www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny Temp: Max.37°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 06:28 Sunset: 06:27 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Inflated budget figures RBI kicks off spl harmful: PAC chief audit of PSBs P P5 WINDOWS ublic Accounts Committee chairman and YSRCP MLA Buggana Rajendranath Reddy lashed out at the TDP government for presenting inflated figures in the State Budget-2018-19. R attled by spate of banking frauds, RBI has initiated special audit of state-owned lenders with focus on trade financing activities, especially relating to issuance of letters of undertakings (LoUs) by them, banking sources said. TDP decides to field 2 candidates S Re-nominates Ramesh to checkmate Jagan; S Surprise pick is advocate Kanakamedala Ravindra OUR BUREAU French President Emmanuel Macron outside Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials said Macron spent over an hour, evincing keen interest in the exquisite inlay work of the 17th century monument. The President also watched the sunset from the Taj Syrian bombs pound Ghouta Hammuriyeh: New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens under collapsed buildings. Defying global calls for a ceasefire, Syria's government has pursued a ferocious Russianbacked air campaign and ground offensive to capture the region, the last rebel bastion on the capital's doorstep. In three weeks of fighting, it has overrun more than half the area and split the remainder into three pockets, isolating the urban hub of Douma from the rest of the enclave. The government troops battered the edges of each pocket with air raids, barrel bombs, and rockets, said the Britainbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. P13 Amaravati: Ending days of suspense, Telugu Desam supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday cleared the names of sitting Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh and High Court advocate and party legal cell president Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar, as party’s nominees for two of the three Rajya Sabha seats it can win, nominations for which will close on Monday. The Chief Minister also decided not to ﬁeld third candidate though it might not be difﬁcult for the TDP to manipulate a few more votes from the Opposition camp to corner the third seat too. This is probably because Naidu may have thought that the Opposition would raise hell, painting him as a leader with no faith in principles of democracy. Ravindra Kumar, a native of Vijayawada and a practising advocate in High Court for 35 years, has been TDP’s legal cell president and appeared in several cases relating to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Ministers, MLAs, party workers and Telugu Desam Continued on P6 Party. TRS RELEASES RS NAMES OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The ruling TRS on Sunday announced the names of the three candidates for the Rajya Sabha election. They are: party general secretary J Santosh, BC leader from Yadav community B Lingaiah Yadav from Nalgonda and an- 25 students trapped in TN forest fire Theni (TN): A sudden forest ﬁre trapped around 25 students on a mountain climbing training camp on Sunday in Kurangani hills in Tamil Nadu with 12 being rescued so far. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was approached by Chief Minister K Palaniswami for help to rescue them and been in touch with Theni District Collector, said 1015 students were making their way to the foothills (after being rescued). In a series of tweets, she also said two helicopters of the IAF from its Sulur base near Coimbatore were being sent to assist in the rescue operations. OUR BUREAU who is his close aide. Santosh has been with the TRS chief since the day of formation of R B Prakash Mudiraj, TRS in 2001. Continued on P6 J Santosh Kumar and B Lingaiah Xi set to rule China for life PARLIAMENT SCRAPS TERM LIMIT Beijing: China's rubber-stamp parliament on Sunday allowed President Xi Jinping to rule indeﬁnitely, perhaps for life, as it ratiﬁed a contentious constitutional amendment to abolish the two-term presidential limit, making him the most powerful leader since Chairman Mao Zedong. The amendment to give 64year-old Xi an indeﬁnite term effectively ended the collective leadership system followed by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) to avert a dictatorship from emerging in an otherwise one-party state akin to the era of Mao which witnessed the most brutal events like Cultural Revolution resulting in the killings of millions of people. Set for his second ﬁve-year term as president this month, Xi, the most powerful leader in recent decades heading BJP gets ready to counter TD tirade BJP CORE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO EXPLAIN CENTRE’S ROLE IN AP DEVELOPMENT S PARTY GENERAL SECRETARY J SANTOSH S BC LEADER B LINGAIAH YADAV FROM NALGONDA S BC LEADER BANDA PRAKASH FROM WARANGAL other BC leader Banda Prakash from Warangal. TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao nominated Santosh from Karimnagar, BJP leaders taking part in party core committee meeting at party state office in Vijayawada on Sunday the CPC and the military, will now be the ﬁrst Chinese leader after founder chairman Mao to remain in power lifelong. The National People's Congress (NPC) has kept its reputation as the rubber stamp parliament for its routine approval of CPC proposals by voting exactly to the official script. The amendment removing the term limits for the president and the vice president was approved by the NPC with 2,958 in favour, two against and three abstentions, ofﬁcial media reported. Continued on P6 Vijayawada: After the Telugu Desam Party pulled out of the NDA government, the BJP has decided to defend itself in the face of the continuous onslaught from its