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 ■ ■ HYDERABAD MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION TRINAMOOL SEEKS TO FORGE THIRD FRONT AGAINST BJP West Bengal’s ruling party is looking to forge a non-Congress Opposition in both Parliamentary Houses to take on the BJP PARTIES NOT ALLIED WITH CONGRESS TARGETED ‘NOBODY IS UNTOUCHABLE FOR US’ Sources in the Trinamool, which will skip the joint strategy meeting today of the Opposition for the winter session, said the party is looking to coordinate with others that are not in alliance with the Congress anywhere. The second largest party in Rajya Sabha and the fourth largest in Lok Sabha, TMC said it won’t align itself with Congress’s floor strategy ■ Oppn demands MSP law at all-party meet E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH the Opposition making a slew of demands, including a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price for farm produce, at an all-party meeting on Sunday defence minister and , Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Rajnath Singh told floor leaders that the government is ready for a healthy discussion on all issues in the Winter Session of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the meeting a miss, though in the past he had attended them. The meeting is called a day before the Parliament session begins. Opposition parties indicated they will further pressure the government on farm issues, with some of them expressing concern that the Centre could bring in provisions of the three contentious laws that are up for repeal in a different form. Making it clear that the Opposition parties will take up the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, floor leaders pressed for the sacking of Union minister Ajay Mishra whose son is the prime accused in the violence. Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge demanded a law to guarantee MSP. He also said the government should give financial compensation to victims of Covid-19 as well as the farm agitation. V Vijaysai Reddy of the YSR Congress demanded the expansion of the MSP basket to cover marine and poultry products. He also sought caste census. The GHMC has already started the process of road widening by constructing a new boundary wall around the park, 30 to 40 feet from the existing one. As the works progress at a brisk pace, the workers said that the trees would be removed once the boundary wall is raised. A few days ago, the GHMC’s engineering wing which was entrusted with the task of constructing the steel bridge wrote to the Forest Department, seeking permission for the translocation or felling of trees Cost of convenience: Over 300 trees to be uprooted for widening road 2 choke to death while cleaning septic tank E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad T WO wo rk e r s died of suffocation while cleaning a septic tank at Kondapur on Sunday morning while the condition of two others, who were shifted to the government hospital, is said to be critical. The four workers of ‘Dial-a-septic tank cleaner’, a private agency went , to Hema Durga Prestige Apartments in Gautami Enclave at Kondapur after the building occupants complained of sewage and faecal sludge problem. According to police, initially two labourers entered the septic tank but came out after complaining of suffocation. Later, their colleagues went in but both fell unconscious and died after inhaling the poisonous gas. The deceased were identified as Srinivas and Anjaneyulu. Swamy and another worker are undergoing treatment at the Kondapur governCONTINUED ON P4 ment hospital. TWIST OF FATE DOC DIES OF HEART ATTACK, PATIENT TOO SUCCUMBS TMC HAS IN LOK SABHA, COMPARED WITH 53 MPs OF CONGRESS Landslide BJP win in Tripura civic polls P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati THE ruling BJP in Tripura swept the civic elections on Sunday, capturing power in all 20 urban local bodies (ULBs). The elections were held against the backdrop of sporadic incidents of political violence. The CPI(M) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) had accused the BJP of assault and intimidation of their workers. Of the total 334 seats, the BJP won 329. It had won 112 seats in seven ULBs unopposed earlier. Three seats went to the CPI(M) and one each to the TMC and the TIPRA Motha. That the BJP was serious about the polls was evident from Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking to Twitter to congratulate people and party workers on the success. The TMC was optimistic about its success in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) but the BJP won all its 51 seats. “People of Agartala have shown abundant confidence in the double engine government led by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @ Narendra Modi ji,” Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted. The TMC had viewed the polls as its launch pad to make inroads into the Bengali-majority state. Its defeat comes days after it became Meghalaya’s main opposition through a political coup that saw 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs defecting to it. TMC’s Abhishek Banerjee said it was exceptional for a party with negligible presence to get over 20% vote share in the polls. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Works on construction of a new boundary wall in progress at Indira Park on Lower Tank Bund | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN OVER 100 decades-old trees inside Indira Park on Lower Tank Bund Road and 200 trees in its vicinity will either be axed or translocated to clear the way for construction of a 2.60-km-long four-lane bidirectional steel bridge from Indira Park to VST in Hyderabad. The steel bridge will be built over NTR Stadium, Ashok Nagar, RTC ‘X’ Roads and Bagh Lingampally junctions. The trees, including peltophorum pterocarpum, tabebuia rosea, spathodea campanulata, azadirachta 22 MPs Test norms for fliers revised GHMC SEEKS FOREST DEPT PERMISSION TO FELL TREES S B A C H A N J E E T S I N G H @ Hyderabad ■ The Trinamool has burnt bridges with the Congress as it has opened its door to rebels so as to realise its national ambition “We will reach out to all like-minded parties, whether it is the Samajwadi Party or BJD, for a stronger Opposition front. Nobody is untouchable for us,” said a TMC MP | P7 indica (neem), peepal, pongamia and other varieties, which provide muchneeded shade and fresh air will now have to make way for the construction of the project. