Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 7 67,43,698 doses September 8 73,80,510 doses Total doses: 71,52,54,153 NATIONWIDE sep 07 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths sep 08 31,222 37,875 42,942 290 39,114 369 statewide sep 07 sep 08 Fresh cases 1,178 Recoveries 1,266 Deaths 10 Samples tested 54,970 visakhapatnam l thursday l september 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Punjab farmer unions call all-party meet minus BJP Angry farmers are in no mood to allow parties to visit villages for campaigning in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly polls Meeting called following akali request ‘Campaigning will weaken agitation’ After a lengthy meeting at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border on Wednesday, 32 Punjab farmer unions decided to call a meeting of the representatives of all political parties fighting Punjab elections, minus the BJP, on September 10 (Friday) at Chandigarh. The decision was taken after the Shiromani Akali Dal sought such a meeting to explain its position ■ ■ “Doing poll campaign now is too early, plus it will dent the farmers’ movement against the three Central laws,” said Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary, BKU (Lakhowal), Punjab Farm leaders had earlier said that no political party, especially the BJP, was welcome till the three farm laws were repealed | P8 1,361 1,288 15 61,363 2022 Punjab assembly elections are due to be held early next year CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■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 HC disallows Ganesh festivities at public places E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday upheld the decision of the State government not to permit Ganesh festivities at public places by erecting pandals in view of Covid-19. As part of implementing the Covid-19 protocol and as per the advisory from the Home Ministry the Di, rector General of Police has issued an order denying permission to hold Ganesh festival celebrations at public places. Hearing an emergency lunch motion petition filed by the Vi- nayaka Chavithi Utsava Committee of Tirupati and T Omkar of Tirupati, Justice Ch Manavendranath Roy said though festivities cannot be held at public places, Ganesh idols and pandals can be set up in private places. However, the number of participants in puja is limited to five. He directed the police to take measures to implement the Covid guidelines strictly and ensure that there is no crowding. The Judge observed that the Constitution provides liberty to citizens to conduct religious programmes. Hence, a blanket ban cannot be imposed on them. At the same time, the government is empowered to impose curbs for public health safety he said. , Utsava Committee’s counsel G Bhupesh said his client has been impose curbs: HC Vijayawada: The AP High Court directed the State government to take a tough stance with regard to control of Covid in the wake of slight increase in fresh cases and it should ensure that people strictly adhere to all the norms to curb the virus spread organising Ganesh festivities since 2008. The committee organised the festivities smoothly last year also. He argued that no permission was given to the committee to hold Ganesh festivities though it assured the authorities that Covid protocol would be strictly implemented. He urged the court to direct the police department to accord permission to hold the festivities. Omkar’s counsel K Srinivasulu contended that the police who gave permission to hold political meetings, denied the same to celebrate Ganesh festival. He urged the court to permit installation of Ganesh idols and allow people to participate in puja. Representing the government, special gover nment pleader Chintala Suman and government pleader V Maheswara Reddy, appearing on behalf of the police department, argued that Ganesh festivities were not permitted at public places in view of people’s safety . As per the Supreme Court directive, all religious rights come under Article 21 of the Constitution, but at the same time the government is allowed to impose restrictions taking public health into consideration, they said. P4 1 dead, 4 missing as ferry capsizes in Assam’s Jorhat NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with visiting heads of CIA and MI-6 as well India, Russia share Af terror overflow worry E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi With terror inextricably linked to the DNA of the government unveiled by the Taliban in Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday held separate meetings with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev and CIA chief Williams Burns. During the Doval-Patrushev meeting both sides agreed to coordinate their approaches in multilateral formats on the developments in Afghanistan. The Indian stress was on pressuring Pakistan to put a lid on terror overflow from Afghanistan. Nikolai Patrushev “We conveyed to the Russians that Pakistan has a Call to curb terror special responsibility to Both Russia and India ensure that Afghanistan agreed on the need for soil is not used to spread Taliban to adhere to terrorism,” sources said. promises, curb global Regarding the agenda of terror groups operating the Doval-Patrushev meetout of Afghanistan and ing, top officials said the