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 ■ ■ tirupati l wednesday l july 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION Oppn, govt spar over ‘hiding’ deaths the third wave of the pandemic. During the discussion on the management of Covid-19 in the Rajya Sabha, members demanded that the Centre provide correct data of Covid-19 deaths. Alleging large-scale under-reporting of Covid deaths, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the Centre declared victory over Covid when people were still dying, and got into election mode E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Opposition on Tuesday accused the BJP-led government of ‘hiding’ the exact number of Covid deaths, saying the official figures reflect only a fraction of actual fatalities. The parties, led by the Congress, also panned the Centre for the inordinate delay in vaccinating people and demanded to know the preparedness for Believe it or not, not a single it compiles and puts out data sent by state governments and that it hasn’t asked any state to suppress Covid fatalities. Health Minister Mnsukh Mansukh Mandaviya said vaccine production is being ramped up to cover the entire eligible population in the country . Later in the day major opposi, tion parties barring the Congress participated in the all-party meeting on the Covid situation. state reported Covid death due to oxygen shortage, Centre told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday However, there was unprecedented demand for medical oxygen during the 2nd wave. Peak demand touched 9,000 mt compared with 3,095 mt during the 1st wave A total of 188 crore Covid vaccine doses needed to inoculate 94 crore 18+ population Centre expects 187 crore doses will be available during Jan- Dec 2021 YSRC stalls Rajya Sabha for debate on spl status 56% VACCINE SUPPLY Covishield: 11-12 cr doses per month Covaxin: 3.5 cr doses per month from Aug R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi A united Opposition on Tuesday decided to continue paralysing Parliament demanding that the Modi government come clean on Israeli spyware Pegasus, following an expose on its possible use to snoop into smartphone conversations of loads of politicians, journalists and other prominent persons. Leaders of Opposition parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met before Parliament’s proceedings began and agreed to keep up the pressure on the Centre to reveal whether it is part of Peagsus’ clientele, since the NSO group, which owns the spyware, claims it sells it only to vetted governments. With new revelations suggesting that Pegasus could have been used to topple the JD(S)-Cong coalition government in Karnataka led by H D Kumaraswamy the Con, gress felt the matter will resonate in the House. Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha K Suresh said the Opposition will collectively continue to protest inside both Houses from Thursday Parliament is closed . on Wednesday to mark Bakrid. While Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second successive day without transacting any business following protests from the Opposition, there was consensus on Rajya Sabha taking up a short discussion on the management of the pandemic. “Discussion in Rajya Sabha was agreed upon under special circumstances keeping in mind the importance of the matter. Non-participation would have been projected as the Opposi- Congress behaviour irresponsible: Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday criticised the Congress for its ‘irresponsible behaviour’ of disrupting Parliament because of its negative mindset, while urging members of the BJP Parliamentary Party to proactively combat the Opposition tion being unsympathetic to people who have suffered due to the pandemic,” said a senior Congress leader. Also, when the Business Advisory Committee meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu agreed to take up the Covid debate, the expose on the possible destabilisation of the Kumaraswamy government had not been revealed, the leader said. “We will not allow Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha to function till the Pegasus issue is discussed in the House. Today is different as Rajya Sabha took up discussion on Covid-19 as the Centre does politics on the issue. Pegasus is the Number 1 issue and it is a national security issue, so no compromise on that,” said Derek O’Brien, Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha floor leader. He said the repeal of three farm laws is also topmost on the party’s priority list, adding they would continue pressing it in Parliament. people going abroad get Covid jabs doses of vaccine received by the State 1,82,49,851 8,65,500 doses are yet to be administered doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in State 11 lakh doses have been saved All teachers to be vaccinated before reopening of schools 8 districts 5 districts 5 districts with less than 3% positivity rate with below 5% positivity rate 98.05% recovery rate express read SC raps Kerala over Bakrid relaxations New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rapped the Kerala government over relaxations granted for Bakrid. The SC observed that pressure groups, religious or otherwise, cannot interfere with the most precious Fundamental Right to Life of all the citizens of the country Nothing is done on cleaning up politics: SC New Delhi: “Nothing is ever done and nothing will ever be done,” the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, while reserving its order on a plea seeking contempt action against several political parties for noncompliance of the court’s directions aimed at