vijayawada l tuesday l september 27, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Investors lose `13.30 lakh cr in four days of market crash Falling for the fourth straight day, the 30-share BSE Sensex on Monday tanked 953.70 points (1.64%) to settle at 57,145.22 Sensex falls 1,060 pts in intra-day trade With this, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed firms tumbled as much as `13,30,753.42 crore in four sessions to reach `2,70,11,460.11 crore. During the day, the sensitive index plummeted 1,060.68 points or 1.82% to 57,038.24. Maruti, Tata Steel, ITC, Axis Bank, NTPC, Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were the major laggards | P10 ■ 4.31% Rupee sinks further, touches 81.67 per $ ■ ■ The rupee plunged 58 paise to close at an all-time low of 81.67 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday On Friday, the rupee had slumped 30 paise to close at 81.09 Monday’s is the fourth consecutive session of loss for the Indian currency, during which it has lost 193 paise against the greenback In four days, the BSE benchmark slumped as much as 2,574.52 points 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 Azad floats party, to offer 50% seats to youth, women Quit as CM, Nath to tell Gehlot Else, he could be dropped as Gandhi family’s pick for Congress prez; may lose CM post later Faya z Wa n i @ Srinagar S h a h i d Fa r i d i a n d R a j e s h A s n a n i @ New Delhi/Jaipur FORMER Congress leader and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who quit the grand old party a month ago, on Monday launched his own political outfit Democratic Azad Party (DAP). The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said his party will not be autocratic but democratic with independent ideology . He sought to downplay the allegations that his party will work for the BJP, saying his outfit will follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and J aw a h a r l a l Nehru. “Our policies will not be influenced by the politics of religion, caste or creed. We respect all religions, all regions and all parties,” he said. Azad said he had initially planned to float the party on September 23 but later decided to launch on 26th Monday, the first day of the Navratri. Fifty per cent tickets will be given to youth and women in the next Assembly polls, he said, adding Article 370 restoration won’t be an election issue. Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday decided to depute senior party leader Kamal Nath to persuade Ashok Gehlot to resign from the post of Rajasthan chief minister before filing his nomination papers for the post of the party’s national president. Sources said Kamal Nath has been asked to convey to Gehlot that if he does not resign, he would not be supported by the party high command for presidentship. They said if Gehlot does not heed to Kamal Nath’s message he may be asked not to file his nomination papers in the party election. Kamal Nath, who flew in here from Bhopal on Monday, met Sonia at her residence. There was no clear word on whether he will fly to Jaipur to convey her message. Top Congress leaders told this paper that Gehlot’s rebellion may not only cost him Congress presidentship but may also lead to his removal from the post of chief minister as he has refused to accept his for mer deputy Sachin Pilot as his successor. He has conveyed to party leadership that he would not accept either Pilot or anyone Key players in the rajasthan drama Ashok Gehlot CM. Tipped to be national president, but has angered Sonia Gandhi as he does not want Sachin Pilot to succeed him C P Joshi Gehlot loyalist. Calls Maken anti-Gehlot High command’s choice as the new chief minister of Rajasthan Mahesh Joshi & Mahendra Chaudhary Assembly Speaker. Gehlot wants him to be his successor as CM Shanti Dhariwal Sachin Pilot Cong chief whip Joshi and deputy chief whip, CM’s loyalists. Joshi in Sonia’s line of fire Rajendra Gudha One of the six BSPturned-Congress MLAs. On the fence Govind Singh Dotasra Pratap Singh Khachariyawas Jat leader and PCC chief, Gehlot’s man Gehlot loyalist. Was close to Pilot before 2018 Mallikarjun Sent to Jaipur by Sonia for the smooth succession Kharge and Ajay Maken at Sunday’s CLP meet; Gehlot loyalists boycotted it from his camp. He said Pilot and the MLAs who had walked out with him to form a government with the help of the BJP are not acceptable to a large number of Congress MLAs. Kamal Nath’s meeting with Gehlot is the party leadership’s last-ditch attempt to seek Gehlot’s compliance with its decision to hand over chief ministership to Pilot. Congress MLAs loyal to Gehlot had on Sunday refused to meet the party’s central observers Ajay M a ke n a n d M a l l i k a r j u n Kharge. The central observers were sent to get the MLAs to pass a resolution authorising the Congress president to choose the next chief minister. MLAs in the Gehlot camp re- fused to sign the resolution. The party leadership in Delhi feels the MLAs avoided the central observers on the direction of Gehlot. This is being seen as an open rebellion by Gehlot against the Gandhi family and the party’s central leadership. Congress leaders in Delhi said the party has started looking for an alternative candidate for the post of Congress president. There are four