JAB-O-METER July 14 TAKE 32,10,451 doses YOUR July 15 SHOT 35,15,093 doses TOTAL DOSES: 39,49,78,565 NATIONWIDE JULY 14 JULY 15 Fresh cases 38,792 41,806 Recoveries Deaths 41,000 624 TELANGANA JULY 14 39,130 581 JULY 15 Fresh cases PANT COVID-19 POSITIVE IN UK, THREE OTHERS IN ISOLATION Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani test positive for coronavirus in Britain 710 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD FRIDAY JULY 16, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION 749 605 5 808 4 Rishabh Pant posted pictures watching Euro match at Wembley | TWITTER THREE OTHERS PLACED IN QUARANTINE DID THEY LET THEIR GUARD DOWN? Pant, who watched Euro 2020 from the Wembley Stadium tested Covid-19 positive on July 8 and is recovering well. Garani, who joined the team over the weekend after two-week break, tested positive on July 14. His contacts bowling coach Bharat Arun and players Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran are in isolation and will join the team in Durham next week ■ ■ A few of the players and support staff were seen at the Wimbledon and the Wembley watching Euro 2020 matches without masks. This prompted BCCI to send a circular In the first week of July, the BCCI arranged for the second dose of Covid vaccine to the team members in London | P11 August 4 DATE WHEN THE FIVE-MATCH TEST SERIES VERSUS ENGLAND BEGINS 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 SC concern over rampant misuse of sedition law Setback for TS: Gazette notification on KRMB, GRMB jurisdiction today V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad Wonders why there has been no govt bid to repeal it while many others have been axed K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi was not blaming any government but added that the conEXPRESSING concern over the cern was about the “misuse of rampant misuse of the colonial the law and no accountability sedition law, the Supreme Court of the Executive”. on Thursday asked the Centre According to Section 124 A of why it has not got rid of the leg- the Indian Penal Code, those islation when several other old who attempt to create hatred or laws have been repealed. contempt against the governThe observation came when ment shall be punished with a bench headed by Chief Jus- imprisonment or fine or both. tice of India N V Ramana was The offence is not bailable. hearing a plea by retired In 1962, the Supreme Major-General S G VomCourt had upheld it in batkere, who challenged the Kedar Nath Yadav the Constitutional vaversus the State of Bilidity of Section 124 A har case. (sedition) of the IPC on “The government has the grounds that it taken out a lot of stale causes a chilling effect laws, I don’t know why SEDITION on free speech. CASE COUNT they have not looked “Dispute is that it is a (2014 to 2019) into this,” Justice Racolonial law and was mana told Attor ney used by British to supGeneral K K Venugopal. Arrested press freedoms and The latter suggested used against Mahatma that instead of repealGandhi and Bal Ganing the section, paramgadhar Tilak. Is this Chargesheeted eters and guidelines law still needed after 75 could be laid down. years of IndependHowever, CJI RamaConvicted ence?” Justice Ramana na once again emphawondered. sised the “gravity of Pointing towards its the situation” and said Acquitted/ misuse, the CJI said, “If “if a party does not Discharged you see the history of want to hear the voice Source: NCRB charging under this of the other party they , section, the conviction may use this type of rate is very low. The enormous law and implicate other peopower of this section can be ple”. The court, then, issued nocompared to a carpenter being tice to the Centre and tagged it given a saw to make an item, with other pending cases. (but) uses it to cut the entire forFormer Union minister Arun est instead of a tree. That’s the Shourie, too, has approached effect of this provision.” the Supreme Court challenging The CJI also clarified that he the sedition law. 559 337 10 73 Law of ruler in Didi’s turf, says stinging NHRC report P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata SQUARELY holding the Mamata Banerjee administration responsible for the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in its final report observed that the situation in the state is a manifestation of ‘Law of Ruler’ instead of ‘Rule of Law’. The report, submitted before a five-judge bench of the Kolkata High Court two days ago, recommended that grievous offences like murder and rape be handed over to the CBI and the cases be tried outside the state. The probe panel, set up on the direction of the Kolkata HC, also observed that the spate of violence in the