tirupati l friday l august 12, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION Tax payers to be barred from Atal pension Yojana from Oct 1 “From 1st October, any citizen who is or has been an income tax payer, shall not be eligible,” the finance ministry said Scheme meant for unorganised workers Ineligible joinees’ accounts to be closed The pension scheme was introduced on June 1, 2015 to provide social security to workers in the unorganised sector. Subscribers get a minimum guaranteed pension of `1,000-5,000 a month upon reaching 60 years of age, depending on their contributions. Currently, those aged 18-40 years can join the scheme through bank or post office branches ■ ■ The new notification, issued on Wednesday, will not apply to those who joined the scheme before October 1, 2022 If a subscriber joins after Oct 1 and is found to have been a tax payer, the account shall be closed and the accumulated pension wealth till date given to the subscriber, the notification warned 4 crore Number of Atal pension yojana subscribers as on March 31, 2022 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 Four soldiers killed as fidayeen attack back in J&K Faya z Wa n i @ Srinagar Trinamool leader Anubrata Mandal after his arrest by the CBI in connection with a cattle smuggling case, at Bolpur in Birbhum district of Bengal on Thursday | PTI CBI arrests TMC strongman amid pre-dawn drama Remanded in 10-day in CBI custody; ED summons 8 IPS officers in a different case velopment in Birbhum was, “Development is standing in Two Central law-enforcing every road corner. If you chalagencies — the CBI and the En- lenge it, you will see what real forcement Directorate (ED) — development is.” on Thursday went after the TriIn the wee hours of Thursnamool Congress, arresting its day CRPF personnel surround, Birbhum strongman in a cattle ed Mondal’s house. CBI officers smuggling case, and summon- then went in, searched rooms ing eight IPS officers and picked up Mondal. Two-day in connection with a “We summoned Monparty demo dal 11 times but he coal smuggling case. While the CBI arturned up only once,’’ Criticising the rested Anubrata Mon- action, Trinamool said a CBI official. dal in a dramatic raid Mondal’s security minister i nvo l v i n g 1 0 0 - o d d guard Saigal Hossain Chandrima CRPF personnel from was arrested in the Bhattacharya his Birbhum residence said the party’s same case recently after he skipped 10 with the CBI finding youth and summons citing ill students’ wings his assets disproporhealth, the ED asked tionate to his known will stage eight IPS officers to demonstrations sources of income. appear at their Delhi Earlier this month, for two days office on staggered CBI teams raided 13 lofrom Friday dates in this month. across the state cations, including the Mandal, who began residence of Mondal as a fish vendor and loyalist Karim Khan rose to became the party’s dis- and his aide Ziaul Haque. Apart trict chief, was remanded in from `17 lakh in cash and 10 CBI custody for 10 days by an mobile phones, it had recovered Asansol court. Outside the pen-drives hard discs and key court, the local CPM cadre of a locker from them. waved flags hailing the arrest, As for the ED, its summons to accusing Mondal of inciting eight IPS officers were in conviolence in the district by deliv- nection with the case in which ering provocative speeches. Chief Minister Mamata BanerOne of his loaded one-liners jee’s nephew Abhishek Banerin 2019 against the Opposition jee and his wife Rujira were that questioned the lack of de- earlier interrogated. P r o n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata express read Second flood warning issued at Dowleswaram Four drown, 17 missing after boat capsizes in UP Vijayawada: Godavari is in spate once again with heavy inflows following heavy rains in its upper catchment areas. On Thursday, when inflows at Dowleswaram crossed 13.3 lakh cusecs, the second flood warning was issued. Banda: Four persons, including two women and a child, drowned and 17 went missing after a boat carrying over 30 people capsized in the Yamuna here on Thursday. Thirteen people have been saved, said Banda DM Anurag Patel IN the first fidayeen attack in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370, four soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack on an Army camp in Rajouri on Thursday. The troops gunned down two suicide attackers and search for other terrorists who may be lurking in the vicinity . The two slain terrorists, believed to be from Pakistanbased Jaish-e-Mohammed, attempted to storm the Army camp at 3.30 am at Pargal area of Rajouri by taking advantage of the inclement weather and Going to school during the rainy season has become a difficult task for students of several villages in Saluru mandal in the absence of a bridge across the River Vegavathi. When Vegavathi swells with huge inflows, the students of Peda Parannavalasa, Chinna Parannavalasa and Rongalivanivalsa villages have only two options: cross the river risking their lives or skip school. People of these villages have been waiting for the past three decades to get a hassle-free journey to reach their mandal headquarters, Saluru. Students, accompanied by their parents, cross the River Vegavathi to go to school in Saluru mandal | Express Though these villages are just 4 km away from Saluru, the villagers have to travel at least 12 km by road to reach Saluru for their day-to-day activities such as education, employment, business, livelihood and medical and health. An army official said 2 AK 47 rifles, 9 magazines, 300 rounds, 5 grenades and other administrative stores were