JAB-O-METER July 18 TAKE 51,01,567 doses YOUR July 19 SHOT 47,77,697 doses TOTAL DOSES: 41,13,55,665 NATIONWIDE JULY 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JULY 19 41,157 38,164 42,004 38,660 518 499 TELANGANA JULY 18 JULY 19 Fresh cases RETAIL SALES DIP 50% IN JUNE DESPITE UNLOCK MEASURES Retail sales continued to be weak last month after the drastic fall in May, according to the Retailers Association of India (RAI) SPORTS GOODS, JEWELLERY, APPAREL SALES HIT ■ 731 3 729 5 80% FOOD, GROCERY AMONG LEAST IMPACTED In its latest business survey, the RAI said the highest drop was witnessed in the sports goods category at 66%, followed by jewellery (64%) and footwear (61%). Similarly, apparel and clothing sales dipped by 52% in June this year. In May 2021, the segment had reported a negative growth of 77%, according to RAI’s monthly update released on Monday 746 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD TUESDAY JULY 20, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 578 ■ Consumer durables and electronics sales dropped 46% in June as compared to the same month in 2019. This shows a feeble improvement as the segment had posted a dip of 71% in May Foods and grocery had the least impact with a decline of just 7% in June 2021 compared to June 2019 figures | P10 THE DECLINE IN RETAIL SALES IN MAY 2021 AMID THE SECOND COVID WAVE 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 Krishna conflict: KCR lobbying for new tribunal V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad AFTER the Jal Shakti Ministry issued the gazette notification bringing 107 irrigation projects under the purview of the KRMB and GRMB, the State government is now vigorously lobbying for a new tribunal for Krishna river. It wants a new tribunal so that a fresh allocation of Krishna river waters could be made for Telangana as it is a separate State now. “Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is lobbying for a new tribunal,” official sources in the Irrigation department confirmed on Monday The State has al. ready filed a petition in the Supreme Court to withdraw its case, which will pave the way for the Centre to refer the river water sharing issue between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to a tribunal under Section 3 of the Inter- state River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956. Till the new tribunal is constituted and fresh allocation of water is made, will the current arrangement of AP getting 512 tmcft of Krishna river water and Telangana getting 299 tmcft be acceptable to Telangana? When asked, Special Chief Secretary, Irrigation, Rajat Kumar said: “In the previous years, some ad hoc arrangements were made for distribution of waters. We will demand the KRMB to share river waters in a 50:50 ratio this year. We have all the required parameters, like population and catchment area, to get a fair share of Krishna waters. The State requires at least 565 tmcft of water from the river” This would mean that Telangana will demand for 405.5 tmcft of water from this year P4 onwards. Centre should reverse decision: Niranjan Reddy Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy said on Monday that the gazette notification issued by the Central government bringing irrigation projects under the purview of the KRMB and the GRMB was not acceptable to Telangana. He demanded that the Centre should reverse its decision immediately Ex-EC Ashok Lavasa’s phone, too, a potential target; Oppn to hold strategy session today Rahul, Kishor, 2 ministers part of Pegasus snoop list E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Hack not established, says govt “The consortium has accessed a leaked database of 40,000 numbers. The presence of a number does not indicate whether there was an attempted hack, or a successful one,” Vaishnaw said ADR FOUNDER ON LIST Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) founder Jagdeep Chhokar, associates of Union minister Smriti Irani and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia, and around 11 mobile phones belonging to a Supreme Court officer who levelled sexual harassment allegations former CJI Ranjan Gogoi were also on the list of potential targets AN international collaborative investigation by journalists on Monday continued to reveal more names, including those of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, election strategist Prashant Kishor and two ministers in the Modi gover nment, whose phones were potentially targeted for hacking using Israeli malware Pegasus. The names, which included new IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of State for Food Processing Prahlad Singh Patel, were revealed hours after the former defended the government in Parliament. Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha, Vaishnaw said the report on the government using Pegasus was nothing but an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions. “It is not a coincidence that the reports have been published a day before the monsoon session of Parliament. In the past, similar allegations were made on WhatsApp but there is no factual basis to these and have been categorically denied,” he said. While Union home minister Kokapet lands went to KCR’s near and dear ones, thunders Revanth E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad VERVE AND VOLLEYS Tennis players Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina hold the tricolour before boarding their flight for the Tokyo Olympics in Japan, from the Hyderabad airport, on Monday HANG ON TO THE RAINCOATS! HEAVY RAINS TO RETURN FROM TOMORROW E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad HEAVY to very heavy rains are likely to resume from Wednesday across various districts in Telangana, while thunderstorms will continue at isolated places across all districts in the State on Tuesday as per the forecast by India Meteorological Department. , While thunderstorms accompanied with lightning and gusting winds are expected at isolated places in all districts over the next four days, the heavy rainfall warning is for Wednesday to Friday . On Monday the weather remained pleasant as maximum tem, peratures were recorded close to normal values in most parts of the State. Only a handful of places received rainfall. Telangana has received 59 per cent above normal