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 vijayawada l friday l september 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city 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 1,466 8 56,720 1,171 1,207 11 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 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 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 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. Blackstone to invest $40 billion in India over 5 yrs 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 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. The two spoke about advancing defence manufacturing, use of emerging technologies and augmenting capacity building in India. Apple CEO Tim Cook was conspicuous by his absence. He was reportedly scheduled to meet Modi on Thursday . 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. PM-CARES is not govt fund: Centre to Delhi 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 Centre said it functioned with transparency and funds were audited by a CA drawn from a panel prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India I P7 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 However, 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. Andhra Pradesh’s argubetween Andhra Pradesh and ments were also endorsed by Telangana ever since bifurca- the Ministry of Jal Shakti tion of the State in 2014. Even (MoJS) and the KRMB, but both though the Centre and its agen- have not been able to stop Telcies such as the Krishna River angana from utilising water for Management Board (KRMB) hydel power 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) caSrisailam reservoir was origi- pacity on the left bank of the nally conceived as a hydroelec- river was envisaged and built tric project, an argument re- between 2001 and 2003 as a p e a t e d l y m a d e by t h e i r pumped storage hydropower P4 counterparts from Telangana. (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 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 a 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 regard. Registration 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 an 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. American Corner comes up at AU E x pre s s Ne w s Ser v i c e @ Visakhapatnam Fist of fury A student performs at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music College in Vijayawada on Thursday as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav I P Ravindra Babu Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy virtually launched the American Corner at Andhra University on Thursday in the presence of Joel Reifman, US Consul General, Hyderabad, and Veena Reddy, USAID Mission Director. It is the third centre in the country after Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said this outreach programme will be further enhanced to have an American Consulate in Vizag hopefully in the near future. Having the American Corner in AU will go a long way in bridging the skill gap and also supporting students to study abroad in the top universities. “I am happy to announce that young people of AP will have access to a global knowledge hub in the form of American Corner,” he said. Joel Reifman said, “The American Corner is a community gathering place that features guest speakers, movie screenings, English language classes, book clubs, education advising for the US universities and celebrations of American holidays.” He said both the US and AP governments are committed to providing education and employment opportunities to youth, particularly women. Veena Reddy said a space like this takes a really great vision and strong purpose towards development. This place also serves to discuss pressing development challenges, elevate our development objectives and make progress together. “As a daughter of Kadapa district, I am aware of people of Andhra Pradesh having deep interest towards the US,” she said. Addressing a press conference along with AU Vice-Chancellor PVGD Prasada Reddy, US Consulate Public Affairs Officer David Moyer said the American Cor ner will be immensely useful to students and youth of AP “Training will . be given at the corner in English language to teachers. Workshops will be conducted for researchers. It will hold more programmes in association P5 with AU,’’ he said. 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 coordination committee meeting was held, where it was decided to Free darshan for 4,000 Of the total 10,000 devotees to be allowed per day, 4,000 will be provided free darshan. The remaining 6,000 devotees are holders of `100 and `300 darshan tickets restrict the number of devotees to 10,000 a day for darshan. The Endowments Minister 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 for Devi Navaratri fete,’’ he 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. P2
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