www.thehansindia.com TUESDAY 21 MARCH 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Nizamabad | Rajamahendravaram H WINDOWS The Pink Star diamond, the most valuable cut diamond ever offered at auction is displayed by a model at Sotheby's auction rooms in London on Monday Cabinet clears four GST-related bills New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Monday approved four Goods and Services Tax (GST)-related bills, which have already been approved by the GST Council after detailed discussions. The draft legislations include Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Bill 2017, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Bill 2017, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill (UTGST) 2017 and Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to the States) Bill 2017. IBM weather alerts without Internet New Delhi: IT major IBM on Monday announced the launch of a technology that will send weather alerts to users even in limited or no Internet connectivity. “Mesh Network Alerts networking technology is designed to notify of potential severe weather events or disasters - even in areas with limited Internet connection, or cellular networks are disrupted due to an outage,” The Weather Company said. FOOD PARK VYATHIREKA PORATA COMMITTEE LEADERS ARRESTED Jagan loses hold on Kadapa too Viveka suffers humiliating defeat in MLC polls; TD wins all 3 local body MLCs OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The ruling TDP managed to have a last laugh on the YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s home turf of Kadapa district by causing humiliating defeat to Jagan’s uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy in the MLC elections for local bodies segment. Vivekananda Reddy lost to his TDP rival B Tech Ravi with a margin of 38 votes. Winning for any party in ruling in the council polls usually held under the inﬂuence of money and power may not be a big surprise in the layman’s perception. But the present case in Kadapa district, a strong hold of the YS family since late 1970s with 530 voters in the YSRC basket, speaks of the master stroke delivered by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, known as a shrewd election manager, to his rival. Besides, the result also brings to the fore the election management of Jaganmohan Reddy and his party’s perceived complacence. In fact, all the 530-odd elected representatives of the municipalities, mandal parishads and the zilla parishad were elected on the YSRC party symbols. Besides, the party has two MPs and seven MLAs, who include Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy in its camp. Continued on P6 Theresa May to trigger Brexit on March 29 London: British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union on March 29, a government spokesperson said on Monday. AP is No 1 in corruption and development CM NAIDU QUOTES FROM NCAER REPORT OUR BUREAU Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao offering sweets to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Assembly in Velagapudi on Monday following the TDP’s victory in the MLC elections TDP bites dust in teachers’ constituencies OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The ruling TDP which is jubilant over its massive victory in the MLC polls for local bodies in the west Rayalaseema districts of Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur, however, bit the dust in the council polls for teachers’ segments in the same region. Sitting MLC of TDP representing west Rayalaseema districts B Pullaiah got relegated to the third position. State Teachers Union president Kathi Narasimha Reddy, supported by the Left led teacher organizations, won the seat over an independent candidate. V Balasubramanyam, two-term MLC and Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) in the council, got re-elected from the teachers constituency covering Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts. Vasudeva Naidu, supported by the TDP, suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Balasubramanyam, who came from people’s science movement and literacy movement. He served as MLC from graduates’ constituency comprising these three districts for the ﬁrst time in 2007 and got elected from the teachers constituency for the second time representing the same districts in 2011. With the latest election, Balasubramanyam is set to become a three-time MLC in succession. Continued on P6 Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the State tops ranked ﬁrst in corruption as well as in development. He made this statement in the Legislative Assembly on Monday during his response to a report of NCAER quoted by Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. Jaganmohan Reddy lashed out at the government in his speech over “factually incorrect” claims made by Naidu on welfare expenditure and other issues. The Chief Minister said, "In the entire country, AP ranks number one in corruption, and also in development.” Jaganmohan Reddy said, “We would have been happy if the Chief Minister had spoken the truth." Uproar was witnessed in the House when Ja- Adityanath asks mantris, babus to declare assets Lucknow (PTI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed officials to declare their assets within 15 days, following up on a similar order to ministers after assuming office yesterday, a move aimed at uprooting corruption. Separately, Adityanath directed state DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving law and order situation, hours after a BSP leader was shot dead in Allahabad. At his ﬁrst interaction with senior officials in Lok Bhawan, the Chief Minister also instructed them to ensure implementation of BJP's 'Sankalp Patra' (manifesto). "It was an introductory meeting with UP government officials. The officials were told that the Sankalp Patra has to be implemented," Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was also present, told reporters. Imphal: The BJP-led government on Monday won the ﬂoor test in Manipur Assembly with a voice vote. There was no division of votes in the exercises which saw the lone TMC MLA also supporting the Nongthombam Biren Singh government. The BJP has 21 MLAs in the 60-Member House. It has the support of four MLAs of Naga Peoples' Front (NPF), four of National People’s Party (NPP), the lone MLA of Lokjanshakti Party and Independent MLA Asab Uddin besides a Congress legislator who was inducted also in the Council of Ministers. Lone Trinamool Congress MLA T Robindro Singh also extended support to the BJP-led government although his party's central leadership