www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.33°C. Min.14°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 06:06 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Kaleshwaram: Key German Ramky setting up `330-cr machinery to reach site waste-to-energy plant I WINDOWS SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON Photo: Srinivas Setty P3 n a step forward towards the completion of main works in the Kaleshwaram project before the deadline, the government certified a high-end advanced equipment manufactured by a Germany-based company. R amky Enviro Engineers Ltd, party of city-based Ramky Group and Asia’s biggest waste management, is setting up 20 MW waste-to-energy plant in Hyderabad, with an investment of Rs 330 crore. The plant is currently under construction at Jawaharnagar. It will become operational by March 2019. BUDGET 2018-19 POPULISM VS FISCAL PRUDENCE THRILLING SPECTACLE Will FM strike a balance? At Vijayawada Hindu devotees walk up the 272 steps of the Batu Caves temple as part of their pilgrimage during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Thaipusam celebrated in honour of Hindu god Lord Murugan is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks SK Joshi takes over as CS from SP Singh Hyderabad: The 1984 batch IAS officer and Special Chief Secretary to Irrigation department, SK Joshi, on Wednesday assumed charge as new Chief Secretary of Telangana replacing incumbent SP Singh, who retired on attaining superannuation. Joshi took over from Singh at his chambers in the Secretariat on Wednesday at a brief programme attended by several bureaucrats, including state DGP M Mahendar Reddy and the Secretaries of other departments. SC seeks Centre’s response on Rohingyas New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the Centre's response on a plea that the BSF was stopping Rohingya refugees from entering India. At New York AS SHAH MEETS BJP MEN; TDP, TRS HOPES BRIGHTEN AGENDA: DELIMITATION OF ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES Hyderabad: Hopes of TRS and TDP have brightened with BJP chief Amit Shah summoning party leaders of both the states of Telangana and AP for a meeting at Delhi on Thursday to elicit their views on the issue of effecting delimitation of Assembly constituencies in both the states and possibly creation of a separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters. The leaders of the BJP from both the states have left for Delhi already, and are getting ready for the conference with their party chief. The Chief Ministers of both the states have been looking forward to a decision on the delimitation as it has been guaranteed by the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. As regards the delimitation, the Centre has been dragging its feet in attending to it as it would not beneﬁt the BJP in any way either in Telangana or in Andhra. Both KCR and Naidu have been told by the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister in June last that it may not be possible to enhance the number of seats before 2019. New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Budget 2018-19 on Thursday. It’ll be the current NDA government’s ﬁfth and arguably his toughest Budget yet as he seeks to address agriculture distress, create jobs and boost growth while at the same time stick to ﬁscal prudence. The Union Budget 2018-19 would be the last full Budget of the BJP-led NDA government before the 2019 general elections. As per the practice, a vote-on-account or approval for essential government spending for a limited period is taken in the election year and a full-ﬂedged budget presented by the new government. The Budget, in view of upcoming assembly polls in eight states - including three major states ruled by the BJP - and general elections next year, may see new rural schemes and stepping up of funding towards exist- At Atmakur At Tirupati At Hyderabad OUR BUREAU P9 Hoping that seats would be increased from 119 to 153 in Telangana and from 175 to 225 in AP, both the Chief Ministers have allowed defections of MLAs from the Congress and TDP in Telangana and from YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh. If there is no increase in the number of seats, they would face a tough time accommodating the turncoats which may lead to fresh complications. There is a hitch in increasing the number of seats as the next delimitation could be done based on the census data after 2026 under Article 170 of the Constitution. If delimitation has to be done earlier, a constitutional amendment would be required. Continued on Page 4 TRAI cuts mobile number portability fee to `4 from `19 New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday slashed the charges of mobile number portability by around 79 per cent to a maximum Rs 4 from earlier prescribed rate of Rs 19. This would mean that the subscribers cannot be charged more than Rs 4 for their network port out requests by the operator. But the recipient operators (from where the number is to be shifted) are ‘free to charge’ a lesser amount from them for mobile number portability (MNP), the regulator said. Continued on Page 4 With elections round the corner, more pressure on welfare schemes ing programmes like MNREGA, rural