www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.33°C. Min.16°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 06:14 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Upset over cops’ India emerges sixth inaction, youth ends life wealthiest country A P5 WINDOWS Centre plans to abolish posts vacant for 5 yrs lleged refusal of police to register a case against municipal councillor for beating a sweet shop worker drove the 20-year-old worker to commit suicide in Palasa town in the district late on Monday night. I ndia has been ranked sixth in the list of wealthiest countries with total wealth of $8,230 billion, while the US topped the chart. According to a report by New World Wealth, the US with $64,584 billion is followed by China at the second place with $24,803 billion and Japan with $19,522 billion at third. INDIAN COLTS CRUSH PAKISTAN IN WC SEMIS CM Naidu wins over Centre on Polavaram New Delhi: The Union government is planning to abolish all posts which are vacant for more than five years and has directed all ministries and department to submit a comprehensive report on it. In an office memorandum, the Finance Ministry said it had asked all ministries and departments to submit an action taken report regarding abolition of posts which are vacant for more than five years. OUR BUREAU US issues ‘Putin list’ of Russian politicians Washington: The Trump administration has released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 "oligarchs" who have flourished under President Vladimir Putin, fulfilling a demand by Congress that the US punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 US election. The political list is the entire presidential administration, as listed on the Kremlin website, and the Russian Cabinet, while the oligarchs list is a carbon copy of the top of the Forbes magazine's Russian billionaires' list. Godhra train burning accused held Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police on Tuesday arrested an accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage. Yakub Pataliya, 63, was on the run for the last 16 years. He was arrested from Godhra by a police team after they received a tip-off that he was spotted in a locality on Tuesday morning, the official said. “During patrolling, a team of Godhra B Division Police received information about the presence of the accused. He was arrested soon after,” the official said. He will be handed over to the SIT, which is investigating the case, the official added. Indian players celebrate a wicket during the ICC Under-19 World Cup semiﬁnal against Pakistan, whom they annihilated by a whopping 203 runs at Christchurch on Tuesday. Bolstered by Shubhman Gill (102) and pacer Ishan Porel (4/17), India stormed into Saturday’s summit clash against Australia S Report: P16 SC seeks details of Haj aspirants New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central government to furnish details of Haj pilgrimage aspirants who are above 65 years and have applied for it ﬁve times without success. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chadrachud sought the details of such applicants in a tabular form by the next date of hearing on February 19. As an ad-interim measure, the court directed the ﬁling of the statement with regard to the "ﬁfth time applicants, who have crossed the age of 65 years and are below 70 years, and have never been able to go for pilgrimage". The order came on a petition by the Kerala State Haj Committee seeking rationalisation of allocation of Haj quota, contending that Kerala has more applicants but lesser allocation of Haj seats while Bihar has lesser number of applicants but more quota of seats. Appearing for the Central government, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said the petitioner has not been able to ﬂag the violation of Constitution's Article 14 which guarantees equality before law. The Centre had on January 5 defended its Haj policy under which a quota is allocated on the basis of the Muslim population in each state and contended that it was not discriminatory and based on objective criteria. The court was told in the last hearing that the Haj policy was formulated by the Central Haj Committee after consulting 31 State Haj Committees. P13 New Delhi/Vijayawada: AP Chief Minister's tough stand on Polavaram yielded results as the Centre has finally agreed to transfer the Spill Way and Spill Channel works to a new contractor named by N Chandrababu Naidu. Disclosing this to the media here on Tuesday, a delegation of Irrigation officials led by Sashibhushan Kumar, Principal Secretary, Irrigation, which discussed the issue with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and a team of Ministry of Water Resources officials, said the Centre was agreeable to Naidu's proposal to hand over the works to Navayuga company. Gets nod to transfer Spill Way works to Navayuga File photo The cost of the works to be handed over is around Rs 1,300 crore and the state government will enter into a direct contract with the company on the old rates as no cost escalation is allowed by the Centre. It may be recalled that the state TDP getting ready for early polls CM plans tour of state as talk of simultaneous elections grows SAMBASIVA RAO MADAMANCHI Amaravati: Election heat is increasing in Andhra Pradesh with each passing day with the air being thick with the talk of early polls. TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who plans everything much ahead of his rivals, has decided to ﬁrm up his party in each of the 175 Assembly segments in the state. He has made up his mind to visit each constituency personally and see that the party gets traction with the people. The immediate trigger might have been President of India Ram Nath Kovind suggesting simultaneous elections for the Assembly and Lok Sabha and the BJP sources hinting that they would arrive early, much before December this year. As simultaneous polls are indicated, Naidu is drawing up strategies to ensure that the TDP gets the maximum benefit. At the party coordination committee meeting on