www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 30 MARCH 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.39°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 06:24 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS KCR elated over One stop for passage of PR Bill all Sheroes C M KCR said the enactment of the new PR Act would herald a new chapter in the history of rural local bodies which had been neglected for decades together. He said a separate legislation would be brought to regulate the functions of urban local bodies. P3 Actor Balakrishna as NTR Vice-Prez sounds clap for NTR biopic Hyderabad: The muchawaited biopic on the life of the legendary actor, the late NT Rama Rao, was launched at Ramakrishna Studios in Hyderabad on Thursday. Titled ‘NTR', the film will have actor Nandamuri Balakrishna playing the title role. After sounding the clap, the VicePresident said that as he was a great admirer of NTR both as an actor as well as a political leader, he made an exception to attend this function, though presidents and vicepresidents generally do not attend such functions. S Local Anna Hazare calls off hunger strike New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday called off his hunger strike on the seventh day of his protest here, saying the government has assured him of steps "soon" towards appointing Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states and addressing agrarian issues he flagged by him. S P7 T he website www.sheroes.com offers a common, safe and secure platform where women from all walks of life can meet, have a conversation and seek counselling on any subject or issue affecting her. The newly launched mobile application makes this easier. Where is Chiranjeevi? If Chiranjeevi is in our midst and voices the demand for Special Category Status, it would have some impact. But he hardly responds to our invitation," said a Congress leader R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: It appears that there are non-performing assets not only in banks but even in politics. The actor-turned-politician, K Chiranjeevi, seems to be one among them. When Chiranjeevi challenged the late YS Rajasekhar Reddy and N Chandrababu Naidu ahead of 2009 elections, his fans dreamed that he would become the chief minister of the then undivided state. Eight years on, he is nowhere to be seen now. He disappeared as if he never existed. The Tollywood grapevine says he is busy shooting his next ﬂick ‘SairaNarasimha Reddy’ after he scored a winner Continued on P4 Khaidi No: 150 last year. TS-iPASS failed on single-point approval OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has found lacunae in the unique TS-iPASS (Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-Certification System) policy brought to attract huge investment in the Telangana state in December 2014. The CAG audit report 201617 said that only 9 per cent entrepreneurs applied for all the approvals while 91 per cent applied only for selected approvals. The independent authority observed the objective of single- 2BHK housing scheme goes through the roof Indrakaran says not possible to complete project in this term of TRS OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The enormity of the project of constructing 2.62 lakh 2BHK houses in the state for SCs, STs and BCs is weighing heavily on the government, said Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy on Thursday. He said that building all the houses at one go was not possible and that the target would be completed in a phased manner. Of the one lakh houses that the state government has to construct for beneﬁciaries in Hyderabad, only 572 had been completed, which is woefully short of the target, argued BJP member Dr K Laxman during question hour in the Assembly Indrakaran Reddy, replying to the debate, said that at present work was in process in respect to 10,000 houses. “We have allocated Rs 345 crore,” he said but did not specify when they would be completed and was silent on the fate of houses promised for 1.62 lakh beneﬁciaries in rural areas in the state. “We never said we will build all the houses – 1 lakh in Hyderabad and 1.62 lakh in rural areas in the state – before the comple- tion of the present term. They would be completed in a phased manner,” he said, admitting that it would not be possible for providing the houses to all the beneﬁciaries before the end of the TRS government’s term. The BJP members said that wherever they were going, the people were asking for double bedroom houses, but the government was not taking steps to redeem its promise to the people. The minister, citing the reasons for the delay in the construction, said that because of the ongoing works related to irrigation projects in the state, contractors did not show interest in double bedroom houses. Later, the contractors were given free sand and cement at Rs 230 per bag. The cement price per tonne was Rs 50,000 but the government has brought it down to Rs 10,000 per tonne, he added. Regarding the Rajeev Swagruha houses, the minister said that the beneficiaries needs to pay 30 per cent of the cost of the houses and because of nonpayment of the prescribed money, these were not handed over to them. Continued on P4 point approval was not achieved as the software allowed only selective approvals. The objective of the new industrial policy was to provide single-point approval on behalf of all relevant departments for setting up industrial undertakings. The approval was to be on self-certification basis by the entrepreneur. As per Section 9 (1) of the Act, the entrepreneur was to submit the application to the Nodal Agency for clearance with the required fees. In response, TS-iPASS online portal interface indicated approvals required from various departments and the respective fees. Continued on P4 l GSAT-6A, with a mission life of about 10 years, will provide thrust to mobile communication through multi-beam coverage facility l The rocket injected GSAT-6A into the geostationary transfer orbit with 18 minutes of launch l The launch makes scientists at the mission control centre burst into celebrations Telangana juggling budget figures: CAG S Irregular accounting procedures followed S Revenue surplus overstated by `6,778 cr S Fiscal deﬁcit understated by `2,500 cr S Excess expenditure over allocation `6,184 cr OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pulled up Telangana government for its irregular accounting procedure and poor maintenance of the state’s ﬁnances. The CAG also indicted the government for not regularising excess expenditure in the