www.thehansindia.com THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2017 WARANGAL PAGES 20 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Gujarat bans film Padmavati Ahmedabad: The BJP government in Gujarat on Wednesday banned the yet-to-bereleased period movie, Padmavati, the second state after Madhya Pradesh to prohibit screening of the film slammed by Hindu right-wing groups as “distortion of history”. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the home department decided to ban the film to avoid possible breakdown of law and order in the poll-bound state. “No Padmavati in Gujarat. The government will not allow its release in the state. We don’t want any controversy and law and order situation,” he said. HYDERABAD REJOICES IN FACELIFT FOR IVANKA’S VISIT TS has Plan B for PM to launch Metro INDIA CREATES WORLD RECORD BrahMos tested from Sukhoi-30 HE IS UNLIKELY TO TRAVEL IN IT New Delhi: The deadly BrahMos supersonic cruise missile became a deep surgical-strike missile after it was tested on Wednesday from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet. In fact, India has created a world record as this is the first time that the Indo-Russian missile was test fired from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet of the IAF. According to BrahMos Aerospace, their missile and the Sukhoi-30MKI together will carry out air combat operations within and beyond visibility range. It will make the IAF capable of attacking targets protected by powerful air defence assets. The world-class weapon with a multi-platform, multimission role is now capable of being launched from land, sea and air. For India, that completes its tactiContinued on P4 cal cruise missile triad. Panchayat certificates no proof of citizenship New Delhi: A certificate of residency issued by the gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is "meaningless" unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said no verification is made before such certificates are issued. The apex court said it will pass orders on whether the Guwahati High Court was right in invalidating the document for making a claim in the NRC or whether further opportunity needs to be given to the people to establish their claims of citizenship. 39 IT’S A TESTAMENT TO INDO-US BOND OUR BUREAU 26/11 attacks mastermind SAEED WALKS FREE Islamabad: A Pakistani review board on Wednesday set aside a request from authorities to extend the house arrest of Lashkare-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and ordered his immediate release. Saeed, accused of masterminding the terror attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people nearly nine years ago, had been placed under house arrest in January, largely because of pressure from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force that tracks terror fi- CHAIWALA vs BARWALA Congress, BJP trade barbs over memes New Delhi: Political drama unfolded late on Tuesday when veteran actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal wrote and deleted a tweet in response to the meme posted by the Congress on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the tweet that is now deleted, he wrote, “Our chaiwala is any day better than your barwala!” The 67-year-old actor-turnedpolitician was responding to the Indian Youth Congress’s online magazine ‘Yuva Desh,’ where they tweeted a picture of Prime Minister Modi in conversation with US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. However, later he issued an apology and wrote, “Deleted the tweet as it’s in bad taste and I apologise for hurting feelings.” ‘Yuva Desh’s meme showed a picture of Modi in conversation with Trump and May asking them if they were aware of the various ‘memes’ on him, which have been circulated on social media by the Opposition. To which May responds that Modi should stick to just selling tea. The Congress disapproved and rejected its online magazine’s derogatory tweet, saying that the party’s culture imbibed respect for the Prime Minister and all political opponents. Continued on P4 Ravi Shankar Prasad No lessons learnt. Insulting popular mandate. Madam Sonia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi do you still believe that only you have a divine right to rule India? nancing. The government of Punjab province had sought a three-month extension in Saeed’s detention, but the request was turned down by a judicial review board. Saeed, who now heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, is scheduled to be released on Thursday.“The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case,” the judicial review board said. During a hearing by the judi- cial review board on Tuesday, the Punjab government had said Pakistan might face sanctions from the international community if the JuD chief is released. The board comprises judges of the Lahore High Court. Saeed, through his lawyer AK Dogar, had challenged his detention and contended that requirements laid by the Supreme Court had not been fulfilled. He had requested the court to order his reContinued on P4 lease. AP move to appoint Sambasiva Rao as DGP fails again OUR BURAU Amaravati: The Union Public Service Commission has rejected the proposal of the AP government to appoint N Sambasiva Rao as regular DGP for the second time. The UPSC did not accede to the proposal as Rao would be retiring on December 31. Besides, three of the seven IPS officials listed would be retiring within the next six months. IPS officials, including N Sambasiva Rao, M Mala Kondaiah and SV Ramana Murthy, will retire within the next six months. The UPSC suggested to the government to send the list with at least six senior IPS officials who will be in service for minimum of one year. Hyderabad: There are too many ifs and buts as far as inauguration of Metro Rail by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is concerned. First, the state is yet to receive any official conﬁrmation from the Prime Minister’s Office. Secondly, even if the Prime Minister chooses to inaugurate it, there is uncertainty over whether he would take ride in the train. The only programme that the state has received so far is that the Prime Minister would inaugurate the threeday Global Entrepreneur Summit in Hyderabad on Nov 28. There was no mention of inauguration of Metro Rail the same day. The government has requested the PMO to include the Metro Rail inauguration in the PM’s official schedule during his one-day visit to Hyderabad. Telangana State Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao said that the government