VOL. 10 | NO. 74 | TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 | AMARAVATI | PAGES 10 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thunderstorms. Overcast. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 48% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 05:58 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 Cong MP moves SC over farm Bills New Delhi: As farmers’ organisations and Opposition and regional parties continue to protest against the contentious new farm laws, a Congress MP from Kerala moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of one of the Acts. TN Prathapan, the Lok Sabha MP from Thrissur, has alleged that the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 is violative of Article 14 (right to equality), 15 (prohibition of discrimination) and 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution. He argued that the law, which was accorded Presidential assent on Sunday, is “liable to be struck down as unconstitutional, illegal and void”. 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 surfaceto-air 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 Nirbhay 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 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 P8 SPORTS Don’t compare P10 Samson with Dhoni: Gambhir, Sreesanth MKI ﬁghter. B e s i d e s, the Brahmos can be used to c r e a t e c h o k e 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 airto-air refuellers to protect against any PLA warship threat coming from the Strait of Malacca to Sunda Strait across Indonesia, a senior government official Photo: Vasu Potnuru Canopies installed at Visakhapatnam airport recently for the convenience of passengers Augmented Vizag airport to be ready by year-end VASU POTNURU Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam airport is bracing for expansion to meet the trafﬁc growth which is all set to rise consistently in future. From new parking space to sheds at VIP gates and multiple ﬂight parking bays, the development works are being carried out at a cost of Rs 90 crore, which will be completed by year-end. As there is a rise in the number of visitors accompanying the passengers to the airport, the authorities concerned have recently wrapped up the expansion work of the parking space by 30 per cent further. In addition, canopies were installed at terminal building to ensure protection for passengers arriving and departing from adverse weather conditions. Since there are no signboards on the national highway indicating the way to the airport, illuminated signboards are soon going to dot both the routes stretching from the city to the airport and Gajuwaka to the airport. At present, the area extending up to 20,000-sqmt in ground and ﬁrst ﬂoors at the terminal building is utilised for international and domestic arrival and departure. But plans are afoot to increase it further by 10,000-sqmt. Keeping the growing traffic ﬂow in view, the airport authority is adding the parking bays from the present six to another half a dozen bays which will be connected to the runway. Continued on Page 9 Computer-based test goes smoothly at 21 test zones in AP & TS 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, respectively. Continued on Page 9 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 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 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. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy launching YSR Jala Kala in remote mode from his camp oﬃce in Tadepalli on Monday JAGAN LAUNCHES YSR JALA KALA Free borewells for AP farmers HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: After launching YSR Jala Kala, which aims at drilling borewells in arid and uplands, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday announced free pumpsets to small and marginal farmers as a bonanza. Speaking during the launch of the programme, the Chief Minister said through YSR Jala Kala, borewells will be drilled free of cost for the needy farmers bringing in an estimated 5 lakh acres under cultivation through groundwater irrigation with an expenditure of Rs 2,340 crore in a period of four years in all the constituencies. Though not promised during the 3,648 km Praja Sankalpa Yatra nor mentioned in the election manifesto, pumpsets will be provided free of cost to the borewells for small and marginal farmers. This addi- 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). Tirupati: Modernisation of Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) taken up by the Tirumala-Tirupati Devastanams is to give impetus to the promotion of Hindu Dharma across the country through quality programmes with advanced studio set up and gadgets, said TTD Trust Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy. Inaugurating the Rs 20.45-crore SVBC new building at Alipiri along with Deputy Chief Minis- Channel upgraded to give impetus to Hindu Dharma Pracharam: TTD chief TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy inaugurating the SVBC new building in Tirupati on Monday While APSRTC & TSRTC squabble, private operators make a killing K CHANDRASHEKAR Vaccine portal launched New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched an online portal about Covid-19 with all the latest information on the coronavirus disease. The web portal will have data on research development, clinical trials on potential Covid-19 vaccine in India, its launch date and other information, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. “An online portal about Covid19 vaccine has been launched. Everyone will be able to go online to that portal and look up all contemporary research-development and clinical trials related information. It will also provide information about other vaccinations provided in the country,” Vardhan said. SVBC channel gets new building in Tirupati HANS NEWS SERVICE tional cost for the motors would be about Rs 1,600 crore to the exchequer. He told the farmers that the new electricity meters would not burden them but will give data on consumption and the required load of feeders which will help in bringing in transparency into the system. "The bill amount for electricity consumed would be transferred to farmers' bank accounts. Farmers will pay to Discoms. A 10,000 MW solar energy unit is coming up to cater to the 9-hour free power scheme for the next 30 years," he said. The Chief Minister assured the farmers that there would be no additional burden on farmers by the new meters. YSR Jala Kala will be implemented in 144 rural constituencies and 19 semi-urban constituencies by allocating one rig to each constituency, which benefits around 2 lakh farmers. Continued on Page 9 ter K Narayanaswamy on Monday, the Chairman said, in the last 12 years, the channel made its mark across the nation and with the introduction of recent recitation of Vedas, Sundarakanda Parayanam, Virataparva and Bhagavat Gita Parayanams during the Covid pandemic, the channel has become a household name across the globe. "There are two studios and teleport facility in the new building with adequate infrastructure for Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi channels. SVBC will be made an advertisement-free channel soon," he said adding that the TTD channel trust is getting donations to meet its expenses and has so far got Rs 4 crore as donations. Presently, Kannada and Hindi channels are under pre-launch stage, he said informing that plans are afoot to launch HD channel soon. Additional EO and SVBC MD AV Dharma Reddy, JEO P Basanth Kumar, CEO SVBC Suresh Kumar and others were present. 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. Continued on Page 9
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