WARANGAL WEDNESDAY MARCH 03, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION ‘INDO-PAK EXPRESS’ TO COME TOGETHER AT ACAPULCO Despite tension between India and Pakistan, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna join hands for ﬁrst time since 2014 ONLY ONE EVENT TO START WITH ‘STOP WAR, START TENNIS’ The pair, nicknamed ‘Indo-Pak Express’, will be teaming up at the ATP 500 meet in Mexico, slated to be held from March 15-21. “For the time being, we will only be playing in Acapulco,” Aisam said. “Let’s see how it goes.” With invaluable ranking points up for grabs, it’s a big meet for P13 Bopanna, who is yet to win a match this year (three losses). ■ ■ They were praised after they wore T-shirts that had the above slogan in order to promote peace between the two countries. They won the 'Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of The Year' award The pair decided to come together as a team after spending time together in Melbourne in February during the Australian Open FIVE THE PAIR HAS PREVIOUSLY WON FIVE TITLES ON THE ATP TOUR 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 Molestation victim’s father shot dead in U.P. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Lucknow FIRST GLIMPSE An inside view of the magnificent Yadadri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. For the first time since the State government took up the renovation work, the media was allowed to shoot pictures and videos of the temple on Tuesday | VINAY MADAPU | P3 Debt crisis staring India in the face, warns former PM Could affect small and medium scale sectors; says temporary steps can’t paper over issue this. The economy can be revived provided schemes for the poor and the downtrodden are FORMER prime minister Man- implemented,” he opined. mohan Singh on Tuesday Regarding Kerala, he said warned of a looming debt cri- even though its social standsis, saying temporary steps tak- ards are high, due diligence en by the Centre and the Re- should be given to certain other serve Bank of India cannot sectors that require periodic repaper over the credit problems view. he pointed out that the staring the country in the face. state is facing several hurdles Blaming the BJP that have to be overgovernment’s ‘ill-concome at a time when ceived’ demonetisathe global economic tion for the country’s slowdown over the high unemployment last two to three years rate, Manmohan has skyrocketed due Singh warned that the to the pandemic. crisis could adversely “The proliferation affect the small and of digital use would medium sectors of give an impetus to inthe industry. He was formation technology , speaking after inaubut it will still hamper gurating a developthe prospects of the Unemployment is ment summit, organtourism sector. The high and the ised virtually by the more the pandemic is informal sector is in Rajiv Gandhi Insticreating havoc, the shambles, a crisis tute of Development precipitated by the challenges faced in Studies at Neyyar the tourism sector are ill-considered Dam in Thiruvananmore. The public funddemonetisation thapuram on ing is in a shambles in Manmohan Singh Tuesday . Kerala and other “Due to the ill-constates, which has led ceived demonetisation in 2016, them to seek loans. This will unemployment skyrocketed create further issues in future and the unorganised sector budgets,” added Singh. landed in a shambles. If India’s Expressing happiness at the political and economic philoso- UDF’s “people’s manifesto”, phy stood for a foundation as which has promised the NYAY envisaged in the country’s Con- scheme that aims to provide stitution, having a federal set- `6,000 per month to the poor up and communication be- households, Singh hoped it tween the states, the incumbent would usher in revolutionary Union government is against changes in the society . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram EXPRESS READ Landslide win for BJP in Gujarat civic body polls Ahmedabad: The BJP won all 31 district panchayats, 70 out of 81 municipalities and was far ahead of main rival Congress in 231 taluka panchayats as counting for the second phase of local body polls in Gujarat was underway on Tuesday. Shortly after the results, Congress state unit chief Amit Chavda resigned from his post. The success follows the BJP’s clean sweep in six municipal corporations last month Tandav row: Amazon Prime issues apology New Delhi: Amazon Prime Video on Tuesday said it respects its viewers ‘diverse beliefs’ and apologises unconditionally to anyone who felt hurt by scenes in Tandav, a webseries that landed in trouble for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in an objectionable manner. In a statement, the streamer said it ‘deeply regrets’ the fact that viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable. FARMERS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BJP IN POLLS Samyukt Kisan Morcha will send its leaders to poll-bound states to appeal to ryots to defeat BJP | P9 THE