WARANGAL SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION RETAIL INFLATION DOWN TO 4.06% IN JANUARY The dip from 4.59% in Dec, 2020, attributed to declining veggie prices in the National Statistical Office data released on Friday AT 1.89%, FOOD BASKET PRICE RISE DOWN, TOO INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION UP 1% IN DEC Meat, fish, egg and milk experienced an uptick in price, but it was more than adequately offset by the decrease in the rates of vegetable and confectionary. The overall rate of price rise in the food basket was 1.89% in January, down from 3.41% in December, 2020. Retail inflation has cooled down significantly owing largely to moderation in food inflation ■ Indicating continuing recovery, industrial production entered positive territory after a month. The manufacturing sector posted a growth of 1.6% but mining output declined by 4.8% ■ Power generation grew by a healthy by 5.1%, taking the overall growth of eight core sectors of the economy to 1% 4.9% GROWTH IN CONSUMER DURABLES COMPARED TO -5.6% IN DECEMBER 2019 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 Centre gives nod for RRR in Hyderabad First time in the country Two tmcft to be pumped in monthly The IT-enabled water management system will be introduced on full scale in irrigation for the first time in the country. Artificial decision making will help in proper utilisation of water EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Central government has given its nod for the Regional Ring Road (RRR) project in Hyderabad. Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari conveyed this to TRS floor leader in Lok Sabha Nama Nageswara Rao when the latter, along with other TRS MPs, made a representation to him in Delhi on Friday . Gadkari also said that the C e n t re h a s sanctioned a four-lane road between Khammam and Kodad. Speaking to Express over phone from the national capital city, Nageswara Rao said: “We have Benguluru, Vijayawada, Mumbai and Nagpur highways. The proposed RRR will ease traffic on these national highways as the traffic will be diverted to the RRR.” He said that the Central government would shortly send a letter to the State government over sanctioning of Regional Ring Road. Though the capacity of Mallanna Sagar is 50 tmcft, it will initially store 10 tmcft water. Later, two tmcft water will be pumped into Mallanna Sagar every month NOW, IoT TO MANAGE MALLANNA SAGAR INFLOWS, OUTFLOWS WATER TO FLOW INTO AT KALESHWARAM FIELDS THIS KHARIF V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad COME June, the Internet of Things (IoT) will manage the inflows and outflows of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS). For the first time in the country the IT-enabled water , management system will be introduced on full scale in irrigation. Smart sensors will be installed at the important locations of the KLIS. These sensors will digitally transmit the information relating to inflows and outflows to the project and other key inputs. Thus, the operation of gates and demand side management will be done automatically Speaking . to Express on Friday Water Resources De, partment Principal Secretary Rajat Kumar said: “Artificial decision making will help in proper utilisation of water. As many as 28 sensors required for this operation are Sensors would be installed at key being imported from Germany .” points of KLIS. Rajat Kumar explained that there would be a command control system at Jala Soud- They have already been installed at ha to analyse the inputs received from IoT the rain gauge system. “Once it is successfully implecentres so that we mented, then IoT will be extended to other would know the projects too,” he said, while adding that expected rainfall some States implemented IT-based water three to four days management system experimentally but in advance Telangana will be is the first State to impleY Pradeep, ment in a full-fledged manner. Vassar Labs Y Pradeep of Vassar Labs, the company entrusted with the task of installing the system, explained that the different sources of data would be integrated. “Sensors would be installed at key points of KLIS. They have already been installed at the rain gauge centres so that we would know the expected rainfall three to four days in advance. The IMD data too will be integrated to the command control system. The expected inflows into river will also be known in advance. All these information will be integrated to know how many pumps should be operated at Medigadda and other barrages automatically he explained. ,” The analyses will not only help in better water management but also in reducing the power costs. CONTINUED ON P3 EAMCET SCHEDULED TO BE HELD FROM JULY 5-9 The TSCHE on Friday released the schedule for the Common Entrance Tests (CET) for admissions into various higher education programmes PAGE 3 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE first benefits of Mallanna Sagar will be given to farmers in the coming Kharif season, which begins in June. Mallanna Sagar will be operationalised by April/May declared Water , Resources Department Principal Secretary Rajat Kumar. Speaking to reporters on Friday after holding a daylong work, shop on the reorganisation of the department, Rajat Kumar said that 85 per cent of the work on Mallanna Sagar was completed. The balance work would be completed by May Though . the capacity of Mallanna Sagar, the man-made reservoir, is 50 tmcft, it will initially store 10 tmcft water. Later, two tmcft water will be pumped into Mallanna Sagar every month. The first benefits of Mallanna Sagar would be delivered to three to four lakh acres upto Due to the construction of Kondapochamma. projects, ground Rajat Kumar said that the land acquisiwater recharge tion problems of Palamuru Rangareddy has been tremenLift Irrigation Scheme were resolved on dous in the State. Thursday and the works at the first pump Our share in house at Narlapur would be expedited. The Godavari is 967 PRLIS would be completed by June. “We tmcft. Another are going for compulsory land acquisition. 