tadepalligudem l saturday l march 06, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION pant painTs motera red Rishabh Pant cracked his first hundred at home to steer India clear of trouble against England on the second day of 4th Test boss man partnership top crumble All-rounder Washington Sundar and Pant added 113 runs for the seventh wicket. They came together at 146 for 6. Sundar stayed unbeaten on 60 while Pant was out before close of play India’s top-order once again failed to live up to expectations. Though Rohit Sharma played well, others including Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane & Cheteshwar Pujara did not last long With a pacer short, both Ben Stokes and Jimmy Anderson worked overtime. Off-spinner Dom Bess was off mark. Skipper Joe Root had to step in to help Jack Leach share the burden 3 England toil The wicket-keeper batsman started cautiously to reach his half-century off 82. He brought up 100 in the next 33 balls to help India take an 89-run lead with three wickets in hand Rishabh Pant celebrates his hundred against England in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad on Friday | BCCI | P11 This is pant’s third hundred in 33 innnings 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 Govt for court-monitored probe into Amaravati scam E x pre s s N e w s Ser v i c e @ New Delhi Urging the Supreme Court to lift the stay imposed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the State government on Friday submitted that it is ready for a court-monitored investigation into alleged irregularities in land transactions during shifting of the State capital to Amaravati. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the Andhra Pradesh government submit- ted that the government is agreeable to a court-monitored investigation even by the CBI and said, “We agree to no coercive action against the accused. We agree to court-monitoring of the investigation. We also welcome a CBI investigation under the monitoring of the court. But let the investigation continue.” A bench comprising, Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy expressed difficul, ty in considering the case and slated the hearing for next ‘No coercive action’ ”We are agreeable to some of the prayers sought by petitioner (D Srinivas) before the HC. First, we are agreeable that no coercive action will be taken against him,” said AP counsel Rajeev Dhavan week. The case pertains to the Special Investigation Team probe ordered by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government into allegations of large scale scam in sale of lands near Amaravati in anticipation of the establishment of new State capital there after the bifurcation of AP in 2014. The FIR names several high profile individuals as accused, including the former Advocate General Dammalapati Srinivas and relatives of Supreme Court Judge NV Ramana. Last year, the High Court had stayed the SIT probe acting on a petition filed by Dammalapati Srinivas. The High Court also passed a gag order against media reportage and social media discussions on the contents of the FIR. The Andhra Pradesh High Court while staying the SIT probe in the ‘land scam’, had noted that “rule of law demands continuity and a new government cannot be permitted to overturn the decisions of the previous government.” Govt to provide free sanitary napkins to girls E x pre s s N e w s Ser v i c e Implementation of scheme to cost `41 cr @ Vijayawada steel bandh partial The State bandh called by the Visakha Steel Plant Parirakshana Committee against privatisation of the steel plant evoked a partial response on Friday. RTC did not operate its bus services till 1 pm. Trade unions staged protests against privatisation of VSP express read NBWs issued against Ambati, Kanna Babu Hyderabad: The Nampally special court for trial of cases against MPs and MLAs on Friday issued non-bailable warrants to Andhra Pradesh minister K Kanna Babu and YSRC MLA Ambati Rambabu for their failure to appear before it in the defamation case filed by Heritage company. The special court made it clear that they have to appear before it on the next date of case hearing and posted the matter to March 24. In Tirupati, the State bandh did not have much impact on normal life. Shops and business establishments and offices functioned normally at several places. Elaborate security arrangements were made in temple town to thwart any untoward incident during bandh For the first time in the prestigious Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) history, groups of Indian and foreign trainee cadets got into a major scuffle, with reports suggesting at least three Indian cadets were admitted in a military hospital here with injuries. The IMA has ordered a probe into the incident that happened on the intervening night of March 3/4. “A case of scuffle involving Gentleman Cadets undergoing pre-commission training at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun has occurred on night 03/04 March 2021. The case is being investigated and followed up as per regulations governing the academy,” said the official statement by the academy However, . there was no official word on the hospitalisation. The two groups got physical after a heated argument. The Every month 10 napkins will be supplied to each schoolgirl. A total of 120 sanitary napkins will be provided to each girl per year. The State government will spend `41.4 crore on implementation of the scheme per annum tribution of sanitary napkins