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 ■ ■ chennai l saturday l july 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 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 equal number of people are feared trapped under the debris. The landslide occurred on Thursday night when people were sleeping. At least 23 animals were also reported to have died in the earthslip. Elsewhere in the state, 13 people lost their lives in various rain-related incidents in Satara, while 10 Covid-19 patients, who were on 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 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 possible help to the state. Meanwhile, the flood situation in Telan- Express News Service @ 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 ex-gratia to the family of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced `2 lakh aid to the next kin of those who died in floodrelated 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 35 houses. Thirty-eight bodies were recovered and an gana, Andhra, Karnataka and Bihar continued to be grim on Friday . In Karnataka, three persons died in rain related-incidents on Friday Two are missing . and are feared dead. Flooding hit normal life in Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, 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. Authorities issued flood alert 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, have turned into waterland disrupting the normal lives of people. P10 Flood alerts issued as rain fury hits western TN dists Osaka lights the cauldron Japan's tennis ace, Naomi Osaka, lit the cauldron. The 23-yearold, 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 EX P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai/Coimbatore full coverage: P15 Bharat Biotech scraps MoU with Brazil E x p r e s s N e w s S e 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. TN brings in concessions to ease life of start-ups EX P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Recognising that start-ups are facing several ‘entry barriers’ to establish themselves, and to improve that ecosystem in Tamil Nadu, the State government has announced a few vital concessions to those start-ups registered with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) or the Tamil Nadu Start-up and Innovation Mission (TANSIM). For public procurement that are below `20 lakh in value, the registered start-ups would be exempted from payment of earnest money deposit, and the condition of prior turnover and experience, besides being given a waiver of tender cost. The procurement entities include government departments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), statutory boards formed by the government, local bodies, cooperative institutions, universities, and government societies in the State. continued on: p4 NATIONWIDE july 22 july 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 41,383 38,652 507 35,342 38,740 483 tamil nadu july 22 july 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,872 2,475 29 1,830 2,516 24 Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 22 48,86,103 doses July 23 38,87,028 doses Total doses 42,75,00,272 HC quashes UP police notice to Twitter MD E x p r e s s N e w s S e 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 communal 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 arm-twisting strategy the court observed. , With the Pillur and Amaravathi dams filling up due to heavy rains in the respective catchment areas, flood alerts were issued to people living along the banks of the Bhavani river in Mettupalayam, and the Amaravathi in Tiruppur on Friday As many as 150 people, . living in low-lying areas, were evacuated in Coimbatore, and three teams of the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to Ooty and Mettupalayam, to assist in evacuation and rescue efforts. The Coimbatore district administration issued the alert following the release of water from the Pillur dam. People have been warned against attempting to enter into or cross the river. Water inflow to the dam went up to 14,000 cusecs as of 2.30 am on Friday. The shutters were opened after the water level touched 97.5-feet mark, just 2.5 feet shy of the total capacity However, the discharge was re. duced to about 8,000 cusecs by noon. Other dams in the region, too, recorded heavy inflow. While the water at Aliyar dam stood at 157.32 feet against 165, it was at 97.22 against 105 feet at Bhavanisagar. The regional meteorological centre has said heavy rainfall is likely at isolated parts of Nilgiris and Coimbatore on Saturday with light to moderate rain likely in the two districts and northern TN from Sunday . P2 84,000 26 NDRF teams deployed in state 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 bridge 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 Express News Service @ 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 adjournments. 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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