Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 17 2,30,30,698 doses September 18 77,25,076 doses Total doses: 80,33,75,147 NATIONWIDE sep 17 sep 18 Fresh cases 34,403 35,662 Recoveries Deaths 37,950 33,798 320 281 statewide sep 17 sep 18 Fresh cases 1,393 Recoveries 1.296 Deaths 8 Samples tested 60.350 visakhapatnam l sunday l september 19, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION Furious France recalls envoys from US, Australia French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled the envoys after Canberra chose US submarines over French vessels new alliance led to scrapping of deal paris unable to trust canberra The 2016 Australia-France submarine supply deal became redundant on Wednesday after the new Australia-US-UK defence pact offered US tech to Canberra. Paris had called the unilateral scrapping of the $36.50 billion deal an act of backstabbing. Both Washington and Canberra expressed regret over France’s decision and pushed for talks to resolve the row | P9 ■ ■ The row seemed prophetic as China had said the allies risked ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ through the new tripartite deal Withdrawing envoys is the last diplomatic step taken when ties between countries plunge. Another marker of Paris’ fury was its stand that it is unable to trust Canberra in the EU trade deal talks 1,174 1.309 9 55.525 Sept 24 gala at france ambassador’s house in Washington called off 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 Resigns moments before Congress Legislature Party meeting on his replacement; Sonia to take call on successor ‘Humiliated’ Capt quits, keeps options open H a r p r ee t B a J w a @ Chandigarh amit bandre Apparently they (the high command) do not have confidence in me and did not think I could handle my job Amarinder Singh, Punjab former CM After four-and-a-half years at the helm, Amarinder Singh stepped down as the Punjab chief minister on Saturday cit, ing continued humiliation by the Congress high command over the past two months. The chief minister resigned moments before a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party , which passed a resolution authorising Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take a decision on Amarinder’s replacement. He did not attend the meeting. “I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months. They called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now they have convened a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party he told reporters ,” after resigning. Amarinder’s fate was sealed INCAP former MD held in `121 cr FiberNet scam sections of cheating, forgery, @ Vijayawada criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy of the IPC Crime Investigation Depart- and the Prevention of Corrupment (CID) officials on Satur- tion Act against 18 persons and day arrested K Sambasiva Rao, some government officials. former VC and MD of InfraThe accused named in the structure Corporation of AP FIR include former member of Limited (INCAP), for his al- the Governing Council of eleged involvement in the multi- Governance Authority Vemuri crore AP FiberNet Project Hari Krishna Prasad, Tera scam. After conducting medi- Software Private Limited chaircal examination at man SSR Kothe Gover nment Loss to exchequer teswara Rao, MD T General Hospital, pegged at `119 cr Gopi Chand and he was produced in six other directors CID officials have court. He was reand six directors pegged the total loss to manded in judicial of Himachal Futhe exchequer in the AP custody till Octoturistic CommuniFiberNet Project scam ber 1. cations Limited. at `119 cr. They alleged Based on a reThe CID remand that Sambasiva Rao, A2 port submitted by report stated that in the case, was not Andhra Pradesh cooperating with them IRTS officer Rao, State Fibernet Limwho was on depuited (APSFL) tation, was named Chairman P Gowtham Reddy as accused number two (A2) in to the State government that the case pertaining to the liftthe previous TDP regime com- ing of ban on Tera Software mitted irregularities in award- and illegally awarding the `321 ing the `321 crore project con- crore worth tender to the comtract causing loss to the tune of pany without getting necessary `121 crore to the exchequer, the approvals from the governCID was asked to probe the ment. The CID officials reportscam. After conducting a pre- edly collected incriminating liminary inquiry, it registered evidence to prove Rao guilty an FIR on September 9. during interrogation for the P5 A case was registered under last three days. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e W IT H T H I S I S S U E Return to Sender PLUS 12 PAGES when the high command appointed Navjot Sidhu as the state party chief in July Sourc. es said many ministers, MLAs and other leaders had also complained to Amarinder that there was growing anti-incumbency against him. The other complaints were he had failed to curb the drug mafia and his increasing reliance on the bureaucracy Ama. rinder was seen as being inaccessible as he was seldom seen meeting MLAs or reaching out to the public. Although he stressed he had resigned as the chief minister and not from the party, he made it clear he would explore his future options when the time comes. “There is always an option and I will use that when the time comes. At the moment I am still in the Congress,” he said. Despite proximity to Sonia, numbers were stacked against Amarinder R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi The change of guard in Punjab was not an overnight decision and it was in the offing for some time now but the proverbial final straw came after 40 party MLAs wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi seeking a change of guard. With a majority of MLAs not by his side, outgoing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation, saying he felt “humiliated” over the events in the past two months. “The change was needed. He didn’t have the numbers on his side to pressure the high command to rule in his favour. That was used by Sidhu and ipl reboot With the IPL season resuming in the UAE on Sunday, a look at what happened in India, new players and more... Delhi toppers Rest of the top four With a new captain, the outfit, powered by Shikhar Dhawan’s consistency at the top, rose to top spot, losing just twice in their eight matches so far. 