vijayawada l friday l february 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Farmers’ rail blockade peaceful The noon to 4 pm agitation had minimal impact on train services across the country, Indian Railways officials said trains halted at stations in ferozepur Cautious Delhi metro In Punjab, protesters sat on tracks at many places on the DelhiLudhiana-Amritsar railway route. The Ferozepur division halted trains at stations so that passengers faced less inconvenience during the protest Entry and exit at four metro stations, including at the Tikri border, were shut by the DMRC authorities for nearly four hours in view of the security situation due to a rail blockade. The Tikri Border metro station is near the farmers’ protest site. The entry, exit points were reopened after the four-hour protest ended. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel kept a tight vigil in several parts of the National Capital Resumed normal operations after 4 pm No untoward incident was reported. Train movement in all the zones resumed normal operations after the agitation. The railways had deployed 20 additional companies of the RPF across the country, especially in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal elsewhere in the country At least 12 people were detained at Lasur station in Aurangabad after they stopped the Jalna-Mumbai Janshatabdi train ahead of the protest schedule In Rajasthan, the Rewari-Sri Ganganagar special train was cancelled. Apart from this, the protest was largely symbolic with little impact on traffic In Bengaluru, the protest was lowkey but there was a good turnout of protesters in Raichur, Belagavi and Davangere, where some were arrested 25 trains regulated during the stir Farmers leader Rakesh Tikait said there would be no let up in the protest, and urged his colleagues to even be prepared to sacrifice their standing crop 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 big splash L 14.25 cr Glenn Maxwell (RCB) Franchises spent big on all-rounders and bowlers at the IPL player auction in Chennai on Thursday L 16.25 cr Chris Morris (RR) L 14 cr Jhye Richardson (PK) L 9.25 cr K Gowtham (CSK) L 15 cr Kyle Jamieson (RCB) L 8 cr Riley Meredith (PK) L 7 cr Moeen Ali (CSK) interim order HC sets aside SEC order, allows Nani to speak to media E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday set aside the State Election Commission (SEC) order refraining Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Nani) from addressing the media till the end of panchayat polls on February 21. However, the High Court directed Nani not to make any adverse remarks against the SEC. Taking serious note of Nani’s remarks against the Election Commission at a press conference, SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar issued the order on February 12 refraining him from addressing the media and public gatherings till the end of polls. Nani challenged the SEC directed to SEC order in the High Court. Jusfile counter tice DVSS Somayajulu who heard the petition of Nani on Wednesday , Posting the matter to reserved his order for Thursday . March 18, Justice DVSS In his interim order issued on Somayajulu directed the Thursday Justice Somayajulu stat, State Election ed that several legal issues are inCommission and N volved in the matter and there is a Ramesh Kumar to file need to conduct an in-depth hearing their counters by the in the case. On one hand, there are next hearing date issues related to the rights of the petitioner guaranteed by the Constitution, and on the other there are issues related to powers accorded to the SEC by the Constitution. There is a need to balance both the aspects, the Judge observed. He further stated that it should also be looked into whether the comments made by the minister holding a constitutional post would impact the conduct of elections in a free and fair manner. It should also be examined whether there was a need for the SEC to take action against the comments made by the minister, the Judge said. As the petitioner made Ramesh Kumar, in his individual capacity as a respondent, he directed , the petitioner’s counsel to serve notice on Ramesh Kumar. Tendulkar son in MI The last buy at 2021 Player Auction was that of Arjun, the son of Sachin Tendulkar. Mumbai Indians bought the left-arm seamer at his base price of `20 lakhs Pacers are the new sexy Bowlers capable of generating heat (think Ferguson, Bumrah, Nortje, Rabada Archer) have done well in recent seasons. So it was no surprise to see the likes of Meredith -- who touches north of 145 km/ ph easily -- commanding attention. Put Milne (Mumbai) and Richardson (Punjab) in the same bracket. Specialist openers fail If recency bias was anything, Alex Hales, who was an inspiration at the Big Bash, should have got a bid. But he didn’t. One reason maybe he doesn’t bowl. Ditto Jason Roy. Liam Livingstone, a six-hitting machine, got a bid but only because he bowls the odd over. Nephew