visakhapatnam l monday l september 06, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION team india head coach shastri tests covid +ve The BCCI announced on Sunday that Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test for Covid returned positive. The next course of action will be decided following the result of his RT-PCR test 3 other support staffers in isolation kohli & co set england a big target Bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel remained at the team hotel as a precautionary measure with results of their RT-PCR tests awaited. All the other members underwent two lateral flow tests on Saturday night and Sunday morning before being cleared to travel to the stadium ahead of the fourth day of the 4th Test ■ ■ The Indians set England an imposing target of 368 on Sunday after scoring 466 in their second innings The likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur built on the good work of the top-order. Thakur (60) made his 2nd half-century of the match while Pant found his groove with 50 368 if england chase down 368, it will be their highest successful chase 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 RINL records `2,612 cr biz in Aug Hindutva icons in ethics course of MP medicos E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhopal A mandatory foundation course for first-year MBBS students in Madhya Pradesh will include lectures on Hindutva icons like RSS founder Dr K B Hedgewar and Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, pioneers of ancient Indian medicine and Dr B R Ambedkar from the new academic year. The syllabus drew sharp reactions from the Congress, which slammed the government for tinkering with a professional course. Announcing the new module on Sunday state medical educa, tion minister Vishvas Sarang said: “It has been decided to impart lectures on personalities like Dr KB Hedgewar, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Dr B R Ambedkar, Maharshi Charaka and Sushrut in the course across all medical colleges in the state.” The month-long course, under the Professionalism and Ethics module, aims at sensitising students on proper handling of patients, particularly the specially-abled ones. “Ethics and value education is part of the National Medical C o m m i s s i o n Fo u n d a t i o n Course for MBBS nationally. We’ve decided to inculcate in the course lectures on our icons,” Sarang said. But Congress’ state unit vice president Bhupendra Gupta sarcastically said, “The BJP-ruled MP has set a record for producing doctors who did not even appear in the admission tests themselves through the Vyapam scam.” The course was launched in 2019 and individual states were tasked with framing the modP8 ule’s content locally . W ITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) A section of the massive gathering at the kisan mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar on Sunday | PTI Call by farm unions to defeat BJP in UP polls N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Farmer unions on Sunday gave a call to uproot BJP governments from UP and Uttarakhand in the upcoming state elections early next year, at a massive mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha. The morcha, which is an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, also decided to hold Bharat Bandh on September 27 in support of their primary demand to repeal three contentious farm laws passed by Parliament last year. National spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, said, “We have to stop the country from getting sold. Farmers should be saved; the country should be saved; businesses, employees and youth should be saved. This is the mahapanchayat’s aim.” Prominent among those on the dais were Yogendra Yadav, activist Medha Patkar and CPM leader Atul Anjan. The humongous turnout could be a wake-up call for the ruling BJP as the mahapan- Nipah kills boy, adds to scare in kerala E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kozhikode Nipah virus claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy from Kozhikode district on Sunday, marking the first such death in three years after it wreaked havoc in northern Kerala. The samples of the boy from Pazhoor in Chathamangalam tested positive for the infection at the National Institute of Virology Pune. , By Sunday afternoon, authorities had traced 188 people on his contact list, of which two healthcare workers showed symptoms of the infection. As many as 20 people on the list, including the boy’s parents, are in the highrisk category and have been shifted to the medical college. Health Minister Veena George said: “Seven days is the incubation period of the virus. Next week is crucial.” Nipah is generally transmitted to humans from animals. Human-to-human transmission is also possible. It has a case fatality rate of 40-75%. A team from the National Centre for Disease Control described the infection as a local occurrence and not an outbreak. Meanwhile, the NIV-Pune will set up a lab for initial screening