WARANGAL WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION KERALA FIRST STATE TO FIX FLOOR PRICE FOR VEGETABLES Sixteen vegetables will have ﬂoor price that would be 20% above their production cost, with effect from November 1 NO PAIN FOR FARMERS EVEN IF MARKET CRASHES PRICE TO BE REVISED ON A REGULAR BASIS Even if the market price went below this, the produce would be procured at the floor price from farmers, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday. The vegetables would be graded as per the quality and the floor price fixed accordingly, he said. “Farmers across the country are not satisfied... but for the last four-and-half years, we have supported them,” he added The 16 vegetables include potato, tomato, beans, tapioca, lady’s finger, bitter gourd, carrot, beetroot, banana among others ■ Farmers with a maximum of 15 acres of vegetable cultivation per season will be eligible for the scheme. The state government will revise the floor price on a regular basis, the chief minister said ■ 15L tonnes KERALA’S ANNUAL VEGETABLE PRODUCTION, ACCORDING TO STATE GOVT 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 Five accords, including long-negotiated BECA, at 2+2 dialogue indicate US solidarity against Chinese aggression Sharp message to Beijing from India-US pacts P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA and the US on Tuesday signed five pacts, including the long-ne gotiated Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) on geospatial data during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at a time when New Delhi and Beijing are engaged in a stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. BECA will give India access to accurate US satellite data, which will help in navigation and pinpoint accuracy for weapons. “We are happy that we’ve completed the BECA, which will open new avenues in the information sharing. We are eager to discuss further issues with US,” Singh said after the meeting. Experts say BECA will usher in a new era in ties, especially in defence cooperation. “IndiaUS are looking at geo-spatial intelligence and greater coop- New era in defence cooperation The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) will give India access to accurate US satellite data, which will help pinpoint accuracy for weapons. Experts say BECA will usher in a new era in ties, especially in defence cooperation eration in all fields. Further, a fair amount of congruence has been achieved in terms of the idea of an inclusive Indo-Pacific. The wider Indo-Pacific sweep includes freedom of navigation, use of global commons and the sea lanes of communication,” Major General (Retd) S B Asthana said. Kriti Upadhyaya of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said signing of BECA in the backdrop of the India-China tensions sends a Below-the-belt punch Taking cheap shots at opponents before polls is not new, but the Bihar discourse is getting particularly snarky. Nervousness or overconfidence? You decide Does anybody care? They produce 8-9 kids. They have no faith in daughters. They had 7-8 daughters before a son. If this is their ideal, what will happen to Bihar? Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s barb on Lalu Yadav who has 9 children When Lalu Yadav was in power, the poor used to walk before ‘Babu Saheb’ with their head held high. However, we will take everybody along RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. He claimed his Babu Saheb phrase denoted the bureaucracy, but the Opposition saw it as a slur against the forward castes Nitish’s Saat Nishchay (seven resolves) scheme will be probed after LJP government is formed. If found guilty, the CM will also go to jail LJP chief Chirag Paswan Floodgates opened for anyone to buy land in J&K S A N A S H A K I L A N D F AYA Z W A N I @ New Delhi/Srinagar IN a move that can have longterm political and economic implications for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre on Tuesday notified several laws, including major amendments to the Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act to allow any Indian citizen to buy land in the Union Territory . Agricultural land will be an exception to the law as it can only be transferred or sold to an agriculturist in J&K. However, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs can authorise an agriculturist to ‘alienate’ the land to a non-agriculturist for sale, gift or exchange. The new amendment implies domiciles of J&K would now effectively get protection only in government jobs. The Centre had earlier hinted that some protection on land-rights on the lines of Himachal Pradesh will be granted to domiciles of J&K. Before the reading down of Article 370 and Article 35-A last year, non-residents could not buy any immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir. But the new order titled the ‘Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020’ changed this status. CONTINUED ON P7 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the media after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (R), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2L) and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper (L) look on, in New Delhi | PTI message to China that the US stands by India in improving its defences against China. Discussions in the meeting involving US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, External Affairs Minister S Jaishnakar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh focused around a plethora of regional and global issues, including Covid, trade, free and fair Indo-Pacific and enhancing bilateral ties. Earlier in the day, Pompeo and Esper paid tributes at the National War Memorial and had a meeting with Prime Minister Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. “Warm conversation today with Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi. Our close relationship, which is rooted in our vibrant democratic traditions and fostered by the free and open exchange between our peoples, is beneficial for the world,” Pompeo later tweeted. CONTINUED ON P7 Rajnath raps reckless China aggression P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi WHILE US belligerence against