HYDERABAD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 46 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 TS GOVT TO USE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY to stop possible attempts of black marketing or hoarding of Covid-19 medicines and vaccines PAGE 4 EXPRESS READ Aruna’s task to bring Reddys on BJP’s side DK Aruna, who has been appointed as the vicepresident of BJP, believes that most of the Reddy MLAs in the TRS are disillusioned with CM K Chandrasekhar Rao turning into another Hitler | P5 Laxman wants to connect with OBCs Newly appointed BJP OBC Morcha president Dr K Laxman is raring to tour the country to ensure that PM Narendra Modi’s programmes have an emotional connect with the OBCs | P5 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 46 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH Farm bills become law as President gives assent 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 pan-India 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, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh took part. To make the agitation pan-India, it was decided that on October 8 a marathon meeting will be held at Kurukshetra for two-three days. Two to three representatives 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 ‘railroko’ in Punjab. WHEN JASWANT SINGH GOT ANGRY IPL TODAY GENERAL V P MALIK (RETD) 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). Pakistan had CONTINUED ON P10 returned his mutilated body on June 9. BANGALORE 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 MUMBAI After a winning start, RCB suffered a big defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab. It showed their death bowling and middle-order remains a cause of concern. MI, on the other hand, responded to their defeat against CSK by making a strong statement against KKR. ODDS: RCB 6/5 MI 3/4 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm In Sunday’s high-scoring match, RR defeated KXIP by 4 wickets | P13 NGT forms panel to monitor Musi cleanup efforts V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad THE National Green Tribunal (NGT) has termed the measures taken till now by the Telangana government to control pollution of the Musi river as “unsatisfactory”. The NGT also flagged the high cost of phytoremediation works proposed by the State government on the banks of Musi at `528.30 crore, which amounts to `45 lakh per MLD. The tribunal pointed out that according to the National Mis- sion for Clean Ganga, the rate is “20 times” higher than normal. The NGT has set up a monitoring committee on the lines constituted earlier for Yamuna, Ghaggar and Sutlej rivers. This committee will exclusively monitor measures taken by the State government to control pollution of the Musi. The new committee has been formed despite the State already having a River Rejuvenation Committee (RRC) with the Chief Secretary as its chairman, as per the NGT directions issued earlier, for monitoring eight polluted river stretches in the State. The NGT said that the monitoring committee will function in tandem with the RRC. It will have former Judge of AP and Telangana High Court Justice Vilas Afzalpurkar as its chairman and the District Magistrate as well as a representative each from the Central Pollution Control Board and the Telangana State Pollution Control Board as its members. The committee has been given the liberty to co-opt any other experts or institutions and also explore the possibility of sourcing CSR funds for remediation and restoration works of the polluted river. CONTINUED ON P4
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