www.thehansindia.com SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS NEW SLOT SYSTEM FOR SARVA DARSHANAM DEVOTEES SOON Jazeera launches Hyd-Kuwait flight Hyderabad: Jazeera Airways, a low-cost airline from Kuwait, on Friday launched daily flight between Kuwait and Hyderabad, marking its foray into fast-growing Indian aviation segment. The non-stop flight from Kuwait with 165 passengers landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here at 01.35 am and the return flight left here at 02.20 am on Friday. Jazeera Airways CEO Rohit Ramachandran told reporters here that the flight brought more choice to Indian travellers, connecting them to Riyadh, Jeddah, Bahrain, Dubai and other destinations. S P13 Vancouver Film School in Hyd Hyderabad: The Telangana government said it has signed an MoU with the Vancouver Film School (VFS) of Canada to set up a satellite campus here. The satellite campus will offer programmes in animation, VFX, game development and film. The institute will provide skills to students on par with international industry standards, it said. 5 13 NGT green signal for Amaravati Disposes of all petitions against capital construction with riders NGT has constituted one Supervisory Committee and one Implementation Committee to suggest or add more conditions for environmental protection to ensure proper implementation and regulation of the green order OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bench headed by its Chairperson Justice Swantanter Kumar here on Friday disposed of the Amaravati petitions, while constituting two committees to supervise the capital city construction and the implementation of the green conditions imposed by the tribunal to protect the people and the land. The Bench imposed 10 greed conditions on the AP government and directed the committees to ensure compliance of the same. These conditions are suffi- cient to safeguard the environmental concerns and protect the land against degeneration. No alteration of the river or the natural storm water morphology will be allowed and all green measures to clear the waste are to be in place. To ensure proper implementation and compliance of the directions contained in this judgment and also to have requisite regulatory and supervisory control over the performance of the project proponent in the interest of environment and ecology, it constituted a Supervisory Committee with an Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change as Chairman, and ﬁve members. Continued on P6 Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Iswaran around the Assembly at Amaravati on Friday Capital to be greenﬁeld livable city OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his gov- he Friday’s ruling of the National Green Tribunal over construction of capital in Amaravati, dismissing objections raised by green activists, provided the much-needed respite for the State government. When the government is faced with lack of funds, half-hearted support from the alliance partner of the NDA government at the Centre and mounting attack from the opposition YSRC and anti-capital campaigners, the verdict came as a morale booster. ernment would build Amaravati as the world’s best greenﬁeld livable capital city with the cooperation of Singapore government. The second joint implementation steering committee (JISC) meeting, co-chaired by Naidu and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Iswaran, was held at the Secretariat on Friday. The meeting discussed the progress of decisions taken in the ﬁrst meeting with regard to the setting up of an AP Design Research Institute and CRIPA in Continued on P6 Amaravati. New Delhi: Moody’s Investors Service raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time since 2004, overlooking a haze of short-term economic uncertainties to bet on the nation’s prospects from a raft of policy changes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The global rating agency upgraded the rating by taking cognizance of the Modi government’s ongoing reforms such as the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and the mechanisms for resolving bad loans and re-capitalise ailing public sector banks. “The decision to raising the ratings is underpinned by Moody's expectation that continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance India's high growth potential and its large and stable ﬁnancing base for government debt, and will likely contribute to a gradual decline in the general government debt burden over the medium term,” the rating agency said in a statement. “In the meantime, while India's high debt burden remains a constraint on the country's credit GUJARAT ELECTIONS Sherin’s foster mom held in US for endangering child Houston: The foster mother of 3-year-old Indian girl Sherin Mathews found dead last month in a culvert in Dallas has been arrested and charged with child abandonment, with police alleging that the Indian-American couple left the toddler in the kitchen alone and went out for dinner. Sini Ann Mathews and husband Wesley Mathews, who was arrested last month, went out for dinner with their 3year-old biological daughter on October 6, the night before she was reported missing by her adoptive father. Continued on P6 CM, Patidars, 5 Cong rebels in BJP ﬁrst list New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced on Friday its ﬁrst list of 70 candidates for the Assembly elections in Gujarat, retaining most of its state heavyweights and accommodating rebels from the rival Congress. The list belied speculation that the BJP would drop most of its sitting members of the Assembly. It re-nominated 49 lawmakers, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitinbhai Patel as well as many from the Patidar community. The re-nomination of sitting Patidar legislators signalled the BJP was unwilling to change tack on the politically inﬂuential group that has lately sought to coalesce against the party under the leadership of Hardik Patel. The list also ﬁgures ﬁve Congress rebels who sided with the BJP in this year’s Presidential election as well as the Rajya Sabha polls that saw Congress Amit Shah with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani leader Ahmed Patel winning narrowly. It has 16 fresh faces and just four women. “While caste balances have been considered, above all, because of merits and performance of the MLAs and ministers, they have been continued,” Deputy Chief Minister Patel said. Voting to elect 182 members to the Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The results are expected on December 18. The list includes candidates for both the phases. Naidu, Gates go down memory lane, pat each other Visakhapatnam: Nostalgia and mutual admiration marked the meeting of Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on the last day of the Agri-Tech Summit in Visakhapatnam on Friday. It’s the common cause —application of technology for the well-being of common man - that brought them together. Keeping aside the routine business, Naidu and Gates went down the memory lane, recalling their ﬁrst meeting that took place some 20 years ago. “I felt bowled over by Naidu’s vision when I met him for the ﬁrst time two decades ago,” said T Changes may include removal of optional paper New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission is all set to effect major changes in the Civil Services examination that selects officers to IAS, IPS, IFS and other Central services in the country. The changes may include the removal of an optional paper in the mains and reduction of upper age limit to ensure level-playing ﬁeld for all the aspirants. The UPSC had constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan to review the scheme of civil service examination in August 2015. Continued on P6 S Lifts India’s rating to Baa2 from Baa3 S Expects GDP growth to moderate to 6.7% SINGAPORE TO AID IN BUILDING POLLUTION-FREE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM VKL GAYATRI A morale booster UPSC SET TO TWEAK CIVIL SERVICES EXAM Moody’s boost to Modi govt Courts cannot connect hearts: Sri Sri Lucknow: Working to find out an amicable solution to the Ayodhya tangle, Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that unlike any court verdict, a solution through dialogue will be recognised for ages. S P11 CHERIE, KOCHHAR AMONG 42 SPEAKERS AT GES Agri-Tech Summit calls for raising farm productivity the icon of the IT industry. Chandrababu too recalled his ﬁrst encounter with the Microsoft chief. “Initially, he gave me an appointment for just 10 minutes. But he got engrossed in discussions over my plans to promote IT that lasted for 45 minutes,” Naidu said. Impressed by the state’s (united AP) potential, Naidu said, Bill Gates had instantly conceded his request to set up a Microsoft development centre in Hyderabad. Naidu praised Bill Gates, saying the latter was not only generating wealth but also using substantial amounts from his earnings for philanthropic activities all over the world. Gates described Naidu as his Continued on P6 “best friend”. proﬁle, Moody's believes that the reforms put in place have reduced the risk of a sharp increase in debt, even in potential downside scenarios,” Moody’s Investors Service said, to explain its upgrade for the Indian government’s rating as a local and foreign currency issuer from Baa3 with a positive outlook to Baa2 with a stable outlook. Obligations rated Baa2 are subject to moderate credit risk. They are considered medium grade and as such may possess certain speculative characteristics. Baa3, by contrast, was the lowest inContinued on P6 vestment grade rating.
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