JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT October 8 71,75,744 doses October 9 60,66,412 doses TOTAL DOSES: 94,62,90,307 NATIONWIDE OCT 8 OCT 9 Fresh cases 21,257 19,740 Recoveries Deaths 24,963 23,070 271 248 TELANGANA OCT 8 OCT 9 Fresh cases FINAL COURSE IN DESERT Will it be Delhi Capitals or Chennai Super Kings in Friday’s ﬁnal? Some talking points as the Indian Premier League shifts to the play-offs stage WATCH OUT: THE GAME OF BATTERS Ruturaj Gaikwad (533), Faf du Plessis (546) and Shikhar Dhawan (544), three of the four highest run-getters this time, will be in action on Sunday. All of them played integral part in their teams’ success Stoinis back fit CSK off track If word from the UAE is anything to go by, Delhi all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is fit again and will take his place in the XI. Stoinis is a key player because his presence gives the team balance One thing that’s not in favour of MS Dhoni & Co is their form. They have lost their last three. While the losers of Sunday’s match will get one more go, the management will be keen to arrest this slidev | P11 190 Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD SUNDAY OCTOBER 10, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION 201 220 1 245 2 9th ENTERING BUSINESS END October 10: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings October 11: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders October 13: Loser of October 10 vs Winner of October 11 October 15: Winner of October 10 vs Winner of October 13 LIVE AT 7.30PM CHENNAI SEEK A NINTH IPL FINAL ON SUNDAY 2 DELHI ON THE OTHER HAND SEEK 2ND FINAL 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 Ashish Mishra not cooperating with probe, giving evasive answers Lakhimpur prime accused arrested after 11-hr grilling N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow NOT THE BEST AMBIENCE A screengrab from a video tweeted by a netizen shows an eatery at Chandrayangutta in Old City, Hyderabad flooded after heavy rains on Saturday evening | RAIN COVERAGE: P2 Coal shortage fuels blackouts in states EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL north Indian states are staring at blackouts as an acute coal shortage is crippling power production. Severe shortage at thermal plants in Punjab forced utility PSPCL to cut down generation and impose load shedding at several places, while supplies are being cut for one hour daily in Rajasthan. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to intervene to address an impending energy crisis in the National Capital. The impact of the shortage was also felt in other parts of the country including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. , Meanwhile, Union coal minister Pralhad Joshi said a steep rise in international prices and excessive rains were to be blamed for the shortage. However, he added that the situation would be ‘alright’ in P7 three-four days. WITH THIS ISSUE TURNING THE CLOCK BACK PLUS 12 PAGES ASHISH Mishra, the son of Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ and the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, was arrested late on Saturday night after being questioned for over 11 hours by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the crime branch headed by DIG Upendra Agarwal. The minister’s son was arrested after the probe team felt he was not fully cooperating with the investigation, senior police officials said, adding that he could not answer many questions posed by the SIT. After the interrogation, the SIT also asked the district police to add a few more sections of the IPC to the FIR lodged against Ashish. During the interrogation by the six-member SIT in the Lakhimpur crime branch office, Ashish provided video testimonials of 10 persons to the police that said he was not in the vehicle that ran over the protesting farmers. However, the SIT was not convinced with his version of the violence, in which eight Ashish Mishra arrives at the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri on Saturday | PTI people were killed. The minister’s son appeared before the SIT around 10:40 am. His interrogation began soon after as the SIT had come prepared with 40 questions. Sources said Ashish reiterated he was not present at Tikunia, the site of the incident. He insisted he was at a wrestling competition at Banbirpur village, some 3-4 km away from Tikunia. However, the police sources said the evidence collected so far pointed towards his presence on the spot of violence. Earlier, the police arrested two persons, Luvkush and Ashish Pandey said to , be close aides of Ashish Mishra. Ashish was named as the main accused in the FIR lodged by the farmers. He, along with 15-20 unidentified persons, has been booked under sections pertaining to murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting, among others. On Saturday, a group of local BJP workers gathered at the office of the crime branch shouting slogans in support of Ashish. Ashish appeared before the police following a second summon. The notice was served on Ashish under Section 160 of the CrPC and he was asked to appear in person and present his version of the events. He had failed to present himself after the first summon. Meanwhile, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday called for a nationwide rail blockade on October 18 demanding the sacking of MoS Ajay Mishra. The morcha also decided to burn the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah on Dussehra (October 15) and announced that a farmers’ mahapanchayat will be held in Lucknow on October 26. (With inputs from Harpreet Bajwa in Chandigarh) EXPRESS READ `550 CR & RISING After dissenters’ nudge, UNACCOUNTED INCOME OF `550 CR FOUND IN IT RAIDS AT HETERO DRUGS’ OFFICES | P4 NOD TO NAMES CENTRE NOTIFIES TRANSFERS AND APPOINTMENTS OF 13 CJs TO HCs | P7 INSIDE CWC to meet on Oct 16 New Delhi: Following persistent demands for organisational changes by the so-called G-23 leaders, the Congress has decided to hold a meeting of its national working committee on October 16. Issues such as the current political situation and organisational elections are likely to figure at the Congress Working Committee meeting | P8 TELANGANA GETS NEW CJ I P4
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