www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 10 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 Make use of Central Kerala tops health index, funds, states told UP worst performer T P5 WINDOWS he state governments and farmers should utilise the funds available under various Central schemes to profit from agriculture products, suggests NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand. K erala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu have been ranked on top in overall health index while Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh saw maximum annual incremental performance among larger states, according to a report released by NITI Aayog on Friday. P11 Centre bows to AP pressure AGREES TO BRIDGE REVENUE DEFICIT IN FULL OUR BUREAU Indra Nooyi on ICC board New Delhi: In one of the biggest developments in the world of cricket, the ICC has announced that Indra Nooyi, the current chairman of PepsiCo, has been appointed as the first independent female director of the board. The unanimous confirmation of her appointment was taken on Friday and the 62-year old will join the cricket body in June 2018. Pre-April 2016 home loans may turn cheaper O ld home loans are likely to become cheaper with the RBI asking banks to link from April 1 the base rate with MCLR, which is more sensitive to policy rate signals. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had introduced the Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rates (MCLR) system with effect from April 1, 2016, on account of limitations in the base rate regime. Home loans taken before April 1, 2016 were based on base rate, which was arbitrarily decided by banks. S P13 Muslims willing to shift masjid: Sri Sri Bengaluru: Renewing his mediation efforts on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute in Ayodhya, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday held a meeting here with Muslim leaders, including members from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Sunni Waqf Board. S P11 Hyderabad/New Delhi: Buckling under pressure from the TDP, the Centre is understood to have decided to concede most of the demands that the Telugu Desam Party has been raising for the last four days in both the Houses of Parliament. Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Piyush Goel, Sujana Chowdary and BJP chief Amit Shah, who met late on Friday, went over the demands of the AP government and agreed to bridge the revenue deﬁcit in full, the state had inherited at the time of bifurcation. The meeting also examined various ways of implementation of special package and decided to concede to the demand of the state government that the funds be furnished by the Centre through whatever means it deems ﬁt. The meeting which went on for FM OFFERS NOTHING AS USUAL IN RS OUR BUREAU TDP MP N Sivaprasad with other party leaders raise special demands for Andhra Pradesh during the Budget Session in New Delhi on Friday more than two hours also decided to release funds at one go to the state which it should have got dur- ing the last ﬁve years had there been special category status. Continued on P6 Rahul jumps into TDP-BJP crisis BACKS AP DEMAND FOR SPECIAL STATUS New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday jumped right into the ongoing political crisis between alliance partners of NDA government Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, pledging support to what he termed as the “just demands of the people of Andhra Pradesh”. In what could embarrass the BJP further, Rahul took to Twitter and said that the Congress stood in solidarity with the demands of Andhra Pradesh for special category status and speedy completion of the Polavaram project. “It’s time for all parties to unite on this issue and support this call for justice,” the Congress president wrote. Rahul Gandhi’s comment Rahul’s stand on the Andhra Pradesh issue comes a day after Sonia Gandhi said that the Congress will be willing to work with like-minded parties to ensure the BJP's defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections comes at a time when the BJP is facing flak for its biggest alliance partner in the south for allegedly neglecting the demands of Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and senior TDP leaders have even gone to Amitabh in hospital for ‘routine checkup’ Mumbai: Actor Amitabh Bachchan arrived at the Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital on Friday for a ‘routine checkup’. The actor had been complaining about shoulder and spine pain for some time and therefore went for a routine checkup to the hospital. As per reports, he had arrived at the hospital at around 6:30 pm on Friday and a team of doctors is evaluating his health.However, there has been no update about the condition of his health by the hospital authorities so far. Early on Friday, the teaser of his ﬁlm '102 Not Out' PM calls on party MPs to take welfare schemes to masses New Delhi: After the “chai pe charcha” campaign during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked his party MPs to hold “lunch pe charcha” to spread the good points of the Union Budget 2018-19 among the peo- with co-star Rishi Kapoor was released. In the ﬁlm, he will be seen with Rishi Kapoor after a span of 27 years. The movie is based on a Gujarati play by the same name and is touted as ‘the most unusual father and son love story’. The actor had shared the ﬁrst teaser of the ﬁlm on his Twitter account. Big B had returned early in the morning after an all-night-shoot for 'Thugs of Hindustan' and shared it with his fans by posting a tweet, "T 2609 - Just back from an all night shoot for TOH .. now to bed and slumber .. love." the extent of threatening to walk out of the National Democratic Alliance if the party’s demands for a special package and higher allocations for the ambitious Polavaram project are not met. Continued on P6 New Delhi/Hyderabad: Throwing cold