www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.31°C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 18:04 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Pulse Polio drive covers 36 lakh children AFSPA must stay: Army Chief Rawat N P3 early 36.57 lakh children in the age group of 05 years were administered pulse polio drops on Sunday. Chief Secretary S P Singh launched first round of pulse polio programme by administering polio drops to children. WINDOWS MANN KI BAAT Gold trades higher on geo-political tensions Hyderabad: Amidst highly politically surcharged climate, the price-spiral of both the precious metals, viz. Gold and silver took northern route during the week ended Saturday. The no-nonsense talk of US President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos making it clear that if North Korea chose to go ahead with its sinister plans against the USA, its entire arsenal of Nuclear weapons would be destroyed by USA made serious impact on the prospects of peace talks. S P9 Acid attack victims to get quota New Delhi (PTI): People with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks will now get quota in central government jobs, an official order said. In case of direct recruitment, four per cent of the total number of vacancies, up from the existing three per cent, in groups A, B and C shall be reserved for people with benchmark disabilities, it said. S P7 T ime has not come for any rethink on AFSPA or making some of its provisions milder, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said, asserting that the Army has been taking adequate precautions in protecting human rights while operating in disturb areas like Jammu and Kashmir. P7 No limits to ‘Nari Shakti’: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said ‘woman power’ has contributed a lot to the positive transformation seen in the country and that there were no limits to ‘Nari Shakti’. Addressing his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme, the Prime Minister said that relentless efforts towards self-improvement was a feature of Indian sociQuoting ety and there have been una verse from the ending endeavours against ‘Skand Puran’, Modi social ills. Modi spent a consaid: “A daughter is siderable part of his speech equivalent to 10 sons. The on the present and past ‘punya’ you earn through 10 achievements of women in several ﬁelds and said that, if sons amounts to the same one possesses the will, deas earned through termination and ﬁrm one daughter resolve, “nothing is impossible”. Continued on P4 GST twist in Jaitley’s Budget New Delhi: The last full Union Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the forthcoming session of Parliament beginning on Monday will be unlike his previous such exercises because of the complete overhaul of the indirect tax regime effected by implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) last year. The Budget, to be the last for the BJP in view of the general election due in the ﬁrst half of 2019, usually has two main components. The ﬁrst part deals with new schemes and outlays for various existing schemes and sectors for the coming ﬁscal, while the second contains announcements on direct and indirect taxes. With GST realising the dreams of the pre-Independence nationalist bourgeoisie of a uniﬁed market through a single tax regime, replacing the earlier system of multiple central and state taxes, this year's budget will need take into account only those items like BUDGET SESSION FROM TODAY PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar at an all-party meeting, ahead of the Budget Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Sunday petroleum products that still remain outside the purview of GST. The 2018-19 budget could thus contain changes in customs and excise duties on these remaining products, which for most others have been subsumed under GST. In the area of direct taxes like income tax and corporate tax, Jaitley hinted at some relief for taxpayers as he made a case for rationalisation of the direct tax structure considering the fact that "the tax base has expanded". NAIDU LAUNCHES SURYA AARADHANA Addressing an event here on Saturday to mark International Customs Day, Jaitley said: "In income tax, the base has become larger; it's bound to enlarge. And, therefore, charging higher rates from few selected groups -- which has traditionally been done -- is an area which has been changing." The country's net direct tax collections witnessed an increase of 18.7 per cent till January 15 this ﬁscal, compared with the corresponding period last year. With the general election due in 2019, the government will present next year, instead of a full Budget, a vote-on-account, which only deals with the expenditure. Besides, new schemes and changes to taxation are not presented in a vote-on-account. Moreover, with major states bound for polls this year, observers expect the budget to be weighed in favour of the farm sector at a time when data shows a dip in agriculture growth and the sector under stress. 3 Hyd techies killed in car mishap at Chevella OUR BUREAU AP CM Chandrababu Naidu at the launch of Surya Aaradhana on Sunday. Photo: Ch Venkata Mastan Learn discipline from Sun OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Remembering Sun God, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the people to draw inspiration and discipline from the Sun as He works round the clock. As part of Sun worship, he offered ‘arghyam’ in Hindu tradition, asked ‘dua’ in Islamic tradition and offered prayers as per Christianity. Naidu said the Sun is the brand ambassador of Andhra Pradesh. Launching the Surya Aaradhana programme at IGMC stadium here on Sunday, the Chief Minister said other states in the country had celebrities as their brand ambassadors, while the AP government had chosen Sun as its ambassador because of its importance in the day to day life of human beings. Continued on P4 Hyderabad: Three software engineers who were on their way to Vikarabad died after their car hit a roadside tree at Mirzaguda in Chevella mandal in the wee hours of Sunday. According to police, the victims were identiﬁed as S Praveen, 29, a resident of Kacheguda, A Arjun, 29, both employees of Genpact and B David Johnson, 28, a resident of Mahbubnagar, who works for Karvy. The fourth person, G Shravan, 28, sustained injuries in the accident on HyderabadBijapur road. According to the Chevella police, the victims started from Hyderabad during late night hours on Saturday and were proceeding towards Vikarabad after stopping at different locations on their way. Continued on P4 Man gets sucked into MRI machine, killed Mumbai: A man got sucked into an MRI machine at a Mumbai hospital and died minutes after he walked into the room carrying an oxygen cylinder. The family says it was a case of massive negligence, since the machine was turned on when it was supposed to be switched off and a ward boy, attached to the MRI section, had assured them it was safe to go inside. Any object containing metal including jewellery, clothing with metallic ﬁbers, zippers, buttons, underwire and even medical implants - aren't allowed inside the MRI room.The shocking incident occurred on Saturday evening, when Rajesh Maru, 32, was attend- Rajesh Maru ing to an elderly relative, who had come for an MRI scan at the BYL Nair Charitable Hospital. The family says the ward boy had asked Maru to take the cylinder inside. "When we told him that metallic things aren't allowed inside an MRI room, he said 'sab chalta hai, hamara roz ka kaam hai' (it's ﬁne, we do it every day). He also said that the machine was switched off. The doctor as well as the technician didn't say anything," said Maru's relative Harish Solanki, whose mother was the patient. "As soon as Rajesh entered the room with the cylinder, it turned out that the machine was on," Solanki said. The metal cylinder activated the machine's monstrous magnetic ﬁeld, pulling in both the man and the cylinder with great force, eyewitnesses said. His hand got stuck in the machine along with the cylinder, triggering a massive oxygen leak. Solanki and the ward boys managed to pull him out of the machine but his body was swollen and he was bleeding heavily. He was rushed to the emergency ward where he died within 10 minutes. Continued on P4 THE FEDERER LEGEND ROLLS ON S wiss maestro and defending champion Roger Federer kisses the trophy after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 63, 3-6, 6-1 to win his sixth Australian Open title at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday. S Report: P12 WHY USE HINDI AT UN? Wonders Tharoor at JLF RAJESHWARI KALYANAM W hy do you oppose Hindi? A panelist asked Shashi Tharoor during one of his many sessions at the Jaipur Literature Festival. “I have only said that when Sushmaji told Parliament that she is ready to spend crores of rupees to make Hindi official language at the UN. “I just asked why it was needed. When Modiji or Sushmiji want to send a message to the world through the UN, it will be better if they speak in English. You can talk in Hindi in the Lok Sabha, but why at the UN. We are a multilingual state. Continued on P4
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