HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION MESSAGES OF PRIDE & LOVE LEFT ON RASHFORD MURAL An artist repaired the mural of England striker which was vandalised after he missed a penalty in the Euro ﬁnal YOU ARE OUR ROLE MODEL, BROTHER, SON... Hundreds of hand-written messages of support and respect have been left on Rashford’s mural. The mural was drawn after he helped feed Britain’s most vulnerable children during the pandemic. The artist girl, who covered up the graffiti on Rashford’s mural wrote: hero, conquerer, role model, adored, brother, son. Soon, others joined in with their messages ■ 46 ‘I WILL NEVER APOLOGISE FOR WHO I AM’ ■ “After receiving racial abuse, Rashford tweeted, “Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone different.” “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from,” he said NUMBER OF ENGLAND CAPS FOR MARCUS RASHFORD CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Telangana is competing not only with other States in the country, but also at a global level to attract investments. Many Singaporean firms have already invested in the State and are positive about their operations JAB-O-METER TOTAL DOSES: 38,50,19,469 NATIONWIDE JULY 12 RAMA RAO RESPONDS WITH SPL ZONE OFFER EXCLUSIVE HUB A ‘GREAT IDEA’ High Commissioner Simon Wong said Singapore-based companies were interested in the opportunities for investments in modern sectors such as agriculture and food processing. He termed Minister KT Rama Rao’s proposal to set up a hub in the State exclusively for investments from Singaporean firms ‘a great idea’ 39,649 49,007 724 2,020 TELANGANA JULY 12 JULY 13 Fresh cases Billion dollar baby: S’pore has invested $1 bn in TS, says envoy RECIPROCITY 37,154 32,906 Recoveries Deaths High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to India Simon Wong presents a memento to KT Rama Rao in Hyderabad on Tuesday FOR Singapore, Telangana is the new Silicon Valley Or so it . appears. Nearly $1 out of every $2 of foreign investments into the State came from the landlocked nation. Of the $2.3 billion foreign direct investment into Telangana since 2018, $1 billion came from Singapore, Simon Wong, High Commissioner of Republic of Singapore to India, said on Tuesday. He said Hyderabad was among the few key cities across India that they were focusing on for investments. Some of the thrust areas of investments carried out by JULY 13 Fresh cases KT Rama Rao, TS Industries Minister S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad July 12 TAKE 37,03,423 doses YOUR July 13 SHOT 34,10,974 doses Singapore in the State include logistics (infrastructure), pharma, tourism, education, banking and technology In in. frastructure, Singapore’s forte has been to design campuses for the IT industry, and build data centres and large industrial projects. For instance, the master design for the State’s pharma city was planned and executed by a Singaporebased firm. Besides, the country’s banking firms employ thousands of software engineers from the city . Among the factors attracting companies to Telangana, Wong said, was the TS-iPASS, which attempts to provide clearances for establishing new industries within 15 days. Though Singapore itself has a benchmark of 3-day clearances for foreign companies, Wong believes TS-iPASS scores better among most Indian States. “There are times when project clearances are stuck for 2-3 years,” he said. Wong said Telangana would continue to be one of the key States for investment for three reasons. “One, healthcare infrastructure is better managed, as the second wave has proven. Two, the State has one of the best records on the vaccination front. Lastly, the government has done a good job identifying areas that can propel economic activity,” he said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE country, but also at a global level to attract investments,” he said. “We have been able to bring many international investments to Telangana through TS-iPASS and single-window permissions. There are excellent investment opportunities in various sectors such as life sciences, pharma, IT, textile, food processing and agriculture. Many Singaporean firms have already invested in the State and are positive about their operations,” Rama Rao added. Speaking on the occasion, Wong said Singapore-based companies were taking initiatives to invest in IT-affiliated sectors such as IT innovation and blockchain. The positives about the IT ecosystem and the innovation system here are known through programmes like T-Hub in Hyderabad, the envoy said. P10 @ Hyderabad THE State gover nment is ready to set up a special zone or ‘Singapore hub’ for Singapore-based companies if they come forward to invest in Telangana, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said on Tuesday when a delegation headed by Simon Wong, High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to India, called on the Minister. Wong said there were many investment opportunities in new sectors, like blockchain, in the State and he would brief Singaporean companies and investors regarding the same. During the meeting, Rama Rao stated that the Telangana government’s industry-friendly policies had