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has already started the process of road widening by constructing a new boundary wall around the park, 30 to 40 feet from the existing one. As the works progress at a brisk pace, the workers said that the trees would be removed once the boundary wall is raised. A few days ago, the GHMC’s engineering wing which was entrusted with the task of constructing the steel bridge under the Strategic Road Development Plan wrote to the Forest Department, seeking permission for the translocation or felling of trees. The Forest Department will give clearance only after it receives a report from the Tree Protection Committee (TPC), which comprises officials from the Forest Department, HMDA and members from Forum for Better Hyderabad. The TPC will decide whether the trees could be felled or translocated. The estimated cost of four-lane elevated corridor project is `350 crore. Passengers fall prey to ‘hunter’ cabbies at RGIA M D N I Z A M U D D I N @ Hyderabad WITH unauthorised cab drivers nudging out the app-based cabbies, the passengers arriving at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) are going through a harrowing experience. As soon as travellers arrive, the unauthorised cabbies, just like the autowallahs at railway stations, crowd around them. As no appbased cab drivers are available, the passengers ride home grudgingly in the unauthorised cabs. The app-based cab drivers are reluctant to go to the airport as they cannot compete with the unauthorised colleagues and have to return without customers for nearly 20 to 25 km, which they cannot afford. For the past one year, there have been complaints galore over nonavailability of app-based drivers as the unauthorised cabbies, who are referred to as ‘hunters’, persuade and hijack the passengers. With lack of assistance on landing and non- functional booking kiosks, the passengers are forced to give in to these ‘hunters’. The practice has gone out of control in the recent months and authorities remained helpless. Most of the domestic travellers have started taking their own vehicles to the airport, if they have a couple of days of work in some other city . “I stopped booking cabs as they are cancelling at the 11th hour, impacting all my plans. Back in February, I complained to authorities but of no avail,” said Vinod Kanumala, chief functionary of Indian Federation of Road Safety . Following Vinod’s tweets, RGIA police then tweeted: “We are booking cases against them. For safety of passengers, we are running the help desk and also a women’s help desk at airport. We are also arranging regular pickets and patrolling duties. Even now if any such incident comes to our notice, we take immediate and necessary action.” CONTINUED ON P3 SHIVA SHANKAR MASTER NO MORE I P5 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad IN a sheer quirk of fate, a doctor and his patient died of heart attack in Kamareddy district on Sunday. According to sources, Dr D Laxman collapsed and died on the spot while treating patient K Jagya Naik, 48, brought to him with severe chest pain. The incident took place at a private nursing home in Gandhari. The doctor already had a stent in his heart. As the doctor collapsed and died, the patient was rushed to the Nizamabad Government Hospital but he died on the way . Dr Laxman was an assistant professor at Nizamabad Government General Hospital and was also running a private clinic in Gandhari. His body was shifted to his native place for last rites. NATIONWIDE NOV 27 NOV 28 WITH the highly infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus being detected in at least two more countries on Sunday the Centre decided to re, view its decision on resuming commercial foreign flights. Before Omicron surfaced, it had reportedly planned to resume full international travel from December 15. And now, new guidelines from the health ministry state that passengers travelling from or transiting through “at risk” countries will have to take a RT-PCR test on arrival in India and will be required to wait for the results before leaving the airport or taking a connecting flight. Five per cent of travellers from other countries in each flight will be randomly tested at the airport. The “at-risk” countries are Euro- Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 8,318 10,967 465 8,774 9,481 621 TELANGANA NOV27 NOV28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 160 148 1 135 144 1 pean nations, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. On Sunday, in an urgent meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, the government issued a slew of directions to states for ramping up testing-surveillance measures and health facilities, asking them to focus on intensive containment, monitoring of hot spots and increasing vaccination coverage. The meeting follows a high-level review by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday . For their part, states began to retighten Covid restrictions and trace people who arrived from abroad, especially from ‘at risk’ nations, in the last one month. Though no Omicron cases have been recorded in India yet, confirmed or suspected cases have emerged in Europe, Israel and Hong Kong — just days after it was first detected in South Africa. The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases, Australia two and the UK one on Sunday . In drastic moves, Israel barred entry to foreigners and Morocco suspended all incoming air travel. P12
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