henchmen of an alleged molester who is out on bail since 2018 in UP’s lawless Hathras, shot dead the victim’s father in his potato farm as he refused to withdraw the case, triggering outrage across the nation. A day after the incident, the police on Tuesday arrested two of the four assailants even as Chief Minister Yo gi Adityanath ordered that the National Security Act (NSA) be slapped on them. According to sources, Amrish Sharma, a resident of Nauzarpur in Hathras, had registered a complaint against Gaurav Sharma in July 2018 for allegedly molesting his daughter. Gaurav had been pressing Sharma to withdraw the case after coming out on bail in 2018. Hathras Superintendent of Police (SP) Vineet Jaiswal said on Monday the wife and the aunt of Gaurav picked up a heated argument with the daughters of Shar ma at a temple in the village. “The accused and Sharma, too, arrived at the spot and joined the issue,” the SP said. Later, around 3.30 pm, Sharma was at his potato field when Gaurav and his three accomplices shot at him in front of his wife and daughter. Sharma sustained injuries to his head, chest and abdomen, and died on the spot. The SP said special teams were on the lookout for the other two suspects. Sharma is associated with the Samajwadi Party and was planning to organise a Kisan Mahapanchayat in Tappal, in which the party chief Akhilesh Yadav is slated to participate on Wednesday . Medak farmers fear forceful land acquisition for RRR P K R I S H N A @ Sangareddy AFTER the Centre gave its inprinciple approval for the Regional Ring Road (RRR) for Hyderabad, farmers in erstwhile Medak district are worried over forcible acquisition of their land. As per the proposal, the RRR will start at Choutuppal in Nalgonda district and traverse through Jagdevpur and Gajwel in Siddipet district, Toopran and Narasapur in Medak district and Sangareddy. From there it will pass through Shankarpalli, Chevella, Kondurg, Shadna g ar, Karthal, Yacharam and rejoin at Choutuppal. Now, the farmers in erstwhile Medak district are worried because of the experience that the farmers who gave their lands for Kaleshwaram Project had. They say that they had been slighted by the government in payment of compensation and fear a repeat when it comes to land acquisition for the RRR project. The farmers are relying on maps that are in circulation to know the areas through which the RRR would pass and are apprehensive that they would be asked to part with their land for laying of the road. Farmers in Toopran, Narsapur, Gajwel and Jagdevpur refer to the inadequate compensation paid by the government for lands taken for Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) and wonder if they would be forced to undersell their land to the government. At present, the open market price per acre of land is is anywhere between `1 crore and `2 crore in areas through which the RRR might pass. They wonder if the government would at least offer half that price. Brahmananda Reddy, a farmer of Narsapur, says: “The government had paid only `6 Jio pockets most airwaves; govt to get `20K cr this fiscal India’s first spectrum auctions in five years ended on Tuesday with the government selling `77,815 crore worth of airwaves and Reliance Jio walking away with the lion’s share of winning bids worth `57,122 crore. The expensive 700 MHz and 2,500 MHz band did not attract any buyers TS asked to expedite land acquisition It is learned that the RRR has been named National Highway 161 AA. Land acquisition might cost `9,522 crore and, according to one official, the Centre has asked the State government to expedite the land acquisition process lakh to `7 lakh per acre when it acquired land for the construction of KLIS canals in Siddipet and Medak districts. If it pays the same price for RRR, we would be losing out heavily in the bargain.” Many farmers from towns and villages are visiting the revenue officials to inquire about the exact location, survey numbers and the official map of the route. But the officials are saying that they have 20 PER CENT OF SPECTRUM PUT UP FOR AUCTION SOLD Assets on offer Quantum: 2,308.8 MHz Reserve Price `3.92 lakh crore Spectrum sold Quantum: 855.6 MHz Total bids `77,815 crore no information on RRR and the areas through which it would pass. A revenue official said that many farmers are worried as they do not know the exact areas through which the RRR would pass. A Tahsildar said: “We do not have clear infor mation. But far mers think that we are trying to hide it. The State government has already sent proposals to the Centre for the RRR and for which Centre has agreed. We only know this much.” The RRR project is estimated to cost around `17,000 crore, a National Highways Department official said and added that the total road length will be of 338 km. “The State government has so far not issued any directions to the Revenue Department on land acquisition,” he said. The farmers’ troubles will start when the officials begin the process