VOL. 10 | NO. 57 | FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020 | AMARAVATI | PAGES 10 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.33°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 53% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:22 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Paresh Rawal new NSD chairman New Delhi (IANS): Veteran actor Paresh Rawal has been appointed the new chairman of National School of Drama (NSD). The prestigious institute announced the news on Thursday on its veriﬁed Twitter account. "We are glad to inform Hon'ble President of India @rashtrapatibhvn has appointed renowned actor & Padma Shri @sirpareshrawal as chairman of @nsd_india. NSD family welcome the legend to shower his guidance to NSD for achieving new heights," read the tweet. Rawal, also a politician aﬃliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party, started his acting career in the eighties. Widely respected for his versatility, he has impressed with numerous award-winning arthouse performances as well as roles as the villain and the comedian in mainstream Bollywood ﬁlms. Can be deployed at LAC at short notice: Rajnath Ambala/ New Delhi (IANS): Five Rafale combat aircraft made by French company Dassault Aviation can be deployed at a short notice at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Ambala Air Base IAF pilots board a Rafale ﬁghter aircraft during its induction into the IAF ﬂeet, at the Ambala air base on Thursday New Delhi (IANS): The Serum Institute of India (SII), which was conducting the India trials for the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University, on Thursday paused the clinical trials of the vaccine in India. In a statement, the Serum Institute of India said: "We are reviewing the HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: As part of the decentralization of services, the Transport department has decided to extend the services through the municipal ward and village secretariats in the State. So far, people used to get driving licences, registration of vehicles, payment of vehicle taxes, etc through the Transport department offices located across the State. Now, the Transport department will extend services through 440 ward secretariats and 845 village secretariats in the State. It may be noted that the ward and village secretariats played a key role in identifying and convincing the Covid patients to get admitted to the Covid centres and the hospitals in the ﬁrst three months after breaking out of coronavirus and helped the State check the cases. The village and ward secretariats are rendering services to the local denizens in the municipalities, cities and villages on payment of taxes, sanitation, medical and health services. Deputy Transport Commissioner M Purendra said on Thursday that 56 types of services will be extended through the secretariats. He said so far digital assistants, welfare secretariats were appointed and training has been given to four staff from each district on extending services from secretariats. These master trainers will train the staff in the ward and village secretariats in the State. Purendra said the middlemen and broker system can be eliminated if the transport departments services are extended to the ground level and the people can visit the nearest ward and village secretariat offices to obtain driving licences, payment of vehicle taxes, registration of vehicles and other services. He has appealed to the people to avail the services of transport department at the village level and discourage the brokers and middlemen to get services. AP seeks CBI probe into chariot case Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has taken a serious view of the Antarvedi Sri Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy temple chariot burning case, has decided to hand it over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Following a series of protests by various Hindu religious organizations, including the BJP, the Chief Minister instructed the Director General of Police Gautam Sawang to write a letter to the Union Home Ministry seeking CBI probe into the incident. The 62-year-old chariot was parked in the temple premises when the incident took place. There were sev- /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H IAF gets Rafale power Village secretariats to issue driving licences HANS NEWS SERVICE /thehansindia | eral versions saying that the incident took place perhaps due to a short circuit. There was also another version that someone who was mentally unstable had set ﬁre to the chariot. The state government ordered shifting of the executive officer of the temple. Minister Vellampalli Srinivas also sanctioned Rs 95 lakh for a new Ratham which would be ready for Rathotsavam in February. Assistant Commissioner of Endowments Department-Rajamahendravaram K Prasad stated that some miscreants have reportedly set ﬁre to the century-old 50-foot high wooden chariot which is meant to take the standing deity in a procession during the annual Kalyanotsavam celebrated in April. It was also said that the CCTV cameras installed there did not function when the incident took place. Antarvedi, it may be added is one of the most revered Vaishnavite religious centres in Andhra Pradesh. in Haryana on Thursday during the induction ceremony. "This induction is important considering the kind of atmosphere at our borders or the kind of atmosphere created at our borders," said Singh as Rafale aircrafts became operational in Indian Air Force. He also said, "The speed with which the Indian Air Force deployed its assets on forward bases creates a trust that our Air Force is Serum Institute pauses vaccine trials situation and pausing India trials till AstraZeneca restarts the trials. We are following DCGI's instructions and will not be able to comment further on trials." The declaration by the Pune-based vaccine manufacturer came a day af- ter the Drug Control General of India (DCGI), VG Somani, issued a showcause notice to them asking for an explanation as to why the institute decided to go ahead with the clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate while doubts about patient safety are fully prepared to fulﬁll its operational obligations." Singh also stated that during his recent foreign trip to Moscow, he had clearly stated the view of India in front of the world. "I also made everyone aware of our resolve to not compromise our sovereignty and territorial integrity under any circumstances. We're committed to doing everything possible towards this," he said. yet unclear. The notice was issued in the wake of an advert incident where one of the participants in the UK reported a suspected severe adverse reaction when administered a booster dose of Covishield, a vaccine candidate developed jointly by pharma giant AstraZeneca and University of Oxford, on Tuesday. Consider dropping interest on interest during moratorium: SC to Centre New Delhi (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to consider a plea for not charging interest on interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period and also not downgrade the credit/ asset classification of the borrowers. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah asked the Centre, the Reserve Bank of India and the banks to put their heads together within two weeks to decide on crucial issues -- sector-specific loan restructuring, charging of interest on interest, etc -- and then come up with a concrete decision. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted that an expert committee at the highest level has been set up to take decisions on the issue of moratorium extension, interest on interest during moratorium and other connected issues. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Indian Bank Association, submitted that the RBI and other banks be given time to respond on the prayers made on Thursday. Continued on Page 9
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