HYDERABAD TUESDAY APRIL 06, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION FIGHT AGAINST MAOISTS WILL BE INTENSIFIED, SAYS SHAH Union Home minister Amit Shah reached Chhattisgarh on Monday and visited the 31 jawans injured in Bijapur ambush FIGHT HAS REACHED A DECISIVE TURN ATTACK INDICATES REBELS’ DESPERATION Shah also chaired a high-level meeting at Jagdalpur on the Left Wing Extremism situation. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, senior officials of the state police and the CRPF were present in the meeting. Later, he said the assault has brought the fight to a decisive turn. After paying homage to the 22 fallen personnel, he said their sacrifices will never be forgotten | P8 ■ ■ Shah said the assault indicated the desperation of the rebels in the face of security forces making inroads into their strongholds He said there will be no letup in the intensity of the fight, but the government will take into account the representations of tribal leaders and temper security presence with regional development 1 MISSING SOME JOURNOS INFORMED BY MAOISTS THAT THE JAWAN IS IN THEIR CAPTIVITY 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 BUSIEST POLL DAY TODAY Third phase voting in Assam and Bengal, single-phase poll in Kerala, TN, Puducherry EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TUESDAY will mark the busiest day of the election season with Assam, Kerala, Puducherry Tamil Nadu and Bengal going to , polls. Assam will witness the third and final phase of voting, while it’s a single-phase for Kerala, TN and Puducherry For Ben. gal, it’s the 3rd of the 8th-phase voting that will end on April 29. The results will be declared on May 2. In West Bengal, 205 candidates are fighting for 31 seats. Among the prominent contestants are Assembly Speaker Biman B a n e r j e e a n d j o u r n a l i s t S w ap a n Dasgupta. In Assam, 337 candidates are vying for 40 Assembly constituencies. The Congressled grand alliance may have an edge as most of the constituencies going to polls on Tuesday are dominated by Bengalispeaking Muslims, who are known to support the grand old party . In Kerala, 957 candidates are contesting in 140 seats. The ruling CPM-led LDF hopes to retain power by breaking the state’s famed ‘incumbency jinx’, while the Congress-led UDF is confident of winning a comfortable majority Meanwhile, the NDA . is eyeing the kingmaker position by bagging seats in double-digits. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, former CM Oommen Chandy and Metro Man E Sreedharan are among the big names in the fray . Tamil Nadu is where the largest number of candidates — 3,998 — vying for 234 seats. The main fight is between the ruling AIADMK-BJP alliance and the DMK-Congress coalition. In Puducherry 324 candidates including , P7 35 women are vying for 30 seats. BHAGATH CONFIDENT OF WINNING N’SAGAR ASSEMBLY SEAT DID YOU KNOW? If your name is not on the voters list, there is no way you can cast your ballot But if you find that someone has already cast your vote, then ask for a ‘tender vote’ and exercise your voting right after satisfactorily establishing your identity with the presiding officer 90 VOTERS IN A BOOTH, 171 VOTES CAST In Assam, 171 votes were cast in a Haflong booth that had just 90 eligible voters in phase II of polling. Five poll officials suspended Though Cong candidate K Jana Reddy is a seasoned politician, Bhagath says that the former has done nothing for the segment | P4 Reverse journey: Godavari to flow into tributaries to irrigate TS lands EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Sangareddy A tributary joining the river is a normal occurrence. Now, a river is going to join two of its tributaries to irrigate waterthirsty lands of Telangana. We are talking about the mighty Godavari. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will unlock the unusual phenomenon at 10.30 am on Tuesday when he releases Godavari waters from Sangareddy canal, which origi- nates from Kondapochamma reservoir, into Haldivagu in erstwhile Medak district. The discharge into Haldivagu would be about 1,600 cusecs. Water released from the 5.5 km point of the Sangareddy canal will flow into a channel that would take the water to Haldivagu. After a 96-km journey in Hadivagu, the water will reach Nizamsagar Project after join- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad A major Covid-19 cluster which has developed in an orphanage in LB Nagar, came to light on Monday after seven children there tested positive for Covid19. These are among the 100 children who stay in the orphanage. The seven, who tested positive, underwent Rapid Antigen Tests. Rangareddy health officials have now conducted RT-PCR tests on all the children as they suspect many others might be infected. Orphanage officials not been able to explain the outbreak but it is possible that it is because the children reside in a congested space. The management says the children have now been isolated in separate rooms.“Since it was a closed space, the spread has been rapid. We conducted RATs on all the children. However, to be safer, RT-PCR have also been done. Results will come in a day or two,” said Dr Swarajya Lakshmi, DMHO Rangareddy . Meanwhile, officials from the Women Development and Child Welfare Department are closely 1,097 Covid-19 cases detected in Telangana on Sunday Few boys who are over 18 years old have been going outside regularly and could be the carriers, says M Moti, District Welfare Officer monitoring the situation. “Few boys who are over 18 years old have been going outside regularly and could be the carriers. In case, more children test positive, we shift them to another facility which is more spacious,” said M Moti, District Welfare Officer. Rangareddy is the thirdworst affected district after Greater Hyderabad and Medchal. In the last seven days nearly 587 cases have been reported, of which 116 were reported on Sunday . