HYDERABAD MONDAY OCTOBER 05, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION 20-25 CR PEOPLE TO GET COVID VACCINE BY JULY 2021: CENTRE The government estimates to receive and use up to 50 crore doses of vaccine by next July, the Union health minister said STATES ASKED TO SUBMIT LIST BY OCTOBER-END NO DECISION YET ON TRIALS OF SPUTNIK V The Centre will ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, once they are ready, Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. The states have been asked to submit, by the end of this month, a list of priority population groups, as well as details of cold chain facilities and other related infrastructure, to ensure smooth vaccine distribution down to the block level ■ ■ ■ To ensure transparency, the minister assured that the government will share details of the distribution process soon The Centre is open to assessing the feasibility of introducing several vaccines in the country, Dr Vardhan said No decision yet on phase-3 trials of the Russian vaccine in India 9.37 lakh ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN INDIA AS OF SUNDAY EVENING 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 Pressure to shift DM, order judicial probe N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh participate in tractor rally in Punjab on Sunday | AFP Will bin farm laws if Cong wrests Centre, says Rahul THREE new pressure points emerged on Sunday in the horrific gang-rape and murder of a Hathras girl that has left the nation horrified. While her family pushed for a judicial probe and the political class joined their call for the District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar’s transfer, the counter consolidation of upper caste members claiming the four arrested youth in the case had been framed up, was equally noteworthy . A day after the state government recommended a CBI probe, the victim’s brother FORMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described the three recently passed farm sector reform Acts as black laws, saying the day his party comes to power at the Centre all three would be scrapped and consigned to the wastepaper basket. Addressing a rally at Badni Kalan in Moga as part of his three-day Save Farming Yatra before joining a tractor rally that wound its way through Moga and Ludhiana districts, Rahul described the Centre as a puppet of corporate biggies like the Adanis and the Ambanis. He charged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had misled the nation for the past six years and had only served the interests of two to three large corporate houses of his billionaire friends. Rahul cited demonetisation, the goods and services tax (GST) regime and the debt and tax waiver of big industrialists amid the pandemic as Modi’s favour to the corporate leaders, charging that the poor and the farmers did not get even a rupee’s aid. “What was the need to implement these farm laws amid Covid-19? Prime Minister says laws are being framed for farmers. If that is the case, why didn’t you discuss them openly in the House,” he questioned. He was referring to the hurried passage of the bills in the Rajya Sabha amid ruckus through Centre will eventually kill MSP, warns Capt Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said he feared the Centre might pay MSP for a couple of crops, but would eventually scrap it.”Attempts were being made to stifle the collective voice of the farmers, who had come together in this fight,’’ he said Unsolved mysteries: Cases of missing persons on the rise in Mahbubnagar Meanwhile, in Itikyala, the police came to know about an AS many as 271 persons, 60 per unidentified body lying near cent of them women, are miss- the river and since there was ing from the erstwhile Mah- no one to identify it, they perbubnagar district for the last formed the last rites. But before three-and-half years. Their doing that they took a picture whereabouts are not known of the body. Recently, Peddathough cases have been regis- kondaiah’s family members got tered at several police staa wind that Itikyala police tions. Most of the undeknew about someone tected cases are of who had similar feathose people who leave tures as him. no clue of their whereWhen they went abouts. The police susthere, the police told pect that they are not them about the body in the district or the of an unknown perState but may have son. When they were gone to far off places shown the picture, l i ke M u m b a i a n d they immediately recOn an average Pune. ognised him as over 100 missing After two or three Peddakondaiah. cases are registered every months of making inA f t e r fo u r l o n g month in police quiries, the police give years, they now know stations across u p i nv e s t i g a t i o n that Peddakondaiah the erstwhile which would add to died during Mahbubnagar the long list of cases Pushkaralu. district that are categorised as There are several Gangasani Sridhar, “under investigation.” such cases where the Mahbubnagar DSP Take the case of disapwhereabouts of misspearance of Peddaing persons are not kondaiah, VRA of Tadiparthi known even now. Hemant from in