www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 5 APRIL 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.39°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 06:25 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H New clauses in PR Hyd company powers solar Act irk secretaries projects in NE India W P3 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 ith the newly-introduced Panchayat Raj Act stripping panchayat secretaries of their executive powers, they seem to be at loggerhead with the government and are demanding removal of certain clauses from the Act. C ity-based Freyr Energy on Wednesday announced the completion of 640-KW solar rooftop projects in Manipur. The systems have been installed at various government buildings after winning the tender from Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency. P9 KCR MULLS CONCLAVE OF REGIONAL PARTIES WINDOWS Regional party heads’ meeting likely to be held in Delhi or Hyderabad PATAN AFZAL BABU Dawood figures in UNSC list of terrorists Islamabad: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, wanted in India as the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts and accused of crimes such as match-fixing and extortion, figured in the UN Security Council's updated list of terrorists and militant groups. The list which has 139 entries from Pakistan. S P8 5 Maoists killed in Jharkhand encounter Latehar: Five Maoists, including two commanders carrying rewards of Rs 5 lakh each on their heads, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Latehar district on Wednesday, officials said. Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu bears the Tricolour as she leads the Indian contingent at Carrara Stadium during the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018, at Gold Coast in Australia on Wednesday SC junks pleas against retest of CBSE exams New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed ﬁve petitions challenging the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to conduct a reexamination of the Class 12 Economics paper after an alleged leak. The top court said it is the discretion of the CBSE to conduct the re-examination and can’t be challenged in the court. A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao asked the students who had challenged the CBSE’s decision to appear in the examination if conducted. Several petitions were ﬁled before the apex court after the CBSE said on 28 March that the Class 10 Maths and Class 12 Economics paper had allegedly leaked. The CBSE said on Tuesday that it has found after assessment there was no impact of alleged paper leak of Class 10 Maths paper and no re-examination would be held. Besides challenging the CBSE’s decision, the petitioners also wanted a CBI probe into the alleged paper leak, saying several incidents were reported from various states and Delhi Police was not competent to hold the nation-wide probe. Besides seeking an independent probe into the leak, one of the petitioners, 15-year-old Rohan Mathew, also sought a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of the examinations already conducted. Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has stepped up his efforts for the formation of a federal front to serve as an alternative to BJP and Congress. In a move to bring antiBJP and Congress forces under one roof, the TRS supremo has decided to conduct a national conclave with the heads of all ‘like- minded’ regional parties in the country soon. The national conference with regional party leaders is likely to be held in Hyderabad or New Delhi in May or June. The objective of the meeting is to share views on the Centre-states relations, transfer of powers to states and communion of regional parties against the domination of national parties. The conclave is expected to deliberate hurdles being faced by the states where regional parties are in power; fulﬁlling of poll promises; meeting people’s aspirations like increase of the quota for the poor communities in education and employment and the Centre’s Modi bitterly betrayed Andhra people: Chandrababu New Delhi/Hyderabad: The visit of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to New Delhi has ruffled the feathers of the BJP more than what it was when the Telugu Desam Party quit the NDA. While Naidu made all-out efforts to express his anguish over the abject neglect of the residual state of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday and pitched for new impetus to the concept of cooperative federalism, which is being a given a short-shrift by the Narendra Modi dispensation. Naidu, during his interaction with the leaders of non-BJP po- DEMANDS THAT A JPC REVIEW SPECIAL CATEGORY STATUS ISSUE SEEING RED KEY TAKEAWAYS S Expresses his anguish over neglect of Andhra Pradesh S Raises the issue of cooperative federalism S Accuses PM Modi of going back on his promise S Takes exception to counter oﬀensive by BJP leaders S Says Centre failed to release funds for Polavaram project S Javadekar hits back at Naidu saying there is no truth in his words litical parties at the nation's capital, raised the issue of how the spirit of cooperative feder- alism which was supposed to be the cornerstone for healthy Centre-state relations had taken Hyderabad: Private buses will not be allowed to park on city roads. They will have to conﬁne themselves to Outer Ring Road. The passengers bound for various destinations in these private buses would be ferried to them by TS RTC buses. Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy on Wednesday directed the officials to strictly implement the rule of not allowing the private travel buses into city and that they would have to park beyond ORR limits. The minister had earlier asked the officials to ensure that a backseat under the present NDA government, in an attempt to strike a chord with them. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar reacted sharply saying that Naidu was trying to create confusion among the people and that there was no truth in the allegations he was levelling against the Centre. Later in the evening, in his over two-hourlong media-conference at the Constitution Club in New Delhi, the AP Chief Minister said that after waiting for four years hoping that the Prime Minister would keep his word of according special category status for the state, he had stepped out of the NDA. Continued on P4 BJP in hunt for chief to take on TDP PURANDESWARI ONE OF THE FRONT-RUNNERS R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: After taking a leap of faith into the BJP, realising that the Congress was a sinking ship post bifurcation of the state in 2014, former Union minister and BJP Mahila Morcha in-charge Daggubati Purandeswari lately is understood to be moving her pawns on the political chess board very carefully. As the BJP national leadership is about to appoint a new president for AP state unit since Visakhapatnam MP K Haribabu's term had expired quite long ago, one of the front runners for the post is NTR's daughter Purandeswari who is known for her ability to speak ﬂuently in English and Telugu and impress the audience in public meetings. Though all parties are blaming the BJP for the ills of the state and the saffron party leaders are giving back to them in equal measure, Purandeswari is steering clear of the controversy since even if she defends the BJP, awkward questions might be asked and she may not have satisfactory answers on denial of Special Category Status and the beneﬁts promised in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. Continued on P4 Out of bounds for private buses in Hyderabad OUR BUREAU high handedness on states. The TRS chief has already put the proposal to hold a major conference with regional parties during his meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata recently. The same issue was also discussed with Jharkhand former Chief Minister Hemath Soren, who called on KCR at his residence in Hyderabad a week ago. Top sources said that KCR will meet some more regional party leaders, including NCP leader Sharad Pawar, BSP leader Mayawati, SP leader Akhilesh, DMK leader Stalin, Shiv Sena Chief Uddav Thackeray. KCR’s meeting with the leaders will be held in the last week of April. As the TRS plenary is scheduled in third week of this month, the Telangana party chief is planning to consolidate the regional forces from May onwards. Source said that KCR wanted the federal front to take a deﬁnite shape by June end as the parties will go into election mode from August to face the 2019 hustings. Continued on P4 Passenger boarding points to dot ORR no buses park on city roads as it was causing traffic congestion and inconvenience to the people. With officials failing to tame the operators of private buses, the minister asked the officials to implement his orders. He pointed out that RTC would run buses for the convenience of the people. Special focus would be on coordination between the transport and the RTC officials, he added. The minister said that all the transport offices would have own buildings within a year. Out of the 54 transport offices in the state only 16 have own buildings. The minister expressed his un- happiness over the delay in identifying land for the buildings in Medak. The district officials said that land identiﬁcation was completed for 18 offices and the process of identiﬁcation was on for the 12 other places. The minister asked the officials to book cases against vehicles if they resort to overloading or involved in rash driving, risking the lives of passengers. He wanted the officials to take steps to avoid road accidents and also stress on road safety. Regarding the single permit issue of the lorry owners, the minister said that a committee would visit AP to take a decision. Skymet predicts normal monsoon Nil possibility of big nationwide drought New Delhi: Private weather forecasting agency, Skymet on Wednesday in its ﬁrst forecast said that southwest monsoon in 2018 is expected to be normal at 100 per cent of the long period average (LPA) with a model error of plus and minus 5 per cent. The long period average for the June to September rains is around 887 millimetres. The agency also said that there is nil possibility of a big nationwide drought or deﬁcient rainfall when the total cumulative seasonal rainfall across the country falls below 90 per cent of LPA. There is 80 per cent chance of the southwest monsoon to be normal (between 96-104 per cent of the LPA) this year. In the last three seasons, actual rains were below Skymet’s ﬁrst forecast in 2015 and 2016. However, the forecasts made in April were subsequently updated in the coming months. Meanwhile, monthwise Skymet said that monsoon rains in June would be 111% of the LPA with 90 per cent chance of it being normal. June gets around 164 millimetres of rainfall. July rains are expected to be 97 per cent of the LPA with 70 per cent chance of it being Continued on P4 normal.
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