SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com HAVE YOU SEEN H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H THE MUSI FLOW? KCR focus on South in RS seat allotments WINDOWS Except Santosh, TRS scouting for leaders from S Telangana OUR BUREAU PM Modi launching the Tamil Nadu government's Amma scooter scheme for working women by handing over a vehicle to a beneficiary in Chennai on Saturday. The event coincided with the 70th birthday of late CM J Jayalalithaa Meghalaya’s most wanted militant killed in encounter TS Industries Minister KT Rama Rao doing a photoshoot of Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu and a foreign delegate at Bio Asia 2018 in Hyderabad on Saturday Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru Centre sees dists as growth engines Hyderabad: Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said that the Centre is devising new strategy considering every district a focal point in the economic growth of the country. Speaking to newsmen on the side lines of BioAsia -2018 summit in Hyderabad, the Union Minister said that the districts have the potential to grow economically by using the local resources in the area of services, agriculture, manufacturing which contributes to the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product). To create healthy competition among districts to grow, the Centre will take the district development as a parameter in the ﬁnalisation of EoDB (Ease of Doing Business) ranking. Continued on Page 4 With rich local resources, districts have potential to grow: Suresh Prabhu Shillong: Meghalaya’s most wanted terrorist Sohan D Shira who headed the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was shot dead on Saturday by Meghalaya police commandos in an encounter at Achakpek near Dobu in East Garo Hills district. The GNLA is suspected to have carried out a bomb attack on February 18 in which NCP candidate for the Willimanagar Assembly constituency Jonathone N Sangma and four others were killed. ‘Art, music for peace a failed doctrine’ New Delhi: Singer-turned-politician and union minister, Babul Supriyo, has penned an open letter to singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and said the effort to solve tensions between India and Pakistan through art and music is a “failed doctrine”. The BJP MP from Asansol had recently objected to Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood and had called for a temporary ban on them. “May I confess that I do understand that how your patriotism stands in the way you specially condemning the cross-border terrorism sponsored by people with vested interests in your government, ample material evidence of which exists in the public domain and as classified information made available to the important and relevant international agencies including the United Nations. S P10 Kia cars to roll out from Anantapur plant Hyderabad: In a bid to erase the impression that his party accorded top priority to North Telangana leaders in allotting posts in the government and in the party, TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is keen to give importance to South Telangana in the selection of candidates to the Rajya Sabha MP posts for which the schedule for biennial elections was announced by Election Commission on Friday. At present, the existing two Rajya Sabha MPs -- D Srinivas and Captain Laxmikanath – hail from North Telangana districts of old Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts respectively. Continued on Page 4 AP pitches for more investments VENKAIAH OPENS 3-DAY PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT P MADHUSUDHAN REDDY Visakhapatnam: The South Korean-based KIA Motors showcased its three model cars, which are going to be manufactured at its plant in Anantapur, at the three-day CII Partnership Summit venue, which began here on Saturday. Delegates from nearly 50 countries are taking part in the summit. Kia showcased its global range of cars Niro, Soul and Stinger, which includes electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and sports utility vehicles (SUV). The range also includes the exciting new Stinger sports sedan that attracted many sports car lovers. Kia Motors is looking to replicate its global success in India, as the world’s fastest growing car market. The cost of each car is around Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh of which can also give best competition to the other automotive players in the market. Talking on the occasion, Industries Minister N Amarnath Reddy said that the state government is aiming to provide 2 lakh jobs for the youth in automobile sector. In the last three years, the state government had secured 3.7 billion as investments in automobile sector. Companies like Kia, Hero, Amar Raja, Isuzu and Ashok Leyland had already invested in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The more automotive companies will be established at Chittoor region and an industrial corridor will be created between Anantapur and Nellore, he said. Visakhapatnam: The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday pitched for more investments as the CII’s 23rd Partnership Summit got underway in the coastal city on Saturday. This is third time in a row that the summit is being held here. Several companies including diversiﬁed Adani Group, signed 77 MoUs with the Andhra Pradesh government on the ﬁrst day of the three-day investment conclave, entailing total investments of around Rs 31,500 crore. The new agreements are expected to generate 98,200 jobs. Inaugurating the conclave, VicePresident M Venkaiah Naidu said that Andhra Pradesh had huge potential for investments in several sectors including agriculture. Continued on Page 4 AP the fastest growing state Andhra Pradesh under the leadership of Chandrababu Naidu has set a high benchmark for other states. The state which is the fastest growing one oﬀers huge investment opportunities. Thirty years ago, Chandrababu Naidu predicted that India would be a global leader. The country is now a global leader. – Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group Ideal state for investments Andhra Pradesh is the most ideal destination for investments. Platform like Partnership Summit showcases how CII and the governments can collaborate for industrial growth. AP’s pro-active and consultative approach made it a prime location for new investments, particularly in knowledge sector – Shobana Kamineni, president, CII TELUGU BIDDA MAKES GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP HISTORY Pressure on SC as 7 judges to demit office in 2018 Already, the apex court faces shortage of 6 judges New Delhi: Beginning March 1, seven judges of the Supreme Court will