www.thehansindia.com FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER 2017 WARANGAL PAGES 20 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS 3 12 GIFT TO FARMERS: FREE POWER TO USHER IN 2018 COOK FEASTS ON AUSSIE DISHES LS passes ‘historic’ triple talaq bill Tirumala temple is all decked up for auspicious Vaikuntha Ekadasi which is observed today. TTD authorities are expecting over 2 lakh devotees to offer prayers to Lord Venkateswara on the S Report: P5 occasion Resolve HC issue mutually, AP, Telangana told New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday urged AP and Telangana governments to sit together and sort out the issue of bifurcation of the high court. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that the process was not stalled, and it would be better for the two to resolve it mutually. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Centre was looking at the issue and a temporary arrangement could be made but shifting the HC lock stock and barrel would take some more time. This was in response to the TRS members demand. India’s first bitcoin trading app launched New Delhi: At a time when bitcoins are in focus also for the wrong reasons, cryptocurrency dealer Pluto Exchange on Thursday announced the launch of India's first mobile application for transacting in virtual currencies. S P9 Clean Authority of Telangana on the anvil Cong supports but wants it to be scrutinised by Parliament panel MAJOR STEP TO STEM POLLUTION New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the hugely contentious bill that criminalises instant triple talaq and makes it punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the husband, a development hailed by the government as "historic" but disapproved of by a section of the opposition. The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by voice vote after rejecting a string of amendments moved by opposition members. The Congress said it supported the bill but wanted it to be scrutinised by the Standing Committee of Parliament, a demand that was rejected by the chair. The RJD and Samajwadi Party also backed the demand of referring the bill to the Standing Committee. The bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for signing it into law. Given the Congress's stated support, the bill is likely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks majority. However, the main opposition party may again insist on referring the legislation to the Standing Committee. The Supreme Court had outlawed instant triple talaq in August and asked the government to frame a law within six months. Ending the Hyderabad: Alarmed by the growing threat of pollution, Telangana government is set to bring a ‘Clean Authority of Telangana’ to deal with the menace of solid waste, waste water and air pollution in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state. The government is likely to come with a Bill for the purpose in the ensuing budget session of the Assembly in February 2018. “The authority will be an independent and exclusive body in the state” said Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department Secretary, Navin Mittal. According to him, the authority will be given all powers to address the solid and liquid waste management and also air pollution. At present, municipalities and municipal corporations have been given the responsibility of waste management. Due to being over burdened by other responsibilities like infrastructure development and the betterment of civic amenities and paucity of funds, the municipal authorities failed to address the vital issue of waste management effectively. Continued on Page 4 controversial divorce practice was also the BJP's electoral promise. Acting swiftly, the BJP-led government not only introduced the bill on Thursday but also got it passed by the Lok Sabha by evening despite its consideration and passage not being part on the agenda. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who introduced the bill as part of the listed business, had requested her to allow it to be considered and passed today itself, and the request was granted. "We are going to create history. Today is the day to create history," Prasad said while introducing the bill. He insisted the government did not intend to politicise the issue and the legislation was brought after taking a humanitarian view of it. "This is not about siyasat (politics) but about insaniyat (humanity)," Prasad said. "If it is a crime to bring a bill in the favour of Muslims then we will commit this crime 10 times," he asserted. Under the proposed law, instant triple talaq in any form --spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp -- would be illegal and void. The proposed law would be applicable to the entire country except in Jammu and Kashmir. Continued on Page 4 VISAKHA UTSAV BEGINS ON A GRAND NOTE PATAN AFZAL BABU Muslim women celebrating the introduction of triple 'talaq' bill in the Lok Sabha, in Lucknow on Thursday I want to say this to all Muslim women that when they have a brother like Narendra Modi, they do not need to be afraid of anyone Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP Member of Parliament The legislation would benefit the country...community and the nation ...and will promote gender progress M J Akbar, Union Minister of State for External Affairs We will take whatever steps required through democratic means to amend, improve or scrap it. There is no move to go to court as of now...The Bill was brought in a haste Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani, AIMPLB spokesperson Common entrance tests dates announced Eamcet from May 2 OUR BUREAU A tourist enjoys riding a sand scooter at RK Beach in Visakhapatnam S Report: P4 on Thursday Photo: A Pydi Raju Two killed, six injured in bus-lorry collision OUR BUREAU Kothagudem: Two persons were killed and six others suffered grievous injuries when the bus they were travelling in collided with a lorry on the outskirts of Anjanapuram in Burgampahad mandal on Thursday night. The lorry driver, who ﬂed the accident spot, was however apprehended near Palvoncha. The deceased were identiﬁed as Vooke Durga (23) and Gangapelli Rambabu (35). Their bodies were shifted to Bhadrachalam Area Hospital for post-mortem. Meanwhile, one person, Victory Sairam, who was critically injured was also shifted to Bhadrachalam Area Hospital and was lodged in the intensive care unit. The other injured Vanapalli Sanni of Manuguru, Guduru Srinivas of Palvoncha, M Vasanta and Vooke Lingaraju of Toggudem in Manuguru and another person, who is yet to be identiﬁed, have been provided ﬁrst aid at the primary health centre at Morampalli Banjara and later taken to