tirupati l sunday l march 21, 2021 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION Tokyo organisers say no to fans from abroad In a historic decision, no spectators from outside Japan will be allowed to watch the Olympic Games because of pandemic will hit income but too risky Officials said the risk was too great to admit ticket holders from overseas during a pandemic. Japanese public too was against fans entering the country. About 1 million tickets are reported to have been sold to fans from outside Japan. Organisers have promised refunds. Japan had a budget of $800m through ticket sales -- third largest income source in the Games ■ 4.5m Sharath, Manika qualify in mixed ■ ■ Sharath Kamal is on a roll. A day after securing Olympic berth in singles, he paired up with Manika Batra for TT mixed spot On Friday, India booked four berths in men’s and women’s singles. The total now stands at five This is the first time mixed-doubles is included in Olympics Number of tickets sold to spectators in japan 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 RSS gets future-ready, picks Hosabale for top post A s h w i n i M S r i pa d & M an i s h A nan d @ Bengaluru/New Delhi Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd James Austin III making Covid-appropriate contact at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday | pti Human rights, LAC dominate India-US parleys Aiming to position the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) at the forefront to address “modern societal complexities” and prepare a new leadership, the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the top decision-making body of the organisation, on Saturday unanimously elected Dattatreya Hosabale (66) to succeed Suresh ‘Bhaiyaji’ Joshi as the next Sarkaryawah (general secretary), a position Joshi served for 12 years. Sharing his thoughts on the road ahead for the RSS, Hosa- bale said there is a need for an intellectual campaign. “It is time to set right the narrative on India,” he stressed. On the hotly debated issue of ‘love jihad’, he said the organisation will fully support laws to regulate it, while favouring inter-caste marriages. He stressed the need for reservation for backward communities. “Hosabale is known for dialogue, and he’s seen as best suited to address the emerging modern societal complexities. In the past, Hosabale deftly responded to issues, including the rights of India’s tension with China on the LAC and alleged human rights violation in India were among the major issues that figured in the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Defence Secretary Llyod Austin on Saturday . Austin is on a two-day visit to India. This is the first overseas visit by a top functionary of the Biden administration. Sources said Austin told Jaishankar that “as the two largest democracies in the world, human rights and values are important to us and we will lead with these values”. Later, talking to reporters, Austin said, “India is our partner whose partnership we value… Partners need to be able to have those kinds of discussions. And certainly, we feel comfortable in doing that and you can have those discussions in a very meaningful way and still make progress.” The issue of human rights was raised amid global concerns raised over the government’s handling of the farmer protest, alleged persecution of minorities and independent voices being gagged. Ahead of Llyod’s visit, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had urged him to take up the issue with India. On India-China tension, Austin said the US never thought the two countries were on the brink of a war. During the meeting that lasted an hour, the two leaders also discussed the importance of the Indo-Pacific region and the Afghanistan situation. Earlier, Austin held talks with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the two countries decided to increase interaction between their armed forces, specifically with the US military commands having their operations into the Indian Ocean Region, Eastern Coasts of Africa and the Gulf. “We have agreed to pursue enhanced cooperation with the US Indo-Pacific Command, Central Command and Africa Command,” Singh said after the meeting. He added the discussions focussed on defence cooperation and expanding military-to-military engagement across services, information sharing, cooperation in emerging sectors of defence and mutual logistics support. AP sees highest daily count of 380 in 2021 30,978 380 New samples 300 298 200 New cases 261 250 218 175 147 150 246 137 March 19 March 18 March 17 March 16 0 March 15 50 March 14 100 March 13 Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh recorded a sharp spike of 380 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours ending Saturday 9 am, which is the highest daily count this year. With the spike in Covid cases for the past 15 days, the number of active cases in the State reached 2,083, which is the highest after January 16. Saturday’s count of 380 is the highest after the 402 cases reported on December 22, 2020 out of 56,000-odd