vijayawada l sunday l september 26, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION a.p, odisha on alert ahead of cyclone gulab landfall The IMD issued an orange alert, predicting the storm would hit the coast between Vizag (AP) and Odisha on Sunday evening NDRF, SDRF teams deployed in both states Crisis management panel takes stock Three teams of NDRF and one SDRF detachment have been positioned in north coastal Andhra districts to shift 86,000 families from low-lying areas. Arrangements to mitigate Gulab’s impact were being made on a war footing in Odisha, with seven districts put on high alert. Officials said the IMD forecasts squally winds, flash floods and landslides in these areas ■ ■ An orange alert is issued by the IMD as a warning of extremely bad weather with the potential of disruption in travel with road and railway closures, and interruption of power supply The National Crisis Management Committee reviewed the measures and assured all help to the states to tackle the storm 100 kmph the predicted wind speed of gulab when it makes landfall 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 North Coastal Andhra likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada ANDHRA Pradesh scrambled its resources on Saturday to face the impact of Cyclone Gulab, expected to cross North Coastal Andhra - South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around Sunday evening. Orange alert has been sounded in north coastal districts, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam, and adjoining South Odisha after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has i n t e n s i f i e d i n t o C ycl o n e ‘Gulab.’ Under the impact of the cyclonic storm, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in north coastal districts with light to moderate rainfall in the rest of the State has been predicted for Sunday . Met department officials warned of rough to very rough sea conditions off AP and ad- Helplines Visakhapatnam Collectorate control room phone numbers - 0891-2590102, 0891-2750089, 0891-2750090, 0891-2560820 GVMC office 7093092449 Vizianagaram Collectorate - 08922-236947 A fisherman returns home in Visakhapatnam after cyclone warning | G satyanarayana Warns against Beijing’s expansionism in Indian Ocean, Islamabad’s terror support Modi targets China, Pak at UN ‘Pak is arsonist disguising as firefighter’ P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made veiled attacks on Pakistan and China, saying “regressive thinking and extremism are one of the biggest challenges the world faces today”. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi told the 76th United Nations General Assembly: “Those who employ terrorism as a political tool must realise that it is a threat to them as well. We must ensure that Afghan soil is not used for terror activities.” In a veiled attack on China, Modi said oceans were the lifelines of global trade. “Oceans are our shared heritage. We must use and not abuse oceanic resources. We must ensure that they must be protected against expansionism,” he Urges said and added that the consensus reached at world to the Security Council with regard to maritime help Af security must show the way forward. In yet another apparent reference to China Prime Minister and calling for reform of multilateral organisaNarendra Modi tions, the PM said the investigation into the said the world origin of the coronavirus had damaged intermust fulfil its national organisations themselves. duty by “The United Nations needs to enhance its reproviding help liability Many questions are being raised with . to the people regard to the UN. The pandemic, climate in war-torn change and more recently the Afghanistan Afghanistan situation has only highlighted these queswhere women, children and tions,” he said. The Prime Minister highlighted how democminorities are in need of help racy was an important value in India and referred to his own humble beginning as a teaseller. “It is because of democracy that a person who helped his father sell tea is addressing the UNGA for the fourth time. Democracy can deliver, it has delivered,” he said and invoked Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s philosophy of integral humanism. Modi also highlighted the efforts of millions of non-resident Indians saying their contributions had helped develop the world. “When Indians make progress, it gives the world impetus to grow.” The prime minister also reiterated India’s commitment to resuming vaccine exports from next month. Saying that the pandemic had taught many lessons, he called for the diversification of supply chains. Modi also reiterated India’s commitment to becoming the world’s largest green hydrogen hub. P9 NATIONWIDE sep 24 sep 25 Fresh cases 31,382 29,616 Recoveries Deaths 32,542 28,046 318 290 statewide sep 24 sep 25 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,246 1,167 1,450 1,487 10 7 55,323 55,307 WITH THIS ISSUE Motherlodes of Power PLUS 12 PAGES EXPRE S S NEW S S ERVICE With regard to the origin of Covid or the ease of doing business rankings, the international institutions have damaged their credibility PM Narendra Modi How UN can stay relevant If the UN wants to remain relevant, it will need to improve its effectiveness and enhance its reliability, PM Narendra Modi said on Saturday ‘Come, make vax in India’ PM invited global drug makers to make vaccines in India, while reiterating that New Delhi will provide the jabs to the needy in other countries @ New Delhi India on Saturday gave a blistering retort to terror supporter Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), terming Islamabad an ‘arsonist disguising itself as the firefighter’. In his address at the 76th