www.thehansindia.com FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017 WARANGAL PAGES 20 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS GOVT PROD TO GURUKUL SCHOOLS ON RESULTS 3 12 INDIAN CRICKETERS PROPOSE, COA OBLIGES Aware of risks in my war against corruption: Modi Chanu breaks Karnam record Anaheim: A 22-year-old feat standing in the name of Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari since 1995 was shattered by an Indian on Thursday. Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics. S P12 Pay through apps at counters for railway tickets New Delhi: In a bid to promote digital payments, the Indian Railways on Thursday said it will bring UPI (Unified Payments Interface) payment system at all its ticket reservation counters across the country from Friday. Passengers need not carry credit or debit cards, as they can book it through BHIM app through a mobile phone. "We are going to roll out UPI-based payment system at all reservation counters across the country," Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohammad Jamshed said here. TRS improvising Operation Akarsh KCR-Harish closed-door meet indicates new strategy to win over leaders READY TO PAY PRICE FOR STEPS TAKEN FOR BETTER INDIA New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said opposition criticism won't deter him from his government's war against corruption and black money as he was willing to pay any political price for the steps he had taken to weed out graft. Addressing the opening session of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Modi said his government was committed to developing a development-centric eco system which is free of graft and is peoplecentric. "I am aware of the political price I will have to pay for the steps taken by the government but I am ready for it," he said, referring to demonetisation and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax as measures to tackle graft and black money. He said post demonetisation, black money, which was part of a parallel economy, has now become part of the formal system as data mining after the note ban has helped the government crack down against those hoarding unaccounted wealth and involved in corruption. He said 12%, 18% rates to be merged: Jaitley Everywhere in the country, someone had to ﬁght with the system day and night. I am trying and have committed that there will be irreversible change -- ease of living will improve Narendra Modi, Prime Minister there has been a "positive change" in the mindset and selfconfidence of people "like never before", ever since his government came to power in 2014. "If we see the country as a living entity then the positive attitude Global summit ends on grand note BUSINESS BUREAU Hyderabad: The eighth edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which kicked off amid much fanfare on Tuesday, ended on a grand note on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the global conclave of entrepreneurs in the presence of Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of US President Donald Trump and his advisor, who stole the show with her scintillating speech. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao also took part in the inaugural session. The City of Pearls is the ﬁrst city in South Asia to host the summit which is an annual OUR BUREAU that has come to India, was never before," Modi said. Earlier the youth, women, farmers and the poor had minimal faith in the country's resources, the Prime Minister said. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hinted at merging 12 per cent and 18 per cent tax rates under Goods and Services Tax once revenue collections pick up and said the top 28 per cent slab would be for a 'very thin' list of luxury and sin goods. GST, rolled out on July 1, currently has four tax slabs of 5, 12 18 and 28 per cent. There is also a zero per cent tax on certain essential daily use commodities. Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit, Jaitley said the new indirect tax regime started with multiple rates in order to keep the tax incidence around the same level that existed pre-GST. Stating that the country would eventually move to a two- tier GST, he said that how fast it could be done would depend on the revenue position of the government. Hyderabad: After hosting Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to the satisfaction to all international delegates, a turbocharged Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has set his eyes on fortifying his Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) further by inducting leaders from other parties, particularly from the Congress and TDP. As part of the exercise, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, who is coordinating party affairs at micro level, had a one-on-one meeting with Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday and is understood to have apprised him of his plans of spiriting away the leaders from the Opposition party. The TRS is eyeing leaders in the Congress in the erstwhile districts of Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Rangareddy, Khammam and Nizamabad. Harish Rao’s closed-door meeting with KCR assumed significance in the wake of Alampur Congress MLA SA Sampath evincing interest in crossing the Rubicon and joining the pink brigade. Sampath met Harish Rao at Delhi on ALOFT, ALOFT, IN THE BLUE SKIES… event planned by the US Government to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Ivanka arrived in the city in the early hours of Tuesday and left on Wednesday. Apart from inaugural session, she also took part in a panel discussion on opportunities for women on the same day. On the second day on Wednesday, Ivanka participated in panel discussion on ‘We can do it! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” in which several other successful women including Cherie Blair, the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, participated. Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao moderated the discussion. Continued on Page 4 In a rare click, our lensman Srinivas Setty frames a bird ﬂying back to its nest, forming a perfect silhouette on the glowing moon’s surface, at LB Stadium on Thursday evening Delhi throws a spanner in Polavaram works Babu losing patience with Centre OUR BUREAU Telangana State IT Minister K T Rama Rao speaking while NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant looks on the concluding day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad on Thursday Amaravati: In a ﬁrst sign of his growing impatience with the Centre's attitude towards the state, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday delivered a punch, asking it to take up the responsibility of completing the Polavaram Project by 2019 if it was not happy with the way the state was handling it. Naidu apparently ﬂew off the handle when Union Water Resources Ministry wrote to him, picking holes in the state’s decision to sub-contract Polavaram Project and asking him to cancel the tenders already invited. Naidu’s outburst came as a surprise since BJP is TDP’s ally and all along, Naidu has been biting the bullet even when funds for Polavaram were sanctioned in ﬁts and starts. Naidu in an informal interaction with media-persons and speaking earlier in the Assembly said, that he was exercising extreme restraint as BJP is not only an ally but also a partner in the state government and the TDP in the Centre. Continued on Page 4 Cyclone Ockhi looms on Tamil Nadu, Kerala Chennai: Southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are expected to witness moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours due to formation of cyclonic storm 'Ockhi' on Thursday, a MeT official said. The storm could also intensify into severe cyclone, he said, adding the cyclone is expected to have a wind speed of 65-75 km per hour and that the sea will be rough. It is expected to the islands on December 2. According to reports, four persons were killed in Tamil Nadu and one in Kerala as heavy rains lashed the southern states under the inﬂuence of Ockhi, forc- ing authorities to close schools and order people to stay indoors. Meanwhile, Indian naval ships have been deployed for search and rescue operations after some boats went missing the cyclonic storm hit the Kerala coast. At least six ﬁshing boats with ﬁshermen on board and one marine engineering vessel are reported missing at sea near Vizhinjam. Fishermen in coastal regions in southern Tamil Nadu, including Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts have been advised not to venture into sea for the next 24 hours. "Yesterday's depression escalated into deep depression early this morning (Thursday) and further intensiﬁed into cy- clonic storm at 8.30 am and lies at about 70 km south of Kanyakumari," Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, S An elderly person is carried to safe place in a ﬂooded locality following a heavy storm at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday Balachandran told reporters. The depression on Wednesday hovered over South West Bay of Bengal. The name Ockhi, given by Bangladesh, is expected to move further north-westward towards Lakshwadeep, he said. As per current indications, "it is expected to intensify into severe cyclone also". Under the inﬂuence of the system, moderate rainfall is expected to occur all over southern Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Balachandran said. Southern Tamil Nadu districts including Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin will experience heavy rainfall. Continued on Page 4 Storm kills 7 in Sri Lanka Colombo: A powerful storm coupled with heavy rains hit several parts of Sri Lanka, killing at least seven persons and affecting nearly 20,000 people. The storm also disrupted air traffic and other essential services. The schools in the Central, Western and Southern provinces were closed. Many houses were partially damaged, mainly in the central hill districts, and power supplies have been hit. At least seven persons have been killed due to heavy rains and gusty winds which swept through most parts of the island last night, police said. Nearly 20,000 affected and five people are missing as of this afternoon following the heavy rains. The Colombo National Hospital officials said at least 15 people had been treated for injuries. Wednesday and discussed the prospects of his future in the new political ecosystem. Harish Rao is understood to have explained to KCR the outcome of his meeting with Sampath and the beneﬁt that would accrue to TRS in Mahbubnagar as the Congress would be impoverished to that extent. Harish Rao is said to have also apprised KCR the progress in the consultations with TDP leaders who ﬁnd continuing in the yellow party too suffocating after A Revanth Reddy joined the Congress in search of greener pastures. As prospects of the Telugu Desam Party appear bleak in Telangana, the leaders left out are looking to TRS with a sense of hope and expectation. Continued on Page 4 US warns NK of ‘total destruction’ United Nations: Warning that if it comes to war, North Korea will be "totally destroyed", the US has called on China to show leadership and cut off oil supplies to pressure Pyongyang following its latest missile test. US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley told the Council on Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was bringing "the world closer to war" through his missile and nuclear provocations. "We have never sought war with North Korea," she said. "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed." Haley said that many countries have made economic sacriﬁces to enforce strict sanctions against North Korea and put the main task of containing Pyongyang on China's shoulders. "We now turn to (China's) President Xi (Jinping) to also take that stand," she said. "China must show leadership and follow through." Haley said that President Donald Trump had called Xi and asked him cut off oil supplies to North Korea. "China can do this on its own or we can take the oil situation into our own hands," she added. Explaining the importance of an oil embargo, she said that when China cut off oil supplies that country in 2003, Pyongyang came to the negotiating table. Meanwhile, Trump's Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters: "We'll see future actions by the US and others and we're looking forward to applying as much pressure as we can to get to our ultimate goal, which is a denuclearised Korean Peninsula." At the Council meeting convened at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea, Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said the missile launched on Wednesday had travelled about 950 kilometres before falling into the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone. "The parameters indicate that if ﬂown on a standard trajectory, the missile as conﬁgured would have had a range in excess of 13,000 kilometres," he added. Continued on Page 4
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