WARANGAL THURSDAY MARCH 04, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION FINAL STEP TO WTC FINAL Will it be a turner? Who will India bring in? Will hosts make it to the summit clash? Questions aplenty as 4th Test begins | P11 LOTS AT STAKE ROHIT WATCH PITCH TALK Even if the last two Tests were poor for most batsmen, Rohit Sharma will beg to disagree. With a 161 and 66 in the last two Tests, the opener has led the way for India in the batting department With the last two Tests favouring spin excessively, there will be a lot of attention on the 22 yards. If initial reports coming out of Ahmedabad is to be believed, it is going to turn again rather early 28 UMESH LIKELY India have proved that the first Test loss was a blip. Having recovered in convincing fashion, now the onus in on finishing the job. If they avoid defeat, they will advance to WTC Final in June Hosts will be pressed into at least one forced change. And that could be pace bowler Umesh Yadav, who has recovered from his calf injury. But expect them to play three spinners Members of the England team inspect the surface | BCCI | P13 THE NUMBER OF WICKETS SPINNERS OF BOTH TEAM TOOK IN 3RD TEST 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 Stung by sleazegate, Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi puts in his papers B A N S Y K A L A P PA @ Bengaluru A day after purported sleaze videos of Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi surf a c e d , h e re s i g n e d f ro m the council of ministers on Wednesday, owning moral responsibility . In a four-line resignation letter, addressed to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Jarkiholi said: “The allegations against Vocal celebs Anurag and Taapsee face I-T dept heat EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai/New Delhi IN what was seen as a vindictive action against vocal celebs criticising the government, the Income Tax department on Wednesday raided 30 properties linked to actor Taapsee Pannu, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and his co-promoters in the now-dissolved Phantom Films in Pune and Mumbai. Both were questioned in Pune over alleged tax evasion, IT officials said. Searches were conducted on the premises linked to the Phantom Films, a production house co-promoted by Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. Exceed Entertainment, a talent house that manages actor Saif Ali Khan was also raided. Also, some executives of Kwan Talent Management, which handles actor Deepika Padukone’s account, were questioned. “The search will continue for the next couple of days to check the veracity of the submitted documents and actual income. Interlinked transactions are also being probed,” IT department sources said. The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi slammed the raids, saying the Centre was suppressing dissenting voices. Anurag and Taapsee are known critics of the BJP-led Centre. Taapsee had recently lashed out at a section of celebrities supporting the government after a Twitter post by pop singer Rihanna on the farmers’ agitation. me are far from the truth. It has to be investigated at the earliest. Though I’m confident about my innocence, taking moral responsibility I’m resigning from , my position as cabinet Minister. I request you to accept it.” He also sought an immediate inquiry into the episode. The chief minister forwarded the resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala who “accepted the recommendation under Section Covaxin anxiety ends with phase 3 efficacy at 81% A significant result considering Covaxin is already being used in massive vax drive S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi INDIA’S first homegrown Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin has been found to be nearly 81% effective in preventing infection, an interim analysis of the data from the vaccine’s phase 3 clinical trial in 25,800 volunteers has shown. The first interim analysis is based on 43 cases of Covid-19, of which 36 were observed in the placebo group and seven in the vaccine group, resulting in a point estimate of vaccine efficacy of 80.6%, said Bharat Biotech, the company that developed the vaccine along with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The phase 3 study enrolled 25,800 participants between 1898 years of age, including 2,433 over the age of 60 and 4,500 with comorbidities. This is a significant result considering Covaxin is already being used in the country’s massive Covid-19 vaccination drive, which in addition to healthcare and frontline workers, now also covers senior citizens and people above 45 with serious ailments. According to sources, the data safety monitoring board of the trial unblinded the study only on Wednesday afternoon and details such as how many severe cases of the disease were reported in the two groups are now being analysed. Covaxin had received the restricted use authorisation, along with Serum Institute of IF your insurance policy broker’s service is not satisfactory , you can now approach an ombudsman to seek redressal. For, the insurance ombudsman rules have just been throughly amended to bring brokers under its ambit. You can lodge your complaint a g ainst your insurance broker online. They can now be penalised for deficiency in service. The amended rules have enlarged the scope of complaints to the ombudsman to include disputes pertaining to deficiencies in service on the part of insurers, agents, brokers and other intermediaries. “Insurance brokers have Additional analysis Bharat Biotech is planning an additional interim analysis for 87 cases, and the final analysis is planned for 130 cases. All data from the analyses will be shared via pre-publication servers as well as submitted to a peer-reviewed journal India’s Covishield in January after which