www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.37°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 16% Sunrise: 06:30 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H State presses ahead Microsoft and Apollo to use despite less rain AI for cardiac diseases A P5 WINDOWS griculture minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy presented the annual agriculture budget for the year 2018-19 on Thursday with an estimated outlay of `7607.49 cr M icrosoft has announced its partnership with Apollo hospitals to expand its healthcare artificial intelligence offering, with an aim to targeting early detection of cardiac diseases. The partnership will develop new models to predict patient risk P13 TDP-BJP alliance comes to a naught Telechat with PM doesn’t pacify CM Ashok Gajapathi Raju & Sujana Chowdary quit Union Cabinet ‘WE ARE STILL IN NDA’ Newly appointed Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio shakes hands with Nagaland governor P B Acharya after his swearingin ceremony in Kohima on Thursday Apex court upholds Hadiya’s marriage New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday restored the controversial marriage of Hadiya, formerly a Hindu, with Shafin Jahan, setting aside a Kerala High Court order annulling their wedding. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said: "Hadiya alias Akhila Asokan is at liberty to pursue her future endeavours according to law." But the court said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would continue its probe into the criminal dimension of the case, if any. "We clarify that the investigation by the NIA in respect of any matter of criminality may continue in accordance with law," the court said. S P11 Trump denies adult star affair allegation Washington: President Donald Trump has denied allegations that he had an affair with an adult film star, the White House said, a day after the woman sued him to invalidate a deal that prevented her from discussing the alleged relationship. Stephanie Clifford, who is known as Stormy Daniels in the adult film industry, filed a lawsuit in a California State court on Tuesday. "The president has denied the allegations against him and again this case has already been won in arbitration," the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reluctance to resolve the 'Status' issue in favour of Andhra Pradesh, even after a 10-minute talk with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Thursday, led to the resignations of the two TDP Ministers from the Central Cabinet. A little after the conversation between the PM and CM, the two ministers went to Prime Ministers house at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in their personal vehicles and handed over the letters of resignation. While Ashok Gajapathi Raju gave simple letter saying that he was quitting from cabinet under special circumstances, Sujana Chowdary said that he was resigning honouring the prevailing public sentiment in his constituency and in adherence to the decision taken by his party TDP. The day was marked with high drama with the TDP Ministers readying their letters in the morning itself. But as the PM was away in Rajasthan, they had to wait for his return. Later talking to media, the two ministers said they were stepping down as ministers, a move that was necessitated by "unavoidable Amaravati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a lastminute effort to prevent the resignation of the two ministers Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y S Sujana Chowdary. According to Media Advisor the Government of Andhra Pradesh Parkala Prabhakar, the Prime Minister said to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that they could sit and talk over the issue. The Chief Minister explained to Modi that many times he had discussed these issues with him, but nothing had come out of the discussions and the Centre did not help the state as it should have. In a brief reaction, the Prime Minister told Naidu, “We have done.” TDP MP’s protest in front of Parliament House demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh during the second phase of the budget session in New Delhi, on Thursday circumstances but would continue to be part of the NDA". Likening the decision to an unfortunate divorce, Sujana Chowdary said they would continue to work as parliamentarians for Andhra Pradesh. Asked how they would be able to achieve their rights now as the state did not get what it expected when they were in the Union cabinet, he said, “Now we are more free to put pressure on the government. We are not asking for any special favours. What we are asking is what we should get as per the AP State Reorganisation Act 2014. Continued on Page 6 GROWING DEBT MAKES IT UPHILL TASK FOR AP R PRITHVI RAJ Woman Members of Parliament, ( from left in the top row) Sushma Swaraj, Ambika Soni, Renuka Chowdhury, Viplav Thakur and Anu Aga; (bottom row) Thota Sitarama Lakshmi, Kumari Selja, Kanimozhi, Wansuk Syiem and Rajani Patil, speak in the Rajya Sabha during the on-going budget session, on the occasion of International Women's Day, in New Delhi on Thursday Parliament promises to strive for women’s rights New Delhi: The proceedings in the two Houses of Parliament were disrupted for the fourth straight day on Thursday, but both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were united in promising to strive for women's rights on the International Women's Day. As members in the Upper House sought an early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and the state assemblies, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan extended greetings to the people on the occasion and exhorted the women to move forward with renewed vigour and conﬁdence. Soon after it assembled for the day, the Rajya Sabha held an hour-long discussion on women's issues in which members, cutting across party lines, voiced concern over the growing incidents of crimes against women, and made a strong case for early passage of the women's quota bill. It was a rare occasion in the Upper House, which has been experiencing a washout of its proceedings due to protests over various issues since Monday, as members put their political affiliations behind to speak unitedly on the women's cause. But as soon as this debate was over, members of some opposition parties, the TDP and others, trooped into the Well, carrying placards and raising slogans protesting over various issues like the