www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 10% Sunrise: 06:14 Sunset: 06:30 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Govt will complete Polavaram, Life of a tennis Amaravati, vows Narayana star M unicipal administration minister P Narayana said that the state government will not stop construction works of Amaravati capital and Polavaram project even if the Centre creates hurdles for development of Andhra Pradesh. P5 Basketball robot CUE shoots a basket at Tachihi arena in Tachikawa on the western suburbs of Tokyo. The engineers from Toyota Motor Corp, created the robot that rivals professional players for free-throw accuracy. The six-foot-two-inch tall robot is gaining a reputation in Japan and beyond for shooting hoops with pinpoint accuracy Class 12 re-exam on Apr 25; decision on Class 10 later New Delhi: The re-examination of CBSE's Class 12 economics paper will be held on April 25, while the Class 10 mathematics re-test, if required, would be conducted only for Delhi-NCR and Haryana in July, the government said on Friday amid widespread outrage over the paper leak issue. Ruling out a nationwide re-tests for Class 10 mathematics, the HRD Ministry said that a final decision on the re-examination for Delhi-NCR and Haryana would be taken in the next 15 days following a detailed inquiry. S P11 H yderabad-based, Kyra Shroff, 25-year- old tennis player, is been former India number one in singles and number two behind Sania Mirza in doubles in 2013 at a relatively young age of 21. Triumphs, failures, injuries; Kyra shares all it takes to be a tennis player. P7 Nature plays havoc at Vontimitta Rayapati maintains Thunder showers, gusty winds mar celestial wedding; 2 dead OUR BUREAU Vontimitta (Kadapa): Two devotees died and two more are feared dead while several others were injured when thunder showers played spoil sport with Sita Rama Kalyanam at Kondanda Rama Swami temple on Friday. The two devotees died when sheds collapsed on them near the dais and their identiﬁes are yet to be conﬁrmed. Even though the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams made elaborate arrangements for the Celestial Wedding, sudden precipitation led to gusty winds and sudden downpour, which made the tents crash on the devotees. Though the hailstorm did not last long, yet it created extensive damage. Devotees in huge number thronged the temple to watch the ceremony. The gales uprooted electric poles and threw up branches of trees into the sky. A majority people received injuries and children were found to be missing in the chaos that ensued. A similar situation pre- vailed at the temple where devotees were offering prayers. Sudden outage of power made them panic and they began running in different directions. The APSRTC shifted the injured devotees to the nearest hospitals for ﬁrst aid. Chief Minister, who ar- rived at Kadapa at 5.45 pm to offer celestial attires for the Kalyanam at 8 pm, had to conﬁne to the guest house there as the security staff warned him against visiting the temple during the thunderstorm. Since the officials made only temporary arrangements for performing Kalyanam, the Chief Minister was warned not come to the temple sincere there was possibility of more cloudbursts. The Chief Minister is monitoring the situation from the guest house, directing the senior officials to extend a helping hand to the devotees. Storm water reached the spot where priests planned to organise Kalyanam. Finally, priests performed the celestial Wedding amid continuous deluge. Religious fervour marks celestial wedding P4 measured distance R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: Lok Sabha member Rayapati Sambasiva Rao’s services were not available for Telugu Desam Party when it needed them most. Though the party chief N Chandrababu Naidu welcomed him with open arms into the TDP when he began showing signs of ‘yellow fever’ after the Congress had fallen from grace ahead of 2014 general elections, he has suddenly withdrawn into a shell Naidu sent him to Lower House at Delhi, since Rayapati is basically of MP mettle. He was MP from Guntur for a long time representing Congress and when the Congress was on its death throes, the parliamentarian left he party and boarded the TDP bus from Narasaraopet to reach Lok Sabha. At a time when the TDP needed its MPs’ support to ﬁght a battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rayapati is nowhere seen. While his colleagues in Delhi were stalling the proceedings of Parliament, the Narasaraopet MP is ‘cooling his heels’ in Guntur. He has a valid reason though. He underwent knee surgery recently and is now moving around with the help of a walker. Even though he is 74 now, till he did the vanishing trick recently, he was quite active. He campaigned against railway zone coming up at Visakhapatnam contending that the headquarters should be located either at Vijayawada or Guntur as he believes railway zone’s headquarters should be where the capital of the state is. It is a different matter altogether that the Centre is yet to announce a railway zone, forget about where its headquarters should be. Continued on P6 Multiple H1B apps JP disbands Pawan panel, forms new one attract rejection OUR BUREAU S H-1B ﬁling process begins from April 2 for the ﬁscal year 2019 starting October 1 S Multiple H1-B applications on behalf of same beneﬁciary undermine integrity of lottery process After notice, we will deny or revoke the approval of all H-1B cap-subject petitions filed for one beneficiary by 'related entities' unless there is a legitimate business need Hyderabad: The Joint Fact-Finding Committee (JFC) constituted by Jana Sena founder president Pawan Kalyan has fallen apart. Lok Satta president and former IAS officer Jayaprakash Narayan, who was part of the JFC, said on Friday that they were disbanding the one constituted by the Jana Sena chief and in its place another committee with experts from various ﬁelds is being put together. The new committee will have among others retired IAS officer K Padmanabhaiah, senior jour- To look into woes of AP nalist C Raghavachari, anti-child labour activist Shanta Sinha and retired IPS officer HA Dora. The new committee will study the problems that the state is facing and what should be done to it to put it back on rails. The com- mittee would also discuss the pressing need for Special Category Status for the state and other beneﬁts that should accrue to it from the Centre after bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. JP said the decision was taken since Pawan Kalyan had stopped showing interest in deciding what the committee should do next. The committee in which politicians, former bureaucrats and experts were members, came out with a report but he had suddenly lost interest in it, JP said, adding: “The JFC idea was Pawan Kalyan's and it had worked out details of what the state is entitled to and what it has got in actual terms and how the Telugu Desam Party had utilised the funds. The JFC’s purpose was also to discuss a roadmap to exert pressure on the Centre for SCS. He said that the initial enthusiasm of Pawana Kaylan on formation of JFC has tapered off. “We have done a lot of number crunching and came out with a report but Pawan Kalan is not interested in it anymore.” he said. The new committee that is being formed will go into the issues in detail and take the process to the next level. Continued on P6 US Citizenship and Immigration Services Washington: Multiple H-1B applications will lead to rejection of the petitions, a federal American agency has warned foreign workers, days ahead of the initiation of ﬁling process for the non-immigrant visa, popular among Indian IT professionals. