vijayawada l saturday l march 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION S.C. dismisses plea to stay sale of electoral bonds The plea was moved by the Association for Democratic Reforms alleging lack of transparency in funding of political parties ‘No evidence of adverse impact on polls’ The NGO had claimed that the sale of electoral bonds before the Assembly elections would “increase illicit funding of political parties through shell companies”. Dismissing the plea, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said there is no evidence that electoral bonds would adversely impact elections. The SC said fresh electoral bonds can be issued from April 1 ■ `1 crore Transactions via banking channels ■ “The purchase as well as encashment of the bonds, happening only through banking channels, is always reflected in documents that eventually come to the public domain,” the order stated Donors can buy e-bonds from SBI and donate to political parties, which can encash them through their accounts within 15 days Is The highest denomination value of electoral bonds 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 ‘Didn’t let Students lose a year’ “Even when the rest of the world had foregone a year, India ensured that its students Much like everything else, didn’t waste it. Around 33 the biggest education con- crore students were given edclave, ThinkEdu, went ucation online. Provivirtual this year. Unsions were made for ion minister for educathose who couldn’t tion Ramesh Pokhriycome online through al, in his inaugural mediums like radio,” address, elaborated on said Pokhriyal. his vision for the NaTNIE Editorial Ditional Education Polirector Prabhu Chawcy and the way ahead. March 26-30, 7 PM la kicked off the He also spoke about ninth edition of how India was among the ThinkEdu, saying: “This very few countries in the year, we have brought illuworld that didn’t let students’ minating discussions and year go waste. conversations about new E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai ideas from India’s finest thinkers — scientists, businessmen and storytellers.” In a different session, Subhash Kak was in conversation with Indic scholar Dushyanth Sridhar and senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai. Kak spoke about how he sifted through various layers of Sanskrit literature to find a lot of subjects, including astronomy , that had been lost for thousands of years. “It opened a whole Prime Minister Narendra Modi handing over the Gandhi Peace Prize conferred upon Mujibur Rahman, to his daughters Sheikh Rehana (L) and PM Sheikh Hasina, in Dhaka on Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday began his twoday trip to Bangladesh by hailing the contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Indian armed forces in Bangladesh’s war of liberation. “Bangabandhu gave up his life for the people of Bangladesh. Today on the 50th anni, versary of Bangladesh’s independence and Bangabandhu’s birth centenary celebrations, I remember and salute his contribution and the contributions of the Indian armed forces, mukti jodhas in Bangladesh’s war of independence,” Modi said at the Nationa l D ay c e l e b r a t i o n s o f Bangladesh in Dhaka. Saying that India and Bang- Full coverage P7 We successfully conducted JEE and NEET amid the pandemic, which are the country’s largest competitive exams - Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union education minister Modi hails Bangabandhu, announces scholarship on Day I of B’desh visit P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ New Delhi new horizon to me,” he said. S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, SASTRA Deemed-to-be University was in conversation with Makarand Paranjape, Director, Indian Institute of Advance Study, who spoke about Swami Vivekananda and AI replacing human teaching. “Swamiji is so important because he takes us beyond the idea of education being some sort of livelihood training.” ladesh’s future together has a lot in store, he said it is important that New Delhi and Dhaka progress together. “The youth of both the countries need to be connected for better ties. I hence announce the setting up of suvarna jayanti scholarships for Bangladeshi students and also invite 50 entrepreneurs of Bangladesh to visit India,” he said. Earlier, Modi presented the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 awarded posthumously to Mujib, to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Modi also recalled how he had participated in Bangladesh’s struggle for independence by holding a satyagraha. Meanwhile, a protest by a mob against Modi’s trip got violent, leaving four persons dead with bullet injuries. P9 Nilam Sawhney set to become new SEC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Former Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, who is presently Principal Advisor to the CM, is all set to become the new State Election Commissioner (SEC). As the tenure of incumbent SEC N Ramesh Kumar is due to end on March 31, the State government sent a list of three retired IAS officers, including Sawhney, M Samuel and L Premachandra Reddy, to Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan to appoint one of them as the new SEC. The Governor cleared the name Sawhney for the SEC post and sent a communique to the State government on Friday . Govt opts for ordinance instead of full budget Mistry’s ouster kosher, says SC Upholds Tata Sons’ decision to sack him as chairman; Dec 2019 NCLAT order set aside K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi In a huge win for Tata Sons, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the ouster of former Tata Sons executive chairman Cyrus Mistry was legal, setting aside a 2019 National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order that directed his reinstatement. