VOL. 3 | NO. 348 | TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 72% Sunrise: 06:20 Sunset: 05:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS Venkaiah Naidu recovers from Covid-19 New Delhi: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday tested negative for Covid-19, his oﬃce said. Naidu had tested positive for corona virus on September 29. The 71-year-old was asymptomatic and in good health. He was under home isolation during his recovery from the infection. "As per today's RT-PCR test conducted by AIIMS, both the vice-president and his wife Usha Naidu have tested negative for Covid-19," the Vice-President's Secretariat said in a statement. Naidu is in good health and is expected to resume normal activities soon as per doctor's advice, it said. "He thanked all those who prayed for his well-being," the statement said. NEET result on Friday New Delhi: The National Testing Agency will declare the NEET Result 2020 on October 16, 2020, according to its oﬃcial website. Candidates who appeared for the NEET 2020 exam are requested to visit ntaneet.nic.in for the process of checking and downloading their respective NEET Result 2020, once released. Kushboo Sundar joins BJP New Delhi (PTI): Actor-turnedpolitician Kushboo Sundar joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Monday, hours after she quit the Congress. Speaking to reporters at the joining ceremony, the actor from Tamil Nadu said she had come to the understanding over a period of time that if the nation has to move forward, then someone like Prime Minister Narendra Modi is needed to take the country "in the right direction and to its glory". She said people have reposed their faith in Modi time and again."You have 128 cr people actually believing in one man and that's our prime minister. I think they're doing something absolutely right," she added. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Festival bonanza for Central staff Special interest-free advance of `10,000 New Delhi (IANS): Coming festive season government employees will receive interest-free advance of Rs 10,000 each that will help generate demand worth Rs 8,000 crore in the Covid-affected economy. Employees will get pre-loaded Rupay Card of the advance value, which they would have to spend by March 31, 2021. The amount spent would be recoverable in 10 instalments. The bank charges for the issue of card will be borne by the government. With a view to boosting consumer demand and revive the economy which has been subdued amid Hyd bar sealed for violating Covid-19 guidelines Hyderabad: The officials of the Excise and Prohibition department on Monday sealed the premises of Resign Sky Bar at Gachibowli for violating Covid guidelines. Despite SOP issued by the state government, the bar management allowed tipplers without wearing face masks. The issue came to light when the video of the bar went viral on social media as a social activist complained about the people dancing in the bar without following the social distancing norms. Upon receiving the complaint, the officials swung into action. According to the Excise department ofﬁcials, a musical event was held at the bar and those who visited the bar did not maintain any social distance nor were they wearing any face masks. Continued on Page 5 S S S S S Employees to get pre-loaded Rupay Card Rules of LTC offer of the advance value which need to be • Employees could buy items spent by March 31, 2021 that attract 12% or more GST The amount spent would be recoverable • All purchases to be made in digital mode from in 10 instalments GST-registered outlets Bank charges for the issue of card will be borne by the government The scheme to ensure digital mode of payment to yield tax revenue and encourage businesses Unlike the LTC scheme, consumers free to spend on items of their choice irrespective of GST applicability the pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced a slew of measures to stimulate expenditure by the public. As per the minister, the scheme would ensure digital mode of payment, resulting in tax revenue and encouraging honest businesses. But unlike the LTC Shimla (IANS): Two crucial bridges on the strategic 475km Manali-Leh highway were among the 44 bridges inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to facilitate movement of armed forces and logistics in forward areas of Union Territory of Ladakh, officials said. The new bridges in Himachal Pradesh are the 360metre-long Darcha-Barsi steel truss bridge in Darcha in Lahaul-Spiti district and the 110-metre-long Palchan bridge near Manali in Kullu district. The Darcha bridge across the Bhaga river is the second longest in the country, constructed at a cost of Rs 27.25 crore, officials said. Besides improving the ﬂow of traffic, the new bridge, would prove helpful increasing load carrying ability, an ofﬁcial statement said. Darcha is located some 33 km ahead of Keylong, the district headquarters, at a height of 11,020 ft, the last permanent settlement in the state. From Darcha, one road bifurcates towards Shinku La (pass), the shortest route that traverses to the remote Zanskar region towards Padum, some 30 km from Leh, and another towards the windy Manali-Leh highway. The 297-km-long Darcha-Nimmu-Padum road has been identified as the third strategic alternative to Ladakh in wake of the threat from Pakistan and China. The double-laned road is under construction and likely to be completed Poor air quality in Delhi New Delhi: Air quality in Delhi and adjoining areas was recorded in the poor category on Monday morning and the level of superﬂuous particles - PM2.5 and PM10 was the highest so far this season. 