www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.42°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 05:49 Sunset: 06:39 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Farm works under NREGS a Bharat Biotech gets snipe hunt by KCR? award for Rotovac C P3 Mumbai supercop Roy kills himself Mumbai: Maharashtra's Additional Director General of Police Himanshu Roy, credited with directing investigations into several sensational crimes and high-profile cases, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head here on Friday afternoon. Often referred to as 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' of Mumbai Police, the 54-year old Roy shot himself in the mouth with his service revolver at his house in Suniti Apartments at Nariman Point shortly after 1 pm, a police statement said. 48-hr bank strike from May 30 Chennai: Over 10 lakh bankers in government and private banks will go on a 48hour strike starting on May 30, said an All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) leader. The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) proposed the strike beginning 6 am on May 30, till 6 am on June 1, demanding early revision of wages. The wage revision has been due since November 1, 2017. Tight security for Karnataka polls Bengaluru: Security in the nation's tech hub Bengaluru has been stepped up ahead of the Karnataka Assembly polls on Saturday, Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said on Friday. "A total of 10,500 policemen, 4,500 armed police and 2,500 home guards are being deployed ahead of the elections on Saturday," Kumar told reporters here. BJP flays attack on Amit Shah Hyderabad: State president of BJP Dr K Laxman and party MLA G Kishan Reddy condemned the attack on party national president, Amit Shah at Tirupati on Friday. Condemning the attack, Laxman alleged that it was a preplanned attempt. S P3 hief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s efforts to bring agriculture works under the purview of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) may prove to be a wild goose chase as it involves several stumbling blocks including amendment to the Act. SPECIAL TARGET TDP workers block Amit Shah’s convoy Pelt stones as BJP leader returning after darshan at Tirumala Tirupati: BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Tirumala witnessed a high drama with TDP activists making an abortive bid to attack his convoy of vehicles at Alipiri here when he was returning from Tirumala after a Darshan of Lord Venkateswara on Friday. In Amaravati, Home Minister N Chinarajappa denied that there was any attack on the BJP president and said he was nonetheless ordering an inquiry. In Tirupati, TDP activists led by city president Dampuri Cut excise on petrol, Naidu’s missive to Centre OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday dashed off a letter to the Centre seeking a cut in excise duty on fuel since the price of petrol and diesel had reached record levels. The Chief Minister, in his letter to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, recalled the Centre hiking excise duty on petrol and diesel nine times between November 2014 and January 2016 to cash in on a slump in global oil prices. The Centre, when the prices of fuel have begun climbing up has reduced the tax only by Rs 2 a litre in October last year. As there was no further cut, the fuels have become dearer, Naidu argued. Bhaskar Yadav gathered at Alipiri, near the ghat road, protesting BJP president’s visit, for denying special category status (SCS) to the state. Yadav along with Telugu Yuvatha district president Sridhar Varma, local leader Sanjay, their followers and party activists assembled at Alipiri after announcing to block Amit Shah and his entourage to register Telugus’ protest against the BJP for betraying Andhra Pradesh on the SCS issue. Continued on P4 C ity-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Friday received the National Technology Award 2018, from the Technology Development Board, Government of India. P9 BRIDGING DISTANCE BETWEEN RAM & SITA Modi, Oli ﬂag off Janakpur-Ayodhya direct bus service Janakpur (Nepal): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli on Friday jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya the two sacred cities for Hindus. "Janakpur and Ayodhya are being connected. This is a historic moment," Modi said while inaugurating the bus service as part of the Ramayan Circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India. Modi ﬂagged off the bus after visiting the famed 20th century Janaki temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, where he offered special prayers. The Union government has identiﬁed 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme namely Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringver- NEPAL COMES FIRST FOR INDIA PM Modi with his Nepal counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli, during the inauguration of Janakpur-Ayodhya direct bus service on Friday pur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh), Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telan- gana), Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu). Earlier, Nepalese Prime Minister Oli welcomed his Indian counterpart upon his arrival at the temple complex. Continued on P4 RAMAYANA CIRCUIT The Union government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme namely Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh), Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (TN). Collegium agrees to reiterate Justice