tirupati l friday l april 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION court allows ASI survey at kashi Gyanvapi Mosque A local court on Thursday directed the ASI to form a five-member panel, including two minority representatives, for the study Terms of reference for the panel Stirring up a hornet’s nest? The prime focus of the committee would be to find whether there is a “superimposition, alteration or addition or structural overlapping with/over any other religious structure” at the site. The order was passed on a plea, claiming the mosque stands at the site of an ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which was razed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1664 | P8 ■ The court ordered the ASI to bear the entire cost of survey and barred the panel from briefing the media on its findings. The ASI has also been told to make alternative arrangements for Namaz ■ What purpose would it serve if the panel were to establish superimposition? Would it reignite communal passions? 2,050 the age of the ancient temple built by king vikramaditya, as per petitioners 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 Place indent for 24L doses of vaccine: CM E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Vijayawada On one hand, Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a spurt in Covid-19 cases, on the other hand it is facing shortage of vaccine. At present, the State has 3 lakh doses of Covid vaccine that will last only two days as 1.4 lakh people are being administered vaccine per day on an average. Officials brought the matter to the notice of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on ThursNo curbs day during a review meeting on Covid. He directed them to pursue the matter with Deputy Chief the Centre and ensure that AP gets adeMinister (Health) quate stocks of vaccine at the earliest as Alla Kali Krishna vaccination is the only solution to preSrinivas (Nani) said vent the spike in Covid cases. the government is Directing the officials to ensure that not planning to vaccine is administered to all strictly as impose any per the guidelines issued by the Centre, lockdown or other he said vaccine should also be adminiscurbs now despite tered at village secretariats in the State. spurt in Covid cases After attending a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister asked the officials to successfully conduct ‘Tika Utsav’ from April 11 to 14 as instructed by the Prime Minister. He wanted the officials to vaccinate six lakh people a day during those four days and come up with an action plan for the success of Tika Utsav covering a total of 24 P4 lakh people. Suggests micro-containment zones; raps vax politics bility of vaccines, Modi said he didn’t want to get into vaccine politics. “Last Disapproving political blame game year we succeeded in coming off from over vaccine availability and rejecting the peak of the Covid-19 cases without rumours of lockdown, Prime Minister vaccines by banking on proactive testNarendra Modi urged chief ministers ing and treatment of the patients, beon Thursday to focus on testing, track- sides larger people’s participation in ing and treating, besides suggesting following the protocol of wearing micro-containment zones as the strat- masks and personal hygiene. Now, egy to deal with the rising Covid-19 some of the states seem to have forgotcases. Amid widespread rumours on a ten testing as a means of containing fresh lockdown, Modi said states the pandemic and are only talking should work on local micro-contain- about vaccines,” he observed. ment zones instead and proactively Modi also called for political unity test all asymptomatic in tackling the pandemic National scene cases. by suggesting that Gover“Lockdown as a strategy ■ Fresh cases ■ Recoveries nors in states can call allworked last year when ■ Deaths party meetings to arrive at enough facilities and actionable agendas to means to contain the Covwork on. He also urged id-19 cases weren’t availastates to host a Tika Utsav ble. Now, we have much (vaccine festival) during better health infrastrucApril 11-14 to coincide ture, including testing with the birth anniversalabs, and also the vaccines ries of Jyotiba Phule and along with experiences,” Bhim Rao Ambedkar. he said and advised that Punjab Chief Minister the night curfews be called Amarinder Singh sought “Corona curfews” for betflexibility in the vaccine ter awareness of the peoprotocol, saying people beple to follow the Covid-19 low the age of 45 with kidprotocols. ney and liver diseases In the backdrop of the should get the jab. Delhi Maharashtra government Chief Minister Arvind Keand the Centre entering in jriwal suggested camps be April 7 April 8 a slugfest over the availaheld for the vax drive. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Jagan writes to Tirupati electorate express read Maoists unconditionally free CoBRA commando E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Vijayawada Ahead of his electioneering in Tirupati on April 14 for Lok Sabha bypoll, Chief Minister and YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday wrote personalised letters to b e n e f i c i a r i e s o f we l f a re schemes seeking their votes to the party candidate by highlighting his gover nment’s achievements. The letter singed by Jagan contains the list of all the welfare schemes launched by the YSRC government in the past 22 months benefiting all sections of people. He appealed to people to ensure the victory of YSRC nominee Dr M Gurumoorthy in the bypoll by casting their vote to fan symbol. He also highlighted various other initiatives taken by his government such as development of towns, villages, welfare of women and farmers, revamp of medical and education sectors. Departing from the general practice of attacking the opposition party the letter only , h i g h l i g h t e d t h e we l f a r e schemes and development initiatives of his government, while seeking the people’s mandate for the YSRC candidate in the Lok Sabha byelection. 