www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.41°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 05:50 Sunset: 06:38 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS TDP Mahanadu to expose BluSapphire to ramp ‘collusive politics’ up headcount to 500 T he TDP is preparing to make a strong pitch for the ensuing general elections at the party conclave Mahanadu to be held from May 27 to 29 in Vijayawada. Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu has prepared two-fold approach for this meeting since it is an election year. P2 President Ram Nath Kovind signs visitor's book as Army chief General Bipin Rawat looks on, on his visit to Siachen Base Camp on Thursday NRI bonds likely to offset crude shock Mumbai (PTI): To cushion the impact of rising crude prices that are set to increase further on the forex reserves, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could go in for NRI bonds to the tune of $30-35 billion which will help it maintain the import cover at a comfortable level, says a report. S P13 P13 Beneficiaries deprived of houses in past to get now OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium will meet on Friday to reconsider its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph and other judges to the top court. The apex court sources said the collegium, which includes Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the top four senior judges, will meet at 1 pm. S P11 New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court stayed the Calcutta High Court order asking the West Bengal State Election Commission to accept nomination papers filed through e-mail for contesting the panchayat elections in the state. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took note of the fact that almost 17,000 candidates have won the panchayat polls unopposed and dubbed it "worrying", while directing the State Election Commission (SEC) not to declare them as winners. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, directed the state poll panel to ensure "free and fair" panchayat elections on May 14 in the state. S P11 luSapphire, engaged in AI and machine learning cyber security tools development, will increase its headcount to support the expansion plan. It has opened its Advanced Threat Research Centre (ATRC) and SOC facility in the city. GoM SETS THINGS RIGHT SC collegium to meet today SC stays HC order on WB panchayat polls B Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laying symbolic foundation stone for Jai Raj Ispat Limited (steel factory) at Orvakallu in Kurnool district on Thursday Will make Kurnool an industrial corridor: CM Naidu lays foundation for Jayraj Ispat unit at Orvakal OUR BUREAU Orvakal: Kurnool is on the threshold of becoming an industrial corridor. It will soon be another Sri City, announced Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, while laying the foundation stone for Jayraj Ispat Pvt Ltd here on Thursday. Naidu who ﬂew in here on Thursday morning reiterated his commitment to develop Kurnool district into an industrial corridor during his meeting with industrialists after the foundation laying ceremony. Naidu said: "The day marks a big leap into the future of Kurnool as a steel factory will soon materialise here. This is only the beginning as several more industries are likely to be set up here in the coming years." Naidu said the Jayaraj Ispat Pvt Limited will invest Rs 3000 crore at Orvakal. The company which has a long history since 1985 has a dynamic track record in construction. This is the third unit of the company apart from Bellary and Hyderabad. This plant is involved in the manufacturing of TMT bars and steel for three decades. Naidu said the plant is designed to set up in an extent of 1000 acres but in the ﬁrst phase it would be constructed in an extent of 415 acres of land and will produce 1.7 million metric tonnes per annum. Later, the production would go up to 2.2 million tonnes. In the first phase, the company would invest Rs 2935 crore, generating direct employment for 1,060 youths and indirect employment to another 5,000. In the phase II and III, direct employment would be for 3000 and indirect employment for 12,000 youths. The Chief Minister said several more industries are likely to come up with an estimated cost of Rs 28,000 crore with a potential to create 28,000 jobs. "There were no industries in Rayalaseema after the bifurcation. Only one industry, Uranium factory, was brought by late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy before the division, despite of strong opposition from the people of Kadapa. Naidu said Orvakal would be developed on lines of Sri City. "We are setting up a mega seed park at Thangadancha in an extent of 650 acres from where seed would be supplied to the entire country. Kurnool has a suitable climate for developing seed. After the construction of the mega seed park, about 9,000 people would get employment. Continued on P6 After hectic hearing, SC reserves Aadhaar verdict New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on petitions challenging Constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act. In his concluding remarks, Attorney General K K Venugopal said this is second longest oral hearing in history of the apex court. The ﬁrst longest hearing was of Keshavananda Bharti case that lasted for 68 days. The hearing in the Aadhar case lasted for 38 days. The apex court had on Wednesday acknowledged that failures in Aadhaar authentication could pose problems for the needy and said that the issue will have to be addressed. The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme on the touchstone of the fundamental right to privacy ﬁled by former Karnataka High Court Judge KS