www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.32°C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 20% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 06:04 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Kavitha sure of TRS India emerges sixth ‘romping home’ in polls wealthiest country A P3 mid speculations that TDP is keen to join hands with TRS in 2019 elections, Telangana Jagruthi President and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha on Tuesday said the TRS would go it alone in the elections. INDIAN COLTS CRUSH PAKISTAN IN WC SEMIS WINDOWS Centre plans to abolish posts vacant for 5 yrs 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. P9 TARGET: TIMELY DELIVERY OF WELFARE BENEFITS KCR PLANS BIG SHAKE-UP PATAN AFZAL BABU New Delhi: The Centre is planning to abolish all posts which are vacant for more than 5 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 5 years. 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. I 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: P12 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. The Kerala State Haj Committee has moved the top court questioning the allocation of Haj quota on the basis of Muslim population saying that it deprives Muslims in smaller states including Kerala from undertaking the pilgrimages to Makkah and Madinah. The court was told that Bihar gets the quota of 12,000 pilgrims but only gets 6,900 applicants to go for pilgrimage and Kerala get a share of 6,000 seats while there are 95,000 applicants for Haj. The Saudi Arabian government allows India to send 1.7 lakh Haj pilgrims which in turn are distributed to the states in proportion to their Muslim population. 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. For tenors from two years to up to 10 years, the rates have been revised upwards to six per cent from 5.25 per cent earlier, the bank said. For deposits of 180 days to 210 days, the rate has been revised to 6.25 per cent from 4.85 per cent earlier. The bank said the revised rate structure will be applicable to fresh deposits and also renewals of maturing deposits. Premature penalty for bulk term deposits for all tenors will be one per cent. It will be applicable for all new deposits including renewals. T P VENU Hyderabad: The 391-year-old Khairatabad mosque is ﬁnally getting a facelift. Heritage Telangana (formerly known as the department of Archaeology and Museums) has ﬁnalised the tender process and awarded the contract to Ravinder Dasa, who has vast experience in restoration of old structures with lime plaster. The devotees will now heave a sigh of relief as in the last six months, chunks of lime plaster have fallen off several times. Mujahid, the present caretaker said, “We are happy that the department is taking up repair works now. Photo: Ch Prabhu Das Finally, Khairatabad mosque to get facelift Luckily, whenever pieces of lime plaster and stones fell, there were no people around.” The last time repair works were taken up was 15 years ago but only the roof was repaired. An amount of Rs 25 lakh was sanctioned then but only Rs 3 lakh was released. This time around, repair works are being undertaken with Rs 55 lakh. The Khairatabad mosque has a rich history. It was built by Khairatun-Nisa Begum, daughter of Mohammed Qutub Shah, the sixth king in the line of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Khairunnisa, as she is popularly known, built the mosque for her tutor, Akhund Mulla Abdul Malik. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Apart from introducing more welfare programmes in the 201819 budget, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to usher in reforms in the delivery of existing welfare schemes to the target groups. As proper implementation of the welfare programmes is key to warming up to a vast section of the population, the Chief Minister is contemplating to use information technology to learn the status delivery of beneﬁts in real time to the beneﬁciaries. He is also understood to be contemplating to create separate wings in each welfare department to plug loopholes in the delivery mechanism. Taking a serious note of the delay in implementing the welfare schemes launched for the development of SC, ST, BC and minority communities in the recent times, KCR instructed all Secretaries and heads of all welfare departments to come out with alternative mechanisms for the timely delivery of the beneﬁts. In a recent meeting held with the top officials of the welfare wings, KCR enquired the reasons for the delay in the distribution of the beneﬁts of the schemes to the needy. Delay in the distribution of three acres of land to the poor SC communities, disbursement of the beneﬁts under the self-employment schemes to the different sections, identiﬁcation of the beneﬁciaries under many schemes, including sheep distribution, Kalyana Laxmi and so on. A top official of the state government told The Hans India that KCR is worried more about the delay in reaching the beneﬁts to the deserved. Barring the old age pension scheme, many departments were consuming more time in the im- plementation of welfare programmes. He found lack of coordination between the HoDs and the implementing agency at ground level and the absence of monitoring mechanism being the main reasons for the delay. The Chief Minister observed that not more than 50 per cent targets were achieved in the SC and ST welfare schemes. In the BC and minority sector, the government could achieve only 40 per cent results. Continued on Page 4
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