was yet to receive ofﬁcial communication from the PMO on the inauguration of the Metro Rail by the Prime Minister. Based on the information furnished by the Special Pro- tection Group (SPG), which monitors Modi’s visit, the state government is making arrangements for the inauguration of the Metro Rail by PM, according to top officials. The government has already made arrangements for the PM’s travel by Metro for some distance immediately after the inauguration. The Miyapur Metro station, the venue for the inauguration, has already come under the surveillance of the SPG. Officials said that it is not clear if the Prime Minister after arrival in the afternoon on Nov 28, would travel by the Metro Rail even if he chooses to inaugurate it. In view of his tight schedule, if the PM decides to skip Metro ride, the government has Plan B for the Metro Rail inauguration. Continued on P4 Winter session from Dec 15 New Delhi: The winter session of Parliament will begin on December 15 and end on January 5, the Union government has decided. Lawmakers will get a four-day break for Christmas, but will have to work on New Year's Day, January 1. The Opposition has been scathing in its criticism of the government's delaying of the end-of-year meeting of Parliament because Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top Union ministers are busy campaigning in Gujarat for next month's election. Results from the PM's home state, along with those of Himachal Pradesh, where voting was completed earlier this month, will be declared on December 18. Campaigning for the last phase of voting in Gujarat on December 14, will end on December 12. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi this week ac- MPs TO WORK ON NEW YEAR’S DAY cused the PM of "sabotage" and said that the government is worried about being held accountable by the opposition for the economic slowdown that saw the growth rate declining in the last quarter to a 3-year-low of 5.7%. Union Minister Arun Jaitley retaliated that it's not uncommon for elections to push back parliament sessions; he said the Congress was no stranger to this practice when it was in power and had promised that the winter session would be called "very shortly". Cabinet nod for 15th Finance Commission Recommendations of the Commission will be in place before April 1, 2020, says Jaitley New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of the 15th Finance Commission which will assess the tax resources of the nation and suggest a formula for their devolution among states. The members of the Commission and its terms of reference will be notiﬁed in due course of time, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the Union Cabinet meeting. Its recommendations will have to be in place before April 1, 2020, he said. "Normally, it takes 2 years for Finance Commission to give its recommendations." As per Article 280 of the Constitution, the Commission is required to make recommendations on the distribution of the net proceeds of taxes between the Centre and the states. The Commission also suggests the principles which should govern the grants in aid of the revenues of the states out of the Consolidated Fund of India. This time it will have to consider the impact of the Goods and Services Tax, which kicked in from July, on the resources of the central as well state governments. On who will head the 15th Finance Commission, Jaitley said: "The members of Finance Commission will be appointed very soon." When asked whether the 15th Commission will also allocate more resources to the states, he said: "I think let us not prejudge the situation. India is a Union of states; the Union also has to survive." In a U-turn, Oz watchdog ﬁnds fault with Lord Ganesha ad NATASHA CHAKU Melbourne: In a U-turn, Australia's advertising watchdog has ruled that a controversial advertisement featuring Lord Ganesha and other divinities promoting consumption of lamb meat violated the country's advertising standard code. The advertisement was released in September by the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), triggering widespread protests from the Indian community in the country as well across the globe. Members of the Hindu community of Australia ﬁled a com- plaint with the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) at that time claiming it had hurt their religious sentiments. The advertisement also prompted the Indian High Commission in Canberra to lodge a complaint with the Australian government asking for its removal. Initially, the ASB found that the advertisement by the MLA was not in breach of code. Considering several points of submission, the board said, "after taking into account the Independent Reviewer's ﬁnding that the board gave insufficient weight to the views of complainants in re- gards to the Elephant Comment, the board determined that the advertisement breached section 2.1 of the Code and upheld complaints." According to the latest deci- sion, the board noted "Lord Ganesha was a deity that signiﬁed perfection so to criticise his appearance would be likely to be seen as ridiculing the Hindu religion and by extension some followers of that faith." "The majority of the board therefore considered that the Elephant comment amounts to a depiction or portrayal of material which discriminated against a person on account of their Hindu religion," the ASB noted. It further noted that the reference made in the advertisement about 'elephant in the room' was a tongue in cheek way of refer- ring to an unpleasant or negative issue. It said that the board recognised that the advertiser was known for presenting laid back advertisements with edgy Australian humour. The advertisement is no longer being broadcast. However, the MLA maintains its advertisement does not discriminate against anyone. Reacting to the ASB's latest decision, Melbourne-based Hindu community member Karthik Arsu said, "This is a Great Victory for the entire Hindu Community. The community got united and each and every one contributed to ﬁght against a giant like Meat & Livestock Australia, we lost in the complaint process, but we stood together and persisted." "So happy to receive this good news, still not sure how it will transpire in getting that derogatory advertisement removed from online platforms, but the whole community is feeling ecstatic!," he said. "The decision reinforces the belief that no one can denigrate a community in Australia on the basis of religion, colour or the size of the community!," he Continued on P4 added.
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