HYDERABAD SATURDAY OCTOBER 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION ‘NEXT YEAR FOR SURE’, SAYS MUSK ON TESLA’S INDIA ENTRY Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk on Friday said the US electric carmaker will make a foray into Indian market in 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT THROUGH TWITTER COULD GEL WITH MODI’S E-CAR PUSH Musk revealed his plan to bring Tesla to India next year through Twitter, tagging a post carrying the photograph of a T-shirt with the message “India wants Tesla”. He was replying to a tweet from a Twitter handle called Tesla India Club, which told the billionaire, “Hey Elon, just thought we’d put this out here. We wait and hang on to hope wrt “hopefully soon” ■ ■ ■ The announcement comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aggressively promoting the use of e-vehicles Musk was asked about India entry last year as well. “Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next!” he said in March 2019 India will be the next frontier for Tesla after its Chinese foray 495% RALLY IN TESLA SHARES THIS YEAR, PUSHING MARKET VALUE TO $400 BN 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 NATIONAL FURORE TRUMP TESTS +VE WEEKS BEFORE POLLS Could impact re-election chances as he consistently underplayed Covid threat; would have to be in quarantine for at least two weeks, ahead of the Oct 15 televised debate with Biden EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Members of various organisations and political parties throng Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday to protest against the brutal murder and alleged gang-rape of a young woman in UP’s Hathras | PARVEEN NEGI Victim’s village sealed; Hathras SP suspended N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow AS the fire of protest over Hathras gang-rape and murder spread on Friday the po, lice clamped down further on the victim’s family, cutting off all communication and turning the entire Boolgarhi village into a fortress. Later in the evening, an embattled Uttar Pradesh government suspended the district SP and four other policemen amid mounting criticism over the government’s handling of the entire matter. The family is allegedly holed up inside their home, with heavy police presence there, while all entries to the village have been completely sealed. No outsiders, including politicians and media persons, are being allowed to speak to the family and a tight security cordon has been laid around 1.5 km of the village’s peripheries. A cousin of the 20-yearold Dalit girl, who managed to slip away and speak to media persons on Friday morning, alleged the police had taken away the mobile phones of all family members. He said the policemen were not allowing anybody BIHAR MAHAGATHBANDHAN SEAT-SHARING DEAL DONE to step out of the house. “Our family is being threatened. My uncle asked me to try to reach out to the media. He was assaulted by the DM yesterday and fell unconscious,” the boy alleged. Sub Judicial Magistarte Prem Prakash denied charges of intimidation and confinement of the victim’s family. On the restriction over entry of media and political leaders in the village, he said it was done not to hamper the SIT probe which is underway Hathras Addi. tional SP Prakash Kumar told reporters no political representatives or media personnel would be allowed till SIT completes its probe. Protests flared up across the country with , Congress leader Priyanka Gandi Vadra attending a prayer meeting organised by the Valmiki community in Delhi and asserting the party would continue to exert pressure on the government. Hundreds of activists, civil society members, students and political leaders gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi in perhaps the first biggest protest since Covid-19 began. One component is CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar not entering the fray but campaigning extensively. He also may not share dais with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav. NDA deal is work in progress | P8 EXPRESS READ Residents panic as tremors felt in Borabanda Hyderabad: Residents of Borabanda in Hyderabad panicked and rushed out of their houses when mild tremors were felt at around 8.30 pm on Friday. Officials of the National Geophysical Research Institute said that they recorded tremors that measured 1.5 on the Richter scale | P4 A fresh wave of uncertainty swept across the globe on Friday after US President Donald Trump revealed he and first lady Melania Trump had mild symptoms of Covid-19, roiling markets and casting a shadow over the November 3 presidential elections. While the Trumps went into quarantine and the President continued to work from his family quarters in the White House, him being 74 and clinically obese put him at a higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has already infected 75 lakh citizens and killed over two lakh in the US. At present, the US has over 25 lakh active cases. Before testing positive, he had travelled extensively for his re-election campaign, worrying officials about the full scale of the outbreak. While many White House and other senior officials were undergoing tests, the process of tracing the president’s recent contacts was still on. The infection could impact Trump’s electoral chances, as he had spent much of the year downplaying the threat of the WALL STREET CRACKS Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 298.21 points (1.07%) to 27,518.69 OIL SLIPS Biden, Pence test -ve Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative for Covid. Under 25th