Accidents due to over-speeding vijayawada l wednesday l september 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city 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% 2017 2018 2019 *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 Modi’s ministers get schooling for more efficiency First in-person meet of council of ministers; presentation on Covid vax drive also made However, it is understood that the ministers were given an acPrime Minister Narendra count of the status of the CovModi on Tuesday held a mara- id-19 vaccination in the counthon meeting of his council of try in the backdrop of the ministers at Rashtrapati Bha- threat of a third wave of the van auditorium. It was their pandemic and the approaching first in-person meeting since festive season. the expansion of the ministry One source said issues conin July last. cerning the agriculIt is learnt that the ture ministry were meeting was designed also taken up during to be a brainstorming the marathon meetsession. The BJP had ing, but there were no recently held seven official confirmation. such brainstorming The NDA government sessions on specific at the Centre continthemes. ues to grapple with The meeting came the farmers’ protests in the backdrop of Chintan shivir over three farm secthe NDA government Presentations were t o r r e f o r m l aw s seeking to expedite passed by Parliament. made at the the implementation Their agitation has Chintan Shivir by of the BJP’s vision gone on for over nine Mandaviya and documents for the months, with the BJP Pradhan on 2019 Lok Sabha elec- efficiency and time bracing for its elections amid important management. Four toral fallout in Uttar Assembly polls early more such Chintan Pradesh and Punjab, next year. Shivirs will be held, which are due to go to The meeting went the polls next year. sources said on for about four Incidentally, the hours, sources said. It prime minister had also took place on a day when held two such online meetings the BJP named Modi as its with his council of ministers prime ministerial candidate in after the reshuffle during which 2013. Then BJP chief Rajnath he had tasked the newcomers Singh had announced Modi as to study in-depth the BJP’s vithe PM candidate of the party sion documents for the 2014 and on September 14 that year. 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Government officials were draw up an actionable agenda stoic in their silence over what for the short and medium transpired during the meeting. terms. M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi divine fragrance Pilgrims buy the newly launched incense sticks made out of flowers from a TTD counter at Tirumala on Tuesday | Express Disha rescues Kadapa woman in Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kadapa Disha App has come to the rescue of a woman from Andhra Pradesh when she faced trouble in the national capital. This was disclosed by Kadapa district Superintendent of Police KKN Anburajan on Tuesday . Giving the details of the incident to mediapersons, the SP said Meenakshi (name changed) from Porumamilla went to New Delhi to write the teacher selection examination. The 29-yearold woman boarded AP Express in Vijayawada on September 10 and reached Delhi in the early hours of the next day . A couple who travelled in the same compartment along with her, hired an auto for Meenakshi to go to her friend’s house in Delhi for `400. On the way the cou, ple called up the driver to en- 2.5 lakh download Disha App in Kadapa About 2.5 lakh women and girls have downloaded Disha App in Kadapa district so far against the target of 10 lakh quire whether he was taking Meenakshi to the destination safely and the driver replied positively. Meenakshi, however, grew suspicious of his behav- iour and called up her friend and made her speak to the auto driver. As her friend too suspected foul play she immediately asked , Meenakshi to get down from the auto. When she asked the driver to stop the auto, he did not listen to her. Then she tried to jump from the running auto. The driver snatched her mobile phone and entered into an argument with her. However, she managed to get her mobile phone back from the driver. When the driver demanded auto fare, Meenakshi told him that she would give the money only in the presence of police. Sensing trouble, the auto driver P5 sped away leaving her. 50% beds in health hubs for Aarogyasri: CM E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Aarogyasri patients should be allotted 50% of beds in hospitals being set up in health hubs, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials on Tuesday . Reviewing the Covid-19 situation and the inoculation drive in the State, the chief minister said hospitals allotting more beds to Aarogyasri patients should be accorded priority in health hubs. The health department is paying better than insurance firms, Ja- gan added. A government-appointed member will be included in the board of hospitals coming up in health hubs, which will also fulfil the wishes of doctors from the State to serve their homeland, he said. “Availability