www.thehansindia.com WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H UTILISE TECHNOLOGY TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY, CM TELLS RYOTS Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe President Harare: Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's President on Tuesday, shortly after Parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule. The 93-year old clung on for a week after an Army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, which also told him to leave power. Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure. S P12 Iran declares ‘victory’ over IS Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday declared ‘victory’ over the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as the jihadists cling to just a few remaining scraps of territory. Iran is one of the main international backers of Syrian President Bashar alAssad and has sent military advisers and thousands of ‘volunteers’ to fight IS on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Screen 'S Durga' at IFFI, says Kerala HC Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed that Malayalam film ‘S Durga’ be screened at the ongoing 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa -- a decision the movie's team and film fraternity members immediately hailed. S P11 MAJOR WIN FOR INDIA Bhandari re-elected to ICJ after UK pullout United Nations: India’s Dalveer Bhandari was on Tuesday reelected to the International Court of Justice as the General Assembly overwhelmingly threw its weight behind him, forcing Britain to withdraw its candidate from a hard-fought race to the World Court. Bhandari and UK’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck ﬁght for re-election as the UN could not decide between them after electing four out of ﬁve judges to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Bhandari, 70, received 183 out of 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to ﬁll the ﬁnal vacancy on the ICJ after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York. Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the ﬂoor of the 5 13 AFTER VEGETABLES & EGGS, EDIBLE OIL PRICES SHOOT UP OUR BUREAU Britain will not have a judge on the bench of the ICJ for the first time in its 71-year history General Assembly. In a dramatic turn of events, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3pm (local time) for the 12th round of Continued on P6 voting. Hyderabad: After vegetables, onions and eggs, edible oil prices have soared to an alltime high. Sunflower, soyabean and palm oil prices have shot up at least from Rs 5 to Rs 7 per litre overnight. Thanks to the Union government’s decision to raise the duty on the oils imported from other countries, the people are now being forced to pay more. Telangana is one of the states in the country which registered highest consumption of sunflower and palm oil in the country. The government-owned Telangana State Cooperative Oilseeds Growers Federation Limited (TSOILFED) also increased the prices of its Vijaya brand of edible oils supplied in the state. “The sudden increase of import duty put heavy burden on Soyabean Current Price `70-72 `80-85 `92-95 Price on Nov 1 `64-66 `75-80 `90 the federation in procuring oil from other countries. Telangana has been importing palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia and sunflower oil from Ukraine and Russia to meet the local demands. A small quantity of soyabean oil was also imported from Latin America,” a TSOILFED official shared with The Hans India. Three days ago, the Union government has raised the im- port duty on crude palm oil from the present 15 per cent to 30 per cent. The duty on refined oil was increased from 25 per cent to 40 per cent. The import duty on crude sunflower oil has been increased from 12.5 per cent to 25 per cent and for refined sunflower oil, the duty has been increased from 20 per cent to 35 per cent. The Centre inflated import Soldier, 3 militants killed in Kashmir New Delhi: National capital Delhi reverberated with guns shots on Tuesday morning when the gang of criminals opened ﬁre at Delhi and the Punjab police when they had raided the office of property dealer near Dwarka Mor metro station. The joint operation of the Delhi and Punjab police took place after the inputs of criminal activity they got from intelligence cell. Reportedly, plenty of arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the criminals. Although there was no incident of injuries reported in the operation and cops caught five men with a huge cache of arms. The police said the raid was conducted by a police team from Mohali on the basis of an input about a notorious crimi- New Delhi: The government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. A ministerial committee has been set up to propose a suitable legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which would make instantaneous triple talaq an offence, government functionaries said on Tuesday. The committee will have Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as its members. As the law stands today, a victim of 'talaq-e-biddat' or instant triple talaq would have no option but to approach the police for redressal of her grievance as a Muslim clergy would be of no assistance to her. Even police are helpless as no action can be taken against the husband in the absence of punitive provisions in the law, they explained. The ministerial committee has been constituted to frame a new law or an amendment bill, and the government plans to bring this legislation in the winter session of Parliament, the functionaries said. In August, the Supreme Court struck down the controversial Islamic practice of instant divorce or 'talaq- e-biddat' as arbitrary and unconstitutional. But there have been reports of a number of divorces by way of 'talaq-e-biddat' even after the judgement, the functionaries said. Continued on P6 Srinagar: A soldier and three Pakistani militants were killed on Tuesday in two separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. Police said the militants belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in a battle with security forces in Magam area. "The operation against the militants in Magam area has ended but another gunfight started between the security forces and militants in the Gujarpati forested area," a police officer said. "As the security forces tightened the cordon around the hiding militants in Gujarpati, the militants fired at them, killing a soldier and injuring two other soldiers. The encounter is still on." Three other Lashkar-e-Taiba New Delhi: A world class Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is being set up by the Ministry of Shipping in collaboration with Siemens and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) under the Ministry’s ﬂagship Sagaramala Programme. CEMS will have campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai, and will provide industry-relevant skill development, equip students with employable engineering and technical skills in the port and maritime sector and contribute to the Government of India’s ambitious Sagaramala pro- Visakhapatnam: Even as the Legal and Metrology department is entering into its 60th anniversary, a large number of middlemen are still cheating the tribals by measuring their forest produce with banned age-old measurements. Sunflower Shootout in Delhi’s Dwarka, 5 criminals held with arms OUR BUREAU VKL GAYATRI Palm duty on oils in a bid to curb the excess oil imports and support farmers to make available good remunerative price for their produce. Since there was no sufficient palm oil and sunflower oil production, the official said that the government would have to import oil to meet the growing edible oil demand in the state. The other private oil manufacturing companies were also depending on imports to supply in the market. The increased import duty had forced the Federation to cough up more money to pay the duty for oil imports. The oil prices would not come down in the near future unless domestic oil production goes up to meet the local demand, the official said. Soyabean oil prices also increased in proportionate to the import duty though its consumption was low in the state. LAW TO END TRIPLE TALAQ LIKELY IN WINTER SESSION nal from Punjab is hiding in the area. After getting the inputs police team reached the spot and started inquiries. When the police team reached the shop and started inquiries, the men inside the shop started firing. In reply, police fired back and overpowered the criminals. The police team has taken the criminals into their custody. DCP Shibesh Singh said the suspected criminals were hiding on the second floor of a residential building in Dwarka. Continued on P6 Maritime Center of Excellence in Vizag Banned age-old measures used in paying less to natives of Agency areas BLUE-CHIP COS UNDER SEBI LENS FOR WHATSAPP LEAKS HANS GRAPHICS WINDOWS gramme. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping, had announced this at an event in Cochin last week. CEMS is being set up to meet the domestic skill requirement in ship design, manufacturing, operating and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and aims to become an international nodal centre in South Asia, attracting students from neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for skill development in the Port and Maritime sector. CEMS will provide skilled manpower to make vessels for inland waterways, ships, fishing boats and other ancillary man- ufacturing sectors. Siemens-a private sector entity is contributing technology, expertise and 87% funding for the center which is being made at a cost of Rs 766 crore. The Ministry of Shipping’s ﬁnancial contribution is towards capex for procuring of machinery, creation of classrooms, workshop and labs etc, and is a one time - non-recurring grant of Rs 50.07 crore. An equivalent amount has been raised by Indian Register of Shipping. The land and building for Vishakhapatnam campus has been provided by Indian Maritime University (IMU) and that for Mumbai campus by IRS. Traders short-change gullible tribals Kucham, seru, artha seru, thavva, gidda and lota, which were the standards used to measure various essential commodities till 1958 in the country, are still being used by some traders and cheating the innocent tribals in the agency areas of Andhra Pradesh. Traders are moving into the interior parts of the agency areas and procuring forest produce by measuring with the banned age-old measurements and offering money calculating the commodities in metric system. In fact, one kuncham of commodity weighs 4.7 kg and Unfair measure Kucham, seru, artha seru, thavva, gidda and lota, which were the standards used to measure various essential commodities till 1958 in the country, are used while buying forest produce from tribals HANS GRAPHICS one seru is equal to 1.4 kg. However, the middlemen are procuring with the old measurements and offering money in the metric system at several areas in the agency pockets, which means that tribals get less for their produce. The metric system in weights and measures was adopted by Parliament in December 1956 with the standards of Weights and Measures Act and brought into the implementation in October 1958. However, new and old weigh- ing systems continued till 1961. In April 1962, all other systems, including kuncham, seru, gidda and other measures were banned. The tribals are still cultivating several essential commodities at very small piece of land in the agency pockets. The ITDAs at various agencies, including Sitampeta, Parvathipuram, Paderu, Rampachodavaram and other forest areas are conducting weekly fairs by arranging proper weighing machines and measurements to sell the forest produce. Continued on P6 (LeT) terrorists have been neutralised in Magam area of Handwara district in North Kashmir, informed Director General of Police (DGP) of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday morning. He also said that all the three terrorists were Pakistanis. “Pakistan is trying hard to push as many militants as they can across the LoC and anytime snowfall will start, so, this is the time we should be very alert,” he added. The development comes just two days after six Pakistani militants of the LeT, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, were gunned down in Hajin area of Bandipora in an encounter in which an IAF Garud commando was also killed. PRELUDE TO LAUNCHING POLITICAL PARTY? Matadhipathi Sri Subhudeendra Theertha Swamiji presenting a memento to actor Rajinikanth at Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple in Mantralayam on Tuesday Rajini seeks blessings of Raghavendra Swamy OUR BUREAU Kurnool: Actor Rajinikanth visited Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple at Mantralayam in Kurnool district on Tuesday and offered prayers to the residing deity Raghavendra Swamy. He was received by the temple priests with Poorna Kumbham. He also offered prayers to the village goddess Manchalamma. Rajinikanth, it is said, visited the Mantralayam temple to seek the blessings of Raghavendra Swamy before he plunges into politics. Rumors are agog that Rajinikanth is all set to form his party shortly. The superstar used to visit Mantralayam prior to taking any decision and seek the blessings of the almighty. His visit to Mantralayam supports the theory of actor’s plan to announce a political party. On learning about the superstar’s visit to Mantralayam, his fans thronged the temple to have a glimpse of the actor. Matadhipathi Subhudeendra Theerthulu, Raghavendra Swamy Mutt Officer Narasimha and other priests bid farewell to Rajinikanth later.
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