NATIONWIDE SEP 18 SEP 19 Fresh cases 35,662 30,773 Recoveries Deaths 33,798 38,945 281 309 TELANGANA SEP 18 SEP 19 Fresh cases 255 173 Recoveries Deaths 329 1 315 1 Most cases at GHMC GHMC area recorded the most number of cases (64) in the State on Thursday WARANGAL MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION ONLY BENEFICIARIES CAN FILE DEFICIENCY IN SERVICE PLEA The Supreme Court said not everyone can ﬁle a complaint against a hospital/doctor on behalf of other family members LIMITS TO THE CONCEPT OF JOINT HINDU FAMILY DEFINITION OF A COMPLAINANT The court dismissed the plaint of the head (karta) of a Joint Hindu Family (JHF) on the ground that under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, he was not the beneficiary of the service availed of from a hospital. “The concept of JHF doesn’t extend to the treatment of a pregnant sister in-law,” a bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramaian said ■ ■ The SC noted the karta didn’t fit the definition of a complainant in the strict sense as it meant any person who hired or availed of any services for a payment and included a beneficiary of services The karta had filed a complaint against a clinic alleging deficiency in service in the treatment given to his sister-in-law 2009 NATIONAL CONSUMER DISPUTES PANEL HAD DISMISSED THE COMPLAINT 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 Cong plays SC card, chooses Channi Was technical education minister in the outgoing govt; had revolted against Amarinder; to take oath of office and secrecy at 11 am today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chandigarh Devotees take the 40-foot-tall Khairathabad Ganesh idol for immersion in Hussainsagar in Hyderabad on Sunday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN Departing Ganesh leaves a trail of festivity in his wake EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad ON Sunday all roads led to Hus, sainsagar. As mikes blared ‘Ganapathi Bappa Moriya,’ Hyderabad bid adieu to Lord Ganesh as his idols were immersed in the lake one after the other. The immersions were still underway till the last reports came in. It is expected that the CHURN IN JD(S) HDK cosying up to BJP to offset threat from rebels? D E V A R A J B H I R E H A L L I @Bengaluru TROUBLE within his party seems to have made senior JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy lean towards the ruling BJP in Karnataka. It was quite evident when he stated on the floor of the Assembly that the rise in fuel prices was inevitable even as the Congress stoked it as a major issue ahead of the legislature session. The party has been suffering from an open rebellion by its senior members like Chamundeshwari MLA G T Deve Gowda and Kolar MLA K Srinivasa Gowda. The two legislators hinted they could join the Congress ahead of Assembly polls. The developments within JDS may also have an impact on the elections to mayor and deputy mayor posts in the Kalaburagi City Corporation. Yet, Kumaraswamy may take the risk and support BJP. Developments like CM Basavaraj Bommai calling on JDS patriarch HD Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy leading a delegation of party MLAs to the chief minister indicate BJP is not averse to JD(S). “But if Kumaraswamy continues to be soft on BJP, especially in North Karnataka, it may boomerang as some of the partymen may join Congress,” said a senior party leader from North Karnataka. Political analyst Sagheer Ahmed said that the chances of JD(S) forming an alliance with parties like AIMIM and AAP cannot be ruled out to make up for the loss of its leaders, who switch over to Congress. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex festivities will continue till the early hours of Monday, especially as the procession of vehicles remained slow, partly because rain played party pooper in the evening and partly because the process began late. As the events were going on without any untoward incident, the police be gan to breathe easy by the fall of P3 evening. ENDING intense speculation on Capt Amarinder Singh’s successor a day after he was forced to resign, Charanjit Singh Channi (48), a member of the Scheduled Caste community was on Sunday elected the , Punjab Congress Legislative Party leader. He will take oath of office and secrecy as chief minister at 11 am on Monday . He is a comparative political lightweight and will hold office for just a few months before the state goes to polls early next year, one reason why Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu was happy with the choice. Earlier in the day, AICC observers had approved a proposal to elevate Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as chief minister, but Sidhu spiked it, as the former was seen as a heavyweight who could overshadow him in the run up to the Assembly elections. Channi, the technical education minister in the outgoing ministry was the dark horse in , the race. He will be the first SC (Ramdasia Sikh) leader ever to become the chief minister of PROMISE TO KEEP TEACHERS’ VACANCIES WILL BE FILLED BY YEAR END, SAYS TSCHE CHAIRMAN R I D H I M A G U P TA @ Hyderabad ADMITTING that there was an urgent need for teachers’ appointments in the State, Prof R Limbadri, chairman of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE), said that by the end of this year, all teachers’ vacancies at educational institutions in the State would be filled. In an interview with Express, the newly appointed chairman of TSCHE talked about the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) in Telangana, increase of fees and poor enrolment at higher educational institutions in the State. Speaking on appointment of teachers, he said, “This problem exists in the entire country including IIMs and , IITs, as it does in the State. However, the Telangana government is working on it. We accept that recruitment has to definitely take place. But, I am sure that by the end of this year, all vacancies in government colleges will be filled. Already a cal, endar has been prepared and actions are being taken for the process.” ‘State ready for NEP’ Stating that the government has been preparing to implement NEP for a long time now, the chair man said under the policy , a new cluster system was being introduced in the State. “The aim behind this system is to share resources among the top colleges, by which students can benefit the most. For this, three committees — one for administrative, another for academic, and the third for credit transformer system — were set up. The committees have given reports on the implementation of NEP and have provided practical solutions for posP4 sible bottlenecks.” Charanjit Singh Channi Historic!! Punjab’s first Dalit CM-Designate… Will be written with Golden letters in History. A tribute to the spirit of the Constitution and the Congress!! Congratulations @ CHARANJITCHANNI Bai Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Cong president the state that has