decriminalising the polity Three monuments in the State have been identified under the Adarsh Smarak Scheme to provide additional amenities and make them more tourist-friendly, more particularly for the physically challenged. Union Minister of Tourism, 38,164 30093 Recoveries Deaths 38,660 45,254 499 374 statewide july 19 july 20 Fresh cases 1,628 Recoveries 2,744 Deaths 22 Samples tested 71,152 2,498 2,201 24 88,149 E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Bengaluru Illegal surveillance may have helped the BJP topple the JDS-Congress coalition government in Karnataka in 2019, a digital media outlet reported on Tuesday . Then Karnataka coalition government’s deputy CM G Parameshwar, personal secretaries of then Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and former CM Siddaramaiah, and a gunman working with former PM H D Deve Gowda were among Activists on list those whose phones Names of activists and were tapped, the anti-caste leaders, website claimed in including former JNU its third tranche of leader Umar Khalid and r e p o r t s o n t h e Anirban Bhattacharya, Pegasus spyware. figure as potential targets While the report could not es- of Pegasus. The others tablish these phones were infect- include Ashok Bharti and ed since they did not undergo Bela Bhatia digital forensic testing, personal secretaries of Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah, Gowda’s gunman and Parameshwar confirmed they were using the phones. Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, held a press conference in New Delhi demanding a judicial inquiry into the matter. He said that Congress will hold a nationwide ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ campaign, demanding a judicial inquiry into the scandal. The water of River Krishna touched Sangameswara Swamy temple in Kurnool district on Tuesday evening. It is the confluence of seven rivers – Krishna, Veni, Tungabhadra, Beemradhi, Malapaharini, Sangameswara and Bhavanasani. Water level increases to 57.28 TMC in Srisailam Priest Telkapalle Raghurama Sarma gives Jalaharathi to Sangameswara temple in Kurnool district, which is going to be submerged due to heavy inflows I Express Even the flood water of River Tungabhadra also arrived at Srisailam reservoir after touching the temple. Following heavy inflows, the water level in Srisailam reservoir increased to 57.28 TMC against its full reservoir level of 215.81 TMC, officials said. EAC seeks more info on EC proposal for RLIS J aya n t h P @ Vijayawada The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has once again deferred the proposal of the State government seeking an amendment to the environmental clearances (ECs) of existing projects, of which Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS) is an integral part, asking for more information. The EAC has sought a ‘holistic report’ among other information on water availability in Krishna along with details of existing and future schemes, including hydropower projects as envisaged in an approved mast e r p l a n o f t h e r ive r development. According to the minutes of the 14th EAC meeting uploaded late Monday, the 15-member committee, which made repeated observations about the ongoing case filed by Telangana in the National Green Tribunal, also sought a study showing the pre and post project temporal simulations of drawl of water from the reservoir. Detailed status of other water lifting projects in the region/neighbouring States along with the status of environmental clearance, and the location of any wildlife sanctuary, reserved forest area and other ecological habitats likely to be affected by the reduced level in the reservoir post construction of the project are still required from the project proponent, the EAC said. While observing that the project proposal does not involve construction of any new Lepakshi, 2 other sites to be ‘Adarsh Smarak’ of AP @Vijayawada july 20 Fresh cases Sangameswara temple set to be submerged tourism project E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e NATIONWIDE july 19 Did spyware help BJP snatch govt from HDK? Curfew being enforced in the State from 10 pm to 6 am has been extended by one more week. A decision to this effect was taken in a review meet on Covid Tuesday 1,80,82,390 July 19 47,77,697 doses July 20 31,79,469 doses Total doses: 41,52,25,632 of jabs given from May 1-July 15 were in rural vaccination centres Night curfew extended by one week 31,796 Take your shot may have been with Two out of three Indiansvirus, says ICMR’sinfectedserosurvey Covid latest United Oppn decides to stall both Houses till govt comes clean on it for discussion in the House. Holding placards and raising slogans, YSRC MPs on Tuesday disrupted the YSRC MPs rushed to the pothe proceedings of Rajya Sabha dium. With other opposition pardemanding debate on according ties too creating ruckus in the Special Category Status (SCS) to House on their respective deAndhra Pradesh, prompting the mands, the Rajya Sabha was adadjournment of the House for 15 journed twice. minutes. When the House reconvened at For the second consecutive day 1 pm to take up debate on the Cov, the YSRC Parliamentary Party id-19 pandemic, the YSRC memleader V Vijayasai Reddy gave a bers, led by Vijayasai Reddy, notice under Rule 267 requesting trooped into the well shouting slothe Rajya Sabha Chairgans. Though Deputy man M Venkaiah Naidu Chair man Harivansh to suspend the day’s listNarayan Singh repeated business and take up edly asked the protesting discussion on granting YSRC members to go Even after more SCS to the residuary back to their seats, they than seven years after the State State of AP . did not