sambalpur l sunday l august 29, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 26 l city EDITION Use your car in any state without re-registering Bharat Series (BH) will free vehicle owners with transferable jobs from having to re-register upon moving to a new state Eligibility criterion: Transferable job Defence personnel, staff of Central/state, Public Sector Undertakings and private firms (having offices in at least 4 states) are elegible for the scheme, which will launch on September 15. The road tax for BH series shall be levied for 2 years or in multiple of two at 8% for vehicles costing up to `10 lakh; 10% for `10-20 lakh; and 12% for `20 lakh and above ■ 2% new format won’t have state initials ■ The format of BH-series will be YY BH #### XX. YY will denote the year of first registration, BH for Bharat Series, #### will be a randomised four digit number, followed by two alphabets BH series will spare the owners the pain of manually claiming refund from the parent state by making the process fully online The Discount for e-vehicles. diesel vehicles to draw 2% levy instead 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 express read Mamata’s nephew gets ED summons Kolkata: The ED has summoned West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira to Delhi for questioning in connection with a coal scam and money laundering case. While Abhishek has been summoned on September 3, his wife Rujira has been called on September 1. Two IPS officers, Gyanwant Singh (ADG-CID) and Shyam Sngh (DIG) have also been summoned | P10 Rawat to meet Sidhu, Amarinder next week New Delhi: AICC’s in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat on Saturday met former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and apprised him of the situation in the state. Later, Rawat said he would visit Chandigarh next week and meet Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu, who are locked in an intense feud. The meeting came two days after Sidhu gave an ultimatum to the high command seeking complete autonomy | P10 West Bengal post-poll violence: Two arrested Kolkata: The CBI arrested two persons on Saturday in connection with one of the cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal. The two accused — Bijoy Ghosh and Asima Ghosh — were arrested for allegedly attempting to murder a BJP supporter, Dharma Mandal, in Nadia district. Meanwhile, the CBI has registered 10 more FIRs in connection with post-poll violence in West Bengal, taking the total to 21 | P10 1 crore jabs a day to be the norm starting october A day after India breached the 1 crore-mark in daily jabs, NK Arora, chief of Covid 19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said: “From October, daily jabs could go up to 1.2-1.3 crore as 30 crore doses would be made available.” Kills two ‘high-profile’ ISIS-K leaders in drone strike; evacuations to end soon US strikes back, warns of more terror attacks against the Kabul airport is a near certainty Reuters quoted , A day after American President US officials as saying adding Joe Biden promised retribution that it could be even more deagainst ISIS-K for the carnage structive than the Thursday at the Kabul airport, the US attack. On its part, the Taliban said said on Friday that it has killed two leaders of the outfit in a they have arrested some susdrone airstrike at Afghani- pects involved in the airport stan’s eastern Nangarhar prov- blast. On Saturday, the militia deployed extra forces ince. There were no civilian casualties, US Airport sealed around the Kabul airofficials claimed, and Taliban sealed off port to prevent large hinted at more air- Kabul’s airport on crowds from gatherstrikes in the coming Saturday to most ing. They have also put up new layers of checkdays targeting other Afghans hoping points on roads leadISIS-K leaders. for evacuation, “I can confirm, two granting entry to ing to the airport, efhigh profile targets fectively making the only those with were killed and one airport out of bounds US passports, was wounded,” said for people. Reports reports said Army Major General said the militia is letWilliam Hank Taylor. ting in only those who carry US The drone was sent from a lo- passports. After the deadly terror strike, cation outside Afghanistan, anthe US has reportedly brought other US military official said. Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS- down its troops to less than K) had claimed responsibility 4,000 at Kabul airport from 5,800 for the attack at the Hamid Kar- at the peak of the evacuation zai International Airport in Ka- mission. Thirteen US soldiers bul on Thursday which report- were killed in Thursday’s sui, edly killed nearly 200 people cide bomb blast, the most lethal incident for US troops in Afand injured another 200. Meanwhile, the US flagged a ghanistan in a decade. The 15 high risk of further blasts as it US military personnel who winds up its mission to evacu- were injured in the explosion ate civilians and withdraw are receiving treatment in GerP11 . troops. Yet another attack many E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E Cops cane farmers headed to BJP meet venue in