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 ■ ■ HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION OPPN, GOVT SPAR OVER ‘HIDING’ DEATHS E X P R E SS N E WS S E 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 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 conducted huge elec- REVISED RATES `75,000 For agricultural lands, the existing value has been enhanced by 50% in lower ranges, 40% in mid ranges and 30% in higher ranges per acre is the lowest value of agriculture land The lowest value for open plots revised to `200 from `100 per sq yard The basic value for open plots has been revised by 50% in lower range, 40% in mid ranges and 30% in higher ranges 7.5 % The Stamp Duty increased from 6% for sale and other transactions `1,000 per square feet is the revised lowest value for flats/apartments. The existing value is `800 per square feet For flats/ apartments, the increase is 20% in lower ranges and 30% in higher ranges The revised market values and stamp duty rates will be implemented from July 22 For further clarification, call 18005994788 (call centre) or email at email@example.com Realty and stamp duty dearer from tomorrow V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad THE market values of lands and the stamp duty rates, which had been enhanced earlier, will be implemented from Thursday July 22. , The lowest value for agricultural lands has been fixed at `75,000 per acre. The lowest value for flats/apartments was revised from `800 per square feet to `1,000 per square feet. Stamp duty rates have been revised to 7.5 per cent from the current six per cent for sale and other transactions. If, for example, the lowest value of agriculture land is `25,000 per acre, people would have to pay `1,500 towards stamp duty, at the rate of six per cent. With the minimum value being revised to `75,000 per acre, the stamp duty at 7.5 per cent for the same land will be `5,625 per acre now. If the value of a land is `50 lakh per acre, the stamp duty would have been `3 lakh as per the old rates. As the market rates are revised by 30 per cent, now people will have to pay a stamp duty of around `4.7 lakh for the same land. For registrations done on or after July 22, people have to pay the revised rates even if slots have been booked and payments have been made earlier. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Tuesday issued GO Ms No 58 to this effect, following the recent decision of the State Cabinet in this regard. In cases where payments have already been made for registrations and slots have been booked for July 22 and thereafter, a module titled ‘ dA ditional payments for Slots already booked’ has been made available on Dharani portal for making additional payments. The differential amounts can be paid and transactions can be carried out on the slotted day . This is the first time that market values of lands and stamp duty rates have been increased since the formation of the State. According to Somesh Kumar, owing to significant growth in IT, pharma, touri s m a n d i n f r a s t r u c t u re projects, formation of new districts, and growth in other sectors, there has been a substantial appreciation of land va l u e s. N ew i r r i g at i o n projects have come up and vast areas of ayacut have been developed, leading to considerable increase of land valP4 ues, he said. tion rallies. “India has 6.38 lakh villages. If even five 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 decide to have an eightphase election in West Bengal. In its response, the Centre said it compiles and puts out data sent by state governments and that it hasn’t asked any state to suppress Covid fatalities. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said vaccine production is being ramped up to cover all eligible population in the country . Later in the day major opposi, tion parties barring the Congress participated in the all-party meetP7 ing on the Covid situation. Nobody died of oxygen shortage! Believe it or not, not a single 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 TWO OUT OF THREE VACCINE SUPPLY @ Hyderabad TAKING a serious view of the deplorable state of roads in Hyderabad, the Telangana High Court on Tuesday took the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to task, asking how many decades it would need to repair the roads. The court, during the course of a hearing on a report submitted by GHMC on the status of roads, wondered why the civic body was taking so long even as people were losing lives because of potholes. The court said GHMC should identify areas which are prone to water-logging and repair them much ahead of the monsoon. It is necessary that the GHMC staff should make a list of the nalas and stormwater drains that need to be attended to, to allow the free flow of floodwater. Hyderabad should be a role model for the entire 187 crore doses will be available during Jan- Dec 2021 @ Hyderabad AT a time when officials of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) are preparing themselves to implement the gazette notification of the Jal Shakti Ministry the Telangana , government has sought 50 per cent share in Krishna river waters this year. In a fresh letter to the KRMB, the Telangana government urged the Board to follow an adhoc water sharing ratio of 50:50 from this water year of 2021-22, till the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal decides on the issue, as Telangana, even after seven years of the State’s formation, is going through a lot of distress due to insufficient water. The letter, written by Irrigation Engineer-in-Chief C Muralidhar, read, “As the Tribunal awards did not make projectwise specific allocation or pre- NATIONWIDE JULY 19 of jabs given from May 1-July 15 were in rural vaccination centres JULY 20 Fresh cases 38,164 30093 Recoveries Deaths 38,660 45,254 499 374 TELANGANA Indians may have been infected with Covid virus, says ICMR’s latest serosurvey JULY 19 JULY 20 Fresh cases 746 657 Recoveries Deaths 729 5 704 2 PARLIAMENT’S PEGASUS PARALYSIS United Oppn decides to stall both Houses till govt comes clean on it 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 the 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)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka led by H D Kumaraswamy, the Congress 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 the 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 Opposition 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 | P7 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. Did spyware help BJP snatch govt from HDK? E X P R E SS N E WS S E 