www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 24% Sunrise: 06:09 Sunset: 06:31 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H AU alumnus to Bitcoin in danger as head US varsity RBI cracks whip A 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 WINDOWS Time ripe to introduce videography in investigations: SC New Delhi (PTI): Investigating agencies in India are not fully equipped and prepared for the use of videography but time was "ripe" that steps are taken to introduce videography in probe, particularly for crime scene, to strengthen the rule of law, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court said this while approving the 'centrally driven plan of action' prepared by a committee, constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on use of videography in police investigation, and the timeline given by the panel. S P11 Insulted by Yogi, BJP MP complains to PM New Delhi (IANS): Chhotelal, a Dalit MP of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying the latter scolded and shunted him out when he met him over a party-related problem. In a letter to Modi written last month, Chhotelal, an MP from Robertsganj in Uttar Pradesh, complained about a local party functionary helping the rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in a block-level election and undermining his efforts. S P11 Arun Jaitley to undergo kidney transplant New Delhi(IANS): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from some kidney related problems and is set to undergo kidney transplant this weekend. S P11 P5 n alumnus of Andhra University, Prof Neeli Bendapudi, has become the 18th President of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She is daughter of Prof T Ramesh Dutta and Prof Padma Dutta, retired professors of English in Andhra University. T he Reserve Bank on Thursday tightened the rules to discourage use of virtual currencies like Bitcoins and also announced a study to explore introduction of 'fiat' digital currencies which can be issued by it. Human chain unites Oppn P13 GOLDEN MOMENTS OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Hyderabad: In a rare display of unity, all Opposition parties led by the Congress on Thursday came together and staged a protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue and organised a human chain on the premises of Parliament resenting NDA’s indifference to several issues of national importance. The protestors formed the human chain from Rajya Sabha chairman's office to that of the Prime Minister. Those who took part in the protest included Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, party president Rahul Gandhi and leaders of Telugu Desam, Samajwadi Party BSP, TMC, NCP, left parties and DMK. They also staged a dharna at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Congress general secretary K C Venugopal, who took part in the protest, accused the government of making a mockery of the proceedings of Parliament and not holding discussions on key issues. Those who were conspicuous by their absence were those belonging to the YSRCP and AIADMK. The protest was held in the back- TDP READIES PLAN B OUR BUREAU Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi stands along with opposition party members, including TDP during a protest against the NDA government at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday drop of the 13 Opposition parties making a representation to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday requesting them to ensure that discussion would take place in Parliament on issues ranging from CBSE paper leakage, PNB scam, SC/ST Atrocities Act, constitution of Cauvery board and so on. In Lok Sabha too, on Thursday, Jail for ‘Tiger’ Salman in blackbuck case Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre acquitted Jodhpur: A court has convicted superstar Salman Khan and sentenced him to ﬁve years in prison for killing two blackbucks, capping a 20-year case that began with a late night safari outside Jodhpur on the sidelines of a ﬁlm shoot. The court in this tourist city acquitted his Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, giving them the "beneﬁt of doubt" for the incident in October 1998. Besides attracting attention due to Salman's popularity, the case also caught the nation's imagination because it was the ﬁrst time that ﬁve actors were involved in one single case. "The accused is a popular actor whose deeds are followed by people. Despite this, the accused hunted two blackbucks," said Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri in his written judgment. Since morning, media crews, hundreds of stargazers and security personnel swarmed the court premises waiting for Salman and the other accused to show up. Large crowds armed with phone cameras lined up along the 2-kilometre route from the court as the 52-yearold was whisked away in a Bolero police jeep to spend a night in the Jodhpur Central Jail. Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at the court to hear the verdict in black buck poaching case, in Jodhpur on Thursday Animal rights activists welcomed the sentencing, and some said Salman should have been given the maximum punishment under the Wildlife Act. "We are happy that justice has prevailed and a serial offender is behind bars. The judiciary has once again proved that the popularity of the accused has no bearing on the case before the court," said Gauri Maulekhi of People For Animals. As the sentence is more than three years, Salman will have to appeal in a higher court for bail. His lawyer, Anand Desai, said the sessions court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence/ bail at 10.30 am on Friday. Salman has consistently denied shooting the two deer, as claimed by the prosecution. Continued on P6 the scene was painfully similar with AIADMK members trooping into the well and the Speaker expressing helplessness in taking up no-conﬁdence motion when the House was not in order. She ﬁrst adjourned the House till noon and when the situation remained the same even after the House reassembled, she adjourned it to Friday. Continued on P6 Amaravati: TDP is said to have prepared Plan B to counter the arguments of the Union government in case it decides to have a 5-hour discussion on no-conﬁdence motion on Friday. According to party circles here, the Centre is contemplating taking up the discussion giving very little time for each party to speak and during the reply, the government will reel out details of what it had given to Andhra Pradesh. To counter this, Andhra Pradesh Assembly will take up a discussion on the issue of the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. Naidu, who would reply to the discussion, will once again come out with official ﬁgures of the funds that the Centre had released to the state government under each head. Gold medalist Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu all smiles during the medal ceremony of women's 48 kg weightlifting