BRACING FOR JAWAD With the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensifying into Cyclone Jawad on Friday afternoon, it is expected to reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast by Saturday morning. In the picture, fishermen are seen shifting their boats from the seashore to safer places in Visakhapatnam on Friday | G SATYANARAYANA | P7 WARANGAL SATURDAY DECEMBER 04, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION 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 More suspect cases emerge 9 MORE TEST +VE AT RGIA; FLYER FROM UK GOES MISSING, TRACED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Booster call to wait for experts’ advice; ministry expects low Omicron severity E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ Trident’s killer blow on Pakistan navy On December 2, 1971, when Rear Admiral S R Sampath Gopal (Retd) and Commodore Inderjit Sharma (Retd) along with other crew members were ordered to sail out of Mumbai harbour to the south of Saurashtra port in Diu and then to Okha, little did they know their mission would be commemorated as Navy Day each year | P9 5 MLAs in Bihar refuse to recite nat’l anthem Patna: Five MLAs of Asasuddin Owaisi-led AIMIM on Friday refused to recite the national anthem on concluding day of the winter session of the state legislature on Friday, triggering sharp reaction from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party | P10 Germany beat India to enter Jr WC final Bhubaneswar: The German colts enjoyed a significant height advantage over India as they secured a 4-2 win to enter the junior World Cup final | P13 WITH 24 cases of suspected Omicron being reported from Delhi and Hyderabad, the Centre has stepped up vigil. In view of the possible spread of the new Covid variant, the government is also looking at allowing booster dose of Covid vaccines and jabs for children. Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that a decision will be taken soon on the basis of scientific guidance. The Centre expects the severity of the Omicron variant to be low in India given the fast pace of vaccination and high exposure to the Delta variant. Earlier in the day 12 suspected pa, tients of Omicron, who flew to India from ‘at risk’ countries, were admitted in Delhi’s LNJP hospital. Of these, eight tested positive for coronavirus while four have symptoms like sore throat and fever. Their samples were sent for genome sequencing and the results would be out in four or five days, officials said. In Hyderabad, 12 travellers coming from ‘at risk’ countries have tested positive and have been put under observation with their samples sent for genome sequencing. To rule out Omicron presence, states are ramping up testing and tracing. The Andhra government is trying to trace and test 7,000 international passengers who arrived in the state since November 1. Maharashtra has sent the swab samples of 28 persons who returned to the state from high-risk countries last month, for genome sequencing. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Friday ordered a probe into how the South African national, who tested Covid Covid on arrival, managed to get a negative P9 report three days later and leave the country . JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Dec 02 66,21,382 doses Dec 03 66,58,055 doses TOTAL: 1,26,44,92,187 NATIONWIDE DEC 02 DEC 03 TELANGANA DEC 02 DEC 03 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 9,765 8,548 477 9,216 8,612 391 189 137 2 198 153 2 @ Hyderabad THOUGH there was a lapse on their part, the officials managed to avert a major outbreak when they traced a lady traveller from London who tested positive for Covid-19 but left the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) without intimating the staff. The shocking incident took place on Friday morning when the British Airways flight landed in Hyderabad and the passengers were tested as per protocols. Eight other passengers also tested positive on the same day and all of them were sent to the TIMS Hospital in Gachibowli. It is not clear whether the lady passenger, who left without informing the airport staff, was informed about her positive status. However, the sources confirmed that she walked away without BLAME GAME TS not supplying agreed quantity of rice: Piyush Protests for 5th day in a row The TRS members, meanwhile, continued their protests over rice procurement issue in Lok Sabha for the fifth consecutive day on Friday Harish writes to Centre, seeks booster shots for healthcare workers Health Minister T Harish Rao wrote to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya, asking the Centre to consider providing booster shots to healthcare, frontline and high-risk groups. He also suggested some changes like reducing the gap between two doses of Covid vaccination from 12 weeks to 4-6 weeks. per mission from the health staff. In fact, the staff realised that she left the premises only an hour later. She reportedly hailed a cab and reached her home in Jeedimetla. “With the help of the medical team, we found her address and reached her home. She was then shifted to TIMS,” informed K E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad EVEN while recalling that Telangana had given a written undertaking, stating that it would not supply parboiled rice in future, Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday informed Rajya Sabha that the State was unable to provide the agreed quantity of rice to the Food Corporation of India (FCI). Speaking during the Question Hour, he also blamed the State government for not properly maintaining the paddy stock Balaraj, SHO Jeedimetla. It may be mentioned here that the passenger tested positive for Covid-19 and her samples have been sent for genome sequencing, which will determine if she is affected by the Omicron variant. As a consequence of her departure from the airport, three others — the cab driver who drove her home and both her parents, are now under home isolation. Since December 1, a total of 13 passengers tested positive for Coronavirus at the RGIA. Meanwhile, TIMS Director Dr Vimala Thomas stated that the passengers from abroad who tested positive were asymptomatic and recovering well in the special isolation wards set up at the hospital. “The status of the variant affecting these patients is unknown as samples have been sent to the designated labs for genomic sequencing,” she added. HYDERABAD-BASED CCMB TO LEAD RESEARCH ON OMICRON | P4 records and unnecessarily politicising the rice procurement issue. Not satisfied with his reply, the TRS members staged a walkout from the House. While stressing that TS had assured that it would not offer parboiled rice to the FCI in future, Goyal said “We will procure rice as per the agreement.” He also asked the State to supply the amount of rice which it agreed to. The TRS members, meanwhile, continued their protests in Lok Sabha for the fifth consecuP5 tive day . Wake up or you will see large parts of the traditional financial markets move out. There is also a counter question from a policy and financial stability point of view Uday Kotak GPay, Phonepe eating up bank biz, warns Kotak E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IF Indian banks continue to neglect the online payments business, they could end up losing bulk of their traditional business to digital wallets platforms such as Google Pay and Phonepe, Kotak Mahindra Bank CEO Uday Kotak warned on Friday Speaking at an . event, he said Indian bankers have been short-sighted on the payments business, leading to unified payments interface (UPI) payments being monopolised by the two major digital wallets, which control 85% of the market share. “Wake up or you will see large parts of the traditional financial markets move out,” he said at the Infinity Forum organised by the International Financial Services Centres Authority and Bloomberg. “Bankers were short-sighted. Their standard response was that there is no money in the payments business,” said Kotak. To tide over competition, he advised bankers to adopt a customercentric approach instead of a sales-centric one. For this, lenders must hire more talent and significantly scale up their technologies, he added. At the same time, Kotak said regulators need to be alert about the use of data by these fintech companies, he added.
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