alleged that he had "not consulted the party" over it. "I have extended support to the BJP after consulting the party's central leadership. I have neither violated the party's order nor have done anything against its interests. Whatever the party had asked me to do, I have done that," Singh said. The TMC legislator argued that had he violated the party line he would have faced disciplinary action. "But that the party did not do any such thing means it stands by me," Singh Chinese handset maker plans to make one phone every second in India New Delhi (PTI): Chinese handset vendor Xiaomi has partnered Foxconn to set up its second manufacturing unit in India at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. Xiaomi had entered India in July 2014 and started local manufacturing just over a year later. The new facility will be exclusive to Xiaomi, while the older one may see Foxconn making handsets for other vendors too. While the company declined Oslo (Agencies): India ranked 122nd, behind terror-riven Pakistan and poorest-of-poor Nepal in the global list of the happiest countries, according to a global report released on Monday. India ranked at 122 out of 155 countries in the World Happiness Report 2017, four notches below its previous rank of 118. The report was released on Monday at the United Nations at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness. India was behind the majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations, apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, that stood at 141. Among the eight Saarc nations, Pakistan was at 80th position, Nepal stood at 99, Bhutan at 97, Bangladesh at 110 while Sri Lanka was at 120. However, Maldives did not ﬁgure in the World Happiness Report. Norway moved from No. 4 to the top spot in the report’s rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data compiled by economists that are averaged over three years from 2014 to said. TMC vice president Mukul Roy said, "After winning the election, Singh was in touch with the Congress as we had told him that if the Congress is in a position to form the government and need our support we will extend our support." "But the Congress failed to get the numbers and Singh, without discussing the matter with us, went to meet the BJP leaders and accompanied them to the Raj Bhavan," he said. Asked why the party has not taken any disciplinary action against him, Roy said, "We can take disciplinary action anytime, but we do not want to create a situation where he faces life risk." NORWAY HAPPIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2016. Norway edged past previous champ Denmark, which fell to second. Iceland, Switzerland to comment on the investment details, it said Xiaomi will be able to make ‘one phone per second in India’. "While I cannot disclose the exact capacity, I can tell you that we will be able to manufacture one phone per second whenever the lines are running. The two factories combined will provide employment to about 5,000 people, 90 per cent of which are women," Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain said. Mango, mosambi farmers UNDER ‘SQUEEZE’ Palasa MLA stages sit-in at Prakasam Barrage 45% DROP IN MOSAMBI PRICES; MANGO PRICES 3 TIMES LOWER P6 Unhappy Indians push country to 122nd slot The entire top ten were wealthier developed nations. Yet money is not the only ingredient in the recipe for happiness. gan's mike was switched off abruptly. YSR Congress members rushed to the Speaker's podium and demanded that their leader be allowed to speak. At this point, the Chief Minister threatened to move a breach of privilege motion against the Opposition leader and used some strong words to describe the protesting YSRC MLAs. Then, an emotional Naidu spoke about what his government was doing for the welfare of various sections and the steps initiated for the development. “In the entire country, AP ranks number one in corruption and also in development,” Chandrababu said. After the Chief Minister ﬁnished his reply, the House was adjourned for the day. Incidentally, the CM’s speech about AP’s top rank in corruption went viral in social media since Monday evening. BJP’s Biren Singh wins Xiaomi to set up 2nd plant in Sri City trust vote in Manipur Idea, Vodafone merge New Delhi: In one of the biggest mergers in the telecom space, Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group-promoted Idea Cellular on Monday announced their much-awaited amalgamation. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, will be its Chairman. 2 16 HANDSCOMB-MARSH EARN DRAW FOR AUSTRALIA and Finland round out the top 5. Studying happiness may seem frivolous, but serious academics have long been calling for more testing about people’s emotional well-being, especially in the United States. In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report recommending that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness because it would lead to better policy that affects people’s lives. The entire top ten were wealthier developed nations. Yet money is not the only ingredient in the recipe for happiness, the report said. In fact, among the wealthier countries the differences in happiness levels had a lot to do with “differences in mental health, physical health and personal relationships: the biggest single source of misery is mental illness,” the report said. “Income differences matter more in poorer countries, but even their mental illness is a major source of misery,” it added. Another major country, China, has made major economic strides in recent years. But its people are not happier than 25 years ago, it found. The United States meanwhile slipped to the number 14 spot due to less social support and greater corruption; those very factors play into why Nordic countries fare better on this scale Continued on P6 of smiles. OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Gouthu Syam Sunder Sivaji, TDP MLA from Palasa constituency, sat in protest on the main road at Lotus Restaurant near Prakasam Barrage as police officials prevented him from going to the Assembly via Karakatta Road from Prakasam Barrage on Monday morning. According to Tadepalli police, Sivaji sat for nearly one hour on the main road. Later, the police convinced the ruling party MLA to proceed to the Assembly via Undavalli village from Prakasam Barrage. Tadepalli police said that all vehicles were stopped including that of the MLA near the Lotus Restaurant when Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was going to attend the Assembly session via Karakatta Road.
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