India skipper Virat Kohli introduces his team to President Ram Nath Kovind and home minister Amit Shah before the Test | BCCI | P13 HYDERABAD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION STADIUM GETS A NEW NAME India take control of the third Test against England after a grand opening ceremony and foundation stone laying event of the Motera sports complex BIG STAGE President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest cricket stadium and renamed it Narendra Modi stadium leading to a controversy. However, the govt later clarified that it’s only the cricket arena that has been renamed; the whole complex is still named after Sardar Patel RAHUL JIBE Congress leader Rahul Gandhi got an opportunity to land a punch after the surprise renaming. “Beautiful how the truth reveals itself. Narendra Modi stadium — Adani end — Reliance end. With Jay Shah presiding,” he tweeted, with the hashtag ‘HumDoHumareDo’ PATEL SIXER Once again, Axar Patel showed his guile picking up six wickets for 38, including the scalps of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow & Ben Foakes. England were all out for 112 on a turning track. This is his second fifer in three innings. He took five wickets in the second innings of the second Test STARTING GEAR India’s approach was clear. Fight out the most challenging session and get going on Thursday. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill shelved the shots. Although they ended up losing Gill, Pujara and Kohli, Rohit got going at the first sight of opportunity to take India to 99/3 11 TALKING POINTS ON THE FIELD England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball. The incident took place at the end of the 12th over, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was sanitised Two third-umpiring decisions went against England much to their THE NUMBER OF BLACK AND RED SOIL PITCHES IN THE CENTRE A fan ran on the the ground breaching bio-bubble protocols Australian firm Populous, which designed the MCG among others, is the architect of the stadium chagrin. To be fair to the visitors, they had a point with at least one of those appeals — the stumping of Rohit Sharma 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 KEY QUESTIONS Who will get the vaccine? People above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities What are the comorbidties recognised for prioritisation? Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, but final word is yet to be out What is the process of taking the vaccine? You first need to register on CoWin App. It will ask you for your choice of hospital. You then need to select an available day/time slot. If you misses an assigned slot, you can register again What papers are needed before taking the shot? At the site of vaccine administration, you need to submit proof of age through a valid government ID. For those in the comorbid group, proof of comorbidity is required What will be the cost of vaccines? It is free at govt hospitals. At private hospitals, you need to pay the price fixed by manufacturers and overhead cost charged by the hospital for administering the shot. There will be more clarity soon GIRL IN ‘FAKE’ RAPE CASE OVERDOSES ON DAD’S MEDS, DIES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE 19-year-old B Pharmacy student, who was alleged to have faked her kidnap and gang-rape in the past, was found dead at her uncle’s house in Ghatkesar on Hyd e r a b a d ’s o u t s k i r t s o n Wednesday . Though the reason for her death was not immediately known, police are dishing out a suicide theory According to . them, she had overdosed on her father’s diabetes and blood pressure pills on Tuesday night, which led to her death. Police are tight-lipped about what could have driven her to suicide, though some officers dropped hints that she was mentally disturbed and might have ended her life in a fit of frustration. They would not say why she was in depression but as an afterthought, they stated that it could have been because she was upset over her “fake kidnap and rape” spiel backfiring. According to an officer, the girl may have been in mental agony as police were making frequent visits to her house to POLICE TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT MOTIVE Though the reason for her death was not immediately known, police are dishing out a suicide theory. Police are tight-lipped about what could have driven her to suicide, though some officers dropped hints that she was mentally disturbed and might have ended her life in a fit of frustration. But they would not say why she was in depression learn about her activities. Due to this, she and her father shifted to her uncle’s house in Ghatkesar from their residence in Keesara where she “faked her kidnap and rape”. “The case has not yet been closed and police are not investigating further after it was announced that she had cooked up the entire story We wanted to take . the court’s opinion before closing it,” the officer said. Malkajgiri Assistant Commissioner of Police N Shyam Prasada Rao has denied any harassment by police. “Why would we visit her house after we have almost closed the case. It is not true,” he said. Ghatkesar Inspector of Police N Chandrababu referred to her father’s complaint on We d n e s d ay wh e n asked for the motive behind the suicide. “In his complaint, her father has said that she was mentally disturbed. That was why she was taken to Osmania Hospital on Tuesday After . treating her, the doctors asked 60+? 