HYDERABAD FRIDAY JUNE 11, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION SELECT YOUR LPG DISTRIBUTOR SCHEME TO GET ROLLING SOON An upcoming pilot project in Ranchi, Pune, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Coimbatore to give customers the right to choose distributors AIM TO FOSTER HEALTHY COMPETITION GIVING YOU MORE VALUE FOR MONEY The pilot project is a precursor for a national launch. While booking a refill through a mobile app/customer portal, you will see a list of distributors along with their ratings. You can choose any distributor from the list and rate their service. The idea is to give you a wider choice of distributors, while fostering a healthy competition among dealers to retain their base ■ ■ The drive to offer more value for money comes a year after the govt stopped subsidising refills not covered under Ujjwala Yojana The subsidy was nixed after an oil-price plunge brought refill cost on a par with subsidised rates of around `600. Though the prices have since crossed `800 a refill, subsidy has not been reinstated 28 crore DOMESTIC LPG CUSTOMERS IN INDIA AS OF 2020 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 ENROLMENT OF GIRLS UP, GENDER US to process student visa GAP IN HIGHER EDUCATION DOWN applications from June 14 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi on Thursday | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Cabinet shuffle buzz on, Yogi to meet Modi today Pressure from leadership to allocate plum portfolio to a former PMO man in ministry M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi AMID hectic parleys within the BJP to control damage in Uttar Pradesh after the second wave of the pandemic left a devastating trail, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday called on Union home minister Amit Shah. Adityanath is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, with indications suggesting the CM may not be able to avoid a state Cabinet reshuffle. Earlier, BJP chief J P Nadda briefed Modi on the inputs collated by party general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and state in-charge Radha Mohan Singh, who had camped in Lucknow for two days. Modi is reportedly closely monitoring the BJP’s preparations for the state polls next year, with regular exchange of inputs between him and Nadda as well as RSS leaders. While the CM had recently termed the buzz of a Cabinet reshuffle as media speculation, sources said he will eventually have to fall in line as the top leadership is keen on a few changes ahead of the February 2022 state polls. A K Sharma, MLC and former official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is widely speculated to get a key portfolio in the state Cabinet. While the CM hasn’t been amenable to the idea so far, a top ranking BJP functionary told this newspaper that Sharma would be given an important assignment in the state. Sharma, incidentally, was in the national capital when Adityanath called on Shah. Sources said BJP leaders and top RSS functionaries concur that while Adityanath should lead the party in the polls, a few changes in his ministerial team are needed to dispel the perception that he’s running a highly centralised administration, against which even the MPs and MLAs reportedly nurse grievances. However, the CM is known to enjoy the patronage of the RSS leadership. For the record, Adityanath described his meeting with Shah as a courtesy call, saying he sought guidance. RAUT LAUDS MODI AMID MAHA PAWAR POINT STAY WITH AMARINDER AS CM, SAYS PANEL Mumbai: Days after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had a one-onone with the prime minister in Delhi, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut lauded Narendra Modi, saying he is the top leader of the country and the BJP. But tamping down speculation, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said their government will not only complete its term, the allies will contest the LS and the state elections together | P7 Chandigarh: The report of a Congress panel set up to address the ongoing rift in its Punjab unit, suggested continuing with Amarinder Singh as the CM and making him the face of the state elections. It also recommended accommodating rebel Navjot Singh Sidhu and revamping the state unit. The report was submitted to party president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday | P7 Monsoon covers entire TS THE gap between girls and boys in higher education institutes seems to be narrowing as 49% of the students in colleges are now girls, according to the latest All India Survey on Higher Education. The survey for 2019-20, released on Thursday, showed that during the five-year period from 2015-16 to 2019-20, there has been a 11.4% growth in student enrolment. The rise in female enrolment during the period was 18.2%. The higher education survey estimates the total enrolment in higher education at 38.5 million – 19.6 million boys and 18.9 million girls. Uttar Pradesh has shown the highest student enrolment, Keep families small, Sarma tells Muslims P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati CALLING upon the minority community to “practise small family size” to reduce poverty, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday warned of conflicts for living space in future if the population continued to explode. The statement came against the backdrop of the eviction of 200 encroachers, mostly immigrant Muslims, drawing criticism from some quarters. Urging the minority-based political party AIUDF and All Assam Minority Students’ Union to work on