VIJAYAWADA l SATURDAY l OCTOBER 03, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 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” ■ 495% COULD GEL WITH MODI’S E-CAR PUSH ■ ■ 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 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 Trump tests +ve weeks before polls NATIONAL FURORE 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 mark their protest against the brutal murder and alleged gangrape of a young woman in Uttar Pradesh’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 gangrape-murder spread on Friday, the police 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 while all entries to the village have been sealed. No outsiders, including politicians and reporters, are being allowed to speak to the family and a tight security cordon has been laid around the village peripheries. A cousin of the victim, 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 police were not allowing anybody 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. Hathras Additional SP Prakash Kumar said no politicians or media personnel would be allowed till SIT completes its probe. A four-member delegation of Trinamool Congress leaders that had gone to meet the victim’s family was stopped some 1.5 km away from village. The party’s Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien was pushed during a scuffle with policemen while Lok S ab h a M P K a ko l i Ghosh-Dastidar was also allegedly roughed up. Meanwhile, protests flared up across the country, with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attending a prayer meeting organised by the Valmiki community in Delhi and asserting that the party would continue to exert pressure on the government till justice is delivered. Hundreds of activists gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to demand justice for the victim and condemn attempts to silence the family . IMAGE DENTED. LET MEDIA MEET FAMILY: UMA UP police’s “suspicious” action in the Hathras incident has dented the image of the BJP and the state government, said senior party leader Uma Bharti. She requested UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to allow mediapersons and politicians to meet the victim’s family AP eligible for `2,525 cr Open Market Borrowings EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada AFTER topping the country in undertaking ‘Ease of Doing Business’ (EoDB) reforms, Andhra Pradesh has become eligible to raise an additional `2,525 crore through Open Market Borrowings (OMBs). This is the second time the State has been given such permission. It was earlier permitted to draw `2,525 crore for refor ms in the Public Distribution System (PDS). The Ministry of Finance on Friday granted additional borrowing permission to Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to the tune of `7,106 crore. While UP became eligible to raise an amount of `4,851 crore through OMBs for completing the reform process in PDS to implement the One Nation One Ration Card System, AP was permitted to borrow `2,525 crore to undertake reforms in EoDB. Besides AP and UP, Telangana was permitted to borrow `2,508 crore, Karnataka `4,509 crore, Goa `223 crore, and Tripura `148 crore for PDS reforms. To incentivise the implementation of district-level and licensing reforms for EoDB, a borrowing facility of 0.25 per cent of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has been allowed to States on the recommendation of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Inter nal T rade (DPIIT). In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centre allowed an additional borrowing limit of up to 2 per cent of GSDP to the States for the year 2020-21. This made an amount up to `4,27,302 crore available to the States. Under 30% conviction rate in rape cases in India K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi ON an average, 88 rapes take place every day in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2019. However, the conviction rate is as low as 27.8%. This means, out of 100 accused, only 28 gets convicted. The NCRB data reveal the rate of crimes against women increased from 58.8 in 2018 to 62.4 in 2019. There were 32,033 incidents of rape and the crime rate for rape was the highest in Rajasthan, where 5,997 rapes were reported in 2019. Uttar Pradesh reported 3,065 incidents, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 2,485, Maharashtra 2,299 and Kerala 2,023. Delhi reported 1,253 rape cases in 2019. One of the common reasons why criminals don’t get punished is the poor police investigation. Reasons such as hostility of witnesses and complainants and the familial pressure on the victim also play a role. The NCRB figures assume significance as it also shows that in many cases, victims don’t approach the police complaining about the rape or sexual assault. Expressing concern over the low conviction rate, even the Supreme Court had observed that 90% of rape cases end in acquittal. Bihar MAHAGATHBANDHAN SEAT-SHARING DEAL DONE One component is CPI leader 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 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 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 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 WALL STREET CRACKS Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 57.63 points (0.21%) to 27,759.27 OIL SLIPS S&P 500 lost 28.78 points (0.85%) to 3,352.02 Nasdaq dropped 184.61 points (1.63%) to 11,141.90 WTI Crude down 4.29% to $37.06/bbl Brent Crude down 4.03% to $39.28/bbl UNEMPLOYMENT WORSENS US companies