SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Gudipati Venkata Chalam touched and embraced the realms of feminism leaving all social constraints and limitations behind. His works garnered both adulation as well as uproar among the masses. 2018 marks Chalam’s 125th birth anniversary and paying a tribute to the great soul is an apt gesture for all of us who want an egalitarian society 12 & 13 WINDOWS Modi hails ‘historic’ Nepal visit Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed his Nepal visit as "historic" and "very successful". After wrapping up his two-day programmes to the Himalayan neighbour, Modi tweeted: "My Nepal visit was historic. It gave me a great opportunity to connect with the wonderful people of Nepal." He said his talks with Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli were "productive" and that new vigour was added to India-Nepal relations through the visit. S P11 2 killed in Maha group clashes Aurangabad: At least two persons were killed and more than 40 injured, including 10 policemen, when clashes broke out between two groups in this famed Maharashtra tourist town, an official said. Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar said that the violence erupted late on Friday following a trivial local issue which angered the people in some areas. "Due to rumours which circulated like wildfire on social media, it quickly flared up and spread," Kesarkar said. In the final tally, the minister said two persons have lost their lives, including one in an arson incident and another in the plastic bullets firing by the police. H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H 70% polling in Karnataka Assembly polls Bengaluru: The provisional voting percentage in the Karnataka assembly elections is at 70%, the Election Commission said on Saturday evening. In the 2013 assembly elections, the voting percentage was 71.45%. Over the last three elections, the voting percentage has averaged 67.1%. “I want to congratulate the voters of Karnataka. Till 6 pm, the voter turnout in the state was 70 per cent. Barring a few polling stations, voting has been completed at almost all,” Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters here. “By the time we get the final figure, we will have a better turnout than the last election,” he added. The poll percentage is likely to go up as voters were seen standing in the queue at certain polling stations even after 6 pm. The polling which began at 7 am at 58,546 polling stations in 222 seats, concluded at 6pm. The Karnataka Legislative assembly has 224 seats but elections in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru, have been postponed. Although Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats, the election in Rajrajeshwari Nagar seat had been put off to May 28 following fake ID row. The election in south Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency was countermanded following the death of BJP’s candidate B N Vijayakumar on May 4. ‘Yeddy mentally disturbed; we will get 120 seats’ New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said BJP CM face Yeddyurappa is "mentally disturbed" and expressed conﬁdence that the Congress will get more than 120 seats in the 224-seat assembly. "Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. The Congress will get more than 120 seats. Poor people from all communities are with us and the Congress will get a clear majority. There is no doubt, no confusion on this," Siddaramaiah said in response to Yeddyurappa's assertion that he will win the state election. Yeddy announces ‘swearing-in date’ Bengaluru: Karnataka is heading towards a hung assembly with both the Congress and the BJP failing to get a clear majority, if one goes by the results of the exit polls announced on Saturday evening, just after the polling ended in the southern state. Most of the exit polls predicted a cliffhanger contest between the BJP and the Congress. They also predicted JDS to be the kingmaker. The high-stakes Karnataka assembly elections saw a 70 per cent voter turnout on Saturday. Counting of votes will take place on May 15. A ‘poll of exit polls’ put out by NDTV predicts the Congress will GUNTUR BOY TOPS ICET RANKINGS 92 per cent candidates qualify in the test win 88 seats, BJP 98 and JDS 33. Others are seen winning 3 seats. The Today’s Chanakya exit poll results showed the BJP would win 120 seats (with an error margin of 11 seats), the Congress 73 (with the same error margin) and the JD(S) 26 seats (with an error BATTLEGROUND KARNATAKA Exit Polls Republic TV BJP Cong JD(S) Others 95-114 73-82 32-43 02-03 Today’s Chanakya 120 ± 11 73 ± 11 26 ± 7 3±3 India Today 79-92 106-118 22-30 -- Times Now-VMR 80-93 90-103 31-39 -- News X-CNX 102-110 72-78 35-39 03-04 ABP-C Voter 97-109 87-99 21-30 1-8 India TV 87 97 35 3 margin of 7 seats). The exit polll showed a signiﬁcant gain in the BJP’s vote share from 19% in 2013 to 39% (with an error margin of 3%) in th e2018 elections. Today’s Chanakya’s exit poll showed the Congress vote share remaining nearly the same at 36% (with an error margin of 3%) The Times Now-VMR exit poll showed the Congress winning 90 to 103 seats, BJP 80 to 93 seats in the 224-member assembly and Janata Dal Secular 31 to 39 seats. The JD(S) is expected to play a key role in government formation in case of an unclear verdict. Elections to two seats have been Continued on P4 