visakhapatnam l saturday l february 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION fare reward for domestic fliers travelling light pay only for the services you require 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 DGCA separates base fare and service charge, paving the way for concessions to travellers checking in without baggage 7-kg linked to ticket price capping order ■ ■ 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 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 Port Trust signs MoUs worth `30K cr for expansion E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Visakhapatnam The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has signed MoUs worth about `30,000 crore with port-led industries and government agencies ahead of the Maritime India Summit 2021, which will be held in virtual mode from March 2. Participating in the MoU signing ceremony and curtain raiser of the summit here on Friday, VPT Chairman K Ramamohana Rao said the pacts were inked for capacity expansion, beach nourishment, development of fishing harbour, LPG plant and various other projects. The agencies which entered into an agreement with VPT included HPCL, AM/ NS India, Dredging Corporation of India, JD Fisheries, Integral Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will participate in the special session of Maritime India Summit on March 3 VPT’s pacts `26,264 cr HPCL `125 cr Dredging Corporation of India `100 cr JD Fisheries `600 crore AM/NS India `28,388 cr MoUs to be signed by APMB `38 cr Integral Logistics Services Logistics Services and Government of Andhra Pradesh. The AP Maritime Board (APMB) will sign MoUs to the tune of `28,388 crore at the summit, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit. A special session on investment opportunities in AP will be held on March 3. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will participate in the special session. The main objective of the summit is to attract domestic as well as foreign investments. Investment opportunities in development of ports and maritime related activities in the State will be showcased in the special session as well as in the digital pavilion. All the stakeholders in the maritime sector such as policy planners, government agen- cies, domestic and foreign invest o r s, s h i p p i n g l i n e s a n d representatives of ports, State maritime boards and others will participate in the summit, the VPT Chairman said. Themes such as development of port infrastructure, shipbuilding, recycling and repair, hinterland connectivity, multimodal logistics, coastal shipping, inland water transport, bulk cargo transportation, port-led industrialisation will be discussed at the summit. About 45 MoUs with an estimated investment of `45,000 crore in the port-led industries, are likely to be signed at the summit. Students can enrol their names for participation in the summit to enhance their knowledge in the maritime sector, the VPT Chairman said. India snaps out of technical recession E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 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 , P10 0.1% in January . polavaram spillway bridge works completed in 5 months Slab works of the 1,128-metre spillway bridge of Polavaram project, taken up in September, 2020, have been completed | P4 express read Fund crunch may delay breakfast for kids New Delhi: An ambitious plan to introduce breakfast as an extension of the mid-day meal for students in Classes I-VIII in government schools from the next academic session is set to be delayed due to fund crunch. The Union Ministry of Education had estimated that it will cost `4,000 crore to the Centre, apart from states’ share, to implement the scheme I P9 Hathras case: Charges framed against four Lucknow: The Special SC/ST Court in Hathras on Friday framed charges against four accused of the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Boolgarhi under Chandpa police station last September. Accepting the CBI charge-sheet, the court framed gang-rape and murder charges against Ravi, Sandeep, Ramu and Lavkush after hearing both sides I P10 US drops key obstacle to G20 digital tax Washington: The G20 looked closer to an agreement on Friday on a global digital tax after a change of heart from the United States removed a key stumbling block in the discussions. Under previous president Donald Trump, the US had insisted on a so-called safe harbour clause that would have made compliance with a global digital tax voluntary I P11 Alipiri toll gate charges hiked, two-wheelers fully exempted E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Toll gate rates After 24 years, the fee at Alipiri toll gate, entrance to Tirumala ghat road, has been increased. The Endowments Department issued an order on Friday revising the Alipiri , toll gate fee based on the recommendation of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). Two-wheelers which used to be charged `2, have been exempted from toll fee now. The toll fee for cars, jeeps, mini light commercial vehicles and taxis (5+1 and 8+1 capacity) has been increased to `50 per trip. The Governor has made the amendments exercising powers conferred under the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act and revised the fee at Alipiri toll gate, the GO stated. An order revising the toll fee at Alipiri was last issued on September 2, 1996. The TTD Board of Trustees had discussed the revision of the toll fee at Alipiri gate three years ago. Later, the TTD Executive Officer wrote a letter to the State government seeking amendments to the order issued earlier. The EO wrote letters to the government again on March 31, 2020 and December 4, 2020 in this regard. After carefully analysing the TTD recommendation, the government reP4 vised the toll fee. Old Revised fee fee (per trip) Two-wheeler H2 No fee Car H15 H50 Jeep, LCV H30 H50 Taxi 5+1 capacity H25 H50 Taxi 8+1 capacity H60 H50 Mini-bus, LCV (2 axle) H60 H100 Goods carrier H50 H100 Crane, container truck H100 H200 Bus, truck (3 axle) H100 H200 Truck (4, 5, 6 axle) H100 H200 Vehicle Declare cow a national animal, Centre urged Tirumala: The Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad, dharmic wing of TTD, which met on Friday under the chairmanship of TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy, resolved to urge the Centre to declare cow a national animal. A resolution in this regard will also be adopted at the TTD Board meeting on Saturday, Subba Reddy said. renotification plea HC refuses to intervene in municipal polls E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The High Court of Andhra Pradesh on Friday refused to intervene in the election process for 12 municipal corporations and 75 municipalities, which resumed on February 15. Hearing a batch of petitions filed challenging the State Election Commission’s decision to continue the election process from where it was stopped midway in March last year due to Covid-19, Justice DVSS Somayajulu said issuing an interim order at this juncture will be nothing but intervening in the election proc- ess and the court will not do it. Citing the Supreme Court ruling in the Kishan Singh Tomar case, Justice Somayajulu said once the election process commences, there is no scope for any intervention by the court. Arguments over the petitions filed by C Vishnuvardhan Reddy and seven others from Tadipatri in Anantapur district and N Yashoda and others from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa, concluded last week and the High Court judgement was reserved. In his order, the Judge stated that the SEC had postponed the election schedule midway last year taking the Covid pandemic into consideration. On February 15 this year, the SEC notified that the election process for the ULBs will continue from where it was stalled. “If the court supports petitioners’ demand for a fresh notification, it will be nothing short of intervening in the election process. Once election notification is issued, only the SEC has rights with regard to conduct of polls and declaration of results,” the Judge observed. Datesheet out for poll exam in four states, UT 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. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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 Tirupati bypoll Election Commission of India announced that notification for byelection to Tirupati parliamentary constituency will be issued separately
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