HYDERABAD THURSDAY JUNE 24, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION POWERFUL BLAST OUTSIDE HAFIZ SAEED’S HOUSE KILLS 3 The car bomb blast at a checkpoint near the Mumbai attack mastermind’s Lahore residence on Wednesday also injured 20 ATTACKERS GOT TOO CLOSE TO HIS HOUSE There is no clarity yet on whether Saeed was at his residence at the time of the blast. But heavy security presence in the area led to conjecture of his possible presence. It was unclear whether the car, packed with explosives, was remotely detonated or if a suicide bomber was behind the blast. A preliminary probe found that over 30 kg of explosives were used ■ 17 SIX OTHERS CRITICAL, TOLL COULD GO UP ■ The impact of the blast shattered the windows of several nearby ■ houses. At least six of the injured are in critical condition Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani claimed that hostile intelligence agencies could be behind the blast Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department will take over the probe OF THE 20 INJURED HAVE BEEN HOPSITALISED 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 RECOVERY PSU banks get back 40% dues from Mallya, Nirav & Choksi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER facing a lot of flak over fugitive businessmen Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya, the Centre on Tuesday managed to score a big political point by announcing that `9,042 crore worth of attached assets of the trio have been transferred to the PSU banks defrauded by them. According to an Enforcement Directorate statement, Mallya, Modi and Choksi defrauded PSU banks causing a total loss of `22,586 crore to the banks. So, `9,042 crore works out around 40% of the total loss suffered by the banks. So far, the ED has attached assets worth `18,170 crore of the three absconders. These include assets worth `969 crore located in foreign countries. Of the `9,042 crore, `5824 crore has been recovered by sale of shares of United Breweries to Heineken NV Debt Re. covery Tribunal on behalf of SBI-led consortium sold shares of United Breweries Limited. The Dutch liquor company acquired 3.96 crore shares, or 15%, in United Breweries. According to ED, further realisation of `800 crore by sale of shares is expected by 25 June. Public-sector banks have already recovered `1,357 crore by selling the shares. According to the annual report of United Breweries, equity shares accounting for 16.15% held by a few promoter companies promoted by Mallya constituting had been transferred to the demat account of ED, Mumbai . The ED, acting on the FIRs by the CBI, has detected a number of domestic and international transactions and assets stashed abroad. The ED has also filed prosecution complaints against all the three accused after completion of money laundering investigation. JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Forty Delta Plus cases in 5 states; don’t panic: govt U’khand HC rips apart Covid death audit V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun Genome sequencing shows first occurrence in a sample taken in Maharashtra on April 5 S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi A day after the Centre issued an alert after detection of a Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 in three states, scientists associated with the government’s genomic surveillance project said it is a matter of concern but there is no reason to panic yet. The Union health ministry while issuing a statement on INSACOG’s report on the Delta variant with K417N mutation — also called B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1 or Delta Plus — said this was first detected in India in a sample collected on April 5 in Maharashtra. AY.1 has been found in two more states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, apart from Maharashtra, MP and Kerala. About 40 such cases have been detected so far. INSACOG is a consortium of labs for genomic and epidemiological surveillance of Covid-19. It has so far carried out whole genome sequencing in about 45,000 virus samples collected from across India. The government as well as scientists associated with the project said there is no evidence yet to suggest that this variant is more transmissible or increases disease severity But the . K417N mutation, which has previously been seen in the South African and Brazilian variants, has been known to evade immune response, raising worries against possible reduced effectiveness of existing vaccines. “The government has done a good thing by issuing an advisory said a scientist with CSIR,” Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology “But we are yet . to understand whether the effects of mutations are neutral, additive, or even bigger than the sum of individuals muta- tions because of small number of cases,” he added. An independent virologist said that in the wake of the new finding, the government should also reveal its future strategy. “In my view, a test like the one developed in the UK which is faster and cheaper than whole genome sequencing in detecting the mutation should be urgently considered and deployed here in order to understand the FIRST CASE IN TN Chennai: A staff nurse in a cancer hospital in Chennai is the first known case of Delta Plus in Tamil Nadu, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said. The patient’s sample tested positive after genome sequencing at InSTEM, a lab in Bengaluru. The patient has since recovered and all contacts tested negative for Covid, he added. