WHAT YOUR PPF ACCOUNT WILL NOW FETCH Instrument Savings deposit 1-year time deposit 2-year time deposit 3-year time deposit 5-year time deposit 5-year RD Senior citizen saving schemes Monthly income account National Savings Certificate Pubic Provident Fund scheme WARANGAL THURSDAY APRIL 01, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION SMALL SAVINGS RATES SLASHED. A CASE OF BAD TIMING? The Centre on Wednesday revised interest rates of various small savings schemes for the first quarter of FY22 (April 1 to June 30, 2021) The announcement comes at a time when five states are going to polls This might not sit well with voters who have invested in small saving schemes 50-100 bps down Kisan Vikas Patra Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis. The new rates are lower by 50-100 basis points and this is for the first time since 1974 that Public Provident Fund interest rate will be below 7 per cent Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme Rate of interest 1.1.2021 to 31.3.2021 4.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.7 5.8 7.4 6.6 6.8 7.1 Rate of interest Compounding 1.4.2021 to frequency 30.6.2021 3.5 4.4 5.0 5.1 5.8 5.3 6.5 5.7 5.9 6.4 6.9 (maturing 6.2 (maturing Annual Quarterly Quarterly Quarterly Quarterly Quarterly Quarterly Monthly Annual Annual in 124 months) in 138 months) Annual 7.6 6.9 Annual The last time the Central government had cut the interest rates of small savings schemes in a big way was in the April-June quarter of 2020-21, when rates were slashed by 70-140 basis points `3.9 lakh cr FROM THE SMALL SAVINGS CORPUS WILL BE USED TO FINANCE 26% OF THE FISCAL DEFICIT IN FY22 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 Mixed response to Mamata’s mid-poll pitch on Oppn unity Cong chief Sonia Gandhi remains silent, RJD, NCP concur with Didi; writes to Jagan, too, but not KCR NANDIGRAM TALKING POINT ACROSS BENGAL M EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kolkata/New Delhi/Patna/Mumbai ACCUSING the BJP of trying to establish a one-party ‘’authoritarian rule’’ in the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Baner jee on Wednesday wrote to top Opposition leaders urging them to unite to defend democracy . Her letter came ahead of the second phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal and it is being seen as an initiative to drum up Opposition support against the BJP which is the main ri, val of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the ongoing polls. Her call drew mixed reactions within the Opposition with the Congress choosing to remain silent, though regional parties like the RJD, NCP AAP , and SP extended full support. “I strongly believe that that the time has come for a united and effective struggle against the BJP’s attack on democracy and the Constitution. We can win this battle only with the unity of hearts and mind and by presenting a credible alternative to the people of India,’’ she wrote. In the three-page letter, Mamata appealed to non-BJP leaders, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, ailing N C P f o u n d e r S h a r a d P aw e r, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, DMK chief M K Stalin, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy PDP head Mehbooba Muf, ti, CPI(ML) chief Dipankar Bhattacharya and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. She, however, did not write to Telengana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who had fancied his chances in the past at leading a third front. I strongly believe that the time has come for a united and effective struggle against the BJP’s attacks on democracy and the Constitution Mamata Banerjee, CM We support Mamata. Sharad Pawar may campaign in the last phase of the elections in Bengal after he recuperates Nawab Malik, NCP What she has written now was long ago said by RJD chief Lalu Prasad to save the country from being ruined by the BJP Mritunjay Tiwary, RJD AMATA Banerjee lit up Nandigram with a slogan that perhaps encapsulates where West Bengal is right now, in terms of the gap between its reality and its desire. “Cool cool Trinamool, thanda thanda cool, vote paabe jora phool,” she thundered, with an elan that TV advertising professionals would envy Jora phool is the grass flower associated . with the West Bengal Chief Minister’s party, the Trinamool. Will it get the votes? Therein hangs a tale. Now, West Bengal may well be renamed Nandigram. You must of course overlook a few distractions — like Amit Shah claiming a clean sweep, in arid Purulia. Or Mamata Banerjee actually demanding that the PM’s visa and passport be cancelled for having visited Orakandi in Bangladesh. Those distractions are quite a handful for an Assembly election, you think? Yes. But then, this is WEST BENGAL West Bengal. A little detour: Orakandi is SANTWANA BHATTACHARYA revered by the Matua commu@ Bolpur/Suiri/Rampurhat, Birbhum nity, quite a vital component of the voters in three Bengal districts. Nobody here, among the intelligentsia, quite likes the fact that the name of caste has been taken. Bengal’s politics has always avoided it. And that’s the BJP’s opening. Bengal still speaks a universal language. It still responds to resonating phrases like ‘Amar Naam, Tomar Naam, Nandigram, Nandigram...’ That’s not just a slogan, by the way Kolkata, Howrah, . Hooghly, Burdwan, Birbhum, 24 Parganas—districts which vote in the third and fourth phases or later—seem somewhat indifferent about happens to their own constituencies. But they’re not indifferent about Nandigram. Anywhere and everywhere, it’s difficult to get people focused on any other issue. The small talk all around—the small tea shops, the small man walking back after his day’s work in those rich rice fields—invariably focuses on that one thing. It’s the Big Fight. The questions are: Is Didi panicking? Will Suvendu Adhikari pull it off ? Will Nandigram again be the turning point of Bengal’s political history? It’s quite the local thriller. If you so much as mildly declare that you have been to the epicentre and have come out in one piece, you may very well get a discount at a sweet shop, or at Sonajuri haat, Santiniketan. Continued on: P7 ASI hit by cabbie dead, organs donated CONTRACTION Core infra slips 4.6% in Feb, the most in 6 months No change in inflation target Centre has kept the inflation target for the next five years at current levels, Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said. The current inflation target is 4% | P10 Despite fewer beds in bigger hospitals, many are headed there. This is also despite the number of smaller private hosps with Covid beds increasing in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, active cases back in Aug 2020 stood at 17,754, but this number is now at 4,965 of the slain policeman, giving a new lease of life to at least five people. Meanwhile, Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar expressed his condolences to the family along with , other police officials, and paid his last respects by being a pallbearer for the mortal remains of Mahipal Reddy “I thank the family . for braving the loss and agreeing to donate his organs. Cyberabad police recommits itself to the strict enforcement of traffic rules. I also appeal to people to drive carefully and warn those driving under the influence of alcohol of strict action,” Sajjanar said. He added that all benefits that the family is supposed to get will be processed at the earliest. The State government would support the family in all possible ways. Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy also paid her last respects to the ASI’s mortal remains. Mahipal Reddy had joined the police department in 1989 as a constable. He was promoted as ASI and deputed to KPHB police P3 station four months ago. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 10.9%, 3.7%, 1.8%, 5.5%, and 0.2%, respectively in February , . Core sector data is crucial as its combined weight is over 40% in the Index of Industrial production (IIP). In January 2021, industrial production slipped 1.6%, after registering a 1% growth in December 2020. Experts say recovery would be delayed with the steep rise in Covid-19 infections across the country. “The fact that all sectors have gone negative is a disappointment,” said Madan Sabnavis of CARE Ratings. INDICATING that economic recovery would be slower than anticipated, output of the eight infrastructure sectors contracted by a sharp 4.6% in February – the steepest decline in the past six months – the latest government data showed. According to commerce ministry data released on Wednesday, the eight key core sectors – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity – witnessed a decline of 4.4%, 3.2%, 1%, A senior citizen being administered a Covid vaccine at Fever Hospital in Hyderabad on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU RT-PCR test a must for patients EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TAKING the Covid-19 surveillance up a notch, the Telangana government on Wednesday made the RTPCR test mandatory for outpatients and inpatients of five categories at hospitals. The five categories include those coming to hospital with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), Influenza-like Illness (ILI) symptoms, asymptomatic high-risk patients who are hospitalised or seeking immediate hospitalisation, asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical/ non-surgical invasive procedures and all pregnant women in/near labour who are hospitalised for delivery according to a government order. , For inpatients undergoing invasive procedures, the testing has been mandated for once a week during their stay in hospital. The directions are as per the advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research in September, 2020 on the ‘Strategy of Covid-19 testing in India’. Beds in top hosps filling up fast as 2nd wave intensifies DONITA JOSE @ Hyderabad PRIVATE tertiary care hospitals