HYDERABAD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION CJI CALLS FOR 50% QUOTA FOR WOMEN IN JUDICIARY CJI N V Ramana urged women to ‘shout with anger and seek 50% reservation’ in all courts not as charity but as their right MAJOR GENDER SKEW IN REPRESENTATION Ramana was addressing an event organised by the lady advocates of SC to honour nine newly-appointed judges. The CJI said women constituted less than 30% of the lower judiciary, while at the HC level, they were a meagre 11%. “Amongst the 1.7 million lawyers, only 15% are women. They form 2% of the elected representatives at state bar councils,” he said ■ Four URGES EXECUTIVE TO TAKE ACTION ■ Tweaking a famous Karl Marx quote, he said: “Women of the world unite. 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Over time, we hope to offer you all this in regional Indian languages so that a larger proportion of readers can access and benefit from our content. We’ll see you online. -Editor Prasada given berth Sidhu stamp seen in to placate Brahmins ministry expansion N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow The seas turn rough in Visakhapatnam as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall, on Sunday morning | G SATYANARAYANA Srikakulam in the eye of storm EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Five fishermen swim ashore amid storm @ Vijayawada SRIKAKULAM and Vizianagaram districts plunged into darkness as Cyclone Gulab made landfall 20 km north of Kalingapatnam at 8:30 pm with maximum sustained wind speed of 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph. The landfall process of the cyclone commenced around 6 pm. After the landfall, the system is likely to maintain the cyclonic storm intensity with slight weakening of wind speed during the subsequent six hours over South Odisha and adjoining North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. It is likely to move west-northwest wards across South Odisha and South Chhattisgarh and weaken gradually into a depression Under the cyclone impact, heavy to very heavy rains lashed various parts of Srikakulam and some parts of Vizianagaram and Visakhapat- Srikakulam: Braving choppy waters and an injury caused by his capsized boat’s propeller, fisherman V Nayakanna, aged over 50, swam to safety and limped his way back to family and friends. Earlier, four of his colleagues, Y Papa Rao, V Chiranjeevi, K Bhima Rao and P Hema Rao, battled the rough sea for around 3.5 hours before reaching the shore after their boat had capsized off Srikakulam coast on Sunday. Another fisherman is still missing nam since Sunday morning. The highest rainfall of 13.4 cm was recorded at Gara in Srikakulam district A fisherman from Manchineella Peta village in Vajrapukotturu mandal in Srikakulam district went missing, while five others reached the shore safely at Akkupalli on Sunday evening. Met officials warned of rough to very rough sea conditions off the coast of AP and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took stock of the situation, spoke to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and assured all possible support from the Centre in implementing relief and rehabilitation measures. High-velocity winds uprooted trees at Purushothapatnam in Ichchapuram mandal, at Ganguvada in Mandasa and other places obstructing the movement of vehicular traffic. R&B teams swung into action to clear the fallen trees and clear the roads. On the directions of District Collector Shrikesh Lathkar, 182 people from low-lying coastal hamlets in Vajrapukotturu mandal were shifted to a cyclone shelter. TS PUTS OFFICIALS ON HIGH ALERT E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad WITH the IMD issuing a red alert in the wake of Cyclone Gulab crossing the coast between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, who was in Delhi on Sunday asked , the District Collectors, over a teleconference, to be vigilant. The CS directed them to be on alert as the cyclone’s impact might show in Telangana over the next two days. He asked them to set up a special control room in all the districts to monitor the flood situation. With the Met Department issuing a red alert for north Telangana and an orange alert for south Telangana, the Collectors have been asked to work in close coordination with the police and other departments. They were told to tackle the possibility of low-lying areas getting inundated and tanks being breached. “If necessary you , should take the services of the NDRF,” the CS said. The officials were asked to prevent people from trying to cross swollen streams. Special officers must be appointed in every mandal to avoid any human or property loss, Somesh Kumar said. He told the officials and staff of the GHMC to frequently monitor the rising water levels in the Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar reservoirs. All the Zonal Commissioners of the GHMC must be prepared to tackle possible emergencies that may arise due to heavy rains in Hyderabad, he