NATIONWIDE july 17 july 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 38,079 41,157 43,916 42,004 560 518 statewide july 17 july 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested vijayawada l monday l july 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION At least 25 killed as heavy rains pummel Mumbai Landslides triggered by downpour claimed the lives of 25, besides hammering the civic infra in Mumbai on Sunday Cloud top twice the height of mt. everest whopping 200 mm rainfall in six hours Seventeen died when a wall overlooking an illegal tenement collapsed in suburban Mahul. Images from a doppler radar showed a cloud top height of 18 km, twice the size of Mt Everest and comparable to the one that wreaked havoc in the city in 2005. All major reservoirs were spilling over, while waterlogged streets raised health concerns amid the pandemic ■ ■ 200 mm rainfall was recorded over a six-hour window, prodding the IMD to issue a red alert. The rain fury reminded Mumbaikars of the the 24-hour rainfall figure of 944 mm on July 26, 2005 43 pumps were operating continuously to discharge rainwater into the sea and have so far pumped out 442 crore litre water 2,672 2,974 2,467 3,290 18 17 91,594 1,05,024 `7 lakh Ex-gratia announced by the Pm (`2L) and maharashtra govt (`5L) 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 PM’s jt address plan to LS, RS on Covid opposed Oppn against it, wants debate on the floor of the House; slew of issues to be taken up E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi With the Opposition flagging a slew of issues it wants to discuss during the monsoon session of Parliament that will begin on Monday, including the farm laws and price rise, especially those of petrol and diesel, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured that the Centre is ready for a healthy discussion on all matters. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told the Opposition that Modi will jointly address members of both Houses on Tuesday on the pandemic situation at Parliament annexe. Health experts will be present during the address, Joshi said, but the Opposition demanded a full discussion on the floor of the House, adding the current proposal was another way of bypassing parliamentary norms. Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien was caustic: “MPs do not want fancy PowerPoint presentations on Covid-19 from the PM or this government in some conference Sidhu elevation is now official E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit despite stiff opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sonia also appointed four working presidents. However, contrary to the assurance given to Amarinder o n S a t u r d ay that he will have a say in the selection, none of the four — S S Gilzian, S S Danny, Pawan Goel and K S Nagra — was from his camp. Amarinder had also said Sidhu must publicly apologise for foulmouthing his government before an in-person meeting with him. There is no word yet on if and when Sidhu P7 would issue the apology . W I T H T H I S I S S UE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) room.” He also said the regular presence of the PM in the House was important. “What is the need to go outside Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” he added. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say it can do so on , the floor of the House. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a discussion on the security situation with China while NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Afghan situation after withdrawal of US troops must be discussed. Many members demanded that the MPLAD funds be restored. More than 40 members from 33 parties attended all-party meeting and suggested subjects that ought to be discussed. Addressing the meet, Modi said the suggestions of all are valuable and the government will make note of them, Joshi said. The monsoon session will begin on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. Boxer dreams, village hopes centrecourt Centre adopting ‘double standards’ towards State: MP Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (centre) with her parents E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @Vijayawada Prasanta Maz u mdar @ Guwahati Accusing the Centre of maintaining double standards when it comes to resolving the issues concerning Andhra Pradesh, YSRC Parliamentary Party leader V Vijayasai Reddy on Sunday said they would raise the inordinate delay in approving the revised cost estimates (RCE) of Polavaram project in the monsoon session of Parliament. The YSRC would also strongly oppose privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP). The Centre’s ‘inaction’ in conduct- ‘TDP MPs ing a probe by the Central Bu- ready to reau of Investigation (CBI) quit for into Amaravati land scam, AP VSP, if...’ fibernet project and burning of chariot of Sri Lakshmi Telugu Desam Narasimha Swamy temple at MP K Ravindra Antarvedi would also be Kumar said raised in the Parliament ses- they are ready to resign for the sion, he said. Speaking to the media after sake of SCS to attending the all-party meet- Andhra Pradesh ing ahead of the Parliament and to stop VSP session in Delhi, Vijayasai privatisation, if Reddy alleged that there was a the YSRC MPs ‘deliberate’ delay in approval also resign of the RCE of Polavaram project though the State asked for it long ago. “Though the technical committee had approved the RCE of `55,657 crore, the file has been kept pending at the Ministry of Jal Shakti,” he said, adding that