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson with the winners’ mace after beating India in the WTC final on Wednesday | AP | P11 Black Caps champs in whites EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW ZEALAND has a population of roughly three million. The player pool they have at their disposal is less than a 100. The revenue New Zealand Cricket earns from the game is miniscule, nothing compared to the Indian cricket board. Yet, these disparities didn’t count for much as the Black Caps engineered a sensational eightwicket win to claim the inaugural World Test Championship. After a few days of a dank and gloomy start to the final, the last day proved to be a beehive of action. Under good batting conditions, India’s famed batting cracked under pressure. The fabled New Zealand attack EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh High Court has registered 11 suo motu revision petitions on the closure of cases, pertaining to certain comments made by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy when he was in the Opposition, by lower courts. Justice Kanneganti Lalitha, who heard the petitions on Wednesday, however, refrained from issuing notices to police, original petitioners, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and characteristics and progression of this variant,” he said. Worldwide, 205 cases with AY.1 have been reported from nine countries. AY.1 was first reported by the Public Health England bulletin on June 11. A retrospective analysis of samples by INSACOG revealed the first occurrence of this lineage from a sample collected from Maharashtra in early April. P7 June 23 63,26,649 doses NATIONWIDE JUNE 22 JUNE 23 Nara Chandrababu Naidu and the alleged Amaravati land scam. Subsequently, a few cases were booked against him in Anantapur, and Guntur districts. Police, who looked into the same, filed final reports reportedly in the absence of actionable evidence. The petitioners, too, reportedly infor med the magistrate courts concerned they had no objection for closure of the cases. Following this, the low- EXPRESS READ Housing sales fall 58% sequentially in June qtr INDIA-US DRILL Indian Air Force’s P8I and MiG 29K aircraft participate in a passage exercise with US Navy Carrier Strike Group Ronald Reagan during its transit through Indian Ocean on Wednesday. The two-day exercise aims to strengthen bilateral ties. Two Indian Navy ships, too, were part of the bilateral exercise | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT THE Telangana government issued a government order (GO) that caps rates for Covid-19 treatment at private hospitals in the State after the Telangana High Court had directed it to revise the same based on consultations with all stakeholders. The GO 248 continues with the previous price slabs of `4,000 for routine wards, `7,500 for an ICU ward without ventilator and `9,000 for an ICU ward with ventilator. These per day rates include investigations like urine routine, CBC, ECG, X-ray and ECHO. What is new, however, is fixed pricing for key tests like HRCT, IL 6, D-Dimer, LDH. When the pandemic was at its peak, an HRCT test cost up to `6,000-8,000, but can P4 now only be charged `1,995. PARENTS breathe easy. You now have an option of either sending your children to school for physical classes or opt for online classes. As schools are reopening on July 1, the State government cleared the air by submitting to the High Court on Wednesday that it was not mandatory for the children to attend classes in person and that they could continue with online classes. Parents interested in sending their children to schools should submit their consent letter to the schools concerned. Education Secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania said within two days, the government would finalise guidelines for starting classes. When the court pointed out that the government was taking a risk by resuming physical classes as ensuring physical distancing among children in schools was difficult, Sultania said the government would keep the court’s suggestion in mind. The bench gave a week to the department to apprise it on de- cisions taken by the government as to which classes would provide instructions in hybrid mode. The court directed the government to recognise teachers and lecturers as falling under high-risk category and inoculate them against Covid-19 on a priority basis, to which the Director of Health G Srinivasa Rao said about five lakh teaching and non-teaching staff were being vaccinated. The Education Department stated that 17 teachers drafted for election duty had died of Covid-19 and all benefits admissible were given to their kin. The bench asked the department to ensure their kin get the benefits which are due. TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 22 JUNE 23 1,175 1,771 10 1,114 3,598 12 HRCT `1,995 IL 6 `1,300 Digital X-ray `300 D Dimer `800 CRP `500 Procalcitonin `1,400 V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad Ferritin `400 LDH `140 PRICE LIST AMBULANCE CHARGES Basic Life support systems Minimum charge `2,000 `75 per kilometer Advance Life supporting system Minimum charge `3,000 Per km `125 Routine ward `4,000 ICU without ventilator `7,500 ICU with ventilator `9,000 Students can opt for online or offline classes, State informs High