www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.35°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:32 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H YSRCP chief’s padayatra to IT corridor drives office reach Vijayawada today space demand in Hyd Y 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 Indian medal-spree continues Gold Coast: It was yet another good day for India at the Commonwealth Games-2018 here on Friday. Its medal tally touched 42, which included 17 gold, which is two more than the yellow metals won in the 2014 Glasgow Games. The star performer of the day was Anish, the Haryana wonderkid, who shot down a Games record for his gold in the 25m rapid fire pistol event. There was a new low when race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu were ordered to return home a fter they failed to explain the presence of needles in their bedroom at the Games Village. S P16 Doval holds talks with China’s top CPC official Beijing: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday held talks with the top official of China's ruling Communist Party Yang Jiechi in Shanghai during which both sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges after the 2017 Dokalam standoff. Doval's visit was "part of regular high-level engagements between India and China," an Indian Embassy press release here said. S P12 Lawyers obstructing judicial process: SC New Delhi: Taking strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, the Supreme Court on Friday initiated a case on its own record saying such impediment “affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice”. The top court said that it is a settled law that a lawyer who appears for a victim or accused cannot be prevented by any bar association or group of lawyers, for it is his duty to appear in support of his client. S P11 P5 SR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy is all set to enter Vijayawada city as part of his PrajaSankalpa yatra on Saturday morning. He will enter the city at 8 am through Kanaka Durga Varadhi after completion of his Guntur district yatra H yderabad’s office market has maintained a steady growth over the past two years, dispelling apprehensions about the adverse impacts of bifurcation on commercial activity. In 2017 alone, the city witnessed the absorption of about seven million sq ft of office space. P13 COME PARTNERS, BUILD AMARAVATI Visakhapatnam, Tirupati too hold out good opportunities, CM to investors OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday made a fervent appeal to investors in Singapore to become partners in the construction of capital city of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh. Taking part in a round table organised by the Singapore Business Federation at Singapore, Naidu said that Amaravati, or for that matter Andhra Pradesh, is a fertile ground for investment as a world class capital will materialise there. “In fact, you can partner with Singapore Consortium that is tasked to develop the capital city,” Naidu said. He pointed out that apart from Amaravati, one could look at Tirupati and Visakhapatnam for investing in food processing industries. Another promising sector is transport where battery-operated vehicles would soon be dominating other modes of transport,” he said. He said he loved Singapore since it had worked against odds to develop into a vibrant economy today after it faced an unjust division. “I appreciate the determination with which Singapore grew,” he said, recalling how he had developed Hyderabad after taking back the development model that it had used to grow into land of prosperity. “Hyderabad then remained the cleanest city for 10 long Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking part in a meeting with Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekharan in Singapore on Friday years,” he said. Naidu said that at present the reorganised state of Andhra Pradesh was facing a number of problems. “The people had reposed conﬁdence in me that I would build capital city for the state. Since I knew how Singapore grew into throbbing city state from just small town, I consulted Singapore government which readily came forward to plan the capital city for AP,” he said Answering a query at another round-table organised by Barclays Bank, Singapore at Singapore, Naidu promised incentives to the prospective investors to the extent that their products would be able to compete with Chinese goods. “It depends on the policy framework We have put right policy into effect along with great incentives. This is the reason why companies like Xiaomi and Foxcon had come to AP are partnering with us,” Chandrababu Naidu said. Top executives of leading ﬁnancial institutions including SBI, Barclays, Cargil, Carlyle were among those who attended the round table. He gave an elaborate account of the opportunities that exist in AP and his vision to make AP one of the top three states in India by 2022 and a knowledge and business hub of the world by 2050. He said: “We have carried out a one of its kind land pooling programme in AP where farmers had donated 33,000 acres of their land for construction of capital city. Singapore has provided us a lot of support by coming out with a masterplan for it. A number of universities are coming up in Amaravati now and we have been able to land more than $5 billion investments with names like Kia, Apollo, Hero, Ashok Leyland, Foxcon investing in Andhra Pradesh.” Naidu said that his government was according priority to tourism sector. “We want to build one lakh hotel rooms in AP to promote tourism and facilitate holding conferences. Our agriculture sector is very dynamic, and we are in the process of building infrastructure, cold storage and logistics. Continued on Page 6 PM denounces rape cases NEET-like test for engineering courses OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Centre is all set to conduct engineering admissions across the country on the lines of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) from 2019-20 academic year. Though the Centre wanted to conduct a national-level test for engineering from the current academic year, it had not materialised for various reasons. However, it has been decided that the Centre would hold nationallevel common admission test for graduate engineering courses from 2019-20. Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari, it is learnt, had directed the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) to constitute a syllabus committee to look into the changes needed to prepare students to face the national-level common engineering entrance. Srihari said that the national entrance test will be more in line with the syllabus of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). "Every year syllabus of the Intermediate course is revised. However, keeping in view the new development some more changes may be needed to equip students with skills to compete with others in the proposed national common entrance test for engineering," he said. Continued on Page 6 Naidu with former British PM Tony Blair in Singapore on Friday A woman passenger In the past four years, smuggling crescent over 90 cases have shaped gold pieces weighing been registered and 410 grams wrapped with an gold worth `10 adhesive tape behind her ears crore seized Passenger smuggles an earful of gold OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Smuggling gold in abdomen, rectum and in electronic gadgets are things of the past. The latest technique a woman adopted to smuggle is in the crescent shaped gold pieces wrapped behind her ears with adhesive tapes. However, luck ran out when customs officials caught her and seized the gold at Visakhapatnam Airport on Friday. The woman passenger of Indian origin arrived from Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia ﬂight and was intercepted at Green Channel of the airport. On suspicion, the customs officials stopped her for inquiry. During inquiry, the passenger informed to officials that she was not carrying any dutiable goods with her. Not satisﬁed with her reply, the officials of Air Intelligence unit thoroughly checked her baggage and also examined her. During personal search, the officials found that she had concealed two crescent shaped gold pieces weighing 410 grams wrapped with an adhesive tape behind her ears. The officials estimated the gold to be worth Rs 13,12,000 and took her into custody. Continued on Page 6 New Delhi: Breaking his silence on the rape-murder of a minor in J&K and the rape of another in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised justice and said the incidents that have caused outrage have shamed the country. Modi's comments at a function here came hours after the CBI got into the act by detaining and questioning rape accused BJP MLA Kuldip Singh Sengar in Uttar Pradesh while two BJP Ministers in the J&K coalition led by the PDP resigned for tak- PM Modi at the inauguration of the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial in Delhi on Friday 62% clear Inter first exam OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Sixty-two per cent students passed out of 6,78,621 students who appeared for the ﬁrst year Intermediate examinations held in the March, 2018. Krishna district with 75 per cent, West Godavari district with 67 per cent and the Guntur district with 65 per cent stood in the ﬁrst three positions. Dominating the boys, the girl students registered higher pass percentage of 67, while the pass percentage among boys is only 57 per cent. HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao released the ﬁrst-year Intermediate results in the city on Friday. Speaking on the oc- HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao releasing the Intermediate ﬁrst year results in Visakhapatnam on Friday casion, the minister said that the Intermediate examination results were released in a record time of 24 days this year. Continued on Page 6 T-town strikes it rich at national awards n Out of 20-odd Telugu movies that vied for the coveted awards, only ‘Bahubali 2’ and ‘Ghazi’ made it OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Close on the heels of Telugu ﬁlms like ‘Pellichoopulu’ and ‘Sathamanam Bhavathi’ bagging national honours in 2017, SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali 2’ bagged three awards, while ‘Ghazi’ was adjudged Best Regional Film (Telugu) this year to keep the momentum going. Young Telugu ﬁlmmakers have raised the bar on Telugu cinema and grabbing the attention of national jury members with their noteworthy work. “No doubt, new directors are raising the bar on Telugu cinema and striking it rich at the national awards. Bagging national honours for consecutive years without a break, augurs well for Telugu cinema. If a young team was behind ‘Pellichoopulu’ last year, yet again another new director brought national honours for ‘Ghazi’ to prove that young directors are here to stay and rock,” says Raj Kandukurri, producer of ‘Pellichoopulu’. Continued on Page 6 Sridevi Best Actress Phalke award for Vinod Khanna New Delhi: The late Sridevi was on Friday named the Best Actress for her role as a vengeful mother in the Hindi film "Mom". In the movie, directed by Ravi Udyawar, Sridevi played a mother who sets out to avenge her stepdaughter, essayed by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, jury chairperson for the 65th National Film Awards, told the media that his "Mr India" actress Sridevi wasn't chosen for the honour because of his relationship with her but due to her contribution to "Mom". S P11 New Delhi: Veteran Hindi film actor Vinod Khanna was named this year's Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner in a befitting homage to the legend whose first death anniversary is barely a fortnight away. Khanna is the 49th recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indian cinema's highest honour. Khanna is probably the second personality after Prithviraj Kapoor to get the honour posthumously. The actor died on April 27 last year at the age of 70 after battling cancer. S P11 ing part in a rally in support of the accused in the ghastly rapeand-murder of an eight-year-old girl. "The incidents that are in discussion in the country for the last two days do not reﬂect good for any civilised country. This is shameful," Modi said after widespread outrage over the incidents in Kathua in J&K and Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh. "It's an insult to freedom ﬁghters who gave their lives for the independence of this country. Continued on Page 6 India should ensure Aadhaar privacy: IMF Washington: The IMF has said India should take necessary measures to ensure privacy and security controls while implementing large identification programmes like the Aadhaar, as the global financial body identified India as a leader in the biometric identification system. The International Monetary Fund in its fiscal monitor report on digital government said digitalisation can facilitate stronger governance and fiscal transparency, allowing better public awareness and scrutiny of the budget process and the design of fiscal policy. In India, the IMF on Thursday said, biometric identification and electronic payments have helped reduce leakages in LPG subsidies. "Depending on assumptions and how the reduction in leakage is expressed — that is, the reduction in total transfers or wrongful payments — estimated savings from digitalisation range between 0.2 and 21 per cent of cash transfers and 11 to 24 per cent of wrongful payments,” it said. "It is difficult to disentangle the effect of digitalisation from broader macroeconomic and policy developments,” the IMF said. Continued on Page 6
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