visakhapatnam l thursday l october 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION India among countries with highest heat wave exposure India and Brazil had the biggest absolute increase in heat-related mortality between 2018 and 2019, according a new Lancet report Code red for a healthy future 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 ■ 295 bn hrs Steep rise in Extreme Drought events 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 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 They use filthy language that none speaks ... I was also in oppn but had never used such words. Such language evokes a reaction from well-wishers who watch it on TV. Some, who can’t take it, may get BP and we can see their reaction across the State. In this way, oppn wants to gain political mileage war of words Their leaders and ministers can talk anything, but they find fault if Pattabhi says something. What did Pattabhi say? B@#$%*^e...I Googled to know that b@#$%*^e is a person born to a woman. What is wrong in it? Anyone can search Google uncle to know its meaning —Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister The statement was not a casual one. It was not a slip of tongue as he repeatedly said it. You cannot use vulgar language against a Constitutional authority. You cannot abuse the President. You cannot abuse the PM. You cannot abuse Judges. You cannot abuse the CM —D Gautam Sawang, Director General of Police — Nara Lokesh, TDP general secretary and MLC TDP playing ‘dirty’ for political gains: Jagan CM accuses opposition of using cuss words to provoke his admirers TDP chief to hold 36-hour deeksha at party office from this morning YSRC too plans counter-protests demanding apology from Naidu 70 booked for attack on Telugu Desam office E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Wednesday hit back at the TDP for allegedly trying to foment trouble in the State by creating a wedge between people of various castes and faiths to gain political mileage. Speaking at the release of funds under Jagananna Thodu, an aid programme for smalltime businessmen and vendors, the Chief Minister accused the opposition party of being unable to digest the growing popularity of the State government, which has been implementing several welfare schemes and securing public mandate in polls after polls since 2019. Referring to TDP spokesman Pattabhi’s foul remarks against him and the subsequent attack on the TDP office, Jagan observed, “They use expletives and filthy language... that none speaks in. I was also in the opposition but had never used such words. Such utterances evoke a reaction from wellwishers who watch it on TV. Some of them, who can’t take it, may get BP (Blood Pressure) and we can see their reaction across the State today. In this way, they (opposition) want to Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang on Wednesday said stern action would be taken against those involved in the attack on the TDP office at Mangalagiri. Cases have been registered against 70 persons suspected to be involved in the attack on the TDP office Pattabhiram held for utterances against CM The TDP bandh evokes no response as normal life remained unaffected in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday | EXPRESS gain political mileage.” Jagan further charged the opposition with spreading lies and being deceitful in their words and deeds. “They don’t even hesitate to create fissures among the people in the name of caste and religion for their political gain. We are also witness to the way systems are being managed... if we do something for the good of the poor, they create legal hurdles for fear that Jagan may get a good name,” he alleged and added that in spite of everything, “we have honoured our commitments in the past two-and-a-half-years and we will continue to do so.” The Chief Minister’s remarks came amid intensifying confrontation between the TDP and the YSRC over the attack on the TDP office and Pattabhi’s unsavoury comments. TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu dashed off letters to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah apprising them of the attack on the party’s headquarters at Mangalagiri and sought imposition of President’s Rule under Article 356 besides a CBI probe into the incident. Simultaneously the party an, nounced that Naidu would hold a 36-hour Deeksha christened, “Prabhutva Ugravadam Pai Poru” (fight against government-sponsored terrorism) -- at the party’s headquarters from P4, Edit P6 8 am Thursday . Amid high tension, Telugu Desam Party official spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhiram was arrested by Governorpet police around 9 pm on Wednesday for making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during a press meet at the party office in Mangalagiri Lokesh booked for ‘attacking’ inspector The Guntur Urban police registered a case against TDP general secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh and other party leaders for allegedly attacking a police inspector at TDP headquarters at Mangalagiri on Tuesday. The cop lodged a complaint that he was abused and attacked by them Apex court raps UP for foot-dragging on Lakhimpur incident 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. 