www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.41°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 28% Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 06:37 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Works of Seed Access Walmart-Flipkart deal Road at sluggish pace talks enter final lap T P5 Delhi Daredevils players during a practice session ahead of their IPL cricket match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Hyderabad on Friday India to surpass US, China in growth New Delhi/New York: India tops the list of the fastest growing economies in the world for the coming decade and is projected to grow at 7.9 per cent annually, ahead of China and the US, according to a Harvard University report. The Centre for International Development at Harvard University (CID) said in new growth projections that countries that have diversified their economies into more complex sectors, like India and Vietnam, are those that will grow the fastest in the coming decade. S P11 he progress of Seed Access Road, the main entry to capital city Amaravati, along with 20 other priority roads, is at sluggish pace even as the task of capital city construction is reaching crucial phase. U S retail giant Walmart's $12 billion acquisition of India's biggest ecommerce firm Flipkart is in the final stages and a deal is likely to be announced in the next few days, according to sources. P13 KARNATAKA BJP DOES A UP PARTY MANIFESTO PROMISES FARM LOAN WAIVER Dharwad: Taking a leaf out of its Uttar Pradesh state election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka announced that it would waive off farmer loans of up to Rs 1 lakh taken from various institutions, including nationalised banks. The BJP continued its focus on the farming community, not just to earn the backing of one of the biggest support bases but also reinstate its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa’s image as a pro-farmer leader. “Crop loan waiver up to Rs1 lakh, including all loans from nationalised banks and cooperatives, in our ﬁrst cabinet meeting for the beneﬁt of our Annadaatas,” the BJP said in its 64-page manifesto, released by its party president Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Friday. With less than two weeks to go for the Karnataka Assembly elections, BJP’s decision to announce a farm loan waiver was aimed at taking the wind out of Congress’ Rs 8,165 crore farm loan waiver last A poorly crafted fantasy: Rahul Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa, MP PC Mohan, Jagadish Shettar and Suresh Kumar release the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls in Bengaluru on Friday year and other assurances made in its exhaustive manifesto that was released in two versions, one for the state and one region wise. For all three parties, farmers have been the primary focus, besides women and youngsters. The two national parties, the BJP and Congress, are doing all they can to win in Karnataka, one of the last big elections before the 2019 polls. Karnataka also stands in the way of BJP’s Congress Mukt Bharat agenda as it is one the last states still under the party’s rule. Karnataka has turned into a ﬁerce contest with the entire central leadership of both parties campaigning extensively in the state over the last few weeks hoping to win support from key constituents, including the farming community—a fraternity that accounts for over 60% of the state’s total population. Though it is yet to be seen if the promise of farm loan waiver will deliver results similar to UP, the decision to announce a farm loan Literature Nobel cancelled Decision follows string of sexual assault allegations made against husband of former member of the Swedish Academy Stockholm: The Swedish Academy announced on Friday morning that there would be no Nobel laureate for Literature selected in 2018, as it attempts to come to terms with controversy over its links to a man accused of sexual assault. For the ﬁrst time since 1949, the secretive jury that hands out the world’s most prestigious Literary award will not unveil a winner this autumn, instead revealing two winners in 2019. The decision, announced at 9am Swedish time following a meeting on Thursday, comes after a string of sexual assault allegations made against the French photographer JeanClaude Arnault, the husband of academy member and poet Katarina Frostenson. The Swedish Academy said that it took the decision “in view of the currently diminished academy and the reduced public conﬁdence in the academy”. “The active members of the Swedish Academy are of course fully aware that the present crisis of conﬁdence places high demands on a long-term and robust work for change. We ﬁnd it necessary to commit time to recovering public conﬁdence in the academy before the next laureate can be announced. This is out of respect for previous and future literature laureates, the Nobel Foundation, and the general public,” said Anders Olsson, interim permanent secretary of the academy. After the allegations against Arnault were made public in November, three members of the 18-strong jury that selects the literature laureate resigned in protest over the decision not to expel Frostenson. Arnault was also accused of leaking the names of seven former Nobel winners. He denies both claims. With academy members engaging in unprecedented ﬁghts in the Swedish press, permanent secretary of the academy Sara Danius resigned on 12 April – to widespread protests in Sweden over the implication that she was taking the hit for male misbehaviour – as did Frostenson, after a three-hour meeting. Continued on Page 6 YSRCP MLA Roja along with hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the death of Annam Subbaiah, accused of raping a minor girl. (Inset) Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao at Dachepalli village on Friday Dachepalli rapist ends life Tension continues in town as protesters want Subbaiah’s body SAMBASIVA RAO MADAMANCHI Dachepalli (Guntur): Tension continued to prevail at Dachepalli in Guntur district for the second day on Friday, even after the news spread that Annam Subbaiah accused of raping the nine-year-old girl, three days ago, has allegedly committed suicide in a village about 10 km away. The government has deployed New Delhi: Hitting out at the BJP's Karnataka manifesto, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that it had nothing unique to offer voters. "New Book Review! The BJP Karnataka manifesto, inspired by Narendra Modi, is a poorly crafted fantasy built around a weak plot, that has nothing unique to offer voters. "If you've read the Congress manifesto, don't waste your time on this one," he tweeted. more than 300 policemen as villagers demanded that Home Minister N Chinarajappa, who visited the village, show body of the accused Subbaiah to them. They stopped the convoy of the Ministers, including Chinarajappa and Minister for Agriculture P Pullarao for more than half-an-hour, on the main road at Dachepalli. When they halted the convoy, Pulla Rao explained to the protesters that the government was dealing with the case as per the law and the body must be shifted for post-mortem examination. Chinarajappa explained that it would not be possible to hand over the Subbaiah’s body to the protesters, stating that the government was ensuring justice to the victim and her family. The protesters argued that they would not believe that Subbaiah died, until they see the body. Continued on Page 6 waiver has been criticised by the Congress in Karnataka. The BJPled Central government had refused to entertain the Siddaramaiah government’s request to waive of farm loans taken from the nationalised banks, which the Congress had used to target the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led union government as ‘anti-farmer’. UP had waived off over Rs 36,000 crore farm loans after it came to power in the north Indian state last year. Continuing its focus on farmers, the BJP announced ‘Negilayogi Yojane’ to provide direct income support of Rs 10,000 to 20 lakh dry land and marginal farmers. “Rs 5000 crore ‘Raitha Bandhu Market Intervention Fund’ to support farmers during price ﬂuctuations,” the BJP announced. Keeping in tune with BJP’s obsession with bovine politics, Yeddyurappa said he would reintroduce Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012. Continued on Page 6 Peeved Aruna leaves for US in a huff n She expected MLC nomination, but was given to Muddu’s widow V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Former Minister and TDP leader Galla Aruna Kumari has left for the US peeved at the TDP for not nominating her for the MLC seat. She said she was stepping out of responsibility of coordinating the TDP affairs in Chandragiri Assembly segment as its incharge. She expected the TDP would nominate her for the MLC seat from local bodies constituency, but it went to former minister Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu. When Muddu Krishnama Naidu died, she expected at least this time the TDP would nominate her to the post. Continued on Page 6
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