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice S A Bobde said, “There was no oppression of the minority shareholder (Mistry). There was no mismanagement by Tata Sons.” The apex court, however, added it was open for Tata and Mistry to work out their terms of separation. The court answered all the legal questions arising out of this dispute in favour of Tata Sons bringing an end to one of the biggest corporate battles in recent times. “If someone, aggrieved after his removal from office can engage in shadowboxing through the companies controlled by him, he cannot accuse the very same person who chose him as successor to be a shadow director. Someone who gained entry through the very same door, cannot condemn it when asked to exit,” nance to meet the expenditure in the first three months of new fiscal. It is learnt that As expected, the State gov- the total expenditure in the ernment has decided to go first three months of the new ahead with issuing an ordi- fiscal is estimated at `90,000 nance for meeting the ex- crore. Following the outbreak penditure in the first three of Covid-19 in March last months of the 2021-22 finan- year, the government, which cial year, which commences could not conduct the budget on April 1. This is session, brought an the second time that ordinance to meet the government optthe initial expendied for an ordinance ture and later passed The total instead of presentthe full budget in ing the full budget in expenditure of the June 2020. State government the Assembly . Though the Covid in the first three The State Cabinet situation was under months of the gave its nod to the control in the first new financial year ordinance and it was fortnight of March, is estimated at sent to the Governor t h e g o ve r n m e n t `90,000 crore for approval. Sourccould not conduct Source es said that the physthe budget session ical copy of the ordiowing to the Model nance was sent to all the Code of Conduct (MCC) that ministers and all of them was in force for the municialong with the Chief Minis- pal elections. Though the ter, signed it. Later, it was MCC was lifted on March 18, sent to the Governor. the government did not take As the government pre- any decision on conduct of ferred to conduct a full ses- the budget session as it exsion of the Assembly to pass pected that the State Election the budget in April or May as Commission might resume per the convenience, it had the remaining process of opted for bringing the ordi- MPTC and ZPTC polls. P4 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada A video grab of the house in Thondangi, where 21 members of a family tested positive for Covid | EXPRESS Andhra Pradesh High Court judges will get a fleet of brand new Kia Carnival premium vehicles for their use. A total of 20 cars will be purchased at a cost of `6.3 crore. The High Court has 19 judges. The High Court Registrar General on Thursday wrote a letter to the State government that they had decided to pur- Ratan Tata the 282-page judgment read. Welcoming the verdict, Ratan Tata said the order validated the values and ethics that had always guided the Tata Group. “It is not an issue of winning or losing. After relentless attacks on my integrity and the ethical conduct of the group, the judgment upholding Tata Sons is a validation or the values and ethics that have always been the guiding principles of the group. It reinforces the fairness and justice displayed by our judiciary he said in a statement. ,” The ruling came on a plea that challenged the December 18, 2019 NCLAT order which reinstated Shapoorji Pallonji Group scion Cyrus Mistry as the executive chairman of Tata Sons. The Tata-Mistry dispute began when Mistry who succeed, ed Ratan Tata in 2012, was ousted four years later. In Thondangi of East Godavari district, 21 members of a joint family tested positive after a student from a residential college in Rajamahendravaram, where more than 163 students contracted the virus recently, returned home. The medical and health officials declared the locality in which the family is residing, as a containment zone to curb the spread of virus AT least 10 coronavirus patients died and several others were injured in a major fire at Sunrise Hospital in Mumbai on Friday The hospital is situ. ated on the top floor of Dreams Mall at Mulund. According to the BMC, the blaze was noticed around midnight on Thursday on the first floor, and it quickly spread to the upper floors. