HYDERABAD SUNDAY OCTOBER 18, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION TRUMP SAYS HE MAY LEAVE U.S. IF HE LOSES TO BIDEN The US president said on Friday night he cannot imagine the prospect of losing the Nov 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden DON TRAILS HIM IN MOST ELECTION SURVEYS LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR NZ’S POPULAR PM Addressing his supporters at a campaign rally in Georgia, he said, “Can you imagine if I lose, my whole life, what am I going to do? I am going to say I lost to the worst candidate in history?” Donald Trump has so far refused to guarantee that he will accept a defeat in the election. At present, he is trailing behind Biden in most surveys, even in states that he won in 2016 ■ ■ ■ Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s party won a landslide victory in Saturday’s general election The centre-left Labour Party won 64 seats in the 120-strong House It’s for the first time any political party is winning an absolute majority in New Zealand parliament since 1996 | P9 40-YR-OLD ARDERN’S HANDLING OF THE PANDEMIC HAD WON HER WIDESPREAD PRAISE 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 17 cm! Rains show no mercy, pound Hyd again IMD calls it abnormal; miserable scenes from recent deluge resurface Traffic crawls as heavy rains flood Malakpet on Saturday evening EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad A portion of a road caves in near the Falaknuma RUB as rains lash the city Ghatkesar records highest rainfall in TS Ghatkesar recorded the highest rainfall in TS on Saturday with 18 cm and Saroornagar, within the GHMC limits, recorded 17 cm EVEN before Hyderabad could get up on its feet following the floods that wreaked havoc just three days ago, heavy rains of 17 cm and above lashed many parts of the Telangana capital on Saturday . The weather conditions leading to these rains are abnormal, the India Meteorology Department officials told Express. Ghatkesar on the city’s outskirts recorded the highest rainfall in the State on Saturday at 18 cm and Saroornagar, within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, recorded 17 cm. Miserable scenes associated with the heavy rains witnessed a couple of days ago resurfaced as motorists got stuck in long traffic jams on several waterlogged roads and low-lying residential areas got inundated. There were still more than hundred locations that remained inundated as the rains pounded Hyderabad once again. The Disaster Response Force of the GHMC has asked residents to remain indoors, postpone travel plans and avoid contact with electrical appliances and switch/panel boards as the IMD forecasted that heavy rains are very likely at isolated places across the State on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday heavy , to very heavy rains are likely in the South Telangana districts, which includes the GHMC limits. IMD Hyderabad in-charge Director Dr K Nagaratna said Saturday’s rains and the forecast for the next four days are due to the formation of cumulonimbus clouds. Strong Easterly winds are causing this but such heavy rains are not norP3, 4 mal in October. Kalwakurthy LIS pump house submerged V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Nagarkurnool IN a major embarrassment to the Telangana government, the pump house of the first phase of the Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) at Yellur in Kollapur mandal of Nagarkurnool district got submerged due to heavy floods in the Krishna river. After the incident, the Opposition was quick to criticise the TRS government and even demanded an apology from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Yellur pump house, which is the only source to INTERVIEW Floodwaters from the Krishna reached the 10th floor of the pump house @ New Delhi Chief Justice of India S A Bobde should set up a mechanism to deal with questions raised against the personal conduct of judges, says senior Supreme Court advocate Dushyant Dave RUSSIA’s Sputnik V has become the fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate in India to receive regulatory permission for human trials. The vaccine’s promoter, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Hyderabad-based Dr Red- Senior advocate, Supreme Court FINALLY, GROUNDED JET AIRWAYS GETS A BUYER Q&A: P7 PAGE 10 DUSHYANT DAVE water from entering the pump house but it was only on Saturday that they could begin pumping out the floodwaters. The incident has drawn scathing criticism from leaders of opposition parties, who have alleged that another underground pump house, just 400 m from the one at Yellur, had been planned for the Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS). When blasting was done for the PRLIS, the impact could be felt at the Yellur pump house, due to which, its basement had collapsed, they said. CONTINUED ON P4 Sputnik V gets nod for clinical trials EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ‘CJI MUST LOOK INTO JAGAN’S CHARGES’ draw Krishna waters from Srisailam, has five motors, including one on standby Locat. ed on the river’s banks, it has 14 floors and the floodwaters have reached the tenth, sources said. On Friday officials switched , on the first motor in the KLIS to release water for Mission Bhagiratha. When they started the second motor a couple of hours later, they heard loud sounds and saw water gushing into the pump house. In 20 minutes, the entire pump house got submerged. The officials shut the gates of the surge pool and tried to stop the dy’s Laboratories, on Saturday said that they have been granted approval from the Drug Control General of India (DCGI) to conduct phases two and three human clinical trials in the country . It will be a multi-centre and randomised controlled study, though details of the number of volunteers and sites in- volved in the trial are not known. Earlier this month, the Covid-19 subject expert committee of the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation had rejected the two firms’ proposal to conduct phase 3 trial saying the sample size was “small”. CONTINUED ON P7 WITH THIS ISSUE NOW STREAMING IN INDIA PLUS 12 PAGES
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