tirupati l tuesday l september 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION Retail inflation eases to 5.3% in Aug as food prices soften Subdued prices of food items like vegetables pulled down retail inflation for the third month in a row, within RBI’s comfort zone Vegetable prices contract 11.7% in August Record kharif production likely: govt Consumer Price Index-based retail inflation was 5.59% in July and 6.69% in August 2020. According to data released by National Statistics Office on Monday, food inflation decelerated to 3.11% in August from 4% in July as vegetable prices contracted 11.68% during the month. RBI primarily considers retail inflation to decide the monetary policy every two months ■ ■ The Centre expects foodgrain production to touch a new record of over 150 million tonnes in 2021-22 crop year (July-June) “We have received good rains so far this year... foodgrain production will definitely be much higher than last year’s Kharif season,” Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said on Monday 5.7% RBI’s projection of retail inflation during 2021-22 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 AP crosses 3.5 cr-mark in Covid vaccination Govt again cites security 862 fresh cases reported, active cases decline to 14,652, while cumulative total of recoveries go up to 20 lakh E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh on Monday achieved the milestone of administering 3.5 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses to beneficiaries. This came on a day when the country crossed the 75-crore mark in Covid-19 vaccination. Arogya Andhra, the official Twitter handle of the AP State Medical and Health Department, said the State crossed the 3.5 crore-mark by Monday 7 pm. The vaccination process gained momentum recently as availability of more vaccine doses helped several districts to take up mega immunisation drives for people above the age One lakh jabs given a day to 18 plus in districts Kurnool, Visakhaptanam and Vizianagaram took up mega drives in the last couple of days, and each district administered vaccine to nearly one lakh people a day. The drives laid emphasis on covering people above 18 years of age. The success of the drives is largely attributed to availability of more doses of Covid-19 vaccine of 18 years. Kurnool, Visakhaptanam and Vizianagaram took up the mega drives in the last couple of days, and each district administered vaccine to nearly one lakh people a day . Meanwhile, the State report- ed 864 fresh cases of Covid-19, 1,310 recoveries and 12 deaths in the 24 hours ending Monday 9 am. The number of active cases came down to 14,652 after a total of 20,02,187 recoveries and 14,010 deaths, a health depart- ment bulletin said. The positivity rate stood at 2.2% after the State tested over 38,000 samples in the period. According to the official bulletin, eight districts registered under 100 new infections each and Kurnool, yet again, registered zero count. Vizianagaram recorded three new cases and Anantapur seven. Nellore reported the highest number of 141 new infections. Apart from Nellore, Kadapa and East Godavari, the single-day surge in all other districts was lower than the count on Sunday. While the gross recovery rate stood stable at 98.6%, the State has a mortality rate of 0.69%. Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 12 72,86,883 doses September 13 67,04,768 doses Total doses: 75,10,41,391 NATIONWIDE sep 12 sep 13 Fresh cases 28,591 27,254 Recoveries Deaths 34,848 37,687 338 219 statewide sep 12 sep 13 Fresh cases 1,190 Recoveries 1,226 Deaths 11 Samples tested 45,533 864 1,310 12 38,746 Info heads urge CJI to shoo HCs off turf E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Migrant workers from North Coastal Andhra stranded in Bahrain, plead for their early repatriation on Monday | Express CM brings to Centre’s notice plight of workers stranded in Bahrain the Indian government to re@ Vijayawada tur n to their hometowns. Among the impacted workers, In response to a report pub- a sizeable number of them belished in these columns with longs to Andhra Pradesh,’’ Jathe headline ‘2k harassed AP gan Mohan Reddy said in the workers in Bahrain seek help’ letter. He said the State governon Monday Chief Minister YS ment would extend all the sup, Jagan Mohan Reddy shot off a port to the Centre in repatriatletter to External Affairs Min- ing the affected workers of AP ister S Jaishankar seeking from Bahrain. Centre’s intervention to “I request the MEA ofbring back the stranded ficials to reach out to express the Resident Commisworkers from impact Srikakulam. sioner, AP Bhavan, or TNIE highlighted the officers from my office ordeal of 2,000-odd work(Chief Minister’s Office, ers from North Coastal Andhra Pradesh) for any Andhra, particularly from Sri- assistance needed to repatriate kakulam, in Bahrain as their the affected workers belonging employers were not providing to AP he said. ,’’ them good salary, food and acEarlier in the day, Deputy commodation as promised. Chief Minister Dhar mana “I would like to bring to your Krishna Das, who hails from notice that several Indian work- Srikakulam, took the plight of ers, are being ill-treated by workers in Bahrain to the notheir employers in Bahrain and tice of notice of CM and sought they have sought assistance of his intervention in the matter. