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Follow us WADA, FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021; PAGES 12 3RNI No.APENG/2018/764698Established 1864Published FromVIJAYAWADA DELHI LUCKNOWBHOPAL RAIPUR CHANDIGARHBHUBANESWAR RANCHIDEHRADUN HYDERABAD*LATE CITY VOL. 3 ISSUE 206*Air Surcharge Extra if Applicablewww.dailypioneer.com‘Narendra Modi Pis top leader of country and BJP’ 5In briefUPSC to commenceinterviews for Civilsexam from August 2he Union Public ServiceCommission (UPSC)has decided tocommence interviews for civil servicesexamination 2020, which weredeferred due to a surge in COVID-19cases, from August 2, according to anofficial statement. The civil servicesexamination is conducted annually bythe UPSC in three stages -preliminary, main and personality test(interview) -- to select officers of theIndian Administrative Service, IndianForeign Service and the Indian PoliceService (IPS), among others. It had inApril this year deferred interviews forthe prestigious examination due toincrease in coronavirus cases.TRath Yatra in Puri tobe without devoteesfor 2nd year in rowmonth ahead of the annual RathYatra, on July 12, the Odishagovernment on Thursdayannounced that this year, too,devotees will be barred fromparticipating in the festival, which willonly be held in Puri amid strictadherence to COVID-19 protocols.Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said that all guidelines of theSupreme Court, issued last year, willhave to be followed in letter and spiritwhile observing the rituals on theoccasion. "year also, Lord Jagannath'sRath Yatra will be held sans devoteesin Puri. The administration hasprohibited similar celebrations in otherparts of the state," Jena said.ANoted musician T MKrishna challengesdigital media rulesopular carnatic music vocalist T MKrishna has moved the MadrasHigh Court challenging theInformation Technology (IntermediaryGuidelines and Digital Media EthicsCode) Rules, 2021. The noted cultureand political commentator sought thecourt to declare the new rules ultravires of the Constitution and the parentInformation Technology Act, as thesenorms, among other things, imposesa "chilling effect" on free speech andare vague and indeterminate. Hispetition, which also pleaded for grantof an interim stay on the new rulescame up for hearing on Tuesday.PRamdev changes hismind, says willtake Covid jaboga guru Ramdev, who had saidhe does not need the Covidvaccine as he has protection ofyoga and ayurveda, on Thursday did asummersault, saying he will soon getthe jab and described doctors as"God's envoys on earth". Ramdev hadearlier stirred a controversy with hiscomments on the efficacy of allopathicdrugs against COVID-19, drawing theire of the medical fraternity. Now,welcoming Prime Minister NarendraModi's announcement about freevaccine to all from June 21, Ramdevdescribed it as a "historic" step andappealed to all to get themselvesvaccinated. "Get both doses of thevaccine and the double protection ofyoga and ayurveda," he told reportersin Haridwar.YTODAYALMANACMonth & Paksham:Vaishakha & Krishna PakshaPanchangamTithi : Pratipada: 06:29 pmNakshatram : Mrigashirsha: 02:30 pmTime to Avoid : (Bad time to startany important work)Rahukalam : 10:38 am – 12:15 pmYamagandam : 03:31 pm – 05:08 pmVarjyam : 11:46 pm – 01:32 amGulika : 07:22 am - 09:00 amGood Time : (to start any important work)Amritakalam : NILAbhijit Muhurtham : 11:49 am – 12:41 pmVIJAYAWADAWEATHERForecast: Scattered thunderstormsTemp: 32/23Humidity: 73%Sunrise: 05:41 amSunset: 06:50 pmCurrent Weather ConditionsUpdated JUNE 10, 2021 5:00 PMIndia's agri exports Pup 17.3 pc at 41.25 bn in 2020-21 8CM presses for SCS, 3-capitalsduring meeting with Amit Shahn Jagan discusses Polavaram, funding for housing with Shekhawat, Javadekarhilarious moment when hepunched co-star Neha12Vizag poses more riskto Hyderabad than Vjan 4 states at risk from Vizag in case ofany infectious disease outbreak: StudySNV SUDHIRn VIJAYAWADAPNS n NEW DELHIAs expected, Chief Minister YSJaganmohan Reddy on Thursdaymet Union Home Minister AmitShah and discussed issues concerning the southern state.According to sources, themeeting lasted for around one-anda-half hours during which theChief Minister asked Amit Shah toorder a notification allowing shifting of the Andhra Pradesh HighCourt to Kurnool as part of histhree-capitals proposal.Sources said that Jagan alsobrought up the issue of SpecialCategory Status to Andhra Pradeshduring his meeting with the UnionHome Minister."The Chief Minister of AndhraPradesh, Shri @ysjagan called onUnion Home Minister [email protected]," Amit Shah's officeconfirmed in a tweet.Besides funds for Polavarammulti-purpose project and for basicinfrastructure in the Greenfieldcolonies