visakhapatnam l monday l august 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION crude worry as OPEC+ to revisit production hike A month after the cartel agreed to ramp up supply, Kuwait’s oil minister on Sunday said the decision could be revisited crucial cartel meeting on september 1 bad news for india if rates spiral Kuwait prefaced its observation on some markets being engulfed in the 4th wave of the pandemic, Reuters reported. OPEC+ had agreed to raise supply by 4,00,000 barrels per day after shuttering 45% production last year. The grouping meets on September 1 to take a call, but since Brent prices jumped back to $72.75 on Sunday, another acrimonious session is likely ■ ■ The International Energy Agency had slashed demand outlook for 2021 after Brent price slumped to below $64 in August first half, and warned of a surplus in 2022. But prices rallied after that Rise in rates, coupled with a supply cut, slims hopes for a fuel rate cut and may not let inflation cool down in countries like India 23 nations, including russia, are the members of the OPEC+ grouping 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 US drone takes out IS car bomb to save airport Hundreds form 10 km human chain against steel plant strategic sale E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam Elusive Taliban supreme leader in Kandahar, to appear in public soon, says spokesperson E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e In its second airstrike in successive days on Sunday to safeguard the evacuation process in Kabul, a US drone took out an ISIS-K car bomb that was being readied to attack the airport. There were also reports of multiple suicide bombers on board when the car was taken out. Big secondary explosions after the drone strike indicated the vehicle was loaded with explosives, US officials said. The attack came on day when a militia rocket struck a building at Kabul’s Khuwja Bughra, around 1 km from the airport, killing a child. No group claimed the attack, but the White House said similar attacks were likely in Kabul in the next 24-36 hours. Regarding the IS suicide attack that killed over 180 people outside the Kabul airport on Thursday last, intelligence reports in Western media sug- gested that Al-Qaeda’s Khalil Haqqani had facilitated it. Elusive Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, who was thought to be in Pakistan army’s custody arrived in , Kandahar, spokesman Bilal Karimi said. “I can confirm he is in Kandahar. He will soon appear in public,” Karimi said. France’s President Emmanuel Macron said Paris and London on Monday planned to jointly propose at the UN the creation of a ‘safe zone’ in Kabul that would allow for ‘humanitarian operations’. As for the Kabul airport, a Taliban official said they had engineers and technicians ready to take charge of it. “We are waiting for the final nod from the Americans to secure full control over Kabul airport as both sides aim for a swift handover,” he said. Banks opened for the first time under the new Taliban rule, but with a cap on daily Afghans photographing a car bomb that was destroyed by a US drone on Sunday | AP withdrawals. While some complained of still being unable to access their money, government employees claimed they have not been paid over the last four months. Reports of continuing Taliban brutality came in, the latest being the gunning down of a folk singer north of Kabul. Fawad Andarabi was shot dead from point blank range in the Andarabi Valley in Baghlan province. In what was seen as Taliban’s outreach, its leader Sher Mohd Abbas Stanekzai said they wanted to retain economic and political ties with India. In a video address, Stanekzai referred to the air corridor between India and Afghanistan established to boost trade after Pakistan’s refusal to allow transit access. “We need to keep the air trade open,” he said. Journos, sportsmen among killed in blast Among those killed in Thursday’s attack were two journalists, Ali Reza Ahmadi and Najma Sadeqi. Two Afghan national-level athletes, Mohammad Jan Sultani (taekwondo) and Idrees (wushu), too, were killed in the blast, said Chinese media outlet Xinhua The Joe Biden administration is committed to safe passage to Americans and the Afghans who helped the US government after the withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan Jake Sullivan, NSA of the US express read ‘Navaneetha Seva’ at Tirumala from today Tirumala: The stage is set for the launch of ‘Navaneetha Seva’ at Sri Venkateswara temple on Monday to mark Gokulashtami. As part of Navaneetha Seva, butter from desi cow milk will be used in preparation of Naivedyam to the Lord and conduct of other rituals. The trial run of the new seva was successfully conducted by the TTD from August 25. P4 NATIONWIDE Aug 28 Aug 29 Fresh cases 46,759 45,083 Recoveries Deaths 31,374 35,840 509 460 statewide aug 28 aug 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,321 1,557 1,499 1,213 19 18 64,461 64,550 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) The guava plantation of N Pavan Kumar and his wife Revathi (inset) in Dakkili of Nellore district | EXPRESS Working from home, Nellore techie couple reaps farm profits D S u r end r a K u ma r @ Nellore Making use of work from home option during Covid-19, a techie couple has taken up farming at Regadapalle in Daggavolu panchayat of Dakkili mandal and started reaping good profits, besides becoming role models for young ryots. Narisetty Pavan Kumar (35) of Tirupati, and his wife Revathi (32) of Srikalahasti work as software engineers in a pri- vate firm in Bengaluru with a good salary