www.thehansindia.com SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS MPs SEEK FULFILMENT OF BIFURCATION PROMISES 5 13 HYDERABAD REALTORS BULLISH ON 2018 END OF TRANSSTROY US freezes over $1 bn military aid to Pak Washington/Islamabad: Putting Pakistan on notice, the US on Friday suspended over USD 1.15 billion in security aid and the delivery of military equipment to it for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network terror groups and dismantle their safe havens. The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after President Donald Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for USD 33 billion aid over the last 15 years. S P12 Haj panel wall turns saffron, triggers row Lucknow (IANS): The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday came under heavy fire from social groups and opposition parties in the state after the peripheral wall of the UP Haj Committee office was painted in saffron, a colour identified with the Hindu religion. S P11 Union Budget on Feb 1 Centre bends, Naidu gets nod for Polavaram re-tenders Green light given to build upstream cofferdam OUR BUREAU New Delhi/Amaravati: The Centre has ﬁnally succumbed to the pressure of TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and given permission to him to delink major works of spillway headworks and channel works from Transstroy and call for fresh tenders to complete them on fasttrack mode. A meeting called for by the Union Ministry of Water Resources here on Friday cleared almost all the hurdles for the speedy execution of the Polavaram Project and gave a green signal for the re-tendering of the cofferdam and other concrete works. This in effect would pave the way for the faster completion of the dam works that were held up due to various technical objections so far. The meeting which was attended by the officials of the Dam Designing Committee and Central Water Commission. Setting aside the earlier 'Stop-Work Or- TRANSSTROY MACHINERY CONFISCATED OUR BUREAU der' issued by then Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources Amarjit Singh, the meeting suggested that the works should be undertaken without further delay and has informed the Polavaram Authority to do the needful. The meeting which considered the report of the National Hydro Power Corporation Committee which suggested alternatives to the cofferdam and rejected the same as those were found not viable. As for the height of the dam, it was conveyed that a decision on it would also be known to the State Water Resources Secretary. Further, execution of the project and the tendering process and other related processes should be under the control and supervision of the Polavaram Project Authority, the meeting decided. This brings to an end all uncertainty over the project completion which was looming large on the state Continued on P6 government. GST slows India’s 2017-18 GDP growth to 6.5% Chittoor district officials are making arragnements for the foundation-laying of Apollo tyres factory by CM Chandrababu Naidu at Chinna Panduru Apollo to set up tyre factory in Chittoor S Elephant tourism project coming at Naniya S Naidu to lay foundation for projects on Jan 9 K NETHAJI Tirupati: Two more projects are coming up on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s home turf Chittoor district soon. The Apollo Tyres Company, one of the major tyre manufacturers in India, will be setting up a factory soon in Chittoor district with an investment of Rs 1,200 crore. The AP government has allotted 264 acres of land in Varadaiah Palem mandal near Sricity for the establishment of the tyres factory. Already, the APIIC has identiﬁed the government land and marked for this purpose and paid compensation to the farmers for land acquisition. The AP Industries department handed over the land allotment and other permissions’ documents to the Apollo Tyres Company management after signing an MOU. Locals would be given priority in the employment in the industry. According to the District Industries Department sources, the Apollo Tyres Company will start manufacturing in a year from the new plant at Chinna Panduru. It is expected that they would provide 600 jobs in the unit. Similarly, in the Kuppam constituency, the AP Forest Department has designed an Ecotourism Elephant Project at Naniya in Ramkuppam mandal on the Tamil Nadu border. Continued on P6 New Delhi: Implementation of GST and subsequent slowdown in the manufacturing sector is expected to drag down India's growth to 6.5 per cent in 2017-18, official data showed on Friday. India's projected economic growth rate for 2017-18 will be lower than the 7.1 per cent achieved in 2016-17. According to Chief Statistician TCA Anant, the de-stocking disruption caused due to the GST implementation has impacted the full-year GDP estimates. S Report: P13 Eluru: Dena Bank officials on Friday seized some of the machinery belonging to Polavaram project’s major contractor Transstroy, as the company failed to pay the instalments of the loan amount of Rs 120 crore to the bank. The bank officials’ visit took place just three days ahead of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s tour to the Polavaram project on January 8. Dena Bank has sanctioned Rs 84 crore to purchase 64 types of machinery, including escalators, earth movers for the Polavaram project construction to the Transstroy Construction Continued on P6 Company. Next Parliament Session begins on Jan 29 New Delhi: The Budget Session of Parliament will begin on January 29 and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget on February 1, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said as the Winter Session drew to a close on Friday. The long Budget Session is held in two parts with a recess. The ﬁrst part of the session will be till February 9, and Parliament will reconvene on March 5 for the second part, which will go on till April 6, the minister said. The Winter Session was delayed and shorter than usual, convened on December 15 after the Gujarat elections amid much criticism from Opposition parties. The Winter Session had 13 sittings spread over a period of 22 days. Both the Houses were adjourned sine die on Friday. The productivity of the Lok Sabha was 91.58 per cent while that of the Rajya Sabha was 56.29 per cent in the Winter Session, Ananth Kumar said. "In a way this session was landmark... 