tadepalligudem l saturday l june 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION big Quarantine headache for india at the Olympics A new Games organisers’ manual says everyone from India, including players, must maintain physical distancing for 3 days Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto (right) and CEO Toshiro Muto attend a press conference on Friday | AFP | P11 daily Covid tests 7 days before departure 11 countries divided into two groups Going by the new rules, athletes from India will be asked to undergo a Covid test for seven consecutive days before leaving for Tokyo. Upon reaching Japan, there is a ban on interacting with athletes from other countries, including training with them. This could scupper both hockey sides’ plans as they have lined up multiple practice matches. ■ ■ ■ Group 1: Afghanistan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Group 2: Bangladesh, Egypt, Malaysia, UK and Vietnam Rules are stricter for Group 1 countries. Countries in Group 2 need to test three days before leaving for Tokyo Everyone will have to follow this irrespective of vaccine status July 23 the day Olympics will open. Closing ceremony: August 8 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 Twitter gets an earful, told to respect law of the land Curfew till June 20, 6 am to 6 pm relaxation given Representatives shouted at for claiming the social media site follows its own policy, during deposition before a parliamentary committee @ Vijayawada E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Representatives of microblogging site Twitter on Friday got a mouthful from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology for claiming they function on the basis of their own policy They . were told to abide by the laws of the land instead. Carrying forward the Centre’s ongoing confrontation with Twitter, BJP MPs shouted at its representatives, saying the “rule of land is supreme, not your policy .” Twitter was represented by Shagufta Kamran, public policy manager, and Ayushi Kapoor, legal counsel in its deposition before the panel. They landed in hot water while responding to searching questions on whether Twitter follows the rules of the countries it operates in. BJP members Rajyavardhan Rathore and Nishikant Dubey sought to put the representatives of Twitter on the mat, with sources saying they were extra aggressive in their grilling. “The chairman of the panel, Shashi Tharoor, merely watched as the two BJP MPs shouted at the duo, who mostly maintained silence or replied briefly,” sources said. Opposition MPs, too, questioned the “brazenness of the representatives for saying they have their own policy”, sources said. Responding to questions on its failure to make appointments in line with the Information and Technology Act’s rules, the duo reiterated it Appointment of fact-checkers BJP members sharply questioned Twitter’s representatives on the policy for appointing fact-checkers, alleging they were not politically neutral. Members of the committee later held a meeting with information and technology ministry officials Later, it was extended till June 20 with a relaxation from 6 am to 2 pm. The State government has deHealth officials informed the cided to extend the partial cur- Chief Minister that Andhra few imposed to curb the spread Pradesh stands second in the of Covid-19 till June 30. A deci- country in curbing the spread of sion to this effect was taken Covid and low mortality rate. at a review meeting held At present, the State has a by Chief Minister YS positivity rate of 5.99 per Jagan Mohan Reddy on cent, a recovery rate of Friday on the Covid 95.53 per cent and a morsituation in the State. tality rate of 0.66 per cent. The curfew will be reKurnool has the lowest laxed from 6 am to 6 pm positivity rate of 2.58 per from June 21 and gov- No change cent, while East Godavari ernment offices will in timings has recorded the highest function as per regular positivity rate of 12.25 per in EG timings instead of 8 am cent, they explained. The curfew will to 2 pm. The Chief Minister dibe enforced in However, the curfew rected the officials to proEast Godavari will be enforced in East mote awareness about as per the Godavari as per the Covid Appropriate Behavpresent present relaxation timiour among people and relaxation ings of 6 am to 2 pm in prevent crowding at martimings of 6 am view of the high posiket places during curfew to 2 pm in view tivity rate. Though currelaxation hours to preof the high few relaxation hours vent the Covid spread. positivity rate have been extended till The setting up of 350 in the district 6 pm, all shops and MT capacity liquid medibusiness establishcal oxygen plants should ments should be closed by 5 pm. be expedited to enable the State Following spurt in Covid cas- achieve self- sufficiency in oxyes, the government initially im- gen generation. Cryogenic tanks posed night curfew from 10 pm to to store oxygen should also be set 5 am. From May 5, the curfew up at hospitals, in addition to was extended to 18 hours with a PSA oxygen plants and supply of P4 relaxation from 6 am to 12 noon. D type cylinders. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e was because of the pandemic’s constrinits. They refrained from committing themselves to any specific timeline to abide by the new IT rules, despite being prodded by the panel to do so, sources said. “India isn’t a banana republic,” retorted an MP, as Twitter’s representatives remained evasive to most queries, sources added. The MPs also sought information about the employment status of the duo. The panel will be calling representatives of other social media platforms later, sources added. Later, Twitter issued a statement saying: “We appreciate the opportunity to share our views... Twitter stands prepared to work with the committee on the important work of safeguarding citizens’ rights online in line with our principles of transparency, freedom of expression, and privacy. We will continue working alongside the government as part of our shared commitment to serve and protect the public conversation.” 