of doctors 24x7 should be the criterion for selecting hospitals for health hubs. Officials should also focus on setting up hospitals for organ transplantation,” he said. Briefing the Chief Minister on the family doctor concept, officials said policies were framed to provide medical services at least two times a month to each village secretariat through 104 services. “The family doctor concept will be implemented in 258 mandals from November 15 and will be extended across the State by January 26, 2022,’’ they said. Hospitals functioning on nonprofit basis should get priority in health hubs and people should not be forced to visit other States for medical treatment in future. The Chief Minister also approved the appointment of special officers in hospitals (from Community Health Centres to P5 Teaching Hospitals). Take your shot Curfew extended till September 30 Total doses: 75,81,99,331 NATIONWIDE sep 13 The Covid-enforced curfew in the State as a step to outpace the spread of corona has been extended till September 30. At present, there are zero active cases in the purview of 10,541 secretariats. In all, 2,699 Covid patients are being treated in hospitals, while 854 getting treatment in care centres Investors want Goenka out of Zee stranded in bahrain The 18-year-old beat Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier ever (male or female) to win a Grand Slam 27,254 25,404 Recoveries Deaths 37,687 219 statewide 32,127 339 sep 13 sep 14 Fresh cases 864 1,125 Recoveries 1,310 1,356 Deaths 12 9 Samples tested 38,746 49,568 raducanu radUCanU dIdn’T drop a SInGlE SET yoUnGEST SlaM CHaMp SInCE SHarapova By beating Canadian 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez (left pic) 6-4, 6-3 in the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, Raducanu ensured that she went through the whole tournament without losing a single set. The last woman to achieve that remarkable feat at the US Open P11 was the legendary Serena Williams, who did so in 2014 ■ Indian Embassy sorts out issue of migrants sep 14 Fresh cases vijayawada l monday l september 13, 2021 l `7.00 l paGes 28 l late city edition brItISh teeNAger rAducANu ScrIPtS hIStory At uS oPeN September 13 67,04,768 doses September 14 54,72,356 doses Jab-o-meter ■ The British teenager, who is two months shy of her 19th birthday, has become the youngest to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2004 as a 17-year-old Having started the tournament ranked 150th in the world, the victory will see her rise swiftly to become World No 23 44 yrs express read fIrst slam wIN for a BrItIsh womaN sINcE VIrgINIa wadE IN 1977 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 Greenhorn patel topharmacy EAPCET agri, be new chiefstreams’ of Gujarat minister results out Protégé of UP Governor Anandiben Patel, he will take oath of office and secrecy today; first-term MLA, he has no ministerial experience Vijayawada: Education Minister A Suresh released the results of AP EAPCET agriculture and pharmacy streams at the APSCHE office in Mangalagiri on Tuesday. Chandam Vishnu Vivek of East Godavari got the first rank by scoring 155.28. s u d h I r s u r ya w a N s h I ForgeT the short list, he was not even on the speculated long list to become outgoing chief minister Vijay rupani’s successor. The BJP on Sunday pulled a rabbit out of the hat by giving the chief ministerial baton to political greenhorn Bhupendra Patel, a first-term MLA with no ministerial experience. Seen as a protégé of UP governor Anandiben Patel, he represents her ghatlodia seat in the Assembly. Patel, 59, later met governor Acharya Devvrat along with rupani to take stake his claim for the hot seat. He is also associated with a couple of Patidar outfits as well. A civil engineer by qualification and builder by profession, he will take the oath of office and secrecy on Monday. The soft-spoken, low profile Patel will now lead the state BJP to polls in 2022. “The selection of Bhupendra Patel is a master stroke of Anandiben Patel. The BJP has killed many birds with one stone. It is also to checkmate Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel because mittee meeting before it was taken up at the BJP legislature party meeting. The proposal to elevate Bhupendra Patel was moved by rupani, after which almost all lawmakers fell in line. Most of the 112 MLAs of the party in the 182-member Assembly were present at the meeting. However, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who was in the race for chief ministership, left the meeting without making any statement, while BJP’s state unit president C r Paatil had earlier said he was not a contender for the top post. In Uttarakhand too, the BJP chose Pushkar Singh Dhami as chief minister though he had no ministerial experience. Patel will be the first-ever CM from Ahmadabad. He won the 2017 Assembly elections from ghatlodia, defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by a margin of over one lakh votes, the highest winning margin in that election. His Assembly constituency is part of the gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat represented by Union minister Amit Shah. Se sa Sen @ New Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Srikakulam INDIAN promoters are increasingly 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 Global China Fund, which hold 17.88% stake in ZEEL, have called an extraordinary general meeting for the removal of Goenka and independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani. Analysts, however, are not amused as they say the exit of the Goenka family, which currently owns just 3.99% in ZEEL, is a matter of time. “There is a good professional team in key departments below the MD level. The question is, will they stay if Goenka leaves?” said Abneesh Roy, executive director (research), Edelweiss Securities. At the AGM on Tuesday Goen, ka did not disclose anything on issues related to the call for management change. Rather, he chose to defend the corporate governance track record. Several Indian workers stranded and allegedly ill-treated by their employer in Bahrain on Tuesday expressed their wish to return home at the earliest, even as the InAtchan withdraws dian Embassy in the Kingdom intervened remarks on Speaker and said the matter “has been resolved.” Around 2,000 workers from north coastal Vijayawada: TDP State president Andhra Pradesh, particularly Srikakulam, K Atchannaidu appeared before TNIE first reported in 30 days ofplight on Monday the workers’ positive were among thousands of Indians stranded Vizag reverberates death with ‘Save VSP’ chant the Committee of Privileges of the in Bahrain. The Embassy’s intervention test to obtain covid certificate AP Legislative Assembly on came after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister ter has been resolved to the 11satisfaction of NATIONwIDE SEP SEP 12 Tuesday and informed that he YS Jagan Mohan Reddy raised the matter both sides.” was withdrawing his remarks with S Jaishankar, the Minister for ExterMeanwhile, it was learnt that NSH BahSTATEwIDE SEP 11 SEP 12 Tharoor backs univ BECAUSE ASitaram. P4 against Speaker T chapters on RSS icons nal Affairs. rain recently hired between 5,000-6,000 The workers were taken from India, workers from India and Nepal (about 4,000 promising employment at Nasser S. Al Indians), for BAPCO’s modernisation proAP gets Centre’s nod Hajri Corporation (NSH) Bahrain, a gramme. Ravi Pillai, an NRI investor in ISto borrow `2,655 cr NOT BUILT SI gunned down by sub-contractor of Bahrain Petroleterrorists in Bahrain, is the majority shareholder Kashmir EVERY DAY um Company (BAPCO). They were of the company . Vijayawada: The Department of allegedly ill-treated and denied the Sources said the Bahraini authorexpress Expenditure has given nod to AP promised proper food and accomities, along with Embassy repreimpact to borrow an additional `2,655 modation. When questioned, they sentatives, visited the camp and met crore as an incentive for achieving were reportedly manhandled by the the representatives of the managethe target set by the Ministry of company’s security personnel, which ment and labourers. The Supreme Finance for capital expenditure in TNIE reported on Monday . Councilget PM-KISAN benefit illegally the first quarter of this fiscal. P4 10,560 of Environment of Bahrain The Embassy, in a communique, said, checked the quality of air in the camp and “we have been closely following the devel- certified the air safe for the accommodaopments at the NSH camp and are monitor- tion purpose (some workers had said toxic PG medical seats in govt ing the situation. Our Embassy representa- gas was released in the area). colleges may go up tives are in constant touch with both the During the talks, some workers agreed to Guntur: TheToll Free: number of PG seats workers and the management of the com- continue with the firm. But around 600-700 CHAMBERS RUNGTA 1800 890 5121 in medical colleges may be nearly pany through the Government of Bahrain workers expressed their wish to return doubled, if a report submitted by authorities, who have been facilitating dia- home. The company management reportDirector of Medical Education M logue between the two parties.’’ edly assured to meet their genuine deRaghavendra Rao to the State The communication, tweeted by YSRC mands and promised to send back those government is considered. There MP Vijayasai Reddy further said “the mat- who wishing to return, at the earliest. , are 1,008 PG medical seats now. Migrant workers from North Andhra stage a protest at a company in Bahrain demanding that they be sent back (right) Scars on the back of an ill-treated worker | EXPrEss 2K harassed aP workers in Bahrain seek help s r E E N u B a B u Pat I V a d a @ Srikakulam MIgrANT workers from Srikakulam, who were being allegedly ill-treated by their employers in Bahrain, have sought the assistance of the Indian government to return to their hometowns. Though the migrant workers claimed that there are at least 6,000 workers from India, including 2,000 from North Coastal Andhra and the remaining from odisha in Bahrain, Animal Husbandry Minister Seediri Appalaraju said they