HYDERABAD FRIDAY OCTOBER 08, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION DISSENTERS OUT OF THE BJP’s NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM SWAMY, MANEKA GANDHI, VARUN DROPPED Maneka Gandhi and son Varun were dropped hours after the latter’s tweet on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Subramanian Swamy, vocal critic of the leadership, too, was removed. Choudhary Birendra Singh, who recently shared the dais with Om Prakash Chautala, was axed. Prahlad Singh Patel lost his slot perhaps after his name cropped up in the Pegasus list | P7 The 80-member body has Union ministers and inﬂuential newcomers like Mithun Chakraborty and Dinesh Trivedi ■ Nov 7 HEADY MIX OF VETERANS, NEWCOMERS ■ ■ Smriti Irani made a comeback. Heavyweights like Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari retained their positions S P S Baghel and Dara Singh Chouhan, both imports from the BSP with strong following in the backward castes, were inducted Veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have been retained WHEN THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS 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 Terrorists kill principal, teacher in Srinagar school F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Distraught family members of Deepak Chand, a teacher from Jammu, killed during a terrorist attack at a government school in Idgah area of downtown Srinagar on Thursday | PTI KILL ME ALSO, SAYS KOUR’s MOTHER A pall of gloom descended on the house of Supinder Kour, whose relatives are yet to come to terms with her death. “Kill me also,” wailed her mother even as relatives made futile attempts to console her. “What had she done? She was a teacher. She has small kids. Aag lage is Kashmir ko (let this Kashmir burn),” she said NPAs set to rise as stress in retail loans deepens E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad IN July, retail loans overtook corporate credit, perhaps for the first time in Indian banking history The trend . continued in August, and it is likely that in Q2, the aggregate retail loan book of banks will surpass their corporate counterpart. But the cheer could be short-lived due to rising bad loans. According to India Ratings, overall stressed assets – NPAs and restructured loans – in the retail segment will likely touch 5.8% of total advances by the end of FY22 from 2.9% a year before. In Q1 alone, according to Care Ratings, gross NPAs in retail and MSME loans of public sector banks rose to 7.28% from 6%. The incidence of bad loans was comparatively less intense for private banks at 3.32%. To contain the stress, lenders have mounted massive restructuring this fiscal. For instance, State Bank of India restructured loans wor th `20,000 crore in Q1, of which retail personal loans were at `9,000 crore. These include unsecured loans, personal loans, home, auto and education loans. But unlike in the past when NPA woes were limited to staterun lenders, this time private banks will equally face the music given their foothold in retail sector. TERRORISTS barged into a government school on Thursday and shot dead its principal and a teacher at point-blank range, in a shocking escalation of civilian targets here in the last few days. As many as seven civilians have been killed in the Valley in just five days. Thursday’s attack happened when the teachers were taking online classes. No student was in school at the time of the incident. The deceased were identified as principal Supinder Kour from Aloochibagh in uptown Srinagar, and Deepak Chand from Jammu. Police said the terrorists entered the Government Boys Higher Secondary School at Sangam around 11.15 am and opened fire. While Deepak died on the spot, Supinder succumbed on OLD CITY WILL BE AN ISTANBUL, VOWS KCR E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad KARIMNAGAR may not become a Dallas anytime soon but the Old City of Hyderabad, given time, will surely be turned into another Istanbul. This was revealed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Assembly on Thursday . Speaking during a short discussion on Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi, Rao advised the Opposition to have patience while Hyderabad’s Old City would be developed into an Istanbul-like city. It would happen in a phased manner, TS among the topcontributors to national GDP RBI listed TS among four states in the order of contribution The funds that go to the Centre from a State are more and what the State got is very less. Devolution of funds to states is not an act of charity, rather it the state’s right KCR finds fault with the Centre for cutting the budget for local bodies by 25% HC directs Koti hosp to abort minor’s pregnancy T G N A D I U @ Hyderabad THE Telangana High Court directed the Superintendent of Government Maternity Hospital, Koti, to terminate the pregnancy of a minor girl, either medically or through surgical procedure within a period of 48 hours after taking due precautions. The order was issued on Tuesday Justice . B Vijayasen Reddy directed that the procedure has to be performed by the seniormost gynaecologist of the hospital. Also, tissue and blood samples of the foetus must be collected for conducting DNA and other tests, he directed. A 16-year-old girl had filed a petition in High Court, through her mother, seeking a direction to terminate her pregnancy medically, as per the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 and as amendCONTINUED ON P4 ed in 2021. Four minor girls raped in 3 separate incidents E N S @ Adilabad/Nizamabad/Medak THERE seems to be no end to atrocities against minors in Telangana as four young girls were raped in three separate incidents in the State. In Eidgaon Chowrasta locality of Nirmal town, a three-yearold girl was sexually assaulted by a 45-year-old neighbour when she came to his house. According to police, accused C Narayana took the girl into his room and allegedly outraged her modesty When the . g i rl s t a r t e d s c r e a m i n g , n e i g h b o u r s t r i e d t o break into the room but the accused managed to escape from the scene. The girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the local police, who sent the victim to hospital for treatCONTINUED ON P5 ment and tests. he