visakhapatnam l saturday l september 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Crushed by Covid, Japan PM hangs up his boots Decision to hold Olympics proved costly After a turbulent term of less than one year, Yoshihide Suga said he will not contest his party’s forthcoming leadership election MANY contenders FOR THE TOP POST The announcement came as his approval ratings dropped to an all-time low due to his failure to control the pandemic. His decision to host the Olympics amid the pandemic was also unpopular. “Working on Covid countermeasures and election activities requires tremendous energy, so I decided I cannot work on both and should choose one of them,” Suga said ■ ■ Two ex-ministers in Shinzo Abe’s government – Fumio Kishida and Sanae Takaichi – have emerged as potential candidates. Current Vaccinations Minister Taro Kono is also in the fray Suga took over as the Prime Minister of Japan after Abe resigned due to health reasons in September 2020 Sept 29 When The ruling L.D.P. will hold an election to pick its president 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 Three more medals for India It was an excellent day for India at the Tokyo Paralympics as three of the country’s athletes won medals on Friday to take the overall tally to 13. A look at the stars of the day... Avani Lekhara Take your shot September 2 64,70,901 doses September 3 51,88,894 doses Total doses: 67,65,00,301 NATIONWIDE sep 02 sep 03 Fresh cases 47,092 45,352 Recoveries Deaths 35,181 34,791 509 366 statewide sep 02 sep 03 Fresh cases 1,378 1,520 Recoveries 1,139 1,290 Deaths 10 10 Samples tested 59,566 64,739 2020 dELHI RIOTS Dissenting is a democratic right, says HC E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi THE Delhi High Court on Friday held that expressing dissent is one of the fundamental rights in a democracy and the sole act of protesting should not be employed as a weapon to justify the incarceration of those exercising the right. The court made the observation while granting bail to five persons who were arrested for being part of an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in February 2020, during which Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal allegedly sustained fatal injuries. While granting bail to accused Mohd Arif, Shadab Ahmad, Furkan, Suvaleen and Tabassum, Justice Subramonium Prasad said every member of the unlawful assembly cannot be booked under murder charges. “The applicability of Section 149 the Indian Penal Code, specifically read with Section 302, cannot be done on the basis of vague evidence and general allegations. When there is a crowd involved, at the juncture of grant or denial of bail, the court must hesitate before arriving at the conclusion that every member of the unlawful assembly inhabits a common intention to accomplish the unlawful common object,” the court said. Justice Prasad said there cannot be an umbrella assumption of guilt on behalf of every accused by the court and the decision must be taken based on careful consideration of the facts and circumstances. “It is the Constitutional duty of the Court to ensure that there is no arbitrary deprivation of personal liberty in the face of excess of State power. Bail is the rule and jail is the exception, and Courts must exercise their jurisdiction to uphold the tenets of personal liberty ...,” the order said. Recurve archer Harvinder Singh gave India its first Paralympic medal in archery after beating Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 in the bronze medal match. When Harvinder was just 18 months old, he had dengue. A local doctor administered him an injection that had an adverse effect on his legs. Praveen Kumar Praveen Kumar recorded a jump of 2.07m to win a silver medal in the men’s high jump T64 category. The 18-year-old, whose one leg was short since birth, has broken the Asian record with his medal-winning jump | P15 Having already won gold in the 10m air rifle SH1 event, Avani Lekhara added to her glittering tally with a bronze in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 positions SH1 event. She has become the first Indian woman to win multiple medals from a Paralympic Games. Avani has been wheelchair-bound since a road accident in 2012. Jab-o-meter Harvinder Singh SC collegium OKs 68 names for HC They include reiteration of recommendation to govt for elevation of 12 to five high courts K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi In a record of its sorts, a threemember Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana recommended 68 names for appointments as judges to various high courts, 44 of whom are lawyers and 24 judicial officers. The onus is now on the Centre to clear them expeditiously . It had shown rare alacrity in approving the appointment of nine judges to the Supreme Court days after a five-member collegium made that recommendation. According to the collegium resolutions uploaded on the of- People’s purchasing power holds key to growth: Jagan E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Jagananna Vidya Deevena, Jagananna Vasathi Deevena and Jagananna Thodu are being efReleasing `1,124 crore in- fectively implemented in the dustrial incentives to MSMEs State giving no scope for corand textile units in the State on ruption or discrimination, he Friday Chief Minister YS Jag- asserted. , an Mohan Reddy said lending a “Every beneficiary is being helping hand to the industry provided funds through the Disector, especially MSMEs, will rect Benefit Transfer system, help stabilise the State’s econo- so that lakhs of families in the my, which was hit during the State can sustain during hard Covid-19 pandemic. times. These in turn Addressing beneficihave helped in stabilisaries of the ReSTART ing the MSME sector, package under which inwhich ensured that jobs centives to MSMEs were are not lost. Even in the provided, he said only times of crisis, when the when the purchasing global economy growth power of people is imis -5.2%, efforts are beproved can they buy ing made to protect products from farmers, industries and `1,124 cr industries. people, especially poor released to in the State. Though “The government has Msmes been implementing a small, our growth rate The State plethora of welfare is better than others government schemes and developdue to the initiatives of ment programmes for released `1,124 the government.” Jagthe last 27 months to en- crore industrial an explained. incentives to sure the purchasing At the time of ecopower of people in the MSMEs in the nomic slowdown gloState as a State, particularly of bally due to the Covmeasure to those in the lower level, id-19 pandemic, when is increased to sustain support them the demand for comthe industries,” he modities and services said. is on the decline, there is a need Elaborating further, he said for protecting the interests of the very cycle of production both people and the industry, will be hit if people do not have he stressed. enough purchasing power and Quoting international econoindustries would be shut due to mists, the Chief Minister said lack of demand. To ensure that in the times of crisis, when the the purchasing power of people government provides funds to is not affected, 25 welfare and the poor, even if it has to bordevelopment initiatives like row, that money will be like YSR Rythu Bharosa, YSR Chey- ‘Sanjeevini’ to any State or P5 utha, YSR Aasara, Amma Vodi, country . @ Vijayawada `30,175 crore invested in 68 major industries The Chief Minister said in the last 27 months, 68 major industries have invested a total capital of `30,175 crore and provided direct employment to 46,199 people `2,086 cr Total incentives provided by the State government to industries The government has been implementing a plethora of welfare schemes for the last 27 months to ensure the purchasing power of people in the State, particularly of those in the lower level, is increased to sustain the industries YS Jagan, CM The ‘Victory Flame’ of Swarnim Vijay Varsh inducted Visakhapatnam: The ‘Victory Flame’ of Swarnim Vijay Varsh, commemorating the 50th anniversary of India’s victory in the 1971 war, was formally inducted at Eastern Naval Command by Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita and ENC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh at a ceremony held at Victory at Sea Memorial on RK Beach on Friday. The Home Minister and the Commander-inChief interacted with the war veterans on the occasion | P4 express read Papaya price slumps to `5,500 per tonne from `18,000 Taliban get al-Qaida help for Panjshir: Report Kadapa: One of the widely-cultivated horticulture crops in the district, papaya has seen a drastic price-drop from `18,000 in June to just `5,500 per tonne by Augustend. Farmers are blaming syndicates of middlemen for the massive price slump and demanding that the government intervene to do justice to them P4 Al-Qaeda has joined the Taliban in the Panjshir valley offensive, Saudi channel Al Arabiya reported. According to a news report, the Taliban have been locked in a protracted fight with the resistance force in the Valley. It confirmed that the fighting has been ongoing for two days and both sides have suffered casualties ficial SC website, four advocates were recommended each for Kerala and Madras high courts, 13 lawyers and three judicial officers to Allahabad High Court, three judicial officers and three lawyers to the Rajasthan High Court, four judicial officers and two advocates to Calcutta High Court, one lawyer and five judicial officer to the Jharkhand High Court. The collegium also reiterated its recommendations for appointing nine lawyers as judges at Rajasthan, Calcutta, J&K and Karnataka high courts, and three judicial officers to the Allahabad High Court. The collegium tried to balance the gender ratio by recommending at least 10 women as judges to various high courts. At present, in the 25 high courts, there is a vacancy of 465 judges. The highest vacancy is 112 names considered In meetings held on August 24 and September 1, the Supreme Court collegium considered 112 candidates for elevation to various high courts in the country. Of them, 68 candidates were recommended for appointments to 12 high courts at the Allahabad High Court, which is functioning with just 50% judges at present. According to sources, the collegium also recommended a woman judicial officer belonging to Scheduled Tribe, Marli Vankung, as judge of the Gauhati High Court. She would be the first-ever high court judge from Mizoram if the Centre approves her candidature. However, the collegium resolution on this recommendation hasn’t been made public yet. The collegium sought further details about 16 candidates whose names were considered at its meetings. reimburse fee to colleges under vidya deevena, HC directs govt E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada The AP High Court on Friday cancelled the GO 28 issued by the State government in June, 2020 and directed the government to credit the fee reimbursement amount under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme and post-matric scholarships to bank accounts of respective colleges instead of accounts of the mothers of beneficiaries. Delivering the verdict on petitions challenging the GO, Justice K Vijaya Lakshmi abolished all the clauses in the GO 64 issued on November 6, 2020, which states that the government cannot be held accountable if the fee reimbursement amount is not paid by the beneficiary’s mother to the college. If the amount is not paid to the college, it needs to be collected from the students by the college management itself, the court said. Presenting his arguments, petitioners’ counsel M Vijayakumar said crediting of the fee reimbursement amount under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme and postmatric scholarships to the accounts of the mothers of beneficiaries was causing several problems. P4
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