WARANGAL THURSDAY DECEMBER 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION INDIA INVITES BORIS JOHNSON AS 2021 REPUBLIC DAY CHIEF GUEST Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly extended the invite to the UK premier during a telephonic conversation on Nov 27 CAN’T CONFIRM, SAYS BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION UK FOREIGN SECY MAY ALSO VISIT INDIA However, a British High Commission spokesperson said that the mission cannot confirm or deny the news. “We can’t confirm one way or the other. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is keen to visit India as soon as possible,” the official said. Modi is likely to travel to London next year for the G-7 summit. An invitation for the same was extended to him by Johnson ■ ■ Acting British High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson had recently said Johnson and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would make an in-person visit to India in the next few months “Had an excellent discussion with my friend @BorisJohnson on roadmap for India-UK ties in next decade,” Modi tweeted on Nov 27 2020 REPUBLIC DAY CHIEF GUEST WAS BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO 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 NEW PROPOSAL COOKING; SHAH TO MEET PUNJAB CM Talks with farmers today; unions seek special Parliament session, claim that more people will join their protest E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Union government is likely to come up with a fresh proposal to resolve the current stalemate during talks with farmer unions on Thursday, even as the agitators, while claiming that more people will join their protest, demanded a special session of Parliament to repeal three contentious farm sector reform laws. The decision to make a revised proposal was taken at a meeting Union home minister Amit Shah had with colleagues Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal at his residence on Wednesday a day , after the government’s talks with farmers ended inconclusively The . government is keen on resolving the issue quickly sources said. , Ahead of the talks, Shah is expected to meet Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday morning to discuss the way forward, said sources. For his part, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar again appealed to the farmers to end their protests. “I appeal to the farmers to end their protests and It’s siesta time for a farmer under a tractor-trolley at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on Wednesday | PTI arrive at a solution through discussions. Also, people of Delhi have to show patience. The government understands that they are facing difficulties,” he said. As for the farmers, they kept up their belligerence, warning the Centre against attempting to sow discord among their ranks. Contrary to the narrative being built by the government, their campaign was not limited to farmers from Punjab, they sought to emphasise. Labelling it as a movement of farmers from across the country, the union leaders said Thursday’s meeting with Tomar and Goyal would have wider representation from their side. “The government tried to show this is just a movement of farmers from Punjab.... We have also decid- ed that farmer leaders from all over the country should participate in the talks,” said Darshan Pal, president of the Krantikari Kisan Union. He also demanded that the government call a special session of Parliament to repeal the three farm sector laws. Protesting far mers also announced that on Saturday they will , burn effigies of the Modi government and those of corporate biggies like Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani. “We’ll burn effigies in every district of Maharashtra on Thursday and in Gujarat on Saturday Thurs. day is the last chance for the government to take a decision to repeal the laws, otherwise this movement will become huge and the government will fall,” warned Pratibha Shinde of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha. Earlier, leaders of 32 farmer unions met at Delhi’s Singhu border to draw up a list of sticking points in writing on the three laws, as requested by the government. The list will be presented to the governP7 ment on Thursday . Transporters’ turn to threaten strike The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has called for a strike in support of the agitating farmers. “Starting December 8, we will halt the movement of supplies in entire North India including Delhi, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan,” it said I appeal to the farmers to end their protests and arrive at a solution through discussions. Also, people of Delhi have to show patience. The government understands that they are facing difficulties Narendra Singh Tomar, Agriculture Minister IMMUNITY RACE VACCINATION NEXT WEEK IN UK, RUSSIA SELECTIVE AMNESIA ON UNIVERSAL SHOTS? E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Appoint head for Women’s Commission by Dec 31: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad EXPRESSING displeasure with the State government for failing to appoint the chairperson for the State Women’s Commission, a statutory body the Telangana High Court on , Wednesday gave it another opportunity to fill the post by this yearend. A division bench of the High Court warned the government that if it does not do so by December 31, it will summon the Chief Secretary for an explanation, and adjourned the case to January 4. Comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy the bench passed , this order in a PIL filed by R Ramya Rao, a social activist who sought direction to the authorities concerned for the appointment of the chairperson to the commission. It appointed advocate Vasudha Nagaraj as amicus curiae to assist the court in the case. Advocate General BS Prasad sought time to finalise the proceedings, saying the State is seriously contemplating the appointment of the chairperson. Not satisfied with his submission, the bench passed the above order. Earlier too, it had pulled up the government for not filling posts of various statutory bodies. It had hoped that the government would appoint the chairperson to the State Women’s Commission by November 18. Being a statutory body the com, mission