WARANGAL TUESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION DEADLINE FOR ENGG COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PUSHED T0 NOV 30 Classes for freshers in engineering colleges and technical institutions will begin from Dec 1, the AICTE said on Monday CONTINUING COVID SITUATION BLAMED ONLINE, OFFLINE OR BLENDED MODE The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said, because of the continuing Covid situation in the country, requests from various state governments, and the fact that premier institutions like IITs and NITs are in the middle of the admission process, it has extended the admission deadline for first-year engineering courses to November 30 ■ ■ Classes may subsequently begin on December 1 through online, offline or blended mode, AICTE secretary Rajive Kumar said Institutions that have already started online classes have been asked to either postpone them or conduct special classes for those who are required to appear for final-year exams Revised ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2020-21 CAN BE VIEWED AT: WWW.AICTE-INDIA.ORG 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 Chief Minister directs Finance Department to release ` 550 crore for the purpose TN, MEIL donate `10 cr each V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad “The government is ready to provide aid to the flood-affected IN what should serve as an im- people, irrespective of their mediate relief, the State gov- number, even if the number ernment on Monday announced runs into lakhs,” the Chief `10,000 financial assistance to Minister said and directed the each flood-affected family in elected representatives to give the Greater Hyderabad Munici- information about all the vicpal Corporation (GHMC) lim- tims to the officials. its. The disbursement of cash He called upon the TRS leadwill begin on Tuesday . ers and workers to participate While making the announce- in the relief works. ment, Chief Minister K Chan“When the poor are in troudrasekhar Rao said that he had ble, it is the fundamental duty already directed the of the government to Finance Department provide succour to to release ` 550 crore them. That is why we to the Municipal Dehave decided to propar tment for this vide financial assistThe government is purpose. ance to them in floodready to provide aid Besides financial affected areas,” the to the flood-hit assistance, the gov- people, irrespective Chief Minister said ernment would also while recalling that of their number, be giving `1 lakh to even if the number even essential comfamilies whose hous- runs into lakhs. It is modities had been the fundamental es are completely drenched in water in duty of the damaged and `50,000 low lying areas. government to to those whose houses The CM also directprovide succour to are partially ed officials to take up them damaged. repairs to roads and While directing the K Chandrasekhar Rao, other basic infraChief Minister Collectors of Hyderastructure immediatebad, Rangareddy and ly in the city “The re. Medchal-Malkajgiri cent rain in to take steps for disbursement Hyderabad was unprecedented. of the cash relief, the Chief The city witnessed the heaviest Minister instructed the offi- downpour after 100 years. All cials to form 200 to 250 teams to low lying area have been subtake up the work. He also asked merged and people are sufferChief Secretary Somesh Ku- ing,” he said. mar to supervise the whole He urged the industrialists, exercise. traders, business establishAs providing succour to the ments and others to come forpoor was of utmost priority, ward to extend their help to Ministers, MLAs, Corporators, people who suffered due to Hyderabad Mayor and Deputy heavy rains and floods. He Mayor of GHMC should take asked them to donate generouspart in relief works, the Chief ly to the Chief Minister’s Relief Minister said. Fund. Tamil Nadu CM E K Palaniswami on Monday donated `10 crore to floodhit Telangana from the TN Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The TN government is also sending blankets and mats to the flood victims At this difficult time, on behalf of the State government and people of Tamil Nadu, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who have lost their lives in the rains and floods. E K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Appreciate the gesture of TN Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for announcing `10 crore help to State. I would like to thank the TN CM, the government and its people K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister `10 cr contribution announced by the Megha Engineering and Infrastructures (MEIL) to the CM Relief Fund CM’s gesture will help people rebuild lives: Owaisi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad IN a prompt response to the plea for help from Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Water overflowing from Jillelguda lake enters the adjacent colonies submerging several houses, in Hyderabad on Monday | R V K RAO Farooq faces ED’s heat in cricket scam Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday grilled National Conference president and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah for over seven hours in connection with the 2015 J&K Cricket Association scam. Bihar parties flout Supreme Court fiat New Delhi/Patna: Siddharth Saurav is the Congress candidate from the Bikram seat in the ongoing Bihar elections. He has at least one criminal case against him and his election affidavit says among the charges he faces are of murder. A ROUGH RIDE Dasara travel plans washed out by rain, Covid O I S H A N I M O J U M D E R @ Hyderabada AS the festive season of Dasara and Diwali closes in, travelling back to one’s hometown has become an arduous task for many due to the pandemic and the unprecedented rain in Telangana. Every year, an additional 50,000 to 1 lakh/per day travel to and from Telangana during Dasara. While the most common mode of travel during the festivals are special SCR trains, inter-state RTC buses are a close second. However, this year, no inter-state RTC buses are plying to