visakhapatnam l thursday l september 02, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Pro-pak Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani dead The hardline Kashmiri separatist had been suffering from various ailments for the past two decades. He was 92 yrs old Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sept 29, 1929 - Sept 1, 2021 Had been ailing for two decades Geelani, who was under house detention since 2010, had been ailing for a long time. According to his family, he developed health complications on Wednesday afternoon and passed away at 10.30 pm at his Srinagar residence. Geelani was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir but later quit Jamaat to found his own party called Tehreek-e-Hurriyat ■ 3-time Hardliner who chose Pak over India ■ He was opposed to bilateral talks on Kashmir and favoured tripartite talks involving Pakistan, Kashmiri leaders and India Geelani was also the chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella of different separatist groups, but quit the outfit last year following the abrogation of the special status of J&K | P8 Geelani was elected MLA from Sopore in 1972, 1977 and 1987 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 2 Didi ministers in ED chargesheet on dirty money sting Delayed start Syllabus of class 3 to 10 reduced E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The State government has decided to reduce the syllabus of class 3 to 10 this academic year too in view of delayed reopening of schools due to Covid-19. For the academic year 2021-22, the syllabus of class 10 has been reduced by 20% and that of class 3 to 9 by 15%. The academic calendar of 2021-22 has also been condensed to 27 weeks from 31 and April 30, 2022 will be the last working day of schools, Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Ve e r a b h a d r u d u s a i d o n Wednesday . The syllabus has been reduced to ease pressure on students as they have lost at least two months of the academic year. Schools reopened only on August 16 instead of mid-June due to the second wave of Covid. The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) was asked to prepare the academic calendar keeping in view the delay in reopening of schools. Following the SCERT’s recommendation, the academic year 2021-22 has been condensed to 27 weeks and the syllabus of class 3 to 10 reduced. In the previous academic year, the State government reopened schools on November 12 and the last working day was April 30. As the academic year 2019-20 began four months behind the schedule, the government had reduced the syllabus of class 1 to 10 by 30% to lessen burden on students. However, exams could not be held. academic calendar condensed to 27 weeks from 31 The government had asked the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to prepare the academic calendar for 2021-22 keeping in view the delay in reopening of schools. Following the SCERT’s recommendation, the academic year 2021-22 has been condensed to 27 weeks and the syllabus of class 3 to 10 reduced. The Commissioner of School Education has sent a circular to all the RJDs and DEOs informing them of the reduction in syllabus and the academic calendar Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 31 1,04,42,184 doses September 1 69,42,335 doses Total doses: 66,17,38,647 NATIONWIDE Aug 31 sep 1 Fresh cases 30,941 41,965 Recoveries Deaths 36,275 33,964 350 460 statewide aug 31 sep 1 Fresh cases 1,115 1,186 Recoveries 1,265 1,396 Deaths 19 10 Samples tested 52,319 56,155 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata Firhad Hakim Students in large numbers throng an examination centre to appear for Polycet 2021, in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday | G Satyanarayana Schools reopen, students upbeat Sense of joy, some trepidation and a smattering of bending of the Covid SOPs on Day One E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 18 students test positive in S’kulam Srikakulam: Eighteen students and five teachers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the district so far. There are 3,274 schools in the district with a total student strength of 2.7 lakh Have you ever yearned to go to school so badly that you’d even brave a downpour to get there? Well, if you haven’t been a school student during Covid, you might not get that feeling. On September 1, a whole 17 months after she last set foot in a classroom, Sanjana Sen, a Class XI student from Delhi was halfway to school when it started raining in Delhi. Her father wanted to take her back home. But she was adamant. “I wanted to go to school very, very badly So we somehow got . there even without an umbrella,” said the teenager who hadn’t met her friends in what seems like forever. A student of Sharda Sen Rajkiya Kanya Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, she added that getting back to school was an exhilarating experience for her. “I met new teachers in Class XI AP, TS water sharing in 66:34 ratio only: KRMB sources told TNIE that a subcommittee was constituted for working out modalities to imThe Krishna River Manage- plement gazette notifications ment Board has decided that pertaining to the boards’ jurissharing of Krishna water by dictions from October 14. Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Tel“Telangana has proposed for angana (TS) will be done as pro- 50:50 sharing of the 811 TMC of posed by the Ministry Krishna water availaof Jal Shakti (MoJS) in TS officials ble. AP also has exstage the apex council in Ocpressed its views that walkout tober, 2020 – i.e. 66:34 the agreement signed (AP:TS) – for 2021-22 in 2015 based on the TS officials and until the Krishna staged a walk- KWDT-I award should Water Disputes Tribu- out objecting to be followed since it is nal II award is notified. the only valid order in the KRMB’s However, no consensus place. So, the KRMB direction to has been arrived at agreed and it was destop the over hydel power gencided that the river wahydel power eration at common rester will be used in the generation ervoirs as Telangana existing 66:34 ratio,” immediately officials staged a walkAP Water Resources out objecting to the board’s di- Secretary J Syamala Rao told rection to stop the power gen- the media after the meeting. eration immediately as it is AP sought 70:30 ratio of sharonly incidental to irrigation ing, but since the KRMB has no and drinking water needs. jurisdiction over water sharIn the KRMB and Godavari ing, it was decided to go ahead River Management Board joint with the arrangement in pracP4 meeting held later in the day, tice now, he said. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada and it was an amazing day. I was dying to go to school,” she chirped. But not everyone in Delhi was as lucky as Sanjana. Himanshu and Nandini, siblings and classmates in Class IX, said that they were yearning to go to school but couldn’t. The heavy rains coupled with rumours of how flooding increased the imminent threat of Covid accounted for a large degree of absenteeism (far lower than the allowed 50% limit) in the Capital. As schools reopened in several states — Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tripura, Delhi, Meghalaya and Arunachal — with strict Covid-19 protocols in place, nostalgia met trepidation down the middle. While the closure in Rajasthan only stands at five months, most parents are still apprehensive as only around 20% `25 LPG price up for 3rd time since July Petrol, diesel prices cut Petrol price was cut by 10 paise a litre diesel by 14 paise on Wednesday. Petrol price in Delhi is now at `101.34 per litre, while diesel price is `88.77 a litre have given written consent to send their children for physical classes. With kids yet to be vaccinated, parents continue are a worried lot. Dr Rekha Moolchandani, the mother of a Class 12 student, said she was not ready to send her son to school as the vaccination process for students is yet to start. “The third wave may hit any time and sending them to school is not safe. My son is comfortable studying online and we support him as he is safe,” she said. Schools in all 75 districts in UP reopened, but private schools deferred it because of a lack of consent from parents. Madhya Pradesh had a similar problem with attendance figures stuck around 15-20%. The turnout was similarly low in the Northeast, where states like Meghalaya have only vaccinated about 72% of the teachContinued on P5 ers. To dispose of coins that got accumulated with it, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to give them as ‘Dhana Prasadam’ to pilgrims seeking refund of advance paid for accommodation on the hill shrine during their pilgrimage. Generally, devotees drop coins in the temple Hundi during their pilgrimage as part of fulfilment of their vow to the Lord. The temple gets a huge number of coins as an offering to the Lord. The TTD has found it difficult to dispose of coins or deposit them in banks. Hence, it has come up with the initiative of ‘Dhana Prasadam’ to pilgrims. Under the new initiative launched on Wednesday, cau- express read IMD forecasts heavy rains in State today Vijayawada: The IMD has warned of more rains across the State on Thursday. According to S Stella, Director of IMD, Amaravati, a trough is running from South Gujarat to South Coastal AP between 3.1 km and 5.8 km above the mean sea level, which will result in heavy rains at isolated places. Parts of the coastal Andhra may witness heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places, while Rayalaseema region is likely to receive light to moderate rains. P3 tion deposit will be returned to pilgrims in coin pouches containing `50, `100 and `500. ‘Dhana Prasadam’ pouch also contains Srivari Prasadam with photos of the Lord and the Goddess printed on both sides of it. In addition to coins, it contains Kumkuma, Pasupu, Chandanam and Parimalam. ‘Dhana Prasadam’ will be offered at all the TTD caution deposit refund counters. Hakim is the transport and housing minister and Mukherjee looks after panchayat affairs in Mamata’s cabinet. Mirza is now under suspension. The sting footage showed representatives of a fake firm approaching people resembling Trinamool leaders and offering bribe. It was aired days before the 2016 Bengal polls 1000 LPG cylinder price was hiked yet again by `25 on Wednesday the third hike since July 1. After , the latest price rise, a 14.2-kg non-subsidised cylinder costs `885 in Delhi and Mumbai, `900 in Chennai, and `911 in Kolkata. The last price change was on August 17, when the price was raised by `25. On July 1 also, the price was hiked by the same amount. LPG prices have gone up `190 since the beginning of 2021 and `290 since last