HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION OVER 90% SPEND THEIR TIME CHIT-CHATTING, N.S.O. SURVEY Only 38.2% people take part in job-related activities while 91% spend their time in socialising, a new survey has found ONLY 2.4% TAKE PART IN VOLUNTEER WORK The National Statistical Office’s Time Use Survey revealed that 24.1% people participate in activities related to learning, while only 2.4% take part in volunteer and other unpaid work. The survey also said that 20.7% people said they do unpaid care giving services for household members. Such services include child care and care for dependent adults ■ 1,38,799 WHY THE TIME USE SURVEY IS IMPORTANT ■ The primary objective of the Time Use Survey is to measure participation of men and women in paid and unpaid activities It is an important source of information on the time spent in unpaid care-giving activities, volunteer work, unpaid domestic service producing activities of the household members, etc | P9 HOUSEHOLDS COVERED BY THE SURVEY CONDUCTED DURING JAN-DEC 2019 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 COVID ON THE WANE IN TS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad , DEC 6 I EMOL 992 D 1 TION BIG-TICKET BABRI PLOT VERDICT TODAY FAC I N G T R I A L L K Advani. Was only an MP at that time. Gave a speech to kar sevaks before Babri masjid was brought down, earlier in 1990 he had led a rath yatra Murli Manohar Joshi. Was BJP president when the mosque was demolished; he was also at the site and addressed kar sevaks Kalyan Singh. Was UP chief minister. Had given Supreme Court an undertaking that he will not allow any damage to the mosque Uma Bharti. Was at the site on demolition day. Liberhan Commission accused her of inciting the mob; she took moral responsibility for the demolition Vinay Katiyar, then Bajrang Dal chief. Was BJP MP from Faizabad at the time of demolition in 1992. It is believed the conspiracy to demolish the structure was hatched at his place Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Head of Ayodhya’s largest temple and actively associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement since 1984 Ram Vilas Vedanti. Ex-BJP MP and Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member, he claimed to have incited the mob to raze the mosque Sadhvi Rithambara. Founder-chairperson of Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of VHP; her speeches played a major role in the demolition of the masjid Champat Rai, current VHP vice-president and general secretary of Ram temple trust Did Advani and others conspire to raze the Babri masjid in 1992? A special CBI court in Lucknow will deliver its verdict today T H E STO RY SO FA R After a Rae Bareli court discharged former BJP chief L K Advani in the plot case in 2003 citing insufficient proof, all other co-accused were absolved by and by. The Allahabad High Court upheld the orders in 2010. A year later, the CBI approached the SC to revive the conspiracy case. In 2017, SC gave its green light after quashing the HC order CASES ■ When Babri masjid was demolished on Dec 6, 1992, two cases 197/1992 and 198/1992 were registered through two FIRs at the Ram Janamabhoomi police station, Ayodhya ■ Case number 197/1992: Filed against unknown kar sevaks under IPC sections 395 (dacoity), 397(dacoity or robbery with attempt to cause death), 332 (causing hurt to deter public servants), 337, 338 (grievous hurt), 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult religion of any class), 297 (trespass in any place of worship) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) ■ Case number 198/1992: Named eight accused Askok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara. They were booked under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 505 IPC (intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community) ■ 47 more FIRs lodged on complaints of mediapersons who were assaulted and their cameras and equipment snatched; the charges were robbery, rioting and mischief etc. OTHERS: Sakshi Maharaj, Brij Bhushan Singh, Lallu Singh (all BJP MPs); Ravindra Nath Srivastava, then Faizabad DM; Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, then minister in MP; Mahant Dharam Das; Satish Pradhan; Acharya Dharmendra Dev; Pawan Kumar Pandey; Jai Bhagwan Goyal, Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena head; Ramji Gupta; Prakash Sharma; Dharmendra Singh Gurjar; Ram Chandra Khatri, Sudhir Kakkar, Aman Nath Goyal, Santosh Dubey, Om Prakash Pandey, Vinay Kumar Rai, Kamlesh Tripathi, Gandhi Yadav, Vijay Bahadur Singh and Naveen Bhai Shukla (all kar sevaks) BREATHE easy. Covid -19 cases are on the decline in Telangana. The State government on Tuesday announced that the number of cases has come down drastically in September as it had predicted in the past. Speaking to the media, Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said