www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 75 | WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 | VISAKHAPATNAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: Light showers. Overcast. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 69% Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 05:47 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Venkaiah Naidu tests positive New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has tested positive for coronavirus during a routine test, his oﬃce said in a tweet on Tuesday evening. The 71-yearold, who is in home quarantine, is "asymptomatic and in good health", the tweet read. "The Vice President of India who underwent a routine COVID-19 test today morning has been tested positive. He is however, asymptomatic and in good health. He has been advised home quarantine. His wife Smt. Usha Naidu has been tested negative and is in self-isolation," the tweet from his office read. Naidu, who is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, recently attended the monsoon session of parliament. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H PM: Opposition wants middlemen to thrive Dehradun (PTI): In a scathing attack on those opposing the new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they wanted only the middlemen to thrive and referred to the burning of a tractor in Delhi by Congress workers as an insult to farmers. "They are opposing the freedom of farmers and want their problems to continue forever. By torching farming equipment, which the agriculturists worship, these people are now insulting farmers," he said without naming the Congress. The Congress' youth wing activists on Monday morning set a tractor ablaze near India Gate, a few hundred metres from the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament, to protest the contentious farm laws. Modi said the opposition has only one way of doing politics in the country and that is by opposing things. Terming it "opposition for the sake of opposition", the prime minister said that by resisting big reformative steps by the Centre such as the farm laws, these forces were making themselves irrelevant in the society and in the country. He accused them of challenging everything from GST, One Rank One Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses during the inauguration of six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the 'Namami Gange Mission' through a video conference, in New Delhi on Tuesday Pension, Rafale deal, Statue of Unity, 10 per cent reservation for the poor and celebration of November 26 as Samvidhan Diwas. He said that this politics was the root of the frustration of a party which had ruled for four generations. "Frustration of a party which has ended up riding the shoulders of others despite wielding power for four generations is behind this politics of the opposition for opposition's sake," Modi said. He said none of the leaders of the political party had till date visited the Statue of Unity, built to honour the memory of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel whose contribution to unifying the country is well known. "Why? Because they had to oppose," he said. He said people had seen for themselves the role Jan Dhan accounts played in direct benefit transfer schemes during the coronavirus pandemic and they could also remember how it was opposed while being introduced by the Centre. He said after opposing the Ram Mandir in the Supreme Court for decades, they even began opposing its foundation stone laying in Ayodhya. Without naming the Congress, he accused it of being neither with the farmers nor with the youth nor the soldiers and recalled that the the party had demanded proof of surgical strikes instead of praising the bravehearts who carried out the exercise. He also recalled how it opposed the purchase of Rafale fighter jets. Bypolls for 56 Assembly, 1 LS seat in Nov New Delhi (IANS): The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday announced by-elections to 56 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar in the ﬁrst week of November. By-elections to 56 assembly seats, except Manipur, across 11 states, will be held on November 3 and the Lok Sabha election will be held on November 7. The counting will be held on November 10 and the entire election process will be completed before November 12, the Commission said. The maximum number of seats going to polls is from Madhya Pradesh as these fell vacant due to Jyotiraditya Scindia switching camps from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party along with his supporters. A total of 28 Assembly seats are vacant in Madhya Pradesh, eight in Gujarat, seven in Uttar Pradesh, two each in Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha; and one each in Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Telangana. Besides, one Parliamentary constituency in Bihar and two assembly seats from Manipur go to polls on November 7. The counting of votes will be held on November 10. "After taking into consideration various factors like weather conditions, movement of forces, pandemic etc, the commission has decided to hold byelections," a note from the Election Commission said. UAE to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024 Dubai (AP): The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, a top Emirati official said on Tuesday, the latest gamble in the stars by the oil-rich nation that could see it become only the fourth nation on Earth to accomplish that goal. The announcement by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum shows the rapid expansion of the space program that bears his name. Sundarakanda Parayana Deeksha begins 269 Shlokas from first two Sargas recited on day one at Tirumala HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirumala: A 16-member team of Sundarakanda Upasakas recited 269 Shlokas from the ﬁrst and second Sargas of the Sundarakanda comprising 2,821 Shlokas from 68 Sargas on the ﬁrst day. Speaking to the media, TTD Additional EO AV Dharma Reddy said the prime motto behind the 16day Sundarakanda Deeksha Parayanam