VOL. 6 | NO. 96 | WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2020 | KURNOOL | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thunderstorms. Broken clouds. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 73% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:29 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 two-day 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 Kafeel Khan to be freed from NSA detention JEE held in 52 centres amid tight Covid norms 35 per cent dip in registrations this time HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The ﬁrst session of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains for admission to IITs was conducted in 52 centres in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. The officials made all arrangements to ensure the safety of the students in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and students expressed satisfaction over the arrangements. Absence of RTC buses had caused some problems to the students in reaching the centres in time. While most of them reached the centres two hours before the scheduled time, some had to spend tense moments as they were late by couple of minutes as they had to cover long distances of over 25 to 30 kms. Examination centres were set up at Amaravati, Vijayawada, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Visakhapatnam and other places. Standard Operating Procedures (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 self-declaration 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 centres, 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 Candidates attending JEE at Potti Sreeramulu Engineering College in Vijayawada on Tuesday Photo: Y Vinay Kumar Farmer rides 300 km to ensure daughter writes JEE exam Ranchi (IANS): Dhananjay Kumar, who lives in Bihar's Nalanda district, covered around 300 km in 12 hours to ensure that his daughter appears for the JEE examination at a centre in Ranchi's Tupudana in Jharkhand on Tuesday. As there is no bus service between Bihar and Jharkhand in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kumar started his bike journey in the wee hours on Monday from Nalanda district. He reached Bokaro after eight hours and continued his journey till he reached Ranchi, about 135 km from Bokaro, on Monday afternoon. "I found the bike the only option to cover such a long distance from Nalanda to Ranchi. Buses are not plying due to the coronavirus. While coming to Ranchi from Bokaro I was feeling sleepy. I stopped midway and took a nap and again resumed the journey with my daughter." Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence, 10 Rajaji Marg in New Delhi on Tuesday Loan moratorium for 2 years possible: Centre, RBI to SC 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 Solicitor-General 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 coronavirusrelated lockdown and restrictions. The bench, also comprising Justices R S SAMBASIVA RAO New Delhi (IANS): India's top security and defence authorities are currently meeting to discuss the fresh Chinese incursions in Indian territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh. "A high-level meeting is underway to discuss the ongoing situation and future strategy in Ladakh," said a government source. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Naravane and Director General Military Operations Lt Gen Paramjit Singh are holding discussions on the further course of action. The meeting is happening after Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a brief skirmish at the southern bank of the Pan- gong Lake. The Chinese brought in close to 450 troops but the Indian Army said an attempt to change the status quo was thwarted. Sources said Chinese People's Liberation Army with help of ropes and other climbing equipment started climbing at a tabletop area between Black Top and Thakung Heights at Pangong Tso, south bank. Hearing the commotion Indian Army was alerted and swung into action. Earlier, Indian intelligence agencies had alerted Indian Army about the Chinese's PLA plans to change status quo in other areas along Line of Actual Control. Thereafter, despite skirmishes between both armies things did not escalate. When Chinese troops saw the strength of Indian Army troops, the skirmishes stopped. Amaravati: The Centre has recently announced stricter quality testing for imported toys and also considering imposing further curbs, making toys a part of the restricted list. It is also looking to increase the import duty further by 60%, over the 100% that was already increased in the earlier budgets. These measures, however, are not meant for unbranded Indian toys. Among these toys are Kondapalli toys referred to by the Prime Minister which are made near Vijayawada. These toys were once a rage in Telugu households but slowly these got reduced to 'Bommala Koluvu’ - during Dasara and Diwali festivals. In the latter times these became mere showpieces and got reduced to gift items (usually purchased from Lepakshi stores). Neither the artisans’ who practice allopathic medicine, have been suggesting taking vitamin C and D apart from some other medication to help increase immunity due to which the demand