VOL. 6 | NO. 150 | SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thundershowers. Scattered clouds. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 76% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 05:51 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Standing next to wife during labour ADEPU MAHENDER Piyush gets additional charge of Food Ministry New Delhi: A day after the demise of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, President Ram Nath Kovind has given the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Earlier, the Union Cabinet met and condoled the demise of Paswan, and also observed silence for two minutes in memory of the late leader. Cabinet nod for amendment to GHMC Act likely Hyderabad: The State Cabinet will meet on Saturday at 5 pm at Pragathi Bhavan to discuss the draft bills to be introduced in the State Assembly on Monday which includes amendments to the GHMC Act. The Cabinet to be chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will also discuss the regulatory farming policy to be implemented during the summer season and purchase of paddy among other issues. This meeting assumes importance since the government will be holding the session of the Legislative Assembly on October 13 and Legislative Council session on October 14. "The Legislative Assembly Session will begin at 11.30 am and the Council at 11 am. The Bills introduced in the Legislative Assembly on October 13 will be placed before the Legislative Council on October 14. Prior to the cabinet meeting, the chief minister will hold a review meeting with Agriculture and Civil Supplies Department officials. /thehansindia | Mahabubabad: The days of standing outside clueless how to support your partner during her labour and delivery is passé. The government hospital in Mahabubabad comes up with the initiative of allowing the husband inside the labour room during the delivery. Although it’s a widely followed phenomenon in Western countries, it’s a rarity in this part of the region. In fact, the Union Health Ministry has long ago allowed birth companions – husband of pregnant woman or any female relative - during deliveries in public health facilities to provide one-to-one support. It was aimed at reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR). However, the initiative never got popular simply because many public health facilities in the country do not have adequate infrastructure to protect the privacy of other pregnant women in the labour ward. Against this backdrop, Madhavi of Chinnamup- param of Nellikuduru mandal who is pregnant joined the government hospital in Mahabubabad on Thursday afternoon and gave birth to a baby girl late in the night. “The hospital staff helped me a lot and encouraged me to go for normal delivery. They told me to do some exercises and that helped me in normal delivery. My husband T Satyanarayana was with me during the labour and delivery. It gave me a lot of conﬁdence,” Madhavi said. Hospital superintendent Dr Bheem Sagar said that the presence of the husband would be of immense help to the pregnant woman. It reduces the mental stress of the pregnant women during the process of childbirth. This way we can also encourage normal deliveries, he added. When we asked Satyanarayana to accompany his wife during the delivery, he readily agreed. In fact, we allowed him to cut the umbilical cord after the baby was born. Both mother and baby are in good health, D Bheem Sagar said. /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H BOOSTING REALTY RBI REJIGS HOME LOAN NORMS Differential risk weights applicable to individual loans Mumbai: In a bid to improve liquidity for home buyers and boost realty demand, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to rationalise the risk weights of new individual home loans sanctioned up to March 31, 2022. Under the extant regulations, differential risk weights are applicable to individual housing loans, based on the size of the loan as well as the loan-to-value ratio (LTV). Addressing the media after the Monetary Policy Committee's bi-monthly meeting, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said: "In recognition of the role of the real estate sector in generating employment and economic activity, it has been decided to rationalise the risk weights and link them to LTV ratios only for all new housing RUDRAM 1 SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRED New Delhi: India on Friday successfully test-fired Rudram 1, the tactical anti-radiation missile that the Indian Air Force can launch from its Sukhoi30MKI fighter jets to take down enemy radars and surveillance systems. Continued on Page 5 Nizamabad bypoll for Council ends 24 Covid patients donning PPE kits cast votes HANS NEWS SERVICE Nizamabad/ Hyderabad: The bypoll to the Nizamabad Local Authorities MLC seat in Telangana ended on a peaceful note on Friday. The counting of votes would take place on October 12. This election has assumed importance since K Kavitha, daughter of the Chief Minister and former Nizamabad MP is in the fray. It is said that out of total of 824 votes, 821 votes were polled. The elections were conducted keeping in view the corona pandemic situation. Twenty-four voters came to the polling booth in PPE kits to exer- cise their franchise since they were tested positive. Other voters had come with masks and gloves on as per the directions of the election commission. Arrangements for hand sanitisation and thermal screening of voters was done at the entrance of the polling station. Markings were made in the polling booths to maintain physical distancing. The polling staff applied indelible ink on the ﬁngers of the voters. The election personnel were also wearing masks, gloves and frequently used had sanitizers. Medical team was also stationed in the polling station stocked with medicines in case of emergency. The public representatives came in batches to vote in the election. The TRS public representatives, including ZPTCs and MPTCs, who were camping in Hyderabad were taken to Nizamabad in buses. The results will be declared on October 12. Continued on Page 5 India gets 2nd tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sizeable number of Indians among 3 million accounts New Delhi: India has got the second set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals and entities under the automatic exchange of information pact with Switzerland, marking a key milestone in the government's ﬁght against black money allegedly stashed abroad. India is among the 86 countries with which Switzerland's Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has exchanged information on ﬁnancial accounts within the framework of global standards on AEOI this year. India had received the ﬁrst set of details from Switzerland in September 2019 un- der AEOI (Automatic Exchange of Information), when it involved 75 countries. The information ex- Best vaccine against chaos change this year involved nearly 3.1 million (31 lakh) ﬁnancial accounts, FTA said in a statement on Friday. The number of such accounts was similar in 2019. While the statement did not explicitly name India among the 86 countries, officials said that India is among the prominent countries with which Switzerland has shared details about ﬁnancial accounts of clients of Swiss banks and various other ﬁnancial institutions. Continued on Page 5 UN food agency WFP wins Nobel Peace Prize loans sanctioned up to March 31, 2022." He noted that the move is expected to give a ﬁllip to the real estate sector. Realty players have hailed the decision which would boost liquidity for the prospective home buyers. "The linking of risk weight of home loans to LTV for all new housing loans is a step in the right direction, this will beneﬁt the real estate sector," Krish Raveshia, CEO, Azlo Realty said. Oslo/Geneva: The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger around the world and improve conditions for peace in areas affected by conflict. The Rome-based organisation says it helps some 97 million people in about 88 countries each year, and that one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. “The need for interna- tional solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more conspicuous than ever,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told a news conference. She called the WFP a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, and said the Covid-19 pandemic, which the WFP says could double hunger worldwide, had made it even more relevant. Continued on P5
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