WARANGAL SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION FARE REWARD FOR DOMESTIC FLIERS TRAVELLING LIGHT DGCA separates base fare and service charge, paving the way for concessions to travellers checking in without baggage PAY ONLY FOR THE SERVICES YOU REQUIRE LINKED TO TICKET PRICE CAPPING ORDER Earlier, base fare was bundled with services like preferential seating, meal or drink charges (except water), access to lounge, check-in baggage, sports equipment and music instrument charges, and valuable baggage fee. With its Friday’s notification, the DGCA has unbundled base fare and service charges. Now, fliers will get to pay for only those services they opt for ■ ■ In January, air travel turned costlier after the fare price bands were hiked by 10%-30%. It was described as an extraordinary but temporary measure to help the sector reach pre-Covid flight level The DGCA’s notification says the relief will be extended to fliers only when the extraordinary fare order ceases to be applicable 7-kg WEIGHT CEILING ON CABIN BAGS YOU CAN CARRY ALONG 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 Apex Court refuses to entertain petition against KLIS expansion Datesheet out for poll exam in four states, UT THE SCHEDULE WEST BENGAL Eight phases March 27, April 1, 6, 10, 17, 22, 26, 29 ASSAM Three phases March 27, April 1, 6 TAMIL NADU, PUDUCHERRY, KERALA April 6 COUNTING OF VOTES May 2 SEATS UP FOR GRABS West Bengal 294 Kerala 140 Assam 126 Puducherry 30 Tamil Nadu 234 Model code The Model Code of Conduct comes into play from the moment the poll schedule is announced. It ends with the declaration of the election outcome it hopes to reap political dividends of the Citizenship AmendTHE onset of summer will coin- ment Act in Assam and Bengal. cide with soaring political tem- Banking heavily on turncoats peratures in the country as four from the ranks of the TMC, the states and a Union Territory will BJP is hoping to build on the see electoral heat in March-end massive gains it made in Bengal and April. The Election Com- in the 2019 LS poll, bagging 18 mission of India announced the seats and over 40% vote share. In poll schedule for TN, Kerala and Assam, the party, in alliance Puducherry in the south and with regional players, will seek West Bengal and Assam in the to outsmart the Opposition, east, sounding the bugle for the while the Congress-AIUDF comnext big battle for states. bine will attempt to consolidate The assembly elections in Ben- minority votes. gal will be chief minisIn Kerala, the BJP, ter and Trinamool Conwhich had polled about gress chief Mamata 15% votes in 2016, will Banerjee’s biggest test make a pitch to estabyet in the face of a saflish itself as the third fron onslaught while force. To find a foothold Assam will see the rulin TN, the party is exing BJP face a challenge perimenting with caste CEC Sunil Arora from a plethora of coaequations by promotlitions. Among the two southern ing Dalit and OBC faces. The states, the Congress nurtures Congress, which is grappling hope of returning to power in with leadership issue and inKerala. In TN, the two national fighting, has grim chances in parties will piggyback on the lo- Bengal, where it’s contesting in cal players — Congress on the alliance with the Left, but is DMK and BJP on the AIADMK. looking at making some gains in Puducherry is heading for an in- Assam. But the party’s main foteresting fight amid defections cus is on Kerala, especially befrom the Congress to the BJP, cause Rahul Gandhi is MP from leading to President’s Rule. Wayanad, though the Left Front’s The BJP under the leadership performance in the local body , of JP Nadda, will seek to assert polls is a cause of worry for the its status as a pan-India party as Congress-led UDF. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad NGT had told TS to not expand KLIS Petitioners T Srinivas and two others from Siddipet district requested the SC to issue orders for the implementation of the NGT order and those of the MoJS. The NGT had directed the TS govt to not undertake `21,000 crore worth of project expansion. The petitioners also sought a CBI probe into the alleged corruption while executing the project @ Hyderabad A rooster has been in ‘police care’ for the last four days after stabbing its owner in the groin with a knife during a cockfight earlier this week in Jagtial district. The incident took place on LAWYERS’ MURDER Vaman Rao’s father wants CBI probe, moves HC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad GATTU Kishan Rao on Friday filed a petition before the Telangana High Court seeking a CBI probe into the daylight murder of his son and