Gen-Secy) *B L Santhosh (Natl Gen-Secy) *B L Santhosh (Natl Gen-Secy) Rajiv Chandrashekhar (Natl spokesperson) Kerala A P Abdullakutty (Natl V-P) Nil Tom Vadakkan (Natl Spokesperson) Tamil Nadu H Raja (National secretary) Nil Odisha Baijaiyant Jay Panda Baijaiyant Jay Panda (Natl vice-president) (Natl vice-president) Sambit Patra (Natl spokesperson) Sambit Patra (Natl spokesperson) Suresh Pujari (Natl secy) Aparajita Sarangi (Natl spokersperson) Biseswar Tudu (National secretary) * Represents Delhi Pradesh, Assam, Karntaka, Kerala and Telangana, but Tamil Nadu — which goes to polls next year — is surprisingly left in the cold. While party sources in Tamil Nadu expressed shock at the decision, as it comes barely a month after Nadda praised the state unit’s work, state general secretary Professor R Srinivasan sought to downplay the snub. “The leadership might have thought the work of all leaders in the State is needed for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Maybe in the coming months, the list of office bearers will be revised,” he said. Meanwhile, the team looking after organizational matters has been left untouched, with B L Santosh, V Satish, Saudan Singh and Shivprakash continuing in their respective positions. P7 PARTS of Ongole district bore the brunt of heavy rains on Saturday, with streams overflowing, snapping road connectivity to several villages. Two people were washed away in the gushing waters, while four workers and a child were rescued from getting washed away. In Kurnool district, Nandyal town was submerged, while in Anantapur district, road connectivity between Guntakal and Bellary was cut off, with streams running over culverts. Ongole was the worst affected as uninterrupted rains lashed the district since Friday night and most of Giddaluru was submerged. In Ballikuruva mandal, two students were washed away in the overflowing waters of Turpu Vaagu stream near More rains expected The Met department has said heavy rainfall is expected in isolated places of Andhra Pradesh in the next four days FARM FALLOUT Akali Dal finally ends 23-year alliance with NDA over agri bills HARPREET BAJWA @ Chandigarh party-lead coalition in 1998 and had remained a member since. DAYS after Shiromani Akali The Akalli Dal is the third Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat ally to break away from NDA Kaur resigned as Union Food since the coalition came to Processing Industries minister power in 2014. from the Modi Cabinet in proIn 2018, the Telugu Desam test against the farm Bills, the Party ended its four-year alliparty on Saturday pulled out ance with the BJP over denial from the National Democratic of special category status to Alliance (NDA), endAndhra Pradesh. Last ing its 23-year alliance year, the Shiv Sena with the BJP . walked out of the alliThe decision was ance after the Mahaannounced by SAD rashtra Assembly chief Sukhbir Singh election as it accused Badal late on Saturthe saffron party of day after holding a breaking its promise core committee meetof giving equal diviing of the party here. sion of power to it. “The highest deciSukhbir Singh Badsion-making body of The government’s al said his party will the Shiromani Akali decision on farm continue to stand by Dal core committee at its core principles of bills is deeply injurious to the its emergency meetpeace and communal ing here tonight de- interests not only h a r m o n y a n d o f cided unanimously to of the farmers but guarding the interests pull out of the BJP also of labourers of Punjab. and traders who -led NDA alliance,” he He added the decidepend on announced. sion has been taken agriculture Badal said the Cenafter deep deliberaSAD chief Sukhbir tre’s “stubborn refustions with party workSingh Badal al” to give statutory ers, farmers, traders, legislative guarantees and other poor secon minimum support price tions of society . (MSP) and its continued insenMeanwhile, Punjab Chief sitivity to certain issues such Minister Capt Amarinder Sinas excluding Punjabi as official gh termed the Akali Dal’s decilanguage in Jammu and Kash- sion to quit the NDA as nothmir are behind the move. ing more than a desperate case SAD is the oldest ally of the of political compulsion. “SAD BJP, having allied with the had no choice since the BJP acthen Bharatiya Jana Sangh for cused it of failing to convince the first time during Assembly farmers about the ‘good aselections. It joined the saffron pects’ farm bills,”he added. 82% OF INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS FACED TDS MISMATCH PROBLEMS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS More than 82% of individual taxpayers faced TDS mismatch due to the difference in the amount available in Form 26AS and that claimed by the assessees through their ITR, the CAG said. As a result, not only that TDS credit was denied to them, but they might have also been subject to harassment | P10 WALK-IN STORES Soon, buy liquor of your choice at cities in AP S VISWANATH @ Vijayawada SPACIOUS liquor marts with all brands of alcohol are set to be opened in urban areas of the state as the government has granted permission to establish walk-in shops (Elite Shops). The decision comes amid criticism that the State government is promoting nonfamiliar brands, depriving tipplers of their choice of liquor. The government plans to set up about 100 walk-in shops and will soon issue guidelines, identify spaces and decide the rent for the shops. Each will come up on an area of at least 1,000 sq ft, and customers will be able to walk in, select the bottles of their choice, and proceed to the billing counter. The AP State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL) will operate the Elite Shops with its existing staff as the government issued orders that the number of liquor outlets should not exceed the existing 2,934 in the State. Thus, to set up a walk-in-shop, the existing government wine shop in that area will be shut. Stating that district-level committees to fix the rent for walk-in shops will be formulated on Monday, APSBCL managing director Vasudeva Reddy said all brands of wine, beer and liquor, except cheapquality ones, will be available at Elite Shops. He told TNIE they have not DECISION COULD GENERATE `10 CRORE PER DAY Sources said the government decided to set up Elite