tirupati l saturday l july 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION india-pakistan face-off during T20 World Cup Stage fight: new Zealand too in group 2 The mouthwatering clash between arch-rivals in Super 12 stage group will be their first time since 2019 World Cup Not the easiest. India are in Group 2 in the Super 12 stage. Apart from Pakistan, the inaugural champions will face New Zealand and Afghanistan. Group 2 comprises defending champions West Indies, Australia, England and South Africa. The Super stage comprises 12 teams. The final contest will be between P11 eight teams in each group ■ 16 teams to join super 12 from qualifiers ■ The qualifying round consists of eight teams divided into two groups. Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia. Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman Top two teams from each of the two groups will join the Super 12, making it a 16-team contest no of teams taking part in the T20 World Cup 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 Says right to life is paramount; all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it SC gives UP last chance to call off its Kanwar Yatra K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi Giving the Uttar Pradesh government one last chance to reconsider its decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday emphasised that the right to life is paramount while all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it. Hearing a suo motu case, a bench of justices R F Nariman and Ajay Rastogi said no physical congregation can be allowed and gave the Yogi Adityanath government time till Monday to take its final call. “UP cannot go ahead with physical yatra. Either we will pass orders directly or , will give you one more opportunity to reconsider your decision,” the court told senior advocate C S Vaidynathan, who appeared for the UP government. The yatra had been cancelled last year, too, amid the first wave. During the hearing, Vaidyanathan spelt out the raft of safety measures taken by the UP government to hold the yatra. While kanwariyas have been generally advised to skip it, those determined to perform the yatra need to apply for registration, have to be fully vaccinated and also produce a negative RT-PCR report, which is not more than three days old, he told the bench. “The yatra would be symbolic,” he said, and sought to invoke the right to religion. UP plans to station Ganga water tankers at key locations from where kanwariyas can collect it and perfor m abhishekam at a nearby Shiv temple. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre was against the yatra to Haridwar. Taking note of both the stands, the bench said it “goes at the very heart of Article 21... The rest of the citizenry of India and their right to life are paramount. All other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to this most basic fundaP8 mental right.” All teachers will get vaccinated by August: Minister Vijayawada: Education Minister A Suresh underscored the need for expediting Covid vaccination drive for teachers ahead of start of classes next month. The health department had already issued orders to vaccinate teachers, lecturers, professors and other staff of the education department by the end of July. Expr e ss N e ws S e rvic e @ Vijayawada Crowding at Banashankari temple in Bengaluru on Ashadha Friday | Ashishkrishna HP Govt red-flags Covid spike, says next 100 days crucial Expr e ss N e ws S e rvic e @ New Delhi Citing the rising Covid-19 caseload in various parts of the world as well as a few states in India, the Centre on Friday raised a red flag saying the situation could get worse from here, adding the next 100 days are going to be crucial. With the World Health Organization issuing an alert on the early signs of a third Covid wave, saying global cases and deaths increased by 10% and 3% respectively last week, the Centre said there was no room for complacency . Dr V K Paul, who heads the national Covid task force, said the world moving towards the third wave should be seen as a red flag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers of six states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Karnataka — where cases are either rising or have plateaued at a high number. “PM has given us the target to stall the third wave and it is possible,” Paul said, adding that while the situation is under control now, it may change for the worse if public health measures are not taken and individuals do not behave responsibly . While Spain has seen a 64% hike in weekly cases, Netherlands has recorded a 300% spike. Highlighting India’s vulnerability Paul said, “We have , not reached herd immunity — not even through infection. Not that we want to achieve herd immunity through natural infection. We are making continuous progress in vaccination,” he said. He, however, said at least 50% of the most vulnerable section is now vaccinated. Secretariat system helped State combat Covid: CM Expr e ss N e ws S e rvic e @ Vijayawada Interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference on Friday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the newly introduced village/ward secretariat system has played a key role in combating Covid-19 in the State. “We do not have tertiary care facilities post bifurcation of the State as AP does not express