www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.33°C. Min.16°C. Humidity: 25% Sunrise: 06:48 Sunset: 06:14 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Jagan yatra crosses CJI Misra cannot be 1,000-km mark impeached: Experts Y P5 WINDOWS Luc Braillard, biologist at the Fribourg University, takes a picture of the sun rays passing through the ‘Grossmutterloch’ (grandmother hole) on the Gastlosen mountain range, in Jaun, Switzerland, on Monday. The sun rays are visible for a few minutes a day between November and February SR Congress president and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s Praja Sankalpa Yatra crossed the 1,000-km milestone on Monday when he arrived at Sydapuram in Nellore district. F ormer Supreme Court judges and legal luminaries have taken a dim view of CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury's move to initiate impeachment proceedings for removing CJI Dipak Misra on the issues raised by four senior judges in their now famous "Friday press conference" on January 12. P11 ECO SURVEY BULLISH ON FY19 GDP GROWTH Says GDP will expand by 7-7.5% next fiscal to regain world’s fastest growing economy tag ECO SURVEY TURNS PINK India has 21m ‘unwanted’ girls 36 killed in bus crash in Bengal Kolkata: Thirty-six people, including two children, were killed and several were missing after a bus with around 50 passengers crashed through a bridge railing and plunged into a canal in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on Monday morning, officials said. Nine injured passengers were admitted to the Baharampur Medical College and Hospital. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has rushed to the spot. Air pollution affects 47 million children New Delhi: At least 47 million children under the age of five live in areas facing severe air pollution with dangerous effluent density, a report said on Monday. The report by Greenpeace-India, based on data from state and central pollution control boards, asserted that as many as 47 million children live in areas with pollutant PM10, or particulate matter in the air with diameter less than 10 microns, exceeding the safe limits. Of these 47 million children, all under five years of age, 17 million live in areas with PM10 twice the permissible standards or safe limit. New Delhi: Shedding the impact of GST and demonetisation, India's economy is "picking up quite nicely," and will expand by 7-7.5 per cent in 2018-19 to again become the world's fastest growing major economy, according to the Economic Survey released on Monday. However, it could face challenges from rising oil prices and a sharp correction in the elevated stock prices, according to the Survey, an annual account of the state of economy prepared by the Chief Economic Adviser, independent of the government. Released just two-days before the BJP government pres- ents its ﬁfth and ﬁnal full-year Budget, the Survey did not rule out a pause in ﬁscal consolidation plan of the general elections due next year. The Economic Survey 2017-18 was presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The economy "seems to be picking up quite nicely and robustly" as temporary impact of demonetisation and GST has been decimated, CEA Arvind Subramanian later told reporters. The Survey has pegged the GDP growth for the current ﬁscal at 6.75 per cent and said that exports as well as private investments are set to rebound in the coming year. Continued on P6 HIGHLIGHTS S 50% increase in number of indirect taxpayers S Towards gender equality S Formal non-agricultural payroll much greater than believed S Substantial avoidable litigation in tax arena S To re-ignite growth, raising investment is more important than raising saving S India's commitment to ﬁght climate change S Delhi's air pollution ﬁnds mention in the Survey Maha Sivaratri on Feb 13 & 14 SARIDE NAGESWARA RAO New Delhi: The pink coloured Economic Survey document tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Monday recommended that India must confront the societal metapreference for a son, observing that the adverse sex ratio of females to males has led to 63 million ‘missing’ women. The colour of this year's survey cover was chosen as a symbol of support for the growing movement to end violence against women, which spans continents. Laying special emphasis on gender development, the Survey cautioned that on several indicators, notably employment, use of reversible contraception, and son preference, India has some distance to traverse despite the country's economic progress. Continued on P6 S More reports: P13 President pitches for simultaneous polls New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday backed the Modi government’s idea of holding simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, and said frequent polls impose a huge burden on human resources and impede development due to promulgation of the model code of conduct. “Therefore, a sustained debate is required on the subject of simultaneous elections and all political parties need to arrive at a consensus on this issue,” Kovind said in his address to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament on the first day of the budget