will start on July 1. Every month 10 napkins will be supplied to each girl. A total of 120 sanitary napkins will be provided to each girl per year. The government will spend `41.4 crore on implementation of the scheme per annum,’’ an official release said. Jagan also wanted the sale of sanitary napkins through Officials should speed up the process of identifying student beneficiaries who want to opt for laptops instead of financial assistance under Amma Vodi to provide them quality training YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister Urban India increasingly getting slouchy The outcome of a comprehensive national survey in 2017-18 on the risk of Indians picking up lifestyle diseases conveyed a pretty grim picture. The takeaways: 51.7% 52.4% urban adults physically inactive (30.9% in rural India) physically inactive urban women (36.1% in rural areas) 8.9 gm/day salt consumed by men 7.1 gm/day 2 servings per day Average consumption of fruits and/or vegetables 5 servings WHO’s recommendation Shocker as foreign, Indian cadets get physical at IMA V i nee t U pad h yay @ Dehradun The State government has decided to provide free sanitary napkins to girls studying class VII to Intermediate second year in government schools and junior colleges. The free distribution of sanitary napkins to schoolgirls will be launched on March 8 to mark the International Women’s Day . Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the supply of sanitary napkins with the School Education, Women and Child Welfare and other department officials on Friday He laid em. phasis on health of students and menstrual hygiene. The officials informed the Chief Minister that the process of tenders for the supply of sanitary napkins will be completed by April 15. MEPMA and SERP will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with FMCG companies for the supply of sanitary napkins by the end of April. “The dis- foreign cadets were possibly from a country or countries that were part of the former Soviet Union, said sources. Aghast IMA veterans said they couldn’t recall any such flare-up in the past. Major (Retd) Masroof Raza, who was posted in the adjutant branch of the IMA from 1987-89, which deals with foreign cadets, said, “I have never heard of anything like this. To my memory nothing of this scale has been heard since Independence. I am sure there will be an inquiry and accountability will be fixed with adverse action against whoever is found responsible.” “Minor scuffles between foreign cadets have been known but anything like this between foreign cadets and Indian cadets is unheard of till now of course,” Major Raza added. Lt Gen V K Chaturvedi (Retd) said such matters of discipline are always viewed seriously and appropriate action taken. kirana stores set up under the YSR Cheyutha scheme at affordable prices in rural areas. “Branded sanitary napkins should be supplied at affordable prices,’’ he said. Jagan also directed the officials to provide quality coaching to students who want to appear for competitive exams. For provision of interactive and technology-based training, the Chief Minister wanted the officials to use laptops as students above class IX are already given the option of choosing a laptop instead of the financial assistance provided by the government under the Amma Vodi scheme. Apart from using the already available computers in government schools, the officials can take the support of reputed coaching institutes to provide training to students, the Chief Minister said. average salt intake by women Men often took extra salt before having food one 28% adults useddaily or other form of tobacco 31.7% of them were in rural areas 20.5% in urban India 21.1 years mean age of initiation of tobacco 15.9% of respondents consumed alcohol 81.1% of adults were lifetime abstainers of alcohol (97.3% women and 66.1% men) 22.2 mean age of initiation of alcohol use P R O N A B M A N D A L @ Kolkata The Trinamool Congress on Friday announced candidates for 291 of the 294-Assembly seats, fielding young and new faces including actors and sportspersons. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee will fight from Nandigram in East Midnapore district. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha will be given three seats. Of the 291 TMC candiates, 114 are new faces, which works out to over 39%. The party has dropped octogenerian MLAs. Finance minister Amit Mitra and technical education minister Purnendu Basu will not contest. Besides, As many as 28 sitting MLAs, including five ministers, have been left out. “We are fielding 51 women candidates, up from 45 in 2016 Assembly elections,” said Mamata. Among the candidates are nine actors, two sportspersons and a retired IPS officer. The decision to give women more tickets is a calculated strategy to tap the rise in women vote share. “According to the final list released by the Election Commission, women voters in Bengal form 49% of the total. The gender-ratio improved from 956 in 2019 to 961,” said a TMC leader Notably, the number of minority candidates has been reduced to 40 from 57 in 2016. But at the same time, the party has given 79 tickets to those hailing from the SC community even though only 68 seats are reserved for the category . It means, SC candidates will contest on TMC tickets in 11 Assembly constituencies, which are not reserved for any category . Fielding SC candidates in unreserved seats will send a message to Dalit voters and those belonging to the