www.thehansindia.com THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS BCs ELATED OVER KAPU QUOTA, SAYS RAMANUJAYA 5 13 CENTRAL BANK LEAVES INDIA INC COLD Don’t seek mandate, if you fail on promises Pawan pulls up politicos on DCI privatisation Time names ‘The Silence Breakers’ Person of the Year OUR BUREAU F irst it was a story. Then a moment. Now, two months after women began to come forward in droves to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment and assault, it is a movement. Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” its person of the year for 2017, referring to those women, and the global conversation they have started. The magazine’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too.” Quake rocks north India New Delhi: Tremors were felt in several parts of North India as a medium-intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district on Wednesday. According to the India Meteorological Department 's National Seismological Centre, the quake occurred at 8:49 pm. There were no reports of loss of property or life. Uttarakhand, a part of the Himalayan region, falls under a high seismic zone. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addressing a seminar on Wednesday Naidu woos Koreans to invest in AP solar sector OUR BUREAU Pradesh, Lee said he was impressed with the non-conventional renewable energy and solar energy policy of AP. Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu requested OCI CEO and president WooHyun Lee to invest in the solar sector in Andhra Pradesh during former’s visit to South Korea on Wednesday. The OCI company is a Seoulbased trading company, engaged in import, export, supply of chemical products and raw materials apart from solar power. While stating that he had participated in the last year’s Partnership Summit in Vizag and following the progress of Andhra Meet with LG oﬃcials President of LG Electronics Soon Kwon expressed his willingness to explore opportunities in AP in battery storage and electronics, reacting to the proposal of Naidu for a collaboration in manufacturing of energy storage systems and display systems like LED and OLED screens. Kwon said they have not set up a complete manufacturing unit outside Korea, and enquired about the competitive advantage of Andhra Pradesh over other states. Reacting to that, Naidu said AP ranked number 1 in the Ease of Doing Business. “Even Foxconn left Tamil Nadu and came to AP, and now employs 13,000 people in AP”, the Chief Minister said. Kwon said that it is unusual to see a government leader speak with such technological awareness, and he will consider exploring opportunities in AP. The delegation led by Chandrababu Naidu spent their third and last day of the foreign visit in Seoul in South Korea on Wednesday. Visakhapatnam: Holding both the state and Central governments responsible for the maladies afflicting society, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Wednesday questioned the ruling class on why it has forsaken its political responsibility of keeping the promises made to the people and what justiﬁcation they had now in seeking a fresh mandate from them in the next election. The actor-turned-politician was speaking at a meeting of party workers here after landing in Visakhapatnam this morning. He ﬁrst drove to the Dredging Corporation of India office where the employees are on agitation protecting the suicide of their colleague following the move of the Centre to privatise the PSU. Though Pawan Kalyan christened his latest phase of the tour of the state as “Chalore Chalore Chal,” the bonhomie this time was missing since he was in the port city to comfort the kin of the DCI staffer and question the Centre why it was privatising the PSU much to the detriment of society. Later in the day, interacting with the party workers, Pawan Trump rolls the dice on Jerusalem Move to recognise city as Israeli capital sparks fire in the Middle East Washington/Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump's expected decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital is meeting with a wave of disapproval - even before he formally makes the announcement. Leaders from within the Muslim world and from the wider international community were swift to criticise the move, and warned of violence and bloodshed as a result. The reversal of longstanding US policy risks stoking anger and unrest across A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives the Middle East. Administration officials outlined the decision in a call with reporters Tuesday night. The announcement has been signaled for days with Arab and Muslim leaders increasing their pleas that Trump not take this step. Both Israel and the Palestinians claim the city is their capital. Israel captured the eastern portion of the city in the 1967 war and US policy — under Republican and Democratic presidents — has long held that the city's status should be decided in peace talks. Trump's announcement, expected on Wednesday, essentially endorses the Israeli position on the city. Continued on Page 6 ‘Why link Ram temple with polls?’ Modi hits out at Cong over Sibal demand on Ayodhya New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at senior advocate Kapil Sibal's demand to delay Ayodhya case hearing. Modi asked why he (Sibal), a Congress leader, was linking the sensitive matter to the 2019 general election. Ironically, the Prime Minister's attack on the Congress comes 25 years after the right-wing forces had demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. "Why does he have to link Ram Mandir with elections. Is such thinking proper?" Modi demanded. Continued on Page 6 Unlike Narendrabhai, I am a human: Rahul Thanks BJP for pointing out erroneous tweet New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi admitted his mistake and also took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he is a human and bound to make mistakes. The Gandhi scion also thanked people for pointing out the tweet goof-up. Continued on Page 6 DSC notiﬁcation to ﬁll 12,370 posts released OUR BUREAU Amaravati: After a long time, the AP government on Wednesday released the District Selection Committee notiﬁcation to ﬁll 12,370 vacant posts in government schools. Releasing the AP DSC – 2018 notification at Secretariat, Minister for Human Resources Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that the notification would be available on online from December 15 onwards along with the syllabus. The written test will be conducted on March 23, 24 and 26 and the process of recruitment would be completed by June 12, 2018, explained the minister at a HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao releasing notiﬁcation for DSC recruitment at the Secretariat on Wednesday. Board of Intermediate Education Commissioner B Udaya Lakshmi and other officials are also seen press conference. The notification includes 10,313 posts for School Assistant, SGT, Language Pandits, 1,197 posts for Model Schools and 860 vacancies of Special Educators. The payment of fee through AP Online, Mee Seva or e-Seva will be accepted from December 26, 2017 to February 2, 2018. Hall tickets for the aspirants will be available for downloading from the website from March 3, 2018 onwards. After conducting exams in March, initial key will be released on April 9 and will receive objections on the key through online till April 16. The ﬁnal key will be made available online from April 30. Then the merit list will be declared on May 5, 2018. The provisional selection list of candidates will be intimated, and the list will be placed on the website on May 11. Continued on Page 6 Kalyan explained why he had supported TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the last election, ignoring the advice to him that Naidu was in the habit of dumping people after ‘using them’. Pawan Kalyan said he had lent support to Naidu in the last election as he (Pawan) considered him as a leader with enormous experience in administration. “A leader needs experience, or he cannot run the show. If making a movie calls for brains, running the administration of a state requires commitment and strength,” he said. He sought to explain how he came to respond to the problems people faced: “Since beginning, I had a heart that ached for the people in distress. If there is injustice, I wanted to set it right. As long as my heart is Indian, I would feel comfortable even in dresses made in other countries. In the beginning such dress used to be uncomfortable but once my heart began throbbing for the people, the dress stopped bothering me,” he said. He said he came into politics not for any selﬁsh reason but only to answer the questions that kept bothering him in society. He said he did not care if the government got angry with him for being on the side of the people. “What would happen to me. Will they beat me up? Let them do it. I will prove to them what a wounded person could do,” he said. Earlier in the day, speaking at a public meeting after comforting the kin of Dredging Corporation of India employee N Venkatesh who committed suicide fearing privatisation of his PSU, he said the Narendra Modi government should take the responsibility for the death of the employee. Continued on Page 6 CASHLESS PUSH RBI rationalises charges on debit cards Mumbai: In order to promote digital payments, the Reserve Bank on Wednesday came out with differentiated merchant discount rates (MDR) for debit card transactions, prescribing separate caps for small and large traders. MDR is the rate charged to a merchant by a bank for providing debit and credit card services. Meanwhile, the apex bank kept key repo rate unchanged at 6 per cent and reverse repo rate at 5.75 per cent on inflation worries in its fifth monetary policy review on Wednesday. It however retained growth forecast of 6.7 per cent for the current fiscal. Continued on Page 6
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