Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 22 64,98,274 doses September 23 65,26,432 doses Total doses: 84,08,21,190 NATIONWIDE sep 22 sep 23 Fresh cases 26,964 31,923 Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested tirupati l friday l september 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION jabs at home for people with restricted mobility, disability The Centre announced the decision on a day it said 66% of the country’s adult population has been given at least one dose suicide victims’ kin entitled to ex-gratia uk has no issues with Cowin, too The Centre also informed the Supreme Court that the family members of people who die by suicide within 30 days of testing Covid positive are also entitled to compensation from the State Disaster Relief Fund. Earlier, the ex-gratia of `50,000 was limited to Covid deaths, which were defined as death in hospital or elsewhere within 30 days of contracting the infection ■ ■ A day after indicating that CoWIN app is the sticking point in certification of Indian vaccination to avoid quarantine, the UK shifted its position, saying the app was not a problem No concerns on certification were raised in Thursday’s talks, UK High Commissioner said. Yet, the issue is to be fully resolved 34,167 31,990 383 282 sep 22 sep 23 1,365 1,171 1,466 1,207 8 11 56,720 55,251 23% Of indian adult population has received both the doses 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 SC to set up technical expert panel on Pegasus E x pre s s Ne w s Ser v i c e @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by members of Indian Diaspora upon his arrival in Washington DC on Thursday | Press Information Bureau Modi woos business czars in the US Seeks fresh US investments in India; deals on military drones, 5G and solar power expected E x pre ss Ne ws Ser v i c e @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit the round running, holding backto-back meetings with the top executives of five leading US companies from diverse sectors. Among the CEOs who met Modi in Washington DC the first day of his four-day US visit were Indian-Americans Shantanu Narayen, chairman of software major Adobe, and Vivek Lall, CEO of military drone manufacturer General Atomics. The others included Cristiano Amon of Qualcomm, a leader in 5G solutions; Mark Widmar, CEO of solar panel maker First Solar; and Stephen Schwarzman of global invest- ment firm Blackstone. During the one-on-one meetings with the business leaders, Modi highlighted the unique opportunities India could offer to them, sources said. Modi’s first interaction was with Qualcomm’s Amon and the discussion was on how 5G technology could be acceleated. “We talked about an incredible opportunity to advance the industry not only domestically in India but India as an export of technology,” Amon later said. According to the PMO, the Qualcomm CEO “expressed keenness to work with India in areas such as 5G and other @ DigitalIndia efforts”. Sources said Qualcomm wants to work with India on semi-conductors, 5G and the Prime Minister WiFi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) scheme. Talks with Adobe’s Narayen revolved around the firm’s future investment plans in India. “Ideas to leverage Digital India flagship programme in sectors like health, education and R&D were also discussed,” read a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). India’s solar energy potential was the focus of Modi’s meeting with First Solar’s Widmar. “Discussions took place about First Solar’s interest in setting up manufacturing facilities in India using their unique thinfilm technology by availing the Production Linked Incentive Scheme,” MEA said. India eyes General Atomics’ predator drones Blackstone to invest $40 billion in India over 5 yrs Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the CEO of General Atomics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of military drones, set off buzz that India could be looking at boosting its defence arsenal India is Blackstone’s best market in the world, said the firm’s CEO Stephen Schwarzman. He said Blackstone has already invested $60 billion in assets in India and will pump in another $40 billion over the next five years We will be able to finalise the members of the technical expert team by next week and then pronounce our orders N V Ramana, Chief Justice of India The Centre had stoutly refused to file an detailed affidavit citing national security . The Congress appreciated the SC’s initiative to set up a probe panel, saying it is a step in the right direction. “The Pegasus spy scandal is... an assault on national security and privacy The solution is simple ... — A SC-monitored full investigation. SC observation of setting up a technical committee is a right step in this direction,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. Single-use plastic ban in SV Zoo from October 2 Tirupati: Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park (SVZP) has decided to enforce a total ban on single-use plastic on the