VOL. 6 | NO. 139 | TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thunderstorms. Overcast. Temp: Max.33°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 72% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H BRAHMOS, NIRBHAY, AKASH INDIA DEPLOYS TOP MISSILES TO TAME CHINESE THREAT Nirbhay missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, can reach up to 1,000 km and is capable of low-level stealth strikes on targets A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network stands pad 39A moments before the launch was scrubbed due to weather concerns at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Monday ‘Trump firms paid $750 in taxes in US, $145,400 in India in 2017’ Washington: Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in the year he was elected US president and also in his ﬁrst year in the White House, according to a media report, which also said that he or his companies paid $ 145,400 taxes in India in 2017. Trump entered the 2016 Presidential race as a Republican and was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "Donald J Trump paid $ 750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his ﬁrst year in the White House, he paid another $ 750," the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax return data extending over 20 years. New Delhi: In a major boost to India's longrange defence, the security forces have rolled out BrahMos, Nirbhay and Akash missiles to deter Chinese misadventures in eastern Ladakh, where the two countries are locked in a standoff. The 500 km-range Brahmos cruise missile, 800 km-range Nirbhay cruise missile along with Akash surface-toair missile (SAM) with a capability to target aerial threats 40 km away are at the core of India’s stand-off weapon deterrence to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) missile deployment in Xinjiang and Tibet regions. While the PLA’s western theatre command has deployed stand-off weapons up to 2,000 km range and long-range SAMs in Tibet and Xinjiang after the Ladakh stand-off, the supersonic Brahmos, subsonic Nirbhay as well as Akash have been deployed to counter them by India in the worst-case scenario. India’s main stay in the stand-off weapons is the Brahmos air-to-air and air-to-surface cruise missile with its 300-kilogramme ht ig le m Nirbhay issi M warhead which can take care of airstrips in Tibet and Xinjiang, or a warship in Indian Ocean. The Brahmos missile has been deployed in sufficient numbers in the Ladakh sector with the option to deliver the standoff weapon from a Su-30 MKI ﬁ g h t e r. Besides, t h e Brahmos can be used to c r e a t e choke points in the Indian Ocean using the Car Nicobar air base in India’s island territories. The IAF’s Car Nicobar air base is the advanced landing ground for SU-30 MKI’s which can use air-to-air refuellers to protect against any PLA warship threat coming from the Strait of Malacca to Sunda Strait across Indonesia, a senior govern- 10% DECLINE IN TS-EAMCET Pakistan Oppn leader arrested Lahore: In an eventful day, top leaders of major Opposition parties were indicted by Pakistani courts in cases of money laundering and corruption. Shahbaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and leader of the Opposition parties in Parliament, was arrested from the courtroom after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his bail plea. The two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court rejected Shahbaz's bail plea and he was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Shahbaz Sharif had sought pre-arrest bail in cases of assets beyond means and money laundering. BUSINESS RBI defers MPC meet as 3 posts lie vacant P6 SPORTS P8 Don’t compare Samson with Dhoni: Gambhir, Sreesanth Computer-based test goes smoothly at 21 zones HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: On the first day of the commencement of the medical and agriculture stream of the Telangana State Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (Eamcet) witnessed a decline of about 10 per cent of students compared to the last year. In all, 81.55 per cent of the total registered candidates have appeared for the test on the first day at 21 test zones spread across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. Prof A Govardhan, Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) and Convener, TS Eamcet – 2020, said the computer-based test conducted in online mode has gone smoothly at all the test centres in 21 zones. The exam was conducted in two sessions on the first day at 13 and 8 test zones, in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, re- Students at an examination centre to appear for the TS EAMCET-2020 amid coronavirus pandemic in Hyderabad on Monday spectively. In Telangana, 26,389 candidates have appeared out of 30,833 candidates registered for the test. Making the overall of 85.58 per cent attended for the sessions. Adilabad registered the highest number of 98 per cent, followed by Mahbubngar with 95.39 per cent of candidates attended to the test. Seven test zones registered 90 per cent and above attendance, he said. In Andhra Pradesh, 5,802 candidates ap- peared for the test out of 8,639 registered. The overall attendance percentage of 67.16 per cent attended to the test in both the sessions. Of the eight test zones in Andhra Pradesh, Vizianagaram registered the highest number of 79.68 per cent of candidates, followed by Rajamahendravaram with 77.91 per cent. Only four centres in the State have registered 70 per cent and above, but less than 80 per cent of attendance. India’s main stay in the stand-oﬀ weapons is the Brahmos air-to-air and air-to-surface cruise missile with its 300-kilogramme warhead which can take care of airstrips in Tibet and Xinjiang, or a warship in Indian Ocean ment official said. The surface-to-surface Nirbhay missile has a reach of up to 1,000 km. It is capable of low-level stealth strike on targets. It means it is capable of ﬂying between 100 metres to four km from ground and pick up the target before First Covid vaccine to be available in India by early 2021 New Delhi: As the world races to develop a potential vaccine against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said the first vaccine in India will most likely be available by early 2021. The Health ministry said the research to develop a Covid-19 vaccine is being “done expeditiously”. During a media briefing, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Research to develop a vaccine is being done expeditiously. There ar at least 3 viable such vaccine candidates that are in the phase of clinical trials right now in the country. We’re hopeful that within 1st quarter of 2021 it will be available.” With a spike of 82,170 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 60-lakh mark on Monday, according to the data provided by health ministry. The Health ministry on Monday also released the 100-year timeline history