HYDERABAD SATURDAY JULY 17, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY 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 TEAMS TO JOIN SUPER 12 FROM QUALIFIERS 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 ■ ■ 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 16 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.” Khammam’s TPR sees a dip, but cases on the rise Hyderabad: After nearly a week of consistently reporting a high Test Positivity Rate (TPR), Telangana’s Khammam district now has a TPR below 10 per cent. On Friday, the district did not feature in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MOHFW) list of districts with high TPR. Even though the district’s TPR is falling, Khammam’s Covid-19 cases are on the rise. This trend is worrying officials | P4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Crowding at the historic Bhadrakali temple in Warangal on Friday | P2 Govt red-flags Covid spike, says next 100 days crucial EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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. IMD predicts heavy rainfall for two days 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 TELANGANA JULY 15 JULY 16 Fresh cases 710 715 Recoveries Deaths 808 4 748 4 INCENSED by the Union Jal Shakti Ministry’s sudden publication of a Gazette notification, which brings all the irrigation projects in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana under the control of the river management boards, the State government is contemplating a legal recourse to get the Centre’s decision reversed. Though there has been no immediate official reaction from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on the Gazette notification, he had a lengthy discussion on the matter with MPs, of ficials and le g al experts. According to sources, Telangana Advocate General explained the contents and the legal aspects of the notification to the Chief Minister at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Irrigation Depart- SALIENT FEATURES OF GAZETTE NOTIFICATION Notification will come into force from October 14, 2021 36 projects in Krishna basin and 71 projects in Godavari basin will come under KRMB and GRMB respectively The projects and its components (barrages, dams, reservoirs, regulating structures), canal network and transmission lines will be under the Boards’ control CISF will assist the Boards in the management of projects AP and TS will be responsible for the management of natural calamities; the Boards shall advise the two State governments in the event of disasters like floods GRMB asks TS and AP to submit DPRs E N S @ Hyderabad AFTER witnessing heavy rains over the past couple of days, Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana experienced a calm weather on Friday as only a few places recorded light to moderate rains. However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heavy rainfall is very likely to occur on Saturday and Sunday in Hyderabad and some other districts, including Bhuvangiri, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Malkajigiri, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet and Gadwal. The IMD also said that thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds are likely to occur at isolated places across the State. It also said that a low pressure area is likely to form over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around July 21. Telangana received 64 per cent above normal rainfall since the start of monsoon season on June 1 as the it recorded rainfall of 387.7 mm against the normal value of 236.5 mm. TS mulls legal recourse to get Centre’s move reversed AFGHANISTAN KANDAHAR An art teacher gives final touch to a painting of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, in Mumbai on Friday | PTI PAKISTAN Spin Boldak in Kandahar near Af-Pak border, where the Indian journalist fell to bullets EMBEDDED INDIAN JOURNALIST KILLED IN AFGHAN CROSSFIRE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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. Hyderabad: GRMB member PS Kutiyal asked both the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to submit the detailed project reports (DPRs) of the new projects for the appraisal of the Board and Central Water Commission and the subsequent approval of the Apex Council KCR asks MPs to fight tooth and nail During the TRS Parliamentary Party meeting, CM KCR asked the MPs to put up a good fight against the Centre to claim the State’s rightful share in Krishna river waters ment officials were also present at the meeting. “The Chief Minister has decided to conduct a detailed meeting with the Irrigation Department officials either on Saturday or Sunday. The strategy of the government will be finalised then,” a TRS MP told Express. Sources hinted that the government would most likely file a case in the Supreme Court against the Gazette notification. CM addresses TRSPP meet The Chief Minister also addressed the TRS Parliamentary Party (TRSPP) meeting at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday, wherein he discussed the Gazette notification with the MPs and officials. Later, the CMO issued an official release on the meeting, but it had no mention of the Jal Shakti Ministry’s notification. According to the release, the CM asked the MPs to put up a good fight against the Centre to claim the State’s rightful share in Krishna river waters. He asked them to raise the matter in both Houses of Parliament. “Injustice shall not be meted out to Telangana in river water sharing,” Rao told the MPs. He also directed them to meet the Union Ministers concerned and submit memorandums to them on the State’s concerns, during the Parliament session. Now, KRMB & GRMB to call the shots on projects ules — those under Schedule-1 and Schedule-2 will be controlTHE Union Jal Shakti Ministry led by the Boards, while the issued a Gazette notification in ones mentioned under Schedthe wee hours of Friday bring- ule-3 will be operated by the re, ing all the irrigation projects in spective States, but the Boards Telangana and Andwill ordinarily have hra Pradesh, except the jurisdiction. While the minor ones, under the Boards will manthe control of the age the projects, reqKrishna River Manuisite funds must be We have issued the agement Board provided by the States notification after (KRMB) and Godavari (`200 crore per State seven years of River Management discussions on the for each Board). Board (GRMB). The The 36 projects in super sensitive Boards have been givthe Krishna basin and issue, as per the provisions of AP en full control over 36 71 in the Godavari baand 71 projects in the Reorganisation Act sin were included in Krishna and Godavari Sanjay Awasthi, Joint Schedule-1 of the notibasins respectively . fication. This means Secretary, Union Jal The Ministry’s dethat both the river baShakti Ministry cision is in congrusins will be under the ence with demands direct control of the of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana, Central government. however, had maintained that Speaking to the media in Delthe projects should not be hi on Friday, Union Jal Shakti brought under the Boards’ con- Ministry Joint Secretary Santrol until it received a fair share jay Awasthi said, “We have isin the river waters. sued the notification after sevThe Gazette notification lists en years of discussions on the P5 out the projects in three sched- super sensitive issue.” V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad EXPRESS READ Sidhu meets Sonia amid Punjab Cong crisis Chandigarh: Amid speculations of elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress chief and reservations expressed by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the cricketer-turnedpolitician met party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi on Friday. A decision is expected soon to end tussle between the two Punjab leaders. The one-hour meeting was also attended by Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat | P7 PAWS AND REFLECT A tiger spotted near a water body in Amrabad Tiger Reserve on Friday. The TS Forest Department recorded a slight increase in the number of tigers in the Reserve after it identified 14 big cats through its annual estimation and monitoring exercise | P2 Electronic bail orders to get prisoners out of jails without delay EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 g ranted bail by courts. The CJI said, “We are contemplating a system to ask and secure orders of bail so that such orders are sent elec- tronically to jail authorities. We are directing Supreme Court Secretary General to frame the scheme.” “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 Jus,” tice Rao added. The court has also directed all states to answer whether jails in states have proper internet facility since it will be needed to access the secure system for transmission of orders. Recently, the SC had granted interim bail to 13 convicts 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 said they did not get the copy of the order by post. ‘Those on bail/parole need not surrender’ The SC directed prisoners granted bail or parole as a measure to decongest jails need not surrender till further orders as the Covid threat persists. The bench also ordered states to inform within a week on the criteria adopted by high-powered panels to release prisoners
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