postponed. Bengaluru: BJP's chief ministerial face BS Yeddyurappa has conﬁdently announced a swearingin date of May 17 for his "government", provoking CM Siddaramaiah into calling him "mentally disturbed". After casting his vote on Saturday morning, Yeddyurappa told reporters he was sure that BJP will win 145-150 of the 222 constituencies in Karnataka which went to the polls. EXPLOSIVE ADMISSION Pak terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, says Sharif He questions Pak policy to allow ‘non-state actors’ to cross border and kill people Prasanna Pavan Kumar, Bharat Kumar and Sai Kumar Reddy OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao on Saturday released the results of the Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET)-2018 for admissions into MBA and MCA courses in the state. The examination was conducted by Sri Venkateswara University on May 2, 2018. The results were declared in a record time of 10 days. A total of 52,216 candidates applied for the APICET-2018, out of which 48,635 candidates appeared for the test and 45,037 of them were qualiﬁed with pass percentage of 92.60. The minister released the results and names of top 10 rankers. Chintaguntla Prasanna Pavan Kumar of Guntur got the ﬁrst rank in the exam by securing 177.77 marks. The second rank went to Venkata Narasugari Bharat Kumar of Anantapur district with 170.61 marks and the third rank was secured by N Sai Kumar Reddy of Anantapur with 168.64 marks. The minister told the mediapersons that 28,158 men and 20,416 women were qualified in the examination. Besides, 61 transgenders are also qualified in the test for admission into MBA and MCA courses. The pass percentage this year (92.60) has gone up by six per cent compared to previous year's 86.56 per cent. The minster said the government is conducting the important exams like EAMCET, Polycet, APICET as early as possible and announcing the results very early compared to other states so that the students of Andhra Pradesh can join the educational institutions within the state. Continued on P4 Lahore: For the ﬁrst time, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the ‘non-state actors’ to cross the border and ‘kill’ people in Mumbai, a media report said. Sharif, who has been disqualiﬁed to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated it- self. "We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacriﬁces, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it," Sharif said. “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” said Sharif in an interview to Dawn newspaper published on Saturday. His statement is seen as a reference to the trial against Pakistani suspects of the attack in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. “It’s absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it.” Sharif was prime minister when 10 men belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group Modi govt mulls 6-mth jail for those abandoning parents New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is planning to increase the jail term for those who abandon or abuse their elderly parents, to six months from the existing three months, according to a senior official. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, which is reviewing the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, has also proposed widening the definition of children to include adopted or stepchildren, sons-in-law and daughters-inlaw, grandchildren and minors represented by their legal guardians, the senior ministry official said. Only biological children and grandchildren come under the provisions of the existing Act. The ministry has drafted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Draft Bill, 2018, which once approved will supersede the existing act. The draft Act also proposes doing away with an upper limit of Rs 10,000 per month as maintenance amount, thus making it variable. "Those who earn well can and should of course shell out a higher amount for the upkeep of their parents. Also, the deﬁnition of the term maintenance should go beyond providing food, clothing, housing, healthcare and include safety and security of parents," the official said. The Act in its current form makes it a legal obligation for children and heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens and parents, by a monthly allowance of Rs 10,000. Elderly parents can approach a Maintenance Tribunal in case their children neglect or refuse to maintain them. landed on the Mumbai shoreline in a dinghy on November 26, 2008, before splitting into four groups and embarking on a rampage in which 166 people were killed. India has said Islamabad is failing to act against those behind the raids, including LeT founder Haﬁz Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head. Pakistan admits the attacks were planned on its soil but denies official involvement. Continued on P4 Rabri Devi Oppn leader in Bihar legislative council Patna: Former Bihar Chief Minister and senior RJD leader Rabri Devi was on Saturday accorded the status of the leader of Opposition in the state legislative council on the basis of her party's enhanced strength in the upper house. The development followed the recent biennial elections to the legislative council after which RJD's tally in the 75member upper house rose from seven to nine, required to get the status.
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