visakhapatnam l friday l october 22, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION India, others lobby to soften U.N. report on climate change? ‘Coal to remain India’s energy mainstay’ India wants to keep coal as the mainstay of energy production for many decades to come due to the huge challenge in affordability of producing electricity through other means, the BBC report said. New Delhi is also batting for more focus on nuclear energy saying “almost all chapters” in the draft COP26 report contain a bias against the clean energy source Saudi, Japan and Australia are also putting pressure on the UN to play down the need to move away from fossil fuels, BBC reports Draft paper downplays n-power ■ ■ According to India, nuclear energy is “established technology” with “good political backing except in a few countries” Many European countries have also said the draft report should be more positive about the role nuclear power can play in meeting the UN’s climate targets, the BBC report added | P9 450 GW The renewable energy capacity that India plans to have by 2030 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 6,68,91,331 The illuminated Red Fort to mark the occasion | PTI peak weeks in race to 1 bn 2,34,46,468 4,12,02,974 2,47,46,875 Total doses Dose one Dose two 16-22 23-29 30-05 06-12 13-19 20-26 27-05 06-12 13-19 20-26 27-02 03-09 10-16 17-23 24-30 01-07 08-14 15-21 22-28 29-04 05-11 12-18 19-25 26-02 03-09 10-16 17-23 24-30 31-06 07-13 14-20 21-27 28-03 04-10 11-17 18-24 25-01 02-08 09-15 16-22 Mt 100 cr scaled January February March S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Two hundred and seventynine days after a massive nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive, the country on Thursday pulled off a remarkable feat by administering 100 crore jabs, largely supported by Covishield, which has remained the lynchpin of the exercise. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a triumph of Indian science and that of the collective spirit of the people. “India scripts history he tweeted. ,” “We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and the collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.” Of the total doses administered, over 88% were that of the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin remained a minor player. Russia’s Sputnik V also avail, April May June July able in India since May, had a very limited footprint. India started the vaccination campaign on January 16 last, beginning with shots for healthcare workers. It was later extended to frontline workers, before being opened up for the 60-plus population and those in the 45-60 age group with specified co-morbidities. From May Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 20 62,46,931 doses October 21 56,11,985 doses Total doses: 1,00,53,63,691 NATIONWIDE oct 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested oct 21 14,623 18,454 19,446 17,561 197 160 oct 20 oct 21 523 493 608 522 3 7 44,086 41,820 August September October 1, the vaccination programme was opened to all adults. It picked up speed from June 21 when the Centre revised its inoculation strategy . However, the target to fully vaccinate all 93 crore adult population by this year-end might still be a long shot as only 31% in the 18-plus group have been double-jabbed. Experts said India would need nearly 1.2 crore doses everyday from now if it has to completely vaccinate all the adults by this year-end. Besides, nearly 25% have not received even one dose of the vaccine while 44% are partially vaccinated. The Centre itself recently flagged concerns that a large number of people with one dose of Covid vaccine are missing out on their scheduled second dose. Team india responds to adversity with achievement, writes modi Page 6 AP set to cross 5 crore jabs in a week E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Vaccination against Covid-19 in Andhra Pradesh is nearing the five crore-mark. The State is expected to cross the milestone in a week. On Thursday till 8 pm, 3,72,861 vaccine doses were administered. As per statistics from CoWIN, out of the total 4.89 crore Covid jabs administered in the State so far, 3.12 crore were first dose, and 1.77 crore were second. Among the total number of people vaccinated in the State so far, 2,27,26,744 are men and 2,62,58,188 women. Age-wise, 89,16,211 beneficiaries are over 60 years, 1,77,51,497 between 45 and 60 and 2,23,26,426 belong to 18-44 age group. As many as 4,18,20,168 Covishield, and 71,12,418 Covaxin doses have been administered so far. Among the 13 districts in the State, East Godavari topped the list with 51,43,330 doses, followed by Guntur with 46,88,748 and Visakhapatnam with 44,96,737, officials said. CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy salutes martyrs at the Police Commemoration Day programme in Vijayawada on Thursday | Prasant Madugula Is it fair to foul mouth CM, jagan asks as he turns up heat on TDP E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada INCENSED over the expletives TDP spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhiram had used against him, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy continued the of fensive against the opposition party on Thursday, saying anti-social elements have now taken the form of politicians. Addressing the Police Commemoration Day programme, he said the opposition was resorting to unethical means to defame the government. The rival party he said, was mak, ing provocative statements to rouse the emotions of the people with an intention of creating unrest in the State. The State has been witnessing a new type of crime and criminals for the past twoand-a-half-years, Jagan said, in an apparent reference to the TDP . “These criminals, out of frustration of not being able to wield power in the State, have resorted to desecration of idols, arson of temple chariots, creating a rift among castes, filing cases in court to obstruct welfare programmes and even took legal recourse to obstruct the introduction of English medium in govern- TDP official spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhiram, who was arrested on Wednesday night for his alleged unparliamentary remarks against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, was remanded to judicial custody till November 2. After taking Pattabhiram into custody from his residence in Vijayawada, he was shifted to Thotlavalluru police station on Thursday morning. Later in the evening, he was produced in court Focus on law and order: CM to police Paying tributes to martyrs, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy exhorted police not to compromise on maintaining law and order in the State at any cost TDP delegation calls on Governor A TDP delegation called on Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan at the Raj Bhavan and submitted a report on the attack on the party office by YSRC cadres Naidu slams CM, DGP for office attack E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada ment schools,” he slammed. Taking serious exception to the use of unsavoury words against him and