of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). engaging it. The Nirbhay missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and has been in the testing for 7 years. This is Nirbhay missile's ﬁrst deployment. The third stand-off weapon used by Indian military is the Akash SAM, which has also been deployed in sufficient numbers to counter any PLA aircraft intrusion across the LAC in Ladakh sector. The PLA Air Force ﬁghter activity in occupied Aksai Chin continues albeit at a reduced level. However, there is concern over PLA air activity across the Daulet Beg Oldi sector near Karakoram Pass. The Akash missile with its three-dimensional Rajendra, a passive electronically scanned array radar that has the capacity to track 64 targets at a time and simultaneously engage 12 of them. The missile has the capacity to engage all aerial targets including ﬁghter planes, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. Punjab Youth Congress activists set on ﬁre a tractor near India Gate during a protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi, Monday Youth Congress workers torch tractor at India Gate New Delhi: A day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Agriculture Bills and made them laws, Punjab Youth Congress workers on Monday set ablaze a tractor in the high security India Gate area to protest against the contentious legislation. The Delhi Police detained ﬁve people involved in the incident. About 10-15 Punjab Youth Congress activists arrived in the national capital in a truck to protest against the controversial farm laws around 7.15 am on the birth anniversary of revolutionary Bhagat Singh. The activists offloaded a tractor from the truck and set it on ﬁre. "If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud: Bhagat Singh," the IYC quoted the martyr in a tweet. Continued on Page 5 Warangal: People will have to wait for some more time for the second Road over Bridge (RoB) at Fathima Nagar. It’s been almost three years since Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for the proposed second RoB, however, it remained a dream for the locals. Initially, the government had failed to release the funds and thereafter administrative hiccups delayed the progress. The ex- New Delhi: The Congress Monday asked states under its rule to enact legislations to bypass the three Central farm-related laws that have triggered protests by farmers in some parts of the country. The Congress is strongly opposed to the three Central legislations which were signed into laws by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday. Continued on Page 5 WHILE APSRTC & TSRTC SQUABBLE, PRIVATE OPERATORS MAKE A KILLING K CHANDRASHEKAR Hyderabad: Interstate buses to Karnataka and Maharashtra from Telangana have started operations and efforts are on to start services to Chennai. But as far as services between the two neighbouring Telugu states is concerned, it is still not clear when the TSRTC and APSTRC will resolve their logjam. Officials of the two corporations, who held several meetings, failed to come to an understanding. This delay is causing immense problems to the commuters as they have to shell out more money for other means of transportation. Private operators, who have been out of business due to pandemic, are now ﬂeecing passengers by charging them double the amount. While the APSRTC wants the government to start the services, the TSRTC is insisting that it should be on a parity basis saying that it was facing losses because of improper allocation of buses. A construction contractor, K Srinivas, said that he had to pay Rs 2,000 to reach his native place in Nellore. Private operators were taking advantage of the situation and charging more. “I had to travel to my native place to attend funeral rites of a relative. I had to pay Rs 2,000 to reach my place since there were no RTC buses and I had no other option,” he said. Similar is the case of G Vikram, a marketing executive, who frequently travels to towns in Andhra Pradesh, said that the private operators have been charging double the existing fares. "During normal days, the ticket prices between Hyderabad and Vijayawada used to be Rs 600 to Rs 650 but now the same ticket is costing Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,300," he said. With private operators charging more, passengers are opting to travel by lorries and other vehicles risking A bridge too far: Wait for second RoB to continue ADEPU MAHENDER Cong-ruled States told to bring laws to negate Centre’s farm Bills isting bridge constructed across the Kazipet-Balharsha railway line in 1978 is vital for the transport vehicles passing through the National Highway-163 that connects HyderabadBhopalapatnam. With the ever increasing number of motor vehicles, traffic snarls on the bridge have become common for the last couple of decades. With the bridge speciﬁcations of 1970s no longer passable after a couple of decades, it has become necessary for the authorities to think on the second RoB parallel to the existing one. The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the second RoB on October 22, 2017. Later, the government accorded Rs 78 crore administrative sanctions for it. The Roads and Buildings (R&B) needed to acquire little over 2 acres of land belonging to a Christian Missionary Institution and Railways. When the authorities called for the tenders, only one construction company came forward. Thereafter, the authorities called for tenders twice. Continued on Page 5 their lives. "Ticket prices for Hyderabad- Visakhapatnam range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000," Vikram said. Commuters are worried that if the two corporations do not take quick decisions and resume operations, private operators will resort to hiking fares further during Dasara festival. They feel that since officials are not able to resolve the issue, either Transport Ministers or Chief Ministers of both states should step in to resolve the issue before the festival season begins. The TSRTC operates 700odd buses between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the buses have stopped ever since the lockdown was announced. The bone of contention is that APSRTC buses are operated in 71 routes of Telangana and the TSRTC is operating in 28 routes of Andhra Pradesh. The TSRTC has refused to heed to the APSRTC proposal to operate 250 buses from both the sides until a decision is made on the inter-state services. Centre okays arms worth ` 2,290 crore New Delhi: In a major move, the defence ministry on Monday approved arms acquisitions worth another Rs 2,290 crore, including the procurement of 72,000 more assault rifles from the US, amid the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China. The Rajnath Singh-led Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) cleared the Rs 780 crore acquisition of the assault rifles from US firm SiG Sauer.
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