www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 29 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:16 Sunset: 06:30 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Ministers spit fire at GoliSoda bets on YSRCP MP Vijayasai ethnic beverages Govt looks to divest 76% stake in Air India New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for the strategic divestment of national passenger carrier Air India (AI), along with the airline’s shares in Air India Express (AIXL) and Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS). “The Government of India has given ‘in-principle’ approval for the strategic disinvestment of AI by way of the transfer of management control and sale of 76 per cent equity share capital of AI held by GOI, which will include AI's shareholding interest in the AIXL and AISATS,” said the Preliminary Information Memorandum document. S P13 Suu Kyi ally elected Myanmar president Naypyidaw: Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday elected a staunch ally of Aung San Suu Kyi as the country's new president, allowing her to maintain a tight grip on top-level decision-making. Win Myint, 66, had been tipped for the role after former president Htin Kyaw suddenly stepped down last week, citing the need for rest. S P12 Security check for Pak PM in US airport New Delhi: A video of Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi showing him undergoing a security check at New York's JFK airport during a recent US visit has gone viral, said media reports. In the video, Abbasi is seen picking up his bag and coat and walking out from a security check. Abbasi was on a personal visit to meet his ailing sister, reported DNA. During the visit, he also reportedly met US vice-president Mike Pence. The move is unprecedented as usually, no head of state is subject to a security check, be it a private trip or a state visit, according to Financial Express. The Pakistani media suggested this as 'indignity' to their prime minister. "He should be ashamed for saying he went on a private visit. He is the prime minister. P4 A day after attack by the YSRCP MP V Vijayasai Reddy on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu with foul language, ministers and TDP leaders launched a tirade against him. Social welfare minister Nakka Ananda Babu said Vijayasai Reddy was the only leader who knows how to operate shell companies and suitcase companies. R emember goli soda, the fizzy beverage of yesteryears that people used to drink to quench their thirst? A Hyderabad-based startup called GoliSoda is now trying to recreate similar ‘magic’ through a range of authentic beverages from coconut water. CM DARES PM ON UCs DEBATELESS NO-TRUST A fallible Speaker MPs believe Sumitra Mahajan fails to use her powers I’m demanding an answer from PM. This has got nothing to do with politics: Naidu OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Taking umbrage to the accusation of the BJP leaders that the utilisation certiﬁcates submitted to the Centre were fake, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove the charge. In a fresh offensive against the BJP in the Assembly, the Chief Minister said, “Though, we have submitted utilisation certificates (UCs) for Central funds received by the state, the BJP leaders were carrying out a campaign that they were either not submitted or were fake. “As the Chief Minister of the Minor fire in Tirumala laddu kitchen OUR BUREAU Tirumala: A minor ﬁre took place in Tirumala Srivari laddu boondi kitchen (Potu) at 3.30 pm on Wednesday. The incident once again raised concerns about the safety measures being implemented by the TTD officials at Tirumala. At the hill shrine, beside the laddu issuing counter, TTD makes boondi for laddu production at a special kitchen called external Potu. Every day up to 3 lakh to 4 lakh laddus are made in this kitchen by Potu workers. On Wednesday at 3.30 pm, while boiling the ghee for boondi preparation, unexpected ﬁre ﬂared up hitting the roof of Potu. Continued on P6 state, I am demanding an answer from Prime Minister on the issue. This has got nothing to do with politics. It deals with the OUR BUREAU would use loopholes in the UCs to delay or avoid releasing funds to the states. Now that the Centre’s game-plan is clear, the officials should keep the records up to date all the time so that it would not gain any purchase to its argument that the state was spending money irresponsibly. Before Naidu spoke, video clippings of Prime Minister’s speech in Tirupati, ahead of 2014 elections were played, in which he had promised Special Category Status to the state, implementing all the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act and funds for capital construction. Continued on P6 New Delhi/Amaravati: Is the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan so helpless that she had to warn the members that she may have to adjourn the House sine die if they did not behave themselves, before closing the session for the day dumping the no-conﬁdence motion in the dustbin? The contention of the Speaker that she was not able to count the number of MPs who are coming in support for the motion since there was din in the House is now being questioned by MPs and former MPs. It is over 15 days since the notices for no-conﬁdence motion were being given and it has become a daily routine that as soon as the Speaker CENTRE’S BACKSTABBING ON SCS Babu bid to take ﬁght to next level ‘Atma gaurava sabhalu’ to be held across state Amaravati: Taking the agitation against the Centre to the next level, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is planning to organise ‘Atma gaurava sabhalu’ across the state from the second week of April to remain in the vanguard of the movement for Special Category Status (SCS). Interestingly, it was NTR who founded the TDP on March 30, 1982 in protest against the then Congress rulers pledging the self-respect of Telugu people in the ‘bazaars of Delhi’. Telugu Desam Party’s Foundation Day will be observed on March 30 at Guntur. The purpose of the sabhalu is to sensitise people against the BJP and how it had let down the state at a time when it needed hand holding from the Centre at every turn since it lost heavily CBSE to re-conduct Class XII Economics, Class X Maths exams New Delhi: The CBSE said on Wednesday that the Class X mathematics and Class XII economics board exams will be held again over reports of paper leak. The dates for the retest will be announced on the CBSE website within a week, the Board said. “The Board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With the view to upholding the sanctity of the Board examinations and in the interest of the fairness to the