tadepalligudem l wednesday l february 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION formality complete Needing seven wickets to win, India posted a massive 317-run win against England in the second Test on Day Four home truth Virat Kohli is already India’s most successful Test captain ever and the win in Chennai was his 21st at home. As of now, this is a joint-home record with former skipper MS Dhoni patel rap Left-arm spinner Axar Patel had a memorable debut. He picked up five wickets, including that of Joe Root, in the second innings. He is the ninth Indian to take five wickets on debut local touch R Ashwin, who was declared the Man of the Match, dedicated the victory to his home crowd (Chennai). “I’m speechless. I’ve played four Tests here and this is the most special,” he said 38 over to motera Both the teams will be travelling to Ahmedabad next for the third day and night Test. After levelling the series, India would be looking to consolidate the lead in the pink ball match India team celebrates after winning the second Test in Chennai on Tuesday. The four-Test series is 1-1 level | BCCI | P11 runs scored by england’s last pair, the highest in match for visitors 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 Advance bail to activist as police Zoom in Police write to Zoom app to provide details of contents, locations and people who attended Jan 11 virtual meet Muluk can go to Delhi court CM Jagan Mohan Reddy receives the SKOCH Chief Minister of the Year Award from SKOCH Group Chairman Sameer Kochhar at Tadepalli on Tuesday | Express Jagan gets SKOCH CM of Year Award Environment activist Shantanu Muluk was granted anticipatory transit bail by Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. The bail granted to Muluk would enable him to apply for protection before an appropriate court in Delhi. Jacob’s lawyer told a single-judge bench that the toolkit only spoke of support to the farmers and not about violence bail plea by lawyer-activist Nitika Jacob for Wednesday . Meanwhile, a Delhi court allowed Bengaluru’s student-activist Disha Ravi to speak with family over phone for 15 minutes and meet with her lawyer for 30 minutes every day while in police custody . Chief Metropolitan Magistrate also allowed her to get warm clothes, masks and books and ordered the Delhi Police to provide a copy of the FIR and remand documents to Disha. Delhi Police have, meanwhile, G ayat h r i M a n i a n d S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ New Delhi/Mumbai Two of the three activists named in the farmer protest toolkit FIR got relief from courts even as the Delhi Police ramped up efforts to build its case against them. Environment activist Shantanu Muluk was granted anticipatory transit bail by Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday for 10 days while the main bench of the HC reserved its order on a similar @ Visakhapatnam The YSRC has decided to stage a rally—’Visakha Steel Plant Parirakshana Porata Yatra’— covering all the Assembly segments on February 20 protesting against privatisation of the steel plant, YSRC Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy announced on Tuesday . Addressing mediapersons, Vijayasai said that the padayatra will commence from Gandhi Statue at GVMC office at 8.30 am and culminate into a public meeting at Kurmanna- palem. “The 25-km-long yatra will cover Visakhapatnam East, West, North and Gajuwaka Assembly segments,” the MP said. Vijayasai explained that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is trying for an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apprise him about the AP people’s sentiments regarding the VSP’s privatisation. It may be noted Jagan has already written a letter to the Prime Minister to rethink the decision and has also suggested alternatives for reviving the @Vijayawada homage to martyr A State funeral was accorded to Naik Pandranki Chandra Rao at Bheemasingi in Vizianagaram district on Tuesday | Express CM likely to meet PM on steel plant issue CM Jagan Mohan Reddy is trying for an appointment with the PM and apprise him of the sentiments of people of AP against privatisation of the steel plant, the MP said. plant. The YSRC yatra assumes significance in the wake of the announcement of elections to Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) on March 10. “The YSRC won’t tolerate if the VSP is privatised. We will intensify our agitation,” Vijayasai said, adding the government has made its stand clear against VSP privatisation and “we are ready for any kind of agitation”. Vijayasai Reddy said they believe the plant will be on a recovery path, if captive mines are allocated and loans taken express read ‘Inadvertent’ contempt case against Rajdeep New Delhi: The Supreme Court has not registered a suo motu contempt case against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for his tweets allegedly scandalising judiciary. Confusion arose Tuesday evening after the SC website showed that a case was indeed moved against the senior journalist following a petition filed by one Aastha Khurana. LiveLaw quoted Supreme Court sources as saying that the status of the case was inadvertently shown as active. Early warning of another Covid resurgence in India? 