VOL. 10 | NO. 80 | MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 2020 | TIRUPATI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: More sun than clouds. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 52% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders during a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district on Sunday 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 The list of frontline health workers will include both government as well as private sector doctors, nurses, paramedics, sanitary staff, ASHA workers, surveillance officers and many other occupational categories who are involved in tracing, testing and treatment of patients 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 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. HATHRAS HORROR Victim’s kin against CBI probe SIT records statement of family members New Delhi: A day after Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath recommended a probe by the CBI in the alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, a special investigation team (SIT) recorded the statement of the victim’s family on Sunday. The SIT team led by senior IPS officer Bhagwan Swaroop is continu- ing with its investigation even as the CBI has been asked to take over. The victim’s family, however, is not in favour of the CBI investigation and wants a judicial probe to be conducted in the case. The SIT team present in Boolgarhi village is interacting with the people concerned and has said, “anybody who wants to give a statement is wel- come.” The team had earlier interacted with the villagers and also visited the crime spot. The woman was raped by four “upper caste” men on September 14 following which she was admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University after she was left partially paralysed. Continued on Page 5 Cinema hall owners seek electricity charges, property tax relief Vijayawada: With the permission given by the Union government to re-open theatres and multiplex from October 15 as part of Unlock 5, the ﬁlm exhibitors in Andhra Pradesh are getting ready to screen movies after a gap of seven months. But the process seems to be little complicated as the lockdown had huge impact on the income of exhibitors and they lost revenue due to closure of cinema halls. Sec- Ch Venkata Mastan HANS NEWS SERVICE ondly, no new ﬁlms are ready as shootings are progressing slowly. About 80 ﬁlms are in the various stages of production in two Telugu states and would be completed only around December or January. Normally, Dasara time would see new releases with heavy rush as people would visit theatres with families. But with more than 7,000 Covid cases being reported in Andhra Pradesh every day, and restrictions like maximum viewers should not exceed 200 per show can hamper the revenue of cinema halls. Some cinema halls in cities have capacity up to 700. Continued on Page 5 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. A joint statement, released in New Delhi and Beijing on September 22, said the two sides agreed to stop sending more troops to the front line and to hold the seventh round of commander-level talks “as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border area.” Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and Lieutenant General PGK Menon, who represented the army headquarters, took part in the sixth rounds of talks. Continued on Page 5 Tirumala reverberates with Vedic renderings Over 200 scholars take part in fifth phase of Akhanda Sundarakanda Pathanam HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirumala: The serene hills of Tirumala echoed with the rhythmic notes of Shlokas rendered by scores of Veda pandits during the ﬁfth phase of Akhanda Sundarakanda Pathanam held at Nada Neerajanam and Shodasadina Sundarakanda Parayanam at Vasantha Mandapam on Sunday. Over 200 Vedic scholars from various institutions of TTD, including TTD- run SV Vedic University and National Sanskrit University recited 174 Shlokas from 15 to 19 Sargas. The event commenced at 7 am and lasted for a little over two hours. The recitation was led by Dharmagiri Veda Vignana Peetham principal KSS Avadhani. At the beginning of the programme, Annamacharya Project artist Dr G Balakrishna Prasad and Bullemma troupe presented Shri Rama Bhajan while in the end Dr K Vandana of SV College of Music and Dance presented Anjaneya Bhajan. The ﬁrst phase of Sundarakanda Pathanam was held on July 7, second phase on August 6, third phase on August 27 and fourth on September 12. Additional EO AV Dharma Reddy and other officials were also present. Dronamraju passes away Visakhapatnam: YSRCP leader Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao (59) passed away on Sunday in Visakhapatnam. The former VMRDA Chairman tested positive for coronavirus and later recovered from it. However, his health continued to deteriorate even after his recovery from Covid-19. According to sources, he breathed his last at 3:30 pm on Sunday, while undergoing treatment in a private hospital. Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao contested from the Visakhapatnam South Assembly constituency on YSRCP ticket and served as VMRDA Chairman. Before joining the YSRCP, he served as a Congress MLA. Meanwhile, condolences poured in from political circles to the YSRCP leader, who earned goodwill among the masses as well as political leaders. Continued on Page 5
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