www.thehansindia.com SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 Freedom of Expression H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Walking the thin line Controversy’s favourite child Ram Gopal Varma is in the news again for his latest venture ‘God, Sex and Truth’, which features American adult film star Mia Malkova. Varma is receiving flak from women’s organisations for the obscene portrayal of a woman on the screen with some of the organisations filing FIRs against him. CURRENCY CRISIS HITS TS FRDI Bill, spurt in construction activity make banks go dry PATAN AFZAL B ABU Pages: 12 & 13 WINDOWS President Ram Nath Kovind administering Polio vaccine to a child during the Pulse Polio Programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday Tribal farmer shot dead in terror let loose by Maoists Pinapaka (Kothagudem): Maoists stepped up activity in Bhadrachalam- Kothagudem district’s Agency areas on Friday night and gunned down a tribal farmer in Veerapuram panchayat limits on charges of acting as a police informer. They fired at another tribal under Janampet panchayat limits and caused injuries to his hand. S P4 Stokes, Rahul hit IPL jackpot No takers for Gayle, Root, Ishant Bengaluru: Indian opener KL Rahul hit pay dirt with an overwhelming Rs 11 crore deal with Kings XI Punjab, while controversial England all-rounder Ben Stokes also triggered a bidding war before going to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.50 crore at the IPL auctions, here on Saturday. However, West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle surprisingly went unsold despite his well-established T20 batting credentials. England Test captain Joe Root also went unsold. Among the Indians, Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma were CBFC chief Joshi to skip JLF Jaipur: Even as Central Board of Film Certiﬁcation Chairperson Prasoon Joshi has decided to skip the ongoing Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in the wake of repeated threats to him by the Sri Rajput Karni Sena, he has sent out a strong message to the fringe group, preventing it from receiving the publicity it hoped for during a planned protest against his presence at the event. S P10 OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The honeymoon between TDP and BJP seems to be on the rocks. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday made his displeasure known over the way the BJP leaders were speaking about the TDP, its alliance partner the biggest players to remain unsold at base prices of Rs 2 crore and Rs 75 lakh respectively. Wicket-keeper Naman Ojha was also unsold. Karun Nair, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh, fetched a bid of Rs 5.60 crore from Kings XI Punjab, reaffirming the franchises’ interest in Indian players. Australia pacer Mitchell Starc was bought for Rs 9.40 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) got lucky getting Ravichandran Ashwin for Rs 7.60 crore. S Report: P12 S Availability of cash in banks in state down by half S Builders withdrawing bulk amounts of money for construction S Banks fail to ﬁll ATMs with suﬃcient amounts of cash S Sudden stoppage of Rs 2K notes from circulation is another reason positors to cough up more service charges to the banks for parking money. Frightened depositors flocked to the banks and withdrew money in huge volumes in the recent weeks. Another reason for the currency crisis was the private builders and contract agencies withdrawing money in bulk from the banks to take up construction activity. Following sudden boom in the realty trade particularly in Hyderabad and some municipal corporations in the state, developers have taken up big ventures. Post demonetisation, the contract agencies also hastened works accorded by the state government, particularly the irrigation projects, Mission Bhagiratha and other infrastructure works for which huge money is required to pay salaries and buy raw material and machinery. “The growing Attacker used ambulance to get through security checkpoint Kabul: A suicide car bomber killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 others in an attack claimed by the Taliban on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing came just I HAVE LITERALLY BEEN ON AIR FORCE ONE ONCE AND THERE WERE SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WHEN I WAS THERE could be determined by reading between the lines of a paragraph near the end of the book. “Now that I’ve told you,” Wolff told Maher, “when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say ‘Bingo.’ ” Haley - the ﬁrst ever IndianAmerican Cabinet-ranking official in any presidential administration - strongly quelled rumours in this regard," in an interview with 'Politico'. "I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there," Haley said. Continued on P4 a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city. The attacker used an ambulance to get through a security checkpoint, telling police he was taking a patient to a Indian-American ex-PA sues Weinstein Los Angeles: Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sued by his former personal assistant for discrimination and harassment. Sandeep Rehal, who worked as Weinstein's personal assistant from 2013 to 2015, has registered Harvey and his brother Bob and The Weinstein Company as defendants in the lawsuit ﬁled in the New York federal court. "For over two years Rehal was forced to work in a pervasive and severe sexually hostile work environment at The We- Shops, buses torched in Kasganj; 49 arrested have been arrested in connection with Kasganj clash. Section 144 is still imposed. Borders have been sealed,” said District Magistrate RP Singh. A youth identiﬁed as Chandan was killed and at least two persons were injured in clashes that erupted on Friday following