www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 12 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.37°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:32 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Cong furious as cops hold Saudi Aramco buys 50% Raghu from paying tributes stake in $44-bn Maha refinery M 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 CJI first among equals, has power to allocate cases: SC New Delhi: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is the "first among equals" and occupies a unique position having the "exclusive prerogative" to allocate cases and set up benches to hear cases, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. The verdict assumed significance as it came in the backdrop of the January 12 unprecedented press conference of seniormost judges, including Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph raising the issue of improper allocation of cases. S P11 P5 ild tension prevailed at Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram when the police prevented a group of the Congress leaders including PCC president N Raghuveera Reddy from garlanding the statue of social reformer Jyotirao Phule to mark his birth anniversary on Wednesday. audi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, on Wednesday signed an agreement to pick up 50 per cent stake in a planned $44-billion refinerycum-petrochemical project in Maharashtra, a move that will give it an assured customer for additional 30 million tonnes of its crude oil. P13 Naidu hints at hung Parl TDP will play role of king-maker post 2019 polls OUR BUREAU MODI, BEWARE! Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party launched its poll campaign on the occasion of the birth anniversary of social reformer Jyotirao Phule. Addressing a meeting in Vijayawada, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hinted that there would be hung Parliament and TDP would play the role of king-maker. He thus appealed to people to see that all the 25 Lok Sabha seats go in favour of the yellow party. Unveiling the action plan, Naidu said the TDP would hold series of meetings beginning from April 30 to expose how Modi cheated people of Andhra Pradesh. The party will hold a huge public rally on that day most probably at Tirupati and would play the audio and video tapes of what Modi had said at the Tirupati meeting before 2014 elections and will also explain the various developmental activities. The TDP will also list out the schemes implemented by the government, including loan waiver for farmers, providing interestfree loans to self-help groups despite Centre not releasing adequate funds to the State. The TDP would fan out into every nook and corner of the state and would expose the BJP, he said. Referring to the fast to be undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Naidu said the Prime Minister should sit on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addressing at the birth anniversary celebrations of Jyotirao Phule in Vijayawada on Wednesday fast for having failed to help the State and going back on the promise of according Special Category Status and not for disruption of proceedings of the business in Parliament. The Chief Minister said it was the government that was responsible for the ruckus and not the opposition parties. As leader of the House he did not make any attempt to resolve the issue. He said MPs from AP were upset that the Centre had cheated them and hence were protesting. The government encouraged MARKED FOR GRILL Missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria Washington/Beirut: US President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar Assad. Trump was reacting to a warning from Assad’s main ally Russia on Tuesday that any US missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. S P12 S Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg adjusts his tie as he arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. S P12 some parties to create disturbance in Parliament and ran away from taking up no-conﬁdence motion, he said. Modi was even violating the Supreme Court’s direction to constitute Cauvery water management board as he was scared of backlash in Karnataka elections. Naidu said the BJP is unable to digest the fact that TDP had quit NDA and had taken on the national party. Hence, they had joined hands with some political parties and were trying to take revenge against the people of the state. Naidu called upon the people to elect TDP candidates in all the 25 parliamentary seats so that they can play the role of king-maker at the Centre and ensure that a government that would help the state was in place. “We will also achieve SCS,” he said. Reacting to the resignations of YSRC MPs, Naidu took a dig at them by saying their ‘Rajinamalu’ was “BJP tho Raji, Prajalu ki Namalu” (understanding with BJP and cheating the people). Naidu said that whether the Centre helps or not, there was no question of going back on the projects and programmes the government had launched and this includes construction of Capital city. He said if need be he would take help from private sector to raise funds for the capital city project. New Delhi: The Cauvery water dispute on Wednesday forced the BCCI to shift Chennai Super Kings' remaining home games to Pune as the state administration expressed inability to ensure adequate security arrangements for the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. "The matches had to be shifted out of Chennai as police had said that they were unable to provide security in the prevailing situation. CSK is not averse to shifting base to Pune," IPL Chairman Rajv Shukla said. There were already calls by various groups not to host cricket matches in Chennai when the state was facing such a grave situation. Massive protests were witnessed on Tuesday ahead of the match OUR BUREAU Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu with Xiaomi delegation at Hotel Marasa Sarovar in Tirupati on Wednesday He stressed the government’s commitment in bringing these suppliers to the State as it was embarking on industrial development. In the hardware sector, Last two fasting MPs shifted to hospital OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The