HYDERABAD MONDAY JUNE 21, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION `4L RELIEF TO COVID VICTIMS NOT DOABLE, CENTRE TELLS SC The govt’s affidavit expressed inability to offer the proposed ex gratia as it would exhaust the disaster relief funds of states COULD AFFECT PANDEMIC RESPONSE: GOVT The Union home ministry was responding to a plea seeking minimum standards of relief to the relatives of Covid-19 victims. “Utilisation of scarce resources for giving ex-gratia, may have unfortunate consequences of affecting the pandemic response and health expenditure in other aspects and hence cause more damage than good,” the affidavit said ■ `1,313-cr ‘DON’T ENCROACH ON EXECUTIVE’s DOMAIN’ ■ The Centre said it is the authority that decides on such matters. This is not a matter where the Supreme Court should substitute its own judgment in place of the Executive’s decision, it argued The affidavit said the term ex gratia means it’s not based on legal entitlement. The matter will be heard by the SC on Monday GIVEN TO STATES THROUGH NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION FOR COVID THIS YEAR 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 4 new veterinary, 1 medical college to come up in TS KCR inaugurates new collectorate complex in Siddipet, announces plan to establish veterinary colleges in four different regions collectorate complex, a police commissionerate and the MLA camp office. Later in the day Rao announced , that a new government medical college would be established at Kamareddy next year. He said this while speaking at Kamareddy district, after inaugurating an integrated collectorate complex there too, along with a district police office. He announced financial support of `50 crore for the Kamareddy municipality, `25 crore each for Banswada and Yellareddy municipalities and `10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Siddipet/Kamareddy TELANGANA Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced that four new veterinary colleges would come up in the State — at Siddipet in the eastern part of the State, at Warangal in the west, at Nalgonda in the south and at Nizamabad in the north. Rao made the announcement while addressing party workers at Siddipet, where he inaugurated the district’s new integrated Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao speaks to police personnel after inaugurating the new police commissionerate building in Siddipet on Sunday RED FLAGS Kumbh testing scam: Sleeping at the wheel V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun THERE were clear red flags of Covid-19 testing irregularities in Haridwar during the Kumbh mela in April, but they don’t appear to have stirred the authorities into action, resulting in the testing scam being unearthed only last week. Official data analysed by this newspaper of testing and positivity rate during April 1-30, the duration of the Maha Kumbh 2021, showed that Haridwar conducted more tests than the rest of the state, but the number of positive cases detected was far less. During April 1-30, a total of 6,00,291 tests were conducted in Haridwar, of which only 17,375 positive cases were detected. During the same period, the rest of the 12 districts of the state conducted 4,42,432 tests and this showed 62,735 positive cases. In terms of percentage, almost 60% of all Covid tests in April was conducted in Haridwar, but they were able to detect alarmingly fewer positive cases than the rest of the state. The state’s positivity rate during April mirrors the new cases. An analysis of the official data showed Uttarakhand’s average positivity rate during the month was 14.18% while that of Haridwar district was 2.89%. That means Haridwar’s positivity rate during the Maha Kumbh was 80% less than the rest of state. The figures indicated two things: either fake testing was going on rampantly, or the numbers were covered up, deliberately or otherwise. But either way the authorities did not ap, pear to have smelt a rat. Haridwar district magistrate C Ravishankar attributed the low detection to rapid antigen tests. “Thousands of people were arriving daily and it was not possible to conduct RT-PCR test of everyone coming for the P7 Kumbh.” Three’s a charm: KTR again seeks vax testing lab in Hyd E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad TELANGANA’S Industries Minister KT Rama Rao, for the third time, requested the Central government to establish a vaccine testing and certification laboratory in Hyderabad. Rama Rao has urged the Centre to set up a laboratory on the lines of the existing Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) at Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, currently the country’s apex vaccine testing laboratory . Rama Rao shot off a letter to the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan, requesting him to establish such a centre in Hyderabad on a war footing. The Minister had earlier written to Harsh Vardhan regarding the same issue in August last year and again in January this year. In the letter, Rama Rao argues that the process of sending vaccines from Hyderabad to Kasauli was time consuming, and points out that as per the Centre’s projections, Hyderabad would produce almost half of the total Covid vaccine supply between August and December, 2021. He also promised the State’s complete support to establish such a facility . India rebuts UN concerns on IT rules