685 New Deaths 1,26,789 New Recoveries polling row Mild tension prevailed in the disputed Kotia villages of Vizianagaram district during MPTC polls on Thursday when people were prevented from casting votes | Express Raipur: After five days in captivity, a CRPF personnel abducted by Maoists during Saturday’s Bijapur ambush was released unconditionally on Thursday. The rebels handed over the CoBRA commando, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, to a team of four mediators during a jan-adalat (kangaroo court). While there was no official word on who appointed the mediators, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel congratulated the team for its success. Manhas was brought to the Basaguda CRPF camp on a bike by 6-7 local journalists, who had also reached the jan adalat site unaccompanied by mediators. India, China disengagement talks today Round 11 Indian Army’s 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen P G K Menon is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Major General Lin Liu on Friday in Chushul, which is on the Indian side of the LAC Hopeful of positive outcome A senior Army officer said, “We are hopeful of some positive outcome.” In Bejing, Chinese spokesperson Zhao Lijian refused to be drawn into committing that India’s demand of restoring status quo as of April 2020 would be on the talks table. M AYA N K S I N G H an d P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi A day ahead of the 11th round of SinoIndian Corps Commander-level talks, there was quiet optimism on the Indian side of some movement forward on further disengagement at friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. A senior Army officer said, “We are hopeful of some positive outcome. The talks will begin at 10.30 am tomorrow.” In Bejing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian refused to be drawn into committing that India’s demand of restoring status quo as of April 2020 would be on the talks table.” That is something for the two sides to discuss,” he said. April 2020 refers to the pre-incursion situa- tion along the LAC. His Indian counterpart Arindam Bagchi said India would like disengagement in remaining areas of friction. “This will provide us the atmosphere of improving bilateral ties,” he said. The last round of talks was held on February 19 at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, immediately after full disengagement from all friction points at Pangong Tso. Both sides had pulled back their heavy artillary and troops on both the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in a phased, coordinated and verified manner a few weeks ago. The stand-off, however, continues at Depsang, Gogra, Hot Spring, and in the Charding Ninglung Nallah track junction in the Demchok sector. study report on ugadi Lord Anjaneya’s birthplace is in Tirumala: TTD E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Tirumala An aerial view of Tirupati | Express The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is all set to present epigraphical and scientific evidence to prove that Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is the birthplace of Lord Anjaneya. The TTD will present the evidence on Telugu New Year Ugadi (April 13). The TTD wants to prove that Anjanadri in Tirumala is the birthplace of Lord Anjaneya and not Anjaneyadri Hill at Hampi in Karnataka. Relying on Hindu scriptures, the TTD is of the view that Anjana Devi took holy bath in the present Akasa tn goes for curbs No festivals/religious congregations Chennai’s Koyambedu market, and fruit and vegetable outlets in wholesale markets across TN to be shut Passengers can’t travel standing in buses Devotees allowed at places of worship only till 8 pm; essential rituals to only be performed by staff Exhibition halls to be open only for business-to-business operations TN Cases 4,276 3,986 Thursday Wednesday Ganga and did penance before giving birth to Lord Anjaneya. In December 2020, the TTD constituted an expert committee to study in detail about the birthplace of Lord Anjaneya. It comprises Prof Sannidhanam Sudarsana Sarma, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Venkateswara Vedic University Prof Muralidhara Sharma, , Vice-Chancellor of National Sanskrit University Prof Rani Sadasiva Murthy , , Prof J Ramakrishna and Prof Sankaranarayana, ISRO scientist Murthy Remilla and Deputy Director of Archaeology Vijay Kumar. A Vibhishana Sharma, Project Officer of SV Higher P4 Vedic Studies, is its convenor. Make Covid -ve report a must to enter TS: HC E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Hyderabad Expressing concern over the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the State, Telangana High Court on Thursday directed the government to allow only those who have RT-PCR negative report to enter the State. This applies to people who come in through borders with other states as well as those fly in from abroad. The court also asked the government to run RT-PCR tests on those who have already arrived in the State from other states. It also asked the government to create containment zones if Covid-19 cases are high in a particular region if it is not ready to impose a lockdown. It also wanted the government to organise vaccination camps at the offices of government and private companies. These were among several directions given to the gover nment by the High Court after a report on steps being taken to contain the viral infection was submitted as ordered by the court two days ago. The High Court observed that liquor shops have become a rich source of Covid-19 and that there was no control on the crowds that are throning the liquor shops, P4 pubs and cinema theatres. Vaccine shortage grips Maha, Odisha, AP E x press ne w s ser v i c e 59,258 New Cases 630 Samples tested National lockdown ruled out, says Modi 1,15,736 6 11 915 853 APRIL 7 APRIL 8 59,856 Total cases 2,558 9,15,832 31,268 Positivity rate 31,812 5.97% 2,331 AP COVID TRACKER Beneficiaries argue with officials outside a closed Covid-19 vaccination centre in Mumbai after the jab went out of stock on Thursday | PTI Shortage of Covid-19 vaccines has forced 60 vaccination centres across Maharashtra to shut — 27 in Mumbai alone. Satara, Sangali, Gondia and Panvel stopped vaccination on Thursday The state had . received 1.4 crore doses, of which just 9 lakh are left now. The Centre has announced 7.5 lakh more doses. In Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, people were reportedly turned away by hospitals, citing unavailability of vaccines. Odisha has also reported acute shortage of doses. On Thursday alone, as many as 670 vaccination centres downed shutters due to the scarcity On Wednesday 692 centres were closed. . , However, the situation is fairly better in southern states except in Andhra where the vaccine stock will last only for the next two days. Other southern states have stock for over 10 days. continued on: P7 Mixed feelings: IPL begins With Chennai gearing up to host the first match of the 14th edition of IPL, here’s a look at a few talking points... Today’s match RCB vs MI, 7.00 pm | Chepauk No of venues 6 Ahmedabad, Chennai Kolkata Delhi Bengaluru Mumbai Final is on May 30 Unlike any other season Hosting a two month tournament where there is going to be frequent travelling amid a pandemic will challenge every administration. BCCI pulled it off in UAE. Can they repeat it? Onfield matters For players, though, this tournament is perhaps the most important one of the year. 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