www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 4 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Tstorms early. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.40°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 12% Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 06:36 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Time to complete Poor demand takes capital works: CM sheen off gold O P5 Vehicles ply on roads during a mild dust storm in Bikaner on Thursday Over 100 killed in storm in UP, Rajasthan Lucknow/ Jaipur: A storm barrelled through a swathe of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 106 people in a trail of destruction that brought down mud houses, uprooted trees and flattened crops on Thursday. At least 183 others were injured as a massive dust storm last night, followed by thunder showers, snapped power lines and sent tin roofs and street hoardings flying in parts of eastern Rajasthan and the adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh. Seventy people were killed in UP and 83 injured. In Rajasthan, 36 died and another 100 were injured as winds over 100 kmph hit the region around 7 pm. Major fire at ISRO Research Centre Ahmedabad: A major fire broke out at a research facility located in the Space Application Centre (SAC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) here on Thursday afternoon, officials said. Nobody was reported injured in the blaze, they added. "A major fire broke out at the research centre inside the sprawling SAC campus in the Satellite area of the city on Thursday afternoon. S P11 bserving that this is a very crucial time for Amaravati, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to complete all the projects within the stipulated time frame. G old demand in the domestic market fell 12 per cent during the first quarter of 2018 to 115.6 tonne due to high prices and poor investment demand, the World Gold Council (WGC) said . WGC attributed poor jewellery demand to drop in sales volume. Dachepalli rape stuns AP OUR BUREAU Guntur: Even before the wound inﬂicted on national conscience by Kathua outrage healed, a similar atrocity was committed on an eight-year-old girl in Dachepalli in the district on Wednesday, but it came to light only on Thursday. Learning about the incident, the residents of the town went on a rampage, stoning buses, holding up traffic and demanding action against the culprit Subbaiah, a 56-year-old person, who managed to escape. The victim is under treatment in Government General Hospital in Guntur. When they staged a rasta-roko, vehicular traffic on the AddankiNarkepalli was stranded for a distance of 15 km in both the directions. The agitators went to Nadikudi railway station and stopped Sabari Express and a goods train and demanded action against the accused. The town observed bandh in protest against the incident. Meanwhile, at the Government General Hospital in Guntur, where the victim is admitted, a large number of activists of var- EdCET results out n More than 30,000 BEd seats to remain vacant in hundreds of colleges OUR BUREAU Amaravati: A total of 7,430 candidates were selected in the AP Education Common Entrance Test – 2018 (AP EdCET) for the admission into BEd course for the current academic year. Out of the total 8,697 candidates registered for the exam 7,679 candidates appeared for online test conducted on April 19. Out of the successful candidates, 1,493 candidates qualiﬁed in Biological Sciences, 1,957 candidates in Mathematics, 844 candidates in Physical Sciences, 2,663 candidates in Social Sciences and 473 candidates in English qualiﬁed for the EdCET - 2018. The candidates could download the results from official website on http://sche.ap.gov.in/EDCET/E dcet/EDCET_HomePage.aspx In all, there are 462 BEd colleges offering 39,010 seats in the state but only 7,430 students qualiﬁed for this academic year. Reacting to it, Human Resources Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao stated that the government has decided not to permit new BEd colleges. Continued on Page 6 n 8-year-old raped by 56-year-old rickshaw-puller n Chief Minister Naidu takes serious note of incident (Top) Dachepalli residents protest on Addanki-Narketpalli highway on Thursday demanding arrest of the accused in the minor girl rape case (Left) Agitators stop Sabari Express and a goods train at Nadikudi railway station. (Right) A damaged RTC bus in Dachepalli ious women organisation staged a dharna demanding the arrest of the accused. They also demanded payment of adequate compensation to the family of the victim. According to police, the eightyear-old girl had complained to their parents on the evening of Wednesday of stomach pain. The parents then took her to a hospital, where the doctors conﬁrmed that she had been raped. During the preliminary investigation by police, it was ascertained that a 56-year old man Subbaiah who belongs to the same town, raped the girl and absconded. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took serious note of the rape of the minor girl and directed ministers, Women Commission Chairperson Nannapaeni Rajakjumari and police ofﬁcials to rush to the village and help the victim’s family. Director-General of Police M Malakondaiah said 17 teams have been constituted to nab the culprit. Speaking to media persons in Mangalagiri, he said that the police department would take stern action against the culprit. Continued on Page 6 P13 SC/ST LAW SC rejects Centre’s plea to stay its verdict n APEX COURT FAVOURS ‘100 PER CENT’ PROTECTION OF RIGHTS New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Centre's demand for a stay on its verdict on the SC/ST Act and said it favoured "100 per cent" the protection of the rights of these communities and punishing those guilty of atrocities against them. The top court also strongly disagreed with the Centre's contention that its March 20 verdict had led to loss of lives in the violence that had broken out later in several states. The Centre informed the top court that its March 20 verdict, laying guidelines putting certain safeguards on the immediate arrest of a person for offences, countermanded the law enacted by the legislature and should thus be stayed and the case referred to a larger bench. However, a bench of Justices Adarsh Goel and U U Lalit re- Thunderstorms paralyse Andhra INCOIS predicts strong surface winds with speed reaching 45 kmph hitting AP coast OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Thunderstorms hit several parts of Andhra Pradesh for the second day on Thursday paralysing normal life and causing extensive damage to standing crops. There may not be respite from the thunderstorms for the next 24 hours as the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has predicted strong surface winds from south-westerly direction