the repeated pleas of AP to shift the Polavaram Project Authority office from Hyderabad to Rajamahendravaram went unheeded. The Rajya Sabha member said they made it clear in the all-party meeting that the YSRC is against the Centre’s move to privatise VSP P4 . hen boxer and a hot medal prospect, Lovlina Borgohain, steps into the ring at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena, the boxing venue for Olympics 2020, the hopes of a billion Indians will ride on her as a medal will bring them joy and pride. But for the 2,000-odd dwellers of Baro Mukhia, Lovlina’s village in Assam’s Golaghat district about 320 kms east of Guwahati, a medal at the world’s showpiece sporting event could mean much more than that. It could shake off years of government neglect and bring to the village facilities as basic as a road and water supply . The village has no concrete road worth the name, it is connected with the rest of the world by a mud and stone track. The last time an effort was made to build a road was in 2016, when the then chief minister Sarabanda W Sonowal promised to connect Baro Mukhia with Kargil war martyr Padum Bahadur Shrestha’s villa g e in Hatighuli. But after only 100 metres of the 12-kms stretch was constructed, the government seemed to give up and the broken road remains to this day. Villagers claimed seriously ill patients have died because they could not reach the hospital quickly enough. The champion pugilist’s village also has Par no piped water supply . From washing, irrigating and drinking, it depends on tubewells and ponds for water. Healthcare facilities at Baro Mukhia are also non-existent. The nearest primary health centre is 3 kms away at Barpathar, but it has no bed and doctors seldom turn up. If anyone at the village falls seriously ill, they have to t r av e l 4 5 @ Lucknow Fourteen years after BSP’s Dalit-Brahmin social engineering earned it a majority on its own for the first and the only time in Uttar Pradesh, the party on Sunday brushed dust off the formula to tap into the community’s disgruntlement over its perceived sidelining by a pro-Thakur Yogi Adityanath dispensation ahead of the crucial 2022 polls. Announcing the revival of the formula, party chief Mayawati said the Brahmin outreach would be spearheaded by her second-in-command and party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra from Ayodhya, a key rallying point for BJP and allies. “I am confident that Brahmins will not vote for BJP in the next Assembly polls. A campaign under the leadership of our party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra will be launched from Ayodhya on July 23 to connect with the Brahmins and assure them that their interests are safe only under the BSP’s rule,” Mayawati said. According to BSP sources, at least six Brahmin meetings would be convened across the state to attract the crucial Brahmin vote bank, which not only played a pivotal role in bringing BSP to power in 2007, but also ended the 16-year-old era of coalition politics in UP. Before 2007, the last majority government was headed by BJP’s Kalyan Singh in 1991. Sources said the spadework for the revival of the connect began six months ago, when Mishra sent out feelers to prominent Brahmin caste bodies in 70 out of 75 districts. The Bhaichara Committees (brotherhood) that played a key role in BSP’s social engineering by bringing under a common banner the SC, MBC, EBC and Brahmin votes, too, are being revived to win back the non-Jatav votes, which have moved to the BJP after the 2014 P8 Lok Sabha elections. Different types of millets S G u r u S r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada Jowar (Sorghum) The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the demand for protein-rich foods and the foremost among them is millets. Once considered a poor man’s food, it is now evolving as a base for nutritional security for the country and even the world. In fact, the United Nations has declared 2023 the Year of Millets, which shows the impor tance of nutri crops. In Andhra Pradesh, the Korra (Foxtail millet) Arika (Kodo millet) Samalu (Little millet) Varigalu (Proso millet) Udalu (Barnyard millet) Andu Korralu (Brown top millet) area under cultivation of millets is increasing steadily every year. Experts describe it as a good development, which is no different from going back to one’s roots. It is time for the government to step in to ensure the sustainability of millets, so farmers are encouraged to take up millet cultivation without worrying about price fluctuations in the market. Compared to 0.11 lakh acres in Kharif 2020, jowar will be cultivated in 0.66 lakh acres this season. Bajra will be cultivated in 0.82 lakh acres as against 0.68 lakh P4 acres in last Kharif. Tokyo: Two members of the South African football squad, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Games Village. In all, four members of the South African contingent — including football team’s video analyst and rugby sevens coach — have tested positive. Also, eight members of the British contingent have been put in isolation after they came in contact with a positive case Palli village was washed away in a stream in Vallur mandal of Kadapa district Maya bets on Brahmin-Dalit combo for encore of ’07 show E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e Two SA athletes positive in Village Veerasetty Sudhakar (33) of Diguva More than 50 stranded people were rescued from Yeddula Konda on the banks of Papagni river in Vempalle A village volunteer and her 10-month- old son were rescued from a