967 tmcft is availWe require 124 acres of land including 36 able as on date acres of government land. We have already Rajat Kumar, asked the BHEL to supply the motors in Principal Secretary next four months time for PRLIS,” Rajat Kumar said. He said that he would soon visit Tummadi Hatti for constructing a barrage there to irrigate two lakh acres. Rajat Kumar said the Water Resources Department had been reorganised into territories and all the Chief Engineers of the respective territories reported to duty “ the officials are hap. All py with the new structure. The government has already decentralised financial powers to officials so that they can take up minor works without seeking permissions from higher-ups. The major work — construction of projects — has almost been completed in the State. Now, the department will focus on operation and maintenance of the projects,” he said. Upstream lake formed by rubble in Rishiganga river adds to concern V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Tapovan (Uttarakhand) AMID ongoing rescue efforts at the Tapovan tunnel, the detection of a new lake formed by boulders that rolled on to the Rishiganga and blocked it about 8 km upstream from Raini village, added to the worry as it could cause more havoc than Sunday flash floods if it were to burst. However, scientists said water from the lake started draining on Friday, reducing the chances of a calamity . Y P Sundariyal, head of the department of geology at the Hemvanti Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University said, “The , lake is around 250-300 metres long, 80-100 metres wide and of about 25-30 metres deep. As the volume of water is huge, hypothetically if it bursts, it could cause more damages than earlier. But since the water is slow- ly draining, it will not burst. Authorities should drain it without trying to burst it, using skilled manpower.” A similar but bigger lake was formed in 1998 in the Madkakini river in Madmeshwar valley, which safely drained. “There was panic but the lake drained and the danger was averted. We hope it will happen at this lake too,” he added. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “We need not panic but must stay alert.” A team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, scientists from DRDO and the Uttarakhand Space Application Centre conducted and aerial survey but could not reach it by land. Glaciologist D P Dobhal, who worked at Dehradun’s Wadia institute, said, “The rubble holding the water is huge. If loose material holding it is pushed away by water, it will be a big threat.” INNER VOICE ‘Suffocated’ TMC MP resigns on floor of Rajya Sabha E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The lake formed upstream of the Rishiganga HEEDING to his ‘inner voice’, Trinamool Congress’ MP Dinesh Trivedi quit from the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He attributed violence in West Bengal and suffocation in the party led by Mamata Banerjee as reasons for his decision, leaving the party leaders surprised. Soon after getting up to speak during the debate on Budget, Trivedi said: “There are limitations here. My party has sent me here, so I am grateful. But now I can’t take what is happening any more. I am feeling suffocated. That’s why I want to resign from here. I want to work for my Bengal,” the former railway minister said. The BJP was quick to welcome him, if he wanted to make the switch. Speaking about the violence in West Bengal, Trivedi said: “It is a threat to democracy I am from the land of Subhash Chan. dra Bose. My soul is saying I sit here and say nothing, what is the point?” he said. Case against ISRO brass for bending rules to recruit Sivan Jr NIRAD MUDUR & BALA CHAUHAN @Bengaluru THE Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has registered a complaint against Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman and Secretary, Dr K Sivan, over allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of his son to ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) in Valiamala, Trivandrum. The complaint — dated January 25 — also names LPSC Director Dr V Narayanan, and alleges that the recruitment of Dr Sivan’s son Sidharth S was not just a conflict of interest, but also a case of “favouritism and conspiracy”. Dr Narayanan, the complaint alleged, was in a hurry to recruit Sidharth before his anticipated transfer to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) came through. The process of general recruitment through ISRO’s Central Recruitment Board (ICRB), comprising a screening, written test and interview, was not followed, as Sidharth had appeared only for an interview, it said. The agency alleged that the qualifications for the post ad- ver tised in November 2020 (number 738 of Scientist Engineer ‘SC’, Level 10) were tailor-made for Sidharth. Dr Sivan refused to comment on the issue, but his office in Bengaluru told Express that due process was followed in Sidharth’s recruitment. SECOND ON MERIT LIST The Department of Space, ISRO and LPSC had issued an advertisement in 2020 for post No 738 of Scientist Engineer ‘SC’ Level 10 at LPSCs at T’puram, Valiamala and B’luru. Sidharth came 2nd on the merit list Four from TS die as bus plunges into Araku valley EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada/Hyderabad AT least four persons, including a seven-year-old boy, were killed and 10 others injured in a major accident on Araku ghat road in Visakhapatnam district late Friday evening. As per the information received here, approximately 17 tourists, all of them said to be from Telangana, were returning to Visakhapatnam after a visit to Araku when the mini bus they were travelling in plunged at least 100 ft into the valley at a bend on the ghat road at around 8 p.m. The vehicle, belonging to Dinesh Travels, a private operator from Hyderabad, was left mangled due to the impact of the fall. The accident occurred between Dumuku and Tyda in Ananthagiri mandal about 30 km from Srungavarapukota (S Kota). Police and locals rushed to the spot and ferried the injured to the nearest hospital at CONTINUED ON P5 S Kota. HELPLINE NUMBERS: 08912590102 & 08912590100 A person who was injured in a bus accident at Dumuku in Ananthagiri mandal of Visakhapatnam district being shifted to a hospital on Friday Full disengagement at Pangong to take more time than thought M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi FULL bilateral military disengagement in the Pangong lake area in Eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) could take more time than thought, as the wary Indian Army is using multiple modes to verify China’s reciprocal withdrawal of troops and equipment. “We are not taking any chances this time. Additional verification mechanisms have been introduced. Apart from satellite and drone images, videography of the disengagement is also being done,” a senior Army officer said. The distrust stems from the problems the Chinese side had created both at Galwan and Hot Spring-Gogra in June last. Indian soldiers found partial disengagement in both sites, which snowballed into the major Galwan violence.
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