Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin celebrate a wicket against England on the second day of the second Test in Chennai on Sunday | BCCI | P13 WARANGAL MONDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION ASHWIN SPINS WEB R Ashwin’s five wickets helped India skittle out England for 134. With an overall lead of 249 with 9 wickets in hand, hosts are on top TAIL FAIL SOUND START India’s tail could not lend support to wicketkeeperbatsman Rishabh Pant. After starting the day at 300 for 6, the visitors managed just 29 more runs. Pant ended with 58 not out The England innings had a disastrous start. India pacer Ishant Sharma struck, trapping Rory Burns leg before wicket with the visitors yet to open their account ROOT UPROOTED This is the first time in 2021 England skipper Joe Root could not hit a century in first innings of a Test. In his last three Tests before this match, he scored 228, 186 (vs SL) & 218 (vs India) LEAD ROLE With nine wickets in hand, Kohli and Co would be hoping to take a substantial lead on the third day. With two days to play out, England players are staring at the inevitable ASHWIN NOW SECOND BEHIND KUMBLE ■ ■ 249 The wily off-spinner once again showed his craftsmanship when he finished with a five-wicket haul, 29th of his career With this, he becomes the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests played in India behind Anil Kumble, who has 350. He surpassed Harbhajan Singh’s 265 wickets when he got the wicket of Ben Stokes INDIA’S LEAD GOING INTO THE THIRD DAY WITH NINE WICKETS IN HAND 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 Greta’s B’luru buddy in Delhi Police custody, faces conspiracy charge Disha is accused of ‘editing, spreading’ the toolkit, shared by the Swedish activist, on ryots stir EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Family explores legal option @New Delhi CLIMATE activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested in Bengaluru on Saturday, was remanded in five-day police custody by a Delhi court on Sunday. She was picked up from her Bengaluru residence by a special cybercrime cell of the Delhi Police, who had filed an FIR on February 4 against unknown persons for sharing a toolkit on the farmer protests in Delhi on social media sites, aimed at spreading ‘disaffection against the government of India’. Disha is the first to be arrested in the case. She has been booked on the charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting hatred among groups under Sections 124A, 120A and 153 A of the IPC. Disha (22) is accused of ‘editing, sharing and spreading’ the toolkit — a Google document that was shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg — on farmers protest. The Delhi Police had sought seven days custody of Disha, contending that they needed to probe a Disha Ravi A day after Delhi Police arrested Disha Ravi, her mother said they have consulted legal experts. “We have taken our lawyer’s opinion to proceed with a legal battle, and it is too early to react to the incident,” she said. Disha is a co-founder of Fridays For Future campaign, which is inspired by Greta Thunberg’s environment movement The action plan delineated in this toolkit and the unfolding of events, including the violence of January 26, reveal a copycat execution of the plan Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner (Crime Branch), Delhi Police larger conspiracy against the Government of India and ascertain her alleged links with “pro-Khalistani” movements. But Duty Magistrate Dev Saroha allowed only five days of custody. During the hearing, Disha broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited just two lines of the document and her only aim was to support the farmers’ protest. The police said Disha, along with several others, edited the toolkit on February 3. Fuel prices touch new highs in Hyd EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE day is not far when the common man may have to shell out `100 for a litre of petrol. With fuel prices skyrocketing for the last one-and-ahalf months, the cost of petrol in Hyderabad shot up to `92.26/litre and diesel to `86.24 on Sunday — a hike of 3 0 p a i s e a n d 3 4 p a i s e, respectively . This has left the common man out in the cold, while cab drivers’ associations are crying foul as they are unable to bear the burden. It was just on February 1 that the petrol price in the city was at `89.77 per litre. Venting out their frustration, commuters demanded that the government roll back the new prices or give relaxations in taxes. A cloth merchant from Begum Bazar, N Srinivas, termed the rising fuel prices as daylight robbery. “Fuel is one of the most basic needs and we are afraid that our cost of transport and manufacturing will increase. But we cannot pass on this burden to the consumer as the demand may drop,” he said. A motorist from Uppal, T Sundar, said, “There is a steep increase in my expenses on transport but my wages are the same.” CONTINUED ON P4 An attendant at a fuel bunk keeps an eye on the price meter as he dispenses fuel, in Hyderabad on Sunday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN Last week, the Delhi Police had approached Google, seeking registration details and activity logs of accounts through which the toolkit was created and uploaded to social media platforms. The toolkit mentions two e-mail IDs, an Instagram account and a URL, whose details the police have s o u g h t f r o m r e s p e c t ive platforms. In a press statement on Sunday the Delhi Police alleged Di, sha