remaining two fasting YSRC MPs, Mithun Reddy and Avinash Reddy, were forcibly evicted by the Delhi police from Andhra Bhavan and admitted them to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital as their condition had considerably deteriorated on the sixth Foxconn, Dixon, Celkon, Karbon and Reliance Jio, have already come forward to establish their industries in the State. Continued on P6 IPL JACKPOT FOR OXFORD OF THE EAST S Gunakara Rao between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders and an identiﬁed protestor ﬂung a shoe at CSK's Ravindra Jadeja during the match. S Report: P16 Why PM not fasting for farmers’ cause, asks Owaisi Hyderabad: All-India Majlis-eIttehadul Muslimeen party chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday wanted to know if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would undertake a fast on suicides by farmers. “If the Prime Minister wants to fast for whole session of Parliament getting washed out, I want to ask the honourable Prime Minister where is his sense of duty lost, wherein, in the past four years thousands of farmers committed suicides," he said. He said farmers in Maharashtra also committed suicide. "Will the Prime Minister fast for those farmers? Will he sit on fast against the atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh? Why does not the Prime Minister sit on fast to atone for his false promises?” the Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP Continued on P6 asked. Govt on top gear in acquiring land for Kovvada N-plant CHOWDARI LAKSHMANA RAO Srikakulam: Notwithstanding ﬁnancial dire-straits into which the US-based Westinghouse Electric Company got into, which is supposed to build nuclear power plant (NPP) at Kovvada in Ranasthalam mandal, the state government is going ahead acquiring the land necessary for setting up the nuclear plant. Interestingly, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) too has not yet made any application to Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for approval for setting up the NPP and yet the process is going on for acquisition of the land. The total land proposed to be acquired for NPP is 2,072.84 acres and of this, day of indefinite hunger strike. The MPs were on fast demanding Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh since the adjournment of Parliament sine die. The other three MPs -- Y V Subba Reddy, Rajamohan Reddy and Varaprasad -- had already been moved to the hospital in the last three days. Continued on P6 CHENNAI LOSS IS PUNE’S GAIN AP right habitat for investors: CM Tirupati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday tried to impress upon investors by explaining various measures his government has taken to provide the right habitat for them to start operations. Speaking to media persons after holding talks with a delegation of 98 representatives from 38 companies which are into the production of spares for mobiles besides a delegation of 20 representatives from Xiaomi here, Naidu said the region was the right place for them because of abundance of resources available. Fasting YSRC MP Avinash Reddy being shifted from the hunger strike camp at Andhra Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday 1,473.84 acres form government lands and 599 acres are private. Of the government land, payment has been made in respect of 767.98 acres to those who have either occupied it illegally or to those to whom the land was given as assigned land. For assigned land, Rs 18 lakh has to be paid for per acre and for encroachments the compensation is Rs 9 lakh per acre. Of the remaining 705.86 acres of government land, inquiry is pending in respect of 61.95 acres, another 89.50 acres of land is under the control of above poverty line (APL) families, who are already having more than five acres of private land, which is against rules. Another 222.14 acres land is under disputed category and the officials sent a report to the government for approval. The remaining 332.27 acres of land is clear government land. “Payment would be made for these 705.86 acres of lands soon after resolving pending issues and getting government approval,” said Srikakulam RDO, Balivada Dayanidhi to The Hans India. “We will pay amount to 599 acres of zeroyat lands in May first week by that time total LA process will be completed,” the RDO added. “I do not understand why the state government is keen on land acquisition even though Westinghouse is not doing well,” CITU state secretary, Ch Narasing Rao says. “After acquiring land from owners, assignees and occupants, the government may hand it to other companies, if the nuclear power plant proposal falls through” he stated. Those from whom the land is being acquired are helpless. “At present, we are not able to resist LA process as officials are making payments as per new LA Act, 2013,” said Kovvada sarpanch M Polisu. Jawan from AP killed in J&K encounter OUR BUREAU Srinagar/ Srikakulam: An army jawan from Andhra Pradesh was killed in an encounter with terrorists that occurred at Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. Four civilians were also killed and 20 injured as protesters clashed with security personnel in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir while an encounter was on with militants. The soldier who was killed is identiﬁed as Sada Gunakara Rao, 25, of ASKaviti village in Pathapatnam mandal of Srikakulam district. His family members received communication from the army officials on Wednesday evening regarding the martyrdom. Gunakara Rao joined the Army in 2012 to overcome his family ﬁnancial crisis. He has three elder sisters who got married and his parents had planned to perform his marriage in coming six months. After receiving message from the army officials pale of gloom descended at the house of Gunakara Rao. His father Malleswara Rao is an agriculture labour and worried about their future. His mortal remains would reach ASKaviti village by Thursday evening, according to relatives of the deceased. Army paid beﬁtting tributes to Sapper Sada Gunakara Rao who attained martyrdom during counter terrorist operations in Kulgam district. Continued on P6
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