www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: High level clouds Temp: Max.33°C. Min.16°C. Humidity: 25% Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 06:16 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Pelican Festival will be made Humanoid Sophia to steal a global event: Minister show at WCIT M P5 WINDOWS Army officer, 3 jawans killed in Pak shelling Jammu (PTI): An Army officer and three jawans were killed and four people, including two teenagers, injured on Sunday in heavy Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate, officials said. Pakistani forces opened unprovoked heavy firing and shelling along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district on Sunday evening, senior Army officials said. In the heavy shelling, three jawans were killed, they said, adding an officer, who was injured in the shelling, later succumbed to his injuries. Indian Army was giving a befitting reply as heavy exchanges were on, the officials added. inister for Tourism Bhuma Akhila Priya said the department would make plans to bring global image for Pelican festival after inaugurating the Pelican festival at Atapaka Birds Sanctuary at Kolleru. S ophia the robot, who is the first humanoid to get citizenship as a Saudi national, is expected to be a big draw as the Hyderabad gears up to host the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), touted as the Olympics of the global ICT industry. TIES STAY: NAIDU S TDP to go all-out against Modi govt, short of severing ties S Rajnath Singh speaks to Chandrababu to save the day S CM tells MPs keeping alliance in view of State’s interests Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu holding a meeting with TDP MPs at his residence at Undavalli on Sunday OUR BUREAU Hyderabad/Amaravati: Parliament session which resumes tomorrow is set to see ﬁreworks, as the MPs belonging to Telugu Desam Party will be upping the ante on the Central government over the gross injustice meted out to the State in the Union Budget. TDP chief and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who held a crucial meeting with party meetings on Sunday asked them to mount scathing attack on the Centre and bring up the issue to the notice of the House. However, the meeting felt that it would maintain ties with the BJP in view of the State’s interests. Chandrababu Naidu made it clear to the MPs not to precipitate things beyond control. They should only make their point forcibly over the Centre turning blind to the needs of State in not making adequate allocations as per the commitments made in the AP State Reorganisation Act. The MPs are told in no uncertain terms not to endanger the very alliance between the two parties. With the already seething MPs seem bent upon venting their spleen in the House, the coast is now clear for high octane protests in the House even at the cost of getting suspended from the Parliament. “Time for request is over, start demanding now,” Naidu told the MPs. Briefing about the Parliamentary Party meeting held at Naidu’s residence in Undavalli near Vijayawada, Union Minister of State and MP Sujana Chowdary told media persons that for the time being, their agitation would be limited to raising the issue on the promises Indian-Americans hold rally at White House Washington (PTI): Several hundred highly-skilled Indian workers, in long agonising green card wait, from across the US along with their children and spouses held a rally in front of the White House here in support of President Donald Trump’s plan for a merit-based immigration system that among other things ends chain migration and diversity lottery visa. Flying to the US capital from as far as California, Texas and Chicago and driving several hundred miles from places like Florida, New York and Massachusetts, these highly skilled Indians, living in the US for the past several years and in many cases for more than a decade, urged Trump to end the per country limit on legal permanent residency so as to eliminate the massive Green Card backlog of highly skilled Indians. “We are looking strictly for a merit-based immigration. That will bring prosperity and fast economic growth of the US,” Krishna Bansal, national policy and political director of Republican Hindu Coalition, told the rally of highly skilled Indians, who want to make the US now their permanent home. “We are with President Trump for taking initiative towards a merit-based immigration system,” Bansal said, adding that his group is working with the White House and lawmakers towards a comprehensive immigration bill that should include all these things. Continued on P6 Researchers show mind-reading equipment nearing reality by decoding the signals sent by their brains to the machine. The team of researchers from Brazil, India, Germany and Finland conducted the study at Brazil’s D’Or Institute for Research and Education and used a Magnetic Resonance (MR) machine to read participants’ minds which displayed 85 per cent success. The study, published in the