report for the year ended March 2017, which it submitted to the Telangana Assembly on Thursday. The CAG analysed Telangana finances in which the state registered revenue surplus of Rs 1,386 crore during 2016-17. The audit report disclosed that the revenue surplus was overstated by Rs ISRO scripts text-book launch Congratulati ons to ISRO and other stakeholders on the successful launch of GSLV-F08 with indigenous cryogenic stage, tweets, PM Narendra Modi GSAT-6A comsat in perfect orbit Sriharikota: Scripting yet another success story, ISRO on Thursday placed into orbit its latest communication satellite GSAT-6A launched on board its geosynchronous rocket GSLVF08 from the spaceport here. At the end of the 27-hour countdown, the 49.1-metre Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08), ﬁtted with indigenously developed cryogenic third stage, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 4.56 pm and soared majestically into the clear sky. In a text-book launch, about 18 minutes later, the rocket injected GSAT-6A into the geostationary transfer orbit as the ISRO scientists broke into celebrations at the mission control centre. ISRO chief K Sivan said the ﬁfth successive successful launch of the GSLV with indigenous cryogenic stage successfully placed the high power Sband communication satellite in the "designated orbit precisely." GSAT6A was a complement to GSAT6, which was already in orbit, and these two satellites combined will provide a platform for development of advance technologies, he said. This is the ﬁrst mission for Sivan, who assumed charge of the space agency in January. The space agency had yet another precise launch. Right from the core stage ignition to the GSAT-6A satellite separation, the entire launch was completed within the scheduled mission. This is the 12th ﬂight of GSLV rocket and the sixth with indigenous cryogenic upper stage. Private schools use teachers as salesgirls V R C Phaniharan Hyderabad: “Are there schoolgoing children at home?” This is what school teachers deployed on canvassing duties by the private schools has to ask, making door to door visits like salesgirls to mobilise admissions. The teachers are afraid of what will happen to them if there is only one male person at home. “The way they ask you to come inside sends shivers down your spine,” said one teacher. These are some of the humiliations meted out to them and has become an everyday affair for scores of women teachers put on door-to-door publicity by private school managements to take early admissions. The School Education Department (SED) and Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) have already declared illegal enrolling students prior to the announcement of the academic calendar for 2018-19 and said that stringent action would be initiated against schools indulging in such practice. However, nowhere does the writ of the State government S FORCED TO ENROL STUDENTS OR TAKE A PAY CUT S HAVE TO GO ON DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASSING S EVEN POOR HEALTH OF TEACHERS OVERLOOKED departments seems to prevail following the schools stepping up their door-to-door publicity to grab children before some other school snatches them away. According to sources, each teacher has to fetch anywhere from 10 to 25 children as part of the early admission campaign. If they fail, there would be a cut in their salary. Speaking to The Hans India, Anand (name changed) from a prominent school having about 20 branches in the twin cities has already started imposing salary cuts on the teachers for not enrolling students since February, this year. "We have to teach classes from 7.30 am to 10 am or 7.30 am to 12.30 pm. After that we have to go on a door to door canvassing from 4 to 5 pm,” he added. Another school having its presence in Meerpet, Almasguda and other places in the twin cities has been sending the teachers for canvassing in the morning. Following this, they will have to complete their daily teaching duties in the afternoon. Continued on P4 6,778 crore on account of irregular accounting. Thus, the state had revenue deficit of Rs 5,392 cr. Fiscal deficit (Rs 35,281 cr) which stood at 5.46 per cent of the GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) was understated by Rs 2,500 cr due to crediting of borrowed funds as revenue receipts. The independent accounting authority observed the ratio of fiscal deficit to GSDP excluding amount transferred under Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) (Rs 7,500 cr) was 4.3 per cent. “This exceeded the ceiling of 3.5 per cent stipulated for 2016-17 by the 14th Finance Commission and targeted in the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement (MFPS) of the state under Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM)Act. The CAG also questioned the state government for not releasing all money borrowed through UDAY bonds to the Discoms. Continued on P4 NCERT QR code books to empower students IT’S ALL ABOUT ACCESS Q R Code (Quick Response) is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, which are essentially web links that can be read by smartphone cameras. The QR code energised books will allow the students to access web links to films and additional material to supplement the chapter New Delhi: NCERT published textbooks will carry QR codes from next year, which will provide web links to ﬁlms or related reading content to help students understand subjects better, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday. Javadekar also announced that students who take education loans will not have to pay the interest for the duration of the course plus one year. He said the government has made a provision of Rs 6,600 crore for bearing the interest component on the loans. Nearly 10 lakh students would avail the beneﬁts from 2017-18 to 2019-20, with the government bearing about Rs 2,200 crore per year towards interest costs on education loans, the minister said. Under the scheme, the government will bear the interest cost on education loan up to Rs 7.50 lakh for students from families with less than Rs 4.5 lakh income, Javadekar said brieﬁng reporters about Wednesday’s Cabinet decisions. From 2009 to 2014, the government has spent Rs 800 crore per year under the scheme, which increased to Rs 1,800 crore per year from 2014 to 2017, he said. The minister said that the government has also decided that three existing schemes on improving public education - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and the Teacher Education (TE) -- would be merged.
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