www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny Temp: Max.45°C. Min.32°C. Humidity: 24% Sunrise: 05:40 Sunset: 06:35 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Surprise visit: KCR blesses BluSapphire to ramp newly wedded couple up headcount to 500 C P3 hief Minister KCR surprised a newly wedded couple in Karimnagar on Thursday. While on his way to the launch of Rythu Bandhu (Investment Support scheme for Farmers) at Huzurabad via Karimnagar, the CM noticed a wedding celebration at Tadikal village. B 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. P9 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 KARNATAKA CLIFFHANGER PM has nothing to offer to Karnataka: Rahul SC collegium to meet today 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 P7 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 SC stays HC order on WB panchayat polls 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 P7 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 P9 Rythu Bandhu KCR gives more • CM announces `5 lakh insurance scheme from Formation Day • Makes it easy to get bank loans by doing away with mortgage rules OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Claiming that the Telangana state has shown a new direction to the country in the enforcement of people as well as farmer-centric welfare schemes, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced a few more sops for the welfare of the farming community. Also, he made it clear that tenants are not entitled to avail monetary benefits under the Rythu Bandhu (crop investments support) scheme. Launching the big-ticket populist scheme ‘Rythu Bandhu’ at Dharmarajupalli village in Huzurabad mandal of the erstwhile Karimnagar district on Thursday, the Chief Minister said a new insurance scheme with Rs 5 lakh coverage will be brought into force from June 2 on the Telangana Formation Day for the benefit of farmers. Under the scheme, the farmers will get the insurance benefit if they die accidentally. The government has already finalised the modalities after talking to the insurance companies for the scheme which will give a major relief to the poor farming community. Stating that the government is already providing Rs 6 lakh com- pensation to the bereaved families of the farmers who commit suicide, the CM also declared the repeal of the rule that title deeds should be mortgaged for obtaining bank loans by farmers. "Farmers need not to deposit their passbooks with banks for loans from June 2. The banks will disburse loans verifying the title deeds on Dharani website. Continued on P4 KCR giving away ﬁrst Pattadar Passbook to M Sanjeeva Reddy at the ‘Rythu Bandhu’ programme at Dharmarajupalli village in Karimnagar Walmart keen on TS, AP cus 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. Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon said Flipkart group would continue to operate as a separate board-managed company with co-founder Binny Bansal as the CEO. Hyderabad: In a bid to enlist the support of poorer sections in forward communities, KCR announced his government will bring out new poverty alleviation schemes for their beneﬁt. Launching the Rythu Bandhu scheme, KCR said the representatives of many forward communities mainly Reddys, Kammas and Brahmins had requested the government to open residential educational institutions to provide quality education to the children of poor in their communities on the lines of the institutions set up by the government for BC, SC, ST and Minorities. Cont’d on P4 ‘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 P4 LEGAL METROLOGY RAIDS TOP MALLS OUR BUREAU To open 50 new stores in India in 5 yrs 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-andcarry 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 fo- KCR mulls schemes for forward castes 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 P4 elections. Mahathir, 92, sworn in Malaysian PM Kuala Lumpur: Veteran Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, a former Prime Minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday. Mahathir, who governed for more than two decades became, at the age of 92, the world's oldest elected leader. S P8 Hyderabad: The sleuths of the Legal Metrology Department conducted ‘surprise raids’ on four prominent malls in the twin cities at the behest of Commissioner of Civil Supplies and Controller of Legal Metrology Akun Sabharwal. They booked as many as 102 cases for selling goods in violation of packaged commodity rules on Thursday. Four special teams comprising five personnel in each team, under the supervision of Assistant Controller level officer, carried out the raids at Inorbit Mall (Madhapur), Hyder- What a disgrace? Hyderabad Central – 40 cases – property worth of `15 lakhs seized Inorbit Mall – 30 cases – property worth of `3.5 lakhs seized GVK Mall – 17 cases - property worth of `3.4 lakhs seized Sujana Forum Mall – 15 cases property worth of `90,000 seized abad Central (Punjagutta), Sujana Forum Mall (Kukatpally) and GVK Mall (Banjara Hills). According to the regulations, the goods should have product name, address of the manufacturer, date of produc- tion, expiry date, product net weight, and maximum retail price (MRP), should be mentioned on the product. The authorities have booked cases against the vendors who violated the norms. 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 is- sue 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. ND 38 DAY 2 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 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 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.
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