www.thehansindia.com The last of the southern superstarnis WINDOWS SUNDAY 4 MARCH 2018 WARANGAL | 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 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 KCR mulls Front to take on BJP, Cong ‘Will work relentlessly for making Telangana proud’ 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 4 lady stars to present lead acting Oscars 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. FALLOUT OF ENCOUNTER 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 at- OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is eyeing to enter national politics. KCR is ready to take the lead and form an alternative front to take on the Congress and the BJP with the slogan of bringing qualitative change in national politics. This front, according to him, would be the ‘First Front’ in the national politics in 2019 elections which will work for qualitative and revolutionary changes in the country. The Chief Minister spent over an hour interacting with media at his camp office Pragathi Bhavan and claimed that the ground work for changing the mood of the people was on and soon the tool that is required to move forward in that direction would emerge. KCR did not elaborate on what kind of front it would be but said that the talks have already begun with likeminded people, intellectuals and others. Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that he was ready to lead the new outﬁt country?” He said he was ready to tour the states and campaign in the next elections if the front becomes a reality. While claiming that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was his best friend, KCR said he would plunge into national politics only after informing Modi about it. KCR said he has no There is need for qualitative hesitation in saying change in the national that the development politics.... There is a serious under the NDA regime need. People are vexed now. has been at a very slow No qualitative change is seen pace. He said if the new by people even after 70 years front comes into exisof democracy.... China tence, it would usher developed in less than three in a new chapter in nadecades. What both Congress tional politics. He said at the age of 64, he and BJP did all these years? would use all his inteland given a chance he would ligence and the remaining part make the people of Telangana of his life to bring speedy proud and would show the changes in the lives of the peostrength and calibre of Telanple of the country. KCR added gana. Asked if he was aiming to that personally he had nothing become the Prime Minister, against Modi but his ﬁght was KCR shot back saying, “Don’t I against the existing political Continued on P4 have the right to work for the system. 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. "However, in January 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the component of DHS responsible for oversight of the H-4 visa programme at issue in this litigation, re-evaluated the rule and determined that significant revisions to the draft proposal were necessary,” DHS said in its fresh court submission. Continued on P4 SNAPSHOTS 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 Foundation laid for seed processing unit in Jagtial OUR BUREAU Jagtial: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha laid foundation stone for the seed processing unit and godown being taken up at a cost of Rs 7 crore at Laxmipuram in Jagtial district on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, Reddy and Kavitha said that Jagtial would soon become a beacon in seed production. “Farmers here are in the forefront of all others in the State,” Kavitha said, referring to the initiative of marketing locally produced rice with the brand name of Laxmipur Rice. Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy speaking at a meeting in Laxmipuram on Saturday. Nizamabad MP K Kavitha also seen AP budget session from tomorrow 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 CM Naidu will ring the election bell by increasing allocations to the welfare schemes. Maoists threaten to attack TRS leaders tack 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 districts. Within hours of the en- counter, border districts were put on high alert and vehicle checks were undertaken and movements of suspected Maoist sympathisers in the villages were under a scanner. The state Home department in coordination with the intelligence wing also reviewed the need to step up the police protection to some ministers and legislators hailing from the Maoist-affected districts. The provision of bullet-proof vehicle to the leaders facing threat from the Maoists was also under consideration. Continued on P4
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