www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered tstorms late. More sun than clouds. Temp: Max.41°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 06:33 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Irrigation dept tops report Walmart-Flipkart deal card; agriculture second talks enter final lap T 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 P7 ‘Amul, Mother Dairy milk sub-standard’ New Delhi: As many as 21 samples of milk, out of the total 165 tested, were found to be of sub-standard quality, said Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, adding that those who failed the tests included prominent brands like Amul and Mother Dairy. The drive, which started on April 13, also took three samples of ghee for testing, and found one (of a local brand) "unsafe", the minister said. "The issue was raised in the Assembly and I gave directions to test samples of the milk in Delhi. We have taken a total of 177 samples across Delhi including branded and local products, reports of 165 have come out, and out of this 21 samples (including Mother Dairy and Amul) have failed for their sub-standard quality - which does not mean they are unsafe," Jain told reporters. S P7 Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano erupts Big Island: Hundreds of people were under an evacuation order on Friday after the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island came to life, belching ash into the sky and spewing fountains of lava in a residential area, officials said. The volcano, one of five on the island, erupted on Thursday after a series of earthquakes over the last couple of days, including a 5.0 tremor earlier in the day, the US Geological Survey reported on its website. S P8 P3 he State Irrigation department clinched the first place among 30 important departments in achieving the goals set by the State government. It is followed by Agriculture, Revenue, Forests, Energy, Industry and Rural Development depts. 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. P9 DRINKING WATER CRISIS IN VILLAGES Transfers only after Rythu Bandhu rollout SORRY STATE OF SARPANCHS Hyderabad: The Ministers’ Committee, which was constituted to resolve long-pending issues of employees, on Friday rejected the employees’ unions demand for lifting the ban on transfers immediately. The Committee made it clear that the ban will be lifted only after successfully carrying out the Rythu Bandhu – crop investment support scheme to be launched on May 10 in Telangana state. The committee headed by State Finance Minister E Rajender held ﬁrst round of talks with the representatives of the employees’ unions at the Secretariat. In the meeting, the unions insisted that the government clear all the pending applications regarding transfers. In a quick response, the committee said since all the departments were busy in the implementation of the crop investment support scheme, the government will take a decision on lifting of ban on transfers only after completion of the cheque distribution to all identiﬁed farmers under the scheme. Continued on Page 4 Govt accused of diverting funds meant for gram panchayats NM SATHEESH Hyderabad: Drinking water scarcity has gripped villages in Telangana with panchayats not having access to funds released as per the guidelines of the 14th Finance Commission to ease the problem. This piquant situation arose because the state government, after receipt of funds from the Centre, has transferred to personal deposit (PD) accounts of the secretaries of the panchayats as proof of transferring the funds to panchayats. But, the officials said, after the transfer, the funds are being diverted to the state government again since the funds are in the official account of the panchayat secretary who is a government ofﬁcer. The sarpanchs of the villages are angry with the ‘mischief’ of the state government showing that the funds have been released but in reality not keep- ing any funds at their disposal. The sarpanches are not able to dig new borewells, ﬁx water tankers and repair the defunct motors. Karimnagar District Sarpanchs Association president Anthati Annaiah Goud told The Hans India that there was no balance in the accounts of the gram panchayats. The funds being re- leased by the Centre have been taken back by the state government from the PD accounts of the secretaries. He said that when they have taken the issue to the notice of the Commissioner of Panchayat Raj and district Panchayat Raj Officer, there was no response. The officials were not responding 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 64page 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 year and other assurances made in its exhaustive manifesto that was released in two versions, one for the state and one region wise. Continued on Page 4 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 A poorly crafted fantasy: Rahul 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. to the requests of the Sarpanchs on release of funds. As the summer reached the peak, thousands of villages of the state have been facing acute shortage of drinking water. In some villages, the borewells, through which drinking water is drawn, have gone dry. In other villages the motors of the borewells have failed due to heavy GST filing gets simpler New Delhi: The GST Council on Friday decided to roll out a new method of ﬁling monthly returns within six Single months and monthly to take over return system ownership to begin in 6 of the GST mths; Council Network (GSTN), defers while deferdecision on ring a decisugar cess sion on imposing a sugar cess and allowing an incentive for digital payments. As per the simpliﬁed ﬁling system, assesses will have to ﬁle only one monthly return as against the present system of ﬁling of returns through GSTR 3B and GSTR 1 forms. Announcing the decision taken at the 27th meeting of the council here, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: “All taxpayers excluding a few exceptions like composition dealers shall file one monthly GST return in place of multiple filings currently required in a month. Return filing dates shall be staggered based on the turnover of the registered person to manage load on the IT system. Composition dealers and dealers having nil transaction shall have facility to file quarterly return.” S P9 Nobel Prize for Literature cancelled 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 FALLOUT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SCANDAL Protesters outside the Swedish Academy building in Stockholm sexual assault allegations made against the French photographer Jean-Claude 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. Continued on Page 4 pressure. In a few villages, the water table has gone down drastically. Though the government is supposed to provide funds to the villages to overcome the drinking water shortage problem in summer, this year the money was not allocated and not released. The Sarpanchs were told to meet the expenses of emergency water supply arrangements from the funds released as per the guidelines of the 14th Finance Commission. However, as no money is kept at their disposal, the Sarpanchs were unable to make alternative water supply arrangements. A sarpanch has said that even the government did not pay the amounts being spent in the previous year for making alternative water supply in villages. Each sarpanch has spent Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh to dig new borewells, to hire agriculture borewells and to arrange tankers. Cantonment Hospital reduced to dispensary A hospital for civilians Manohar Parrikar, the then Defence Minister inaugurated the refurbished hospital with much fanfare in June 2016. In September 2017, Telangana government came forward to take care of overall operations of the hospital A resolution was passed by Cantonment Board later to hand over hospital to Telangana health department Staff to be recruited 1 ....obstetrician/ gynecologist (Rs 1 lakh per month salary) 2 ....................anesthesiologists (Rs 1 lakh per month salary) 6 ..............................staff nurses (Rs 15,000 per month salary) 2 2 2 2 ........................lab technicians, ..................theatre assistants, ......................................guards ....................................workers Waiting for Centre’s permission: Telangana government sought Centre’s permission to recruit staff on contract basis under the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) scheme. A response is awaited by June MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: The 30-bed Cantonment Hospital in Bolarum, which is functioning just like a dispensary without any in-patient services, has remote possibility of coming out of ICU. There is no clarity on upgrading the medical service in this hospital as per understanding reached between the Telangana government and the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) eight months ago. Telangana health department that is handicapped by shortage of doctors and other staff is yet to depute its teams to the hospital. After elected ward members from the SCB approached Minister KT Rama Rao in September last year with a request that latest infrastructure and facilities at the hospital be utilised to full extent so that people living in Kompally, Bolarum, Alwal, Shamirpet and nearby areas get beneﬁtted, the minister directed his colleague in Cabinet and Health Minister C Laxma Reddy to take stock of the situation and do the needful. Accordingly, Laxma Reddy visited the hospital and declared his intentions to start services within a month’s time in the hospital, initially with maternity services including distribution of KCR Kits for pregnant women undergoing institutional deliveries. Eight months passed since this decision was taken, but nothing has materialised so far. While the SCB would allocate the building, it is the Telangana health department that has to take care of the operations of hospital. The SCB passed a resolution to this effect and it was handed over to Principal Secretary (Medical and Health). With little manpower available with SCB, Telangana Health department has to pitch in with surgeons, specialist doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, and technical staff to operate medical equipment. Continued on Page 4
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