www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 77 | FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2020 | VISAKHAPATNAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 71% Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 05:44 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ /thehansindia | WINDOWS /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H High drama as cops detain Gandhis UP cops take Rahul, Priyanka back to Delhi N BSP demands Yogi’s resignation Additional EO A V Dharma Reddy reviewing arrangements for Navaratri Brahmotsavam at Annamaiah Bhavan at Tirumala on Thursday Brahmotsavams treat for Tirumala pilgrims People buy 'Bhut Jolokia', or Ghost Pepper, at a vegetable market in Guwahati, Thursday. It is said to be one of the hottest pepper in the world. HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirumala: In a major move that is sure to cheer the devotees, the TirumalaTirupati Devasthanams has decided to allow pilgrims for the Navaratri Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara, which will be held for nine days from October 16 to 25. This decision was taken after a review meeting by Additional EO AV Dharma Reddy with district collector, revenue, police and TTD officials in Tirumala on Thursday. Apart from the darshan ticket-holding devotees, limited number of bhajan and cultural troupes selected by TTD Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad (HDPP) and Dasa Sahitya Project will also be permitted to participate in the Brahmotsavams for performance of various devotional cultural programme during the Va- 3 soldiers killed in Pak shelling along LoC Srinagar: In two separate incidents, three soldiers were killed in shelling by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Two soldiers were killed in an unprovoked ceaseﬁre violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in J&K's Naugam sector on Thursday while another soldier was killed in shelling by Pakistan in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch district on Wednesday night, officials said. "Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceaseﬁre violation along the LoC in Naugam sector, Kupwara on Thursday morning by ﬁring mortars and other weapons," Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. He said that four soldiers sustained injuries in the ﬁring from across the border. S S S S Nine-day Brahmotsavams will be held from October 16 to 25 Vahana sevas to be conducted in the Mada streets Pilgrims with darshan ticket to be allowed to witness Vahana sevas Floral and Photo exhibition to be held at Kalyana Vedika hana Seva to be held daily in the morning and evening for nine days during Brahmotsavams. The meet decided to conduct the morning Vahana Seva of the annual Navaratri Brahmotsavams from 8 am to 10 am and the evening the Vahana Seva will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm, including the Garuda Seva which will be held on October 20. Cont’d on Page 7 New Delhi: There was high drama on the Yamuna Expressway outside Greater Noida on Thursday as Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tried to travel to Hathras and were detained by the police. They were on their way to meet the family members of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died on Tuesday, days after being allegedly gangraped and brutally assaulted by four upper caste men. The Uttar Pradesh Police stopped the Gandhis and Congress workers from proceeding ahead in their vehicles, following which Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi got off their cars and started walking on the road amid sloganeering from Congress workers. The police tried to stop them from moving ahead and later detained them under preventive custody. Rahul Gandhi fell on the ground as he was pushed by the cops during a scuffle who tried to stop him and others. He later said the cops lathicharged him and pushed him to the ground. “In the times of sorrow, loved ones are not left alone. The state of Jungle raj is such in UP that meeting a family in mourning also scares the government. Do not be so much afraid, Chief Minister!" Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter on Thursday. Continued on Page 7 After Hathras, another woman raped, killed in UP Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slumps after police personnel allegedly manhandled him while he was on his way to Hathras ‘INDIA A HOLY LAND, NOW A LAND OF RAPISTS,’ OBSERVES MADRAS HC Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday commented that the holy 'Bharathabhoomi' (India) has now turned into "a land of rapists" where a rape occurs every 15 minutes. The court was hearing a case relating to migrant labour filed by advocate A P Suryaprakasam. At that point the advocate pointed to the rape of an Assamese migrant worker in Tiruppur district. "I had pleaded with the court to provide shelter and care for the affected woman and to direct the Director General of Police to set up a special investigation team headed by Inspector General, Coimbatore. I had also prayed to the court to direct the government to provide her with financial assistance under the Mfg sees fastest growth in 8 yrs P6 NATION CINEMAS TO REOPEN FROM OCT 15 Shares of multiplex operators zoom up Jungle Raj in UP has P 7 no limits: Cong on Balrampur rape case New Delhi: Stocks of multiplex operators PVR and INOX Leisure on Thursday jumped up to 18 per cent after the Union Home Ministry issued new guidelines for the opening of cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15. Shares of PVR zoomed 14.99 per cent to Rs 1,395 on the BSE. INOX Leisure shares jumped 17.63 per cent to Rs 318.20 on the BSE. The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines for permitting more ac- New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed refund of air tickets, domestic and international, for travel during the COVID-19 lockdown period from March 25 to May 24 within three weeks from the date of the cancellation of ﬂights. Accepting the Centre's proposal, the top court directed that if the tickets have been booked through an agent for travel within the lockdown period, in all such cases full refund shall be given by the airlines immediately and the amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers. It said, if on account of ﬁnancial distress, any airline/airlines are not