samples tested. This is the third time that the daily count went past 300 this year. FULL COVERAGE: P4 Covid surge S u d h i r S u r ya w an s h i @ Mumbai smart achievement Andhra Pradesh Police, led by DGP Gautam Sawang, bags the FICCI Smart Policing Award on Saturday | Express In a new twist to the bomb scare case near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Saturday accused state home minister Anil Deshmukh of using arrested assistant police inspector Sachin Waze to extort money In an eight-page let. ter addressed to CM Uddhav Thackeray, Singh said Waze was set an extortion target of `100 crore per month. Rejecting Singh’s charges, Deshmukh said he would sue the ex-Mumbai police chief. He said Singh was leveling false allegations as he faced inquiry and arrest in the SUV case. SEC seeks CBI probe into leak of letters to Guv E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Saturday filed a petition in the High Court seeking a CBI probe into the alleged leak of privileged communication between him and the Gover nor. He stated that probe into the issue by the State police will not yield any result and in turn, the police may even frame him for the leak of confidential letters. Justice Rao Raghunandan Rao, before whom the petition came up for hearing, directed the High Court registry to refer it to the Chief Justice for listing and hearing before another judge. The SEC, in his petition, said he has the responsibility of conducting the elections in a free and fair manner and for this he needs the cooperation of the Governor. Ramesh Kumar said as part of this, he had written confidential letters to the Governor, which had become public. Alleging that the confidential letters were made public HC questions SEC on its powers The AP High Court on Saturday questioned SEC N Ramesh Kumar whether the SEC is of the view that the discretionary powers it has do not have any limitation and such powers do not come under legal scrutiny. Justice DVSS Somayajulu made these observations while hearing the writ petition seeking conduct of MPTC and ZPTC polls by some people with vested interests, Ramesh Kumar said he urged the Chief Secretary and the Governor’s Secretary to inquire into the leak. He said the Governor’s Secretary denied any such leak of the confidential letters and failed to inquire the mater. In the meantime, Ramesh Kumar said he received a notice from the AP Legislative Assembly Secretary on March 18 as ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and Botcha Satyanarayana complained to the Privileges Committee stating that the contents of his letters written to the Governor amounted to breach of their privileges. Asserting that the letters were not leaked from his office, the SEC said in a writ filed by M Ramireddy of Guntur seeking court direction for conduct of MPTC and ZPTC polls, the petitioner attested the copy of the confidential letter written by him to the Governor. The petitioner, however, did not reveal the source of the letter, he said. Ramesh Kumar made the Chief Secretary, Governor’s Secretary Union Home Secre, tary, CBI Director, ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and Botcha Satyanarayana and Ramireddy respondents. He urged the court to direct the CBI to submit its interim report on leak of letters within 72 hours. Two cops decamp with `8.04 lakh from lockup room, held @ Rajamahendravaram Two police constables, who broke into the lockup room of Veeravasaram police station in West Godavari district on the night of March 16 and decamped with `8.04 lakh, were arrested on Saturday.Due to bank holidays for four consecutive days, supervisors of government-run liquor outlets in the mandal kept the cash in the safe custody of police. Constables U Gangajalam, who was attached to the police station for election duty and G , Ganeswara Rao of Veeravasaram police station had hatched a plan to steal the money. In pursuance of the plan, Gangajalam entered into the police station after scaling the scaling compound wall from the rear side. He brought an iron pipe with him and with which he broke the lock of the lockup room and brought the box containing cash outside. M an i s h A nan d @ New Delhi Six months after he was dropped from BJP’s team of national office bearers, the RSS recalled former national general secretary of the saffron outfit Ram Madhav to its fold. Seen as BJP’s powerful general secretary who shaped , the government’s policy and approach on Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav was sidelined in the run up to the 2019 election. Madhav will now be on RSS’ national executive. Besides Madhav, JP Nadda had dropped another national general secretary P Murlidhar Rao. Both Rao and Madhav were the nominees of the RSS in the BJP and the names of their re, placements will be revealed soon, said sources. Gangajalam removed the seal and broke the lock of the box and took away the money . He threw the broken lock behind the police station. Later, Singh claimed that Waze was called to Dyaneswar (Deshmukh ’s residence), where the minister told him to collect `2-3 