www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.38°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 25% Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 06:30 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SC Aadhaar ruling RBI unlikely to change halts SSD’s launch key interest rate T P5 A very own space for today’s women to tell their stories of success, courage and how to take on new challenges for a better tomorrow he recent Supreme Court ruling that it is not mandatory to produce Aadhaar card as identity proof has virtually stalled start of Slotted Sarva Darshan (SSD) token system for common devotees at Tirumala. A t its first bi-monthly monetary policy review of the new fiscal, the RBI is expected to continue with its stance of the previous year when the central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 6 per cent over three successive reviews. BABU DOES MODI ACT, BOWS DOWN TO PARLIAMENT STAIRS MY FIGHT IS FOR JUSTICE: CM Our Bureau New Delhi: To drum up support for his struggle for the special category status and to realise the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu kept himself busy on Tuesday, meeting leaders of all anti-BJP parties in the central hall of Parliament in New Delhi. Naidu, who arrived in Delhi on Monday night, reached Parliament on Tuesday morning AP CM Naidu, who is in Delhi to drum up support against NDA government, does a Modi act by bowing to stairs of Parliament on Tuesday. (L) Modi had bowed to Parliament steps before entering to attend BJPP meeting, where he was elected its leader in 2014 ‘Treat AP on par with NE states’ Yanamala accuses Centre of usurping powers of taxation OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Demanding extension of industrial incentives to Andhra Pradesh on par with North Eastern states and hill states, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Tuesday said that the bifurcated state deserves the beneﬁt. Speaking in the Assembly on Tuesday during short discussion on “Impact of GST implementation on state finances”, he asked the Centre why it was biased against the AP in giving industrial incentives. The Centre issued two orders in 2017 and 2018 allotting Rs 27,000 crore and Rs 3,000 crore respectively as industrial incentives to Northern Eastern states and hill states, he said. “We can’t compare with the North Eastern states. But, AP deserves beneﬁt of industrial incentives. We are demanding inclusion of AP, which is facing revenue deﬁcit, in the both the orders to attract industries,” he said. AP would have attracted more industries if it were given industrial incentives, he said. Alleging that the Centre diluted the spirit of GST intentionally and took over all the powers of states on taxation by introducing the GST Act, the Finance Minister said the GST was beneﬁting the Centre and it had upper hand in GST council and vested with veto power. As per original agreement, the Centre had to compensate the revenue losses of states due to implementation of GST but it diluted the Act and did not follow the spirit of cooperative federalism, he said. “The Centre took over the powers of states regarding taxation and it did not compensate revenue losses from its consolidated fund. Continued on P6 and after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the premises, touched the steps of the Parliament building in reverence to the highest legislative house in the country. As Chandrababu Naidu touched the steps, it was difficult for those who were around not to recall Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying similar respects when he entered Parliament for the first time after winning the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Continued on P6 S S CHARY Rajamahendravaram: 'Tellapuniki' a softwood tree is the lifeline to the reputed Kondapalli toy makers, which is playing pivotal role for their livelihood. Kondapalli toys are made with Tellapuniki wood, as it can be mould like rubber to carve the toys and the wood is very Tellapuniki (softwood tree) light weight and ﬂexible. Many deserted the profession due to scarcity of the wood and went for jobs and some others settled as carpenters. Owing to deforestation Tellapuniki' existence became a problem and the tiny village is losing its past glory with regard to making of toys. To conserve the centuries SC refuses to stay order on SC/ST Act To reconsider its verdict after 10 days New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to stay its ruling, which activists say has diluted a law aimed at preventing atrocities on Dalits and tribes, as it asserted that it wanted to protect innocent people from being punished. A bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, however, said compensation can be paid to victims of alleged atrocities un- Toughest H-1B visa process begins The work visa is issued for 3 to 6 years to employers to hire a foreign worker. About 65,000 visas are allowed annually and an additional 20,000 visas are given to those who have an advanced or Master's degree from universities in the US • The US has not indicated if it plans to go for a lottery as has been the practice after receiving several times more than the Congressional mandated cap of H-1B visas • With stricter norms, Indian IT companies have dramatically reduced their H-1B visa filings and foreign nationals are exhibiting reluctance to make the jump to a US company due to the Trump administration's hardline anti-immigration stance • The successful applicants, who will appear before American embassies and consulates for visa interviews and stamping on their passports, will have to be ready with details of their Govt bid to bring life to Kondapalli toys The Forest department has taken steps to grow trees in 800 hectares in the reserve forest P13 old art, Forest department assured the artisans to supply Tellapuniki wood for making toys without any interruption and created a wood bank and gave them livelihood. They craftsmen have been making toys for the past four centuries. At present in Kondapalli village, there are 211 members relating 80 families and of them 150 are making toys and getting their bread and butter. Every month they need two cubic metres of raw material and 480 cubic metres of wood per year. Continued on P6 Within a few days we expect that the H-1B visa lottery will reach the annual cap, as it has for the past six years, highlighting the overwhelming demand for this visa category FWD.us president Todd Schulte social media profiles, emails and phone numbers used in the last five years. S Details: P13 der the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, even without an FIR being registered. It, however, will reconsider last month's judgment at hearing after 10 days and asked parties to file their written submissions within two days. The bench said this on a plea by the Centre seeking recall of its March 20 order where the apex court had said that no arrest would be affected on a complaint under the Act without an inquiry. Continued on P6 Vijaysai privilege move futile, says Yanamala OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP state government on Tuesday contended that the notice for breach of privilege moved in Rajya Sabha by YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy against Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is infructuous. AP Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Tuesday said that if a privilege motion has to be moved against the Chief Minister, one has to be a member of the Assembly. Naidu had lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Assembly during a debate. Continued on P6 No re-exam for CBSE Class X Maths Re-examination for class XII Economics on April 25 OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday ruled out conducting re-examination of Class X Mathematics paper. However, the board would conduct the re-examination of Class XII Economics paper on April 25. In a press communiqué, the CBSE's Controller of Examinations (CoE) said earlier it was notiﬁed to re-conduct the Class X Maths examination, if considered necessary. However, internal inquiries and inputs from the ongoing police investigations indicate that the alleged leak may be conﬁned to a few alleged beneﬁciaries. Stating that there wouldn’t be any re-exam, the Board said the Class X Maths examination is essentially a gateway for Class XI. Continued on P6
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