The New Indian Express Wishes its readers a Our offices and press will remain closed today and there will be no issue of the paper on Saturday WARANGAL l friday l October 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION Duel in the desert: KKR, cSK face off in summit clash Chennai Super Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final in Dubai today. The match will kick off at 7.30 pm IST Super Kings’ batting might Knight Riders’ spin theory Chennai’s line-up is studded with batsmen who can put opposition bowlers under pressure at any stage of the innings. Ruturaj Gaekwad has been the star, with Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja providing experience and explosive power ■ Slow pitches in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have helped Kolkata’s spin-oriented attack. Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib al Hasan provide variation and pose a threat for any team. The team will depend on them against Chennai’s formidable batting line-up | P11 `10 cr Prize money Winners take home : `6.25 cr 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 2 soldiers die in Poonch gunfight Addl army personnel rushed to spot to prevent the militants from escaping F aya z W a ni @ Srinagar phool & final Hundreds of women play Bathukamma on the final day of the floral festival at Padmakshi temple in Warangal on Thursday Top Maoist leader RK dies of chronic illness in Bijapur Handover of projects Cops recreate AP and TS wait for the other to blink first Lakhimpur crime but Tikait raps E ja z K a i s e r @ Raipur e x p r e ss news s e r v i c e Top Maoist leader Akkiraju Haragopal alias Rama Krishna (RK), who was a Central Committee member of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), died of chronic illness at some unknown forest terrain close to Pamed in Bijapur district on Thursday, according to reliable sources. Hailing from Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh and in-charge of Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) Special Zonal Committee, the 55-year-old leader was taking treatment for his chronic illness somewhere in south Bastar’s remote jungle of Pamed, 450 km south of Raipur. He was popularly known as Saket in AOB. He was a member of the Maoist central team that negotiated peace talks with the gover nment of the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh in September, 2004. He was also overseeing the Maoist technical wing. Continued on P5 THE gazette notification of Jal Shakti Ministry has gone for a toss. Though the river management boards — KRMB and GRMB — have to manage the irrigation projects from October 14, the projects have not yet been brought under their control. As Telangana is buying time in handing over the irrigation projects to the boards, Andhra Pradesh issued GOs but asked the officials to ensure that the process of handing over the projects is done simultaneously with Telangana. The organisational structure should have been in place by August 14 and the seed fund of `800 crore by both the States should have been deposited with the boards by September 14. As the states neither submitted full details of staff pattern nor deposited the seed money so far, the chances of boards taking control of the projects may take longer. After the KRMB sent the board meeting’s resolution copy the , @ Hyderabad/Vijayawada Telangana government issued a GO constituting a seven-member committee of advocates and technical experts to the study the proposals. “The KRMB proposed to take over power houses too. We vehemently oppose the same. The Krishna water disputes are continuing between the two sibling states. Till the disputes are settled, it may be pointless to hand over the power outlets to be Board,” said the TS officials. Meanwhile, in a letter to the KRMB chairman, Telangana irrigation engineerin-chief C Muralidhar Rao said that the power generation at Srisailam was incidental to build storage at Nagarjuna Sagar Project. “The water released after power generation at Srisailam will flow to Nagarjuna Sagar Project to build the storage and to meet the drinking water, irrigation and industrial requirements of both the states as well as the drinking water needs of Hyderabad. Therefore, power generation at Srisailam is incidental to build storage at NSP,” Muralidhar said in his letter. Continued on P5 T-Works’ UAV covers 45 km in 33 mns Woman gang raped by 3 auto drivers e x p r e ss news s e r v i c e @ Hyderabad T-Works has successfully designed, developed and tested its indigenous vertical take-off and landing autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which covers 45 km in 33 minutes. It is now planning to test their next version which would have a range of 100 km and a capacity to carry payload of 3.5 kg. According to a press release issued by T-Works on Thursday, this Airborne Medical Rapid Transport (AMRT25) UAV can be used for surveying, inspection, surveillance, in defence applications and as a test bed for experimental payloads. AMRT25, with a 2.5 metre wingspan, is a hybrid UAV which can be launched and , landed vertically like a conventional drone and could also fly forward like a conventional winged aircraft. It consumes up to 75 per cent less power than a conventional multi-rotor, as the wings help produce the ad- e x p r e ss news s e r v i c e @ Hyderabad ditional buoyant force and is designed to carry heavier payloads. “For short flights with limited range, commonly available drones called multi-rotors are well-suited. The best battery powered multi-rotors in the world are limited to around 20-25 km, after which the battery must be recharged or replaced. For wider applications and to cover