WARANGAL MONDAY FEBRUARY 01, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION 1 IN EVERY 4 INDIANS EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS: SEROSURVEY 25% of the population has shown evidence of past infection of Covid19, the third national serosurvey done by ICMR has revealed CITIES CLOSE TO ACHIEVING HERD IMMUNITY? The survey estimates India’s actual Covid-19 infection size at 30 crore though the number of confirmed cases stands at just over 1 crore. “The figures are much higher in many cities, strengthening the epidemiological theory that some cities may be approaching herd immunity as evident in the falling daily numbers of new cases,” an official told TNIE | P7 37,44,334 EPIDEMIC TO WEAKEN AT 70% EXPOSURE The serosurvey carried out in Dec and Jan tested blood samples of 400 randomly selected persons from 70 districts across 22 states ■ Scientists and researchers in many countries have estimated that the coronavirus epidemic will slow down rapidly when 60-70% of the population in an area gets exposed to the virus and recovers ■ VACCINATED AGAINST COVID AS ON SUNDAY, ACCORDING TO UNION HEALTH MINISTRY 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 Committed to PM’s dignity, kisan’s self-respect: Tikait WOULD FM TICK THESE CHECKBOXES TODAY? No radical change in income tax slabs, but expect some tax breaks for the salaried class Modi says country saddened by insult to the Tricolour at Red Fort EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Farmers raise slogans during their ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border, in Delhi on Sunday | SHEKHAR YADAV Another senior journalist booked by UP Police Suspension of internet undemocratic: Morcha The UP Police lodged an FIR against The Wire’s editor Siddharth Varadarajan who had tweeted the story of the family of Navreet Singh, a protester who died on Republic Day. The family disputed the police claim that he died after his tractor rammed a barricade The morcha condemned the arrests of journalists, and the suspension of internet services at protest sites. “It (govt) is also fearful of the coordinated work of the farmers’ unions across different protest sites... This is undemocratic and illegal,” it said in a statement THIRD CASE Woman dies after Covid jab in TS E N S @ Hyderabad A 55-year-old anganwadi worker from Mancherial district, who was administered the Covid-19 vaccine on January 19, died while undergoing treatment for some health complications at the NIMS, Hyderabad, on Saturday night. The office of the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, in a release, said Susheela — from Kasipet village in Kasipet mandal — complained of shortness of breath and giddiness on January 29, for which she was admitted to Medilife Hospital at Mancherial. She was later referred to the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) around 6 pm on January 30. CONTINUED ON P5 TS schools, colleges reopen today Hyderabad: After remaining shut for over 10 months, educational institutions in TS will reopen for conventional classes on Monday. Students will attend school only with parents’ consent | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) INFANT DIES AFTER POLIO DOSE IN MEDCHAL I P5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Bowenpally Vegetable Market has caught Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention for its innovative waste management system. Modi praised the one-of-its-kind bioelectricity, biofuel and biomanure generation project in his 73rd episode of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat on Sunday . Stating that the market’s waste is now being turned into wealth, he said, “We have observed that in sabzi mandis, vegetables rot due to multiple reasons, spreading unhygienic conditions. However, traders at Hyderabad’s Bowenpally Sabzi Mandi decided to produce electricity out of waste vegetables. BJP activists, led by the party’s Warangal Urban district president Rao Padma, hurl chairs at TRS MLA Challa Dharma Reddy’s residence in Hanamkonda on Sunday. Cops are also seen trying to control the situation BJP men damage TRS MLA’s house over temple comments EXPRESS NEW SERVICE TENSION escalated when BJP activists threw chairs and stones at the residence of Parkal TRS legislator Challa Dharma Reddy here on Sunday , incensed over his comments that the saffron party was trying to further its political interests using the name of Lord Rama. In retaliation, a group of the MLA’s followers targeted the BJP Urban Party Office in Hanamkonda. Raising slogans of ‘Jai Challa Dharma Reddy’, the TRS workers, who came on twowheelers, smashed the window panes of the BJP office. De- manding action against BJP Warangal Urban district president Rao Padma for leading the attack on Dharma Reddy’s residence, they later staged a protest in front of the Subedari police station. Trouble began as soon as Dharma Reddy made the comments against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The saffron party workers quickly gathered at his residence and started to raise slogans against him, even as a few others pelted stones and hurled chairs at the building, smashing several window panes. At the time of the attack, Dharma Reddy was out attending a programme in the CONTINUED ON P4 city . Tension in Warangal The BJP workers turned furious when Dharma Reddy said he was against the collection of donations