www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers early Temp: Max.37°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:32 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Postal dept holds up `54 cr Saudi Arabia's maiden fashion wages of MNREGS workers week kicks off for women only B 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 P5 oina Ramaiah of Boinavaripalem, a wage seeker under MGNREGS with job card number 081112302002020398-01, is shocked to know that Rs 11,060 of his hard-earned money as wages is waiting for withdrawal at Eepurupalem branch post office since June 2016. Kidambi World No. 1 FIRST INDIAN MALE TO ACHIEVE THE FEAT P7 OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Pratyekahoda Sadhana Samithi has given a one-day State-wide bandh call on April 16. The leaders of the Samithi, including CPM and the CPI here on Thursday made the bandh announcement demanding Special Category Status for AP. The leaders said that all the emergency services would be exempted from bandh. CPM state committee member Ch Babu Rao said that all the parties extended their proposed strike. He said the BJPled NDA government cheated the people. He said that they would fight against the Centre in people’s court. CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar expressed support for the proposed bandh. He said that they would fight the injustice done to the state. New Delhi: Kidambi Srikanth has became the ﬁrst Indian male shuttler to achieve the world number one ranking in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) chart released on Thursday. Legendary Prakash Padukone was revered as the world number one player during his hey days before the modern day computerised ranking system was introduced. Srikanth thus became only the second Indian after Saina Nehwal, who had occupied the women's top spot in 2015, to achieve the feat, following his consistent run last year, when he won four titles to be also bestowed with the Padma Shri award. Continued on P6 VITAL GOVT INFO LEAK TO OPPOSITION Some babus come under scanner OUR BUREAU Amravati: The Government of Andhra Pradesh is contemplating to review the work of top officials, including a few advisors to the government, who enjoy Cabinet rank, over ﬂight of sensitive information from the conﬁdential ﬁles of the government. According to reliable sources, a few ministers have sounded Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that there is a need to put some officials under the scanner since the information is suspected to be reaching those whom it should not. The ministers are understood to have pointed out that after the TDP’s exit from the NDA, the officials who have a soft corner for the BJP might be helping the BJP leaders with the information, usually not accessible to the saffron party leaders. According to a source, the manner in which the BJP MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju reeled out statistics relating to Polavaram to substantiate his allegations against the government came as a surprise to the ruling party members since the ﬁgures were supposed to be conﬁdential. Though the government feels that it has nothing to worry since it had not done anything that was unlawful, a section of leaders told Naidu that it would be better to ensure that there was no leakage of any information lest the opposition including the BJP should try use it to create problems, by twisting the facts. Similarly, the sources said, it had come to their notice that there have been some irregularities in the release of advertisements to the printmedia. Newspapers which have better circulation were ignored while certain papers were shown undue consideration. Though the sources are not willing to pinpoint anyone, they feel that there are a couple of them at the top level who have been moving with Naidu even during foreign tours and are privy to inside information. Since the TDP is now ﬁghting for Special Category Status, it should ensure that no information leaks out to its opponents. “There is a need to check the present or past political lineage of such top officials,” the sources add. uation where all parties are coming together to hit back at the Prime Minister for riding rough-shod over them in all aspects,” he said. Naidu, speaking to media-persons after inaugurating Tech Tower set up by the Andhra Pradesh Police Department at Mangalagiri here, pointed out that according Special Category Visakhapatnam: Though everyone is demanding setting up of Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh, no one knows what it is all about. The concept has not been made known to everyone. “We do not know vision, mission, objectives, programmes that would be offered, teaching methods and so on,” educationists said. The educationists included academicians, vice-chancellors of various universities say they do not know how the tribal university is being structured. They point out that tribal university will not be sustainable unless primary, secondary and college education for tribals has not been fortiﬁed. In Andhra Pradesh, the students’ dropout rate in schools is very high. Of 100 students who pass out Status for AP was only a matter of political solution. The TDP was examining waging a legal ﬁght with the Centre to get what is due to the state. He said the position of the Chief Minister sovereign in nature. “I am ﬁghting for the state’s rights. My ﬁght is with the Prime Minister and the central government,” he said and grant- Modi observes ‘working fast’ New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah along with BJP MPs fasted on Thursday across the country to protest against the washout of the second half of Parliament's Budget session for which the BJP blamed on the Congress. Modi observed the fast even as he continued with his official work, including inaugurating BJP MPs join Modi’s fast against Parliament disruption the 10th edition of Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai. Shah undertook the hunger strike at Dharwad in electionbound Karnataka along with party's Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and other MPs. Shah hit out at the Congress for "disrupting" Parliament, saying it happened for the ﬁrst in independent India's history that the ruling party (BJP) was ready to discuss every issue but the opposition was shying away from discussion. Bharatiya Janata Party MPs observed fast in their constituencies while Rajya Sabha MPs protested at various places. Continued on P6 73% pass Inter second year KRISHNA DISTRICT STANDS FIRST WHILE KADAPA LAST OUR BUREAU Rajamahendravaram: HRD Minister Ghanta Srinivasa Rao has released Intermediate second year2018 results here on Thursday in the presence of Board of Intermediate Education Commissioner B Uday Lakshmi and MLA Gorantla Buchaiah Choudary. This year also the girls proved their mettle in the