and son in the spotlight as Shah, Didi trade barbs on nepotism P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata Union home minister Amit Shah and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee were on Thursday locked in a war of words while addressing two separate rallies in South 24 Parganas district on the issue of nepotism. With Shah accusing Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee of siphoning off the Centre’s grants meant for people’s welfare and warning that the BJPled government, after wresting power in Bengal, would bring all culprits to book, Mamata hit back saying Shah’s son will also not be spared either for earning crores of rupees. Abhishek represents Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas in the Lok Sabha and Jai Amit Shah is the powerful secretary of the Indian cricket board. The Centre’s grants have been siphoned off by the nephew and his men Amit Shah, Union home minister While addressing a rally at Namkhana, Shah said, ‘’Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government gave financial assistance of `3,59,000 crore in the past five years for the people of West Bengal. But the money was siphoned off by the nephew and his men. If the BJP wrests power in Bengal, the new government will find the culprits even if they take refuge under the ground, and put them behind bars.’’ A riled Mamata for the first time responded to the nephew barb. “Every day you (Shah) Your son is earning crores of money. How? Your son will also not be spared Mamata Banerjee, chief minister raise the nephew issue. Your son is earning crores of money . How? Your son will also not be spared,’’ she growled. Alleging corruption in distributing relief to cyclone Amphan’s victims, Shah said the Centre’s grant was stolen by Abhishek and TMC’s goons. A few kilometres away from Shah’s rally venue, Mamata gave it back while addressing a gathering in Pailan in the same district. “My family will not do anything that could malign the image of Bengal... Abhishek is facing attacks because of me.’’ The big numbers 17 million Australians disenfranchised from sharing news content 2.8 billion Facebook users worldwide can’t share articles from Australian publishers 5.1 billion $315 million Free referrals Worth revenue for Australian generated for publishers created publishers ready for darshan Surya Prabha Vahanam at Tirumala gets ready for the celestial ride of Lord Malayappa Swamy on Friday to mark Ratha Saptami | Express Why worry Fear Australia’s action can inspire similar laws across the world Google is already signing deals with publishers in other countries | P9 VMC to involve RWAs in park upkeep Sistla Dakshina Murthy @ Vijayawada The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to involve Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) in maintenance of public parks in the city With an aim to create more . lung space in the city the VMC , has come up with a plan to develop public parks and entrust their maintenance to the RWAs in a phased manner. The VMC has 90 parks in 64 divisions of the city Of the to. tal, three are commercial parks and 20 community parks. Four parks developed under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AM- RUT), have been thrown open to public. VMC Additional Director (Horticulture) J Jyothi said, “We are evolving proposals to develop public parks across the city with all the necessary infrastructure. The parks will also have play equipment for children, open air gymnasium and other modern facilities.” The VMC entrusted the maintenance of parks to local associations earlier. But it paid salaries of the park staff. P5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday suggested the creation of special visas for doctors and nurses in neighbouring countries to help them respond to health emergencies in the region more effectively . The prime minister was addressing a workshop, initiated by India, on Covid management. “Over the past year, our health cooperation has already achieved so much. Can we now think of raising our ambition further? Can we consider creating a special visa scheme for our doctors and nurses, so that they can travel quickly within our region during health emergencies, on the request of the receiving country?” he said. The workshop assumed significance as for the first time in years, Pakistan attended an CM Jagan Mohan Reddy felicitates Major General (Retd) C Venugopal in Tirupati on Thursday as part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations | Express With fresh Covid cases spiralling again, Maharashtra ordered a 10-day lockdown in Yavatmal district from Thursday night. Also, weekend lockdown was announced in Amravati district from 8 pm on Saturday to 7 am on Monday. The state reported 4,787 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest one-day count this year Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy visited the house of Major General (Retd) C