Court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad er courts had closed the cases. The court’s administrative committee found fault with it and took an ‘administrative’ decision to take up the issue suo motu. Advocate General Sriram argued that the HC cannot take up ‘administrative’ suo motu action using its powers under Sections 397, 401, 482 and 483 of the CrPC. He said it’s the first time in the history of judiciary that suo motu action was being taken based on an administrative deciCONTINUED ON P5 sion. TS black fungus cases unusually high, says study E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad 50,848 68,817 1,358 New Delhi: The second Covid-19 wave and regional lockdowns pulled down housing sales during the April-June 2021 quarter by 58% to 24,570 units compared with 58,290 units in the previous quarter, showed data released by real estate consultancy Anarock on Wednesday. However, Q1 sales perked up 93% annually, as only 12,740 units were sold in the yearago period, when a nationwide lockdown was on | P10 others, who were made respondents, following strong objections from Advocate General Subramanyam Sriram. The unprecedented suo motu action was based on the recommendation of the high court’s administrative committee. When he was in the Opposition in 2016, YSRC chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy made certain comments against the then chief minister and TDP supremo GO on Covid treatment fees sticks to old rates June 22 52,12,628 doses 42,640 81,839 1,167 Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe has been this competitive and invincible at home. For India, this was an opportunity lost. Easily the best side in WTC cycle, all they needed was one good session with the bat. Instead, from the moment Kyle Jamieson removed Kohli in the sixth over of the day and Cheteshwar Puajra two overs later, their fate was sealed. Conditions were in NZ’s favour but India could have played an extra batsman. Or perhaps, they erred in playing two spinners. Kiwis had an advantage playing two Tests against England before this. All those are now footnotes as one the most underrated sides walk away with their well-deserved prize. HC ITSELF FILES 11 CASES AGAINST JAGAN! TOTAL DOSES: 30,09,69,538 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths made hay when the sun shone, literally on the final day . A collapse was rhe last thing Virat Kohli & his team needed. But when the skipper walked back for not much on morning, it was always on the cards. After bowling the Indians out for 170 (138-run lead), Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, steadied the ship, bided their time and took the Kiwis home for only their second ICC title (they won the first in 2000). For a side that had to wait 26 years for a Test match win — the longest in history — the WTC title has been made possible by an ecelctic bunch of cricketers that is considered as their best team. Not even their team of the 1980s comprising THE Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the state government over the botched-up Covid death figures, terming it “totally vague, sham, misleading and not acceptable”. The division bench comprising Chief Justice R S Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma blamed the officials’ lacklustre attitude for the ‘bureacratic mess’. Dushyant Mainali, one of the petitioners, said, “In most cases, the cause of death is posted as ‘cardiopulmonary arrest’ to which court raised questions.” Tearing apart the death audit submitted by the state health department, the bench said, “Whenever we ask about preparedness, you (health secretary) use terms like adequate, sufficient, tremendous efforts, etc. Sorry this is not a meeting , chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister where you will project anything/something and that will be accepted” After health department officials tried to explain how the government is in the process of procurement, issuing tenders etc, the court dismissed these as an ‘eyewash’. The court was hearing petitions on the Covid-19 situation in the state. According to sources in the government, the Education Department has been contemplating to start classes in a phased manner. For classes VIII, IX and X, the department is proposing to start classes from July 1 and for classes VI and VII, from July 20. For the rest, the department plans to start physical instruction after one to one-and-a-half months. A nationwide study on ‘Covid19-associated rhino-orbital-cerebral mucormycosis,’ popularly known as the black fungus infection, has flagged ‘disproportionately more’ number of cases of the infection in Telangana. The study, published in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, took into consideration 2,826 cases of black fungus infections recorded in the period from January 1, 2020 to May 26, 2021, that were self-reported by 102 hospitals across 22 States and Union Territories. The study also looked into the Statewise data provided by the Central government. Among the 2,826 cases, Telangana had the seventh-highest cases at 118 and as per the Central government data provided for the first week of June, Telangana had 744 active cases of black fungus — fifth highest in the country. This comes as a surprise as the number of Covid-19 cases reported by the Telangana government are very low — lower than 15 other States P4 in the country .
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