www.thehansindia.com VOL. 6 | NO. 114 | THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Partly sunny. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 67% Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 06:21 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS GAME OVER Eco-friendly Ganesha contest gets all India response: Results on Page 3 ‘Mission Karmayogi’ for major reforms in bureaucracy New Delhi (PTI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved ‘Mission Karmayogi', dubbed as the biggest bureaucratic reform initiative, aimed at capacity building of government employees to make them more "creative, proactive, professional and technology-enabled". The core guiding principles of the competency-driven programme will be to support a transition from “rules based to roles based” HR management to prepare the Indian civil servant for the future, according to a government statement. "This is the biggest human resource development programme in the government," Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said. To cover around 46 lakh central employees, a sum of Rs 510.86 crore will be spent over ﬁve years under Mission Karmayogi or the National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building. A council, comprising select union ministers, chief ministers, eminent public HR practitioners among others and headed by the prime minister, will serve as the apex body for providing strategic direction, while a Capacity Building Commission is also proposed to be set up. Fiscal deficit may rise over 8% of GDP New Delhi: With economic disruptions set for a long haul due to Covid-19 pandemic, India could see its ﬁscal deﬁcit this year to balloon to over 8 per cent of GDP, brokerages analysing the deﬁcit numbers post release of August GST collection data have said. The ControllerGeneral of Accounts on Monday said that country's ﬁscal deﬁcit has expanded to 103.1 per cent of Budget Estimate in the April-July period primarily due to lower tax collection and higher expenditure for Covid-19 relief. According to a report on Indian economy by Kotak Institutional Equities, low economic activity and lower tax collections coupled with expanded Covid-19 related expenditure have created a scenario where the deﬁcit would widen. S P6 No Question Hour or Zero Hour in TS Assembly this session? HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Telangana government is gearing up to hold the Assembly session from September 7 with a new set of business rules. Thanks to corona pandemic, the important Question Hour, Zero Hour and short debates on various local issues are unlikely to be taken up during the session. Some relaxations to the legislators suffering from long-term health ailments and prone to corona infection from attending the session and special medical facility to those with multiple co-morbidity who want to attend the session are also being under consideration. The health proﬁle of the legislators will also be compiled to provide safety arrangements in the Assembly. Officials of the Assembly and Council said that this time the objective of the session is to discuss the development schemes launched by the government and adoption of a few bills, including the new Revenue Act and some legislations with regard to Greater Hyderabad. The government is not keen to hold day-long sessions. Debates on selected subjects will not be long ones as in the past. These issues will be discussed at a meeting jointly convened by Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and Council Chairman G Sukhendar Reddy on Friday. The timings of the Assembly session will also be altered. In the past, the session used to begin at 10 am and the Council at 11 am. Now they may meet at 11 am and end by 1 pm. Sources said that the major concern is the monitoring of the health condition of the legislators who are above 60 years during their presence in the House. The Assembly Secretariat is compiling the health profile of all MLAs and MLCs. Based on the report, safety arrangements would be made for the members. Continued on Page 5 /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Mock drill in Srisailam power plant triggers panic India bans PUBG, 117 more Chinese apps New Delhi (IANS): In yet another surgical strike on Chinese apps, the Indian government on Wednesday banned 118 apps, including the immensely popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Baidu and several VPNs that allowed access to TikTok that was earlier banned. The action came after the fresh Chinese incursion at- tempts in Indian territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh. The PUBG game now has more than 600 million downloads and 50 million active players globally, not including the Chinese mainland where a rebranded version of the game is called 'Game for Peace'. PUBG has millions of users, especially young, in India. The ban on PUBG came as it announced the arrival of a new gaming era with its 1.0 version, along with global mobile esports tournament PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) with a grand prize pool of $2 million (about Rs 15 crore). Earlier, the government barred 47 Chinese apps from operating in the country, which were largely clones of the previously 59 apps banned in June. On June 29, the government banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser and Xiaomi's Mi Community over national security concerns amid the border tussle in Ladakh which led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese PLA troops. HANS NEWS SERVICE Continued on Page 5 No Question Hour, curtailed Zero Hour It is an attempt to stiﬂe democracy, says Congress New Delhi (PTI): There will be no Question Hour, a curtailed Zero Hour and no private members' bills during the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats have decided, prompting opposition leaders to accuse the government of trying to "murder the democracy" in the name of the COVID-19 pandemic and of reducing "Parliament to a notice board". In separate notiﬁcations, the two secretariats also said there will be no breaks as well during the session to be held from September 14 to October 1, and both Houses will function on Saturdays and Sundays as well. