www.thehansindia.com FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Nizamabad | Rajamahendravaram H WINDOWS NAIDU FAVOURS MORE POPULATION Himachal polls on Nov 9, no dates for Gujarat yet New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh will go to polls on a single day on November 9 to elect a new assembly, the Election Commission announced on Thursday without finalising a schedule for Gujarat, drawing sharp criticism from the Congress which accused the Centre of putting pressure on the poll panel. The result from Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh will be known on December 18. Announcing the schedule, Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti said filing of nominations will open on October 16 and end on October 23. S P11 GST Council will discuss bringing real estate under its ambit: Jaitley SC lays norms to accord seniority to lawyers Bill Gates to visit Vizag on Nov 16 Visakhapatnam: Microsoft founder Bill Gates will arrive here for the first time on November 16 to participate in a 3-day Agri-Hackathon being organised by the state government. Bill Gates and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will participate in the event on November 16, the second day of the 3-day event beginning on November 15, said Collector Pravin Kumar, who had a review meeting with the Microsoft officials in the presence of Chief Secretary of Agriculture Department D Rajsekhar. Nearly 1,000 delegates from all over the country and Central ministers are expected to participate. Hangars, which were used for two partnership events, would be installed. Bill Gates will spend two hours in Vizag. The world’s richest man visited Hyderabad for the first time on November 14, 2002 on the invitation of N Chandrababu Naidu. 5 16 INDIA KNOCKED OUT OF UNDER-17 FOOTBALL WC n SC, ALL HCS TO FOLLOW THEM New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Thursday laid down guidelines for itself and 24 High Courts to govern the exercise of designating lawyers as seniors and ordered setting up of a committee headed by the Chief Justice of India, which would be assisted by a secretariat. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, rejected the plea that section 16 of the 1961 Advocates Act, which empowers the apex court or a High Court to designate senior advocates, should be held as unconstitutional. "It is not an uncontrolled, unguided, uncanalised power, though in a given case its exercise may partake such a character. However, the possibility of misuse cannot be a ground for holding a provision of the Statute to be constitutionally fragile... "Possible consequences arising from a wrong/improper exercise of power cannot be a ground to invalidate the provisions of Section 16 of the Act," the bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman and Navin Sinha, said. Disposing four petitions, including one ﬁled by senior advocate Indira Jaising, the bench, in its 112-page judgement, laid down as many as 11 guidelines to effectively deal with the process of designating lawyers as seniors. "All matters relating to designation of senior advocates in the Supreme Court and in all the High Courts of the country shall be dealt with by a Permanent Committee to be known as 'Committee for Designation of Senior Advocates'," it said. The panel will be headed by the CJI and consist of two seniormost Judges of the apex court or "High Court(s), as may be," and the Attorney General or the Advocate General of a state in case of a High Court will be its member, it said. On giving the Bar representation, it said "the four Members of the Permanent Committee will nominate another Member of the Bar to be the ﬁfth Member of the Permanent Committee". The committee shall have a permanent Secretariat, the composition of which will be decided by the CJI or "the Chief Justices of the High Courts, as may be, in consultation with the other Members of the Permanent Committee", it said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 GUSHING FORTH An aerial view of the Srisailam dam showing water gushing out from two gates which were lifted to 10-ft height on Thursday after the reservoir was ﬁlled to its brim in three years. As much as 56,000 cusecs of water is being Photo: Sirra Syam Sundar Rao released into Nagarjunasagar S Report: P2 Yanamala hints at cutting tax on petrol OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said the government is toying with the idea of slashing taxes on petrol and diesel. It is construed as a hint at the fuel prices coming down as a cascading effect. The Finance Minister was inaugurating a state-level conference of Commercial Taxes Department officials here on Thursday. Speaking at the function in this connection, Yanamala said that the government achieved 11% growth rate in the 2016-17. The department has tar- US withdraws from UNESCO 15 