at the medical college here on Monday . chayat not only had the support of Jat khaps (clans) but also of some Muslim khaps of western UP. In the last three elections, the BJP did extremely well in western UP because of the Jat-Muslim polarisation following the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, with the saffron party mopping up the Jat votes. The Jat-Muslim animosity seems to be dissolving now in the wake of the farmers’ unrest. Perhaps with that in mind, Tikait raised slogans of both Allahu Akbar and Har Har Mahadev from the dais. Western UP is important as it has around 130 of the 403 Assembly seats in the state. BJP MP Varun Gandhi sought to reach out to the farmers, calling them “our own flesh and blood” and suggested that the government should re-engage with them to arrive at a common ground. Tikait said the protest on Delhi’s border and other sites would continue. BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik claimed that farmers belonging to 300 outfits from various states attended the gathering. Tying votes to fair price for farm produce “This UP government should be given vote ki chhot (electoral defeat). The slogan of fasalon ke daam nahi, to vote nahi (no fair price for crops, no votes) will have to be raised,” Tikait said, asking why the Adityanath government has not raised the sugarcane procurement price 8K security personnel Around 8,000 security personnel were deployed. Security was tightened at the residences of local BJP lawmakers, including Union minister Sanjiv Balyan and BJP MLA Umesh Malik express read IMD predicts heavy rains in next 2 days Vijayawada: A low pressure area is likely to form in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Monday and under its influence heavy to very heavy rains may lash isolated places in coastal districts over the next two days. The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea. On Sunday, very heavy rains lashed several parts of Vizianagaram, some parts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, East Godavari, Kurnool, Anantapur and Prakasam districts NATIONWIDE sep 04 sep 05 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 42,618 36,385 330 42,766 38,091 308 statewide sep 04 sep 05 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,502 1,623 1,525 1,340 16 8 Samples tested 63,717 65,596 On the production front, the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), has continued its stellar performance. The steel giant has achieved the best ever perfor mance in August since its inception by producing 5 lakh tonnes of hot metal, 4.47 lakh tonnes of crude steel and 4.43 lakh tonnes of saleable steel. The RINL has achieved the record production at a time when the Centre is planning to disinvest its stake in the plant and VSP staff are on agitational path against its privatisation. The RINL has recorded the best ever sales turnover of `2,612 crore in August. This is the third best turnover for a month in a year. The RINL has registered a growth of 53% in domestic sale of saleable steel volume, which stood at 3.48 lakh tonnes as against 2.27 lakh tonnes in corresponding period last fiscal. Similarly ex, ports have also registered a growth of 39% with the saleable steel stood at 1.51 lakh tonnes in August as against 1.09 lakh tonnes in the corresponding month last year. Speaking to TNIE on Sunday VSP , recognised union president J Ayodhya Ram said the steel plant has come out of difficult times and started making a turnaround. The plant which achieved `1,253 crore operational profit last financial year, has earned an operational profit of around `750 crore till now. “The RINL has already achieved `10,500 crore sales turnover till now against the annual target of `25,000 crore. If the NMDC ensures supply of 10 million tonnes of raw material to the RINL at a fixed price, it can achieve overall profits, besides reaching `30,000 crore annual sales P3 turnover,” he asserted. Para shuttlers help India sign off on a high India finished the Tokyo Paralympics with their best medal tally ever — 19 medals (5 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze). The final day saw India win two more medals courtesy of the shuttlers to finish 24th in the overall standings. Shuttler Krishna Nagar won gold Two shooters, Singhraj in the men’s singles SH6 category after Adhana and Avani Lekhara, beating Hong Kong’s Man Kai Chu 21-17, bagged two medals each. 16-21, 21-17 in the final on Sunday. While Adhana won silver in the 50m pistol (SH1) Fellow shuttler event and bronze in the Suhas Yathiraj men's 10m air pistol claimed a silver medal (SH1) event, Avani won in the men’s singles gold in the women's 10m SL4 category. He lost to air rifle (SH1) event and top seed Lucas Mazur bronze in the 50m rifle 3 of France 21-15, positions (SH1) event. In 17-21, 15-21 in the process, Avani became the first Indian woman the final. to claim two medals in a P11 single Paralympics. hardship 183 Kakinada GGH staff get no wages for a year S T r i m u r t h u l u @ Kakinada In all, 183 