tadepalligudem l sunday l march 07, 2021 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l city EDITION after shock senate upset, Imran secures trust vote The Pakistan PM got 178 votes on Saturday after the 10-party Opposition boycotted the voting alleging procedural lapses Show of strength to boost party morale Opposition leaders manhandled Imran Khan is not required to prove his majority under the amended Pakistani constitution. The unilateral call was seen as Imran’s attempt to boost his party’s morale after Wednesd ay’s defeat of his finance minister to ex-PM Gilani, who was backed by the Opposition amalgam PDM. Imran needed 172 votes to stay at helm in the House of 342 | P11 ■ ■ Days after questioning the Election Commission’s role in the Senate upset, Imran promised electoral reforms, including introducing EVMs and granting voting rights to oveseas citizens Unsavoury scenes were witnessed outside Parliament when Imran’s supporters tried to disrupt a presser by the PDM leader 176 Votes secured by imran’s pakistan tehreek-i-insaf three years ago 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 CAGed? Top audit body’s reports on Centre’s money management down 75% Cause of delay A source said the delay was due to the office starting audit of subjects which are of crosscutting themes. Such reports likely take more time, he added K u m a r V i k r a m @ New Delhi The number of reports brought out by the country’s top audit body, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, has come down sharply in the past five years, raising concerns that the government’s financial accountability is not coming under the CAG’s gaze closely . The total number of CAG reports relating to central gov- ernment ministries and departments came down from 55 in 2015 to just 14 in 2020, a fall of nearly 75%, a reply to an RTI application filed by this newspaper said. The CAG’s mandate is to serve as a watchdog, bringing out financial, performance and compliance reports of the government. “The constitution of India has entrusted the CAG with the responsibility of audit of ac- counts of the union and states and other entities. The CAG is the supreme audit institution of India and is expected to promote financial accountability and transparency in the affairs of the audited entities,” the CAG said in its 2019-20 own performance report. The power its reports yield came out starkly during the United Progressive Alliance gover nment of Manmohan Stick to basics to nip second wave: Centre States told to return to fundamentals of test, track and treat to contain spread of Covid-19 pandemic in country Focus on contact tracing States were asked to refocus on surveillance and containment of areas that are witnessing clusters and carry out contact tracing of 20 persons per case Woman dies in EG S Dharmamma, an Anganwadi worker of Nellipaka in East Godavari, who was administered Covid vaccine on February 19, died on Saturday, after felling ill two days ago E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi Amid concerns that the second wave of Covid-19 is spreading across the country, the Centre has urged states to return to the fundamentals of pandemic control — test, track and treat. During a meeting on Saturday, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan and V K Paul, member (health) Niti Aayog, asked top officials from Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Chandigarh to increase the share of RT-PCR tests in districts that de pend on rapid antigen testing. These states, apart from eight others that have been a cause of concern for the past several weeks, have seen increased positivity and higher number of daily positive cases. In a detailed presentation, it was pointed out that nine districts in Delhi, 15 in Haryana, R i t i ka A ru n Va i s h a l i @ Vijayawada The reports of the five beneficiaries who died after vaccination, are still awaited. Forensic experts said the first two deaths did not occur soon after taking jabs, but were reported later Geetha Prasadhini, Medical and Health director Out of seven beneficiaries, who were administered Covid-19 vaccine since the drive began on January 16 in the State, the medical and health officials said they are yet to confirm whether the five of them died due to Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) or not, while the remaining two deaths were confirmed as not related to AEFI. “As per the preliminary re- call 8099999977 if you find this man E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirupati Tirupati Urban Police on Saturday released the image of the miscreant who abducted a 6-year-old Chhattisgarh boy from Alipiri link bus stand on February 27. Special police teams have intensified search operations for the boy in the temple town. SP Ch Venkata Appala Naidu has analysed the footage of CCTV cameras at the bus stand to find any clue pertaining to boy’s abduction. The parents of Sivam Kumar Sahoo have been staying in Tirupati for the past one week with the hope that police will rescue their son from the abductor at the earliest. Police had already announced a reward to those who provide information about the abductor. Dial police: Alipiri Circle Inspector Devendra Kumar appealed to the public to inform police on mobile phone No 9440796752 or WhatsApp No 8099999977 or control room No 6309913960 if they found the boy or the abductor. ports of two patients, the deaths were due to some other ailments and not a reaction to the vaccine. The reports of the five patients are still awaited. We had conducted their postmortem since we suspected their deaths to be AEFI,” Medical and Health department director Dr Geetha Prasadhini told TNIE. Experts at the forensic lab said the first two deaths did not occur within the first 