VOL. 10 | NO. 97 | THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2020 | AMARAVATI | PAGES 10 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Light showers. Clearing skies. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 77% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 05:41 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Sindh Police rise in deﬁance against Pak Army AARTI TIKOO SINGH New Delhi/Islamabad (IANS) Goddess Kanakadurga will appear in the form of Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari Devi atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Thursday, the sixth day of Navaratri festivities IN a major show of open defiance against Pakistan Army, police officers in Karachi have threatened to go on mass leave after the Sindh Police chief was allegedly kidnapped and coerced to act against PML(N) Vice President Marayam Nawaz Sharif. Sources in Islamabad said that Pakistan is rapidly slipping into a civil war-like situation with the ongoing tussle between the opposition parties and the Army. In Karachi in Sindh province, Captain (retd) Safdar Awan, husband of Maryam Nawaz Sharif (right) headed by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the Sindh Police `1,000 ﬁne if anybody sounds horn needlessly HANS NEWS SERVICE AMARAVATI Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy presents silk robes to Goddess Kanakadurga at Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy temple on the occasion of Moola Nakshatram on Wednesday THE Transport department issued a GO No 21 on Wednesday under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 revising the compounding fee for better enforcement of the provisions of the enactment. The GO empowers the officers of the Transport department not below the rank of the Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector and 3 injured in temple landslide HANS NES SERVICE VIJAYAWADA THREE persons sustained minor injuries due to a landslide atop Indrakeeladri, the abode of Goddess Kanaka Durga here on Wednesday. The incessant rains during the last week caused the landslide, the officials said. They had even erected the warning boards alerting the people to be careful of the landslide. There would have been more casualties had the police not The scene of landslide on Indrakeeladri stopped the traffic in view of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s visit to the temple to present silk robes to the presiding deity Kanaka Durga. Huge boulders slipped onto the road in a landslide on the ghat road. A tinned roof shed was damaged and three persons sustained minor injuries. It is reported that the three injured persons include two sanitation workers of the temple. Continued on Page 9 As AP readies to reopen schools from Nov 2… Most parents prefer online classes HANS NEWS SERVICE AMARAVATI IT is a worry-time again for the parents in Andhra Pradesh who are to send their children to the schools from November 2. The State Government has ordered reopening of schools on 'odd-even" basis putting in place all COVID-19 protocols to ensure students’ safety. But, there is trepidation on part of the parents and teachers though officials are Ok with the directive. The Hans India felt the pulse of the people across the State only to notice anxiety and worry at the move. The consensus is "viral times mean virtual classes". Heavy rains and cyclones only add to the unease. "I prefer online classes for this academic year. Not ready to send children to the school," says Nalini, a bank employee in Aravin- danagar of Anantapur. She avers: "Life is more precious than schooling now". Kulayappa of Marthadu village, who sends his two kids to the local panchayath school, is not averse to the idea of schooling if adequate precautions are taken. District Education Officer Samuel assures the parents as well as children like Sarala and Mahesh of Class Eighth of a corporate school that schools would be safe. Nellore officials are banking on sanitization, facemasks and social distancing. DEO P Ramesh says that Covid tests for students have been taken up in seven mandals, but it might take time to complete it. Do the schools have thermal scanners and sanitizers? Venkata Seshaiah, district vocational education officer, says "there is no specific budget for it but we are gearing up." Continued on Page 9 Trump abruptly ends TV interview, says considering posting video early ERIE (US) PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly ended an interview with a US-based news channel and said he is considering releasing a video of it ahead of the broadcast time for the "sake of accuracy in reporting". The 'CBS News 60 minutes' interview with Lesley Stahl was scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday. "I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering in Karachi. The arrest came just hours after the PML(N) Vice President criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan's government at a massive rally of People's Democratic Movement (PDM) -- an alliance of 11 opposition political parties which have joined hands to challenge the Imran Khan government backed by the Pakistan Army. He was later released on bail. Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has ordered an inquiry into Safdar Awan's arrest after Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari questioned the Army and the ISI about the incident in a tweet. Heavy penalties await transport rule violators Modi lauds police forces PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid homage to police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty and said police personnel always give their best without hesitation. In his message on Police Commemoration Day, Modi said from preserving law and order to solving horrendous crimes, from assistance in disaster management to ﬁghting Covid-19, police personnel always give their best without hesitation. "We are proud of their diligence and readiness to assist citizens," he tweeted. The prime minister added, "Police Commemoration Day is about expressing gratitude to our police personnel and their families all across India. We pay tributes to all the police personnel martyred in the line of duty. Their sacriﬁce and service would always be remembered." in a major show of defiance against the Pakistan Army have threatened to go on leave after they were pres- surised to arrest PML(N) Vice President Marayam Nawaz's husband Safdar Awan. Sources said that Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar and at least two additional inspector generals, seven deputy inspector generals and six senior superintendents of Sindh Police on Tuesday applied for leave in order to "come out of the shock" caused by the "episode of registration of FIR against Capt (R) Safdar". The Sindh Police on Monday had arrested Safdar Awan, the husband of Maryam Nawaz Sharif, and the son-in-law of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, from a hotel President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie International Airport Tom Ridge Field at Erie in Pennsylvania on Tuesday posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about," Trump said in a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon. Soon thereafter, he left the White House for his election rally in Erie, Pennsylvania. "Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!" said the President. PTI `10,000 penalty if a motor vehicle fails to give way to ﬁre service, ambulance, emergency vehicles the police officers not below the rank of Inspector of Police and also Traffic SIs to levy the revised compounding fee on the violators of transport rules. The visible violations include non-wearing of helmets, non-wearing of seat belts, overspeeding, using cell phones while driving among others which attract heavy penalties. The penalties would be relatively less amount for the motorcycles, auto rickshaws and motor cabs, and light motor vehicles. Obstruction to the checking officer in discharge of duties and refusal to give in- formation would attract Rs 750 for the motorcycles and light motorcycles and Rs 1,000 for the heavy vehicles. Allowing unauthorised person or an underage person to drive vehicles would attract a fine of Rs 5,000 for any vehicle. Likewise, driving a motor vehicle by a person disqualified to hold a driving licence or obtaining a driving licence would attract a fine of Rs 10,000. Continued on Page 9 `3,737 cr festive bonus for 30.67 lakh Central staff NEW DELHI THE government on Wednesday decided to give Rs 3,737 crore bonus to 30.67 lakh central government employees to encourage spending during the festival season and add to demand in the economy. The decision to give a productivity-linked bonus and non-productivity-linked bonus for 2019-2020 was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar told reporters. The bonus ahead of Vijayadashami and Diwali will encourage the middle-class to go out and spend and thus add to the demand in the economy, he said. The bonus will be disbursed in a week's time. "Payment of Bonus to non-gazetted employees for their performance in the preceding year is usually made before Durga Puja/ Dussehra season. The Government is announcing the Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and ad hoc bonus for its non-gazetted employees to be disbursed immediately," a press release said. The Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) for the year 2019-2020, having ﬁnancial implications of Rs 2,791 crore, will beneﬁt 16.97 lakh non-gazetted employees of commercial establishments like Railways, Posts, Defence, EPFO, ESIC, among others. Non-PLB or ad-hoc Bonus, which is given to nongazetted central government employees, will benefit 13.70 lakh staff. It will cost the exchequer Rs 946 crore. PTI
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