'Air quality monitoring system of the Ministry of Earth Sciences' Saffar said that the air quality index is expected to improve slightly in the coming days due to the change in the wind's attitude. The overall air quality index was 240 in Delhi at 10 am. APHC orders CBI probe over remarks against judiciary Amaravati: Expressing displeasure over the investigation by the state CID, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday directed the CBI to probe the alleged derogatory comments made by ruling YSR Congress leaders in the social media against some judges and the judiciary. A bench, comprising Justices Rakesh Kumar and J Uma Devi, directed the CBI to register an FIR and submit a report in eight weeks. It had commented that cases were not registered against the YSRC leaders only to save them. The bench also directed the state government to cooperate with the CBI in the investigation. The High Court had on its own taken cognizance after a series of alleged derogatory posts were made on the social media platforms against judges and the judiciary following some verdicts that went against the state government. It may be recalled that on the directions of the High Court, its Registrar General lodged a complaint with the CID giving names and related evidence but the state police wing reportedly booked only nine people. The court also took serious note of the comments made by Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram, Deputy Chief Minister Narayana Swamy, MPs V Vijayasai Reddy, Nandigam Suresh, former MLA A Krishna Mohan and other leaders of the ruling YSRCP. Continued on Page 5 Over 18K tonnes Covid-19 waste since June Covid-19 biomedical waste include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body ﬂuids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body ﬂuid, blood bags, needles and syringes Maharashtra generated 3,587 tonnes of Covid-19 waste in four months since June, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,737 tonnes), Gujarat (1,638 tonnes), Kerala (1,516 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (1,432 tonnes), Delhi (1,400 tonnes), Karnataka (1,380 tonnes) and West Bengal (1,000 tonnes). Around 5,490 tonnes of such waste was generated in September, with Gujarat contributing the maximum 622 tonnes, followed by Tamil Nadu (543 tonnes), Maharashtra (524 tnnes), Uttar Pradesh (507 tonnes) and Kerala (494 tonnes). Delhi generated 382 tonnes of Covid-19 bio-medical waste in September and disposed of by 198 common biomedical waste treatment facilities (CBWTFs). Covid-19 biomedical waste could include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, New Delhi (PTI): The government on Monday announced giving out cash vouchers to central government employees this year in lieu of leave travel concession (LTC) fare which could be spent only on buying non-food GST-rated items. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the employees could buy items that attract 12 per cent or more goods and services tax (GST). These purchases will have to be made in digital mode from GST-registered outlets. Every four years, central government employees get LTC to any destination to their choice plus one to their hometown. Since travel is difficult to undertake during the pandemic, the government will pay the entitled fare as cash vouchers which have to be spent by March 31, 2021, she said. Amid LAC row, Rajnath inaugurates 44 bridges HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi (PTI): India generated 18,006 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste in the last four months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum (3,587 tonnes) to it, according to a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Around 5,500 tonnes of Covid-19 waste was generated across the country in September - the maximum for a month so far. According to the data received from state pollution control boards, since June, all states and Union Territories have generated 18,006 tonnes of Covid-19-related biomedical waste which is being collected, treated scheme, consumers would be free to spend the amount on items of their choice irrespective of GST applicability. Continued on Page 5 Cash vouchers instead of LTC gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body ﬂuids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body ﬂuid, blood bags, needles, syringes etc. Around 5,240 tonnes of covid-19 waste was generated in August, of which 1,359 tonnes was in Maharashtra, and 588 tonnes each in Kerala and Karnataka. In July, the country generated 4,253 tonnes of Covid-19 waste, with Maharashtra (1,180), Karnataka (540) and Tamil Nadu (401) being the top three contributors. India generated 3,025 tonnes of Covid-19 waste in June, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 524 tonnes, followed by Gujarat (350 tonnes), Delhi (333 tonnes) and Tamil Nadu (312 tonnes). Continued on Page 5 Four among 44 bridges, built by BRO across seven States and UTs, which were dedicated to the nation by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Monday by 2023, officials said. The BRO is also studying the feasibility of constructing a tunnel beneath the 13.5-kmlong snow avalanche-prone Shinku La like the Atal Tun- nel near Manali to avoid the majestic pass. Continued on Page 5 Stanford duo share Nobel honours in Economics Stockholm (IANS): The 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics was on Monday awarded to American economists Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson "for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats". Both Milgrom and Wilson are affiliated to the Stanford University. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Wilson has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences as he "showed why rational bidders tend to place bids below their own best estimate of the common value: They are worried about the winner's curse, that is, about paying too much and losing out". Meanwhile, Milgrom "formulated a more general theory of auctions that not only allows common values, but also private values that vary from bidder to bidder". "This year's Laureates in Economic Sciences started out with fundamental theory and later used their results in practical applications, which have spread globally. Their discoveries are of great beneﬁt to the society," said Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Prize Committee. The Nobel laureates in Economic Sciences have produced research results that have deepened the understanding of how auction markets function in the presence of private information, said the Committee for the prize.
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