Gopalpet mandal in Wana- Meethya Thanda in Bijinepalli parthy district. He went to per- mandal in Nagarkurnool disform his duty at Beachpalli trict left home on August 17 afghat during Krishna Push- ter sending a video to a friend, karalu in 2016 and when he did saying he was going to end his not return home after the fes- life. He has wife and a son. tivities were over, his family Till date the police have no members lodged a complaint clue as to whether he ended his CONTINUED ON P2 with the police. life or not. K A M R U T H R A O @ Mahbubnagar voice vote. The new laws, Rahul argued, were aimed at eventually dismantling the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) procurement system, which would break the backbone of the farmers, just as the British had done to seize control of India. While the tried and tested system that stands on the three pillars of MSP, food procurement and mandis does need reforms, the Congress would allow it to be destroyed, he said. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh labelled the Centre’s approach to agriculture as one that would kill farmers and Punjab. “India used to borrow from across the world to feed its people till Punjab farmers took the charge of feeding them,” he claimed. He said the fight will continue till the laws are amended and a written Constitutional guarantee given on MSP and FCI. TODAY’S MATCH DELHI BANGALORE In-form Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals meet in Dubai on Monday after winning three out of four matches. A victory will help the team go top of the standings. Though both teams are almost on equal footing, Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi have an upper hand due to their pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. ODDS: DC: 9/10 RCB:1/1 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) SP, RLD attempt to storm Hathras village SP and RLD leaders tried to barge into the victim’s Boolgarhi village on Sunday along with hundreds of supporters after breaking barricades. The district police had to use force to disperse them stays in the saddle. Amid mounting pressure, upper caste mahapanchayats are being held in different parts the district on a daily basis to try to change the narrative. A mahapanchayat held on Sunday drew hundreds of upper caste members from around 30 villages of the district. Hailing the government’s recommendation for a CBI probe, they questioned the objections of the victim’s family to the narco-analysis and polygraphic tests as well. Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team continued its probe and recorded the statements of the victim’s family . Fratricide looms in Bihar as LJP exits NDA, targets JD(U) Attacks Modi, says he is only working to facilitate a few corporates; questions the hurry to pass legislations in RS without due process H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh changed tack, demanding a judicial probe instead. “It doesn’t matter who investigates the matter, our questions are still unanswered. Why has no action been taken against the Hathras DM, who misbehaved with my family members and tried to threaten them? We want justice, we want a probe monitored by a Supreme Court judge,” he said. His demand was echoed by BSP chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who sought immediate action against the DM. Mayawati said no impartial inquiry into the matter would be possible if the DM Next Corps Commanders’ meeting on October 12 M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE seventh round of IndiaChina Corps Commanders meeting will be held on October 12, Army sources confirmed on Sunday . “Our aim is clear that there should be an early disengagement,” a senior Army officer said. It talks comes after the 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on IndiaChina Border Affairs (WMCC) on September 30, in which the two sides had agreed to another round of Corps Commanders meet so that both sides can “work towards early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC”. During the 6th round of Corps Commanders meeting held on September 21, the two sides agreed to not send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate the tense situation. Lt Gen DS Hooda said there are ground to believe that the seventh round of Corps Commanders meet will see a breakthrough. “The 6th round of Corps Commanders talk was held after two high-level meetings of the Defence Minister and the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, but it did not lead to much. And, between the 6th round of Corps Commanders meeting and the 7th no big development has taken place which gives a ground to believe that there will be a breakthrough,” DS Hooda said MANISH ANAND & RAJESH K U M A R T H A K U R @ New Delhi/Patna THE Bihar political script changed a tad on Sunday with NDA ally Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) deciding to go it alone in the state Assembly elections. Stating that the LJP will seek a BJP-led government in Bihar, the Chirag Paswan-led outfit said it will field nominees against the JD(U) in 143 seats. Hours