www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Broken clouds Temp: Max.37°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 14% Sunrise: 06:32 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Jagan yatra Aurobindo unit gets crosses 1,400km 9 FDA observations T P5 WINDOWS he Prajasankalpa Yatra, a 3,000km walkathon by the opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy crossed 1,400km milestone in the district on Monday. I ndian iconic actor Shashi Kapoor and India's first female superstar Sridevi were honoured at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony here during the "In Memoriam" montage. The Indian stars got a musical tribute by Eddie Vedder who took the stage to sing Tom Petty's "Room at the top". S P10 Indian Embassy phone lines in US spoofed Washington: Indian Embassy telephone lines have been spoofed by fraudsters in the US to cheat people for money, according to an advisory issued by mission which warned against entertaining any suspicious calls. The Indian Embassy here has informed the US Government about it and launched its own internal investigation. It also issued a rare public advisory on such fraud calls that has cheated people with money, thus bringing bad name to the diplomatic mission. S P12 Parrikar flies to Mumbai for check-up Panaji (PTI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar flew to Mumbai on Monday for a health check-up and if needed, he may even go abroad for further treatment, his office said. S P11 ity-based drug firm Aurobindo Pharma on Monday said the US health regulator has issued nine observations after inspection of its unit 4 formulation facility in Hyderabad. P13 SPECIAL STATUS ISSUE ROCKS PARLIAMENT OUR BUREAU Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi remembered at Oscars C New Delhi: The issue of injustice and denial of Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh rocked both Houses of Parliament with Telugu Desam members demanding immediate redressal forcing adjournment of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha without transacting any business for the day. As the Lok Sabha resumed for the second leg of the Budget Session on Monday, the TDP MPs trooped into the well demanding Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh. Closely following them, TRS members raised their voice demanding increase in reservations for the Muslims and STs. Interestingly, the Congress MPs joined them but on different issue. They were demanding a discussion on the Rs S S S S S S 12,700-crore PNB scam. The AIADMK members trooped into the Well, too. Noisy protests disrupted the Question Hour which led to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourning the House till 12 noon. As the House reassembled, the protests continued. Members of all these parties trooped into the Well with placards. The Congress demanded a reply from the Prime Minister on diamantaire Nirav Modi's whereabouts. Trinamool Congress members too were seek- TDP protests inside and outside Parliament TRS demands hike in quota for Muslims, STs Uproar over PNB scam and other issues Both Houses adjourn without transacting business YSRCP stages Dharna at Jantar Mantar APCC ﬁles criminal cases against PM and AP CM ing to raise the same matter. The fraud came to light last month after the country's second largest state-run lender PNB reported that it has detected a fraud in the award of LoUs to the designer diamond jewellery maker. Amidst the vociferous protests, the Speaker said she had received the resignation letter of Neiphiu Rio from the Lok Sabha following the Nagaland Assembly election results. "I have accepted his resignation with effect from February 22," Mahajan said. Three-time chief minister of Nagaland, Rio won unopposed in the recent Assembly elections. He is likely to become the Chief Minister again. Before the beginning of the proceedings of the House, BJP members were seen clapping when Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked into the House. With folded hands, Modi greeted the members as well as those in the Opposition benches. Continued on P6 AP reiterates demand for SCS AP Finance Minister Yanamala Rama Krishundu and Union minister YS Choudary along with party MPs meeting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Monday AP places 19 demands before Jaitley OUR BUREAU New Delhi: Nineteen key demands were placed before the Centre by the TDP leadership in its talks with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Monday, after day-long protests rocked both Houses of Parliament on the issue of Special Category Status to AP. Led by Union Minister of State Y S Chowdary, TDP MPs along with AP State Planning Board Vice-Chairman Kutumba Rao and other officials, confronted Jaitley with their demands. Topping the list was, of course, the SCS. However, the TDP leadership was in a mood for some concessions, if ‘more good’ came the way of the state in the form of fund release as sought by the state government. Of the 19 issues that were raised, the Vizag Railway Zone was prominent along with the Kadapa Steel Plant. The TDP also insisted on immediate fund release to ﬁll the gap of revenue deﬁcit of Rs 16,000 crore pending since bifurcation despite the Continued on P6 promise. Guv recalls Centre’s assurances to state in bifurcation Act in his address to the Assembly BJP to play Oppn role OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government in a strategic manner utilised the Governor’s address to the joint session of the Assembly and Council to reiterate its demand for the grant of Special Category Status (SCS) to the state. The Budget Session of the Assembly began here on Monday to coincide with the resumption of the Budget Session of Parliament, where the MPs stalled the proceedings. Governor ESL Narasimhan, who presented a 58page address in Telugu, said the Centre did not implement various assurances given in the AP