their consequent threat political, security and huto Central Asia and manitarian situation in India, and smuggling the war-torn country and its possible implications on India and China was discussed at length. The role of drug cartels was also discussed with Doval and his counterpart assuring each other of cooperation to meet current and future threats and measures to assist Afghanistan. Doval is understood to have underlined Pakistan deep state’s symbiotic links with terror groups in Afghanistan, such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. He also expressed concern over security of minorities like Afghan Hindus and Sikhs who could not be evacuated. Patrushev later met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The two sides reaffirmed their intention to strengthen coordination in the field of enhancing regional stability including on the Afghan direc, tion,” a Russian Embassy statement said. The India-Russia meeting assumes significance as weeks ago, Russia and China had abstained from voting on a joint India-France-US-UK resolution on Afghanistan at the UN Security Council. Earlier in the day New Delhi shared its Afghan , concerns with visiting security heads of Britain and the US, MI-6 chief Richard Moore and CIA chief William Burns, respectively . Taliban 2.0’s PM among 7 UN-listed terrorists in govt Af protests gather steam E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e THE Taliban’s all-male government comprising its hardline leaders – many of them UN designated terrorists – has received a resounding thumbsdown from the international community. While the US raised concern about the terror affiliations and track records of the new ministers, the EU said the outfit reneged on its promise to make the government inclusive. Germany said it’s “not optimistic” about Taliban. But, China welcomed the Taliban government and announced $31 million aid. On the UN Security Council’s terrorism blacklist are PM Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund and his deputies Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi. The others include economy minister Qari Din Hanif, deputy interior minister Maulvi Noor Jalal, water & energy minister Abdul Latif Mansoor and telecom minister Najibullah Haqqani. Interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani is wanted by the FBI. The 33-member interim Cabinet includes those released from the Guantanamo Bay prison by the Obama administration in 2014 in exchange for US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. These are Mullah Mohammad Fazil (dy defence minister), Khairullah Khairkhwa (information & culture), Noorullah Noori (borders and tribal affairs) and Abdul Haq Wasiq (Director of Intelligence). Another US prisoner, Mohammad Nabi Omari, was appointed as governor of eastern Khost Province recently . Meanwhile, Taliban’s new education minister Noorullah Munir said higher education is useless. “No PhD or master’s degree is valuable today You . see that the Taliban leaders have no PhD, MA or even a high school degree, but they are the greatest of all,” he said, unwittingly explaining the miP9 litia’s contempt for education. Anti-Taliban protests led by women continued on Wednesday, with demonstrators saying they would not accept a government with no women ministers. Some protesters and journalists covering the event were reportedly beaten up before the protests were dispersed Jorhat assam A man struggles to clamber on to the ill-fated ferry while a few other passengers try to maintain balance moments before it fully sank, in Jorhat on Wednesday | PTI P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati Around four persons on board a crowded ferry were reported missing, while one body was found, as the boat sank in the flooded Brahmaputra in Assam shortly after a midstream collision with another tub on Wednesday. The accident occurred barely 100 metres from Neamatighat in Upper Assam’s Jorhat district around 3.30 pm. While officials earlier said The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has invited bids for architecture and design consultancy services for redevelopment of Haritha Resort at Rushikonda under the phase-II of the `72 crore project. Rushikonda resort is one of the major tourist destinations having a direct view of the scenic beauty of the sea. The old block was constructed between 1984 and 1989. The 57-room block with a restaurant and a conference hall was constructed be- tween 2002 and 2007. The government had accorded administrative sanction for `92 crore for phase-I of the project comprising site preparation and road connectivity for the pro- posed redevelopment of Haritha Resort. The phase-I of the project works, including demolition of structures and provision for road connectivity, had already begun at Rushikonda in the first week of August. The demolition of Haritha Resort drew flak from opposition parties and nongovernmental organisations. They said it was unwarranted as the resort was earning `25 crore revenue a year. On June 24, the government had accorded administrative sanction for the redevelopment of the resort under phase-II with `72 crore. Guwahati Brahmaputra River ‘Tipkai’, a bigger ferry that was en route to Neamatighat from Kamalabari. Earlier in the evening, 42 people, including seven children, swam ashore