www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL Happy Holi THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.38°C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 18% Sunrise: 06:30 Sunset: 06:17 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Vote for TRS means NMDC gets CSR vote for Modi: Uttam Leadership Award T P3 WINDOWS elangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N Uttam Kumar Reddy said on Wednesday that voting for TRS in next elections will be like voting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 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 P9 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. ublic sector National Mineral Development of Corporation (NMDC) Limited received the ET Now CSR Leadership Award 2018 in Mumbai recently. P9 Now, it’s TS turn to take on Centre 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 P Hyderabad: A la Andhra political parties, which have launched an agitation for special category status to AP in Parliament, the ruling TRS in Telangana is getting ready to confront the Union government on the categorisation of SCs and the enhancement of quota for minorities and STs (Scheduled Tribes) in education and jobs in the post-budget session of Parliament which resumes on March 5. Telangana government has already forwarded the proposal for increase of minority and ST reservation in proportion to their population, to the Centre recently. The Union government did not take any decision on the issue so far, except seeking some clariﬁcation from the state government. As the ensuing full budget ses- KCR asks TRS MPs to take up categorisation of SCs, hike in quota for minorities and STs in Parliament sion will be the last one for the BJP-led NDA government before polls, TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is understood to have asked his MPs to raise the reservation issues in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. “KCR is unhappy with the Centre for not even giving him appointment to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and bring to his notice the importance of the reservation issues in Telangana state,” a senior leader said and pointed out that KCR went to New Delhi twice and tried to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the recent months. The PMO officials did not give appointment as the PM was busy with poll campaign in Gujarat and the just-concluded elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. Sources said that the TRS MPs will raise their voice in Parliament and ﬁght on their demand by seeking support from other political parties. KCR has already got sup- port from DMK of Tamil Nadu on his demand to accord freedom to the states to increase quota for the local communities. The TRS will also seek support from the likeminded parties in the ﬁght in Parliament. Before the beginning of the session, KCR will hold a meeting with his party MPs and prepare a political strategy. The TRS chief is also planning to visit New Delhi and raise the issue at national level. Apart from the reservation and categorisation of SCs, the TRS MPs will also raise the issue of allocation of more funds to the states for Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha and Kaleshwaram project. Telangana state has been demanding the Centre to provide Rs 40,000 crore additional funds to complete the ﬂagship programmes, the source said. Flame of the forest in full bloom Warangal: Hans India lensman G Shyam Kumar captures ‘ﬂame of the forest’ at Kommala village near Narsampet in Warangal Rural district on Wednesday, on the eve of Holi. Flame of the forest, modugu puvvu in local parlance, in full bloom indicates that Holi is around the corner. Rightly so the bright crimson orange ﬂowers of these leaﬂess trees are in full bloom signaling that spring has arrived. In the yesteryear, people widely used the colour extracted from these ﬂowers during the Holi. Adieu Sridevi Draped in Tricolour, cremated with state honours Lakhs gather to bid farewell to Queen of Hearts Jayendra Saraswati dead Kanchipuram: Jayendra Saraswati, who broad based the activities of the Sankara Mutt with inclusive activities, died here on Wednesday in a private hospital. He was 82. The 69th pontiff of the Mutt, established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century, was ailing for quite some time. He was admitted to a private hospital here early on Wednesday after he complained of breathlessness. Doctors said the pontiff died following cardiac arrest. His last rites will be conducted on Thursday and his body will be interred in the Mutt premises itself in accordance with traditions followed for Hindu seers. The mortal remains of Jayendra Saraswati were kept at the Nandavanam in Kanchi mutt for devotees to offer their prayers. Continued on P4 HC STAYS CBSE CONDITIONS ON NEET ELIGIBILITY 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. S Report: P4 Karti Chidambaram arrested in INX Media case A large number of people gather to pay respect during the funeral procession of actor Sridevi in Mumbai on Wednesday 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 crematorium 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 lowered in a glass casket, as cries of ‘Sridevi Amar Rahe' rent the air among her fans. Continued on P4 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 investigators. “Karti Chidambaram is evasive in his replies…He made incorrect statements 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 Continued on P4 courtroom. BJP to take on KCR for belittling PM OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The BJP, intent on taking the war into the enemy's camp, has decided to stage protests at every public appearance of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao until he tenders an unconditional apology for using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "From now on, our agenda is to stage protests. Party cadres across the state would take up the agitation," Telangana president Dr K Laxman said. Speaking to media persons here on Wednesday, Laxman said that for the last four years, KCR has adopted a low profile in Delhi, to get Centre’s attention. He had showered praises on the Prime Minister and the Central schemes in the state Assembly. "Not a single Central scheme like soil cards or agriculture in- surance scheme was implemented properly. The anti-farmers policies of the state government did not help the farmers resulting in nearly 4,000 farmers committing suicide after the formation of Telangana," he said. KCR’s utterances against Modi were only to diver the attention of the people from the TRS government’s monumental failures. Continued on P4 TDP national president Chandrababu Naidu interacting with Telangana TDP leaders in 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 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 P4 he said. Tension at Nagarjunasagar over release of water to AP OUR BUREAU 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. 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 tm- Police and irrigation officials at Nagarjunasagar dam site in Guntur district on Wednesday cft 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 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 P4
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