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 killJab-o-meter Take your shot October 19 37,92,737 doses Stranded tourists being evacuated from the landslide affected area of Khairna in Nainital of Uttarakhand on Wednesday | PTI 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 bat- tered 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, Yamunotri and Gangotri – the route to Badri- Gangtok cut off as torrential rains pound Sikkim 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 Dasara season, were stranded in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts Mumbai: A special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court on Wednesday refused bail to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two other accused in the cruise ship drugs case. The court denied bail to the 23-yearold and his friend Arbaaz Merchant and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha, observing that his WhatsApp chats revealed he was indulging in “illicit drug activities on a regular basis” Student killed as bus plunges into pond Srikakulam: A six-year-old student was killed and five other children suffered minor injuries when their speeding school bus plunged into a pond near Koyyam village in Etcherla mandal in the district on Wednesday. Identifying the deceased as second standard student Mylapalli Raju of LOGO Public School, police said the bus veered off the 12-feet gravel road after the driver lost control over the vehicle. The driver fled the scene soon after the accident | P2 @ Vijayawada bolt from blue Lightning strikes during downpour in Tirupati on Wednesday | madhav k Narmada of medals at Sanskrit varsity convocation S r i K r i s h n a K u m m a r a @ Tirupati Narmada Behera, an MA Sanskrit Literature graduate, was the cynosure of all eyes at the first convocation of the National Sanskrit University here on Wednesday as she bagged six gold medals for her excellence in academics and extracurricular activities. Speaking to TNIE, Narmada said she wants to do PhD on “Comparison between English and Sanskrit languages”. “Sanskrit is regarded as the Narmada Behera shows her six gold medals at Sanskrit varsity convocation ion 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 NDRF, Indian Army and Indian Air Force, the SDRF, state police and local administration are carrying out the rescue and relief operations. The NDRF said it has rescued over 1,300 people from flood-affected areas of the state. The federal force has pressed into service 17 rescue teams in P8 the state. scheme launched with the support of bankers last year, is immensely beneficial to petty venThe State government has re- dors as they are relieved from leased `16.36 crore towards re- the interest burden. The benefiimbursement of interest on ciaries will be eligible to take bank loans taken by 4,50,546 fresh loans from banks. small businessmen, petty venUnder the scheme, a total of dors and artisans between No- 9,05,458 beneficiaries have vember 2020 and Sepavailed interest free tember 2021 under loans wor th `905 No interest the Jagananna Thodu crore in two spells. In burden Scheme. the first spell in NoS p e a k i n g a f t e r Jagananna Thodu vember 2020, 5.35 lakh is immensely crediting `16.36 crore beneficiaries and in into bank accounts of beneficial to small the second spell in businessmen, petty June 2021, 3.70 lakh 4,50,546 beneficiaries vendors and under the scheme on had got bank loans, Wednesday, Chief artisans as they are he explained. relieved from the Minister YS Jagan Jagan announced Mohan Reddy said interest burden on that the Jagananna loans taken his government had Thodu benefit will be towards working come up with Jaganprovided twice a year capital anna Thodu for the in December and benefit of small busiJune henceforth and nessmen, petty vendors and ar- new loans will be given to those tisans as they need not ap- who have repaid the old loans. proach moneylenders for loans The interest will be reimbursed up to `10,000 towards working along with fresh loans. capital. He appealed to beneficiaries Under the scheme, the gov- to repay their loans promptly to ernment pays interest on loans avoid overdue and NPA, which taken by petty vendors who could hamper their chances of P5 make timely repayment. The getting fresh loans. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e mother of all languages and I feel this is the best language to cultivate and translate Vedas and Puranas for the present and future generations,’’ she said. Speaking on her inspiration, Narmada said, “It was my school teacher who inspired me to study Sanskrit language. During my childhood, seeing my interest in epics, my teacher suggested that I study Sanskrit.” The six gold medals won by Narmada included medals in the name of eminent people like Shankar Dayal Sharma, SB Venkatalakshmi, SBL Narasimhacharya, U Shankar Bhat, Kamalamma and Achyuta Devaraj Bhattar. The university presented 67 PhD degrees and 53 gold medals to students at the convocation held at Mahati Auditorium in the temple town. As many as 1,160 students received their post graduate, graduate and diploma course certificates virtually at the convocation of the Sanskrit uniP5 versity . 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 He said 10 people have been arrested in connection with the farmers’ killing, of which four are still in police custody Say. ing it was only concerned 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 . oct 20 statewide Fresh cases 13,058 14,623 Fresh cases October 20 Recoveries 62,46,931 doses Recoveries 19,470 19,446 Deaths Deaths 164 197 Samples tested Total doses: 99,73,99,032 4.50 lakh get `16.36 crore under Jagananna Thodu E X P R E S S R E AD Aryan moves HC after special court denies bail nath 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. Un- Witness protection NATIONWIDE oct 19 Uttarakhand toll at 55, rescue ops pick up speed V i nee t U pa d h yay @ Dehradun ing of farmers was still on and 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. oct 19 oct 20 483 523 534 608 4 3 40,191 44,086 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 and supersede all previous advisories. 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 home quarantine for seven days. They need to take a re-test on the eighth day of arrival, and if the result is negative, self-monitor their health for the 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.
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