www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 14 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late Temp: Max.41°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 05:48 Sunset: 06:39 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS State plunged into Busy wedding season debts in TDP rule: YSRC drives demand for gold S enior YSRCP leader and MLA Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy said the State plunged into debts as the loans mounted to Rs 2.26 lakh crore in Telugu Desam Party rule during the last four years. P5 Dust storm hits Delhi, nearly 50 flights affected New Delhi/Lucknow: Delhi, Gurugram and Noida witnessed a sudden change in weather on Sunday with dust storm and rainfall hitting the region, bringing down the mercury a few notches down. S P6 Army finalises `15K-cr project New Delhi (PTI): After years of deliberations, the Army has finalised a mega Rs 15,000-crore project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously to overcome long delays in imports and address the problem of a dwindling stockpile. Official sources said that 11 private firms would be involved in the ambitious project. S P11 W ith the release of three American hostages by North Korea and announcement by the US President Donald Trump that the summit between him and Kim would take place on June 12 in Singapore, both sides have successfully completed their confidence-building exercise. ‘OK if Cong picks Dalit CM’ The trump card? Siddaramaiah says this will be his last election BJP EYES KAPUS, PICKS KANNA Mudragada meet throws many equations Mysuru: A day after Karnataka voted in the Assembly elections after witnessing a high-octane campaign between the BJP and Congress, incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he has no problem if the high command decides to choose a Dalit leader for the state's top post. But, he made it clear, no one could forcibly take the decision – and he was quick to add that he was popular among MLAs, whose opinion will have weight in the ﬁnal decision. Taking to Twitter, Siddaramaiah also recalled how he had taken charge as Karnataka CM on this date ﬁve years ago and said he looked forward to the people's love and support "for doing more". Siddaramaiah, who contested from Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies for the Assembly elections, said he will not be ﬁghting polls henceforth. “This will be my last election.” "If the party high command says they will make a Dalit the CM, I will tell them go ahead. I am not against anybody. But you see, MLAs also have to give an opinion... No one can force.... High command also has to agree to that. Forcefully making someone a CM is difficult. You can't run a government like that," said Siddaramaiah. While asserting that the Congress would retain power in the southern state, the CM expressed conﬁdence that the party would win an absolute majority. He also ruled out any possibility of an alliance with Janata Dal (S), led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. He also dismissed exit polls results which indicated maximum seats for the BJP in the polls. “Opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days. Relying on poll of polls is like a person who can’t swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. At 6 feet you drown (sic),” he tweeted. VICTORY IS OURS Bengaluru: A day after voting concluded in Karnataka, BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa said he was confident that his party would secure enough seats to form the government on its own. Continued on P6 Lightning strikes kill 9 in 2 districts Victims include 2 fishermen, two persons taking shelter from rain in a bus shelter OUR BUREAU ‘Greater Tirupati’ on the anvil Development works indicate citizens’ dreams coming true V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Is Tirupati slowly marching towards ‘Greater Tirupati’? The fact that the government gives weightage to the proposals for construction of almost nine ROBs or RUBs at level crossings in and around Tirupati in the coming days is sending strong signals that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is committed to making the pilgrim city as greater Tirupati. Saturday’s high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar and attended by South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav, TTD EO AK Singhal, District Collector PS Pradyumna, Urban SP Abhishek Mohanty, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Vijayarama Raju and others shows the seriousness of the Chief Minister in taking his dreams into reality. Apart from developing the core area of Tirupati city under smart city initiative, he wants to develop the whole area from Chandragiri to Renigunta and Continued on P6 make it greater Tirupati. Srikakulam/Kadapa: Nine persons died after being struck by lightning in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts on Sunday. Seven persons died in Srikakulam district alone in various mandals as several areas experienced heavy rain coupled with gales and thunderbolts across the district since noon. In Srikakulam, Thatipudi Appalanarasayya, 58, of Peddakollivalasa village in LN Peta mandal died after being struck by lightning while fishing at a local tank. Another fisherman, Boddepalli Ramulu, 53, of Ambavalli in Hiramandal mandal, was struck by lightning while catching fish in a pond at Karakavalasa under Jalumuru mandal. Two youngsters, identiﬁed as B Hemasundar Rao, 18, and G Manoj Kumar, 15, died after being struck by lightning at Tiddimi village under Pathapatnam mandal. While Hemasundar was a native of Tiddimi village, Manoj Kumar, who was from Sirusuvada village in Kotturu mandal, went to Tiddimi to spend summer holidays with grandparents. Another two persons died on the spot when lightning struck a bus shelter where they were taking shelter from rain at Peddalakshmipuram in Meliaputti mandal. The two were identiﬁed as Jammana Poliraju, 22, of Gopinadhapuram village in Meliaputti mandal and Ganda Ananda Rao, 55, of Poluru of Odisha state. Both had attended a function at Jagannadhapuram in Meliaputti mandal and were returning home. Details of another death are yet to be known. Digital threat to ancient craft of Kalamkari Pedana: A tiny town known for the exquisite Kalamkari style of textile printing - which earned it a GI tag - may be losing its sheen, thanks to a spurt in the use of modern and chemical methods that threaten the traditional art of block printing on fabric using organic and vegetable dyes. Driving through the town, it is not uncommon to see yards of Kalamkari fabric laid out to dry in the scorching sun, with the ambient sounds of nature seemingly bringing P13 alive the trees, birds and animals on the textile. In 2013, Pedana town and its neighbouring villages of Machilipatnam, Polavaram and Kappaladoddi in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh won the geographical indication (GI) tag for the production of Machilipatnam Kalamkari, which involves carving out intricate designs on wooden blocks, and using these to print patterns on fabric. However, to keep up with growing demands and reduce production costs and time, many villagers have started using chemical dyes and the screen printing method to produce the famed textile style. The modern technique involves digitally creating designs and then making large stencils, which are used instead of blocks. The name Kalamkari is derived from the words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen. Continued on P6 OUR BUREAU Vijayawada/Guntur: Ending months long suspense as to who would lead the BJP in Andhra Pradesh, party national leadership on Sunday appointed former minister Kanna Lakshminarayana as president of the party state unit. The party also appointed MLC Somu Veerraju as convener for the Election Management Committee. As both leaders belong to the Kapu community, it has become obvious that the BJP is eyeing Kapus in coastal Andhra Pradesh who are numerically strong and who could make or mar the chances of any party from coming to power. The incumbent state president K Haribabu had quit since recently as he had served the party in the capacity for more than two terms. Expressing gratitude to the party leadership, Lakshminarayana said: "I will do my best to strengthen the party from grassroots level." Lakshminarayana joined the BJP on October 27, 2014, after the Congress was defeated in Andhra Pradesh decisively in the general elections held earlier in the year. The leadership persuaded Lakshminarayana and rewarded him with the position at a time when he was all set to join the YSRCP, after getting indications that someone else was being considered for the post of party president. BJP general secretary Arun Singh issued the order appointing the two leadContinued on P6 ers for posts. Pawan calls for preserving Tirumala sanctity OUR BUREAU Tirupati: Jana Sena Party (JSP) founder president Pawan Kalyan said protecting the sanctity and serenity of the holy Tirumala was the responsion all of us. Speaking to media after a darshan of Lord Venkateswara, he stressed on the need for everyone striving to uphold the holiness of the sacred Tirumala. He declined to take questions from the media on the ground that it is not wise to speak on politics as he came on a pilgrimage to offer prayers to Lord Venakteswara and devote himself to mediation in the hill-top temple town. Continued on P6
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