tirupati l wednesday l October 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION ‘Military talks positive’, India-China jt statement Both sides agreed not to turn differences into disputes, a joint statement by the two armies said on Tuesday Both sides agree to continue talks The two sides deliberated on ways to disengage from various friction points in eastern Ladakh during the marathon talks in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control on Monday. India and Chinese troops are locked in a stand-off in eastern Ladakh for over five months now. Both sides also agreed to continue talks through military and diplomatic channels ■ 12 hours China opposes development in ladakh ■ Reacting to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating 44 new bridges in border areas, China said India’s infrastructure push is the root cause of problems between the two countries “China does not recognise Ladakh UT and Arunachal Pradesh,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said | P7 Duration of the seventh corps commander-level meeting on Monday 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 HC’s stinker on denial of dignity in death to victim Asks why Hathras DM has not been transferred yet; directs UP govt to draw up a draft policy on dealing with such situations in future an hour, to enable them to perform their rituals at home and thereafter to cremate it either in the night or next day .” The court said that the victim was, at least, entitled to a decent cremation. “Cremation is one of the ‘Sanskars’ i.e., antim sanskar recognized as an important ritual which could not have been compromised Centre lets 20 states raise `68,825 crore from the finance ministry read. A day after the GST Council At the press meet on Monmeeting failed to arrive at a day after the inconclusive consensus on how to bridge GST Council meeting, Fithe GST revenue shortfall, nance Minister Nir mala the Centre on Tuesday al- Sitharaman had said, “Just lowed 20 states to raise `68,825 because there is no consencrore through open market sus, it does not mean no deciborrowings. sion can be taken.” These states had Eight states are Will move yet to exercise eiagreed with the first option given by the SC: kerala ther of the two opfm Centre to borrow tions mooted by the money under a speCentre. The finance Kerala Finance cial RBI window. Minister Thomas ministry statement The 20 states are: said, “Action on the Isaac said Andhra Pradesh, Kerala will move special borrowing Arunachal Pradesh, window is being apex court with Assam, Bihar, Goa, taken separately”, the nine other Gujarat, Haryana, which means the states that Himachal Pradesh, government is no opposed the Karnataka, Madhya mood to negotiate Centre’s Pradesh, Maharash- borrowing options any further on the tra, Manipur, Megissue. halaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, The finance ministry had Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, Ut- on May 17 provided additiontar Pradesh a n d al borrowing limit of up to 2 Uttarakhand. per cent of GSDP to the “Additional borrowing per- states. The final instalment mission has been granted at of 0.5 per cent (out of this 2 the rate of 0.50% of the Gross per cent limit) was linked to State Domestic Product to carrying out three out of the those States that have opted four reforms stipulated by for Option 1,” a statement the Centre. An u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi hidden agenda AG goes after TV trial of pending cases E x p r ess ne w s se r v i c e @ New Delhi Expressing concern over the unbridled commentary by the electronic media on subjudice matters, Attorney General K K Venugopal said on Tuesday this is being done to influence judges and public perception. “Today, when I watch TV I , see comments about the bail application based on statements made to police. Channels play conversations when a bail plea is coming up, causing damage to the accused,” the AG told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar, which had assembled to hear a contempt petition against advocate Prashant Bhushan. The charges pertain to Bhushan’s interview to Tehelka magazine in 2009 in which he said half of India’s CJIs till then were corrupt. Venugopal also cited the Rafale case, pointing out how articles appeared in some papers on the same day the court was to hear petitions against the deal. ‘Fairly good weather ahead’ The IMD has predicted light to moderate rains in several parts of the north coastal districts and a few places in the south coastal and Rayalaseema districts. It added that thunderstorms with lightning are likely to occur at isolated places in coastal districts. The IMD has forecast fairly good weather for Wednesday and Thursday @ Tirupati The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to conduct the Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams from October 16 to 23 in Ekantham in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. Processional deities will not be brought out, and all poojas and kaimkaryams will be performed only inside the temple. TTD executive officer (EO) Dr K S Jawahar Reddy said a decision to this effect was taken after a review meeting at his chambers with Collector Bharat Narayan Gupta, TTD additional EO AV Dharma Reddy, DIG Kranti Rana Tata and other officials. 