either Andhra Pradesh or Bengaluru. The TSRTC is planning to run additional buses from Hyderabad to the neighbouring EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad WITH Met Department predicting more rains in the next three days, as many as 80 special officers have been deployed in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and other municipalities on the outskirts of the city to oversee , rescue and relief measures. These officers will monitor flood relief works for the next 15 days, MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao said while making an appeal to people living lying areas and dilapidated buildings to move to relief centres to avoid any untoward incidents. Speaking to the media here on Monday , the Minister said that due to incessant rains for the last one week, about 37,000 families have been affected in the GHMC limits. “Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had instructed that the measures be initiated for prevention of loss of life,” he added. “The State government has already requested the Centre to release `1,350 crore towards flood relief fund for which detailed report has been submitted. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar is in touch with the Union Home Ministry and the State government is waiting for a positive response from the Centre,” Rama Rao said. “The damage done to roads, drains and nalas was `670 crore. The State government has already spent over `60 crore for restoration works.” In the history of Hyderabad, this is second highest rainfall. The highest was 43 cm rainfall recorded on September 28, 1908. About 140 cm annual rainfall recorded in 1916. Till date, the average rainfall in the city was 120 cm against the regular average annual rainfall of 77.9 cm. As more rains are predicted, there is a chance of record rainfall. This year unusual rainfall of 32 cm recorded in some parts of the city he said. , Till date, around 33 persons have lost their lives due to heavy rains in Hyderabad and surrounding municipalities. An ex gratia of `5 lakh each has been paid to 29 families and for four others, the help would reach soon. Three persons are still missing, the Minister informed. As 80 colonies across the city are still inundated and more rains are expected in the next three days, all other operations and services have been suspended in the GHMC, Rama Rao said, adding that government’s priority is to shift as many people as possible from low lying areas to relief camps. Jagan rushes 8 speedboats to Hyd AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi appreciated the Chief Minister’s gesture of paying `10,000 to every family affected by the rains. “This will at least help these families to slowly rebuild their lives. The distribution in inundated colonies will begin on Tuesday,” Owaisi tweeted. E E X P R E S S RR E A D XPRESS EAD Govt geared up to handle rain in next 3 days: KTR states. Over 281 additional buses were run in the last three days for passengers to get back home during the unprecedented rains. Additional buses will run to various districts of Telangana till October 24. Meanwhile, the situation is being milked by the private bus operators where ticket prices start at `1,200 and go up to around `2,500, for a one-way trip. The SCR usually provides over 100 special trains through October and November. This year, only 22 pairs of trains to and from Telangana have been provided, for 652 trips. Advance bookings have started for SCR special trains, AC classes have over 20% advance bookings, long distance trains to Rajasthan, UP and Bihar have almost 70-80 % bookings, and Yatra special trains to AP and Karnataka have 80% advance bookings till Dasara. Ola and Uber are charging `5,000 upwards to places like Vijayawada or inter-district travels; `12,000 upwards to Vizag or somewhere inside Andhra Pradesh, and `15,000 upwards to Bengaluru and Maharashtra. While flight tickets are easily available, rains have led to sudden cancellation of flights. Speaking to Express, a manager of Karthikeya Travels said, “The number of flight reservations has come down due to Covid-19 worries, but we are mostly losing out on elderly customers or those with young children. We are still taking almost 20-30 flight reservations each day .” Meanwhile, people who are planning to travel by road are faced with terrible road conditions. Guru Swamy a bank em, ployee said, “I travel to Khammam for work every week, and come back to be with family A . journey that takes not more than five hours took me double the time this weekend. I don’t think I will be going home for the festival this year.” Mohan Reddy rushed eight speedboats to Hyderabad for use in rescue and relief operations in flood-af fected areas. Of the eight boats, three are from AP State Disaster Management Authority and five from the Tourism Development Corporation. The government has also despatched State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel along with boats and adequate number of life jackets, according to official sources. Oz on board, first Quad power play in Malabar drill M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi IN a major strategic shift, Australia on Monday shunned its reservations against being seen as part of the Quad grouping and decided to send the Royal Australian Navy warships to participate in the Malabar series of naval exercises. Confirming the development, the Ministry of Defence said, “As India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy .” Chinese soldier ‘strays’ into India, apprehended Indian Army apprehended a Chinese soldier who had “strayed” across the LAC in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on Monday. The soldier will be returned to the Chinese after completion of formalities | P7 Australia had participated in the 2007 exercise but had withdrawn since then after China raised concerns against this construct. The upcoming exercise will be significant as the all members — the US, Japan, Australia and India — will be participating after 12 CONTINUED ON P7 years.
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