Joseph as SC judge New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium on Friday announced that it will reiterate KM Joseph’s recommendation for elevation to the Supreme Court, according to sources. The Apex Court collegium took the decision to reiterate Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court Justice KM Joseph’s name after an hour-long meeting of SC judges, including CJI Dipak Misra, and 5 other judges on the issue. The top court collegium had on January 10 recommended the name of Justice KM Joseph and Indu Malhotra to the Supreme Court. While Indu Malhotra was elevated as SC judge, the elevation of KM Joseph was halted. The Centre had asked the Supreme Court to reconsider To meet again on May 16 to decide on some more names the recommendation of KM Joseph’s elevation. The reiteration, however, should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required,” a note put up on the court website said. Sources said a final decision on the other names will be taken on May 16, when the Collegium will also discuss the names of other senior High Court Chief Justices. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra called a meeting of the collegium on Friday after Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second seniormost judge, wrote a letter asking for a meeting to reiterate Joseph’s name. Justice Chelameswar retires on June 22 and the next meeting could well be his last, since the court breaks for summer vacation from May 18 to July 2. Continued on P4 ‘ROYAL GODAVARI’ BOAT ON FIRE UGC RULES MAKE IT TOUGH Reorganisation of varsities hanging fire V R C PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: The proposal to reorganise the geographical jurisdictions of state universities as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) directions is yet to get the nod of the state government. According to sources, as per the UGC guidelines, every university should have jurisdiction of two districts or not more than 200 affiliated colleges within its ambit. Following this, the Telan- gana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) has sent a proposal factoring the new functional jurisdiction of each of the state university in Telangana. However, this needs the approval from the state government. Speaking to The Hans India, sources in the State Higher Education Department (SHED) said the TSCHE has sent its proposal on the basis of the erstwhile 10 districts, but now the state has 31 districts. Continued on P4 Old City youth crooning Telugu nerchukundam S Thousands of youth are seeking experts to become adept at it S For Urdu Oﬃcer posts, proﬁciency in Telugu is mandatory MOHAMMED YOUNUS Hyderabad: Old City of Hyderabad has always been an Urdu bastion but in the past few weeks, from maulvis to university students, private employees to media men, several sections of society have begun learning the Telugu language. Reason: The announcement by the Telangana government for appointment of 66 Urdu officer posts in Grade I and II categories. One may wonder why one needs to be proficient in Telugu language for an Urdu offi- cer post. Here is the catch. It is made mandatory for applicants to know Urdu, English and Telugu languages with equal felicity to appear for the exam. And, hence, the mushrooming of several one-month crash courses in Telugu language. From Dabeerpura to Diwan Devdi, Malakpet to Mehdipatnam, aspirants are making a beeline to these Telugu courses. For instance, Syed Shafiullah Quadri, who is proficient in Urdu is hard-pressed to learn Telugu language. He joined Telugu tuition centre at Dawn School in Malakpet. It is learnt that 5,500 candidates have applied for 66 Urdu officer posts. Several WhatsApp groups have been created for helping aspirants and by aspirants themselves to share tips about acing Telugu test. Continued on P4 CLOSE SHAVE FOR 80 TOURISTS OUR BUREAU Rajamahendravaram: More than 80 tourists had a close brush with death when a tourist boat - Royal Godavari – in which they were travelling on river Godavari caught ﬁre while it was on its way to a tourism spot in East Godavari district on Friday. The boat set off from a village called Angaluru at about 9.30 am for Papikondalu known for its scenic beauty when the ﬁre started in the canteen where tea was being prepared. The passengers, all of whom were from Angaluru village, jumped out of the boat and ran to safety as soon as ﬂames rose and devoured the entire boat but not before some anxious moments. As soon as ﬁre started, the driver steered the boat to a nearby landmass and as it came to a standstill near it, the passengers who were by then came down to level 1 from level 2 (double decker boat) jumped to safety. The operators of the boat simultaneously informed officials who sent rescue boats with swimmers but by then all the passengers were safe on the land mass. The passengers said the gas leak took place in the kitchen where tea was being prepared which might have caught ﬁre. Later the passengers were taken to Devipatnam police station where they were provided refreshments and were then sent to Rajamahendravaram. Learning about the incident, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu spoke to District Collector Kartikeya Misra and asked him to provide all the help that the passengers might need. The Devipatnam police have taken into custody the boat driver and the other staff on the boat after registering a case against them. “We have arrested the boat owner also,” Inspector Ch Venkateswara Rao said.
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