read No prelims for Group-II posts Vijayawada: Hereafter, there will be no preliminary exams for recruitment to Group-II to IV posts. A single exam will be conducted for the same, said APPSC member Sk Salam Babu on Friday. He said they have requested the State government to cancel GO 39 and GO 150 issued previously. The new policy will be applicable for all recruitment to be notified from now on and the selection process for Group-1 will remain the same prelims and mains. have any tier-I city Despite the . shortcoming, the State has done reasonably well in containing the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. Explaining the measures taken to combat Covid, he said the State government has conducted fever survey 12 times so far, besides laying emphasis on testing. The State has so far received 1,68,46,210 doses of vaccine and 1,76,70,642 people have been vaccinated. The State has vaccinated more people than the number of doses supplied using the previous doses saved by adopting best medical practices. Of the total 53,14,740 doses of vaccine allotted to the State for July , 17,71,580 doses have been provided to private hospitals. It should be noted that private hospitals had adminis- tered only 4,20,209 doses of vaccine in June. “My suggestion is that the unused stock in the quota allotted to private hospitals should be given to the State, so that the vaccine can be put to effective use and it will also help expedite the process of vaccination,” Jagan said. He thanked Modi for extending all support to the State in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Even as the Telangana government has expressed its discontent over the notification of jurisdictions of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB), the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) said it has defined them as it is determined to implement the provisions of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 (APRA) in letter and spirit. The MoJS also revealed that it has begun consultations with the Ministry of Law and Justice (MoL&J) to seek its opinion if the matter of realloca- two boards, three schedules 36 Krishna and 71 Godavari projects will be taken over by the boards, which divided them into three schedules Projects in Schedule I are those on which KRMB and GRMB will “ordinarily” have jurisdiction Schedule II projects are those over which the respective boards shall have jurisdiction and perform the functions such as administration, operation, maintenance and regulation Schedule III projects will also be under jurisdictions of KRMB and GRMB, but the functions shall be performed by the respective States on behalf of the boards as per their directions Projects which were not approved by the boards, those which were not approved by the advisory panel or CWC, and those approved but whose scope was changed are unapproved ones We clearly stated what approved and unapproved projects are after taking cognisance of all projects on Krishna and Godavari in both the States. Schedule II has the projects, which will cause issues if not managed properly S Awasthi, Joint Secretary of MoJS tion of Krishna water could be referred to the existing Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal II (KWDT-II) or a new tribunal has to be formed as requested by Telangana. Joint Secretary of MoJS Sanjay Awasthi, in a press conference in New Delhi on Friday, noted that the notifications were issued as per Section 87 of the APRA after addressing the concerns raised by Telangana. He said that the entire administration, regulation, maintenance and operation of the projects in Godavari and Krishna basins listed in Schedule II of the gazette would be done by E X P R E S S NE W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui, 38, was killed on Friday in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak near a border crossing with Pakistan. Since early this week, Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist with the Afghan special forces based in Kandahar. The forces were fighting to regain control over Spin Boldak when Siddiqui was killed, Reuters reported. For its part, the Taliban claimed it did not know a journalist was accompanying the soldiers. It has reportedly handed over the body to the Red Cross. “Our Ambassador in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities. We are keeping his family informed of the developments,” MEA s p o ke s p e r s o n A r i n d a m Bagchi said. A native of Delhi, Siddiqui is survived by wife Rike and two young children. After graduating in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, Siddiqui pursued a degree in Mass Communication. Though he started his journalism career as a reporter, Siddiqui later decided go behind the camera. He went on to produce world-class work that spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, which won him a Pulitzer, Delhi riots and India’s Covid crisis. the respective boards. “After much deliberation and thorough discussion, we issued the gazette notifications. The respective boards shall now regulate the supply of water and power to AP and TS as per the provisions of APRA. We put this provision as it was our determination to implement the APRA in letter and spirit. A lot of thought, time and effort went into drafting the notifications by the CWC officials, who worked day and