www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 3 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 29% Sunrise: 05:53 Sunset: 06:36 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Party to organise meets in 12 Vedanta, ONGC top bidders dists on BJP’s ‘betrayal’ in auction for 55 oil blocks C ontinuing protests against the Central government and the BJP, the TDP is planning to organise the ‘Nammaka Droham– Kutra Rajakeeyalu’ (Treachery– Conspiracy politics) public meetings across the remaining 12 districts in the state on the lines of meeting held at Tirupati on April 30. P5 Chhota Rajan gets life in jail for murder of journalist J Dey Mumbai: Nearly seven years after the murder of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey sent shock waves through the country, a court in Mumbai has convicted gangster Chhota Rajan in the case. He has been given life imprisonment for the crime. Former journalist Jigna Vora, who was accused of instigating Chhota Rajan for the murder, has been acquitted for lack of evidence. Eight others have been convicted. S P11 Basque separatists ETA announce dissolution Madrid: Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna or "Basque Homeland and Freedom") announced it was fully disbanding, the final step to the definitive end of its deadly decades-long independence campaign, in a letter published on Wednesday by a Spanish news site. "ETA has decided to declare its historical cycle and functions terminated, putting an end to its journey," the group said in a letter published by Spanish online newspaper El Diario. S P12 M ining moghul Anil Agarwal's Vedanta Ltd and state-owned ONGC were top bidders on Wednesday for 55 oil and gas blocks offered in India's maiden open acreage auction that was shunned by domestic private and international energy majors. NEW ENTITY TO TAKE UP MASULA PORT LOGISTICS OUR BUREAU Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu chairing a meeting with his Council of Ministers at the Secretariat on Wednesday lations Minister K Srinivasulu said that the cabinet addressed the contentious issue of contributory pension scheme which the employees have been opposing. "The issue has been discussed thoroughly and it has been posted for further discussion at the next cabinet meeting," he said. The cabinet has cleared another proposal to set up 11th pay revision commission. The commission after Cabinet okays plan to set up 20 AIIMS To upgrade 73 medical colleges across India New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges. The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a ﬁnancial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while brieﬁng on the Cabinet decisions. "Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a his- toric decision," said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister. The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country. "Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region... Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS," said an official statement. The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. Continued on P6 its constitution is expected to submit its report within a year, he said. Nearly 4.3 lakh government employees across all the 13 districts of the state would become the direct beneﬁciaries of the pay revision commission’s recommendations.By another decision, the cabinet cleared a proposal to create AP Virtual Classroom and Content Corporation. Continued on P6 It’s a Conglomeration of parties, not front KCR ducks question on inclusion of Congress OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday made some more progress in his efforts to evolve a coalition of political parties to act as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress by spending quality time with Samajwadi Party president and former chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav. Lately, KCR has been meeting leaders who shared his concern for an action plan for the nation and for formation of a central coalition of parties that could implement it for the benefit of people at large. The Chief Minister, after the meeting with Akhilesh, made it clear that they were not looking for formation of a front as such but only were trying to bring together the parties that have a common vision for a radical change in policy and administration. Continued on P6 Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao with former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav at Pragati Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday Rising temperatures, lightnings play havoc lightning struck in a single day in 11 districts on May 1 Recorded strikes Nature’s fury Nellore 11,955 Prakasam 4,725, Srikakulam 4,703 Guntur 4,101 Vizianagaram 3,901 East Godavari 3,216 Krishna 2,925 persons lost lives due to Vizag 2,698 thunderbolts Chittoor 1,706 Most of them died because they were West Godavari 768 taking shelter under trees waiting for Kadapa 327 the nature’s fury to subside Steep rise in temperature said to be the reason for the hailstorms and lightnings 1.4 lakh lighting struck the state since April 1 EAMCET RESULTS It’s Suraj again VIZAG GIRL TOPS MEDICAL STREAM OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP state cabinet which met here on Wednesday cleared a proposal by the AP Infrastructure