tadepalligudem l monday l October 19, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION Community spread of covid in some states, govt admits The Centre for the first time admitted on Sunday that the dreaded community spread has occurred in some states 61,871 Limited to certain districts: Harsh Vardhan ‘Kerala paying price for negligence’ Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Community transmission is limited to certain districts, occurring in a limited number of states.” In pockets of various states, including West Bengal, community transmission is “expected to occur”, especially in dense areas, the minister said. On virus mutation, Vardhan said it has not been detected in India as yet ■ ■ The minister criticised Kerala for its spike in virus cases, saying the state is paying “the price for gross negligence” during Onam He said Kerala’s experience ought to serve as “a good lesson” for all the state govts, especially in view of the looming festival season. He urged people to follow Covid-19 guidelines religiously Fresh coronavirus cases reported in India on Sunday 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 Difficult time for democracy: Cong Sonia assails the Centre, says it is bartering away people’s interests to crony capitalists E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e & New Delhi Launching a broadside against the Centre, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said it was systematically bartering away the interests of citizens at the altar of profiteering by a handful of crony capitalists, hurting the Constitution and India’s democratic traditions. In her first address to party general secretaries, in-charges as also members and invitees of the reconstituted Congress Working Committee, she urged the cadre to defeat the autocratic designs of the ruling BJP. “Your responsibility is even more onerous as our democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times,” she emphasised. Referring to the party’s cam- WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST paign against the farm reform laws, Sonia said: “The current BJP government has attacked the very foundation of our resilient agrarian economy by bringing in three anti-agriculture black laws. A conspiracy has been hatched to defeat the gains of ‘Green Revolution’.” Claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no strategic thinking on tackling Covid-19, she said the stark truth is that a PM who promised to defeat corona within 21 days, has abdicated responsibility towards the citizens. The government has simultaneously demolished the economy, she alleged. “Today, the young have no jobs. Nearly 14 crore jobs have been lost. SMEs, small shopkeepers and other small enterprises are shutting, yet the government remains a mute spectator.” YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) More rains coming in the next few days Volume of discharge reaches record levels The cumulative surplus discharged from the barrage into the sea this season — June 1 to October 18 (till 8.30 pm) — crossed 932.55 TMC. This is one of the highest-ever recorded discharges from the barrage, according to officials. The previous highest was in 2006-07 when 968 TMC was let into the sea. This year’s discharge is expected to increase further and may even cross the previous highest due to the forecasted rainfall. Other high discharges were in 2007-08 and 2019-20 with 885.4 TMC and 798.2 TMC respectively going into the sea E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Kakinada RDO Chinni Krishna visits flood-affected regions in Kacheripeta in Kakinada on Sunday | Express Heavy inflows to Krishna reservoirs continue E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada/Kurnool With more inflows reaching Prakasam Barrage, the second flood warning was again issued at 6.30 am on Sunday af, ter it was withdrawn at 1.15 pm on Saturday . As more rains are expected in the next three-four days, officials said inflows to all major reservoirs in the Krishna basin are likely to remain steady , and advised caution in low-lying areas. At 7 pm on Sunday the bar, rage recorded an inflow of 6.12 lakh cusecs and outflow of 6.15 lakh cusecs. While most of the water reached the barrage from Pulichintala, tributaries of the Krishna in Telangana also contributed to the increased inflow. At 8 pm, Pulichintala project was getting an inflow of 4.21 lakh cusecs, and its outflow was 4.62 lakh cusecs. The trend of the inflow was on the decline. Srisailam reservoir continued to receive high inflows, with projects in the upper catchment areas of the river in neighbouring states discharging floodwater. At 6 pm, the reservoir had an inflow and outflow of 5.12 lakh cusecs and 5.09 lakh cusecs respectively, and according to the Central Water Commission, the flood is expected to remain steady The reservoir has 215.08 . TMC of water at 884.91 feet, as against its full reservoir level (FRL) of 215.81 TMC at 885 feet. For the first time in more than a decade, the Srisailam project received 1,450 TMC ft of water in a rainy season. On an average, more