www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Cloudy Temp: Max.31°C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 06:42 Sunset: 06:09 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H AquaEx India-2018 JBM Solaris launches from March 15 electric bus A P3 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 P9 four-day AquaEx India-2018 will be held at the HITEX exhibition centre here from March 15 to 18. It was announced by Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav here on Wednesday. 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. P9 Centre blind to TS needs: KTR FUNDS FOR WELFARE, IRRIGATION SCHEMES NOT GRANTED IndiGo to operate ﬁve ﬂights from Vijayawada OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for its failure in consenting to the demand for funds for Telangana state in the national budget. In an informal interaction with media persons, the minister said that the Centre did not accepted even a single demand from Telangana which sought sanction of Rs 19,000 crore for Mission Bhagiratha, Rs 5,000 crore for Mission Kakatiya and Rs 10,000 crore for Kaleshwaram. He said Telangana government has been requesting the Central government to announce at least one project taken up by the state government as national project and infuse ﬁnancial succor to the state in meeting the growing ﬁnancial needs for the implementation of welfare and development programmes. He wondered why the Union government was appreciating the state for introducing unique schemes when it had no intention of extending any assistance for the last four years. The government has already submitted proposals for Rs 40,000 crore including Textile Park, IIM (Indian Institute of Management), AIIMS and so on, KTR said, adding that the others demands unattended included issues like enhancement of reservation to Muslims and ST communities, categorisation of Madigas for purpose of extending reservations and ITER (Information Technology Investment Region). The TS government has been pursuing its demands with New Delhi, but the pleas were falling 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 P4 SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch J on deaf ears. Telangana got a raw deal in the Union cabinet. The lone minister Bandaru Dattatraya was removed in the reshuffle. He said that the people will teach a fitting lesson to BJP in the next general elections. The minister said he is going on a two-day official visit to New Delhi to pursue the state issues with all Union ministries from Thursday. The minister further said that NDA also failed in fulﬁlling the promises and demands from the states ruled by the NDA partners. Continued on P4 To connect city with Hyd, Bengaluru and Chennai BUSINESS BUREAU Hyderabad: IndiGo, India’s largest and fastest growing lowcost 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 impor- tance of emerging domestic sectors from south India. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial 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. In the coming years, we will continue to expand our network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers.” Continued on P4 Intervene, Nasheed renews appeal to India 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 P4 Male (IANS): In a rebuff to China for warning India to keep off from interfering in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean nation’s exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday reiterated his appeal to India to intervene, saying his countrymen view New Delhi's role “positively” and during the 1988 crisis India were “not occupiers but liberators”. Nasheed said in a tweet: “Saying 'resolve things internally' is akin to asking us to escalate the revolt, which can lead to chaos. Maldivians see India's role positively: in '88 they came, resolved the crisis, and left. They were not occupiers but libera- tors. This is why Maldivians look to India now.” The tweet by Nasheed, a friend of India, came as China, in apparent reference to India, on Wednesday cautioned against outside interference in the Maldives’ internal affairs, saying it would “complicate” the situation. On Tuesday, Nasheed, who lives in self-exile in Britain, had asked India to intervene militarily to help resolve the burgeoning crisis in his archipelago nation which is under a state of Emergency clamped by President Abdulla Yameen. “On behalf of Maldivian people we humbly request: 1. India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges and political detainees including President Gayoom. Continued on P4 Chandrababu leaves for Dubai to garner investments OUR BUREAU 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 Development Board in which 150 investors of Dubai are expected Continued on P4 to take part. 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 P4
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