HYDERABAD SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION GOVT CAPS CAB AGGREGATORS’ COMMISSION AT 20% OF FARE As per the guidelines issued by the Union Transport ministry on Friday, 80% of the total fare must go to driver partners SURGE PRICING LIMIT FIXED AT 1.5% ALL-FEMALE POOL OPTION FOR WOMEN In what could be a relief to the riders, the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines stipulate that for the surge price imposed during peak hours be capped at 1.5 times the base fare. It also allows the aggregator to charge a fare that is 50% lower than the base fare when the demand is low. Where taxi fare has not been determined by the local government, `25-30 will be the base fare | P10 ■ ■ ■ Drivers welcomed it, but said the commission should be capped at 10%. At present, cab aggregators charge 25-30% According to the guidelines, women riders opting to pool their trips should be able to do so with only female passengers Cancellation fee of 10% applicable to drivers if they cancel trips 15-day TRAINING MUST BE PROVIDED FOR NEW DRIVERS BY THE AGGREGATOR 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 Delhi gate opens after clashes Farmers permitted to hold protest at Capital’s Burari ground, but opt to stay put at border EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chandigarh/Lucknow Police fire water canon on farmers marching towards Delhi, protesting the Centre’s farm reforms, at Singhu Border | SHEKHAR YADAV After intense clashes at the Delhi border, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar reaches out, invites farmers’ organisations for a fresh round of talks on the new farm laws on December 3 With the AAP supporting the agitation, the Delhi govt rejects the Delhi Police’s request to convert stadiums inside the city into temporary jails to house the detained farmers WILL ASK CM TO BEGIN REGISTRATIONS USING OLD SYSTEM, SAYS KTR formed there were 2.77 crore acres in the State. Of the 2.77 crore acres, 1.55 crore is agIF registrations of non-agri- ricultural land, which is recultural properties do not corded in Dharani. Of the start on Dharani portal in remaining land, almost 50 the next two to three days, per cent comprises water MAUD and IT Minister KT bodies, rivers, rivulets, Rama Rao said that he will mines and industries. The request Chief Minister K remaining 50 per cent land is Chandrasekhar Rao to residential land in rural or resume registraurban areas. Only tions through the 40 lakh acres of old system for the that was accounted time being, taking for. However, now into cognisance the If the registrations you will be surliquidity problems not going to start prised to know that in the next two to realtors are facing we have completed three days, I will now. 97 per cent survey request the Chief Speaking at the and have records of Minister to Real Estate Meet over 60 lakh acres,” continue registrations in 2020 on Friday, he he explained. old method for said: “Ultimately Meanwhile, real time being our objective is estate bodies like larger. We would CREDAI, TREDA KT Rama Rao, like to unlock the a n d Te l a n g a n a MAUD & IT Minister land value in TelanBuilder’s Federagana, whether it is tion vowed to supvested in the hands port the TRS in the of individuals or upcoming GHMC industries.” elections, saying “What I mean in that the gover nsaying unlock ment has been land value is proactive in furwhen Telanthering the sector. CONTINUED ON P2 gana was EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad CM, Guv not to receive PM Modi today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Hyderabad IN a departure from existing practice, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will not receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to arrive here Saturday Accord. ing to sources, the CMO informed the PMO that the Chief Minister would receive PM Modi at Hakimpet Airport. But the PMO informed them that only five officials would be allowed to receive the PM and the Chief Minister need not come to the airport, according to sources. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan’s name is also not among those who will receive Modi on Saturday . Normally the Governor, Chief Minister, union ministers and , other officials will receive the Prime Minister. However, this time the Chief Secretary and four other officials will receive the Prime Minister. “While a section of farmers want to block the highway to pressure the Centre, others want to protest at the designated Nirankari ground,’’ said a farmer leader on condition of anonymity THOUSANDS of farmers from Punjab and Haryana clashed at least thrice with the Delhi Police on Friday as they were prevented from entering the Capital even as Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged them to end the agitation and come for the third round of talks on December 3. “The government has always been ready to discuss issues. We have invited farmers’ organisations for another round of talks on December 3,” Tomar said in a statement. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad SENDING out a strongly worded message to the ruling TRS party, BJP national president JP Nadda on Friday said that he would not rest until the ‘lotus’ blooms in Telangana and that he would go anywhere to put an end to a corrupt and dynastic rule. The BJP national chief was in Hyderabad on Friday to campaign for his party ahead of GHMC elections scheduled for December 1. He participated in a massive roadshow from Kothapet to Nagole crossroads, which was attended by thousands of party supporters even though there were intermittent rains. Addressing the gathering, Nadda said that he is in the city to send a message to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that time has come to end the KCR regime and for the BJP to come CONTINUED ON P4 to power. Recession stays, but recovery of economy faster than thought E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA’s economy, on a slowdown path since March 2018 and pummelled by the coronavirus pandemic, has officially entered recession with GDP growth contracting 7.5% year-on-year in the July-September 2020 quarter. This is, however, a notable improvement from the mind-numbing 23.9% decline in the previous three-month period (April-June 2020). Recession is when economic growth rate is negative for two consecutive quarters or more. Assuming a 5-6% trendline growth, the effective output loss during the first half of the current fis- CORE OUTPUT cal is upwards `20 lakh SHRINKS crore. Contracting for On the brighter side, the the 8th straight data released by the National month, the output Statistics Office on Friday of eight core infra have come as a relief as vari- sectors fell 2.5% ous projections had pegged in October, mainly GDP growth to be much due to decline in worse. Even Reserve Bank of production of India’s forecast was a con- crude oil, natural traction of 8.6%. This, ac- gas, refinery cording to economists, shows products and steel the economy is healing faster than thought. In absolute numbers, national output fell to `33.14 lakh crore from `35 lakh crore recorded in the year-ago period. In the previous quarter, it had stood at `26.9 lakh crore. So, on a sequential basis, it amounts to a growth of 23.2%. While the danger of a second wave of the pandemic still looms large, experts believe the worst may be over as most economic parameters have improved on the back of resumption in economic activities. For example, manufacturing and electricity sectors bounced back, growing 0.6% and 4.4%, respectively . Give Covaxin to TS citizens first: Eatala @ Hyderabad A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the Bharat BioTech facility in Hyderabad, State Health Minister of Eatala Rajendar on Friday put forward the demand that Covaxin, the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the vaccine maker that is undergoing clinical trials, must be first made available to the people of Telangana. In a press statement issued here, Eatala demanded the Prime Minister to ensure that the people of Telangana get Covaxin first as the vaccine has been developed in the State. “The vaccine being manufactured at Bharat BioTech should be administered first to the people of Telangana. It is a matter of pride that UP and blocking highways. Other than the Yamuna Expressway the BKU protested at , Ba ghpat, Muzaf f ar na g ar, Meerut, Bijnor, Hapur, Shamli, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Noida, Moradabad and Saharanpur. Officials in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs maintained that the government is in constant touch with the concerned states to maintain the law and order situation. In many areas along the Delhi border, such as Tikri, Singhu border, protesters refused to move to the Nirankari ground. Time to end KCR regime, begin BJP’s: Nadda FOR THE PEOPLE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE But his appeal hardly found any takers as the far mers stayed put at Delhi’s doorstep, blocking the national highway to Chandigarh. They also ignored the Delhi Police, which after blocking their entry into the Capital, permitted them to go to the Nirankari ground in north Delhi’s Burari area to stage their protest. The Punjab and Haryana farmers received support from their Uttar Pradesh counterparts, with the Bharatiya Kisan Union holding sit-in protests across several districts of west the vaccine for Coronavirus has been developed in Telangana. We demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi provide the vaccine first to the people here as the vaccine is made on the soil of Telangana,” the Minister said. “We want to have enough vaccine doses for the people here. If Covid-19 scare has to be erased from the minds of the people, then vaccines must be made available for them,” he added. Made on the soil of Telangana Minister Eatala said: “We demand that Prime Minister Modi provide the vaccine first to the people here as the vaccine is made on the soil of Telangana” BJP national president J P Nadda, party’s State unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy during a roadshow in Hyderabad on Friday | VINAY MADAPU At Tikri border, the Delhi Police took hundreds of farmers to the Nirankari ground but the protestors returned to the border. At the Singhu border, the farmers instead sought permission to protest at the Ramlila maidan instead. “We are not moving anywhere now. We have enough dal, wheat and gas to prepare our own food. We will stay here till Saturday morning as more farmers are coming to join us. We are also in talks with our unions and representatives. Once they reach, we will move to the Nirankari ground,” said farmers at the Singhu border. BENGAL TRANSPORT MINISTER SUVENDU ADHIKARI QUITS The heavyweight Trinamool minister was a known critic of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He sent his resignation letter to the CM and the Governor | P8
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