www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.38°C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 06:29 Sunset: 06:18 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H No clarity yet on India among the most local body polls open economies: Prabhu D P3 WINDOWS ilemma over the method of electing sarpanches directly or indirectly continues, though the elections to the rural local bodies are three months away. 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. Six 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 P7 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 ROUSING WELCOME FOR ARUNA I t was a memorable home-coming for 22-year-old Budda Aruna Reddy, who was accorded a tumultuous reception on arrival at the RGIA in Shamshabad on Friday. Her sister turned emotional the moment she hugged the Hyderabad girl, who made history while becoming the first Indian gymnast to win a medal in the World Cup. Aruna Reddy won a vault bronze at Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru Melbourne. S Report: P12 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 P4 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. P9 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 P4 KCR TUTORING TRS MPS TO CORNER CENTRE OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Ruling TRS MPs are expected to corner the NDA government in Parliament when it meets on March 5 after recess on various issues, including the support to agriculture sector and implementation of fulﬁlling of promises made in AP Reorganisation Act. During the TRS Parliamentary Party meeting scheduled on March 3, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is to explain the party MPs how they should go about in putting the demands of Telangana state in Parliament. The ruling TRS MPs have been supportive of the various central government schemes and programmes. They have supported legislations brought forth by the Centre. However, with the recent outburst of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao against Narendra Modi, the MPs too are in a combative mood. The MPs, who staged protest by standing in the House, now may increase the decibel levels in voicing their protest. The Chief Minister had already indicated at a public meeting in Karimnagar recently that the TRS MPs would lodge their protest in Parliament. “The Chief Minister is unhappy with the efforts of the Centre on providing solution to the agrarian crisis because of farmers’ suicides even in the states ruled by the BJP. This will be the main point of discussion in tomorrow’s (Saturday) meeting,” said one MP. According to a TRS leader, the party MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would press for implementation of the promises made Budget to give big push to civic bodies PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: The 2018- 19 budget, to be presented by Telangana state government in the Assembly, is likely to give a big push to all the civic bodies - municipalities, urban local bodies and corporations - as creation of satellite townships in a big way in urban local bodies (ULBs) and municipalities is on the anvil. Under the Master Plan prepared for civic bodies, the government has accorded top priority to the establishment of townships involving private agencies. The master plan is be- ing ﬁnalised based on the availability of land in all civic bodies. The available land will be used for the development of townships, trade centres and tier two industrial corridors. Officials said that the Municipal Administration and Urban Development department is studying seriously the scope of promoting satellite townships in all civic bodies by providing incentives in the budget proposals. Satellite townships, recreation clubs, sports facility, education hubs and industrial town ships are under pipeline in every identiﬁed civic body under the master plan. Officials said that the government has taken up the major task of promotion of the corporations, municipalities and ULBs as growth centres. Of 73 civic bodies, many of them have great potential for rapid growth with available local resources. With several initiatives taken up by the government, the realty sector has picked up fast in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. On the same lines, all the 73 civic bodies will be promoted as growth centres by encouraging realty sector. Once the master plan is implemented, officials said that the realty sector will get big boost and the state will also earn more revenues through land transactions in every municipal area. In 201718, government earmarked Rs 2,900 crore for Urban Development. In the new ﬁnancial year, separate allocations will be made for implementing Master Plan in every municipality. 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 P4 in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The TRS has been demanding that Kaleshwaram project be declared as a project of national importance. The party chief was unhappy with the Centre for not releasing the funds to the state under various central schemes, he said. The TRS leaders have been alleging that the Centre was not fulﬁlling the promises in bifurcating the High Court, sanctioning of All India institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and other institutions, railway coach factory in Kazipet, increase in the number of Assembly seats and clearances for pending projects in the state. The CM is likely to direct the MPs to go full blast at the BJP in the wake of the protests by the saffron party leaders resenting KCR’s comments on the Prime Minister. Bomb hoax at TRS office OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Police survived anxious moments when they received a phone call that a bomb had been planted in the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) office here on Friday. According to Banjara Hills Assistant Commissioner of Police A Srinivasa Rao, bomb disposal squad rushed to the TRS office and realised that it was a hoax when their search did not yield any explosive objects. The police immediately traced the caller and are questioning him as to why he had made the prank call.
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