VOL. 6 | NO. 94 | MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020 | KURNOOL | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Morning clouds. Temp: Max.33°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 58% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:31 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! WINDOWS 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. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Next Google, Facebook, Twitter coming from India: PM 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 his 'Mann ki Baat', the PM 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 tier3 cities. Noting that today's start-ups will transform into big companies tomorrow and become the mark of India, he said that one should not forget that the big companies which exist in the world today, were also, once, start-ups. Cybercrooks demand big ransom after Paytm Mall breach New 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. It appears the breach affects all accounts and related information at Paytm mall, it added. "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. The perpetrator claimed the hack happened due to an insider at Paytm Mall. The claims, however, are unverified. In 2019, the company faced a fraud allegedly caused due to their junior employees. Paytm Mall was yet to respond to the report of the data breach. Make Etikoppaka & Kondapalli toys as learning tools HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: 'Etikoppaka' and 'Kondapalli' toys made their way to Modi's 'Mann ki Baat" this Sunday when he sought to make Indian toys a part of the learning process. Modi was referring to the role that the toys could play in evolving and sustaining children's interest in education. "Toys are excellent tools to draw the attention of the young and impressionable minds. We have excellent and intricate toy makers in the country like in 'Etikoppaka near Visakhapatnam and Kondapalli near Vijayawada. We also do have Thanjavur in Tamilnadu, Dhubri in Assam and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh where toy making has become an art", he said. Praising the beauty of these toys, he recalled CV Raju, a toy maker of Visakhapatnam who has dedicated his life for the promotion of Etikoppaka toys. The PM regretted the fact that while the global toy industry was to the tune of around Rs 7 lakh crore, India’s share was insignificant in it. Modi also advised those into the gaming industry to design more games in the backdrop of Indian 'nature' to gel with the Indian culture and promote the indianness as part of 'Make in India' programme. Referring to Raju, Modi added "... there is C V Raju in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Once the Etikoppaka toys of his village were very popular. The speciality of these toys - these were made of wood, and secondly, you would not find any angles or corners in these toys anywhere. These toys were round from all sides hence there was no scope for injury to children". Asking youngsters to follow the footsteps of C V Raju who has now started a sort of a new movement for Etikoppaka toys along with the artisans of his village, he said "by making excellent quality toys C V Raju has brought back the lost glory of these local toys. We can do two things through toys – bring back the glorious past in our lives and also spruce up our golden future. To my start-up friends, to our new entrepreneurs I say let us make toys together. For everybody it is the time to get vocal for local toys.” India, Russia joint champs of Online Chess Olympiad after server glitch 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 COVID19 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. Continued on Page 5 COVID EFFECT Census, NPR unlikely this year ACHINTA BORAH New Delhi (PTI): The ﬁrst phase of the Census and the exercise to update the National Population Register (NPR), scheduled for this year but deferred due to the coronavirus outbreak, may be delayed by a year as there is no sign of slowdown of the pandemic. The Indian census is one of the largest administrative and statistical exercises in the world, with the involvement of more than 30 lakh ofﬁcials who would visit each household across the length and breadth of the country. "Census is not an essential exercise for now. Even if it is delayed by a year, there would be no harm," a senior official told PTI. The official said no ﬁnal decision has been taken on when the ﬁrst phase of the Census 2021 and NPR update would take place, but it is almost certain that it would not be held in 2020 due to the rising cases of the coronavirus. The house-listing phase of the Census and the exercise to update NPR were scheduled to be carried out across the country from April 1 to September 30, 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid19 outbreak. "As the entire exercise needs the involvement of lakhs of officials and visit to each family, we can't undermine the health risk involved in it," the official said. With a record single-day spike of 78,761 cases, the total Two suspected members of Khalistan group held New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi Police has arrested two suspected members of banned terrorist outﬁt Khalistan Zindabad Force 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- India opts out of military ops where China, Pakistan in sioner's office in Punjab's Moga district on the eve of Independence Day and also tore an Indian ﬂag on its premises, a senior police 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. A low-key affair: AP