VOL. 6 | NO. 113| WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 76% Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 06:21 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS MF Husain ‘Voices’ sets new world record with `18.47 crore New Delhi (IANS): 'Voices', an artwork by the late artist MF Husain sold for Rs 18.47 crore -the highest price ever fetched by any of the artists creations in a public sale -- during an online auction 'Husain held by AstaGuru. This superlative composition (lot 14) was created during a significant phase in the artist's career during the late 1950s, a time when he had become an artist of international repute, and amassed global exposure, with regards to his art practice and philosophy. The work is his largest creation from the 1950s. It was bought by an anonymous buyer at the twoday online AstaGuru auction of 36 lots of the artist's creations, including toys, jewellery and tapestry designed and co-created by the master. The solo artist auction achieved a total sales revenue of Rs 55,92,85,421 ($7,767,836), celebrating the legacy of India's most celebrated modernist through a collection of the artist's most iconic paintings created during an illustrious career. Devotees should not rub Mahakal Shivalingam: SC New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court Tuesday took note of the deterioration and erosion of Shivalingam at the ancient Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain and directed that devotees should “do no rubbing” of the lingam. The apex court directed the temple committee to ensure that the pH value, which is used to specify the acidity or basicity, of ‘Bhasma' during ‘Bhasma Aarti' is improved and the Shivalingam is preserved from further deterioration. Passing a slew of directions to preserve the Shivalingam at the ancient temple, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra directed the temple committee to implement the best methodology to prevent any further damage. The top court said it should be ensured that no visitor or devotee rub the Shivalingam at any cost. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Moratorium on loans for 2 years possible: Centre, RBI to SC KUCH KARO MODI JI Borrow to pay GST compensation: KCR HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Expressing deep concern over the Centre’s decision to reduce GST compensation and non-payment of dues to the state governments showing it as ‘Act of God’, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention. He urged the Prime Minister to strengthen cooperative federalism in this crisis situation and ensure that the country does not only overcome it but also emerge as a strong nation. KCR urged the Prime Minister not to deprive the States of their rightful claim in GST and see that justice was rendered to all States as per the GST Act. He took strong exception to the “unilateral decision” of the Centre to apply 10 percent growth to arrive at the gap in GST revenue for the year 2020-2021. The Chief Minister had already shot a missive to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressing the State’s opposition to the Centre’s move. He said the GST council’s recommendation to the states to borrow to meet the shortfall in the compensation cess was not acceptable since it was not in accordance with the Act. The best option, he said, would be that the Centre borrows the money and clear the dues to the states. He said the Centre had violated the provisions of GST Compensation Act by parking the surpluses in the consolidated fund instead of parking them in the non-lapsable compensation fund in the Public Account. The states, CM said, are in the forefront ﬁghting Covid and reviving the stalled economies. States need more ﬁnancial resources than the Centre during the crisis time. Continued on Page 5 JEE in 27 centres held HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The ﬁrst session of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains for admission to IITs was conducted in 27 centres in Telangana on Tuesday. Examination centres were set up in Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Khammam, Nalgonda, Karimnagar and Mahbubnagar districts. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) laid down by the National Testing Agency (NTA) was followed by sanitizing the exam centres before and after the exam. As per the SOP, the candidates appearing for the exam have to give a selfdeclaration stating they are not Covid-19 positive. They were advised to carry a transparent ballpoint pen, additional photograph, personal hand sanitiser, transparent water bottle and original identity proof to the exam centre. On arrival at the centre, the students were asked to dump the masks they were wearing in the dustbin and pick up fresh masks from a box kept nearby. Continued on Page 5 Locals set ablaze corporator’s car HANS NEWS SERVICE Khammam: Tension prevailed for some time in Khammam town as a group of people tried to attack ﬁrst division municipal corporator Daravath Rammurthy Naik and burnt his car on Tuesday. The corporator was accused of murdering a youth called Tejavath Anand (25) belonging to Kaikondaigudem in Khammam (Urban) mandal on August 18. The youth's family members and the villagers staged a protest when he visited the village on Tuesday. The protestors and the corporator had heated arguments over the issue and it led to tension as the latter allegedly acted in harsh manner with the villagers. Continued on Page 5 Khairatabad Ganesh being taken in a procession for immersion to Tank Bund in Hydearabad on Tuesday. Photo: Adula Krishna Balapur Laddu for KCR HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The famous Balapur Laddu prasadam will be handed over to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as the Balapur Ganesh Utsav Samithi did not auction the Laddu this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. On the last day of festivities on Tuesday, the Utsav Samithi took out idol immersion yatra in a subdued manner. It was the first time in the last 26 years the laddu was not auctioned. The laddu has been fetching huge amounts in auction every year. In the first auction in 1994, a local farmer Kolan Mohan Reddy had bid the laddu for Rs 450 in the auction. As each year passed, the bids for the laddu increased and the auction gained more popularity in the Greater Hyderabad limits. The Balapur village people consider the laddu as Bangaru Laddu (Golden Laddu) as it is believed to usher in health, wealth and prosperity for them. Last year, the giant laddu fetched a staggering Rs 17.60 lakh in the auction. The money generated through the auctioning of the laddu is used for various developmental activities in the village. Following corona restrictions, the Ganesh Utsav Samithi had reduced the size of the Ganesh idol to six feet as against 21 feet every year. Adhering strictly to the safety norms, the utsav samithi did not allow devotees to perform regular puja and did not permit darshan by outsiders. A procession with limited members with Ganesh idol started in the morning . The idol was immersed in Hussainsagar lake late in the night. New Delhi (PTI): The moratorium period on repayment of loans during the Covid-19 pandemic is “extendable” by two years and several steps have been taken to help the