technical staff appointed on contract basis at the Government General Hospital (GGH) in the city, have not been paid salaries for the past one year. After the formation of the AP Corporation for Outsourced Services (APCOS), nearly 270 staff engaged through agencies, were inducted into APCOS. A month after being posted at the GGH through APCOS, they were told that their services were terminated as there was no financial concur rence, Prabhakar, president of the contract staff union, told TNIE. Though 183 contract staff are still working in the GGH, they are not being paid monthly salaries. “We are making repeated requests to the GGH authorities to pay our wages. The authorities are simply saying that they have taken the matter to the notice of the government. But the issue still remains unresolved,’’ Prabhakar rued. GGH Superintendent Dr R Mahalakshmi said the issue would be resolved soon after getting nod from the State government. Silver-medallist T Mariyappan gets a grand welcome in Chennai on Sunday | r satish babu 18 AY.12 cases reported in AP, Centre yet to confirm E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada AY.12, a new sub-lineage of Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, has become a cause of concern for the State as 18 cases of the variant have been reported in the last one week. Genome sequencing of random samples sent periodically to the designated labs of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) from RT PCR labs in the State, has reportedly revealed the presence of the new sub-lineage AY.12. However, health officials said they are yet to receive any report from the Centre with regard to AY.12, but they are continuing to implement measures to combat Covid-19 irrespective of variants. The first AY.12 variant case was reported in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. In Andhra Pradesh, there has been no official confirmation as to where the first AY.12 case was detected and the total number of cases reported. A weekly bulletin dated August 23 of the INSACOG stated that the AY.12 variant is responsible for a surge in breakthrough infections in Israel, but the functional impact of changes between Delta and AY.12 variants is not known yet, though the two appear to be very similar at a molecular level. According to the INSACOG bulletin, many cases in India, earlier classified as Delta, are now reclassified as AY.12. However, since the AY.12 definition is inconsistent, it will take some time to get the actual number of cases. “Delta is the major Variant of Concern (VoC) in India at this time. AY.12, a reassigned sub-lineage of Delta, is being seen in many States, but the numbers need a ‘It will take time to get actual number of cases’ According to the INSACOG bulletin, many cases in India, earlier classified as Delta, are now reclassified as AY.12. It will take time to get the actual number of AY.12 cases closer examination,” it said. In the subsequent bulletin issued on August 30, it said Delta continues to be the dominant lineage in India even after reclassification. Based on high stringency reclassification by the INSACOG, the total number of Delta sub-lineage (AY.1 to AY.12) in India is only 856 from all samples analysed, which is much less than what is reported P3 on some global websites. village development Tribals’ resolve makes an uphill task quite easy S r een u B a b u Pat i v a d a @ Vizianagaram Tribals take a concrete mixer to their hilltop village Vanakabadi in Vizianagaram district | EXPRESS The commitment and resolve shown by tribals of a hilltop village in the district serves as a motivation to others to strive for rural development. Vanakabadi is a village panchayat located on a hilltop in Gummalaxmipuram mandal. The village having about 120 families, does not have proper road connectivity and other basic infrastructure. It is 4 km walk for the tribals to reach the nearest village Deruvada for their daily needs. The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) had sanctioned `70 lakh long ago for the construction of a village secretariat and a Rythu Bharosa Kendra (RBK) in Vanakabadi. But no civil contractor had come for- ward to execute the works as transportation of construction material and other equipment to Vanakabadi is a difficult task and involves a lot of expenditure in the absence of proper road to the hilltop village. Hence, the villagers under the leadership of the former sarpanch, have taken up the task of constructing the secretariat and the RBK on their own. The village youth and DWCRA women carried construction material to Vanakabadi. Using ropes, they also shifted a concrete mixer to the hilltop village. Members of about 20 families are taking turns to participate in the construction work on a daily basis. They have completed 70% of construction works of secretariat and P3 RBK buildings so far. leaving no stone unturned A job aspirant seeks parrot astrology before the UPSC exam in Tirupati on Sunday | Madhav K
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