E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA on Sunday rebuffed concerns raised by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the country’s new IT rules may hamper freedom of speech, saying such concerns were misplaced and the new rules were designed to empower ordinary users of social media. India’s Permanent Mission to the UN told the Special Procedures Branch of the UNHRC that the country’s democratic credentials are well recognised and the new rules were finalised after consultations with various stakeholders, according to a statement issued by the IT ministry . “The right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. The independent judiciary and a robust media are part of India’s democratic structure,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said in the statement. “The rules are designed to empower ordinary users of social media. The victims of abuse on AP sets record with 13.53 L jabs in a day E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada ANDHRA Pradesh set a new record by administering Covid-19 vaccine to 13.53 lakh beneficiaries on Sunday surpassing its own record , of giving 6.28 lakh jabs in a day on April 14. By 9 pm on Sunday the State had adminis, tered Covid vaccine to 13,53,140 beneficiaries, exceeding its set target of giving 10 lakh jabs. The figures included 4,373 vaccine doses administered in the private sector. With this, the total Covid jabs given in the State increased to 1,36,69,749. In fact, the target of covering one million beneficiaries in a single day was achieved by 3.30 pm itself. The highest number of 1.92 lakh people were administered the vaccine between 11 am and 12 noon. The drive was held at 4,589 centres across the State. According to an estimate, the 13.53 lakh doses administered accounted for 47 per cent of the total jabs given across the country on Sunday The share of neighbouring Telanga. na in the total Covid jabs given across the country was just 4 per cent. EXPRESS READ Fresh confidence building measure to draw J&K leaders to meet Srinagar: A day after the Centre sought to rev up political activity in J&K by calling an all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on June 24, authorities shifted detained PDP leader Waheed Para to Srinagar as a confidence building measure (CBM) | P8 OLYMPIC SUPPORT Sports ministry requests, BCCI donates `10cr V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to donate `10 crore to the Sports Ministry to support the Indian contingent that will take part in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to start on July 23. Interestingly the major, ity of the funds will be used for promotional activities of the Olympic-bound athletes. The BCCI will directly pay the agency handling the promotional campaign. On receiving the request from the ministry the BCCI made the , decision at an emergent Apex Council meet on Sunday. During the meeting, the BCCI also decided to form a commmittee to decide on the compensation package for domestic cricketers. The Sports Ministry’s request to BCCI to fund promotional activity is curious. Does it mean the ministry lack funds? For its part, the ministry said its funding essentially goes towards sports development activities and not event promo- lakh for 525 gram panchayats in the district. In his address at Kamareddy, Rao mentioned a class five student named Mahathi, who was present at the event and is the daughter of TSPSC member Sumitra Anand Tanoba. Rao said that he had named Mahathi when he had visited Kamareddy before the formation of the State and met Tanoba. At Siddipet, he spoke at length regarding various schemes taken up by the State government in the P5 agriculture sector. tion. But apparently, the ministry is keen on creating buzz ahead of the Olympics, where it expects a record haul of medals, hence the outreach. “BCCI is helping the ministry on that front too. The campaign is handled by a private agency and the BCCI will pay them directly ,” said the ministry . The BCCI will also place expressions of interest to the ICC to host the 2028 T20 World Cup, 2031 WC and 2025 Champions Trophy . Based on the request received from the IOA/ MYAS, the Apex Council of BCCI has decided to extend support to the IOA and has pledged a monetary gesture of `10 crores Jay Shah, BCCI secretary social media platforms shall have a forum for redressal of their grievances,” it said. The special branch of the UNHRC had on June 11 raised concerns on a number of provisions in the new IT rules saying they do not appear to meet the requirement of international law and standards related to the right to privacy and freedom of speech and expression as protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, acceded to by India on April 10, 1979. Walk-in vaccinations Walk-in vaccinations for the 18-44 age group will begin from Monday. Pre-registration on CoWIN app is no longer required NATIONWIDE JUNE 19 JUNE 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths TELANGANA 60,753 97,743 1,647 SERVICES TO RESUME IN HYD JUNE 19 JUNE 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths WITH THIS ISSUE MMTS 58,419 87,619 1,576 THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 1,362 1,813 10 Union Min Piyush Goyal approves MoS Kishan Reddy‘s request | P5 1,006 1,798 11 YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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