HYDERABAD THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA AMONG COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST HEAT WAVE EXPOSURE CODE RED FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE India and Brazil had the biggest absolute increase in heat-related mortality between 2018 and 2019, according a new Lancet report STEEP RISE IN EXTREME DROUGHT EVENTS In addition to direct impacts on health, high temperatures can also affect people’s ability to work, says Lancet’s 2021 report, marked ‘code red for a healthy future’. Half of the total work hours lost globally occurred in the agricultural sector, the report noted. Pakistan, Bangladesh and India had the greatest losses aggregating three times the world average, it added ■ In 2020, up to 19% of the global land surface was affected by extreme drought in any given month. “Millions of farmers and construction workers could have lost income because on some days it’s just too hot for them to work,” said Prof Anthony Costello, executive director of the Lancet Countdown | P7 295 bn hrs OF POTENTIAL WORK LOST ACROSS THE WORLD IN 2020 DUE TO HEAT EXPOSURE 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 SC raps UP for foot-dragging on Lakhimpur K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi HAULING up the UP Police for not recording statements of vulnerable witnesses in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled it up for dilly-dallying and delaying the filing of the status report in the probe. Eight persons, including four farmers, were killed in the violence on October 3. “We think you are dragging your feet. Please dispel that impression,” observed a bench led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana. The remarks came while perusing the UP government’s status report that was filed in a sealed cover just before the hearing. “We had expected it (report) yesterday and waited for it till late night,” the CJI told UP’s counsel, adding they hadn’t instructed filing it in a sealed cover. In the past, the court faced had criticism for the sealed cover procedure in sensitive cases like the Rafale scam. During the hearing, the bench asked as to why the police had recorded statements of only four out of 44 witnesses under Section 164 of the CrPC. “This statement (164 CrPC) has more evidentiary value; why haven’t you recorded them? Statement before police will not lead anywhere,” Justice Suryakant said. Senior advocate Harish Salve, who also represented UP , claimed the probe into the killing of farmers was still on and RECIPROCAL DEAL Ease of access for fliers from 11 countries S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IN fresh guidelines for international arrivals, India eased the screening process for countries with which it has reciprocal recognition of vaccination certificates. The new norms kick in from October 25. Fully vaccinated passengers from 11 countries with which India has a mutual recognition deal will not be required to undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival. All others will have to take that test on arrival. The 11 nations are France, the UK, Germany Nepal, Bela, r u s, L e b a n o n , A r m e n i a , Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia. Travellers from these countries, if fully vaccinated (at least 15 days before the day of travel), will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. However, before boarding, they will need to upload a negative RT-PCR test report and vaccination certificates on Air Suvidha portal. Each of them will also have to submit a declaration on the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. Those partially or not vaccinated from the 11 countries will need to submit themselves for Covid test at the port of arrival and undergo a seven-day home quarantine. They need to take a re-test on the eighth day, and if the result is negative, self-monitor their health for next seven days. These measures will apply to all passengers coming from the rest of the world irrespective of their vaccination status, as India does not have a reciprocal arrangement with them. the process to record statements is ongoing. He said the police had recorded two FIRs — one related to the murder case allegedly involving the son of a Union minister after SUVs ploughed into farmers in the village, and the other in which the crowd lynched and killed those who were in the cars. Witness protection The bench told Salve to protect vulnerable witnesses. “You are in a better position to ascertain who needs protection. Record their statements and give them protection.” Salve said he will make sure the UP govt draws up a witness protection plan and will share the details on October 26, the next date of hearing Salve said 10 people have been arrested in connection with the farmers’ killing, of which four are still in police custody Saying it was only con. cerned with the attack on farmers, the bench asked whether the accused were taken into police custody. The counsel said prior to being sent to jail, the six accused were in police custody for three days. The bench then asked if the police themselves gave up the right to seek their police custody or the local court denied them custody . KCR asks officials to declare war on drugs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Stranded tourists being evacuated from the landslide affected area of Khairna in Nainital on Wednesday | PTI UTTARAKHAND TOLL AT 55, RESCUE OPS PICK UP SPEED