www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 15 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.39°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 05:48 Sunset: 06:40 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Pawan Kalyan visits PFC inks pact with holy places on Tirumala Union Power Ministry J P5 Petrol, diesel prices up after ‘Karnataka freeze’ New Delhi: The Union government increased petrol and diesel prices on Monday, ending a 19-day freeze that detractors said was prompted by Saturday’s Assembly elections in Karnataka, a state that the BJP wants to reclaim. The price of petrol in Delhi is now Rs 74.80 a litre, up by 17 paise since the last change on April 24 and putting the fuel price at a 56-month high. Diesel was marked up by 21 paise to Rs 66.14 a litre, also a record high. In Hyderabad, petrol and diesel prices have become dearer by 19 paise and 26 paise, respectively, per litre. Nirav Modi among 22 named in CBI chargesheet New Delhi: Billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, Allahabad Bank MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian and 20 others have been chargesheeted by the CBI in connection with the alleged issuance of fraudulent guarantees of Rs 6,498.20 crore to Modi's companies by the PNB. These fraudulent guarantees enabled Nirav Modi to secure loans from overseas banks which he siphoned off, the CBI alleged. ana Sena Party (JSP) founder president Pawan Kalyan continued his spiritual quest on the second day on Monday taking trips to various holy places and Theerthams on Tirumala hills. Pawan first visited Anjaneya Swamy temple at Japali Theertham located in the deep forest. STORM IN LOTUS POND Veerraju supporters veer away from BJP OUR BUREAU Rajamahendravaram: The appointment of former minister Kanna Lakshminarayana as state unit president of the BJP kicked up a political storm in the party on Monday with aspirant for the post MLC Somu Veerraju's supporters quitting their party posts in his native East Godavari district, questioning the rationale of the party national leadership in appointing someone who is an outsider to the party and who does not have the mandatory RSS background. Lakshminarayana’s appointment came like a bolt from the blue for Veerraju’s supporters who had thought that their leader's anointment as chief of the party in AP was a fait accompli. When the news broke out, they realised that they were living delusions and vented out their spleen at the party high command for choosing someone who was about to leave the party and join the ranks of the YSRCP. They argue that Lakshminarayana was a recent addition to the party as he joined them only in October 2014, after he realised that the Congress, which had been dealt a mortal blow by the people of AP, would never acquire life in future. Continued on P6 Anil Ambani willing to invest in Amaravati Amaravati: Anil Ambani, the business magnate of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, on Monday held talks with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on the progress of projects in the state and also spoke about opportunities to invest in Amaravati. The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group has been involved in electricity and infrastructure projects in Nellore and Visakhapatnam. The Chief Minister’s Office said in a release that it was a courtesy call made by Ambani, who showed enthusiasm to know the development and progress of construction of greenﬁeld capital city Amaravati. Ambani was willing to invest in the capital city on various proposals, but they all were in pre-mature stage, observed an official at the CM Office. Before the meeting Naidu, Ambani visited Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada. Jaitley stable after kidney transplant New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday and is stable after the over four-hour-long surgery, hospital authorities said. Jaitley, 65, who has been mostly working from home since early April, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday. The surgery started around 8.30 am today and went on till 1 pm after which the minister was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). P13 SMRITI IRANI OUT OF I&B IN CABINET REJIG PIYUSH GOYAL TO TAKE CARE OF FINANCE New Delhi: The Union Cabinet was rejigged on Monday evening, in which Piyush Goyal will handle the Finance Ministry till Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney surgery, recovers. Goyal, who is in charge of the Railways, will have Finance as an additional charge. Rajyavardhan Rathore, who was in charge of the Sports ministry, will be the new Information and Broadcasting minister with independent charge. Smriti Irani had taken over the portfolio last July as an additional charge when Venkaiah Naidu resigned after Bengaluru: As Karnataka readies on Tuesday to count votes polled on Saturday in the 222 Assembly constituencies, the Congress, BJP and JD-S are sitting on an edge over the verdict that is likely to have a bearing on their fortunes in the 2019 general elections. A day after a record 72.13 per cent of 5.06-crore electorate voted on a hot weekend, leaders of the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday claimed their party would be winning hands down, while the Janata DalSecular (JD-S) vowed to decide who will form the next government, if it does not get majority. Polling was held in 222 segments of the 224-member legislative assembly, as election to Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar had been postponed to May 28 in the voter cards case and countermanded in Jayanagar segment due to the death of BJP con- mendra Singh, the police named Tharoor as the only accused in the case. He was charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. They alleged that Tharoor, who is the parliamentarian from Thiruvananthapuram, subjected his wife to cruelty. On Twitter, Tharoor called the chargesheet, which the court will consider on May 24, “preposterous”, stressing that he will contest it ‘vigorously’. testant B N Vijaya Kumar on May 4 here. "The heavy turnout in semi-urban and rural areas across the state is a clear sign