Karnal E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Chandigarh At least 10 farmers were injured when police lathicharged a group headed tow a r d s t h e ve n u e o f a BJP-Jannayak Janata Party function near Karnal in Haryana on Saturday. Angry farmers later blocked several roads, bringing traffic movement to a grinding halt. While the caning drew criticism from many quar- E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The State government on Saturday announced to provide subsidy for purchase of electric vehicles to push their sales and promote EV adoption by consumers. The subsidy will be a maximum 15 per cent (pc) on purchase and use of the vehicles in two wheeler, public or shared and goods carriers segments, Minister for Commerce and Transport Padmanabha Behera told mediapersons here. He said though a tentative decision has been taken for extending 15 pc subsidy, the amount and cap will be finalised soon. While maximum subsidy of `5,000 is likely to be provided on purchase of two wheelers, `10,000 will be given in case of @ Bhubaneswar No Country for Women PLUS 12 PAGES Five TN labourers held in Mysuru rape case The Mysuru police on Saturday arrested five accused, including a 17-year-old juvenile, in the horrific gangrape case of a 23-year-old MBA student at the foothills of Chamundi on August 24. The five accused – labourers including two drivers – are from Tamil Nadu, and were picked up from Tiruppur. The sixth accused is still absconding. These labourers regularly brought vegetables to Mysuru markets. On August 24, they had a party on their return three wheelers, the Minister said, adding that subsidy of `50,000 will be provided on purchase of four wheelers. “In case of the purchase of electric buses, the subsidy can go up to `4 lakh,” he added. The State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had approved the Electric Vehicle Policy-2021 on Friday . The government’s policy does not have any link with the Centre’s FAME-II scheme for electric vehicles, Behera said, adding that it is a completely separate initiative. The Central scheme offers subsidy of `15,000 per kWh battery capacity on two-wheelers and `10,000 per kWh battery capacity on four wheerlers. The Centre has also announced `10,000 crore for three years till 2022 for FAME-II scheme which includes `1,000 crore for setting E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e der the modified laws, a juvenile above the age of 16 allegedly involved in a heinous crime can be tried as an adult. The Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, 2000 was amended in 2015 allowing Children in Conflict with Law to be tried as adults if they are alleged to have committed a heinous offence. “On Tuesday, the accused were present at the scene of the crime. They were under the influence of alcohol. Initially they wanted to rob the , couple, but later, they beat up the boy and gangraped the They were moving to the venue of the meeting attended by Chief Minister M L Khattar, state BJP president up charging stations. However, no provision has been made in the Odisha Budget 2021-22 on these lines. On providing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, the Minister said the EV companies will set up the stations after approval from the government. Behera said it is now necessary to reduce emissions caused by different categories of vehicles plying on the road using the traditional fossil fuels. The objective of the policy is to achieve adoption of 20 pc battery electric vehicles in all vehicle registrations by 2025. The gover nment has announced incentives like cut in registration fees and other taxes to achieve the target and encourage people to purchase electric vehicles, the Minister said. State sees high growth in small savings, India Post nets `216 crore last fiscal Guanglong Yang dives off the blocks in the men’s swimming 200m individual medley SM8 final at the Paralympic Games; (inset) India’s Bhavinaben Patel reached the women’s table tennis Class 4 final after beating Miao Zhang. She now has the opportunity to become the first Indian woman to win gold at the Paralympics | ap/PTI journey and found the girl and her male friend driving on the lonely stretch of the road. They first demanded `3 lakh from the two, who pleaded their inability to pay the amount. The accused then assaulted the boy and gangraped the girl, police said. The accused have been slapped with Sections 376-D and 397 of the IPC for gangrape and robbery with violence. Confirming the arrests, Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) Praveen Sood said, “We will get the sixth accused shortly Un.” Karnal sub divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha landed in a soup after a video, in which he is heard telling policemen to break the heads of farmers if they break barricades, went viral. Sources said that the direction came when the farmers started stone pelting Beating pandemic inspiration WITH THIS ISSUE @ Bengaluru / Mysuru ‘break their heads’ O P Dhankar and others when the incident took place at Bastara toll plaza. Haryana BKU (Chaduni) chief G S Chaduni alleged the police action left many