www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Overcast Temp: Max.31°C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 06:10 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Laxman rubbishes Nasscom pegs cautious KTR charges outlook for 2018 B P3 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 P9 `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. haratiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president K Laxman on Thursday lashed out at Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao for making baseless charges against the Centre. Rama Rao charged that the Centre is neglecting the interests of Telangana State. 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. Jaitley: Govt knows how to bite the bullet `12K-cr relief for salaried class, senior citizens in Budget New Delhi (PTI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the Budget has given Rs 12,000 crore beneﬁts to salaried class and senior citizens and also defended the long-term capital gains tax on equities, saying this government knows how to “bite the bullet.” Jaitley further said demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will beneﬁt the economy in the medium and long term and the country will again become the fastest growing large economy of the world next ﬁscal. Replying to a debate on Budget 2018-19, the minister said that a lot of things have changed since the NDA government took office in May 2014. “The narratives which we inherited and the narratives which we have now created are entirely different,” he said referring to the initiatives taken by the gov- ernment since 2014. Observing that India has missed the tag of fastest growing economy by 0.1 per cent, Jaitley said, that as per the IMF, India will again become the fastest growing economy. Taking a dig at the Congress, Jaitley said during the UPA regime, nobody spoke in terms of the Indian economy being the brightest spot. “It has only happened now,” he added. On im- pact of demonetisation, he said the growth fell only by 0.4 per cent as against 2 per cent indicated by the Congress. “We are now seeing personal income tax base increasing, digitisation increasing...,” he added. Jaitley said that in the budget he tried to take care of every section and has given relief to middle class as well as senior citizens. Continued on P4 P9 Honour bifurcation promises: Kavitha OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Supporting the protest made by Andhra Pradesh MPs in Parliament, Nizamabad MP K Kavitha on Thursday urged the Centre to fulﬁll the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 as soon as possible. The Nizamabad MP speaking on the Union budget in Lok Sabha said that whatever was promised in the Act has to be honoured. “We sincerely urge you to fulﬁll the promises made to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. All our Andhra brethren both from TDP and YSRCP are agitating. Their agitation while being in alliance is clearly sending a wrong message. Hence address this issue as soon as possible,” she said. The TRS MP said that the farmers feel that they were let down by the budget presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “This is the last budget of government. Farmers were expecting some relief, but the budget had upset them. This government has been maintaining they would double the income of farmers in ﬁve years. Any government if it takes a stand should prepare a plan. There is no supporting budget and no policies,” Kavitha said. The TRS MP, in a tongue-incheek comment, “appreciated” the government for its efforts in business sector. “You have brought a strategy, given relaxation, brought GST and also GST council. Why no such approach on the agriculture? You passed 31 bills relating to business sector but in case of the agriculture only two bills. Still the Pesticides bill 1961, NABARD Bill, Seed Bill, cold storage order are pending. How will the farmers income double in such a situation?”, asked Kavitha The TRS MP said that TRS had been supportive of the government on all aspects. The government said it would give the Rs 70,000 crore worth fertilizer subsidy directly to the farmers but there was no step in this regard. Stating that the allocation of Rs 35,000 crore during the last four years for irrigation was not sufficient, the TRS MP wanted the Centre to support the state government in irrigation sector. If Centre cannot give directly, it should support the state, she demanded. She urged the Centre to take farmer as a unit in the insurance scheme and also link MNREGA to the agriculture. CCI slaps `136-cr ﬁne on Google Major expansion of dairy sector planned Hyderabad: To tap the potential for milk production in the State, plans have been drawn to set up a state-of-the-art milk procurement and processing facility in 100 acre near Shamirpet on the outskirts of Hyderabad city. The District Collector of Medchal-Malkajgiri district has been directed to identify land and hand it over to the Telangana State Dairy Development Cooperative Federation (TSDDCF) at the earliest. Similarly, the existing milk procurement facility of TSDDCF at Lalapet is also being upgraded into a mega dairy plant by increasing its daily capacity from 5.5 lakh litres per day (LLPD) to 8 LLPD. Modernisation of the mega dairy plant was taken up at a cost of Rs 170 crore. “Modernisation of Lalapet facility is nearing completion and will commence operations shortly, the work of new facility at Shamirpet will begin soon after the land is handed over,” said Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development. The new facility is fully automated, with 10 LLPD capacity at a cost of Rs 180 crores. It would also have a Rs 30 crore Ultra-High-Temperature (UHT) packaging unit which can handle one LLPD. There would also be a milk powder plant of 30 MT capacity at an estimated cost of Rs 40 crore that would be part of the new dairy plant. The State government also plans to have units to produce products such as ice-cream, paneer, butter, curds and sweets at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore. Continued on P4 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. 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 P4 TSCHE to ease rules for online admissions VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) is contemplating to ease rules for online admissions in degree colleges across the State. To prevent irregularities in admissions, an online system was introduced in 2017 for admitting students to various courses. The rule lays down that only those students who take part in the online admission process after registering their names are eligible for ad- mission. As several students could not register in time for various reasons, many seats remaining vacant. “Nearly 1.2 lakh seats remained vacant during the academic year of 2017-18 because students did not enroll themselves,” a senior official of the TSCHE said, pointing out that in various universities nearly 7,000 students could not get seats in the courses they wanted. TSCHE chairman Prof T Papi Reddy said this kind of situation had come to the fore, because no student was allowed to take admission in any of the degree courses other than through the online process of admissions. This rigid rule has resulted in the colleges admitting a mere 7,000 students, though there are more than 1.2 lakh seats in various degree courses across the State. Against this background, and following several representations received from colleges, it was proposed to earmark 10 per cent of seats in various degree courses for admitting students who approach the colleges outside the online system. This would help colleges which are offering good courses but are not able to get the required strength of admissions to run the courses. Continued on P4 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 P4
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