assured. Referring to the Lower Maniar Dam, the CM denied ever having said that he would make Karimnagar another Dallas. “I only said that if a ropeway bridge comes up and waterways are planned downstream of the Lower Manair Dam, it would look like the iconic Tower Bridge on the Thames in London. I know Dallas is in the US. Why would I indulge in meaningless talk,” he asked. The ropeway bridge project, under progress now, is estimated to P4 cost `336 crore. KCR SPITS FIRE AT CENTRE Telangana which used to get around `1,847 cr will now get `1,365 cr CM finds fault with Centre for refusing to procure parboiled rice from TS 3 CRORE TONNES OF PADDY THE STATE PROCURED TILL JULY The FCI did not give any assurance on procuring the entire paddy stock. Alternative crops would be raised. Announcement in Nov PALLE DAWAKHANAS ON THE LINES OF BASTI DAWAKHANAS TO COME UP IN VILLAGES Improvement of infrastructure for Dalitwadas where SC and ST population is high These lands have been frozen in the Dharani portal and no transactions are now allowed the way to a hospital. Two days ago, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit chemist, Makhan Lal Bindroo, and two others were killed in similar attacks. Claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attack, terrorist outfit The Resistance Front claimed it was a retributive strike against those who had allegedly harassed parents into making their wards attend the Aug u s t 1 5 I n d e p e n d e n c e D ay functions. Soon after the attack, security forces launched a search for the assailants, but no arrest was reported till the time of going to press. Meanwhile, terrorists lobbed a grenade at a CRPF bunker in Safakadal in Srinagar on Thursday night, but there was no loss of life. Officials said the grenade hit the netting of the bunker and exploded on the roadside. Cement prices increase by `60 per bag C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai THE construction industry which is , struggling to shrug off the pandemicinduced woes, has suffered a fresh blow with cement manufacturers in South India warning that the production cost of cement is likely to go up by `60 for a 50kg bag. The South India Cement Manufacturers Association (SICMA) has stated that cement production has been badly hit due to rise in the cost of imported coal. “Pet coke is simply not available. These days, due to shortage of ships, even high-priced coal or pet coke is not available and informed sources said there will be further increase in the price of coal,” a SICMA statement said. “Under these circumstances, it is likely that cement production will be badly hit. This could increase the production cost of a bag of cement by a minimum of `60. It is difficult to predict either further increase in fuel cost or capacity utilisation can be achieved by the cement industry in south India,” the statement added. Branded cement was selling at `420 per bag till last Saturday At . present, the wholesale price of ‘A’ grade cement has already risen to `480-490 while the retail price is P7 `490-500. UP summons out for minister’s son State scrambles to take action as SC seeks report ing. If they don’t turn up, we will go to court and follow due legal procWITH the Supreme Court breathing ess,” the IG told this newspaper, adddown its neck demanding a status re- ing teams have been set up for their port on probe into the Lakhimpur arrest and questioning. Kheri violence within 24 hours, the Significantly the IG confirmed the , UP Police tried to get its act torecovery of empty bullet shells gether, arresting two aides of from the violence site. The the main accused Ashish FIR lodged on the basis of Mishra and detaining three the farmers’ complaint alothers here on Thursday . leged that Ashish opened As for Ashish, son of fire after getting down Union minister Anil from a car that mowed Mishra, he has been sumdown the protestors. “In moned to appear at the Lathe light of this, the incikhimpur police lines for dent site was meticulously interrogation at 10 am on Probe trajectory probed by a metal detector Friday. “We have sumtoday a police statement ,” Additional Director moned him. We will record later said. his statement,” said Laxmi General of Police S N The IG also said the arSabat said events Singh, Inspector General rested persons have given of Police, Lucknow zone. unfolded only after a lot of information. “Durthe “accident”. The summons notice was ing interrogation, they Anyone behind the pasted at the Lakhimpur confirmed the presence of residence of Ajay Mishra. wheel has complete three others who were control over the Earlier in the day, the killed in the violence.” Supreme Court had asked vehicle and is 100% The IG was, however, the state government to responsible for it, he cagey on whether they said, adding others submit a full report by Friconfirmed Ashish’s presday after taking suo motu in the vehicle could ence in one of the cars have a reason to cognisance of the matter. that rammed into the ‘instigate or abet’ The two arrested perprotestors from behind. sons were identified as whatever happened Bharatiya Kisan Union Luvkush and Ashish Panleader Rakesh Singh dey Their arrest happened full four Tikait has demanded Ashish’s arrest . days after the violence that led to the by October 12. Meanwhile, the UP killing of eight persons, including government named retired Allafour farmers and a journalist, indi- habad High Court judge Pradeep Kucated the police were dragging their mar Srivastava as the head of the feet till now. “The accused named in single-member judicial commission the FIR have been called for question- that will investigate the violence. N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow BRITAIN QUARANTINE LIST BLINKS INDIANS OUT OF ITS The UK said on Thursday there will be no quarantine for Indian travellers if they are either fully vaccinated with Covishield or any another UK-approved Covid-19 jab. The rule will come into effect from Monday, October 11, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted on Thursday | P7 NATIONWIDE OCT 6 OCT 7 TELANGANA OCT 6 OCT 7 Fresh cases 18,833 22,431 Fresh cases 187 176 Recoveries Deaths 24,770 278 24,602 318 Recoveries Deaths 170 1 216 1
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