night. In fact, more effort went into drafting these notifications than that would usually be made for Parliament bills,” P5 he said. AP: Certain aspects in Centre’s notification need to be fine-tuned j aya n t h P @Vijayawada Now that the Centre has finally drawn curtains on a longpending issue of notifying the jurisdictions of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB). Will the “complete hand over” of all major and medium projects in Krishna and Godavari basins to the autonomous boards that will be under the administrative control of the Centre resolve all the problems between both the Telugu States, which have virtually been at war over water sharing? What does the notifying river management boards’ jurisdiction mean for the projects planned by Andhra Pradesh “to tap and utilise its rightful share of water”, particularly in Krishna basin? These are the two pertinent questions that have come to the fore as the Centre published the notifications in the gazette in the dead of night on Thursday . While the Telangana government seemed to be discontent with the development, the AP government welcomed it but with riders. “We welcome the Centre’s decision, which has been long Embedded Indian Journalist killed in afghan crossfire APHRC shifting to Kurnool likely Kurnool: Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission (APHRC) judicial member Danday Subramanyam and non-judicial member Dr Sreenivasa Rao on Friday during their visit to Kurnool held discussions with district officials for identification of building to house APHRC. However, there was no official communication over the shifting of APHRC to Kurnool. According to official sources, a decision is likely to be taken shortly on shifting of the APHRC to Kurnool. River boards’ jurisdictions defined to implement APRA effectively: MoJS overdue, and we believe that we will be able to tap and utilise our rightful share of water with the help of boards. However, there are certain aspects i n t h e n o t i f i c at i o n t h at need fine-tuning. We will take it up with the Government of India and get them rectified,” said Andhra Prades Water Resources Secretary J Syamala Sajjala gives credit to CM for notification Government advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy welcomed the notification on KRMB and GRMB. He gave the credit of the notification to the efforts of CM Jagan. Had both the boards been notified during bifurcation itself, PRLIS might not have taken shape, Sajjala said. Rao on Friday . In all, 36 projects in the Krishna basin and 71 projects in the Godavari basin in both the States, including all major and medium projects along with their canals and distributaries will be under the control of KRMB and GRMB respectively from October 14 as per P4 the notification. Jab-o-meter July 15 Take 35,15,093 doses your July 16 shot 38,79,917 doses Total doses: 39,93,62,514 NATIONWIDE july 15 july 16 Fresh cases 41,806 38,949 Recoveries Deaths 39,130 40,026 581 542 statewide palanquin ride Pushpa Pallaki Seva being performed to Lord Malayappa Swamy at Tirumala on Friday evening to mark Anivara Asthanam I Express july 15 july 16 Fresh cases 2,526 2,345 Recoveries 2,933 3,001 Deaths 24 16 Samples tested 93,785 81,740 quick release Electronic bail orders to get prisoners out of jails without delay e X P R E S S n E W S sE R V I C E @ New Delhi tAKING serious note of the delay in releasing of prisoners from jail despite bail being granted, the Supreme Court on Friday said it will set up a system to ensure that bail orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. “In this age of information and communication technology we are still looking , at the skies for pigeons to communicate orders,” Chief Justice N V Ramana said. “Prisoners are waiting for Supreme Court orders to be sent by post. We had ordered release in some matters and they were not released since they did not receive authentic copy of orders. This is too much,” he added. The bench of CJI Ramana and justices L Nageswara Rao and AS Bopanna made the observation while hearing the suo-motu case regarding delay in releasing convicts by prison authorities even after they were granted bail by courts. Explaining the changes being planned, the CJI said, “We are contemplating a system to ask and secure orders of bail so that such orders are sent electroni- ‘Those on bail/parole need not surrender’ The SC directed prisoners granted bail as a measure to decongest jails need not surrender till further orders as the Covid threat persists. The court asked states to inform the criteria for release cally to jail authorities. We are directing Supreme Court Secretary General to frame the scheme and submit before us.” “The idea of this order is to send the order copies of this court via a secured route. This will be taking care of security ,” Justice Rao added. The court has also directed all states to answer whether jails in states have proper inter- net facility since it will be needed to access the secure system for transmission of orders being put in place. Recently, the SC had granted interim bail to 13 convicts lodged in Agra Central Jail. The order was passed on July 8 but the convicts walked out of jail after four days, since the prison authorities stated they did not receive the certified copy of the order.
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