September. The prices have more than doubled since September 2014, when a cylinder cost `427. This is the 9th hike in LPG prices in the past one year, during which the price was cut only once, on 1 April, by `10. Hitting out at the Centre for the LPG price hike, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “The Centre has earned `23 lakh crore from the GDP , not Gross Domestic Product but Gas Diesel Petrol. Now my question to the government is, where did they spend this `23 lakh crore.” TTD starts offering coins as ‘Dhana Prasadam’ to pilgrims @Tirumala Timed for 2016 state elections E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi handling change E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Subrata Mukherjee “The new initiative will ease the pressure on us to handle the huge change we get through offerings to the Lord,” TTD Additional Executive Officer AV Dharma Reddy said. According to an estimate, coins worth `5 crore have got accumulated with the TTD now. The TTD had recently cleared coins worth `65 crore accumulated with it till March 2020, official sources said. Two Trinamool Congress ministers, one party lawmaker, a former mayor and an IPS officer were named as accused in the Narada sting money laundering chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in a Kolkata court on Thursday All five had been arrested on May 17 . by the CBI in a separate case on the sting operation filed by it, a fortnight after the Trinamool returned to power with a thumping majority for the third straight term, drawing charges of political vendetta. The five persons named as accused in the ED chargesheet are ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra, former mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee and IPS officer S M H Mirza. The fact that the CBI chose not to go after two other heavyweight accused, Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy, both defectors from the Trinamool to the BJP, had strengthened allegations that the probe agency was a caged parrot. By then Suvendu Adhikari had become Leader of Opposition in West Bengal. Mukul Roy later did a ghar wapsi, heading back to the Trinamool. To do a balancing act, the ED on Thursday sought the court’s permission for further probe against both Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy . Others on its list for further probe are Trinamool MPs Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, Prasun Banerjee and Aparupa Poddar and former MLA Iqbal Ahmed. The court accepted the ED’s request to allow summoning of the accused to its Kolkata office on November 16. It told the ED to send summons to the three Trinamool lawmakers through the office of the Speaker of the state Assembly and summon Chatterjee and Mirza directly The CBI . had secured prosecution sanction from Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar instead of the Speaker, which had triggered an uproar. “The ED submitted the chargesheet holding the five accused guilty of laundering money during the course of the Narada sting operation. They have been summoned by the agency to follow the next course of action,’’ said ED’s lawyer Abhijit Bhadra. 800 770 695 720 645 860 820 835 795 810 Refill cost (`) 600 595 400 885 LPG cylinder price in Delhi Sep Dec 16 04 15 25 01 01 01 17 01 2020 2020 Dec 20 Feb 20 Feb 21 Feb 21 Mar 21 Apr 21 Jul 21 Aug 21 Sep 21 Note: Price is of 14.2 kg non-subsidised cylinder Source: IOCL The subsidies on LPG cylinders are now limited to those in remote locations. Beginning May 2020, standard direct benefit transfer subsidies for domestic LPG were eliminated, with the government taking advantage of the crash in global crude oil prices to equalise the price of subsidised and unsubsidised cylinders. As a result, the government’s total subsidy burden on LPG has come down from `22,726 crore to `3,658 crore in 2020-21. Taliban govt in the works, hectic negotiations on E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e With the US forces completely withdrawing from Afghanistan, the Taliban leaders are holding hectic negotiations to form a government in the wartorn country While some lead. ers of the outfit have claimed they have finalised the broad contours of the government, no formal announcement has been made yet. According to various reports, the delay is due to differences among various factions of the Taliban are vying for lucrative posts. It is widely believed that top Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada will head the regime as Supreme Leader from Kandahar, with his deputy Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar running the daily affairs of the government from Kabul. There are talks about including women in the government to make it inclusive, but the top posts are likely to be held by men. With the Kabul airport remaining inoperable after the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban are in touch with both Qatar and Turkey for help to resume commercial flights. A Qatari aircraft landed in Kabul on Wednesday carrying a technical team to discuss the resumption of airport operations, Saudi Arabian TV channel Al Arabiya reported. In his address to the nation, US President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw all US troops ahead of the August P9 31 deadline.
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