www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.35°C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 06:31 Sunset: 06:17 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RTA to put brakes on Finance Ministry sets illegal driving schools 15-day deadline for PSBs T P3 he RTA has decided to crack the whip against illegal driving schools in the State. From now onwards, the RTA will provide a recognition sticker to registered driving schools for easy identification and book cases. Nirav Modi’s Firestar Diamond files for bankruptcy in US 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. The Pakistani Army targeted defence and civilian facilities in Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch and in Rajouri's Balakote, Manjakote, Lambi Bari and Naika Panjgrian areas, they added. P9 Brushes aside Centre’s move to privatise coal sector OUR BUREAU People outside actress Sridevi’s residence in Mumbai on Tuesday Sridevi’s funeral today People can pay last respects to actress from 9:30am 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 P4 CHIEF SECYS SUMMONED TO DISCUSS BIFURCATION PROMISES Centre relents, calls meet OUR BUREAU 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 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. Continued on P4 BioNEST opens today Nation’s biggest bio-incubator facility coming up at UoH OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Nation’s biggest bio-incubator facility will be inaugurated at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Wednesday, marking the National Science Day. Named as ‘Bio-incubator Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies’ (BioNEST) and supported by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a unit of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi, the incubator facility will be inaugurated at the School of Life Sciences with about 20,000 plus square feet built-up area. Prof G Padmanaban, Eminent Bio-Sci- entist and former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will be inaugurating the facility as Chief Guest in presence of UoH Vice Chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile. Prof E Premkumar Reddy, Director of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, is participating as the guest of honor.Located in the natural green serene environment and central to the Knowledge Hub, the incubation centre will focus on new and emerging technologies requiring multidisciplinary inputs in the areas of biology & biotechnology and will nurture early-stage start-ups and facilitate the translation of knowledge base into Continued on P4 products and process. JNTUH TAKES STRINGENT MEASURES More engg colleges to shut shop this year OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The stringent measures put in place for the affiliated colleges under the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, have made several managements of the engineering institutions to opt for either closure of courses or colleges in the next academic year. According to JNTUH ofﬁcials, much before the university started its current phase of inspections to grant affiliations for the 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. COME WHAT MAY, SINGARENI WILL REMAIN WITH US: KCR WINDOWS 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 P9 S next academic year, about 28 engineering colleges offering M Tech courses have expressed their option to close down 77 courses. Following this, the number of seats in M Tech courses is expected to come down by 50 per cent in the next academic year. Currently, there are about 15,000 seats for M Tech courses, they added. Similarly, 11 managements have so far expressed their intention to shut down their colleges during the academic year of 2018-19. In addition, four more colleges have decided to close seven courses in M Pharmacy, besides, three colleges which also want to close down MCA courses. Continued on P4 Mancherial/Peddapally: Even though the Central government is trying to open up the coal sector for commercial mining by private players, the 100-odd years old Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) will remain under the control of the state, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asserted. A day after going ballistic against the BJP-led NDA government over neglecting the interests of the farming sector, the CM appeared cautious when he spoke about the Centre’s efforts to privatise the coal sector in the country. “Come what may, Singareni will remain as state-owned mining institution. Fortunately, the Union has no right over Singareni mines. The state is ready to buy out if the Centre is keen to dispose of its stake,” KCR asserted. SCCL is one among the three jumbo organisations – TSGenco and TSRTC – the state has, providing huge employment besides being part of region’s economic growth, KCR said, stating Smoke in CM’s chopper sends security into tizzy OUR BUREAU that the question of privatisation will not arise. The CM said that his government is committed to address all of the demands of Singareni employees, especially the dependent jobs. Referring to the legal tangles entwined with the dependent employment scheme, he said that henceforth it should be called as compassionate appointments under medical grounds. Continued on P4 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. Continued on P4
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