state shows a pernicious ‘politicobureaucratic-criminal nexus’, which it termed “a deadly combination” that has larger national security implications as Bengal is a border state. According to the panel, violence was neither sporadic nor random as the attacks were targeted at sections of people who had links with other political parties. The report named notorious criminals as well as TMC functionaries including forest minister Jyotipriya Mullick for the attacks. Reacting angrily to NHRC’s caustic remarks, Mamata Banerjee described the report a ‘distorted one’ that was written as part of a conspiracy against the state. CONTINUED ON P8 HELL OR HIGH WATER? Water from an overflowing Saroornagar lake gushes out of a manhole after the heavy rains in Hyderabad, on Thursday | RVK RAO | P3 IN a major blow to Telangana, the Central government has decided to issue two Gazette notifications on Friday establishing , the jurisdictions of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) as well as the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) for the administration, regulation, maintenance and operation of the projects in their respective river basins. While the Andhra Pradesh SUBSTANTIAL SLACK IN ECONOMY EVEN WITH 9.5% GROWTH: RBI E N S @ Hyderabad IT’s said all’s well that ends well. With the unpleasantness surrounding the second Covid wave declining, economic indicators are ‘brightening’ prospects. But, one may have to wait for that perfect ending. At least RBI believes so. In its monthly bulletin released on Thursday, it noted that the gradual decline of infections and an aggressive vaccination push have brightened the near-term prospects for the economy. But, there will be a substantial slack in the economy and demand pressures may take some more time to become evident. This is notwithstanding the projected 9.5% GDP growth rate this fiscal. Aggregate demand is the cleanest guide to recovery, but as the central bank noted, consumption isn’t at full-throttle. “While several high frequency indicators of activity are recovering, a solid increase is aggregate demand is JEE-MAIN 4TH EDITION POSTPONED The fourth edition of engineering entrance exam JEE (Main) has been postponed to August 26-September 2 to give aspirants a four-week gap between two sessions of the crucial exam, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday yet to take shape,” it noted. Several mobility indicators shot up in June, so did attendance at workplaces, power consumption and digital transactions. In fact, RBI’s 27-factor nowcasting model estimated Q1 real GDP growth at 21%. Adjusted for Q1’s 5.5% inflation, nominal growth is pegged at 17.5%. RBI also stressed inflation will persist at elevated levels before easing in Q3 of FY22 when the kharif harvest reaches markets. government has been demanding that the projects be brought under the Boards’ jurisdiction right from the start, Telangana was always opposed to the idea. The Telangana government wanted the Centre to determine its fair share in the Krishna waters before bringing the projects under the control of Boards. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had reiterated the State’s stance in the Apex Council meeting held on October 6, 2020. According to a communication from the Ministry of Jal Shakti on Thursday “...the , GoI is issuing two Gazette notifications for the jurisdiction of KRMB and GRMB for administration, regulation, maintenance and operation of the projects in Krishna and Godavari basins, respectively in AP and TS”. The , notification will be issued in Delhi at 1.45 pm on Friday P5 . Kokapet land auction fetches TS a whopping `2,000 crore S B A C H A N J E E T S I N G H @ Hyderabad THE cash-strapped Telangana government has hit the jackpot. The mega e-auction of prime lands at Kokapet in Hyderabad held on Thursday fetched Telangana a record `2,000 crore. The successful auction indicated that Covid-19 had not deterred bidders, who came forward to bag the seven plots in the ‘Neopolis’ layout and another in the ‘Golden Mile’ layout. Many developers and builders took part in the e-auction to lay their hands on the parcels of the land, which are expected to bring them big returns. The response from the market is also an affirmation that Hyderabad is one of the most happening cities in the country and a choice for investments, particularly for the real estate sector. “The investors have reposed faith yet again in governance led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Hyderabad and Telangana are clearly number one choice and destination for investors P2 [sic],” MAUD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar tweeted.
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