HYDERABAD SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 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 Dasara launch for Dharani, officials to be trained Mission South imprint in BJP’s new central team EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad 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 CHIEF Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will launch the much-awaited Dharani portal on Dasara, after which property registrations will resume the same day . As Dasara is considered an auspicious day for starting anything new, Rao has decided to make the portal available to the people on the festival, an official release from the Chief Minister’s Office stated on Sat- urday He has instructed the of. ficials concerned to complete all tasks related to the portal by then, apart from readying its software, hardware and bandwidth. Rao also announced that tahsildars, deputy tahsildars and sub-registrars would be trained to use the new registration procedure, complete mutations promptly and update all details on the portal. He said the officials would be given a demonstration of the website so that they get a Andhra Pradesh GVL Narasimha Rao D Purandareshwari (Natl spokersperson) (Natl Gen-Secy) D K Aruna (Natl V-P) 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) 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 PITCH FOR U.N. REFORM How long will you keep us out: Modi to UN 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. Pushes for expansion of Security Council Modi also made a strong push for UN reforms and the muchdelayed expansion of the powerful Security Council. “Today , people of India are concerned Farm fallout: SAD ends 23-yr alliance with NDA HARPREET BAJWA @ Chandigarh DAYS after Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur resigned as Union Food Processing Industries minister from the Modi Cabinet in protest against the farm Bills, the party on Saturday pulled out from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), ending its 23-year alliance with the BJP . The decision was announced by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal late on Saturday after holding a core committee meeting of the party here. “The highest decision-making body of the Shiromani Akali Dal core committee at its emergency meeting here tonight decided unanimously to pull out of the BJP -led NDA alliance,” he announced. Badal said the Centre’s “stubborn refusal” to give statutory legislative guarantees on minimum support price (MSP) and its continued insensitivity to certain issues such as excluding Punjabi as official language in Jammu and Kashmir are behind the move. SAD is the oldest ally of the BJP, having allied with the then Bharatiya Jana Sangh for the first time during Assembly elections. CONTINUED ON P7 PEGGING IT SMART TS was on all-time ‘high’ during lockdown V V BA L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad BELIEVE it or not, the Telangana government made big money from liquor sales in the first five months of this fiscal, when the country was under a total lockdown for over 30 days and was just beginning to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. In an RTI reply, the Telangana State Beverages Corporation Limited has stated that the government accrued a whopping `7,907.88 crore from April to August through liquor sales. This beats the `6,095.03 crore that it had earned in a one-year period, from 2014 to 2015. One may wonder how this was possible when liquor shops across the State were shut from the last week of March as part of a nationwide lockdown and reopened only in early May. Well, the government had hiked the prices recently . Replying to the RTI query by activist Sudheer Jalagam, the Telangana State Beverages Corporation Limited also released details of the revenue earned through liquor sales in the past: `8,753.43 crore in 2015-16, `9,024.43 crore in 2016-17, `8,534.48 crore in 2017-18, structed the officials to appoint a computer operator in every mandal and at every sub-regis- Pakistan PM Imran Khan raised the Kahsmir issue in his address to the UN, saying he stands for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. First Secretary in India’s Mission to the United Nations, Mijito Vinito walked out of the hall while Khan’s video message was being played. “The only dispute left in Kashmir relates to the part of Kashmir that is still under illegal occupation of Pakistan,” India said in its right to reply statement. Telangana *B L Santhosh (Natl Gen-Secy) hands-on experience of managing the online facility. The Chief Minister, further, in- INDIAN DELEGATION STORMS OUT AS PAK PM RAISES KASHMIR Satya Kumar (Natl Secy) P Muralidhar Rao (Natl Gen-Secy) Property registrations will begin the same day, after KCR launches the portal. Till then, no registration or any revenue-related activities will be allowed Reform in responses, in processes, and in the very character of the UN is the need of the hour — PM Modi NEW Ram Madhav (Natl Gen-Secy) Property registrations to begin after launch `10,283.63 crore in 2018-19 and `14,566.74 crore in 2019-20. However, if Value Added Tax (VAT) and other duties were added, amounts would have been much higher. The RTI reply also revealed that no deaths were reported due to consumption of illicit liquor in Telangana from 201415 onwards. However, there are only three Regional Prohibition and Excise Laboratories located in Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Warangal. These have an extensive jurisdiction — Hyderabad, Rangareddy Mahbub, nagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Adilabad, Warangal, Nalgonda, Khammam and Karimnagar districts. SPB LAID TO REST WITH FULL POLICE HONOURS Legendary playback singer and Padma awardee SP Balasubrahmanyam was laid to rest with police honours on Saturday, amid an outpouring of condolences from fans PAGE 5 whether this reform-process will ever reach its logical conclusion,” he said. He further said 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 re- sponse?” the Prime Minister 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 his government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, he said it will be a “force-multiplier for world economy P7 .” trar’s office. He said registration rates would be fixed as per survey numbers and property registrations would be done as per fixed rates across Telangana. He said document writers of sub-registrars’ offices would be trained and given a licence. Rao asked the officials to upload data of all properties on the portal before the launch. Prior to this, no registration or revenue-related activities would be allowed, the Chief Minister said. EXPRESS READ Economist Isher Ahluwalia no more New Delhi: Eminent economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a recipient of Padma Bhushan, passed away on Saturday. She was 74. Last month, she had stepped down as chairman of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) due to her declining health | P10 UP court moved for removal of mosque Mathura: A Hindu group has moved a Mathura civil court for removal of a mosque allegedly built on orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1669-70 at the exact birthplace of Lord Sri Krishna within the 13.37-acre premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple in the holy city | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE THE GREAT IMMUNITY BAZAAR PLUS 12 PAGES MONSOON MESS RAINS RUIN WEEKEND AS MANY WAKE UP IN FLOODED HOMES E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Hyderabad THE weekend started on a disastrous note for the people living near Gaddiannaram as torrential rain caused the Saroornagar lake to overflow and flood several homes in its vicinity . The residents had to be shifted to function halls, which doubled up as relief centres, as their homes were rendered inhabitable overnight due to the relentless downpour. They shot and shared videos of the lake’s water gushing through bylanes and flooding their houses. Heavy rains battered Hyderabad and several parts of Telangana between Friday night and Saturday morning. “Four colonies have been inundated due to the overflowing Saroornagar lake. They are Kodandram Nagar, Vivekanand Nagar, Sisala Basthi and Kamala Nagar. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has deployed its monsoon emergency response teams and Disaster Response Force to clear the waterlogging and shift people to relief centres. The roads where water levels are high have been barricaded to avoid any accident. Food packets are also being distributed,” Gaddiannaram Corporator Bhavani Praveen Kumar informed Express. A GHMC official attributed the disaster to illegal struc- Water from Saroornagar lake gushes through the bylanes of nearby Kodandaram Nagar in Hyderabad on Saturday tures on storm-water drains and full tank level of lakes. “The Saroornagar lake receives inflows from various other lakes in Balapur, Badangpet and Bairamalguda, among others. In this chain of water bodies, it is the last lake. Due to heavy rains, water overflowing from the lakes in the upstream areas flows down to Saroornagar,” he said. CONTINUED ON P2
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