HYDERABAD SATURDAY AUGUST 6, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION PDP, CONG SEEK ROLLBACK ON 3RD ANNIV OF HOLLOWING 370 The two parties held protest marches on Friday to mark the third anniversary of the repeal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status 88% DROP IN LAW & ORDER INCIDENTS: POLICE Law and order incidents dropped 88% in three years since the revocation of the erstwhile state’s special status compared to the preceding three years, police said. From August 5, 2016 to August 4, 2019, the Valley witnessed 3,686 law and order incidents, which came down to 438 since August 5, 2019 when the Centre bifurcated it into two Union territories ■ 930 SOLVE KASHMIR DISPUTE VIA TALKS: CHINA ■ While Pakistan is reportedly using its embassies in West Asia and Europe to keep the Kashmir issue alive, China said New Delhi and Islamabad should resolve disputes through dialogue “This is an issue leftover from history,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying | P8 TERROR INCIDENTS DURING 2016-2019. THIS DROPPED TO 617 IN THE NEXT 3 YRS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI RBI signals end of cheap loans era No immunity in criminal cases: Naidu MPs have no immunity from arrest in criminal cases during Parliament session, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday Their ministers cannot see the price rise, so we wanted to walk to PM’s house and show him the high inflation, show him the gas cylinder the price of which is sky high Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Loans to cost more as central bank goes for an aggressive 50-basis point hike in repo rate M O N I K A YA D A V @ New Delhi Priyanka Gandhi Vadra crossing police barricades during a protest march, in New Delhi on Friday | SHEKHAR YADAV GANDHIS AMONG 300+ DETAINED AFTER PROTEST marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan from Parliament House. They were stopped at CONGRESS leaders Rahul Vijay Chowk by the police in Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi view of the security protocol. Vadra led a strong nationwide The leaders, then, sat in proprotest from the front against test at Vijay Chowk. price rise, GST on essential Priyanka and other senior items and unemployment, leaders, including Rajasthan with the latter catching the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, eye as she climbed were stopped outside over barricades and Congress headquarsat on the road outters at 24, Akbar side the AICC office. Road while they were Both were among the marching towards 300-plus who were dethe Prime Minister’s tained by the police residence. After Priyfor over six hours. anka squatted on the Rahul set the ball road, she was pulled rolling by tearing Standing for into the police van into the government, democracy and detained along saying the country is with others. witnessing “death of “The more I raise “The government democracy”. “The people’s issues, thinks it can silence government wants the more I will be us. It thinks that by under attack that people’s issues showing us this force, from the should not be raised it can make us quietand is working for government but I ly sit in buses but we the benefit of 4-5 big will continue to have a purpose,” Pristand for businessmen. All inyanka told democracy,” stitutions in the reporters. Rahul Gandhi country are under The detained leadtold the media the control of the ers were taken to BJP and RSS. Despite Kingsway Camp in all this, the Opposition is mak- GTB Nagar and were later reing efforts to fight against the leased. The area around the government,” he said. Congress HQ was cordoned Dressed in black as a mark off since Wednesday and a of protest, Congress MPs large police force deployed. LOANS are all set to become more expensive with the Reserve Bank of India on Friday increasing the repo rate (at which it lends money to commercial banks) by 0.5% to 5.4% with immediate effect. Home and car loans, which are linked to repo rates, will feel the pinch immediately as the transmission of RBI rate action is instant in such cases. The interest rates are already around 7.55% for borrowers with high credit scores. With the latest hike, it could go past 8%. That will be a substantial increase considering that in FOR the second consecutive day, harried students and parents had a tough time when many CUET-UG centres cancelled exams due to technical glitches. In a late night statement, the National Testing Agency (NTA) said examinations scheduled for the first shift have been postponed at 20 centres, while at 30 centres the second shift exam has been similarly put off. The NTA took the decision following reports from observers /city coordinators. Anxious students through the day posted about their concerns on social media on day two of the Central University Entrance Test undergraduate (CUET-UG) exams. Students in Noida were the worst affected, with the NTA cancelling the exam there. Many took to social media to share the notice NTA put up in GOOD FRIDAY HOW long is a honeymoon trip? It may range from a few days and a couple of weeks to maybe a month. But the