www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 8 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Partly Cloudy Temp: Max.43°C. Min.32°C. Humidity: 10% Sunrise: 05:41 Sunset: 06:34 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Cong netas meet Governor, ICICI board skips urge him to act fast loan controversy PUTIN 4.0 T P3 he Congress leaders on Monday requested Governor E S L Narasimhan to direct the government and the Assembly to restore all benefits and privileges available to Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and S A Sampath Kumar as sitting MLAs to ‘uphold the rule of law.’ Foundation laid for Jaya memorial Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami with his deputy O Panneerselvam pays tribute to former CM J Jayalalithaa after laying the foundation stone for a memorial for her in Chennai, abutting her burial site on the Marina beachfront. The memorial, modelled on a phoenix, with two lion statues at the entrance and surrounded by landscaped gardens will house the mausoleum of Jayalalithaa. SC fiat on former CMs’ accommodation New Delhi: Former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office, the Supreme Court held, saying a Chief Minister was at par with a common man once his or her term ends. S P7 P9 PANEL RECOMMENDS CREATION 4 MORE ZONES PATAN AFZAL BABU SC transfers Kathua case to Pathankot New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday transferred the trial of the rape and murder of an eightyear-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra ordered in-camera and day-to-day trial in the case with no adjournment. S P7 espite many allegations of conflicts of interest being faced by managing director and chief executive Chanda Kochhar, the ICICI Bank board did not discuss the controversy on Monday. “Today, there was no discussion at all on this issue.” KCR okays zonal rejig SAFE JOURNEY Vladimir Putin enters to take oath during his inauguration ceremony as Russia's new President in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian President on Monday S P8 D Women passengers after travelling in a ‘Ladies special coach’ of Hyderabad Metro Rail which was launched at Ameerpet station, in Hyderabad on Monday Apex Court to hear sack plea against CJI New Delhi: The Supreme Court has formed a Constitution Bench to hear the petition filed by two Congress MPs seeking initiation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The list of business for the Supreme Court showed that the petition would be heard at 10.30 am on Tuesday by a five-judge bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and A K Goel. This sudden development comes after the matter was mentioned on Monday before Justice Jasti Chelameswar. The petitioners had not mentioned the matter before the CJI since the case is against him. Justice Chelameswar had said he would take a call on Tuesday on whether he should decide about listing of the petition but a bench to hear the case has been formed before he could make a decision. It may be recalled that on 23rd April, M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice-President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, refused to allow the impeachment motion as the sought action was “neither legal nor desirable or proper.” Hyderabad: Ahead of crucial talks with employees’ unions on their demands in a few days, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar has accorded 'in principle' approval of the creation of new zones proposed by the Cabinet Sub Committee, headed Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Sri Hari. Before seeking ratiﬁcation of President Ram Nath Kovind for the amendment of Article 371 (D) which is under implementation through Presidential order, the state cabinet will approve the creation of four new zones in addition to the existing two in the state shortly. After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana state has got two zones – Zone V and Zone VI. Erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts come under Zone V and the remaining six districts – Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda districts are covered under Zone VI. The zonal system was brought into force in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh through the Presidential order under Article 371 (D). The ﬁve-member cabinet sub committee recommended the creation of four new zones and two multi zones from out of 31 districts. The committee proposed each zone will have ﬁve districts. Creation of two multi zones, consists of 15 and 16 districts each, was also under active consideration. Erstwhile Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Khammam districts will be covered un- ‘Economy systematically dismantled’ n MODI GOVT INTENTIONS CAUSED MASSIVE LOSSES: MANMOHAN Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, one of the world's best-known economists, has accused the Narendra Modi government of 'systematically’ dismantling Indian economy, the third-largest in the world. Manmohan Singh, who ﬂipped India to the market from its lowest orbit, stated, “It required several years to earn Indian market that the next largest market… today that it really is being systematically dismantled”. Presenting a report card, the former PM said in just four years, the Modi government has reversed the successes of the UPA government. The ‘mismanagement’ from • Ex-PM said the NDA govt