www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.34°C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 16% Sunrise: 06:34 Sunset: 06:15 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Web-based cameras GHMC plans `800-cr monitor works in AP bonds issue in FY19 C P5 WINDOWS CBI busts global child porn racket New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday claimed to have busted an international child abuse pornography racket operating on a WhatsApp group and arrested its alleged administrator -- an unemployed youth from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh. After registering a case of alleged violation of Information Technology Act, the CBI carried out searches at five locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Noida and Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. Nikhil Verma, son of small worker in a jewellery shop, who is pursuing his graduation in commerce and is currently unemployed was arrested. During the investigation, the agency has been able to find that there are 119 members of the group, who were getting these disturbing pictures and videos to satiate their perverted lust, they said. Not your job, Owaisi tells Bipin New Delhi: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday criticised General Bipin Rawat for talking about the rise of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF in Assam, saying the Army chief should not interfere in political matters as it is not his job to comment on the rise of a political party. In a tweet, Owaisi also reminded General Rawat that the Army will always work under an elected civilian leadership in India. S P7 handrababu Naidu government, which penchant for high technology in the administration, is using hi-tech to closely monitor the construction works in Amaravati capital region T he Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning to mobilise another Rs 800 crore via bond market in 2018-19 financial year. On 14th of this month, GHMC raised Rs 200 crore by releasing bonds, which are listed on BSE. TS to resume Gems SEZ land PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Taking serious note of the alleged involvement of Gitanjali Gems in the infamous multicrore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, Telangana state government has lodged a complaint with Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry against the Gems SEZ owned by the Gitanjali group in the Greater Hyderabad limits. The government has initiated talks with SEZ authorities to retrieve around 170 acres of land given to the company at a throw away price. The Mumbai-based Gitanjali group has set up the Hyderabad Gems SEZ also called as Rajiv Gems Park at Maheshwaram in 2005. The then AP government has allotted land at Rs 4 lakh per acre to the company to set up its 100 per cent owned Gems SEZ. The group was owned by Mehul Choksi, the co-accused in the PNB bank scam. The SEZ has emerged as the destination for manufacturers, businessmen and entrepreneurs in the ﬁeld of gems and jewellery for both gold and diamonds. The facility also housed cutting and polishing units, testing laboratories, certi- `1,200-cr SEZ unit of Gitanjali in Hyd attached The Mumbai-based Gitanjali group set up the Hyderabad Gems SEZ at Maheshwaram in 2005. The then AP government has allotted land at Rs 4 lakh per acre to the company to set up its 100 per cent owned Gems SEZ ﬁcation centres, banks, merchandising centres and other services relevant to the trade. Top officials of the state government told The Hans India that State Industries department and TSIIC (Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation) held a meeting and reviewed the status of the SEZ and also the shutdown of the company’s operations in the zone leaving around 1,000 employees jobless in the last two days. Officials said that the “government is taking legal opinion on how to proceed as it is a special economic zone and on resuming land given to the company. “The officials are discussing with the Union Ministry of Commerce the possibility of the taking over of the SEZ by the state government. Continued on Page 4 OUR BUREAU Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi made a 30-minute solo sortie in an MiG-21 at the Jamnagar airbase on Monday afternoon. Avani becomes the ﬁrst-ever Indian woman to ﬂy a ﬁghter aircraft solo New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday arrested Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul, both directors in the company, for alleged default on loan repayments to the tune of Rs 3,695 crore, ofﬁcials said here. Kothari, who was called at the agency headquarters here for questioning, and Rahul were not cooperating in the investigation that led to their arrest, they said. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: Reports of YS Jaganmohan Reddy's alleged scam pertaining to InduTech Zone IT SEZ has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, Urban Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in trouble on Thursday. Although Jagan is not named as respondent, his name is mentioned by the Mauritius government, it is said. Carissa Investments LLC, a Mauritius company, had bought 49 per cent stake in InduTech Zone IT SEZ in the uniﬁed Andhra Pradesh, through foreign direct investment (FDI). The SEZ did not start as it got entangled in legal issues after the CBI chargesheeted YS Jaganmohan Reddy involving the land of the InduTech Zone IT SEZ. It is now said that the Carissa Investments LLC has brought up the matter with the Mauritius Invite to Khalistani terrorist blots Trudeau’s copybook New Delhi: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's India visit plunged into yet another controversy on Thursday over a dinner invitation to convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal by the Canadian High Commissioner to India. Swiftly moving to control damage, High Commissioner Nadir Patel cancelled the invite for the dinner, hosted for Trudeau, while the external affairs ministry said it will "ascertain" how Atwal entered India. "The High Commission has rescinded Mr Atwal’s invitation. We do not comment of matters relating to the PM's security," the Canadian mission said in a statement. Reacting to the controversy, Trudeau told reporters "Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously. The individual in question never should have received an invitation and, as soon as we found out, we rescinded the invitation immediately... The member of Parliament who included this individual has, and will, assume full responsibility for his actions." Continued on Page 4 India ranks 81 in global corruption perception index was 38. Transparency International further said, "in some countries across the region (Asia Paciﬁc), journalists, activists, opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies are threatened, and in the worst cases, even murdered". "Philippines, India and the Mal- dives are among the worst regional offenders in this respect. These countries score high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths," it added. In the last six years, 15 journalists working on corruption stories in these countries were murdered, as reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In the latest ranking New Zealand and Denmark were placed the highest, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively. On the other hand Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively. Meanwhile, India worse than China, better than Pakistan New Delhi: India has been ranked worse than China and Bhutan in terms of 'corruption perception', but fares better than its other neighbours, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to Transperency International. In the Corruption Perception Index for 2017, India was ranked at the 81st place with a score of 40. Among the neigh- OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The historic Koti Women's College will be upgraded into Telangana Women's University. Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari, making an announcement to this effect on Thursday, said that the Koti Women's College in the city has all necessary facilities for it to be upgraded to a university. Srihari, who made a surprise visit to the college on Thursday, inspected the facilities in the college and enquired with the students on the teaching and other facilities in the campus. Later, speaking to media persons, he said that steps will be taken to commence classes of the Telangana State Women's University (TSWU) after taking approval from Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Earlier, the minister went around the campus and inspected the buildings in the 40-acre campus and appreciated the existing facilities in the college. The campus has suitable environs for students who not only come from all Mauritius government claims Carissa Investments has been cheated st New Delhi: India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the "worst offenders" in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Paciﬁc region. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed India at the 81st place. In the 2016 India was in the 79th place among 176 countries. The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. India's score in the latest ranking, however, remained unchanged at 40. In 2015, the score Koti Women’s College to become University Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari interacting with students of Koti Women’s College in Hyderabad on Thursday the 31 districts in the state but also from other countries. He said that the United AP had Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam at Tirupati. But, after the bifurcation, it has gone to Andhra Pradesh. It was against this backdrop that the issue was brought to the notice of the Union Minister of HRD Prakash Javadekar, during his recent meeting with him at Delhi. According to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, the Centre had to sanction a women's university to the state. Continued on Page 4 InduTech SEZ puts Central ministers in a ﬁx TOP ONE CBI arrests Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari New Delhi: The Income Tax Department on Thursday said it has attached a Rs 1,200-crore worth property of the Gitanjali group, located in a SEZ in Hyderabad, in connection with its tax evasion probe. The officials said the property has been provisionally attached under the Income Tax law and the action was taken to "recover outstanding tax demands". They said the valuation of the property, in the SEZ at Rs 1,200 crore, has been done by the assessee and the department has put up a notice on the property. The department, in the last few days, has similarly attached nine bank accounts and seven properties of the group and Choksi. The department had first raided billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi in January last year on charges of alleged tax evasion. P9 bouring countries, Pak was ranked at the 117th place with a score of 32, Bangladesh at 143th (score of 28), Myanmar at 130th (score 30) and Sri Lanka 91st (score 38). Bhutan has the best score of 67 among neighbours and has been placed high on the index at the 26th place. China fared better than India with a rank of 77 and score of 41. China with a score of 41 was ranked 77th on the list, while Brazil was placed at 96th with a score of 37 and Russia was at the 135th place with a score of 29. The analysis, which incorporates data from CPJ, showed that in the last six years, 9 out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that score 45 or less on the index. "No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption. Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up," Transparency International Managing Director Patricia Moreira said. government. The Mauritius government has raised the issue under a bilateral treaty - between Mauritius and India - for the protection of investments. Citing the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Model Law on Commercial Arbitration, the Mauritius government sent notices to the top Union ministers of the nation. The Mauritius government claimed that Carissa Investments LLC, based in Mauri- tius, has been cheated. Carissa Investments LLC is seeking a claim of $50 million and an arbitration. The Mauritius government said it is a breach of bilateral investment treaty that promised protection of investments. It is being pointed out that in the ﬁrst place, the Centre has no role in the said agreement between Carissa Investments LLC and InduTech Zone IT SEZ. The Centre has only provided a platform for the individuals to invest. Choosing a right partner is the responsibility of the investor. Continued on Page 4 Special status is our right: Naidu CATCHES UP WITH OPPOSITION, AT LAST OUR BUREAU Penukonda (Anantapur Dt): After shedding all inhibitions, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has confronted the Centre by making a vociferous demand for Special Category Status (SCS) for AP. "Special Category Status is our right," he declared. Speaking at a public meeting after participating in the ceremony marking the frame installation of Kia Motors, Chandrababu Naidu, came out openly against the Centre, stretching to the limits that already strained alliance between the TDP and the BJP, on the issue of assistance to the state. Till now, Naidu has been dodging over making a clear demand for the SCS but with the opposition parties converting it into an emotive issue, he too has caught up with the slogan. Though he has been saying now and then that he too stood for the status, it is for the ﬁrst time that he had made categorical statement that he was pitching for it, regardless of the potential his stand has in upsetting the TDP-BJP applecart. A combative Naidu, who wanted to know how the Centre can deny the status to AP, said: "When we sought the SCS, the ‘It’s unfortunate that Centre threw a few crumbs of help when hand-holding is needed’ Centre said the 14th Finance Commission has laid down that such a status could not be given to AP and that in future no state would get it. But the SCS is continuing in states where it has already been in force," he said, adding: “We are prepared to work hard. You have to help the economy which has begun looking up with our pro-active policies, become vibrant." Continued on Page 4
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