answer could be ‘forever’, if you ask Ann and Mike Howard from New York. The couple, who got married in 2012, has been on honeymoon ever since — that’s 10 years and counting — visiting 64 countries and taking in everything the nations have to offer. And, no, they are not planning to stop anytime soon as KTR SAYS MODI SHOULD focus on changing the GDP which would help the country instead of changing the Display Pictures on social media accounts | P4 Friday was big day for India at CWG as its wrestlers lived up to their billing to win medals in all six weight categories. In all, they claimed three gold, one silver and two bronze Gold seemed to be eluding the 2016 Rio Olympic Sakshi Malik but the Haryana wrestler came from behind to pin Ana Godinez Gonzalez from Canada in the final to complete a hat-trick of medals at the event. She won 58kg silver in 2014 and 62kg bronze in the 2018 editions EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Vice-Presidential candidate Margaret Alva plants a sapling along with TRS MPs K Keshava Rao and Santhosh Kumar on Friday front of the centre. The notice said, “It is regretted that due to technical/logistics reasons, the CUET (UG) exam scheduled at the centre on August 5 is postponed to August 12.” For students and parents already stressed out due to the exam and travelling long distances to the centre, it was worse as they had to brave the rain for two hours before being turned away as the exam was cancelled at the last minute. TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to support Margaret Alva, the united Opposition’s candidate for the Vice-Presidential election. Rao is also likely to skip the Niti Aayog’s Governing Council meeting to be held on Monday . Rao on Friday directed the 16 TRS MPs to vote for Alva, TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Ke s h av a R a o s a i d i n a statement. Later in the evening, Alva met TRS MPs at the residence of Keshava Rao in Delhi and thanked them for their support. The TRS had also supported EXPRESS READ 15 Gurukul students eat biscuits, fall ill Adilabad: In yet another case of suspected food poisoning, 15 students of the Jaipur Gurukul school in the district fell ill soon after eating the biscuits served as snacks on Friday mornning and were rushed to the Mancherial government hospital for treatment. All the students were declared out of danger later. According to school authorities, the students started vomiting and were rushed to the hospital for treatment | P2 Couple on Kerala leg of their forever honeymoon travelling has become a part of their lives. The couple travel on a shoestring budget — $34 per person per day (around `2,700). “We never plan anything... keep our itinerary flexible. That’s our mantra,” said Anne. So far, the duo has covered European as well as North and South American nations. For India, their 65th country, they chose to start from Kerala. “We flew in from Bhutan,” said Mike, 45, who met Anne, 40, in New Jersey while playing GDP vs DP THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR SAKSHI MALIK 10+ YEARS A N U K U R U V I L L A @ Kochi RBI has so far raised the repo rate by a total of 1.4% since May With the latest hike, it has . reversed the Covid-era cuts completely. The present repo rate at 5.25% is higher than the pre-Covid level of 5.15%. Justifying the hike, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said the regulator was forced to act as inflation remained at “unacceptably high levels”. RBI retained its inflation outlook for the current fiscal at 6.7%, while the regulator is mandated to keep it under 6%. Das said India’s economy is improving, thanks to revival in urban demand. RBI has pegged FY23 GDP growth at 7.2%. P10 SECOND STRAIGHT GOLD FOR BAJRANG Bajrang Punia (65kg) won second consecutive CWG gold and third medal in a row at the event (silver in 2014) as he outclassed Canada's wrestler Lachlan McNeil 9-2 in the final TRS to support Alva in V-P election, Wild speculation after Didi KCR may skip Niti Council meeting meets PM, discusses dues Tech glitches persist on CUET Day 2 @ New Delhi RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Friday that banks cannot “perennially” rely on the central bank’s money to support credit offtake and they need to mobilise more deposits to aid credit growth POWER-PAK DEEPAK @ New Delhi home loans but the demand for housing is likely to remain robust. A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows the EMI on a `50-lakh loan with 20-year tenure will increase by `1,518. On the positive side, those with fixed deposits in banks will gain as their rates will also go up, albeit slowly At present, fixed . deposit rates of one-year tenure range from 5.6% to 6.3%. BANKS CAN’T RELY ON RBI MONEY FOREVER: DAS Bajrang and Sakshi won the first two gold medals. Deepak Punia (L) saved the best for last as he beat an opponent from Pak Muhammad Inam, a twotime CWG gold-medallist, 3-0. The first gold for Inam had come at the 2010 CWG. He defeated local favourite Anuj Kumar in the final. Inam won gold in 2018 beating Nigerian Bibo Mellvin EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE the beginning of the year, home loan rates were just 6.65%. ICICI Bank and Punjab National Bank have already raised their lending rates after the central bank increased the benchmark interest rate on Friday . Y Viswanatha Gowd, MD & CEO of LIC Housing Finance, said the repo rate hike will cause some fluctuation in the EMIs or the tenure on the Ann and Mike Howard | EXPRESS two-on-two volleyball. The couple, both vegetarians, said anyone planning a trip to India should start from Kerala. “Kerala serves as India’s gateway for tourists. It is also mellower than other places while being a melting pot of cultures from across the globe,” said Mike, who has co-authored with Anne two books, Ultimate Journeys for Two, which is a travel guide for couples, and Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North America. combined opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the Presidential election. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister is likely to skip the Niti Aayog’ Governing Council meeting to be held on Monday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As part of preparations for the meeting, the National Conference of Chief Secretaries was held in Dharamshala in June, which Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar attended. Rao skipped the last Governing Council meeting held in February, 2021. State Planning Board ViceChairman B Vinod Kumar and officials represented Telangana at that meeting. RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR, PRONAB M O N D A L @ New Delhi/Kolkata TRINAMOOL head and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a rather quiet meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 45 minutes here on Friday sparking wild speculation of a rapprochement ahead of the 2024 polls. This was a different Didi Delhi got to see as there was no post-meeting briefing, no signalling of Opposition unity to fight the BJP Ironically it hap. , pened on a day when the Congress hit the streets raising propeople issues like price rise — the party Mamata had in the past faulted for sleeping at the wheel of Opposition leadership. Former Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy set Twitter afire about the ‘secret setting’. The CPI(M) and Congress echoed him, alleging Mamata’s underhand deal with the BJP . TMC sources said Mamata took up various issues like MNGREGA dues and GST and submitted a memorandum to the PM, quantifying the total dues at `1,00,968.44 crore. She is also understood to have taken up raids on her party leaders by Central agencies. “Remember her recent meeting with Jagdeep Dhankhar? Subsequently, Dhankhar became NDA’s nominee for V-P and the TMC decided to abstain from voting,” said political analyst R K Verma said. Revanth is all fire and brimstone at mammoth Munugode public meeting EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad EVEN before Munugode MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy tendered his resignation from the Assembly, the Telangana Congress on Friday tried to show that the cadre remained loyal to the party by holding a massive public meeting at Chandur in the constituency . The public meeting was attended by top Congress leaders K Jana Reddy N Uttam Kumar , Reddy Mallu Bhatti Vikramar, ka, R Damodar Reddy Dan, asari Anasuya and a host of other leaders. Conspicuous by his absence was Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, the elder brother of Rajagopal. It was perhaps due to this that some of the Congress leaders demanded Venkat Reddy to prove his loyalty by campaigning against his brother or leave the party . Facing allegations of unilateral decisions by the Komatireddy brothers, TPCC chief A Revanth Reddy was at his fiery best at the public meeting, lambasting Rajagopal and accusing him of mortgaging the selfrespect of the people of Unmindful of the drizzle, TPCC president Revanth Reddy addresses a massive public meeting in Munugode Assembly constituency in Nalgonda district on Friday. Telangana and the Congress at the feet of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “In pursuit of contracts worth thousands of crores, Rajagopal mortgaged the self-respect of the 91,000 voters who cast their votes for him, and ‘ mma Sonia GanA dhi’ who gave him the party ticket to contest,” Revanth said. Asking why Rajagopal was not contesting from the Congress if he felt that only a byelection was key to development, Revanth predicted: “He will be joining the BJP as he was given c o n t r a c t s wo r t h ` 2 1 , 0 0 0 CONTINUED ON P4 crore.” CONG MP MEETS SHAH Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Friday, the day AICC spokesperson Dasoju Sravan too resigned from the primary membership of the party. However, Venkat Reddy denied he would be leaving the party | P4 SHAH VISIT ON AUG 21 Munugode MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy met Amit Shah hours before his older brother. Speaking to reporters later in the day, Rajagopal Reddy announced that the Home Minister would visit Nalgonda or Munugode on August 21 | P4
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