JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT October 17 12,05,162 doses October 18 79,74,435 doses TOTAL DOSES: 98,60,00,264 NATIONWIDE OCT 17 OCT 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths TELANGANA China’s GDP growth slipped to 4.9% in third quarter from 7.9% in Q2, conﬁrming slowdown of the world’s second-largest economy OCT 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION CHINA POWERS DOWN AS GDP GROWTH WEAKENS IN 3RD QTR 14,146 13,596 19,788 19,582 144 166 GLOOM SPREADS TO WORLD MARKETS INDIAN BOURSES KEEP OFF BEARISH PATH The dismal growth number is a reflection of China’s massive energy crunch, shipping disruptions and a deepening property crisis. Reacting to the news, major bourses opened on a tepid note on Monday. Dow Jones slipped 150 points in early trades. Germany’s DAX declined 0.5% and the CAC 40 in Paris gave up 0.8%. US markets recovered as trade progressed ■ ■ Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.2% to 7,216.79. Stock exchanges in Europe were trading in the red in mid-session deals. Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo ended with losses India markets, however, shrugged off the bearish trend abroad with the Sensex rising 0.75% and Nifty surging 0.76% on Monday 122 176 1 OCT 18 208 201 2 18.3% THE BLISTERING GROWTH CHINA HAD SHOWCASED IN THE FIRST QUARTER 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 Advantage TRS? ECI defers Dalit Bandhu till HZB bypoll V V BA L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad P R I C E F L U C T UAT I O N CITY Lucknow Mumbai Jaipur Kolkata Bhopal Guwahati POTATO TOMATO ONION Fortnight Monday Fortnight Monday Fortnight Monday ago ago ago `28-30 `30 `60 `70-75 `34-35 `50-55 `30 `30 `40 `80 `40 `50 `20 `20 `60 `80 `50 `60 `15 `25 `50 `93 `40 `60 `14-15 `20 `20-30 `60-80 `30 `50 `20 `25 `60 `80 `40 `60 High fuel rates, rain make veggie prices go north Damage to summer crops adds to problem EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AS if the sky-rocketing fuel prices were not enough to break the back of the common man, the food platter is also getting costlier, with vegetables, including staples like potato and onion, burning a hole in people’s pockets. The soaring prices of petrol and diesel and damage to summer crops due to unseasonal and erratic rains in several states are driving up the prices, according to traders. While the prices of onion, tomato and green vegetables have seen a massive increase in most states over the past two weeks, potato has largely been stable except in a few states. In Uttar Pradesh, the kitchen staple has not seen any rise in prices as the state saw a bumper crop this year. But tomato, which was selling at `60 per kg a fortnight ago, has registered an increase of `10-15 per kg while another kitchen essential, onion, is now costlier by about `20. The prices of other vegetables such as lady finger (okra), brinjal, cauliflower and bottle gourd have been stable. Vegetable traders expected the prices to escalate further. “Since the festive season is on and the fuel prices are touching record highs every day the cost , of transportation of vegetables has gone up. There is no hope of relief in the next few days. Demand is high and supply is less as onions and tomato are coming from outside the state,” said Shahnwaz Huassain, president, fruit and vegetable sellers union in Lucknow. In Jaipur, too, consumers are feeling the pinch as most vegetables in the retail markets have become costlier by 15-25%. Only potato price has remained Worry over oil prices Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday shared her concern on the fuel price rise. “The way the fuel prices are leading to a big crest... I don’t know how much will have to be diverted from other most important considerations, and that’s the challenge I see,” she told a few CEOs in New York static. Nisha, a homemaker, said prices shoot up in the festive season every year and with Diwali round the cor ner, they’re going to increase further. “I buy in bulk. So, if I have to pay `1,000-1,200 instead of `600-800, it pinches.” Sanjay, owner of a vegetable shop in Jaipur, said many green vegetables are costlier also because of untimely rains. In Bengal, even potato has become costlier by `10 compared to a fortnight ago while people have to fork out `20 extra per kg for onions. Tomato has hit the roof and is selling at `90-93 a kilo in Kolkata while brinjal, which was selling at `60 two weeks back, has touched `100. Traders said prices tend to rise during September-October and stabilise only after winter crops arrive in the markets. In Punjab and Haryana, supply shortage caused by heavy rains in the region and several other parts of the country is another factor behind rising prices. Onion is selling at `50 per kg, up from `35, while the price of tomato has doubled in a fortnight — from `40 to `80 per kg. Peas are selling at `120 per kg, up from `80, while cauliflower costs `100 per kg as against `60 per kg earlier. CONTINUED ON P8 After separation of Telangana, they asked me whether I would hand over Telangana, for which all of us had fought, to others. Then I decided to continue, and you are witnessing the consequent development now SOMETIMES, sweet are the uses of adversity. The Election Commission of India’s (ECI) order to the State government on Monday to defer the implementation of the Dalit Bandhu scheme in Huzurabad till the byelection is over, might, after all, help the ruling TRS rather than hurting its political interests. TRS now has a powerful weapon in its hands. It can shout from the rooftops that it had to suspend the scheme only because those against people’s welfare put a spoke in the scheme’s wheel by lodging complaints with the ECI. The development has a familiar ring as, ahead of the 1999 general elections, late Congress MP P Upendra petitioned the ECI against the then Chandrababu Naidu government’s Deepam Scheme, and obtained a restraining order from the poll panel, which Naidu used to his advantage