Venugopal in the temple town and honoured him with a memento. He spent some time with the 95-year-old war veteran enquiring about his health and well-being. Gallantry award winners to get 10 times more financial aid from govt E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Tirupati Hereafter, Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra and other gallantry award winners from AP will get 10 times more the monetary aid being provided by the State government. This was announced by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, while participating in Swarnim Vijay Varsh, golden jubilee of the victory in 1971 India-Pakistan War, in Tirupati on Thursday . Saluting the sacrifices of the brave soldiers of the country Jagan said after carefully , reviewing what is being done to them by the State who displayed exemplary courage, it was decided to hike the government’s aid to the gallantry award winners by 10 times. Later in the day a GO enhanc, ing the aid to gallantry award winners was issued. “Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra awardees are being extended `10 lakh till now. The same has been enhanced to `1 crore. Mahavir Chakra and Kirthi Chakra awardees will be given `80 lakh instead of `8 lakh. Vir Chakra and Shaurya Chakra awardees will get `60 lakh instead of `6 lakh,” he said. The CM further said families of the martyred soldiers are being provided `50 lakh since the YSRC came to power. “Our youth should remember joining Indian Army is not just a job, but a service to the motherland,” he said. Swarnim Vijay Varsh is being celebrated to mark the victory of India over Pakistan and freeing Bangladesh from the tyranny of Pak, he said. event initiated by India. Representatives of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Seychelles and Sri Lanka participated. Modi made a slew of other suggestions, including the creation of an air ambulance agreement and a platform for collating, compiling and studying data about the effectiveness of Covid vaccines among the population. Recalling how a Covid-19 Emergency Fund was created last year by the SAARC member states, he sought cooperation for rapid deployment of vaccines. All countries, including Pakistan, supported Modi’s proposals, said sources. They suggested a structured discussion for regional cooperation on these proposals to take them forward. All countries, except Pakistan, thanked India and Modi for vaccine supply, and of medicines, equipment and training in the past. Lockdowns back in parts of maharashtra Jagan visits war veteran’s house People dependent on Google and Facebook for news access FB counterpoint @ New Delhi On December 16, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking the golden jubilee year of India’s victory over Pakistan, launched ‘Victory Flame’. It reached Tirupati, the hometown of Mahavir Chakra Awardee Major General C Venugopal, who fought 1971 India-Pakistan War ... over a proposed law to force it to share ad revenue with media. Here’s why it’s putting the squeeze Oz Bill Aims to make big tech firms compensate local media for losses in advertising revenue E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e ‘victory flame’ reaches tirupati FB ‘unlikes’ Australia 50% Modi moots spl visas for docs, nurses in India’s neighbourhood Reward hike `10 lakh - `1 cr Param Vir Chakra `10 lakh - `1 cr Ashok Chakra `8 lakh - `80L Kirti Chakra `6 lakh - `60L Vir Chakra `6 lakh - `60L Shaurya Chakra Mystery shrouds death of two Unnao girls, 3rd critical N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Two Dalit girls died while their sister was battling for life at a Kanpur hospital after they were found unconscious, with their hands tied, on their farm in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district on Wednesday . Police said the three girls were rushed to a community health centre (CHC), where two — aged 13 and 15 — of them were declared dead on arrival. The third girl, aged 17, was referred to the Regency Hospital in Kanpur, where she remains on life support. Regency Hospital official Paramjit Arora said: “On the basis of her medical checkup and condition, the doctors have called it a suspected case of poisoning. No external injury has been found on her body. Her condition is stable.” Meanwhile, the autopsy report of the two girls, too, ruled out any physical or sexual assault and suggested poisoning as the cause of death. A threedoctor panel, which conducted the postmortem, has sent the samples of the girls’ viscera for chemical examination. According to Unnao SP Anand Kulkarni, the three girls had left their home around 3 pm on Wednesday to gather fodder. When they did not return till 9:30 pm, the family launched a search. The searchers found the girls lying unconscious in the field, their hands tied and frothing from their mouths. Their limbs were tied with a dupatta belonging to one of the girls.
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