SUNDAY 15 APRIL 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Referred to as Raja Ram Mohan Roy of South, Kandukuri Veeresalingam is the prophet of modern Andhra. He shunned the social stigmas and was promoter of women education, and widow remarriages, which were considered taboo in those days. He was not only a social reformer but also a literary activist. He was the first to write a Telugu novel titled ‘Rajasekhara Charitramu’. he also penned a Telugu drama, books on natural sciences and history in Telugu, and Telugu prose for women. This April 16 marks the 170th birth anniversary of this barrister of change… 12 & 13 WINDOWS VS Kokje new VHP global prez Gurgaon: Former Himachal Pradesh Governor V S Kokje was on Saturday elected the VHP's international president, ending decades-long reins of firebrand leader Pravin Togadia whose nominee and incumbent Raghava Reddy faced a huge drubbing in the first election in 52 years. Togadia, who has been with the VHP for over three decades and served as its international working president since December 2011, announced quitting the outfit in a press conference after his nominee to the post of international president of the VHP was defeated in voting. Kokje defeated Reddy by bagging 131 votes to 60. A total of 192 delegates of the VHP were eligible to vote in today's election in Gurgaon. Togadia, who batted for Reddy, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise. Delhi diamond firm in bank fraud New Delhi: The CBI has registered an FIR against a Delhibased diamond trading company, SSK Trading Pvt. Ltd., and its directors for Rs 187-crore fraud in Punjab National Bank, which was reeling under losses incurred due to a USD 2 billion fraud committed by jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in a separate case. The company, its directors Surender Kumar Bansal and Shefali Bansal, having showroom in Chandni Chowk, have been booked by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the officials said. A consortium of six banks, with PNB as the lead bank, sanctioned credit facilities worth Rs 163 crore, with PNB having an exposure of Rs 55 crore, to the company in 2013, they said. H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CM to make his birthday Special with hunger strike I’ll decide who should be PM after 2019 election: Naidu OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is also taking hunger strike route to voice his strong protest against Modi dispensation for denying Special Category Status for AP and going back on the assurances made in the AP State Reorganisation Act. He has chosen his birthday -April 20 - to go on hunger strike for a day the way Modi went on fast to protest against disruption of the budget session of Parliament for which he has blamed the Opposition. He will follow up on his hunger strike by addressing a public meeting at Tirupati on April 30 to drive home the point that the BJP had betrayed the people of the state unmindful of the fact that the state needed hand-holding from the Centre since it had lost everything at the time of bifurcation. He chose Tirupati because it was here that the Prime Minister promised Special Category Status and help for the construction of a capital that would be much better than Delhi. Speaking at the Babasaheb BR Ambedkar's 127th birth anniversary at Inavolu in Amaravati, Naidu said that if the Congress had ruined the state, BJP had further destroyed whatever was left. "The Prime Minister ﬁrst promised SCS and then said it was not possible and in its place offered special package. Finally, even that was not delivered and now they are speaking about special purpose vehicle," Naidu said. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking part in Dr B R Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary celebrations at the proposed site of Ambedkar Smruthi Vanam at Inavolu village in Thullur mandal of Guntur district on Saturday Training his guns at the Prime Minister, Naidu wondered what purpose Modi's one-day hunger strike had severed. You have gone hunger strike for the washout of Parliament session. But who is responsible for it? It was you only,": he said and sounded warning to him that he would be playing a key role in national politics after 2019 elections. "I will decide who should be the prime minister after the election and which party should be in power," Naidu said at a public meeting for the ﬁrst time though he was making these comments with his conﬁdants. "I am sure the BJP would not get majority of seats in Loik Sabha this time," he said. He recalled TDP was playing T-Cong hunts for working prez from Seemandhra OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress Committee is in the process of evolving new strategies to win over the Seemandhra voters who are settled in Telangana. The party is in touch with leaders from the Seemandhra region in other parties as well as entrepreneurs and intellectuals. The TPCC, which suffered a major setback during the last elections and has come to be known more as a Reddy dominated party, wants to go in for a makeover and prove that Congress cares for all sections. According to party insiders, the TPCC is contemplating having representation from communities like Kammas and other sections. It is also examining the possibility of having a working president from Seemandhra region and extend full support to the demand of people of Andhra for Special Category Status. Continued on P4 key role in deciding who should be the prime minister or the president or the speaker of Lok Sabha in the past and this will repeat in 2019. Chandrababu Naidu came down heavily on Modi for trying to dabble in Tamil Nadu-style politics in Andhra Pradesh. "The BJP wants a weak leader like YS Jaganmohan Reddy as the chief minister in the state and that was the reason why it was encouraging YSRC despite the fact that he was neck deep in cases," Naidu said and ridiculed Modi for saying that he was not discriminatory against southern states and pointed out that AP was a classic example of what discimiantion by the Centre is. Modi reaches out to Dalits, invokes Ambedkar Jangala (Bijapur): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Dalit icon B R Ambedkar gave us a constitution that protects the rights of the weaker sections of society as he urged people not to join Naxals in a bid to secure their rights. He said the awakening among the poor and backward sections about their rights, their hopes and aspirations was due to Ambedkar, whose 127th birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday.Modi attributed his own success to the chief framer of the Constitution. Addressing a huge gathering of villagers in Jangala in the Naxal-heartland of Bijapur in this tribal-dominated region of Chhattisgarh, Modi asked people not to hand over the rights of their children to Naxal leaders who keep themselves safe but allow locals to die. "Babasaheb has given us the Constitution. He ensured protection of your rights. It is the duty of the government to take care of your rights. You need not pick up weapons, ruin your lives," the prime minister said, expressing his government's commitment to develop the backward region. "I want to tell parents that their sons and daughters have chosen a path. But at least think about those who are leading them. None of them is a local and they are not from amongst you. They have come from outside (referring to Naxal leaders from other states who are active in Chhattisgarh)," he said. In his address, he asked people to check the surnames of Naxal leaders and "you will come to know who are they and