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Counting staff oversee arrangements at a centre in Vijayawada on Saturday | Prasant Madugula `3.5 cr extension wing Ongole GGH to get 100-bed unit by Oct IV N P P r a s a d B a b u @ Ongole A 100-bed facility as an extension to the Government General Hospital (GGH RIMS) is expected to be completed by the end of this month. The construction of the new facility has been taken up at an estimated cost of `3.5 crore as a measure to strengthen medical infrastructure in Prakasam district to face the possible third wave of Covid-19. A target has been set to complete the construction of the facility in 28 days and make it operational from the first week of October. The GGH authori- A prefabricated structure for the Ongole GGH 100-bed extension facility | Express ties launched construction works on September 2 with the technical support of IIT-Madras. Prefabricated technology is being used in construction of the facility to complete it in a record time. “Works of the GGH extension wing are progressing at a brisk pace. It will be ready for inauguration by the end of this month. The Indo-American Society is funding the extension project,” Dr D Sree Ramulu, Medical Superintendent of the Ongole GGH, told TNIE. During the second wave of Covid when the demand for hospital beds equipped with oxygen supply increased steeply the GGH authorities set up a , German shed on the backside of the hospital to accommodate more patients as a makeshift P5 arrangement. New wing to be built in 28 days The 100-bed new facility taken up at an estimated cost of `3.5 crore as a measure to strengthen medical infrastructure in Prakasam district to face the possible third wave of Covid, will be completed in record 28 days MLAs from his camp to show him the door,” said a top Congress leader. It was seemingly a tough decision for Congress president Sonia Gandhi keeping in mind her close association with Amarinder since Rajiv Gandhi’s time. Amarinder spoke to her in the morning after a Congress Legislature Party meeting was called by the party high command, bypassing his authority, and apprised her about his decision to quit. Sources said former party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra wanted to replace him but Sonia was holding on to take a final call on it. Coming from a royal family and known for his regal style of living, Amarinder himself had said that he had not met Rahul in the last two years and that he would to talk directly to Sonia. Many a time he had toed a line that was different from the party’s official stand on national issues. Sources said it was Priyanka who had pushed for Sidhu’s elevation as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief in July this year despite strong objections from Amarinder. Since then, Sidhu and Amarinder have been engaged in a battle for supremacy, which ended in the latter’s exit as the chief minister in two months. Full coverage P7 express read Sood evaded `20 cr tax: CBDT New Delhi: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, whose properties were raided by the income tax department recently, evaded more than `20 crore tax, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said on Saturday. Besides, he violated the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act by raising `2.1 crore from overseas donors, CBDT added Babul Supriyo defects to TMC Kolkata: BJP’s MP from Asansol and former Union minister Babul Supriyo sprang a surprise on Saturday by joining the TMC ahead of the high-voltage by-election in Bhowanipore. After being dropped from the Union cabinet, he announced his retirement from politics two months ago. He is likely to be nominated to Rajya Sabha | P8 Kabul suicide bomber did time in India: IS M P P r a s h a n t h @ Kozhikode The Islamic State (IS) has claimed that the suicide bomber, who carried out the August 26 Kabul airport attack that left around 180 people dead, was arrested in Delhi five years ago and deported to Afghanistan after serving time. The claim was made in an article in the fresh edition of the terror outfit’s magazine Voice of Hind. The article said Abdur Rahman al-Logri, a suspected Afghan national, carried out the suicide attack at the Kabul airport. “The brother (Abdur Rahman) was arrested five years ago in India, when he had travelled to Delhi to carry out an istishadhi (suicide) operation”, the magazine said. However, the plan did not materialise as he was arrested under unspecified circumstances and deported. Criticisng the Taliban as deviated sufis, the magazine – run by the IS’ Indian module Ansarul Khalifa Al Hind – claimed more such attacks have been planned to inflict punishment on those who have threatened to eliminate the Khilafah. The IS has in the past claimed Keralites’ involvement in the attacks on gurudwara in Kabul and a prison in Jalalabad in 2020.
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