www.thehansindia.com FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Nizamabad | Rajamahendravaram H WINDOWS OIL REFINING CAPACITY TO BE RAMPED UP TO 600 MT KURNOOL 360c 10 ISIS terror suspects arrested Mumbai/Lucknow: A major terror attack in the country was claimed to have been averted as 10 suspected ISIS activists were held on Thursday in a major multi-state operation. The joint operation was carried out by the police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, in which four suspected terrorists belonging to the ISIS Khorasan module were arrested and six others were detained, officials said. The arrests were made during raids in the morning in Mumbra, Jalandhar, Narkatiaganj and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar. AI revises senior citizen age to 60 Mumbai: In a major bonanza, the Air India has revised the minimum age limit for senior citizens to avail discounted tickets from existing 63 to 60 years, official sources said. The revised age limit has been implemented with immediate effect for all domestic sectors, just as the summer holiday season rush has begun. As per the revised rules, any senior citizen who is an Indian national, permanently resident in India and has attained the age of 60 on the date of commencement of journey, shall be entitled to a 50 per cent discounted ticket in economy class on the basic fare. 5 16 HARIKA BEGINS WITH A BANG WILL TRANSFORM SEEMA CM says Godavari will ﬂow to Rayalaseema through Polavaram by 2019 Submergence of ﬁelds causes `1,000-cr loss OUR BUREAU Pamidi (Anantapur): Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday put up a brave front on completion of the Polavaram project before the deadline of 2019 overruling certain apprehensions raised by his party MP from Anantapur JC Diwakar Reddy with regard to funding and commitment on the part of the authorities concerned and contractors. Addressing a public meeting here after launching the ‘NeeruPragathi Udyanam’ here on Thursday, Naidu expressed his strong resolve to transform the water-starved Rayalaseema region into the lush-green farm ﬁelds by transferring the Godavari water into the Krishna river through the Polavaram project by 2019. Diwakar Reddy appealed to the people to vote the TDP to power under the stewardship of Naidu for the next term also so as to complete the Polavaram project. “It is unlikely that the Polavaram will be completed if the TDP is voted out in the up- Pak PM Sharif narrowly survives Panamagate jolt Islamabad (Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday managed to save his premiership after a Pakistan Supreme Court bench declared there was "insufficient evidence" to remove him from the office but ordered setting up of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the graft allegations against his family. The court ordered Sharif, 67, and his two sons - Hasan and Hussain - to appear before the JIT, which would include officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI). The JIT has been given two months to complete the probe. It will present its report before the bench after every two weeks and will complete its work in 60 days. The ﬁve-judge bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued the landmark 547page judgement 57 days after concluding the hearing. Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan wrote the majority judgment, whereas Justice Gulzar and Justice Khosa in their dissenting note wanted to remove the Prime Minister as sought by the petitioners. The case was launched on November 3 and the court held 35 hearings before concluding the proceedings on February 23. Continued on P6 G RAMACHANDRA SARMA & SAMSON RAJ Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu offers a piece of cake to a girl after cutting the cake celebrating his birthday during the inauguration of Shilparamam in Anantapur on Thursday coming 2019 elections,” the party MP said. He highlighted the need to strengthen Naidu’s hands in the coming elections so as to complete all the pending projects, including the Polavaram. Diwakar Reddy observed that the lack of commitment on the part of engineers and contractors and the lack of funds are the main roadblocks that may hit the ambitious project. “It is true that NGT reserves verdict on Amaravati city plans OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) led by Justice Swantanter Kumar here on Thursday reserved its judgment on Amaravati capital city plans. The nearly 20-month old arguments concluded here on Thursday. The Tribunal ordered the government to ﬁle a detailed note covering all aspects like the length of the city, the extent of agricultural lands, extent of water bodies and construction plans and also the present status of Kondaveeti Vagu, which has a huge annual ﬂooding potential of the region earmarked for the capital. Over the period the Tribunal heard arguments for and against the new capital as the environmental clearances given to it and the damage to the ﬂood plains and the fertile farm lands all came under the scanner. Diversion of Kondaveeti Vagu and the tampering of the local islands in the name of development and the annual ﬂooding of the capital region area were all contested. The Tribunal consistently insisted on upholding the environmental interests and expressed concern over the conversion of fertile agricultural lands into commercial spaces. there are many hiccups in realizing the project. But I am sure I will let the dream become a reality with my will power and determination”, he stated. Continued on P6 Hyderabad: Thirty-two year old travel agent Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna aka Vamshi Chowdary thought it was as simple as creating a fake email ID and shooting off a hoax mail to escape from the fury of his girlfriend. In the process, he committed a serious crime in doing so. Merely to skip a pleasure trip with his girlfriend, he kept the entire security establishment of the country on tenterhooks for over ﬁve days until city police unraveled the truth Sends hoax mail to cops about possible hijacks at three international airports, sending the entire security mechanism in a tizzy with the arrest of the mischief monger. It all began around 5pm after the Mumbai police received an email on April 15. The sender, claiming to be a woman, said in the mail that she overheard a n Eﬀorts on to set up 19 IT training institutes shortly OUR BUREAU Mangalagiri region recently and is currently focusing on training manpower with skill sets in tune with the requirements of the IT industry. In a bid to give ﬁllip to the drive, the government reportedly decided to offer special incentives like fees concession to students willing to enrol in the training institutes. As many as 30 IT companies have launched their operations by providing employment to 5000 people. Some more companies including HCL are making plans to open their units in capital area. In this backdrop, Ravi said the AP NRT will extend support to the IT companies with the involvement of the government. As part of the plans, as many as 20 reputed IT training companies like Gana, Kelly Technologies, GCS, DG Ajihoo.Com, SSS, Z- Axis, Sun