maharashtra 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 SATURday l jULy 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION 130 dead in Maha monsoon mayhem Telangana People shifted to safer places in western Maharashtra Toll could rise as many are missing; flood situation grim in Telangana, Andhra & Karnataka, too E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai / hyderabad / vijayawada / bengaluru At least 129 people were killed in rain-related incidents in various parts of Maharashtra in the past 48 hours, many of them in landslides. The toll may go up as scores of people are still trapped under debris. With rescue workers retrieving bodies after bodies, some reports put the toll close to 140. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray declared `5 lakh as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced `2 lakh financial aid to the next kin of those who died in flood-related incidents, and `50,000 to the injured. The state government will bear the cost of treatment of the injured. A huge landslide at Taylee village in Mahad, Raigad district washed away more than 35 houses. Thirty-eight bodies were recov- ered and an equal number of people are feared trapped under the slush. The landslide occurred on Thursday night when people were sleeping. At least 23 animals were also reported to have died in the landslide. Elsewhere in the state, 13 persons lost their lives in various rain-related incidents in Satara, while 10 Covid-19 patients, who were ventilators, died after power supply was snapped due to flooding. Deaths were reported from the Vidarbha region as well. Army, Navy and NDRF teams have been deployed and thousands of people have been rescued from various parts of the state. In the Ratnagiri alone, according to the government, 1,200 people were saved. Maharashtra CM Thackeray said he got a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering all help to the state. Meanwhile, the flood situation in Telan- gana, Andhra, Karnataka and Bihar continued to be grim on Friday . In Karnataka, three persons died in rain related-incidents on Friday Three are miss. ing. Flooding hit normal life in Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamo gg a, Haveri, Chikkamagalur, Hassan, Dharwad, Kodagu districts. Flood alert has been sounded in Telangana’s Bhadradri-Kothagudem district as Godavari is full spate. In Andhra, the flood level at Polavaram is expected to be 33 metres in the next 24 hours. Flood alert has been sounded following heavy rains in the catchment areas of Krishna and Godavari in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana. Eleven districts of Bihar, which has been battling severe floods for the one past month, has turned into waterland disrupting the P8 normal lives of people. Steady rise in flood level at Polavaram, EG, WG on alert Osaka lights the cauldron Country's tennis ace, Naomi Osaka, lit the cauldron. The 23-year-old, of mixed race, became the first tennis player in history to light the Olympic cauldron in the ceremony that lasted more than three hours. In a touching tribute, she was handed the torch by children from the region around Fukushima, which was devastated by a tsunami and a nuclear disaster in 2011 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rajamahendravaram/Vijayawada/Guntur/Kurnool AP | full coverage: P11 Bharat Biotech scraps MoU with Brazil E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Battling allegations of kickbacks, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has terminated its deal with Brazil’s Precisa Medicamentos to supply its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed in cooperation with India’s health research agency ICMR. In a statement issued on Thursday to Brazilian media, the firm said it is suspending its memorandum of understanding with the Bra- zilian company to sell Covaxin. It, however, did not specify any reason. Whistleblowers in Brazil’s health ministry had said though Pfizer-BioNtech was offering its Covid vaccine, with higher efficacy, at a lower price, President Jair Bolsonaro’s government had chosen to partner with Bharat Biotech, and alleged corruption in the deal. As the row escalated, Brazil on June 30 announced the suspension of the contract to procure 20 million doses of Covaxin. The official machinery of East and West Godavari, Krishna and Kurnool districts is on an high alert as the Water Resources Department has issued a flood warning following heavy inflows into Godavari and Krishna from their upper catchment areas. In wake of increase in flood level in Godavari, relief camps have been set up in twin Godavari districts to evacuate people from submergence villages. Control rooms have also been set up in the two districts to closely monitor the flood situation in Godavari and take relief measures. Speaking to TNIE, Polavaram Superintending Engineer Narasimha Murthy said, “The flood level is rising steadily in Godavari. It crossed 29 metres at Polavaram cofferdam by Friday evening and it is likely to reach 33 metres by Saturday evening. We are expecting over 9 lakh cusecs discharge at Polavaram.” With the flood level touching 30.3 feet at Bhadrachalam upstream of Polavaram at 9 pm on Friday officials at Dowleswaram Bar, rage are on high alert. At Dowleswaram, the flood level was at 41.67 feet at 8 pm. Once the water level crosses 43 feet, the first warning will be issued. Flood discharge at DowleswarP4 am Barrage was 1,12,047 cusecs. express read NGT directs KRMB to submit report on RLIS after inspecting project site Vijayawada: The Southern Zone Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has reportedly directed the Krishna River Management Board to submit a status report on the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS) on its own without depending on the AP government. When the AP government informed the bench that it has confined itself to preparatory works in line with the tribunal’s earlier order, it considered the KRMB’s affidavit that AP was not cooperating to carry out an inspection and issued a direction accordingly. NATIONWIDE july 22 july 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 41,383 