www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.31°C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 06:42 Sunset: 06:08 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Govt urges cos FM sees no impact of for steel at fair price LTCG tax on mkt crash M P3 WINDOWS unicipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao urged the steel companies to supply material for the two-bedroom houses at reasonable prices in order to increase the input cost of the construction of 2BHKs for poor. Mkt crash continues `5L cr investor wealth evaporates in just 2 sessions Falcon Heavy for first test flight today Washington: The much awaited first flight of SpaceX's new heavy-lift rocket, Falcon Heavy, is set to take place on Tuesday, company CEO Elon Musk has said. "Falcon Heavy remains go for launch at 1.30 pm on Tuesday," Musk said in a tweet on Monday. S P11 None can interfere when 2 adults marry: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the self-appointed "khap panchayats", asking how they have become guardians of the law, and categorically ruled that marriages between two adults will not have any third party interference, neither from the parents nor the state. S P4 Mumbai: A sell-off in global markets further hit sentiments on domestic bourses, which are already reeling under budget woes, pulling the BSE Sensex down by nearly 310 points, or 0.88 per cent, to 34,757.16, a three-week low, and the Nifty by 94 points, or 0.87 per cent, to 10,666.55 points. Heavy selling was witnessed mainly in banking, capital goods, and IT counters. This was the fifth straight session of loss for domestic stock markets that saw a massive erosion in valuation after the government unveiled in its budget a proposal to levy 10 per cent long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax on equities and revised upwards its deficit target for the current fiscal at 3.5 per cent. Investors lost a whopping Rs 5 lakh crore in just two trading sessions. (PTI) E ven as the Indian equity indices continued its downslide on Monday, the government said it was not in reaction to the Union Budget announcement on February 1 where 10 per cent Long-Term Capital Gains (LTCG) tax was reimposed. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has attributed the downslide in the bourses to the negative global cues. New body sought for Haj pilgrims New Delhi: A PIL seeking an independent Muslim body to look into the arrangements for Haj pilgrims and quashing of the government-controlled Haj Committee has been filed in the Delhi High Court. The plea referred to a recent notification of the Centre, scrapping the subsidy for pilgrims to get cheaper flights to-and-fro. Since it has been scrapped, it said, there was no need for a government-controlled panel to manage its affairs and the Haj Committee Act 2002 was also liable to be quashed. The plea seeking the court's nod for an independent panel and quashing of the Haj committee was filed by Delhi-based advocate Shahid Ali last week. The Central government had in 1959 introduced a subsidy for air travel between Bombay and Jeddah. Other flights on Air India, the stateowned carrier, were added over time. POST-TRIPLE TALAQ BILL AIMPLB strategy on Feb 9 Hyderabad: With the Narendra Modi government determined to go ahead with the passage of triple talaq Bill in Parliament, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will decide its future course of action on the issue at its crucial meeting here this week. The three-day general body meeting of the apex body of the Muslims, beginning on February 9, will discuss the issue and evolve a strategy for protection of Muslim Personal Law. The triple talaq Bill and the Babri Masjid case, which is coming up for hearing in the Supreme Court from February 8, top the agenda of the crucial meeting to be presided over by AIMPLB chief Moulana Rabey AMID MYRID BLOOMS President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind pose for photographs at the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday, a day before the opening of the gardens for the public viewing P9 Hasani Nadvi. AIMPLB set up in 1972 and represents all-Islamic schools of thought will pass a Hyderabad Resolution, spelling out the roadmap for the next one year. Both the executive at its meeting on the ﬁrst day and the general body over the next two days will discuss triple talaq issue Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in the last session and is likely to come up in the Rajya Sabha during ongoing budget Continued on P4 session. PRIDE OF TELANGANA Kaleshwaram draws national attention 15th Finance Commission team to visit project site on Feb 10 OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The prestigious Kaleshwaram project has attracted national attention. An ofﬁcial team from the 15th Finance Commission will visit the project Left, YSRC call for AP bandh on Feb 8 OUR BUREAU Amaravati: In an effort not to lag behind the Telugu Desam Party in showing its disapproval for the national budget which had very meagre allocations for AP, the principal Opposition party YSRC on Monday extended full support to the February 8 bandh called by trade unions of the Left parties seeking justice for the state. Continued on P4 Bhupalpally: Maoists’ bandh on Monday, accusing the state of detaining innocent tribals and implementing anti-people policies, further escalated tension in the region forcing the police to beef up the security in forest-fringe villages to avoid any untoward incidents. In spite of heightened security on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, the Maoists set the BSNL cell tower at Edhira under Venkatapuram mandal in Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district on ﬁre in the wee hours of Monday. “Around 20 ultras ransacked the electronic equipment of a cell tower before setting it on ﬁre. We have sent in forces besides intensifying combing operations,” Superintendent of Police R Bhaskaran told The Hans India. He said that barring this incident the law and order in the dis- trict is totally under the control despite the bandh call given by the Maoists. However, there were reports of arson on Chhattisgarh side. Meanwhile, fear gripped the tribals living in villages close on the border of Chhattisgarh. On the other hand, the police alerted spent the entire day there and review the progress of the project. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the TS government has decided to seek the Commission’s help for getting central Continued on P4 funds. LAWYERS CLASH Hearing in Loya case turns acrimonious New Delhi: The Supreme Court hearing on the plea seeking independent probe into the death of Special CBI court judge B M Loya turned acrimonious on Monday with lawyers for the petitioners exchanging barbs after one of the petitioners seeking a probe appeared to be diluting his stand. The heated exchanges between two senior counsel Dushyant Dave and Pallav Sisodia erupted after Dave accused the latter of "sabotage". While Dave is appearing for the Bombay Lawyers Association, Sisodia is appearing for Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhurj Samghaji Lone. Both had moved the top court seeking independent probe into the death of Judge Loya, who was presiding over the special CBI court holding trial into Sohrabuddin Shaikh staged shoot out case in which BJP president Amit Shah was one of the accused, but later disContinued on P4 charged. Navy officer from AP dies in Mumbai mishap Mumbai/Hyderabad: An Indian Navy officer was killed when his car rammed into a stationary truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, police said. Shrikanth Naagipogu (26), a Lieutenant, was posted at ‘INS Shivaji', an Indian Naval station located in Lonavala, about 120km from here in Pune district. The 26-year-old was a native of Andhra Pradesh, they said. Shrikanth was on his way to Pune when his car rammed into a stationary truck on the expressway ahead of Bhatan tunnel near Kon village on Sunday morning, said an official attached to the Panvel Taluka police station said. Vehicles are not allowed to stop on the 95-km-long expressway. Truck driver Dilwar Patel had parked his vehicle on the roadside after its engine developed some technical snag. However, he hadn't put up any signal to warn incoming vehicles, the police official said. The Naval officer sustained serious head injuries in the mishap and was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, the official said. Maoist bandh triggers tension in red corridor ADEPU MAHENDER site on February 10. As part of the three-day stay in the city to hold its ﬁrst official meeting with representatives from the Southern states from February 9, the Commission members have decided to pay a visit to the project and those in the hit list of the Maoists. If what has happened in the Dandakaranya region in the last fortnight is any indication, the outlawed CPI-Maoists seem to be unperturbed by the setbacks it had faced in the recent past. The enticing surrender policies offered by various state governments and threateningly poised nearly two lakh security forces stationed across the red corridor - Chhattisgarh, Telangana, AP, Odisha, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh – that could have suffocated the ultras appears to have no effect on them. Little over a week ago, around 20 Maoists went on rampage killing a tribal and setting several vehicles at a sand quarry in Veerapuram panchayat under Pinapaka mandal in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district with a renewed vigour. They also killed another tribal belonging to Cherla branding him as police informer. The daylight gun battle between the security forces and ultras at Thippapuram outpost under Pameru police station limits in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, just a few kilometers away from Cherla mandal, on February 3 in which two apiece on both sides injured further indicates that Maoist agenda is still alive and kicking. TTD annual budget hits a roadblock S For last nine months, TTD has no trust board in place S Taking budget approval from trust board is mandatory S TTD authorities are consulting govt oﬃcials on the subject K NETHAJI Tirupati: Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) higher officials are in a dilemma over its annual budget approval with an outlay of around Rs 3000 crore. After the state government budget, TTD institution budget is the biggest in the state. For the few years TTD trust board has been approving its annual budget at least Rs 2,500 crore and above. Last year under Chairmanship of Chadalavada Krishna Murthy previous board had given the approval 2017 annual budget with an outlay of Rs 2,678.07 crore. TTD officials have been submitting Devasthnam budget before March. This year TTD officials are facing a difficult situation in budget preparations. So far, they have no information on whom to submit the budget proposals as far as the forthcoming financial year concern. General practice in TTD is ﬁrst the budget proposal will be submitted to trust board. Continued on P4
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