being developed by thestate government, the Centre’scooperation for his three-capitalsconcept were on top of the ChiefMinister’s agenda during his visit toDelhi on Thursday.The Chief Minister called onUnion ministers Gajendra SinghShekhawat and Prakash Javadekaron Thursday and sought the investment clearance for the secondSundeep Kishan recalls PChief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddypresents mementos to Union Home MinisterAmit Shah, left, and Union Jal ShaktiMinister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, above,during his visit to Delhi on Thursday.revised cost estimate of thePolavaram irrigation project,amounting to Rs 55,656.87 crore atthe 2017-18 price level.He also sought shifting of thePolavaram Project Authority (PPA)headquarters from Hyderabad toRajahmundry at the earliest as itwas difficult to travel fromHyderabad for project monitoringand inspection.The Chief Minister, who is ona two-day visit to the national capital, was scheduled to meet UnionHome Minister Amit Shah later onThursday. He also called on NitiAayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumarearlier in the day.At the meeting with Jal ShaktiMinister Shekhawat, Jagan soughtthe investment clearance for thesecond revised cost estimate of thePolavaram irrigation project,amounting to Rs 55,656.87 crore atthe 2017-18 price level, accordingto an official statement.He said an early clearance ofthe funds is necessary so that theproject works, including landacquisition and resettlement andDistance wise, Vijayawada may becloser to Hyderabad but theTelangana capital is more at riskfrom faraway Vizag if any infectious disease outbreak takes placein either of AP’s major cities.According to an infectious diseases hazard map developed by ateam at Indian Institute of ScienceEducation and Research (IISER) inPune using real time data, Vizagfaces a lower risk if such an infectious disease outbreak takes placein Hyderabad.More importantly cities in fourstates — Odisha, Telangana,Chattisgarh and West Bengal figure among the top 10 cities thatface higher risk if an infectious disease outbreak takes place in Vizag.These cities are Hyderabad in2PNS n VIJAYAWADAPNS n NEW DELHISocial media giant Facebook hadgiven advertisement credits to stategovernment’s official Facebookpage ArogyaAndhra.Government has been disseminating Covid awareness information through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and WhatsApp.AP government’s officialFacebook page is @ ArogyaAndhrawith 1,63,704 followers whereasGujarat has 25,564, Tamil Nadu7,953 Telangana 13,613, Karnataka1,03,077, Kerala 1,17,544 andOdisha 89,068.In view of the active participation and campaign Facebook hasnow given advertisement credits toa tune of US 20,000 during current Covid second wave.They have also supported theIndia on Thursday asked China toallow Indian citizens to travel tothat country especially those whowork or study there, and said thatessential two-way travel should befacilitated, especially keeping inview the fact that Chinese nationals are able to travel to India.The Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) also said that it was intouch with the Chinese side inorder to seek an early resumptionof travel by Indian citizens toChina."While we recognize the need toMamata’s win derailsKCR’s Federal FrontSNCN ACHARYULUn HYDERABADWest Bengal Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee calling uponopposition leaders and ChiefMinisters of non-BJP ruled statesto take a stand against the BJP-ledCentral government may affect theprospects of the Federal Frontproposed by Telangana ChiefMinister K Chandrasekhar Rao.This is because KCR 's proposedFederal Front is based on equidistance from both the BJP and theCongress, while Mamata leansmore towards that latter partyand is vehemently anti-BJP.KCR’s proposed Front would bean amalgamation of regional parties and national parties like theCongress and BJP find no place init. This sounds logical, since theBJP leads the NDA while theCongress is the biggest constituentin the UPA.Before the 2019 GeneralElections, KCR was quite activelypursuing his Federal Front proposal; he also met leaders like HDDeve Gowda of Janata Dal (secular), MK Stalin of the DMK,Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Partyas well as Mamata Banerjee anddiscussed his proposal.Each of these parties are antiBJP and pro-Congress. Not sur-“We are happy to inform thatFacebook has given this alertoption first to AP and Karnatakain India. They are also providingtechnical help for advertisementsbesides content developmentthrough their Facebook marketingpartners,” said Covid Control statenodal officer Arja Srikanth.PAGE 2Active Covidcases in AP fallbelow