visakhapatnam l friday l august 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Half of India’s breakthrough cases from kerala: Report 80K reinfections post 1st dose in Kerala Kerala reported close to 80,000 cases of Covid reinfection after the first dose of vaccination, while 40,000 people were infected after the second dose, according to a report. Kerala reported 21,116 new positive cases on Thursday with a high test positivity rate of 16.15%. It also reported 197 deaths, the highest single day toll in the last two months As many as 87,000 double-jabbed people across the country became reinfected with Covid, of which 46% are from Kerala Numbers exaggerated: State govt ■ While the high rate of breakthrough infections (virus affecting fully vaccinated people) in the state have raised concerns about the efficacy of vaccines, an officer of the Kerala health department said the numbers are exaggerated and the number of breakthrough infections reported so far could less than 7,000 19,246 The number of reported Covid deaths in the state as of Thursday 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 Af protests spread, Kabul stays chaotic Not sure if Taliban really care about global recognition: Biden US President Joe Biden said he’s not sure if the Taliban want to be recognized by the international community. He added US forces would remain until all Americans were evacuated, even if it meant staying past the August 31 deadline for withdrawal Two dead in Asadabad as militants fire on crowd; militia tells imams to urge agitators to stand down 7K civilians evacuated so far: US Af situation exacerbates global terror concerns: Jaishankar US military has taken 7,000 civilians out of Afghanistan since August 14, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor said, adding that there are enough planes to get 5,0009,000 people out a day External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the recent events in Afghanistan have heightened global concerns over terrorism and that terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-eMohammed continue to operate with impunity. He was speaking at the United Nations Security Council | P7 A porter pushes a wheelbarrow carrying an Afghan woman and her son as they enter Pakistan through the Chaman border crossing on Thursday | AP Express News SErvice Despite the violent crackdown in Jalalabad the previous day, protesters continued to defy the Taliban on Thursday carrying out marches in many places, including capital Kabul. With protests spreading to more cities, the Taliban asked the country’s imams to urge congregants to remain in the country and counter “negative propaganda” against them during Friday’s prayers. On Thursday, two persons setback to mamata express read Bharatiya Kisan Sangh RSS farmers’ outfit plans nationwide MSP protest New Delhi: In what could be seen as an embarrassment for the NDA government at the Centre, the farmers’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has threatened to go on a nationwide protest on September 8 to press for assured procurement of foodgrains on Minimum Support Prices (MSP). The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressing that “the lives of the small and marginal farmers are becoming hellish and miserable in the country.”. It said the Centre’s claims of increased MSP are just an eyewash, adding that poor farmers shouldn’t be left to the whims and fancies of private players in the agriculture sector | P7 breather to interfaith couples Gujarat HC interim stay on of sections of love jihad law New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday gave interfaith couples a breather by issuing an interim order directing that provisions of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021 will not operate unless aspects of force, allurement or fraud is involved in it. “Pending further hearing the rigours of Sections 3, 4, 4A to 4C, 5, 6, 6A shall not operate merely because the marriage is solemnised by a person of one religion with another without force or by allurement or by fraudulent means and such marriages cannot be termed as marriages for the purposes of unlawful conversion. The order is provided... to protect the parties solemnised in marriage interfaith from being unnecessarily harassed,” the court said | P8 HC orders CBI probe into heinous crimes in post-poll violence E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata Lack of tolerance In what was seen as a moral blow to the Mamata government in West Bengal, a five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court on Thursday unanimously ordered a CBI probe into heinous cases of murder, rape and crime against women during the widespread post-poll violence in the state, observing there were ‘definite and proved’ allegations that complaints of the victims were not even initially registered by the state police. The court set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising three IPS officers of the West Bengal cadre to investigate other complaints of post-poll violence. The officers are Suman Bala Sahoo, Soumen Mitra and Ranveer Kumar. The proceeding shall be monitored by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. The court restrained the state government from taking any adverse action