said. The officials have been asked to ensure the availability of boats, pumps and other necessary P4 equipment. CONSTRUCTION AGENCY AT FAULT? According to sources, nala construction works were in progress at the site of the mishap. The agency in charge of the work, reportedly, did not install any fencing or signboard indicating the ongoing construction Man falls into overflowing drain; search ops underway H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh BARELY five months before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday expanded his ministry, inducting one cabinet and six ministers of state. The new entrants are Jitin Prasada, Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar, Paltu Ram, Sangeeta Balwant Bind, Sanjeev Kumar Gond, Dinesh Khatik, and Dharmaveer Singh Prajapati. Prasada got the lone cabinet berth, ostensibly to placate the Brahmin voters who are said to be sulking. He had crossed over from the Congress in June this year. Despite speculation, A K Sharma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trusted bureaucrat who had taken voluntary retirement as Yogi Adityanath MSME secretary in Delhi and joined the BJP in Lucknow in Raises sugarcane January, failed to make advisory price it to the Yogi cabinet. As part of his outreach to He was appointed vicecane farmers, especially president of the state in western UP ahead of BJP unit in June. Sunday’s expansion the polls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is being seen as an exannounced an increase in ercise to balance varithe state advisory price ous caste equations of sugarcane by `25 per ahead of the elections. , quintal. He also Significantly no sitting announced waiver of minister was dropped. interest on the Of the seven, there outstanding electricity were three OBCs and bills of the farmers two SC, indicating its continued outreach to those segments of society The sixth person is a . member of the Scheduled Tribe, Sandeep Kumar Gond from Sonebhadra. The seventh is a Brahmin. Of the two SC MLAs, Paltu Ram is a Jatav and Dinesh Khatik a Sonker. Most of the new inductees belong to the castes that were either not or less represented in the government. Chhatrapal Gangwar, a Kurmi by caste, is an MLA from Baheri constituency in Bareilly parliamentary constituency His elevation is being . seen as a replacement to Santosh Gangwar, an eight-time MP from Bareilly, who was dropped from Modi cabinet recently Ghazipur MLA San. geeta Balwant Bind’s induction is being seen as the BJP’s bid to create its own Nishad leadership, though it has forged an alliance with the NISHAD party led by Dr Sanjay Nishad. , This was the second expansion of Yogi’s government. The first one happened in 2019. AMID last minute pulls and pressures, 15 Congress lawmakers, including seven freshers, took their oaths of office and secrecy as ministers in Punjab. The Charanjit Singh Channi ministry is loaded with Sikhs, but also has three members of the Scheduled Castes, four Hindus, one OBC and one Muslim. As usual, the Malwa region of the state got the biggest share of berths. Eight of them were part of the outgoing Amarinder ministry. Among the new entrants are Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Pargat Singh, both of whom are close to Punjab Congress unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. Gurkirat Singh Kotli, grandson of former chief minister Beant Singh, too got a berth Navjot Singh Sidhu for the first time. The Sidhu stamp was evident in the ex- Dropped state pansion of the minis- ministers upset try as only two minis- One of the dropped ters considered close to ministers, Balbir Singh Amarinder were re- Sidhu, broke down, tained. However, they asking “What is my are also close to the fault?” while addressing Congress high com- the media. So did mand. One controver- Gurpreet Singh Kangar. sial induction was that AICC general secretary of Rana Gurjit Singh, a in-charge of Punjab former irrigation min- Harish Rawat said they ister. He was sworn in would be as adjusted in despite pressure from the party and/or the seven prominent party government leaders from the Doaba region of the state, who wrote to Sidhu and Channi alleging Gurjit’s involvement in a sand mining scam. He had to resign from the Amarinder cabinet in 2018 because of the scam. However, Sidhu unsuccessfully tried to accommodate Kuljit Nagra from Fatehgarh Sahib, working president of the Punjab Congress, in the ministry Nagra’s name was dropped at the . last minute to include Randeep Nabha from Amloh to improve regional balance following intervention by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Nabha was also seen as more experienced. Channi opposed the induction of both Pargat and Nagra, saying they were holding important positions in party but failed to block Pargat. , In all, six ministers are from the Majha region of Punjab, while the rest are from Malwa. At 43, Warring is the youngest minister, while Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, 