JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT September 19 37,78,296 doses September 20 85,68,026 doses TOTAL DOSES: 81,73,95,763 NATIONWIDE SEP 19 SEP 20 Fresh cases 30,773 30,256 Recoveries Deaths 38,945 43,938 309 295 TELANGANA SEP 19 SEP 20 Fresh cases BCCI READIES COMPENSATION PACKAGE, MATCH FEES HIKED Board announces that cricketers who played in Covid-hit season will get 50% extra match fees during 2021-22 season RANJI REMUNERATION UP, WOMEN’S TOO INDIAN BOARD RATIFIES POSH POLICY Board brings three-wage slabs based on seniority (0-20 matches played, 21-40 and above 40) in Ranji Trophy matches. A senior player like Dinesh Karthik will now earn `60,000 per day. Earlier, it was `35,000, irrespective of experience, a jump of 41.6%. Senior women’s domestic players, too, to get a hike — from `12,500 to `20,000. In other words, a jump of 37.5% ■ ■ The BCCI, which did not have a uniform policy to deal with sexual harassment so far, puts in place detailed document covering everybody from office-bearers to senior cricketers A four-member Internal Committee will be formed to investigate matters pertaining to sexual harassment complaints | P11 208 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 173 315 1 220 2 FOUR 4 TEAMS, NZ, SRI LANKA, WI & RSA, WILL TOUR INDIA BEFORE JULY ’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 India to resume exporting Covid vax from October UK decision to treat all double-vaxxed Indian flyers as unvaccinated triggers anger & worry SUMI SUKANYA DUTTA & DHINESH KALLUNGAL @ New Delhi/T’Puram INDIA will resume exporting Covid-19 vaccines in October, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday . The Centre had halted export of life-saving jabs when the devastating second wave of the pandemic struck the country in April. The minister said “surplus supply” of vaccines will be shared with other countries under the Vaccine Maitri programme, adding that inoculating the Indian population remains the government’s top priority . The Centre is expecting a supply of 30 crore from different vaccine makers in October, which will go further up in later months. The announcement about resumption of vaccine exports comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US this week to attend a meeting of the Quad countries, where vaccines are likely to be discussed. Meanwhile, the UK government’s updated Covid protocol mandating all travellers from India – including those who have taken both the vaccine doses – to undergo three Covid tests and go into quarantine for 10 days, has upset the plans of thousands of students getting ready to enroll in various British universities. The new rules, which were unveiled on Friday will become effec, tive from October 4. Reacting sharply former Un, ion minister Jairam Ramesh said it “smacks of racism”. Congress MP and writer Shashi Tharoor said he has pulled out of a debate at The Cambridge Union debating society and from the launch events for the UK edition of his book The Battle of Belonging. WHISTLE BLOWN Bribery scandal hits Amazon; probe launched E N S @ New Delhi AMAZON India has been hit by a bribery scandal after a whistle-blower complaint has led to an internal probe into the ecommerce giant’s legal representatives, who allegedly bribed Indian government officials. When contacted, Amazon officials refused to give specific details about the complaints. It also did not say if the legal representatives alleged to have been involved in the bribing controversy were employees of the e-commerce firm or belonged to a third-party law firm. Any complaints against corruption or wrong individual behaviour are always investigated deeply, an Amazon official told this newspaper. In a statement, the company said it has zero tolerance for corruption. “We take allegations of improper actions seriously, investigate them fully, and take appropriate action,” it said. While Amazon did not divulge the name of the accused, media reports said the e-commerce major has sent its senior corporate counsel Rahul Sundaram on leave in connection with the matter. Channi, Sidhu will be faces for polls, says Cong H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh EVEN before new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi could take his oath of office and secrecy AICC’s Punjab in, charge Harish Rawat let the cat out of the bag, saying the forthcoming Assembly elections would be fought under the leadership of state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. In other words, Channi was only a stopgap chief minister, which undermined his office, taking the sheen off elevating a member of the SC community . Congress leader Rahul Gandhi greets new Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi | PTI It triggered a furious backlash with former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar leading the charge. Jakhar’s name was in circulation for the CM’s post till Sunday morning. He was later offered the deputy CM’s post but he rejected it. “On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats’s statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu”, is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority but also negate the very ‘raison d’être’ of his selection for this position,” Jakhar tweeted. Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had to step in to do damage control. “Our faces will be Cha- KTR sues Revanth for defamation V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao, on Monday, filed a defamation case against TPCC president and MP A Revanth Reddy for linking him to the Tollywood drugs case. Rama Rao had initially claimed damages for `1.15 crore. Later, his advocates informed the City Civil Courts, where the suit was filed, that he was still in the process of collecting details of the extent of defamation and would arrive at a final figure afterwards. The TRS working pres- ident appealed to the court to direct Revanth to tender an unconditional apology for his statements on public platforms. He also urged the court to grant a perpetual injunction restraining Revanth and his agents from making and/or publishing any defamatory/libellous/scandalous statements on public or private platforms, linking the Minister to the ongoing investigation of the drugs case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Rama Rao wanted Revanth to remove the defamatory comments made against him from social media. “Revanth Reddy has been resorting to making false, vexatious and malicious statements, specifically targeting KTR, with a clear intention to defame and malign his goodwill, reputation and social status,” stated the suit filed by P4 Rama Rao’s advocates. KTR has not even the slightest or remotest connection with the said investigation. He does not figure in the probe in any manner — not even as a witness Suit filed by KT Rama Rao’s advocates ranjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu as also ordinary Congress workers and leaders who will be supporting them,” he told reporters. If Channi was a surprise choice for CM on Sunday there , was enough drama to identify his two deputies. Till the last moment, the name of Brahm Mohindra, a senior minister in the previous cabinet, was doing the rounds, but Sidhu penciled him out. Instead, Sidhu’s loyalist O P Soni (64) was sworn in as deputy CM along with Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (62). EXPRESS READ Threats to Hinduism are imaginary, says MHA New Delhi: “Threats to Hinduism” in the country are “imaginary”, the Centre has said in response to a recent Right to Information (RTI) query. Dismissing claims of Hinduism being in danger, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) stated that it has no record or evidence concerning any so-called threats to Hindu religion. Calling the alleged danger to Hinduism “hypothetical”, the MHA said the Centre is neither aware of nor possesses any evidence to substantiate it. The ministry was replying to an RTI application filed on August 31 | P7
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