HYDERABAD TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION FACTORIES HIT AS CHINA PUSHES FOR EMISSION GOAL Power guzzling units forced shut as China seeks to tackle coal supply shortage and climate goals ahead of the Winter Games CHINESE GDP TO TAKE 1 PERCENTAGE POINT HIT GLOBAL MANUFACTURERS TO SUFFER Analysts revisited growth projections because of the curbs amid postpandemic economic rebound, with some expecting China’s GDP to take a 1 percentage point hit. Globally, expect a shortage of mobile phones and gadgets ahead of the Christmas season, as most units will remain shut for P12 exceeding consumption quota under a strict carbon credit system ■ ■ This clampdown adds to the burden of global manufacturers reeling under the weight of chip shortage, logistics concerns and the lingering effect of the pandemic-driven global slowdown But Nomura economists saw a silverlining, saying the long-term benefits of the curbs outweigh the short-term economic costs 160 ENERGY INTENSIVE UNITS SHUT; POWER CUTS IN 14 CITIES 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 Farmers’ bandh disrupts normal life at many places Techie’s body found in Neknampur lake The body of Gopishetty Rajinikanth, a techie who slipped to his death in an overflowing open drain at Manikonda on Saturday night, was found in the midst of water hyacinths in Neknampur lake. Meanwhile, at Chaitanyapuri, an unidentified body was found, and it was moved to Osmania General Hospital for an autopsy | P2 Shops shut, public transport off roads in Punjab, Haryana, Kerala E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E NORMAL life was thrown out of gear on Monday in several parts of the country as farmer unions blocked highways and roads, and squatted on railway tracks as part of a 10-hour shutdown to protest against the Centre’s agri laws. Thousands of people were stranded on the roads for hours, especially in the Delhi national capital region. Several trains were cancelled in Delhi, Ambala and Firozpur divisions. The impact of the bandh was felt in Delhi NCR, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, claimed the strike was a success and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. Emergency services were not affected as the morcha had issued specific instructions in this regard. In Punjab, farmers held dharnas at about 500 venues. A complete shutdown was observed in the state with transport services being suspended and commercial establishments shut. In Kerala, where the strike was supported by both the ruling CPM and the opposition Congress, shops were shut and public transport was hit. Protests were also seen in West Bengal, where the Left Front backed the call for a shut- down. Images from Kolkata showed protesters swarming a section of the railway track. Reacting to reports of massive traffic jam in Delhi-NCR, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said those who faced inconvenience due to the shutdown should forget it for the farmers’ sake. “Some people may have faced inconvenience due to the Bharat Bandh, which is natural, but they should forget it for just one day in the name of farmers,” Tikait said. The union leader added that in a democracy there is no oth, er option but to protest and warned the government that the farmers would go back to their homes only after the laws P4 are abolished. Massive traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram border near Sirhaul Toll Plaza due to barricading by Delhi Police on Monday | PTI RSS weekly likens Amazon to a coloniser E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi AFTER its blistering attack on infotech major Infosys recently , Hindi magazine Panchajanya, which is linked to the RSS, lit into e-commerce retail behemoth Amazon, likening it to British colonisers and calling it ‘East India Company 2.0’, in its upcoming edition. Amazon quickly rebutted the allegations, explaining how it has offered its platform to a large number of small grocery stores and exporters to sell their goods and services. The latest Panchajanya cover story has its genesis in a recent whistleblower complaint against Amazon allegedly bribing Indian government officials. The report examines “how Amazon resorts to bribery, and why it poses a risk to the entrepreneurship of the country, besides prestige, culture and economic freedom of India,” its editor Hitesh Shankar said. It claimed at least 40,000 small shops in India have shut down because of Amazon’s expanding footprint. For its part, Amazon claimed it was empowering kirana stores and connecting individual artisans and exporters with the global market. RAJDHANI DIARY KCR MEETS SHAH THRICE IN 4 DAYS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TELANGANA Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had a busy time meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah thrice across two of his four-day visit to New Delhi. Though he was originally scheduled to be in Delhi for three days, Friday to Sunday , Rao extended his trip by one more day and stayed put in the nation’s capital on Monday as well. Rao, who attended a meeting of Chief Ministers of 10 States on curbing left-wing e xtremism, which w as called by the Union Home Ministry on Sunday afternoon, met Shah once again the same evening. The meeting lasted for more than one-and-a-half hours, making one wonder what the topic of discussion was. The Chief Minister sprang a surprise yet again on Monday by calling on the Union Home Minister for a third time. There is no official word on what transpired between Rao and Shah during these meetings. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) did not even release the contents of Rao’s address at the conference on left-wing extremism or his other two meetings with Shah. The CMO, in nor mal course, issues press releases shortly after the Chief Minister’s official engagements. Interestingly, when Shah had visited Nirmal on September 17, on the occasion of ‘Telangana Liberation Day’, he was not critical of the Chief Minister. He had merely said that the BJP would come to power in the State in the next Assembly elections. As no official statement followed Rao’s visit to the nation’s capital, curiosity levels have peaked among those who watch his movements closely . Assembly A worker wades through waist-deep water, near the Begum Bazar police station in Hyderabad; (left) The branches of an uprooted tree hang precariously on electric wires, causing power disruption at Madhusudan Nagar | VINAY MADAPU Gulab’s thorny effect cripples Telangana E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad UNDER the influence of Cyclone Gulab, which made a landfall near Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains pounded the whole of Telangana throughout the day and late into the night on Monday, crippling normal life and bringing the State’s road and drain infrastructure to its knees. The Met Department forecast for Tuesday also appears grim. In Hyderabad, evening traffic was held up nearly everywhere, with water surging onto the roads from overflowing drains. In some areas, citizens were seen risking their lives, finding ground under waist-deep water, like at Bahadurpura in Old City The residents of . Krishna Nagar also had to wade through the tricky waters. Vehicular traffic stood still along a 2-3 km stretch on the Jubilee HillsHitec City road. Traffic movement was very slow at many other places too — Ravindra Bharati, Lakdikapul, Masab Tank, Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, and NIMS Hospital Govt gets it for changing pattern of PG NEET exam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Centre for making lastminute changes to the exam pattern of Postgraduate National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test-Super Specialty (NEETSS), 2021. “The young doctors cannot be at the mercy of insensitive bureaucrats and cannot be treated like a football,” a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarthana said. The court had last week issued notices to the Central government and the National Medical Council (NMC) on a plea by postgraduate doctors over last-minute changes to the exam pattern. NEET-SS is scheduled to be held on November 13 and 14, the dates for which were notified on July 23. However, the testing agency announced a syllabus change on August 31 through a bulletin. “Why after the exam notification? Why cannot it be made from next year. Students prepare for months for such exams. We will hear you, but we are dissatisfied with the authorities. Just because you have power you are wielding it like this. Please speak to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to look into this,” said Justice Chandrachud. Justice Nagarathna said the new syllabus looked more like a final exam than an entrance test. “If you change it (pattern) suddenly, what will happen? This does not look like an entrance, but a final exam,” Justice Nagarathna said. At this, senior advocate Maninder Singh and the National Board of Examination’s counsel submitted the changes were enforced after necessary approvals. As TRS boosts startups, BJP packs ’em all up, says KTR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao, on Monday claimed , that Telangana was the investment destination for companies in all the sectors — right from tractors to helicopters, erra bus to electric bus, tiles to textiles, and apps to Apple maps. “This is a testament to the able leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the stable government of the TRS. We are competing with China by establishing the Pharma City and with Bangla, desh in the textiles sector,” he said. Speaking at the Assembly during a discussion on ‘Progress of industries and sectors in Telangana’, Rama Rao said that it was not possible to offer government jobs to everyone. “We have no option but to invite investments in the private sector. Direct employment has been created for 19 lakh people in the State in the last seven years in the IT and industries sector. As many as 17,302 industrial units were sanctioned through the TS-iPASS. Of this, around 13,000 units have already begun operations,” Rama Rao said. Refuting the Opposition’s allegations that the lands acquired from the poor were being allotted to pharma companies for higher prices, Rama Rao clarified that the land allotment in Pharma City had not be- and Council sessions halted for three days owing to Cyclone Gulab. Both the Houses will meet on Friday, i.e., on October 1 gun yet. He, however, said that a few must sacrifice their lands for the greater good. Slamming the Centre for its ‘non-cooperation’, the Minister said, “The TRS has a ‘startup’ policy but the BJP’s is , a ‘pack-up’ policy He .” alleged that the Centre had failed to keep its word on setting up the Bayyaram steel factory, a railway coach factory turmer, ic board and others. The BJP says no to any investment. Those retrenching jobs in PSUs can’t organise a Million March over lack of jobs in the State KT Rama Rao NATIONWIDE SEP 26 — due to waterlogging on the main roads. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, on Monday re, viewed the situation with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and asked him to make necessary arrangements to tackle the floods. Drainage system T h e r a i n s h av e proved for the umpteenth time that the city’s stormwater drain network is unable to discharge water, causing inundation of roads and low-lying areas. SEP 27 EXPRESS READ Fresh cases 28,326 26,041 Recoveries Deaths 26,032 29,621 260 276 TELANGANA SEP 26 Fresh cases 170 Recoveries Deaths 259 0 SEP 27 216 241 2 To avoid inconvenience to regular traffic, police officials and the DRF cleared the floodwater at Krishna Nagar, Sultan Bazar, Rangmahal, Bahadurpura Junction, Allugaddabavi, Chilkalguda and Ranigunj Junction. At Chitraguda RP Road, local traffic police drained out stagnated water beside a nala under construction. Due to waterlogging on NH44 at Manoharabad in Medak, Cyberabad traffic police advised citizens travelling towards Tupran, Kamareddy Ni, zamabad and Adilabad to take a diversion at Medchal checkMORE REPORTS: P2 post. PM launches Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Sept 26 38,18,362 doses Sept 27 88,98,560 doses TOTAL DOSES 86,93,79,970 New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. Beneficiaries would be issued digital health IDs, containing all their health records, to offer better and affordable care | P7
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