the first phase of the vaccination was started. The permission granted by the country’s apex drug regulator without efficacy data had triggered massive criticism and resulted in slow acceptance of the vaccine in many states. Krishna Ella, CMD of Bharat Biotech said the vaccine, in addition to demonstrating high clinical efficacy has also shown , significant immunogenicity against the rapidly emerging variants of Covid-19. Analysis from the ICMR’s National Institute of Virology has indicated that vaccine-induced antibodies can neutralise the UK variant strains and other heterologous strains. COVISHIELD WORKS FASTER ON INFECTED The first-ever data on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield in India has shown that it not only works faster in people already infected but is also highly effective in those without antibodies against the virus after the 28 days of the first dose. As part of the study, researchers measured antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 directed against the spike protein in a group of 135 vaccinated healthcare workers | P7 Insurance brokers now under ambit of ombudsman EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 164 (1) of the Constitution’’. Soon after the scandal broke out, BJP national general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh, is said to have communicated the party’s decision to the state leadership, keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly polls in five states, and also the Assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls and panchayat elections in the state. The allegation, just ahead of been brought within the ambit of the ombudsman mechanism, by empowering the ombudsman to pass awards against insurance brokers,” the Union finance ministry said in its statement on Wednesday A complaints man. agement system will be created to enable policyholders track the status of their complaints online. The ombudsman can use video conferencing for hearings. The government notified the amendments to the Insurance ombudsman Rules, 2017 on March 2. “A number of amendments have been made for securing the independence and integrity of the ombudsman selection process,” the finance ministry said. the Budget session of the state legislature session starting Thursday, had come as a huge embarrassment for the BJP government. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said, “An FIR should be registered and the matter investigated.” `100 CRORE DEFAMATION SUIT THREAT Ramesh’s brother and BJP MLA Balachandra threatened to file `100 crore defamation case against those who released the ‘fake CD’ Yangon: At least 33 protesters were killed by Myanmar security forces on Wednesday, the highest number since a February 1 military coup, according to a compilation of local reports | P9 plained to Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant that her life was in danger. It is believed that the woman had met Jarkiholi seeking permission to fly drones over reservoirs in Karnataka for a documentary on the achievements of the department and the minister. Later on, he had reportedly promised her a job in Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. PEDAPALLI MURDERS COPS RECONSTRUCT CRIME SCENE, LAYWER’S DAD TO ATTEND COURT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Peddapalli AFTER the Telangana High Court slammed the State government for the shoddy investigation into twin murders of lawyer couple, Gattu Vaman Rao and Nagamani, the police got their act together on Wednesday, shooting videos of reconstructed scenes at three places — Mantahni Court premises, Ambdekar and Phule Chowrasta and at Kalvacherla on Manthani-Peddapalli Road where the murder was committed on February 17. A team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police N Ashok Kumar, who is the investigating officer in the case, had the scene reconstructed with the help of the accused in the case — Kunta Srinivas, Shivanandula Chiranjeevi and Akkapaka Kumar. The re-enactment of the crime at the three places lasted for about three hours. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) P Pramod Kumar monitored their work from Ramagundam. First, the police brought the accused in a car to Manthani Court where the murder was plotted and a recce was conducted earlier. Later they were taken to Ambedkar and Phule Chowrasta. With the police, along with the accused persons, suddenly descending on Manthani, the local residents became curious and a little nervous as to what was happening in Game changer for AIADMK as Sasikala calls it quits T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai Police officials reconstruct the crime scene at Kalvacherla in Peddapalli district, where the lawyer couple were murdered, on Wednesday Accused taken to Kalvacherla Police took the accused to Kalvacherla where they asked them to demonstrate how they had intercepted the lawyers’ car, how they had attacked the couple and how they had fled their small town. From there, the police took the accused to Kalvacherla where they asked them to demonstrate how they had intercepted the lawyers’ car, how they had attacked the couple, who attacked whom and finally how they had fled the scene. The police also questioned them on why they had chosen the spot at Kalvacherla to kill the couple and recorded their depositions. The police have interrogated Kunta Srinivas, Chiranjeevi and Kumar, who were arrested in one batch, and Bittu Seenu, a nephew of former MLA and ZP chairperson Putta Madhu, who was arrested later but they were not allowed to interact with one another though they are in police custody. The Manthani police are maintaining a stiff upper lip, refusing to divulge any details of the case. Most of the time, they are remaining incommunicado. Meanwhile, Additional Munsif Magistrate of Manthani