relent. bifurcation, the “While reorganising Intervening in the matdecision of the the State of AP the then , ter, Leader of the House Union Cabinet to Prime Minister gave Piyush Goyal appealed to accord Special some assurances and one Vijayasai Reddy to coopCategory Status of the most important aserate with the Chair to to AP is still surances is granting SCS discuss the Covid-19 panpending for to AP Conferring SCS on . demic, which has affectimplementation AP was approved by the ed the entire humanity .” V Vijayasai Reddy, Union Cabinet on March You are a senior member YSRC MP 1, 2014. But even after and well aware of the more than seven years, Parliamentary practices. the decision of the Union Cabinet Covid-19 has impacted every State is still pending for implementa- and the House had met to discuss tion,” Vijayasai Reddy said. it. The House is ready to discuss The Chairman disallowed de- the issues concerning your State. bate on the issue. Stating that 15 Kindly participate in the discusmembers had given notices under sion on Covid-19 and give us sugRule 267, the Chairman said he gestions,’’ Piyush Goyal appealed could not allow debate on them. to Vijayasai Reddy . Maintaining that according SCS As the YSRC members dit not to AP is an issue of national im- relent, the Deputy Chairman adportance, Vijayasai Reddy sought j o u r n e d t h e H o u s e fo r 1 5 to know when it would come up minutes. All women with children below 5 years of age have been vaccinated Jab-o-meter Parliament’s Pegasus paralysis mps Protest in well E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada conducting huge rallies. “India has 6.38 lakh villages, if even give people die in a village due to Covid, it comes to 21 lakh and may go up to 52 lakh. But the government claims 4-5 lakh only he said. ,” TMC MP Dr Santanu Sen said if the Centre was so concerned about Covid-19 management, why did it decided to have an eightphase election in West Bengal. In its response, the Centre said Nobody died of oxygen shortage! Culture and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a query of YSRC Rajya Sabha member Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy on Tuesday said the mon, uments at Nagarjunakonda in Guntur, Buddhist remains at Salihundam in Srikakulam and Veerabhadra temple (Lepakshi) in Anantapur have been identi- fied under the Adarsh Smarak Scheme for providing additional facilities like Wi-Fi, cafeteria, interpretation centre, Braille signages, illumination and others. Kishan Reddy said there are 135 Centrally protected monuments and sites in AP and providing amenities at the places and their upgradation is a conP4 tinuous phenomenon. storage structure, the EAC noted that it received several representations against the project from civil society besides the objections raised by Telangana. The EAC, which meets once in three weeks, is expected to meet again in the last week of July to discuss AP’s proposal. It may be recalled that the water resources officials sought the amendment to the ECs of Telugu Ganga Project (TGP), Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi (GNSS) and Srisailam Right Bank Canal (SRBC) as the proposed RLIS is an integral part of the three projects. In the 13th EAC meeting held on June 16, the members wanted more information and deferred a decision. In the subsequent meeting held on July 7 too, additional inP4 formation was sought. TS writes to KRMB for 50% Krishna water share E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Hyderabad While officials of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) are gearing up to implement the gazette notification of the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS), the Telangana government shot off another letter to the KRMB urging it to follow an ad hoc water sharing ratio of 50:50 between AP and TS from the water year 2021-22 till finalisation of Brijesh Kumar Tribunal’s decision as the State is still facing distress due to insufficient water. Irrigation Engineer-in-Chief C Muralidhar recalled that “as the tribunal did not make project-wise specific allocation or prepare any operation protocol for common projects, an understanding with AP is practical to share the water on ad hoc ratio year to year basis, pending finalisation of the KWDT-II Award.” He recalled that in the 12th board meeting, it was agreed to share water in the ratio of 34:66 (TS:AP) for one year, excluding utilisation under minor irrigation, diversion of Godavari water from Pattiseema LIS and evaporation losses for the year 2020-21. P4 Single-judge order on solar plant stayed E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada The division bench of High Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the order of single judge cancelling the Request for Selection (RFS) and draft Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of the AP Green Energy Corporation (APGEC) for setting up 6,400 mw ultra mega solar power project in Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadapa and Prakasam districts for providing uninterrupted power supply to farmers. The bench, however, asked the APGEC not to enter into any agreement with the successful bidders till further orders. The single judge bench had earlier issued the order cancelling the draft PPA and RFS called by the APGEC dealing with a petition filed by Tata Power. The State government as well as the successful bidding companies went for an appeal against the single judge order before the division bench. The division bench of Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice N Jayasurya, heard the P4 petitions.
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