for the construction of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. He alleged that the BJP was dragging Lord Rama into politics HOLY COW! Wrestling body gifted buffalo worth `1.5 lakh F I R O Z M I R Z A @ Chennai RECEIVING weird gifts for their accomplishments is not new for athletes. Tennis legend Roger Federer was gifted a cow, not once but twice, by the Swiss Open Gstaad. The 23rd Senior Women’s National Wrestling Championship in Agra on Sunday witnessed a similar incident, but this time it’s the governing body that ended up with the gift. In its bid to felicitate the best wrestler of the tournament, a sponsor on Sunday offered to gift a buffalo worth around `1.5 lakh. With the event not having an award in that category, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) decided to accept the gift committee to trace those who went missing after the Republic Day tractor rally. In his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, Modi expressed dismay at the riots that day and the ‘insult’ to the Tricolour by a mob that had entered the Red Fort complex to plant a religious flag. The Tikait brothers echoed him but saw a plot in the violence. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police sent over 50 fresh notices to people, including farmer leaders. Police said some tractors used during the violence have been identified and notices were sent to their owners. The police are also conducting investigations at several locations outside Delhi to locate the people involved in the riots. ‘Power of innovation’: PM praises Bowenpally veg market @ Warangal EXPRESS READ A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government was just a phone call away to talk to the farmers’ unions, the Tikait brothers said they will honour Modi’s dignity while also being committed to protecting their self-respect. Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Naresh and Rakesh Tikait said they were open to talks to find a middle path, but their definition of a middle ground was different from what the Centre has in mind. “Talks are necessary A solution should be . found. These farmers have been protesting for over two months now.... The middle path could be that the Centre assures farmers it won’t implement the three laws during its tenure. We will also try convincing the farmers,” Naresh said. As for Rakesh Tikait, he said farmers would not succumb to pressure but they don’t want the government or Parliament to ‘bow down to them’ either, adding they respect Modi’s dignity He demanded the release . of farmer leaders to prepare a conducive environment for talks. While the Tikaits are part of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farmers’ unions, their position was more nuanced than the blunt statements of the morcha so far. The morcha on Sunday formed a on behalf of the wrestlers. “A local sponsor wanted to gift the buffalo to the best wrestler. Given the format in which the competition was being organised, every weight category (total 10) has a gold winner so it was not possible to pick the best among them,” Vinod Tomar, WFI’s assistant secretary told this daily , . After much deliberation, the animal was eventually gifted to WFI, he added. Sources claimed that around `15,000 was spent only on the decoration of the buffalo that was brought to the venue with full fanfare. So what’s next? Even the federation is not sure what to do with the gift. A WFI source revealed the animal might be transported to WFI’s headquarters in New Delhi. The federation runs its office from presid ent Brijbhushan Sharan Singh’s official residence in Delhi. Singh is a BJP MP from Kaiserganj, Uttar Pradesh. The buffalo which was gifted to the Wrestling Federation of India in Agra on Sunday | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT This is the power of innovation.” Over 10 tonnes of vegetable waste is generated every day at the market. Earlier, this used to get dumped in landfills, but now it is used to generate 500 units of electricity and 30 kg of biofuel. CONTINUED ON P3 BUDGET 2021-22 We can see a Budget which is a budget like never before. 100 years of India wouldn’t have seen a Budget being made postpandemic like this FM Nirmala Sitharaman during her address to the CII Partnership Summit 2020 on January 5 11:00 am Budget presentation begins Budget may increase tax rebate under Section 80C and 80D from `1.5 L to `2 L Standard deduction limit likely to be doubled to `1 Lakh increasing the exemption for health expenses Higher tax rebate likely for firsttime home buyers Government to fix some anomalies in the National Pension Scheme with regard to income tax benefits Covid-19 cess to raise revenue on the cards J1,19,847 cr Increasing tax on long-term capital gains from equity and property is a possibility Further increase in import duty on sin goods and luxury items Spending more on health infrastructure is a given, by how much more is the question Budget is likely to set up a separate bank for infrastructure sector More privatisation drive of PSUs, privatisation of electricity distribution expected Substantial increase in defence outlay to deal with a belligerent China Atmanirbhar overdrive to push indigenisation and accelerate growth January GST collection, the highest monthly mop-up so far. Came as a sentiment booster a day before the Budget
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