cannot be permitted to function without a chairperson. Its functioning is the need of the hour as it protects and promotes the interests of women. Statutory bodies cannot be made to function without a head and this is a matter of serious concern, the division bench had observed back then. Despite constituting committees for selecting the heads of statutory bodies, the appointments are yet to be made, the bench had said while referring to similar pending cases which sought appointments to various statutory bodies in Telangana. S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE UK on Wednesday became the first country in the West to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, leapfrogging over the US and Europe to grant emergency use authorisation to a jab developed jointly by US pharma major Pfizer and German firm BioNTech. Vaccination is set to begin early next week. Hours later, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered universal vaccination with the homegrown Sputnik V “Let’s agree on this . — you will not report to me next week, but you will start mass vaccination,” Putin reportedly told Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova. UK’s approval came just 23 days after Pfizer released the first data from its phase 3 trial. While it showed 95% efficacy against Covid, the sticking point was the need to store it at -700C. The UK has so far bought 40 million doses of the vaccine, enough to inoculate 20 million or about 30% of the population, as two shots per person are needed to develop immunity . The World Health Organisation (WHO), too, is examining Pfizer’s data. A WHO emergency use listing would allow countries to authorise it for national emergency use and open the door to its international supply . THE Union government’s announcement on Tuesday that the entire population will not be given the Covid-19 shot is a major deviation from its earlier stance, as in one of the first meetings on the vaccination chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, it had clearly stated “that vaccination must be affordable and universal — no person should be left behind.” It also goes against the declared objective of most developed countries that have already announced universal vaccination. While the US, Australia and European Union have said they will provide free vaccination to all, some other countries such as the UK and Canada have pre-booked vaccine doses in excess of their population. Following the meeting chaired by Modi on June 30, the government had issued a statement that mentioned four guiding principles that would form the foundation of the national effort of Covid-19 immunisation. “First, that vulnerable groups should be identified and prioritized for early vaccination, for example doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, non-medical frontline corona warriors, and vulnerable people among the genCONTINUED ON P8 eral population..,” it said. FEARING 2nd WAVE IN POLL AFTERMATH, TS GOVT ASKS POLITICOS TO HOME-ISOLATE FOR A WEEK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad AS the second wave of Covid-19 looms large, the Telangana Health Department has issued an advisory asking all those, who took part in political rallies, gatherings and meetings in the runup to the GHMC election, to isolate themselves for a week. Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao and Director of Medical Education Dr K Ramesh Reddy on Wednesday said it is more than likely that the second wave of the pandemic might begin this month itself or in January . Several leaders — including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, Bengaluru MP Tejasvi Surya, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy — had taken part in campaigns for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election and addressed several public meetings. CONTINUED ON P4 EXPRESS READ Install CCTV cameras at CBI, ED, NIA offices: SC SHELL-SHOCKED A boy, traumatised after surviving a truck-car collision which killed six members of his family at Chevella, sits atop a tyre on Wednesday | P2 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to install CCTV cameras with night vision and audio recording facility and recording equipment at the offices of investigating agencies, including the CBI, the ED and the NIA, which conduct interrogations and have the power of arrest. A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman also said states and Union Territories should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed at each and every police station, at all entry and exit points, main gate, lock-ups, corridors, lobby, reception and areas outside lock-up rooms 46.55% HYDERABADIS VOTED IN GHMC ELECTION TSEC revises polling percentage, Ramchandrapuram sees highest turnout PAGE 3 Kerala govt bars young women in Sabarimala M A N O J V I S W A N AT H A N @ Kochi TWO years after it allowed two young women to visit the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple following a Supreme Court verdict, the CPM-led Kerala government and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) seem to have changed their stance on women’s entry to the hill shrine. The portal launched by the TDB in association with the Kerala Police for online services, like virtual queue for darshan, says that “females and other gender (trans) less than 50 years and above 65 years won’t be allowed.” The state government had earlier said children below 10 years and those above 65 years won’t be permitted due to Covid restrictions. TDB had argued before the five-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court in February 2019 it was against discriminating anyone based on their biological attributes. The government had also opposed the review petitions filed against the September 28, 2018 verdict that allowed women’s entry at the temple. Hindu Aikya Vedi termed the move a political gimmick ahead of the local body and Assembly polls. The TDB chose to distance itself from the new decision saying the portal is managed by the police. “This exposes the double stand of the Left government,” said Bindhu Ammini, one of the two women who managed to enter the temple in the dead of the night on January 2, 2019 with police escort.
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