than 30 TMC We have been releasing water continuously and the height at which the crest gates are being opened depends on the inflow K Srinivasulu, Srisailam project Superintending engineer Annavaram temple hikes seva cost to earn revenue E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rajamahendravaram The authorities of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy Temple at Annavaram in East Godavari district have increased the prices of some sevas offered to the presiding deity The Surya . Namaskaram service, which used to be free, will now cost `558. The price of a ticket for Chandi Homam, which used to be `558, has been increased to `750. The temple was closed for darshan during the lockdown, and the ticket fares have been increased to generate revenue to run the temple. Annavaram temple executive officer Trinatha Rao told TNIE that wed- ding halls had been shut due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and the trust board met on Saturday and decided to reopen them. These halls can now be booked for weddings and other events. Annavaram temple, which is one of the richest and most famous temples in the State, is sought after for performing weddings and the Satyanarayana Vratam ritual. Trinatha Rao added that the old guest house will be demolished and a big hall will be built in its place to help pilgrims participate in rituals comfortably On an av. erage, 25,000 pilgrims visit the temple on weekends, and the number swells during wedding and festive seasons. bihar elections Few takers for buses & choppers R a je s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna religious procession The lord, as Murali Mohana Krishna, rides on Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam in Tirumala on Sunday night | Express express read BJP leaders attacking LJP to please Nitish Kumar, claims Chirag Paswan Patna: A day after Home Minister Amit Shah said that the LJP was responsible for walking out of the NDA, party president Chirag Paswan said BJP leaders were attacking him as they wanted to please Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Paswan said that BJP leaders were free to speak against the LJP as part of their “coalition dharma”. The LJP chief also said that he would hold PM Narendra Modi in high regard At least eight were injured, shops torched amid Assam-Mizoram border clash Guwahati: At least eight people were injured and several houses and shops torched in as a fresh border dispute broke out between Assam and Mizoram. The incident occurred in Vairengte-Lailapur on the border of Cachar in Assam and Kolasib in Mizoram on Saturday night. The Cachar police said three houses and some roadside shops were torched while one person was injured BJP leader, two others arrested in Ballia murder case in Uttar Pradesh Lucknow: The UP Police on Sunday arrested three persons, including the main accused, in connection with the killing of a 46-year-old man at a meeting attended by senior administration and police officials in Ballia three days ago. The main accused, local BJP leader Dhirendra Pratap Singh, was arrested by the UP Special Task Force from Lucknow ‘Home Calling’ New initiative to draw IT talent back to State G Janardhana Rao @ Visakhapatnam For the past seven months, work from home (WFH) has become the norm in the IT sector. A large number of IT professionals from Andhra Pradesh, most of them from coastal areas, have been working from their homes in remote villages and towns since the lockdown. Amid this changing scenario, the IT Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITAAP) has launched an initiative called ‘Home Calling’ to attract experienced talent. ITAAP president Sreedhar Kosaraju told TNIE the associ- ation has come up with a talent acquisition platform (TAP) on which people from AP looking to work in the State can upload their resumes. The 175-odd member companies of the association will have access to the integrated job portal, and can view the resumes. “Details of more than 2,000 candidates are already on the database, and over 50 per cent were posted during the Covid-19 outbreak, which reflects the growing preference for the home State,” Sreedhar said, adding that the ITAAP played ft of water has been reaching the dam from the Krishna and Tungabhadra every day, and this has been the trend for the past 45 days. As much as 1,250 TMC of water has already been released downstream from the project. Nagarjuna Sagar received between 5 lakh and 5.3 lakh cusecs, and discharged most of it as it is near its FRL. Meanwhile, the inflow to Gotta barrage was 25,000 cusecs at 7 pm, and outflow was 21,000 cusecs. The trend is on the decline. In the Godavari basin, the inflow to Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage in Dowleswaram remained steady . Several places in coastal districts of the State and a few places in the Rayalaseema districts received moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday under the influence of the Southwest Monsoon, which is receding. IMD officials said the cyclonic circulation over the West Central Bay of Bengal now extends