ﬂyover set for opening on Sept 4 HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Any State government would normally celebrate the inauguration of major ﬂyover/s completed during its tenure and take credit for the same in a big way. However, the AP government is wary of doing so in case of the two most prestigious projects - Kanakadurga Flyover and Benz Circle Flyover - that are all set for inauguration on September 4 by Union Minister for Highways Nitin Gadkari. These Nitin Gadkari to open Benz Circle Flyover also two are in fact the projects of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which had begun during the tenure of the previous government. Nitin Gadkari had taken personal interest in speeding up the projects. Not to miss a chance, the TDP has been quick to point out that the incumbent government was unduly attempting to take credit for the same. This has led to a counter from the ruling party, which claimed that the TDP could not complete the projects on time. The TDP retorted saying that this was an NHAI project and there have been technical problems faced by the contractor, including non availability of sand in last one and half years. They said the sixlane Kanakadurga ﬂyover is one of its kind seen only in metropolitan cities of Delhi and Mumbai. This Varadhi is a beam bridge spanning across river Krishna and is third longest road bridge in Andhra Pradesh. This ﬂyover has been of particular interest to both the political parties which have been sparring over it from the beginning. These two bring major relief to the citizens of Vijayawada as well to the highway traffic, mostly consisting of heavy duty trucks. Official circles say that the state government does not want a fresh political bout over the inauguration of the two ﬂyovers, which could mar the inaugural atmosphere in the presence of the Union Minister. Secondly, the BJP factor too is being taken into account which too is a claimant to the credit. "Any serious spat with the TDP in this regard might arraign the BJP alongside the former and this is not a good idea now," sources said. Hence, it is said that the scale of the publicity will be a low key affair. These jail cows listen to music, take shower, give lot of milk! S S CHARY Rajamahendravaram: The Rajamahendravaram Central Prison, which has a glorious history of being the Dutch Fort constructed in 1602 and converted into a jail in 1864 by the British regime, is now back in news for an interesting reason. The jail had few months back taken up reforms and as a result of which it now has milch cattle which enjoy shower baths and FM radio songs. The milk yield from these cattle is nearly 200 litres a day which is helping in meeting the requirements of the prisoners. DIG Dr I Srinivasa Rao told The Hans India that during coronavirus cases in India rose to 35,42,733, while the death toll climbed to 63,498 as on Sunday. According to the earlier schedule, the census would have its reference date as March 1, 2021, and in the snow-bound areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it would be October 1, 2020. "The COVID-19 threat is still looming large. The census and NPR are not in the priority list of the government as of now," another official said. In March, when the coronavirus-induced lockdown was announced, the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India was all set for the ﬁrst phase of the census and updation of the NPR that was scheduled to begin from April 1. Even though some state governments opposed the NPR update, all offered full support to the census exercise. The census is the largest single source of a variety of statistical information on people of India which helps the State to chalk out various policies. With a history of more than 130 years, this reliable, time tested exercise has been bringing out a veritable wealth of statistics every 10 years, including on the rich diversity of the people, and has become one of the tools to understand and study India. Continued on Page 5 REFORMS OF A DIFFERENT TYPE Milch cattle under shower bath shed in the Central Prison in Rajamahendravaram the lockdown period, the jail authorities faced many problems to get milk and vegetables for the jail inmates and had to pay high price due to lack of proper transportation. As a long-term solution to this problem, Rao reclaimed 12 acres of the prison land and got 70 milch cattle, including cows and buffaloes. He also introduced the system of cultivating vegetables. All this began in the month of March. Today, the DIG said, the Central Prison has become selfsufficient in meeting the requirement of milk and vegetables for the in mates. They are able to get 200 litres of milk a day and about 500 kg of vegetables. In addition to meeting the internal requirement, the prison outlet has been supplying milk and vegetables to the women’s jail and nearby sub jails and are earning about Rs 4 to 5 lakh a month, he said. The DIG said, a pond has been dug for the milch cattle and shower bath facility has been provided for them. They are ﬁrst allowed to get into the pond and later are made to go under the shower. The FM radio facility helps them enjoy the music while giving milk.He said they have also constructed a hut in the prison premises from where he personally supervises the maintenance of the cattle and the farm activities to grow vegetables. 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 pandemic 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 deployment 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.
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