Shops to generate revenue. It is learnt that at Hangover, where liquor is being sold, `10 lakh is generated on an average each day. If the government sets up 100 such shops, it can generate `10 crore per day. The average revenue of all 2,934 liquor shops in the state stands at around `52 crore per day finalised the number of shops, and this would depend on the demand. There is no target and the number may be more or less than 100, he said. “We have to find suitable places, adhering to the Supreme Court’s directions, and conditions of the State government that there should be no sale of liquor near temples, educational institutes and national highways, and other such norms,” he added. Based on feedback that some people are not visiting wine shops as they are unable to get the liquor of their choice, he said Elite Shops will have all brands of liquor, particularly premium ones. Ambavaram village. Locals rescued one of them, and a search is on for the other. Three youngsters who were crossing a culvert near Naguluppalapadu were washed away in the overflowing waters on Saturday morning. Two of them were rescued, and the third is missing. Water from Kothacheruvu passed over culverts on the Chirala-Naguluppalapadu-Ongole road resulting in traf fic congestion. Several low-lying areas and colonies were inundated. P4 Water levels rise at Nandyal mandal in Kurnool district on Saturday | EXPRESS How long will UN keep India out? Modi calls for reforms PUSHKAR BANAKAR @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought a greater role for India’s at the UN, asking how long the country of 1.3 billion people will be kept out of the body’s decisionmaking structure. In his virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly, Modi said, “ For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations? “When we were weak, we did not trouble the world. When were strong, we didn’t become a burden on the world. Till when do we have to wait?” the prime minister said in his opening remarks. Seeking an expanded role for India, Modi highlighted that the ideals of UN and India’s main principles are similar. “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam has echoed in the UN halls many a time,” the prime minister said. Modi also made a strong push for UN reforms and the much-delayed expansion of the powerful Security Council. “Today, people of India are concerned whether this reform-process will ever reach its logical conclusion,” he said, adding that every Indian today , while seeing the contribution of India in the world organisation, aspires for India’s expanded role in the United Nations. The prime minister lashed out at the world body over its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the last 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?” he asked. Modi highlighted how India has helped other countries combat the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 150 countries received essential medical supplies from Indian pharma companies, Modi said. The prime minister noted that India’s vaccine production has reached phase III and once complete will help the world beat Covid-19. Speaking about the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, he said it will be a “force-multiplier for world economy .” EXPRESS READ SPB laid to rest with full State honours The team performs last rites of a Covid victim in Anantapur district | EXPRESS THEY STEP IN WHEN EVEN RELATIVES LOOK AWAY C P V E N U G O PA L @ Anantapur REMEMBER the Rajendra Prasad-starrer Telugu hit movie Aaa Naluguru — about the importance of human relations and the need for at least four people who will take part in the last journey of a person? At a time when even relatives refrain from taking part in the last rites of Covid-19 victims, a team of four from Hindupur in Anantapur district has been volunteering to perform the last rites of bodies abandoned in morgues. The team swings into action whenever the administration finds it difficult to dispose of a body . “It is appalling that even the families of victims do not come forward to give them a decent farewell,” says Uday con, venor of the Life World Charitable Trust in Hindupur. He has been performing the last rites of unclaimed bodies ever since he saw an abandoned infant being preyed on by stray dogs on a street in Hindupur. Inspired by Uday Umar Farooq Khan, , of the Muslim Nagara organisation, started performing the last rites of unclaimed bodies. Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, those who used to assist them backed out, leaving them with the support of just two friends, Sriramulu and Gangadhar. “We perform the last rites as per the religious tradition of the deceased. We do not look into caste, creed, or financial status,” Umar Farooq tells TNIE. Till date, the four have performed the last rites of over 50 Covid-19 victims both as individuals and as a team. Meanwhile, Uday himself has tested positive for coronavirus and is undergoing treatment. “I will continue the service once I recover,” he asserts. Performing the last rites requires `3,000-5,000, and we pay from our pockets to complete the rituals. On seeing our work, some people have started contributing — Uday, member of the team Chennai: Legendary playback singer and Padma awardee SP Balasubrahmanyam, known as SPB or Balu sir, was laid to rest with state honours on Saturday morning, amid an outpouring of condolences from fans. The singer’s son, SP Charan, performed the funeral rites amid Vedic chants. The City Armed Reserve Police Personnel gave a gun salute and 24 personnel fired three rounds in the air before the body was lowered into a pit at his farmhouse at Tamaraipakkam near Red Hills | P5 What is ailing the Super Kings in IPL? Chennai: With just one win from three matches, the Chennai Super Kings are in bit of a spot. They have decided against giving offdays to players as captain MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming are keen on using the six-day gap to create match simulations and prepare their players for their next match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday | P11 IPL PUNJAB TODAY RAJASTHAN LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE THE GREAT IMMUNITY BAZAAR PLUS 12 PAGES
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