added just 661,000 jobs in September, marking it the 3rd straight month of slower hiring Biden, Pence test -ve Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative for Covid. Under 25th Amendment, if the president is 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 have to stay off his campaign trail for at least a couple of weeks, putting a question mark over his participation in the second 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). jobs were added August July June 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 @ Vijayawada CHIEF Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday distributed Recognition of Forest Rights (RoFR) pattas to tribal beneficiaries in the State. Over the next month, about 1.53 lakh tribals will get pattas for three lakh acres. They will also get the first two installments of input subsidy worth `13,500 under YSR Rythu Bharosa. “An action plan is being drafted to develop that land,” the Chief Minister said, adding that greenery and empowerment of tribals should go hand in hand. Jagan later laid the foundation stone for the Tribal Medical College at Paderu in Visakhapatnam district, Tribal Engineering College at Kurupam in Vizianagaram district, multi-speciality hospitals in Seethampeta, Parvatipuram, Rampachodavaram, Buttayayagudem and Dornala ITDAs, to be built at a cost of `500 crore, `153 crore and `2,246.30 crore respectively . Reiterating his government’s dedication to the welfare of tribals, he said his father and former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy aspired for the upliftment of tribals, who constitute six per cent of the State’s population. “Today, as his son, I am distributing 3.12 lakh acres to 1.53 lakh tribal families. A minimum of 2 acres is being allotted to each needy family,” he said, and exuded confidence that this will help in the economic empowerment of tribals. 3.8 mn laid off workers feel their jobs are gone forever Judge nixes Don’s visa ban, says he exceeded his brief E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi / Bengaluru 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%. Annually around 85,000 Indians are issued the visa , which gives them the right to work in the US. 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. The ruling was in response to a suit filed by various industry bodies with tech giants such as Google, IBM and Microsoft as members. CM gives out forest rights pattas to tribals EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE (Figures as of Friday 11.40 PM) VISA EARLIER RULING Judge White’s ruling is in difference with an order passed by District Judge Amit Mehta of the District of Columbia in August, who ruled that he does not have the power to enjoin the ban while the litigation is underway Better med facilities CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy applauds ward and village secretariat employees and volunteers in Tadepalli on Friday | EXPRESS To ensure there are no disputes regarding the land being given, boundaries and ridges of RoFR land were drawn through a digital survey before allocat, ing them to tribals, Jagan said. He added that unlike those who make promises in their manifestos and forget them after the elections, the YSRC, came out with a two-page manifesto and is treating it as the Bhagavad Gita, Bible and Quran. Every promise in the manifesto is being fulfilled, he said. “We are not only improving infrastructure at government hospitals under Nadu-Nedu, but also starting tribal medical colleges and multi-speciality hospitals in tribal areas,” Jagan said Jagan addd that he felt sad seeing how the previous TDP government neglected tribals; none of them was made a minister, and no tribal advisory council was set up till the elections. “However, there is a change in how tribals are treated today. Fifty per cent quota for SCs, STs, BCs and minorities in nominated posts has benefited them. Separate commissions for SCs and STs, pending approval, will strive for the P4 upliftment of tribals.” THIRD TIME IN A ROW Vijayawada ranks first in crimes against elderly: NCRB P H A N I N D R A PA PA S A N I @ Vijayawada FOR the third consecutive year, Vijayawada has topped the list of 34 metropolitan cities in India in terms of crimes against senior citizens. This was revealed by data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which showed that 460 such cases were recorded in the city in 2019 alone. These 34 metropolitan cities have populations of more than 1 million and less than 2 million people. Visakhapatnam reported 87 cases in 2019, which is higher than in previous years. Andhra Pradesh recorded 2,430 cases of violence in 2019, compared to 1,673 the previous Better than last year Last year saw a decrease in the number of crimes committed against senior citizens in Vijayawada. While 460 were reported in 2019, 514 were reported in 2018, and 586 in 2017 year. The crime rate is 50.3 per one lakh population, and this includes offences such as murder, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt to murder, hurt, assault with intent to outrage modesty kid, napping and abduction, rape, theft, extortion and cheating, among other crimes. As many as 2,447 elderly people were vic- tims of crime. I ro n i c a l ly, Vi j ayaw a d a , which has witnessed many initiatives and reforms in the police department in the past three years, stood first in terms of crimes against senior citizens. Of the 1,813 cases reported in 34 metropolitan cities, 25.4 per cent of crimes (460) P5 were in Vijayawada.
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