WINDOWS FRIDAY 26 JANUARY 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 16 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H P11 DISAGREE WITH OTHER VIEWS BUT DON’T MOCK A CITIZEN’S DIGNITY `285 cr released for Polavaram New Delhi: Here is a piece of good news for AP. On the eve of Republic Day celebrations, the Centre has asked the Nabard to release Rs 285 crore for Polavaram Project. According to sources, the Union Ministry of Water Resources has asked the NABARD to not brook any delay in release of funds as Polavaram is a priority project for Andhra Pradesh. The news of the Water Resources Ministry's direction to the NAMBARD should lift the sagging spirit of the state government which has been caught unawares with release of funds from the centre being in fits and starts. Padma Bhushan for MS Dhoni New Delhi: Former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh was conferred with the country's thirdhighest civilian award, Padma Bhushan on Thursday. Considered as the country's most successful cricket captain, Dhoni led India to two World Cup triumphs -- in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. India also won ICC Champions Trophy under him. Padma Shri for Kidambi Srikanth Hyderabad: India’s most performing Badminton player Kidambi Srikanth, who achieved a phenomenal four major titles in 2017, has been rewarded with Padma Shri in this year’s Republic Day’s roll of honour. The Guntur native, who trains under P Gopichand in Hyderabad, said this was adding to his responsibility as he gears up for bigger challenges this season. As Srikanth from AP is the only one to be honoured, the other Telugu state of Telangana has drawn a blank. India shares Asean vision New Delhi: Leaders of India and Asean on Thursday discussed ways to boost maritime security, connectivity and trade, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that India shares the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) vision for rule-based societies and pitched for freedom of navigation in the region. The India- Asean Commemorative Summit, with highest-level of participation from all the 10 member-countries of the group- ASEAN LEADERS TO BE CHIEF GUESTS AT R-DAY PARADE New Delhi: Leaders of the Asean bloc are set to be the chief guests at the country's main Republic Day event here on Friday in an unprecedented diplomatic move by India which normally invites only one leader for the glittering ing, began with Modi releasing commemorative stamps in the presence of Asean leaders to mark 25 years of Indo- Asean ties. The Asean is made up of Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Addressing the plenary session, Modi said India shares the Asean 's vision for rule-based societies and values of peace. Freedom of navigation will be a key focus of India- Asean in the maritime domain, he said. The highest-level of participation at the summit comes in the backdrop of increasing Chinese economic and military assertiveness in the region. Some experts feel that the meet can be an opportunity for India to present itself as a powerful ally to these countries in the strategic areas of trade and connectivity. According to officials, the summit is expected to give boost to IndiaAsean cooperation in key areas of OUR BUREAU FIGHTER COCKS REFUSE TO EAT LOCK-UP FOOD Visakhapatnam: Atchyutapuram police in the district have a strange problem on their hands feeding roosters which they had seized in raids on cock ﬁghts during Sankranthi. The police express helplessness in feeding the cocks as they are no ordinary roosters. They have been fed with cashew, almonds and seafood mixture by their owners before they were brought for cock ﬁghting. Having fed the roosters with the food they are used to for the last 10 days, they ﬁnd it difficult to continue the rich menu in future. They are now offering them ‘Padmaavat’ opens under security cover New Delhi/ Mumbai: The show must go on. And it did on Thursday as Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much debated ‘Padmaavat’ unspooled in single and multiplex screens across the country under the shadow of security personnel and simmering tensions. A day after a school bus in Gurgaon was attacked by stone-pelting protesters, audiences deﬁed threats of violence to stream into theatres to watch the opening day shows of the period ﬁlm starring Bollywood A-listers Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Many of those who watched the ﬁlm condemned the violence of the last few weeks and said there is nothing objectionable in it. The Rs 150-crore ﬁlm was released in 4,000 screens across the country, a source in the trade said. Continued on Page 6 PAK GIVES ‘U’ CERTIFICATE TO ‘PADMAAVAT’ P12 First time: Trump open to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’ The new move to benefit thousands of Indian-origin immigrants Washington (PTI): For the ﬁrst time, US President Donald Trump has indicated that he was open to a path to citizenship for America’s