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Buy incense sticks made out of flowers, thank TTD E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirumala The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Monday launched the sale of incense sticks made from flowers used in its temples. The incense sticks of seven fragrances will be sold at four counters at Tirumala initially. They include three counters near Laddu Complex and one in the TTD book stall opposite Sri Venkateswara temple. TTD Chair man YV Subba Reddy and Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy inaugurated the incense stick manufacturing unit at Sri Venkateswara Go Samrakshana Shala in Tirupati on Monday. Darshan International company of Bengaluru had set up the unit with its own cost and it manufactures incense sticks with flowers used in the TTD temples free of cost as a service to Lord Venkateswara. Speaking on the occasion, Subba Reddy reiterated that flowers from Sri Venkateswara temple are not used in making incense sticks. Only flowers used for pooja and other daily rituals in the TTD temples, excluding Tirumala, will be supplied as raw material to manufacture incense sticks. The unit comprising 10 ma chines, produces 3.5 lakh incense sticks a day . Later, the TTD signed a pact with YSR Horticultural University to provide dry flower technology to make portraits of the Lord and the Goddesses with flowers used in the TTD temples. As part of the project, women are trained at the Citrus Research Station of the uniP4 versity in Tirupati. AP migrants’ woes intensify S r een u B a b u Pat i v a d a @ Srikakulam Even as the State government has intensified efforts to repatriate the stranded workers of Andhra Pradesh from Bahrain to their hometowns, the migrants continue to suffer at the hands of their employers. After the workers staged a protest on Sunday demanding that they be sent back home as they are unable to work in hostile conditions, the employers allegedly threatened them. The migrant workers from the North Coastal Andhra and other parts of the country went to work in Naseer S Al Hajri Corporation in Bahrain three P5 months ago. A group of 15 sitting and retired information commissioners last week wrote to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, urging him to direct high courts not to entertain petitions against orders passed by the Central Information Commission (CIC). Section 23 of the RTI Act says, “No court shall entertain any suit, application or other proceedings in respect of any order made under this act and no such order shall be called in question otherwise than by way of an appeal under this Act.” So, Parliament clearly intended that the final appeal will lie with the information commissions, the letter pointed out. Yet, directions of information commissioners were being negated due to high court stay orders. “At the very least orders of imposition of penalty should not be stayed as no irrevocable harm can come to the penalised official. It should also be ensured that if any stay order is given it should give reasons for staying the statutory order of the commission, the letter said. Its signatories include two sitting state information commissioners of Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Singh and G Krishnamurthy four retired , central information commissioners and one retired chief central information commissioner. The CIC has been set up under the RTI Act. Vijayawada: The AP High Court Monday ordered status quo on the implementation of the GO 316 issued by the State government cancelling the allotment of returnable plots - both residential and commercial -made to buyers of assigned lands under the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS). Justice D Ramesh issued interim orders to this effect and posted the matter for further hearing to October 20. Walk-in elite liquor stores in Tirupati soon Tirupati: This will bring cheer to tipplers besides adding moolah to the State coffers. The AP State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL) is planning to open three walk-in premium liquor marts in the Temple City soon. The lack of access to premium liquor brands has led to a spike in people bringing in NDPL from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, causing a loss to the exchequer. will be placed before your lordships,” Mehta added. With the Centre again refusBut the bench said Mehta ing to file a detailed affidavit on was beating around the bush. whether or not it used the “We just wanted you to clarify Pegasus software to snoop on whether their (civil society) journalists and members of privacy was violated or not. the civil society, the SuWhether surveillance, if preme Court on Monday done at all, was after said it will pass its inlawful permission. Was terim order on a batch the interception done of petitions in a twoby any agency unlawthree days. fully? Should the govSolicitor General ernment not be conTushar Mehta said the cerned if any ‘outside Sibal’s Centre did not want agency’ had violated counter matters of national inour citizens’ privacy?” “My friend terest to be part of it asked. Mehta re(Mehta) says public discourse or jusponded saying that making that dicial debate through he had have already statement on an affidavit. “Existfiled an affidavit sayoath itself is ence of whether a paring there was no unaudetrimental to ticular software was thorised interception. used or not cannot be- national security. Pointing out that it I am sorry, it is come part of an affidahad given fair oppordetrimental to vit or subject of public tunity to the Centre to the process of d i s c o u r s e. Ta r g e t make its statement, justice,” Kapil