Samyukt Kisan Morcha leader Darshan Pal (L) and others at a press conference near Singhu border in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI WARANGAL SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION TRACTOR MARCH POSTPONED, BUT PROTESTS TO CONTINUE Farmers postpone Monday’s Parliament march, but agitation will continue till demands, including the one on MSP, are met UNIONS LIST PENDING DEMANDS FOR CENTRE STUBBLE BURNING TO BE DECRIMINALISED The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which is heading the stir against the three farm bills, has said it welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the bills and is urging fulfillment of six other demands, including a statutory guarantee of Minimum Support Price, withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendment Bill and suspension of Union Minister Ajay Mishra ■ ■ Earlier on Saturday, the Union agriculture minister said stubble burning has been decriminalised as per the farmers’ demand SKM, an umbrella body of farm unions, also said Modi should direct states and Railways to withdraw cases against protesting farmers. Parliament’s winter session begins on Monday | P7 Dec 4 NEXT MEETING OF SKM TO DECIDE FARMERS’ COURSE OF ACTION 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 TMC may skip Congress-led meet as it jostles for chief Oppn role E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata IN another bid to project itself as the main anti-BJP party the , Trinamool Congress is likely to skip the meeting of opposition parties convened by the Congress on Monday for a joint strategy during the winter Parliament session, party sources said on Saturday . “The Trinamool is not interested in coordinating with the Congress but the party has no problem in coordinating with other opposition parties,” a party leader said. “In such a situation, the Trinamool will lead the alliance. The recent defection from the Congress to our party shows we are the main opposition against the Bharatiya Janta Party .” The final decision on boycotting the meeting would be taken by party supremo Mamata Banerjee, and it could arrive at a time when the rift between the Trinamool Congress and the grand old party is growing. The Int’l travel curbs may continue as Omicron spreads V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Nov 26 65,23,396 doses Nov 27 73,74,792 doses TOTAL: 121,84,12,797 NATIONWIDE NOV 26 NOV 27 TELANGANA NOV 26 NOV 27 Fresh cases 10,549 8,318 Recoveries 9,868 10,967 Deaths 488 465 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 171 167 1 160 148 1 EXPRESS READ Maharashtra tightens inter-state travel rules Drugmakers race to test vaccines against variant Mumbai: As fears over the new Omicron variant mount, the Maharashtra government on Saturday said domestic travellers to the state must either be fully vaccinated or have a negative RT-PCR report. Arrivals from foreign countries will need to follow the Union government’s directions for entry | P7 The pharma majors who made vaccines for the novel coronavirus are racing to get their hands on the Omicron strain. Johnson & Johnson is already testing its shot against the strain, while AstraZeneca — which helped design Covishield — is conducting vaccine research in the African nations Botswana and Eswatini. Ramulu, a farmer, watches his paddy burn after he set fire to it at the Dubbaka market yard on Saturday IT is official now. The State does not want its farmers to cultivate paddy in the Rabi (Yasangi) season. The decision comes in the wake of the Centre’s decision that it would not buy parboiled rice from Telangana at all. As the Central government made it crystal clear that it would procure only 40 lakh tonnes of Kharif rice from the State and decided not to buy Rabi rice, the State government too appeared to come to terms with the Centre’s call. A day after the Centre-State talks in Delhi on Friday, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Saturday directed farmers not to raise paddy in Rabi, as the Centre said it would not procure parboiled rice. W I T H T H I S I SSU E METAVERSE IS COMING PLUS 12 PAGES Judicial commission concludes proceedings on a dissatisfied note P I N T O D E E PA K @ Hyderabad “It was a pleasure working with you and hearing from you. But the facts that came out (during the proceedings) were not so pleasing,” were the final words of Justice VS Sirpurkar, chairman of the Judicial Commission, before the proceedings of the commission concluded. The chairman made these comments on Friday , despite the State counsels presenting before the commission ‘clinching evidence’ against the four accused persons in the rape and murder of the veterinarian and arguing that everything took place as per the law. During three months of proceedings starting from August 2021, the commission, while examining several individuals including senior police officials, in connection with the crime followed by the death of the four accused in an alleged encounter, on several occasions expressed dissatisfaction about the way the events had unfolded from the time of the arrest of the accused. Justice Sirpurkar, Justice Rekha P Sondur Baldota and Dr DR Kaarthikeyan, members of the commission, had pointed out several lapses, inconsistencies and complete about turns of statements. The panel will submit its report beP3 fore the Supreme Court by February 2022. MIND GAMES Soldiers may be taught to beat China in talks M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE Army is working on honing negotiation skills of the soldiers mandated to communicate and hold bilateral talks with the Chinese troops as interactions between the soldiers of the two countries increase. According to a source, “The training on negotiation techniques is in its conceptual stage, keeping in mind the way talks have been taking place at different command levels.” The need for more training arose after the Chinese side either stretched the meeting for long hours “to wear out the other side during the talks” mool is the main political party that decimated the