so-called ‘Dreamers’ in 10 to 12 years, a move which may also beneﬁt thousands of Indian- origin undocumented immigrants. Some 6,90,000 undocumented immigrants, who were illegally brought to the US as children, are likely to get beneﬁted. Among them include several thousand people of Indian descent. Continued on Page 6 For whom the bells toll in HCA OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Irrespective of how and to what extent Team India can salvage its reputation as the top Test team in the world from the African Safari, there is one man in Hyderabad from whom they can learn invaluable lessons on hanging on in the middle even in the absence of a dependable striker at the other end. The individual in question has been displaying remarkable dexterity (?) to successfully survive the most penetrative and unplayable ‘doosras’ being hurled at him and that too with nostalgic disdain. show. On Friday, all 10 Asean leaders will be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade where India displays its military might and cultural diversity. Asean was founded in 1967 and is India's fourth biggest trade partner. In fact, anyone in the position that the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Dr G Vivekanand ﬁnds himself in presently, would have either beaten a hasty retreat or bowed down to popular voices and made an honourable exit. But then the politi- cian in the man is, perhaps, restraining him from taking such a ‘daring’ step, despite the growing clamour for his ouster and that too from all quarters. It is a sad commentary on the present state-of-affairs that he continues to ‘rule’ the roost even though the HCA itself seems like a deserted house what with a majority of members (voters) being on a warpath against their President for his alleged ‘excesses’ (read family and business interests). Confront the man in the dock and he is almost unnerved. He wears a deadpan look that will leave one seething with rage and nothing beyond that. Continued on Page 6 counter- terrorism, security and connectivity. Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a lunch in honour of Asean leaders, who along with Modi also participated in a retreat session during which the leaders had a "free and frank" discussion on "maritime cooperation and security". Modi had also had bilateral meetings with six Asean leaders, including his counterparts from Thailand and Singapore, which is the current chair of the Asean grouping. cooked rice but the roosters are not showing any interest. The owners of the cocks have left them to their mercy and disappeared after obtaining bail. Since cocks are not covered under IPC, there is no way they get their freedom. As they are part of the property that had been confiscated, there is no provision for feeding the "property", in this case the roosters. They are inside the lock up as the police find that there is no better way to keep guard of them. They are seen moving around in the lock up rooms, impatiently waiting for the food that they were used to. Continued on Page 6 President and CEO of Dassault Systemes Bernard Charles explaining air transportation technology to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Davos on Thursday CM makes most of his trip to Davos OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Alibaba Cloud President Simon Hu expressed willingness to establish their second Data Centre in Andhra Pradesh, during an interaction with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Davos on the sidelines of World Economic Forum annual conference. The company has already established its presence in India and the second cloud centre would be opened in AP, if all goes well as they discussed, according to CM’s Office statement here in Amaravati on Thursday. The CM met CEOs of various companies on Thursday. The CM had bilateral talks with the delegates of Alibaba Cloud, Mahindra, Lixin, Dassault Systems, Pﬁzer and other companies and requested them to invest in AP. The CM gave assurance to them that the government will extend full support and provide necessary infrastructure to encour- age their business in the state. Simon Hu observed that they were strong in e-Commerce, Data based intone commerce and other sectors and extending their business in India in a big way. He further explained that they have been providing loans to the small and medium companies based on e-Commerce, without collateral securities. The company is very strong in logistics sector in China, he added. He further added that they have been transporting at least 60 to 70 million parcels per day in China. Chandrababu Naidu requested the Alibaba company to extend their support in agriculture produce in AP. In another meeting with Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group which is currently marketing Araku coffee in Paris, the Chief Minister said: “I want a good presence of Mahindra in AP.” Continued on Page 6
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