session. Indian has discussed ‘one nation one election’ idea for many years, starting with a Law Commission suggestion in 1999. A 2015 report by Parliament’s standing committee too suggested holding simultaneous election to save public money and end policy paralysis because of the impact of the model code of conduct. It pegged the cost of holding elections for Lok Sabha and state assemblies at Rs 4500 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too is a supporter of this idea. “Conducting the election after every 4-6 months in different states is very hectic and ‘Giggling’ Amrapali invites govt wrath! OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The State government is likely to take disciplinary action against Warangal (Urban) District Collector Amrapali on her ‘childish’ behavior while delivering speech during the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in the district headquarters. The video of Amrapali’s speech also went viral on social media. Taking serious note of the criticism from different quarters on the IAS official bursting out laughing and pronouncingTelugu words wrong in her speech, Chief Secretary SP Singh called the Collector on phone and sought explanation. She told the Chief Secretary that she faced trouble in pronouncing some Telugu words accurately. Officials said that the government would initiate disciplinary action after seeking a written explanation from the lady collector. Tamarind turns bitter in Telugu states Hyderabad/Nellore: After vegetables, it appears it is the turn of the prices of tamarind to go through the roof in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Though the prices of vegetables have somewhat stabilised, tamarind's price has been showing an abnormal behaviour for the last one and a half month. There are more than five varieties of tamarind including seeded and seedless. The most sought after one, the seedless variety, costs anywhere between Rs.160 and 190 per kg in Kovind’s advice to political parties will further add to speculation about the government exploring options for an early vote to achieve the ‘one nation one election’ target Action likely against Warangal (Urban) District Collector Amrapali Kata for her ‘childish behaviour’ during R-Day speech Pithapuram: The Padagaya temple authorities here have decided to celebrate Maha Sivaratri on February 13 and 14 even as the Vedic scholars’ debate over the exact date evades a solution. While some stuck to February 13 citing various reasons, others felt it right to celebrate the festival on February 14. Earlier, main priest of the temple Kota Sriramachandra Murthy advocated celebration of the event on February 13 citing examples of how his forefathers celebrated it when in doubt. Continued on P6 ANERI SHAH & PV PRASAD costly. There needs to be a wider debate on conducting the election at one time throughout the country,” the PM had said during an event to mark National Law Day in November last year. The President’s Monday advice to political parties will further add to speculation about the government exploring options for an early vote to achieve the ‘one nation one election’ target in about a dozen states, if not all. Continued on P6 the retail market, while its price is around Rs 260 to Rs 500 per kg in supermarkets and online stores. Hithen, a retail store owner in Paradise in Secunderabad told The Hans India that around a month ago tamarind was sold at Rs 240 per kg in retail market due poor arrivals. "In retail market, the price has come down to Rs 145 to Rs 190 a kg now, as arrivals have picked up," Hithen said. But at supermarket the price continues to be high and the managers do not any give any reason. They blame poor arrivals though retail market merchants say arrivals are picking up. The price at Ratnadeep is Rs 318 per kg on Monday. A housewife Saraswati, speaking to this reporter over phone, said that increase in prices have turned out to be a shocker for them. “We cannot afford tamarind anymore,” she says. A customer at Ratnadeep, Arshiya Begum, said that being Hyderabadi I use tamarind in every curry be it khati daal or kadi, pulusu but the prices are burning a hole in my monthly budget. “Tamarind is the major component of recipe we make at home and its high price is surely affecting the home cuisine”, she rued. In the coastal district of Nellore, the picture is more or less similar. There seems to be no explanation for the prices to defy the law of gravity. Tamarind price in Nellore has been increasing continuously from Rs 100 to Rs 120 now. Continued on P6 AP techie falls to death from ramp at Chennai airport Chennai: Mystery shrouds the death of a 29-year old software engineer from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh who fell from an elevated ramp at the domestic airport here on Monday. Chaitanya, of Vijayawada, fell from the ramp near gate No.4 of the domestic departure terminal and rushed to a government hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said. The elevated ramp is used especially by vehicles to reach the departure lounge situated at the second ﬂoor level to the ground area. Continued on P6
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