VOL. 6 | NO. 111 | MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Isolated tstorms late. Morning clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 66% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ The Hans India wishes all its readers, patrons and wellwishers a happy Onam! /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H DAMAGED HIGHWAYS TS wavers to wave green ﬂag for Metro Rail Centre’s indifferent HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Though the Centre has waved green flag to start Metro Rail services in a graded manner, the Telangana government is unlikely to give its nod to the same in view of the corona pan- WINDOWS demic. Official sources told The Hans India that as of now the government has not taken any decision on the Metro serviced. Even the Metro Rail authorities have not taken a call on this issue so far. The Metro Rail authorities and the government are likely to hold a meeting this week, the sources said. Meanwhile, the Metro Rail authorities are in a state of preparedness and have been regularly conducting trial runs to ensure that the both the tracks and operational systems like signalling are attitude irks TS in perfect condition. If The Metro services are to be restored, the government may also have to consider at least partial running of city bus services so that the people can travel to and from the stations to their destinations. Continued on P5 All pleas fall on Gadkari’s deaf ears PATAN AFZAL BABU The Next Google, Facebook, Twitter coming from India: PM A 3-year-old girl is lifted into the air by a large kite during a kite festival in Taiwan on Sunday. The wind slowed down and the girl was safely recovered by adults on the ground Reliance Retail buys Kishore Biyani's Future Group businesses for `24,713 cr New Delhi (IANS): Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, on Saturday announced that it is acquiring the retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing business from the Future Group as going concerns on a slump sale basis for lump sum aggregate consideration of Rs 24,713 crore, subject to adjustments as set out in the composite scheme of arrangement (Scheme). The above acquisition is being done as part of the scheme in which the Future Group is merging certain companies carrying on the aforesaid businesses into Future Enterprises Limited (FEL). As a part of the same scheme, the retail and wholesale undertaking is being transferred to Reliance Retail and Fashion Lifestyle Limited (RRFLL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of RRVL, the logistics and warehousing undertaking is being transferred to RRVL and RRFLL also proposes to invest Rs 1,200 crore in the preferential issue of equity shares of FEL to acquire 6.09 per cent of post-merger equity and Rs 400 crore in a preferential issue of equity warrants which, upon conversion and payment of balance 75 per cent of the issue price, will result in RRFLL acquiring further 7.05 per cent of FEL. New Delhi (IANS): In the quest for the next Google, Facebook and Twitter coming from India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday talked about several homegrown apps which were recently awarded top prizes in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge. In the latest of his monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat', the Prime Minister said that the youth participated enthusiastically in the challenge. He noted that nearly two thirds of the entries were made by the youth of tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Awards have been given to around two dozen apps in different categories, he said, asking listeners to familiarise themselves with Vocal for local toys N oting that the global toy industry is worth over Rs 7 lakh crore but that India's share is very small in the sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call to be "vocal for local toys", stressing on the need for making the country a toy hub. Channapatna in Karnataka's Ramanagara, Kondapalli in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, Dhubri in Assam, and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh are among the places in India which are being developed in the toy sector. these apps and to connect with them. The Prime Minister discussed about several of these apps, including Kutuki Kids Learning app, an interactive app for children; ku KOO ku, an app for a microblogging platform; Chingari app which is getting popular among the youth; Ask Sarkar app to get right information about any government scheme; and Step Set Go, a fitness app etc. Noting that today's small start-ups will trans- Pick Indian breeds as pets N ext time when you think of keeping a pet dog, then you must bring one of the Indian breed dogs home. When self-reliant India is becoming the mantra of the masses, then no area should be left behind." The Prime Minister said that the Indian Army, Central Industrial Security Force, and the National Security Guard have started inducting dogs of Indian breeds. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is also conducting research on Indian breed dogs. form into big companies tomorrow and become the mark of India in the world, he said that one should not forget that the big companies which exist in the world today, were also, once, start-ups. The Aatmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge selected the best apps from around 7000 entries across India. These were from different categories like gaming, entertainment, business, utilities, social media, fitness, etc. Continued on Page 5 Hyderabad: The TS government is miffed over the Centre’s indifferent attitude in sanctioning highways under the AP State Reorganisation Act 2014 and sanction of funds for repairing the damaged highways. The government feels that despite of writing several letters to the Centre and state R&B Minister V Prashant Reddy meeting Union Minister Nithin Gadkari many times in this regard, there has been no positive response from the Centre. According to a study conducted by the R&B wing, the highways owned by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), on a stretch of 435 km were completely ruined due to heavy rains and poor maintenance in the recent months. The state R&B department has sought Rs 300 crore from the Centre to repair the roads. State Special Chief Secretary Sunil Sharma wrote letters to the Union ministry in August ﬁrst week urging the Centre to release funds for repairs, but there has been no response so far. Nearly 50 per cent of 23 national highways were in bad shape. One of the busiest highways with huge vehicular traffic in the coun- Cybercrooks Two suspected members demand big of Khalistan group held ransom after New Delhi (PTI): The sioner's office in Punjab's Police has arrested the eve Paytm Mall Delhisuspected members Moga district onDay and two of Independence of banned terrorist outﬁt also tore an Indian ﬂag on breach Khalistan Zindabad Force its premises, a senior poNew Delhi (IANS): A cybercrime group demanded ransom after gaining unrestricted access to the entire databases of e-commerce platform Paytm Mall, online intelligence firm Cyble said on Sunday. An insider is suspected to have helped the hacking group gain access to the database. The group with the alias "John Wick" was able to upload a backdoor/Adminer on Paytm Mall application/website, said the report. "Our sources also forwarded us the messages where the perpetrator also claimed they are receiving the ransom payment from the Paytm mall as well," Cyble said, adding that it could not confirm if the ransom was actually paid. Leaking data when failing to meet