WARANGAL SUNDAY JANUARY 31, 2021 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION COVID IMPACT: NO RANJI FOR FIRST TIME IN 87 YEARS LIST A, U-19 AND WOMEN’S EVENTS ON LACK OF CLARITY OVER COMPENSATION The board’s secretary, Jay Shah, in a letter to state units, revealed that they would conduct the senior women’s 50-overs meet simultaneously with the men’s 50-overs meet. The BCCI will end the season with the U-19 event. “This has been decided after having received your feedback on the domestic season 2020-21,” Shah wrote in the letter. BCCI not to conduct board’s ﬂagship domestic product for the ﬁrst time since inception. Two-month bio-bubble ‘not feasible’ This is bad news for scores of match officials, including umpires and scorers. Most of them will end up working for fewer days. Not yet known if BCCI will up with a compensation package for them ■ It is expected that the players who will miss out from Ranji revenue will be compensated. This decision was taken at the AGM ■ Shah power BCCI SECRETARY ELECTED AS CHIEF OF THE ASIAN CRICKET COUNCIL 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 OFFER TO FREEZE FARM LAWS STANDS: PM Modi says government ready for detailed discussion; Oppn for probe into outside elements infiltrating agitation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Opposition parties gearing up to corner the government on the controversial farm laws in the ongoing Parliament session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the door to accept the Centre’s proposal to stay the laws for 18 months is still open. Speaking at an all-party meeting, the PM said the government’s stand was the same as it was on January 22, when the proposal to keep the laws in abeyance was made during the talks with the protesting farmers’ unions. “During the allparty meeting PM Modi assured that the government was approaching the farmers’ issue with an open mind. The PM said the agriculture minister’s proposal still stands,” parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said. Modi stressed that the government had an open mind and was ready for a detailed discussion on the issue, adding the farmers could always approach the government as agriculture minister Narendra Tomar was just a phone call. In the meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Trinamool Congress’s Sudip Ban- LIFE CUT SHORT Stray dogs maul boy to death in Hyd EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad AN eight-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in a vacant piece of land at Asad Baba Nagar under the Bahadurpura police limits on Saturday . Police have registered a case of suspicious death and shifted the body to the Osmania General Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem examination. They found injuries on the boy’s thigh and stomach. According to police, Mohammed Ayan was playing with some children near his residence around 2 am when he strayed into a nearby vacant land. That’s where a pack of street dogs attacked him, dragged him into the bushes and mauled him to death. His friends saw the dogs bark at Ayan but could not save him. A few minutes later, they saw him lying in a pool of blood and immediately alerted his parents. Ayan’s parents and the locals of the area rushed to the spot and took him to a nearby hospital. But doctors there declared the boy broughtdead. He was later shifted to the Osmania General Hospital for a post-mortem examination, Bahadurpura SubInspector A Narsimha Rao said. The parents lodged a police complaint, following which a medico-legal case was registered under Section 174 (suspicious death) of the CrPC. Meanwhile, locals have blamed the GHMC for failing to control the stray dog menace in the area. WITH THIS ISSUE BEST FOOT FORWARD PLUS 12 PAGES dyopadhyay, Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut and Akali Dal member Balwinder Singh Bhunder also spoke at length on the farmers’ agitation. Azad reportedly said the Congress had warned the Centre about the agitation and now the government has to deal with the consequences. Most Opposition leaders were of the view that the government needs to discuss the laws again in both Houses of Parliament and also seek to address the misgivings of the farmers. They reportedly asked the government not to see them as enemies. The Opposition condemned the violence during the tractor rally on January 26 but also demanded an investigation into how “outside elements” had infiltrated the farmers’ movement. The farmers made similar allegations, blaming Punjabi actor-activist Deep Sidhu for instigating the mob and planting a Sikh religious flag at Red Fort. Joshi said the budget session would take up 38 items — 33 bills and five financial items. Though it would be devoted to business relating to the budget and a discussion on the motion of thanks on the President’s address, legislative business P7 would also be taken up. Now, TRS is ready to be friends with Modi sarkaar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad BKU’s Rakesh Tikait addresses a rally at Ghazipur; and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Gandhiji at Rajghat | PTI Bapu’s anniversary and Tikait tonic 1 2 3 4 5 Day-long fast by protesting farmers on Gandhiji’s death anniversary peaceful. They observed it as Sadbhavana Diwas (Harmony Day) after Republic Day violence Singhu border turns fortress with several layers of barricades and increased presence of security personnel after violence erupted between ‘locals’ and farmers on Friday Agitation gains further momentum as BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait’s emotional appeal draws more farmers to Ghazipur protest site from UP, Uttarakhand Internet services temporarily suspended at the Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders. Net connectivity already suspended in 14 districts in Haryana Delhi Police scanning over 1,700 video clips and CCTV footage sourced from the public on the tractor rally violence on Republic Day to identify the culprits PETN explosive used; Al Qaeda under lens E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi EVIDENCE of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, a high grade explosive chemical mostly used by the Al Qaeda group, was found during probe on a low intensity blast outside the Israel embassy on Friday Sources said the handling . of the chemicals is not easy and the blast has to be the handiwork of a group that is experienced in using them. Probe agencies feel local agents of the group could have carried out the attack. While the police have not ruled out any possibility including the role of Pa, kistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, they are also investigating the Iranian angle. An envelope with a letter addressed to the Israel ambassador to India was CONTINUED ON P7 found. DESPITE Telangana Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao’s assertion a few days ago that he would wage a war against the Centre for its anti-farmer laws, the pink party seems to have changed tack. It has decided to work with the Narendra Modi government in order to get more funds and projects to Telangana. The TRS MPs, after attending the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, said since there are no elections now, there is no need for politics. “The Centre and the States should work in close coordination,” they said. “We are ready to be friends with anyone in order to protect the interests of the State,” TRS Parliamentary Party (TRSPP) leader K Keshava Rao told reporters in the national capital. “We have AIG HOSP SCRIPTS HISTORY to work with the Centre to get funds and projects to Telangana,” TRS leader in Lok Sabha Nama Nageswara Rao said. However, the MPs made it clear that the party’s stand on the new farm laws has not changed. “We had opposed the laws when they were introduced in Parliament and there has been no change in our stand ever since. We have even suggested to the Centre to refer the laws to the Select Committee of Parliament, but it did not agree,” Keshava Rao said. The TRSPP leader welcomed the ongoing dialogue with the farmers. “The discussions are being held with an open mind, which is a good development,” he said. He went on to clarify that the TRS MPs did not boycott the President’s address to the joint Parliament session as it would have been construed as supporting the violence of January 26. Violence, in any form, is not good, CONTINUED ON P3 he said. First in Asia to use a disposable duodenoscope, which helps prevent hospital-acquired infections as it is 100 per cent sterile | P2
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