are yet to get the correct details of those stranded in the gulf country. Several hundreds of unemployed youth from various parts of Srikakulam district had gone to Bahrain for work about three months ago through Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation (NSH). They were promised good salary, food and accommodation. It was alleged that the migrant workers were being harassed by the company officials without providing proper food and accommodation. There were also instances when the workers were assaulted by the management. Several migrants are even facing health issues due to hostile working conditions. Some migrants from Srikakulam had sent videos narrating their woes in Bahrain to their families. Speaking to TNIE over phone, Yerupalli Mohan rao, a worker from Devunalthada village in Vajrapukotturu mandal, said, “I came to Bah- Minister promises help to stranded workers Animal Husbandry Minister S Appalaraju said, “We are in constant touch with migrant workers stranded in Bahrain as well as their family members in Srikakulam. Simultaneously, we are in touch with the AP Non-Resident Telugu Society to extend possible support to them.” rain three months ago through an agent to work here. I paid `1 lakh for the job, excluding travelling expenses. The company management is harassing me to work extra hours without providing proper food and accommodation. I have not been paid salary so far. I am not able to bear the harassment. I want to return to my hometown. The company is not allowing me to go out.’’ His brother Yer upalli Nagesh said, “Three days ago, Mohan rao sent a video narrating his plight in Bahrain. After watching the video, I am not able to sleep. Though I tried to contact the agent, he is not responding.’’ Bhupendra Patel will take oath as CM...Only the CM will be sworn in tomorrow. The new cabinet will be formed after consultation with senior leaders in a couple of days C R Paatil , BJP state president both come from the same region and are Kadva Patels, a sub-caste of the Patel community,” said senior journalist based in gujarat, adding it will also possibly end Patidar agitations in the state. After Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Pralhad Joshi flew in from Delhi as observers, they held a series of meetings with senior party functionaries. The matter was first discussed in the core com- express read Visakhapatnam: The city reverberated once again with the slogan ‘save steel plant’ as hundreds of people, including Ukku Nirvasitulu and their family members, undertook ‘Maha Padayatra’ on Sunday against the Centre’s move to privatise Vizag steel plant | P4 T’Puram: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has come out in support of the controversial Kannur University syllabus that includes chapters on RSS ideologues. “What is the point of going to universities if you want to read only what you like?” Tharoor asked | P8 Srinagar: A sub-inspector of the J&K police was shot dead by terrorists at close range in downtown Srinagar on Sunday afternoon. A police official said sub-inspector Arshid Ashraf Mir was shot from behind by a terrorist at Khanyar around 1.40 pm | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) EXPrEss NEws sErVIcE @ New Delhi THe demise of any person within 30 days of being detected Covid-positive at hospital or home shall be treated as Covid death irrespective of co-morbidities for issuing a death certificate, according to the latest guidelines framed by the Centre. The guidelines shared with the Supreme Court came after the court’s June 30 verdict, which had sought clear steps to simplify the norms for issuance and correction of death certificates and official documents. The certificates must state upfront the exact cause of death, that is, ‘death due to Covid’, to enable dependents to get benefits of welfare schemes, the SC had directed. To determine the benchmark, the Centre’s affidavit cited a study by Indian Council of Medical research, which found that 95% of deaths take place within 25 days of being tested Covid positive. “To make the scope broader and more inclusive, deaths occurring within 30 days from the date of testing or from the date of being clinically determined as a CoVID-19 case, will be treated as Fresh cases 33,376 28,591 Recoveries Deaths 32,198 34,848 308 338 Fresh cases 1,145 Recoveries 1,090 Deaths 17 Samples tested 49,581 1,190 1,226 11 45,533 ‘deaths due to CoVID-19, even if the death takes place outside t h e h o s p i t a l / i n - p at i e n t facility.” Also, Covid cases admitted in hospital/in-patient facility who continued as the same admission beyond 30 days and later died, shall be treated as Covid deaths. “Deaths occurring due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and deaths due to accident, among others, will not be considered Covid deaths even if Covid is an accompanying condition,” the guidelines added. Those unsatisfied with the death certificate can submit a petition to a committee for issuing of the ‘official Document for Covid Death’, the guidelines further stated. Grievance redressal A