45+ with co-morbidities? Govt biz bar lifted for private banks: FM Your jab window opens on March 1 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Pvt sector to participate in vax campaign S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the launch of Covid19 vaccination for the third priority group from March 1, which includes people above 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities, and involves the private sector. The vaccines will be administered at 10,000 government facilities free of cost and at 20,000 paid private facilities. The cost of the vaccines at private hospitals will be decided in three-four days after a meeting with manufacturers and representatives of hospitals, said Union minister Prakash Javadekar. “From March 1, people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres,” said Javadekar in a press briefing on the Cabinet’s decisions. The government is yet to make public the clinical criteria for those with underlying conditions to qualify for vaccinations against coronavirus but sources in the Union 50L health ministry told this newspaper that these include diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. The underlying conditions have been defined by a special panel of doctors appointed by the government and are likely to be released within the next few days. Officials also said that portability facilities will be offered for the vaccination, which means that the beneficiaries can get the jabs anywhere in India after registering on CoWin app and furnishing required documents at the time of vaccine administration. “At the time of registration on CoWin, beneficiaries will be allotted a slot and will have a bunch of hospitals to choose from. For this purpose, the app is being updated,” said a senior ministry official. He added that the CoWin portal is being integrated with the Aarogya Setu app for ease of registration for beneficiaries. There are two approved Covid-19 vaccines in India, one each by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. However, the government is yet to clarify whether the third priority group can choose its jab brand. in TS are eligible to take vax shot E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad NEARLY 50 lakh people are eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Telangana from March 1 as part of the Centre’s third phase of the vaccine rollout. This means roughly 44 lakh people above the age of 60 and nearly 6 lakh between 45 and 60 with co-morbidities are likely to receive the shot. Senior officials of the Health Department have said apart from self-registration on the CoWIN app which will launch in the coming week, people can also walk in to any centre to receive the vaccine. “We are keeping both these options open. The Centre is yet to release the guidelines but one can walk into the nearest centre with a relevant ID card and get vaccinated,” Telangana Public Health Director Dr G Srinivasa Rao said. Around 1,500 centres will be set up, of which nearly 1,000 are PHCs, over 300 Aarogyasri-empanelled hospitals and 200-odd government hospitals. ID cards such as voter ID and Aadhaar card, which mention the person’s date of birth, will be accepted. “If the response is high and the vaccination sessions at each site increase, the centres will be increased by extending the CONTINUED ON P6 facility to sub-centres,” Dr Rao said. If the vaccination sessions increase, the centres will be increased ... Only 100 beneficiaries per site a day will be vaccinated, the others will be accommodated the next day — Dr G Srinivasa Rao, TS Health Director THE Centre on Wednesday decided to lift the embargo on granting government-related business to private banks. Till now, gover nment banking transactions were done only through public-sector banks and select private banks such as Axis Bank. The decision, announced by Finance Minister Nir mala Sitharaman, will open the doors for the private sector to participate in government-related banking transactions run- ning into lakhs of or crores, such as taxes and other revenue payment facilities, pension payments, small savings schemes. In 2012, RBI had allowed private sector banks to act as agency banks but the move was not supported by the then government, which put an embargo on extending governmentbusiness to private banks. Now the government has decided to lift the embargo to push its privatisation drive. Bankers have welcomed the move. Uday Kotak, chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said, “It will enable the banking sec- Level playing field Private banks will get to handle government transactions such as: Tax payments Revenue receipts and payments on behalf of the Centre as well as State governments Pension payments in respect of Central and State governments Work related to Small Savings Schemes, the commission for which is borne by the Centre Defence transactions tor to serve customers better.” Meanwhile, bank unions opposed the government’s decision saying it is unfair and to the disadvantage of public sector banks, which have to meet social banking obligations. “If the government will distribute their business to private banks, the ability of public sector banks to lend to weaker and priority sectors on concessional rates of interest will become difficult because the government’s business helps these banks to balance the cost,” said C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary AIBEA. , Differences with Jagan? Affirmative, says Sharmila EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad RAHUL THE FISHERMAN In what was a Putin moment, Cong leader Rahul Gandhi jumped into the sea to join fishermen toiling for their catch off Kollam coast in Kerala on Wednesday | PTI | P7 EXPRESS READ China’s creeping forward playbook won’t work: Gen New Delhi: Army Chief General M M Naravane on Wednesday said China’s known strategy of nibbling into neighbouring territory slowly, like it did in the South China Sea, will not work with India. “I think more than anything else what we have achieved is to show that this strategy will not work with us,” the General said referring to the recent reciprocal disengagement at Pangong lake in Ladakh | P10 MAKING it clear that she wasn’t an “arrow” (baanam) released by anyone as widely