VOL. 10 | NO. 78 | SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2020 | TIRUPATI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Increasing cloudiness. Temp: Max.37°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 27% Sunrise: 06:12 Sunset: 06:07 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H WINDOWS India likely to get Covid vaccine by Jan Effective production and distribution a challenge: AIIMS Director Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 151st birth anniversary, at Rajghat in New Delhi on Friday Nirbhaya's lawyer to fight case of Hathras victim Hathras: Seema Kushwaha, lawyer of the 2012 Delhi rape victim, known as Nirbhaya, will now fight the case of the Hathras victim. Seema tried to meet the victim's family on Thursday but was prevented from meeting them by the police. "I will not leave Hathras without meeting the family. They have requested me to stand as their legal counsel, but the administration is not allowing me to meet them," she told reporters. BUSINESS L&T Group P6 looks to exit from Hyd Metro Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy along with Ministers and senior oﬃcials clapping in appreciation of services by village and ward volunteers on the completion of one year since their appointment, at his residence in Tadepalli on Friday CENTRE ALLOWS AP TO BORROW MORE State becomes eligible to borrow more based on performance on PDS reforms, EoDB HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Union Ministry of Finance has granted additional borrowing permission to two more States - Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh for successfully undertaking reforms in the Public Distribution System (PDS) and Ease of Doing Business. This would make an additional amount of Rs 7,376 crore available to these States. One-Nation-One-Ration Card System ensures availability of ration to beneﬁciaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other welfare schemes, especially to the migrant workers and their families, at any Fair Price Shop (FPS) across the country. It also enables better targeting of beneﬁciaries, elimination of bo- CM recognises forest rights of tribal farmers Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been on a spree of fulﬁlling his promises since the time he has assumed power, formally launched the ROFR (Recognition of Forest Rights) pattas distribution programme at his camp office here on Friday. The scheme, which the Chief Minister inaugurated via videoconferencing, is going to beneﬁt nearly 3.5 lakh tribal farmers who are dependent on ‘podu cultivation’. Besides launching the ROFR pattas distribution, the Chief Minister also kick-started a host of initiatives meant for the welfare of the tribals. This includes the construction of medical college in Paderu, tribal engineering college in Kurupam and super-specialty hospitals in tribal areas. Using the online mode, YS Jagan symbolically laid the foundation stone for these proposed developmental programmes. Continued on Page 5 gus/ duplicate/ineligible card holders. Thus, new card system enhances welfare and reduces leakage. The Ministry, in a communique, complimented Andhra Pradesh as it "has become the 1st State in the country to successfully undertake “Ease of Doing Business” reforms and has thus become eligible to raise an additional amount of Rs 2,525 crore through Open Market Borrowings". The AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria GOOD TIDINGS the the vacmodel, cine disGuleria said tribution can those groups be done equiwith the highest risks tably." will be prioritised Dr Guleria reover others. minded people "There are that it is a Prioritisation two groups global panof vaccine is very that will be and crucial. Corona warriors demic priprioritised. and those who have higher strict Those who chances of mortality will be oritisahave a given priority. If we prepare tion higher risk a priority list and follow it guidelines of infection need to be eﬀectively, then the including followed to vaccine distribution healthcare effectively can be done workers and eradicate the equitably other corona warvirus. If the prioririors. And those who have tisation model is not folhigher chances of mortallowed, it will lead to more ity," Guleria said. "If we deaths and the pandemic prepare a priority list and will keep spreading, Gulefollow it effectively, then ria said. Union Finance Ministry also appreciated the good work by Andhra Pradesh government in completing PDS reforms to enable One-Nation-OneRation-Card System. Continued on Page 5 3.5 lakh farmers to get Recognition of Forest Rights pattas HANS NEWS SERVICE Vizag airport records increasing footfall RANI DEVALLA Visakhapatnam: At a time when people are apprehensive about travelling via a bus or a train, the Visakhapatnam airport registers a sizeable footfall. In the last ﬁve months, the airport recorded a steady growth of passengers. In September alone, 794 ﬂight services were operated, wherein 79,727 passengers arrived and departed from Visakhapatnam airport. Strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols, touch- free screening for ticketing, luggage-scanning and boarding along with sanitisation measures carried out at frequent intervals in Visakhapatnam airport appear to draw the attention of the passengers and eventu- ally gain conﬁdence among them. “Many passengers exude conﬁdence in availing the ﬂight service for obvious reasons. Compliance to