was one of the editors of the ‘Toolkit Google Doc’ and also a key conspirator in formatting and disseminating the document. In a series of tweets, the police said Disha had started a WhatsApp group and collaborated with others to prepare the document. “She worked closely with them to draft it. They all collaborated with the pro-Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian state. She was the one who shared the Toolkit Doc with Greta Thunberg. Later, she asked Greta to remove the main document after its incriminating details accidentally got into the public domain. This is many times more than the twoline editing that she claims,” the tweets claimed. The police had earlier stated that the document had a detailed plan to create trouble in Delhi in January and February . “The action plan delineated in this toolkit and the unfolding of events, including the violence of January 26, reveal a copycat execution of the plan,” Special Commissioner (Crime Branch), Delhi Police, Praveer Ranjan said. CONTINUED ON P5 LONG QUEUES, POOR INFRA Planning to visit Gandhi? Be patient V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad GETTING registered and consulting a doctor at any of the government tertiary hospitals in Hyderabad requires one to be extremely patient, even if they are suffering from a severe illness. According to a study conducted at the Gandhi Hospital, the waiting time was more than two hours for 38 per cent of the patients, who were suffering from chronic diseases, and 30 per cent of those with acute diseases. On an average, one in three persons visiting the hospital’s outpatient wing had to wait for over two hours. The study published in the jour, nal Annals of Community Health, surveyed 740 patients visiting the hospital’s outpatient department. The findings highlighted various other issues that people face at the facility on , which they expect action from the authorities. One of the issues was of the unavailability of medicines at the hospital’s pharmacy and the absence of testing facilities. Fifty two per cent patients said they could not get the prescribed drugs at the pharmacy and 34 per cent said the diagnostic test they required was not available either. Thus, on an average, the patients’ out-ofpocket expenditure on diagnostic tests was `698 and on drugs was `339. Poor patients, who are dependent on daily wages, were found to be coughing up `393 every time they visited the CONTINUED ON P4 hospital. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) TS may execute PRC in ‘divide & pay’ mode V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad WILL the Telangana government adopt a ‘divide and pay’ policy when it implements the recommendations of the first Pay Revision Commission (PRC)? There is a high possibility of it doing so, leaders of various employees unions say . “We have been receiving feelers that the government is contemplating to separate teachers from the rest of the government employees,” a leader of the Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Association (TNGO) said. According to sources, the government’s logic behind this move is that teachers do not work all 365 days of the year like government employees do. Thus, they do not require a hefty pay hike and enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years. With these indications, the teachers’ unions upped the ante against the government. After all, the ‘leak’ on the ‘divide and pay’ policy may be true, the TNGO leader said. But such feelers may play spoilsport for the ruling TRS in the ensuing MLC elections, in which teachers are likely to have a major role. Such negative comments by the government on the PRC arrears, when TNGO leader G Devi Prasad contested the MLC elections in 2015, had resulted in his defeat, the employees recalled. Taking serious exception to the proposed division of employees for the implementation of the PRC, the Telangana State Employees, Teachers, Pensioners, Public Sector and Contract employees Aikya Vedika said teachers are intellectuals and their talent should not be gauged by counting the number of hours or days they work. CONTINUED ON P4 Teachers up the ante The teachers’ unions have upped the ante against the govt. Such negative comments by the govt on the PRC arrears, when TNGO leader G Devi Prasad fought the MLC polls in 2015, had resulted in his defeat, they recalled SPLENDID BOULEVARD People enjoy a pleasant walk under an arch of dense creepers at Public Gardens in Nampally | VINAY MADAPU 6 BODIES FOUND IN TAPOVAN TUNNEL V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun A week after efforts began to rescue 37 workers trapped in the Tapovan tunnel of a hydropower project following flash floods, the bodies of six of them were retrieved after clearing sludge up to 180 metres inside. The alternative parallelly pursued to bore into the floor of the tunnel to reach a silt filtration tunnel below in the hope that the workers were perhaps stuck there, has now been abandoned, as bodies are being retrieved from the main tunnel itself. Garhwal Division Commissioner Ravinath Raman said, “13 bodies were recovered today (Sunday) — seven in Raini village and six from the Tapo- van tunnel.” The toll has now gone up to 51 and 155 others are missing. Meanwhile, the Central Water Commission (CWC) is conducting simulation studies on a new lake in the upper reaches of the Rishiganga, 8 km upstream from Raini village, and exploring the possibility of a controlled blast to drain it.
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