erstwhile ally that it was principal villain to Andhra Pradesh. To retrieve lost ground and set the record straight, the BJP now wants to match all the allegations of the state government with facts and ﬁgures and prove wrong its argument that the Centre had ditched the state. The core committee meeting of state unit of BJP which met here on Sunday discussed the fall out of the exit of the TDP from the NDA government and assessed the political situation prevailing in the state after the state government had resorted a blitzkrieg attack. BJP national joint secretary V Satish was the chief guest and the meeting was chaired by party state president K Hari Babu. Senior leaders, including D Puran- Macron hikes solar funding to cut fossil fuel New Delhi: French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday announced an additional investment of 700 million euros for global solar energy generation by 2022 to reduce the use of fossil fuel and help combat climate change. Speaking at the launch of the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit, Macron called for "joint duties" towards a "planet that we are sharing" and took a dig at his US counterpart Donald Trump who pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate deal. Macron said the summit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron at the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Sunday revolutionise the use of the clean energy by generating over 1,000 GW of solar power by 2030 was an outcome of the Paris accord even as "some left the floor" but others decided to act and keep acting. The French President cochaired the summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan that was also attended by the heads of 23 nations and 10 ministerial representatives. Among those present were UN Secretary-General Anto- nio Guterres, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid. "The French Development Agency will allocate additional 700 million euros to its commitment to solar energy by 2022," Macron said. This will take France's total commitment to the solar alliance to 1,000 million euros. Conceptualised by India, the solar alliance currently has 121-member countries. Out of those, 60 have signed the solar treaty and some 30 have ratified it. New smartphone app can help monitor your BP New York: To get the accuracy of cuff devices and the convenience of mobile device apps, a team led by an Indian-origin researcher has created a new app and hardware to measure blood pressure. The technology, details of which were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine along with a video, also includes a discovery of a more convenient measurement point. "We targeted a different artery, the transverse palmer arch artery at the ﬁngertip, to give us better control of the measurement," said lead author Anand Chandrasekhar. "We were excited when we validated this location. Being able to use your ﬁngertip makes our approach much easier and more accessible," Chandrasekhar, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, added. The approach uses two sensors -- an optical sensor on top of a force sensor. The sensor unit and other circuitry are housed in a one centimetre-thin case attached to the back of the phone. Users turn on the app and press their ﬁngertip against the sensor unit. With The team lead by Indian-origin researcher found a convenient point on fingertip their ﬁnger on the unit, they hold their phone at heart level and watch their smartphone screen to ensure they are applying the correct amount of ﬁnger pressure."A key point was to see if users could properly apply the ﬁnger pressure over time, which lasts as long as an arm-cuff measurement," added senior author Ramakrishna Mukkamala. "We were pleased to see that 90 per cent of the people trying it were able to do it easily after just one or two practice tries," Mukkamala noted. deswari, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, P Manikyala Rao, Kamineni Srinivas, Somu Veera Raju, P Vishnukumar Raju, Akula Satyanarayana, MLC Madhav and general secretary J Shyam Kishore were present. The leaders pointed out that the Centre had taken decisions beneﬁting the state, but not enough light had been shed on them. The state government, they said, conveniently neglected revealing the details of Centre’s share in various development works and welfare schemes. The BJP leaders decided to explain to the people as to how much the Centre had helped the state. BJP state president K Hari Babu took strong objection to the criticism of Telugu Desam that the Centre had not released funds liberally. Speaking to media-persons here on Sunday after completion of core committee meeting, Hari Babu said that the Centre has done several favours to the State. Continued on P6 Modi presents action plan to promote solar energy New Delhi: With French President Emmanuel Macron by his side at the founding conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented a 10-point action plan to promote the use of solar energy. Speaking at the plenary session of the conference, Modi said there should be a full ecosystem for availability and development of technology, economic resources, development of storage technology, mass manufacturing and innovation. "We all have to think about the road ahead and I have a 10point action plan that I would like to share with you. "First of all, we should ensure cheap and easy availability of solar technology. The solar ratio in the energy mix should be increased and innovation should be encouraged so that solutions for our various needs can be provided," he said. The Prime Minister called for concessional ﬁnancing at lower risk for solar projects. He said regulatory aspects and standards should be developed to ﬁnd solutions fast. Continued on P6
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