safety standards at the airport is one of the prime reasons for the air traffic growth. In October, we are expecting the graph to cross one lakh passengers,” says M Raja Kishore, airport director. While 143 ﬂights carried 7,958 passengers in May, 39,673 passengers travelled in 472 ﬂights in June. In July, 42,153 passengers boarded in 552 ﬂights and in August, 652 ﬂights were operated from Visakhapatnam, carrying 60,920 passengers. From May to September, over 2.30 lakh passengers utilised the ﬂight service. Continued on Page 5 Covid strikes Trumps, poll campaign goes awry New York: After belittling precautionary measures against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has tested positive for the virulent disease just 32 days ahead of the November 3 election that will determine his future, throwing his campaign and the world into a vortex of uncertainty. Taking to Twitter late on Thursday night, Trump said: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for Covid-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together." Also in a tweet shortly, the First Lady said: "As too many Americans New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria said an effective Covid-19 vaccine can be expected in India by January 2021, if everything goes as planned. Speaking during an event, Guleria admitted that it is hard to say when a vaccine will be available in the country and that it depends on a lot of factors - from the ongoing trials to the effectiveness of the vaccine against Covid-19 infections. If all things go as planned, the vaccine could be available in the market by early next year, he said. However, Guleria made it clear that the initial availability of doses will not be enough for the entire population in the country. Highlighting the next big challenge after the vaccine is ready, Guleria said, "The second challenge after the vaccine is deemed effective is production and distribution on such a large scale." When asked how the Covid vaccine will be distributed among Indians considering the shortfall, the AIIMS director said discussions on the matter have already started and indicated that "vaccine prioritisation" model will be followed. Explaining have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for Covid-19. We are feeling good and I have postponed all up- coming engagements. "Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together." The Covid-19 infection is a personal and political blow to Trump who had shown disdain for many of the precautions prescribed by health authorities to ﬁght the pandemic. It could shake the conﬁdence of his hardcore supporters who had followed his example by not wearing masks and questioning the health codes. Following the development, the White House sent out a revised press schedule listing only "a phone call on Covid-19 support to vulnerable seniors" for Friday, adding that several events have been cancelled, including a fundraiser in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida. Continued on Page 5 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a protest meeting over Hathras gangrape at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Friday ‘Hang the guilty’ Says Kejriwal at Delhi protest over Hathras rape PURNA SINGH New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and their supporters assembled at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Friday evening in protest against the BJP government for what they say not doing enough to stop crime against women. Hundreds of people including leaders from Opposition parties gathered there to demand justice in the alleged gangrape and murder of a 20-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras. "We have assembled here in grief. I pray to God that our daughter's soul gets peace. I request the Uttar Pradesh government with my hands folded, hang the guilty as soon as possible. They should get such a punishment that no one will dare commit a crime like this again," Kejriwal said. "I will visit #Hathras. Our struggle will continue till the time UP CM doesn't resign, & justice is served. I urge SC to take cognizance of the incident," Azad tweeted. After the sunset, the protesters lit up candles and stood holding them in the dark, as policemen watched over them. The Delhi Police had imposed restrictions on crowds at India Gate, after which Azad said the agitation had been shifted to Jantar Mantar, 3 km away. While the police order said only 100 people would be allowed at Jantar Mantar, at least 500 turned up at the protest meeting. Earlier, Kejriwal criticised the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for the manner in which it treated the Hathras gangrape victim and cremated her mortal remains in the night against Hindu religious customs. Priyanka seeks justice for Hathras victim New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday attended a prayer meet at the Valmiki temple in Delhi for the 19-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly gangraped in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. The woman died earlier this week. The UP police are accused by the family of forcing the cremation of the woman in the dead of the night. District officials contended that they had consent from the woman’s family, but the way the developments took place raised questions over the conduct of the administration and law enforcement. Cont’d on P5
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