rainfall till now since the start of the monsoon season (June 1). TPCC president A Revanth Reddy on Monday levelled serious allegations of corruption and nepotism against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son KT Rama Rao, their relatives, friends and partymen in the e-auction of 50 acres of Kokapet lands. Revanth, who was kept under house arrest after trying to lead a delegation of Congress leaders to the Kokapet land, later alleged that the entire eauction reeked of corruption, which helped KCR’s near and dear ones corner the valuable land parcels for a song. Speaking to mediapersons, he alleged that apart from 17.684 acres of land bought by My Home’s Rameshwar Rao’s Now you sons and their firms (Aqua understand why Space Developers Pvt Ltd and the Collector and Hyma Developers Pvt Ltd), his wife touched known for their relations with the CM’s feet on his visit to his office in KCR, 9.4 acres went to benami Siddipet recently companies of Siddipet Collector P Venkatrami Reddy (Raja- Revanth Reddy, pushpa Properties Pvt Ltd, TPCC president Rajapushpa Reality), against whom a CBI inquiry is pending for alleged irregularities during his term as secretary of HUDA in 2006. “Now you understand why the Collector and his wife touched the CM’s feet on his visit to his P4 office in Siddipet recently Revanth said. ,” SPIN-OFF EFFECT Jadhav’s village will win if archers hit bullseye S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai WHEN Pravin Jadhav, a member of the Indian men’s archery team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, used to join his parents as a farm labourer during his boyhood, he was not doing anything very unusual. Hundreds of other children in Sarde, a hamlet of around 1,100 in the drought-prone Satara district of Maharashtra, did the same. Acute poverty forces boys/ girls of Jadhav’s village to join their parents as daily wage earners to supplement their family income. Vikas Bhujbal, a school teacher who taught the archer, said while the elders are paid `300 a day to work in the bajra and jowar farms, the children who join their parents get half the sum. Bhujbal said Jadhav’s parents come from a less than humble background with no house or land of their own. “They work in the farms of others as daily wage workers. There are days they do not get work and struggle to meet daily expenses. But poverty did not stop Pravin from chasing his dream,” he said. Jadhav’s village lacks basic facilities. It depends on wells and bore wells for water, P A R the potholed roads have puddles of water in the monsoon, there is no primary health centre and the single local school is up to Class VII only Beyond this, the children of . Sarde have to walk a fair distance to attend school. But the years of neglect appears to be slowly changing. The village has seen a steady flow of visitors, including the local MLA and MP to , meet the rising star. They presented flower bouquets to his parents and Bhujbal noticed that some of these visitors have shared those photographs on social media. Like other fellow villagers, Bhujbal thinks if Jadhav does T - 2 well at the Olympics, the village will draw attention and things will take a turn for the better. “Mere wishes are not enough to change the lives of people in our vilCONTINUED ON P7 lage,” he said. Amit Shah called it a ‘report by disrupters for obstructers’, the Congress sought his resignation and a probe into the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. The Opposition will hold a strategy session on Tuesday on how to corner the government in Parliament on Pegasus. West Bengal Chief Minister ‘Report by disrupters’ Union home minister Amit Shah called it a ‘report by disrupters for obstructers’ and said they have been amplified by a few whose only aim is to do whatever is possible to humiliate India on world stage | P7 Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, renowned virologist Gagandeep Kang, India head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Hari Menon and former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s names also featured on the potential list of targets. Over 1,000 Indian phone num- bers were on the list of potential targets of which 300 were verified by the collaborative following which technical forensic analysis was performed on 22 smartphones. The portal claimed that traces of the malware were found in Kishor’s smartphone. According to the portal, the list of around 50,000 phone numbers across the world was obtained through leaked data by Amnesty International and Parisbased Forbidden Stories. The use of the malware could be confirmed on the smartphones only after forensic analysis. Some smartphones do not leave its traces and hence the potential hack could not established. Israeli company, the NSO group, which owns Pegasus, claims only ‘vetted governments’ are part of its clientele. Monday’s list came a day after it was revealed that the malware was used to hack into the phones of around 40 journalists and activists critical of the government. While Lavasa’s phone was added to the list after he faulted Prime Minister Modi for poll code violations, Kang’s was added in 2018 and Menon’s around 2019. Delay in holding NEET-MDS counselling callous, says SC E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TERMING the Centre’s approach towards conducting the counselling for NEET postgraduate dental surgery courses ‘callous’, the Supreme Court on Monday told the Central government to complete the process without further ado. After additional Solicitor General K M Nataraj said the Committee that finalises recommendations on OBC reservation in All India Quota (AIQ) needs more time in view of the Covid situation and other administrative difficulties, the court granted one week to move an application for extension of time. “We will hear the matter after two weeks, so we can be apprised of what has been done,” noted the bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah. The bench was hearing a plea filed by dental graduates against the inordinate delay in announcing the counselling date. The SC had on July 12 directed the Union health ministry to announce the counselling dates for NEET-MDS 2021 within a week, noting the results were announced on December 31, 2020.
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