retire this year, even as the apex court is already short of six judges and a recommendation for appointing two judges is pending with the government. On March 1, Justice Amitava Roy will demit office, followed by Justice Rajesh Agrawal on May 4, according to the websites of the Supreme Court and the Law ministry. Friday was the last working day for Justice Roy as the top court will reopen on March 5 after the Holi break. Justice J Chalameswar, the senior-most judge of the top court after the Chief Justice of India, will retire on June 22, followed by Justice Adarsh Goel on July 6, the websites said. CJI Dipak Misra will himself demit office on October 2, followed by Justice Kurian Joseph on November 29 and Justice Madan B Lokur on December 30. The string of retirements and a shortage of six judges will put pressure on the collegium to nominate names and the government to make appointments at a faster pace. The Supreme Court collegium had last month sent to the government the names of senior advocate Indu Malhotra and Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph for their appointment as judges of the apex court. The government is yet to take a call on the recommendations. Make appointments time-bound: SC Favouring time-bound appointments of judges as a norm rather than an exception, the Supreme Court has said inordinate delays belie hopes of litigants. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan expressed concern over the increasing vacancy of judges and inordinate delays at the level of the HC collegium and then by The string of retirements and a shortage of six judges will put pressure on the collegium to nominate names and the govt to make appointments at a faster pace Dipak Misra Amitava Roy J Chalameswar Kurian Joseph Madan B Lokur Rajesh Agrawal Adarsh Goel the executive in processing the appointments, while urging the stakeholders to improve the situation. “Enormous delay in appointment of High Court judges not only frustrates the purpose and object for which Article 224(1) was brought into the Constitution but also belies the hope and trust of litigants who come to the courts seeking justice and early disposal of their cases,” the court observed. Citing a 1993 ruling, the bench maintained that the process of appointment must be initiated at least one month prior to the date of an anticipated vacancy. Continued on Page 4 3 FRESH CASES OF BANK FRAUD DELHI JEWELLER ‘ROBS’ OBC OF `390 CRORE n Jan-Dhan Loot Yojana, taunts Rahul Gandhi H yderabad-based 22-year-old Aruna Budda Reddy, a pupil of Brij Kishore at Lal Bahadur Indoor Stadium, on Saturday became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup, when she clinched a bronze in the women's vault event in Melbourne. She aggregated 13.649 average points to finish third behind Tjasa Kysslef (13.800) and Emily Whitehead (13.699) at the Hisense Arena. S FULL REPORT: P12 New Delhi: Close on the heels of a massive Rs 11,300 crore PNB scam, three fresh ﬁnancial frauds have come to light, including the alleged involvement of a Delhibased jeweller, who has been accused of defrauding the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) to the tune of about Rs 390 crore through Letters of Credit (LoC). Using the same modus operandi as the one used by celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi to get LoC from PNB, the accused involved in the OBC fraud with the help of some bank officials. The fresh exposure provided Congress president Rahul Gandhi an opportunity to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, these promoters have also disappeared while the government looked the other way. "Under Modiji's 'Jan-Dhan Loot Yojana', another scam! 390 crore, involving a Delhi-based jeweller. Same Modus operandi as Nirav Modi. Fake LoUs," wrote Gandhi in Twitter. On Thursday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against Delhi's Karol Bagh-based diamond jewellery exporting ﬁrm Dwarka Das Seth International for an alleged bank loan fraud of Rs 389.85 crore involving the OBC. Continued on Page 4 Passports of Nirav, Choksi revoked New Delhi: The passports of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi — the prime accused in the PNB fraud — have been revoked, External Affairs Ministry sources said. On the advice of the ED, the ministry had suspended the validity of their passports for a period of four weeks on February 16 and given one week's time to them to respond. "Since they have not responded so far, their passports have been revoked," a senior ministry source said. Indians care more about phones than people they love N early 33 per cent of people, specially the younger generation that has grown up in a digital world, care more for their smartphones over engaging with individuals they love and India tops the list with 47 per cent, a report said on Saturday. The study by telecommunications company Motorola, which is developed in partnership with Nancy Etcoff -- expert in 'Mind-Brain Behaviour and the Science of Happiness', from Harvard University, said: "We, as a generation, are losing control of our lives." "Over half of the respondents (53 per cent) described their smartphones as their best friend and companion. India tops the chart with 65 per cent," the study, issued by the independent research company Ipsos, noted. India again topped the list with 64 per cent when it came to people wanting help with phone-life balance. The global numbers stand at 61 per cent where individuals said they wanted to get the most out of their lives when they were not using their phones. Motorola deﬁnes phone-life balance as the desire to have a technology to support lives without becoming the center of it. The study pinpointed key problematic smartphone behaviours that impacted people's relationships with others and themselves. "Approximately 50 per cent people agreed that they check their phone more often than they Fifty-three per cent of the respondents described their smartphones as their best friend and companion. India tops the chart with 65 per cent would like and nearly 44 per cent felt compelled to perpetually check their phones. India ﬁgures at the top with 65 per cent and 57 per cent respectively," the study found. Almost 35 per cent of the respondents agreed that they are spending too much time using their phones with 44 per cent of them belonging to Gen Z -people who were born from the mid1990s to the early 2000s. India ﬁgures at the top with 48 per cent and 55 per cent, respectively. Further to this, 53 per cent Indians said that they would be happier if they spent less time on their smartphones. Nearly, 65 per cent people panic when they think they have lost their smartphone.
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