journal Scientiﬁc Reports, contributed to the improvement of the technique and paved the way for new research on recon- struction of auditory imagination and inner speech. In the experiment, six volunteers heard 40 pieces of classical music, rock, pop, jazz and others. The neural fingerprint of each song on participants’ brain was captured by the MR machine while a computer was learning to identify the brain patterns elicited by each musical piece. Musical features such as tonality, dynamics, rhythm and timbre were taken into account by the computer. Continued on P6 that had been made to the state in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014 and others which include Special Package agreed upon in lieu of the Special Category Status. With the budget being silent on the Centre's promises which the TDP leaders recount ad inﬁnitum, it has been decided to bring pressure on the Centre to take cognisance of the pressing needs of the truncated state, while remaining part of the NDA. Said Sujana Chowdary: "We want to continue our marriage. Don’t force us to go in for a divorce," he said. Naidu is understood to have told his MPs to get ready for a showdown demanding, benefits for AP, notwithstanding what others say. He wanted them to understand that all the parties were criticising the Centre for the injustice done to the state, and, in this situation, if the TDP remained silent, there was a possibility of the people thinking that the TDP was not caring for their interests. Continued on P6 Men in Blue humble South Africa in 2nd ODI Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates with Jasprit Bumrah after his career-best 5/22 destroyed South Africa and helped India win the second ODI at Centurion by an overwhelming nine wickets. Apart from establishing a 2-0 lead in the six-game series, India also managed to regain the top spot in the ICC rankings. After dismissing Proteas for 118 runs, their lowest ODI score on home soil, the Men in Blue accomplished the target in 20.3 overs. S Report: P16 No early polls to LS: Shah SUPPORT MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION New York (IANS): It may sound like sci-fi, but mind reading equipment is much closer to become a reality than most people can imagine. A new study carried out at D’Or Institute for Research and Education used a Magnetic Resonance (MR) machine to read participants’ minds and find out what song they were listening to. Researchers, including an Indian, carried out a study using equipment to read the minds of participants and find out what song they were listening to P13 OUR BUREAU Modi calls for ousting Cong from Karnataka Bengaluru (IANS): Sounding the election bugle in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to throw the “corrupt and dynastic” Congress out of power in the state assembly elections, due in late April or early May. “I appeal to the people of Karnataka to throw out the Congress government as countdown for its pack up from the state has begun,” thundered Modi at a BJP rally, attended by over one lakh people, at the sprawling Bangalore Palace Grounds here, amid tight security. Continued on P6 Hyderabad: BJP president Amit Shah has made it clear to the state party leadership that there is no possibility of early elections to the Lok Sabha and in Telangana, the party will go it alone. He ruled out alliance with any political party in Telangana. The party chief also told them that there was no way delimitation of Assembly constituencies could be taken up either in AP or in TS before the general elections are held. During an informal interaction with media-persons here on Sunday, party state president Dr K Laxman said that Shah had advised them to go ahead with the programmes that they had already lined up to get traction with the people. Shah has also told them that as per the surveys carried out by the national party leadership, the BJP was better placed in a majority of the assembly segments than the Congress in Telangana. The party's main po- WILL GO IT ALONE IN TS litical rival is the ruling TRS, he reportedly said. Shah in his interaction said that the party had a clear idea about who are its political rivals in Karnataka, West Bengal, Odisha, and Telangana. In Telangana, the party will go it alone for the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in 2019 with its focus mainly fixed on the ruling TRS. Further, he counselled them not to bother about some ‘good words’ spoken by the visiting Union ministers about the TRS government. The remarks of praise or appreciation should be seen as a part of the ministers’ way of dealing with respective departments, at the government-to-government level. BJP, as a political party, has its own assessment and views towards the TRS, he noted. He asked the state party leadership to continue organising the activities in the Assembly constituencies and districts, taking the agenda of the party into the midst of the people. Continued on P6
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