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the spot and ordered an inquiry. Thackeray apologised for the incident and said the guilty won’t be spared. “In view of rising Covid-19 cases, permission was given to start new Covid treatment centres or hospitals in Mumbai. It seems there were lapses in fire safety he said ,” Thackeray also announced `5 lakh as financial help to the families of the deceased. Congress minister Aslam Sheikh said he was surprised to see a hospital inside the mall. “The Dream Mall itself has not even got the occupation certificate (OC). Then how was the hospital set up inside the mall? Strict action will be taken against the guilty he added. ,” COVID TRACKER 40,604 984 306 2 4,145 8,96,863 1,49,16,201 New recoveries Deaths Active cases Samples tested New cases Total samples tested Total cases 8,85,515 Total recoveries 7,203 Covid toll 6.01% Positivity rate 2,79,330 Tests per million AP records highest single-day spike of 984 cases in 4 months E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh recorded yet another spike in daily count with 984 Covid-19 cases emerging from 40,000-odd samples tested in the 24 hours ending Friday 9 am, taking the cumulative total past the 8.96 lakhmark. This is the highest singleday spike in Covid cases in the past four months. The total samples tested so far has crossed the 1.4 crore-mark, while the positivity rate in the State is 6.01 per cent. The spread of coronavirus was more in Chittoor, Visakhapatnam, Krishna and Guntur with a daily count of more than 100 cases reporting in the four districts. Taking stock of the situation, Deputy Chief Minister (Health) Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani) spoke to medical and health officials UK strain found in Prakasam dist Four persons, who returned to Ongole from Chennai recently, had tested positive for the UK strain of coronavirus. When their samples were sent to the CCMB, they came positive. of Chittoor, Visakhapatnam, Krishna, East Godavari and Guntur districts, which witnessed surge in Covid cases on Thursday and directed them to , ensure better treatment to those who tested positive. There is a likelihood of increase in Covid cases in Chittoor as it shares borders with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Hence, the official machinery should be on high alert, he said. The officials informed the minister that there are more than 750 active cases in the district. Of the total, 187 infected students are under home isolation. More than 187 infectees are undergoing treatment in SVIMS and Ruia Hospital, they said. Chittoor DMHO Penchalaiah said 70 hostel students of a corporate educational institution tested positive after they were shifted from Krishna disP4 trict recently . chase 20 Kia Carnival Diesel 8AT Limousine 7 HTX (Steel Silver) cars for the use of judges and sought an allocation of additional budget of `6.3 crore. Each car costs `31.5 lakh. Soon after receiving the letter, the Home (Legal and Legislative Assembly) Department issued GO RT 348 permitting the High Court Registrar Gen- 55 students contract virus, AU reschedules examinations E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam As many as 55 students of Andhra University Engineering College tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, prompting the varsity authorities to reschedule the examinations and conduct online classes. According to medical and health officials, Covid tests were conducted for over 800 students and they got results of 350 samples and of which 55 tested positive. The test reports of 500 students are expected in a day or two. DMHO PS Suryanarayana told TNIE that all engineering students, who tested positive are asymptomatic. “They are kept in isolation in a hostel,’’ the DMHO said. AU Registrar V Krishna Mohan, in a circular issued on Friday night, stated that all the remaining examinations of BE, BTech and BPharmacy of AU campus and its affiliated colleges scheduled to be held from Saturday, have been reP4 scheduled. express read HC judges to get 20 new cars worth `6.3 cr @ Vijayawada @ Mumbai Cyrus Mistry ‘Fair compensation’ not adjudicated elite fleet E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E The bench refused to entertain Cyrus Pallonji Mistry’s plea for fair compensation for his 18.5% stake in Tata Sons saying “the valuation of the shares of SP Group depends upon the value of the stake of Tata Sons in listed equities, unlisted equities, immovable assets etc... Therefore, we cannot adjudicate on the fair compensation”. | P12 21 members of family test positive in EG 10 perish in Mumbai Covid hospital fire eral to purchase the cars and allocated an additional budget of `6.3 crore for the new vehicles. V Sunitha, Secretary, Legal and Legislative Affairs Department, issued the GO sanctioning the additional budget of `6.3 crore and requested the High Court Registrar General to do the needful. CM launches updated Spandana Portal Congress fields Chinta for Tirupati bypoll Rayalaseema project ‘nonsensical’: KCR Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the updated Spandana Portal on Friday. The new portal has 858 subjects and 3,758 sub-subjects as against 2,677 subjects and 27,919 subsubjects in the old one, which helps save time, besides ensuring speedy redressal of people’s grievances. P4 Tirupati: The Congress announced former Union Minister Chinta Mohan as its candidate for the April 17 Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll. He won the Tirupati seat six times in the past. At present, he is a special invitee to the Congress Working Committee and in fact he is the only leader from the State in the CWC. Hyderabad: Terming the Andhra Pradesh government’s proposed Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme “nonsensical”, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday declared that Telangana would fight the illegal project by all means. The State government would not compromise on Telangana’s interests when it comes to river water, he said.
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