examination by dominating boys. Girls pass percentage is 77 per cent while the boys pass percentage us 70 per cent. Continued on P6 HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao releasing Intermediate second year results at Rajamahendravaram on Thursday. Rajamahendravaram Rural MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Choudary, Board of Intermediate Education commissioner B Udaya Lakshmi and other officials are seen Verdict on SC/ST Act resulting in great damage, Centre informs SC New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday bluntly told the Supreme Court its verdict on the SC/ST Act is resulting in "great damage" to the country and causing "anger and a sense of disharmony" among the people, as it vehemently urged for a review and recall of its order. In an apparent damage control move days after the violent nationwide protests against the verdict, the Centre also dubbed the entire judgement on an issue of "very sensitive nature" as "vitiated" and a "judicial legislation". It reminded the apex court of separation of powers between the legislatures, the executive and the judiciary. The un- usually strong criticism of the top court by the Centre came in its written submissions to back its review petition against the March 20 verdict which "diluted" the stringent provisions of the act that seeks to prevent atrocities against SCs/STs. The Modi government has come under intense attack from Dalit groups and opposition parties, including Congress for its alleged failure to defend the act in the top court. But it maintained it was not a party to the case which resulted in the apex court issuing guidelines that bar automatic arrest in cases registered under the law. Tribal University remains a riddle for educationists VKL GAYATRI P12 Opposition to centralism growing, ﬁnds Naidu Amaravati: In a fresh offensive against the Centre, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said that no one fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi anymore since his popularity graph has nose-dived lately. “Now everyone is voicing strong protest against Modi’s excessive centralism much to the detriment of the state. By raising our voice, we have created a sit- AP bandh on Monday audi Arabia has kicked off its first-ever fashion week with designs by Middle Eastern, Brazilian, US and Russian designers, as well as shows by internationally renowned labels Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier. No fear of Modi anymore: CM OUR BUREAU WINDOWS S of SSC, only 65 go to Intermediate education and of them only 40 per cent seek admission to degree colleges. When it comes to master’s degree, it is only 12 to 14 per cent of those who pass out of degree colleges. Senior professors say that instead of strengthening existing universities, the Centre is coming out with the concept of tribal university only to garner votes of the tribals in the elections. Except in major universities, 40 to 50 per cent of seats reserved for tribals in other universities remain vacant and one can imagine what will be fate of the tribal university, a senior professor points out. “What is this tribal university? Is it exclusively for Adivasi students? If so, what programmes would be offered at this university? It would be an intelligent idea if such a university gives priority to protect tribal languages that are fast vanishing. Arts and crafts, engineering skills have to be taught to students at the university. If the government seeks opinions, we are ready to give some,” said Prof PD Satya Paul, head of Anthropology Department of Andhra University. Continued on P6 ing what is due to the state constitutionally has now become purely a political issue. There are no two opinions that only a political decision could deliver SCS to the state,” he said, adding that the TDP would ﬁght with the Centre as well as seek legal recourse. He said he would not hesitate to go to Delhi any number of times. “There will be no compromise till the Centre grants SCS,” Continued on P6 he said. Vijaysai meddling with AgriGold solution: CKR OUR BUREAU Amaravati: AP Planning Board vice-chairman C Kutumba Rao on Thursday hit out at YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy for driving away Zee Essel Group which came forward to take over the properties of AgriGold. Speaking to media-persons at the Secretariat, Rao said that Vijayasai Reddy had threatened the Zee Essel group that they would have to face CBI inquiry if they acquired the AgriGold properties. Kutumba Rao accused Vijayasai Reddy of requesting the Prime Minister to order CBI probe if Zee Esssel group acquires the AgriGold properties. He said on the other hand, the YSRC has been shedding crocodile tears over the plight of the AgriGold victims. It is because of YSRC that the justice is being delayed to the 18 lakh victims of AgriGold, he said, pointing out that the High Court will be hearing the case again on April 25. Continued on P6 CM seeks suggestions for Amaravati OUR BUREAU Mangalagiri: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has promised that the State government will implement the valuable suggestions taken from the Happy Cities Summit in building the Amaravati capital. Participating as chief guest in valedictory of the Summit on Thursday, Naidustated that constructing greenﬁeld city is a rare opportunity for any state and the Andhra Pradesh got this opportunity. Naidu said that he had rich experience of constructing brownﬁeld city Cyberabad but this greenﬁeld city construction is altogether a new experience and needed more efforts here. Observing that Singapore city was enjoying high security and good liveable conditions, he said Finland and Netherland also have wonderful cities. Though Japan has high living standards, the happiness was missing in the citizens, which needed serious attention, he added. Stating all the rich persons and poor were not happy, Naidu stated though the poorest of poor in AP were living in huts in forest areas, they were leading a happy life. At the same time, the richest l The Happy Cities summit concludes l Naidu says constructing greenfield city is a rare opportunity for any state and AP got this opportunity l Launches Happy Cities Innovation Lab to encourage talent persons were worrying more for materialistic things, he added. He appreciated the participants of Pitch Competitions where the participants presented innovative ideas. The CRDA entered memorandum of understanding with winners in the competition and Naidu directed them to start working from now onwards. During the end of the summit, Naidu also launched Happy Cities Innovation Lab, which will encourage the talent. Loh Ah Tuan, member, panel of experts CLC, Singapore, stated that theSummit gave good suggestions to policy makers across the globe. Continued on P6
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