of the people voting for a stable government or a change due to anti-incumbency against the ruling Congress," a poll pundit said on Monday. Higher voting percentage in the four districts of the old Mysuru region, a stronghold of the JD-S, also points to revival of its fortunes as it would likely be called upon to play a crucial role in the formation of the next government -- in the event of a hung verdict. Banking Hyderabad/Vijayawada: Sudden spell of rains continued to surprise the citizens across the two Telugu states following an unexpected change in the weather. In Andhra Pradesh, lightning killed three students while they were playing cricket in a village near Gurajala in Guntur district. In Telangana, as predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds occurred in many districts including Jaya Shankar Bhupalapalle, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Lightning kills 3 boys in Guntur Khammam, Mahabubabad, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Nagarkurnool, Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Wanaparthy, Jogulamba-Gadwal, and Hyderabad. The situation is likely to be the same on Tuesday also with light to moderate rainfall accompanied by gusty winds at the isolated places, warned IMD, Hyderabad. The low-lying places in the city were inundated with rain water as clouds became overcast suddenly in the afternoon, and before long they sent sheets of water in some areas including Taranaka and Secunderabad. The on its traditional bastions, spawning coastal, central (Malnad) and northwest areas, the BJP is conﬁ- dent of winning on the popularity of PM Modi and its chief ministerial nominee B S Yeddyurappa, who belongs to the powerful Lingayat community that dominates the regions. The ruling Congress, which has strong presence in the northern and southern regions, is betting on its ﬁve-year stable government, several welfare schemes for the poor, minorities, backward classes, Dalits and women, to retain power. ministry. Moreover, SS Ahluwalia will now be charge of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. LEGAL METROLOGY RAIDS ON SHOPPING MALLS 78 cases booked for violation of rules OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Officials of the Legal Metrology department on Monday conducted raids on several shopping malls, automobile shops, hardware shops, bars, liquor shops and registered 78 cases for violation of rules. Officials under the supervision of assistant controller of Legal Metrology department P S R N Swamy conducted the raids and noticed irregularities being committed by the malls and traders. The AD has said that most of the malls are charging customers more than what has been prescribed by the Government on food products. Continued on P6 Jagan padayatra crosses 2000 km OUR BUREAU Eluru: YSRC president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who is on a statewide padayatra, crossed the 2,000-km milestone when he arrived in the town on Monday. Jaganmohan Reddy began his 'Praja Sankalpa Padayatra' on November 6 last year from Kadapa. He intends to reach out to two crore people by visiting on foot across 125 Assembly segments in 13 districts covering 3,000 km. The yatra is likely to end by August as he has only 1,000 km left. Unseasonal rains play havoc in AP, Telangana OUR BUREAU emerging as NDA's pick for the post of the Vice-President. Notably, Smriti Irani will now only be looking after the Textiles Parties on edge over poll verdict Tharoor named in chargesheet four years ago. In a 3000-page chargesheet filed before metropolitan magistrate Dhar- he Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) on Monday signed a performance-based ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) with Ministry of Power, Govt of India, detailing various targets to be achieved by the PFC during 2018-19. BATTLEGROUND KARNATAKA PUSHKAR DEATH CASE New Delhi: The Delhi police on Monday filed a chargesheet in a local court that termed the death of Sunanda Pushkar as a suicide and charged her husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with abetment, drawing a sharp response from the Lok Sabha MP, who said the move was ‘unbelievable.’ The police also told the court in Delhi that Thaoor’s custodial interrogation was necessary since investigations had not yet concluded. Pushkar was found dead in a south Delhi luxury hotel room T stagnated water caused problem to ﬂow of traffic. In several other places trees and poles fell across the roads. The areas that received rain included Dilsukhnagar, Chaithanyapuri, Kothapet, Karmanghat, Tarnaka and Uppal. “The rains were due to wind discontinuity from Telangana to South-Tamil Nadu across Rayalaseema. Under its (wind discontinuity) inﬂuence, light to moderate or moderate to heavy rains are very likely to occur for next three days, particularly on Tuesday thunderstorm,” said Raja Rao, a Meteorologist with IMD, Hyderabad. Continued on P6 Thunderstorms kill 86 across India UP, WEST BENGAL MOST HIT New Delhi: Central government authorities said on Monday that at least 86 people were killed and over 100 injured in a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms that battered vast swathes of the country. Winds of over 100 km per hour struck parts of north, east and southern India late on Sunday, uprooting trees, electricity pylons and damaging houses, officials from Central and state disaster management agencies said. Hail, wind and thunderstorms brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 48 people, TP Gupta of the state disaster management department said. Eight people also drowned in the state's Barabanki district after their boat capsized in a river due to strong winds. The country has been gripped by a freak weather system since the beginning of May, with many parts of the country experiencing extreme conditions. Similar storms hit the region every year but this year has been the deadliest in decades. In West Bengal, 14 people were killed Sunday after lightning struck a house in the state capital Kolkata, including four children as thunderstorms separately ravaged several localities.
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