State Reorganisation Act-2014 and as a result people of the state were fac- S To demand discussion on APR Act, SCS S To raise corruption, students’ suicides, agri issues Governor ESL Narasimhan addressing the joint session of the AP Assembly and Council along with Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao ing hardships. He asserted that all the assurances, including the Special Status Category, should be implemented immediately. Narasimhan said the newly born state of Andhra Pradesh was left without a capital city and it was deprived of its major sources of revenue. The suffering was compounded by revenue deﬁcit, skewed income and assets distribution, lack of research and development (R&D) institutions. Assets were allocated to the two successor states on the basis of their geographical location, but debt liability was distributed on population basis and income on the basis of geographical location of source of income, he said. Continued on P6 Amaravati: Against the backdrop of strained relations between the alliance partners in the state, the BJP is ready to play the role of the Opposition in the Assembly by raising issues related to the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act, Special Category Status, corruption, students’ suicides in corporate colleges, contract employees and agriculture-re- lated issues. BJP ﬂoor leader P Vishnu Kumar Raju and other leaders made it clear that they would repel propaganda by the state government and make it known to the people about the facts on the SCS and bifurcationrelated issues. After the adjournment, BJP leaders, including Endowment Minister P Manikyala Rao, Vishnu Kumar Raju, MLA A Satyanarayana, MLCs Somu Veerraju, Madhav and others had a meeting at the BJP legislative office and discussed the strategy that need to be implemented during the Budget Session. Continued on P6 Kashmir on boil after encounter KCR bats for stronger states 2 ULTRAS AMONG 6 KILLED IN SHOPIAN SHOOTOUT TO UNVEIL THIRD FRONT AGENDA IN JUNE Srinagar: The situation in South Kashmir's Shopian district was tense after the police on Monday recovered two more bodies, raising the death toll in Sunday night's ﬁring incident on a vehicle to six. "Two more bodies were recovered in Shopian district on Monday morning," a police spokesperson said. The police recovered the body of another militant, identiﬁed as Ashiq Hussain Bhat of Lashkare-Taiba, 7km from Pahnoo where the Army had ﬁred upon two vehicles when they tried to ﬂee from a Mobile Vehicle Check Probe against Maj Aditya on hold Post. They also ﬁred on the Army and policemen, officials said. Bhat was a resident of Rakh Karpan. Besides this, body of a civilian -- Gowhar Ahmed Lone of Chitragam in Shopian -- was recovered from another vehicle near the ﬁring incident. Continued on P6 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday put on hold the investigation against an Indian Army Major, who was named in the FIR filed in the Shopian firing, saying no probe would be initiated against the officer till the next date of hearing on April 24. S P11 OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: After his announcement to foray into national politics, TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao is set to unveil a unique national political agenda of the proposed Third Front, an alternative to the BJP and Congress, in June. KCR is learnt to have already begun exercise to prepare the agenda in consultation with some policy makers and political pundits. The main agenda of the Front will be strengthening of federal structure by delegating more powers to the states, farmers welfare, more devolution to the performing states, special attention to poor states and accord freedom to the states to finalise reservation to the downtrodden based on the socio-economic situation at local level. Sources said that KCR will roll out the national political agenda of the new front in New Delhi. Continued on P6 AP Muslim sculptors play key role in Yadadri makeover In a unique manifestation of religious harmony, 35 Muslim sculptors are working day and night for the reconstruction of Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy Temple at Yadagirigutta T P VENU Yadadri: Just a stone’s throw from the foot of Yadagirigutta at Pathagutta in the arid land dotted with just palms amidst the heat and dust is a group of 35 Muslim sculptors led by Shaik Rabbani of Turakapalem near Perecherla village in Guntur district. These sculptors are giving the Yali pillars, a mythical creature seen in Hindu temples a perfect shape. Living in make-shift tents, performing namaz and going on fast during the holy month of Ramzan but never leaving the site to meet the deadlines, these sculptors are a part of the 800strong team of sculptors working for the mega temple project. Muslim sculptors working at Yadadri temple A majority of the sculptors are from Tamil Nadu, but the group from Guntur is special for their skill and know-how on working with black granite. “What makes them so sought after?” To this, Shaik Rabbani says, “Our forefathers used to go to Tamil Nadu and work in various temples and it is from them that we learnt sculpting. We are well-versed with the Chola, Pallava and even Kakatiya style of architecture. Our sculptors know exactly how to carve faces of lions, elephants and horses that are so integral to the temple architecture.” Yali pillars (part lion, part horse and part elephant sculpted onto pillars) at the entrance of the temples keep evil away and the combination of an elephant, lion and snake is believed to express speed, ferociousness and strength. When asked why they are working only for the temples, Younus, a sculptor, says: “We are just carrying forward a legacy that our forefathers left behind. We are happy to be a part of the project that would change the face of Yadadri forever.” Continued on P6
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