for those vitamin tablets has grown manifold. But interestingly, the government Covid care centres here are using a mix of allopathy and Ayurveda treatment for effective re- 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 Patients getting ginger tea at Sri Padmavathi Nilayam Covid care centre in Tirupati sults. Sri Padmavathi Nilayam Covid Care Centre in Tirupati has set an example by providing ginger tea and some kashyams which has been now followed by other lives flourished nor has the art been so popular so as to be passed on to the other generations. Of course, Telugu culture itself took a beating with the influence of the western culture or non-Indian culture seeping into every aspect of life. Kondapalli toy makers were taken aback with the reference of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Sunday to their art. "Does he really mean it? He said toys like Etikoppaka and Kondapalli have to be promoted in a big way. Who is interested in these toys nowadays? Just as our traditional games died, our toys too are forgotten. We now encourage our children to play with gizmos and gadgets. How do they go back to toys which is viewed as a 'very girlie affair'," a master craftsman of Kondapalli, Udayagiri Sesha Rao, quizzes. ‘Atmanirbhar’ is good to hear. But, it should start from our backyard. How does it mat- ter to us, if we produce a Barbie here instead of buying an imported one? Does it promote our toys", he poses the valid question. Craftsmen explain that as they could not see revenue in this work and hence, they had been encouraging their children to take other professions and employment, instead of passing down the art to the next generation. More seriously, the skilled artisans have been leaving this profession and trying to engage in other works like agriculture, civil construction, etc. They urge the government to extend support to the artisans to keep the age-old art form from perishing. Continued on Page 5 Problems because border is not drawn: China Patients given kashayam, ginger tea, golden milk and Ragi malt Tirupati: Immunity boosting has become the buzzword ever since the Covid19 pandemic has started scaring people across the globe. It was well advocated by many specialists in the ﬁeld that the immune system has to be strengthened to build a ﬁrst line of defence against the deadly virus. While the doctors, gether on the aspect of interest on interest,” he said. “The moratorium is extendable by two years,” he added. Mehta said that authorities have utilised the time and narrowed down the issue to the point on interest. “There are stressed sectors and national economy has contracted by 23 per cent,” he said, adding, “I have filed the affidavit and heavens will not fall if the matter is taken after twothree days or tomorrow”. Mehta said this matter was not adversarial and authorities were trying to resolve the issues as the country is facing problems due to the pandemic. Top security PM’s toy talk fails to enthuse Kondapalli artisans brass plans to deal with China 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 Immunity boosting goes conventional in Covid centres V PRADEEP KUMAR 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 two-three days. Mehta said several steps have been taken for stressed sectors. “Let the Central government, RBI and bankers should put their heads to- Allahabad (PTI): The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday quashed the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act and ordered his immediate release, saying his speech at the AMU didn't promote hatred or violence and gave a call for national integrity. The bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh said the Aligarh district magistrate, who passed the order for Khan's detention, did a "selective reading" of his speech, "ignoring its true intent". The court allowed the writ petition ﬁled by Khan's mother Nuzhat Parveen and said the detention order by the district magistrate is illegal. The petition argued that Khan was granted bail in February by a competent court and he was supposed to be released on bail. However, he was not released for four days and the National Security Act (NSA) was subsequently invoked against him. Hence, his detention was illegal. Khan has been in jail since January after he delivered the allegedly provocative speech at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during the antiCitizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests in December last year. He is lodged in Mathura jail. centres also. The Covid coordination committee, which monitors the treatment in all the centres, has also prescribed a diet chart in which natural ingredi- ents ﬁnd an important place. According to the special officer of Sri Padmavathi Nilayam Covid Care Centre S Lakshmi, they give ginger tea twice a day to the inmates as suggested by Ayurveda experts. In the afternoon, a Kashyam made of Ayurveda powder supplied by TTD’s SV Ayurvedic college in which jaggery is also mixed is served. Before lunch Ragi malt is being given. In some centres patients are getting Aswagandha as well. 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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