10,143 posts will be Worried over high filled in coming prices, panel advises nine months: jagan PM to slash oil tax E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released the Job Calendar for 2021-22 on Friday. Addressing officials across the State through video conference, the Chief Minister said 10,143 posts, including backlog vacancies, in various government departments will be filled in the coming nine months. Jagan said his government had provided 6,03,756 jobs to educated youth in the State in the last two years. It also fulfilled the decade-long dream of RTC employees by merging the Road Transport Corporation with the State government as promised in the YSRC poll manifesto, he said. After observing that educated youth are spending a lot of time and money in getting coaching for jobs they aspire and waiting without knowing when the job notifications will be issued, the government brought out the Job Calendar, which is a first of its kind in the country. “Now, youth aspiring for government jobs, can know the exact month of release of job notification and the number of Amid growing disquiet over high fuel prices, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) has suggested to the government to take a political call on taxing oil, warning it could otherwise build inflationary pressure, and its spill-over impact would dampen consumer sentiment and dampen recovery . “Petrol and diesel price cannot be used as cash cow forever. Some political intervention is required as it will finally dampen the consumer spending and will delay the recovery . A delay in intervention will Further prolong the recovery process. jump Focus needs to be to promote Petrol and growth of industry and jobs,” diesel prices a senior member of the PMEAC were on Friday told this newspaper. The memincreased again ber added that recovery will be by 27 paise and fragmented if private con28 paise, sumption is not stepped up. raising their Similar concer ns were cost in Mumbai raised recently by the Reserve to `103.08 and Bank of India, as gleaned from `95.14 per litre the minutes of its monetary policy meet. “The rising trajectory of international commodity prices, especially of crude, together with logistics costs, pose upside risks to the inflation outlook. Excise duties, cess and taxes imposed by the Centre and States need to be adjusted in a coordinated manner to contain input cost pressures emanating from petrol and diesel prices,” the minutes said. CM Jagan Mohan Reddy releases Job Calendar on Friday | Express vacant posts. The entire recruitment process will be done in a transparent manner without giving scope for corruption or involvement of middlemen. The recruitment will be based on the marks obtained by candidates in the written test conducted by the government without any interview,” he said. A total of 6,03,756 jobs, including 1,84,264 permanent jobs, 3,99,791 outsourcing jobs and 19,701 contract jobs were P4 provided to youth. Stalker hacks girl to death in Kadapa village E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kadapa A 19-year-old college girl was hacked to death by a stalker at Chintalacheruvu village in Badvel mandal on Friday evening. According to Badvel police, Sirisha, eldest daughter of G Subbaiah, was a second year Intermediate student in a private college. For the last one year, she was being stalked by Charan from Rajupalem village in Atlur mandal. Charan, who discontinued his Intermediate, befriended a cousin of Sirisha, and started stalking her. Having learnt that Sirisha’s parents were looking for an alliance for her, Charan attacked her near her house in a pre-planned way . At that time, Sirisha’s parents went to their agriculture field. She was cutting grass for cattle fodder. Taking advantage of it, he approached Sirisha and threatened that he would commit suicide by consuming pesticide if she refused to marry him. However, she rejected his proposal. Enraged following her refusal to marry him, Charan snatched the sickle from the girl and hacked her to death with it. Hearing the commotion, some villagers rushed to her house only to find Sirisha lying dead in a pool of blood and Charan with a sickle in his hand. They caught hold of Charan and thrashed him soundly, before handing him over to police, who rushed to the village on being alerted. After administering first aid, Charan was taken into police custody Siri. sha’s body was shifted to government hospital for postmortem. Based on a complaint lodged by Sirisha’s parents, a case has been registered. Accused thrashed by villagers Villagers who rushed to the house of Sirisha on hearing commotion, found her dead in pool of blood and Charan with a sickle in his hand. They caught hold of Charan and thrashed him soundly, before handing him over to police express read NATIONWIDE june 17 june 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Jab-o-meter Take your shot 67,208 1,03,570 2,330 62,480 88,977 1,587 June 17 29,64,596 doses June 18 29,84,172 doses Total doses: 27,20,72,645 state wide june 17 june 18 Fresh cases 6,151 6,341 Recoveries 7,728 8,486 Deaths 58 57 Samples tested 1,02,712 1,07,764 Special vax drive for women with kids on Sunday Vijayawada: A special drive will be organised in the State on Sunday to administer Covid vaccine to women with children below five years of age and other groups below 45, said Principal Secretary (Health) Ashok Kumar Singhal on Friday. The State has received around 11 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine. | P3
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