www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL Happy Holi THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.38°C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 16% Sunrise: 06:35 Sunset: 06:25 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Ganta releases Set III Rana new face of for Inter exams Reliance Trends H P5 WINDOWS RD minister Ganta Srinivas Rao said in view of the problems faced earlier in conducting the Intermediate examinations, all precautionary measures had been taken for the smooth conduct of BIE-2018. R eliance Trends, the apparel chain of Reliance Retail on Wednesday announced Rana Daggubati as the brand ambassador. The company also unveiled ‘Get Them Talking,’ the TV brand ad campaign starring Rana, which would be on air from March 1. P13 AP-TS WATER WARS TENSION AT NAGARJUNASAGAR OVER RELEASE OF WATER TO AP OUR BUREAU King of Jordan Abdullah II Bin Al- Hussein being welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his arrival at the airport, in New Delhi on Tuesday Cong retains 2 MLA seats in MP New Delhi: The Congress received a shot in the arm on Wednesday ahead of Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections this year as it managed to retain both the Mungaoli and Kolaras constituencies, which went to polls on February 24. While Congress’s Brijendra Singh Yadav won by 2124 votes in Mungaoli, Mahendra Singh Yadav defeated BJP’s Devendra Jain in Kolaras by 8083 votes. Both seats fall in the Guna Lok Sabha constituency represented by Jyotiraditya Scindia, who had put in the hard yards in ensuring Congress’ stranglehold in the two regions, the bypolls for which were necessitated due to the death of Congress’s Mungaoli MLA Mahendra Singh Kalukheda and its Kolaras MLA Ram Singh Yadav. Holi: Cleric for shifting of Namaz timings Lucknow: In a show of communal harmony, a noted Muslim cleric in Lucknow has shifted the timing of the Friday namaz prayers by an hour in order to avoid any clash with Holi revellers and also appealed others to do the same. S P11 Hyderabad/Amaravati: Ahead of summer, inevitable water wars between the two sister states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have resumed. With the Telangana state stopping the release of water from Nagarjunasagar Project (NSP) into the right main canal that serves AP, tension prevailed at the project site on Wednesday with the irrigation officials of the two states coming almost to blows. When the situation appeared getting out of control, police forces from both Telangana and AP which rushed to the spot managed to bring the situation under control. Telangana irrigation officials said that on the instruction of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB), they had stopped the release of water to Andhra as the neighbouring state had utilised all the waters allotted to it. Police and irrigation officials at Nagarjunasagar dam site in Guntur district on Wednesday The KRMB informed to the two states that the total availability of water in Srisailam and NSP was only 36 tmcft. As per the decision of the KRMB on January 10, the allocation for AP was 60 tmcft while it was 50 tmcft for Telangana. The Telangana officials claimed that the KRMB had pointed out that AP had already used 2.32 tmcft water more than the allocation as on February 26 but Telangana utilised only 33 tmcft water. Telangana is entitled to use 17 tmcft of water from its allocation. Board Member Secretary A Paramesham has already informed the states that AP drew more water than permitted for this year. “In UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR MBBS HC stays CBSE conditions on NEET eligibility TDP national president and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu interacting with Telangana TDP leaders at NTR Bhavan, Hyderabad on Wednesday Naidu rules out TDP merger with TRS Plans tour of Telangana to feel people’s pulse OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Amidst growing speculation that TDP Telangana unit will wind up its activities in Telangana, party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday ruled out merger of his party with any other party. The TDP chief’s statement assumed political signiﬁcance in the wake of the demand by senior TDP leader M Narasimhulu to the party high command to merge Telugu Desam with ruling TRS in Telangana. Naidu is also keen on taking up a whirlwind tour of Telangana to ascertain the political situation Potential to draft 35k Tourist Liaison Officers VKL GAYATRI Visakhapatnam: The state government is drafting a new career programme to promote authorised Tourist Liaison Officers (TLOs). In association with some specialised agencies, the government is planning to take up training programme and the party’s strengths and weakness after the budget session of the Andhra Pradesh assembly. Speaking at the Telangana state party committee meeting at NTR Trust Bhavan here, Naidu while expressing his intention to tour Telangana also made it clear that TDP will continue to ﬁght against TRS government and strengthen the party by 2019 elections. He warned the leaders against making statements that would hurt the interests of the party. "No leader has the right to speak on the merger or any other issue which is sensitive in nature," Continued on P6 he said. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday put on hold the operation of a CBSE notiﬁcation laying down eligibility conditions, including upper age limit of 25 years and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively, to apply for MBBS course. The order was passed by a bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on several petitions moved by medical aspirants who are aggrieved by various other eligibility norms which bar them from applying for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-UG for which the last date for submitting the application is March 9. Under the CBSE notiﬁcation, candidates who have studied in open school, students who have had biology as an additional subject, those who have taken more than two years to complete their 11th and 12th and students who have studied privately were not eligible to apply for the exam. The court, while passing its interim order, made it clear that while the candidates are allowed to submit their application for the entrance exam, it does not mean that they can sit for it. the order, the board member secretary had asked AP to stop further drawls immediately from various outlets in two common reservoirs of Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar projects”. The Telangana irrigation officials obstructed when their AP counterparts came to operate the regulator for the release of water at the project site. The AP officials also argued with those of the Telangana government that they have permission to draw water. When the AP officials tried to force the release of water, tension prevailed for some time. The Telangana police who arrived in strength swung into action and clamped prohibitory orders at the project site. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh claimed that the KRMB has given an order permitting it to continue to the release of water from the right main canal. Continued on P6 ties available, nearest towns, cities, transport facilities and very particularly availability of food of their choice. The speakers at the tourism promotional sessions in the partnership summit felt that if the government develops facilities for visitors to stay at least four to five days, Andhra Pradesh tourist attractions would receive tremendous response from across the globe. The tourists both domestic and foreign are unaware of local information about the tourist spots and are depend- Adieu Sridevi Draped in Tricolour, cremated with state honours LAKHS GATHER TO BID FAREWELL TO QUEEN OF HEARTS Mumbai: Several lakhs of people turned up to join a long procession -- among the largest in recent times -- to mark the ﬁnal journey of actress Sridevi which started near her residence to a cre- matorium in Vile Parle on Wednesday afternoon. A tall, open truck, fully decorated with white ﬂowers -her favourite colour -- carried her body which was ﬁrst draped in the national tricolour and then loaded in a glass casket, as cries of ‘Sridevi Amar Rahe' rent the air among her fans. Continued on P6 INX MEDIA CASE Karti Chidambaram arrested Chennai/New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, son of former ﬁnance minister P Chidambaram, was arrested on Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the Chennai airport in connection with its probe in the INX media case, officials in Delhi said. He has been taken to a Delhi court, which has sent him for one-day police custody. The CBI, which sought 15 days’ custody of Karti, told the court of metropolitan judge Sumit Anand that he was arrested because he had not cooperated with Karti Chidambaram leaves Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Wednesday investigators. “Karti Chidambaram is evasive in his replies…He made incorrect state- Jayendra Saraswati dead VIJAYENDRA TO HEAD KANCHI MUTT Kanchipuram: Jayendra plained of breathlessness. Saraswati, who broad based Doctors said the pontiff the activities of the died following cardiac Sankara Mutt with arrest. His last rites inclusive activities, will be conducted died here on on Thursday and Wednesday in a his body will be inprivate hospital. terred in the Mutt He was 82. premises itself in The 69th pontiff accordance with traof the Mutt, estab- Swami Jayendra ditions followed for lished by Adi Hindu seers. The mortal Shankaracharya in the 8th remains of Jayendra century, was ailing for quite Saraswati were kept at the some time. He was admitted Nandavanam in Kanchi mutt to a private hospital here early for devotees to offer their Continued on P6 on Wednesday after he comprayers. New jobs coming up in tourism for the youth to shape them up as TLOs. During the three-day long CII-Partnership Summit held in the city, majority of the speakers felt that there is a huge potential to create over 35,000 thousand jobs, if infrastructure is developed at all the tourism spots across the country. Though there are a quite a number of tourist spots in the state, a majority of them have not yet been tapped so far. Meanwhile, majority of the people across the globe are not aware about the information about tourist attractions, facili- A large number of people gather to pay respect during the funeral procession of actor Sridevi in Mumbai on Wednesday ing mostly on the websites. However, at the ground-level there are no experienced and authorised tourist guides to help the tourists. In other countries, where tourism is the main stay, governments have been issuing official licences to the agencies and individuals to help tourists. The speakers in the Partnership Summit also informed the government to deploy trained and authorised guides at all possible tourist attractions for seamless and hassle-free trips. Continued on P6 ments with respect to evidence. All this delays conclusion of investigation,” the CBI said. The court has also allowed his advocates to interact with him for 10 minutes inside the courtroom. Karti, 46, was placed under arrest by a CBI team on his return from London. He was put on a Delhi-bound ﬂight and brought to the agency headquarters, where the CBI completed necessary formalities, including a medical test before producing him before a designated CBI court in Delhi in Continued on P6 the evening. Indian economy grows 7.2% in Q3 New Delhi: The Indian economy grew at 7.2 per cent in the October-December period reflecting overall recovery due to good show by agriculture, manufacturing, construction and certain services. The economy is expected to grow at 6.6 per cent in the current fiscal ending March 31, as per the second advanced estimates of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), compared to 7.1 per cent in 2016-17. The earlier estimate was 6.5 per cent. S P13 Tourists’ brigade S Liaison officers will help tourists from planning to visit spots S Govt to provide training to eligible youth and authorise them with licences S This will give boost to tourism which is tapped only up to 10% S It is planned to identify 10 attractions in each district S Temple, adventure, wildlife, sea-based are the themes to attract tourists
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