www.thehansindia.com SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017 NIZAMABAD PAGES 20 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Nizamabad | Rajamahendravaram H NIZAMABAD 430c WINDOWS Rape probe against Assange dropped Stockholm (AP): Sweden's top prosecutor on Friday dropped an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years, saying that's because there's no possibility of arresting him "in the foreseeable future." The announcement means the outspoken WikiLeaks leader no longer faces sex crime allegations in Sweden, although British police say he is still wanted for jumping bail in Britain in 2012. S P8 Heatwave claims 167 lives in Telangana Hyderabad: As many as 167 people have died reportedly due to sunstroke in Telangana since April 1 as the state continues to reel under blistering heatwave, a senior official of the state disaster management said here on Friday. However, these casualties are yet to be recognised as 'heatwave deaths'. Three-member government committees, consisting of a tehsildar, a police sub-inspector and a Civil Surgeon, in each mandal (administrative unit) will have to confirm that these deaths were due to heatwave. 3 12 GST on services fixed TS CAN’T BE COMPARED TO VIETNAM: KADIYAM INDIAN COMPOUND TEAM ENTER FINAL EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE EXEMPTED Srinagar (PTI): Education and healthcare will continue to be exempted from tax in the upcoming GST regime that will see service tax incidence go up on telecom, business class air travel, insurance and sale of newspaper space for advertisement. Transport services will be taxed at 5 per cent leading to a small drop in economy class air travel which currently attracts 6 per cent service tax. Non AC train travel, including in local trains and metro, as well as religious travel including S Mobile calls costly, taxi rides cheaper S Tax on insurance, print ads to go up S 18% tax on telecom, ﬁnancial services S Cinema tickets to attract 28% tax Haj yatra will remain exempted from GST. Five per cent rate will also apply to cab aggregators like Ola and Uber, which currently pay 6 per cent tax. AC train travel will attract 5 per cent service tax, same as freight levy. The all-powerful GST Council ﬁnalised four tax rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent for services including telecom, insurance, hotels and restaurants under the biggest tax reform since the Independence. The rates are in line with those ﬁnalised for goods. With this, rates of all items except a handful including gold, have been decided ahead of the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1. Continued on P4 Beer consumption hits the roof Rajini ready for war? TS sets high revenue target from liquor sales Thalaiva drops biggest ever hint on joining politics Chennai (Agencies): In yet another ambivalent but explosive speech on Friday, superstar Rajinikanth hinted he might make the political plunge when the time comes. He said the system is corrupted despite the presence PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Chilled beer has been most sought after drink for guzzlers this summer in Telangana. Telangana ranked number one in beer consumption in South India this year. Beer sales have hit all-time record in the state. A record of 40 lakh cases were already sold in April and it is expected that beer sales would touch 42 lakh cases by the end of May. The highest beer sales of 39 lakh cases have been reported in May last year. A single case of beer contains 12 bottles and each bottle contains 650 ml. Interestingly, Hyderabad district has been ranked ﬁrst in beer consumption this season followed by Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Karimnagar and Nalgonda. State Excise and Prohibition officials told The Hans India that fast changing drinking habits among the youth is one of the main reasons for increasing beer consumption in the state. Traditionally, Telangana is known as one of the highest hard liquor consuming state with over 70 per cent of liquor revenues coming from the sale of whisky, brandy and rum. Now, the trend is slowly changing as beer sales is contributing to nearly 50 per cent of the total revenues targeted from liquor in summer season. Till recently, Kerala was on top in beer consumption due to domestic and huge inﬂux of tourists to the state. The total consumption of beer in Telangana in 2015-16 is 336 lakh cases. It zoomed to 360 lakh cases in 2016-17. This year, it will touch nearly 390 lakh cases as against 370 lakh cases sold in Kerala last year. To meet the beer demand, the breweries have already been asked to increase the production. All the 17 breweries have been asked to stock all manufactured beer in the depots maintained by the Telangana Beverages Corporation Limited in the district headquarters, Excise Commissioner R Chandravadan said. of good leaders. Addressing a large gathering of his fans here on the last day of the interaction, Rajinikanth made it clear that it's not quite the time yet for his political entry. "I have my profesContinued on P4 sion, my job. Madurai (PTI): The Madras High Court on Thursday sought the stand of Union health secretary, among others, on a plea for cancellation of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses. Issuing notice to the Union government and others, Justice N Seshasayee of the Madurai bench of the court sought their replies to the issues raised by the petitioners for cancellation of the test conducted on May 7. The petitioners including one Jonila contended that NEET was not conducted in a uniform manner all over the country. They argued that different sets of question papers had been used in different places in the country, though uniform syllabus had been announced. The officials did not inform that different sets of question papers would be circulated, the petitioners said. Be by the side of oppressed: CM to cops Maoist posters create panic OUR BUREAU Kothagudem: Letters and posters purportedly written by Maoists of Sabari area which have surfaced in the temple town of Bhadrachalam have created panic among the people. While posters criticising Central and State governments appeared in the populated areas of the town, two persons, including an MLA reportedly received phone calls and letters from them. Police sources said Yellandu MLA lodged a complaint with Tekupally police. Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said the state police has proved wrong those people who created apprehensions that if Telangana is formed, there will be a spurt in Maoist activities. He praised the police for checking extremism effectively in the new state of Telangana and the credit should go to them. Addressing a meeting of about 1500 police officers of all levels here on Friday, KCR called upon Chief Minister KCR at an exhibition of police weapons ahead of the police conference in Hyderabad on Friday the police personnel to help the oppressed, poor and the victimized. The Chief Minister said the police have successfully con- trolled Naxalism, extremism, gambling and illicit liquor, besides help solve several cases at the naContinued on P4 tional level. Now, turmeric farmers face the heat ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: Even as the chilli growers continue to face distress over the low price for their produce, now it's the turn of turmeric farmers in the region to face the heat of glut in production, coupled with the state government's indifferent approach. Together, the Kesamudram and Warangal Enumamula agriculture markets receive highest quantity of turmeric produce after Nizamabad market in Telangana. Nizamabad is the biggest producer with 13 to 14 lakh bags (60 kg in each bag) annually. While the turmeric arrival in Warangal and Kesamudram markets was around 2.75 lakh bags last year, this season it was K NETHAJI the precious liquid in a huge pond during the rainy season. Their water conservation efforts Madras HC issues notice to Union Health Secy KCR pats police for curbing Maoism expected to be anywhere close to 4.50 lakh bags. With the government discouraging the farmers not to go for the cotton, and lured by the last year's bumper price, the area of yellow spice went up in the region by at least Continued on P4 25 per cent. showed up a magical effect on their plantations during the summer. The 50-odd mango growers to dig a huge pond in a common site of three acres for storage of rainwater and demonstrated an indomitable spirit to let their crops survive in the drought conditions when rains played truant. This saga of grit and resolve of the farmers obviously let the CM feel compelled to see for himself the water conservation mission getting a reality at the ground level. The experiment began in a modest way some six months ago and success came their way in no time. The growers formed into Sri Venkateshwara Mango Growers Association to translate their spirit of cooperation into action with the help of Horticulture department. The farmers had dug up a huge water pond in three acres common site of farmers with assistance from the Horticulture department under the comprehensive horticulture development scheme. To quote S. Subramanyam Naidu, the pond helped store four crore liters of rain water during the rainy season which is now helping mango gardens survive acute drought conditions. When it rains, the pond collects and stores rainwater for usage during water-stress conditions during summer. Continued on P4 Pak moves ICJ to rehear Jadhav case Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday ﬁled a plea in the ICJ to rehear within six weeks the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Pakistan was set to re-challenge the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice after it granted injunction on Thursday on an Indian plea to stay Jadhav's execution, says a report. According to law, Jadhav can challenge his death sentence in an appellate court till the end of Saturday. A military court sentenced him to death on April 10 on spying and terrorism charges. S P7 WTC may create new headache to KCR I Turmeric farmers at the Enumamula market yard in Warangal on Friday. Photo: G Shyam Kumar In Tamil Nadu, different set of questions were given for those who opted for English and Tamil, the petitioners submitted and said the Tamil question paper was easier. “One India, one question paper in NEET is a must, otherwise the scaling of intelligence and aptitude would differ. Hence NEET examination should be cancelled and fresh examination with uniform question papers be conducted,” the petitioners submitted. TROUBLE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD RAMA KRISHNA SANGEM Mango farmers show the way to ﬁght drought Tirupati: Aravavandlapalli, a tiny nondescript village in the drought-prone Rompicharla mandal of Chittoor district, has scripted a success story in rainwater harvesting which caught the attention of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Naidu is scheduled to take his time off from the busy schedule during his two-day visit in the district to witness the humble experiment of a small group of 50 mango growers at the village on Saturday. The farmers with a rustic rural background collected every drop of rainwater and preserved NEET not uniform, cancel it: Students t’s good that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has decided to postpone the ﬁrst World Telugu Conference (WTC) in Telangana from June ﬁrst week to last week of October. Otherwise, it would have been difficult to organize the event at a grand scale. Any international conference that calls for presence of delegates from other countries needs at least three months’ time. The delegates expected to attend WTC from countries like the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Singapore would need at least 10 to 12 weeks’ time for travel to India. Either they may need the time to adjust their schedule back home or to buy air tickets at lowest rates or to arrange accommodation in the host city of Hyderabad. This aspect was ignored when it was planned to hold the event in June. The CM conveyed the idea to his aides in the ﬁrst week of May as he revived the Telangana Sahitya Academy which was defunct four decades ago. KCR sincerely wanted to re- store the glory of arts and culture in the newly formed Telangana State. His decision to appoint poet and activist Nandini Sidha Reddy as the head of the academy was no surprise and justiﬁed too. However, the moment the CM announced his mind to hold the WTC, for the first time in Telangana; whispers grew into murmurs on the way they are going to be organized. KCR, a lover of Telugu literature and language, is naturally interested in holding a Telugu conference at the global level to reflect the glory of one of the ancient languages in all its hues. KCR in his initial interactions with his officials and non-officials had expressed his desire to hold the WTC with participation from all countries and states where Telugu speaking people reside. This naturally includes poets, writers and linguists from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh which has no dearth of supporters of Telugu language and literature. They all ought to be invited to the WTC in Hyderabad. Continued on P4
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