Tuesday, Naidu announced that he would do a microscopic review of the party’s preparedness and what should be done if it is lacking in any area. Since the TDP knows the BJP’s mind, Naidu has been preparing for simultaneous election to Assembly and Lok Sabha since log back though on a subdued level since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his party men not to be caught napping when the gong strikes. Naidu has already started a series of activities to create awareness among public and measures to take the sting out of YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s padayatra which is in progress across the state. Chandrababu Naidu organized Intintiki Telugu Desam programme for nearly three and half months. It was then followed by Janmabhoomi Maa Vooru and now he has come up with Dalita Tejam which will continue up to February 14. Meanwhile, for the party leaders to create awareness on Polavaram Project, Chandrababu Naidu has organised a study tour for TDP MLAs, MLCs, MPs and other party leaders to Pattiseema Lift Irrigation scheme and Polavaram Project. The TDP is preparing to create awareness in people on welfare programmes and development works to endear itself with them. Continued on Page 6 government and the Centre have locked horns over changing the contractor as it would entail additional costs. The volume of work pending in these two segments Spill Way and Spill Channel - is about 25 lakh cubic metres. Continued on Page 6 SBI hikes bulk deposit rates Mumbai (PTI): The nation's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday hiked interest on bulk deposits of over Rs10 crore by up to 140 basis points. The deposit rate revisions are effective immediately, the bank said in a statement. This is the second such revision in the past two months. At least, three banks have already hiked their lending rates earlier this month. The bank had last raised deposit rates, revisions on which generally precede similar moves on the lending side, by up to one percentage point in November 2017. Rates on tenors from one year to 455 days deposit, the bank increased the interest rates to 6.25 per cent from the earlier 5.25 per cent. AAP MLAS’ DISQUALIFICATION AHEAD OF TIME State facts: HC to EC Watermelon fruit descended early on Kothapet market Photo: Srinivas Setty New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to state the factual aspects behind its decision to disqualify the 20 AAP MLAs for holding ofﬁce of proﬁt by ﬁling an affidavit. A Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar asked the poll panel to ﬁle the afﬁdavit after the EC said it wanted to respond to some of the allegations made in the MLAs’ pleas challenging their disqualiﬁcation from the Delhi Assembly. The Commission also told the court that it would rely upon its opinion given to the President to disqualify the 20 AAP MLAs who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries. After the brief proceedings, the court listed the matter for further hearing on February 7, by when the MLAs have to ﬁle their responses to the EC affidavit. The court also extended till then the January 24 interim order of the single judge restraining the EC from issuing any notiﬁcation announcing bye-elections to ﬁll the vacancies of the 20 Assembly seats whose legislators have been disqualiﬁed. The matter was transferred to a Division Bench on January 29 after advocate Prashant Patel, on whose plea the EC had recommended the MLAs disqualiﬁcation which received the presidential nod, moved an application for transfer of the matter to a Division Bench. High alert as bag of e-devices found at Srivari Mettu OUR BUREAU Tirupati: The Red Sanders AntiSmuggling Task Force (RSASTF) found electronic devices, switches, condensers and circuit boards necessary to set off explosives in a plastic bag in bushes near Srivari Mettu at Perumalla Palli, half-a-kilometer up the ghat road heading to Tirumala shrine late on Monday. What worries the police is that the place where they were found is very close to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s native village of Naravaripalle. According to task force sources, RSASTF Reserve Sub Inspector Vasu and his team who were combing the forest areas for red sanders smugglers near Perumalla Palli, they found the plastic bag in the bushes. They immediately informed their seniors. After receiving information from the task force team, Tirupati task force Inspector General of Police M Kantha Rao and other senior police officials rushed to the spot and examined the contents of the bag. They also found one old mobile phone and a few LED lights along with electronic devices in ARE VIPS A TARGET? the plastic bag. The seizure of material has goaded the police into deep investigation as to how they had come there and who hid them and why. The police have registered a case under section 102 CRPC (unclaimed property). The IGP said: “We are investi- gating into how and why the electronic devices meant for setting off explosives were hidden in the bushes. We will probe if any VIP is being targeted.” “Maoists made a vain attempt to assassinate Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in October 2003. We are keeping this information also in mind while investigating,” he said. The IGP said they were also examining if there is any revival of Maoist movement in this part of the state. Usually, Maoists plan operations against VIPs before elections. “First, a technical team would survey the area and see if a place is suitable for them to trigger a blast. The explosives indicate some elements planning to carry out a major operation, but we do not know yet who their target is,” he said. Tirupati Urban SP Abhishek Mohanty, speaking to The Hans India, said the local police are also investigating the issue deeply. “We have got some clue at the spot and based on it we are moving forward. We would soon know who had hidden the explosives in the bushes,” he said. The intelligence wing which has made its own inquiries sent a report to Amaravati.
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