against those who will work with the SIT without permission. A committee set up by the National Human Rights Commission to look into the alleged post-poll violence had recommended a CBI probe into grievous offences and suggested conducting trials of these cases out of Bengal. But the bench decided against shifting the trial outside Bengal. “All the cases where, as per the report of the Committee, the allegations are about murder of a person and crime against women regarding rape/attempt to rape, shall be referred to CBI for investigation. The Committee, NHRC, and other Commission or Authority and the State shall immediately hand over entire record of the cases entrusted to the CBI for investigation. It is made clear that it shall be a court-monitored investigation,’’ the order said. The bench also directed the state government to provide immediate compensation for those whose properties were damaged P8 in the post-poll violence. August 18 48,81,588 doses August 19 48,84,440 doses were killed as the militants fired on a crowd in Asadabad in the eastern province of Kunar. Gunshots were also heard at a Kabul rally though no casualty was re, ported. So far, 12 people have been killed in and around the airport, according to reports. The scenes in Kabul continued to remain chaotic with crowds thronging the airport gates in a bid to flee the country . In a heart-wrenching incident caught on camera, a small girl was seen hoisted over the airport’s high perimeter wall and handed over to a US soldier, showing the desperation of people trying to get out. Meanwhile, a UN report said the Taliban are intensifying their hunt for people who worked for and collaborated with Nato and US forces. The confidential paper was produced by the Norwegian Centre for Global Analyses, which provides the UN with intelligence information, BBC reported. “The Taliban are arresting and/or threatening to kill or arrest family members of target individu- 6,800 children lost one or both parents due to Covid E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada A total of 6,800 children in the State have lost one of their parents or both due to Covid-19. The details of 4,333 such children have been collected so far and of them 1,659 are studying in government schools and colleges, while 2,150 are students of private educational institutions. The remaining 524 are infants. Releasing the details of children who lost their parents due to CovDirective id-19, the school education of SC department on Thursday said no private educational The SC has institution should remove directed the the name of a student from State govts the register on the pretext to provide that he or she failed to pay free school admission to the fee. “Severe action will be orphaned taken against the manage- children, ment if it came to our no- enrolled in tice that any student’s schools and name was removed from forced to the school register for fail- discontinue ing to pay the fee,’’ said Di- studies after rector of School Education March, 2020 V Chinna Veerabhadrudu. The instructions came in the wake of Supreme Court directions to the State governments to ensure that children who lost their parents due to Covid, studying either in government or private institutions, should be allowed to continue studies. P4 Four students of Guntur high school test positive E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e WhatsApp Justice Soumen Sen said the necessity to appoint the CBI was the core issue. “The majority’s lack of willingness to exercise oversight and lack of tolerance to accept the different views in a democracy often lead to oppression on minority and shake foundation of good governance,” he said @ Guntur Four students of a high school at Yajali village in Karlapalem mandal tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday . This is the first instance of students testing positive for Covid-19 after reopening schools in the State on August 16. As part of the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the government for functioning of schools, the health and education departments have taken up random Covid testing. On Wednesday, 240 students attended the school. Of the total 240, about 100 students were randomly tested. One eighth and three seventh class students tested positive. Headmistress Ramadevi told TNIE that the students Jab-o-meter Visakhapatnam: An audio purportedly of Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao having a telephonic talk with a woman where in the former was ‘inviting’ the latter to spend 30 minutes with him went viral on social media Thursday. The Tourism Minister, however, denied that the voice was his and said he had lodged a complaint with the Visakhapatnam city police to unravel the ‘conspiracy’ behind the incident. As the audio went viral on social media, Avanthi Srinivasa Rao alleged that it was fake. “It was a deliberate attempt to tarnish my image. This has upset me very much and I have lodged a complaint with the city police commissioner,’’ he told the media and added that the police have registered a case. | P4 Take your shot Total doses: 57,16,71,264 NATIONWIDE Aug 18 Aug 19 Fresh cases 35,178 36,401 Recoveries Deaths 37,169 440 39,157 530 aug 18 aug 19 statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,433 