Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 12 46,23,892 doses October 13 32,36,997 doses Total doses: 95,82,64,532 NATIONWIDE oct 12 oct 13 Fresh cases 15,823 14,313 Recoveries 26,579 22,844 Deaths 181 226 statewide tirupati l thursday l october 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION `100 Lakh cr Master Plan for infrastructure development The master plan for multi-modal connectivity aims to develop infrastructure to reduce logistic costs and boost the economy oct 12 oct 13 Fresh cases 503 517 Recoveries 817 826 Deaths 12 8 Samples tested 32,846 38,786 Projects to get more power, speed Integrated planning across ministries PM Gati Shakti, unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, seeks to raise cargo-handling capacity and cut the turnaround time. It will speed up projects by connecting all departments on one platform, Modi said, adding that the infra schemes of various ministries and state governments will be designed and executed with a common vision ■ A digital platform, Gati Shakti will bring 16 ministries including ■ Railways and Roadways together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infras connectivity projects It will incorporate the infra schemes of various ministries and state govts like Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, etc $1.5 trillion National Infrastructure Pipeline expected to benefit from gati Shakti 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 Coal crisis forces States to go for costly power buy RIL concedes its Zeel, not interested now and nothing more,” it said in response to Goenka’s charge AFTER its name was dragged that it tried to push a one-sided into the boardroom battle be- Reliance deal on Zee. tween Zee Entertainment and Though Zee had not menInvesco Developing tioned Reliance in its Markets Fund, Relistatement to exchangWhat ance Industries on es on Tuesday, it Reliance talked about two InWednesday revealed says that it had proposed to vesco representatives merge its media proppresenting a deal to Invesco had in erties with Zee at “fair Punit Goenka “involvFebruary/March valuations” but never ing the merger of the this year assisted resorted to any hostile Company and certain in arranging transaction. entities owned by a discussions with “The valuations of large Indian group Punit Goenka Zee and our proper(strategic group)”. ties were arrived at Differences arose “As per the deal prebased on the same pa- between Goenka sented to me, upon rameters,” a Reliance and Invesco over completion of the statement read. It also founding family’s aforesaid merger, the clarified that differStrategic Group would increasing their ences arose between hold majority stake of stake Zee Entertainment the merged entity and Reliance did not MD Punit Goenka and I would be responsible proceed further I nve s c o ove r t h e for running the operaafter this, as it founders’ bid to raise tions of the merged respects all their stake by subentity as its MD and founders scribing to preferenCEO,” Goenka said. tial warrants, follow- RIL never resorted He added that the deal ing which the merger was not in the best into any hostile plan was dropped. terest of public sharetransactions Earlier on Wednesholders and that he day, Invesco said it was uncomfortable had tried facilitating a Reli- with the manner in which Inance-Zee deal. “The role of In- vesco was pushing the deal. vesco, as Zee’s single largest According to Zee, Reliance’s shareholder, was to help facili- deal valued its shares at `220 tate that potential transaction apiece. D i pa k M o n d a l @ New Delhi AP purchases a peak hour block of 2,102 MW at `20 per unit E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Divine light Lord Malayappa Swamy blesses devotees from Suryaprabha Vahanam on Wednesday as part of Tirumala Brahmotsavams | Express State eases Covid-19 curbs The State government on Wednesday issued an order easing Covid-19 restrictions following improvement in the situation Curfew timings have been relaxed and it will be in force from 12 midnight to 5 am Partial curfew to be in force till October 31 This will enable cinemas to screen four shows; the fourth beginning at 8.45 pm and ending at 11.30 pm Gatherings and congregations can be held full-house No alternate seating arrangement at public functions Covid Appropriate Behaviour should be strictly adhered to CAB includes wearing mask, frequent hand sanitisation and maintaining social distancing Violation of the orders issued by the Medical and Health Department will result in prosecution under Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 18 of IPC as well as other applicable laws While the Centre is scrambling to restore normalcy in coal supply to thermal power plants, several power deficit states have been forced to spend scarce resources on buying energy from the national exchange at extremely high rates to avoid power cuts. Tenders for 15-minute realtime blocks are invited by the Indian Energy Exchange 1.5 hours before the actual sale. The normal cost through this mode is `5-6 per unit, but because of the crippling coal crisis, the rate has shot up to `20 a unit now. Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday bought a peak hour block of 2,102 MW at `20 per unit for 15 minutes from 6.30 pm to 6.45 pm, and at the same rate from 7 pm to 7.15 pm. On Tuesday it , procured 2,000 MW in two 15-minute blocks at `20 a unit. On an average, the state buys 28-40 million units o f power from private players in the market and exchanges daily . Kerala, too, has been doing real-time buying of around 0.4-1.10 million units each day from the exchange, spending about `20 per unit. As for Rajasthan, it has express read Prashant Kumar Mishra sworn in as CJ of AP HC Vijayawada: Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra was sworn-in as Chief Justice of AP High Court here on Wednesday. Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan administered the oath of office to Mishra. He was transferred from the HC of Chhattisgarh Plan to open up wildlife areas to private sector New Delhi: In a move that could open up the country’s over 700 protected and wildlife areas to the private sector, the Union Ministry of Environment is planning to seek corporate funding for management of national parks and sanctuaries. been forced to buy around 4 crore units of electricity each day at rates between `15 and `20 a unit. That works out a needless daily spend of around `80 crore. The rate during normal times is `3-4 per unit. With Bihar Chief Minister promising uninterrupted power during the festival period, his government has been purchasing over 1,200 MW at `20 per unit to bridge the gap. The Punjab government spent about `282 crore in the last 13 days to buy costly power from the exP7 change. Manmohan admitted to AIIMS Former PM Manmohan Singh was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi on Wednesday after he complained of weakness following fever | P7
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