population control, Sarma said a day would come when people would settle down on the land of Kamakhya Temple, leading to conflicts. He said his government would take steps to encourage population control. The government stands for the development of all communities but it will need community support, he said. “To remove poverty we have , to educate Muslim women and control population. We are there to educate women. However, poverty will never get reduced unless you control your population,” Sarma said. MAJOR FINDINGS Gross enrolment ratio up 11% over a period of five years, female enrolment increases by 18% Gross enrolment ratio rose to 27.1% in 2019-20 from 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015 No. of universities up 30.5% from 799 in 2015-16 to 1,043 in 2019-20; Colleges up from 39,071 to 42,343 UP recorded highest student enrolment in India with 50.9% female and 49.1% male students followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) for the age group of 1823 years in higher education institutes in India is 27.1. The ratio for male population is 26.9 and 27.3 for females. For the scheduled caste cat- egory, it is 23.4 and for scheduled tribes, it is 18.0 compared to the national GER of 27.1. “The continuous rise in the enrolment, number of institutions and gender parity is a part of our country’s major move towards improving access, equity and quality in light of National Education Policy said higher education ,” secretary Amit Khare while releasing the report. The GER increased by a minuscule 0.8% in 2019-20. The percentage of students belonging to the eligible age group enrolled in higher education in 2019-20 was 27.1% against 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015. Total enrolment in higher education stands at 3.85 crore in 2019-20 compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19. V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad THE process of auction of government lands began on Thursday with the Industries Depart, ment issuing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the purpose. As part of the process, land parcels under the control of various departments, which are not required for any public purpose and located in various prime areas scattered throughout the State, will be auctioned. Disposal of land parcels will be done through e-auction in a transparent manner in order to realise competitive rates, according to orders issued by the Industries Department. District Collectors will identify land parcels of over 1,000 acres. Depts seek ideal lands For the auctions, government departments concerned will identify lands which are not required for immediate public purposes and prone to unauthorised encroachments The SOP is meant for the smooth and timely execution of the sale deeds and to get a fair market value on the lands. Now, the government departments concerned will identify lands which are not required for any immediate public purposes and prone to unauthorised encroachments. A State-level steering committee, that will meet every Hyderabad: The State government is likely to transfer some IAS and IPS officers in the next 1-2 days. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao reportedly completed the exercise on assigning new postings. Longstanding officers may be transferred. The government may also post regular Secretaries for Agriculture and other departments. DOCTORS treating Covid-19 patients note that during the second wave, the impact on lungs, especially among the young, has been far more than in the first wave. To overcome this, use of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) procedure during early stages of infection is becoming a widely used procedure at private going ECMO each day . Many doctors believe that the second wave has been far more har mful for the lungs, with the virus hardening the lung tissues in a span of two weeks, unlike during the first wave. “Lung problems are now rampant, especially in younger people in their prime. During the first wave, it was The government will engage MSTC (a GoI agency) as a service provider to conduct the e-auctions. After suffering a huge dent in revenues due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the State government is again exploring the option of auctioning valuable lands. In the 2021-22 Budget, the estimated revenue through the sale of lands is pegged at `20,000 crore. In the current fiscal, the State’s non-tax revenue is estimated at `30,557.35 crore, which includes `20,000 crore from the sale of lands. JUNE 9 JUNE 10 92,596 1,62,664 2,219 94,052 1,51,367 6,148 June 9 31,31,759 doses June 10 30,32,675 doses TOTAL DOSES: 24,58,47,212 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 9 JUNE 10 1,813 1,801 17 1,798 2,524 14 2022 ONWARDS `25 per ATM transaction after free limit E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITHDRAWING cash from ATMs will be costlier from 1 January 2022 as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed banks to charge customers up to `21 per transaction (plus 18% GST, which makes it `24.78). Currently the cap is `20 , per transaction plus GST. The increase, according to RBI, is “to compensate the banks for the higher interchange fee and given the general escalation in costs”. While the banking regulator has set the upper limit, banks charge different rates within the limit. For example, SBI allows five free transactions in a month. Thereafter, it charges `10 plus GST for withdrawing money from its own machines. For non-SBI ATMs, this will be `20 plus GST. ICICI Bank levies a flat `20 plus GST