www.thehansindia.com SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS People wade through a ﬂooded street in Suchindram at ﬂood-hit Kanyakumari district on Friday Cyclone leaves 10 dead in TN, Kerala Chennai: Ten people have died in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu and nearly 90 fishermen are missing as a depression above the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm. S P6 12 killed in Pak terror attack Peshawar: Three burqa-clad Taliban militants on Friday stormed an agriculture training institute in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar and opened indiscriminate fire, killing at least 12 people, half of them students, before being shot dead by security forces. The heavily-armed militants attacked the students' hostel of the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on the University Road in the city. Flynn charged for lying about Russia links Washington: Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, has been charged with lying to investigators over his Russian contacts, becoming the senior most official indicted in the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. S P12 ILLEGAL BOAT OPERATORS THRIVE ON SEEMA-TS BORDER 5 13 AP KAPUS ARE BCs NOW Cabinet okays 5 per cent quota for them in education, jobs OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a signiﬁcant decision to beneﬁt Kapus in the state, the AP Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday, approved provision of ﬁve per cent reservation to them in education, employment and in availing themselves economic beneﬁts. However, they would not be entitled to political reservations. The Cabinet, after lengthy deliberations, approved the recommendations of the Manjunath Commission appointed to study the demand of the Kapus for Backward Classes status. With this, the total reservations would go up to 55 per cent and those for the Backward Classes to 34 per cent from the present 29 per cent. They would now be listed under the BC (F) category. Th Cabinet also approved the proposal to move a resolution in the Assembly and Council on Sat- Don’t talk bad about BJP, TDP men told Amaravati: A day after expressing displeasure over the letters on Polavaram from the Union government, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed his party legislators not to make any serious comments against the BJP, as it is their ally both in the State and at the Centre. S Report: P5 CM Chandrababu Naidu presiding over the Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat in Velagapudi on Friday urday recommending ST status for Boyas, who are about 17 to 18 lakhs in number in the state. The resolution would be sent to the Centre for effecting a necessary amendment to the Constitution of India. As regards the reservation to the Kapus, the Cabinet resolution would be further be vetted at another Cabinet meeting on Saturday and then it would be intro- duced in the Assembly and Council in the form of a Bill. After discussion in both the Houses, the Bill would be passed and sent to the Centre for tabling it in Parliament where it could be passed with a simple majority and to the President of India for his assent. After obtaining the assent, it would be included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. As it would be in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution, the Supreme Court order that reservations should not cross more than 50 per cent would not apply. According to sources, Kapu patriarch Mudragada Padmanabham, who, in fact, set December 10 deadline for Naidu to include the Kapus in the BC list, will meet Kapu leaders at his residence in Kirlampudi in East Godavari district on Saturday Speak against divisive forces Obama says he spoke to Modi on religious freedom New Delhi: Politicians often mirror society and the people of India can strengthen the hands of politicians by speaking out against divisive forces, former US president Barack Obama said on Friday. Obama made the remarks during an hour-long interaction at the 15th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on being asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response when he raised the issue of religious freedom in a private conversation. Without sharing details of Modi’s reply, Obama said: “I think his impulses are to recognise the importance of Indian unity. I know that he ﬁrmly believes in the need for that in order to advance to the great nation status that India possesses and will continue to amplify in the years to come.” In democracies such as India and the US, the “office of citizen” is the “most important office”, and it is the responsibility of everyone to speak out against divisive forces and to reinforce such views, he said. Continued on P6 At the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, former US president Barack Obama said humans like to make distinctions on race, religion, gender or class to make themselves feel more important than others Tollywood espouses the RSS cause? K NARESH KUMAR T elugu cinema, unlike its neighbouring Tamil film industry, is not known to openly espouse political causes and ideologies. Barring Pawan Kalyan, who kept mouthing leftist rhetoric and openly advocating Communism in a few films, popular stars have stuck to the straight and narrow and remained entertainers. Jr NTR, during the 2009 elections, was seen cycling in one of his films mouthing a dialogue which eulogised his grandfather NTR and his Telugu Desam Party, whose party symbol is the cycle. Surprisingly, of all political identities, in a first of its kind, Hindutva seems to have caught the Continued on P6 fancy of mana filmwallahs. AP to tie up with BEE on energy efficiency OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Union Ministry of Power, is all set to sign an agreement with the AP Capital Regional Development Authority (APCRDA) to provide support in building green constructions in Amaravati. During a ﬁve-day International Symposium to promote innovation and research in energy efficiency (INSPIRE-2017) in Jaipur in Rajasthan, BEE director general Abhay Bhakre an- IVANKA’S HYD SPEECH KICKS UP ROW nounced that the BEE was in favour of entering into an agreement with the CRDA on building green constructions in Amaravati. Principal Secretary for Energy Ajay Jain invited BEE to establish an energy efficiency research and development lab in AP. He revealed that AP plans to in- vest Rs 16,349 crore for developing world class power infrastructure in Amaravati, for which he requested INSPIRE to provide the best practices in the areas of energy efficiency. All the representatives of global organisations have responded in positive to the suggestion. Recognizing the pro- public approach on energy efficiency (EE) and conservation of AP, globally prominent players in EE evinced keen interest to support Amaravati by imparting technology to enhance EE and also to make Amaravati a green city. In a press release, AP State Energy Efficiency Corporation Ltd (APSEEDCO) chief executive officer and managing director A Chandra Sekhar Reddy said the world famous organizations for energy efficiency such as American Council of Energy Efficiency Economy, The World Bank (US), International Energy Agency (Paris), TERI appreciated AP for implementing EE measures, which resulted annual energy savings of 1,781Million Units and monetary savings of Rs 982 Crores besides carbon dioxide reduction of 1.35 MT. and take stock of the situation. The Cabinet also discussed the unemployment allowance promised to the youth and decided that it should be made applicable to the youth under 35. In the survey that the state government had conducted, it came to be known that the number of unemployed were about 18 lakhs. The state has allocated Rs 500 crore in the 2018-19 budget for payment of unemployed allowance. Draft law makes instant talaq illegal 3-yr jail term for husband New Delhi: Men giving instant triple talaq might land up in jail for three years, according to a draft law aimed to curb the practice which continues despite the Supreme Court striking it down. The proposed law makes instant triple talaq a non-bailable, cognisable offence. The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’, which was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was sent to the state governments on Friday for their views. Once the views of the states are received, the Union Law Ministry would move the Cabinet with the proposal. Continued on P6 BJP sweeps UP civic polls Congress suffers Amethi blow Lucknow: The ruling BJP swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls bagging 14 of the 16 mayoral seats for which results were declared till Friday evening, while the Bahujan Samaj Party won the remaining two. Opposition Congress again fared poorly, including in its bastion of Amethi, while the BSP had some reason to cheer as its candidate snatched the Aligarh mayoral seat, a traditional BJP stronghold. The BJP posted a massive win in Amethi. In what was being dubbed as Yogi Adityanath's ﬁrst electoral test after he became the chief minister, the BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats, including Ay- odhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others. In Ayodhya, BJP's Rishikesh Upadhyay secured 44,642 votes and defeated nearest rival SP's Gulshan Bindu, a transgender, by 3,601 votes. In Prime Minister Narendra Modi Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, BJP candidate Mridula Jaiswal defeating her nearest opponent, Shalini of the Congress, by a comfortable margin of 78,843 votes. In Lucknow, BJP's Sanyukta Bhatia became the first woman mayor of the state capital defeating nearest rival, Samajwadi Party's Meera Vardhan, by a huge margin of Continued on P6 1,31,356 votes.
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