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mulugu/Bhupalpally Special police forces conduct vehicle checks in Eturunagaram mandal of Mulugu district on Monday Mulugu and JayashankarBhupalpally districts are on a high state of alert and they are combing the area inch by inch with the help of special teams. The situation is tense in the border areas. Mulugu district shares a border with Chhattisgarh and Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district shares borders with both Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. CONTINUED ON P4 IIT-H develops cost-effective dual carbon battery @ Hyderabad RESEARCHERS at the IIT Hyderabad have developed a new battery that they claim will work as efficiently as the currently used lithium-ion batteries but will be environmentfriendly and cheaper. The new battery — dual carbon battery — can cut the overall battery cost by as much as 20 to 25 percent, points out Dr Surendra Kumar Martha of the Department of Chemistry at IIT-H. Dr Martha, who led the team in Nirmal, 52 in Sangareddy of researchers, speaking on the efficiency of dual carbon battery, said its energy density is presently around 100-watt hour per kilogram and can be pushed to 150 W-h/kg with further modifications, close to that of currently used lithium-ion batteries. Energy density gives information on how much energy a battery contains in proportion to its weight. Dr Martha said that further research will be conducted to increase energy density of the dual carbon battery, so that it can be introduced as a cheaper alternative to lithium-ion battery. The IIT-H research team believes the new battery may find use in high voltage applications, sophisticated battery-run medical devices, in electric vehicles and stationary grids. Lithium-ion batteries are made from toxic heavy metals like cobalt, nickel, manganese, etc that are costly need , to be mined from Earth, cause environmental harm and are sometimes associated with unethical practices like child labour. Also, availability of these metals depends on international geopolitics, causing frequent fluctuation in their costs whereas usage of dual carbon battery will help bring market price stability pointed out a press re, lease on the innovation by IIT Hyderabad. However, the dual carbon battery uses carbon, which is easily available and is not dangerous like the heavy metals. It uses carbon filter mats, which act as both electrodes -- cathode and anode. 6 The number of Covid deaths recorded in the State on the day in the State, of which 8,746 Active cases currently individualstreatment 4,288 patients are undergoing in hospitals. As on Monday, 1,178 are in ICU across government and private hospitals Hosp in Nizamabad shut as Covid +ve doc treats patients E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Nizamabad Putting several lives at risk, a doctor who runs a private hospital in Nizamabad, kept on working and treating patients despite allegedly testing positive for Covid-19. A team of Nizamabad District Medical and Health Department officials, on Monday, shut Nishkal Neuro Multi-Speciality Hospital following complaints by alarmed patients who discovered to their horror that the owner Dr Nishkal Prabhu was Covid-positive. Following these alerts, DMHO Dr M Sudharshan and his team visited the hospital and searched for Dr Prabhu who was not present at the hospital. After waiting for a few hours, they ordered that the hospital be shut down. Instructions were issued to shift the in-patients to other hospitals nearby Health officials said that . Dr Prabhu later returned to the hospital and explained that he had gone out as his daughter was unwell. The doctor is likely to undergo a Covid test on Tuesday . DRUG BUST B’LURU COPS MAY SERVE NOTICE ON 4 TRS MLAs @ Hyderabad ALTERNATIVE TO LI-ION EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE in 302 cases 77 GHMC,116138 in 42 Medchal and in Rangareddy, in Nizamabad, EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Eturunagaram, Mangapet, Wazedu, Venkatapuram, Jayashankar-Bhupalpally Maha, bubabad districts and hamlets adjacent to the Godavari river dividing the Telangana and Chhattisgarh states. Police in a potential to irrigate 14,268 acres. The Godavari waters, lifted from a depth of 250 ft at Medigadda, which is part of Kaleswaram Lift Ir rig ation Scheme, are already flowing into Kondapochamma reservoir, after traversing against a gradient of 618 ft. Now, after reaching Kondapochamma, a portion of water is expected to flow into Nizamsagar in erstwhile Nizamabad district through 7 kids in Hyd orphanage test +ve; officials fear many more infected Post C’garh massacre, cops on alert in border areas AFTER Saturday’s massacre of policemen and the CRPF jawans by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, security has been tightened along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border and teams of policemen are combing the area in a relentless operation to nab the ultras. The Greyhounds and special teams are on look out for Maoists in the agency areas of Mulugu and