www.thehansindia.com Tender Love in the Tinder Age H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H A s we move forward in the new millennium, the world of love has taken a gradual shift. Casual relationships and hookups are no more things of the West. The urban youth in India, today, seek partnerships not just for social or economic reasons but for personal fulfilment. Technology might have gamified the millennials’ approach to love. Pages: 12 & 13 WINDOWS SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 Need to catch up, NITI Aayog suggests to AP SAMBASIVA RAO M on indicators in three domains: health outcomes, governance and information and key inputs or processes with each domain assigned a weight based on its importance. AP showed better performance in overall ranking by achieving 8th rank in reference year (RY) 2015-16 when compared with base year (BY) 2014-15 of 9th rank. But, it is still lagging behind seven states HEALTH SECTOR Amaravati: Though the health sector in Andhra Pradesh is in the pink, NITI Aayog in a comprehensive report released on Friday emphasised that there is much to achieve and need to compete with the other states. The NITI Aayog released the composite index “Healthy States, Progressive India,” based among 21 major competent states. The top ﬁve performing states in the reference year based on the composite index score are Kerala (76.55), Punjab (65.21), Tamil Nadu (63.38), Gujarat (61.99), and Himachal Pradesh (61.20). Among the 21 larger states, only five states improved their position from base to referContinued on P4 ence year. AIMPLB likely to expel Nadvi for Ayodhya formula Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple to be built in the Middle East will be modelled on the Akshardham temple in New Delhi Modi to lay stone for first Indian temple in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday lay the foundation stone for the first Hindu temple in the United Arab Emirates' capital, which is home to a huge Indian diaspora. This is Modi's second visit to the UAE after August 2015. "The temple will come up on 55,000 square metres of land and the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday will be a historic event," said Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri. GUNS BOOM IN SUNJWAN Hyderabad: The AIMPLB, an apex body of the Muslims, is likely to expel its executive member Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadvi for favouring handing over disputed land in Ayodhya, where Babri Masjid once stood, for the construction of Ram temple. Taking strong exception to the proposal, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has formed a four-member committee to take disciplinary action against Nadvi, an eminent cleric who mooted the proposal during a meeting with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The committee comprises AIMPLB president Rabey Hasani Nadvi, general secretary Wali Rahmani and executive members Arshad Madani and Khalid Saifullah Rahmani and it is expected to take a decision on Sunday. The deliberations at the three-day crucial plenary, which began here on Friday, were dominated by the controversy. Continued on P4 2 JCOs martyred; 2 militants gunned down in J&K attack Jammu: Two Army officers were killed, and six soldiers injured in an attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists on an Army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu on Saturday morning. The camp located on the Srinagar-JammuPathankot highway is surrounded by dense population. Two terrorists have also been killed so far, while two-three militants are still holed up, according to defence sources. “The operation is still on. Since terrorists are holed up inside the family quarters, we are moving very cautiously. The injured have been airlifted to military hospital in Satwari where they are being treated,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said. The two slain soldiers are from Jammu. The injured include some women and children. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited the military hospital in Satwari to meet the injured. Security personnel stand guard outside the Sunjwan Army camp during the encounter in Jammu on Saturday By sunset, the Army had lit up the facility with ﬂoodlights to ﬂush out the terrorists. The Army said it has found a ﬂag of ‘Mohammed Afzal Guru Brigade’ of Jaish from the slain terrorist. The audacious attack began around 4.50am. CLEAN AIR CAMPAIGN vicinity of the Khad (Nullah a dry wetland). They entered few houses. Now the attack has been contained and operation is still in progress.” Officials said terrorists had stormed the station from rear. Continued on P4 Chances of new rly zone with Vizag as HQ bright OUR BUREAU New Delhi: A railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters seems to be imminent as the BJP high command and the Centre mellowed down a bit following vigorous protests undertaken by MPs from Andhra Pradesh in Parliament. Union Minister Sujana Chowdary has been holding parleys with Odisha leaders and minister from Odisha Devendra Pradhan as Odisha has been objecting to creation of a railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters from the beginning. Sujana Chowdary is understood to have convinced them that Odisha would have no problems with the creation of new railway zone. The proposed railway zone includes Guntakal, Guntur, Vijayawada divisions and 80 per cent of existing railway network in Waltair division. Devendra Pradhan and leaders from Odisha are understood to have given their nod for creating the youngest railway zone. During parleys held in Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s chambers on Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Sujana Chowdary and BJP president Amit Shah were present. Continued on P4 Modi conferred Grand Collar of State of Palestine Piecemeal efforts won’t check pollution: Kejriwal New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said "piecemeal" efforts to bring down air pollution in Delhi were not a solution. At the inauguration of a two-week "Clean Air Campaign" in the national capital, Kejriwal said like the odd-even scheme, this campaign too was not a permanent solution to the problem of air pollution. "Pollution is not a subject