www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.36°C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 06:20 Sunset: 06:21 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Come closer to people: Airlines unlikely Akbaruddin to KCR to cut fares A P3 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. ll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Tuesday advised Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to come closer to the people and be accessible as this is the right time. 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. 2 Cong MLAs expelled Aadhaar deadline extended indeﬁnitely 11 OTHERS SUSPENDED FOR BUDGET SESSION Nine jawans killed in Sukma Maoist attack OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In what appeared to be a form of retributory justice, Telangana Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary on Tuesday expelled two Congress MLAs from the Telangana State Legislative Assembly, holding them responsible for the attack on Legislative Council Chairman K Swamy Goud on Monday, while the Governor was addressing the joint session of both Houses of legislature. Similarly, 11 members of the Congress, including Leader of the Opposition K Jana Reddy, were suspended for the remaining period of the ongoing budget session of the Assembly. In the legislative Council, six Congress MLCs were suspended till the end of the session by Deputy Chairman Nethi Vidyasagar, after Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari moved the motion. Pandemonium prevailed for some time in the Council, even as the treasury benches echoed Expulsions trigger talk of bypolls and other members of the Congress protested the decision seeking reason for the extreme action. As soon as the Assembly met in the morning, the Speaker termed the incidents that took place during the Governor's address were unfortunate and said that he was deeply hurt with the behaviour of the Congress members. Continued on P4 EXPULSIONS Punishment harsh but necessary: KCR OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: As soon as Telangana Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary expelled two Congress MLAs – Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and SA Sampath Kumar holding them responsible for the attack on the Telangana Legislative Council Chairman K Swamy Goud, there was intense speculation over whether by-elections would take place and if they do, how soon, for the two seats – Nalgonda and Alampur, which the two expelled leaders represented in the Assembly. Legal experts said the aggrieved parties have the right to approach the court and challenge the Speaker’s decision in expelling the two MLAs from the Assembly. As per the rule, the Speaker would have to inform the Election Commission about the 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 P4 Telangana Congress leaders addressing the press at the Assembly Media Point on Tuesday the demand that the Congress members leave, citing their ‘Monday mistake’. Even as the Congress members began sloganeering and alleged ‘unnecessary suspension’, they were escorted out by the marshals. The motion was carried within minutes after the commencement of the session triggering protest from Congress MLCs. The Leader of Opposition, Mohammed Ali Shabbir Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, Sampath Kumar expulsion of the two legislators form the House and the Commission will issue notiﬁcation for the by-election. If the Speaker does not communicate his decision, the Commission will not issue byelection notiﬁcation. The experts said the MLAs can get stay order from the court and prevent by-elections. Generally, the Election Commission will not hold by-election to the seat, if the remainder term of the member is less than a year. Continued on P4 Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday termed the punishment handed over to the Congress members as harsh, but necessary to protect the dignity of the House. In a brief intervention after the House adopted the motion to expel and suspend the Congress MLAs from the House, the Chief Minister thanked Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary for the decision adopted by the House. Lashing out at the Congress legislators, KCR said his government has zero tolerance for those who try to create anarchy inside as well as outside of the House. Accusing the Congress of resorting to cheap politics, KCR said, “It is unfortunate. I never expected it would come to this. We are ready to discuss any issue and conduct the House for any number of days to give ample opportunity for detailed disContinued on P4 cussions,” he said. PROBE REVEALS SAMPATH ‘MISSILE’ HIT SWAMY GOUD P4 Foreign lawyers, law firms can’t practise in India: SC New Delhi: Foreign lawyers and law firms cannot open offices in India, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. A Bench of Justice AK Goel and Justice UU Lalit however allowed foreign lawyers to "fly in and fly out" to advise their clients on foreign law on a temporary and casual basis. Earlier, the Madras High Court had in its 2012 verdict allowed the concept of “fly in and fly out” with regard to foreign lawyers and law firms. But it was challenged before the top court. The apex court also permitted foreign lawyers to appear in international commercial arbitration subject to relevant rules applicable and directed Bar Council of India and the Centre to frame rules for the purpose. 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 P9 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 P4 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 P4 last year. Parliament proceedings washed out for 7th day TDP seeks special status; Oppn raises PNB scam 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 P4
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