before the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the BJP met to clear its list of party nominees, the LJP left the NDA at the state level citing “ideological differences with the JD(U)”. “There’s no bad blood between the BJP and the LJP. The victorious candidates of the party after the polls will support a BJP-LJP government,” the LJP said in a statement. After the BJP’s CEC meeting, there were indications that the seat sharing for- mula could be announced in Patna soon. The decision of the LJP to go solo could hurt Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). “This decision of the LJP is aimed at pruning Nitish Kumar’s political stature amid anti-incumbency It will harm the perfor. mances of JD(U) without harming the electoral prospects of the BJP said Dr R K ,” Sinha, a prominent political analyst in Bihar. Within the LJP the wily Nit, ish Kumar’s ‘Mahadalit plank’ is seen as an attempt to cut the Paswan family to size as he is promoting former chief minis- ter Jitan Ram Manjhi. While the LJP claims to represent the state’s 16% Dalit constituency as well as the Bhumihars, the JD(U) and the BJP have been making significant inroads into their support base. Chirag Paswan is itching to lead Bihar and wants to test the political waters now. Thus far, the LJP has contested elections in alliances, mindful of the limitation of its support base, with his father Ram Vilas Paswan generally managing to stay on the winning side. While a little amused, the BJP too, will be keenly watch, ing Paswan junior’s moves. Ram Vilas Paswan has heart surgery Union minister and LJP patron Ram Vilas Paswan (74) underwent heart surgery in Delhi, his son Chirag said on Sunday. He had to undergo heart surgery due to sudden developments on Saturday evening. It forced him to cancel a party meeting and rush to his father’s side, Chirag tweeted. If needed, he will undergo another surgery in a few weeks, he added BJP, CONG IN ‘UNHOLY ALLIANCE’: HARISH RAO E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Medak ‘CONG LEFT DUBBAKA FIELD OPEN FOR BJP’ Addressing a meeting of party workers here on Sunday, when around 500 Congress workers, including four municipal councillors, joined the ruling party, Harish Rao said the Congress had left the field open to the BJP and that was the reason why it had not yet stepped into the electoral arena in the Dubbaka Assembly constituency where a bypoll has been announced FINANCE Minister T Harish Rao on Sunday cautioned the TRS party workers of a possible “collusion” between the BJP and Congress in the Dubbaka byelection, describing the two parties as one and the same in character. The TRS appears to be suspecting a possible repeat of the “unholy alliance” between the two parties to dent the TRS edifice as it had happened in the 2019 Parliamentary elections, resulting in incumbent K Kavitha losing her Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat to the BJP nominee. Addressing a meeting of party workers here on Sunday, when around 500 Con- gress workers, including four municipal councillors, joined the ruling party, he said the Congress had left the field open to the BJP and that was the reason why it had not yet stepped into the electoral arena. He wanted to know why the grand old party, which has presence all over India, has not yet stepped in Dubbaka Assembly constituency where a byelection has been announced. “The party has not yet held the workers’ meeting. This only shows that in Telangana, the BJP and Congress have a tacit understanding but in Delhi, Congress fights the BJP he said. ,” CONTINUED ON P4 BUCKING THE TREND Agricultural land prices touch new high in TS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad UNFAZED by the Covid-induced lockdown and the resultant sluggish economy, the value of agricultural land in Telangana villages has appreciated. In fact, it has doubled in the last two years. The real estate sector, hit hard by the reverse migration of labourers to their native places after the lockdown was clamped across the country is , trying to catch up with the trend in the rural areas. But when Express took a look at different districts, it found that the situation is different, with prices going up and up. There seem to be two main reasons for agricultural land value bucking the trend: the Telangana government sanc- tioning and constructing new irrigation projects and providing Rythu Bandhu to farmers — the scheme which guarantees a fixed annual income from land, thus discouraging them from selling, and these put together are turning the outback of the State into a land of milk and honey . In the backward undivided Adilabad district, agriculture land prices have zoomed since the implementation of the Rythu Bandhu scheme. In Jainath mandal, which is rich in black soil and suitable for growing cotton, the value of agricultural land has increased from `5 lakh to `6 lakh per acre a couple of years ago to `8 lakh to `10 lakh now. In the neighbouring and relatively more developed district of Karimnagar, the trend is CONTINUED ON P4 similar.
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