of the environment department, it just handles the symptoms. Until there is the participation of all departments, particularly those contributing to air pollution, piecemeal efforts will take us nowhere," Kejriwal said. "When we implemented the odd-even road rationing scheme, pollution levels came down. This campaign is also not a permanent measure," he added. Calling the campaign, a joint initiative of the BJP-led Centre and the Delhi government, an effort beyond politics, Kejriwal said the move sent a big political Anand said the firefight began when sentries noticed suspicious movement early in the morning. “When challenged, it was replied back with fire. The firing took place at that place only and then terrorists made entry into the family quarters in While two militants have been killed, three others are still holed up and the operation is still underway PRADHAN CONVINCES ODISHA LEADERS message. "This campaign is an effort beyond politics and it should have happened long back for the welfare of people," he said, adding it must be emulated by all other departments to resolve various issues. Kejriwal pitched for a "round-the-year study" on pollution levels in Delhi and said pollution was dynamic in nature and reasons contributing to it changed every day. "A round-theyear study is the right approach to figure out modulations of pollution levels," he said. "Besides, we are considering procuring international machines that accurately tells us what was causing high pollution on a particular day, be it dust or fire. If we figure out such sources, we can make priorities accordingly," Kejriwal said. "We are seeking help from the Centre for all our initiatives," he said. Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present on the occasion. The honour is reserved for foreign dignitaries like kings, heads of state or government and persons of similar rank India bats for independent Palestine: PM Ramallah: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday batted for a sovereign and independent Palestine in his maiden visit to the country, also the ﬁrst by an Indian Prime Minister. "I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests," Modi said during a joint address. He said India hopes for return of peace in this region. "We know that it's not easy, but we should keep striving because a lot is at stake," he said. The two sides also signed agreements worth around $50 million that includes setting up of a $30 million super specialty hospital. President Mahmoud Abbas, who described PM Modi as a "great guest", said Palestine was relying on India's great standing on the international stage to facilitate the peace process with Israel. Ramallah: In recognition of his contribution to ties with Palestine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred ‘The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’, the highest Palestinian honour for foreign dignitaries, by Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas here on Saturday. "In a special recognition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of their bilateral meeting," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted. It added that the honour is reserved for foreign dignitaries like kings, heads of state or government and persons of similar rank. "In recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India," the award commendation reads. "In acknowledgment of his Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives the Grand Collar-(the highest order given to foreign dignitaries) by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in Ramallah on Saturday support to our people's right independence and freedom so that peace prevails in our region." Earlier in the day, Modi was presented a guard of honour at the Presidential Palace soon after his arrival here from Amman, Jordan, in what is the ﬁrst ever prime ministerial visit from India to Palestine. He also laid a wreath at the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and the ﬁrst President of the Palestinian AuContinued on P4 thority. Nepal may not supply Kasturi to Puri temple Puri: Nepal’s last King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev has said it may not be possible for his country to supply musk (Kasturi) to Shree Jagannath temple in Puri due to legal hurdles. The last King, who was attending the silver jubilee of ‘Pattabhisheka’ of Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati here on Friday, said Kasturi was procured from the gland of the endangered musk deer and law had prohibited killing of the animal. For this legal bar, Nepal may not be in a position to supply 'Kasturi' to the temple, he told reporters in Puri. As per temple rituals, musk is applied on the idols of the deities at the 12th century shrine, at least on three occasions every year, to protect The elusive musk ‘Kasturi’ is procured from the gland of an endangered musk deer. Musk is applied on the idols of the deities at the 12th century Puri shrine, at least on three occasions every year, to protect them from insects and stop their decay. The erstwhile Royal family of Nepal, which enjoys special service and rituals in Shree Jagannath temple, was providing the musk. The laws now prohibit killing of the deer. For this legal bar, Nepal may not supply Kasturi to Puri temple them from insects and stop their decay. The erstwhile Royal family of Nepal, which enjoys special service and rituals in Shree Jagannath temple, was providing musk. The temple, which was getting the precious 'Kasturi' from Nepal during the monar- chy, has been facing its scarcity after its fall in 2008. Earlier in April 2017, the temple administration had apprised Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari of the acute shortage of musk during her visit to the shrine. The state government had also earlier urged the External Affairs Ministry to take up the matter with Nepal, official sources said. Bir Bikram Shah Dev is scheduled to visit Shree Jagannath temple on February 11. He will have the special privilege of performing the 'aarati' of the deity atop the Ratna Singhasan of the Srimandir. He will also be allowed to touch the idols of the deities before his departure from Odisha on February 12, officials said. 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