vijayawada l monday l june 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l 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 State sets new record as 1.3 mn vaccinated in a day Andhra accounts for 47% of vaccination in the country; No wastage reported E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh set a new record by administering Covid-19 vaccine to 13.59 lakh beneficiaries on Sunday, surpassing its own record of giving 6.28 lakh jabs in a single day on April 14. By 10 pm on Sunday the State had , administered Covid vaccine to 13,59,300 beneficiaries, exceeding its set target of giving 10 lakh jabs. With the administration of 13.59 lakh doses as part of the mega vaccination drive, the total Covid jabs given in the State increased to 1,36,75,909. 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 Covid vaccine between 11 am and 12 noon. According to an estimate, the record number of 13.59 lakh doses of Covid vaccine administered in the State, accounted for more than 47 per cent of the total jabs given across the country on Sunday Rajasthan stood . second with a vaccination share of 12 per cent, followed by Gujarat with 7 per cent. The share of Telangana in the total Covid jabs given across the country was just 4 per cent. , During the mega vaccination Kumbh testing scam: Sleeping at the wheel E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Share of States in total covid-19 Vaccine doses administered in india on sunday 47% Andhra Pradesh 12 Rajasthan 7 Gujarat 5 Tamil nadu 4 Bihar 4 M’rashtra 4 Telangana 4,589 No. of vaccination centres 28,917 Staff deployed 40,000 Asha workers 5,000 Other staff District W Godavari E Godavari No. of jabs 1,64,308 1,55,299 Krishna Vizag Guntur Prakasam Chittoor Srikakulam Anantapur Nellore 1,40,583 1,11,784 1,06,698 1,02,698 1,02,179 88,558 87,760 79,098 Kurnool Kadapa Vizianagaram 79,007 78,014 63,314 get, set, go! RTA to resume DL tests, LLR issuance from July 1 V i nee t U pa d h yay @ Dehradun also directly approach Motor Vehicle Inspectors (MVIs) at the RTA offices The Transport Department will for changing their time slots on or resume issuance of Learner’s Li- after July 1. cences (LLRs) and conduct of DrivThe validity of LLRs issued by the ing Licence (DL) tests from July 1. RTA will be extended by two months The issuance of LLRs to enable candidates to Contact RTOs and conduct of DL tests book slots for DL tests. were stopped in the State “Initially the RTA will , Vijayawada- 9154294214 as partial curfew was conduct DL tests for the Gudivada - 9154294476 imposed by the governbacklog slots and later ment to contain the fresh applicants will be Nandigama - 9550911139 spread of Covid-19. With accepted,” Krishna Disthe government extendtrict Deputy Transport Nuzvid - 9948287226 ing curfew relaxation Commissioner M Purenhours further, the RTA Machilipatnam - 9154294479 dra said. has decided to resume In Krishna district, Vuyyuru - 9154294483 its activities in a fullthe issuance and renewJaggaiahpet - 91542947011 fledged manner, strictly al of licences will be readhering to Covid-19 sumed in the RTO offices protocol. in Vijayawada, Gudivada, NandigaCandidates who obtained slots for ma, Machilipatnam, Nuzvid, VuyyuMay and June, can change them to a ru and Jaggaiahpet. For further deconvenient date on or after July 1 at tails, candidates can contact RTOs the AP RTA Citizen Portal (aprtaciti- over phone, the Deputy Transport zen.epragathi.org). Candidates can Commissioner added. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada 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. WITH THIS ISSUE drive, Covid vaccine was administered to priority groups in the 45 plus category women with children aged , below 5 years and those intending to go abroad. Prior to the drive, 56.63 per cent of people aged above 45 years were vaccinated. As many as 5.63 lakh women with children below 5 years of age out of the total 18.55 lakh, were also given the first jab. The vaccine doses were allotted to the districts as per the prevalence of Covid cases. According to senior officials in the Health Department, a total of 14 lakh doses of Covid vaccine were supplied to the districts. By the end of the day, the entire available vaccine stock was exhausted leaving nothing for further vaccination till the arrival of fresh stocks from the Centre. Expressing happiness over achieving the unique feat, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said the drive was organised on the directions of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to cover the remaining population in the 45 plus age group. While other States are administering a maximum of three lakh doses per day, AP had set a new record by giving 13.59 lakh jabs, he said, adding that there was no wastage of Covid vaccine doses during the mega drive. THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Woman raped by ‘blade batch’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Guntur A young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by two miscreants after tying down her fiance when the couple went to Pushkar Ghat at Seethanagaram on Saturday night. Guntur Urban police formed special teams to nab the accused. The police are suspecting the role of notorious ‘blade batch’ members in the sexual assault. According to Tadepalli police, the victim is a native of Rajarajeswaripet in Vijayawada and works as a nurse at a private hospital. After completing her duty she along with her fiance went , to Pushkar Ghat around 9 pm. P5 olympic support Sports ministry requests, BCCI donates `10cr Ven 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- India says UNHRC concerns on new IT rules misplaced 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 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 rules are “The right to freedom of speech designed to and expression is guaranteed under empower ordinary the Indian Constitution. The indeusers of social media. The victims pendent judiciary and a robust media are part of India’s democratic of abuse on social media shall have a structure,” the Ministry of Electronforum for ics and Information Technology (Meredressal... The itY) said in the statement. right to freedom “The rules are designed to empowof speech is er ordinary users of social media. guaranteed by The victims of abuse on social media Constitution platforms shall have a forum for reGovt statement dressal 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. express read Walk-in vaccinations Walk-in vaccinations for the 18-44 age group will begin from Monday as the Centre has relaxed its norms. Pre-registration on CoWIN app is no longer required NATIONWIDE june 19 june 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 60,753 97,743 1,647 58,419 87,619 1,576 andhra pradesh June 19 June 20 Fresh cases 5,674 5,646 Recoveries 8,014 7,772 Deaths 45 50 Samples tested 1,03,935 1,00,001 Kanagaraj appointed as PCA Chairman Vijayawada: Retired Madras High Court judge V Kanagaraj was appointed as Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Police Complaints Authority (PCA) on Sunday. Principal Secretary (Home) Kumar Vishwajeet issued an order appointing Justice Kanagaraj as the PCA Chairman.
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