banking scam and the Cauvery river water dispute. Continued on Page 6 Amaravati: The tenth budget of Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu for 2018-19, while being ambitious with an expenditure of Rs 1.91 lakh crore which is 21.6 per cent more than last year, also reﬂected the anguish that is welling up in the government over the way it thinks the Centre had betrayed the state. In the beginning of his budget speech, Ramakrishnudu referred to how the state had remained at the receiving end of the whims and fancies of the Centre and how it had to fend for its itself in the absence of any initiative in bridging the revenue deﬁcit which the state had inherited. Interestingly, the accumulated debt of the state at the end of 2017-18 will be a whopping Rs 2.25 lakh crore, more than the size of the budget. The Finance Minister, however, had not lost all hope in the Centre despite the TDP pulling out of the NDA government. He pointed out that he had proposed revenue surplus budget hoping at least this year, the Centre would release all the dues as per the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014 but it is anybody's guess how the road ahead would be, given the priorities of the Centre. His estimate of revenue surplus would be Rs 5,235 crore, which is 0.6 per cent of GSDP. Continued on Page 6 Finance Minister Yanamala RamaKrishundu presenting the Budget 2018-19 in Assembly on Thursday Budget At A Glance S S S S S S S S Total budget `1,91,063 cr Revenue receipts `1,55,507 cr Revenue expenditure `1,50,271 cr Capital expenditure `28,678 cr Public debt `33,461 cr Share of Central taxes `33,929 cr State taxes and duties `65,535 cr Other non-tax revenue `55,767 cr AP at crossroads of development, says Yanamala OUR BUREAU Significant allocations S Backward Class welfare `12,200 cr S Social welfare `11,228 cr S Tribal welfare `4,176 cr S Minority Welfare `1,102 cr S Kapu welfare `1,000 cr S S S S S S Toddy tappers `70 cr Valmiki/ Boya `50 cr Brahmin Corporation `75 cr Viswa Brahmin `50 cr Vaddera `50 cr Sagara `30 cr Sector-wise allocations S Agriculture and allied sectors `12.355 cr S Rural Development `20,815 cr S Irrigation and flood control `16,978 cr S Energy `5,053 cr S General Education `24,185 cr S Technical Education `818 cr S Sports and Youth Services `1,635 cr S S S S S Naidu then said to the Prime Minister that “yes some help was given but not substantial”. There are several issues like the Special Category Status, separate railway zone and many other issues which have not been addressed. Even the amount promised under special package was not given. Naidu also said that since the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had made it clear once again on Wednesday that there was no question of giving SCS. Jaitley made it clear that the Centre would only extend 90 per cent and 10 per cent formula under special package and that it was for the state government to take it or leave it. This Naidu told the Prime Minister was not acceptable to him. Continued on Page 6 Medical `8,463 cr Housing `3,769 cr Urban development `7,740 cr Welfare `13,722 cr Labour and Employment `962 cr S Social security and Welfare `3,029 cr S Water supply and sanitation `2,623 cr Amaravati: Amid somber conditions that prevailed in the state government in the backdrop of confrontation with the Centre, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu proposed annual budget for 2018-19 “anticipating the Central government would release all the dues as per AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 at least this year”. The state government has presented the annual budget of Rs 1.91 lakh crore making a signiﬁcant portion of the budgetary allocation to various welfare measures with an eye on general elections. While the Finance Minister stating that the state at the crossroads of development and deﬁcit because of increasing indifference of Central government in extending AP’s entitlements as per AP Reorganisation Act, he allocated 30.925 more funds to social sector comparing to 2017-18. Continued on Page 6 Mothers-in-law need to take lead in protecting girl child: PM Jhunjhunu (Raj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said mothers-in-law should take the lead to protect the girl child and called upon them as well as state governments to create a mass movement. The Prime Minister was in Rajasthan to launch the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) and announced the expansion of the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' programme. "Mistakes committed by generations against the girl child has resulted in a kind of imbalance in society, and this needs to be corrected by new generations," Modi said on International Women's Day. He also encouraged people to take up the task of protecting the girl child and treating them equally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ beneﬁciaries, on the occassion of International Women’s Day in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, on Thursday "Daughters are neglected and killed, and it results in imbalance in society. Improvement does not come in just one generation, it takes time, but now we should decide that equal importance will be given to the girl child," he said. It is "painful" that requests have to be made for protecting daughters and the girl child, Modi said. "I request all state governments to make it a mass movement," the Prime Minister said, calling upon mothers-in-law to take the lead in families to protect the girl child. The PM said the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' programme was launched two years ago from Haryana. The situation of the girl child was alarming in Haryana but now signiﬁcant improve- ment has been noted under the programme, Modi said. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said the Centre had taken several initiatives for the welfare of women. She said that a "historic" Bill would be introduced in Parliament to check trafficking of women and children. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje highlighted the state government's schemes and programmes, including the Rajshree Yojna for girls. Before his address, the prime minister gave awards to Collectors of various districts for their performance under the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' programme. The prime minister also interacted with women and their children.
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