42 mandals received extremely heavy rainfall (above 20.4 cm) 18 cm Tadepalligudem 11 cm Eluru 129 mandals received very heavy rainfall (11.56-20.4 cm) 146 mandals received heavy rainfall (6.45-11.55 cm) 278 mandals received moderate rainfall (1.56-6.4 cm) 75 mandals received light rainfall (0.25-1.5 cm) Car washed away, woman stuck inside found dead People who were washed away in a stream being rescued in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday Navaratri Brahmotsavams in Ekantham E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e Rainfall recorded Rajahmundry 11 cm Under the influence of a deep depression, heavy rains lashed parts of Andhra Pradesh since Monday night. Four people were killed in rain-related incidents in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts and in Vijayawada. A cargo ship from Bangladesh waiting to be loaded ran aground in Visakhapatnam due to the high tide and winds. IMD officials said the deep depression, moving at 17 kmph, crossed the coast near Kakinada between 6.30 and 7.30 am on Tuesday It is expect. ed to become a depression, and later a low-pressure area, before dissipating by Wednesday morning. The highest rainfall of 24.3 cm was recorded in Tallarevu of East Godavari district, followed by 22.8 cm in Rayavaram, 20.7 cm in Ramachandrapuram, 20.5 cm in Mummidivaram of East Godavari district, and 20.3 cm in Akividu of West Godavari district. Several areas in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari, West Godavari Krishna district, and parts of Krishna district received heavy to very heavy rains. Light to moderate rains were reported in Kurnool, Chittoor, Anantapur, and Kadapa districts. A 58-year-old woman, G Devi, died when the car she was travelling in got washed away in the stream near Gannavaram metta, which was overflowing on the road. A man in his late 30s was found dead in the Varahi river in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday He is suspected to have fallen in . the river in a drunken condition. His identity is yet to be ascertained. Heavy rains that lashed Vijayawada resulted in landslides on Indrakeeladri Hill. Huge boulders fell on houses near Nalugu Stambala Centre in Vidyadharapuram of the city One house was completely dam. aged and one person, T Sivashankar, 50, was found under the debris. He was rushed to the hospital but declared brought dead. A team of 15 police personnel participated in the rescue efforts. A 56-year-old woman identified as L Lakshmi of Kalikrishna Nagar in Bommuru, near Rajamahendravaram died when a wall collapsed on her. She was bathing in her house when the wall of the neighbours’ P2,5 house fell on her. 16 cm @ Vijayawada/Visakhapatnam/Kakinada 13 cm Director General of Police Gautam Sawang asked the entire police machinery to remain vigilant for 24 hours as more rains are expected. Commending the police department’s efforts in saving lives and evacuating people to rehabilitation centres, he asked the police to focus on people in lowlying and flood prone areas. He appealed to the public to avail Dial 100/112 services E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e Bheemili Isn’t the police aware of the amendments to the definition of rape in 2013, which says mere absence of semen is not conclusive evidence in rape cases Police told to remain vigilant Kakinada Why did Prashant Kumar, ADG (Law and Order), Lucknow, cite the FCL lab report to make the no-rape claim when he was not directly connected with the probe, which is still pending? 4 killed as rains continue to pound AP 8 cm Hathras SP was transferred but not the DM. Why different yardsticks for two district officers? A house damaged during a landslide in Vijayawada on Tuesday; (right) A low-lying region in Kakinada inundated due to the heavy downpour I Prasant Madugula Vizag Sharp posers 16 cm Coming down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government over the hurried cremation of an alleged gang-rape and murder victim in Hathras in the dead of night, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court called it an infringement of human rights of the victim and her family . In its 11-page order a day after hearing the victim’s family and senior officials - after taking suo motu cognisance of the matter - a division bench comprising Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajan Roy directed the state authorities to draw up a draft policy to deal with such situations is future. “The facts and circumstances, as of now, ex facie, reveal that the decision to cremate the victim in the night without handing over the body to the family members or their consent though in the name of law and order situation, is prima facie an infringement upon the human rights of the victim and her family “ it said. , “We do not at this stage find any good reason... as to why they could not hand over the body to the family members for some time, say for even half taking shelter of law & order situation,” the court said. The question, the court said, was whether the hasty cremation — in the wee hours without showing her face to the family and not allowing them to undertake the necessary rituals — amounts to gross violation of fundamental/human rights. “If so, who is responsible for the same so as to fix their accountability and liability and how the family of the victim be compensated for it,” the order said. The bench took Prashant Kumar, ADG (Law and Order) to task over his claim that the rape was not proved, as the FSL report did not show any traces of semen on her body It . said no officer, who is not directly connected with the investigation, should make any statement in public on the offence based on evidence collected as it can lead to unnecessary speculation and confusion amongst the masses. “No one should indulge in character assassination of the