WINDOWS FRIDAY 26 JANUARY 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H P7 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- TS moots six zones for justice to all employees 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 Hyderabad: Congress leader and yesteryear ﬁlm actress Vijayashanti on Thursday said that she was ready to take up any assignment being given by the party high command and was ready to join the party activities whenever the high command wants. In an informal chat with mediapersons at her residence, the former MP said that her sole objective was to bring Congress back to power at the Centre and in the state. “It would be a ﬁtting gift to party's former president Sonia Gandhi who has given statehood to Telangana,” she said. Vijayashanti said that she was not after any post in the government if Congress is elected to power. Even she was not intending to contest Assembly or Parliament elections. However, she would campaign in the elections if the high command desires. ‘Padmaavat’ opens under security cover 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 4 PAK GIVES ‘U’ CERTIFICATE TO ‘PADMAAVAT’ P8 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 4 For whom the bells toll in HCA 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. 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. Vijayashanti ready for any role in Cong 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 OUR BUREAU 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 4 She said that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and leader of Telangana movement had backstabbed her. She said that her party Talli Telangana was merged with Telangana Rashtra Samithi on the insistence of Prof Jayasankar and TRS chief KCR. “However, I was suspended from the party in the midnight without giving any reason,” Vijayashanti said. The former MP said that the feedback she has was that the government's performance was not up to the mark. Freedom of the leaders who have been opposing the government has been suppressed. “I am surprised to see that the suppression is much higher than in the combined state,” she said. Continued on Page 4 The cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari proposed creation of six zones in place of the existing two zones in the state. The new zones will be constituted based on the population OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana state government has ﬁnalised draft Presidential order for the creation of new zones. The cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari proposed creation of six zones in place of the existing two zones in the state. The new zones will be constituted based on the population. Official sources said that two multi-zones comprising 15 districts in the ﬁrst one and 16 in the second multi-zone will also be created. The government has taken up the uphill task of the creation of new zones to render justice to the employees in the newly-created 31 districts. The government has found many disparities in providing employment as people living in mostbackward districts were deprived of availing job opportunities in the existing zonal system. To set things right, the government has brought the idea of amending the 371 (D) Article which is under implementation through the Presidential order in the united Andhra Pradesh. There were six zones in the combined AP for recruitment purpose. After the formation of Telangana, the state of Telangana has got two zones - Zone V and Zone VI. Erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam come under Zone V and the remaining six districts – Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda districts are covered under Zone VI. Officials said that under the new zonal system, each zone will cover ﬁve districts. Finalisation of the district in every zone will be done by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at the meeting to be held in February. Once the cabinet ratiﬁes it, the draft seeking amendment to the presidential order will be forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent. Under the new system, officials said that the cabinet subcommittee proposed to reduce the state cadre posts and increase zonal posts. The increase in zonal posts will help to get more job opportunities to the locals. The district cadre posts will remain the same. Some state cadre posts will also be made as multi zonal posts. The government wanted every appointment made by the government should be done in tune with the Presidential orders. Public sector Undertakings like Singareni, RTC, Transco and Energy departments should also come under the Presidential order purview. It should be known which post is under what cadre and also clarity on the promotions.
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