and Investment Corporation to raise a loan of Rs 1,092 crore from banks for taking up Machilipatnam Deep Water Port and Integrated Logistics and Manufacturing Zone (ILMZ). The ILMZ, which will be set up by the Container Corporation of India, is for managing the entire inward and outward logistics requirements for raw materials and ﬁnished goods at the port so that the companies could focus on their core competency of manufacturing. The ILMZ will come up in an area of about 1,000 acres. The Deep Water Port is expected to play a great role in the regional economic development as well as the socio-economic development of the Machilipatnam region. This port would be a primary port in the area stretching from capital region of Andhra Pradesh to Hyderabad and Nagpur regions in Maharashtra. Brieﬁng media persons on cabinet decisions, Information and Public Re- OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: It may sound unbelievable, but the truth is 41,025 lightnings struck Andhra Pradesh on May 1 due to sudden rise in temperature with formation of upper air circulation in north coastal Andhra and Chhattisgarh. These lightnings claimed the lives of 14 persons in various parts of the state. Though the State Disaster management is sending SMS alerts to the people via mobiles phones, print and electronic media and social media, deaths are taking place as peo- ple are not heeding the advice to remain indoors at the time of lightning. Nellore district recorded the highest number of lightnings with 11,955 followed by Prakasam (4725), Srikakulam (4703), Guntur (4101), Vizianagaram (3901). East Godavari (3216), Krishna (2925), Vizag (2698), Chittoor (1706), West Godavari (768) and Kadapa (327). Warning messages were sent to the people of 443 mandals in 11 districts of the state excluding Kadapa and Anantapur. Due to availability of modern technology, the department of disaster manage- ment is able to alert the people in order to save the lives of people, livestock or property. Most of the people who died due to lighting strikes were those who were taking shelter under trees, waiting for the nature’s fury to subside. Since April 1, 1.4 lakh lightnings have struck the state resulting in death of dozens of people. A senior ofﬁcial working in the State Disaster Management department said dozens of people mostly villagers lost lives due to thunderbolts in the state during the last few years. Continued on P6 P13 Gattu Mytraya of Ranga Reddy district and third rank by Pinnamreddy Lokeswar Reddy of YSR Kadapa district. Supriya is a student of Sri Chaitanya College in Vizag. Her father, Jangala working towards this for a long time. Vijayawada: Bhogi Suraj The second rank in AgriKrishna of Srikakulam disculture and Medical trict topped the AP EAMstream was secured by CET 2018 in the engineerGanjikunta Sreevathsav of ing stream, while Jangala Kurnool district and third Sai Supriya from Visakhaprank by Koduru Sriharsha atnam stood ﬁrst in of Krishna district. the Agricultural and Gosula Laxman Medical stream. Rao and M DastaSuraj Krishna has giri of Ranga topped the Joint Reddy district seEntrance Examinacured the fourth tion (JEE-Mains) and ﬁfth ranks refor admissions to spectively with engineering colleges combined score of across the country, 147.99, and 93.78. with over 2.3 lakh Even sixth and students, qualifying Bhogi Suraj Krishna Jangala Sai Supriya seventh ranks the test whose rewent to sults were declared reVarahala Gupthajee, is Basavaraju Chengal Raju cently by the CBSE. working as DGM in Hinand A Venkata Phani VamHRD Minister Ganta duja power plant. Expresssinath of Ranga Reddy disSrinivasa Rao released the ing happiness over the trict, respectively with results of the AP EAMCETfirst rank secured by his combined score of 93.51 2018 on Wednesday. daughter, he said his and 92.86. Continued on P6 Second rank in engidaughter aims for a seat in neering was secured by AIIMS, Delhi and has been Collegium defers decision on Joseph’s elevation as SC judge New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium on Wednesday deferred a decision on the issue of reconsidering its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as the judge of the apex court which was sent back by the government last week. The ﬁve-member Collegium comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph met after the workings hours, but no decision was taken. The resolution of the meeting uploaded on the apex court website said the Collegium had met "to consider the following agenda: 'To reconsider the case of Justice KM Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court (Parent High Court: Kerala), pursuant to letters dated 26th & 30th April, 2018 received from Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India and also to consider the names of Judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the concept of fair representation. Deferred," the resolution said. Justice Chelameswar had not come to court on Wednesday but attended the collegium meeting. The Collegium, an official said, discussed threadbare the note sent to the CJI by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while returning the ﬁle relating to the recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph as an apex court judge. Continued on P6
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