UNGA, Pakistan PM Imran Khan raked up the abrogation of Article 370 and the death of separatist SA Geelani. “We exercise our right of reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country ,” said first secretary Sneha , Dubey. She said such statements ridden with falsehoods deserve the collective contempt of the UNGA. India reiterated that the UTs of J&K, and Ladakh were, are, and will always be, an integral part of India, including areas under the “illegal occupation of Pakistan.” express read 1.5 kg pulasa fish sold for `18,500 in open auction at Antarvedi Das appointed as chief advisor to govt Kakinada: An ilish fish weighing around 1.5 kg was sold for `18,500 at an open auction in East Godavari’s Antarvedi on Saturday. Bought by a resident of Narasapuram in West Godavari, the fish variety, locally known as pulasa, is in huge demand as it is rarely caught. The fish is found in Vasishta Godavari and Godavari between July and September. The species, termed the ‘queen of fish’ in West Bengal and Bangladesh, migrates to the region for breeding due to suitable environment here. It swims against the current Vijayawada: Aditya Nath Das, the outgoing Chief Secretary, has been appointed as chief advisor to the State government after his retirement on September 30. The State government issued an order to this effect on Saturday. He will be positioned at AP Bhavan. Das was appointed as the Chief Secretary on January 1, 2021 and he was given a service extension of three months after June affordable housing Container houses a viable option for living A class 7 pass-out D S u r e n d r a K u m a r @ Tirupati A class 7 pass-out has offered a cost-effective solution to the problem of building temporary shelters at work sites of major projects, plantations and other construction ventures by converting shipping containers into houses. Nelavai Nagaraju (48) had set up Janaki Teja Engineering Works at Daminedu in Tirupati to convert shipping containers into liveable houses with minimum facilities at a cost of `3 lakh. He had learnt the engineering skills to convert containers into houses in Chennai Container houses designed by Nelavai Nagaraju in Tirupati | Express about a decade ago. The cost of a container house escalates depending on the facilities. His concept has become a hit among industrialists and realtors who generally place orders for container houses at their project sites. He procures empty containers from Chennai. His company has a team of 10 skilled workers to execute the job. Of the total 10, five are regular workers and the remainP5 ing are hired workers. Nelavai Nagaraju (48), a Class 7 passout, had set up Janaki Teja Engineering Works to convert containers into livable houses at a cost of `3 lakh. As many as 38 container houses have been sold in Tirupati alone Srikakulam district control room - 6309990933 vised fishermen against venturing into sea. They warned of tidal waves of about 0.5 metres height above the astronomical tide likely to inundate lowlying areas of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in AP and Ganjam in Odisha. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the cyclone preparedness and directed officials to take all necessary steps to ensure no loss of life and minimal damage to property. The collectors of three north coastal Andhra districts have been directed to evolve Covid-appropriate mass evacuation plan if necessary . Control rooms have been set up at village secretariats, besides deploying disaster management personnel in Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. The collectors are taking steps to set up relief camps for cyclone victims. Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts together have a coastline of 378 km and they house 59,496 fishermen families in 68 coastP5 al mandals. Cabinet rejig likely by dasara E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to go for a rejig of his Cabinet soon. According to sources, the Cabinet reshuffle may happen before Dasara (October 15) or at the most by Diwali, which falls in the first week of November. Jagan, who took over the reins of the State in May, 2019, had said he would go for a reshuffle of his Cabinet half-way through his five-year tenure and give a chance to others for the remaining two-and-a-half years. As his tenure is nearing the half-way mark, Jagan would go for a reshuffle of his Cabinet, which may see the exit of a majority of the ministers, barring a few seniors like Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy Botcha Satyanarayana, Bug, gana Rajendranath and his loyalist Kodali Nani, sources said. Though Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, speaking at a political programme in Ongole on Saturday, hinted that there would be a complete reshuffle, sources said Jagan may not repeat what the Balineni hints at total rejig Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy on Saturday hinted that there would be a complete reshuffle. I am not worried of losing my post. For me, party is important,’’ he said BJP did in Gujarat by going for a complete rejig of the Cabinet. “As per the policy decision taken by the party leadership, there would be a 100% rejig. I am not worried of losing my ministerial post. For me, party is important,’’ Balineni said. Sources, however, maintained that a complete overhaul is unlikely to happen. “It is just mentally preparing all the ministers in the present Cabinet to be ready for their exit,’’ they reasoned. Jagan constituted his Cabinet with 25 members, but had to go for a minor rejig with the elevation of two of his ministers Pilli Subash Chandra Bose and Mopidevi Venkata Ramana to the Rajya Sabha. P5
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