4,092 new cases, the highest since January 6 when 4,382 new cases were reported. In It may be too early to say if In- Mumbai, the number of daily dia is heading towards cases have started a fresh wave of Cov- Daily count climbing over the last id-19, but some states in Haryana few days, especially like Gujarat, Maharsince local trains startashtra and Haryana ed rolling again. are perhaps showing Haryana, which had e a rl y s i g n s o f a less than 100 new cases Haryana, which for quite some time resurgence. had less than Overall for the counnow, has started registry too, beginning Feb- 100 new cases tering over 100 new , ruary 6, there have for quite some cases almost every day time now, is been quite a few days since February 11. Ditwhen the active Cov- registering over to Gujarat. id-19 cases have gone 100 new cases Health economist up, as compared to the every day since Rijo M John said, “The February 11 previous day, after situation in Kerala, on staying flat for weeks. the other hand, seems In Maharashtra that had a to be improving. Both daily heavy case load, the graph new coronavirus cases and test started flattening last month. positive rates are on a decline But on February 14, it recorded there.” Kiran Bedi removed as Puducherry LG New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi was removed Tuesday night at a time when the UT was witnessing a political crisis following the resignation of Congress MLAs from the V Narayanasamy government. A brief communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said Telangana Governor Tamilisai P5 Soundararajan will hold additional charge of Puducherry. S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi 100 der to this effect and also directed officials to instal CCTV cameras in counting centres The Andhra Pradesh High of sensitive villages. Both the Court on Tuesday said elec- SEC and the State governtion officials should imple- ment had informed the court ment the order of the State that all arrangements were Election Commission (SEC) made to ensure free and fair to instal CCTV cameras in elections. counting centres of panchayDuring the arguments, SEC at elections and the counting counsel N Aswini Kumar said process be CCTV cameras videographed. were installed and ‘Respond to Dealing with micro observers complaints’ separate petitions were appointed in Justice DVSS filed by S Penchasensitive villages. Somayajulu said the laiah of Kadapa Arguing on beMPDO and other and Nancharaiah half of the petiofficials should of Krishna distioners, senior trict seeking court immediately respond counsel Dammalato any election directions to impati Srinivas said plement the SEC related complaint and t h e co n t e s t i n g order on installa- any volatile situation candidate should t i o n o f C C T V in a sensitive villages be allowed to inand inform the cameras in countstall CCTV cammatter to Collector ing centres to videra with his own eograph the countexpenditure, if ing process, Justice DVSS the government cannot do Somayajulu said the MPDO so. and other election officials The government pleader should immediately respond informed the court that it is to any election related com- implementing the SEC order plaint and any volatile situa- on installation of CCTV camtion in a sensitive village and eras in sensitive villages. Afit should be taken to the no- ter hearing all the sides, the tice of the District Collector court issued the orders diand Joint Collector. recting the officials to impleThe SEC had issued an or- ment the SEC orders strictly . E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e YSRC to take out Porata Yatra on Feb 20 for Vizag steel plant E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e tended the meeting to chalk out the modalities of creating the toolkit. Dismissing criticism over arrest of the 21-year-old activist, the police denied any lapse. “Disha’s arrest has been made in accordance with the law, which doesn’t differentiate between a 22-year-old or a 50-yearold,” said Delhi Police Commissioner. After Disha’s arrest, Jacob and Muluk moved the high court for anticipatory transit bail on Monday . Follow SEC diktat on counting of votes: high court E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was conferred with the SKOCH Chief Minister of the Year Award. SKOCH Group Chairman Sameer Kochhar