the area hospital at Bhadrachalam. Bhadrachalam Revenue Divisional Officer Sivanarayana Reddy and Burgampahad Tahsildar KV Srinivasa Rao visited the injured at the hospital and enquired about the incident. The Burgampahad police registered a case and took up the probe. Hyderabad: The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) on Thursday announced the calendar of common entrance tests for admission to various undergraduate and post graduate courses in the state. THE SCHEDULE: TSEAMCET: May 2 to 5 to be conducted by JNTUH, Kukatpally, Hyderabad TSECET: May 9, to be conducted by JNTUH, Kukatpally, Hyderabad TSICET: May 17, to be conducted by Kakatiya University, Warangal TSPECET: May 20, to be conducted by Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda TSLAWCET: May 25, to be conducted by Osmania University, Hyderabad TSPGLCET: May 26, to be conducted by Osmania University TSPGECET: May 27, to be conducted by Osmania University TSEdCET: May 31, to be conducted by Osmania University Justice should be done to "20 lakh abandoned women" from all religions, including "our bhabhi in Gujarat", Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife while strongly opposing introduction of the bill Bring law to punish those who abandon their wives: Owaisi New Delhi: Those who marry and abandon their wives should be punished and the government should bring a law to this effect, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said in Parliament on Thursday. "If at all you want to bring a law, then make a law that if a person marries and abandons his wife, he should be punished," Owaisi said, without naming anyone, while participating in a discussion on the bill in the Lok Sabha that criminalises triple talaq. BJP USES LIES, CONGRESS STAYS WITH TRUTH: RAHUL New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the BJP of attacking India's Constitution and using lies for political beneﬁts, while asserting that the truth and its defence were pivotal for his party. Addressing a gathering at a function to mark the Congress' 133rd Foundation Day, Gandhi hit out at the BJP for weaving a "web of deceit" and said his party would defend the truth even if it suffered or lost elections. Rahul Gandhi, who was appointed party president earlier this month, unfurled the Congress flag at the Congress headquarters in Akbar Road, a first for him. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior leaders, including Congress Working Committee (CWC) members, were present at the event. Making a reference to Union minister Anantkumar Hegde's comment on amending the Constitution, but without naming him, the Congress president said one of the most important moments in India's history was the day it got its Constitution. And this was under attack now. "Today, it is distressing to see that this document, the foundation of our country, given to us by the Congress party, given to us by Mr Ambedkar, is under attack. "... Dear Mr Jaitlie - thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. – Rahul Gandhi Privilege move against Rahul for ‘mocking’ Jaitley New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday moved a privilege motion in the Rajya Sabha against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for "mocking" Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by "twisting" his name. BJP member Bhupendra Yadav moved the motion under Rule 187, against Gandhi and urged the Chair to take notice of the alleged breach of Jaitley's privilege, who is also the Leader of the House. "The members of this House have dignity. The name of Leader of the House Arun Jaitley has been intentionally published by the Congress President with mala ﬁde intentions to defame this House," Yadav told the Chair. "The way his (Jaitley's) name has been twisted by the Congress President on his Twitter handle, it comes in the category of (breach of ) privilege. There are precedents such as that of N C Chatterjee in 1954. I request you to go to this precedent and Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a protest against Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde's remarks on Constitution, at Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday issue notice to Rahul Gandhi," he added. Referring to a statement given by Jaitley in the House on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted: "Dear Mr Jaitlie (sic)- thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means." Continued on Page 4 Sonia pedals away stress on Goa vacation Panaji: Days after relinquishing Congress affairs to her son, former party chief Sonia Gandhi is on a "de-stress" vacation in Goa, and an image of her cycling at a resort here has created waves on the social media. Sonia Gandhi, who arrived here after Christmas, is likely to stay here till early January, after ringing in the New Year. This is her third vacation in Goa this year. The 71-year-old leader -- who guided the destiny of the Indian National Congress for 19 years took time off to enjoy riding a bicycle on the seafacing lawns of ﬁvestar resort-hotel, The Leela Goa, in Varca, a sleepy village in south Goa, surprising the hotel's guests, staffers and outsiders. Attired in a long white kurta and dark leggings, she smiled warmly as some guests requested her for pictures and others posed for selﬁes beside her, and chatted with locals and foreigners. Though some reports speculate that Sonia Gandhi has come with some close friends, this could not be officially conﬁrmed from either the party in Goa or New Delhi. "Some pictures make you happy. This is one of them," said Bollywood actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh, who uploaded a picture on his Facebook account of Sonia cycling and wished her "happiness and best of health". Many on Attired in a long white kurta social media even comand dark leggings, Sonia mented that for a change, it was Sonia and not Rahul Gandhi smiled warmly as some whose vacation is in the guests requested her for limelight and while most "liked" it, some also pictures and others posed for smirked at her pictures. Goa Pradesh Congress selfies beside her, and chatted President Shantaram Naik with locals and foreigners said he was "not aware of her visit, since it was private, and she could not be disturbed for the ﬁrst time as Congress Presiat all for anything". dent. In the past, Rahul Gandhi had Incidentally, Rahul Gandhi adraked up controversies for his "vacadressed the 133rd Congress Foundations" abroad and critics had even laFormer Congress president Sonia Gandhi cycles while holidaying in Goa on Tuesday tion Day in New Delhi on Thursday belled him a "part-time" politician.
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