with speed reaching 45 kmph likely along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh. It has advised ﬁshermen against venturing into the sea. The high-velocity winds and rains lashed almost all coastal districts. Major cities – Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada - received heavy rains accompanied by gales but in Tirupati it was just a drizzle. Rain and gusty winds brought the Steel City to its knees. The low-lying areas of Visakhapatnam were water-logged. The city witnessed the nature's fury since early hours on Thursday. Razor sharp winds cut through habitations in Pendurty, Simhachalam, BheemiliMadhurawada in the city and also in Chodavaram, Elamanchili and the agency areas. Winds disrupted power supply in several areas. The sea remained rough due to bad weather. The rainwater along A young woman negotiates through ﬂooded Mahatma Gandhi road in Vijayawada on Thursday Residents ﬁnd it tough to cross Chavulamadhum railway underbridge in Vizag on Thursday with drainage overﬂowed on to the roads at some places. Vehicles were stuck in the stagnated waters at several places. Vizianagaram received heavy downpour in the early hours. The thundershowers did not leave any village in the district as places, including Mentada, Parvathipuram, Denkada, Gajapathinagarm, Bobbili and Parvathipuram were affected by rains and accompanying gales. Paddy crop which is being grown in rabi was submerged in water. The gales damaged mango and cashew crops. But farmers who are raising vegetables are happy as the rain would help in better yield. Locals of Chinakondarajupalem village in Bhogapuram mandal found the body of P Chinaammoru, a ﬁsherman. Actually, he went into Bay of Bengal for ﬁshing on Tuesday and his body was washed ahsore by high tide on Thursday. Vijayawada and parts of Krishna district were buffeted by rains and gales. Low-lying areas in Vijayawada city were inundated with sudden cloudburst which lasted for nearly two hours. Worst affected areas in the city were Moghalrajpuram, Mutyalampadu, Wynch Pet, Islampet, parts of Eluru road in Machavaram, K Market junction (low bridge), where water logging took place. Power supply was disrupted in some parts of the city but was restored by evening. In Prakasam district, the cumulonimbus clouds movement from Telangana towards Andhra Pradesh triggered thunderstorms. Continued on Page 6 Miffed winners keep away from National Awards function New Delhi: Controversy marred the 65th National Film Awards ceremony here on Thursday with several awardees protesting against the whittling down of the number of those to be honoured by the President to a select 11. Upset over breaking from the long-held tradition of the President giving away all the awards, around 60 awardees wrote to the Directorate of Film Festivals, President's office and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, over the "discrimination". The name plates of the absentee winners were placed facing down at the Vigyan Bhavan, where several others from across the length and breadth of the country congregated to celebrate the diversity of India and Indian cinema. Celebrated names like KJ Yesudas and AR Rahman, apart from actors Riddhi Sen, Divya Dutta and Pankaj Tripathi and a host of others attended the gala. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State for Informa- tion and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore handed out the remainder of the 125 awards at the event, which was also devoid of a musical performance unlike every year. The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award -- the country's highest cinema honour -- was given posthumously to Vinod Khanna, whose wife Kavita Khanna and son Akshaye Khanna received it. It was an "emotional and proud moment," Akshaye said. Another posthumous honour went to Sridevi, whose powerful performance in her last ﬁlm "Mom" fetched her the Best Actress Award. Her husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters -Jahnvi and Khushi -- took the stage together to receive what was Sridevi's ﬁrst National Award in a career of 50 years. Continued on Page 6 President Ram Nath Kovind confers Best Actress Award on veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi (posthumously), being received by her husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Janhvi and Khushi, during the 65th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday fused to stay the verdict and said various aspects and earlier judgements of the top court were considered before arriving at this conclusion. "It's not that the judgement says there shall be no registration of crime. It's not that accused shall not be arrested. The safeguards were for the purpose that a person should not be readily arrested or an innocent punished because there was no provision of anticipatory bail under the SC/ST Act," the bench said. The top court said under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, theoretically a person cannot get anticipatory bail, but soon after his arrest, he can get regular bail even in offences where the punishment is just six months. Continued on Page 6 ETCHERLA IIIT ‘LANDS’ IN A ROW CHOWDARY LAKSHMAN RAO Srikakulam: A fresh controversy has erupted over IIIT lands in Etcherla mandal in Srikakulam district. The government has allotted 200 acres of land for IIIT in SMPuram village limits in Etcherla mandal for its buildings and accommodation and works have already begun. Meanwhile, 91 residents belonging to SC community of SMPuram village claimed that they were the rightful owners of the land. They said that in 1987, the then government had allotted 72 acres of land to them for cultivation as assigned land. But officials said extent of assigned land was only 38 acres which was included in the allotted 200 acres of land. The government allotted Rs 80 crore for construction of the academic block. At present IIIT Srikakulam classes are going on for students at Nuzvid campus and only administrative is done from here due to lack of accommodation. “We are demanding reasonable compensation for our land as we developed the lands under various government schemes,” said D Adinarayana, D Appayya, G Krishna Rao, B Ramayya, D Suryanarayana dalits of SMPuram village said. “Of the 200 acres of total allotted lands only 38 acres belongs to 91 SC families of SMPuram village and we reported the issue to Etcherla MLA and minister for energy, Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao and district collector, K.Dhanunjaya Reddy. They had consented to making payment to through negotiation,” Srikakulam RDO, Balivada Dayanidhi told The Hans India. SC families are often preventing works at IIIT lands which are going in rest of the land out of their 38 acres which is not proper, the RDO said.
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