VIJAYAWADA l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 46 l LATE CITY EDITION BENGALURU AIRPORT SIGNS MoU WITH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP The MoU to hold a pre-feasibility study for a Hyperloop corridor from the airport to the city centre was signed on Sunday REACH CITY CENTRE IN JUST 10 MINUTES TO HELP EXPAND AIRPORT CAPACITY The hyperloop, once completed, is expected to bypass the city’s traffic congestion and reduce travel time between Kempegowda International Airport and the city centre to just 10 mins. The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility aspects, is projected to be completed in two phases of six months each, a press release said ■ ■ Karanataka chief secretary said, “A hyperloop would not only allow for faster travel times, it would create a 21st century passenger experience and expand airport capacity” A hyperloop moves passengers or cargo at high speeds through a low-pressure tube in electrically-propelled pods 1,080km/hr MAXIMUM SPEED AT WHICH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP TRANSPORTS PASSENGERS 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 Farm bills get President’s assent WHEN JASWANT SINGH GOT ANGRY GENERAL V P MALIK (RETD) Farmer organisations plan Kurukshetra meet from Oct 8 to make the agitation pan-India H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh HOURS before three contentious farm sector bills became law after President Ramnath Kovind’s assent, farmer leaders here decided to hold consultations with their counterparts across the country from October 8 at Kurukshetra to evolve a panIndia agitation strategy so as to pressure the Centre to recall the new legislations. According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020. The Opposition had urged Kovind to return the bills, saying they were passed without following due process. While the farm agitation continues to rock Punjab, elsewhere it has not found similar resonance. Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (Rajewal Group) Punjab president Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “a meeting was held today in which leaders of farm organisations from Punjab, Haryana, Ra- jasthan and Uttar Pradesh took part. To make the agitation panIndia, it was decided that on October 8 a marathon meeting will be held at Kurukshetra for twothree days. Two to three repre- MODI’S HARDSELL Reaching out to farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the farm sector and farmers are the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat, adding the farm bills ensure freedom to sell their produce anywhere at higher rates | P9 sentatives of all famers’ organisations from across the country will be invited for the brainstorming seasons.” Meanwhile, farmers in Punjab squatted on the AmritsarDelhi railway track on Sunday to wrap up their three-day ‘railroko’ agitation. From October 1, they intend to launch an indefinite ‘rail-roko’ in Punjab. Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, an umbrella group that is leading the agitation, said BJP leaders will not be allowed to enter Punjab villages in protest. Six-member gang arrested for 27 hundi thefts in State EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Visakhapatnam AMID the political slugfest over attacks on temples, the police on Sunday arrested a six-member gang for allegedly burgling temples in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts. The gang committed 27 hundi thefts at various temples and the motive, according to the police, appears to be pecuniary Visakhapatnam . Range Deputy Inspector General LVK Ranga Rao said they were involved in burglaries for the past two months, and committed their latest crime at the Lord Abhayanjaneya Swamy temple in Vizianagaram on September 23. They were caught after special teams were formed to nab those behind the series of burglaries at temples in the two districts and an unsuccessful bid to break the hundi at the Uma Ramalingeswara temple at Dasannapeta in Vizianagaram. P4 T HE demise of Jaswant Singhji is a big loss to the country as we lost a politician of the old school who used to be very dignified and committed to his responsibilities. He used to respect every person in uniform and was liked by everyone for his oratory and unassuming nature. He was close to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Singh passed away after long illness at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. He was 82. While I was Chief of Army Staff, he was the Minister of External Affairs and we go to interact during the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meetings. He always used to participate in the meetings very actively and had lots of inputs to offer. Although he never showed his anger in public, he became agitated after I briefed him about the autopsy report of Capt Saurabh Kalia (who was captured by Pakistani intruders on May 15, 1999). P10 Pakistan had returned his mutilated body on June 9. HIGHEST-EVER CHASE IN IPL Rahul Tewatia scripted a sensational turnaround as Rajasthan Royals chased down Kings XI Punjab’s total of 223 in 19.3 overs, the highest-ever in IPL. Needing 51 off 18 balls, they hit eight sixes of 11 balls. Sanju Samson was Man of the Match for 85. For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal scored 106. P13 TODAY’S MATCH: RCB vs MI @ 7.30pm HOLY DIP Priests immerse the Sudarsana Chakra in Pushkarini during Chakrasnanam in Tirumala on Sunday | EXPRESS WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 46 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF edex (TABLOID) JASWANT SINGH 3 JAN 1938 27 SEP 2020 Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society... I will always remember our interactions. Om Shanti Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Carried to ambulance on cot due to flood, man dies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kurnool WITH roads to villages being submerged by floodwater, a 65-year-old retired bank employee died on Sunday as he couldn’t be taken to hospital on time. The deceased, G Thamash, suffered a heart attack, and had to be carried by his family on a cot to an ambulance more than four kilometres away. By the time they reached, he was dead. His village, Brahmanapalle, in Chagalamarri mandal of Kurnool district, has been submerged by the rains, which caused the Vakkileru and Maddileru Vagu to overflow and snap road links. The 250 families in the village have been cut off from the outside for the past two days, with the Kundu river, KC Canal and Maddileruvagu overflowing. CONTINUED ON P4
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