38,652 507 35,342 38,740 483 july 22 july 23 1,843 2,199 12 70,727 1,747 2,365 14 65,920 Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 22 48,86,103 doses July 23 38,87,028 doses Total doses 42,75,00,272 1,157 acres deleted from records: Probe E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam The three-member committee which probed irregularities in Simhachalam Devasthanam and MANSAS Trust, in its report submitted to the State government has found irregularities pertaining to 862 acres of Simhachalam temple and 295 acres of MANSAS lands. The total extent of land involved in the scam was 1,157 acres. The three-member committee comprising Additional Endowments Commissioner Chandrakumar, Regional Joint Commissioner Brahmaramba and Deputy Commissioner E Pushpavardhan, has recommended a comprehensive and full-fledged probe into irregularities in Simhachalam temple and MANSAS Trust to ascertain the exact extent of land involved in the ‘scandal’ and other details. P5 Wall art taken up as part of revamp of government schools on display at a review meet on Nadu-Nedu at the CM’s camp office in Tadepalli on Friday | Express State schools to reopen on Aug 16, Nadu-Nedu facelift unveiling soon (PP-1 and PP-2), foundation schools (PP-1, PP-2 and class 1 and 2), foundation plus The State government has decided to reo- schools (PP-1, PP-2 and class 1 to 5), pre-high pen schools on August 16 and dedicate the schools (PP-1, PP-2, and class 1 to 7), high revamped schools under the first phase of schools (class 3 to 10) and high school plus Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu pro(class 3 to 12). gramme to people on the same 5.19 lakh students Explaining steps initiated by day Further, the Jagananna Vi- pass 2nd year Inter the government to improve ed. dya Kanuka scheme will also ucational standards, the Chief Education Minister commence on August 16. MoMinister said the medium of Audimulapu Suresh dalities of the New Education instruction will be English announced the second Policy (NEP) will also be anfrom Anganwadis, which will year Intermediate results be transformed into satellite nounced on the same day . on Friday evening. A Chief Minister YS Jagan Mofoundation schools. han Reddy held a review meet- total of 5,19,797 students The schools will be set up in passed the exam. All ing on education and progress every habitation. The schools Intermediate first year of Nadu-Nedu on Friday. Eduwill come up within 1 km radication officials explained the students were promoted us of houses of students, while to the second year with details of exercise done on the high schools will be set up in 3 minimum marks NEP with inputs and suggeskm radius. The government tions made in the previous rewill make the most efficient use view meeting to him. of teachers under the new education policy Under the NEP there will be six categories to improve standards. Teachers with BEd , of schools with classes from PP-1 to XII. and PG qualification can teach 18 subjects They include satellite foundation schools up to class 5, the Chief Minister said. P4 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada 84,000 26 NDRF teams deployed in Maha Eight more NDRF teams have been rushed to Maharashtra in addition to the 18 teams already deployed, officials said. Ratnagiri, Raigad and Kolhapur are the worst hit Half of Chiplun town down under Top: An aerial view of flood-hit areas in Raigarh district, Maharashtra; Above: Labourers stuck on an under-construction on the Peddavagu river in Kumarambheem Asifabad district in Telangana | PTI mORE RAINS, rED ALERT FOR 6 Maha DISTS ■ ■ India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall One person died and around 1,000 homes were damaged in Goa, which is facing one of the worst floods in 40 years Over half of the coastal town of Chiplun in Ratnagiri district, having a population of over 70,000, has been submerged in flood waters. Navy has been requested to help in Ratnagiri Oppn demands debate; Rahul raises the heat Mamata chosen Parliamentary party leader West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was unanimously chosen chairperson of the Trinamool Parliamentary party, possibly to build her national profile before her high voltage Delhi trip. A seven-term MP, she is not a member of Parliament at present Trinamool raps suspension “We consider Sen’s suspension as malicious and arbitrary. We condemn it. The order was without any justification and has no provision in law,” Trinamool chief whip Sukhendu Shekhar Ray said E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With the Pegasus snoopgate pushing the government to the back foot, the Opposition raised the heat further as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah of committing ‘treason’ by deploying the military grade cyber weapon against citizens and institutions. In the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool member Santanu Sen was suspended for rest of the session as he snatched and tore up a copy of a statement on Pegasus from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw the previous day. V Muraleedharan (BJP) moved a motion for suspension of Sen, which was accepted by voice vote. Sen’s refusal to leave the House resulted in one of the day’s multiple adjournment. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told the chair that he has given notice for suspension of business to discuss the surveillance. But the Centre said the minister had already made a statement on it. “The Trinamool wants the Parliament to function. But we w a n t d i s c u s s i o n o n Pegasus and scrapping of three farm laws immediately ,” said Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O’Brien. No substantial business could be transacted in the Lok Sabha, as ruckus continued over various issues, including Pegasus. Outside Parliament, Rahul Gandhi demanded a Supreme Court monitored probe on snooping and the resignation of Shah. But BJP’s Rajyavardhan Rathore rebutted the charges, saying no one’s phone had been illegally tapped, adding Rahul should submit his cell phone to a probe agency for a thorough probe.
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