groups, terror groups the CJI said, “Now we Sibal said should not know what have to look into the software is being whole issue and deused,” Mehta told the bench led cide something.” by Chief Justice of India N V The court then reserved its Ramana. interim orders. “We will set up a committee Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, of domain experts. The peti- appearing for journalists N tioners who say their numbers Ram and Sashi Kumar, who are were put under interception among the petitioners, said the can be considered by the com- government cannot tell the SC mittee. The committee report to ‘shut your eyes’. K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi APGenco seeks help of TS HC to recover dues AP Power Generation Corporation Limited knocked on the doors of Telangana High Court seeking help to recover its outstanding debts, which had arisen after bifurcation of the State Congress vicharaks vs RSS pracharaks in UP R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi IN a bid to connect with people on the ground ahead of the crucial Assembly elections, the Congress plans to deploy ‘vicharak’s on the lines of RSS ‘pracharaks’. These young activists, primarily members of the Congress’ grassroots front organization Seva Dal, will visit select constituencies and have meaningful talks with voters on pressing issues such as price rise, unemployment and farmer distress. The experiment will also mark an image makeover for the Seva Dal, whose role and responsibilities were tweaked after Rahul Gandhi became party chief in 2017, by actively engaging in election campaign and public outreach prog rammes in states where it has good presence. The organization has around 3.7 lakh active members in over 600 districts. It has around 450 members in UP . “It is vicharaks vs pracharaks. We are training our workforce to focus on people’s agen- da away from emotional and religious agenda of the RSS and other parties ahead of elections. Members of Seva Dal will work in tandem with state units to reach out to people and talk to them on pressing issues,” said Lalji Desai, chief organiser, Seva Dal. He says the team is young and dynamic with 80% of them below 45 years. They have been divided in three groups - Seva Dal young brigade, Seva Dal and Mahila Seva Dal. They have been trained in efficiently using social media tools to communicate with youths and working class. Congress Seva Dal, which was once seen more as a ceremonial organization, has zeroed in on 100 constituencies in UP where their members would be campaigning for the party. The selection was based on research by team members and work will start after the final go-ahead from Congress general secretary and incharge for UP Priyanka Gandhi and UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu. b r ea k p o i n t e x p r e s s r ea d HC orders status quo on GO 316 over plots to duck full affidavit, SC order on Pegasus soon Emotionally spent Djokovic falls at final hurdle S w a r o o p S w a m i n at h a n @ Chennai CHASING invincibility is never easy Pressure, as most elite ath. letes maintain, is a privilege. But add expectation and history to the mix and it can turn heady. Especially in a world filled with unending news cycles, where the best can feel claustrophobic from all the attention. Novak Djokovic temporarily lifted the veil to allow mortals a peek into this world at the Tokyo Olympics. He arrived in Japan as the prohibitive favourite to win a fourth gong in his quest to complete a Golden Slam: winning four Majors as well as an Olympics gold. It’s hard. Only one player in history, Steffi Graf (1988), had done it. The Serb failed in this lofty quest, going down in the semifinal in Tokyo. In the bronze medal match, there was a spectacular implosion. At one point, he flung his racquet into the stands. On another occasion, he broke it so badly even the scrapyard wouldn’t have accepted its remains. On Sunday night, inside the sport’s biggest theatre — Arthur Ashe Stadium — the 34-year-old was chasing another piece of history. The Grand Slam, win- ning all four in a calendar year. Only five have done it ever. The narrative was set in stone even before the final. It would be the night of Djokovic’s coronation. Not just a Grand Slam but the night would also see him move past both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for sole lead of Russia’s Daniil Medvedev won his first Major defeating World No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open final Everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot. It was a lot to handle — Djokovic Novak Djokovic breaks the racquet after losing a point to Daniil Medvedev | AP most Majors won by a male. There was logic behind that assertion. Coming into the final, the Djokovic-ian trait of coming back after losing the first set, winning the most important points in matches and outlasting opponents were all present. Even when he lost the first set to Daniil Medvedev, there was no cause for alarm. Ten minutes later, though, the pendulum shifted dramatically . The Serb lost five break point opportunities to let the Russian off the hook. There was also a code warning for racquet abuse in this period. Watching him, it was evident he wasn’t being himself. It seemed like he was emotionally spent. Something he agreed in the post match press conference. “I was glad it was over,” he said. “Mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot to handle.”
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