committee will be set up at the district level to deal with grievances if the next of kin of the deceased is not satisfied with the cause of death given in the certificate. The panel has to dispose of the plaint within 30 days HOUSE The basic criterion for Covid death To determine the benchmark, the Centre’s affidavit cited a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which found that 95% of deaths take place within 25 days of being tested Covid positive verification in prakasam I V N P P r a s a d B a B u @ Ongole More than 10,000 people have been found ineligible to get financial assistance under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Prakasam district. The Centre had launched the PMKISAN scheme to aid small and marginal farmers, under which beneficiaries get `6,000 per year in installments. The amount is directly credited to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts after collecting their details from the State agriculture department. Following a directive from the Centre, the agriculture de- partment is preparing a list of ineligible beneficiaries to weed them out of the scheme and recover the money paid to them for the last two years. As many as 10,560 ineligible beneficiaries of the scheme have been identified so far. of the total, 1,407 do not have agri- culture land and they had obtained `1.75 crore. As many as 9,153 income tax payers and government employees are also found to be enjoying the benefit illegally and the total amount paid to them is put at `4,43 crore under the scheme. “We are going to open a bank account in the name of the district nodal officer to deposit the money recovered from the ineligible beneficiaries. Mandal officials will serve notices on ineligible PM-KISAN beneficiaries soon to recover the total amount of `6.19 crore,’’ S Srinivasa rao, incharge joint director of agriculture, told TNIE. `6 cr to be recovered soon from ineligible Mandal officials will serve notices on ineligible PM-KISAN beneficiaries soon to recover the total amount of `6.19 crore, said S Srinivasa Rao, incharge joint director of agriculture STEEL DIVISION S.M.H.M.V. COMPLEX, CHAIBASA - 833201 WEST SINGHBHUM, JHARKHAND, INDIA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org jolt to dwma office inflated bill Civic office caught stealing power Sileru tailor gets `90,000 ‘electric shock’ CP Ven u g o pa l @ Anantapur Giving a ‘shock’ to officials of the District Water Management Agency (DWMA) of Kalyandurg, APTransco staff have disconnected power supply to the DWMA office for allowing the local municipal office to draw power from its connection illegally. Power supply to the municipal office was disconnected on August 27 as it has dues to the tune of `7.77 crore to APTransco. The municipal office was allegedly drawing power illegally from the DWMA office to meet its requirements after the supply was disconnected. According to sources, government offices in Kalyandurg Assembly constituency have pending electricity bills to the tune of `50 crore. Kalyandurg major panchayat was upgraded into a municipality way back in 2012. The electricity bills of the municipal office have been pending for the past nine years. “The APTransco officials assured to restore power supply if we pay a minimum of `20 lakh electricity dues. The matter is likely to be resolved in the next couple of days,” said Municipal Commissioner Venkataramudu. APTransco assistant director Gururaj told TNIE that the municipal office is consuming `15 lakh electricity per month. The total dues have accumulated to `7.77 crore. “There was no response to the notices issued to the municipal office seeking clearance of pending power dues. Hence, we disconnected power supply to the municipal office,’’ he said. P5 G J ana r dhana Ra o @ Visakhapatnam Four tube lights, one ceiling fan, a pedestal fan and an iron box, which he occasionally uses, are the electronic equipment tailor Kimudu Somnadh of Sileru has at his residence. Yet, APTRANSCO gave him the shock of his life by sending a power bill of `90,444 this month. The tailor said his previous power bills were mostly in the range of `200 to `300, and it has never exceeded `600. “For the past three months, I was told that I need not pay the bill due to ‘minus bills’. This month, however, I got the bill for over `90,000,” the tailor, struggling to make both ends meet in the time of Covid-19, said. A shocked Somnadh met the electricity meter reader, who was equally baffled on seeing the amount on the bill issued on September 12. He asked the tailor to travel to Chintapalli – some 480 km from Sileru – to correct the bill. “I am not in a position to go there as the pandemic has broke me financially,” Somnadh said, adding that the bill said he had consumed 14,255 units during the billing period. Somnadh is not the only consumer to get APTRANSCO’s ‘electric shock.’ Eswaramma, who runs a small eatery in Sileru, said she has been running from pillar to post correcting an electricity bill asking her to pay up `1.30 P4 lakh six months ago.
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