called on the Chief Minister at his camp office at Tadepalli on Tuesday and presented the award to him. Jagan was selected for the SKOCH Outcomes Chief Minister of the Year Award based fetch award on a year-long study of results of projects Jagan was selected being implemented by governments in . for the SKOCH Chief various States of the country Conferring the award on the Chief MinMinister of the Year Award based on a ister, Kochhar said, “YSR Rythu Bharosa year-long study of Kendra stands out as an interesting model results of projects for village level procurement of farm probeing implemented duce at a pre-announced MSP and it is by the government yielding good results. YSR Cheyutha focuses on economic empowerment of middle-aged women through which livelihood linked loans are provided for over four-year period. It is again a great example of financial inclusion. Similarly, initiatives like Disha and Abhay that aim to enhance women’s safety and security have made a marked difference in the law and order P4 perception as well as the confidence levels of women.” written to Zoom app to provide details of the contents, locations and the people who attended the January 11 virtual meeting organised by Pro-Khalistani group Poetic Justice Foundation. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Prem Nath, about 60-70 people, including Disha, Jacob and Muluk — whom he identified as creators and editors of the toolkit — attended the meeting. Canada-based Khalistan supporter MO Dhaliwal and Anita Lal, co-founders of PJF, also at- for expansion projects are converted into equity. He said 14 per cent interest on loans has been putting an additional burden on the plant. Stating that the workers unions had put forward three demands which include Assembly resolution against the privatisation move and meeting with the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister, Vijayasai Reddy said MPs of various parties will meet Modi and apprise him about the opposition of the people and workers to the privatisation move. Petrol price crosses `95, diesel inching to `90 Sistla Dakshina Murthy @ Vijayawada The fuel prices reached an alltime high in the State on Tuesday with petrol costing `95.06 and diesel `88.65 per litre. This effectively means that the prices of petrol and diesel have increased by more than `15 per litre in one year. The price of petrol stood at `79.63 per litre on January 4, 2020. Though the fuel prices slightly vary from city to city even within the State, petrol cost more than `95 per litre all over AP except in Visakhapatnam. In the latest revision, petrol price increased by 29 paise and and diesel by 36 paise. The prices of petrol and City Petrol Diesel V’wada `95.06 `88.65 Vizag `94.22 `87.82 Guntur `95.23 `89.06 Tirupati `95.45 `88.91 Nellore `95.35 `89.45 (price per litre) diesel are the highest in Tirupati when compared to other major cities in the State. The price of petrol rose by more than `12 in the State since the start of 2021. According to petroleum dealers, the steady increase in crude oil prices in the international market, apart from the levy of excise duty and additional VAT imposed by the Centre and the State government are the major reasons for the steep hike in petrol and diesel P4 prices in the State. housing dream shattered Termites devour pig breeder’s lifetime savings of `5 lakh E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada A pig breeder of Mylavaram and his family members had the biggest shock in their life on Tuesday after they found their hard-earned savings of `5 lakh turned into scraps due to termite infestation. Bijili Jamalayya (52) who dreamt of owning a house, had saved `5 lakh by keeping himself and his family members away from luxuries to realise his dream. When he fell short of `1 lakh to invest in his business, Jamalayya opened the old trunk box after several months, only to find his savings amount was devoured by termites. Unable to bear the shock, he cried loudly and collapsed on the floor. His family members found the currency note scraps on the floor. Locals, who found his children playing with currency note scraps in front of his house, informed the matter to Mylavaram police who rushed to the spot and began The remains of currency notes eaten by termites at Mylavaram on Tuesday | Express investigation. When police sought the details of the cash, Jamalayya broke down and told them that the amount was his lifetime savings to purchase a house. He further informed the police that he or his family members did not have any bank account and he saved all the money in the old trunk box in the house. The police who are investigating the source of cash, promised to extend him help if no violation is committed by Jamalayya.
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