that Telangana has seen a steady decline in the number of cases in the last two month even with increased testing rates. “The positivity rate recorded in March after just 1,087 tests per day was at nine per cent. The rate peaked during June with a positivity rate of 27 per cent and then on began its descent. September has recorded a positivity rate of only five per cent with over 50,000 tests being done everyday .” At present, of the 29,477 active cases in the State, close to 4,026 cases are active in the GHMC area, followed by Rangareddy with 2,291 active cases and Medchal with 2,276 cases. In addition to this, Director of Medical Education Dr Ramesh Reddy said that the State is work, ing towards auditing all private hospitals overcharging patients, decentralising access to oxygen supply and increasing oxygen beds across all hospitals in the State. Asking citizens to be aware and not treat symptoms themselves, Dr Srinivasa Rao, said: “Of the total tests done in the State, close to 45 lakh were rapid antigen tests. If you are symptomatic and your rapid antigen tests come ‘negative’, definitely demand the hospital or the diagnostic centre to perform an RT-PCR test to confirm that you Outrage as Hathras gang-rape victim dies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi THE death of a 20-year-old gang-rape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district around 3 am on Tuesday a day , after she was admitted at the Safdarjung hospital, sparked nationwide outrage and led to chaotic scenes outside the hospital premises. The victim’s younger brother claimed his sister’s body, was handed over to the UP police after autopsy instead of giving it to the family But the . claim couldn’t be immediately verified. The UP police later took the body to Hathras. In what brought back memories of the horrific Nirbhaya gang-rape case, the Dalit girl was left grievously injured by four men who sexually abused her on September 14. She was admitted to the Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH) a week after the sexual assault. By then, her legs had paralysed and she had severe spinal cord injury and neck damage, as the accused had dragged her by her dupatta to a field near the spot in her village where she was gathering cattle fodder. She also has a deep cut on her tongue. JNMCH superintendent Dr Harris Manzur Khan said the victim was on ventilator when her father sought to shift her to Delhi on Monday . As news of her death spread, protests broke out at Safdarjung Hospital, Vijay Chowk and in Hathras. Leading the protest outside Safdarjung Hospital, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad said the attack represents the deteriorating law and order situation in UP “Do not test our patience. . We won’t rest until the culprits are hanged,” he said. Azad was later arrested by the Delhi Police. are truly Covid-19 free.” “We are conducting 79,206 tests per million. Only Delhi and Assam are ahead of us. We have increased the number of tests as planned. The recovery rate is 84 per cent in Telangana while it is 83 per cent according to the national average. Only Bihar, Odisha and Kerala have higher recovery rates than us. Close to 230 private hospitals are offering Covid-19 treatment and 34 per cent of these hospitals are occupied. Mahabubabad, Bhupalpally, Warangal Urban and Nalgonda districts have the highest number of cases at present. Hopefully in another week to 10 days there will also be a decline in these districts,” he added. Dr Ramesh Reddy, said: “No doubt there is a decrease in the number but there could be a surge in the near future. To prepare for that we are getting more oxygen CONTINUED ON P4 beds.” IPL TODAY RAJASTHAN KOLKATA After taking CSK and KXIP to cleaners in Sharjah, Rajasthan head to Dubai to face Kolkata LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm HYDERABAD def DELHI SRH opened their account with a 15-run victory over DC in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday | P13 Dubbaka: TRS focusses on margin of victory; do-or-die for BJP and Cong R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad KEY DATES Oct 9: Issue Oct 16: of gazette notification Last date of nominations Oct 17: Scrutiny of nominations Oct 19: Last date for withdrawal of candidatures Nov 3: Election day Nov 11: Counting of votes Nov 12: Date before which election process shall be completed PREVIOUS WINNERS 2018: S Ramalinga Reddy (TRS) won by 62,500 votes against M Nageswar Reddy (Cong) 2014: S Ramalinga Reddy (TRS) won by 37,925 votes against Ch Muthyam Reddy (Cong) 2009: Ch Muthyam Reddy (Cong) won by 2,540 votes against S Ramalinga Reddy (TRS) THE battle lines are drawn for the Dubbaka byelection for which the Election Commission sounded the poll bugle on Tuesday The TRS is raring to better its 62,600 votes . majority to consolidate its grip on the constituency in Siddipet district