1,815 15 68,041 1,501 1,697 10 67,716 Vijayawada: Stating that the Narendra Modi government has always been committed to Andhra Pradesh’s development, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy said that the Centre would intervene, within the framework of cooperative federalism, in all aspects of the State whenever its presence is needed and wherever its responsibilities lie to ensure justice to AP. He reiterated that the Modi government would never mete out injustice to AP and alleged that some political forces were trying to project that AP was being discriminated against by Centre. cyber crime complaint to 7328909090, say cops Vijayawada Cyber Crime Police advised people to think twice before responding to fake messages seeking OTPs etc and appealed to all to approach them in case of need without hesitation. An awareness campaign has also been launched to check rising cyber crimes effectively No laughing matter! Youngster goes to hosp with cobra in hand E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Guntur In a strange incident, a youth went to the government hospital in Tenali on Thursday morning with a snake that bit him, much to the shock of doctors and staff. He reasoned that the doctors could provide him correct treatment without any delay if they could identify the snake species that bit him. According to reports reaching here, Veeranjaneyulu of Nandivelugu village works as a tractor driver at a cement brick making unit. He was bitten by a snake on the leg during loading of bricks into the tractor. Soon after being bitten by the snake, he caught it and put it in a plastic box without harming the reptile. Unnerved by the snake-bite, Veeranjaneyulu, who is in his early 20s, straight away drove the tractor to the Tenali GGH, which is 7 km away from his village, for treatment. “I am not sure what snake was it that bit me. It is quite common that doctors ask about the species to administer the antisnake venom injection. So, I took the snake along with me,” he said. It took 14 minutes for him to reach the hospital from his village. Soon after identifying the snake as the Indian cobra, the doctors administered him anti-snake venom injection and saved his life. Much to the shock of the doctors, Veeranjaneyulu told them that he would leave the snake in the woods safely while going home. who tested positive, did not attend classes on Thursday . “We conveyed the test results to their parents and asked them to keep the children in home isolation. We also conducted tests on teachers who took classes for seventh and eighth students on Wednesday About 60 students . of both the classes were also tested. We announced a holiday for the school soon after getting the test results and sent students home,” she said. On the instructions of DEO Ganga Bhavani, all the students of seventh and eighth classes have been asked to be in home isolation for 14 days as a precautionary measure. Ramadevi added that they have been following Covid-19 protocol strictly to ensure the safety of students. ap assured of fair deal audio goes Viral Avanthi denies talk with woman, says it is fake als unless they surrender themselves to the Taliban,” the document said. People with positions in the military, police and investigative units are at risk, the report said. US President Joe Biden, who is widely panned for pulling out his troops without ensuring the safety of civilians, said in an interview the Taliban have not changed but are going through an ‘existential crisis’ about whether they want legitimacy on the global stage as they have P9 taken over Afghanistan. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy being felicitated by CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Tadepalli on Thursday I Express ‘Humiliated’ Gorantla threatens to quit TDP E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rajamahendravaram/ Vijayawada Former minister and senior Telugu Desam leader Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary who has been with the , TDP since its inception in 1982, on Thursday sent ripples across the party, expressing his displeasure over being sidelined by the party leadership, and indicating that he might resign from the party and quit politics on August 25. Chowdary, the strongman from twin Godavari districts, told the media that he was forced to contem- plate the decision as he was “humiliated and insulted”, besides being ignored by the party leadership – old and young. The six-time MLA claimed that he had made his sentiments clear to party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu that he had had enough and would like to leave the party and relinquish membership of the Assembly too. However, reliable sources told TNIE that the veteran leader is unlikely to follow through on his threat. The sources said Chowdary was miffed that his recommendation for certain party posts had been ignored by Naidu and attributed his outburst to his long pending grievances. Late Wednesday night, TDP chief Naidu had a telephonic conversation with the Rajamahendravaram Rural MLA to mollify him. Revealing this, Chowdary said he and the activists who he had mentored all these years were repeatedly insulted by the TDP P4 leadership.
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