or were rescued by the locals. “There was perhaps a communication problem as the boats collided. One capsized and sank. The second boat could have also capsized but the police and locals managed to secure it,” Jorhat Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain told this newspaper. He said some 75 Mechanised boats are the lifeline of people of Majuli. Official sources said there were 27 twowheelers as well on the ill-fated ferry. They said such ferries carry around 70-80 people along with vehicles, mostly two-wheelers people were on board the capsized ferry . “The boat that sank was retrieved around 350 metres away The personnel of NDRF . and SDRF are conducting the search and rescue operations,” the SP added. While officials said such ferries carry around 70-80 people, locals claimed there were 100-120 passengers on board. Ferries on the Brahmaputra operate under the Inland Water Transport Department. Tickets are not issued. Stalker held for threatening girl’s family E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada cm chef Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh cooking food for Tokyo Olympians from his state, on Wednesday | PTI APTDC invites bids for Rushikonda phase-II @ Visakhapatnam Neamatighat Be prepared to combat third wave of Covid: CM `72-cr project E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e around 35 were missing, Assam State Disaster Management Authority Chief Executive Officer G D Tripathi scaled the figure down to four past midnight, as contact had been established with most of the missing people. They swam ashore or were successfully rescued by locals. The tragedy struck passengers of ‘Maa Kamala’, which had set sail for Kamalabari in river island Majuli from Neamatighat. It capsized moments after colliding with Majuli’s lifeline Though the Detailed Project Report for the redevelopment of the resort is ready, details are not disclosed. According to official sources, a five-star hotel will be constructed as part of redevelopment of Haritha Resort. The State government wants to explore the full tourism potential of Rushikonda, which has been accorded blue flag certification by the Foundation of Environment Education of Denmark. The certification helps give a thrust to Rushikonda tourism as international travellers prefer to visit the safe beaches having blue flag tag. S N a g a r a j a R a o @ Kadapa Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday directed the health department to focus on new treatments to combat Covid-19 effectively . Taking stock of the Covid situation in the State at a meeting, the Chief Minister wanted officials to lay emphasis on use of medicines, which yield better results with less side effects. “We need to be prepared on all fronts to effectively combat the possible third wave of Covid,” he asserted. Explaining the action plan to tackle the third wave, the officials said 20,964 oxygen concentrators are available in the State now and another 2,493 devices will be procured. As many as 27,311 D-type oxygen cylinders are available in hospitals. Installation of oxygen pipelines and other equipment in 108 hospitals in the State has been completed. Setting up of oxygen plants (PSAs) in 140 hospitals with more than 50 beds, will be completed by October 6, they said. The health officials, who visited Kerala recently to study the strategy adopted by that State to combat Covid and other issues at the ground level, apprised the Chief Minister of their observations. On the current Covid scenario in the State, they said there are 14,452 active cases and the recovery rate is 98.60%. Zero active cases have been reported in the purview of 10,494 secretariats. In all, 3,560 patients are being treated in hospitals, while 926 are undergoing treatment in Covid Care Centres. As many as 9,966 people are in P5 home isolation. A man, out on bail in an assault case, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly threatening the family of the girl he had attacked. The accused, Sunil Kumar, was arrested earlier for attacking the girl, Lavanya, at Nethaji Nagar in Proddatur on January 22. According to the girl’s parents, the man kept threatening the family after he had been released on bail. Police arrested Kumar after TNIE cross-checked allegations of threat with Kadapa Superintendent of Police KKN Anburajan on Wednesday. The officer ordered the Prodddatur police to probe the allegation and initiate appropriate action. Prodddatur DSP sent a circle inspector to Lavanya’s house, who registered the family’s complaint, and Kumar was ar rested by evening. “We will produce him in court on Thursday and open a rowdy sheet against him,” the DSP said, assuring the safety of Lavanya’s family . Similarly the family of an, other girl, G Sirisha, an Intermediate student who was killed on June 18, too, was allegedly under threat from two men, Naib Rasool and Narasimha, the accomplices of the murder accused, Balaraju Charan. Though arrested after the murder, and duo was P4 granted bail. boys shine in AP EAPCET engg stream Boys outshined girls in the engineering stream of AP EAPCET, bagging the top 10 ranks. K Sree Nikhil from Anantapur district secured the first rank. Results of agriculture and pharmacy streams will be announced on September 14 | P3
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