reported stone pelting at a motorcycle rally by VHP and ABVP volunteers on MathuraBareilly highway on the occasion of the Republic Day, police said. Meanwhile, Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar had earlier said, "It seems the (stone pelting) incident was not pre-planned, but a spontaneous one. The district magistrate, superintendent of police, and Rapid Action Force and PAC personnel have been sent to the spot". Telugu Desam ready to bid adieu to BJP and said: "If the BJP does not want us, let it be so. We will chart our own course." Interestingly, Naidu's ‘despair’ over the alliance going on a downward spiral, came in the wake of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy indicating to the BJP that he is around should it contemplate a change of partner. Though he made his offer conditional that it was valid only if a ﬁrm commitment is given by the Centre on special category status, the signiﬁcance of the statement is not lost on the TDP that it was ready to occupy its place. The Chief Minister, replying to questions at a news conference at the Secretariat in Velgapudi, said that the TDP was exercising restraint even in the face of extreme provocation because it wanted to honour the coalition dharma. It is for the national leaders to control their state leaders. "If they do not want to remain our ally, then we will say namaskaram and step out of the alliance," the Chief Minister said. The trigger for Naidu’s loud ‘introspection’ seems to be BJP ﬂoor leader in the Assembly and nearby hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. The attacker then detonated his explosives at a second check point, Rahimi said. Continued on P4 ‘SEXUALLY HOSTILE’ WORK ENVIRONMENT VIOLENCE ERUPTS AFTER DEATH OF YOUTH IN UP RALLY Lucknow: Fresh violence erupted in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday after a group of people went on to protest the death of a youth on Friday at a motorcycle rally by VHP and ABVP volunteers. After the youth's cremation on Saturday, a group of people went on a rampage and vandalised shops and also torched two buses in Kasganj. As many as 49 people were arrested in connection with the clashes and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to arrest rest of the accused. “49 people construction activity in the private and public sector left the banks dry in cash reserves for the last two months,” officials said. “As a result, banks have failed to fill ATMs with required cash to meet the demand,” they said. The officials said the people were not depositing money equal to the withdrawals they were making in the banks. Continued on P4 Taliban suicide bomber kills 95 in Afghanistan Haley calls ‘Trump affair’ talk disgusting Washington: US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called rumors of an alleged affair with President Donald Trump – fueled by author Michael Wolff’s appearance last week on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher – ‘disgusting’ and ‘highly offensive.’ On the January 19 Real Time episode, Fire and Fury author Wolff told Maher that his much-discussed book contained one hidden ‘incendiary’ revelation that no one had ﬁgured out: That Trump was having an ongoing affair, and that the identity of the woman If BJP is not happy with us, we can say namaskaram and step out, says unhappy Naidu Hyderabad: The proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill by the Union government and the sudden spurt in the construction activity and infrastructure development in the state have a sort of currency crisis in Telangana. The availability of cash in banks has gone down below 50 per cent of the total requirement in the state in the recent weeks. Top officials of the Finance department attributed mass withdrawal of money from fixed deposits in the banks by depositors as being one of the main reasons for the scarcity of cash in banks in Telangana. Officials said the FRDI Bill had created panic among the people particularly the middleclass families. Rumours spread by some sections that the new financial Bill will force the de- Visakhapatnam North legislator P Vishnukumar Raju, sharing the dais with Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman B Rajendranath Reddy, who is also YSRC legislator from Dhone and ﬁnding fault with the TDP for admitting into the party the legislators who had defected from the YSRC and promoting four of them as ministers. He even wondered if the TDP was running a coalition government with YSRC, which caused embarrassment to no end, to the Chief Minister. Continued on P4 instein Company LLC and The Weinstein Co Holdings LLC, deﬁned by endless offensive, degrading and sexually harassing actions, statements and touching at the hands of her boss, Harvey Weinstein," read the ﬁling. In the documents, Rehal said: "Much of Rehal's work as an employee of TWC involved catering to Harvey Weinstein's sexual appetites and activities and catering to his demeaning and often abusive family memContinued on P4 bers. Nagam waits for Rahul visit to join Congress OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: BJP leader and former minister Nagam Janardhan Reddy and two more senior BJP leaders are waiting for the visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Telangana to join the grand old party. Sources in the party informed that N Janardhan Reddy, BJP leaders -- Yennam Srinivas Reddy and Jitta Balakrishna Reddy -would join the Congress whenever Rahul visits Telangana in February or March. Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit the state to participate in the proposed ‘Bus Yatra’ of the party. However, the high command is yet to give its nod to the yatra and to ﬁnalise the exact dates of the visit of Rahul to the state. Continued on P4
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