VISAKHAPATNAM l MONDAY l OCTOBER 05, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l 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 Chief Minister Amarinder Singh participate in tractor rally in Punjab on Sunday | AFP Will bin farm laws if Cong wrests Centre, says Rahul 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 FORMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described the three recently passed farm sector reform Acts as black laws and said 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 or 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 EXPRESS READ Former MLA Dronamraju Srinivas passes away Corps Commanders’ meeting on October 12 Visakhapatnam: Former MLA and YSRC leader Dronamraju Srinivas, 59, passed away on Sunday. He was undergoing treatment for lung infection after recovering from Covid-19. Entering politics following in the footsteps of his father, Srinivas made a mark with his own style of functioning | P4 New Delhi: The seventh round of India-China 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. The talks come after the meeting of the WMCC ‘Stats wrong, AP didn’t have most cases against police’ P H A N I N D R A PA PA S A N I @ Vijayawada AFTER getting the top rank in the ‘cases booked against police’ category in the Crime In India-2019 report released recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the Andhra Pradesh police want to write to the Bureau saying “inaccurate” data was sent to it, and request for the figures to be revised. In Volume-III of the NCRB data for 2019, the number of cases registered against police personnel in the State was reported as 1,681, but the actual number of such cases was just 111, official sources said, adding that incorrect figures were published due to mistakes committed by three police units of the State. Andhra Pradesh topping the chart in terms of cases against its own personnel came as a surprise to the department. As per the NCRB data, AP was followed by Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Director General of Police (DGP) D Gautam Sawang reportedly ordered for districtwise verification of the data on ‘cases filed against the police’ that were sent to the NCRB. During verification, it was found that incorrect information was sent to the NCRB. “Data from three units — Chittoor, Visakhapatnam City and Visakhapatnam Rural — were sent without verification. That is why AP topped the list of States in terms of cases against its own personnel. We are preparing the documents needed to rectify the mistake, which has dented the image of the State police,” DIG Technical Services G Pala Raju told TNIE. 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 not 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 spell the death knell for farmers in Punjab. “India used to borrow from across the world to feed its people till Punjab farmers took the charge of feeding them,” he claimed. The fight will continue till the laws are amended and a written Constitutional guarantee given on MSP and FCI, he added. P7 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) 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 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 JD(U) TARGETED Fratricide looms in Bihar as LJP exits NDA 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). 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 formula could be announced in Patna soon. But unconfimed sources said the JD(U) will get 121, the BJP 117 and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM 5 seats. The LJP’s decision to go solo could hurt the JD(U). “This decision is aimed at pruning Nitish Kumar’s political stature amid anti-incumbency. It will harm the performances 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 minister 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. P8 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 Priyanka Gandhi Mayawati 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 use 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 narco analysis and polygraphic tests as well. Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team continued its probe and recorded the statements of the victim’s family P7 . CM to meet PM, may attend Apex Council meet tomorrow J AYA N T H P @ Vijayawada CHIEF Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to discuss issues related to the State, including the recent political developments. The meeting comes close on the heels of Jagan’s meetings with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on September 22 and 23, when the Chief Minister, apart from seeking the release of pending dues, reporte d ly d i s c u s s e d p o l i t i c a l developments. Jagan, who will leave to New Delhi on Monday, is likely to apprise Modi of the friction with the High Court. He will also request the Prime Minister to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the Amaravati land scam and Fibernet scam of the previous TDP government and the recent Antarvedi chariot fire incident. After meeting Modi, Jagan is likely to participate in the Apex Council meeting with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao via video conference from the national capital itself. Water Resources department officials will fly to New Delhi to be present with the Chief Minister during the Apex Council meeting. The State government has decided to push for notification of the jurisdiction of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) in the second Apex Council meeting so that operational control of all projects will be under the boards’ control. If operational control is not handed over to the river management boards, the State may seek control over the Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal, which is topographically present in Andhra Pradesh. Officials will also impress upon the Centre the factors that necessitated the government’s proposal of the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme to draw AP’s rightful share of CONTINUED ON P4 water. AP may seek control over NSP right canal AP has decided to push for notification of the jurisdiction of the KRMB and GRMB in the second Apex Council meeting so that operational control of all projects will be under the boards’ control. If operational control is not handed over, the State may seek control over the Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal, which is topographically present in Andhra Pradesh 2 NAVY OFFICERS KILLED IN KOCHI GLIDER CRASH E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi Remains of a naval glider that crashed in Kochi on Sunday NAVY ORDERS FULL PROBE The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. The Kochiheadquartered Southern Naval Command has ordered a probe into the incident. Lt Rajiv Jha is a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, and Sunil Kumar is from Bhoj in Bihar. According to Navy spokesperson Sridhar Warrier, Kumar was an experienced glider pilot TWO officers of the Indian Navy died in Kochi on Sunday morning when the power glider they were flying on crashed due to a technical glitch. Lieutenant Rajiv Jha, 39, and Petty Officer (Electrical Air) Sunil Kumar, 29, were flying a routine training sortie when the power glider, which took off from INS Garuda— the Naval air station of Southern Naval Command—developed a glitch and crashed near Thoppumpady in Kochi, around 7.15 am. People who were out for a morning walk saw the glider crashing and informed the local police. Soon, the police and a Navy team reached the spot and pulled out the two from under the wreckage. They were then rushed to INS Sanjivani—a Navy hospital in Kochi. “The officers were critically injured and they were shifted to INS Sanjivini in a Navy ambulance. But they were declared brought dead,” Navy Spokesperson Sridhar Warrier said. “Both of them were not moving while being taken to the hospital,” an eyewitness told TNIE. Police said the glider had defects, which could have led to the crash. “We found the mangled remains of the glider. It’s up to the Navy to investigate,” a police officer said. A case of unnatural death has been registered. The bodies of the two will be handed over to their families on Monday after post-mortem. BLAST FROM THE PAST Gold, silver coins among new treasure unearthed in Srisailam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kurnool A treasure trove consisting of 15 gold coins, three gold rings and 18 silver coins was unearthed near Ghanta Matam, which belongs to the famous Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, in Srisailam, Ku r nool d ist rict on Sunday . It was unearthed while the temple authorities were reno- vating the old Matam premises. Last month, 32 copper inscriptions, 264 silver coins and one copper coin were unearthed in the same location. An old dhyana mandiram was also excavated from the spot. Temple executive officer KS Rama Rao told TNIE that the coins unearthed on Sunday were identified as being used between 1880 and 1913 during the British regime. This was concluded based on the date minted on the coins. Photos of the coins and other artefacts were sent to the Department of Archaeology for verification, as per the regular procedure. The executive officer said construction workers found the coins and rings in a brass box. After an inquest in the presence of endowments, revenue and police officials, they were placed in the temple’s strong room (treasury). The developments were communicated to higher officials of the government, he added. The temple authorities are planning to establish a museum in their premises to exhibit the unearthed ancient treasure. They have identified a building to temporarily house the proposed museum till a permanent structure is constructCONTINUED ON P5 ed.
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