www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.37°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 06:27 Sunset: 06:27 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘Housing funds Centre trains guns misused under Cong’ on Chidambaram M P5 WINDOWS inister for housing Kalava Srinivasulu said that Rs 4,000 crore was misused during the Congress rule in the past in housing scam and action was taken against several officials. Answering a question in Assembly on Monday, Srinivasulu said that the houses were allotted to the leaders of Congress illegally in the past. tepping up the heat on former finance minister P Chidambaram, the central government on Monday said it will take action against the persons, who relaxed gold import norms for private trading houses during the dying days of the UPA regime resulting in a windfall of Rs4,500 crore to 13 such entities in just six months. Amaravati: Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) announced recently by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for implementation of the special package announced in 2016 by the Centre is a clear nono for Telugu Desam government. The TDP has decided not to yield any ground on its demand for Special Category Status (SCS) as it has become an emotive issue with the people. With reports emanating from Delhi that the elections might be held before December, the TDP government is not in a position to say yes to anything other than SCS. State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu clariﬁed that the state was not interested in SPV. “We want SCS only,” he told The Hans India. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also explained the same in Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton arrives at a historical monument, at Mandu in Indore on Monday Mehbooba sacks Drabu over K-remarks Actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan and his wife Anna Lezhneva performing homam during foundation laying for their new house at Mangalagiri on Monday YSRC: Manikyala We’re not interested in Special Purpose Vehicle, clarifies Yanamala the Legislative Council on Monday while replying to Governor’s address. He said that the state government had repeatedly requested granting of Special Category Status. But the BJP leaders now were saying that they did not give SCS because he had settled for special package which was not true, he said. Chandrababu Naidu said the Centre has to stand by the promise made during the passage of the AP State Reorganisation Bill in Rajya Sabha which included granting of SCS. But former Minister and BJP leader P Manikyala Rao explained to this Correspondent that the central government has placed two alternatives SCS and Special package. Since Naidu wanted package, the Centre gave what he wanted and now suggested creation of SPV for its implementation. In this context, Manikyala MADAMANCHI SAMBASIVA RAO Rao explained that the Central government has stopped granting Special Category Status to any state in India. The Centre was only extended the ﬁnancial assistance to the states which were already enjoying the Special Category Status before enforcing the Goods and Services Tax Act. He explained that the Central government was still committed to extend ﬁnancial assistance under the special package for the projects suggested by the state government under the EAPs. That means, the state government has to execute the projects by convincing the external agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others. In the Council, Chandrababu Naidu reiterated that the Centre has to abide by the commitment made in Parliament that it would accord SCS. Amaravati: After the exit of Telugu Desam Party from the NDA, will the BJP beckon the YSRC into the alliance? According to Pydikondala Manikyala Rao, who left the Chandrababu Naidu cabinet after the latter pulled out of NDA government, the BJP state unit is not inclined for any truck with the YSRC. "We are not very much interested in having alliance with the YSRC. We will convey this to our national leadership. If it still wants to take the YSRC on board, there is nothing we can do about it other than supporting the decision," he told The Hans India in an interview on Monday. He said it was a theory that is being fueled by the TDP so that both the YSRC and BJP would not come together. Anyway, we are not overly interested in the YSRC, he said. Manikyala Rao said that BJP had nothing to do with the exit of the TDP. "If the TDP wanted to leave, we cannot stop it. We have never asked the TDP or for that matter any party in the NDA to leave," he said adding that if the TDP decides to leave the NDA, it would be at its volition. The BJP never asks any of its constituents to leave, he said. Even if the TDP remains in the NDA, the BJP has decided to contest all the 175 Assembly seats in the state in the next election. He says there is a precedent in Maharashtra where the BJP and Shiv Sena, who are in alliance contested all the seats in the state. Continued on P6 Chittoor gets ready Maha govt accepts farmers’ demands for SSC exams S 264 centres set up across the district S 54,505 students registered for the exam S 14 ﬂying squads to cover all centres S Free travel for students with hall tickets V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: The District Education Department has geared up well for the SSC public examinations to be held from March 15 to 29. This year 54,505 students have registered to take the examinations in the district out of which 51,927 were regular students and the remaining were private candidates. In an exclusive interview to The Hans India, District Educational Officer (DEO) Dr K Panduranga Swamy explained the preparedness of the department to conduct the examinations in a peaceful and fair manner. He said that 264 examination centres have been constituted in 93 zones among which 68 centres were C category centres where there will be no police station nearby. As ﬁve centres have been identiﬁed as problematic centres special at- tention will be laid on them. To avoid malpractices in examination centres, 14 ﬂying squads were arranged. Each squad will have three members drawn one each from education, revenue and police departments. The examinations will be supervised by 264 Chief Superintendents and same number of departmental officers. There will be a reserve staff of 5 per cent. DEO Dr Swamy made it clear that all steps were taken to provide adequate furniture and no students have to write examination sitting on ﬂoor. Furniture was deployed from private schools wherever necessary. Water, electricity, toilet and other basic amenities are ensured. One person from medical department will be there at every centre during the time of examination as a precautionary move. Continued on P6 Mumbai: Under pressure from the opposition and ally Shiv Sena, the BJP-led Maharashtra government