zoo premises from October 2. Zoo Curator Hima Sailaja on Thursday said contractors of all the five canteens on the zoological park premises have been directed to stop the use of plastic water bottles, covers and plates. The single-use plastic ban will mark the commencement of Wildlife Week celebrations. HC dismisses Srilakshmi’s plea in OMC case J aya n t h P @ Vijayawada Registration services soon at 51 village secretariats S V i s w a n at h @ Vijayawada express read TS can’t use water for hydel power without our consent, says AP ever, needs and priorities changed over the decades since Utilisation of Krishna wa- then and irrigation and drinkter for generation of hydel pow- ing water requirements took er at common reservoirs has precedence over power, they remained a bone of contention added. AP’s arguments were between Andhra Pradesh and also endorsed by the Ministry Telangana ever since bifurca- of Jal Shakti (MoJS) and the tion of the State in 2014. Even KRMB, but both have not been though the Centre and its agen- able to stop Telangana from uticies such as the Krishna River lising water for hydel power Management Board (KRMB) generation. have categorically AP argues that TS stated that power ‘TS used 223.8 can’t “unilaterally” generation is inci- TMC of water’ draw water excludental to irrigation sively for power genSince June 1 this and drinking water year, TS has so far eration without the needs, a clarification utilised 113.57 TMC for mer’s consent. that supports AP’s The State officials refrom Srisailam, arguments, the issue called that initially a 86.6 TMC from continues to flare the 770 MW (7x110 MW) Nagarjuna Sagar tempers between the conventional hydro and 23.63 TMC two States. from Pulichintala power station was While Telangana projects for power built between 1882 has been maintainand 1987 on the right generation ing that it is well bank of the river in within its rights to continue the erstwhile united AP to meet power generation, AP argues the peak load power and run of that neither the Krishna Water the river power generation/secDisputes Tribunal-I nor the AP ondary power when Krishna is Reorganisation Act, 2014, sup- flooding during the monsoon. ports the neighbouring State’s Later, another hydro power staclaims. AP officials agree that tion of 900 MW (6x150 MW) cathe Srisailam reservoir was pacity on the left bank of the originally conceived as a hydro- river was envisaged and built electric project, an argument between 2001 and 2003 as a repeatedly made by their coun- pumped storage hydropower P4 terparts from Telangana. How- (PSHP) station. The Supreme Court on Thursday said it is planning to set up a committee of technical experts to look into allegations of unauthorised surveillance using Pegasus software, adding a formal order will be issued by next week. The information assumes significance since the Centre had earlier offered to set up an expert panel on its own to look into allegations of snooping on civil society . Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said the matter was taking time because some of the experts it wanted to induct had declined citing personal difficulties. “We will be able to finalise the members of the technical expert team by next week and then pronounce our orders.” The remarks came when he was hearing some other case in which senior advocate C U Singh, one of the petitioner’s lawyers in the Peagsus case, was appearing. The top court had on September 13 reserved its order, saying it only wanted to know whether or not the Centre illegally used Pegasus to snoop on journalists, activists and politicians. Pilot project Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court dismissed the petition filed by Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS officer Y Srilakshmi in Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case, seeking the court to call for records and to direct the Principal Special Judge for CBI cases, Hyderabad, to conduct a hearing on charges and discharge applications only after the CBI files its final report under Section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code I P4 The State government is all set to launch registration services in village secretariats soon to take them closer to people. Rajat Bhargava, Special Chief Secretary Revenue (Reg, istration and Stamps) Department, has directed officials to take steps to notify 51 village secretariats in the State as subregistrar offices and appoint Panchayat Secretaries to perform the duties of Sub-Registrar as part of the new initiative. The Commissioner and Inspector General (Registration and Stamps) has been asked to provide necessary training to Panchayat Secretaries to execute the functions of a sub-registrar and formulate proper evolution procedures in this re gard. Re gistration services will commence at the 51 village secretariats covered under the land resurvey project phase-I after provision of necessary infrastructure. Discussing the new initiative with officials, Rajat Bhargava said the move is aimed