passengers have narrow shave as bus stuck in river Washington (AFP): The United States on Thrusday announced that it is to withdraw from the United Nations Scientiﬁc and Cultural Organisation, accusing the body of "anti-Israel bias." State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington would establish an "observer mission" to replace its representation at the Parisbased agency. OUR BUREAU the vehicle partially marooned in water. The Kadapa: Tension prevailed passersby who noticed the inwhen a RTC bus heading to cident immediately alerted Sontumvaripalle from Rayathe villagers, who rushed to choti got stuck in Babuda the spot and saved the pasriver at Bestavaripalle village sengers. The vehicular traffic in Sundupalle manwas disrupted for 4 As the bus got dal on Thursday. villages in Rajustuck in middle However, the paspalem mandal folof Babuda river sengers were reslowing overﬂowing cued by the alert at Bestavaripalle, of Nimadavanka villagers and stream. According alert villagers shifted them to to Meteorological rushed to safer side. Accorddepartment, wide their help ing to sources, a spread rains ocRTC bus belongs to Rayachoti curred at Rajampet, Kamaladepot proceeding to Sontumpuram, Pulivendula, Kondavaripalle with 15 passengers. puram, Mudhanuru, The bus was proceeding on Prodduturu, Rajupalem, the old causeway instead of Sundupalle, Chinnemandem newly constructed causeway and Nandaluru and streams as it was not inaugurated. and rivulets were witnessing When the bus reached middle overﬂowing and tanks were of river, the front tyre of bus ﬁlled to brim for the ﬁrst time got stuck in water resulted after 15 years. geted to collect Rs 40,000 crore through the commercial taxes, out of which 44% of the target is achieved so far. He directed the officials to collect revenues, according to their targets. All the commercial taxes offices will be linked to the district administrations concerned and take steps to release funds to constructions and other development works. The government is planning to reduce expenditure in the department from 1% to 0.5%. He instructed the officials to collect taxes without giving trouble to the traders and made it clear that there is no impact of GST on the state. The state has already overcome the troubles caused by the GST and collected 44% of the taxes and added that the government stalled transfers in the commercial taxes due to GST. Commercial Taxes Commissioner J Syamala Rao said that they have collected 44 % of the targeted tax revenues and added that there is gap of 6%. They have concentrated on the check-posts and collected a revenue of Rs 40 crore. The department is creating awareness on the GST, he said. Later, he recognised the ofﬁcials who worked hard for implementing the GST. CM seeks Emirates support to develop AP as airlines hub OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday invited Dubai-based international aviation holding company, Emirates, to partner with AP government to promote air service connectivity between cities in Andhra Pradesh and Dubai and develop green ﬁelds airports. Speaking to Adnan Kazim, divisional senior vice president at Emirates, through a video confer- ence on Thursday, Chief Minister wanted him to consider his proposal for making Amaravati and Visakhapatnam as airlines hubs. He told Kazim that he would like to improve the AP connectivity with Dubai, and develop more green-ﬁeld airports. The officials of the Emirates group were eager to renew old ties with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, and recalledthesuccessfulbusinessventures with him in Hyderabad, officials said. “I have been an ad- Warangal: This Diwali has turned out to be a double bonanza for young techies of Warangal as they had an invite from the NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge and as well as from the RoboGames, known as Olympics of Robots and said to be world’s largest robotics competition organisers. The design of a buggy designed to traverse the simulated surface of moon conceived by a team of young techies P Paul Vineeth (B Tech, ECE ﬁnal year), Prakash Raineni (Mech ﬁnal), P Sravan Rao (ECE ﬁnal), Rondla Dilip Reddy (Mech ﬁnal) and Venishetty Sneha (Civil ﬁnal) – guided by faculty Manoj Chaudhary has been shortlisted for the Rover Challenge by the NASA to be held between April 12 and April 14, 2018 at Huntsville in Alabama of US. The Rover Challenge that began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race in 1994 has been focusing on designing, constructing, and testing technologies that will be needed in future exploration missions, besides providing valuable experience to the students. While these students, all belonging to SR Engineering College, are engaged in the preparation full-scale working model of the buggy, they had a surprise invite from the RoboGames that is inviting best