VOL. 10 | NO. 50 | FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2020 | VISAKHAPATNAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Light showers. Morning clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 56% Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 06:08 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS PM's twitter handle hacked, restored later New Delhi (PTI): Twitter on Thursday said the account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal website was hacked, and it has now been restored. "We're aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. The compromised account has about 2.5 million followers. After hacking the @narendramodi_in Twitter account, which is the Prime Minister's personal website, the cybercriminal reportedly sent out posts seeking donations for the PM National Relief Fund for COVID-19 using crypto currency. "Yes, this account is hacked by John Wick (firstname.lastname@example.org), We have not hacked Paytm Mall," another message had said. Govt ready to answer question in Parliament New Delhi (PTI): The government on Thursday said it will answer every question asked in Parliament and 160 "unstarred" questions will be answered every day during the upcoming Monsoon session starting September 14, sources said. Countering the Opposition charge of curtailing the Question Hour, the sources in the government said this is not the first time that the Question Hour will not be taken up during a session as it was dispensed with in 2004 and 2009, besides also in 1991 as well as in 1962, 1975 and 1976 for various reasons. A research conducted by the Rajya Sabha also revealed that 60 per cent of Question Hour time was not availed during the last five years with only 40 per cent utilisation. Sources said the Question Hour was first done away with during the Emergency in 1975 and 1976, when everything was functioning normally except opposition leaders, who were put behind bars, and the media, which was censored. Unlike then, the government has argued that it is a real health emergency in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the session is being held under extraordinary circumstances even as there is a paucity of time CAG to audit TTD accounts /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: The accounts of Lord Venkateswara would now be subject to scrutiny by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). This decision was taken by the TTD recently but was kept under wraps for reasons best known to it. Normally, the TTD announces all major decisions taken by the board but in this case it had not only taken a decision to get the accounts au- dited by the CAG but had also asked the AP State Audit Department o hand over all the records to the CAG for financial year 2020-21. Not just that, it had also resolved and requested the CAG for a special CAG audit for the years of 2014-2019 when the TDP was in power. These decisions were taken at the TTD board meeting held on August 28. While it is being said that auditing of accounts by the CAG would bring in greater transparency, why it decided to seek special auditing for 2014-2019 has now become a matter of political controversy. The issue would not have come to light if the BJP MP Dr Subrahmanyam Swamy had not tweeted saying, “My associate Satyapal Sabharawal and I had filed a PIL in Andhra HC seeking a CAG audit of Tirupati Temple funds for the last 5 years and hereafter. CM Jagan gracefully consented. TTD Chm, Subba Reddy and Member & VHS AP leader Govind Hari piloted it thru TTD Board. Task completed.” According to the Chairman of the Board, “TTD move is aimed at bringing in more transparency and bolstering Jagan Reddy’s vision of clean governane,” he said. The TTD, he said, was dragged into several controversies by those with vested interests, hence we want the CAG to set the record straight and furnish a report within 6 months, he added. Now the board will send an affidavit to the High Court seeking an external audit of the temples accounts, funds, jewellery worth crores of rupees donated by pilgrims and trust members. Talks, incursions continue Army chief in Ladakh to review ops to thwart China New Delhi (IANS): Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is on a two-day visit to Ladakh to review operational preparedness of the force amid border tension with China. General Naravane reached Leh early Thursday and interacted with senior officers present. His visit to forward location was expected, said source in the forces. The Army chief would be discussing strategy over how to thwart Chinese incursion attempts. Chinese's People Liberation Army (PLA) troops have made fresh incursion attempts into India territories. Both the countries military representatives are now engaged in dialogue to de-escalate the tension. China made provocative military movements to change the status quo at Pangong Tso. On August 31, Chinese troops indulged in provocative actions despite Indian soldiers earlier occupying the heights to thwart the PLA's land-grabbing bid over the weekend. On the