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 vijayawada l thursday l october 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city 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 tion 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 EnThough Zee had not menterprises Ltd (ZEEL) and Inves- tioned Reliance in its statement co Developing Markets Fund, to exchanges on Tuesday, it Reliance Industries talked about two In(RIL) on Wednesday vesco representatives What revealed that it had Reliance presenting a deal to proposed to merge its Punit Goenka “involvsays media properties with ing the merger of the Zee at “fair valuaCompany and certain Invesco had in tions” but never reentities owned by a February/March sorted to any hostile this year assisted large Indian group transaction. (strategic group)”. in arranging “The valuations of “As per the deal prediscussions with Zee and our propersented to me, upon Punit Goenka ties were arrived at completion of the based on the same pa- Differences arose aforesaid merger, the rameters,” an RIL between Goenka Strategic Group would statement read. It also and Invesco over hold majority stake of clarified that differ- founding family’s the merged entity and increasing their ences arose between I would be responsible stake ZEEL MD Punit Goenfor running the operaka and Invesco over tions of the merged Reliance did not the founders’ bid to entity as its MD and proceed further raise stake by subCEO,” Goenka said. after this, as it scribing to preferenHe added that the deal respects all tial warrants, followwas not in the best infounders ing which the merger terest of public shareRIL never resorted holders and that he plan was dropped. to any hostile Earlier on Wedneswas uncomfortable transactions day, Invesco said it with the manner in had tried facilitating which Invesco was a Reliance-Zee deal. “The role pushing the deal. of Invesco, as Zee’s single largAccording to Zee, Reliance’s est shareholder, was to help fa- deal valued its shares at `220 cilitate that potential transac- 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 vanquisher of evil As part of Devi Navaratri festival, the presiding deity of Durga temple blesses devotees in Sri Durga Devi Avatar, in Vijayawada on Wednesday | Prasant Madugula 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 Relaxation will enable cinemas to screen four shows; the fourth beginning at 8.45 pm and ending at 11.30 pm Now, gatherings and congregations can be held full-house No alternate seating arrangement at public functions Covid Appropriate Behaviour should be strictly adhered to by all CAB includes wearing a mask, frequent hand sanitisation and maintaining social distancing Violation of the order 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 of power from private players in the market and exchanges daily . Kerala, too, has been doing realtime 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 Justice PK Mishra sworn in as CJ of AP High Court Plan to open up wildlife areas to private sector 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 Justice Mishra. He succeeded Justice Arup Kumar Goswami | P4 New Delhi: In a move that could open up the country’s over 700 protected and wildlife areas to the private sector, the Ministry of Environment is exploring options to seek corporate funding for the management of national parks and sanctuaries | P7 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 gover nment spent about `282 crore in the last 13 days to buy costly power from the exchange. Continued on P7 Manmohan Admitted to aiims Former PM Manmohan Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi after he complained of weakness following fever
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