tirupati l tuesday l march 16, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Beyonce breaks records as women rule Grammys 2021 Women artistes emerged big winners in the usually male dominated top categories at the 63rd Grammy Awards R&B singer H.E.R. Most awarded female artiste in history With 28 Grammy wins in all, Beyonce broke the record of veteran singer Alison Krauss. She trails only classical conductor Sir George Solti, who still holds 31 Grammys. She was nominated in nine categories and won in four, including best rap song with Megan Thee Stallion for Savage remix, Best R&B performance for Black Parade and best music video for Brown Skin Girl ■ BTS ‘i can’t breathe’ is song of the year ■ R&B singer H.E.R. won song of the year for I Can’t Breathe, which quotes the last words of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died while being arrested by police in Minneapolis last year Canadian YouTuber Lilly Singh turned up on the red carpet wearing a mask displaying “I stand with Farmers” (pic far left) The popular korean boy band lost to lady gaga and Ariana Grande | P9 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 counterpunch RS flags British racism, govt says it will take it up when required E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Days after a tell-all interview of Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and the controversy over Indian-origin Rashmi Samant, who was forced to resign as president of the Oxford University Students Union, the issue of racism in the UK figured in the Rajya Sabha on Monday . Just last week, the UK Parliament had debated the ongoing agitation against the new farm laws in India and criticised the alleged violation of human rights of protesters. The Centre hit back sharply, calling it an “unwarranted and tendentious” debate. The matter of racism was raised by BJP member Ashwini Vaishnav. “She (Samant) was cyberbullied to the point that she had to resign and even the Hindu religious beliefs of her parents were publicly attacked by a faculty member,” Vaishnav said. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India would take it up with Britain. As a friend, India also has concerns about UK’s reputational impacts, he added. “We have strong ties with the UK, we will take up such matter with great candour when required. We will monitor such development very, very closely, we will raise it when required.... As the land of Mahatma Gandhi, we can never turn our eyes away from racism wherever it is, particularly so in a country where we have such a large diaspora,” he said. Death penalty in Batla House encounter case Ariz awarded maximum punishment for gunning down police inspector Sharma S a n a S h a k i l @ New Delhi Ariz Khan, convicted in the killing of a police officer in the 2008 Batla House encounter in Delhi, was sentenced to death on Monday by a Delhi court, which said it is the most appropriate punishment for ‘dreaded terrorists’ like him. “Nature of offence and manner of committing the crime caused extreme indignation to the society in this case,” Additional Sessions Judge Sandeev Yadav said, declaring that there was no doubt that Ariz and his accomplices fired at police officials “without any provocation”. The encounter between the Delhi PoAriz Khan lice and a bunch of Indian Mujahideen members holed up in a flat in South DelFits rarest of hi had led to the death of Inspector Morare yardstick han Chand Sharma while two others sustained injuries. The court also imThe court put the posed a total fine of `11 lakh on Ariz, of case in the “rarest of which `10 lakh was ordered to be given rare” category while to the family of Sharma, who was postagreeing with humously awarded the Ashok Chakra Additional and many gallantry awards. Prosecutor A T Judge Yadav also sought to put an end Ansari that this was to the allegations of the September 2008 not just any killing police operation being a fake encounter. but a murder of a He held that police officials had no intenlaw enforcement tion to kill the occupants of the flat, statofficer who was a ing that some members of the raiding defender of justice team were not even carrying arms. “It is obvious that convict Ariz Khan along with his accomplices fired at police officials without being challenged, instinctively the judge said, in the 22-page ver...” dict. Ariz’s lawyer M S Khan had opposed capital punishment saying the incident was not premeditated. The judge cited the weapons recovered from the flat to conclude Ariz and his accomplices were terrorists. “Deadly weapons like AK-47 and two pistols were retrieved from the flat where the shootout took place.... Considering the nature of devastation these weapons can cause, it will be safe to conclude that there was were kept in the flat with a view to indulge in terrorist and anti-social activities,” the court ruled. 