www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.35°C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 17% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 06:18 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Pawan moots JAC to JBM Solaris launches fight for rights of AP electric bus J P5 WINDOWS RBI leaves key rate unchanged at 6% Mumbai (PTI): The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday opted for the widely expected status quo in key rates citing inflation concerns and flagged risks from wider fiscal deficit. The repo rate, at which the central bank lends short-term money, will continue to stay at six per cent. The reverse repo, rate at which it borrows from banks and absorbs excess liquidity, will remain at 5.75 per cent. The resolution of the 6-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) said “the inflation outlook is clouded by several uncertainties on the upside,” flagging risks from 7th Pay Panel implementation in states, high oil prices, hike in customs duties and fiscal slippage to 3.5 per cent in 2017-18 and a higher target for 2018-19. Amid debate over the government move to tax long term capital gains (LTCG) from equities, RBI Governor Urjit Patel said that India has five taxes on capital and warned of their impact on investments and savings. S P13 ana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan has come forward with a proposal to float a JAC involving intellectuals and likeminded political and social organizations to achieve the demands and fulfillment of all promises made to the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh under the AP Reorganisation Act. Cape Canaveral (AFP): The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, has blasted off on its highly anticipated maiden test ﬂight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket BM Solaris Electric Vehicles (P) Ltd, a JV between India’s leading automotive company, JBM Auto Ltd and Europe’s e-mobility major Solaris Bus & Coach SA, launched its 100 per cent Electric Bus series ECO-LIFE at the Auto Expo 2018. ‘KEEP THE HEAT UP’ P13 CM leaves for Dubai to garner investments OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday described the ongoing struggle to get funds and projects as an issue between the state and the Centre, while disapproving of resorting to action in the streets. Naidu, reacting to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s assurance to the state, wanted to know when and how the formula to transfer funds to the state under special package would be evolved and when the funds would actually start ﬂowing into the state. “The ﬁght has to be staged in Parliament and not on streets,” he said, in an indirect reference to the left parties’ proposed bandh on Thursday for which the principal opposition party YSRC has extended support. In a teleconference with his MPs at Delhi from here on Wednesday, Naidu asked them to see to that they would get atleast two hours’ time to go through point by point how injustice has been done in the backdrop of assurance made in Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who left for Dubai on Wednesday, is expected to land investments and invite personally investors for the investors’ meet to be held in Visakhapatnam from February 24 to 26. It may be recalled that the state government and Emirates Airlines signed a MoU to set up Maintenance-repair-overhaul centre, aviation academy and skill development centre in Andhra Pradesh. The airlines maintenance centre will help to get aircraft maintenance facility in Andhra Pradesh itself. As part of his Dubai tour the Chief Minister will meet Prime Minister Sk Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai Airport Free Zone authority Director General Dr Md Al Jarooni. The one on one meeting will pave way for strengthening ties between AP and Dubai. The Chief Minister will also take part in road shows to be organised by State Economic De- BABU’s TO DO LIST FOR MPs Extract reply from Centre Fight for state’s rightful share Bring out point by point injustice Ask Jaitley to explain fancy formula the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. Naidu insisted that while discussing the issue, the members should keep in mind the special package offered to the state by Arun Jaitley in lieu of Special Category Status in September 2016, promises made in the bifurcation act and the assurances given in Rajya Sabha at the time of bifurcation of the state. Naidu wanted the members to extract a reply form the Centre on what it has done to th estate thus far, and what it intends to do. The members should insist more on when, implying that there should be time schedule for the implementation of all the promises, programmes and projects. Naidu, expressing surprise over the formula that Jaitley had talked about in his reply, wondered why a formula should be worked out when no such for- Centre to link driving licence with Aadhaar; SC told New Delhi (PTI): The Centre is in the process of linking driving licences with Aadhaar number to weed out fake licences and a software for this covering all states on a real time basis is under preparation, the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday. A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta was informed about it by a courtappointed committee on road safety headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan. This assumes signiﬁcance as a ﬁvejudge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra is currently hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and the enabling 2016 law. The committee, in its report ﬁled in the top court, said it had held a meeting on November 28 last year with the joint secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to discuss several issues, including procurement of fake licences and how to eliminate it. "On the issue of fake licences, joint secretary, MoRTH informed that NIC (national informatics centre) is now preparing 'Sarthi-4' under which all the licences would be linked to Aadhaar," the report said. Continued on P6 SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch J mula was used when the state was divided. He wanted to know why there should be a formula only for ensuring 90 per cent of value of loan for projects would come as grant to the state and why not for other promises. He also took exception to Jaitley speaking about fiscal deficit going up, leading to state’s loan eligibility contracting, if it avails loan from the NABARD. “We have referred to the HUDCO and other agencies for availing loan without the loan eligibility contracting, but he would not refer to them,” Naidu said. Expressing satisfaction over the agitation carried out thus far, Naidu asked his MPs to keep the heat. velopment Board in which 150 investors of Dubai are expected to take part. In addition, the Finix group will discuss integrated rice mill project at Samalkot in East Godavari district. The Chief Minister will discuss with vice-chairman and chairman of Sharoff group, agriculture, food processing park and industrial development. Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Communications Advisor to AP government Parakala Prabhakar, special Chief Secretary Satish Chandra, principal secretaries G Sai Prasad, Ajay Jain and Economic Development Board CEO J Krishna Kishore are accompanying the Chief Minister. Ignore AP at your peril: Jayadev to NDA S Metro proposals ignored S AIIMS ﬁnds no mention S Discrimination for no reason OUR BUREAU PM blames Cong for AP’s sorrow OUR BUREAU New Delhi/Hyderabad: Blowing the election bugle from the ﬂoor of Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the Congress, blaming it squarely for the problems the people of the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh were facing even four years after the division. He also promised to stand by Andhra Pradesh and reaffirmed that the Telugu Desam Party was BJP’s ally despite the fact that the relations between the two appeared a little stretched with yellow party members indulging in saber-rattling in both the houses of Parliament seeking a fair deal for AP in the budget. Narendra Modi, while replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to President’s address, used words as whiplashes against the Congress when he referred to how the party had divided the state by closing the doors of the Parliament. “It was because of the way you have divided AP that problems continue even now. When the A B Vajpayee’s dispensation created three new states, there was no rancour or ill-will. It was because after division, assets were divided to the satisfaction of both the states. But in case of AP it did not happen that way. You have divided AP keeping an eye on political beneﬁt. The people are suffering because of your actions,”” Modi said. He said if the BJP had supported the division of the state, it was because the people of Telangana wanted it. Continued on P6 Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Lok Sabha member Galla Jayadev on Wednesday warned the Centre that the people of Andhra were not fools to be carried away with empty and inane promises. The MP, speaking on a debate which the Speaker allowed in Lok Sabha on issues relating to AP, said that promises made by the Centre were not backed by action which led to despair and frustration among the people. He said the Centre had committed itself to honouring all the 19 assurances made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014 and special package announced in September in 2016 but no action had followed. People are not ready to be taken for a ride repeatedly, he said. “The Centre has allocated substantial sums of money for Metro Rail projects in Bengaluru and Mumbai, but it did not bother to mention even the names of Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam metro-rail projects. If you do not keep promises, you would have to face a tough time in elections,” he warned. Continued on P6 IndiGo to operate five flights from V’wada BUSINESS BUREAU Hyderabad: IndiGo, India’s largest and fastest growing low-cost carrier, has announced Vijayawada as its 50th destination on its route network. Effective March 2, 2018, IndiGo will operate three daily direct ﬂights from Vijayawada to Hyderabad and one daily direct ﬂight each to Bengaluru and Chennai respectively. The new service to Vijayawada is part of IndiGo’s plan to establish the growing importance of emerging domestic sectors from south India. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Com- To connect city with Hyd, Bengaluru and Chennai mercial Officer, IndiGo, said: “It gives us immense pleasure to introduce services from Vijayawada. Year 2017 was a great year from growth and expansion as the airline clocked many milestones. Continued on P6 Wow, did you guys see that? That was awesome ﬁred its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago. “Wow, did you guys see that? That was awesome,” said SpaceX commentator Lauren Lyons as applause thundered through mission control yesterday. SpaceX commentator John Innsbrucker said it was “everything you could want in a test ﬂight.” Loaded with Musk's red Tesla and a mannequin in a spacesuit, the monster rocket's historic test voyage has captured the world's imagination. SpaceX's webcast showed Musk's Tesla roadster soaring into space, as David Bowie's “Space Oddity” played in the background -- with the words “DON'T PANIC” visible on the dashboard, in an apparent nod to the sci-ﬁ series the “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.” Musk posted a video of the car on Twitter after launch, in which he can be heard laughing in the background as a camera behind the mannequin’s head shows the car apparently in orbit around Earth. “It actually really doesn't look real, it’s crazy,” Musk can be heard saying. He later posted another video showing a “live view of Starman” appearing to cruise, its gloved hand on the wheel, through the darkness of space, the Earth’s image re- ﬂected on its glossy red surface. The car was also outﬁtted with a high-data storage unit containing Isaac Asimov's science ﬁction book series, the Foundation Trilogy, and a plaque bearing the names of 6,000 SpaceX employees. About two minutes into the ﬂight, the two side boosters peeled away from the centre core and made their way back toward Earth for an upright landing. Both rockets landed side by side in unison on launchpads, live video images showed. “New Olympic sport - Synchronized Landings!” wrote NASA astro- naut Randy Bresnik on Twitter. “HUGE congrats to the @SpaceX team on your maiden ﬂight! Another giant step towards making spaceﬂight for everyone a reality.” The third, center booster was to attempt a landing on an ocean platform although its status was still unclear. Experts said the launch would likely catch the eye of the US space agency NASA, which may consider using the Falcon Heavy as a way to fast-track its plans to reach the Moon again for the first time since 1972. Continued on P6
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