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 SEP 08 31,222 37,875 Recoveries Deaths 42,942 290 TELANGANA SEP 07 39,114 369 SEP 08 Fresh cases 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 ■ 325 2 307 1 2022 ‘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 329 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 09, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 298 ■ “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Farm leaders had earlier said that no political party, especially the BJP, was welcome till the three farm laws were repealed | P8 PUNJAB ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS ARE DUE TO BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■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 Need more time to clear Kaushik’s nomination: Guv EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE In the Governor’s quota, those who have distinguished themselves in areas like arts or service or science are recommended to the Council. Anyway, I am studying it and after that, I will take a decision @ Hyderabad Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan speaks during launch of her coffee table book, One Among and Amongst the People IN an indication of a possible confrontation in the making with the State government, Telangana Gover nor Tamilisai Soundararajan has confirmed keeping on hold the State Cabinet’s decision, recommending the nomination of Padi Kaushik Reddy as an MLC under Governor’s quota. In reply to a question during a media interaction on Wednesday, she said: “The Cabinet approved his appointment and sent the file to me. I am studying it. I Tamilisai Soundararajan, Telangana Governor may need more time. In the Governor’s quota, those who have distinguished themselves in areas like arts or service or science are recommended to the Council. Anyway, I am studying it and after that, I will take a decision.” The Governor interacted with media persons on the occasion of releasing a coffee table book, One Among and Amongst the People that chronicled her initiatives and activities during her two years as the Gover nor of Telangana. Asked if she would keep the file on the backburner till Huzurabad byelection is over, the Governor smiled the question away but indirectly let her opposition to Kaushik Reddy’s appointment be known when asked why she was holding the file back while she had readily given assent to Goreti Venkanna who was also sent to the Council under Governor’s quota. “Venkanna’s case is different. He is a literary figure,” she said, implying that Kaushik Reddy does not fit the bill as he is just a politician who had defected to the TRS only recently from the Congress. The Governor did not answer when asked if she was emulating her Maharashtra counterpart who kept on hold the recommendation of the State Cabinet for the appointment of 12 perP4 sons as MLCs. 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 E S S 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 direction,” 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to submit an action plan to deal with the impending third wave of Covid-19 within a week. The court also sought details about the minutes of the meetings of the expert committee constituted to advise on steps to rein in the virus. A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice MS Ramchander Rao and Justice T Vinod Kumar have been monitoring the steps taken by the State government to curtail further spread of Covid-19, its impact on the people, medical aid extended to patients, infrastructure and medical staff in the private and government hospitals by adjudicating a batch of 25 PILs and writ petitions filed by various petitioners. While going through the report submitted by the Director of Medical Health and Family Wel- 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 IMPLEMENTATION OF GAZETTE NOTIFICATION LIKELY TO BE DELAYED @ Hyderabad CM CHEF Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh cooking food for Tokyo Olympians from his state, on Wednesday | PTI Rajeshwara Rao, representing the Union Health Ministry for not taking a decision in respect of inclusion of the life saving drugs required for treating Covid-19 patients in the national list of essential medicines and sought immediate action on this crucial issue by the next date of hearing. The bench further cautioned the Centre and the State government to be more cautious in dealing with the impending third wave and advised them to be more proactive in taking faster decisions, rather than waiting for the untoward incidents CONTINUED ON P5 to occur. AS neither Andhra Pradesh nor Telangana are interested to hand over all the 107 irrigation projects listed in the gazette notification to the river management boards, the implementation of gazette of the Jal Shakti Ministry may not be possible from October 14. Andhra Pradesh wanted the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to manage only the common projects. Accordingly, AP submitted a list of over 400 employees to be handed over the KRMB. “AP has sent the details for the implementation of the organisational structure for projects it wanted to hand over to the Board. The details of staff of the remaining projects are not submitted,” a KRMB official informed Express. The Telangana government has already asked Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to defer the implementation of the gazette notification and take only one or two projects for managing them on a trail basis. 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. BJP gets poll ready, Pradhan to manage UP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi VV BALAKRISHNA Submit action plan to tackle 3rd wave: HC tells TS fare, the bench expressed its discontent as it lacked information on the steps taken to tackle the near certain third wave of Coronavirus in the State. The court expressed anguish over the submissions of State Advocate General B S Prasad who said he was not sure whether the expert committee comprising medical experts has met even once or not, despite the orders of the court. The bench directed the AG to ensure that the minutes of the experts committee meetings are furnished to the court on the next date of hearing. The bench blamed the Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) N Neamatighat RIVER WATERS ISSUE CLOSE WATCH T G N A I D U @ Hyderabad 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 With regard to the deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, the Board has sent letters to both the States seeking their views. “We need to provide shelter to the CISF personnel. For that guesthouses or other rooms have to be identified by the respective states. The points where the CISF have to be deployed are yet to be identified. Once the States send their views, the Board will forward the same to the Ministry,” an official said, while expressing doubts over the implementation of gazette notification from October 14. The Boards, which already missed the deadline of August 14 for deciding the organisational structure, may not get the seed funds from the states before the deadline of September 14. No clarity on any issue till date, says official As of now, a lot of correspondence is going on between the two states, boards and the Jal Shakti Ministry. But there is no clarity on any issue till date, an official remarked THE ruling BJP on Wednesday cranked up its poll machine by assigning senior ministers the task of managing five states that are slated for Assembly elections early next year. Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Joshi and Bhupender Yadav will oversee preparations in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur, respectively . Union minister Anurag Thakur will assist Pradhan in UP Eight other senior leaders . will be part of the team managing UP They include Arjun . Ram Meghwal, Shobha Karandjale, Saroj Pandey Capt Ab, himanyu, Annapurna Devi and Vivek Thakur. The BJP has created six zones for UP (Kashi, Braj, western UP, Avadh, Kanpur and Gorakhpur), which will be looked after by senior functionaries of the party . Shekhawat will be the election in-charge for Punjab. He will be assisted by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Meenakshi Lekhi. Prahlad Joshi has been appointed election in-charge for Uttarakhand. Bhupender Yadav will be the election incharge for Manipur, while former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will manage Goa. Barring Punjab, the BJP is in power in all four poll-bound states.
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