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 34,167 31,990 383 282 TELANGANA SEP 22 SEP 23 Fresh cases 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 ■ 249 1 315 1 23% 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 247 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION 258 ■ 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 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 EXPRESS READ PM CARES is not gov fund, Centre tells HC New Delhi: Stating that the PM CARES Fund was not a government fund, the Centre on Thursday told the Delhi High Court the donations received by the fund did not go to the Consolidated Fund of India. Refusing to share third-party information, the government said it functioned with transparency and the funds were audited by an auditor | P7 Intel alert warns of terror strike in J&K New Delhi: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert based on intelligence reports of terror groups planning a ‘spectacular’ attack in the Union Territory to coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the US President Joe Biden. Sources said terror groups were planning a fidayeen (suicide) attack on a senior police officer or a government installation | P8 Modi woos business czars in the US Seeks fresh US investments in India; deals on military drones, 5G and solar power expected E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit the ground 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 investment firm Blackstone. During the one-on-one meetings with the business leaders, Modi highlighted the unique Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by members of Indian Diaspora upon his arrival in Washington DC on Thursday | PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU 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 accelerated. “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,” said the Ministry of External Affairs. 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 MEA said. ,” Modi’s meeting with Lall of General Atomics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of military drones, came amid New Delhi’s plan to boost its defence arsenal. Apple CEO Tim Cook was conspicuous by his absence. He was reportedly scheduled to meet Modi on Thursday . `5K cr push for drinking water supply, sewerage network in city outskirts E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE State gover nment on Thursday sanctioned a whopping `5,066 crore to strengthen the sewerage network and to provide drinking water to ULBs as well as gram panchayats not just within the Outer Ring Road (ORR) but those outside the GHMC limits which come under the jurisdiction of the HMWS&SB. “This is the first time such a huge amount has been allocated for improving drinking water supply and Sewerage Treat- ment Plants (STPs). The works will be grounded shortly and they will be completed in a span of two years,” Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao said. Addressing a press conference, Rama Rao said the State Cabinet which met re- cently, approved the proposals submitted by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development. “The new infrastructure is being created keeping in view the people’s needs for the next 10 years,” he said. While the government sanc- tioned `3,866.21 crore for a comprehensive Sewerage Master Plan for Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration (HUA), it allocated `1,200 crore for construction of additional service reservoirs of 137 MLD and for laying of additional pipelines spread P3 across 2,100 km. 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