from the fifth transaction onwards. RBI has also increased the interchange charge from `15 to `17 for each financial transaction and from `5 to `6 for nonfinancial transaction. The first five transactions in a month will be free if customers use their own banks’ ATMs. From other banks, there are 3 free transactions in metro centres. Bullish KTR hails IT growth, says staffers doubled in 7 yrs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad CRIMSON CRESCENT It’s not a glowing-red waxing moon, but the sun reduced to a crescent during an annular solar eclipse observed in Canada’s Ottawa on Thursday | AP ECMO the saviour amid high lung damage in 2nd wave hospitals in Hyderabad. A significantly high number of patients affected by the second wave continue to remain hospitalised with extensive lung damage. It is in these cases that intensive respiratory interventions like ECMO and ventilators have become necessary. At present, KIMS has nearly 40-50 patients under- MSTC will be engaged NATIONWIDE EARLY MED CATCHES THE VIRUS D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad fortnight, will be constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to review the progress of auctions. Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Transfers of IAS, IPS officers likely in 1-2 days AFTER arriving in the State on June 5, the Southwest monsoon covered the remaining parts of Telangana on Thursday. Most parts of the State received light to moderate rains on Thursday , while a few areas of Kamareddy Nizamabad, Sangareddy Medak, , , Sircilla and Jangaon received heavy rainfall. The highest rainfall in the State on Thursday until 10 pm, was , 128 mm recorded at Madnur mandal of Kamareddy district. Most parts of Greater Hyderabad region too received rains. The highest rainfall in the region was recorded at Alwal, which received 27 P3 mm of rain. @ New Delhi As e-auction of govt lands kicks off, State looks to make up lost revenues EXPRESS READ E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad ty and schedule appointments. “Prior to your visa interview, please review your I-20 proTHE US Embassy in India on gram start date. Students beThursday said it will restart ginning a new program with a processing student Visa appli- start date on or after August 1 cations on June 14, bringing may travel to the US up to 30 much-needed relief to the days prior to the date and do community worried over not need to submit a rethe uncertainty surquest for a national inrounding the proceterest exception,” the dures in the aftermath embassy said. of the pandemic. The embassy said VISA “Student visas recontinuing students main a top priority may also resume their and we are making eveprogrammes on or after ry attempt to facilitate stuAugust 1, and travel 30 days dent travel in time for the fall prior to the resumption date. semester. On June 14, we will “We are unable to approve exopen limited July and August pedited requests for Fall 2021 student visa appointments at students. If your appointment posts across India,” it said. date results in a potentially Students were advised to late start, please reach out to visit https://ustraveldocs. your school to discuss opcom/in to view slot availabili- tions,” it said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE quite rare,” said Dr AGK Gokhale, senior consultant, heart and lung transplant surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. The number of inquiries for ECMO at the hospital has risen to 5-8 calls every day . Doctors say ECMO is proving much more effective than intensive drug therapies and other antiviral therapies which bring in secondary infections like mucormycosis. This is making some tertiary care centres opt for ECMO at an early stage of the infection to prevent irreversible lung damage. “During the first wave, doctors did not know much about the disease. Using ECMO/ventilators at an early stage helps at least 20 per cent of the patients recover,” said Dr Sandeep Attawar, director of thoracic organ transplants and assist devices at KIMS. MINISTER for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao, citing a report, said on Thursday that since the formation of Telangana, employment in the IT sector had almost doubled, with the number of employees rising from 3,23,000 in 2014 to 6,28,615 by 2021. Unveiling the annual report of IT and Industries Department in Hyderabad on Thursday, Rama Rao said that 46,489 new jobs were added in the IT sector in 2020-21 itself, which was nearly 7.99 per cent higher than last year and much above the national average of two per cent, as per the STPI’s (Software Technology Parks of India) numbers. The Minister stated that IT/ ITeS exports had seen an increase of 12.98 per cent from the previous year, with the total IT/ITeS exports in 2020-21 amounting to `1,45,522 crore. Giving examples of global tech giants that had invested tens of thousands of crores, thus creating thousands of jobs in Hyderabad, he said that some of them had started their largest units in Hyderabad. Speaking about entrepreneurship, he said THub, the Hyderabadbased business incubator, had reached a milestone of supporting over 2,000 startups in just five years since its inception, while We Hub had supported over 4,500 women entrepreneurs and raised `53 crore for their startups. Rama Rao announced that Telangana had become the first State to launch an actionable policy framework for Artificial Intelligence, with T-AIM partnering with NASSCOM to execute the strategy . IT HELPED COUNTER COVID: P4
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