www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2018 HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny Temp: Max.37°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:30 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H BJP wants PM’s photo All set for aviation on Central schemes show in Hyderabad B P5 WINDOWS JP floor leader P Vishnukumar Raju asked the State government to print the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Centresponsored schemes including urban health centres in the Health department. ‘W ings India 2018’, the much-awaited civil aviation and aerospace biennial event, is all set to take off on Thursday at Begumpet Airport. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju and CM KCR are slated to inaugurate the fourday aviation and aerospace extravaganza. SPECIAL END TO ALLIANCE TDP asks Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sujana Chowdary to quit OUR BUREAU Jeff Bezos richest man: Forbes New York: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops this year's Forbes World's Billionaires list with a record fortune of $122 billion. Bezos' fortune increased by $39.2 billion in 2017 - the largest up move in anyone's net worth recorded by Forbes last year - dethroning philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose net worth is calculated at $90 billion, Efe reported. While Gates has headed the world's richest list 18 times over the last 24 years, the gap between his fortune and that of Bezos is the largest between two firstplace moguls since 2001, according to Forbes. S P13 New Delhi/ Hyderabad: Ending all speculation, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has pulled the plug on the alliance between the TDP and the BJP which has already been stretched to the limits over the Centre’s refusal to grant special category status and deliver the commitments made in the AP State Reorganisation Act. Naidu, speaking to reporters at the state secretariat at Velagapudi in Amaravati on late Wednesday night, said that the party has asked his two central ministers P Ashok Gajapati Raju (Civil Aviation) and Sujana Chowdary (Minister of State for Science and Technology) that they to quit immediately. “Even before taking the decision, I tried to reach Prime Minister Narendra Modi but I could not get him on line,” Naidu said, adding: “May be he was resting. But before recalling my ministers, I thought it would be proper on my part to convey my decision to him.” As soon as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley declared that there was no way special category status could be conferred on the state and also remaining non-committal on other promises, Chandrababu Naidu went into a huddle with ministers at the Secretariat. Continued on P6 New Delhi: The proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were washed out for the third straight day on Wednesday, as opposition parties as well as NDA allies Shiv Sena, TDP and AIADMK stalled business vociferously protesting on issues like vandalisation of statues and the banking fraud. While the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day just after noon, the Rajya Sabha witnessed similar scenes and was first adjourned till 2 pm and then for the day. The Upper House also saw Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressing concern over the vandalisation of statues in dif- Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed, attacker held tor, authorities said. "The man was immediately detained," Bengaluru Commissioner of Police T Suneel Kumar told reporters. Shetty, 73, earlier a judge in the Karnataka High Court, was rushed to a private hospital in the city centre where doctors said he was out of danger. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the hospital. "The doctors say he is out of danger." Continued on P6 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018 and other all India exams. A ﬁvejudge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the CBSE to upload the information on their website. Earlier in the day, UIDAI had told the apex court that it has not authorised CBSE to mandatorily take Aadhaar number of students to get themselves enrolled for appearing in NEET 2018 examination. Attorney General K K Venugopal had said he has instructions from Unique Identiﬁcation Authority of India (UIDAI) that like in Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam other identity proofs like passport, voter card and ration card can be used by the CBSE for enrolling the Continued on P6 students in the examination. Pope Paul VI to be made a saint Vatican City: Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the sweeping "Vatican II" reforms of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, will soon be made a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated in 1980 after speaking out against repression and social injustice in his country, will also be canonised, the Holy See said in a statement. Continued on P6 World Spiritual Fest in Tirupati S Three-day event starts on March 23 S Art of Living will be the knowledge partner S Sri Sri Ravisankar will participate on March 24 S Spirituality and Science is the main concept District Collector PS Pradyumna releasing the poster of ‘World Spiritual Fest’ in Tirupati on Wednesday. Sub Collector Nishanth Kumar, Commissioner C Hari Kiran and TUDA chairman G Narasimha Yadav are also seen organise the ‘World Spiritual Fest’ in the pilgrim city from March 23-25. Addressing the media in Tirupati on Wednesday, District Collector PS Pradyumna said the event was proposed as suggested by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. “Smart city means not only creating infrastructure, providing drinking water, good sanitation, flyovers, etc, but also taking up certain programmes which take the city’s pride to further levels,” he added. As Tirupati is a worldfamous pilgrim centre, it was proposed to organise the event here. Continued on P6 AP readies jumbo Budget with eye on elections OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU New Delhi: Reiterating that Special Status for AP was not possible, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here on Wednesday that "the Centre cannot accord such a status based on sentiments or politics as it has to follow the rules and the Constitution". "The Centre has to follow the Constitutional awards. It cannot make allocations as demanded by AP which would lead to similar demands from states like Bihar and Jharkhand. It is just not possible. Continued on P6 Amaravati: Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu will present Budget for 2018-19 with an outlay of around Rs 2 lakh crore on Thursday 11:30 am in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. At the same time, Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana will present the Budget in the Legislative Council. Later, Agriculture Minister S Chandra Mohan Reddy will present Agriculture Budget in the Assembly and Minister for Civil Supplies will present the Agriculture Budget in the Council. The Cabinet will meet on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and to approve the Budget. The state government is presenting a jumbo budget with an eye on general elections. The Finance department has received budgetary proposals from various departments for an amount of Rs 2.32 lakh crore. The state government presented budget for 2017-18 with an outlay of Rs 1.56 lakh crore. Sources said Finance department has cut the amounts that were mentioned in the proposal submitted by various departments as the funds were not at expected level from the Centre. Besides, the several state government departments failed in achieving the revenue targets for 2017-18. The state government has already been facing revenue shortage due to implementation of GST. Continued on P6 ferent parts of the country and saying "the statues were vandalised. ... It's a shame. It's mad, mad, mad .... whoever does it, whether it is in Tamil Nadu, whether it is West Bengal or Tripura." When the Lok Sabha met for the day, members of various parties, in- Aadhaar not must for NEET, other exams Tirupati: Towards taking the concept of Spirituality, Science and Youth forward, the state government has proposed to We’re helpless on special status: Jaitley Statues, bank fraud row mar Parliament proceedings Bengaluru: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty had a miraculous escape on Wednesday after he was stabbed repeatedly by a disgruntled man at his office here, police said. The attacker was arrested while Shetty was said to be out of danger. Tejraj Sharma, 33, who was apparently unhappy with the ombudsman, managed to enter the Lokayukta office with a knife taking advantage of a malfunctioning metal detec- OUR BUREAU P13 cluding TDP, Shiv Sena, TRS, YSR Congress, AIADMK and Trinamool Congress started raising slogans on different issues, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who had taken up the Question Hour, to adjourn the proceedings for an hour within Continued on P6 minutes.
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