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 ■ ■ BHUBANESWAR l Saturday l july 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l JEYPORE 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 P10 normal lives of people. Be prepared for 3rd Covid wave, CM directs officials the State,” he added. Naveen directed the district collectors, suCHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday perintendents of police, sub-divisional posaid that although the Covid-19 situation in lice officers, sub-collectors, block developthe State is under control, the ment of ficers and inspector pandemic is not over yet and in-charges of police stations to asked the officials to be fully prestrictly enforce Covid-19 guidepared for a possible third wave lines like wearing face masks and expected in August. maintaining social distance at Reviewing the Covid-19 situapublic places. He also reviewed the tion at a high-level meeting virtuimplementation of Biju Swasthya ally the Chief Minister said that , K a l ya n Yo j a n a d u r i n g t h e test positivity rate (TPR) has meeting. come down in the State during The Chief Minister said that the the last few weeks, but the virus government has extended finanis persisting in some districts The virus is persisting cial assistance of `2,004 crore to in some districts and and the situation needs to imthe people of economically backprove further. “This is no time for the situation needs to ward categories like small farmself-satisfaction and we will have improve further. This is ers, construction workers, labourno time for selfto remain on guard to keep ourers engaged under the Mahatma satisfaction and we selves protected,” he added. Gandhi National Rural Employwill have to remain on Stating that the government ment Guarantee Scheme (MGNguard to keep has been giving top priority to REGS), tribal families and stuourselves protected healthcare of the people and exdents, Mission Shakti members Naveen Patnaik, tending all possible help in this and street vendors to tide over criChief Minister regard, the Chief Minister asked sis arising out of the pandemic. the district administrations to Stating that schools are going to ensure that all benefits reach the people be opened from July 26, Chief Secretary SC without any hassle. “Every life is precious Mohapatra emphasised full vaccination of and this is the base of the health policy of teachers and other staff. 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 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- express read CM launches projects worth `1,537 cr Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated three industrial projects and performed groundbreaking ceremony of 11 others ranging across renewable energy, metal and downstream, textiles and apparel, fertilizer, plastic and food processing sectors. In a major boost to the Make in Odisha, these units with a combined investment of `1,537.07 crore will generate employment opportunities for 3,773 persons in the State | P3 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. NATIONWIDE july 22 july 23 Jab-o-meter Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths odisha 41,383 38,652 507 35,342 38,740 483 july 22 july 23 Fresh cases 1,948 Recoveries Deaths 2,210 67 Take your shot July 22 48,86,103 doses July 23 1,917 38,87,028 doses 2,044 Total doses 42,75,00,272 69 Disaster mgmt now a compulsory subject in Plus III E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Environmental studies and disaster management will be a compulsory subject in Plus III from the current academic session, Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo said on Friday . It will be taught in the first year. The decision in this regard was approved in the Odisha State Higher Education Council meeting held on the day The disaster management . component has been included in the existing environment science subject, he said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his Council of Ministers meeting in May this year had resolved to make disaster and pandemic preparedness a part of the curriculum in schools and colleges. Like other compulsory subjects, this subject will carry 100 marks (four credits) in the first year exam. Apart from disaster management, pandemic preparedness and survival skills will also be taught to the students as part of the subject. Sahoo said that the meeting deliberated on a number of issues including strengthening the Higher Education Council further to bring reforms in State’s higher education system and further improve teaching quality in colleges and universities. He said that an institutional development plan is being worked out by the Council for this purpose. The issue of academic audit was also discussed. The Minister said that a model syllabus for university education has already been created as part of the ongoing examination reforms. “We have also introduced common PG entrance and admission process from last year to improve the quality of education,” the Minister said and added that the Council will now take measures to help colleges and universities to get better NAAC grades and improve their score in the National Institute Ranking Framework. HC quashes UP police notice to Twitter MD E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bengaluru in a major relief to Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari, the Karnataka High Court on Friday quashed the notice issued to him under Section 41-A of CrPC by Loni Border Police in Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh. The UP police had summoned him in connection with a doctored video uploaded on Twitter, allegedly to disturb com- 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Osaka lights the cauldron 84,000 munal harmony . Justice G Narendar said the petitioner has not been arraigned as accused and the material produced demonstrates that Twitter India is an Indian entity and the control of the affairs of the company is in the hands of Twitter Inc, US. Therefore, the action of the UP police in trying to invoke Section 41-A is an a r m - t w i s t i n g s t r a t e g y, t h e c o u r t observed. 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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