Accidents due to over-speeding 2017 2018 2019 bhubaneswar l wednesday l september 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l jeypore EDITION madras hc revokes order on bumper-to-bumper cover Besides, the court also struck down a 2018 Union government notification that increased speed limit of motor vehicles 66.7% 55.73% 64.4% *As per Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways data ‘impossible to implement the directive’ Withdrawing its order directing insurance companies to ensure bumper-tobumper cover for five years for new vehicles sold from September 1, the HC said mandating it “may not be conducive and suitable for implementation”. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India and others had submitted that it would be impossible to implement the directive ■ `1.49 cr over-speeding major cause of mishaps ■ The HC, quashing the 2018 notification, asserted that overspeeding was the primary cause for many fatal road accidents The notification by the Union government had increased speed limit of vehicles to 120 km/hr on expressways, 100 km/hr on fourlane highways, and 70 km/hr on roads within municipal limit enhanced compensation awarded to victim of a 2013 road mishap 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 Team Modi’s first Investors want Goenka out of Zee brainstorm meet Global China Fund, which together hold 17.88% stake in ZEEL, have called an extra-ordinary general meeting for the removal of Goenka and independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani. Analysts, however, are not amused saying the exit of the Goenka family which cur rently owns just 3.99% is a only matter of time. “There is a good professional team in all key departments below the MD level. The question is, will they stay if Goenka leaves?” said Abneesh Roy, executive S esa S en @ New Delhi First in-person meeting of the council of ministers; presentation on Covid vaccination drive also made M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi ing. However, it is understood that the ministers were given Prime Minister Narendra an account of the status of the Modi on Tuesday held a mara- Covid-19 vaccination in the thon meeting of his council of country in the backdrop of ministers at Rashtrapati Bha- the threat of a third wave of van auditorium. It was their the pandemic and the apfirst in-person meeting since proaching festive season. the expansion of the ministry One source said issues conin July last. cerning the agriculture minIt is learnt that istry were also takthe meeting was deen up during the signed to be a brainmarathon meeting, storming session. but there were no The BJP had recentofficial confirmaly held seven such tion. The NDA govbrainstorming seser nment at the sions on specific Centre continues themes. to grapple with the The meeting came farmers’ protests in the backdrop of over three far m the NDA gover nsector reform laws ment seeking to expassed by pedite the impleParliament. Chintan shivir mentation of the Their agitation Presentations were BJP’s vision docuhas gone on for made at the ments for the 2019 over nine months, Chintan Shivir by Lok Sabha elections with the BJP bracMandaviya and amid important Asing for its electoral Pradhan on sembly polls early fallout in Uttar efficiency and time next year. Pradesh and Punmanagement. Four The meeting went jab, which are due more such Chintan on for about four to go to the polls Shivirs will be held, hours, sources said. next year. sources said It also took place on Incidentally, the a day when the BJP prime minister named Modi as its had held two such prime ministerial candidate online meetings with his in 2013. Then BJP chief Ra- council of ministers after the jnath Singh had announced reshuffle during which he had Modi as the PM candidate of tasked the newcomers to study the party on September 14 that in-depth the BJP’s vision docyear. uments for the 2014 and 2019 Government officials were Lok Sabha elections and draw stoic in their silence over what up an actionable agenda for transpired during the meet- the short and medium terms. INDIAN promoters are increasing confronted with shareholder activism, backed by institutional investors and proxy advisory firms. The latest to face the heat is Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) with its largest shareholders calling for ouster of MD Punit Goenka, son of the Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra, and appointing six new independent directors. Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI director (research), Edelweiss Securities. Meanwhile, at the AGM on Tuesday, Goenka did not disclose anything on issues related to the call for management change. Rather, he chose to defend the corporate governance track record of the company. The verdict on key resolutions that were up for voting at the AGM, including adoption of financial results, will be out on September 16. All eyes are now on the crucial EGM, which will officially decide the fate of Goenka. Ahead of the AGM on Tuesday, independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani resigned from the board, ZEEL said 4 held for leaking defence Bengal secrets from DRDO facility Jharkhand and UP among states falling behind in vaccination E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Jab-o-meter Take your shot Police on Tuesday arrested four persons employed with the Defence Research and Development Org anisation (DRDO) for their alleged links with Pakistani agents and passing sensitive information on national security to them. Acting on intelligence inputs, a special team of Odisha police led by IG (Eastern Range) Himanshu Lal on Tuesday apprehended the four, who were working as contractual employees at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur-on-sea. Their identity has not been disclosed. Preliminary investigations revealed that the employees were honey trapped for information on activities at the test September 13 67,04,768 doses September 14 54,72,356 doses Total doses: 75,81,99,331 NATIONWIDE sep 13 sep 14 Fresh cases 27,254 25,404 Recoveries Deaths 37,687 219 odisha 32,127 339 sept 13 sept 14 Fresh cases 471 428 Recoveries Deaths 682 06 793 04 facility. Chandipur has two units of DRDO - Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) and ITR - from where a number of sophisticated missiles and ammunition are tested. Police sources said they had first received messages from the agents on Facebook Messenger and thereafter started talking on WhatsApp via voice and video calls. After tracking them for three days, the 12-member police team nabbed them from their respective houses in Jhumpura and Nuanai areas under Chandipur police limits. The agents used fake names and transferred money in exchange of secret information. “Based