www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered clouds Temp: Max.36°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 06:24 Sunset: 06:19 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Porn-addict bashes wife Microsoft and Apollo to use for switching off Wi-Fi AI for cardiac diseases A P3 WINDOWS t a time when the privileged women were celebrating International Women’s Day, a home-maker in Hyderabad was thrashed by her husband on Thursday. The incident happened at their residence in Kausar Nagar under the limits of Dundigal police station 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 P9 TDP-BJP alliance comes to naught 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 P7 GROWING DEBT MAKES IT UPHILL TASK FOR AP P4 Telechat with PM doesn’t pacify Naidu 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 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 4 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.” 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 4 TS govt to slash VAT on aviation fuel BUSINESS BUREAU 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 4 Hyderabad: Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Thursday conﬁrmed that Telangana government has agreed to reduce value-added tax (VAT) on Air Turbine Fuel (ATF), which alone accounts for over 50 per cent of operating costs of airlines. VAT on ATF in Telangana is at 14 per cent to 15 per cent. However, the percentage of reduction is yet to be worked out by the state government. A senior official at MoCA further said Telangana government was keen on working with the Centre on enhancing regional air connectivity in the State. Speaking at the inaugural session at ‘Wings India-2018’ here on Thursday, RN Choubey, Civil Aviation Secretary, said: “Telangana government has agreed to reduce VAT on ATF, but to what extent the VAT reduction will be, is not yet decided. Telangana government has also keen on adding tier-2 and 3 cities under regional air connectivity programme. We want ATF to be included in GST. If ATF continues to be out of GST, then we request all the states to slash VAT on aviation turbine fuel.” Choubey has invited Telangana and other states to underwrite some of seats to boost regional air connectivity. Earlier, in his speech, Telangana Industry Ministry KT Rama Rao positively responded to the request made by Civil Aviation n Wings India -2018 takes off in Hyderabad 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 Mothers-in-law need to protect girl child: PM Telangana Industry Minister KT Rama Rao, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, officials from Boeing and others at 'Wings India-2018' at Begumpet airport in Hyderabad on Thursday Ministry on VAT reduction. He said: “Telangana government would positively recommend on VAT reduction on ATF.” KTR further adds: “The state government’s top priority is to bring air connectivity to small towns. As part of this, Greenﬁeld airport at Kothagudem will come up soon. The government will be adding fourth aerospace park at Eliminedu near Ibrahimpatnam. Air cargo plays a vital role in land-locked Telangana state, which handles 18mn passengers and 2,500 MT cargo annually.” On the occasion, KTR unveiled electronic cargo platform ‘e-Go’ and e-booking portal ‘RIGEL’. A whitepaper on ‘Opportunities and Financing Outlook for Aviation sector,’ carried out by YES Bank (Corporate Finance and Infra Banking), was also released at the event. Later in a press brieﬁng, Choubey has conﬁrmed the Telangana government’s decision to reduce VAT on ATF. VAT on ATF is amounting to Rs4,000 cr annually and it’s over 50 per cent of total operating cost of domestic carriers and this is 70 per cent higher than the global average. Continued on Page 4 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. Continued on Page 4 High meat, spice consumption makes Telangana hot MD NIZAMUDDIN Hyderabad: Telangana state tops all other states in consumption of spices and meat. Within Telangana, Jayashankar Bhupalpalli district tops others in consumption of meat. According to a document on food consumption patterns prepared by Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University in coordination with the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the consumption of spice is about 635 grams per capita per Favourite picks • Tamarind and ginger top the ingredients’ list • Chicken tops with 40% share of non-veg food • `2,156 average monthly food consumption expenditure • Share of rice across districts more than 70 % of cereals • Peddapalli dry chillies per capita consumption 215 grams month in Telangana. Among the spices, it is tamarind which is consumed followed by ginger. The average consumption of dry chillies is 96 grams per capita per month. Peddapalli consumes 215 grams per head per month. Telangana is also a major nonvegetarian state. Here, average monthly consumption of nonvegetarian food stands at 1.38 kg per capita. Jayashankar Bhupalpally tops among the districts with 2 kg of meat per capita per month. Of the meat that is taken as food, chicken takes the pride of the place with 40 per cent con- sumption. The average per capita monthly expenditure on food consumption in Telangana state is estimated to be Rs 2,156, including meat. The report also found that the cereals which include rice, wheat, millets in one or other form are consumed at the rate of 12.5 kg per month by each individual in the state. The consumption share of rice across districts is more than 70%. The consumption of jowar, maize, ragi and bajra is the highest in the districts of Adilabad (2.5 kg per capita per month), Kamareddy (670 gm), Wanaparthy (350 gm) and Jogulamba (140 gm). In Nagarkurnool and Yadadri districts, the consumption of cereals is as high as 17.4 kg, while in relatively more urbanised districts like Medak, Mancherial and Hyderabad, the per capita monthly cereal consumption is less than 11 kg. The per capita monthly consumption of pulses altogether stands at 1.75 kg in the state. Pulses in the state include arhar/ tur, gram (split), black chana, kabuli chana, cowpea, moong, urad, beans, lentil as well as their grounded products like besan. Continued on Page 4
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