www.thehansindia.com TUESDAY 21 MARCH 2017 WARANGAL PAGES 20 `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. 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. 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. TAP SOCIAL MEDIA TO UNMASK TRS GOVT: UTTAM TO CONGMEN 3 12 HANDSCOMB-MARSH EARN DRAW FOR AUSTRALIA Mission Bhagiratha hits roadblock Mango, mosambi farmers Contractors blame it on unviable mode of payment in ULBs AS PRICES DROP PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Mission Bhagiratha, the drinking water grid to supply puriﬁed water to the entire Telangana, has hit a roadblock in the urban areas with private agencies refusing to participate in the tender process while opposing the annuity payment mode. The same is the case in Amrut (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) towns. The private agencies are demanding payments immediately after the completion of the project. The contractors also say that guidelines in the tenders do not give any guarantee for the payment of the expenditure incurred on the project works. The contractors are opposing the annuity scheme because under this system the government pays a ﬁxed sum of money to the agency every year and hence it will not be ﬁnancially viable for them. Official sources told The Hans India that the government had recently called for tenders to ex- 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. Continued on P4 ecute the works for the development of water supply grid between urban and rural areas in 35 municipalities, including 10 AMRUT towns in the state. Under the scheme, the water supply system in urban local bodies (ULBs) and rural water supply grid would be integrated to meet the drinking water needs in the towns. The state government has accorded sanction of Rs 4,400 crore, of which Rs 3,700 would be loan and Rs 700 crore will be Central subsidy for Amrut towns. Top officials of the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) department told The Hans India that the government had invited tenders under three packages. Continued on P4 AP is No 1 in corruption and development CM NAIDU QUOTES FROM NCAER P4 REPORT 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 Continued on P4 candidate. UNDER ‘SQUEEZE’ SREENIVASA RAO DASARI Hyderabad: Maharashtra mosambi (sweet lime) growers laughing all the way to the bank as high-yield this season coupled with enhanced quality has boosted their fortunes, while farmers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are forced to dispose off the same at whatever price is offered at Gaddiannaram, a principal fruit mandi for both the Telugu states. The situation is not different for mango farmers as prices of the king of fruits are three times lower this year. Prices of mosambi are hovering 45 per cent lower than 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 B ASHOK discharged from the pharma industries and turned a blind eye to the public health which was posing grave threat. The pollution threat has been so serious that none is offering brides/grooms to the families of these areas in matrimony. Continued on P4 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 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 NORWAY HAPPIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2016. Norway edged past previous champ Denmark, which fell to second. Iceland, Switzerland 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 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. Biren wins trust vote in Manipur Pollution threat is so serious that none is coming forward to give their ward in matrimony to the youth of these areas main activity has become unﬁt for cultivation now. The alarming increase in the pollution levels in the three mandals has been subjecting the residents to untold problems. Residents across the three mandals allege that the Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has failed to regulate the pollutants Continued on P4 Xiaomi to set up 2nd plant in Sri City Choutuppal: Another Patancheru in the making Nalgonda: Choutuppal, Pochampalli and Chityal mandals in Nalgonda district are on the verge of becoming another Patancheru, the hotbed of pollution. About 75 industries, particularly pharma ones, have been polluting air and land besides contaminating water. The Choutuppal Revenue Division where agriculture was once the that of the previous year, while mango prices nosedived by over three times this season, leaving farmers in more pathetic condition. But the present situation may improve in April, forecasts V Yellaiah, Selection Grade Secretary and Deputy Director, Agricultural Marketing Department at Gaddiannaram in Hyderabad. Gaddiannaram market receives 120 tonnes of mosambi a day. The mosambi price per tonne dropped to minimum of Rs 15,000 and maximum of Rs 19,400 at Gaddiannaram this season as against Rs 25,000 and Rs 35,000 respectively in the previous year. “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 P4 of smiles. 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.
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