www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 2 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 12% Sunrise: 06:12 Sunset: 06:30 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Tirumala witnesses No quid pro quo, ICICI gave surge in pilgrim flow loan on merit: Videocon chief W ith consecutive holidays followed by summer holidays, the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara has been witnessing a heavy rush of pilgrims. P5 LS MAY TAKE UP NO-TRUST TODAY Let your stories fill women with courage A daily feature showcasing women issues and successes New Delhi: Will the no-conﬁdence motion against the NDA government come up for discussion on Monday? If political circles in Delhi are to be believed, the Speaker has ﬁnally decided to take up the motion for discussion. The Congress, the TDP and the YSRCP have already given fresh notices for no-conﬁdence motion and are keeping their ﬁngers crossed. Leaders of all these parties are likely to meet Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday and once again urge her to en- sure that the motion was taken up. They propose to request her to talk to the agitating AIADMK members and tell them to defer their protests and in case they do not listen, they will ask the Speaker to take necessary measures to create an atmosphere where head count could be taken without hinderance. It is said that the proposed visit of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who would be leading a delegation of various parties and organisations would spur renewed political activity in the national capital. Continued on P6 ideocon Group Chairman Venugopal Dhoot said loans were sanctioned by ICICI Bank based on the merit of projects in the oil and gas sector, as he sought to reject allegations of quid pro quo in loan received from the lender. His comments come against the backdrop of reports alleging quid pro quo deals. Even Finance panel was inﬂuenced to favour northern states: FM Amaravati: Alleging that the Centre has set terms and conditions in favour of northern states by influencing the 15th Finance Commission, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said the performing states in South India would suffer losses with the unilateral attitude of the Union government. Yanamala objected to the conditions set forth for the Commission for devolution of funds and alleged that the Centre was trying to take over the powers of the states. He said the Centre did not consider the demand of Andhra Pradesh on revenue loss to the state due to the bifurcation. In a statement on Sunday, the Finance Minister said the BJP- led NDA government was inﬂuencing even the 15th Finance Commission which has constitutional autonomous. "We strongly object to the terms and conditions set forth for the Fifth Finance Commission that suggest 2011 population be taken as the base, GST be enhanced and welfare schemes for the poor be reduced. Already the subsidy component for the poor has been reduced by one per cent last year. This shows the Centre has no real concern for the poor," he said. Yanamala said the 15th Finance Commission’s conditions KASHMIR ON EDGE enable enhancement in the Centre’s revenue while slashing the states’ share in Central taxes. Moreover, the weightage proposed to be given to low-income states would result in higher fund flow to non-performing states, he said. This would be detrimental to the southern states, Yanamala observed. The Centre claimed that the devolution of funds rose from 32 to 42 per cent as per the 14th Finance Commission recommendation. Continued on P6 If he wins… 13 ultras among 20 killed in J&K New Delhi: In one of the most violent days in strifetorn Kashmir, 13 militants were killed and another captured in three separate encounters in Shopian and Anantnag districts on Sunday. Three Army jawans and four civilians were also killed in the incident. The deceased jawans have been identiﬁed as Gunner Arvinder Kumar, Gunner Nilesh Singh and Sepoy Hetram. Jammu and Kashmir Directorate General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid posted on Twitter, “Encounter concluded. Two more terrorist bodies recovered from Shopian en- P13 Delhi has no love lost for South, says Yanamala Naidu’s Delhi visit to spur political activity OUR BUREAU V 3 jawans, 4 civilian die in gun battle Army personnel take positions near the house where militants were hiding during an encounter at Dragad in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Sunday counter site. In all, 13 terrorists neutralised, three soldiers martyred and one Isro loses contact with GSAT-6A Bengaluru: Two days after India's latest communication satellite with military applications GSAT-6A was launched, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Sunday said it had lost contact with it and was making efforts to establish link. The space agency lost communication with the satellite when it attempted to ignite the engine in a third and final move to its desired location after its March 29 textbook launch from the space port of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A was successfully carried out on Saturday, but when it was on course to normal operating configuration for the third and final firing scheduled for April 1, communication with the satellite was lost, the space agency said after maintaining unusual silence on the health of the satellite. terrorist caught alive. It’s unfortunate that stone pelting around encounter site cost four civilian deaths.” Vaid, who addressed the media earlier in the day, also said that a few police, CRPF and Army personnel were injured in the encounters. While 25 civilians sustained pellet injuries, six others suffered bullet injuries, he said. Police had earlier said that eight militants, who were killed in the ﬁre exchange, were locals. While seven of them belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen, one of them was from Lashkar-eTaiba. The identity of the remaining three are yet to be ascertained. Continued on P6 Petrol price hits 4-yr high, diesel marks a record New Delhi: Petrol price on Sunday hit a four-year high of Rs 73.73 a litre while diesel rates touched an alltime high of Rs 64.58 in the national capital, renewing calls for the government to cut excise tax rates. State-owned oil ﬁrms, which have been since June last year revising auto fuel prices daily, on Sunday raised petrol and diesel rates by 18 paise per litre each in Delhi. Petrol in the national capital now costs Rs 73.73 a litre, the highest since September 14, 2014 when rates had hit Rs 76.06. Diesel price at Rs 64.58 is the highest ever, with previous high of Rs 64.22 being on February 7, 2018. CRAZE FOR MORE MARKS Values based education ﬁnds no place V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: What do the parents expect from corporate schools by admitting their loved ones by paying exorbitant fee? Is it good and value-based education that they expect? In such a case, they will certainly be disappointed. Every school management will follow the same textbooks prescribed by the government available in the market for below Rs 2000. Whereas the corporate schools charge about Rs 6000 for the same. They give study material with huge prices and most of S Only mugging up counts and no values are taught S Students face humiliation for low performance them are not at all necessary for them. Except mugging up, no school provides value-based education, alleges SFI district secretary S Jayachandra. The schools never focus on value-based education but keep the students under severe stress in the name of tests every day. Everyone should take these tests seriously and get good marks. Those who get less marks will be humiliated by the teachers before other students which makes a strong negative impact on them, observed Jayachandra, who led several agitations against the procedures followed by the corporate schools. One non-corporate school principal commented: “After dividing the sections based on their marks, they make sub groups in each section. This is nothing but throwing the students into deep mental stress leading to suicidal tendency.” Continued on P6 Will Jagan shelve Project Amaravati? OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s Praja Sankalpa Yatra, which would enter Krishna district on April 7, has raised many eyebrows and people are keen to know what was his take on the construction of capital city Amravati. This aspect assumes importance since many farmers have given away 35,000 acres of their lands to the government for the construction of world-class capital city. The general apprehension among the people is that Jagan is not in favour of such a modern capital and if voted to power it could affect the interests of the farmers, who had given the land for the capital. So far, Jaganmohan Reddy has been levelling allegations of corruption against Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the government but did not make his mind clear on the construction of the capital city. Continued on P6
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