days left for the nominations to close for the party’s presidential election. Nominations for the presidential elections close on September 30. The Congress Legislature Party meeting, which was called on Sunday had to be can, celled as more than 90 MLAs loyal to Gehlot threatened to resign. Gehlot loyalists Shanti Dhariwal and Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi are being seen by the high command as the key players in the drama. Gehlot met Kharge in the hotel he was staying on Monday afternoon. Before leaving for Delhi, Kharge said, “Everyone will have to be on the same page with Congress president’s decision. There has to be unity and discipline in the party unit.” Dhariwal later alleged that Maken was part of a plot to unseat Gehlot as CM. Six students score 100 percentile in CUET-PG Snowden now officially a E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree granting Russian citizenship to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden | P9 THE National Testing Agency on Monday announced the results of the much-awaited Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-PG, for which over six lakh candidates had registered. Six students scored 100 percentile — Nakul Kumar Vaish (BEd), Akash Patel (BEd), Sumit Joshi (Social Work), Neeraj Godara (Social Work), Mayank Kumar Mishra (General, MBA etc.) and Mohit (General, MBA etc.). However, unlike the CUET-UG exam results, officials clarified that ‘no normalisation of scores” was done for the postgraduate exams. “Universities will prepare the rank lists based on ‘raw marks’ and not NTA scores,” said University Grants Commission Chairman Prof M Jagadesh Kumar. He noted that the PG exam was held in a single sitting for most subjects, which was not the case in the UG exam conducted in different phases and shifts. So, scores had to be normalised to provide a level-playing field for all. When the CUET-UG results were announced on September 16, the UGC chairman had said admission to undergraduate courses in central universities would be through the ‘normalised’ marks and not percentile or raw marks. However, this ‘normalisation’ in CUET-UG had left several aspirants disappointed as they found their marks reduced from their original scores, making it difficult for them to get admission in their dream colleges. Man crashes police jeep after stealing it from station E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Russian citizen welcoming ma durga Utsav idols of Goddess Kanaka Durga being carried out in a procession to mark the beginning of Dussehra festivities atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Monday. A number of devotees offered prayers at the temple | Prasant Madugula | P2 express read 15 killed as man opens fire in Russian school Moscow: The death toll has risen to 15 people, including 11 children, after a man opened fire on Monday at his former school in central Russia, authorities said. The attack was the latest in a series of school shootings that have shaken Russia in recent years and came with the country on edge over efforts to mobilise tens of thousands of men to fight in Ukraine | P9 State govt failed to issue health cards: Min Vijayawada: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment A Narayanaswamy found fault with the State government for failing to issue Ayushman Bharat cards to beneficiaries. He reviewed the implementation of Central schemes and the action plan for development SCs for 2020-21, for which `2,132 crore was sanctioned to 18 different departments | P4 TTD is expecting a heavy crowd this year during the nine-day annual fete as devotees will be allowed during vahana sevas after a hiatus of two years | Express Srivari Brahmotsavams set to commence today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirumala Elaborate arrangements have been made for conducting the nine-day annual Srivari Brahmotsavams, set to commence from Tuesday, at Tirumala. The fete will be celebrated in the presence of devotees after a hiatus of two years. On Tuesday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will arrive in Tirupati and flag off the first batch of electric buses to Tirumala. He will later head to the hill shrine to offer silk robes and prayers to Lord Venkateswara. On Wednesday, Jagan will inaugurate the new Parakamani complex. TTD Chief Vigilance and Security Officer (CVSO) Narasimha Kishore said efforts are on to provide a pleasant and hassle-free darshan and vahana sevas for devotees during the ensuing Srivari Brahmotsavams. Speaking to reporters on Monday, the CVSO said threelevel security checking and On daily duty: Garuda Seva: Additional 5,000 1,256 personnel cops, 460 SPF officers Three-level check Alipiri checkpoint Inside Srivari temple At four Mada streets Under the lens 2,200 cameras installed 1,500 on the anvil frisking would be carried out to ensure the safety of devotees. “Checks would be conducted at Alipiri checkpoint, inside Srivari temple and at Mada streets,” he said. As many as 2,200 CCTV cameras have already been installed, while additional 1,500 are on the anvil in the third phase. “We are also planning to install CCTV cameras at the Ghat roads in a phased manP3 ner,” the CVSO added. Unidentified woman kidnaps 4-year-old in Guntur, police launch ops to nab