of land acquisition. COMPANY-WISE BREAKUP RELIANCE JIO BHARTI AIRTEL VODAFONE IDEA Quantum 488.35 MHz Total amount Quantum 355.45 MHz Total amount Quantum 11.8 MHz Total amount `57,122.65 cr `18,698.75 cr `1,993.4 cr `19,000-20,000 cr to be received by the government from spectrum auctions during the current fiscal year, with the rest to be paid later POLLS IN MIND Cong wary of taking action against G23 R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi THE group of 23 (G23) dissenters in the Congress is planning to raise their pitch against the high command by organising a series of meetings in other states on the lines of the one they held in Jammu recently . With four states and a Union Territory set to face Assembly elections soon, the party leadership is treading cautiously even as the G23 seeks to fan out in Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in the coming weeks. “These meetings will be held before the party’s presidential election, which is scheduled by May-end. Anand Sharma has been asked to arrange one meeting in Himachal Pradesh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Kurukshetra and Manish Tewari in Ropar or Anandpur Sahib,” said sources, adding that Hooda’s event may spell trouble for the party as he enjoys mass support in Haryana. The party leadership is wary of taking any precipitate action against the rebels ahead of the crucial election. “The build up by these leaders will fizzle out soon. Taking any disciplinary action at this moment will send a wrong signal to people,” said a party leader. Two weeks after murder, KTR assures justice for slain lawyers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad/Peddapalli A day after Telangana High Court slammed the State government for bungling in recording the dying declaration of lawyer Gattu Vaman Rao and the statements of witnesses to his and his wife Nagamani’s ghastly murder, TRS work- ing president and IT Minister K T Rama Rao said there was no question of sparing anyone involved in the perpetration of the ghastly crime. Addressing a meeting of lawyers at Telangana Bhavan on Tuesday as part of the election campaign for the Hyderabad MLC seat, Rama Rao, recalled that the main accused Kunta Srinivas, had been suspended from the TRS. He emphasised that the government was determined to bring all those involved in the crime to justice. Dismissing as baseless the allegations of the Opposition that TRS top leaders were behind the murder, Rama Rao asked: “Why should TRS bear a grudge against advocates? The IT Minister promised to bring in the Advocates’ Protection Act. “The government will always act like a protective shield for advocates,” he said. Statements recorded Meanwhile, in Manthani, police recorded the statements of the two eyewitnesses — Vaman Rao’s car driver and one local electronic media reporter under Section 164 of the CrPC before the magistrate concerned. The police are also planning to record the statements of drivers of two RTC buses, conductors and onlookers who P5 witnessed the murder. MERCURY RISING Summer arrives early, but chill, it won’t be harsh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad WITH each passing day, mercury levels are shooting up, indicating that summer has arrived early this year. The day temperatures are unusually high for this month of the year, hovering between 36 to 38 degrees Celcius, a deviation of three degrees above normal. In some degrees, temperature may touch 40 degrees Celcius mark this week, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). However, as per its seasonal outlook prediction for Hyderabad, summer will not be too hot. On Tuesday Laxmidevipally , in Bhadradri-Kothagudem was sweltering under 39.3 degrees Celcius and Kerameri in Komarambheem-Asifabad district at 39 degrees Celcius. Many towns and mandals in Adilabad, Mulugu, Kamareddy , Nirmal, Nizamabad, Vikarabad and Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri districts saw temperatures around and above 38 degrees Celcius. Generally during March, the , daytime temperature in Hyderabad would be around 35.9 degrees Celcius. However, data available with TUESDAY’S TEMPERATURE 39.3 0 C in Laxmidevipally, Chunchupally and Yellandu of Bhadradri-Kothagudem 39 0 C in Dahengaon and Kerameri of Komarambheem-Asifabad district the Telangana State Development and Planning Society (TSDPS) suggests that many suburbs in the city are observing temperature above 38 degrees Celcius. In the forthcoming week, days are likely to be hotter but temperatures will not rise above 40 degrees Celcius, TSDPS said and added that summer will not be as harsh as it was in the last few years as the maximum temperature is likely to be below normal between March and May . POLL BREW Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tries her hand at plucking tea leaves at the Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath, Assam, on Tuesday | TWITTER
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