JayashankarBhupalpally districts as they suspect the ultras may have entered Telangana. The police launched massive vehicle checking operations, cordon searches, interacting with the tribals in the agency area and instructing them to inform the police if they notice movement of any strangers in ing Godavari’s tributaries, Manjeera and Haridhra. This way, Nizamsagar, which is fed by uncertain waters from Manjeera and Haridhra, will now be full with water, regardless of whether the two tributaries have any inflows or not. As the water flows, it will irrigate barren lands in its wake as there are 39 check dams on Haldivagu, which together could impound 0.63 tmcft water with THE Bengaluru police, who have taken up suo moto a drug peddling racket, have registered four different cases. While law and order police have registered cases, the State Excise police have also been asked to book cases and probe the drug traffickers’ operations. After registering cases, the Bengaluru police have recorded statements of a businessman of Telangana who is suspected to have been involved in drug usage and peddling during rave parties. Reliable sources said that three businessmen of Telangana and three celebrities participated in rave parties which were organised by the event managers. Sources said that the Bengaluru police are likely to serve notices on four MLAs from Adilabad, Mahbubnagar and Nizamabad districts asking them to appear before the them for questioning. A small -time actor of Tollywood had already appeared before Bengaluru police as a witness and gave statements regarding drug peddling. It was reported that in 2019, an MLA from Telangana organised a party in which several celebrities and MLAs consumed liquor, inhaled drugs in the company of Iranian girls. Based on the information, the Bengaluru police have intensified the probe. Haldivagu which takes about eight to 10 days. Finance Minister T Harish Rao, who is supervising arrangements, said that it was a great event but it is being celebrated on a low key because of Covid-19 second wave building up all over the State. TRS MLC K Kavitha, meanwhile, hailed the move to divert water from Kondapochamma reservoir to Nizamsagar which would greatly benefit farmers of the erstwhile Nizamabad district. Middleman in Rafale deal kicks up new row M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE newly inducted Rafale fighter jets flew into a fresh storm with a French online journal claiming that manufacturer Dassault Aviation paid 1 million euro to an Indian middleman as gift after the `58,000 crore government-to-government deal in 2016 for 36 jets for the Indian Air Force. The suspect payment was detected by French anti-corruption agency, Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA), during audit, revealed Mediapart. It identified the recipient as Defsys Solutions, a group run by a Gupta family, including Sushen Gupta, who has been under investigation over his role in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. The report kicked up a political storm with Congress demanding a thorough probe and the BJP rejecting charges of corruption as completely baseless. AFA inspectors came across the suspect payment of 508,925 euros under the head gifts to clients, for which Dassault produced an invoice from Defsys. Mediapart, citing the AFA report, said, “This invoice, which related to 50% of the total order (1,017,850), was for the manufacture of 50 (mega sized) models of the Rafale C, with a price per unit of €20,357.” EXPRESS READ 113 die as cyclone hits Indonesia, East Timor Jakarta: Tropical cyclone Seroja pounded Indonesia and East Timor on Monday after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides that have killed at least 113 people and left dozens more missing. Packing heavy winds and rain, the storm heaped more misery on the SE Asian nations after Sunday’s disaster turned small communities into wastelands | P9 HC orders CBI probe, Deshmukh quits EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai HOURS after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into the damning allegations of extortion against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the minister finally put in his papers. Till now, Deshmukh had brazened it out though he was locked in a bruising c o n t r ove r s y, w i t h former Mumbai Police commissioner Parambir Singh alleging the minister had set a monthly target for police officers to extort `100 crore from various businesses on his behalf. With the Bombay High Court observing that the charges against Deshmukh were serious, warranting a thorough probe, his party, the NCP, realised his continuation in the government was untenable. “There is a legitimate public expectation of a free, fair, honest and impartial inquiry into such allegations which have surfaced in the public domain,” the court observed. The CBI will submit its report in 15 days. After the court order, Deshmukh rushed to meet his party president Sharad Pawar. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar joined them later. “It was decided that the Bombay High Court order is serious. Hence, it will not be right for Deshmukh to continue as home minister. Once he steps down, he can approach the Supreme Court,” a source said. It emerged that NCP Member of Parliament Supriya Sule and party’s state president Jayant Patil were not in favour of sacking Deshmukh, but Sharad Pawar overruled them to limit damage to the party’s image.
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