students, the Board has decided to reconduct the examinations in the subjects,” a CBSE larger issue of how effective cooperative federal system in our country is,” he said. He pointed out that the Centre SIT to probe paper leak T he Delhi police on Wednesday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of its Crime Branch to probe the alleged leak of examination papers. statement said. At a press conference later in the day, Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar said the matter of paper leaks is being “seriously” looked into. “Seems some organised gangs are doing it (leak) deContinued on P6 liberately. P13 takes up the notices for noconﬁdence motion, the AIDMK members would troop into the well and raise their demand, hopes of discussion on no-trust motion of the TDP continued to remain at the lowest ebb. Till Monday, TRS members too used to storm into the well creating a ruckus but they had decided to stage protests by standing at their respective seats after they came under ﬂak that they were helping the BJP avoid taking up the no conﬁdence motion with their protests in the well. Former Union minister Killi Krupa Rani said proceedings in Parliament are turning out to be a farce. “This is an act played out by the BJP in the House. Continued on P6 SBI interest rates up on ﬁxed deposits Offers 6.6% on different tenures; 7% on deposits of over `1crore TDP MP Shiva Prasad holding a demonstration at the Parliament House demanding special status for AP in New Delhi on Wednesday at the time of bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Party leaders revealed that these district level public meetings will start from Visakhapat- Unhappy PM calls up Edu Min New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his unhappiness over the leak of the Class X and Class XII CBSE exam papers on WhatsApp and asked the HRD ministry to take strict action. Modi called up Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar after the CBSE decided to set fresh tests for the exams following reports of a leak of question papers, sources said. "PM Modi has always given a lot of importance to fair examinations," said Javadekar, whose HRD ministry handles education. nam to begin with. Then on, Chandrababu Naidu will organise similar meetings in all the districts. Continued on P6 New Delhi: The SBI on Wednesday raised interest rates on ﬁxed deposits across various tenures by 10-25 basis points. On deposits of less than Rs1 crore for a tenure of two to three years, the interest rate has been raised to 6.60 per cent from 6.50 per cent, according to a statement on the bank’s website. For tenures of three to ﬁve years and ﬁve to 10 years, rates have been hiked from 6.50 per cent to 6.70 per cent, and from 6.50 per cent to 6.75 per cent, respectively. The bank also raised the interest on bulk-term deposits ranging between Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 crore, for the tenure of one year to two years by 25 basis points to 7.00 per cent. Besides, on bulk deposits of more than Rs 10 crore for a tenure of one year to two years, the bank raised the interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.00 per cent. Countdown begins for Isro GSAT-6A satellite Chennai: The 27-hour countdown began on Wednesday for the launch of Isro's GSLV-F08 mission carrying the GSAT-6A communication satellite from the space port of Sriharikota. The countdown for the mission to be launched on Thursday started at 1.56 pm on Wednesday following clearance from the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board, Isro said. With an eye ﬁrmly on the ‘all-important’ Chandrayaan-2, the space agency is trying out a few critical components, which include induc- tion of high-thrust Vikas engine and electromechanical actuation system in place of electrohydraulic actuation in the rocket’s second stage. The next generation Vikas engine developed by the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) is being ﬂown for the ﬁrst time. The Launch of GSLV-F08, planned from the Second Launch Pad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 4.56 pm on Thursday marks the 12th ﬂight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLVF08 and sixth ﬂight with indigenous Cryogenic upper stage. 7 rail stations in Andhra Pradesh to get makeover T P VENU Hyderabad: It is official now. The Secunderabad railway station is not going to be developed in the near future. In the latest plans of the Indian Railway to transform stations on the lines of airports with separate entry and exit gates with the state-of-the-art facilities, the Secunderabad station ﬁnds no mention. There have been plans of redeveloping Secunderabad railway station as a world-class one for years and three attempts in the last ﬁnancial year to call for bids failed as no-one evinced interest. The bidders suggested relaxations and wanted a 99-year lease instead of 40-year period. GMR Ltd, IL&FS, CBRE South India Pvt Ltd, Sthopes and Puruvankara Projects bid for the Secunderabad railway station but nothing materialised and the project was shelved. The Indian Railway is planning to redevelop 90 stations by giving an aesthetic makeover especially to the façade by depicting local culture and history. Only Warangal railway station ﬁnds places in Telangana State but there are seven railway stations in Andhra Pradesh that have got the nod. The stations are GUNTUR, GUNTAKAL, KURNOOL, NELLORE, TIRUPATI, VIJAYAWADA & VIZAG STATIONS ARE AMONG THE LIST OF 90 TO BE REDEVELOPED Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Guntakal, Kurnool, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Nellore. Visakhapatnam and Nellore stations would be developed by NBCC India Ltd, a navratna company under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. In all, NBCC has been entrusted with the redevelopment of 10 railway stations across India. The remaining stations would be developed by South Central Railway. The station redevelopment plans were also mentioned in the last year’s budget and it may be noted that Indian Railways is in the process of redevelopment of 600 stations but the announcement of 90 stations was made a few days ago with an eye to attract passengers by giving an aesthetic look to railway stations. According to sources, the Warangal railway station would reﬂect Kakatiya architecture. Railway officials say that the move comes in order to provide world-class facilities to passengers. The redevelopment plans include CCTV cameras, Wiﬁ, renovation of station building with a façade that reﬂects local culture, LED lighting, escalators, retiring rooms, washrooms and other facilities.
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