WARANGAL TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION STRANDED ROHINGYA VESSEL DRIFTS INTO INDIAN WATERS The boat left Bangladesh shores days ago and has been adrift for a week after its engine broke down, according to the UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE PICTURE REFUGEES HAVE RUN OUT OF FOOD AND WATER UNHCR director for Asia and the Pacific, Indrika Ratwatte, said the refugees on board the vessel ran out of food and water several days ago. “Many are in a highly vulnerable condition and are apparently suffering from extreme dehydration... A number of refugees have already lost their lives, and that fatalities have risen over the past 24 hours,” he added ■ 90 INDIA URGED TO LOCATE AND RESCUE THEM ■ ■ The refugees were on their way to Malaysia, when their boat broke down and started drifting towards Andaman islands UNHCR said it has alerted authorities of states surrounding the Andaman Sea to find the vessel and disembark the refugees Over a million Rohingyas are in crowded camps in Bangladesh ESTIMATED NO. OF REFUGEES, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN, IN THE BOAT 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 Nominated MLAs Did TRS pick PV’s daughter to appease Brahmins? topple Pondy govt V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad UT headed for Prez rule months ahead of polls; CM accuses Speaker of flouting norms D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry PUDUCHERRY created history on Monday with an elected government being toppled by nominated legislators, who were allowed to participate in the trust vote. With a number of legislators jumping ship, the floor strength of ruling CongressDMK combine fell to a mere 12 on Monday The Opposition had . 11 votes of elected members, which went up to 14 when the three nominated MLAs — all from BJP — were considered . Shortly after the confidence motion, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy resigned. The Opposition has also decided not to stake claim to form the government, which means the Union Territory is headed for President’s rule. The Congress and DMK termed the development as a murder of democracy Naraya. nasamy accused Speaker VP Sivakolunthu of flouting guidelines by letting nominated legislators vote. After the CM moved the motion, government whip RKR Anantharaman Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy tenders his resignation to Lt-Gov Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday | EXPRESS asked the Speaker whether the three nominated members had the right to vote. The whip pointed out that as nominated members could not vote in Presidential polls, they couldn’t take part in the trust vote. As the Speaker did not respond, the Chief Minister said he would go to Raj Nivas and resign, and the ruling MLAs walked out of the House. However, as they walked out, the Speaker announced that the confidence motion of the Chief Minister was defeated. “This is not proper, as per guidelines,” Narayanasamy claimed. IS TRS fielding late Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s daughter Surabhi Vani Devi in the Mahbubnagar-RangareddyHyderabad MLC Graduates’ election mainly to assuage the feelings of Brahmins? The recent twin murders of lawyer couple Gattu Vaman Rao and Nagamani, belonging to the same caste, have angered community leaders. According to sources, it is one among several other reasons for the pink party to give her the ticket. The TRS is facing embarrassment with the police arresting Manthani TRS leader Kunta Sreenu, along with other accused, for the twin murders. Though Sreenu has since been suspended from the party, TRS is also finding it difficult to stomach the Opposition campaign that he is a follower of Peddapalli Zilla Parishad chairperson Putta Madhu and WITH border tensions with China appearing to be ebbing, the Centre has decided to clear as many as 45 Chinese investment proposals worth over `20,000 crore. Confirming the development, officials in the finance and 6-mth bail for Varavara Rao after 2 12 years EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai THE Bombay High Court on Monday granted six-month bail on medical grounds to 81-year-old Hyderabad based poet and activist Dr P V Varavara Rao, who is an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. He was arrested two-and-a-half years ago. The court observed it was a “genuine and fit” case for granting relief in view of Rao’s advanced age, given the inadequate facilities at Taloja central jail hospital in Navi Mumbai. The bail was set at `50,000 personal bond and two solVaravara Rao vent sureties. The bench said if it denies relief, it will be abdicating its constitutional duties as a protector of human rights and right to health covered under Article 21 of the Constitution. Merely because he is an accused in cases pertaining to serious offences, his health condition cannot be ignored, the bench added. It directed Rao to remain in Mumbai. Rejecting NIA’s request for staying Rao’s release, the court said: “We are of the opinion that adopting a humanitarian approach in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case is warranted.” Rao’s counsel Indira Jaising later said the most important thing about the judgment is that it recognises the fundamental rights of all prisoners to health, life and liberty . commerce ministries told TNIE that these FDI proposals include high-profile ones that have been stuck due to tensions between the two countries. These include the proposal by Chinese auto giant Great Wall Motors to manufacture electric vehicles in India. Other notable proposals in- ment, denouncing the murders. According to sources, the other reasons for nominating Vani Devi include the prospect of the TRS being seen as honouring Telangana’s son of soil and former PM late Narasimha Rao and also push the Congress into a defensive mode as PV belonged to the grand old party . The Congress is fielding for mer minister G Chinna Reddy as its candidate for the CONTINUED ON P4 seat. RBI asks Centre, states to reduce NEW VISIONto set up B-Hub, Now, TS indirect taxes on petrol, diesel develop biopharma drugs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH fuel prices touching historic highs, the Reserve Bank of India has urged both the Centre and state governments to reduce indirect taxes on petrol and diesel. Taxes levied by the Centre and local governments make up for 60% of the retail cost of petrol while it is 54% in the case of diesel. “Calibrated unwinding” of taxes is needed to reduce price pressures in the economy RBI , Governor Shaktikanta Das said in the Monetary Policy Committee meeting that concluded on February 6, its minutes released on Monday showed. “CPI inflation, excluding food and fuel remained elevated at 5.5% in December, due to inflationary impact of rising crude oil prices and high indirect tax rates on petrol and diesel, and pick-up in inflation of key goods and services, particularly in transport and health categories. Proactive supply As border cools, Chinese FDI set to flow in again E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi CM Chandrasekhar Rao hands over B-Form to Vani Devi on Monday hence it is a State-sponsored atrocity . According to sources, a majority of advocates and Brahmins are angry with the TRS after the murder of the Vaman Rao and his wife, who belonged to their caste. Most of them are particularly unhappy with the ruling party as neither TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao nor party’s working president and Minister KT Rama Rao made any state- clude the one by SAIC Motor Corp and projects in the electronics and power sectors. SAIC, which started selling cars in India in 2019 under its British brand MG Motor, has already invested $400 million in India and wants to bring in more investment bolster its production capacity . Great Wall to invest $1 bn Great Wall plans to invest $1 bn. HK and Singaporebased firms also looking to invest in India side measures, particularly in enabling a calibrated unwinding of high indirect taxes on petrol and diesel are critical to contain further build-up of cost-pressures in the economy said Das. ,” In January Goldman Sachs , had estimated Brent crude oil price to reach $65 a barrel by the middle of 2021. As crude prices increase, petrol-diesel prices will continue to rise if tax rates don’t change. Fuel prices directly affect household budgets as prices of essential items too go up. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Monday announced that the State government is partnering with US-based Cytiva to create a B-Hub (Biopharma Hub) in order to develop biopharmaceutical medicines. Giving an overview of the future of Hyderabad’s life sciences sector, while presenting the Genome Valley Excellence Award to Bharat Biotech, he said: “The State government is partnering with Cytiva to establish a biopharma scale up facility called B-Hub. As you all know that eight of the 10 top selling medicines are biopharmaceuticals.” “While there exist formidable capabilities in chemical drugs in the country, B-Hub will help Telangana and India in acceleratCONTINUED ON P3 ing in this sector,” he added.
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