flooded house at Tummalabeda of Gandlapenta mandal in Anantapur district Kadiri in Anantapur district received the highest rainfall of 21.54 cm About 500 sheep were washed away Following heavy rains, River Chitravathi flows menacingly in Anantapur district on Sunday I Express Joins call for oppn unity Mayawati said Opposition parties should come together to hold the Centre accountable on its apathy towards farmers, among other issues. “BSP will raise fuel and LPG price, inflation and vaccination in the monsoon session of Parliament,” she said E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @Kadapa/Anantapur/Kurnool Heavy rains lashed parts of Rayalaseema since Saturday night inundating several localities in urban and rural areas. Several rivulets are overflowing cutting off road connectivity to a number of villages. One person was washed away in a stream in Vallur mandal of Kadapa. Veerasetty Sudhakar (33) of Diguva Palli village was returning home from Kadapa when he accidentally fell into the stream, police said. More than 50 people were stranded at Yeddula Konda on the banks of Papagni river in Vempalle mandal when the mud road leading to Venkateswara temple on the hillock from the other side of the river was washed away. Kondaiah from Podalakur mandal in Nellore district visited Yeddula Konda on Saturday night along with his family members to fulfil the vow of offering the hair of his son at the temple. Rains likely in next two days Vijayawada: The IMD forecast heavy rains in Rayalaseema and other parts of the State in the next two days. A low pressure area is likely to form over the northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around July 21 The bus, in which they came, left after dropping them at the place. On Sunday morning, the mud road leading to the temple was washed away following flash floods in Papagni river due to heavy rain. Having learnt that a group of pilgrims were stranded on the hillock, temple chairman Jayachandra Reddy with the help of Allireddipalle former PACS chief Chandrasekhar Reddy, safely shifted Kondaiah and his family members in tractors to Vempalle through Nandimandalam. A group of people was stranded at Metla Pedda Vanka in Mydukur mandal with Metla Pedda Vanka P3 flowing menacingly . Staff stir leaves 900 villages without protected water It’s a power pack of nutrients Nothing is a better choice than millets as they are power packs of nutrients, proteins and fiber. For this reason, millets are collectively called nutri crops, said CV Chandra Mohan Reddy, senior scientist RARS when Bapanayakunta tank in Reddivari Palli village of Nalamada mandal breached on Saturday night Downpour disrupts normal life in R’seema Cultivation of millets holds a lot of promise Ragi (Finger millet) kms to the district headquarters in Golaghat. But all this could change if Lovlina rewrites the history books. Her co-villagers are aware of the transformation to the village of Hima Das after she scorched the 400 metre track to win a gold at the World under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland, in 2018. The Assam government built a 1.5 km road, a village gate, a namghar (a Vaishnavite prayer centre), a youth club and a mini stadit - 1 um in Kandhulimari, Hima’s village. “We pray that Lovlina wins a gold medal at the Olympics as her success could change the fate of our village. It has happened with Mary Kom’s village in Manipur. Her village has developed on all fronts after she shot into the limelight,” said Horen Gogoi, a family friend of Lovlina. Hemanta Mahanta, another villager, agreed. “We hope Lovlina excels at the Olympics. We have waited for long to see some infrastructure development. Continued on P7 One drowns in stream nutritional security Sajja/Bajra (Pearl millet) Lovlina’s performance could fetch water & road connectivity to Baro Mukhia village CP Ve n u g o pa l @ Anantapur People of fluoride-hit villages throng the Sathya Sai Drinking Water Scheme in Anantapur district on Sunday | Express Alternative arrangement will be made for water supply: SE D Venkataramana, SE of the water scheme, said they had urged the employees to call off their strike. But there has been no response from them. If they fail to join duties, we will invite a short tender soon and hire workers to run the water scheme, he added Nearly 900 villages in the district are being deprived of drinking water supply for the past nine days as the staff of a protected water scheme have been on strike demanding release of their pending wages for the last 15 months. Water is supplied to the villages under the Sathya Sai Drinking Water Scheme, a project executed by the Sathya Sai Trust and handed over to the State government. The scheme covers nearly 900 fluoridehit villages spread in 12 Assembly constituencies of the district. Around 15 lakh people are getting protected water under the scheme. About 75 million litres per day (MLD) water is purified and supplied to the fluoride-hit villages under the scheme. The operation of the scheme was awarded to a private firm, which employed 572 staff. The main source of water for the scheme is Chitravathi balancing reservoir, from which water is drawn, purified and supplied to the villages. Apart from Chitravathi Balancing Reservoir, the other sources of water supply include Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir, Penna river at Tadipatri, Pamidi and High Level Canal. Four summer storage tanks were also constructed at Gadekal, Pappur, Konakondla and Godiselapalli. P3
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