stressed sectors, the Centre and the RBI told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan was informed by SolicitorGeneral Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and Reserve Bank of India, that the economy contracted by nearly 24 per cent in the April-June quarter due to coronavirus-related lockdown and restrictions. The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said it would hear on Wednesday the pleas which have raised the issue of interest being charged on instalments which have been deferred under the central bank's scheme during the moratorium period. At the outset, Mehta told the bench that the Centre has ﬁled its affidavit in the matter. When the court said that it has not yet received the afﬁdavit, he said the bench should look into it and the matter be listed after twothree days. Mehta said several steps have been taken for stressed sectors. “Let the Central government, RBI and bankers should put their heads together on the aspect of interest on interest,” he said. Continued on Page 5 TS dilly-dallying on reopening pubs, bars PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Will the Telangana government follow Karnataka and permit re-opening of pubs and bars? In Karnataka, all licensed liquor vendors, including bars, pubs and microbreweries, have been permitted to sell liquor along with food with “up to 50 per cent seating capacity,” as Unlock-4 began from Tuesday. Sources here indicate that the TS government is yet to take a final call on the issue. The general thinking in the official circles is that it may be better if they wait for some more time, may be till the end of September before permitting bars and pubs to reopen since the intensity of spread of coronavirus is just coming under Representational photograph control. If pubs and night parties are permitted, ensuring social distance and following protocols like wearing of masks, etc may be difficult to enforce. This could result in surge of cases once again. Creating a mechanism to control gatherings at bars is not an easy task and could invite new trouble for the law-enforc- ing agencies. One of the options before the government is to give permission to reopen fixing the number of visitors for each bar and ensure strict implementation of the same. Though CCTVs are there in every bar, the size of the crowd cannot be restricted unless there is physical check by the law-enforcing agencies and that is what could be a new problem. Deploying policemen at every bar and pub is something that may not be so easy a task. Officials also fear that the possibility of spread of the virus in bars and pubs is more because they function in halls where there are no windows and the doors would be closed. Even if the number of entrants to each pub and bar is restricted, main- taining social distancing inside would be impossible. The air conditioners inside the halls could spread virus among the visitors. SOP for ensuring for the cooks in the bars also needs to be different. In the backdrop of these problems, the government prima facie is of the opinion that it would be better to wait at least till the end of September. Meanwhile, the excise officials have been asked to visit the bars for inspection and prepare a feasibility report. The bar owners, however, say that they incurred huge losses due to lockdown and the delay in allowing them to resume trade will further intensify their problems. If the ban continues, they may have to close down the bars and pubs permanently. Problems because border is not drawn: China Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence, 10 Rajaji Marg in New Delhi on Tuesday Beijing (PTI): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the IndiaChina boundary is yet to be demarcated due to which there will always be problems and the two countries should implement the consensuses between their leadership to not let differences from escalating into conﬂicts. He also said that China is ready to manage all issues through dialogue with India. Wang, who is currently on a tour of Europe, made the remarks during an interaction at the French Institute of International Relations in Paris on Monday. In response to a question on China's relations with India and Japan, the minister did not directly refer to the latest provocative move by the Chinese military in eastern Ladakh. His remarks came hours after the Indian Army said it has thwarted a provocative Chinese army movement in eastern Ladakh to "unilaterally" change the status quo on the Online classes begin: Digital screens replace blackboards HANS NEWS SERVICE Warangal: Amid skepticism that whether the virtual/online is capable of replacing teacher-blackboard learning, the ﬁrst day of school started on Tuesday as it never had before with the students at the comfort of their home logging into classes on mobile phones, laptops or sitting in front of television sets. With the scare of Covid-10 pandemic outbreak still looming large, the students are left with no option other than virtual learning. Although the students ap- peared exuberant, there were bumps on the ﬁrst day of an unprecedented school year, as predicted. Warangal Rural District Education Officer (DEO) D Vasanthi, who extensively visited schools, told The Hans India, “Notwithstanding the shortcomings here and there as expected on the ﬁrst day, it’s a nice take off for virtual learning. The students appeared exuberant and were ready before the ﬁrst online class was set to begin.” Students were seen jotting down a few notes. It will take some time to catch up with the new way of DEO Vasanthi with students learning, the DEO, who is also the in-charge of Mulugu district, said. In some remote areas, we noticed lack of signal for the T-Sat, she said. When asked about students who are not fortunate enough to have television sets or mobile phones, the DEO said that they have at- tached them to neighbours. Meanwhile, it’s reported that several Thandas in the region don't have a television, or they don’t have access to the T-SAT channels (Nipuna and Vidya) and DD Yadagiri. “Although they appeared curious on the ﬁrst day, it’s too early to analyse the students’ grasp on classes. Although classroom teaching will always be preferred over virtual classes, we have to wait and see to come to a conclusion on the success of virtual learning,” a teacher said on condition of anonymity. Continued on Page 5 southern bank of Pangong lake. It is also the ﬁrst major incident in the area after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. "China-India relations have recently attracted the attention of all parties. The boundary between China and India has not yet been demarcated, so there will always be problems of this kind. We are ready to manage all kinds of issues through dialogue with the Indian side,”, Wang said. At the same time, these issues should be placed in their proper place in bilateral relations, he said, adding that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met many times and reached many important consensus. “For example, instead of "the dragon and the elephant compete with each other", "the dragon and the elephant dance together", "1 plus 1 is not 2, but 11" and so on. These are all philosophical views,” he said. Continued on Page 5
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