is to revive the lost health, wealth and prosperity of the entire humanity due to the ill-effects of Covid- The 16-day event, Shodasadina Sundarakanda Parayanam commenced on a religious note at Vasantha Mandapam on Tuesday 19 virus. He said the Shodasakshara Mantram, "Raghavo Vijayam Dadyanma Sitapatihi Prabhuhu" - each syllable has some Beejaksharas and the total tallies to 68 that is equivalent to 68 Sargas. The Upasakas will recite the Shlokas from different Sargas based on the number that implies to each syllable from the Maha Mantra every day. "On ﬁrst day, the syllable "Ra" from the mantra is indicated with two beejaksharas and hence the Upasakas recited 211 Shlokas from the ﬁrst Sarga and 58 Shlokas from the second Sarga and completed a total of 269 Shlokas from the ﬁrst two Sargas on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the syllable "Gha" is indicated by four Beejaksharas and the Shlokas from four Sargas will be recited from chapter three to six taking the total number of Shlokas to 152 on day two." Continued on Page 7 Hyd-Bengaluru industrial corridor to connect AP HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh state has been sanctioned with a new industrial corridor to facilitate industrial development as part of the Hyderabad-Bengaluru industrial corridor, according to AP Industries Minister Mekapati Gautham Reddy. This would come up under the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust Programme. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, the Minister said the new corridor would have Orvakal in Kurnool district as a node. Similarly, Kopparthi ini Kadapa district, Tamminapatnam of Potti Sriramulu N Orvakal in Kurnool district to be a node N Kapil Group proposes IT corridor in Tirupati district (part of Visakhapatnam-Chennai corridor) and Routhusurumala of Chittoor in Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor would also be developed. The Minister also disclosed that the representatives of Kapil Consultancy Service Pvt Limited, led by its vicepresident, met him on Tues- day and proposed the establishment of an IT Park in Tirupati under ‘walk to walk’ concept. The company representatives said that they would make an investment of Rs 500 crore. It would provide up to 8,000 jobs when it is completed in two phases in seven years. The Minister said the proposal was being Now, school reopening on Nov 2 HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government has postponed its earlier decision to reopen schools across the state from October 5. Addressing a review meeting with all District Collectors on Tuesday via videoconferencing, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reportedly took a decision now to reopen the schools from November 2, instead of earlier date of October 5. The Chief Minister decided on the deferment keeping in view the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation in the state and the concerns being expressed by a few sections in this regard. Earlier, it was decided that all the schools will reopen from October 5, after a long layoff of close to six months. Even though the Education department is fully geared up for this crucial exercise in all aspects, there were strains of hesitation among a few sections of parents who are worried about the safety and well-being of their wards. Addressing these concerns, Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday took the decision to postpone the re-opening of the schools to November 2. Continued on Page 7 Babri mosque demolition case today Lucknow (PTI): A special court here will deliver the much-awaited judgment on Wednesday in the 1992 Babri masjid demolition case in which BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are among the accused. CBI judge SK Yadav had on September 16 directed all the 32 surviving accused to remain present in the court on the day of the judgment. The accused include former deputy prime minister Advani, former Union ministers Joshi and Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, besides Vinay Katiyar and Sadhvi Rithambara. With both Bharti and Singh convalescing in separate hospitals after coronavirus infection, it was not immediately known if they would be present in the court at the time of pronouncement of order. Singh, during whose tenure as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh the disputed structure was demolished, was put on trial in September last year after his tenure as governor (of Rajasthan) came to an end. Champat Rai, the general secretary of the trust in charge of constructing the Ram temple, is also among those accused. considered favourably. The company sought 25 acres of land for the same, he said. The Minister said the new corridor paves way for the industrial progress in the State manifold. Bulk water supply would be ensured to the companies coming up as part of infrastructure development. He inquired about the road works of Samalkot-Rajanagaram stretch undertaken under the AP Roads Development Corporation along with the works on the common effluent treatment plant at Naidupet cluster. The meeting was attended by APIIC chairperson Roja and other officials. Cabinet meet tomorrow HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet scheduled to meet on October 1 is likely to be an important one as it would focus attention on the legal issues, including the High Court stay order on the distribution of house sites and various public interest litigations that are pending in the High Court. The government, it may be recalled, had planned to distribute house sites to about 30 lakh poor beneﬁciaries across the state but had to defer the programme following the stay order. The Cabinet will assess the situation and discuss the means that are available to overcome the legal hurdles. The Cabinet will also ratify the schemes like Jala Kala to provide irrigation facilities for the farmers and the ﬁnancial allocations made for the scheme. Other issues that are likely to ﬁgure in the meeting are proposals pertaining to the allocation of land to some industries.
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