WARANGAL TUESDAY MARCH 02, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION LPG COST UP BY `25; WHOPPING `125 RISE SINCE FEBRUARY Fluctuations in international price and Dollar exchange rates behind the sharp rise. New rates kick into force on March 1 SIXTH HIKE SINCE DECEMBER 2020 PETROL, DIESEL PRICE STABLE FOR 2ND DAY In Delhi, a cylinder will now cost `819; in Kolkata, `845; in Mumbai, `819 and in Chennai, `835. LPG prices were hiked across all categories by `25 per cylinder on February 4; `50 on February 15; and `25 on February 25. Prices have been climbing since December. There were indications that the prices would possibly cool in a few weeks as state elections are due ■ ■ Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged for the second day in a row after hitting an all-time high. Branded, premium or additive mixed petrol, however, crossed `100 mark on Saturday Rates of regular petrol had last month crossed `100-mark at a few places in Rajasthan and MP, which levy the highest VAT | P3 `3,663 PER KILO-LITRE HIKE IN AVIATION TURBINE FUEL 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 MODI DISPELS VAX HESITANCY, PAIN POINT IS BOOKING APPOINTMENTS Software glitches make registration difficult, people asked to use the CoWIN site instead of app Centurion goes for jab in TS as does Eatala S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE first day of Covid-19 vaccination for senior citizens and people above 45 with co-morbidities saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming the first beneficiary but was marred with reports of technical glitches in the technological platform driving the initiative. A vast majority of people from across the country complained of unavailability of slots for inoculation and the glitches they experienced while registering on the CoWIN platform that has been specially created for administering immunisation against coronavirus. An online poll by community social media platform LocalCircle found that nearly 92% of over 6,800 people surveyed had failed to get a vaccination slot on the first day of the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination. While 13% said they had failed to access the site app, 50% said they did not get any OTP or SMS, after entering their details in the portal while 29% said that they managed to register but the site did not show appointments. Complaints by citizens on various social media sites meanwhile prompted the Union health ministry to clarify that the registration and booking for an appoint- E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Hyderabad Prime Minister Narendra Modi sporting an Assam gamucha, being administered Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin by a nurse who hails from Puducherry, as a Keralite nurse watches on, in New Delhi on Monday. Both states and the UT go to polls in April | PTI ment for the Covid-19 vaccine are to be done through the CoWIN portal, while the app is only for government administrators. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan also promised that the glitches in the system will be streamlined in the days to come. “A certain number of people can walk-in at the centres. There are many people in the country who couldn’t access or faced difficulty in booking. All these systems will be streamlined within one week,” he said. Some experts meanwhile pointed out that the platform is experiencing the same problems that were seen during Phase 1 of the vaccination when only healthcare and frontline workers were allowed to get inoculated. “As of now, less than 1% of India’s population has been vaccinated and in order to vaccinate the targeted 30 crore population over the next few months, it is important to urgently upgrade CoWIN’s infrastructure, too,” said a public health expert. The Indian Medical Association, in a statement, said the CoWIN platform needs to be more people friendly . “We are here to get vaccinated for the benefit of society at large.” This was the message sent out by senior citizens who came forward to take the vaccine shot in Telangana on Monday . Among them was 100-year-old Jaidev Chowdhary who was first in line as the vaccination drive started at Medicover Hospital, Hyderabad in the morning. The hospital staff said that the centurion has been waiting for this day as he , wanted to be as socially active as before. “There is a lot of misinformation about the vaccine. This behaviour is not correct. One must not just do this for one’s own safety but for the entire society said , ,” Chowdhary . Meanwhile, Health Minister Eatala Rajender also took the vaccine shot at Government Area Hospital in Huzurabad. Despite glitches, TS sees 67.4% turnout D O N I TA J OS E @ Hyderabad WHILE 4,558 elderly beneficiaries took the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, glitches on the CoWIN portal dampened the overall celebratory mood in the State Health Department. For a large part of the day , it remained inaccessible not just for beneficiaries but hospital officials as well, forcing a shift to manual mode. Issues ranged from servers being down to OTPs not coming in. Howver, Director for Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said he was delighted that many in the age group of 45-60 with co-morbidities turned up. “We are happy with the re- sponse in the State and it shows the senior citizens have kept aside their vaccine hesitancy. What is even more encouraging is that no AEFI cases were reported on Monday he said. ,” State officials managed to set up all 93 centres on Monday with a target of 6,759 beneficiaries. Of these 93 centres, 48 were government facilities where 2,005 turned up, and 25 were private facilities where 2,553 took the shot. The total number of beneficiaries who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine in Telangana has crossed 3,00,399. This is higher than the number of reported Covid-19 cases in the State, which is now at 2,98,923. According to health officials, the response was much better in private hospitals than in government hospitals and the response was overwhelmingly positive in Hyderabad than in districts. “Considering the CoWIN glitches, we have decided to allow walk-in registrations and also asked hospitals to administer the vaccine in offline mode, if the portal is down,” Rao said. All vaccinations given on Day 1 were of Covishield. Officials noted this was done as it was in a greater supply in the State. The sessions will slowly increase in more hospitals in the coming week. From Tuesday the session , will run from 10 am to 4 pm and is open for all eligible candidates in priority groups. WEAPONS FOUND SWIMMERS FISH OUT 2 KNIVES USED TO KILL LAWYER COUPLE FROM SUNDILLA BARRAGE | P2 Enraged over