www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 14 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.44°C. Min.32°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 05:39 Sunset: 06:36 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Medical varsity in Busy wedding season eye of a storm drives demand for gold K P3 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 P4 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 P7 NDMC to auction Taj Mansingh on June 19 New Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has announced the e-auction of three of its premium hotels in Lutyen's Delhi, including the five-star property Taj Mansingh, for a period of 33 years. The other two hotels are -- The Connaught and Hotel Asian International. S P4 aloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) has come under severe criticism for acting hand-in-glove with private medical college managements in selling PG medical seats in the private medical colleges in Telangana. 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’ Siddaramaiah says this will be his last election 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". VICTORY IS OURS Siddaramaiah, who contested from Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies for the Assembly elections, 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 P4 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. Little Elly drives edu officials mad The story of a small play school woven over a big plot VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: Senior officials in the State School Education Department (SSED) came in for a rude shock when they found that the staff at the district level submitted different reports on a school to different agencies, including Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari. All this activity followed after the Deputy CM referred a petition which he had received from parents that their child was ill treated at a school. One report that went to the deputy CM said that that the school was served a closure notice after inspection following the petition being referred to them. The other report that was submitted to superiors was after deputy inspector of school’s response to the parents under RTI that the school had no permission. Finally, when the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights sought a report from the collector after receipt of a petition from the parents, the collector sent a report to the commission that the school did apply for permission on department’s web portal but no permission was given for the school. Continued on P4 LIGHTNING KILLS 3 RYOTS IN MANCHERIAL Hyderabad: Three farmers died when lightning struck them in Arepalli village in Bhimaram mandal of Mancherial district in the early hours of Sunday. According to sources, the tragedy occurred when they went to the ﬁeld to take care of their paddy ﬁelds. They were covering the paddy with tarpaulin when lightning struck them. All of them died on the spot. They were identiﬁed as Ramtenki Rajaiah, Kummari Babu and Jaadi Ramesh. Elsewhere in Telangana, hailstorms hit the standing crops in several districts on Sunday. In Andhole mandal in Medak district, harvested paddy in market yards was damaged. In Kaudipalli and Kolcharam mandal, paddy became wet in procurement centres. In several villages in Gummadidala mandal, heavy rain is reported. In Siddipet and Chinnakoduru mandals in Siddipet district, heavy rains accompanied by gales are wreaking havoc. Hailstorms are reported in Vikarabad, Parigi and Koduru. The high velocity winds uprooted trees and electric poles in Shabad and Haithaba in Ranga Reddy district. In Hyderabad, several localities received rain. Though it was very hot till afternoon, the weather suddenly changed with rain bearing clouds began hovering over the city. Suddenly there were winds and rain in several parts. 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 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 P4 P9 HANGING FIRE RTC pay talks prolong Cabinet sub-committee meets with RTC leaders OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The members of the Cabinet sub-committee formed to look into the pay revision of the RTC staff were discussing the demands with the recognised union of the corporation Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU) when the last reports came in on Sunday night. The Cabinet sub-committee led by Finance Minister Eatala Rajender had meeting with (TMU) at the Secretariat on Sunday. The ministers are learnt to have been discussing ﬁnancial situation of the corporation and also the revenues. Ministers G Jagadish Reddy, P Mahender Reddy, RTC Chairman S Satyanarayana, MLA V Srinivas Goud were present. TMU leaders E Ashwathama Reddy and Thomas Reddy represented the TMU in the meeting. The TMU leaders handed over the memorandum to the committee and left the meeting hall. The TMU leaders have been demanding 50 per cent ﬁtment and had given notice to the management with 15 other demands. The TMU leaders had said that they would withdraw the notice only if the government gives reply in writing. The TMU leaders tried to overcome the allegations that it was with the management and took up ‘Chalo Bus Bhavan’ program and the leaders threatened that they would not hesitate to take up ‘Chalo Pragathi Bhavan’ if the government fails to fulﬁl their demands. The TMU has declared that they would take up strike any time after May 21. Almost all the Unions in the RTC gave strike notice to the management for the pay revision, which they said was pending since April 1, 2017. Telangana RTC JAC has sought 19 per cent more ﬁtment than the State government employees for equality in pay scales. The JAC leaders who were not in the meeting gave a memorandum with their charter of demands to the Transport Minister Mahender Reddy. The JAC leaders alleged that the conductors and drivers were being removed for small mistakes and the TMU leaders were not responding on this. Continued on P4
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