minds from the world to compete in 50 different events such as combat robots, ﬁre-ﬁghters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, mirer of Dubai for a long time, and I have received great cooperation and knowledge from the government in the past. I would like to revivethatfriendship,andrequest the expertise for the development of Amaravati,” said the Chief Minister.Kazim said that a team from Emirates would soon be sent to AP to survey the opportunities available. Pennsylvania Ambassador Kanika Choudhary and Singapore government representative Raghu were also present. n Bickerings stare at party during ‘Intintiki TDP’ TDP MLA injured in Guntakal group clash OUR BUREAU MAOISTS BLOW UP CELL TOWER, POLICE TAKEN BY SURPRISE P5 Ananthapur: The group clash within TDP during the ‘Intintiki TDP’ programme at Guntakal on Thursday, leaving local MLA Jithendar Goud injured, exposes chinks in the ruling party’s armour. The groups led by Masthanappa former MPTC member and Gunasekhar, councillor in the second ward in Guntakal, reportedly came to fisticuffs during the party programme. When the MLA tried to broker peace between the two warring groups, he was said to have been pushed away and injured in the melee. Masthanappa defected to the TDP from the YSRC against the wishes of Gunasekhar and that Sekhar did not like defector’s participation in the party programme, leading to a showdown. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Double bonanza: Warangal techies for RoboGames, NASA challenge ADEPU MAHENDER Washington (PTI): Identifying real estate as the one sector where maximum amount of tax evasion takes place, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that there was a strong case to bring it under the ambit of the GST. The matter will be discussed in the next meeting of the GST, which will be held on November 9, in Guwahati, Jaitley said, while delivering a lecture at Harvard University. "The one sector in India where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes place and which is still outside the GST is real estate. Some of the states have been pressing for it. I personally believe that there is a strong case to bring real estate into the GST," Jaitley said, while delivering the 'Annual Mahindra Lecture' on India's tax reforms. "In the next meeting itself, we are addressing one of the problem areas or at least (having) discussion (on) it. Some states want, some do not. There are two views. Therefore, by discussion, we would try to reach one view," he said. The ﬁnance minister said the move would beneﬁt the consumers who will only have to pay one "ﬁnal tax" on the whole product. The design of buggy soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu. The event will be held between April 21 and April 23, 2018. Prakash (B Tech, Mech ﬁnal year) is the other member of the team in the preparation of combat robot. The team will be with their 'mobile autonomous robot' to compete in the combat robot category. Speaking to The Hans India, Manoj Chaudhary said: “It’s going to be race against time for us as we have to prepare for both the events. These events will not only bring fame for us but also to Warangal city at the international level.” P Paul Vineeth, one of the members of the team, said that they have their task cut out with both the events are going to happen within the span of just two weeks. Venishetty Sneha said that the team is in search of chromoly steel and other material for the preparation of the buggy and are likely to procure them from Mumbai. SR Educational Society Chairman A Varada Reddy said: “This reﬂects our endeavours for promoting technical education on par with the best insti- (From left to right) Manoj Chaudhary, P Vineeth Reddy, R Prakash and P Sravan Rao tutions in the country.” Talwars acquitted in Aarushi murder case Lucknow (IANS): The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their teenaged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj by giving them the beneﬁt of the doubt, but left questions unanswered on who killed them. A bench of Justice BK Narayana and Justice AK Mishra acquitted the couple for the murder of 14year-old Aarushi Talwar at her Jalvayu Vihar home in Noida on May 16, 2008. Their lawyer Rebecca John said the evidence presented by the CBI "did not stand judicial scrutiny and that is the end of it". Pinaki Misra, another defence counsel, said the CBI court judgment was "absolutely perverse and the High Court has set it aside correctly". After a Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad convicted them for the murders in 2013 and handed them life terms, the Talwars appealed in the Allahabad High Court against the verdict. The Talwars were lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district ever since their 2013 conviction.
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