a school assistant showing porn videos on his mobile phone to their children, parents locked him up in the classroom in Goatkuri village of Tamsi mandal in Adilabad district on Monday . According to sources, the children reported to their parents on how MA Quadeer, who teaches English to Class VI students, had shown them por n videos on Saturday . Angry parents and villagers rushed to the school on Monday and locked up the teacher in his classroom for several hours, demanding action against him for corrupting the minds of their children. Meanwhile, Mandal Education Officer Srikanth and Inspector of IN a shocking statement, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde on Monday asked a 23-year-old government servant whether he was ready to marry the woman who has accused him of rape. The observation came while the court was hearing a case against Mohit Subhash Chavan, a technician in the Maharashtra State Electric Production Company Ltd, who was accused of raping a minor girl in 201415. He was allegedly 17- “Will you marry her?” “You should have thought before seducing and raping the young girl. You knew you are a government servant. We are not forcing you to marry Let us know if you . will, otherwise you will say we are forcing you to marry her,” the CJI said. The lawyer consulted Chavan and then told the court that he initially wanted to marry her but Reneged on agreement to marry the victim When her family found out about the relationship, the accused’s mother offered to get the two married once she turned 18. The families also signed an agreement. However, when the girl turned 18, the accused refused to marry her Beijing calls US firm’s report irresponsible The Chinese foreign ministry termed the report irresponsible. “Speculation and fabrication have no role to play on the issue of cyber attacks. It is irresponsible to accuse a particular party when there is no sufficient evidence,” foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Budget session likely in March 3rd week E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Hyderabad THE Budget session of the Telangana State Legislature is likely to commence in the third week of this month after the two Graduates MLC polls, which are scheduled to be held on March 14. According to sources, a few ministers and MLAs of the ruling TRS party are busy with poll campaigning. Graduates in as many as 21 districts will be exercising their franchise. With one-third of the State facing polls, the government wants to convene the session only after the elections, they said. Earlier, the Budget session used to be a lengthy affair, spreading over 30 days. However, the last year’s Budget session was cut short by four days due to the Covid-19 and it concluded in just 10 days. The 2019-20 session lasted only for nine days. This time too, the Budget session will conclude in just two weeks’ time. Though the Opposition parties may demand a lengthy session, it is likely to be adjourned after adopting the Appropriation Bill. According to sources, the size of the Budget will be presented in a realistic manner and it would be around `11.5 lakh crore to `1.6 lakh crore. New Delhi: Day one of India’s first spectrum auction in five years saw substantially higher competition than expected, with the government receiving bids worth `77,146 crore. Analysts had expected the auctions to fetch only around `45,000-50,000 crore. However, while all three major telcos — Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea — participated in the bidding, the premium 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands remained entirely without suitors | P10 WAY TO GO: Hundred-year-old Jaidev Chowdhary flashes the thumbs-up sign after taking the vaccine shot in Hyderabad Po l i c e P u r u s h o t t a m a ch a r y rushed to the school and inquired into the incident. The students reiterated that they were not only shown porn videos but were also groped by their teacher. Based on their report, District Education Officer Ravinder Reddy kept the school assistant under suspension. However, the police have not registered any case against the teacher so far. Shocker as SC asks alleged rapist if he’ll marry victim 18-years-old then, and the girl was his distant relative and a student of Class 9 at the time. Last month, the Bombay High Court had cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Chavan by a lower court, on an application filed by the girl. He had then challenged this order in the Supreme Court. During the hearing, CJI Bobde asked Chavan’s lawyer, STATE-sponsored Chinese hackers may have targeted Indian power grids and ports with malware even as tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) escalated, The New York Times said quoting a US cybersecurity firm’s study leading to doubts , over the cause of the October 12 grid failure in Mumbai. Recorded Future, a Massachusetts-based company found a spike in malware , in Indian government, defence and public sector organisations in the build up to the clashes along the LAC since May last year. According to it, the cyber attacks began in May and continued throughout the year. Re- corded Future claims the intrusions have now significantly come down. Apart from Recorded Future, cybersecurity firm Cyfirma claimed state-sponsored Chinese hackers had targeted IT systems of two Indian Covid vaccine manufacturers — Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. According to Cyfirma, Chinese g roup APT10, also known as Stone Panda, identified vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and supply chain software of Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India (SII). Cyfirma Chief Executive said that the real motive of the group was to exfiltrate IP addresses and gain a competitive advantage over Indian CONTINUED ON P7 firms. Higher than expected spectrum bids on Day-1 ANTICIPATORY BAIL PLEA E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PUSHKAR BANAKAR AND SUDHIR S U R YA W A N S H I @ New Delhi/Mumbai EXPRESS READ Teacher makes kids watch porn, suspended E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Adilabad Chinese hackers attacked power grid to coerce India at LAC? the girl refused. “Now I cannot as I am already married.” The bench granted him interim protection from arrest for four weeks, allowing him time to file for regular bail. According to the FIR, the girl was in Class 9 when the accused star ted following her home from school and then one day he forcibly entered her house and raped her. In her complaint, the girl also alleged that he threatened to throw acid on her and kill her brother if she did not consent to a sexual relationship with him.
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