www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 49 | THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2020 | VISAKHAPATNAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: Light showers. Partly sunny. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 72% Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 06:09 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 7 ‘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 Railway sleuths bust ticketing racket powered by Pak software 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."In January 2020, his whereabouts were tracked to Kendrapara in Odisha where he was arrested and brought to Bengaluru for further investigation by Bengaluru RPF team," the official said. To the railway police officials' shock, the arrested person's investigation revealed that he was using Pakistani software of highlevel hacking calibre, employing Linux-based systems to break into the applications of ISRO, Railways and other government organisations. He was found to be using 3,000 bank accounts, Bitcoin and crypto currency links."He was further interrogated and the entire black market of 25,000 hackers and touts with a high command in India and abroad were detected," said the official. Officials identiﬁed that hundreds of crores of rupees in black money generated from these activities was linked to several anti-national and criminal activities all over India and overseas. Continued on Page 7 Drill in Srisailam power plant triggers panic HANS NEWS SERVICE 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. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Rising Godavari creates panic among villagers 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 7 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 Remembering people’s CM None can ever dwarf YS Rajasekhara Reddy W CHANDRAKANTH Amaravati: Eleven years have slipped by, since the tragic death of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, in a chopper crash in Nallamala forest, impacting the future of Telugus forever. It has also forever altered the political landscape and major political players’ fortunes as never before. From the emotional hysteria of YSR's death rose his son, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, to power, though not immediately, but through grit and determination to topple his father's arch rival as well as his, N Chandrababu Naidu, a decade later from power to become the Chief Minister of residual State of Andhra Pradesh. Comparisons become inevitable, particularly, when a son takes over the mantle riding the sympathy wave carefully sustained for a decade at least. Both his 'dad and the Lord' blessed Jagan to power and he promised to usher in YSR's dream rule once again. But what did YSR mean to the people of AP really and what was his rule all about? First things first. YSR sought to put in agrarian and welfare policy in place. If agriculture, loan waiver and major irrigation projects were the key components of his rule, the welfare face included, housing, pensions, free education and medicare. YSR could sustain the welfare regime due to increased revenues as the GSDP grew from 5.1 per cent in 2005 to above 10 per cent with the increased economic activity. YSR could afford to be propoor due to the positive economy. Largesse to the poor apart, his regime also helped the corporates and the rich benefit due to the developmental projects resulting in the 'feel good' factor which would make people ignore the marginalisation of the Opposition and ushering in of a Reddy regime. How did or why did YSR become so popular? Politically speaking? Let us look at some of the observations of YSR: "Kopam naram thegi poyindhi" (anger does not run through my veins any more, he would say when asked to explain his benevolence towards a perceived political enemy). A senior bureaucrat who was close to Naidu was ready to step down once YSR became the CM. He was asked to continue in the same position because (in his words) "I was just doing my job, he (YSR) said. And I was as loyal to him ever". A senior TDP MLA was once taunted by YSR "you criticise me day in and day out. Yet, you extract the most CMRF recommendations from me". In fact, the MLA became quite popular in his constituency because of the CMRF benefit to the poor. YSR was quick to separate the chaff from the grain among bureaucracy. A bureaucrat was chided in the privacy of his chambers once for his overpraise: "This is blarney. Lower your eagerness a bit". He was never angry with critical journalists too and used to say: "That is your management speaking, not you". One could always implement welfare measures. But becoming a YSR needs these qualities. And in abundance at that!. Anybody listening? 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 7 Khammam: People living along the banks of the Godavari river are worrying with rising of flood water and urging the administration to take steps to shift them to safer places. It is the third time that the Godavari river is rising with heavy inflows from the catchment areas. Water reached its first warning level of 43 feet and now it is at 41.54 feet at Bhadrachalam. According to officials, the floods will increase further with heavy inflows from catchment areas and it will cross the first level warning by Thursday morning. In August, the water level has reached 64.6 feet crossing the third danger level of 53 feet. For the second time also, the water level crossed the second danger level of 48 feet. During the first and second time, the officials have shifted over 5,000 families to the shelters and crops in 50,000 acres damaged. Farmers and residents on both shores of Godavari river say that they will lose everything once again. District Collector MV Reddy alerted the mandal and village level sectorial officials for taking up rescue operations. Already the officials have shifted essential commodities to all mandal and remote areas and also kept launches for rescue operations. Police and revenue officials closed the bathing ghats as water is submerging the ghats. The District Collector said it is very unfortunate that Godavari is rising for the third time. “We are taking all precautions and steps. Fishing has been stopped,” he added. Healthier options make their way into kitchens RANI DEVALLA Visakhapatnam: Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there is a huge shift in the food consumption patterns of people across the world. With ‘immunity’ being the buzzword in the present pandemic situation, it did contour our eating habits to a large extent. For the health-conscious, the focus is now more on enhancing the body’s natural defence system. This has led to an extensive research on the available spices and essentials in the kitchen shelf. As a majority of people are under constant fear of being attacked by the novel coronavirus, they are now opting for healthier replacements that add value to their daily diet. This has resulted in not only bringing home a bunch of supplies that enhance the immunity but also incorporating them liberally in the day-to-day cooking. For instance, the use of tamarind has been reduced and replaced with other ingredients. Those who could not stop themselves from consuming red meat are now conﬁning t h e m selves to eggs and plantbased f o o d . B l a c k pepper has taken a prominent place in the kitchen shelves instead of red chilli powder. “Tamarind used to be an indispensable ingredient in my cooking. From chutneys to sambar and gravies, tamarind takes myriad forms in the dishes I prepare. But now, I add amla (gooseberry), tomatoes, kokum and lemons instead of tamarind. Continued on Page 7 China eyes Pak, Lanka, Myanmar for military logistics 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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