lakh each from the 1,750-odd bars and restaurants in the city amounting to at least `40, 50 crore. Waze was allegedly instructed to tap into other sources to meet the shortfall. Sharing the transcripts of purported WhatsApp chats with his colleagues to substantiate his allegations, Singh said it was normal for Deshmukh to bypass the top brass and bend the course of investigations by prevailing upon subordinates. In the missive to Thackeray , the ex-CoP claimed he had kept NCP chief Sharad Pawar and deputy CM Ajit Pawar abreast of Deshmukh’s misdeeds, which are also known to many NCP ministers. Singh was transferred as Commandant-General of Maharashtra Home Guards over his alleged mishandling of the bomb scare case. The case refers to an explosives-laden SUV which was found near Ambani’s residence in Mumbai last month. Waze was arrested in conncetion with the mysterious death of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was the owner of the SUV . KTR vowed to take part in steel plant stir: Ganta E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam Telangana Rashtra Samithi working president and IT Minister KT Rama Rao, who extended support to the ongoing agitation against privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, is likely to visit Vizag soon to join the stir. Former minister and TDP MLA Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who sent his resignation to the AP Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram protesting against the privatisation of steel plant, met KTR in Telangana State Assembly in Hyderabad on Saturday and thanked him for the support extended to the steel plant agitation. “KTR has promised to visit Vizag soon,” Ganta said. Vizag Ukku agtation being spearheaded by Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee got a big boost with top leaders of national trade unions joining the fight to save the steel plant at the largely attended Visakha Ukku Karmika Garjana at Trishna grounds in the city on Saturday . Giving credence to Ganta’s Former minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao with Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao in Hyderabad on Saturday | Express Steel stir a people’s movement now: CITU CITU general secretary Tapan Sen said the stir against the Centre’s move to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) was no more a trade union stir as it snowballed into a people’s movement words, TRS Trade Union leader V Rambabu, who participated in Garjana, announced that KTR will soon visit Visakhapatnam to extend support to the agitation by steel plant workers and people of the city P4 . express read T h e f t i n PS E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e sidelined in bjp, madhav recalled to sangh Fold Maha HM used Waze to extort money? Austin says US never considered the LAC conflict would trigger an India-China war P u s h k a r Bana k a r & M ayan k S i n g h @ New Delhi transgenders. Conversant in several languages, his elevation as the executive head of the RSS is a generational change along with an attempt to connect with the people through discourse, pointed out Prof Badri Narayan of the GB Pant University of Social Sciences and author of the book Republic of Hindutva. Hosabale, who is a contemporary to key functionaries in the echelons of BJP, has been at ease with them and is forceful in articulating P5 the RSS viewpoints. he took the lock of another lockup room in the police station and with it, he locked the lockup room in which the cash box was kept, the police said. Palacole Rural Circle Inspector D Venkateswara Rao said the liquor shop supervisors came to the police station the next day and found the cash missing after which a case was registered. During the case investigation, the police found that Gangajalam and Ganeswara Rao stole the mon- ey. Fearing that they might have been caught, the duo initially concealed the money in the bushes near Abhayanjaneya Swamy temple in the town. Gangajalam later took his share from it and concealed the money in a dustbin at Tulasi convention centre in Veeravasaram. As the duo came to know that their movements were recorded in the CCTV cameras, they fled. The two cops were apprehended at a bridge in Veeravasaram. CID may move SC to get stay on probe vacated Jaiprakash Power wins sand mining policy bid Vijayawada: After the High Court stayed investigation into the case of alleged alienation of assigned lands filed based on a complaint lodged by YSRC MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, for four weeks, the Crime Investigation Department is reportedly planning to move the Supreme Court to get the stay vacated. Vijayawada: Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd has emerged as the successful bidder by quoting `1,528.80 crore for all the three packages for two years for implementation of the upgraded sand policy of the State government. With this, the revenue through the sale of sand is set go up by 100% a year. WITH THIS ISSUE Covidology 2021 PLUS 12 PAGES
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