www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.38°C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 16% Sunrise: 06:34 Sunset: 06:25 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Tribals sell off India among the most tamarind for a song open economies: Prabhu T P5 WINDOWS aking advantage of failure by the state government to fix procurement price for tamarind, middlemen are exploiting tribals by offering meagre Rs 15 to Rs 17 a kg in agency areas in the district. I ndia is a "very open economy" and wants to have trade relations and pacts with all countries, Union minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday told the business community here, ahead of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (RCEP) meeting. 6 women among 10 Maoists killed in Bhupalpally encounter TOP NAXAL HARIBHUSHAN ALIAS JAGAN GUNNED DOWN? Greyhound commando from Vikarabad killed in face-off Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh celebrates 'Holi' with NSG commandos at his residence in New Delhi on Friday Riot of colours as India plays Holi New Delhi: Holi was celebrated across the country with enthusiasm as people on Friday applied colours on each other, savoured sweets and exchanged greetings to send out a message of cultural harmony. However, the festive mood in Rajasthan's Bhiwadi town in Alwar district was dampened after a Dalit teenager was allegedly beaten to death while playing Holi by a group of people. Counting of votes in 3 NE states today Agartala/Kohima/Shillong: The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in three Northeastern states -Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura -- will be held on Saturday amid tight security, officials said. The BJP has emerged as a strong contender in all the three states and two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in the other two states. Buoyed by the formation of governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is making a bid to expand its footprints in the region. S P11 OUR BUREAU Bhupalpally: Ten CPI-Maoists, including six women, were killed in an encounter at a forest location close to TelanganaChhattisgarh border near Venkatapuram in JayashankarBhupalpally district, 350 km northeast of Hyderabad on Friday. A Greyhound commando from Vikarabad was also killed in the gun battle that took place early in the morning. Even as the police clariﬁed that it was a joint operation conducted by the forces of Telangana and Chhattisgarh, they failed to clear the air over the status of two top Maoists – Telangana State Committee secretary Haribhushan alias Jagan and Karimnagar-KhammamWarangal divisional committee secretary Bade Chokka Rao alias Damodar. Since the news of encounter broke out, there were reports that both the top leaders were among those killed. “Following a tip-off that the banned outﬁt members have been active in the region for the last few days, we were in coordination with the Chhattis- The bodies of the slain Maoists being shifted to Bhadrachalam Hospital for postmortem garh police and intensiﬁed combing operations. Against this backdrop, our forces had come across the team of banned outﬁt this morning. We were forced to retaliate when the ultras opened ﬁre indiscriminately, killing Greyhounds constable Sushil Ku- mar,” Bhadradri-Kothagudem Superintendent of Police Ambar Kishore Jha said. Confirming the death of 10 Maoists, he said that they had so far identified two bodies. He refused to reveal their identity, stating that it will be done only after the identifica- STATEWIDE CLOSURE OF THEATRES BEGINS Shutdown hits small filmmakers BVS PRAKASH N Tirumala forest ﬁre put out in time OUR BUREAU Tirupati: A ﬁre accident occurred at barbers’ quarters area forest area on Friday at Tirumala. It is believed that the cause of ﬁre could be a mischievous act. TTD forest officials are sus- pecting that someone must have thrown lighted cigarette into the forest area. A few locals and TTD personnel have successfully contained the ﬁre from spreading to other forest areas by spraying water. It took 45 minutes for the ﬁre personnel to reach the spot. ormally, on a holiday like Holi festival, 110 theatres in the twin cities would have been buzzing with activity. Instead, the 540-odd theatres in Telangana wore a deserted look as exhibitors shut down theatres throughout South India protesting the exploitation by Digital Service Providers. Surely, movie buffs confined themselves to home since the shutdown was widely publicised. “Usually, for Holi festival, we used to get good crowds to the theatres in Telangana, including the twin cities. The crowds used to comprise youngsters and even family audience, but it has been a dull day on Friday due to the shutdown. Continued on P6 tion of all those who died. It is learnt that only two bodies of Maoists apart from the Greyhounds constable were ﬂown in by a special helicopter to Bhadrachalam. Further, the SP said that they had recovered one AK-47, an SLR, an INSAS .303 riﬂe, a pistol, rockets, detonators and Rs 43,000 in cash from the encounter site. He said the operation is still on in the thickets. The SP said that all the formalities are being carried out in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court issued in the past. P13 RESENTMENT AGAINST CENTRE IN AP, TS Governor summoned to Delhi on March 5 OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With the two Telugu states upping the ante against the NDA government over the latter’s failure in fulfilling the promises, the Centre has summoned Governor ESL Narasimhan to Delhi to review political developments in the two states ahead of the budget session of Parliament beginning on March 5. The Governor will leave for Delhi on Saturday and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers. He will stay in the national capital for two days. Top sources said the Union Home Ministry has