while the Congress and the BJP are sharpening their weapons in the armoury for the big fight on November 3. Master The TRS is already on the gravy train strategist as it has several factors working in its The TRS has favour. The byelection has been neces- deployed its sitated by the death of incumbent S Ra- master malinga Reddy . strategist T As the ruling party is fielding his wid- Harish Rao to ow Sujatha, it is more than likely that a script yet strong sympathy wave would build in another her favour. sensational This apart, the TRS has deployed its victory as he did master strategist and Finance Minister in Siddipet T Harish Rao to script yet another sensational victory as he did in neighbouring Siddipet, his home constituency . The TRS leaders are never in doubt over the prospects. It is only the question of how much majority they would be able to get. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has already set one lakh vote majority as the target for Harish Rao and the latter has been on the job ever since. CONTINUED ON P2 India calls out Chinese doublespeak P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday rejected Chinese claims of the position of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, saying it has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 perception of the LAC. Under various bilateral agreements, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC. “In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but this process could not proceed further as the Chinese side did not show a willingness to pursue it. Therefore, the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in these agreements,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. The response came after China on Monday said it abides by the 1959 LAC perception of then premier Zhou Enlai. CONTINUED ON P10 EXPRESS READ Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for Covid-19 New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19, the Vice President Secretariat said. Naidu, 71, is asymptomatic and in good health. “The Vice President who underwent a routine Covid-19 test today morning has been tested positive,” the Secretariat tweeted MAGICAL WEAVES Handlooms and Textiles Minister KT Rama Rao inspects the display of Bathukamma sarees at Haritha Plaza in Hyderabad on Tuesday. This year, the Sircilla weavers created 287 new designs and produced one crore sarees, which will be distributed across the State from October 9 | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN | P4 FUND FROZEN END OF MONSOON Amnesty exits India, blames it on govt’s ‘witch-hunt’ TS witnesses highest rainfall in a decade E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NINETEEN days after its bank accounts were frozen by the Centre, Amnesty International on Tuesday announced winding up its India operations. The organisation said it was compelled to let go of its staff in India and pause its ongoing campaign and research work. Accusing the government of “incessant witch-hunt”, it claimed it was targeted for flagging human rights violations in Kashmir and during the Delhi riots. “The constant harassment by gover nment agencies including the Enforcement Directorate is a result of our unequivocal calls for transparency in the government,” said Avinash Ku- mar, executive director of Amnesty International India. Activists said the BJP-led government is systematically targetting voices of dissent. “The clampdown on Amnesty is part of a larger project to attempt to silence independent voices of dissent, which are critical of the majoritarian politics of the present regime,” said bureaucrat-tur ned-activist Harsh Mander. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs said Amnesty’s statement is far from the truth and is a ploy to influence probe into its illegalities. The MHA said Amnesty was denied permission to receive foreign funds by successive governments including UPA-led governments in view of its “illegal activities”. P9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TELANGANA received the highest Southwest Monsoon rainfall in a decade, recording 45 per cent more than normal rainfall during this year’s monsoon, which started on June 1 and ended on Tuesday . According to the data recorded by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the State received 1,094.4mm rainf a l l t i l l M o n d ay, against the normal of 754.4mm. Since 2009, the Southwest Monsoon rainfall in the State has been above normal for only six times — in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019 and this year. The second highest Southwest Monsoon rainfall of 32 per cent above normal was recorded in the State way back in 2010. Last year, the State had received six per cent above normal rainfall and in 2018 it was two per cent below normal. CONTINUED ON P3
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