HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 07, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION THREE SHARE NOBEL PHYSICS PRIZE FOR BLACK HOLE STUDY Three scientists on Tuesday won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for advancing the understanding of black holes ROGER PENROSE REINHARD GENZEL ANDREA GHEZ UK, GERMAN, AMERICAN SCIENTISTS WIN AWARD STILL MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED Briton Roger Penrose received half of this year’s prize “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez received the second half of the prize “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”, the Nobel Committee said ■ ■ Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from them. “These exotic objects pose many questions that beg for answers and motivate future research,” said David Haviland, Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics Ghez is the fourth woman to get the Physics Nobel | P12 SEK 10 mn OR $1.1 MN IS THE PRIZE MONEY, WHICH WILL BE SHARED AMONG THE WINNERS 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 KCR THREATENS AP WITH BARRAGE IN TIT FOR TAT At Apex Council meet, a combative CM says if AP govt goes ahead with construction of Pothireddypadu, TS will draw 3 tmcft Krishna water per day at Alampur EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad C hief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday threatened the Andhra Pradesh government that Telangana would construct a barrage at Pedda Maroor near Alampur on Krishna river if AP goes ahead with the construction of illegal projects like Pothireddypadu. Further, Telangana would use the barrage to draw three tmcft water on a daily basis, Rao warned. “We will construct a barrage on Krishna like Maharashtra constructed Babli on Godavari,” a combative Chandrasekhar Rao said at the Apex Council meeting on Tuesday . His plan to construct the barrage near Alampur is a strategic location as it is upstream of Srisailam project. Diversion of Krishna water from this point would decrease the volume of water that reaches Srisailam. “If Andhra Pradesh continues to deny justice to us as it did in the combined AP rule, the TRS government will not take it lying down but will retaliate. We are ready to protect the interests of our farmers,” Rao told the Jal Shakti Minis- CM asks Ministry to record proceedings KCR asked the Jal Shakti Minister to release the minutes of the Apex Council only after obtaining their signatures. He also wanted it to record the proceedings of the meeting. If the water disputes are resolved, then TS would get more share in Krishna river waters, Rao felt ter and the AP Chief Minister in the meeting. Rao, who was assisted by a battery of officials, made Telangana’s stand on river waters crystal clear to the Union Minister and his AP counterpart. Recalling that the formation of Telangana was the result of the injustice done to the region in the combined AP he said: “When a new State , is formed in the country it has , every right to get its due share in river waters. We will get our share in river waters, which we lost in combined AP .” He expressed his displeasure at the Andhra Pradesh government continuing with the Rayalaseema Lift Ir rig at ion Scheme despite repeated requests no to do so. “Right from the beginning of Telangana movement, the TRS opposed the Pothireddypadu,” he said. Recalling that the State government wrote a letter on July 14, 2014 to the Centre, asking it to set up a new Tribunal to resolve the water disputes, he said: “The Centre failed to take any decision so far. That’s why the TS filed a case in the Supreme Court.” While demanding the Centre to give fresh terms of reference to Brijesh Kumar Tribunal for making project-wise allocations, he suggested that the waters of a river should be diverted to another rive basin only after the requirements of the people of the first river basin are fulfilled. He said that AP had no right to divert the Krishna waters to another river basin. The Jal Shakti and KRMB too endorsed his view on inter-basin diversion of waters, according to a release from the CMO. Rao said that the ongoing projects in Telangana are not new and they were sanctioned in the combined AP “The pro. jects on Godavari utilised the TS’ share of 967.94 tmcft water only Rao said. He also assured ,” that if the Centre decided to resolve the water disputes between the two states, then Telangana would cooperate fully with the Centre. We will construct a barrage on Krishna like Maharashtra constructed Babli on Godavari. If AP continues to deny justice to us as it did in the combined AP rule, the TRS government will not take it lying down K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao participates in the Apex Council meeting through a video conference from Hyderabad in Tuesday Centre takes lead as AP, TS fail to reach consensus V V BA LA K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad THE Central government on Tuesday firmed up its