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the session will be held in two shifts -- 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM. Except for the ﬁrst day, the Rajya Q uestioning the government is the oxygen of parliamentary democracy. This govt seeks to reduce Parliament to a notice-board and uses its crushing majority as a rubber-stamp for whatever it wants to pass Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Sabha will sit in the morning shift and the Lok Sabha will sit in the evening, according to the notiﬁcations. "There will be no Question Hour during the Session. In view of the request of the government owing to the prevailing extraordinary situation due to COVID-19, the Speaker has directed that no day be ﬁxed for the transaction of Private Members' Business during the Session," the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a notiﬁcation. A similar notiﬁcation was issued by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat as well. On the move to dispense with the Question Hour, Trinamool Congress MP and Floor Leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O' Brien said opposition MPs will lose the right to question the government and alleged that the pandemic was being used as an "excuse to murder democracy." In the past, he said, the Question Hour was dispensed with during sessions of Parliament called for special purposes but the upcoming monsoon session is a "regular session". According to sources, the government has reached out to the Opposition, sharing its compulsions to not hold the Question Hour in wake of the pandemic. Defence Minister Rajnath KCR calls for austerity steps Asks Finance dept to go slow in clearing bills H ANS N EWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Coronavirus and GST dues are haunting the Telangana state. Economic slowdown coupled with Centre's indifference towards clearing the pending GST compensation landed the State in deep fiscal crisis. With increasing financial requirements in the second and third quarters ( July to December) to continue the ongoing welfare schemes, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has directed the Finance department to go slow in clearing the pending bills of the contractors and other private agencies engaged in the government-sponsored developmental programmes. The decision to put on hold the clearance of bills for a while is part of the financial discipline adopted by the government following the steep fall in the StateOwned Tax Rev- enues (SOTR). The State suffered nearly 40 per cent revenue loss due to the lockdown and continuing corona effect on the trade activity. To overcome the fund crunch, the government relied on non-tax revenues mainly on the mining and also took some revenuegenerating measures like hike in liquor prices and the recently announced LRS scheme aiming to mobilise Rs 1000 crore. Officials feel that the precarious financial situation will continue for another six months. The government will have to struggle hard to meet the expenses being incurred on essential services mainly the payment of salaries to the government employees, monthly disbursement of Aasara pensions, health emergency in the corona crisis, etc, with the available meagre funds," top officials said, adding that the only option left before the government is to stop clearing bills until the normalcy restored. According to sources, as of now, bills to the tune of about Rs 10,000 crore, pertaining to the 2019-20 financial year, were pending clearances. Most of the works taken up by the agencies, which are waiting for clearances, were road construction, infrastructure development, mainly buildings for government offices and other developmental programmes. The departments which need to clear the bills are Roads and Buildings, Education, Health, Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration and Housing departments. Construction agencies engaged in the construction of major irrigation projects like Kaleshwaram, Palamuru Rangareddy lift irrigation scheme and Devadula project were however lucky as their bills were getting cleared without delay. The government borrowed funds from the financial institutions to complete these works on a fast pace. Singh has called up several opposition leaders, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chowdhury, Biju Janata Dal's Pinaki Misra and O'Brien. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted that he had said four months ago that "strongmen leaders would use the excuse of the pandemic to stiﬂe democracy and dissent. The notiﬁcation for the delayed Parliament session blandly announces there will be no Question Hour. How can this be justiﬁed in the name of keeping us safe? Questioning the government is the oxygen of parliamentary democracy. This Govt seeks to reduce Parliament to a noticeboard and uses its crushing majority as a rubber-stamp for whatever it wants to pass. Continued on Page 5 Hyderabad: There was another ‘fire’ in the Srisailam Hydel Power Project in Nagar Kurnool district on Wednesday. This is the ‘second fire’ in the last 12 days. People are running out from the power unit in panic. Loud sounds of blasts are being heard at the project site. All media channels gave breaking news and aired a video showing workers running out of the power house. This triggered concern and panic among the people. But finally it turned out to be much ado about nothing. TS Genco Chairman and Managing Director D Prabhakar Rao said it was