her E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Guntur An unidentified woman kidnapped a four-year-old boy from Arundalpet in Guntur city, police said. The boy has been identified as Prakash. The incident came to light after the parents lodged a complaint on Saturday (September 24) and police found CCTV footage of the suspected kidnapper with Prakash on Monday . It has been learnt that the boy lived with his parents, Lakshmi and Ramesh, and grandparents in Arundalpet. On September 23, when the parents, both employees at a supermarket, did not find their son at home, they assumed he was playing with other children at the neighbour’s home. (Above )Screenshot of clip where suspect is seen; 4-yr-old Prakash wWhen Prakash did not return home, his parents began looking for him and enquiring their relatives and friends about his whereabouts. The next day, Lakshmi and Ramesh lodged a complaint at the Arundalpet police station. @ Anantapur A man with special needs stole a police jeep and rammed it into a tree, 10 kilometres from a police station in Satya Sai district, police said on Monday . According to information reaching here, Naveen Kumar from Vaddipalyam village in Kundurpi mandal walked into Amarapuram police station around 12 noon and drove the vehicle away . Around 10 km away, he crashed the vehicle into a tree at Nadukudum village in Valasa panchayat limits. Locals witnessed the accident and saw Naveen Kumar lying on the ground with injuries. They called for a 108 ambulance. He was shifted to a hospital for treatment. Amarapuram sub-inspector of police Venkateswarlu said Naveen Kumar seemed to be mentally unsound so he was let off and no case was registered. Vigilance stepped up The police filed a case and began investigation. On the directions of Superintendent of Police Arif Hafeez, a special team was formed to trace the boy . Police were able to get CCTV footage of a gold shop in the area, where Prakash could be seen walking with an unidentified woman. Police suspect that the woman might have lured Prakash to take him away . We are trying to identify the woman and get more details, said Arundalpet police station circle inspector Ramesh Naik . He added, “We are gathering information regarding similar cases reported recently and are keeping a close eye on probable suspects with similar criminal histories in such cases.” road connectivity Arunachal village celebrates arrival of first LPG cylinders P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati Naveen Kumar reportedly stole the police vehicle from Amarapuram police station on Monday when nobody was present in the vicinity | Express As the site of the accident was just two kilometres from the neighbouring state of Karnataka, police said had the police jeep crossed the State boundary it would have been difficult , to trace it. Sources said Naveen Kumar loitered in the police station premises and stole the vehicle as nobody including the guard, , was present in the vicinity . Cooking gas has wended its way to the “disconnected” Vijaynagar circle of Arunachal Pradesh on the Myanmar border, 57 years after the first Indane LPG connection in India was released on October 22, 1965 in Kolkata. Two days ago, an agency, based in the Miao subdivision of Changlang district, delivered LPG cylinders to 15 families in Vijaynagar, 157 km away . Locals celebrated it. Minister Kamlung Mossang said the service fulfilled a longfelt need of the people. “They rely entirely on firewood for cooking and they faced a lot of difficulties especially during the rainy season,” he said. Antu Ngemu, the gas agency proprietor, said the consumers were overjoyed. Nearly 500 others applied for the LPG connection but their documents are yet to reach the agency. “We haven’t been able to extend the service to them due to issues like logistics and documentation. Even for one bank transaction, you have to wait for several days,” Antu said. Usina Yobin said her father was so ecstatic that he called her up to break the news of the arrival of the red cylinders. “He received the cylinders, not the oven which will be delivered soon, but that couldn’t Happy locals posing with LPG cylinders at Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh | Express take away his joy,” Usina told this newspaper from Jairampur in the district where she was married off in 2019. The BSNL reached Vijaynagar in 2020 but one can get through only if lucky This re. Nearly 90% of the road is over. Only blacktopping is left. It’s a GSB (granular sub base) road for 130 km. That area is prone to landslides, so disruptions are common Sunny K Singh, District Magistrate porter could not reach any of the LPG consumers despite multiple attempts. After her wedding, Usina had to walk for over 100 km and five days along with her husband until reaching a road where she hopped into a car to go to his house. “Life is very difficult in Vijaynagar. Locals walk 15-20 km to go to a forest to collect firewood,” she said. Spread across 8,000 sq km, Vijaynagar was discovered in 1961 by the Assam Rifles during an expedition “Srijit II”. It was carried out under the leadership of Major General A S Guraya, the then Inspector General. He had named the valley after his son, Vijay .
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