on the information that some persons were wrongfully and willfully communicating classified defence secrets to foreign nationals, appearing to be Pakistani agents, we tracked and arrested them. They were being contacted from various ISD phone numbers and in exchange, getting monetary benefits from them,” said the IG. Investigation is on to ascertain whether the agents were members of Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI. A case under sections 120-B/121-A/34 of IPC-R/W and sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act has been registered by Balasore district police for committing offence of causing serious harm to the security, sovereignty and integrity of the nation. CONTINUED ON: P5 New Delhi: India on Monday achieved a remarkable feat of administering 75 crore Covid-19 jabs. States like West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as the worst performers in the exercise so far | P7 Govt rules out floods even as over 20 lakh have been affected by rains express read Modi to attend Quad meet in Washington next week New Delhi: Developments in Afghanistan, the Covid pandemic and ways to expand cooperation for a free, open and inclusive IndoPacific will be the focus of the first in-person summit of the Quad in Washington next week. It will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the four-nation grouping | P7 E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The State government on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of a flood in the Mahanadi river system even as four persons died due to heavy rains during the last two days under the impact of a deep depression. Over 20.46 lakh people of 20 districts have been affected in the heavy rains and crops over 1.02 lakh hectare area have been damaged. According to the preliminary report released by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner, 15,534 people have been evacuated from low lying areas to safer places so far. Over 2,870 houses have been damaged. The report said that more than 11 lakh and seven lakh people from Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts respectively were affected. In NHRC seeks action taken report on farmers’ stir New Delhi: Intervening in the ongoing farmer protest, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday asked the Centre and governments of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to file action taken reports on the ongoing stir, stating it has received several complaints with allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously affecting more than 9,000 micro, medium and large companies | P8 2 directors step down A new beginning Students waiting in queue for admission to Plus Two course at Ramadevi Higher Secondary School in Bhubaneswar | Express Odisha had received deficient rainfall in June, July and August following which a drought like situation had emerged. But in the last two days the State received 156 mm rainfall against the average of 225 mm in September PK Jena, SRC Cuttack district, 21,596 people were affected and 523 houses damaged. Besides, 68 roads have been cut off in Cuttack district due to heavy rains while seven buildings were damaged. Seven breaches have also been caused on embankments. Around 180 roads have been cut off in different parts of the State including 57 in Jagatsinghpur and 16 in Puri districts. The SRC PK Jena said, the State had received deficient rainfall in June, July and Au- gust following which a drought like situation had emerged in some districts. However, during the last two days the State received 156 mm rainfall against the average of 225 mm in September. While over 200 mm rainfall was recorded in 10 districts in the last 24 hours, nine districts received rainfall between 100 and 200 mm. The highest-ever rainfall was recorded in Angul and Sonepur districts of the State in the last 24 hours. While Talcher recorded maximum rainfall of 394 mm, Biramaharajpur 372 mm and Sonepur town 282.8 mm. As per latest reports, water level of all major rivers in the State is rising. Water level of Mahanadi, which was 24.26 metre at Naraj at 12 noon, increased to 24.62 metre at 3pm. Similarly, the water level of Hirakud dam has also increased to 626.83 feet. CONTINUED ON: P5 Desecrating heritage Restaurant tweak to iconic Rani Bakhri leaves a bad taste D iana S ah u / M ayan k B h u shan Pani @ Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur FROM an ancient palace with immense heritage value to western Odisha to a restaurant, Rani Bakhri is in a state of flux. Within a year of being restored to its former glory the iconic building , of Sambalpur is undergoing change again. This time, for housing a ‘Nimantran’ restaurant by Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC). In the effort, the three centuries-old building is being altered and tampered with. Of the two floors of the historic building, OTDC plans to use the ground and the first floor for Nimantran restaurant. Since frontal portion of Rani Bakhri still remains under private occupation, the corporation has been working on the rear side to open and operate the restaurant. To give the structure a heritage hotel look, the entire façade has been given a white-wash. The original facade had a yellow hue and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) had restored it to its true form last year. “Due to years of neglect and burning of organic matter near the palace, a thick layer of dirt and soot was deposited on the facade. After six layers of cleaning, the original yellow shade could be brought out”, said a conservationist. Several other deviations have been made to the palace which was originally designed in Rajasthani style of architecture. Wooden panels have been fixed on entrances and windows, and the flooring has been changed. The INTACH had used broken 1 2 3 1. Rani Bakhri before restoration 2. The palace after restoration by INTACH last year 3. Changes being made by OTDC I Express tiles on the first floor and Kota stone flooring on the ground floor to match with the original design but these have been replaced with wooden flooring. The distortions do not stop here. An iron staircase has been added to the facade to facilitate movement of visitors to the res- taurant’s first floor. The openpillared verandah on the ground floor which was earlier covered with wire mesh to avoid pigeon menace now stands replaced with glass panels. While all encroachments around the monument were cleared by INTACH, OTDC has constructed a new makeshift facility on the right side close to the facade which obstructs the view of the palace. Sources said, this area was developed into an amphitheatre during restoration by the conservation agency CONTINUED ON: P5 .
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