www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.36°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 06:26 Sunset: 06:27 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Vasundhara Raje offers Airlines unlikely prayers at Tirumala to cut fares R P5 WINDOWS Trump fires Tillerson Washington: President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed him, replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Tillerson's departure follows months of tension between him and Trump. Gina Haspel, the current CIA deputy director, stands to take over the agency, Trump tweeted on Tuesday. SBI cuts penalty on min balance Mumbai: SBI on Tuesday reduced the penalty charges on AMB by up to 75 per cent as the measure had faced a public backlash for raking in huge profits by way of penal charges. SBI has reduced the charges for non-maintenance of AMB in the metros from a maximum of Rs50 per month plus taxes at 18 per cent to Rs15 a month and taxes. ajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, accompanied by family members, participated in archana, the pre-dawn ritual performed to the main deity inside the temple of Lord Venkateswara, here on Tuesday. W ith states coming forward to slash value-added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF), will it result in air fare reduction? The prompt answer is ‘No.’ It may not result in reduction in air fare immediately, observe experts from the aviation industry. AP RESOLUTION QUESTIONS CENTRE BJP leaders ridiculing Amaravati project hurts CM OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The TDP, after walking out of the NDA government, pushed a resolution in the Assembly on Tuesday, listing out the instances of injustice done to the reorganised state after bifurcation, and deploring the apathy of the Centre in implementing AP Reorganisation Act 2014 and promises made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha. The Legislative Assembly, in its resolution, demanded Central government’s assistance for development of capital city, sanction of railway zone, steel plant, Dugarajapatnam port, petrochemical complex, increase in assembly constituencies, setting up of educational institutions and research and development units. It also questioned why the Centre was dragging its feet in extending beneﬁts to the state that are being offered to the states where Special Category Status is already in force. When the 14th Finance Commission remained silent on the special status, what was the problem for the Centre to extend the beneﬁts for the state which was in need of hand-holding badly, the resolution pointed out. During a short discussion on Implementation of AP Reorganisation Act 2014 in the Assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, became emotional stating that even responsible people in Central government and the BJP were saying that Amaravati was a dream city. “BJP leaders in Delhi and AP are also ridiculing us for our efforts to build a world class city. I was hurt when I heard these comments. But I am not discouraged. I am committed to build a world class capital city,” he said. In his one-and-a-half-hour speech, the Chief Minister made a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He read out newspaper clippings to remind the statements of Modi and Jaitley also about Andhra Pradesh on various occasions. Continued on P6 P13 Aadhaar deadline extended indeﬁnitely Nine jawans killed in Sukma Maoist attack New Delhi: At least nine personnel of the 212 battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in a powerful IED blast by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday. According to officials, an encounter broke out between the jawans and the Maoists around 8 am. This contingent was later targeted by the rebels around 12.30 pm along Kistaram-Palodi road when the personnel were conducting an area-domination operation. The mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was blown up by multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track, a senior official said. Following the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot and the injured personnel were airlifted to a government hospital in Raipur. Continued on P6 A LONG MARCH OF DEVOTEES SC puts off Aadhaar linking till it gives final order New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for linking of various services with Aadhaar till it delivers its judgment on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the biometrical identiﬁcation scheme. Announcing the order, a ﬁve-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however said that this extension will not affect the linking of Aadhaar with the disbursal of beneﬁts under social welfare schemes. "We direct that the interim order passed on December 15, 2017 shall stand extended till the matter is ﬁnally heard and the judgment is pronounced," the court said in its order. The court also directed that its interim order "shall also control and govern the Passports (1st Amendment) Rules, 2018" which insisted on Aadhaar identiﬁcation for getting passports under the 'Tatkal' scheme. The order came as senior counsel Arvind Datar, appearing for one of the petitioners, told