in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits have been recording a steep rise in occupancy of Covid-19 beds for the past couple of weeks, with some wellknown ones reaching full capacity . As on date, of the 2,228 beds occupied in private hospitals across Telangana, 1,281 are in the GHMC limits. An analysis of the medical bulletin shows that even though there are around 81 major private hospitals in the GHMC limits, only 16 have over 50 beds reserved for Covid-19 treatment. Of these 16, nearly a dozen have reached almost full capacity and the others are 50 per cent full. The number of smaller private hospitals with Covid-19 beds has increased in Hyderabad, but the patient rush is higher at super-speciality private hospitals, where the number of beds has fallen. In August 2020, there were 4,641 beds available in 60 hospitals in the GHMC limits, which fell to 3,131 across 81 hospitals on March 31, 2021. Apollo Hospitals, which had over 900 beds in August, now has hardly 100. Similar is the case with Sunshine, KIMS and Care, among other big hospitals, which had 150-300 beds earlier but slowly reduced it to 100-odd beds. Health Department officials have pointed out that the pattern of bed occupancy is indicative of the secCONTINUED ON P5 ond wave. NIA raids lawyer’s house, finds Maoist literature ATTACK ON DISSENT Civil rights activists condemned the searches, stating that these were intended to create fear among those raising their voice EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad HC advocate V Raghunath TS staff let go by AP govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada Cyberabad CP VC Sajjanar and other officials carry the hearse of ASI Mahipal Reddy for the funeral, in Hyderabad on Wednesday THE Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of KPHB police station, Annapureddy Mahipal Reddy — who was grievously injured on Saturday night after being hit by an Uber cab driver during a drunken driving check near KPHB — breathed his last in the early hours of Wednesday . He was 54 and had been in hospital for over three days. Despite their grief and shock, Mahipal Reddy’s family decided to donate eight vital organs Many opting for bigger hosps The directions are as per the advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research in September, 2020 on the ‘Strategy of Covid-19 testing in India’. Meanwhile, with 684 fresh Covid-19 cases, Telangana appears to be heading towards the second wave much faster than before. In this month alone, 8,966 cases have been added to the tally, with 63 individuals dying in the last 31 days 117 IN THE LINE OF DUTY Mahipal Reddy is survived by wife A Anitha and two sons — Pramod and Sandeep. On March 27, when he was on night duty, an Uber cab driver knocked him down, due to which he received multiple injuries EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad RULES AS PER ICMR ADVISORY IN a major relief to 117 Class III and Class IV employees of Telangana origin, who are working in Andhra Pradesh, the State government on Wednesday issued an order repatriating them. They include 13 Class IV employees of Telangana origin, who were appointed on compassionate grounds in AP. The employees of Telangana origin met Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy earlier in the day and urged him to repatriate them. Soon after they made a representation to the Chief Minister, the General Administration Department issued GO Ms No 37 to repatriate Class III and Class IV employees of Telangana origin. Though all these employees had opted for TS, they were allotted to AP by the CR Kamalanathan Committee after the State bifurcation CONTINUED ON P4 in 2014. TS SEES HIGHEST POWER DEMAND I P4 Tea spiked with pesticide kills woman EXPRESS NEW SERVICE @ Jangaon A 60-year-old woman died, while her husband and a relative were admitted to hospital in a critical condition, on Wednesday after they drank tea which was spiked with pesticide at Ramachandrapur village of Bachannapet mandal in Jangaon district. Dasaram Anjamma died at the spot, but her husband Dasaram Mallaiah (70) and the relative, Dasaram Bikshapathi (60), have been admitted to the MGM Hospital in Warangal. According to police, when Bikshapathi went to Mallaiah’s house on Wednesday morning, the latter made tea which was spiked with CONTINUED ON P2 pesticide. THE National Investigation Agency on Wednesday carried out searches at the residence of High Court advocate and vice-president of Civil Liberties Committee-Telangana, V Raghunath, apart from the houses of other civil rights activists, at seven locations in Hyderabad. The searches, which began at 6 pm and continued till late night, were in connection with the alleged links with the banned Maoist party and its cadres. Maoist literature and other incriminating material were seized. The NIA had taken up the investigation based on a case registered by the Andhra Pradesh police against P4 64 people.
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