at taking more number of services to the doorstep of people, besides promoting transparency in registration of properties. The government had set up village and ward secretariats with the prime objective of developing a strong network for effective implementation of Navaratnalu. The government has issued an order notifying the village secretariat at Takkellapadu in Krishna district as the sub-registrar office under a pilot project. The Panchayat Secretary has been asked to perform the duties of sub-registrar. BJP warming up to Amarinder Singh H a rpree t B a j w a @ Chandigarh classical elegance A girl performs a classical dance at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Music College in Vijayawada on Thursday as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav I P Ravindra Babu A day after former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh chided the Gandhi siblings, Rahul and Priyanaka, for unseating him, the BJP seemed to be cosying up to the veteran Congress leader. With the political pot in pollbound Punjab already boiling following his high-pitched spat with state Congress unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu, the BJP’s overture has added a new dimension to it. They have not only gone soft on him but are spinning him as a nationalist icon. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Thursday sought to slam Sidhu, saying Amarinder was axed as he was a hurdle in installing pro-Pakistan forces in power in Punjab. The BJP, which had gone on the backfoot in the state after the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) broke its two-decade old alliance with it last year citing the controversial farm sector reform laws, is now tempting Amarinder to jump ship so that the saffron party become a significant player in the state polls. As for Amarinder, he is keeping his options open. The BJP wants to fight on all 117 seats in the state this time around. At present, it has only two MLAs in the Assembly In the last As. sembly elections, the BJP contested only 23 seats, as it was in alliance with SAD. Po l i t i c a l a n a l y s t P r o f Ashutosh of Panjab University said, “Amarinder has two op- tions. Either he floats his own regional party like others did or join the BJP The kind of po. litical language he is speaking and idioms he is using of late are in consonance with the BJP line on national security and Pakistan bashing.’’ Amarinder, even after demitting office, is clearly no pushover. With him holding his cards close to the chest, nothing can be definitively said as yet. To draw him, the BJP has to find a workaround for the three farm laws as also introduce a law guaranteeing minimum support prices (MSP) for crops. The other option for Amarinder is to launch his own regional political outfit with tacit support of the BJP . devi navaratri Durga temple fete from Oct 7, only 10,000 devotees to be allowed for darshan a day E x pre s s Ne w s Ser v i c e @Vijayawada Only 10,000 devotees per day will be allowed to have darshan of Goddess Kanaka Durga atop Indrakeeladri during the nineday Dasara festivities, which will be celebrated from October 7 to 15. On the auspicious Moola Nakshatram day when Goddess Durga will bless devotees in the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, the temple administration is anticipating heavy rush and more number of devotees will be allowed for darshan. Devotees should mandatorily book their darshan tickets online and strictly adhere to Covid-19 protocol during their visit to the temple. Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao, District Collector J Nivas, Police Commissioner B Sreenivasulu, Durga Temple EO D Brahmaramba, VMC Commissioner V Prasanna Venkatesh inspected the ongoing development works at the canal road, Kanaka Durga Nagar and Sivalayam on Thursday Later, the festival co. ordination committee meeting was held, where it was decided to restrict the number of devo- Free darshan for 4,000 Of the total 10,000 devotees to be allowed per day, 4,000 will be of provided free darshan. The remaining 6,000 devotees are holders of `100 and `300 darshan ticket holders tees to 10,000 a day for darshan. Srinivasa Rao said of the total 10,000 devotees, 4,000 will be provided free darshan. The remaining are `100 (3,000) and `300 (3,000) darshan ticket holders. “Indrakeeladri can accommodate only 10,000 devotees per day for darshan following Covid protocol. Only devotees, who booked their darshan tickets through online will be allowed to have darshan. Around 600 devotees have booked their darshan tickets so far,’’ the minister said. It may be recalled that the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) had decided to hold the annual Brahmotsavams of Venkateswara temple in Ekantham in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The TTD too made online booking of tickets mandatory and restricted the number of devotees to be allowed for darshan during the annual Brahmotsavams. P5
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