Court issued summons to Gattu Kishan Rao, father of slain lawyer Vaman Rao to attend court at 10.30 am on Thursday to record his statement. He was asked to appear in the court since he is the complainant in the murder case. Kishan Rao also filed a petition in Telangana High Court, seeking a CBI probe in the murder while saying that the State police investigation was highly prejudiced. IN THE SOUP KCR’s PRO steps down after adverse internal report EXPRESS READ 33 killed in crackdown by Myanmar junta Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was one of the main architects in propping up the BJP government by resigning from the Congress along with 17 other MLAs, had on Tuesday maintained that he was innocent and would not resign. He was accused of sexually exploiting a woman, who had approached him seeking a job, multiple times. An RTI activist, Dinesh Kallahalli, had even com- ACB officials likely to register cases The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials are likely to register cases in connection with the irregularities that had taken place in the PRO section of the Chief Minister’s Office. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad CHIEF Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Gatika Vijay Kumar on Wednesday resigned from his position and also as GM (Corporate Communications) of TS T r a n s c o. T h o u g h there is a buzz that the CM himself had asked Vijay Kumar to put in his papers, there was no official confirmation. He was appointed in Chief Minister’s Office as PRO after the formation of the State in 2014. In 2017, he was appointed as GM of Transco. But, neither Vijay Kumar nor TS Transco Chairman & MD D Prabhakar Rao were available for comment. In a Facebook post, Vijay Kumar stated: “I resigned as PRO to CM due to personal reasons. My heartful thanks to CM KCR Garu for giving opportunity to work in a great position. Thanks to all who are with me (sic)”. Discreet inquiries revealed that he was asked to resign following an adverse internal report against him by a State government investigation agency It . had submitted to the CM details of irregularities allegedly committed by Vijay Kumar using the CM’s name. A few months ago, a few TRS leaders brought to the CM’s notice that they had received phone calls from Vijay Kumar, seeking decisions in his favour on several issues. IN a significant development that comes as a boost to the ruling AIADMK ahead of Assembly elections, VK Sasikala, the one-time confidante of former CM J Jayalalithaa, has announced that she is quitting active politics. The dramatic announcement, made late evening on Wednesday, ends speculation as to what role she would have played in the political landscape of Tamil Nadu. In a statement, Sasikala appealed to all loyalists of Amma (former CM J Jayalalithaa) to unite and work together against the “evil force that is DMK.” The letter further said, “I never desired for power or position. I still remain a sister of Amma even after her demise. Now, I will pray to the almighty as well as Amma, whom I deem as god, for the establishment of Amma’s government yet again in the State.” Speaking to the media outside Sasikala’s residence, her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, said that he tried his best to persuade her to reconsider the decision. “I met her earlier in the day to discuss her stand in the upcoming elections. However, when I reached her home, she told me she was breaking the news about her stepping down on Jaya TV Dhinakaran said. ,” Dhinakaran said that Sasikala believed her stepping down from politics will unite Jayalalithaa’s supporters in the election and prevent the creation of a chasm among the followers. Sasikala’s statement was handed over to journalists who were waiting outside her residence around 9.30 pm. Senior AIADMK leader, KP Munusamy, said Sasikala’s decision has made them happy. “Though the decision to quit politics is her personal decision, she has expressed her wish for the establishment of Amma government even after elections. Now, Sasikala might have made this announcement out of her affection for Amma. So, naturally we will be happy P5 about her decision.” DIRTY GURU Students launch stir as headmaster makes lewd calls to girls EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kamareddy KAMAREDDY Zilla Parishad High School Headmaster Deepla Nayak reportedly behaved indecently with girl students by making video calls to them during the Covid-19 induced lockdown when online classes were conducted. His lecherous intent came to light on Wednesday when Ramu, a Class 10 male student, attempted suicide after the headmaster issued a transfer certificate to the boy. Nayak wanted to send the boy away, suspecting that it was he who had spilt the beans on how the former had harassed the girls. The boy is now under treat- ment in Kamareddy Government Hospital. The students are now alleging that the headmaster, after obtaining the phone numbers of girl students, used to make video calls to them after online classes were over and used to behave indecently This harass. ment went on for months, they claimed. After learning about Ramu’s attempt to end his life, a number of students reached the school on Wednesday and staged a protest, demanding stern action against the headmaster. A video also went viral on social media on his behaviour. Meanwhile, District Collector Dr A Sharath suspended the headmaster and ordered an in- quiry into the incident. He appointed Banswada RDO Raja Goud as the inquiry officer. Ramu’s parents preferred not to lodge a complaint with police. Simultaneously, the District Education Department officials sought a report from the Mandal Education Officer (MEO) concerned on the issue as well as the students’ agitation.
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