able to refund then they shall provide credit shell, equal to the amount of fare collected, in the name of the passenger when the booking is done either directly by the passenger or through a travel agent so as to consume the same on or before March 31, 2021. It is open to passengers either to utilise such credit shell up to March 31, 2021 on any route of choice or transfer the credit shell to any person, including the travel agent concerned, and the airlines shall honour such a transfer, the Tirupati: Special Chief Secretary to the AP government Dr KS Jawahar Reddy will be the new Executive Officer of the Tirumala–Tirupati Devasthanams. It may be mentioned here that EO Anil Kumar Singhal was transferred to the Health department as Principal Secretary on Wednesday evening. Continued on Page 7 Academicians, activists strongly oppose the move KOPPARA GANDHI PURNA SINGH vanced missile defence systems and secured communication systems that allow availing audio and video communication functions mid-air without top court said. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah said the suggestions and formulations arrived at the meeting held by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA), Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which are acceptable to majority stakeholders. The top court's verdict came on a batch of petitions, including by NGOs and passengers’ associations, seeking complete refund of ticket fare for the ﬂights cancelled. Jawahar Reddy to take over as TTD EO on Oct 9 MANSAS moves to privatise Maharaja College tivities in areas outside containment zones that include opening of cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15. In a statement, it said the activities permitted from October 15, in areas outside the containment zones include cinemas, theatres and multiplexes that can open with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity, for which the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Air India One, equipped with missile systems, lands in Delhi pandemic and then in August for a few weeks due to technical reasons – Aviation ministry officials said. Air India One is equipped with an ad- NCW grills UP police over hurried cremation P7 SC directs refund of air tickets during lockdown BUSINESS New Delhi: The long wait for 'Air India One' for India's VVIP fleet is over. 'Air India One' aircraft has arrived at the Delhi International Airport. The first of the two 'Air India One' aircraft purchased for the President, Vice President and Prime Minister arrived in India on Thursday evening. The aircraft was scheduled to be delivered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to Air India in July but its delivery was delayed twice – once in July for a few weeks due to COVID-19 victims' compensation scheme," Suryaprakasam said. While granting all his prayers, the court observed that "Bharathabhoomi", a holy land, has now become a land of rapists, where a rape occurs every 15 minutes. Six persons had allegedly raped a 22-yearold migrant worker from Assam in Tiruppur district. Balrampur: Even as the embers of the Hathras incident continue to smoulder, yet another incident of a Dalit woman being gangraped and killed in Balrampur district has taken place. According to reports, a 22-year-old Dalit college student was raped and brutalized in the Gaisari village of Balrampur on Tuesday. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the crime. The woman, a second-year B Com student, had gone to a college in a nearby town to pay her fees on Tuesday. According to the family, she also worked in a private firm. The girl did not return home till late in the evening and the family made several attempts to contact her on her phone. Later in the night, the woman reportedly came home in a rickshaw in a semi-conscious state. She had a cannula injected in her forehand which indicated that she had undergone treatment. Cont’d on Page 7 any worries of hacking or being taped,” sources familiar with the details said. The aircraft B-777 is a replacement of wide-body aircraft Boeing B-747 jumbo aircraft whose call sign is Air India One. The interior design of the aircraft is very attractive, which was modified recently by Boeing, apart from other customisations. “The aircraft has a big suit/cabin for the VVIP, a mini medical centre has also been set up in the aircraft. It also has a standard space for the press. The rear seats are of the Economy class category while the rest of the seats are Business class. B777 aircraft can fly over 17 hours continuously,” informed the sources. Air India pilots will also be a part of the aircraft operating team till the IAF pilots gain expertise in handling the variant. Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) will take care of the maintenance of the aircraft. The new aircraft will be operated fully by IAF pilots in due course of time. The colour of Air India Boeing 777 had been totally changed including changes to the design of the aircraft as per the recommendations and further approval by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Vizianagaram: The chairperson of Maharajah Alaknarayan Society for Arts and Science (MANSAS), Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju, reportedly requested the state government to privatise Maharajah College (aided). The decision raised several eyebrows with academicians alleging an attempt to reduce the historical importance of the college. Maharajah College is one of the oldest institutes in southern India, which strives to educate the d ow n t r o d den at nominal fees. It was established as a primary school in 1857 by Vijayarama Gajapathi Raju and was upgrade into high school in 1879 and to college in 1881. The college is spread in 18 acre in the heart of the city with huge buildings, conference halls, library with 50,000 books S S Trust chairperson Sanchaita writes to the state govt requesting privatisation of the aided college If she has her way, the objective of 170-year-old institution to provide good education to the poor students will be defeated and laboratory and vast playground. At present, it has 4,000 students, both in Intermediate and graduation courses. The college has 26 aided lectures, and 104 unaided teaching staff, 35 non-teaching, administrative and clerical staff. Continued on Page 7
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