www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.42°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 05:53 Sunset: 06:36 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Taj changing green; top court sees red New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over the change of colour of the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra and said the monument had become yellowish earlier and was now turning brownish and greenish. The apex court suggested that the Centre take the assistance of experts from India and abroad to first assess the damage and then take steps to restore the historic monument. S P11 10 spl courts to try cases against MPs, MLAs functional New Delhi: Ten out of the 12 special courts, set up to try nearly 1,600 criminal cases pending against MPs and MLAs, have started functioning, the Law Ministry has said. The remaining two courts -- one each in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu -are likely to start functioning soon, it said. UNTIMELY RAINS WREAK HAVOC IN AP: 10 KILLED OUR BUREAU Vijayawada/Visakhapatnam: Ten people were killed, and two ﬁshermen who went for ﬁshing in Bay of Bengal are feared washed away when untimely rains, accompanied by high velocity winds, lashed several parts of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. Among the killed, six were from Guntur district, while the remaining four from Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. People in the coastal districts were in for a surprise when the sky remained heavily overcast in several towns and cities. Soon gusty winds began blowing across the districts accompanied by lightning and then the skies opened. Heavy rains left a trail of destruction in the district, killing livestock too. The gales uprooted trees and threw the across the roads in several areas in the district. They damaged maize and chilli crops in some mandals in 2 fishermen feared washed away in Bay of Bengal S Lightning kills six people in Guntur district S 4 more killed in Vizianagaram, Srikakulam S 2 ﬁshermen feared washed way in Bay of Bengal the district, sources said. Thunder showers hit all the districts north of Krishna, killing four persons, three in Vizianagaram and one in Srikakulam while two ﬁshermen were feared washed way in the Bay of Bengal. Heavy rainfall was recorded in Srikakulam urban and rural areas including Amudalavalasa, Etcherla, Ponduru, Laveru, Narasannapeta. Main roads near Rythubazar, Chinnabazar, Balaga, Kotharoad junction, Saraswathi Mahal in Srikakulam town, in no time, became water-logged. In Visakhapatnam, transportation was affected with the gales uprooting trees and throwing them across roads in some parts of the district. In East Godavari, Kakinada, Tuni, Annaaram, Ptihapuram and Samalkota received torrential rain which damaged paddy and mango crops. In Krishna district too, several parts received rains and officials have forecast possibility of lightning strikes. The met department officials predicted more thunderstorms followed by showers in all the coastal district in the next few days. Normally, this type of the thunderstorm and rains would be witnessed in middle of May but this time, they have come a little too early. According to the IMD sources, rains were the result of formation of cumulo-nimbus clouds after a prolonged heatContinued on P6 wave. Red carpet welcome awaits Akhilesh OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Next in line for Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to meet will be former chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav who will be arriving in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The two leaders will discuss the broad contours of the political alternative that KCR is visualising - Federal Front - which is essentially meant to challenge the ConContinued on P6 gress and the BJP. Irrigation Minister Harish Rao along with The Hans India Editor V Ramu Sarma at the mega blood donation camp organised by The Hans India and HMTV with Indian Red Cross Society at TNGO Bhavan in Siddipet town on May Day KAPIL GROUP BLOOD DONATION CAMP A HIT ACROSS TS Harish all praise for Hans, HMTV OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Debunking the myth that donating blood during summer could be hazardous to health, The Hans India, HMTV and Kapil Group on Tuesday jointly organised blood donation camp in coordination with the Red Cross Society across the 10 erstwhile districts of Telangana. The idea of holding the blood camp was to create awareness among people that there is no harm in donating blood during summer. Irrigation Minister T Har- ish Rao inaugurating the Siddipet blood donation camp, appreciated the efforts of The Hans India and HMTV and said he was immensely inspired by the concept of mobilising blood during summer months and assured the gathering that he would take the spirit forward and organise two more blood donation camps in Siddipet. Health Minister C Laxma Reddy inaugurated the camp in Mahbubnagar and appreciated the efforts made by The Hans India, HMTV and Kapil Group. Continued on P6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa share a lighter moment during Karnataka election campaign rally at Chamarajanagar on Tuesday MODI LAUNCHES KARNATAKA OFFENSIVE PM dares Rahul to speak for 15 minutes! Santemaranahalli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched his campaign blitzkrieg in Karnataka with a scathing attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and daring him to list out the Congress government’s achievements “in Hindi, English or your mother’s mother tongue,” a reference to Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origin. Speaking at an election rally in Chamarajanagara, Modi accused the Sidddaramaiah government, which he claimed was steeped in corruption, of thwarting the Centre's efforts for development. Modi said those currently leading the Congress had "no understanding" of history and the country's legacy. "I dare the Congress president to speak in ‘US govt must end green card backlog’ Washington: Several IndianAmerican IT professionals have held two rallies in the US, demanding an end to the long and massive green card backlog by eliminating per-country limit quota. The rallies were organised over the weekend in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Participants argued that per country quota on issuing of Green Cards per annum was the main reason for Current wait period for Indian skilled immigrants for green card can be as long as 70 yrs the backlog. They displayed posters with ‘Remove Per Country Limits for employment based Green cards’, ‘300,000 waiting for 90 years’ and ‘What did I do wrong’. “It’s high time the congress, senate and white house administration works on this issue and solves the problem of high skilled immigrants,” GCReforms, organisers of the rallies said in a statement. Having a green card allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States. Continued on P6 Hindi, English or the mother tongue of his mother to deliver a speech in Karnataka for 15 minutes, without reading out from a piece of paper, on the achievements of the party government... people of Karnataka will draw their own conclusion," he told the election rally. Modi was responding to Rahul Gandhi's challenge to allow him to speak for 15 minutes in Parliament on various issues, including corruption, and that the Prime Minister will not be able to sit for 15 minutes. "He … speaking for 15 minutes will itself be a big thing. And when I hear that I would not be able to sit, I think... wow, what a scene… Congress president sir, we cannot sit before you. Continued on P6 TTD decision to deposit in pvt banks challenged Hyderabad: The High Court has admitted a PIL challenging the TTD decision to deposit its amount of Rs 1,000 crore in private banks instead of public sector banks. It issued notices to Special Chief Secretary, Endowments Department, as also to the CEO of TTD and Manager of Indus Ind Bank, Tirupati. Continued on P6 TRAI PROPOSALS GET GOVT NOD Now you can make calls while in the air New Delhi: Calling and texting from aircraft will soon become a reality as the Telecom Commission on Tuesday approved in-flight connectivity, facilitating both voice and data calls and data surfing in Indian airspace, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. "Almost all recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) HIGHLIGHTS S Air passengers to soon have access to Wi-Fi onboard aircraft S Exciting times ahead in Indian skies: Civil Aviation Minister S Pricing of providing services would be left to respective airlines on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within 3-4 months it should be ready. We will be operationalising this decision immediately," she told reporters after the meeting on Tuesday. She said there were only two exceptions to TRAI's recommendations. Continued on P6
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