www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 4 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.42°C. Min.31°C. Humidity: 12% Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 06:33 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Stop Pharma City, Poor demand takes start ITIR: Cong to govt sheen off gold C P3 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. 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. First pay panel coming CM constitutes committee of ministers to help constitute pay commission OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to announce the constitution of the First PRC (Pay Revision Commission) in a few days. Accordingly, the Chief Minister on Thursday constituted a committee of ministers headed by state Finance Minister Eatala Rajender. The committee called a meeting with leaders of TGO and TNGOs Associations to discuss PRC and other long-pending employees’ demands and issues on Friday at the Secretariat. State Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao and Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy are members of the committee. On the instructions of the Chief Minister, the State Finance department has already prepared the draft of the modalities for the constitution of new commission, including logistic support and analytical data. The department also expressed its readiness to extent other kinds of support to the com- 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 P7 ongress leaders criticised the State government for neglecting the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) project and instead, promoting the Pharma City. Dachepalli rape stuns AP n 8-year-old raped by 56-year-old rickshaw-puller 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 Addanki-Narkepalli 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 various women organisation staged a dharna demanding the arrest of the accused. Continued on Page 4 The deadline for the revision of pay scales of government employees is approaching fast -- July 1, 2018. As per rules, the government would have to constitute PRC and revise the pay scales of its employees every five years. The last PRC recommendations came into force from July 2014 mission. The deadline for the revision of pay scales of government employees is approaching fast -July 1, 2018. As per rules, the government would have to constitute PRC and revise the pay scales of its employees every ﬁve years. The last PRC recommendations came into force from July 2014. In fact, the Telangana government had implemented the recommendations of the 10th PRC, constituted by the then Congress government in the united Andhra Pradesh. The newly constituted PRC will be the ﬁrst one in Telangana State, officials said. The government must create the PRC before June end and seek its recommendations to hike the employees’ wages. As 2019 is election year, the government is keen to announce the constitution of the PRC at the earliest. After the meeting with the min- isters’ committee, the Chief Minister will discuss with the employees’ unions the provision for disbursement of interim relief pending implementation of the PRC recommendations. The other demands, including creation of permanent cadre strengthen in the new districts; reduction of reckoning period, from three years of minimum service to two years, for giving promotion to the higher cadre; and the repatriation of more than 1,000 fourth grade Telanganaborn employees working in the AP government, will come up for discussion in the meeting. Officials said that former Chief Secretaries Pradeep Chandra and SP Singh and retired senior IAS official MG Gopal’s names are being considered to head the pay revision commission. P9 TS employees await go-ahead for shifting n Blanket ban on transfers irksome MAHESH AVADHUTA Hyderabad: State government employees are generally not allowed to work at the same location for more than ﬁve years at a stretch. Yet, in some of the districts of Telangana, there are employees who have been performing the same job at the same workplace for more than nine years. This is attributed to the blanket ban on transfers in the State for the last ﬁve years. The window period for transfers is May-June and understandably thousands of employees are keeping their ﬁngers crossed over whether they would be allowed to shift to a newer place at least this year. Transfers were allowed last time in 2013. The TRS government is yet to give the go-ahead for this process, though Telangana state came into being nearly four years ago. With the government not keen on staff transfer, employees of all cadre (district, zonal and state) are Thundershowers lash Telangana OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Thundershowers, which were limited only to Andhra Pradesh, lashed several parts of Telangana state on Thursday, killing three persons in Hyderabad, one in the erstwhile Warangal district. The unusually hot day till afternoon suddenly changed with dark clouds forming a canopy over Hyderabad, even reducing visibility. Even as those unfortunate souls who happened to be on roads rushed to their destinations, the skies opened, sending sheets of rain. High-velocity winds accompanied the rain, and the roar of the wind was quite menacing to the point that it had made the people tensed up, not knowing which lightning would strike them. The driving rain pummelled the city for more than an hour, before subsiding as though it was tired. The motorists, more so two-wheeler riders, who were stuck at various places, heaved a sigh of relief and reached their destinations but not without having to negotiate with traffic snarls that were an inevitable after-effect of rains in Hyderabad. Emergency Teams of GHMC immediately swung into action and removed the 150 trees that had been uprooted by the gales whose speed went upto 70 kmph. Power supply was also affected in 3 KILLED IN HYDERABAD, 1 IN WARANGAL A cloudburst takes denizens by surprise in Hyderabad on Thursday several areas for many hours. Principal Secretary (MA&UD) Arvind Kumar, GHMC Incharge Commissioner Bharathi Holikeri and officials of Engineering, Urban Bio-diversity and other wings immediately swung into action and monitored the relief works. A 48-year-old man, Parashuram, was killed and two others injured when the common wall of a wines shop and scrap shop near pillar No. 316 of PVNR Express Way on the Aramgarh route collapsed. The injured persons were immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital. Dr Nagaratna, India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad said, “Due to the low-pressure near adjoining area of coastal region, the current weather changes have took place. It continues for the next 24-hours with light to moderate and moderate to heavy rains in the erstwhile districts of Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Hyderabad.” According to reports, a boy has been killed with the effect of thunder bolt near Anjaneya temple at Anji Reddy Nagar of Karmanghat. The boy was reportedly swinging to a tamarind tree. With the effect of the thunderbolt the boy fell on the ground unconscious, and immediately rushed to the nearby hospital where the doctors declared brought dead. In another case, a 48-year-old man was killed and two others injured, while consuming liquor, in a wall collapse at a permit room adjacent to a wines at Aramgarh. The deceased identified as Parashuram, a daily wage labourer. In Nalgonda district, a tree fell on railway track at Seetharampuram of Narketpally mandal. The gales uprooted an electric pole in Rajapet mandal in Yadadri district. Continued on Page 4 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 4 President Ram Nath Kovind confers Best Actress Award on veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi (posthumously), which was 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 visibly upset. The continuing ban on transfers is taking its toll on employees who wish to shift to places like Hyderabad or Tier-2 cities like Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam etc. for education and medical needs of family members. Even spouse cases cannot be taken up as desired because of lack of vacant posts to accommodate the aspirants. Usually government employees can opt for transfers after serving for a minimum period of two years. Even if the employee wishes to continue, he or she will be transferred after completing the mandatory period of ﬁve years. According to employees’ leaders, nearly 20,000 employees, including 8,000 gazetted officers, have completed the ﬁveyear period term and are keenly waiting for transfers. It may be noted that the government gave its nod for transfer of teachers in all districts in 2015. Continued on Page 4 SC/ST LAW SC rejects Centre’s plea to stay its verdict 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 refused 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 4
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