13 Bills were passed in the Lok Sabha and nine in the Rajya Sabha during the 13 working days of the Winter Session," the minister told reporters. During the Winter Ses- Triple talaq Bill pushed to budget session New Delhi: With the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die on Friday, the controversial triple talaq bill was pushed to the budget session that begins on January 29. Government sources ruled out any possibility of an ordinance on the bill, stuck in the Rajya Sabha. Court denies bail to Ghazal Srinivas OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a setback to Ghazal Srinivas, who has been arrested on charges of sexual harassment of a woman employee in his office, the Nampally court dismissed his bail petition on Friday. The prosecution contended that if he was granted bail, there is a possibility that he might influence the witnesses. Earlier, defence counsel argued that there was no need to take into consideration evidence pertaining to a sting operation and that his client was eligible for bail. The court expressed displeasure over the police maintaining that Parvati, A2, in the case was absconding and wanted to know why the police were acting in such a negligent fashion. Srinivas was arrested by the Punjagutta police on January 2, basing on a complaint lodged by the victim. Vijayawada/Tirupati: Even as the controversy over offering ‘tantrik’ pooja in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Durga Malleswara Swami Varla Devasthanam in Vijayawada continues to rage, reports of another such pooja in a temple under the administration of Srikalahastheeswara Swamy Devasthanam in Chittoor district caused a sensation on Friday. After video of Sri Kalahastheeswara Swamy temple superintendent Dhanpal performing some poojas on the night of Jan- uary went viral, Executive Officer of the temple D Bhramarambha kept him under suspension. The temple where Dhanpal performed poojas was at Bhairavakona temple near Vedam which is under the administration of Kalahasti temple. Vedam is 10 km away from Srikalahasti. The EO told The Hans India: “Already there is video of the superintendent performing pooja which is against rules,” she said but would not elaborate further on whether they were tantrik in nature. The EO’s action against him OUR BUREAU Bhupalpally: The police have arrested a platoon commander and two militia members of the CPI (Maoist) at Venkatapuram in Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district on Friday. The arrested were identiﬁed as Madivi Pande alias Susheela alias Laxmi, working as protection platoon commander of the Central Committee member Katakam Sudharshan alias Anand alias Duladadha, and the militia members - Ramesh and Nandini of Bheeram village in Continued on P6 the district. US lawmakers oppose changes in H1B rules Washington/New Delhi: Some US lawmakers and advocacy groups have criticised the Trump administration's reported plan to curb H1B visa extensions that could result in self- deportation of an estimated 5,00,0007,50,000 Indian Americans, saying the move would drain America of talent. The proposal, which was part of President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative that he vowed to launch on the campaign trail, is being drafted by Department of Homeland Security leaders, ac- Bhairavakona temple near Vedam was also on the grounds that he had misappropriated Rs 27,500 cash from donation counter, 2 women among 3 Maoists arrested TALENT MAY DRAIN OFF WITH AUTO DEPORTATION cording to reports. The H1B programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualiﬁed American workers. But since taking office last January, the Trump administration has been cracking down on the scheme. Inﬂuential Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said: "Imposing these draconian restrictions on H-1B visa holders will tear families apart, drain our society of talent and expertise, and damage our relationship with an important partner, India. "This proposal could lead to the deportation of an estimated 500,000 to 750,000 Indian H1B visa holders, many of whom are Tantriks raise their ugly head at Srikalahasti, too OUR BUREAU sion, the government was hoping to get Parliament to clear the Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Bill 2017 that seeks to make the instant "triple talaq" a criminal offence and proposes up to three years in jail as punishment for a Muslim man who divorces his wife by saying "talaq" thrice. But the Bill has been pushed to the budget session as it did not come up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday due to the deadlock between the government and Opposition. taking away 16 sarees and 20 dhotis meant for VIP devotees, and 3,000 worth of laddus and vadas form potu. Meanwhile, in the video that became viral, he was seen performing poojas before Kalabhairava deity. It was said that he used to perform these pujas on every Tuesday, Sunday, Full Moon day and New Moon day which came to light now. Many Tamil devotees also visit that temple and perform pujas during these days, sources said. While this is so, in Vijayawada, the inquiry committee comprising former executive officer Raghunath and agama advisor Ramasharma inquired with about 40 members includ- ing temple priests, staff and security personnel on Friday. The committee conducted a detailed inquiry with all the staff on developments that took place on December 26 night when tantrik poojas were suspected to have been performed by priests in the temple. According to sources, the chief priest did not admit performing any tantrik pooja in the temple. He reiterated that he went to temple to clean it. The committee members collected CC TV footage and discussed the details in the visuals. Continued on P6 small business owners and job creators who are helping to build and strengthen our US economy. This brain drain will stiﬂe innovation and decrease our ability to compete in the global 21st century economy," Gabbard said. In a statement, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) sounded alarm over the Trump administration's proposal to deny extensions of H-1B visas to green card applicants and leaving them with no choice but to return to the country of origin or be deported. Continued on P6 TS industrialists eye biz expansion in AP markets Vijayawada: The industrialists of Telangana are expressing interest to start their business units in Andhra Pradesh after state bifurcation. The food processing industry conclave-2018 is an example as half of stalls in the total 60 stalls exhibition were occupied by entrepreneurs from Telangana state. The retailers and manufacturing unit owners are not only participating in the exhibition but they also expressed interest to start their units by focusing mainly on two tier cities of AP. S P6
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