intervening night of August 29 and August 30, PLA troops violated previous consensus agreed in military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and tried change the status quo. Naravane would also be reviewing the formidable logistical challenges posed by harsh climate at heights exceeding 12,000 feet and temperature as extreme as minus 50 degrees Celsius as winter approaches. The force requires special clothing, diet and shelter for around 35,000 extra troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh. Most of the friction points in Ladakh China deploys 5 militia squads in Ladakh IAF Chinook helicopter ﬂies amid the prolonged India-China stand oﬀ in the Ladakh region, in Leh on Thursday CHINA FUNDS PROTESTS ALONG INDO-NEPAL BORDER New Delhi (IANS): China has paid Rs 2.5 crore (in Nepali currency) to various organisations based in Nepal to carry out demonstrations against India along the Indo-Nepal border that stretches to over 1,700 km, intelligence agencies said. "Chinese Embassy in Nepal has provided financial support to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore (NPR) for organising anti-India protests/ demonstrations along India-Nepal border areas highlighting the recent border disputes and interferences of India in Nepal's internal/ political matters," the agencies stated. NPR stands for Nepalese Rupee. The India-Nepal Andhra among 5 States which account for 70% Covid deaths New Delhi (PTI): Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Tamil Nadu account for 70 per cent of the total COVID-19 deaths in the country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry further said that the five states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu account for 62 per cent of the active cases in the country. Addressing a press conference, Health Sec- retary Rajesh Bhushan said if deaths are tracked in these states and UTs across weeks then a different picture emerges. "If we track deaths in these five states across weeks, then out of 5 only 2 states i.e Karnataka and Delhi have shown an increase in Case Fatality Trajectory. However, in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu there is decrease in daily deaths," he said. Continued on Page 5 relation has been strained after China increased its influence on the Himalayan nation. It was India's road construction to the Lipulekh at 17,000 feet that had sparked a diplomatic row between India and Nepal as Kathmandu claimed the area to be its territory. Lipulekh is a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley in Uttarakhand. The road construction was aimed at shortening travel time for pilgrims visiting the Kailash Mansarovar. After this, Nepal brought out a new political map showing the contested area as its own. New Delhi: China has deployed five militia squads for rapid response at the disputed Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. It has done so to "consolidate the border" and "stabilise Tibet region", sources said. "Militia is basically a reserve force of the Chinese's People Liberation Army. They are deployed during war time situations and help the PLA in its military operations," said a senior government officer. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy chairing cabinet meeting on Thursday AP BANS ONLINE GAMBLING P7 like Pangong Lake and Galwan Valley where the face-offs have happened are 14,000 feet above the sea level. Both countries have been engaged in the current fourmonth-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues. On June 15, as many as 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley. Chinese aggression started increasing along the LAC and more particularly in Galwan Valley since May 5. The Chinese side transgressed in the areas of Kugrang Nala, Gogra and north bank of Pangong lake on May 17 and 18. Cabinet gives nod for free power to farmers HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government would ban online gambling by making necessary amendments to the Act and the Cabinet has given its nod for implementing free power to farmers through direct cash transfer to bank accounts. Brieﬁng the media after the Cabinet meeting here on Thursday, Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah said online gambling will be banned and amendments will be carried out in the State Gaming Act, 1974. Organisers of online gambling would get a jail term of one year along with a ﬁne for a ﬁrst time offender, while the PUBG players pin hopes on VPNs Most of VPN providers China-based; dominance likely to continue P V PRASAD Nellore: As soon as the Centre had announced a ban on 118 Chinese apps, including the popular Player Unknowns’ Battle Ground (PUBG), now gamers are pinning hopes on the VPN technology to play the game. The Centre had banned only mobile version and still gamers can play it on the desktop and laptop versions which requires some Game organizers assuring players that servers would be set up in India shortly for restarting the indigenous game oﬃcially authentication. The Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is