www.thehansindia.com THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017 WARANGAL PAGES 20 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS TPCC PLANS THANKSGIVING DAY FETE ON DECEMBER 9 3 12 NINTH STRAIGHT SERIES WIN FOR TEAM INDIA Trump rolls the dice on Jerusalem HEARTY WELCOME Move to recognise city as Israeli capital sparks fire in the Middle East Time names ‘The Silence Breakers’ Person of the Year 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 KCR arrives to a grand reception at Karimnagar on Wednesday. KCR will visit the Kaleshwaram project on Thursday KCR WANTS TO DEDICATE KALESHWARAM ON T-DAY PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: After getting all important clearances, Telangana state government has now advanced the deadline for the completion of the prestigious Kaleshwaram project. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to dedicate the ﬁrst major irrigation project, conceived by his government, to the nation on Telangana Formation Day on June 2 next year. Earlier, the government targeted the completion of the lift irrigation project by December 2018. The Kaleshwaram project was taken up in 2015 by re-designing the Pranahitha– Chevella multipurpose project. The inter- state project has been taken up with the cooperation of Maharashtra government aiming to create 18.25 lakh acres of new ayacut and stabilise another 18.82 lakh acres by utlising all the 950 tmc ft of water of allocated water from the Godavari river to Telangana. The Centre has already accorded Stage 2 forest clearances, hydrological, inter- state and Stage 1 environmental clearance. A detailed report seeking Stage 2 environmental clearance has also been submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change recently. Top officials said that land acquisition for the projects was also nearing completion. Nearly 95 per cent of the required lands was acquired. Continued on Page 4 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 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. Continued on Page 4 A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives Pakistani cleric Samiul Haq, known as the ‘Father of the Taliban’, speaks to the reporters in Peshawar on Wednesday. He describes US President Donald Trump as an ‘evil man’ and urged the Muslim world to stop the US leader from insulting Palestinians ‘LONG OVERDUE’ Washington: Hours before a momentous announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the move was "long overdue." "Many presidents have said they want to do something and they didn't do it, whether it's courage or they changed their mind, I can't tell you," Trump said, portraying himself as daring to fulfil a promise that previous presidents have shied away from. "I think it's long overdue," he said. ‘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 rightwing forces had demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. "Why does he have to link Ram Mandir with elections. Is such thinking proper?" Modi demanded. Modi's remarks came a day after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, while representing the Sunni Waqf Board, urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the 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 4 Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit till July 2019 when the next Lok Sabha elections will be over, citing "serious political ramiﬁcations". However, the demand was brushed aside by the apex court as it ﬁxed February 8, 2018 for the ﬁnal hearing in the case. In a surprising twist, the Sunni Waqf Board too disassociated itself from Sibal's petition to postpone the hearing, asserting that it wanted a resolution in the Ram temple dispute at the earliest and had "nothing to do with his (Sibal's) statement." Lauding the Waqf Board's decision to distance itself from Sibal's remarks, Modi said: "Everyone wants a time bound solution except Congress and their leaders." Continued on Page 4 CBIT students protesting against ‘unusual’ hike in college fee at Gandipet in Hyderabad on Wednesday CASHLESS PUSH RBI rationalises charges on debit cards P3 THE POWERFUL FOUR LINERS … Don’t seek mandate, if you fail on promises PAWAN PULLS UP POLITICOS ON DCI PRIVATISATION OUR BUREAU 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 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.” Continued on Page 4 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. As per the latest notiﬁcation, MDR charges for small merchants with an annual turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh has been ﬁxed at 0.40 per cent with a cap of Rs 200 per transaction by debit cards through Point of Sale (PoS) machines or online transactions. For accepting payments via QR (quick response) code based transactions, the charge will be 0.30 per cent subject to a cap of Rs 200 per transaction. In case the annual turnover of a merchant is over Rs 20 lakh, the MDR charges would be 0.90 per cent with a cap of Rs 1,000 per transaction. If transaction is through QR code, the charges will be 0.80 per cent with a similar cap. These directions will come into effect from January 1, RBI said, adding it would be the duty of the banks to ensure the MDR levied on the merchant does not exceed the prescribed cap. RBI said rationalisation of the charges is being undertaken with a view to achieve the twin objectives of promoting debit card acceptance by a wider set of merchants, especially small traders, and ensuring sustainability of the business for the entities involved.
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