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 Activists on list with former PM H D Names of activists and Deve Gowda were anti-caste leaders, among those whose including former JNU phones were tapped, leader Umar Khalid and the website claimed in Anirban Bhattacharya, its third tranche of re- figure as potential targets ports on the Pegasus of Pegasus. The others spyware. While the report could not include Ashok Bharti and establish these phones were infect- Bela Bhatia | P7 ed since they did not undergo 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. Kokapet auction: Govt rejects corruption claims the bid got it through this extremely transparent process of e-auction. DISMISSING allegations of “Allegations levelled regardcorruption and nepotism in ing restricting the competition, the e-auction of lands in Koka- less realisation of bid amount pet and Khanamet on Hydera- or favouring certain firms are bad’s outskirts as imaginary, imaginary, unfounded, not unfounded and not based on based on facts and at some level facts, the State government on are aimed at maligning the exTuesday warned of defamatremely transparent process tion proceedings against and the reputation of the those who continued State’s and GoI’s agenwith their ‘slander cies. Legal defamation campaign’. is being contemplated In a carefully-wordover these unfounded ed statement, the govallegations, should ernment said that they continue any certain news items further,” read the Defamation had appeared on statement. warning The statement, exTuesday which were plaining the need to casting aspersions As per the carry out such aucand alleging procegovernment’s tions, read: “Auction dural irregularities statement, it is of the government in the conduct of the contemplating recently concluded legal defamation lands for various auction of lands by proceedings over purposes is nothing new and has hapHMDA and TSIIC. the allegations pened regularly elseTherefore, it has bemade on the where in the country . come necessary to auction process, Such auctions are clarify and place on should they done to ensure record the factual po- continue further planned growth of sition on each of these allegations, read the the city and address the growing needs for office space and statement. MSTC (the government’s residential segments. Hyderaplatform for e-auction) provid- bad city has been growing fasted login and password to buy- er than any other metro in reers and the apprehension re- cent years and it has become garding anyone trying to essential to create more work influence the bid are totally and residential space, espeunfounded, the government cially in green field areas, so said. It further said that all the that the city is able to meet its P4 bidders who had finally won future requirements.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad SAY RELEASE A group of girls takes a selfie as water gushes out of Himayatsagar in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The Water Board lifted three floodgates as the reservoir received heavy inflows following incessant rains State, the court said. Needless to say if roads and other facili, ties are in proper shape, investors also would show interest, the HC said. As soon as the court took up the case, GHMC officials appeared before the court and submitted a report as sought by the court in its previous hearing. The HC took up the case about a week ago after it came to its notice that a retired employee Gangadhar Tilak and his wife have been filling potholes in Hyderabad spending their retirement money. The court then said the GHMC should feel ashamed if someone else was doing their job, that too using his own money . In the report, the GHMC said it had laid cement roads for a length of 6,000 km of the 9,013km length of the roads. Its staff were filling potholes every day and special teams had been formed for taking up this work. The GHMC’s strategic road development plan was among the initiatives for putting in place a better road infrastructure. The court asked GHMC to submit a status report within two weeks on road repairs in Hyderabad. Telangana writes to KRMB, seeks 50% share in Krishna waters EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE July 19 47,77,697 doses July 20 31,79,469 doses TOTAL DOSES: 41,52,25,632 Covishield: 11-12 cr doses per month Covaxin: 3.5 cr doses per month from Aug How many decades do you need to repair roads, HC asks GHMC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Centre expects TAKE YOUR SHOT 56% A total of 188 crore Covid vaccine doses needed to inoculate 94 crore 18+ population JAB-O-METER pare any operation protocol for common projects, an understanding has to be forged to share the water on an ad-hoc ratio, on a year-on-year basis with AP, pending finalisation of the KWDT-2 Award”. Muralidhar recalled that in the 12th Board meeting, it was agreed to share water in the ratio of 34:66 (TS:AP) for one year for the year 2020-21. “Based on the parameters such as catchment area, culti- vable area, drought prone area and population, Telangana is entitled for a 70.8:29.2 (TS:AP) share in Krishna river waters. Telangana has put forth a demand for allocation of 771 tmcft water for its basin in drought prone areas before the KWDT2,” he said in the letter. The official also pointed out that both the Bachawat and Brijesh Kumar Tribunals had emphasised that priority should be given to in-basin areas before allowing the water to be diverted outside basin areas. “It is pertinent to note that AP has large unapproved and unauthorised diversion capability of 4.7 tmcft per day from Srisailam and over 300 tmcft of storage in Pennar and other basins, where it can store such diverted water. Telangana has only 0.28 tmcft per day capacity, that too through lifting,” stated the letter. Muralidhar also recalled that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had expressed strong objection to diversion of Krishna waters outside its basin by AP, while the in-basin parched lands in Telangana were craving for water. EXPRESS READ Padyatras may trigger 3rd wave, netas warned Hyderabad: Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao advised politicians to eschew padayatras owing to the looming threat of a third wave of Covid19. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, he said, “Politicians are rarely seen wearing masks, especially while delivering speeches. This can lead to droplets falling on people around them. The virus spreads through droplets and wearing a mask is P4 the only way to prevent it.”
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