water on the hopes of Telugu Desam members, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley merely reiterated in the Rajya Sabha what he had stated on Thursday on the 19 demands of the MPs including the implementation of special package and assurances made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. Replying to the debate on the Budget, the Finance Minister dwelt on AP issues for about 10 minutes but he had nothing new to offer to the TDP MPs who have been staging protests since ﬁve days. Jaitley only said talks were in the advanced stage for conceding the request of the AP government for funds from NABARD instead for external funding agencies as the process was time consuming under special economic package promised to the state in lieu of special category status. Continued on P6 TDP Firm on getting justice for ‘ignored’ AP P6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by the Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki, on his arrival, at Queen Alia International Airport, in Amman, Jordan on Friday HISTORIC VISIT TO PALESTINE PM to solidify economic footprint in West Asia Amman/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Jordan on the ﬁrst leg of his tour of three West Asian countries, including Palestine, during which he would hold talks on deepening cooperation in strategic areas such as security and trade. The Prime Minister's visit will begin from Palestine from Saturday after transiting through Jordan, where he will meet King Abdullah later in the day. Describing the Gulf and West Asia region as a "key priority" in India's external engagement, Modi ahead of his visit said his trip was aimed at strengthening ties with the region. The tri-nation trip covering Palestine, UAE and Oman is the continuation of an extended outreach under his government to expand demographic, political and economic ties with India’s largest trade region. The Prime Minister's visit to Palestine assumes impor- tance as it comes at a time when India and Israel are moving closer. Modi visited Israel last year in July becoming the ﬁrst Indian Prime Minister to visit the country. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reciprocated the gesture by visiting India in January this year. Modi will be the ﬁrst Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. In a facebook post, the Prime Minister said: "I look forward to strengthening India's growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the visit." The External Affairs ministry said the visit was aimed at deepening “our multifaceted ties with the Gulf and West Asian region”. Officials said energy and security cooperation, trade and investment and counter-terror efforts will top Modi’s agenda during the February 9-12 trip to the region. Continued on P6 Honeytrapped IAF officer arrested in Delhi New Delhi: A Group Captainrank officer of the Indian Air Force, incharge of the military wing's para operations, was arrested by the Delhi Police special cell on charges of espionage. He was charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Arun Marwa, who was posted in New Delhi, had been detained earlier by the counter intelligence wing of IAF and questioned for possible spying for Pakistan. The officer is now in ﬁve days police remand. Marwa, who was honey-trapped through two Facebook ac- Arun Marwa counts was suspected to have passed "critical information," over the last few months. He was accused of sending combat related information to his ISI handlers. The 51-year-old officer had been indulging in activities through unauthorised electronic devices which is against existing orders. He used various social media platforms to pass on the information. The Delhi police special cell after ﬁling the case, arrested the 51-year-old officer, who was later produced at the Patiala House Court and sent to police remand for ﬁve days. They have also conﬁscated the officer's phone. The special cell is investigating the matter further and trying to gather all the information that has been shared by the officer with ISI. P6 BIAS IN BUDGET KCR for Delhi seeking justice to TS Also on the agenda are quota for Muslims & STs; and categorization of SCs Modi now promotes ‘lunch pe charcha’ ple. The Prime Minister’s suggestion came at a BJP parliamentary party meeting where party chief Amit Shah described Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s behaviour as “undemocratic” and suggested ways to counter his criticism of the Rafale ﬁghter deal. Sources present at the meeting said the Prime Minister described the Union Budget as positive for the middle class and farmers and asked them to discuss its beneﬁts among the masses. Intervening in Shah’s speech, Modi described how he held dis- Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Senior BJP leader LK Advani at the BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi on Friday cussions with party cadres in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi over lunch by bringing his own tiffin. The sources said Modi asked the MPs to hold such ‘lunch pe charcha’ by bringing their own tiffin in every assembly segment of their constituency during the Budget Session break. At the meeting, two booklets containing the Prime Minister’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos and Shah’s speech at various platforms were distributed among the MPs. The booklet, with the title “Unbeatable Global Legend”, contains articles published in around 25 global newspapers about Modi’s speech at Davos. BJP sources said the booklet was prepared by party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. In his address, Shah attacked the Congress and its president for raising questions over the Rafale deal and creating pandemonium in the Lok Sabha during the Prime Minister’s reply to the debate on the President’s address. “Rahulji’s style of politics is undemocratic. Continued on P6
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