vijayawada l friday l june 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION select your LPG distributor scheme to get rolling soon Aim to foster healthy competition An upcoming pilot project in Ranchi, Pune, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Coimbatore to give customers the right to choose distributors 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 Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy calls on Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday night | Express CM meets Shah, seeks approval for HC in Kurnool Raises special status demand too, besides nod for Polavaram revised cost estimates E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to issue a renotification shifting the Andhra Pradesh High Court to Kurnool, grant special status to the State and also sought approvals for the 13 proposed new medical colleges among others. The Chief Minister, who flew to New Delhi in the afternoon, had a hectic schedule throughout the day After holding par. leys with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, he drove to the residence of Amit Shah late in the night and held talks with him for oneand-a-half hours. During the meeting, Jagan explained to him as to why the decision was taken to shift the high court to Kurnool and recalled that the state Assembly had passed the three capitals bill in August last year to en- consider water component too The CM urged Jal Shakti Minister Shekhawat to consider water supply component as an integral part of the irrigation component as per the norms followed on national projects. He also urged Singh to reimburse expenditure incurred by the State on the project without restricting to component-wise eligibility. sure decentralised administration and development. In this context, he reminded Shah that the BJP too had included the demand for HC in Kurnool in its 2019 election manifesto. He also reiterated the demand for grant of special status as that alone could help the state recover from the loss it had suffered following the creation of Telangana. To bring affordable and quality healthcare to the people, Jagan informed the Home Minister, that his government was establishing 13 new medical colleges and requested him to expedite approvals for them. Permissions had been granted to three already, he said and also sought financial assistance to set up the colleges. Stating that AP is in the forefront in implementation of power sector reforms, the Chief Minister said in spite of that, the financial condition of the State’s energy sector is not good. He reminded the Home Minister of the promise made by the Centre to help the State P4 in this regard. Shift PPA hq from Hyd to Rajahmundry Jagan also asked Shekhawat to reimburse the amount for land acquisition and R&R compensation for projectaffected families as per the Land Acquisition Act-2013. He further wanted the minister to shift the headquarters of the Polavaram Project Authority from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry at the earliest 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 md 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 l Gross enrolment ratio up 11% over a period of five years, female enrolment increases by 18% l Gross enrolment ratio rose to 27.1% in 2019-20 from 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015 l 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 l 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 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. Stay with Amarinder as CM, says Cong panel E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Withdrawing cash from ATMs will be costlier from January 1, 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. Interchange charges are the fees a bank pays to another lender when the former’s customer uses the latter’s ATM to 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. The report was submitted to Sonia Gandhi | P7 Mumbai: Days after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had a one-onone with PM, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut lauded Modi, saying he is the top leader of the country and the BJP. But NCP chief Sharad Pawar said their government will not only complete its term, the allies will contest the Lok Sabha and the State elections together | P7 NATIONWIDE Within two hours of the inauguration of CSR Block in King George Hospital (KGH), the lifeline of North Andhra districts and neighbouring Odisha, to exclusively treat Covid patients amid the pandemic last year, doctors had successfully performed a caesarean section on a pregnant woman. The count has now gone up to over 300. Speaking to TNIE on Thursday, KGH Superintendent Dr P Mythili said Covidinfected pregnant women were initially treated at VIMS. T hey successfully performed the first caesarean section on a 23-year-old woman from Srikakulam in June last year. After the maternity ward was opened in CSR Block in September, pregnant women are being treated at KGH. “In the 60-bed ward in the Covid block, at least one or two deliveries are performed a day,’’ she said. Since delivery cases of pregnant women infected by Covid is highly expensive in private hospitals, most of the patients generally prefer KGH. “Till a couple 92,596 1,62,664 2,219 june 10 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 Take your shot state wide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 9 june 10 8,766 12,292 67 8,110 12,981 67 Covid affects below 40 more in Anantapur CP Ven u g o pa l @ Anantapur People in the age group of 1940 are the most Covid-affected in the district as their positivity rate stands at 47.2 per cent. Of the total affected, 59.19 per cent of them are men and 40.80 per cent are women. Ten transg enders have contracted coronavirus. A look at the prevalence of Covid in the district shows that the positivity rate in urban areas is 12.61 per cent, while it is 6.83 per cent in rural areas. The overall positivity rate stands at 8.53 per cent as Anantapur has recorded a total of 1,46,052 Covid cases from 17,05,122 samples collected so far. According to the official data, the highest number of positive cases has been reported in the age group of 19-30 with 25.93 per cent, followed by those in the age group of 31-40 with 21.27 per cent. In the age group of 91-100, the Covid incidence is just 0.01 per cent, while it is 0.53 per cent in the age group of 81-90. In the age group of 1-10, the incidence is 2.06 per cent. People in the age group of 1930 are the most affected as 22,694 men and 15,180 women have contracted coronavirus in P5 the district so far. Cabinet shuffle buzz on, Yogi to meet Modi today M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi 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 Over 300 deliveries in KGH maternity ward for Covid cases @Visakhapatnam june 9 Jab-o-meter lifeline G J a n a r dh a n a R a o positivity rate withdraw cash. According to RBI, the first five transactions in a month will be free if customers use their own banks’ ATMs. They are also eligible for free transactions (including financial and non-financial) from other bank ATMs – three transactions in metro centres and five transactions in non-metros. These changes are based on the report from a committee formed by the central bank in 2019 to review ATM charges. The committee had submitted its report in July 2020. The last time the interchange fee for ATM transactions was changed was in August 2012, while the charges payable by customers were last revised in August 2014. Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Raut lauds Modi amid Maha Pawar point Vijayawada: A day after the APERC missive to the State government on power procurement from markets surfaced, the energy department claimed that the commission has “erred” in calculating the “hypothetical loss” by taking normally available energy instead of actual energy from sources | P4 @ New Delhi From next year, pay `24.78 per ATM transaction after free monthly limit EXPRESS READ APERC ‘erred’ in loss calculation: Energy dept 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. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e of weeks ago, all the 60 beds in the maternity ward were full. Now, there are about 30 women, including prenatal and postnatal cases,’’ she said. After delivery if women have , symptoms they will be under observation for at least two weeks and if they do not have any symptoms, they will be discharged after one week or 10 days. “Barring critical cases having comorbidities, almost all pregnant cases have been treated successfully A few new. borns contracted the virus during delivery though such chances are very less,’’ she said. In the wake of projections of a possible third wave, which may affect children more, KGH is gearing up to meet the situation. “There will be 100 beds, including a paediatric ward and two paediatric ICUs, for treating children,’’ she added. 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 MPs and MLAs nurse grievances.
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