injured, while SKM leader Darshan Pal claimed police attacked ‘peaceful protesters’. Thousands were stranded after several roads were blocked. Situation remained tense at the Bastara, where a restive crowd was urged by Chaduni not to take the law into its hands. Govt announces subsidy to push EV shift in state full report: p9 B a l a C h a u h a n & K S h i va K u m a r ters, Karnal Inspector General Mamta Singh said mild force was used to disperse far mers, who refused to budge despite several announcements declaring the gathering unlawful as prohibitory order under CrPC section 144 was in force. She also claimed some stones were pelted at the police personnel. Farmers protesting against farm laws have been opposing all functions of the BJPJJP combine in Haryana. girl,” added the police chief. Explaining the background of the accused, sources said they gather for daily wage labour at Bandipalya, which is 8-9 km from Alanhalli near Mysuru where the crime took place. “The accused were tracked using technical and mobile analysis. A lot of field work by police has also helped in tracking the accused,” said sources. The accused were reportedly involved in petty theft and extortion crimes earlier, but in the absence of any formal complaint, they were out of police radar, the sources added. Even as the Covid pandemic has brought untold misery to the people, hitting household incomes hard, the Department of Posts (DoP) or India Post seems to have a different story to tell. Despite the crippling impact of the virus, the Odisha circle of India Post has witnessed a significant growth in small savings and insurance premiums. The circle has garnered savings deposit of `216.35 crore and insurance premiums of over `469.5 crore from across the State in the last fiscal 2020-21. A whopping 7.8 lakh accounts were also opened in a year. The State has 7,300 post offices with around 2.2 crore accounts. The growth has continued this fiscal too as `50 crore of deposits and `152.63 crore of premiums have been collected till July . Officials said, as income of people was severely hit due to loss of jobs and movement of people restricted following the Covid outbreak, small savings depositors reposed faith on the post offices. All post offices in the State were functional despite all odds during the pandemic. Postmen were among the very few categories of public servants on road doing door delivery of mail and money orders everyday . Chief Postmaster General Suvendu Swain said every second person in the State has a savings account with India Post. “The g rowth in number of new savings accounts and business indicates the turnaround time. Apart from the deposits, around `558 crore worth of payments were home-delivered during the period through India Post Payment Bank (IPPB),” he said. In order to provide relief to the rural savings account holders, India Post has recently raised the withdrawal limit at post office gramin dak seva branches from `5,000 to `20,000. This apart, various lucrative schemes also helped the business growth, Swain CONTINUED ON: P7 said. Centre doubles vaccine allocation, State to inoculate 3.5 lakh a day Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to conduct 3.5 lakh vaccinations a day from next month as the Centre has doubled allocation of vaccine doses with an aim to cover a majority of the population by end of the year. full report: p2 data fudging Onus on public to expose lies of govt, says Chandrachud E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Stressing it was the duty of public intellectuals to expose the lies of the state, Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday called for more vigilance and participation by the citizens. Chandrachud’s comments came in the context of Covid-19, wherein “there is an increasing trend of countries across the world trying to manipulate data”. Addressing a meet on Speaking Truth to Power: Citizens and the Law, as part of the sixth MC Chagla Memorial Online Lecture, Chandrachud said one could not solely rely on the state to determine the truth. “As responsible citizens, we should put these truth providers through intense scrutiny and questioning to convince ourselves of the veracity of the claims made by them. It is equally important for those making truth claims to be transparent,” he added. Emphasising the need for truth in democracy he said it , was important to avoid tyranny of the law. Recognising the importance of information disseminated by the press and its power to influence public opinion, he stressed absolute freedom for the fourth pillar of democracy . “There is no denying that the phenomenon of fake news is on the rise. We must strive to ensure we have a press free of influence of any kind -- political or economic – to provide us information in an unbiased manner,” he said. NATIONWIDE Aug 27 Aug 28 Fresh cases 44,658 46,759 Recoveries 32,988 31,374 Deaths 496 509 odisha Aug 27 Aug 28 Fresh cases 816 779 Recoveries Deaths 986 956 68 69 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 27 1,00,64,032 doses August 28 65,39,745 doses Total doses: 63,00,67,629
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