from where they have come." Continued on P4 INDIANS SIZZLE AT CWG MC Mary Kom exults in the company of her coaching staff after winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal on her debut at Gold Coast on Saturday. The 35-year-old mother-of-three triumphed in the women light ﬂyweight (48kg) competition on a remarkably rewarding day for India. It stands at No. 3 in the medal tally following Saturday’s rich haul of eight gold, ﬁve silver and four bronze medals. S Report: P16 Sindhu, Saina set for Sunday showdown P12 Demand 5k, if TDP offers 3k for vote: Jagan OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy asked the public to demand Rs 5,000 if the Telugu Desam offers Rs 3,000 for a vote in the forthcoming elections. Addressing a gathering at public meeting here on Saturday, he said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was capable of offering one kg gold and Benz car to voters. He asked public to accept money from TDP but cast vote as per their conscience. Reacting to the announcement of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s one day hunger strike for Special Category Status on his birthday on April 20, the Opposition leader explained that the April indicates fourth numerical number and Naidu’s birth date is 20. Hence, Chandrababu Naidu is 420, he said and added that his proposed one-day hunger strike is only to mislead public again. He said that the whole country could have understood the importance of special status issue of Andhra Pradesh had the Telugu Desam MPs resigned for MP posts like YSRC MPs. Continuing his attack on the TDP supremo, Jagan said that Chandrababu Naidu was fake bullet in the battle of special status. He said that the Chief Minister indulged in corruption and Calls Chief Minister 420 FREE EDUCATION M aking a fervent appeal to the students’ community, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy announced that his government will provide free higher education for poor students. He also announced that annual payment of Rs 15,000 would be given to mothers of students for sendYSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy addressing a public meeting in Vijayawada on Saturday practiced unlawful activities in construction of Amaravati capital. Naidu and his benamies purchased lands in Amaravati before the announcement of capital city GIRL GANG-RAPED AT GUNPOINT Ranchi: A Class 8 student in Jharkhand was abducted by three youths at gunpoint and gang-raped in Gumla district for two days about a fortnight back, the victim told the police on Saturday. The incident surfaced a day after Governor Draupdi Murmu expressed her concern over the growing cases of sexual atrocities against women and girls. According to the victim, she was abducted by the three bike-borne youths when she had gone to a neighbouring village to collect water from a well on March 31. They covered her face and took her to a nearby jungle. They gang-raped her through- out night. They again took turns raping her the next day before dumping her in her village. They threatened her not to tell anyone about the incident otherwise she would be killed. The traumatised victim was silent for 13 days before finally informing her family members about the attack on Friday. An FIR has been lodged against the three youths. The victim's medical was yet to be conducted. Murmu on Friday summoned Jharkhand Director General of Police DK Pandey and expressed her unhappiness over the rape incidents taking place in the state. US, allies pound Syria S Mission accomplished: Trump S An act of aggression: Putin A guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) ﬁres a Tomahawk land attack missile on Friday during the military attack on Syria for using chemical weapons Washington/ Damascus/ Moscow/ London: The US, Britain and France launched coordinated strikes against Syria's research, storage and military targets to "punish" the Bashar al-Assad regime for an apparent chemical attack in Douma that killed over 70 people. The military action was denounced by Damascus and its ally Moscow as a "failure" and "an act of aggression". Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons were used again. The strikes on Friday night was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called "persistent violations of international law". US President Donald Trump via a tweet hailed the overnight military strike as "perfectly executed", adding: "Mission Accomplished". Palestinian protesters wave Syrian and Palestinian ﬂags as they chant slogans against US President Trump The strikes targeted three facilities associated with Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, including a scientific research facility around Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility around Homs alleged to be used for sarin gas and a nearby command post, said the Pentagon. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian Army's 4th Division and Republican Guard were among the targets. US aircraft including B-1 bombers, naval vessels and about 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles were used in the attack, the Pentagon said. "The nations of Britain, France and the US have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality," Trump said in an address after the strike. "The purpose of our actions is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons...The wave of strikes is the most significant attack against Assad's government by Western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war," he said. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents," he added. In Syria, the Foreign Ministry described the missile strikes as "barbaric aggression". Assad said that it reflected the "failure" of Western powers to achieve their goals in Syria after the defeat of the foreign-backed militants. Continued on P4 ing their children to schools regularly. He said that more than 30 per cent of the parents were illiterate. Presently, the government was not fully reimbursing college fees, he said and added that the students were facing hardships to pay remaining fees to colleges. The government would pay Rs 20,000 annually for hostel fees additionally. location. Stating that Naidu deserves to be locked up for his deeds, he asked public whether it would be right to put him in jail and Continued on P4 beat him up. Blind girl raped in Ghaziabad Ghaziabad: A 17-year-old blind girl was raped at her rented accommodation in Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh. The incident came to light late Friday night when the victim cried out for help, police said. The girl was attacked on Wednesday, but it was not until late Friday that the police was alerted. She was found near a temple in Mohan Nagar area here where she cried out to the public for help. The police referred the victim to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for further counseling and shelter. During counselling, the traumatised victim said that she originally belonged to Deoria district in the same state. She was living alone here in a rented accommodation in the Lajpat Nagar residential colony after her father died about 10 days ago. She had lost her mother earlier and while staying with her father in Mumbai lost her eyesight due to an adverse medicine reaction. The father and daughter had moved to the National Capital Region as she was seeking treatment for her blindness from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. Her father was working at odd jobs to collect the money needed for it. Continued on P4
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