www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Overcast Temp: Max.35°C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 14% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 06:18 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H State lags in Matru Nasscom pegs cautious Vandana scheme outlook for 2018 W P5 WINDOWS India ranks 44 in global IP index Washington: India has increased substantially its score in the latest international Intellectual Property (IP) index released by the US Chambers of Commerce, ranking 44th out of 50 countries. India’s overall score has increased substantially from 25 per cent (8.75 out of 35) in the 5th edition of the Index to 30 per cent (12.03 out of 40) in the 6th edition, according to the annual report prepared by the Global Innovation Policy Center. S P13 `1 cr donated to TTD run Vedic Trust Tirupati (PTI): A Chennai based religious trust on Thursday donated Rs one crore to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here with a request to use the amount for the temple run Sri Veda Parirakshana Trust. Representative of the trust Prasanna Kumar on behalf of K Venkatesan, Chairman of Sri Guru Chandrikananda Samiti Trust, handed over a bank DD for the amount to TTD Joint Executive Officer. ith the gross negligence of medical and health department in the state, lakhs of pregnant women and lactating mothers are losing on the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana(PMMVY). O utlook for the Indian information technology (IT) sector is cautiously positive in 2018 as challenges remain amidst prospects of greater IT spending with global and US economies improving, industry body Nasscom said. P13 MPs don’t budge ‘Damaru’, ‘Siva thandavam’, cries of ‘Govinda, Govinda’ cause pandemonium in Lok Sabha OUR BUREAU New Delhi/Hyderabad: For the fourth straight day, Telugu Desam Party MPs stalled the proceedings of both the houses of Parliament on Thursday, seeking a fair deal for Andhra Pradesh in the national budget. The MPs who appeared to have piped down a little on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had intervened, saying that they would stand by Andhras, upped the ante again, demanding a statement from the Centre immediately that it would address all the concerns of the state within a fortnight. Even as the MPs agitation was going on in Delhi, left parties’ sponsored bandh paralysed normal life in all the districts of the state. The left parties which had the support of YSRC and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, were seeking Special Category Status. Shops and businesses downed their shutters in response to AP Bandh, in MG road Vijayawada on Thursday As soon as Lok Sabha met in the morning, the TDP members rose from their seats and barged into the well of the House, raising slogans in support of their demands. As the MPs moved towards the podium, N Siva Prasad, snatched a pile of ﬁles on the desk of secretary general of Lok Sabha and tried to walk away but changed his mind when BJP MPs prevented him. But he along with another MP Nimmala Kistappa, stood in front of the speaker playing ‘damaru’ which they had brought with them. Sivaprasad in fact made an attempt to play thandavam even as the others rent the air with slogans with the result that pandemonium prevailed. Continued on P6 the shops and establishments were closed. Banks, insurance company offices, BSNL and colleges were closed; schools and colleges declared holiday and extended support to bandh. The leaders of Left parties, YSRCP, Congress stopped the RTC buses at NTR Bus Station to register their protest. Minister for Power and TDP state president Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao, Minister for Social Welfare Nakka Anand Babu separately staged a protested at Ambedkar statue in Guntur city demanding the Union government to fulfill all the assurances mentioned in the state bifurcation Act and allot more funds to AP. All sections of people responded well to the bandh in Visakhapatnam city. The normal life was badly affected. People from all sections voluntarily supported the agitation. Continued on P6 CCI slaps `136-cr ﬁne on Google Bangla ex-PM Khaleda Zia jailed New Delhi (PTI): The Competition Commission today imposed a fine of Rs 136 crore on internet giant Google for unfair business practices in the Indian market for online search. After a detailed probe on the complaints filed in 2012, the regulator through a majority order said the penalty is being imposed on Google for “infringing anti-trust conduct”. On the CCI ruling, a Google spokesperson said the company is “reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps”. Globally, this is one of the rare cases where Google has Dhaka: Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was jailed on Thursday for corruption, but she plans to appeal against her ﬁve-year term, her lawyer said, as thousands of supporters took to the streets to protest her innocence. Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006, lawyers said. OUR BUREAU mands, Jaitley was vague and at times evasive, saying that “money” had been given for Amaravati and that Rs 4,500 ‘Total indifference’ OUR BUREAU state were a conﬁrmation that the Centre was Hyderabad/New Delhi: showing a step-mothUnion Finance Minister erly treatment to the Arun Jaitley’s offer of state. sympathy to the state of He said the Central Andhra Pradesh during government should his reply on the budget CM Ramesh keep in mind what had in Lok Sabha on Thurshappened to the Conday only added fuel to the ﬁre. Regress for dividing the state irraacting sharply to Jaitley’s ‘indiftionally and if the present dispenference’ to the burning problems sation also acts like the Congress, of the state, MP CM Ramesh said it would meet with the same fate. that the Centre had taken the “The Centre had offered package state for a ride once again as there in lieu of Special Category Status was no substance in his assurbut the package came without any