78, is the oldest. E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad NATIONWIDE SEP 25 SEP 26 AN unwary citizen drowned in an open drain at Manikonda late on Saturday The nala was overflowing due to the sudden rains . that lashed Hyderabad early in the day The drain was fully in. undated, making it impossible for one to notice it. The victim, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, walked to his death as he stepped into the drain. As it was raining heavily at the time of the tragedy help could , not reach him in time. Though a rescue operation was launched later, the teams are yet to trace him. According to sources, nala construction works were in progress at the site of the mishap. The agency in charge of the work, reportedly did not install any fencing or signboard indi, cating the ongoing construction. Officials, however, claimed that the site was away from the road and said it was strange that he went towards the nala, as P4 there’s no road beyond that point. Fresh cases 29,616 28,326 Recoveries Deaths 28,046 26,032 290 260 TELANGANA SEP 25 SEP 26 Fresh cases 248 170 Recoveries Deaths 324 1 259 0 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) RECURRING NIGHTMARE Rains pay another deadly visit to Hanuman Nagar S B A C H A N J E E T S I N G H @ Hyderabad RAINS and floods are recurrent visitors at Hanuman Nagar in Tattianaram. Even before the residents of the colony could recover from the cataclysmic effect of the recent floods, another bout of heavy rain on Saturday night has brought them to their knees. When Express visited the colony most of the houses were in , the midst of water. The residents were going off the deep end, calling people’s representatives names for turning a blind eye to their plight. A few young- Houses in Hanuman Nagar under a sheet of water after Saturday night’s rains, at Tattianaram in Hyderabad | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN sters were even seen catching fish from the floodwaters. “Nobody cares about us. The people’s representatives visit us and pay lip sympathy Their . assurances are not backed by action. We have to live with buzzing mosquitoes and slushy roads for at least another fortnight,” says Kumudini Ben, a resident of the colony . The residents wonder why the officials and MLAs don’t pay any attention to the flood problem, considering how often it affects their colony “We have rains . and floods here quite often. Our colony is the first to get ma- rooned off, and yet, no one considers it a matter of priority,” says another resident, Srinivas. He adds that though they had brought the concern to the notice of Ibrahimpatnam MLA M Kishanreddy and local councillors, nothing was done to fix it. For the last two years, rainwater is being let out into Hanuman Nagar from the neighbouring Autonagar. The water cannot recede as the pipes meant to draw it are placed at a height. “This height has to be decreased for water to move out through the pipes,” suggested Krishna, a resident. Caste census chorus by Nitish, Naveen & Soren RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ Patna/New Delhi DESPITE the Centre recently ruling out caste census in 2021 in its affidavit before the Supreme Court, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday pressed ahead saying it was the need of the hour and served national interest. Similar demands came from chief ministers of Jharkhand and Odisha during Sunday’s meeting in Delhi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Left-wing extremism. While Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren submitted a memorandum in support of caste-based census, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said his gover nment would do whatever is sensible to reduce discrimination in his state. Addressing media after the Delhi meeting, Nitish said enumeration of castes was key to effective implementation of welfare schemes and “it would not be proper if it is not conducted”. Nitish said he would convene an all-party meeting in Bihar to discuss the situation and chart the future course. While Nitish said he does not see any point in leaving the NDA over this issue, his statement put the Bihar BJP in a tight spot as it has been advised by its leadership to expose the parties demanding caste census. Three of the four NDA constituents — JD(U), HAM and VIP — have broken ranks and are support- Nitish Kumar Hemant Soren ing the Opposition on the issue. Predictably former depu, ty chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi defended the Centre’s line, saying castebased census was difficult as it was not ‘just a matter of adding a column’. “But if any state wants to conduct it, it can go ahead and do it like Karnataka had done earlier or like Odisha is doing now,” Modi said. “If the Bihar NDA wants to conduct the survey it can do it. , But it is not practically possible for the Centre to conduct it now,” he added.
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