V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun WITH weather conditions improving in Uttarakhand, the magnitude of the calamity became clearer on Wednesday as the toll in rain-related incidents touched 55. The figure is likely to go up as a few are still missing and some of the 17 injured are reportedly in critical condition. Sources said some of the missing might be buried under the debris of houses that were levelled by landslides. The torrential rains that battered the hilly state for the past few days have left roads blocked with boulders and villages without electricity . Out of four the shrines of the Char Dham Yatra – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamu- notri and Gangotri – the route to Badrinath remains closed due to landslide. On Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami toured the rain-hit areas of the Kumaon region, instructing officials to prepare an estimate of the damage. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to conduct an aerial survey on Thursday . With rains abating, rescue efforts have picked up speed. Apart from the National Disaster Response Force, Indian Army and Indian Air Force, the State Disaster Response Force, state police and local administration are carrying out the rescue and relief operations. The National Disaster Response Force said it has rescued over 1,300 people from flood-affected areas of the state. The federal force has pressed into service 17 rescue P8 teams in the state. Gangtok cut off as torrential rains pound Sikkim Kolkata: Heavy rains pounded the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim and the tea growing region of North Bengal, causing landslides that cut off National Highway-10, the main road linking Gangtok with the rest of the country. Thousands of tourists, who thronged the hills during the Durga Puja season, got stranded because of torrential downpour in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts HC gives nod for reopening of residential schools EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Telangana High Court on Wednesday permitted the State government to open all government and private residential schools, social welfare and tribal welfare schools with hostel facilities and to conduct physical as well as online classes. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Balakrishna Mandapati, seeking a stay on the memo issued by the Secretary of Education on August 24, opening all primary and pre-primary schools in the State. The petitioner wanted a stay on the order as Covid-19 was still prevailing in the State and children have not been vaccinated yet. The division bench, headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, modified the or- der issued on August 31 and passed by the then Acting Chief Justice MS Ramchandra Rao, restraining the State government from opening the schools. Arguing the case in the court on Wednesday , State Advocate General BS Prasad appealed to the court to permit the State government to open the residential schools JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT October 19 37,92,737 doses October 20 62,46,931 doses 99,73,99,032 OCT 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths WASTED BLOOMS A trader dumps flowers as there were no buyers despite them being sold at reduced prices at Gudimalkapur market on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU 13,058 14,623 19,470 19,446 164 197 TELANGANA OCT 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths BODY OF 7-YEAR-OLD BOY FOUND IN SEPTIC TANK E N S @ Hyderabad TOTAL DOSES NATIONWIDE OCT 19 as the children studying in these schools are being deprived of good education as well as the food provided to them by the government. He further informed the court that all the precautionary measures are being taken by the government under the supervision of the High Court and also assured the court that the infrastructure in these schools has been upgraded. OCT 20 202 191 190 1 162 1 “ALARM bells are ringing. You have to consider it (drugs issue) seriously and act immediately Chief Minister K Chan,” drasekhar Rao instructed the officials of excise and police departments during a review meeting on transport and consumption of ganja, held at Pragathi Bhavan on Wednesday . “I am holding this meeting with a lot of anguish. The reports that I am receiving say that the misguided youth have created WhatsApp groups, sharing messages on supply and consumption of ganja. Innocent youth are falling prey to the ganja peddlers. You should understand the seriousness of the problem. At present, the situation is controllable. If we neglect the issue, it will become uncontrollable,” Rao said. The Chief Minister said that youth will become mentally deranged due to continuous use of drugs and there is a high risk of such youngsters dying by suicide. Stressing the need to keep a vigil on educational institutions and increase the number of check posts at State borders to curb smuggling of ganja into Telangana, the Chief Minister asked the officials to “deal with ganja mafia with an iron fist.” He asked the officials of police and excise departments to intensify their efforts and free the State from the clutches of drugs. Rao also directed them to declare a war against the cultivation and consumption of ganja (cannabis). “There are reports that use of ganja is on the rise in the State. There is a need to declare war against it. Prepare an action plan to end the cultivation of ganja before it takes serious proportions,” he said. “When the State is progressing well in all spheres, we should not allow ganja and other drugs to tarnish its image. The strides made in ensuring all-round development will become infructuous if the State does not take steps to eradicate the contraband,” he said. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to create a special cell and appoint an officer of Director General (DG) rank to curb the illegal ganja business. “Flying squads to raid ganja farms should be for- THE body of seven-year-old Arvind, who went missing on Tuesday evening, was found in a septic tank near his house in Papireddy Colony of Serilingampally on Wednesday . After the boy went missing, his parents Raju and Annubai Rathod searched the surrounding areas. As they could not find him till late in the night, they approached the Chandanagar police. According to police officials, when the couple returned home from work on Tuesday evening, Arvind stepped out to buy chocolates. As the boy did not return home for a long time, the worried parents went to the shop and inquired about their son. However, they were informed that he did not go to the shop. Suspecting that he may have met with an accident, police checked a nearby septic tank and found his body “The boy . was last seen flying a kite and playing around. It is suspected that he may have accidentally slipped into the tank and died,” police officials said. Aryan moves Bombay HC after special court denies bail S U D H I R S U RYAWA N S H I @ Mumbai A special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court here on Wednesday refused bail to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two other accused in the cruise ship drugs case. While denying bail to the 23-year-old and his friend Arbaaz Merchant and fashion model Mun- mun Dhamecha, the court observed that Khan’s WhatsApp chats revealed he was indulging in “illicit drug activities on a regular basis”. The court also said there was a mention of “bulk quantity and hard drugs” in his WhatsApp chats, showing that Khan was in contact with drug dealers. “There is prima facie material showing that accused No 1 was in contact with persons dealing in prohibited narcotic substances,” it added. After his bail plea was rejected, Khan moved the Bombay High Court. The matter is likely to be mentioned before Justice N W Sambre on Thursday seeking urgent hearing. The special NDPS court said the evidence on record shows the accused persons are part of a larger network. The court also considered the prosecution’s argument that since the File picture of Aryan Khan being taken to jail after being arrested by NCB | PTI accused are influential persons, they are likely to tamper with the evidence in case they are released on bail. Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha were arrested on October 3 for alleged conspiracy, possession, consumption, purchase and trafficking of drugs. While Khan and Merchant are lodged at the Arthur Road prison, Dhamecha is at the Byculla women’s prison in the city . GANJA CULTIVATORS TO BE PUNISHED Ganja consumption among youth, coolies and hamalis Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima to be cancelled if farmers cultivate ganja If tribals are cultivating ganja, their pattas will be cancelled Alternative employment for ‘gudumba’ traders Special advocates for speedy trial of ganja cases Lessons to be included in textbooks on the dangers of use of intoxicants Subsidies to be given to film-makers who highlight the evil effects of drugs tified. A special cell should be created in the Intelligence Wing to monitor the progress in eradicating the evil. The official who succeed in curbing ganja farming should get cash rewards, special promotions and similar incentives. The officials should study the methods employed by other states which were successful in eradicating this evil,” he said. Expressing concern over increase in gambling and sale of ‘gudumba’, he said that effective measures should be in place to control these evils. Meanwhile, of ficials informed the CM that the ganja production was taking place at Andhra-Odisha border. From there, it is being transported into the State from Chintur via Bhadrachalam. From Telangana, it is being transported to Maharashtra and Karnataka, the officials said while expressing the view that there should be a co-ordination with officials of other states to stop transport of ganja. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and DGP M Mahender Reddy were present on the occasion. ‘DEFUNCT PORTAL’ NHRC seeks report on Dharani issue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday sought an action taken report from the Telangana government over issues related to the Dharani portal. The commission directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to submit the report within four weeks. It also said that it received a complaint, stating that the farmers were dying by suicide due to ‘defunct Dharani portal’ and ‘inaction’ by the Revenue Department. In his complaint submitted on August 16, Congress leader Bakka Judson said that there were large-scale land irregularities. Speaking to Express, Judson said that large chunks of lands have been placed in the prohibited lists on Dharani portal, thereby denying the legitimate farmers the right to sell their lands to prospective buyers. “I approached the NHRC as it is a huge scam,” he said.
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