hackers demands is a known technique deployed by various cybercrime groups, including ransomware operators, the online intelligence firm said. from the national capital, officials said on Sunday. They have been identiﬁed as Inderjeet Singh Gill (31) and Jaspal Singh (27), both residents of Moga district in Punjab. They were wanted in a sedition case registered at Moga, police said. The two had allegedly raised a 'Khalistan' ﬂag on the terrace of the deputy commis- Govt opts for live telecast of Assembly proceedings on television, Youtube lice officer said. Following the information, a trap was laid near a temple on the GT Karnal Road. “When police were approaching them, they started moving towards a service road coming from the Singhu border, however, they were apprehended after a short chase,” he said. HANS NEWS SERVICE Glitch makes India, Russia joint chess champs Chennai (PTI): India and Russia were on Sunday declared joint winners of the 2020 Online Chess Olympiad after the final was marred by internet disconnection and server malfunction. Russia were initially declared winners after two Indian players -- Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh -- lost out on time in the final after suffering a disconnection with the server. India lodged a protest against the controversial decision which was reviewed. This was the first time FIDE, the international chess federation, was holding the Olympiad in an online format, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich made a decision to give gold medals of FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad to both teams - India and Russia," the world chess body tweeted. "We are the champions !! Congrats Russia!," the legendary Viswananthan Anand wrote on his twitter handle after the final. The first round of the final ended in a 3-3 draw with all the six games finishing in stalemate. Russia won the second round 4.5-1.5 with wins for Andrey Esipenko over Sarin and Polina Shuvalova over Deshmukh, leading to a controversy as the Indians claimed the losses were due to connection issues. In the second round, Anand, coming in for P Harikrishna, had drawn with Ian Nepomniachtchi while captain Vidit Gujrathi drew with Daniil Dubov. Koneru Humpy, the world rapid champion, was beaten by Alexandra Goryachkina and D Harika drew with Alexandra Kosteniuk. In the first round matches, Gujrathi drew Nepomniachtchi, while Harikr- ishna and Vladimir Artemiev shared the honours. In other matches, Humpy and Harika drew with Lagno and Kosteniuk respectively, while young prodigy R Praggnanandhaa and Deshmukh, too, held their opponents. Reacting to the win, Humpy said, "Well it is a bit strange that we lost due to serve failure and our appeal was accepted. Well I can say, we fought till the end." India opts out of military exercise where China, Pak in New Delhi (IANS): Amid a hostile situation on its borders with China and Pakistan, India on Saturday decided not to take part in a multilateral strategic command post exercise in Russia next month in which its two neighbours were also participating. An Indian military contingent was to take part in "Kavkaz 2020" ("Caucasus 2020"), exercise next month where various countries, including China and Pakistan, were participants. The Indian government on Saturday decided it would not take part in the exercise. It stated, "...in view of the pan- demic and consequent difficulties in the exercise, including arrangements of logistics, India has decided not to send a contingent this year to Kavkaz-2020. The same has been informed to the Russian side." The government reiterated that Russia and India are close and privileged strategic partners. The exercise in Astrakhan region of south Russia between September 15 and 26 would witness the participation of over 12,500 troops, including from Russia. China is sending an army contingent, and also a naval deploy- A try between Hyderabad-Vijayawada (National Highway - 69) also suffered major surface damage on a large stretch. About 30-km stretch from the city is being maintained by the NHAI. The NHAI is the authority to monitor the quality and safety of the roads on a regular basis. In the recent months, the authority has stopped the survey of roads. As a state partner, the state R&B department had taken up the responsibility of study of the highways. The delay in the repair works caused inconvenience to the commuters on the national highways particularly on Zaheerabad-Hyderabad-Mahbubnagar-Bengaluru and Hyderabad -Vijayawada which are lifeline for commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle movement in Telangana, officials said. If the Centre does not take immediate steps, road accidents could increase, they said. The officials pointed out that the Centre has approved new national highways on 3,155-km stretch after the formation of Telangana. But the Union ministry notiﬁed only 1,388 km as highways. Even for this notiﬁed projects, it had not released its share of 50 percent funds, the officials said. part from India's fellow Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) members China, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the other counties participating are Mongolia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Belarus, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan ment of three ships to the exercise. The aim and scope of the exercise is improving cooperation. The idea is for militaries to prepare for joint action with units of armies of foreign states. Apart from India's fellow Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) members China, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the other counties participating were Mongolia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Belarus, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Contingents from Abkhazia, and South Osetia, which are partially recognised by states by Russia and a few other nations, will also be present. The exercise comes amid an over three month long standoff between India and China at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues. There have been several clashes between troops of both sides and the most brutal took place on June 15 in Galwan Valley where India lost 20 of its men while there was an undisclosed number of casualties on the Chinese side. Hyderabad: The government is learnt to be mulling with the idea of restricted permission to media representatives during the monsoon session of the state Assembly and opt for live telecast on TV and Youtube channels. Though no ﬁnal decision has been taken in this regard, sources said that several options were being examined to ensure that the proceedings are conducted observing strict health protocols. The government has decided to ensure social distancing between the members inside the assembly and even re-allotment of seats is being done. Using of masks and thermal screening of members as well as providing hand sanitisers at all the entrances as well as inside the main Assembly hall will also be made compulsory. Meanwhile, the entire premises of the Assembly and Council are being sanitised regularly. It now remains to be seen if the Assembly will follow the protocols decided by Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla for its members and media representatives who would be covering Parliament from September 14. The Speaker announced that all the Lok Sabha MPs, officials of Lok Sabha and officials of various department who would be present to assist the Ministers will have to undergo corona test. They will be given passes only if they test negative.
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