www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 9 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered clouds Temp: Max.36°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 10% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 06:32 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Fertility rates decline among Equity schemes offer dynamic both men & women in state solution to tax savings 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 P7 WINDOWS he fertility rate among women and men has been coming down in the state. Radiation, tobacco consumption, alcohol addiction, lack of nutritious food and sleep deprivation are said to be the causes for the decline in the birth rate among the couples in Andhra Pradesh T ax savings is an annual ritual with most investors in our country and also many keep it to the last minute. Though, tax planning forms a figment of the comprehensive financial planning, most tend to give higher importance and thereby also making some grave mistakes in choosing the right instrument for saving the tax STRUGGLE FOR SCS SUPER SUNDAY India stun Singapore to seal historic women TT gold Teen shooter Manu Bhaker, weightlifter Punam Yadav win golds GOLDEN GIRLS MEDALS INDIA WON NBW against Nirav, Choksi New Delhi: A special CBI court in Mumbai has issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi in connection with the cases related to over $2 billion banking fraud in the Punjab National Bank (PNB), an official said here on Sunday. The special court has allowed the application of the agency for the issuance of NBWs against Modi and Choksi, who had repeatedly refused to join the investigation in the scam, considered the biggest in the banking history of the country, the officials said. S P13 GOLD Silver Bronze 7 2 3 Gold Coast: New Delhi: India's show on Day 4 at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 had much to cheer for Indian fans, especially in the weightlifting, table tennis and shooting events. Sunday has seen three more gold medals for India in the shape of weightlifter Punam Yadav, who won gold in the women’s 69kg event, teenage shooting prodigy Manu Bhaker, who won the women’s 10m air pistol event, and India women, who clinched a maiden table tennis team gold. In shooting, besides 16-year-old Manu Bhaker winning gold, Heena Sidhu won silver medal in the women’s 10metre air pistol and Ravi Kumar won a bronze in men’s event. India's total medals tally reached 12, with 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 TDP MPs make vain bid to storm PM’s residence Kejri meets them at police station, extends support OUR BUREAU Manika Batra Punam Yadav Manu Bhaker Bronze. While Australia is at the top with a total of 67 medals, England is placed second with 40. In boxing, ﬁve-time world champion M C Mary Kom conﬁrmed a medal (48 kg category) for India as she advanced to the semiﬁnals of the Commonwealth Games 2018 boxing event. This is Mary Kom's ﬁrst appearance in CWG. She will face Sri Lanka's Anusha Dilrukshi in the semiﬁnal on April 11. Later in the day, Paddler Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victo- ries, fashioning an unthinkable 3-1 win over formidable Singapore in the ﬁnal of the women's team event at the Commonwealth Games here. World No 58 Batra ﬁrst scored the biggest win of her career by humbling world number four and multiple Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei 3-2 and then brushed aside 100th-ranked Yihan Zhou 3-0 to engineer a sensational win over the mighty Singapore table tennis side. This was the second time the women's team reached a CWG ﬁnal, having made its maiden appearance in the 2010 edition in Delhi. At her ﬁrst CWG, the 16-year-old Bhaker put in a tremendous performance as he held her own against older and more experienced shooters, ﬁring a total of 240.9 to take gold. Sidhu stormed back from the face of elimination in stunning manner to claim silver with a total effort of 234. Bhaker had earlier shot a qualifying CWG record score of 388/400 in her ﬁrst appearance at the quadrennial games. In other good news, the Indian women’s team beat England 2-1 to move to the top of Pool A. BIOMETRIC ENTRY FOR ONLINE ENTRANCE TESTS Beauteous Gorintaku a nightmare for girls? V R C PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: Telangana State Council of Higher Education’s (TSCHE) ambitious initiative to hold online common entrance examinations is all set to give jitters to scores of girls intending to appear for these examinations from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. However, not all, but only those who had bedecked their hands with designs applying 'Gorintaku', popularly known as henna as well as using mehendi. Continued on Page 6 Join us for united fight Vijayamma asks Naidu to support YSRCP MPs’ fast New Delhi: If former chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy was alive, the state would not have been bifurcated and it would not have faced the situation it was now facing, said YSRC honorary president Y S Vijayalakshmi. Talking to the media at AP Bhavan here after meeting the party MPs who are on fast demanding special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Vijayalakshmi said the Centre was not taking the issue seriously since there was no unity among the MPs from the state. In the past such agitations were effective, and governments used to respond. Continued on Page 6 SIT orders clampdown on cryptocurrency New Delhi: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money has asked probe agencies to check and curb the use of cryptocurrencies as it reviewed their operation and circulation in the country and links to shady offshore transactions. Officials said the SIT recently held a meeting in the national capital during which it was briefed about the overall scenario of the operations of this virtual currency in the country. The SIT, official sources said, called cryptrocurrencies like bitcoins "illegal" and asked probe agencies such as the Income Tax Department, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to detect and stop their usage and check transactions being done over the Internet, including those with cross-border ramiﬁcations. P13 Saying that virtual currencies such as Bitcoins are illegal, SIT asked the probe agencies to detect and stop their usage over the Internet The panel, they said, would also prepare a report that would be submitted to the government in some time. "The government is the ﬁnal authority to frame rules and law to regulate these virtual currencies and the SIT would provide its report to it on the subject," a senior official said. During the meeting, the NCB informed the SIT that about four cryptocurrency-fuelled drugs smuggling transactions have been unearthed in the country in the last over two years while the tax department informed the panel about the searches it conducted on bitcoin exchanges across the country last year. A report prepared by the banking regulator --the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) -- was also taken up during the meeting, they said. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his speech on February 1, had said that cryptocurrencies were not legal and affirmed to eliminate their usage. The RBI, in the past, has come out with three speciﬁc warnings to discourage the public from investing in the virtual currencies. A government-appointed panel constituted to study the subject and suggest measures to tackle it had submitted its report to the Union Finance Ministry early this year. The Supreme Court-appointed SIT on black money was notiﬁed by the government in 2014 and is headed by Justice (Retd) M B Shah and has multiple central probe, enforcement and regulatory agencies as its member. New Delhi: The protesting TDP MPs made a vain attempt to take the agitation for special category status to the doorstep of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning. The MPs who have decided to hold a ﬂash protest near the house of the Prime Minister at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, but were detained by the police at Bhinder near the Air Force Station and were taken to Tughlak Road police station. About 20 MPs holding ﬂags and placards reading ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ were on their way to the PMs residence when they were detained by the police. They then sat on the road and raised slogans against the Central government. Policemen and security personnel forcibly removed them from there. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the lawmakers "in solidarity" at the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets with TDP MPs, who were detained at Tughlak Road Police Station for raising slogans outside Modi’s residence in New Delhi police station. Talking to the media, he said his party and his government extends full support to the ﬁght TDP had taken up. He said the demand for the special category status was genuine and justiﬁed. “Honourable MPs were on their way to meet the PM but instead of meeting them, the government has sent them to the police station. This shows the arrogance of the Prime Minister,” he said. Later he tweeted, "We condemn their detention and fully support the demand for special status of AP." Talking to the media TDP lawmaker Jayadev Galla said: "The Prime Minister is the person to take decisions on the special status. Continued on Page 6
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