attracted major global companies to the State. “Telangana is competing not only with other States in the 731 767 Recoveries Deaths 993 4 848 3 EXPRESS READ India’s first Covid patient tests +ve again Thrissur: India’s first Covid patient, a student from Kerala’s Thrissur district, again tested positive after a gap of one-and-a-half-years on Tuesday. She had tested positive on January 30, 2020, on returning from Wuhan, China | P5 Jaishankar may meet Wang Yi at SCO meet Dushanbe: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is likely to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation foreign ministers’ meeting, to discuss disengagement in Ladakh | P7 Stop creation of third wave: PM Re-emphasises use of micro containment protocol during interaction with Northeast CMs @ Hyderabad CRACKS IN THE SCHEME A woman steps gingerly over the cracked and sunken floor of one of the 2BHK houses that the government has allotted to beneficiaries as part of a scheme, at R&R colony, Mutrajpally of Medak district on Tuesday | P2 THE State government will announce an ‘annual recruitment calendar’ and fill government posts as per the calendar every year, announced the State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here on Tuesday . The Cabinet directed the officials concerned to identify and fill government vacancies immediately To discuss the re. cruitment drive, the Cabinet will continue its meeting on Wednesday too. Secretaries of all the departments have been asked to attend Wednesday’s meeting, equipped with complete details on the vacancies. Before the Cabinet meeting began on Tuesday, Telangana non-gazetted officers (TNGOs) and Telangana gazetted officers (TGOs) called on the Chief Minister and thanked him for NEET-PG to be held on September 11 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SHARING concern over the rise in Covid infections in the Northeast and elsewhere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday emphasised the need for strict monitoring and tracking of the mutation and its variants to avert the third wave of the pandemic. Interacting with chief ministers of North-eastern states, he urged them to understand and catch the warning signals early and taking strict action at the micro level, while reemphasising the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. Taking note of the big rush of tourists at popular hill stations, the prime minister cautioned against crowding while ignoring precautions. “The third wave will not come on its own. The main question in our mind should be how to prevent it. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases,” he said. At the daily health ministry’s briefing, too, officials fretted at the casual approach of the people. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry said , people were talking about the third wave like it was a ‘weather update’, with many failing to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any wave. On July 16, Modi will interact with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Maharashtra through videoconference. Along with the Northeast, these six states have been reporting high number of the Covid19 cases. The effective management of the pandemic in these states is seen as crucial to avert the third wave. On the positive side, better sense prevailed on the Uttarakhand government, as it cancelled the forthcoming Kanwar Yatra. “We decided to cancel the yatra, according topmost priority to human life in view of the threat of a possible third wave,” new Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said. A day after postponing the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses from August 1 to September 12, the Centre on Tuesday said NEET for postgraduate courses will be held on September 11. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s announcement on the NEET-PG schedule came a day after the Supreme Court had made caustic remarks on the delay in holding counselling for NEET-PG admissions in dental surgery for exams that were held way back in December 2020. NEET-PG is usually conducted in January each year to fill up about 30,000 seats in various medical colleges across the country. Earlier, 1.74 lakh students had applied to appear for joining PG courses. Meanwhile, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that NEET-UG will be conducted in 13 languages for the first time, with Punjabi and Malayalam being the new additions. Besides, a new exam centre has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the Indian student community in West Asia, the minister added. The rise and rise of BJP’s Bhupender Yadav EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the government revamping its Cabinet committees by bringing in younger faces after the big-ticket Cabinet reshuffle, one name stood out from the crowd for his meteoric rise. It was of the powerful BJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav, a key aide of Union home minister Amit Shah. Though a first-timer in the ministry Yadav has been made , a member of two important panels — Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) and DEUBA TAKES OATH AS NEPAL P.M. FOR THE 5TH