VOL. 10 | NO. 59 | MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 | WARANGAL | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.38°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 21% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:28 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Raghuvansh Singh dies at AIIMS, Delhi Patna (PTI): Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday, a close aide said. Singh died around 11am due to breathlessness and other complications, Kedar Yadav, who remains by the side of the septuagenarian, told PTI over phone. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, he said. Singh's wife had died earlier. The body of the 74-year-old leader will be brought to Patna for performance of the last rites, the aide said. Singh had fallen critically ill late Friday night and was put on a ventilator in ICU in the AIIMS, Yadav added. Earlier in June he had tested positive for COVID and was admitted at AIIMS Patna. He was taken to AIIMS in the national capital recently following post COVID complications. Vatican urges return to in-person Mass at the earliest Vatican City (AP): The Vatican on Saturday said it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. The head of the Vatican's liturgy oﬃce, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in a letter to bishops conferences that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement for the real thing. He said physical presence by the faithful in churches was “vital, indispensable, irreplaceable.” The Vatican said on Saturday that Francis had approved Sarah's letter to bishops conferences, which makes clear that government authorities cannot dictate liturgical practices. Francis had urged the Catholic faithful to obey antiCOVID measures, saying government authorities were responsible for public health. He was seen this week wearing a face mask for the ﬁrst time, and has been using hand sanitiser. BUSINESS COVID FAILS TO DETER POLITICOS /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H TS in poll mode PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Undeterred by the threat of corona pandemic, election fever is gripping Telangana. With the elections to the GHMC, Warangal and Khammam Municipal Corporations and two MLC posts from Graduate Constituencies scheduled to be held during early 2021, all political parties are moving into election mode. The ruling TRS has already taken up a survey Civic polls in Hyd, Warangal, Khammam likely in early 2021 to ascertain the party's winning prospects and the Opposition Congress is busy holding talks with like-minded parties to forge a pre-poll alliance. The BJP and AIMIM say they will go alone in the elections. Having taken the polls as a prestigious issue and as it does not want to give any space to the Opposition, TRS working president KT Rama Rao is leaving no stone unturned to see that the party is once again back in civic bodies with thumping majority. The target of the TRS is to win 100 out of 150 divisions in the KCR reviews progress of Yadadri Wants it to be a spiritual and pilgrimage centre HANS NEWS SERVICE Yadadri: The Rajagopuram and main gates of the sanctorum sanctum of famous Yadadri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple will soon get gold covering and facilities to perform Satyanarayana Vratam by around 4,000 people at a time will be in place soon. Stating this, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who visited the temple to supervise the ongoing works of remodeling of the temple, said once completed, the temple would become the most sought after spiritual and pilgrimage centre in the country. He said specialist goldsmiths from Pembarthy would be taking up the works of gold covering of the rajagopuram and doors of the sanctum sanctorum. The Chief Minister offered special pujas and held a review meeting with the officials. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao inspecting temple renovation at Yadadri on Sunday. (Right) KCR on his way back from Yadadri feeds monkeys He said the temple complex should be made to reﬂect spirituality and become the centre for temple tourism. He emphasized on quality in the works as the new temple complex has to last for decades. He said while strict adherence to Agama Sastra guidelines was a must, the quality of works should not be comprised in the name of meeting targets to complete the works. While ensuring that all sevas for the deity were properly planned, necessary infrastructure facilities should also be created so that the devotees can make use of all poojas and sevas conducted for the presiding deity. The devotees should have necessary facilities in terms of bookings, arjitha sevas, accommodation and to fulﬁll their vows to the Lord, the CM said. He said Students write NEET amid strict Covid protocols 1.17 lakh students to take test in 263 centres in TS & AP HANS NEWS SERVICE Mkts likely to be choppy amid swings P6 Hyderabad: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG-2020 held on Sunday at 263 centres in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh amid Covid-19 safety measures. Candidates started gathering well in advance at several examination centres in the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secundrabad, Warangal and other centres in Telangana giving a tough time for the security personnel deployed to maintain social distancing norms. Nearly 1,7,691 candidates have registered for the pen and paper-based test. Reports from the examination centres of Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Vijayawada indicate that lack of a sufficient number of police personnel and security staff at the colleges led to the violation of the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry, to prevent the gathering of crowds. Considering the COVID-19 norms, the National Testing Agency has almost double the examination centres this time in both the States. Students were allowed to enter into the examination centres well ahead of the 1.30 pm, as they had to sign and submit a selfdeclaration form and submit themselves for temperature checks. They were allowed to enter into the examination centres in a staggered manner, in a batch of 15 students as part of the social distancing norm. "Majority of people are coming to the centre using personal transport. But, people gathered to ﬁnd out allocated examination halls against their roll number, displayed on the notice board, forgetting the social distancing norms. Continued on Page 5 STORMY MONSOON SESSIONS OPPN PLANS TO PIN GOVT ON LAC STANDOFF New Delhi (PTI): The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the corona virus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins on Monday, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government is seeking passage of nearly two dozen legislations during the COVIDcurtailed proceedings. The 18-day session is being held amid unprecedented precautionary measures against COVID-19 due GHMC. In the last elections, the TRS had won 99 wards. The TRS feels that the launch of 2-BHK housing complex for poor constructed in Greater Hyderabad limits before going in for the elections will be a game changer in the GHMC. Continued on Page 5 to a continuing spike in cases. On the eve of the session, the Union Health Ministry reported 94,372 fresh cases in 24 hours. The government has listed 23 legislations for consideration and passage including 11 bills replacing ordinances. Several of the opposition parties are likely to oppose four of these bills replacing ordinances relating to the farm sector and the banking regulation amendments. The opposition is seeking to corner the government on its handling of the stand- off with China at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the COVID-19 situation, economic downturn and unemployment, and is pressing for discussions on these issues. The Congress and other opposition parties raised these demands in the first business advisory committee (BAC) meeting for Lok Sabha chaired by Speaker Om Birla today, but the time for these discussions is yet to be allocated. The BAC for Lok Sabha will be held again on September 15 afternoon to fur- ther discuss the issues to chalk out the business schedule for the first week. The same demands were raised by the Congress in the BAC for Rajya Sabha too. The session will commence on Monday with both Houses paying obituary references to former President Pranab Mukherjee and other sitting and former members who have died during the interregnum period. Both houses will be adjourned for an hour after the obituary references. that the temple ring road should be developed in the shape of a necklace. Provisions for walking and cycling tracks, greenery and illumination along the road should also be made. He instructed that the Gandi Lake adjacent to the temple complex should be ﬁlled with water once every two months by drawing water from Kaleswaram. Continued on Page 5 Amit Shah re-admitted to AIIMS P5
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