event during the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, on Thursday Lifters bolster Indian spirits Gold Coast: Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the ﬁrst gold for India at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games with a power-packed performance in the women's 48 kilogram category here on Thursday. The Manipuri powerhouse left the competition far behind by setting Games and Commonwealth records in the snatch, clean and jerk as well as the total. TDP out to deny any edge to YSRC OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party, has decided to shift gears to impart momentum to the struggle and not let, at any cost, Jagan Mohan Reddy steal the thunder from his campaign against the NDA. As part of this TDP members of Rajya Sabha, since afternoon stayed put in the House raising slogans refusing to move out protesting against the no conﬁdence motion not being taken up in the House on the pretext that the House was not in order. Expressing solidarity with them, TDP MPs protest in Rajya Sabha house in Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday Govt sets 40-month deadline for Polavaram hydel project K VARA PRASADA RAO Amaravati: Amidst uncertainty over completion of Polavaram Irrigation Project in time in the wake of clash between TDP government and BJP-led NDA government, the state government has decided to commence the works of Polavaram Hydro Electric Project and set a 40-month deadline to for its completion. APGenco will conduct a kick off meeting on Friday to chalk out action plan for taking up the project S AP Genco to conduct kick oﬀ meeting on hydel project to chalk out action plan today S Navayuga group to take up works of `3,220.28 cr S State has to bear total cost of `5,000 cr on its own S Navayuga will start works in July, but government made payment in January works with all stakeholders. The 960 MW capacity of Polavaram hydel project was awarded to Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd for an amount of Rs 3,220.28 crore on EPC basis on December 12, 2017. The Navayuga will complete civil and all electro-mechanical works and AP Genco will take up the remaining works. The state government has to bear total estimated cost of Rs 4,956.39 crore on its own as the project was not included in AP Reorganisation Continued on P6 Act. Private school teachers exploited to the hilt MD AMEEN Vijayawada: Thousands of teachers working in private schools in the state are deprived of monetary beneﬁts and on top of it are facing the burden of overload of work. The managements of private schools are keen on earning proﬁts and ignoring the problems and welfare of the teachers. According to official sources, 28 lakh students are studying, and 94,000 teachers are working in the private schools in the state. Nearly 15,000 private schools are functioning. Out of which more than 20 per cent MORE WORK, NO SOPS S Teachers under stress due to low income S Managements not implementing GO No 1 S HRD Minister to meet MLCs to discuss teachers’ problems S Nearly 94,000 teachers are working in private schools private schools are run by the corporate groups, which are fast expanding their network in recent years. Private schools are paying salaries between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 a month to the teach- She registered 86 kg in the snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 196 kg. Such was her dominance that she set a record in each of her six lifts in the competition. Also hogging the limelight was another weightlifter, Gururaja, who won the silver in the men 56 kg category with 111 kg in snatch and 138 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 249 kg. ers depending on their qualification and experience. In cities like Vijayawada, most corporate schools are paying less than Rs 20,000 a month to the teachers. The teachers don’t have facilities like Provident Fund and ESI. Boddu Nageswara Rao, MLC, has pointed out most teachers are living in miserable conditions due to heavy load of work, stress, low salary and without any benefits like ESI and PF. He said as per the GO No 1 issued in 1994, the private school managements have to pay 50 per cent of their fee collections as salaries to the teachers and should spend 15 per cent of fee as retirement benefits to the teachers. He said most schools don’t follow this GO. He lamented the successive governments also not taking action on the manage- ments of the private schools. He said the government can cancel the registration if they fail to follow the government norms. Due to increasing competition, the corporate and noncorporate school managements are putting pressure on the teachers to enroll students in the beginning of academic year. Consequently, teachers are visiting nearby areas and distributing pamphlets to parents. Instead of appointing marketing staff, the school managements are asking the teachers to take part in the publicity campaign. Continued on P6 TDP Lok Sabha members staged dharna in Central Hall. They kept demanding Special Category Status and implementation of the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act. They were evicted late in the evening. As YSRC MPs will be going on fast from Friday, Naidu has come out with his action plan, keen on taking the wind out of sails of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s agitation. The action plan of Naidu includes bicycle yatras by all ministers, MLAs and MLCs from Venkatayapalem to Assembly on Friday. Naidu himself would take part in Continued on P6 the rally. Facebook data breach hits over 5.6 lakh Indian users New Delhi: Private data of over 5.6 lakh Indian Facebook users was compromised by a private marketing ﬁrm that later sold the personal details acquired through a quiz app to Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based company at the centre of a global privacy breach storm. The social media giant informed the Indian government on Thursday about the details of compromised accounts in response to a notice over the user data breach and details of the steps Facebook was taking to ensure safety and prevent misuse of personal data. A Facebook spokesperson said a possible breach of data of 562,455 users happened after 335 Facebook users in India installed a quiz app, "thisisyourdigitallife" between November 2013 and December 2015. The response comes after Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer in a blog post showed country-speciﬁc break-up of people affected by the data breach, saying information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the US, may have been "improperly" shared with the British political consultancy ﬁrm Cambridge Analytica. The app, developed by University of Cambridge psychology researcher Aleksandr Kogan and his company Global Science Research, pulled out data of not only these 335 users but their friends as well as friends of friends also.
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