recovered from the slain militants. Security agencies are investigating whether the militants were carrying armour piercing bullets. The SSP said police had re- E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bapatla Ye s h i Se l i @ New Delhi China on Thursday again put a spanner in the works by blocking in the UN the blacklisting of a proscribed terrorist, Abdul Rauf Asghar, citing technicalities. Asghar is the deputy chief of terror outfit Jaish-i-Mohammad and the younger brother of Masood Azhar. He has be involved in the planning and execution of many terror attacks, including the hijacking of Indian Airlines aircraft IC814 (1999) and the attacks on Parliament (2001) and an IAF base in Pathankot (2016). “It is unfortunate that the sanctions committee has been prevented from playing its role due to political considerations. China’s action exposes its doublespeak and double standards when it comes to the international community’s shared battle against terror,’’ said sources. Such politically motivated actions by China, in nearly every listing of a Pakbased terrorist undermines the entire sanctity of the working of the UNSC Committees. The proposal was moved by India, co-sponsored by the US, on August 10 to add Asghar to the UN Security Council 1267 Sanctions Committee list. China placed it on technical hold, though 14 member states of the UN Security Council were supportive of the proposal. This is not the first time that China has obstructed the listing of terrorists in the 1267 committee. In June this year, China placed on hold a joint proposal by India and the US to place the deputy chief of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Abdul Rehman Makki, on the sanctions list. Makki has been involved in raising funds as well as recruiting and radicalising youth to carry out attacks in India. Peda Parannavalasa, Chinna Parannavalasa and Rongalivanivalasa are agriculture and dairy-based villages with good water resources such as Kura Gedda and Vegavathi. Though the previous Congress government of the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh started construction of a bridge on the river in 2009, the works were stopped mid-way due to various reasons. Now, the structure is in a dilapidated condition. After a series of agitations by villagers, the previous TDP regime sanctioned a causeway at Pedda Parannavalasa at an estimated cost of `1.44 crore. However, it did not go beyond the tender P4 stage. ceived general inputs about a possible militant attack and security was tightened in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. The police official added that suicide attackers try to inflict maximum casualties on troops when they strike but in the latest incident, alert troops managed to avert heavy casualt i e s by n e u t r a l i s i n g t h e terrorists. On the identity of the slain militants, he said they appear to be foreigners and that further investigation is going to ascertain their identities. Thursday’s was the first fidayeen attack in Jammu and Kashmir in three years. The last attack had taken place on February 14, 2019 at Pulwama in south Kashmir, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed and about two dozens injured after a local suicide attack rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus. We aim at 70% GER in colleges: Jagan China blocks UN blacklist of Pak terrorist River-crossing hurdle to go to school @ Parvathipuram-Manyam (From L) Subedar Rajendra Prasad and 3 Riflemen Manoj Kumar, D Lakshmanan, Nishant Malik jaish Dy chief no bridge S r een u B a b u Pat i v a d a dense foliage, said Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Mohammad Aslam. The militants lobbed grenades across the 7-feet high boundary and the troops returned fire. In the ensuing firefight, both the attackers were killed. However, six Army soldiers were seriously injured and four of them later succumbed to injuries. The deceased have been identified as Subedar Rajendra Prasad R/o Rajasthan, Rifleman Lakshmanan D R/o Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Rifleman Manoj Kumar R/o Faridabad, Haryana and Rifleman Nishant Malik, R/o Hisar, Haryana. car trap Jammu city recorded 189.6 mm rain in the past 24 hours, the highest downpour in a day in 26 years, causing landslides and flash floods. In the picture, a car buried in the debris after landslide due to heavy rainfall in Jammu on Thursday | pti Kejri, Nirmala spar over debt write-off and freebies E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With the matter of freebies under intense Supreme Court scrutiny the AAP , and the BJP were on Thursday locked in a high decibel sparring match over debt write-off and welfare schemes like education and health care. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a full scale attack on the Centre alleging taxpayers’ money was being used by politicians to write off loans for their rich friends. “Had these people not waived off loans worth `10 lakh crore for their friends, the Centre wouldn’t have had to impose tax on milk-curd or stop pensions for soldiers. They also wrote off taxes worth `5 lakh crore for big corporations. These people spend all public money on their friends, we give it to the underprivileged,” he alleged. “Free education, medicines and ration was being given for the last 70-75 years in the country. Then why has the protest started suddenly now?” he wondered. Hours later, finance minister Nirmala Sithraman rapped Kejriwal for giving the issue a perverse twist. “Health and education have never been called freebies. No Indian government has ever denied them. So classifying education and health as