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 ■ ■ vijayawada l wednesday l july 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 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 conducted huge elec- 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 mps Protest in well YSRC stalls Rajya Sabha for debate on spl status E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada YSRC MPs on Tuesday disrupted the proceedings of Rajya Sabha demanding debate on according Special Category Status (SCS) to AP, prompting the adjournment of the House for 15 minutes. For the second consecutive day , the YSRC Parliamentary Party leader V Vijayasai Reddy gave a notice under Rule 267 requesting the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to suspend the day’s listed business and take up discussion on granting SCS to AP . “Conferring SCS on AP was approved by the Union Cabinet on March 1, 2014. But even after more than seven years, the decision is still pending for implementation,” Vijayasai said. The Chairman disallowed debate on the issue. Maintaining that according SCS to AP is an issue of national importance, Vijayasai Reddy sought to know when it would come up for discussion in the House. Holding placards and raising slogans, the YSRC MPs rushed to the podium. With other opposition parties too creating ruckus on their respective demands, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice. When the House reconvened at 1 pm to take up debate on Covid-19, the YSRC MPs, led by Vijayasai, trooped into the well shouting slogans. Though Deputy Chair man Harivansh Narayan Singh repeatedly asked the YSRC MPs to go back to their seats, they did not relent. Intervening in the matter, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal appealed to Vijayasai to cooperate with the Chair to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected the entire humanity The House is ready to dis. cuss the issues concerning AP. Kindly participate in the discussion on Covid,’’ Piyush Goyal said. As the YSRC MPs did not relent, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House for 15 minutes. 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 Nobody died of oxygen shortage! 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 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 meeting on the Covid situation. P11 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 Priest Telkapalle Raghurama Sarma gives Jalaharathi to Sangameswara temple in Kurnool on Tuesday I Express TS writes to KRMB for 50% Krishna water share While officials of the Krishna R ive r Mana g ement 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 projectwise specific allocation or pre- pare 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. “Based on parameters such as catchment area, cultivable area, drought prone area and population, Telangana is entitled for 70.8:29.2 (TS:AP) ratio in Krishna water. Telangana has already put 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 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 | P11 forth the demand for 771 tmcft allocation of water before the KWDT-II,” he said. He also pointed out that both the tribunals had emphasised that priority be given to in-basin areas. “The Brijesh Kumar Tribunal is adjudicating the matter under Section 89 of the AP Reorganisation Act,” he said. “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 from Krishna. Telangana has only 0.28 tmcft per day, that too through lifting,” he said. The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has once again deferred the proposal of the State gover nment 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’ on water availability in Krishna along with details of existing and future schemes, including hydropower projects as envisaged in an approved master plan of the river 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 NGT, also sought a study showing the pre and post project temporal simulations of drawl of water from the reservoir. Detailed status of other lift 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 proP4 ponent, the EAC said. Lepakshi, 2 other sites to be ‘Adarsh Smarak’ of AP Three monuments in the State have been identified under the Adarsh Smarak Scheme to provide additional amenities and make them more tourist-friendly . Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy in a written reply to a que, ry of YSRC Rajya Sabha member Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy on Tuesday, said the monuments at Nagarjunakonda in Guntur, Buddhist remains at Salihundam in Nagarjunakonda in Guntur district I Express crore Covid vaccine doses needed to inoculate 94 crore 18+ population Centre expects 187 crore doses will be available during Jan- Dec 2021 of jabs given from May 1-July 15 were in rural vaccination centres may have been with Two out of three Indiansvirus, says ICMR’sinfectedserosurvey Covid latest VACCINE SUPPLY Covishield: 11-12 cr doses per month Covaxin: 3.5 cr doses per month from Aug 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. tourism project E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada demand for medical oxygen during the 2nd wave. Peak demand touched 9,000 mt compared with 3,095 mt during the 1st wave United Oppn decides to stall both Houses till govt comes clean on it J aya n t h P @ Vijayawada @Hyderabad However, there was unprecedented 56% A total of 188 Take your shot July 19 47,77,697 doses July 20 31,79,469 doses Total doses: 41,52,25,632 NATIONWIDE july 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 38,164 38,660 499 july 20 30093 45,254 374 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 Parliament’s Pegasus paralysis EAC seeks more info on R’seema scheme for EC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e state reported Covid death due to oxygen shortage, Centre told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday Jab-o-meter Srikakulam and Veerabhadra temple (Lepakshi) in Anantapur have been identified 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 continuous phenomenon. The conservation, preservation and environmental development in and around the Centrally protected monuments and sites is taken up according to the annual conservation programme drawn on the basis of need and priority he added. , The Ministry of Culture has taken up the scheme to develop and maintain 100 monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the country . He further said the Gandikota Fort in Kadapa has been included in the Adopt a Heritage Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, which is taken up under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Did spyware help BJP snatch govt from HDK? 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 | P11 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. curfew extended by one week All women with children below 5 years of age have been vaccinated 31,796 going abroad get Covid jabs 1,82,49,851 doses of Covid vaccine administered in State, while 1,80,82,390 doses received 8 districts with less than 3% positivity rate 5 districts with below 5% positivity rate 98.05% recovery rate in State 11 lakh doses saved Jeff Bezos Travels to space, returns Amazon founder and three others landed safely after Blue Origin’s first flight to space in an effort to make space tourism viable | P16
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