nothing but part of the mock drill. He said the power house which had witnessed a major fire in which nine people lost their lives was undergoing repairs. When the fire broke out in the power plant on August 20, the fire alarm did not work. Hence, the officials said as part of the repair works they wanted to ensure that all precautionary measures were in place. They said no damage to the property took place in the mock drill. Rao said that the restoration works were in full swing and efforts were on to restore power supply at the earliest and make it absolutely safe. Covid shrinks menu at hotels N Special and fewer dishes being served now N Fear factor curtails footfalls in restaurants MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: Corona pandemic is having its effect on menu and preparations in noted hotels and restaurants in the twin cities. A majority of hotels now have a special and shortened menu with names of just 50 recipes and dishes. This special menu ﬁts a single page akin to the size of a pamphlet. This is very different from the customary practice followed by these hotels where the menu card used to be of in the form of a folded booklet with leaﬂets of various kinds of cuisines and special recipes under it. Elaborating details, Ashok Hemrajani, founder and vice-president of a pop- ular Group of Hotels, stated that a special menu with limited dishes was the order of the day at present. This method is being followed by hotels to avoid wastage of food in the kitchens. Starters, main course, veg or non-veg dishes, etc, which used to be prepared in different kinds of cuisines like North Indian, South Indian Chinese, etc, have been cut short and only sel e c t e d recipes are being prepared and served to c u s tomers. " T h e footfall to hotels is slowly picking up but is not satisfactory yet. This can be attributed to the fear factor in the minds of people and families to come out of the house and eat outside food. Hotels are following all safety guidelines and SOPs prescribed by authorities like sanitizing each table after it is vacated by the customer apart from sanitizing premises very frequently," he said. Continued on Page 5 China eyes Pak, Lanka, Myanmar for military logistics Bengaluru (IANS): Railway Protection Force (RPF) sleuths from the South Western Railway (SWR) zone have busted a complex web of illegal operators and hackers who used Pakistani software to compromise the IRCTC Tatkal system to stealthily book reserved tickets, bypassing the Indian Railways as well as the banks OTP safeguards, an official said on Tuesday. "In September last year, intelligence agencies alerted on the use of illegal software for bypassing the IRCTC and bank security systems deployed in booking Tatkal tickets throughout India," said a railway zone official. Following multiple raids after the alert, RPF officials arrested a person who provided a lead about the mastermind behind the illegal software used for booking the tickets in stealth, to charge oblivious customers up to ﬁve times the price of a normal railway ticket. Incidentally, the arrested person had ﬂed Bengaluru in October 2019 and was on the run since then, whose whereabouts have been traced to Kendrapara in Odisha. Washington (PTI): China is seeking to set up more robust logistics in about a dozen countries, including three in India's neighbourhood, to allow its army to project and sustain its power at greater distances, a Pentagon report has said. In addition to the three Indian neighbours -- Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar -- the other countries where China is considering to base its military logistics and infrastructure are Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola, and Tajikistan, the report said on Tuesday. In its annual report “Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China (PRC) 2020” that was submitted to the US Congress on Tuesday, the Pentagon said these potential Chinese military logistics facilities are in addition to the Chinese military base in Djibouti, which is aimed at supporting naval, air and ground India, China talks remain inconclusive New Delhi: Military talks between India and China on Wednesday remained inconclusive over Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops' fresh incursion attempts into India territory. The dialogue between both countries' militaries will continue, sources said. Both the countries were engaged in talks for the last three days after China made provocative military movements in an attempt to change the status quo at Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh. The agenda of the deliberation was the fresh developments at three contentious areas at the south bank of Pangong lake. India has raised concerns about increased Chinese deployment in areas near Black Top and Helmet Top. India also asked China to completely withdraw its troop deployment close to Thakung base in Indian territory. forces projection. “A global PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) military logistics network could both interfere with US military operations and support offensive operations against the United States as the PRC's global military objectives evolve,” the Pentagon said in the report. China has probably already made overtures to Namibia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, it said, adding the known focus areas of PLA planning are along the Seal Lines of Communication from China to the Strait of Hormuz, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Similarly, the Pentagon said, Beijing uses One Belt One Road (OBOR) to support its strategy of national rejuvenation by seeking to expand global transportation and trade linkages to support its development and deepen its economic integration with nations along its periphery and beyond.
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