www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Clearing skies Temp: Max.37°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:31 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘Delay in release of Central Hyd airport gets top funds hit welfare schemes’ rank in global survey T P5 he delay in release of its share of funds by the Centre hit the SC and BC welfare schemes in the State. This was disclosed by Minister for Social Welfare Nakka Ananda Babu and Minister for BC Welfare K Atchannaidu in the State Assembly on Tuesday. MR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) on Tuesday said that Hyderabad international airport has been awarded the World No.1 airport in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passengers survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category for the year 2017. P13 Centre pushes TDP to corner WINDOWS Sensex tanks 430 pts as bank scrips bleed Mumbai (Agencies): The key Indian equity markets plunged on Tuesday as banking stocks tanked substantially and investors also continued to trade with caution. The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE closed at 33,317.20 points -- down 429.58 points, or 1.27 per cent, from its previous close of 33,746.78 points. Similarly, the wider Nifty50 of the NSE also plummeted by 109.60 points, or 1.06 per cent, to close at 10,249.25 points. As much as Rs 4.30 lakh crore of investors' money has been wiped out in the last five trading sessions, with Rs 1.54 lakh crore eroding on Tuesday. Following the bearish trend in the broader market, the market capitalisation of BSE listed companies fell to Rs 1,44,20,606 crore. S P13 G Naidu may be forced to take a decision that might upset BJP-TDP applecart OUR BUREAU Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party leaders protest outside Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday RAHUL MAKES SPECIAL PROMISE Amaravati: The alliance between Telugu Desam Party and the BJP hit a new low on Tuesday after the Centre made it clear that it has not budged from its original stand on Special Category Status (SCS) and that it was not willing to offer all the beneﬁts promised under special package, at one go. Rubbing salt into TDP’s wounds, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely is understood to have commented disdainfully with the AP and BJP delegation that met him on Monday, that AP had not shown accounts for Rs 12,500 crore ﬁnancial assistance the TDP MPs stage protest at Parliament House demanding Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh, in New Delhi on Tuesday Centre had extended to the state to bridge the revenue gap. The Centre has also made no bones about extending tax beneﬁts to AP as this would create problems from other states, including Orissa, Bihar, Bengal and UP. Hurt by the observation of the Centre, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu told the Telugu Desam Legislature Party meeting on Tuesday that it was unfortunate that the Centre should make damaging comments that the state had not submitted utilisation certificates. "The Centre had never asked us to submit utilisation certificates. But the state on its own has submitted all utilisation certificates and they are also available on website. Officials are perhaps ignorant of it. Centre's website says AP was in third position in country in submitting utilisation certificate," Naidu said. Continued on P6 Assures SCS to AP, if voted to power in 2019 New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who paid a surprise visit to a protest by MPs from Andhra Pradesh at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday, said his party will grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh if voted to power in 2019. “I am confident that if we stand together we will convince the Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them,” he added. He later tweeted: “It is my belief that if the Opposition stands united on this issue, we can force the BJP government to do justice to the people of Andhra.” Addressing the 'Atma Gourava Deeksha' of the party on the Parliament Street, Rahul said he was in full support of the SCS demand of AP. APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy, senior Congress MP KVP Ramachandra Rao and former minister Pallam Raju, former MLC G Rudraraju, former minister Sake Sailaja Nath were present. CPI leader Ramakrishna and CPM leader Madhu declared solidarity and appeared on the stage with Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, the Left parties organized a Maha Dharna seeking the SCS for AP nearby. Aam Aadmi Party legislator Somnath Bharti, who also joined the protest, said he had come to extend support on “behalf ” of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. “I have come with the Delhi chief minister’s message of support. Continued on P6 PNB scam derails Parl for second day Srinivas Kuchibhotla and accused Adam Purinton Accused in Kuchibhotla killing could plead guilty Washington: A US Navy veteran charged with killing an Indian techie and injuring two others in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year could enter into a plea deal, media reports Continued on P6 have said. New Delhi: The proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned amid vociferous protests by various parties, including NDA ally Shiv Sena over a variety of issues, including special status for Andhra Pradesh and PNB scam. The Rajya Sabha was first adjourned till 11.30 am and then till 2 pm following uproar by the Opposition. The Opposition also demanded a special package for AP and constitution of Cauvery Water Management Board. As soon as the House met for the day in the Lok Sabha, mem- Chandragiri rly stn in safe hands of women S First such station in AP and third in the country S Till now Matunga in Mumbai and Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur manned by women staﬀ S One station each division in SCR will get the same status V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Chandragiri railway station, which is in Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s na- Station Manager K Purnima along with other staffers at Chandragiri railway station on Tuesday tive mandal in Chittoor district, became the first railway station in Andhra Pradesh to be managed by all women. South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav visited the station and formally handed over the responsibilities to the women crew. Towards empowering women to do anything on their own Indian Railways have been making some selected stations as ‘All Women managed Railway Stations’. Speaking to the media, GM Yadav said, “Women can achieve anything. Continued on P6 bers of various opposition parties rushed to the Well holding placards and shouting slogans. Shiv Sena members were also seen holding placards demanding 'classical language' status for Marathi. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, but amid bedlam, she adjourned the proceedings till 12 noon and then later for the day. Wearing robes representing their party colours, members from AIADMK, TRS, TDP and the Shiv Sena were seen in the Well holding placards. Continued on P6 Minor reshuffle of IAS officers Amaravati: The AP government on Tuesday transferred ﬁve senior IAS officials. Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar has asked the ofﬁcials to join the new posts with immediate effect. JSV Prasad, IAS of 1987 batch, who is waiting for posting, was posted as Special Chief Secretary in the Labour, Employment Training & Factories Department and Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department. B Ramanjaneyulu, IAS of 1995 batch, working as Commissioner, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, was transferred and posted as Secretary, Rural Water Supply and Rural Sanitation, Panchayat Raj & Rural DevelopContinued on P6 ment Dept. PNB FRAUD MAY CROSS $2-BN MARK SFIO summons top bankers New Delhi: ICICI Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Chanda Kochhar and her Axis Bank counterpart Shikha Sharma were on Tuesday summoned by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in connection with the Rs 127-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud involving absconding diamantaire Nirav Shikha Sharma, Chanda Kochhar Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. Continued on P6
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