Surya Technologies, Vysya Valmiki, Mind Q Systems, Blaze IT solutions, Techno Trainers, Signam Codenet Work, Talent, Innogeecks Technologies entered an agreement with government. The companies can pro- intending Engineer, Irrigation department, East Godavari district, an action plan was designed to execute canal maintenance works with an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore this year. Works are expected to commence in the ﬁrst week of June after letting the canals meeting water requirements for aquaculture. The canals will be reopened on June 15, leaving little scope for modernisation. Superintending Engineer K Srinivasa Rao in West Godavari district told The Hans India that tenders were ﬁnalised for execution of canal works worth Rs 80 Crore. Continued on P6 SC order removes 4 members, while 2 to demit oﬃce in a fortnight V RAMU SARMA Hyderabad: The decision of the Supreme Court upholding the High Court order setting aside the appointments of four State Information Commission members is likely to create new problems for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and end up in a peculiar situation where both the states may not have any Information commissioners and the commission becoming defunct. Even three years after bifurcation, both states continue to have only one State Information Commission whereas to promote transparency and accountability in every public authority To thwart GF’s travel plans, man puts cops on tenterhooks OUR BUREAU Eluru/ Rajamahendravaram: The closure of canals of the Godavari irrigation system in West and East Godavari districts on Wednesday, making for way maintenance works, brings to the fore of the fate of the Godavari delta modernisation project. The respective district administrations decided to close the canals as the Rabi came to a close. The measure continues to be a ritual every year as the fate of canals remain unchanged, exposing Kharif in over 9-10 lakh acres in the two districts to floods every year. It is estimated that the paddy losses during the Kharif in the Godavari delta due to floods at a whopping Rs 1,000 crore. As there appear no signs of the Rs 1,400-crore modernisation project becoming a reality, the official machinery settles for execution of maintenance works of the canals. According to Super- SIC becomes defunct in AP, TS? group of six young men discussing in hushed voices about a plan for the simultaneous hijack of planes from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai airports on April 16. The sender also said in the mail that the youngsters were discussing their 23-member group splitting into three teams to carry out the simultaneous hijack mission. The sender further said in the mail that she did not wish to reveal her identity but was sending the mail as a responsible citizen of India. Continued on P6 Mangalagiri set to become a la Ameerpet Amaravati: Mangalagiri, a gateway to the capital region of Amaravati, is poised to do an Ameerpet of Hyderabad by turning into a hub of IT training institutes. According to Ravi Vemuri, IT advisor to AP government and Chief Executive Officer of Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugus, efforts are underway for the launch of 19 IT training institutes in a single day soon. The government ushered in 30 IT companies in Vijayawada- Fate of Godavari delta project hangs in balance vide all IT related courses including advanced programmes. Actually the fees range from Rs 5000 to Rs 1.50 lakh. Hostel facilities and security arrangements have also been provided by taking support from police and local Mangalagiri Municipal Administration. The training is meant to help students ﬁnd placements in IT companies. The IT companies who have been setting up their training institutes at Mangalagiri would recruit the trained students in their head offices and the other branches.. The annual turnover of IT training institutes in Ameerpet is estimated to be more than Rs 50 crore with a large number of students from AP as their students. each state should have separate commissions. In the backdrop of this situation with the apex court upholding the High Court order, four State Information Commission members, V Venkateswarlu, Thantiiya Kumari, Imtiyaz Ahmed and M Vijaya Nirmala will be unseated and of the remaining two commissioners M Ratan would retire on April 22 and P Vijaya Babu will be laying down the office on May 15. As per the act, the Appointments Committee is headed by the Chief Minister including the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and one Cabinet Minister nominated by the Chief Minister. Since there are no separate committees for the two states, the question now is who will chair the appointment committee? The appointment committee will have to form a search committee and then finally select the commissioners. Hence unless both the states take up the matter as top priority, the State Information Commission will become a defunct body. According to M Padmanabha Reddy, Secretary of the Forum for Good Governance, if both the governments do not take steps to constitute separate State Information Commissions and appoint new commissioners, it would not be possible to implement the RTI Act. Art of Living has no sense of responsibility: NGT ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's remarks shocking’ File photo New Delhi (Agencies): The National Green Tribunal, the highest environmental court in the country, slammed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for alleging bias in a tribunal committee's recent report on Yamuna riverbed damage. The report criticised Art of Living's World Culture Festival, held in March last year, for damaging the Yamuna riverbank and went to quantify the damage caused. The NGT on Thursday termed Ravi Shankar's statements alleging bias "shocking" and also slammed Art of Living. "You have no sense of responsibility. Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?" the NGT bench asked, setting the next date of hearing on May 9. The tribunal also directed Art of Living and other parties to ﬁle their replies and objections to the expert panel's report. The comments came after advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioner Manoj Misra, told the bench about Ravi Shankar's statement blaming the government and the NGT for permitting the AoL to hold the World Culture Festival on Yamuna ﬂoodplains last year. A seven-member expert committee, headed by former Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Shashi Shekhar, says the festival has caused ecological damage caused to over 300 acres of ﬂoodplains. Ravi Shankar hit back, saying the authorities should have never given permission to hold the festival if Yamuna was "so fragile and pure". He said the ﬁne should be levied on the NGT as well as the Central and Delhi governments for giving permission to hold the event. Responding to the statement of the NGT, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that Art of Living has done no wrong. "The truth is we have caused no damage to Yamuna. When lies are exposed, it is shocking," he said.
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