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 ■ ■ KOttayAM l saturday l july 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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- 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 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 ED enters bank fraud scene, begins probe E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @Kozhikode The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has launched a preliminary probe into the Karuvannur Cooperative Society bank loan fraud. The ED’s sub-zonal office in Kozhikode launched the probe after the `300-crore fraud involving its employees and local CPM leaders was detected. “The ED, Kozhikode, is conducting the inquiry and verifying details of the transactions,” an official said. A probe by co-operative department assistant registrar unearthed several irregularities in the disbursing loans of `50 lakh and above in the bank. The cooperation department joint registrar had dissolved the bank’s director board on Thursday . 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 building on the Peddavagu river in Kumarambheem Asifabad district in Telangana | PTI mORE RAIN, 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 ligious institutions. “Without difficulty to a section of citizens, no development activities can be implemented in the country. Difficulties are part of development. When the development of the country is the object, citizens should neglect their minor difficulties. Whether there is a residential building erected on the proposed alignment for the E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi “GOD will forgive us if religious institutions are affected (adversely) for the development of national highways in the state.” The Kerala High Court made this observation on Friday while dismissing a batch of petitions that challenged the acquisition proceedings for development of national highway in Kollam district, citing that it will affect re- e x p re s s rea d AP | full coverage: P11 Bharat Biotech scraps MoU with Brazil @ New Delhi 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. 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 God will forgive us if highway development affects religious institutions: HC dismisses batch of pleas Osaka lights the cauldron E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 84,000 agency ICMR. In a statement issued on Thursday to Brazilian media, the firm said it is suspending its memorandum of understanding with the Brazilian 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 low, er 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. Repaid `10L for `3L loan. Still threatened, farmer jumps in front of train E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Palakkad VELUKUTTY, 56, had borrowed `3 lakh from money lenders for his daughter’s marriage in 2016. Over the past five years, the farmer had repaid `10 lakh. But the money lenders demanded `20 lakh. On Tuesday tired of , the constant harassment and threats from the lenders, he ended his life by jumping in front of a train. The incident came to light on Friday when his relative, Ramadas, lodged a complaint with the Hemambika Nagar police station against three money lenders — Devadas, Sudhakaran and Prakash. His body was found run over by a train at Paralodi in Vallikode, the police said. Velukutty’s son, Vishnu, told TNIE the money lenders used to come regularly and shower abuses on their family members demanding the repayment of the amount with a huge interest. “On the day of his death, my father called up the money lenders in the morning and told them that he will come to their place of business by noon and repay `6 lakh. My father wanted to prevent the ignominy of being humiliated in front of the neighbours, or else they would have arrived at our doorstep,” Vishnu said. ● More on P4 K’taka HC quashes UP police notice to Twitter MD 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 communal harmony. Justice G Narendar said the petitioner has not been arraigned. P5 Thrissur: The Kerala Police team probing the Kodakara hawala heist case submitted its chargesheet before the Irinjalakuda First Class Judicial Magistrate Court on Friday. As many as 22 people are accused in the case. Names of several BJP leaders also figure in connection with the case. The chargesheet named BJP president K Surendran as a witness. The police will also probe whether the party violated the model code of conduct for the elections. P4 NATIONWIDE july 22 july 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 34,838 38,361 482 37,299 30,461 517 stateWIDE july 22 july 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 12,818 13,454 122 17,518 11,067 132 Mannilum vinnilum thoonilum thurumbilum daivamirikunnu. “It means the God almighty is omnipresent. He exists on the earth, in the sky, in pillars, and in the rust. He is the embodiment of kindness and dwells in the hearts of all, as a light of kindness.” “God will protect the petitioners, the authorities and also the author of this judgment. God will be with us,” HC added. Oppn demands debate; Rahul raises the heat Mamata chosen Parliamentary party leader Surendran named witness in Kodakara hawala case NH or there is a temple or a mosque or grave, which will be affected by the acquisition, it is not a ground for dropping acquisition proceedings for a public purpose,” observed Justice P V Kunhikrishnan. While delivering the landmark judgment, the court also quoted the lyrics of a Malayalam film song written by Sreekumaran Thambi — West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was unanimously chosen chairperson of the Trinamool Parliamentary party, possibly to build her national profile before her high voltage Delhi trip 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 want discussion on 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. Municipality hires gang, poisons 100 strays to death E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Kochi AS MANY as 100 stray dogs were poisoned to death and dumped in a waste yard in a span of nearly 12 months by a four-member gang allegedly on the orders of Thrikkakara municipality After . the incident came to light, the High Court directed the municipality to file an affidavit regard- 8x8 KERALA ing the steps taken on the killing of stray dogs by the gang. A division bench comprising Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Justice Gopinath P directed the Thrikkakara municipality to ensure that no such incident takes place within its territorial limits in future. The gruesome act surfaced on Friday when an youngster, residing near the dumping yard, shot a video of some persons discarding a dog’s carcass in the yard We carried out an investigation on Friday and came to know about the shocking incident. The four-member gang has been staying in the municipality’s community hall — Sajeev T K, SPCA-Ernakulam secretary and sent it to an official of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). “Based on the video, we carried out an investigation on Friday and came to know about the shocking incident. The fourmember gang has been staying in the municipality’s community hall,” said SPCA-Ernakulam sec● More on P4 retary Sajeev T K.
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