housing, irrigation projects and crop insurance. With the recent elections in Gujarat indicating erosion of BJP's rural vote base, Jaitley may also unveil incentives for the farm sector. Small businesses, which have traditionally formed the core support base of the BJP, too may get some sops to ease pain caused to them due to chaotic rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation. Continued on Page 4 Budget to test investors’ faith in Modi govt Mumbai: Since his election four years ago, Indian markets have welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to mend patchy public finances and develop new areas of growth in Asia's third largest economy. To keep investors' confidence, however, the Modi government will need to be seen containing the fiscal deficit, while also increasing spending in key areas of the slowing economy. Markets will be focused on how much India widens its fiscal deficit beyond the 3 per cent of gross domestic product projected for 2018-19. S P9 Tremors in N India, Pak as STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS Trump reiterates ‘merit-based’ immigration quake rocks Afghanistan New Delhi: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale struck central Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush region on Wednesday morning. Tremors were felt in Pakistan and as far away as in North India and the National Capital Region. There were reports of damage and loss of life from the Lasbela district in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, where a young girl died when the roof of her house collapsed. Fifteen people have been injured. “The Provincial Disaster Management Authority started its ground operations,” Balochistan’s Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said. The epicentre of the quake was 35 km south of Jurm in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province. It occurred at a depth of nearly 190 km. There were no reports of casualties. The residents of Jurm said some houses had been damaged and a few farm animals had died. Continued on Page 4 ADEPU MAHENDER Medaram (Jayashankar-Bhupalpally): Religious fervour pervaded Medaram, a tiny tribal village 250km northeast of Hyderabad, as a sea of humanity soaked in devotion witnessing the arrival of Goddess Saralamma to the altars (locally called as Gaddelu) on Wednesday, the ﬁrst day of four-day biennial jatara. The rituals started in the wee hours with the Vadde clan Adivasis, who went into the nearby forest late on Tuesday night for bringing bamboo poles, kanka vanam in local parlance, offering prayers to the deity. They installed the bamboos at the altars coinciding with the ﬁrst rays of sun hitting the earth. And it was at around 7 pm, the allimportant procession in which the tribal priests carrying the vermillion casket, representing Saralamma, tied New York: In a speech brimming with patriotism and the America First concept, President Donald Trump has reiterated the US commitment to strengthen its military, protect its borders and reset its trading relationships while calling for ‘merit-based’ immigration system. "This is our new American moment," Trump declared in his ﬁrst State of the Union address on Tuesday night in Washington as he took a victory lap for the economic achievements of the ﬁrst year of his presidency and laid out an agenda for the rest of it. In his 80-minute speech in the House chamber of the Capitol, Trump renewed his campaign call "to make America great again for all Americans" by working "all of us, together, as one team, one peo- ple, and one American family." Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan were at the event. The speech, mostly devoted to domestic issues, was punctu- Medaram soaks in devotion Thousands of devotees taking a holy dip in Jampanna Vagu in Medara on Wednesday, the ﬁrst day of SammakkaSaralamma Jatara ated with spectacles for television with Trump calling out at appropriate points in his speech to crime victims, business people, beneﬁciaries of his economic programmes, soldiers, a crippled North Korean refugee and others seated in the audience with anecdotes about them. In his speech, Trump took credit for the massive tax reforms, the 2.4 million jobs created in the last year, the lowest unemployment for African Americans, stock markets setting records adding $8 trillion in value and investments and manufacturing returning to the US. Continued on Page 4 to a bamboo pole made its way to the altars from Kannepally aka Kanneboyinapalle village. Even as the thousands of devotees jostling with each other to have a glimpse of deity, the others seeking blessings for prosperity, happiness, success and health, especially those with no offspring craving the priests to walk over them reﬂect the religious belief associated with the jatara. As the ritual reached its crescendo, quite a few women went into the trance rolling their eyes, loosening their hair, grunting, gesticulating and dancing ecstatically as they were possessed by Goddess. The procession on its way crossed Jampanna vagu, a stream named after Jampanna, son of Sammakka), where devotees take holy bath to get puriﬁed and absolve from sins. Continued on Page 4
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