30 minutes post-immunisation, but were reported after a few P4 days or hours, she said. After open revolt against Nani, TDP rumblings resolved In what could be seen as an embarrassing situation to the opposition TDP ahead of elections to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), former MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, MLC Buddha Venkanna and minority leader Nagul Meera on Saturday openly came out against Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), whose daughter Swetha is the mayoral candidate, announcing that they would not participate in the roadshow of Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu in the city on Sunday. Though the issue was resolved by evening with the intervention of Naidu and AP TDP chief K Atchannaidu, the internal bickerings have hit the morale of the party cadre. The TDP leaders met at the residence of Bonda Uma. Later, they held a press conference and launched a scathing attack against Nani accusing him of taking unilateral decisions and making TDP a caste outfit by ignoring Kapus and BCs. Taking exception to Nani’s remarks that he won as an MP even as six TDP candidates in the Lok Sabha constituency lost in the last Assembly elections, they challenged him to contest as an independent candidate and win the election. They even threatened to boycott the roadshow of Naidu to be held in the city on Sunday if Nani takes part in it. They took exception to finalisation of Naidu’s roadshow without consulting them. They alleged that the route map of Naidu’s roadshow was changedat the behest P4 of Nani. Axar Patel and R Ashwin made a mockery of England to skittle them out for just 135 runs in the second innings on Saturday. India won by an innings and 25 runs to storm into World Test Axar Patel and Rishabh Pant celebrate with the Championships final | P11 trophy after 3-1 series win over England | AFP e x p r e ss r e a d Visakhapatnam: Suspected Maoists killed ex-militia member Korra Pilku (35) at G Kothapalli in GK Veedhi mandal on Saturday, branding him as a police informer WITH THIS ISSUE 3 6 2011 4 3 2012 37 2013 2 2 42 7 5 2014 34 6 6 2015 4 3 2016 21 5 8 26 2017 23 4 6 14 2018 NUMBER of cag reports 2019 2 3 Source: RTI reply 2011 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 2020 3 0 39 Singh. Its scathing reports on the 2G auction, coal block auction, Adarsh housing society and the Commonwealth Games of 2010 blighted Singh’s corruption-free image. The information received through the RTI application revealed that the number of CAG reports tabled in Parliament was the highest in 10 years during the early years of the NDA government.But the numbers @ New Delhi/Kolkata India storm into WTC final Suspected Maoists kill ‘police informer’ 45 Railway Defence E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Lab reports confirm two of 7 deaths in AP after vaccination not due to AEFI key audits have fallen steadily after that. The RTI reply revealed that defence audit reports prepared and tabled in Parliament have also come down during the last few years. While eight audit reports were tabled in Parliament in 2017, it was zero last year. The story is repeated in railway audit reports. In 2017, five reports were prepared but it was only three in 2020. Continued on: P9 BJP announces first list of 57 candidates for Bengal polls, fields Suvendu against Didi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 10 each in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, nine in Himachal Pradesh, seven in Uttarakhand, two in Goa, and one in Chandigarh continue to be of concern owing to drop in the total number of tests being conducted. It was also flagged that these districts have a low share of RT-PCR tests, high positivity rate and little contact tracing of positive cases. Together, these can pose high risk of transmission to the neighbouring states, the Centre said. The Centre urged states to focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths. 55 Taapsee hits back with Paris holiday tweet New Delhi: Days after I-T raids on them, actor Taapsee Pannu, and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap took a dig at their alleged tax discrepancies. In Praise of Older Women PLUS 12 PAGES Ahead of Assembly elections, workers busy making a banner of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata | PTI TMC game plan to blunt Suvendu Mamata’s decision of not contesting from her Bhowaniore seat and selecting Nandigram is said to be her master stroke to blunt Adhikari’s attempt to cause harm to TMC in other parts of south Bengal With the BJP unveiling its first list of 57 candidates for the eight-phase West Bengal Assembly elections on Saturday, the Nandigram constituency is set for a battle of titans after the saffron outfit pitted former state minister Suvendu Adhikari against chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Both the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress have fielded heavyweights, hoping to pin down each other in the constituency . BJP national general secretary Arun Singh announced the names on Saturday at the party headquarters in Delhi while the full might of the outfit was busy preparing for PM Narendra Modi’s Brigade Ground rally on Sunday . The BJP sought to create another buzz by fielding former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh against another former senior police official, Humayun Kabir, from Debra. Ghosh had contested the 2019 LS polls but lost. In line with the open arm welcome to sitting legislators from other parties, the BJP fielded former CPM leader Tapashi Mondal from Haldia and Sudip Mukherjee, ex-TMC, from Purulia. The two were elected from the same seats in 2016.
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