stand on issues of irrigation concerning the sibling States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Even though there was no consensus at the Apex Council meeting, the Centre decided to notify the jurisdiction of the projects, which will ultimately invest Godavari River Management BIHAR POLLS No ifs and buts over Nitish, says BJP; allies unwrap deal R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R A N D M A N I S H A N A N D @ Patna / New Delhi TWO days ahead of the close of nominations for the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, the NDA on Tuesday unveiled the seat adjustment plans: the JD-U will contest 122 seats and the BJP, 121. On the alliance’s chief ministerial candidate, the two lead partners declared there are no ifs and buts about the leadership of the incumbent, Nitish Kumar. As per the seat arrangement, the JD-U will adjust the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) from its quota while the BJP will leave seats for the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) of Mukesh Sahini, who exited the opposition Grand Alliance a few days ago. The BJP may end up contesting more seats since it is reportedly negotiating for three-four seats with the VIP. On the other hand, HAM will get seven seats from the JD-U’s share. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi sought to set at rest all doubts over the post-poll leadership issue, saying the NDA would form the government with Nitish in the saddle. State BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal went so far as to say the party could write to the EC against the use of names and pictures of the party leaders in poll campaigns by anyone outside the NDA — a clear hint at the LJP which has announced to field , its candidates against JD-U nominees. TODAY’S IPL MATCH KOLKATA VS CHENNAI After ending a three-match losing streak, CSK will look to keep the momentum going as they face KKR. Against Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistent side, Dhoni & Co start favourites. MYSTERY PATCH A thick foam forms across a stretch of Godavari river at Godavarikhani in Peddapalli district. While the locals were scared to see the river in such a condition, the TSPCB officials collected water samples to test and find out if there is any cause for worry ODDS : KOLKATA 22/23 | CHENNAI 10/11 LIVE: STAR SPORTS1/HOTSTAR @ 7.30PM P8 DINESH KUMAR KHARA IS NEW SBI CHAIRMAN CHANGING TREND Boys sweep top 10 ranks in TS-EAMCET engg M AYA N K T I W A R I @ Hyderabad V SAI Teja of Hyderabad secured the top rank in TS-EAMCET 2020 engineering stream, the results of which were released by Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy on Tuesday . While Sai Teja took the first rank, he was followed by Yashwant Sai and Tammana Boyina Venkata Krishna in the second and third ranks respectively. Interestingly, the top 10 ranks were bagged by boys. E Sriharshita is the topper among the girls, securing the 11th rank. Meanwhile, Hardik Rajpal of Narayana Junior College, E Sriharshita Yashwant Sai V Sai Teja Madhapur in Hyderabad, who bagged All India Rank 6 in the Common Rank List (CRL) for JEE Advanced, secured the fifth rank in TS EAMCET. “I was actually preparing for JEE, but also wrote EAMCET. I never thought I would get the sixth rank,” Hardik, who was bor n in Madhya Pradesh but now lives with his parents in Hyderabad, said. “Many of my friends got good T Mani Venkata Hardik ranks in the JEE but not in EAMCET. I wonder why .” This year, 1.43 lakh candidates registered for the TSEAMCET 2020 engineering, conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, of which 1,19,183 appeared for the exam and over 89,739 candidates — 75.29 per cent — qualified from the test. Candidates who have secured one to 89,739 ranks can book slots for counselling online from October 9 to 17. Document verification will be done between October 12 and 18. The TS-EAMCET web options can be selected between October 12 and 20. A total of 8,799 government junior college students appeared for engineering exam this year, out of which 6,046 qualified. Around 1,09,195 students from private junior college students appeared for the exam and 73,999 achieved qualification. Results for TS-EAMCET ‘agriculture, veterinary and pharmacy will be announced ,’ s h o r t l y, t h e T S C H E officials said. Board (GRMB) and Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) with power to take control over the irrigation projects. The Centre also made it clear that the projects for which water has not been allocated by the Tribunals would be treated as new projects. Thus, the Rayalaseema LIS in AP and Palamuru-Rangareddy LIS in Telangana on Krishna and also Kaleshwaram LIS in TS will be construed as new projects. Meanwhile, the Telangana government agreed to withdraw the case in Supreme Court on Krishna waters, enabling the Centre to move forward on referring the water sharing issues either to a new Tribunal or the existing Brijesh Kumar Tribunal under InterState River Water Disputes Act (ISRWD), 1956. However, the Centre felt that it is possible to make more new projects functional once the Krishna water is reallocated among projects. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao participated in the meeting through video-conference from Hyderabad and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy participated from Delhi. CONTINUED ON P4 Cremation in dead of night to prevent Hathras violence: govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FOR the first time since the September 30 cremation of the Hathras gang-rape and murder victim in the dead of night allegedly without the consent and presence of her family the , Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday sought to justify its action, saying it was done to prevent large-scale violence the next morning. Citing intelligence inputs of the possibility of major law and order problems, the UP government in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, said the cremation happened at 2.30 am and security forces were already on high alert in the district because of the Babri masjid verdict a day later. Amid demands for protection to the victim’s family, a bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde directed the UP government to submit a fresh af fidavit specifying whether it has put in place a witness protection plan for them and other witnesses. The court described the assault as horrible and shocking. Appearing for the state government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “I am not opposing the petition. There are narratives and narratives in the public domain. Let us not sensationalise the death of a young girl. Investigation should just be fair and impartial.” In its affidavit, the UP government requested the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI under its own supervision into the horrific assault on September 14. In the court, Mehta said: “Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost.” Senior advocate Indira Jaising said she was on the same page on having a court monitored probe while seeking the protection for the victim’s family and ensuring fair investigation. During the hearing, the bench asked Mehta to clarify File photo of police personnel cremating a Dalit woman in the wee hours of September 30 in Hathras district, allegedly without her family’s consent | PTI whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer or not. It also sought to know the scope of the suo motu proceedings before the Allahabad High Court in connection with the case. “We want suggestions from all of you as to the scope of the proceedings in Allahabad and how we can widen and make them more relevant,” it said while putting off the hearing for next week. However, seasoned jurists wondered why the SC chose to hear the case in the first place despite the Allahabad High Court having already passed several directions in the matter. The HC ordered several senior police and revenue officers to be present in court on October 12. Also, the court directed that the parents, brothers and sisters of the victim be personally present in court so as to ascertain facts from them directly . Expressing surprise, Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said: “It is unclear why the Supreme Court would interfere or what would be the scope of its interference when a more effective arrangement in uncovering the truth had already been made by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.” Advocate on record at the Su- preme Court Anas Tanvir said, “Supreme Court has in past held that the high courts are better equipped to deal with such matters and have asked the petitioners to approach HCs instead. The same could have been done in present case, more so because the Allahabad HC had already taken suo motu cognisance of the issue.” Be that as it may the UP gov, ernment’s affidavit justifying the cremation said: “The district administration at Hathras had been receiving several intelligence inputs since the morning of September 29 on the manner in which the dharna had taken place at Safdarjung hospital and the whole issue was being exploited and a caste/communal colour was being given.” Apart from the Babri verdict, concerns regarding the coronavirus safety protocol also came into play it said. , “In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large-scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim that was lying for almost more than 20 hours after her death and post-mortem,” the affidavit stated. JOURNALIST AMONG FOUR ARRESTED In a late night swoop, the UP police arrested a journalist and three others allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India and its allied outfit Campus Front of India. They were taken into custody near Mathura late on Monday evening. They were on way to Hathras from Delhi. The journalist was identified as Siddique Kappan, who works out of Delhi | P7
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