visakhapatnam l sunday l september 05, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION Farmers’ show of strength in muzzafarnagar today Organisers claimed thousands were trickling into the town for Mahapanchayat to up the ante against the Centre’s agri laws september 8 deadline to withdraw cases The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is speaheading the protests, said their biggest-ever mahapanchayat in nine months aims to show to the Yogi-Modi combine the agitation has the support of “all castes, religions, states and classes”. They would press the state to withdraw cases against farmers by September 8, failing which they will ramp up their protests ■ 500 mobilising support against govt The SKM’s choice of venue indicates it plans to mobilise support against the current dispensation in Western UP ahead of election SKM is likely to announce its ‘Mission UP’ during the meet. The police have shored up security by deploying six companies of PAC and two companies of RAF, besides videographing the event ■ Langars arranged to ensure steady food supply for farmers 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 Infighting delays new Taliban govt ISI chief rushes to Kabul to lobby for the Haqqanis; Taliban reasonable in addressing India’s concerns, says foreign secy Shringla In a surprise move, ISI chief Lieutenant General Faiz THE Taliban have yet again Hameed reached Kabul on Satpostponed the for mal an- urday reportedly to lobby for nouncement of their govern- the Haqqanis. The ISI chief ’s ment reportedly due to infight- trip is the first high-level visit ing among various factions by a Pak official since the Taliwithin the militia over power- ban took over Kabul. Earlier in sharing, especially between the the day, Pak Army chief GenBaradar camp and the Haqqani eral Qamar Javed Bajwa met Network. While Mulla Abdul British Foreign Secretary DoGhani Baradar, chairminic Raab and told man of the Taliban’s him that Pakistan political office in Qatar, would assist in the foris widely believed to be Our engagement mation of an inclusive face of the new govern- with the Taliban a d m i n i s t r at i o n i n ment with Hibatullah has been limited. Afghanistan. Akhundzada being the It’s not that we According to Khalil titular head, the ISI- have had a robust Haqqani, one of the conversation sponsored Haqqani Taliban leaders negoNetwork, whose troops with the Taliban tiating with different control Kabul, is eyeing groups over powerShringla, Foreign an important role in sharing, the bid to Secretary the yet-to-be formed make the new governgovernment. ment broad- based and “The announcement about acceptable to the international the new government and Cabi- community is causing the denet members will be made next lay. “The Taliban can form a week,” Taliban spokesman Za- government of their own but biullah Mujahid said on Satur- they are now focusing to have day, without divulging more an administration in which all details. This is the second time parties, groups and sections of that the Taliban have delayed the society have proper reprethe formation of the govern- sentation,” he said ment in Kabul since they seized Meanwhile, India’s Foreign Kabul on August 15. Secretary Harsh Vardhan India won 4 more paralympic medals on Saturday, taking their tally to 17. A look at the medallists... Pramod Bhagat (badminton, men’s singles SL3) Gold EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE express read Badvel bypoll only after festival season Kadapa: The Badvel Assembly bypoll will be held only after the end of festival season. The Election Commission said the AP government suggested that the bypoll be held after the festival season in view of Covid-19. P4 ‘War against India’ charge on 8 held by ATS Lucknow: A special Lucknow court invoked “waging war against India” charges on eight persons arrested by the ATS for illegal conversions. On June 21, the ATS had nabbed two clerics and claimed to have busted a racket. Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 3 51,88,894 doses September 4 62,25,922 doses Total doses: 68,37,29,058 NATIONWIDE sep 03 sep 04 Fresh cases 45,352 42,618 Recoveries Deaths statewide 34,791 36,385 366 330 sep 03 sep 04 Fresh cases 1,520 1,502 Recoveries 1,290 1,525 Deaths 10 16 Samples tested 64,739 63,717 World No 1 in this category who won a hatful of medals coming into the Games. Was the favourite and lived upto the billing. First time that the sport is at the Games. A Taliban fighter walks past a group of people sitting outside a bank waiting to withdraw their money, at Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood in Kabul on Saturday | AFP PM Modi plans to visit US later this month New Delhi: Amid the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Mo di plans to visit the US during September 22-27, sources said. This will be Modi’s first US trip after President Joe Biden assumed office. The two have previously met virtually at the Quad summit in March, G7 summit in June and climate change summit in April Shringla expressed hope that the Taliban would be ‘reasonable’ while addressing India’s concerns. “Our engagement with the Taliban has been limited. It’s not that we have had a robust conversation. But for whatever conversation we’ve had so far... the Taliban seem to indicate that they will be reasonable in the way they handle this,” the foreign secretary said. On Tuesday the Indian en, voy to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, had held talks with a senior P9 Taliban leader in Doha. revenue fall doesn’t hamper welfare: FM E xpress N ews S ervice @ Vijayawada Maintaining that the State government’s borrowings were within permissible limits, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath blamed the ‘financial indiscipline