China was on expected lines, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s sharp rebuke of the neighbour for its “reckless aggression on our northern borders”, in his opening address at the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on Tuesday, became one of the day’s talking points. “Excellencies, in the area of defense we are challenged by reckless aggression on our northern borders,” a State Department release after the bilateral dialogue quoted Singh as saying. However, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence made no such mention. Predictably, visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo LAPSE NOT FIXED? Pensioners’ info continues to leak from TS website A I H I K S U R @ Hyderabad THE Telangana government’s Directorate of Treasuries and Accounts (DoTA) website has again been leaking sensitive information of pensioners, including their name, address, PAN card number, bank account number and other key tax details, which if exploited can leave retirees at the mercy of scamsters and cyber criminals. The issue was first brought to light in August by a London-based ethical hacker on Twitter, who informed the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) that a website The issue is with of the Telangana governthe directory ment had been leaking sensilisting, wherein tive information. Post that, several website directories the Security Operations Cencontaining over tre (SOC) of Telangana had thousands of contacted the ethical hacker, files can be intervened and claimed to accessed. The have fixed the issue. SOC had fixed it, However, Express has but I can still found that the details are still access the info available for anyone intendas I know the filenames ing to scavenge it. The ethical hacker, who works as an London-based application security engiethical hacker neer in the UK, explained to Express that the details are now “hidden from the website but remain accessible”. “The issue is with the directory listing, wherein several website directories containing over thousands of files can be accessed on the internet. Though they (SOC) have fixed it, I can still access the details as I know the file names,” he said. The engineer by profession had forwarded one such URL of the DoTA CONTINUED ON P4 website to Express. Under-fire FB official Ankhi Das calls it quits EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CONTROVERSIAL India policy head of Facebook, Ankhi Das, who had opposed blocking of right-wing hate content on its platform, put in her papers on Tuesday. She was outed by US media reports that criticised Facebook for its skew in regulating hate content. The resignation to pursue her inter- est in ‘public service’ also came close on the heels of her grilling by a parliamentary committee on data protection. She had joined Facebook in 2011. “Ankhi has decided to step down from her role in Facebook to pursue her interest in public service. Ankhi was one of our earliest employees in India and played an instrumental role in the growth of the company and its services over the Granules, Laurus sign big-ticket Hyd deals last 9 years,” said Ajit Mohan, vice president and managing director, India in a statement. In August last, articles in the Wall Street Journal had said Das had intervened in internal review of the communal posts of BJP’s Telangana MLA T Raja Singh. Das, the reports said, had argued that penalising BJP workers’ posts would hurt the company’s business prospects in India. Ankhi Das was more upfront while slamming China. “We paid our respect to the soldiers who laid down their lives in the Galwan Valley recently. The US will stand with India in its efforts to defend its sovereignty and its liberty Our nations are com... mitted to working together into expanding our partnerships across many fronts,” Pompeo said after the talks. “India and the US are taking all steps to strengthen cooperation against all threats and not just those posed by the CCP he said. ,” India and China have been involved in a stand-off along the LAC with tensions peaking after 20 Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese troops in Galwan Valley of Ladakh on CONTINUED ON P7 June 15. TWO pharmaceutical companies have announced major investments to the tune of `700 crore in Genome Valley of Hyderabad. Granules India, a Hyderabad-based firm, would invest `400 crore by setting up its manufacturing facility with a capacity to produce 10 billion units of finished dosages. The proposed unit would employ around 1,600 people. Granules India already has manufacturing sites at eight locations and presence in 75 countries. It operates the world’s largest commercial Pharmaceutical Formulation Intermediates facility at Gagillapur near Hyderabad. Krishna Prasad Chigurupati, CMD of Granules India Ltd, met IT & Industries Minister KT Rama Rao at Pragathi Bhavan Tuesday to formally make this announcement of investing in Genome Valley . On the other hand, Laurus Labs, a researchdriven pharmaceutical manufacturing company, has announced that it would set up a formulation facility with a unit capacity of 5 billion. It plans to invest `300 crore in two phases of `150 crore each. Phase-1 of the plant is expected to provide employment to about 150 people. Satyanarayana Chava, CEO of Laurus Labs, and his team met Rama Rao before making this announcement. Industries Department Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan was also present at the meeting. Laurus Labs has its R&D facility at IKP Knowledge Park in Hyderabad and also operates six manufacturing facilities at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. All these facilities have been certified and approved by the WHO, USFDA, NIP Hungary and other renowned agencies. `700-crore investments IT & Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said the proactive policies of the TS government have been attracting global leaders in IT, pharma, textiles, aerospace and defence sectors to Hyderabad and other parts of the State. The Minister was confident that these investments of `700 crore in the manufacturing sector would provide muchneeded employment to the local youth in Telangana
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