freebies, Kerjiwal is trying to bring in a sense of worry and fear in the minds of the poor. There should be a genuine debate on this matter,” Sitharaman said. Government sources also alleged that Kejriwal was deliberately framing the argument in a wrong way “It is wrong to clas. sify loan write-offs as freebies, or to say the corporate tax rate cut was designed to benefit big firms. There is no justification for parties offering freebies that the exchequer cannot afford.” Jab-o-meter Take your shot Aug 10 21,80,642 doses Aug 11 14,02,341 doses Total doses 2,07,45,11,199 NATIONWIDE aug 10 aug 11 Fresh cases 16,047 16,299 Recoveries 19,539 19,431 Deaths 54 53 Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asserted that the implementation of educational reforms and a plethora of welfare schemes for students is meant to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in colleges in AP to 70% by 2035. Addressing a large gathering in Bapatla on Thursday after crediting `694 crore into the bank accounts of mothers of 11.02 lakh student beneficiaries under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena (total fee reimbursement) scheme for the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal, he reiterated that education is an invaluable asset, which can change the fate of a student, a family and the country and it is the only solution for eradication of poverty . The main objective of the schemes like Amma Vodi, Vidya Deevena, Vasathi Deveena and Nadu Nedu is to secure the future of students, besides equipping them to face the global competition boldly . “Now, we are competing with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. Brazil has 55% GER, Russia 86% and China 58%, compared to 29% in India. Our aim is to improve the GER in AP to 70% by 2035,” he averred. Elaborating further, he said the government efforts had started yielding results as the GER in the State increased by 8.64% in 2019-20, compared to 2018-19, while the GER improvement at the national level was 3.04% only The GER in respect . of girl students had improved by 11.03%, compared to 2.28% increase at the national level. The GER of SC students increased to 7.5% in 2019-20, compared to 2018-19, which was only 1.7% at the national level. In case of STs, the GER improved to 9.5% against the 4.5% increase at the national level, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy interacts with a student at Bapatla on Thursday | Express he explained. Taking a dig at his critics and the Opposition for belittling the expenditure on education and questioning the purpose of Amma Vodi stating that the freebies of YSRC gover nment would make AP another Sri Lanka, Jagan said the statistics released by the Union Ministry of Education in 2018, showed the GER in primary education in AP at 84.48%, while it was 99% at the P4 national level. TDP old horses to make way for youth with winning prospects tdp to set up panel TDP leadership has decided to set up a committee to pick up young leaders with leadership qualities. TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh came up with a proposal to constitute a committee to draw a clear policy in the direction of giving priority to the youth in the party at the Politburo meeting, which was supported by other leaders S V i s w a n at h @ Vijayawada With TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu announcing 40% of party tickets to youth in the ensuing elections, the Telugu Desam leadership has laid emphasis on identifying young leaders with winning prospects. As several young leaders, heirs of TDP seniors, are playing an active role in the party programmes, the TDP leadership has decided to constitute a committee to pick up young leaders with leadership qualities. The TDP Politburo special meeting held under the chairmanship of Naidu recently dis, cussed at length on involving youth in party affairs. Speaking to TNIE, a Politburo member said TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh came up with a proposal to constitute a committee to draw a clear policy in the direction of giving priority to the youth in the party All the members of the Polit. buro echoed the same opinion. It was resolved to constitute a committee, which will make a comprehensive study and submit a report to the party with suggestions on injecting new blood into the party . With the TDP supremo’s decision to allot 40% of seats to young leaders, the number of new faces in the next elections is set to go up from 25%, which is quite normal for every poll, P5 said a senior leader. 60-year-old man gets 20 yrs jail term for raping minor E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kurnool THE First Class Additional District Court here on Thursday sentenced a 60-year-old man to 20 years’ imprisonment for raping and impregnating a minor girl. Judge A Srinivasa Kumar also imposed a penalty of `5,000 on BJ Pullaiah of Sangapatnam in Owk mandal. He will have to undergo six additional months’ jail term if he fails to pay the penalty . According to the prosecution, the man used to take the minor girl with him when he went to graze cattle in the hills outside the village. He raped the girl multiple times, and the incident came to light when she became pregnant. The minor’s father lodged a complaint with Revanuru police on March 13, 2019, and named Pullaiah as the suspect. A case was registered the next day under Section 376 of IPC (rape) and Section 6 of POCSO Act (aggravated penetrative sexual assault). Police collected the DNA samples of both the girl and the man, which resulted in his conviction.
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