visakhapatnam l thursday l june 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ 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. Forty Delta Plus cases in 5 states; don’t panic: govt Specified Authority for TTD set up E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Tirumala 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 a major worry There is no evidence yet to suggest that Delta Plus variant is more transmissible. 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 Covid-19 vaccines 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 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 E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e 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 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 hc digs into closed cases against CM E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The AP High Court has registered 11 suo motu revision petitions on the closure of cases, pertaining to certain comments made by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy when he was in the Opposition, by lower courts. Justice Kanneganti Lalitha, who heard the petitions Wednesday, however, refrained from issuing notices to police, original petitioners, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and 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 YS Jagan Mohan Reddy made certain comments against the then chief minister and TDP supremo Nara Chandrababu No alternative to Class XII exams, Govt informs SC Tourism destinations to reopen in State today All tourism destinations in the State will reopen for the public from Thursday following a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, said Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao on Wednesday. Steps are being taken to increase revenue through tourism and road shows will be organised in all major cities in the country highlighting tourist spots in the State, he said. E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh State government has informed the Supreme Court that it will conduct the Class XII (Intermediate second year) examinations in physical mode as there is no reliable alternative to assess the performance of students in view of the grades being given in the SSC exams instead of marks. The government also informed the SC that the Covid-19 situation in the State is improving, making it conducive to the conduct of exams. The government filed an affidavit before the Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari, which on Tuesday said the State should have ‘very good reasons’ to hold the Class XII State Board examinations and observed that the State would be held responsible if there is any fatality of students arising out of the conduct of exams amid Covid-19. The State government informed the Supreme Court that apart from grades awarded in place of marks in the SSC exams, the Board does not have any check on the internal examinations conducted by various institutions. “Thus, any assessment based on internal exams in the State of AP may not yield accurate results,’’ the P5 government reasoned. Pathan Tahseen (20), who was allegedly set afire by her parents Pathan Mohammed Shareef and Munawar Jahan and brother Pathan Tajuddin, at Rayachoti a week ago, succumbed to burns in the early hours of Wednesday at Kurnool GGH. The girl who fell in love with a close relative of the family, told her parents that she would marry him only Rejecting Tah. seen’s proposal to marry her lover, Shareef started looking for matrimonial alliances for his daughter. A heated argument took place between Tahseen and her parents over the issue on June 15. In a fit of rage, Tahseen’s younger broth- er drew petrol from the twowheeler parked outside the house, threw it on her and set her afire in front of her parents, who remained mute spectators. When she cried for help, neighbours went to her rescue and shifted her to Kadapa Government General Hospital. Tahseen was later shifted to Kurnool GGH for better treatment, where she died, Rayachoti Urban CI G Raju said. Based on the statement of Tahseen, Rayachoti police registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC. Following the death of the girl, Section 307 will be altered to Section 302 (murder) and it will be investigated under the Disha Act. Tahseen’s parents and brother were already arrested. 33 bars to sell premium liquor at tourist places Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao said 33 bars at major tourist places in the State will be allowed to sell premium liquor as a measure to attract tourists, though the State government is committed to implementing total prohibition in a phased manner. Oberoi Group has come forward to construct star hotels in Vizag and Tirupati, the minister said. 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 informed the magistrate courts concerned they had no objection for closure of the cases. Following this, the lower courts had closed Jab-o-meter Take your shot June 22 52,12,628 doses June 23 63,26,649 doses Total doses: 30,09,69,538 NATIONWIDE june 22 june 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 42,640 81,839 1,167 50,848 68,817 1,358 june 22 june 23 4,169 4,684 8,376 7,324 53 36 74,453 80,712 the cases. The high court’s administrative committee found fault with it and took an ‘administrative’ decision to take up the issue suo motu. Appearing for the State government, Advocate General Sriram argued that the high court 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 adP4 ministrative decision. express read Housing sales fall 58% sequentially in June qtr 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 Disha app must be on every woman, girl’s mobile for their safety: Jagan Kadapa girl set on fire by parents succumbs to burns E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Kadapa 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. With the expiry of the tenure of the Board of Trustees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the State government on Wednesday appointed a Specified Authority for the TTD. The tenure of the Board of Trustees headed by YV Subba Reddy, came to an end on June 21. Principal Secretary (Revenue) G Vani Mohan issued an order appointing the Specified Authority for the TTD with the Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy as Chairman and Additional EO AV Dharma Reddy as its convenor. The Specified Authority was appointed exercising the powers conferred under Section 137 of the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act, 1987. The Specified Authority will have all the powers and perform all the functions of the Board of Trustees of TTD until further orders. The Specified Authority came into existence with immediate effect. The new Trust Board is likely to be constituted in a week, said Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao, who visited Tirumala on Wednesday . E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada krishna horror story Empty liquor bottles dumped by anti-social elements on the Krishna river bed at Seethanagaram, where a woman was raped recently | Prasant Madugula Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday directed officials to lay emphasis on promoting awareness about the Disha App in a big way and ensure that every woman in the State downloads it. He held a high-level review meeting on women’s safety at his camp office with Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita, Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang, Intelligence Chief KVRN Reddy and other officials and discussed steps to be taken for creating awareness about the Disha App among girls and women. The review meeting assumes significance as it was held in the wake of the sexual assault on a nurse at the Seethanagaram Pushkar Ghat in Tadepalli. Jagan advised the officials to reach out to every household and see that the App is downloaded by all girls and women from Google playstore on their MSKs to be called ‘Mahila Police’ The State government issued an order declaring that volunteers designated as Grama Mahila Samrakshana Karyadarsi (MSKs) will be called ‘Mahila Police’ and be a part of the State Police Department. The order was issued by Kumar Vishwajeet, Principal Secretary (Home), on Wednesday. mobiles. “Volunteers in village and ward secretariats and women police should be trained in using the App and through them, a campaign should be taken up to make girls and women aware of its usefulness in emergency circumstances,’’ he said. Upon getting an SoS through the App, Disha and local police stations should respond immediately to ensure the safety of the caller. All the police stations should be equipped with adequate number of patrol vehicles for quick response, the Chief Minister stressed. The police intensified probe into the sexual assault on the nurse and gathered evidence P4 against two suspects.
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