and reckless borrowing’ during the previous TDP regime for the current economic crisis. In a press release on Saturday he stated that the govern, ment has spent `7,130.19 crore to combat Covid-19 though the State’s revenue declined considerably due to the pandemic. Giving details of the amount spent for school education, social welfare pensions, YSR Asara, YSR Cheyutha, YSR zero interest loan and other schemes meant to provide succour to people during the pandemic, Buggana accused the Opposition TDP of conspiring to defame the YSRC government by resorting to misinformation and malicious campaign. “It is not befitting for an Opposition party to mislead people about the State’s economy with lies. The TDP It is not befitting for an Opposition party to mislead people about the State’s economy with lies. The TDP should not forget that a lie cannot become truth even if it is repeated multiple times should not forget that a lie cannot become truth even if it is repeated multiple times,” he observed. Pointing out that the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh was a revenue surplus State, where the debt did not exceed `10,000 crore at any time, he asked the TDP on what basis did it claim that the total debt was `32,000 crore when it took over the reins of the State post-bifurcation. “The total debt burden was apportioned on population basis at the time of bifurcation, while assets were divided based on their geographical location, doing severe injustice to our State,” he exP5 plained. B Rajendranath, Finance Minister `1.05L cr aid given to people The YSRC government has provided `1,05,102.22 cr of `1,27,105.81 cr borrowed to ryots, women, students and pensioners under various DBT schemes, said Buggana Rajendranath new service e-bikes for rent at Vizag railway station E xpress N ews S ervice @ Visakhapatnam The new e-bike and e-car rental service launched at the railway station in Visakhapatnam on Saturday I express Yet another innovative concept of passenger amenity “ecars and e-bikes on rent” was launched at the Vizag railway station on Saturday Set up by a . leading bike rental company at the gate number 1 of the railway station, the facility is first of its kind in Indian Railways, which provides environmentfriendly transport service to those visiting the city . The facility to enable people take vehicles of their choice on rent at hourly and daily basis, was set up under non-fare revenue, where the entrepreneur Backroom story of Indian for India shuttlers’ success in Tokyo Medal rush is offering the service at competitive tariff. Divisional Railway Manager Anup Kumar Satpathy said the bike and car rental service at a nominal tariff is an excellent facility for visitors, passengers and public. “The idea is to promote environment-friendly motive among train commuters and encourage the general public to protect the environment,” he said. Further, the DRM said Waltair division has been improving facilities to enhance passenger convenience. The DRM commissioned two water coolers each on platforms No 1 and 8 donated by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi. More facilities in Waltair div The Waltair railway division has been improving facilities at stations to enhance passenger comfort, besides laying emphasis on environment protection, said DRM Anup Kumar Satpathy Manoj Sarkar (badminton, men’s singles SL3) Bronze A worlds silver medallist from 2017. Took to the sport at a young age and used to hold his own against ablebodied athletes. Was struck by polio when he was an adoloscent Singhraj Adhana (shooting, mixed 50m pistol SH1) Silver This is his second medal in a single Paralympics 12 Medals won by India in Paralympics before Tokyo in 11 editions 17 Medals won by India in Tokyo building a complex in Lucknow. He went a step ahead during the OON after claiming the histor- lockdown last year when shuttlers ic gold in the men’s singles SL3 were struggling to stay and train category in the Tokyo Paralym- together. He bought a piece of land pics, India’s para shuttler (2,500 square feet) and constructed Pramod Bhagat dropped his rac- a state-of-the-art accommodationquet and jumped into the arms of cum-recovery centre by raising a coach Gaurav Khanna. “We are loan of more than `1 crore. When like a family We have been train- the national head coach was con. ing together for years. He is like ferred with Dronacharya Award my father, big brother last year he invested his and friend and I wanted prize money of `10 lakh to celebrate the moment in the academy . with him,” Bhagat later “We used to rent flats said. Manoj Sarkar, the in the locality so that the bronze medallist in the shuttlers can stay and category, too echoed in train together. But those same lines: “It was Gauflats were not disabledrav sir who made me friendly Lockdown made . aw a r e o f t h e p a r a it more difficult. The faManish Narwal games.” cility has nine rooms and These words encapsuone big hall. And it’s disalate Khanna’s contribution to In- bled-friendly It has a gym, steam . dian para badminton. Khanna bath, sauna bath, hydrotherapy, went scouting for talent. Players jacuzzi pool and massage centre like Manoj didn’t even know that too,” coach Khanna said. badminton competitions are being The academy named the Gaurav held for para athletes. But Khanna Khanna Excellia Badminton Acadhad the vision to scout players, in- emy was inaugurated in Decemvest on disabled-friendly courts ber 2019 while the accommodationand training facilities. Seeing the cum-recovery centre named Drona ordeal of para-shuttlers on nor- Paralympic House became operamal courts, the coach started tional seven months later. FI ROZ MI RZA @ Chennai S WITH THIS ISSUE An Elusive Balance PLUS 12 PAGES
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