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has indicated that it would intensify scrutiny of such applications. The H-1B ﬁling process begins from April 2 for the ﬁscal year 2019 starting October 1. "After notice, we will deny or revoke the approval of all H-1B cap-subject petitions ﬁled for one beneﬁciary by 'related entities' unless there is a legitimate business need," USCIS said. Continued on P6 US wants visa applicants to submit social media details Washington: The Trump administration wants all US visa applicants to submit details of their previous phone numbers, email addresses and social media histories as part of its "vetting" practice and to prevent entry of individuals who might pose a threat to the country. In a document posted on the Federal Register on Thursday, anyone who wants to come to the US on a non-immigrant visa will have to answer a list of questions under new rules. AP happy to host Happy Cities Summit OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The state government is gearing up to conduct a global event “Happy Cities Summit-Amaravati 2018” on a grand scale from April 10 to 12 in Vijayawada in which above 200 delegates from various countries are expected to take part. The state government has ﬁnalised an action plan for making the summit a success. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be the brand ambassador for the global event and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will attend the meeting and more than 20 speakers from Harvard and other reputed global institutions will partici- S Around 200 delegates from various countries to participate in summit S Summit to discuss urban solutions and innovations, particularly for new and emerging cities, centered around principles of happiness S Amaravati to be among top ﬁve cities in world, says CM S Chandrababu Naidu brand ambassador for Happy Cities Summit S Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will attend the summit pate in theme-based sessions. During a teleconference with APCRDA officials, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that the Happy Cities Summit would discuss urban solutions and innovations, particularly relevant for new and emerging cities in the developing world, centered around the principles of happiness. He said that greenfield capital city Amaravati, which will be the symbol of pride and rich culture of Andhras, would figure among the top five cities in the world and will serve as an international benchmark for “Citizen Happy Index.” “Amaravati is being developed as a happy city in which Citizen Happiness Index will be the core concept. Continued on P6 ‘All study and no play’ putting schoolkids under stress V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Are the present generation students aware of playgrounds? The answer may be true as far as government school students are concerned but for private/ corporate school students the answer is a deﬁnite ‘no’. Without any physical activity, the students are being forced to conﬁned to four walls of the classrooms, depriving of their legitimate right of childhood. Psychologists say that, if students spend some time daily in playgrounds, it helps in their allround development and without such a ground nothing should be called as a school. Though the managements charge exorbitant fee from students, they fail in providing minimum amenities. In the so-called 'corporate schools', which are typically housed in shopping complexes or apartments, with no basic infrastructure like ventilation, lighting or even toilets for hundreds of students, parents have a little to expect about the convenience of their wards. In the shadow of attractive furniture, stylish uniforms and volumes of books, basic needs which are essential for physical and men- SCorporate schools have no playgrounds SMajority of schools housed in shopping complexes or apartments SNumber of students getting eyesight disorders increasing tal health are conveniently being hidden, said a parent whose two children were studying in a corporate school. Having fleeced the parents for huge amounts, they never bothered to provide even good toilets to students causing severe urinary infections and health problems to girl students, he observed. Then why he got his children admitted there? For this his an- swer was, “Like many other parents we never thought of these difficulties. There were no facilities even to change the sanitary napkins or to drop the used ones. We took into consideration that they provide good education which was also proved to be a myth”. Another parent said, his two children were having spectacles though they were studying 6th and 8th standards. He attributes this to lack of proper lighting, which gave more stress to eyes and many students were losing their vision. Continued on P6 Telugu film bigwigs lend support to CM on SCS OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Telugu film industry has lent its shoulder to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s struggle for Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. Tollywood biggies called on Naidu at his residence in Undavalli here and pledged their support to the agitation that the state government has taken up to force the Centre to come to the rescue of the state which is not yet out of woods after Telangana was carved out of it in 2014. The cinema industry representatives also wore black badges in protest as per the call given at the all party and all associations, called by Chandrababu Naidu recently. Tollywood heavyweights K Raghavendra Rao, Aswini Dutt, KL Narayana and KS Rama Rao were among those who called on Naidu. Raghavendra Rao informed Chandrababu Naidu that they would participate in the protest by wearing black badges till April 6, as decided by the all-party meeting.
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