Puttuswamy, Magsaysay awardee Shanta Sinha, and researcher Kalyani Sen Menon and others. A ﬁve-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed all the parties concerned to ﬁle their written submissions to put forth their case. A battery of lawyers including Attorney General K K Venugopal, who represented the Centre and senior advocates like Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Rakesh Dwivedi, Shyam Divan, Arvind Datar, Rakesh Dwivedi had appeared for various parties. The constitution bench also comprised Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. During the arguments spread over four months, the Centre had strongly defended its decision to seed 38 DAY-2ND LARGEST ORAL HEARING The Supreme Court said the Union government had misinterpreted its order and used it as a ‘tool’ to make Aadhaar mandatory for mobile phones Aadhaar numbers with mobile phones, telling the top court that it could have been hauled up for contempt if the veriﬁcation of mobile users was not undertaken by it. However, the court had said that the government had misinterpreted its order and used it as a “tool” to make Aadhaar mandatory for mobile users. Former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy and other petitioners had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. The court had also not agreed with the government’s contention that the Aadhaar law was correctly termed as a Money Bill by the Lok Sabha Speaker as it dealt with “targeted delivery of subsidies” for which funds came from the Consolidated Fund of India. Amaravati: The state government has decided to sanction houses to the poor who were purported to be allotted house during the time of previous government. The Group of Ministers (GoM) led by ﬁnance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Thursday took the decision in this regard. Officials informed the ministers that it became difficult to them to sanction houses to some poor as the records show they had already been sanctioned houses in the past even though they don’t really have any pucca house. Several poor people facing such situation were applying for houses, officials said. The ministers discussed the issue and opined that houses had been sanctioned without notice to beneﬁciaries and the amount might have been misused. The GoM instructed the officials that a ﬁeld enquiry must be conducted in such cases and house be sanctioned to the poor if they don’t have any pucca house even though their names had already been mentioned in records in the past. “After conducting ﬁeld enquiry, you can remove their names in the old records and sanction houses to them if they are eligible,” the GoM suggested. The GoM also decided to sanction new houses to STs whose houses sanctioned before 2004 were damaged. Yanamala Ramakrishnudu told the officials to expedite the construction of houses under various government schemes according to the target set by the state government. “As there are sufficient funds to the housing schemes, the construction process needs to be expedited. Continued on P6 KARNATAKA CLIFFHANGER PM has nothing to offer to Karnataka: Rahul Congress president Rahul Gandhi with senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah during a press meet, ahead of the Assembly elections 2018, in Bengaluru Bengaluru: Countering Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attack on his prime ministerial ambitions, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Modi, saying he was seeking to distract the public from the real issues in Karnataka where Gandhi claimed the Congress will win hands down in the Assembly elections. "Modi likes to distract people. This election has nothing to do with Rahul Gandhi. This election is about the future of Karnataka. Narendra Modi has nothing to say about the future of Karnataka. He is, therefore, distracting. I am not going to engage in that distraction," Gandhi said at a press conference here on the last day of campaigning for the May 12 Continued on P6 elections. ‘MY MOTHER MORE INDIAN THAN MANY INDIANS’ Bengaluru: "My mother is more Indian than many Indians," an emotional Rahul Gandhi said, as he responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sarcastic barb at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over her foreign origin. The Congress president recalled how, despite being an Italian by birth, his mother made sacriﬁces for the country. "My mother is an Italian. She has lived the larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many, many Indians I have seen.” Shah predicts 130 seats for BJP Bengaluru: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said his party will win at least 130 seats in the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections and that BS Yeddyurappa will be the next chief minister of the state. Speaking at a press conference hours before campaign for the election formally comes to a close, the BJP president also attacked the Siddaramaiah government for its alleged failure to maintain law and order in the state. Continued on P6 Walmart keen on AP, Telangana New Delhi (PTI): A day after announcing the acquisition of 77 per cent stake in India’s largest online retailer Flipkart for $16 billion, Walmart Inc on Thursday said it will continue to grow its wholesale cash-and-carry business, adding 50 new stores in the next four-ﬁve years. Walmart India President and CEO Krish Iyer said: “We’re not spreading thin. We are continuing in same geographies but, primarily focus is on Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Maharashtra. Plans are on track.” Walmart currently has 21 stores including Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and Rajahmundry.
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