on Monday accepted the demands of agitating farmers, including their right to till forest land, as thousands of agriculturists converged here in a sea of red. In a major victory for the farmers who trekked 180 km from Nashik to here over six days under the blazing sun, some even barefooted, the state's Revenue Minister Chandrakant patil said their "all demands" are being accepted. He was addressing farmers camping at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai in the presence of CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Talking to reporters outside Vidhan Bhawan, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "We have agreed to set up a committee to hand over forest land used for farming, to tribals and farmers." S Related reports: P11 Jaitley, Prasad, Pradhan file RS nominations New Delhi: Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Thawar Chand Gehlot were among the prominent candidates who ﬁled their nomination papers for the March 23 Rajya Sabha polls in various states. Finance Minister Jaitley, a sitting member of the Upper House from Gujarat, was among the 11 BJP nominees who ﬁled their papers from Uttar Pradesh. Union ministers Purushottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia of BJP ﬁled their nominations from Gujarat. Actor Vankayala passes away OUR BUREAU Farmers take part in ‘Kisan long march’ organised by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday Over 50 killed in Nepal plane crash Kathmandu: A US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into ﬂames on Monday while landing at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) here, killing at least 50 people. The Dhaka to Kathmandu ﬂight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught ﬁre after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the airport. Nepal army spokesman Brigadier General Gokul Bhandari said 50 people had died and the fate of the others was unknown. There were 33 Nepalese nationals on board ﬂight UBG 211, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. Others include 32 Bangladeshis, one Chinese and one Maldivian. Bombardier is a twin-engine, medium-range and turboprop aircraft. DGCA grounds 8 IndiGo, 3 GoAir aircraft New Delhi: Citing safety concerns, the aviation industry regulator on Monday directed public carriers IndiGo and GoAir to ground a total of 11 A320neo aircraft ﬁtted with Pratt & Whitney engines. Out of the 11, eight are operated by IndiGo while GoAir operates three, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement here. With this, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in India. DGCA said: "Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to reﬁt these engines, which are spare P13 Nothing short of SCS, insists AP BJP not inclined to OUR BUREAU Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, one of the architects of the PDP-BJP alliance in the state, was sacked from the council of ministers by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday over his remarks that the Kashmir issue was not a political issue. The CM shot off a letter to Governor N N Vohra requesting him to drop Drabu from her council of ministers. S ENGINE FAILURE FORCES INDIGO FLIGHT TO RETURN Mumbai/ Ahmedabad: As many as 186 passengers on board a Lucknow-bound IndiGo ﬂight from Ahmedabad had a mid-air scare after one of the engines failed, forcing the pilot to return back to the airport. The Airbus A320neo plane, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, made an emergency landing around 10.04 am at Ahmedabad airport, a little over 40 minutes after taking off from here. However, there was no harm to any passenger, said Manoj Gangal, director of the airport. In a statement, IndiGo said the ﬂight 6E-244 from Ahmedabad-Kolkata (via Lucknow) experienced a technical glitch with its engine No. 2 after take-off. The ﬂight crew carried out actions as per the standard operating procedure and landed back at the airport, following precautionary measures. The incident takes place days after Jayant Sinha, the junior civil aviation minister, claimed that the government had put in place "appropriate safety measures" for the P&W engines. The matter is being investigated by the IndiGo ﬂight safety team and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the carrier added. Gangal said a full-emergency was declared to enable the aircraft, which was carrying 186 passengers, to land safely. "Fire ﬁghter and medical services were put on stand-by ahead of the emergency landing," he added. with them in their inventory." The directive came immediately after an IndiGo A320neo VT-ITA ﬂight reported engine failure and had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad following take off from the same airport on Monday. Previously, the DGCA had ordered grounding of 3 units of IndiGo's A320neo ﬂeet after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had on February 9, 2018, issued emergency airworthiness directive regarding A320neo ﬂeet the world over ﬁtted with PW1100 engines (with serial number of 450 and beyond). As per the directive, EASA has imposed restrictions "on grounding of aeroplanes having two affected engines within three ﬂight cycles", the agency said in statement on Monday. The agency also restricted the use of aeroplanes having at least one affected engine for "extended operations". Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said: "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption. The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded conﬁguration." Visakhapatnam: Veteran cine actor Vankayala Satyanarayana (78), popularly known as Vankayala, passed away here on Monday. Vankayala, who was suffering from respiratory disorders for the past several months, died while undergoing treatment. The body was shifted to his home located at the Government Circuit Guest House. Vankayala was born in 1940 in Visakhapatnam. He acted in over 180 Telugu, Tamil and Hindi ﬁlms as character actor. He also acted in several Telugu TV serials. Vankayala Satyanarayana began his cinematic career with “Needaleni Aadadi” and rose to fame in the role of Station Master in “Seethamaalaxmi”. Apart from his cine career he was also a good sportsman. He stood ﬁrst in “L Roberts International Shooting Competition” in India and stood second place in the World. He also worked in Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL). Veteran actors and Visakha cultural artistes paid rich tributes to the departed soul. Vankayala Satyanarayana Murty’s is survived by wife and two sons. His brother Vankayala Tataji is former chairman of Sri Kanamahalakshmi Devasthanam. Only recently he had conducted a programme titled Guna Nidhi at Kala Bharathi auditorium for encouraging local artistes. The ﬁnal rites were performed at Hindu Kailasa Bhoomi in Vizag.
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