ances. Speaking to media-persons funds. Though we are part of after the House was adjourned for NDA, the New Delhi has not boththe day, Ramesh said that Jaitely’s ered about the problems the state vague reply to the demands of the was facing”, he said. TEAM HANS stopped services for the day from morning hours. The theatres closed for morning shows while one day holiday was announced for educational institutions including private and government schools and colleges. In Vijayawada, the city wore a deserted look. Penamaluru TDP MLA Bode Prasad tonsured his head at Vuyyuru as part of novel protest, while former corporators of YSR Congress P Goutram Reddy and Y Srinivasa Rao participated without wearing shirts as part of exhibiting anger against the Centre. The film critic Katti Mahesh was present in the protest along with the leaders of Left parties. Ministers P Narayana and Kollu Ravindra extended their support by participating in the protests along with local leaders of Telugu Desam. The bandh evoked good response in Guntur district. All Jaitley offers only sympathy Hyderabad: After four days of vociferous protest and stalling the proceedings of the two Houses of Parliament, all that the Telugu Desam party could extract from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was his sympathy for the AP’s problems and his attention to two issues - ensuring ﬂow of funds to the state under special package and ﬁnding a way to further narrow down its revenue deﬁcit. As regards several other de- Bandh total, peaceful crore had already released for Polavaram whose revised estimate is about Rs 58,319 crore. Continued on P6 Vijayawada: People all over Andhra Pradesh expressed anger against the Central government by observing a peaceful and total bandh voluntarily closing all the shops, establishments and educational institutions for totally ignoring the State and not implementing the mandatory provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act. People came out on to the roads voluntarily and exhibited their ire against the Centre for not allocating funds in the budget in all the major cities like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Ongole, Nellore, Kakinada, Rajamahendravaram, Eluru, Bhimavaram and other towns. The bandh was a success in various parts of state by evoking good response from all sections of people. The traders closed their business establishments; the APSRTC been penalised for unfair business ways, even as it has been under probe in several countries. It was alleged that Google is indulging in abuse of dominant position in the market for online search through practices leading to search bias and search manipulation, among others. For this case, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) considered markets in In- dia for online general web search services and for online search advertising services as the relevant ones. The penalty amount of Rs 135.86 crore translates to 5 per cent of the company's average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to the CCI order. The CCI said it has given thoughtful consideration on the submissions made by Google on issue of penalty and found it appropriate to impose a fine. Continued on P6 Congress will work with like-minded parties for LS polls New Delhi (IANS): Seeing “winds of change” after the Gujarat Assembly and Rajasthan by-elections, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said her party will work with likeminded parties to defeat the BJP in the next general elections which she felt could be held early. She also expressed confidence that the party would retain power in the Karnataka Assembly elections. “As for myself, as Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party, I will work with the Congress president and other col- leagues in discussions with likeminded political parties to ensure that in the next election the BJP is defeated and India is restored to a democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path,” Gandhi said addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party here. Referring to the recent byeelections in Rajasthan, which the party swept, and the Gujarat Assembly polls where it put up a creditable performance, Gandhi said: “We performed very creditably under tough circumstances in Gujarat and the (victories in the) just held RAHUL IS MY BOSS: SONIA by-elections in Rajasthan were huge. This shows that the winds of change are coming. “I am sure that very soon the election results in Karnataka too will underline the resurgence of the Congress,” she added. Extending her son Rahul Gandhi best wishes in his new role as the party chief and acknowledging that he was now also her boss, Gandhi said that the process of the party’s revival has started under Rahul Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi hoped that the party workers and leaders would work with Rahul Gandhi with the same dedication as they did with her in her long tenure of 19 years. “We have elected a new Congress President and on your behalf and on my own, I wish him all the very best. He is now my boss, too. Let there be no doubt about that - and I know that all of you will work with him with the same dedication, loyalty and enthusiasm as you did with me. “I am confident that we will work cohesively under his leadership to revive our party’s fortunes. That process has begun,” she said. Terming the 2014 electoral debacle of the party as an “aber- ration”, she called upon party workers to channelise the “discontent” among people against the Modi government. “We have to be in a state of readiness for the national elections which are due in slightly over a year - and might well be called earlier as they were in 2004. No doubt 2014 was a severe setback, but I am convinced that it was an aberration. “Increasingly, the people of our country, people belonging to all sections of our society, are getting disillusioned with the present regime. Continued on P6
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