reversed UPA govt successes • He said the people have lost faith in the banking sector Former PM Manmohan Singh addresses a press meet at KPCC office in Bengaluru on Monday GRAFT CHARGES Siddu slaps legal notice on Modi New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday sent a legal notice for criminal and civil defamation to the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Yeddyurappa over allegations of corruption levelled against the Congress leader. In the notice, Siddaramaiah's lawyer cited instances of political advertisements published by the BJP and speeches delivered by Modi during election rallies and accused the saffron party of promoting a "false" and "defamatory" propaganda against his client. The notice contained excerpts and phrases from Modi's speeches delivered during the election rallies and said that the PM has intentionally and unabatedly made several "defamatory" and "untrue" statements against the Karnataka Chief Minister. Continued on Page 4 the NDA government is evident,” he said, adding that avoidable blunders like demonetization and hasty implementation of the Goods and Services Tax have hurt the small, medium and micro enterprise sector, costing tens of thousands of jobs. “Today, people have lost faith in banking sector, farmers are facing an acute crisis, aspirational views are not ﬁnding opportunities,” he said. The "virtuous intentions" of the Narendra Modi government has caused the country massive losses due to its "lack of reasoning and analysis," Singh told the media in Karnataka. Continued on Page 4 CENTRE FORMS 5-MEMBER PANEL FOR AIIMS IN TS Hyderabad: Steps for the establishment of AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in Te l a n g a n a have gained momentum with the Centre constituting a five-member panel to look into the issue on Monday. Continued on Page 4 der ﬁrst, second and third zones. The fourth and ﬁfth zones will have Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak and part of Nalgonda district. Mahbubnagar and remaining part of old Nalgonda district will come under the purview of sixth zone. The government is ﬁnalizing draft amendment to the Presidential Order which is to be forwarded to the Union Home Ministry seeking Presidential nod. Top officials said that the subcommittee also proposed to reduce the state cadre posts and increase zonal posts. Continued on Page 4 FMS’ MEET AT AMARAVATI NDA govt slammed over ‘biased’ terms OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Upping the ante against the BJP which is struggling to enter South India through Karnataka, a conclave of Finance Ministers of nonBJP states held here on Monday drew the attention of the President of India to the terms of reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission which, it said, were heavily loaded against performing states. The conclave, attended by seven states both South and North, described the terms of reference as violative of the Federal principles as enshrined in the Constitution. They would erode the autonomy of the states and bring signiﬁcant ﬁnancial hardship to all, the Finance Ministers felt and decided to hold a national-level meeting with participation of all the states in New Delhi to denounce the Centre’s imperious methods of imposing itself on the states. Continued on Page 4 WHAT’S COOKING? KCR closets with top cops, reviews cash-for-vote OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a signiﬁcant development, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday reviewed the progress of investigation into the infamous cashfor-vote scam that shook both AP and Telangana states in 2015. Interestingly, the Chief Minister's review comes in the wake of renewed attack on him by Congress leader A Revanth Reddy who, when he was in the TDP, allegedly acted as a middleman between AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and a TRS MLA Elvis Stephenson to persuade the latter to vote in favour of a TDP candidate in 2015. The emergency meeting between KCR and the top cops assumed political significance after the TPCC delegation led by its president N Uttam Kumar Reddy met Governor ESL Narasimhan earlier in the day and demanded revocation of expulsion notification issued against its two legislators – Komatireddy Venkat Reddy File photo and SA Sampath Kumar. Recently, the High Court set aside the removal of the two MLAs by Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary and directed the government to rein- state them as members of the Assembly. The Telangana Chief Minister's meeting was attended by state DGP (Director General o Police) M Mahender Reddy, ACB Director General J Purnachandra Rao and former ACB official AK Khan. Sources said that the ACB ofﬁcials briefed the Chief Minister the ﬁndings of the forensic report prepared by the investigating agency probing the scam. Revanth Reddy was caught on video tape while offering bribe to Stephenson. Though it is alleged that Chandrababu Naidu spoke to the MLA over phone, it has not yet been established if it was Chandrababu Naidu's voice. Recently, Revanth Reddy joined the Congress, after realising that the Telugu Desam in Telangana is a dead duck. Sources said that KCR instructed police officials to hasten the investigation and take action against the accused. A major development in the case is said to take place in a day or two, sources said.
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