already sought a report on the political developments in Andhra Pradesh, where the ruling TDP, the main opposition YSR Congress and Jana Sena parties launched a tirade against the BJP-led NDA government on granting of longpending special category status and the release of funds under the special package from the Centre. The YSR Congress has set a deadline to the Centre on the special status issue till April 5. If no special status is granted by the date, the party threatened that its MPs will quit the Lok Sabha on April 6. Continued on P6 SHAH TALKS TO NAIDU TO PACIFY RESTIVE TDP OUR BUREAU Amaravati: BJP president Amit Shah has suggested to TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to send a ﬁve-member team to New Delhi on March 5 to discuss the demands of AP government. Amit Shah, speaking to Naidu over telephone on Friday, inquired about why the TDP was feeling restive over the fulﬁlment of promises made in the AP Reorganization Act, according to sources in the CM Office. Naidu is learnt to have replied that the people too were unhappy over the unhelpful attitude of the Centre. Continued on P6 Andhra CM missive to all parties TDP strategically mounts pressure on Centre for SCS OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The TDP has decided to increase pressure on its partner BJP at national level by writing letters to all political parties from March 5, as part of its agitation to broadcast the injustice done to Andhra Pradesh. TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu will send the letters to all political parties in the country, in which he will explain how the BJP had hurt AP’s interests despite TDP being its ally. The party has taken this crucial decision at its Parliamentary Party meeting held at Chandrababu Naidu’s residence at Undavalli here on Friday. Naidu will also send the letters to all the Chief Ministers, party presidents, Floor leaders in Parliament and other key leaders. Meanwhile, the TDP MPs will deliver them to all the Members of Parliament in both the Houses on March 5, explaining how the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu chairing a meeting of TDP MPs and other party leaders at the Grievance Hall at Undavalli on Friday state had been taken for a ride. In this letter, the TDP president will give a blow-by-blow account beginning from the debate on AP Reorganisation Bill in February in 2014. TDP Lok Sabha members Galla Jayadev, Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu and others explained that the Chandrababu Naidu has asked them to increase the heat on the BJP by delivering the letters to all the MPs in Parliament. Speaking to media persons here after the meeting, Jayadev said that in the letter, Chandrababu Naidu will focus on the nineteen demands pertaining to AP Reorganisation Act, promise made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promising Special Category Status, package offered by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in lieu of special status in 2016 and ﬁnally glossing over all the promises, including railway zone at Visakhapatnam which had hurt the state at a time when it needed hand-holding. Continued on P6 ‘Congress grass’ playing havoc with crops & cattle VKL GAYATRI Visakhapatnam: Parthenium, commonly known as congress grass, is silently killing the green wealth of the country very particularly Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. This highly dangerous and useless plant, at a large extent, has been spreading in multiple numbers and sucking the nutritious substances from soil. Though the biological scientists and experts in biological warfare are warning the government about the dangers of the weed, governments are not taking any steps to arrest its spread. With the lack of preventive steps, this unwanted weed already occupied one-fourths of land in both the Telugu states and rapidly spreading further. With the highly-dangerous impact from parthenium, crops, animals and human lives have been badly affecting in the both states. Already, yield of various crops has come down by 26 per cent to 27 per cent. Its impact all over the country is 40 per cent. Even the ill effects of the weed are taking toll of cattle. “It is a bio war and some of the countries are intentionally pushing the weed into our country to make us weak. Al- The pollen grains, airborne dried plant parts and roots of parthenium cause various allergies, including dermatitis, hay fever, asthma, and bronchitis in humans. The common allergens found in this weed are parthenin, coronopilin, tetraneuris and ambrosin. At an average 25 per cent to 30 per cent of train passengers are being affected as the weed very rapidly spreading along with the tracks DEADLY WEED ready all the developed countries have been initiated serious steps to arrest the noxious invasive species which is considered to be one of the worst weeds currently across the globe. The seeds of the weed reportedly came to India with grains imported from US as a part of Food for Peace,” Professor G Sudarsanam, Chairman (PG) Board of Studies in Botany, SV University, told The Hans India. Due to the presence of chemicals like parthenin, hysterin, hymenin, and ambrosin, the weed exerts strong allelopathic effects on the crops. Parthenium producing enormous number of pol- lens is carried away to short distance in clusters of 600–800 grains which settle on the vegetative and ﬂoral parts, including stigmatic surface, inhibiting vegetation and killing almost all the crops, including tomato, brinjal, beans, capsicum, and maize. Parthenium weed is toxic to animals causing dermatitis with pronounced skin lesions on various animals. It is responsible for mouth ulcers with excessive salivation. The milk production is declining as the cattle suffering with several health issues after eating parthenium along with the grass.
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