BJP in Bengal despite the saffron camp’s aggressive campaign,” a senior Trinamool leader said. “We are now busy spreading our footprint in national politics and building an image as the only anti-BJP political party But the Congress . is trying to portray itself as the main face of anti-BJP forces by convening the meeting, which we do not agree with,” the leader added. During her recent visit to Delhi, Banerjee did not meet interim Congress president So- nia Gandhi, but instead met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stoking speculation. In October, Banerjee said the Congress had miserably failed to put up a fight against the BJP and the people of India have put the onus on the TMC to create a ‘’new India’’ by ousting the saffron camp. Don’t grow paddy in Rabi, orders TS COVID OUTBREAK Medchal PM seeks review of plans to resume regular flights, urges states to ramp up vaccination ministry would continue to have restrictions on the number CONCERNED over the new of weekly flights with India. Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 found The meeting came in the in South Africa that has been backdrop of suspected Omidesignated as a ‘variant of con- cron cases being reported in cer n’ by the World Belgium, Israel, GerHealth Organization many the Netherlands, , and named Omicron, Czech Republic and the Prime Minister NarenUK. There have been 77 dra Modi on Saturday fully confirmed cases asked officials to reof the Omicron variant view plans for easing in South Africa, four of international travel cases in Botswana and restrictions in India. one in Hong Kong. At a comprehensive Two South The UK, the US, the Africans meeting to review the EU, Australia, Brazil, public health prepared- test +ve in Turkey, Canada, the B’luru ness in the backdrop of United Arab Emirates, Omicron, which is posEgypt, Sri Lanka, Two South sibly more transmissi- Africans have Oman and Thailand, ble than the highly in- tested positive among others have alfectious Delta variant, for Covid-19 in ready banned travel the PM highlighted the from certain African Bengaluru. need for monitoring all Both have been countries. international arrivals, In Saturday’s meetquarantined their testing as per ing, the PM stressed and their guidelines with a spe- samples have the need to increase the cific focus on countries second dose coverage been sent for identified as ‘at risk.’ and also asked states to further tests, The meeting was ensure that all those officials said held a day after the civwho have got the first il aviation ministry said regu- dose are given the second dose lar international passenger on time. He also directed offiflights would resume operation cials to work closely with state from December 15 with certain governments so that there is exceptions. Countries marked proper awareness at the state P7, 9, 12 as ‘at risk’ by the Union health and district level. Trinamool Congress recently poached Cong ress le gislators in Tripura, Meghalaya and Goa and is portraying itself as the main party confronting the BJP. “The thumping victory in the recent Assembly elections proved that the Trina- or behaved erratically raising voices , to play mind games with Indians. The whole gamut of responses along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has been under review since the military standoff of May 2020. The Army has also formalised a course on Tibetan language and culture to “amalgamate its troops well with the people of Tibet.” The course run by the Army in association with the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Sik, kim, aims to make soldiers under- stand cultural nuances and teach them with the language so that they can mix with the Tibetan population living on the Indian side of the LAC. This will wean the people away from the Chinese propaganda, the source said. There are people from the same tribes living on both sides of the LAC. The frequency of meetings, talks and hotline communication has increased between the two sides. As per the old agreements, nine Border Personnel Meetings are held between the two countries every year on ceremonial occasions. While denying media reports that the Centre had stopped procuring rice from Telangana, the Central government on Saturday clarified that rice procurement will take place as per the agreement with the State. “All paddy procurements in Telangana are continuing and will continue to take place as before at existing MSPs, as per the MoU signed between the Telangana government and the FCI,” a spokesperson of the Department of Food and Public Distribution clarified. The Centre has already indicated to the State that it would procure 40 lakh tonnes of Kharif rice, and that the FCI would not procure Rabi rice. But, Telangana has demanded that the Centre procure more Kharif rice, on which the Centre has not given any assurance. The TRS MPs are expected to raise the matter in Parliament and ask the Centre to procure the entire Kharif rice produced in the State, as is being done in Punjab. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will hold a TRS Parliamentary Party meeting here on Sunday where he is ex, pected to give directions to party MPs on the issues to be raised in the winter session of the Parliament, to begin from P4 Monday . All paddy procurements in Telangana are continuing and will continue to take place as before at existing MSPs, as per the MoU signed between the Telangana government and the FCI Spokesperson, Department of Food and Public Distribution varsity shut for 2 weeks E N S @ Hyderabad A day after 25 students and five teachers tested positive for Covid-19 at the Tech Mahindra University in Medchal, the District Medical Health Officer (DMHO) asked for the closure of the university for two weeks. This comes in light of the fact that nearly 1,300 students are susceptible and could have been exposed to the virus. “We have advised a 15-day home isolation for every person on the campus. The university has declared leave for all,” said DMHO Dr Mallikarjun.
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