www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 75 | WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 10 | `5.00 Forecast: Thunderstorms. Overcast. Temp: Max.30°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 76% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 06:05 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. Dubbaka byelection on Nov 3 TRS likely to field Solipeta’s son HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: With the Election Commission sounding the poll bugle for the byelection to the Dubbaka Assembly constituency, political fever has picked up. According to the schedule announced on Tuesday, polling will be held on November 3 and counting of votes would take place on November 10. The Model Code of Con- duct came into effect from Tuesday. The notification for the poll would be issued on October 9 with the last date for filing of nomi- nations being October 16. The last date for scrutiny of nominations is October 17, while withdrawals to be allowed until October 19. The election was necessitated due to the sudden demise of TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy. He was a four-time MLA, journalist and an active leader and close associate of TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao during the agitation for separate Telangana. It is learnt that the pink party is likely to field his son Satish Reddy in the bypoll. Finance Minister T Harish Rao is likely to take up the responsibility of ensuring the victory of the party candidate. Continued on Page 5 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. Serum Institute of India to manufacture 200 mn doses of Covid-19 vaccine New Delhi (IANS): A further collaboration among the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, Gavi and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will accelerate the manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million doses of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines for India and low-and middle income countries. This brings the total number of vaccine doses to be covered by the partnership between SII, Gavi, and the Gates Foundation to an aggregate of up to 200 million doses, following the initial agreement for up to 100 million doses announced in August. The arrangement again provides an option to secure additional doses if the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator sees a need for it. The collaboration will provide upfront capital to SII to help it increase manufacturing capacity now so that, once a vaccine, or vaccines, gains regulatory approval and WHO Prequaliﬁcation, doses can be distributed at scale to LMICs as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC mechanism as early as the ﬁrst half of 2021. "The collaboration further bolsters our ﬁght against Covid-19. Through the avid support of Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we will now manufacture and deliver up to an additional 100 million doses of immunogenic and safe-proven future Covid-19 vaccines to India and lowand middle-income coun- tries in 2021," said Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India. He added, "At this stage, it is important for governments, global health and ﬁnancial institutions in the public and private sector to come together in ensuring that no one is left behind in the road to recovery. This association is in line with our efforts to see that the future vaccines reach the remotest part of the world providing full immunization coverage in a bid to contain the spread of the pandemic." 1 cr Bathukamma sarees through SHGs HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The state government will be distributing one crore Bathukamma sarees through Self Help Groups (SHGs) from October 9. The sarees, according to Textiles Minister K T Rama Rao would cost the government Rs 317.81 crore. The polyester sarees will be having 287 different types of designs. Displaying the sarees at the Tourism Plaza on Tuesday, KTR said in the wake of corona pandemic, the government has decided not to distribute them publicly and entrusted the responsibility to the SHGs. The SHG women would be Minister for Industries KT Rama Rao, along with Minister for Education Sabitha Indra Reddy and Minister for Women and Child, Tribal Welfare Satyavathi Rathod, displays Bathukamma sarees during the launch in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: Ch Prabhu Das distributing the sarees by going door to door at places where there are no corona cases. About 80 per cent of the sarees are already dispatched to the districts and remaining 20 per cent would be supplied within 10 days. The Bathukamma festival would start on October 17 and conclude on October 25. KTR said despite the prob- KT Rama Rao conﬁdent of retaining hold on GHMC Kishan, Revanth plan to show their might in their LS seats TRS hopes to score 100 this time too HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The GHMC elections slated to be held in November will prove to be a major challenge for three leaders -- Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, who had successfully led the polls last time by winning 99 wards, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and T Congress working president A Revanth Reddy. KTR, who has been holding a series of meetings on the polls for the past few weeks, is conﬁdent of winning in around 100 out of 150 wards this time again. Kishan Reddy and Revanth Reddy are desperate to show their political might in their Lok Sabha segments - Secunderabad and Malkajigiri. The conﬁdence of KTR comes from the past performance and also because of the continued winning spree of the party in the just concluded Panchayat, Mandal, Zilla Parishad and 140 municipal body elections in the state. KTR instructed his party MLAs, party cadre and division members to take up a campaign about the developmental programmes and welfare schemes launched by the government and how it had transformed Greater Hyderabad in the last ﬁve years since the TRS took over the Corporation. The party is also assessing the performance of each ward member and their winning chances and process of selection was almost complete. The non-performing incumbent elected division members have been hinted that they will be replaced by new faces. Continued on Page 5 lems that the government had to face on account of corona pandemic and with no help from the centre, the state government had not cut any of the welfare activities it had launched. Instead, it opted for cut in the salaries of ministers and legislators. Due to various measures taken by the government in the last six years, the number of farmer and weavers’ suicides had come down and this even the Centre had acknowledged, he said. The minister asked the officials to go for branding of these sarees instead of naming them as Bathukamma sarees. Continued on Page 5 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.
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