R SATISH BABU HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION CENTRE FLAGS SLOW UPTAKE OF 2ND COVID VACCINE DOSE The Centre has urged states to focus on increasing the coverage of the second dose as total vaccination is nearing 100 crore REVIEWS PROGRESS OF INOCULATION PROJECT THERE IS NO SUPPLY PROBLEM: CENTRE Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday reviewed the progress of vaccination with health secretaries and mission directors of national health missions in states and Union territories. During the meeting via videoconference, it was highlighted that a sizeable number of beneficiaries have not received their second dose of the Covid vaccine ■ ■ At the virtual conference, the Centre pointed out that many states have adequate doses for the second jab. If needed, additional doses can be sent to states, it added During the meeting, states and Union territories were advised to identify and prioritise districts having low coverage 10.2 crore VACCINE DOSES ARE AVAILABLE WITH THE STATES, ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE 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 Torrential rains take Uttarakhand toll to 28 Nainital bears brunt with 18 deaths on Tuesday; fatalities could go up as landslides have left many people missing WASHED AWAY Hundreds of landslides block roads across the state Roads, bridges, railway tracks washed away at some locations 500 MM RAIN IN KUMAON According to IMD data, Uttarakhand received ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall during the past 24 hours, with the Kumaon division receiving as high as 500 mm of rainfall IMD predicts ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in the state in the next 24 hours Udham Singh Nagar district records highest of 403.9 mm of rain, followed by Nainital district with 401 mm and Pithoragarh with 212.1 mm Nainital’s Mukteshwar recorded 340.8 mm rainfall, its highest since 1914 Army called in for search and rescue operations, three choppers deployed V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun AT least 22 people were killed in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as incessant rains, exacerbated by cloudbursts and landslides, pounded the hilly state, taking the number of people died due to rain-related incidents over the past three days to 28. According to officials, the toll may go up many are still missing and some of the rescued have been critically injured. Nainital bore the brunt as the district reported as many as 18 deaths on Tuesday Three deaths were . reported from Almora while one died in Champawat. According to the India Meteorological Department data, Uttarakhand received ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in the past 24 hours with the Kumaon division receiving as high as 500 mm of rainfall, followed by Udham Singh Nagar recording at 403.9 mm, Nainital 401 mm, and Pithoragarh recording 212.1 mm. The weather station in Mukteshwar of Nainital district recorded 340.8 mm rainfall, the highest Gushing currents of a swollen Ganga lash at the statue of Lord Shiva at Rishikesh on Tuesday | AFP since 1914. “This is the highest ever rainfall in history. Such rainfall has never been recorded before. There will be respite from Wednesday as the western disturbance has started weakening,” said Bikram Singh, director of the India Meteorological Department, Uttarakhand. Indian Army has been called in for search and rescue operations. Three choppers have also been pressed into service. “Rescue efforts are in full swing. Hundreds of people have been trapped at various places, hotels and resorts. They are also being ferried to safer locations,” said Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar. Nainital, the worst-affected district, witnessed the overflowing of the Naini lake leading to flooding of the Mall Road as well as several other low-lying localities. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami offering Centre’s help. While Kumaon division remains battered by incessant rains, Garhwal remains mostly unaffected. The hill state has 13 districts in two divisions – Kumaon and Garhwal. Kerala braces for heavy showers Kerala is bracing for very heavy showers for three consecutive days starting Wednesday, which can go up to 204.4 mm in 24-hour span. The Met department has scaled up the ‘yellow’ alert that was declared in 11 districts on Wednesday to ‘orange’. All districts, except Kollam, Alappuzha and Kasaragod, are likely to receive copious rain on Wednesday. Shutters of two largest dams in the state, Idukki and Idamalayar, were opened on Tuesday morning in a controlled manner to avoid flooding in downstream areas | P5 Tensions rise as TDP office attacked E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inspects ongoing renovation works at Yadadri temple on Tuesday KCR calls for donations as Yadadri to reopen in Mar one kg gold each. The reopening of Yadadri ON the lines of Ram Janmab- temple will start with ‘Anhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust kurarpana’ on March 21, by collecting donations for the holding a ‘Maha Sudarshana construction of Ram Yagam.’ The main temtemple in Ayodhya, dople will open for devonations will be collecttees almost six years ed from all 12,769 graafter it was closed in The ma panchayats for April, 2016. Sudarshana The Chief Minister, B a n g a r u Tap a d a m Yagam will be who inspected the ongo(gold plating) the ‘Viconducted by ing works for over six mana Gopuram’ of the arranging 1,008 hours on Tuesday, anr e n o v a t e d Ya d a Kundams by nounced the reopening girigutta Sri Laskhmi around date. The muhurat for Narasimha Swamy (Ya5-6,000 reopening the temple dadri) temple, which Rutviks was recently fixed by will be thrown open to devotees for darshan K Chandrasekhar Chinna Jeeyar Swamy Rao, Telangana CM and the same date was on March 28, 2022. announced by the Chief Immediately after . Chief Minister K Chan- Minister on Tuesday “As it is an drasekhar Rao announced that existing temple and being reodonations would be collected pened after renovation, Maha for purchasing the gold, a large Kumbha Samproksha, an event number of people came for- to mark the same, will be conP4 ducted on March 28. ward and offered donations of V V BA L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad POLITICAL tensions flared up in Andhra Pradesh after the TDP’s headquarters at Mangalagiri was attacked by alleged YSRC supporters on Tuesday evening, who were protesting unsavoury remarks of the spokesperson of the Opposition party against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy . The residence of the party spokesperson, Kommareddy Pattabhiram, in Vijayawada also came under attack while activists allegedly belonging to the YSRC made vain attempts to march on the TDP offices at several other places. Additional forces have been deployed across the State to prevent further attacks and counter-attacks. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu strongly condemned the attacks and called for a Statewide bandh Wednesday against what he termed as “State-sponsored terrorism.” Naidu, who rang up Union Home Minister Amit Shah, demanded central security for the TDP’s offices and imposition of President’s rule in the State. However, Home Minister Sucharita refuted Naidu’s charges, insinuating that TDP cadre themselves could have been involved in the attacks so as to show the government in a poor light. She advised the TDP to refrain from using vulgar language against the Chief Minister and instead, offer constructive advice, if any, to the P5 government. Both sides protest At several places in the constituency, Rajender’s effigy was burnt. In Jammikunta mandal, TRS activists staged a similar protest even as the BJP activists tried to set fire to the Chief Minister’s effigy ECI’s call on Dalit Bandhu triggers TRS-BJP slugfest As the day progressed on Tuesday, the battle between the two parties reached a feTHE Huzurabad Assembly ver pitch, turning Huzurabad constituency has become a into a battleground. The tinpowder keg ready to go off at derbox seemed set to go off any time after the Election any minute, as both the parCommission of India (ECI) is- ties seemed to keep their powsued orders to defer the imple- der dry. A rash of protests mentation of Dalit Bandbroke out across the conhu in the segment until stituency in which SCs, , the completion of the who were sympathetic byelection process, to the TRS, began callwith even Chief Mining the BJP and its ister K Chancandidate Eatala Radrasekhar Rao joinjender names. At several places ing the fray of those in the constituency, disapproving the Rajender’s ef fig y poll panel for ‘transFor how many days was burnt. At Korag r e s s i o n’ o f i t s can the ECI stop palli in Jammikunta limits. implementation of The Chief Minis- the scheme? It will mandal, TRS activists staged a similar ter, who was visiting be resumed on November 4. The protest even as the Yadadri temple on scheme will BJP activists tried to Tuesday, in reply to continue without set fire to the Chief a reporter’s query any impediments Minister’s effigy . on the ECI’s deciIn Jammikunta, sion, said the deci- K Chandrasekhar Rao, Finance Minister T sion was only a small Chief Minister Harish Rao blamed obstacle. “For how BJP leader G Premany days can the mender Reddy’s petition for ECI stop implementation of the scheme? It will be resumed the ECI’s restraining orders. Responding to this, Preon November 4. The scheme will continue without any im- mender Reddy said: “In the memorandum which I subpediments,” he said. After the ECI issued the or- mitted to the ECI on October ders on Monday, tensions 7, I did not say that Dalit flared up in the constituency Bandhu should be stopped. I over who was responsible for am ready to end my life by it. SC Development Minister hanging myself at Ambedkar Koppula Eshwar slammed the Centre in Huzuarbad if TRS BJP for petitioning the ECI leaders can prove their P4 claims.” against the scheme. E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Kitchen staple prices soar across the South EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IT’S that time of the year when the prices of kitchen staples acquire wings, fluctuating wildly depending on the monsoon mood swings. Add to that the higher cost of transport because pricy diesel, and it is the aam aadmi who is forced to bear the brunt. The trend is uniform across the South. One estimate on the cost addon because of the fuel price flare up came from Umesh Mirji, managing director of the Horticultural Producers’ Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society in Karnataka. He said a 5-10% rise in vegetable cost is due to the rise in diesel prices, which has already crossed `100. The Pedda Waltair Rythu Ba- PRICE RISE VIJAYAWADA Tomato: 40 24 Onion: 40 29 HYDERABAD Tomato: 30 10-20 Onion: 30 20 CHENNAI Tomato: 60-80 50 Onion: 45 30 zaar in Vizag stood out as an example of the yo-yo situation. While last Saturday, a kilo of tomatoes was sold at `52, on Tuesday it dropped to `44. But , the price could soon cross `50 again as tomatoes are getting scarcer. “Tomato prices might increase again as a lot of farms VIZAG Tomato: 50 24 Onion: 50 28 UDIPI Tomato: 50 25 Onion: 42 30 T’PURAM Tomato: 65-70 20-25 Onion: 50-55 20-22 Now Earlier and produce were destroyed due to heavy rains and the cyclone,” informed Jagadeesh, a vendor. In Vijayawada, tomatoes on Tuesday were sold at `40, while it was `24 a fortnight ago; onions at `40 per kg as compared to `29 earlier; and green chilies at `34 while it was `16 a fort- night ago. “The prices came as a shock when I visited the bazaar today,” said S Dhanalakshmi, a homemaker. In the Hyderabad market, vegetables such as tomato and green chillies that are usually available at `10 and `15 a kg respectively this time of the year, are now being sold at `30. At the Bowenpally Vegetable Market, one of the biggest in Hyderabad, onions were available for `20 a kg till Monday A day . later, its price jumped to `30. Other pricey vegetables including drumsticks (`60), carrot (`40), capsicum (`65) and field beans (`50). In Mysuru, the monsoon damage to crops raised prices of tomatoes from `20 a kg to `60-65 within 15 days. CONTINUED ON P5 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT October 18 79,74,435 doses October 19 37,92,737 doses TOTAL DOSES: 99,08,97,514 NATIONWIDE OCT 18 OCT 19 Fresh cases 13,596 13,058 Recoveries 19,582 19,470 Deaths 166 164 TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths OCT 18 OCT 19 208 201 2 202 190 1 40% CONGRESS TICKET QUOTA FOR WOMEN IN UP The announcement was made by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | P7
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