and won the election. Following the announcement, SC Development Minister Koppula Eshwar alleged that a political conspiracy was behind the ECI’s decision. P4 K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Chief Minister KCR vows to extend scheme to STs, BCs and Brahmins E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad APPARENTLY with an eye on the ensuing byelection for Huzurabad Assembly seat, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday announced that the State government’s big ticket welfare scheme — Dalit Bandhu — would soon be implemented for all eligible SCs across the State, and then it would be extended to STs, BCs and even Brahmins. Addressing a meeting of party workers at Telangana Bhavan after admitting former minister Motkupalli Narasimhulu into the TRS, the Chief Minister reiterated that at a time when the State government had decided to spend `23 lakh crore in the next seven years for the welfare of the people, allocating `1.70 lakh crore for SCs during the same period was not a problem. He said around 100 SC beneficiaries would be selected in each Assembly segment in the State, who would be provided `10 lakh each under Dalit Bandhu by March, 2021. The Chief Minister said the scheme began with the SCs as, though they had a high population of 75 lakh in the State, they owned only 13 lakh acres of land. In comparison, STs comprised just nine per cent of the population in the State, but owned 25 lakh acres of lands, showing that the SCs were far behind the STs P4 in terms of land ownership. NO QUESTIONS ALLOWED? Student alleges being beaten up by TRS men E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Karimnagar FOR questioning the government, a BPharm graduate Kota Nirosha paid a heavy price. She was beaten up allegedly by TRS activists and then humiliated by cops at a police station. At a Dhoom Dham programme at Veenvanka in the district on Sunday night, within the Huzurabad Assembly segment, Nirosha, on behalf of unemployed youths, confronted the TRS government for not yet releasing the notification for jobs. As the programme was organised by the TRS and as it was supposed to bolster the image of the TRS candidate in the poll fray, the organisers sensed that if the student was allowed to continue, her speech would do a lot of damage to the party’s image. They tried to discourage her from continuing, but she kept on speaking. “Some TRS activists grabbed me and beat me up. Then police personnel who were present at the venue took me to the police station forcibly , where they roughed me up,” said an aggrieved P5 Nirosha. EXPRESS READ If BJP doesn’t listen to kisan, it won’t return to power: Meghalaya Governor Jaipur: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has warned the BJP that it will not return to power unless the Centre listens to farmers protesting the new agricultural laws. “If the government agrees to give legal guarantee to the MSP mechanism, I will mediate and convince the farmers,” he said in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu on Sunday | P7 Kerala on the edge as more rains forecast Monitor water levels: CM E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ T’Puram AFTER a spate of deadly landslides and flash floods killed at least 25 people, Kerala is bracing for more rains in the coming days. The situation remains grim as water levels in dams in the densely populated state are rising fast. As many as 10 dams are in red alert zone. In a bid to avoid a re-run of the 2018 deluge, the state government has decided to release water from two largest reservoirs in the state, Idukki and Idamalayar, from 11 am on Tuesday . While a high alert has been issued in the coastal districts, the Copious water flows out of the Aruvikkara dam after four of its five sluice gates were opened on Monday | VINCENT PULICKAL downstream areas of Chalakudy and Pampa rivers are already flooded. Water level in Idukki dam reached 2,397.52 feet (93.60% of its capacity) on Monday . Heavy rain has been forecast from Wednesday to Friday across the state. Yellow alert has been sounded in most disP5 tricts for Wednesday . Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed an expert committee to monitor water levels and make necessary preparations. He also ordered speedy disbursal of relief STUDENT-FRIENDLY MEASURE Bid to ensure error-free IIT counselling this time S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE admission counselling for IITs and other centrally run engineering institutes may get more student-friendly this year in order to help applicants avoid unintentional mistakes. Last year, 18-year-old Sidhanta Batra from Agra, who had secured an All India Rank of 270 in JEE Advanced, had lost a seat in IIT Bombay over a wrong click during online counselling. The decision to make the process friendlier for students was made by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority, the panel responsible for admission counselling. “Everyone is new to online counselling,” said an official, adding that online process began only from 2020, PADDY WILL BE PROCURED, KCR ASSURES RYOTS in view of Covid-19. Officials in the JoSAA said that two rounds of mock counselling are also being organised this year before the six rounds of actual counselling. And after every round, the students will have the option to seek clarifications from experts. The mock rounds will begin on Oct 21 and the admission process in these institutes is set to be completed by Nov 20. The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) results were declared last week. Officials said that a special drive to fill vacancies will be carried out after six rounds. For Batra, the student from Agra, it took the Supreme Court’s intervention for a seat to be added to IIT Bombay to accommodate him under special circumstances. The CM on Monday assured the farmers of Telangana that the government would procure paddy like it had done the previous year | P4
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