3 districts put on alert with spurt in Covid cases E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada Students and staff undergo Covid tests at a Mandal Parishad Upper Primary School in Malkipuram of East Godavari district on Monday | Express viral watch one 22,604 1,443 Death New samples tested 147 New cases 8,92,008 Total cases Recoveries 103 Commuters walk along a sidewalk amid a sandstorm during the morning rush hour in Beijing on Monday. Billed the worst sandstorm in a decade, it blew in from the Inner Mongolia region and forced the cancellation of over 400 flights in Beijing due to low visibility. As many as 12 provinces in the country’s north were blanketed in yellow sand and dust | AP | 12 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the launch of the temple management system at his camp office in Tadepalli on Monday | Express express read `102 cr for desilting in Krishna river Vijayawada: The State government accorded administrative approval for `102.44 crore to take up desilting works in upstream of Prakasam Barrage (from 0.50 km to 13.50 km) in River Krishna for extracting 50 lakh tonnes of desilted material for use in development works Vijayawada: The camp politics in the municipalities of Mydukur in Kadapa district and Tadipatri in Anantapur district is taking curious turns with the opposition TDP and ruling YSRC leaving no stone unturned to bag the chairman posts where the TDP got slender margin Jeep driver returns bag with gold to owner @Tirupati A jeep driver, who found a bag containing 10 totals of gold, cash and other valuable documents left behind in his vehicle by a pilgrim, showed his honesty by promptly handing it over to police. Later, the police traced the rightful owner of the bag containing gold and other valuables worth `4.5 lakh. According to Tirupati police, B Pandeswari of Sivagiri Taluk in Erode district of Tamil Nadu, boarded a jeep at Tirumala to go to Tirupati railway station after visiting Jeep driver Narayana, who returned the bag with gold left behind in his vehicle to the rightful owner | EXPRESS the temple. She got down from the jeep, leaving behind her handbag in the vehicle. Jeep driver Narayana who found the bag in his vehicle after she left, immediately handed over it to the Command Control Centre and informed the matter to police constable Nagaraju at Tirupati railway station. The constable, in turn, informed the matter to traffic DSP Mallikarjuna and Inspector Suresh Kumar. The Command Control Centre passed the information to police teams at Tirumala and other places to trace the rightful owner of the bag. Even as the police started search for the owner, Pandeswari rushed back to Tirumala and sought the help of police to find out her missing bag containing P3 gold and valuables. In Malikipuram of East Godavari district, at least 12 students of a school tested positive for Covid in the past four days. The medical officials conducted tests on 160-odd students of the school 6 staff of Tenali civic office contract virus Six employees of Tenali municipal office also contracted the virus. The primary and secondary contacts of the infected were being subjected to Covid tests at the government hospital New system with e-hundi for temple management launched honesty E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 1,45,57,366 Total samples tested 8,83,380 Total recoveries Camp politics for civic chief posts China’s sand blanket Active cases With the spike in Covid-19 cases in East Godavari, Guntur and Krishna, medical and health officials of the three districts have been put on high alert. Taking stock of the situation on Monday Deputy Chief , Minister (Health) Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani) spoke to the DM&HOs of the three districts and directed them to take all measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. In Malikipuram of East Godavari district, at least 12 students of a Mandal Parishad Upper Primary School tested positive for Covid in the past four days. According to sources, three school teachers tested positive initially Later a cook, . who serves the mid-day meal to children, also contracted the virus. As a precautionary measure, the medical and health officials conducted tests on 160-odd students of the school and 12 of them tested positive. All those who tested positive, were put under home quarantine and the area was declared a containment zone. The entire school was sanitised. In Amalapuram, a man who returned from Hyderabad on March 11, tested positive for the P4 virus. 12 students of EG school test positive SP announces cash reward for jeep driver The bag containing 10 totals of gold, cash and other valuables worth `4.5 lakh, was left behind by B Pandeswari of Sivagiri Taluk in Erode district of Tamil Nadu, in Narayana’s jeep. Tirupati Urban SP Ch Venkata Appala Naidu commended Narayana’s honesty and announced a cash reward for him To ensure transparency in the administration of temples run by the Endowments Department, the State government on Monday launched the temple management system bringing all the temples under it. The system includes temple information, online services for dev- otees, temple profiles, asset management, calendar, details of income and expenditure. ehundi is one of the major features of the new system. Henceforth, devotees can log into the e-hundi of the temple management system and donate funds to any temple of their choice and the transactions will be monitored by the P4 CMO for transparency . QR codes at temples for donations QR codes will be set up at the temples to enable devotees to offer their donations directly to the e-hundi. It was started in Annavaram temple on an experimental basis
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