VOL. 6 | NO. 145 | MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: More sun than clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 72% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 05:54 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Tamannah tests positive for Covid Hyderabad: Popular actress Tamannah Bhatia has tested positive for Covid-19. The actress is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bengaluru, sources said. Earlier, Tamannah's had informed that both her parents had tested positive for the virus. The actress is the latest Indian celebrity to test positive for the novel coronavirus. Will scrap farm laws once we form govt: Rahul Moga: Vowing to scrap the new farm laws once the Congress returns to power at the Centre, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the BJP-led government was acting at the behest of select corporates to "destroy” farmers. NCB top boss tests positive for Covid-19 Mumbai: Deputy director in the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) KPS Malhotra has tested positive for coronavirus. This is at a time when the investigation is underway in the drug angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case. Earlier, 25 oﬃcials from the Mumbai oﬃce of the NCB tested positive for Covid and 20 of them were sent to home quarantine. Five of them have been admitted to hospital. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H COVID-19 VACCINE FOR 25 CR BY JULY Ensuring vaccine for all our aim: Harsh Vardhan New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday that the Centre is working on plans to procure 400-500 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, which will be administered to up to 25 crore people by July 2021. "Government plans to receive and utilise 400500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. Our target is to cover 20-25 crore people by July 2021. For that, we are building capacities in HR, training, supervision, etc, on a massive scale," he said at his weekly webinar 'Sunday Samvaad' for his social media followers. The Minister said that a high-level committee under Niti Aayog Member, Health, V K Paul is drawing up the entire process. "Vaccine procurement is being done centrally and each consignment will be tracked real time until delivery to ensure it reaches those who need it most," he said. Harsh Vardhan said these committees are working on understanding the timelines of availability of various vaccines in the country, obtaining commitments from their manufacturers to make available maximum number of doses for India's inventory, on supply chain management and on prioritisation of high-risk groups. "This is work in progress which will be completed by the time the vaccines are ready to ensure the swift roll-out of the immunisation programme," he said. He also indicated that the frontline workers and those having underlying health conditions are in the top priority list of the government for vaccine administration. Continued on Page 5 LADAKH STANDOFF India-China 7th round talks on Oct 12 New Delhi: India and China will hold corps commander-level talks on October 12, the seventh round, in eastern Ladakh sector in their latest attempt to address the ongoing military standoff between the two countries. Both sides had held the last round of talks on the border standoff on September 21, which remained inconclusive as Indian negotiators ﬁrmly demanded comprehensive disengagement at all ﬂashpoints and restoration of status quo ante as the only approach towards de-escalation. Beijing had asked New Delhi to withdraw its soldiers from strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso to reduce friction. Continued on Page 5 Political activity hots up in run-up to MLC polls PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Even as the MLC election to two graduates' constituencies -- Nalgonda- Khammam & Warangal and HyderabadRangareddy & Mahbubnagar -- are six months away, all parties seem to have taken it as a prestigious ﬁght. While, the State Government is planning to is- sue notiﬁcation to ﬁll jobs in big number before the election notiﬁcation was issued, the opposition parties have started campaign against the government on unemployment and want to cash in on group politics within TRS. Political activity is gaining momentum in Telangana as the Election Commission launched the enrollment drive inviting the graduates to enroll their names as voters from October 1 onwards. Deadline for submission of applications is November 6 and the ﬁnal electoral rolls will be published on January 18. The MLC elections, the TRS leaders feel, will help the party in gauging the people’s opinion on the performance of the govern- ment during TRS-2 regime led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. It will also help them in the ensuing GHMC and other local body elections. In the last elections, TRS had won the Nalgonda - Khammam and Warangal Graduates' Constituency and lost Karimnagar - Adilabad - Nizamabad - Medak graduates' constituency in the last elections. This time, KCR wants that the Pink Party should win both the seats. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had told party workers on Saturday that there should be no complacency by party workers and also hinted at the possibility of some sops like lowering the LRS fees to be announced. Continued on Page 5 Senior Security Advisor to the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar (blue shirt), and Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy at the helipad in Venkatapuram of Mulugu district on Sunday TOP COPS’ IN-CAMERA MEET All-out strategy to check Maoist insurgency ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: Venkatapuram in Mulugu district, 285 km northeast of Hyderabad, said to be a Naxal stronghold for decades, turned into an impregnable fortress on Sunday with multiple layers of security. Understandably so as the Senior Security Advisor to the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar, the former chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004, CRPF DG AP Maheshwari, Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy and other top officials ﬂew to Venkatapuram to chalk out an action plan that puts a tab on outlawed CPI-Maoists’ activities in the region. Even though Venkatapuram is the epicentre of Maoist insurgency, never before had the region seen such a top brass of officials descending on it. The speculation is rife that following intelligence inputs that a group of ultras had inﬁltrated into Telangana, the police have convened the meeting. It may be recalled here that the police is on high alert in the Agency especially forest fringe habitations abutting River Godavari for the last few weeks with the DGP Mahender Reddy himself frequenting Naxal insurgency areas. In fact, this is the second visit of the DGP to Mulugu district in two months. Although the officials held the Sunday’s high-level meeting in-camera in Venkatapuram, the sources say that they had stressed the need for more cooperation among the two States - Telangana and Chhattisgarh – and Central Armed Forces in carrying anti-Naxal operations. Continued on Page 5
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