already had 15 CMs. A three-time MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency he was Leader of Opposi, tion from 2015 to 2016. His appointment in the Jatdominated Punjab politics would change the dynamics in the run-up to the Assembly elections, as SCs have 32% vote share in the state. Sources said the decision to appoint an SC as the CLP leader came after hours of deliberations on the best possible combination to re present all communities, castes and regions in the state. Channi was among the four cabinet ministers and several Congress legislators who had raised a banner of revolt against Amarinder Singh saying they do not have faith in him as he has not fulfilled promises made before the 2017 Assembly polls. He had then said that several ministers and MLAs have expressed concern over the unfulfilled promises, including delay in justice in the sacrilege case and the subsequent police firing in 2015, scrapping power purchase agreements and arrest of the big fish involved in drug mafia. Flanked by Sidhu and AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat outside Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake his claim to lead the government, Channi said, “The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am on Monday .” send a message of identity and symbolism across all states, esBY passing the chief minister’s pecially Uttar Pradesh where baton to Charanjit Singh Chan- elections are due early next ni, the Congress high command year along with Punjab. UP has appears to be making attempts a big SC vote bank. Uttarato win back the SC and OBC khand, too, is poll-bound and vote banks that drifted away has some SC population. The from the party across the Congress is clearly trying country over the years. try to bring the SC vote If all goes well, Channi bank back.” could be projected as “As far as Punjab is the party’s Dalit face in concerned, it is good polls elsewhere, too. move and will keep the At 32%, Punjab has infighting under conthe highest SC populatrol,” he added. Messaging tion in the country. Given the huge SC for UP Add to that the 18% voter base in Punjab, strength of the back- Congress general the Shiromani Akali secretary ward classes, and they Dal-Bahujan Samaj form a sizeable vote Priyanka Gandhi Party combine has alVadra, who is bank. “With Navjot ready promised to Singh Sidhu, a Jat in-charge of UP, is make a member of the Sikh, as Punjab Con- already trying to community a deputy woo the SCs gress president, and chief minister if voted an SC as chief minis- there. The Channi to power. ter, the Congress has factor will send a The Aam Aadmi taken a strategic call positive message Party has given the to play the caste card to the SCs in UP post of the Leader of before the Assembly Opposition in Punjab elections early next year,” a po- to an SC, Harpal Singh Cheelitical observer said. ma, and promised the deputy Political analyst Professor chief minister’s post to the Ashutosh of Panjab University community if voted to power in P7 said, “The Congress is trying to upcoming elections. H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh Dubious distinction: TS tops in human trafficking cases E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE Covid pandemic seems to have played spoilsport with State government’s efforts in stamping out human trafficking. According to the latest NCRB report, Telangana recorded 184 human trafficking cases to top the 2020 list, a dubi- ous distinction it shares with Maharashtra. In 2018, Telangana recorded 242 human trafficking cases. T he number dropped to 137 the following year. While the number of reported cases in 2020 was 184, the actual victims traf- A’bad students suffer as OU puts off exams S R A JA R E D DY @ Adilabad FOR about 400 students from Adilabad district, Saturday was a hell of a night. The students, some of them the poorest of the poor, were on their way in a train to Hyderabad to take the Osmania University PG entrance examinations when, in the middle of the night, they were informed that the examination had been put off. The students were scheduled to take the examination for admissions to three courses — MSc, Chemistry MSc, Botany and MA, , Political Science, on Sunday At about 11.30 . pm, they received a message that the examinations were postponed because of Ganesh nimajjan in Hyderabad. Some students immediately got off the train at Kinwat, some others got off in Basara, and a few others reached Hyderabad nonetheless and took a return bus in the P4 morning. KNIGHT FRANK INDEX Hyd’s housing market on upward curve S U N N Y B A S K I @ Hyderabad THE housing market in Hyderabad has witnessed a positive trend with house price index registering an upward growth in Q2 of 2021, according to findings by real estate advisor firm Knight Frank. As per Knight Frank India’s Global House Price Index - Q2 2021 report, Kolkata stood in the first position across Indian markets as it recorded + 3.5 per cent price change in house index, followed by Hyderabad which reported + 1.0 per cent of price change as compared to Q2, 2020. As per the report, Hyderabad, Kolkata, NCR and Ahmedabad were the four cities which witnessed a positive growth in house price in- Bid to draw vote banks that drifted away over the years dex, while Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai and Chennai recorded a drop in the index for the last quarter. The Global House Price Index report tracks the movement of mainstream residential prices across 55 countries and territories worldwide. The index tracks nominal prices in local currency. India moved up one spot in the global home price index to 54th rank in the quarter, as against Q2, 2020, due to continued resilience shown by the residential segment amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The report further mentioned that Turkey, with an annual price growth of 29.2 per cent, continues to lead the annual rankings, but its rate of growth is slowing down. Australia, at 16.4 per cent, recorded its highest rate of annual price growth since 2003. Overall, 18 countries in Q2, 2021 reported double digit growth, while India and Spain were the only countries to register an annual decline in home prices. However, this is the lowest proportion of markets registering a decline in prices since the Global House Price Index commenced in 2008, the report added. ficked were far more as multiple victims were trafficked at a time. As per the survey, the total number of victims trafficked in the State during 2020 was 439. Of the total victims, 401 were women — eight of them under 18 years of age and 393 were above 18. The highest number of victims trafficked was for ‘sexual exploitation for prostitution’ (363) and forced labour (31). Experts claim that the reported numbers are far less than the actual numbers as during Covid-19 there was a surge in human trafficking and many cases went unreported.
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