his mother, Jagan asked if it was correct to use such a filthy language against the head of a State. “They called the Chief Minister, a constitutional head of the State, b@#$%^e, meaning son of a s@&t and insulted his mother. They wanted to rouse the emotions of the people, who like and respect the Chief Minister, and thereby tried to create unrest in the State. Everyone should think, is it proper?” he asked. Stating that anti-social ele- ments have become political leaders now, he alleged that they had resorted to unethical acts after seeing their rivals succeeding in getting people’s mandate in every poll. “They are not hesitating even to defame the State by projecting it as a hub of drugs and unleashing Goebbelsian tactics. They continue to spew lies, even after the DRI and DGP repeatedly clarified that the Gujarat drug bust case has no connection with the State. They are conspiring against the State, its people and their future with ulterior motives,” the CM alleged. Opposition Leader and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday held Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang responsible for the attack on his party office at Mangalagiri on Tuesday evening and asserted that the attack was ‘State- sponsored’ and an assault on democracy . The TDP chief demanded that the Union government intervene in the matter to s ave p e o p l e o f A n d h r a Pradesh from the drug mafia and the ‘undemocratic’ and P5 ‘fascist’ YSRC regime. Could stay EWS quota benchmark, irked Supreme Court warns Centre APEAPCET-2021 Counselling for pharmacy, engg to begin E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Department of Technical Education has announced the schedule for online admissions (web counselling) for students, who qualified in the Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agriculture and Pharmacy Common Entrance Test (AP EAPCET-2021), into engineering and pharmacy courses in the State. Releasing the admission notification on Thursday, Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh told the media that as many as 1,66,460 students appeared for AP EAPCET and of them 1,34,205 had qualified. The total intake into the three streams of engineering, pharmacy and pharm-D are 72,520. In the engineering stream, the total intake is more than 77,000 seats with 6,418 in 25 university colleges, 68,609 in private colleges and 2,330 in private universities. When it comes to pharmacy , 297 seats are in nine university colleges and 3,318 in 94 private colleges. For Pharm-D course, there are 32 seats in two university colleges and 593 in 54 private colleges. Students attending counselling can pay the processing fee online from OcP5 tober 25 to 30. Pattabhiram remanded till Nov 2 seamless traffic An aerial view of the NAD flyover in Visakhapatnam, which will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on Saturday I G satyanarayana An angry Supreme Court bench on Thursday warned that it could stay the Centre’s decision to fix the income limit of `8 lakh for availing reservation under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category if the rationale behind the decision was not revealed. A bench headed by justice D Y Chandrachud was piqued because the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Department of Personnel and Training failed to file their affidavits in response to pointed questions framed by the Woman kills daughter, son held for matricide A row over excessive use of mobile phone cost a teenager and her mother their lives while the remaining sole member of the family, a 17-year-old boy, ended up in police custody for alleged matricide. Ravindra Nagar in the town woke up to the bizarre news of the mother allegedly strangulating her 14-year-old daughter, a Class VIII student, to death after an argument over the latter’s excessive use of mobile phone, and the woman later getting murdered by her son. Identifying the girl as Alima, police said she had refused to heed to her mother’s instruction to concentrate on her studies. Enraged, the woman, Khursheeda (47), strangulated the teen with a ‘chunni’. On seeing his sister dead, the boy questioned Khursheeda, and threatened the mother with a knife. In the ensuing melee, the knife pierced the woman’s neck, killing two deaths over a mobile phone A mother and her daughter lost their lives in a fight that took place among the family members allegedly over excessive usage of mobile phone by the girl. The woman’s son, a minor, has been detained for matricide need to answer them.” The bench was hearing petitions challenging the Centre’s notice providing 27% reservation for Other Backward Class (OBC) and 10% for EWS category in NEET admissions for medical courses. The court asked Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj whether a report of the Major Gen (retd) S R Sinho panel constituted in 2010, which recommended measures for the EWS category was con, sidered before fixing the criteria. Natarajan said the panel’s report was one of the elements for determining the criteria. express read phone misuse E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Kadapa court last week. “We may stay the government notification fixing `8 lakh criteria for determining the EWS and you can keep filing the affidavits,” the judges warned. The court said it is not entering the policy domain but was only trying to ascertain whether constitutional principles were adhered to while arriving at the `8 lakh benchmark. “Tell us if you want to revisit the criteria or not. If you want us to discharge our duties, then we are ready to do so. We are formulating questions which you her instantaneously, Kadapa II Town Circle Inspector Mohammed said, adding that the boy has been detained for interrogation. Khursheeda had been staying in Ravindra Nagar with her children after her tailor husband, Shaik Hussain, abandoned the family. Hussain has been living separately with his mother. Police said they were informed of the incident by the family’s neighbours. An investigation has been launched after registering a case. Justice Kanneganti 3 women killed likely to go to TS under earth mover New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the transfer of Andhra Pradesh High Court Judge Justice Lalitha Kanneganti to Telangana High Court. The Collegium headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana in a meeting held on September 16, 2021, took the decision and the resolution was uploaded on the apex court website on Thursday. Justice Lalitha Kanneganti hails from the Guntur district and enrolled as an advocate on December 28, 1994. Kadapa: A speeding earth mover ploughed into a group of women, killing three instantaneously and injuring as many others critically at Masanayanapalle bridge on Mydukur-Porumammilla main road on Thursday evening. The women, all farmhands, were waiting for an autorickshaw to return home when the incident occurred. Police said the earth mover driver failed to notice the women and sped the machine across the bridge, crushing them. A case was registered.
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