www.thehansindia.com The last of the southern superstarnis WINDOWS SUNDAY 4 MARCH 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NOTHING LEFT IN NORTHEAST BJP demolishes Red Fort in Tripura, opens gateway to Kerala, Bengal New Delhi: In a major victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party surged ahead of the Manik Sarkar-led party, putting an end to Left’s 25 years of rule. The party along with ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has won 43 seats in the 60-member House. The Left, meanwhile, is reduced to 18 seats. The Congress, which over the years has played the second ﬁddle in the state and has been in power twice, has failed to open its account and its candidates are set to lose their deposits. In Nagaland, the BJP+NDPP alliance has won 29 seats, while the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) party is trailing behind with a win of 27 seats. With the backing of JD(U) and an independent candidate, BJP+NDPP alliance is all set to form a government in Nagaland. In Meghalaya, meanwhile, the mandate is fractured. While the Congress is the largest party India win IBSF Team WC Doha: The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra staged a remarkable recovery to pip Pakistan in the final of the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup. After being 0-2 down in the best-of-five final played last night, India found itself in a deeper hole at 0-30 down in the third frame. Thanks to a well-crafted 39 break from Chandra and a classy clearance of the final colours by Advani, the Indian hopes were kept alive. S P12 GDP shows recovery signs I n an election year, if the economy is marching to a high growth trajectory putting the worst behind, that is indeed good talk point for Narendra Modi in his political rallies in 2019 general polls. For the full year, if the GDP comes to around 7.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent, Modi government will present the pain faced by the economy in the second and third years of its rule as the price paid for important structural reforms such as demonetisation and GST (goods and services tax). That has been the narrative from the party to defend the economic slowdown phase. S P9 Putin promises ‘victories’ for Russia Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Saturday promised "victories" for Russia at a star-studded rally attended by tens of thousands of supporters ahead of a March 18 election he is all but certain to win. Olympic athletes, celebrities and cosmonauts earlier took to the stage to voice their support for Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades and is seeking to extend his Kremlin term to 2024. "We want our country to be bright and looking to the future, for our children and grandchildren...we will do everything we can for them to be happy," he said. S P11 with 21 seats, the regional parties have won 17 seats. The National People’s Party (NPP) has won 19 and the BJP has got two seats. The parties have reportedly rushed senior leaders to the state to explore possibilities of alliances in a bid to retain control over the state. Earlier in the day, while addressing a press conference in the capital, BJP national chief Amit Shah said the Left is not right for any part of India. "As far as the question of Left is concerned, this has been proved that the Left is not right for any part of the country," Shah said. Taking a dig at the Left's loss in Tripura he said, "Election analysts in India will have to understand the journey from zero to one (shunya se shikhar tak). Continued on P4 SNAPSHOTS S BJP captures Tripura, to form alliance govt in Nagaland S Tripura, Nagaland in its kitty, BJP now rules 21 out of 29 states; Congress left with four S Journey from ‘shunya’ to ‘shikhar’ made possible due to development agenda S BJP golden era begins, when it wins Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka, says Shah ACB raids 3 govt officials in Vizag UNEARTH ASSETS WORTH CRORES ACB officials during a raid at VRO K Sanjeev Kumar’s house in Visakhapatnam on Saturday OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: In a rare act, the ACB sleuths on Saturday raided three government officials of the city in GVMC and Revenue department and found disproportionate assets over their known sources of earning. The teams of the ACB conducted searches at 21 places of the accused officials, their relatives and friends on Saturday. As many as 40 officials, led by Visakhapatnam Urban DSP (ACB) K Ramakrishna Prasad, conducted the searches. According to Ramakrishna Prasad, the three frontline officers have been leading posh life mismatching their earnings and there are severe corruption allegations against them. The accused are Maddilapalem VRO P Venkateswara Rao, Malkapuram VRO K Sanjeeva Rao and GVMC chainman M Nageswara Rao. During the searches, the officials found properties worth about Rs 100 crore. The assets include gold and cash. VRO K Sanjeev Kumar entered into service in 2008. Continued on P4 BJP MP and party state president K Haribabu, Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas along with BJP MLCs celebrating the party’s victory in the Assembly elections in Tripura, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday Sans YSRC, AP budget session from tomorrow OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The Budget Session of the AP Assembly will begin on Monday with the Governor's address to the joint session of the Legislative Council and the Assembly. The Budget will be presented by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on March 8. The only Opposition party in the Assembly, YSRCP, has announced the boycott of the Assembly demanding action against the defected MLAs from the YSRCP to the TDP. As this will be the ﬁnal full budget of the TDP government, it is expected that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will ring the election bell by increasing allocations to the welfare schemes. He may also allocate more