www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.36°C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:36 Sunset: 06:24 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Inter exams Finance Ministry sets from today 15-day deadline for PSBs T P5 he Intermediate examinations will begin in the State on Wednesday. The Board of Intermediate Examination identified 116 sensitive examination centres across the State. P13 Centre relents, calls meet Nirav Modi’s Firestar Diamond files for bankruptcy in US New York (PTI): India’s biggest bank fraud accused Nirav Modi’s international jewellery business has filed for bankruptcy in the US. Firestar Diamond, Inc filed the Chapter 11 petition in the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court yesterday, according to the court filing. The case has been assigned to Judge Sean H. Lane and an order for relief entered. S P13 OUR BUREAU People outside actress Sridevi’s residence in Mumbai on Tuesday Sridevi’s funeral today Another judge faces the heat, says Rahul People can pay last respects to actress from 9:30am New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday raked up the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case saying it has claimed yet another judge, after the pleas in the matter were assigned to a new single-judge bench of the Bombay High Court. He also cited media reports that the judge hearing the case has been replaced, and tagged on Twitter the report entitled "Sohrabuddin Sheikh case: Fresh questions as the judge who lifted media gag and slammed CBI is replaced". S P11 Mumbai/Dubai: Sridevi is making her final journey home after Dubai Prosecutor’s Office ruled out any foul play in her death and released the body to her family. Family members, including her film-maker husband Boney Kapoor and stepson Arjun Kapoor, took the body from the morgue, got it embalmed and flew to Mumbai on a private plane that had been parked at the Dubai airport since Sunday. The Embraer jet, owned by industrialist Anil Ambani, landed in Mumbai at 10 pm, and the cremation is scheduled on Wednesday around 3.30 pm. In its statement, the family said Sridevi's body will be kept at the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala near her home for people to pay their last respects from 9:30 am to 12.30 pm on Wednesday before it is taken for cremation. Continued on P6 NAIDUPETA-TIRUPATI HIGHWAY 65-km stretch to be six-lane way PV PRASAD Nellore: The highway that connects coastal districts with the Rayalaseema region, which is a threat to life and limb between Naidupeta and Tirupati for a stretch of 65 km, is now going to be expanded as a six-lane way to prevent fatal accidents. The road which is called NaidupetaPuthalapattu highway is generally meant for travelers to reach Tirumala Shrine via Srikalahasti. Even though there is another way from Gudur via Venkataigiri which touches Yerpedu and passes through rural areas of Nellore and Chittoor districts it is not preferred. The stretch between Naidupeta and Tirupati has been witness to several ghastly road accidents leading to a number of deaths every year. Just to prevent these accidents, the Union government proposed to upgrade it into a six-lane highway intersecting Yerpedu-Venkatagiri highway and joining near Merlapaka tank. In fact, the road structure is very poor and there are 17 black spots’ in a stretch of 50 km. There were as many as 70 deaths in 150 major accidents on the highway between Nayudupeta and Srikalahasthi, falling under Nayudupeta circle, alone in the last three years due to lack of signboards, indicators or zebra lines at this inContinued on P6 tersection. Smoke in KCR chopper sends security into tizzy OUR BUREAU Karimnagar: Minutes before Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s helicopter was to take off from Karimnagar on Tuesday, smoke emanating from a bag kept inside the chopper sent the security personnel into a tizzy. The security staff spent a few anxious moments when they detected smoke emanating from a small bag reportedly carrying very high frequency (VHF) wireless set after KCR, Rajya Sabha member K Kesava Rao, Additional Secretary in the CMO Smitha Sabharwal and others were seated in the chopper to leave for Peddapally. Quickly reacting, a security officer took the bag away and threw it at a distance much to the relief of authorities and the party cadres. It is learnt that smoke was either due to overheated wireless set or some circuit problem. Continued on P6 Water woes begin in tribal belt Visakhapatnam: Even though summer has not yet set in fully, tribals in the agency are already hit by drinking water shortage. Though all the 11 mandals in the agency area facing water woes, the situation is acute in Araku, AP’s most important tourist destination. All the 40 villages in Araku mandal are reeling under severe drinking water problem. Even the Chief Minister’s adopted village ‘Pedalabudu’ is no tung by the country’s largest banking fraud at PNB, the finance ministry on Tuesday asked all public-sector banks (PSBs) to come out with ‘pre-emptive’ action plan to combat rising operational and technical risks and assign clear accountability to senior functionaries. CHIEF SECYS SUMMONED TO DISCUSS BIFURCATION PROMISES WINDOWS VKL GAYATRI S S S S S Araku Mandal worst hit Women trek 6 km to fetch drinking water Govt says it spent Rs11cr on projects Girijana Sangham wants probe in to all works exception since the tribals are facing a hardship in getting drinking water. After adoption of the Pedalabudu Panchayat, the government announced that 14 drinking water works have been started at a cost of Rs 5 crore two and half years ago. However, the tribals here are yet to get potable water. Every tribal woman has to spend at least eight hours to get drinking water from natural spring wells in nearby plains for the family needs. Continued on P6 Hyderabad: The Union government has convened a meeting with the Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to discuss the removal of irritants in the implementation of the promises made under the AP Reorganisation Act, on March 5 in New Delhi. The Union Home ministry asked the Chief Secretaries of the two states to submit reports on the India, Pak trade heavy fire on LoC Jammu: Heavy ﬁring exchanges started on Tuesday between Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri districts, according to the Defence Ministry. Using small arms, automatics and mortars, Pakistani troops started ﬁring at around 8.45 am, ministry sources said. progress in the schemes sanctioned mainly in the 13th Schedule of the Act by the Centre. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and PMO officials are likely to attend the meeting, which is being convened after a gap of three years with the two governments. The ﬁrst meeting was held in 2015. Since then, the Centre has been postponing the second meeting on one pretext or the other. The objective of holding the meeting is to ascertain the status of the promises made in the bifurcation Act and prepare an action plan to implement them before 2019 elections. The Andhra Pradesh government has taken a confrontationist stand for the fulﬁlment of the promises, which include sensitive issue of creation of a railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters, bridging the revenue deﬁcit which the state had acquired at the time of bifurcation, funds for Amaravati, Polavaram and assistance for backward districts. The ruling Telugu Desam Party has been bringing pressure on the Centre for action on these promises despite the fact that the alliance with the BJP might become a casualty in the process. Continued on P6 ‘Modi is a beautiful, fantastic man’ Trump mocks PM on Harley Davidson import duty New Delhi: President Donald Trump once again raised the issue on Tuesday of high import duty on Harley-Davidson motorcycles by India, saying the US was “getting nothing” with the New Delhi’s recent announcement that it had slashed customs duty on imported motorcycles from highend brands to 50 per cent. He added the US wanted fair and reciprocal trade Continued on P6 deals.
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