alle g ed, YS Shar mila on Wednesday said that she had “political differences” with her brother and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy . Speaking to reporters during an informal interaction following a meeting with her followers, she said: “He (Jagan) did not want me to float a party But . I am ready to face him in the interest of the people of Telangana.” Sharmila also advised the media to ask the YSRCP chief as to why he had not given her due importance. She said that her mother Vijayamma and husband Anil Kumar supported her. “There is no YSRCP in Telangana,” she declared. Targeting TRS, BJP and Con- gress, without naming them, she said that none of them were committed to the development of Telangana. “Some are resorting to politics in the name of religion. The Opposition parties are not working effectively When the Opposition is . weak, the ruling party will function from the farmhouse as is happening now,” she said. Praises TDP Interestingly, Sharmila paid a compliment to TDP, which is the YSRCP’s arch rival in AP saying that Naidu’s , party was boldly fighting against the YSRCP government in AP. Contending that interests of people of TS were of utmost importance to her, she said, “The interests of TS people from Polavaram to Pothireddypadu are important to me, and I am ready to face Jagan for the development of TeCONTINUED ON P5 langana.” her and the father to return for more tests on Wednesday ,” he said. There have been doubts ever since the police declared that the girl had faked her kidnap and rape. They preferred a theory that she did so only to stand discredited before her parents so that she would have enough reason to leave home for good. While the theory is unconvincing, police said it was what the girl had told them on questioning. They police said they believed her. CONTINUED ON P3 LAWYERS’ MURDER TS Governor for thorough investigation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TELANGANA Gover nor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday asked the State government to ensure a thorough probe into the twin murders of High Court lawyercouple Gattu Vamana Rao and Nagamani. In a letter to the government, the Governor, who is now camping at Puducherry after she was recently made in-charge of the UT, said she was shocked and dismayed by the ghastly murder. She said the perpetrators of the crime should be brought to book at the earliest. She said it is necessary for the government to take steps to instil confidence in the lawyers’ fraternity with regard to its ability to bring the culprits to justice. Though the TRS has suspended its Manthani mandal president, Kunta Sreenu, after police listed him as the main accused in the double murder, the party’s top leadership has not denounced the murder nor has it assured speedy justice to the lawyers’ families. The Governor’s direction comes close on the heels of the Manthani Bar Association seeking a probe by the CBI or an independent agency, implying that it has no faith in the State police to carry out a transparent investigation. The lawyers’ body shot off letters to the Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of Telangana after the police arrested Bittu Seenu, the nephew of another TRS leader and Peddapalli ZP Chairperson Putta Madhu. BLUNT & STRAIGHTFORWARD TS govt gets an earful from NGT for not looking after Musi V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad THE National Green Tribunal (NGT) ripped the Telangana government apart for failing to protect the Musi river and directed it to clear the encroachments on “mission mode”. The green court’s Principal Bench said the extent of encroachments on the river is “huge” and criticised the government for its “sorry state of affairs”. It also rapped the government for “not discharging its basic obligation” in following a 47-year-old law — The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 — and al- lowing untreated waste to be disposed into water bodies. The green court also pointed out that the government’s “failure is resulting in a water crisis, spread of diseases and posing a challenge to food safety, apart from aesthetics and failure of rule of law...”. This is in contempt of the binding directions of the Supreme Court passed in 2017, which mandated putting in place a requisite number of sewage, effluent and common effluent treatment plants by March 31, 2018. The NGT passed these remarks on Monday as it disposed of a petition filed by Moham- ‘Huge’ encroachments The NGT said the extent of encroachments on the river is “huge”. It rapped the govt for not following a 47-yr-old law, The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and allowing untreated waste into water bodies med Nayeem Pasha on the pollution and encroachments in the Musi. It issued a slew of directions for the river’s rejuvenation, which were issued the same day in another case pertaining to polluted river stretches in the country . As per the directions, the re- juvenation works of the Musi will be monitored by the Telangana Chief Secretary once a month and by the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) once every quarter. The Ministry is responsible for issuing the National River Rejuvenation Mechanism (NRRM) guidelines which will prescribe steps for controlling the pollution and rejuvenating all polluted river stretches in the country It will . also check the setting up of the national/state/district-level Environment Data Grid as an effective monitoring strategy . The NGT directed all States to adhere to the timelines they have set for the rejuvenation of polluted river stretches, failing which they will have to pay a compensation to the MoJS as per the formula fixed by the green court in 2019. Chief Secretaries are accountable in case the governments fail to pay the compensation.
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