Amendment, if the president in incapacitated medically, he has the option of temporarily transferring power to the vice president, which he can reclaim whenever he can certify that he is fit for duty virus and avoided wearing masks for the longest time. During the first televised debate against his Democrat opponent Joe Biden on Wednesday morning IST, Trump had mocked him saying: “I don’t E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad HEALTH Minister Eatala Rajender on Friday said that around 40 lakh people in the State are estimated to have developed Covid-19 antibodies, according to information recently revealed by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) while announcing the results of its second round of sero survey conducted across the country . That means that around 40 lakh people — about 11 per cent Telangana said that of the State’s population — have convalescent been affected by Covid-19 and plasma therapy cured of the disease, Eatala said is not that much while inaugurating the Stem useful and costly Cell and Regenerative Medicine medications like facility at NIMS Hospital in Hy- Tocilizumab will derabad, which he said will not work. All prove to be a boon for poor can- these claims have now come cer patients. true The facility will also help in bone marrow transplantation, Eatala Rajender, he added. The Health Minister, Health Minister who often criticises the ICMR for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis, on Friday blasted it for frequently changing its treatment guidelines. Telangana stuck to the claims it made during the start of pandemic on the approach taken to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, which he said have CONTINUED ON P4 now been proved right. Guv admonishes Cong, says Raj Bhavan not a platform to enact ‘political dramas’ Cong team refused to e-mail their memo @ Hyderabad EXPRESSING her displeasure over the way the Congress leaders recently sought to gain entry into Raj Bhavan, to protest against the Central farm legislations, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday said in categorical terms that Raj Bhavan cannot be used as a platform for enacting ‘political dramas’. During a virtual interaction with the media on the occasion of Raj Bhavan taking the paperless route for its daily functions, the Governor was asked about the Congress’ protest near Raj Bhavan and also about CM K Chandrasekhar Rao felicitates Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan’s husband and renowned nephrologist Dr P Soundararajan, who was recently selected for the Dronacharya Award in Nephrology, at Raj Bhavan on Friday its leaders claiming that they were denied an appointment to meet her. She said that it has been clearly communicated that personal visits by delegations were not being entertained during the pandemic. WTI Crude Oil 2.76% to $37.65/bbl Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said. “The Congress delegation was told to e-mail their memorandum, but they said they were not ready to do it. Raj Bhavan cannot be a place for a “political drama.” US companies added just 661,000 jobs in September, marking it the 3rd straight month of slower hiring Brent Crude 2.81% to $39.78/bbl jobs were added August July June (Figures as of 9.40 PM IST on Friday) 22 mn jobs wiped out during pandemic 1.5 mn 1.8 mn 14.7% fall since April 4.8 mn Unemployment rate in September fell to 7.9% from 8.4% in August wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” Biden, who spent 90 minutes on stage with Trump during the debate, and his wife Jill, tested negative. He is 77. Assuming the symptoms subside quickly, Trump will have to stay off his campaign trail for at least a couple of weeks, putting a question mark over his participation in the second E N S @ New Delhi / Bengaluru Nasdaq dropped 276.49 points (2.44%) to 11,050.02 UNEMPLOYMENT WORSENS Over 40 L people in TS have developed antibodies: Eatala EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE S&P 500 lost 28.13 points (0.83%) to 3,352.67 Judge nixes Don’s visa ban 3.8 mn laid off workers feel their jobs are gone forever presidential debate, scheduled for October 15. Even when the president was healthy, he had indicated that he may not accept defeat in the elections. Whether or not there is an option on his table to put off polls citing lack of a level playing field since his campaign has come to a halt, is as yet unknown. He, however, will have to tweak his messaging around Covid-19, which he had earlier claimed would disappear. His infection dragged down most global markets (see graphic). A US federal judge on Thursday nixed Donald Trump’s suspension of non-immigrant visas including the coveted H-1B — the most sought after visa by Indian IT professionals — saying the president does not have the power to tinker with immigration laws passed by Congress. The judicial action comes as a major relief for scores of Indian IT professionals, which had voiced their opposition to the visa suspension. In the US, around six lakh people hold H1-B visas with Indians making up around 70%. Trump had issued an executive order in June 2020 suspending the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, H-2B (issued for non-agricultural seasonal workers), and J and L (visas for cultural exchanges and managers, respectively). The suspension was till December 31. In his ruling, US District Judge Jeffrey White said Trump exceeded his brief as the Constitution vests the power to set immigration policy with Congress and not the president.
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