TIME Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development. In his first shot at the ministry during the reshuffle, he straight away got Cabinet rank and is now handling two sensitive portfolios of Environment, Forest Climate Change and Labour and Employment. Others who have been included in the committees are Smriti Irani, Sarbananda Sonowal, Anurag Thakur and Mansukh Manadaviya. Curiously the panels have no , Sher Bahadur Deuba, 75, on Tuesday formally became Nepal’s Prime Minister for a fifth time after the Supreme Court’s intervention | P9 TS Cabinet announces ‘recruitment calendar’ to fill vacancies in govt posts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SC WHIPLASH the decision to fill 50,000 vacant posts in government departments. The leaders of employee unions urged Rao to take up the recruitment drive as per the new zonal system and accord priority to local youths. The Cabinet discussed these suggestions and directed the officials to prepare the list of district-wise posts. The State Cabinet also discussed the situation pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic. Officials who toured the seven most affected districts submitted their report. The Cabinet also discussed the proposal submitted by the Cabinet sub-committee on resource mobilisation to hike the values of government lands and enhance registration charges. But, no final decision was taken on this. OTHER DECISIONS Local students will get 50 per cent reservations in government residential schools in the respective Assembly segments Local MLA, ZP chairperson, municipal chairperson and MPP (Mandal Praja Parishad) will be invited to the monthly meetings of residential schools Municipal officials will develop layouts in municipalities through land pooling method The Cabinet sanctioned `1,200 crore additional funds to solve drinking water issues in municipalities surrounding GHMC Construction of all the Vaikuntha Dhamams to be completed in the next one month Third electric line to be laid for providing street lights in all villages representatives from allies. The CCPA handles issues related to Centre-state relations and examines economic and political issues that require a wider perspect ive b u t h ave n o internal or external security implications. With the exit of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harsh Vardhan, the only old-timers left in the CCPA were Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh. The reconstituted CCPA comprises Prime Minister narengra Modi and Union ministers Ra- jnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Giriraj Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya and Bhupender Yadav. Union ministers Arjun Munda, Virendra Kumar, Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Thakur have been included in the reshuffled Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The revamped Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs comprises Modi, Singh, Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Tomar, S Jaishankar, Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan. High fuel prices force people to spend less on health, says SBI report jumped to 75% in June from 62% in March. Fuel cost hurts more now as the price rises ALARMING inflation, induced come at a time when many by obscenely high petrol prices, households are already graphas drastically altered consum- pling with huge medical bills ers’ spending patterns as peo- amid the Covid pandemic and ple are now spending less on rising commodity prices upsethealth and other non-discre- ting their monthly budget. tionary items such as grocery With every 10% increase in and utilities, says a petrol prices, SBI estiFuture tense mates there is a 50 banew report by SBI. “Our analysis of sis point increase in “The future SBI card spends indi- outlook hinges on consumer price inflacates spend on nontion, the report says. the production discretionary health “Our estimate indiincreases by expenditure has been cates that during the OPEC+. The substantially reduced recently cancelled second wave period to accommodate in- meeting of OPEC+ (Jun’21 over Mar’21) creased expenditure the number of disindicates we are on fuel,” said Soumya tricts with deposits headed towards Kanti Ghosh, group elevated levels in outflows might be chief economic advis- Brent and this will double than the first er at SBI. wave,” Ghosh added. have cascading “Such spending has According to RBI’s impact on fuel more than crowded inflation in India,” p re l i m i n a r y e s t i out the spending on mates, the household the report noted other non-discretionfinancial savings rate ary items, like grocery and util- in the December 2020 quarter ity services to such an extent has come down to 8.2% of the that the demand for such prod- GDP from 21% and 10.4% in the ucts has significantly declined,” previous two quarters. Ghosh added. Going ahead, most analysts According to SBI’s estimates, expect inflation to remain elethe share of non-discretionary vated led by rising fuel prices spending on items such as fuel and firm commodity prices. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi
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