Matua community, whom the BJP is desperately trying to woo, said a leader. The BJP had enjoyed Matuas support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Since the saffron camp failed to fulfil the promise of giving Matuas citizenship by implementing the CAA, Mamata took this move to bring back Dalit support,” said a leader of the ruling party . ‘Insulted’ TN Cong wants to fight go it alone Chennai: In what could be the end of long-time, but strained, friendship, the DMK and Congress may go different ways in this Assembly polls. The State unit of Congress, according to sources, wants to contest polls alone. A final decision would be taken by the party’s national leadership. State Congress leaders, it is said, feel “insulted” by DMK, which is offering very few seats for the party in the alliance | P5 E x pre s s N e w s Ser v i c e @ Tirumala 18–69 year age group had a clustering of three or more risk factors like daily tobacco use, inadequate fruits and/or vegetable intake, insufficient physical activity etc Noida and Lucknow. The hearing also witnessed some The Supreme Court on Friday said sharp exchanges between Mehta the Centre’s guidelines to regulate and senior advocate Mukul Rohatthe functioning of digital platforms gi, representing Purohit. are weak as they don’t offer any On the court’s remark on Thursmechanism to block objectionable day that some over-the-top (OTT) content or stipulate penal provi- platforms were showing even porsions for those who vionography, Rohatgi said it Reprieve for is not true. late the norms. A bench Purohit headed by Justice Ashok “There is no such thing Bhushan noted the rules SC gave Amazon on Amazon Prime and were more in the form of Prime India head Netflix. I see them every an advisory and not law. , evening. There is no such Aparna Purohit “These rules do not talk interim protection content,” Rohatgi said. about prosecution or pun“The Bench meant porfrom arrest but ishment in case of a violanographic,” said Solicitor directed her to tion. It cannot be done General Tushar Mehta, cooperate with without a legislation,” the appearing for the Central police bench told Solicitor Gengovernment. investigation eral Tushar Mehta, repre“I see so many shows. senting the Centre. There is no pornography Rohatgi ,” The court was hearing a plea by averred. Aparna Purohit, India head of AmOn Thursday the Supreme Court , azon Prime, for anticipatory bail in had expressed concern over adult connection with FIRs against her content on some OTT platforms, over the controversial web series saying there should be a mechaTandav. There are two FIRs filed nism to prevent such programmes against her — one each in Greater being streamed. E x pre s s N e w s Ser v i c e @ New Delhi Didi to contest from Nandigram; 28 sitting legislators, including five ministers, left out TTD not to take over temples hereafter due to fiscal burden 40.2% of adults OTT norms weak, need strong law to police content, says SC 40% new faces, fewer minorities, on Mamata’s list TTD to extend aid The TTD will extend all possible cooperation and financial help to temples for improvement of infrastructure and pilgrim amenities The TTD is planning to produce more green energy. Steps are being taken to generate 5 MW green energy KS Jawahar Reddy, TTD Executive Officer The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), hereafter, will not take over temples. The TTD had taken over 32 temples from 1982. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of Dial Your EO Programme held in Tirumala on Friday, TTD Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy said a decision to this effect was taken in the Trust Board meeting after a lengthy discussion. The TTD has been incurring heavy expenditure on maintenance of the temples taken over by it. Adding to this, the absorption of the temple employees into the TTD is leading to service issues. “The people of that particular region (where the temple was taken over by the TTD) are demanding conduct of rituals on par with that of Tirumala temple though there is no rush of devotees,” he said. The TTD, however, will extend all possible cooperation and financial help to temples for improvement of infrastructure and pil- grim amenities though it will not take over them hereafter, the EO said. For extending TTD financial support, the temple should be an ancient one or it should be rich in its sculpture or having other exquisite features, the EO explained. The TTD recently revised its budget estimates for the financial year 2020-21 from `2,973 crore to `2,653 crore as there was a decline in its revenue with the closure of Tirumala temple due to the Covid-induced lockdown. Further, the EO stated that the lease period of TTD Kalyana Mandapams has been increased to five years from three. “The TTD Trust Board recently took the decision to increase the lease period to five years as the lessee has to spend more on its repairs and maintenance,’’ he said. Speaking on other initiatives, Jawahar Reddy said the TTD is planning to produce more green energy. Steps are being taken to produce 5 MW nonconventional energy through P4 various means. Fact check AP website launched to curb false info Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the website https://factcheck.ap.gov.in/ on Friday. The main objective behind launching Fact-Check website is to stop the spread of fake and malicious propaganda against the government on social media | P4
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