also called the black hole, being operated by foreign servers, hides credentials of the people who visit any website or server. In fact, it is a tool to protect browsing from cyber hacking and dangerous malware. But this is being used for playing hereafter if technology permits. A VPN creates a secure connection over the internet between a computer, smartphone, or tablet and the app people are using. It maintains an authenticated, encrypted way for securely passing data traffic. So, nobody will be able to track their location. There are practically no chances for the hackers to look up for any attempts to breach the data. Continued on Page 5 Pandemic hits livelihoods of Venkatagiri and Patur weavers hard HANS NEWS SERVICE Nellore: Weavers of Venkatagiri and Paturu in the district are facing a Catch-22 situation due to the Covid pandemic, where they are getting hardly any orders from the traders. The problem for transportation, restrictions on marriages and other public functions are also impacting their livelihood. Normally, the annual turnover of the handloom products from Venkatagiri is around Rs 100 crore and this time, they fear, it would fall to Rs 2-5 crore only. There are about 3,000 looms and 50,000 weavers in the town. Traders purchase sarees from these master weavers and minimaster weavers and local stores. Normally, traders and consumers across the country visit Venkatagiri and purchase sarees. Local traders of Venkatagiri also arrange facilities to the traders for their stay. The rich cotton and hand-woven sarees from Gadwal, Pochampalli in Telangana; Venkatagiri and Patur in Andhra Pradesh; Kanchipuram and Coimbatore in Tamilnadu are famous for these sarees. Local people say Venkatagiri saree has a 300-year-old history under the dynasty of Venkatagiri. The hand-woven saree is made of pure cotton with elaborate zari work and often with gold and silver borders and is suitable for humid and hot weather condi- tions. The Kasipeta Handloom Weavers Cooperative Production and Sale Society of Venkatagiri achieved the prestigious GI tag in 2011-12. The outstanding work- manship of the weavers has been recognized and the saree has become the 18th Indian saree that was awarded with the Geographical Indication (GI) from the Registrar of Intellectual Property Rights. But the weavers lament they failed to fetch the market using the tag. Most of Patur sarees are made of silk and cotton plain with minimum design and they are popular in the region. In fact, in Venkatagiri, there were 5,000-6,000 weaver families earlier and the number decreased to 2,500-3,000 families right now. The number of traditional looms also reduced from 10,000 to 2,500-3,000, according to local weavers. There will be GST of 5 pc on cotton, and silk and 12 percent on Zari. Local weavers use some quantity of Zari for borders of the costly sarees that range between 25,000and 50,000. Master weaver Nakka Venkateswara Rao said that the pandemic ravaged the lives of the poor weavers and they got the support of Rs 24,000 twice from the government during the lockdown. He said they had provided some work for their livelihood and it was insufficient when compared to the annual turnover. Continued on Page 5 jail term would go up to two years with ﬁne for repeat offenders. Those playing online games will be sentenced for six months in jail. Divisional Development Officer posts would be created for better functioning of the Village Secretariats as per the Cabinet decisions. The Cabinet gave in-principle approval for constructing two barrages downstream Prakasam Barrage, each with a holding capacity of 3 tmcft. The ﬁrst one will be constructed between Penamaluru and Mangalagiri with an estimated budget of Rs 1,215 crore and the second one between Mopidevi and Repalle with an expenditure of Rs 1,273 crore. Continued on Page 5 India serves ultimatum on UNSC reforms United Nations (IANS): India, along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, has served an ultimatum that the supporters of Security Council reforms will be forced to look for other ways to move the process forward if the UN's Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) for reform continues to be "held hostage" by those opposing change. As the General Assembly rolled over on Monday the deadlocked IGN process to the next session that starts later this month, India's Deputy Permanent Representative Nagaraj Naidu issued the warning in a letter to Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande written on behalf of the G4, the group of four countries that mutually support each other for a permanent seat on a reformed Council. He wrote, "There is a need to ensure that the IGN process is not held hostage, procedurally and substantially, by those who do not wish to bring about reform in the Security Council." "If this happens, and there are indications that this is already happening, those who demand reforms will be forced to look for other ways to ﬁnally make progress, including potentially outside the IGN process," he added.
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