longer distances, say over 100 km with speed, we must break this range barrier, the reason why fixed-wing VTOL UAVs are an efficient option,” said Sujai Karampuri, CEO, T-Works. In yet another heinous gang-rape, three auto drivers outraged the modesty of a 32-year-old woman in Rajendranagar Police Station limits late on Wednesday night. The culprits after committing the crime made off with a gold chain which they snatched from the victim. The victim, a divorcee, is working in a private hospital as a security guard. The auto drivers ran into her at a toddy shop where, after consuming liquor, they took her forcibly in an auto-rickshaw to a deserted place and allegedly gang raped her. Rajendra Nagar ACP Sanjay Kumar, said: “The incident occurred late in the night. The victim lodged a complaint with the police at 12.30 pm on Thursday Special teams are look. ing for the culprits. We are verifying CCTV footage.” city at risk? 17 days of rain can submerge half of Hyd D o nita J o s e @ Hyderabad IN the event of an extreme weather change, where up to 440.35 mm of rain occurs for over 17 days, nearly 334 sq km of area in the GHMC limits will be submerged in water, according to a new study by civil engineers from BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad. The total limit of GHMC is roughly 625 sq km, which implies that about half the city could be under water in such a scenario. Days after five soldiers died in a gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch, two army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed during a fresh encounter with militants hiding in the same forest area of the border district on Thursday evening. Defence spokesperson in Jammu, Lt-Col Devender Anand, said there was a heavy exchange of fire between the militants and the army troops carrying out a counter-terror operation near Nar Khas forest area in Mendhar sub-division of Poonch. While the JCO was killed, the critically injured soldier was evacuated to a military The said prediction was made in the study titled “Urban flood risk analysis of buildings using HEC-RAS 2D in climate change framework”, which used a Hydrologic Engineering Centre’s River Analysis System 2D model. It study was published in the H2Open Journal. Speaking to Express about the model, R Madhuri, Research Scholar at Department of Civil Engineering, who is also the lead author of the paper, explains that she predicted the impact of urban flood risk in the GHMC limits in two scenarios or RCP’s (Representative Concentration pathways) - 6.0 and 8.5, wherein the rains which are predicted to occur are 440.35mm in 17 days and 624.2 mm in 19 days. It may be noted that the last of such extreme weather events seen in the GHMC limits, which was used as a control number for the model, was across nine days with 215.9mm rains. In 2021, weather experts noted that extremely heavy rainfall events occurred from August 24 to September 5, with three individual days having up to 90mm-100mm of Continued on P3 heavy rainfalls. ‘red carpet arrest’ All accused cross questioned Before taking the accused to the spot, the SIT led by DIG Upendra Agarwal brought all the accused together and cross questioned them for over an hour hospital for specialised treatment but succumbed later. Additional army personnel were rushed to the area to tighten the siege and prevent the militants from escaping. “The operation was going on when reports last poured in,” the defence spokesperson said. Sources said the place where the encounter broke out is part of a forest area that runs through Dera Ki Gali in Surankote area in Poonch, where a fierce gunfight had taken place between terrorists and the army on Monday morning in which five soldiers, including a JCO, had been killed. The militants had escaped from the area after the gunfight and were spot- ted by security personnel a few hours later in the forest area of Bhangai village in neighboring Rajouri district. A brief gunfight had taken place between the two sides before the militants again managed to escape deep into the forest. Sources said a group of three-four militants, suspected to have infiltrated from across the border, are believed to be hiding in the area. The army has been using helicopters to track and pinpoint the movement of the terrorists in the dense forest area. Besides the gunfight in Poonch, five encounters have taken place in Kashmir this week in which eight militants, including a top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad, were killed. N a m ita B a j pa i @ L u c kn o w cles. Eight persons, including four farmers, had died after Mishra and others in at least two SUVs allegedly ploughed into a crowd of protesting farmers on October 3. But the farmers seem to be dissatisfied with the investigation with Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Rakesh Tikait reiterating their demand for the dismissal of Teni. “The red carpet arrest of the minister's son, who is the main accused in the incident, has fuelled anger among the protesting farmers,” the BKU leader said near Aligarh. He claimed that the minister was influencing the SIT investigation. The Special Investigation Team probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence attempted to recreate the crime scene on Thursday by taking the four accused persons, including Ashish Mishra, the son of union minister of state for Ajay Mishra Teni, to the spot where the violence took place. Amid heavy security arrangements, the SIT took Mishra, his close associate Ankit Das, Das’s body guard Latif and Ankit’s driver Shekhar Bharti to the spot of the crime and recreated the scene using police vehi-
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