one lakhmark2rehabilitation, can be completed inaccordance with the schedule byJune-end.The Chief Minister requestedShekhawat to consider the watersupply component as an integralpart of irrigation and said thiswould be in consonance with theguidelines followed by the Centretowards national projects.Jagan urged the Centre toreimburse the expenditure withoutrestricting to component-wise eligibility, the statement said.FB gives US 20,000 ad credit to India asks China govtAP’s Covid page ‘ArogyaAndhra’ to allow Indians entrygovernment with advertisementsworth US 15,000 during Covidfirst wave.Facebook also enabled the government with *Covid alert option*which allows it to send Covid alertsto all Facebook users in AndhraPradesh which has a reach of overtwo million.Telangana, Bhubaneswar inOdisha, Raipur and Jagdalpur inChhattisgarh and Kolkata in WestBengal. Among the five of the top10 cities that are at high risk dueto Vizag in other states, four arecapital cities.The hazard map has been developed by a team of five researchersat IISER-Pune’s physics department based on mobility and transportation networks.The IISER’s team used extensivereal data and estimates of air, railand road mobility and developeda transportation and mobility network of 446 Indian cities having apopulation higher than 1 lakh.As part of the hazard map project, risk score/rank has beenassigned to cities given knowledgeof an outbreak in anothercity/town.ensure safety and strictly followCOVID- related protocols, essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in viewthe fact that Chinese nationals areable to travel to India," MEASpokesperson Arindam Bagchisaid during a media briefing.Noting that Chinese nationalsare able to travel to India despitethe absence of direct connectivity,he said,"however, for Indiannationals, travel to China has notbeen possible since last Novemberas the Chinese side had suspended existing visas".FilmmakerBuddhadebDasgupta deadPNS n KOLKATAEminent film director BuddhadebDasgupta, who had been battlingkidney ailments for quite sometime, died at his residence hereearly on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, family members said.The national award-winningdirector is survived by his wife,and two daughters from a previous marriage. He was 77.Dasgupta was found motionless by his wife, Sohini, at his residence in Kalikapur area of thecity at 6 am, according to the family members.22TS IT exports clock 13 pc growthPNS n HYDERABADDespite the COVID-19 pandemic, Telangana recorded nearly 13per cent growth in IT and ITeSexports at over Rs 1.45 lakhcrore over last fiscal, Minister forIT and Industries KT Rama Raosaid on Thursday.In the annual report on IT,Electronics and CommunicationsDepartment for FY21, Rama Raosaid during the last fiscal,Telangana added 46,489 newjobs taking the total IT/ ITESemployment to 6,28,615, yearon-year increase of 7.99 per centcompared to FY 2019-20.It was Rs 1.28 lakh crore inFY20."Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Telangana once againproved its mettle by boasting agrowth of 12.98 per cent in theIT/ITeS Exports over the previous year recording a total of Rs1,45,522 crore in IT/ITeSExports.Telangana has seen more thandouble the estimated averagenational growth rate during thisperiod and the employment inthe IT/ITeS sector has increasedby 7.99 per cent," he said in thereport.R ama R ao note d t hatTelangana attracted several marquee companies such as AmazonWeb Services, Goldman Sachs,and MassMutual last year.2Southwest monsoon covers Andhra PradeshPNS n NEW DELHIprisingly, Mamata Banerjee andSharad Pawar of the IndianNationalist Congress and otherstold KCR that it was not possibleto form a front against BJP without having the Congress on board.Almost all the regional partiesare either pro-BJP or proCongress, while some maintainequidistance from both the BJPand Congress.In the Telugu States, the TRSand YSRCP are mainly antiCongress. The Congress is themain rival for the TRS inTelangana, while for the YSRCP, itis the TDP.It is for this reason that YSRCPsupremo is expected to supportwhichever front that forms the nextgovernment at the Centre, as longas it accords Special CategoryStatus to AP.2The southwest monsoon has covered the remaining parts of AndhraPradesh and Telangana onThursday and is advancing at agood pace, the India MeteorologicalDepartment (IMD) said.The IMD said that conditions arefavourable for it to cover entireWest Bengal and Jharkhand overthe next two days.“Monsoon has further advancedinto some more parts of the southGujarat region, remaining parts ofMaharashtra, Telangana, AndhraPradesh, some parts of southMadhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh andsouth Odisha,” the IMD said."Conditi