daughter-in-law, advocate couple G Vaman Rao and PV Na g amani, in Pe d d ap a l l i d i s t r i c t o n February 17. In his writ petition, Kishan Rao termed the ongoing investigation by the Telangana Police as ‘biased and prejudiced’. He stated that they tried to portray the case as a small temple issue instead of tracing the culprits. Several restrictions have also been imposed against the victims’ families to ensure that no facts pertaining to the alleged conspiracy come into the public domain, he said. In fact, the couple had filed several cases before the High Court and legal fora against the State government, police officials and TRS leaders, which led to enmity between Vaman Rao and Peddapalli ZP Chairman Putta Madhu, Kishan Rao stated. He submitted that the police were deliberately steering the investigation in the wrong direction by forcing some family members to script their complaint as per their wishes instead of reP2 flecting the truth. February 23, when a cockfight — an age old sport banned in the country — was organised at the Yellamma temple on the outskirts of Lothunur village in Gollapalli mandal. As is the usual practice, Thanugula Satish, a resident of Kondapur village, tied a three-inch-long knife, known as kodi kathi, to his rooster’s leg and sent it in the cockpit. During the fight, the rooster tried to escape. When Satish caught it, reportedly too tightly, the knife pierced his groin, injuring him grievously Satish, . 45, died on his way to P7 hospital. The green court had also directed the Telangana government to not undertake `21,000 crore worth of project expansion work to increase the pumping capacity from two tmcft a day to three tmcft a day, without conducting appraisal by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and without obtaining approval from the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS). The petitioners also contended that the State government has been going ahead with the project expansion without appraisal and ignoring the repeated directions of the MoJS. India snaps out of technical recession EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the economy finally coming out of technical recession, growing marginally at 0.4% in the third quarter of 2020-21, the government on Friday said it expected the GDP to contract by 8% for the whole financial year. “Real GDP growth of 0.4% in Q3 of 2020-21 has returned the economy to the pre-pandemic times of positive growth rates. It No ‘fowl’ play! Cops take good care of ‘killer’ rooster EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IN a shot in the arm for the Telangana government, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking the implementation of an National Green Tribunal (NGT) order on the expansion of the Kaleshwaram Lift Ir rig ation Scheme (KLIS). The Apex Court, instead, suggested to the petitioners that they approach the tribunal for its implementation. “The Apex Court is not an executing court of any tribunal order,” it said. Senior counsel Colin Gonsalves, appearing for petitioners T Srinivas and two others from Siddipet district, sought permission to withdraw the petition with liberty to take appropriate remedies in accordance with law. To this, an SC bench, comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, allowed the plea and dismissed the petition as withdrawn with the liberty aforesaid. The petitioners submitted that the NGT, in its final order on October 20, 2020, had declared that the estimated `80,000-crore KLIS was constructed without environment clearance. The rooster at the Gollapalli police station is also a reflection of a further strengthening of V-shaped recovery read a finance ministry ,” statement. However, in its second advance estimates, the National Statistical Office (NSO) has projected 8% contraction in 2020-21, up from 7.7% predicted on its earlier forecast in January . Experts claimed that while the growth remained flat, the real recovery will be visible in the final quarter. “My understanding is that the real push will come in the Q4 2021, because lockdowns on many sectors, particularly hospitality and travel, eased substantially during this quarter. It is hoped that it remains that way , given the uptick in Covid-19 cases in some pockets and in some states,” said Sanjay Kumar, partner, Deloitte India. Meanwhile, the output of eight core sectors returned to positive territory growing marginally by , P12 0.1% in January . MUTED RESPONSE TO BHARAT BANDH IN TELANGANA Effect visible in parts of Old City where kirana shops, steel merchant associations marched to the Collector’s office | P4
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