funds for the schemes promised in the TDP election manifesto. Though he has been fulﬁlling his poll promises of 2014 general elections, still he has to provide unemployment allowance and some other promises also need to be addressed by the government. Meanwhile, the BJP has prepared to utilise the session to grill Naidu government, like what the TDP has been doing in Parliament from the day one of the Budget presentation by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Though the number of BJP MLAs is very negligible in the Legislative Assembly, they have decided to protect their interests in the state by raising their voice in the House against Naidu. Continued on P4 4 lady stars to present lead acting Oscars Relief for spouses of H-1B holders as US keeps curbs on hold Washington: The Trump administration has delayed its decision on termination of work authorisation for spouses of the H1B visa holders, in a big relief to a significantly large number of Indian workers and their families. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a court submission this week said that it would not take a decision on terminating the work authorisation of H4 visa users, spouses of H1B visa holders, till June as it needs time to review the economic impact of such a decision. Since 2015, the spouses of H1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the US on H-4 dependent visas, under a rule introduced by the previous Obama administration. "Consistent with the government's prior representations, DHS was working to issue an NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) in February 2018. Continued on P4 Los Angeles: In what has colloquially become known as 'The Year of the Woman', the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reportedly finalised four actresses to present this year’s lead acting awards at the 90th annual Oscars. Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will announce the lead actress prize winner on Sunday night, while Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren will present lead actor. However, the Academy did not respond to a request for comment, reported variety.com. Traditionally, the previous year's acting winners present the same categories for the opposite gender at the Oscars. But in January, it was revealed that last year's lead actor winner Casey Affleck ("Manchester by the Sea") had withdrawn as a presenter from this year's ceremony, reportedly to avoid becoming a distraction due to two sexual harassment lawsuits he previously settled with the producer and cinematographer of his 2010 film "I'm Still Here." Jennifer Lawrence (Top L) and Jodie Foster (Top R) will announce the lead actress, while Jane Fonda (Bottom L) and Helen Mirren (Bottom R) will present the lead actor award FALLOUT OF ENCOUNTER Maoist threat to politicos OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In the wake of Friday’s encounter involving the death of 10 Maoists on Chhattisgarh-Telangana border, official spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist) Jagan issued a letter on Saturday threatening to attack TRS leaders. Following this, a high alert has been sounded in the state and an advisory has been issued to the ministers and MLAs on precautions to be followed. The letter termed Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao dictators. “The Maoist party would repulse attacks being made by the states to root out the Maoists by Telugu states, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and the Centre with the people’s support,” it said. The ruling party leaders, mainly ministers, MPs and MLAs, were advised against undertaking travel in the Maoist-dominant districts of old Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Adilabad. If inevitable to travel in the extremism-affected Chhattisgarh-Telangana border districts, they were advised to inform the local police in advance and seek police protection. The ministers were asked to cancel official programmes in interior villages in the border areas and also in Karimnagar and Warangal disContinued on P4 tricts. TTD to set up time-slot darshan counters by March-end K NETHAJI Tirupati: The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is all set to start Slotted Sarva Darshan (SSD) time-slot counters at both hill shrine Tirumala and as well as at Tirupati by the end of March. After the successful trial of the SSD time-slot allotment in the last December, TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal had taken a decision to start the SSD slot token issuing system as fullﬂedged manner from March last week. It is major a reform in providing darshan facility for com- S A major reform in the darshan system to become a reality soon S Total 87 token issue counters to be set up by the TTD S Pilgrims can avail the facility at rly station, RTC Central Bus Stand mon devotees. Based on the feedback received from the pilgrims waiting in VQC-2 compartments for Sarva Darshan for over 24 hours when there was heavy crowd, the TTD mulled this scheme of issuing time slots for free darshan pilgrims also, so that they can have comfortable darshan in their allotted time. Already, the time-slot mechanism was being implemented in Rs 300 and footpath darshans which have yielded good results. On the directions of the EO, TTD officials have completed the SSD token counters with all facilities, such as biometric scanners and computers, queue line railings, seating, etc. In Tirupati, the TTD has established 55 counters at Srinivasam Complex near RTC bus stand and Vsihunu Nivasam near railway station, at third choultry, Alipri, Srivari Mettu footpaths. Apart from these counters, 32 counters were set up by the TTD in Tirumala near at Kalyana Vedika and Nandakam rest house. EO Singhal and other higher officials have inspected the SSD counter works at Tirupati and Tirumala and reviewed the position of the counters being set up at various places. Continued on P4
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