the court that passport issuing authorities have made submission of Aadhaar mandatory for issuance of passports. At this point, Attorney General K K Venugopal sought to clarify that this requirement of Aadhaar was only for issuance of 'tatkal' passports. The current deadline for linking of bank accounts, mobile phone connections, and other services with Aadhaar was March 31 and this had been extended by the apex court on December 15 Continued on P6 last year. Parliament proceedings washed out for 7th day TDP seeks special status; Oppn raises PNB scam Practising a 16th century ritual, Kannadigas, who regard Goddess Bhramaramba as their sister, are trekking hundreds of kilometres carrying silk saris, bangles, turmeric and kumkum on their heads for the deity at Srisailam. The offerings will be given to their deity by Ugadi. Devotees from Maharashtra are trailing them. S Report: P3 Delta farmers secure 55 per cent loans MD AMEEN Amaravati: Farmers of the Krishna and Godavari Delta region have secured more than 55 per cent of the total agriculture credit sanctioned by the banks in the state during 2017-18 financial year. Farmers of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, East and West Godavari districts have secured loans worth Rs 43,437 crore against the total of Rs 78,125.96 crore sanctioned to the farming community in the state. These loans include both Crop loans and Term loans sanctioned to the peasants. Delta region is famous for cultivation of paddy, pulses, spices and other products. Due to availability of Krishna and Godavari waters, the farmers are able to cultivate variety of crops in two seasons. In spite of deficit rainfall this season, the state achieved good progress in crop production. Continued on P6 HC issues notices to 22 defected YSRCP MLAs LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad on Tuesday issued notices to the 22 MLAs who defected to TDP after winning the elections on YSRCP ticket and to AP Law and Legislative Department and Secretary of AP Assembly in the public interest litigation (PIL) petition ﬁled seeking MLAs disqualiﬁcation. It has directed them to ﬁle counter affidavits. The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice K Vijayalakshmi gave this direction while hearing the PIL ﬁled by former MLA from Palamaneru constituency in Prakasam district A Venkata Rambabu. Continued on P6 POWERSTAR’S MARCH Long road ahead for Jana Sena chief R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan's political fortunes in Andhra Pradesh, needless to say, would depend on to what extent he can establish his Special Category Status (SCS) credentials and whether he is prepared to be a fulltime activist in public life or not. Even now it appears he is taking baby steps. The ﬁrst such step was performing ‘bhoomi puja’ for his residence-cum-office at Kaza near Nagarjuna University on Monday, four years after formation of his party way back in 2014. Now his success in public life depends on how effectively he would be able to conduct himself in the mercurial politics, the state has come to be known for, with big players having hit the ground already, knives drawn. Pawan Kalyan aides say he is a serious contender for power and that his journey from now on would be different from his earlier routine with rapier thrusts at the BJP and that he will be in the midst of the people and is sure to worm his way into their hearts. "He is dead serious about contesting the elections in 2019," one of his aides said, trying to dispel the impression that Pawan Kalyan would once again play a cameo role in AP politics and disappear as fast as Houdini if any ﬁlm producer comes along. Pawan Kalyan is entering the rough tumble of AP politics with SCS as his weapon, despite the fact that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu lately are working overtime, trying to brainwash the people that they are saints and the BJP is the principal enemy to the interests of the state. Continued on P6 New Delhi: The impasse in Parliament continued for the seventh day on Tuesday with no let-up in protests by Lok Sabha members from Opposition parties and TDP over issues like bank scams and special status demand for Andhra Pradesh, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House. Both Question Hour and Zero Hour could not be taken up as scores of members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and Trinamool Congress trooped into the Well. Most of them were heard shouting “we want justice.” Members from the TDP, which quit the Central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. They TDP leaders, wearing a mask of former Deputy Prime Minister late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, during a protest demanding a special status for Andhra Pradesh were holding placards which read: ‘Follow alliance dharma’ YSR Congress was also raising the Andhra Pradesh issue. While the Congress and the Trinamool Congress were raising the issue of scam at Punjab National Bank, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and the AIADMK wanted the government to constitute the Cauvery management board. Continued on P6
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