victim just as the accused should not be pronounced guilty before a fair trial,” the order read, adding the probe agency and the courts should be allowed to determine them. Vijayawada N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow The TTD had said on October 1 that vahana sevas of Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams will be conducted in the Mada streets. However, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry recently issued guidelines stating that religious or cultural utsavams should not have a congregation of more than 200 people. The direction came ahead of several festivals between October and December. Events to be livestreamed The SVBC will livestream all events, while the TTD’s Public Relations department will issue photos of all events and vahana sevas daily for devotees across the globe In view of the new guidelines, the TTD reviewed its decision and announced that Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams will be conducted in Ekantham in the Srivari temple akin to the annual Brahmotsavams that were held last month. All vahana sevas will be observed at the Kalyanotsava mandapam in Srivari temple. Brahmotsavam rituals and utsavas will be observed as per Agama traditions but inside the temple in Ekantam. Speaking to the media, former Chief Priest AV Ramana Dheekasithulu said even Vaidika Karyakrams, which are generally conducted outside, will be conducted in the temple. G Devi, 58, died when she was travelling in a car with G Archana, 28, G Deepak, 34, and Venkatesh, 30, from Narsipatnam to Tirupati on Tuesday. The car got washed away in the stream near Gannavaram metta, which was overflowing on the road. Archana, Deepak and Venkatesh escaped, but the elderly woman, stuck in the car, got washed away. The police later retrieved the vehicle and her body express read Remember husbandwife misrule: Nitish Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD-U chief, said on Tuesday that the NDA has rescued Bihar from the lawlessness let loose by the ‘husband-wife’ rule of the opposition RJD – a clear reference to Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi. The CM’s remarks came on the second day of his virtual rally during the election campaign ‘Nishchay-Samvad.’ Uddhav hits back at Guv’s secular taunt Mumbai: The question of reopening of religious places since lockdown led to a bitter exchange between Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari who sarcastically asked the CM if he had “turned secular” in a letter on Monday. Thackeray wrote back on Tuesday, saying he didn’t “need any certificate” on Hindutva from Koshiyari | P8 FIghting the virus interfaith ad nixed Yountster paints 250 walls to raise awareness Trolled Tanishq chickens out S N a g a r a j a R a o @ Kadapa A picture is worth a thousand words. Believing this, 25-yearold Gudipalli Somasekhar produced about 250 wall paintings in 16 days in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to encourage people to wear masks and practise physical distancing. He used locals of the village in which he was painting as models for his artwork, and this helped spread the message faster. His efforts won him praise from Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, and an award from the Hyderabadb a s e d Vi sw a g u r u Wo rl d Records. A native of Vepulaparthi village in Brahmasamudram mandal of Anantapur district, Somasekhar joined Yogi Vemana University in 2016 to pursue a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and completed the course this year. Over the past few years, he won awards and accolades for his work, and returned to his hometown when the university was shut due to the Covid-19 crisis. Somasekhar paints a picture of a woman in a village to raise awareness on Covid-19 “When I reached my village, I noticed there was a lack of awareness regarding Covid-19 safety norms, particularly the use of masks. I decided to raise awareness through art, and started painting images of people wearing masks in and around 100 villages in Anantapur district, and a few villages along the Highway in Karnataka,” he told TNIE. Somasekhar first discussed his idea with the local sub inspector and village elders, and they agreed to help him. The police official told him to take all safety precautions and call him if he faced any problems. P4 E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Jewellery brand Tanishq on Tuesday withdrew an advertisement promoting interfaith marriage a day after it was severely trolled on social media. Tanishq said its decision was driven by the fact that the advert had drawn ‘divergent and severe reactions’. A section of the social media users alleged it was promoting ‘love jihad’ — a term used by hardline Hindutva groups to characterise Muslim men who allegedly entice Hindu girls to fall in love with them in order to promote religious conversion. And their #BoycottTanishq hashta g was trending. Among those who trolled it was Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, who alleged it promoted ‘love jihad’ and ‘sexism’. Released on October 9 to promote the jewellery line Ekatvam (oneness), the video documented how a Muslim family was preparing for the baby shower of their Hindu daughter-in-law. The idea was to celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life and celebrate the beauty of oneness, said Tanishq. Feminist historian Uma Chakravarti said, “This is typical of the market which may think something is trendy but not stand up to its own philosophy later.”
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