up to 1.5 km above the mean sea level. A cyclonic circulation lies over the East Central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood between 2.1 km and 5.8 km above the mean sea level. Under its influence, a lowpressure area is very likely to develop on Monday and become more marked on Tuesday . It is likely to cause thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rainfall at isolated places in coastal districts for the next four days, with heavy to very heavy rains in isolated places on Monday and Tuesday Light . to moderate rains are likely across the State in the next four days. In the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Sunday the highest rainfall , of 4 cm was reported in Karamchedu and Chimakurthy of Prakasam district. its part through its ‘Home Calling’ concept. “IT employees from five coastal districts in AP prefer Vizag,” he added. The new concept will also address the dearth of senior professionals in software companies, Sreedhar said. “In 2016, there were instances when some IT professionals working abroad set up shop in the State and were struggling to find senior professionals. The ITAAP aims to help people to relocate to AP and this will also help companies looking for mid-level and senior professionals,” he said, adding that four lakh people from AP work in the IT sector outside the State. Though most of them earlier had apprehensions about relocating due to the lack of big-ticket companies, lower salary and lack of alternative job opportunities, there are now big companies, particularly in Vizag, and though the salaries may not commensurate with metros, there are advantages of lack of traffic hassles, lower rental burden and cost of living. “After working from home months, many people are looking for jobs near their native places,” Sreedhar said. This election season, Bihar is missing its VIP choppers as well as hordes of buses used for ferrying crowds to political rallies. The traditional ‘business’ of elections has almost come to a halt as state goes to polls amid the pandemic. Yet, guess who is happy? The LED TV and screen shop owners, as virtual rallies have made a smart entry into the scene. In the 2015 Assembly polls, 32 helicopters were booked by political parties, including 16 by the BJP. This time around, only 11 have been hired — six by BJP and the rest by the JD(U) and others. “Party rallies are limited for the three-phase polls. The focus is on virtual rallies through digital platforms,” says a senior BJP leader. Money thus saved is being used for renting big LED screens and other platforms, he adds. A single-engine helicop- ter is available for hire anywhere between `80,000 and 1.5 lakh per hour depending on its seating capacity Hir. ing a twin-engine chopper can cost around `4 lakh. At present, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP chief J P Nadda are the only ones travelling by helicopters to address rallies. Uday Kumar Singh, president of Bihar Motor Transporters Federation, says virtual rallies have reduced the bus renting business to almost 2% compared with the 2015 and 2019 elections. Compared to around 35,000 big passenger buses hired in 2015 polls and 40,000 in the 2019 elections, this time just100 buses have been booked so far. “This year, hardly any party approached us for buses,” says Singh. But many electronic shop owners are happy. A trader who doesn’t want to be named says more than 1.5 lakh pieces of LED screens and TV sets of bigger sizes were sold in the last three months. Govt promised land to freedom fighter’s kin 10 mths ago but they still didn’t get it R a m e s h B a b u G @ Srikakulam Almost 10 months ago, the government issued a house site patta to the wife of a freedom fighter in honour of his service to the nation. But his kin still haven’t got the land. The family even tried approaching government officials, and has now lost hope. Mallapu Reddy Jayalaxmi, the wife of freedom fighter Mallapureddy Bairagi Naidu, hails from Nandigam mandal in Srikakulam district, and was allotted a house site by the district administration on Republic Day this January Baira. gi Naidu, who fought for Independence alongside freedom fighters such as Sardar Goutu Lachanna and NG Ranga, passed away 30 years ago. The gover nment granted six cents of land to his kin under the freedom fighters’ quota, and the district administration issued the house site patta under Jayalaxmi’s name. As per the rules, the beneficiary should construct a house on the allotted site within a year of the date of issue of the patta. Jayalaxmi’s granddaughter met several officials at the mandal and district level seeking to get the land. “Their response was unsatisfactory, so we lodged a complaint with the Spandana grievance cell, but didn’t receive any response,” Jayalaxmi’s granddaughter M Roja said. When contacted, Srikakulam Tahasildar YV Prasad said the issue was not brought to his notice as he took charge only a month ago. District Collector J Nivas promised to ensure that the beneficiary gets the land at the earliest.
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