Having interest in . agriculture, Pavan purchased 28 acres of land at Regadapalle village in 2018. Initially, they raised lemon plantation. As it is a long-gestation crop, the couple had taken up cultivation of Taiwan guava on 7 acres of land by getting saplings from Tadepalligudem. They adopted modern methods of cultivation to reap a good P5 crop yield. It is due to my personal interest in agriculture, we constructed a house in the fields. We work in the fields up to 11 am everyday. Then we get back to work N Pavan Kumar, software engineer paralympics Mother’s push behind Nishad’s jump F i r o z M i r z a @ Chennai MOTHER Pushpa Devi looked in horror as her eight-year-old son Nishad Kumar’s right hand got dismembered by a grasscutting machine in their farm almost 13 years ago in Amb town of Una district, Himachal Pradesh. Being a former national-level volleyball player herself, her dream was to see her son take up sports at the highest-level, before it came crashing down many moons ago. Devi still remembers how her son was lying unconscious in a pool of blood with his limb cut off from the elbow. While it did cut short Devi’s dreams for the time being, it seldom stopped her from ensuring Nishad played some sport or the other. That faith and determination eventually yielded a high jump silver medal in the T47 category for India at the To- Nishad Kumar won silver with a clearance of 2.06m at the Paralympics Sunday | PTI kyo Paralympics on Sunday, August 29, incidentally celebrated as National Sports Day . The 21-year-old cleared 2.06 m setting an Asian record to finish joint-second with American Dallas Wise. USA’s Roderick Townsend clinched the gold with a world record jump of 2.15 m. “My mother was alone on the field that fateful day She, how. ever, didn’t lose heart. In fact, she was so determined to make him a sportsperson that my brother started competing a barely year after that accident,” Rama Devi, Nishad’s sister, told this daily Nishad even compet. ed against able-bodied athletes in the 2017 School Nationals. In the same year, he shifted to Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula, Chandigarh to hone his skills. He won bronze in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with a jump of 2 m to secure a Paralympic quota. “He was confident of winning a medal. Even in the morning when I spoke to him, I was nervous but he assured me not to worry informed the sister. ,” Nishad twice returned Covid-19 positive earlier this year but continued improving his show by setting his personal best on two occasions, the second one of 2.07 m came at the trials. Two more medals India celebrated the National Sports Day with two more medals at Paralympics. Bhavinaben Patel settled for silver after losing the table tennis final and discus thrower Vinod Kumar bagged bronze in the men’s F52 event The Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which has been spearheading the agitation against privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), further intensified the stir on Sunday as hundreds of people, including steel plant workers, leaders and activists of political parties, VSP land oustees and their family members, participated in a 10 km ‘Maha Manava Haram’ organised from Aganampudi to Akkireddypalem. T he human chain was formed to mark the completion of 200 days of ukku agitation, which was launched after the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) gave its approval for 100% strategic disinvestment of the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL), the corporate entity of VSP on January 27. , Much before the scheduled start of the human chain, a large number of people were on the roads along the 10 km route. The entire stretch reverberated with slogans against privatisation of the steel plant and the BJP government at the Centre. The human chain paralysed vehicular traffic at several places. In view of the steel plant stir, the police made elaborate arrangements to regulate the traffic. Leaders belonging to YSRC, TDP, Jana Sena, Left parties and trade unions participated A 10 km human chain being formed against privatisation of the steel plant in Vizag on Sunday I G Satyanarayana in the human chain. They denounced the privatisation move of the Centre and said they will fight for the protection of the steel plant. Anakapalle MP B Satyavathi said all MPs from the State will resist the steel plant privatisation. Signatures of 100 MPs against VSP privatisation will P3 be collected, she said. Modi set to ‘expedite’ admin reforms M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have told his ministerial colleagues to expedite implementation of the party’s 2019 vision document for the Lok Sabha elections. He also asked the newly inducted ministers to closely study the BJP’s 2014 and 2019 manifestos and prioritise steps for their faster implementation from their respective ministries. In two meetings of the council of ministers held soon after the Cabinet rejig, Modi’s instructions were to focus on deliverables in the 2019 vision document, which was drawn up incor porating crowdsourced ideas. Within the BJP, party leaders are particularly looking at three big areas that are yet to be addressed: administrative, police and judicial reforms. There’s anticipation within the party that Modi may soon embark on the promised reforms. The vision document spoke of reforms in the civil services to meet the objective of minimum government. Modi’s urgency appears to be directed at addressing political challenges in the aftermath of the second Covid wave.
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