www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.39°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 05:48 Sunset: 06:40 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Govt to release `600 cr Microsoft to foster to clear housing dues innovation in India AP Grameena Vikas Bank posts `503 cr net in FY18 Hyderabad: Bucking the trend in banking sector, Warangal-based AP Grameena Vikas Bank (APGVB) posted a 43 per cent increase in its net profit at Rs 503 crore in the financial year ended March 31, 2018, as against Rs 352 crore in the previous fiscal. No other Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in the country has ever achieved a net profit of this magnitude during a year and the increase in profit was due to management of non-performing assets (NPAs) from 1.69 per cent (Rs 209.74 crore) to 1.36 per cent (Rs 195.64 crore), the bank’s Chairman V Narasi Reddy told the media while announcing the bank results for 2017-18 here on Tuesday. S P13 Gaza death toll reaches 61, more protests expected Gaza, (IANS): The number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli forces rose to 61 on Tuesday, as more protesters succumbed to their injuries following mass demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel boundary on Monday against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. S P12 T P5 he state government has decided to clear all dues to the beneficiaries of various housing schemes within threefour days. The government is releasing Rs 269 crore out of the total dues of Rs 600 crore on Tuesday itself. A n automated traffic navigation system, a crowdsourced risk analysis platform to curb depression and a smart video player that understands a user's preference were among the student-led projects showcased here at an event hosted by Microsoft that reiterated its commitment to fostering innovation in India. P13 KISSA KARNATAKA KURSI KA Both BJP, Cong-JD(S) stake claim to form govt Bengaluru/New Delhi: As uncertainty looms over who will rule in Karnataka after a fractured verdict in which no party reached the half-way mark, both the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party and the Congress-JD(S) combine have staked the claim to form the government. After the Congress offered its support to the JD(S), HD Kumaraswamy has accepted the offer. Writing a letter to the Governor, Kumaraswamy said that he has accepted the offer from the Congress and has sought an appointment from him. The BJP, though emerged as the single largest party, is short of an outright majority. The party's BS Yeddyurappa met the Governor in the evening and asked for a chance to prove his majority. The Janata Dal Secular (JDS), which is set to ﬁnish third, also told the Governor that it would form the government with Congress support. The Congress arrived at an understanding with former prime minister Deve Gowda's regional party and agreed to give "unconditional support" to his son HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister of a coalition government. The BJP, not giving up, rushed Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan to Continued on P6 Karnataka. SAFFRON SURGE IN THE SOUTH BJP single largest party in Karnataka T Will Guv invite largest party or largest combine? K arnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala is likely to be guided by Supreme Court verdicts which say that a party with the largest number of MLAs should be invited to form the government in the event of a fractured election result, jurists said on Tuesday. However, a differing opinion is emerging amongst some as to how to determine the party with the maximum MLAs -- whether it is the single largest party or a combination of parties. he impressive performance in Karnataka reaffirms that the Modi wave that swept the 2014 General Election and has been painting the national map saffron since remains as strong as ever. The BJP in 2014, before the Lok Sabha elections, was in power in just seven states, while the Congress helmed 13 states. The four years of BJP rule limited the Congress to just three states — Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry. The BJP could be in power in 22 of India’s 29 states, maximum by any political party ever. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu offering sweets to a child in a house at Burjuwada village in Srikakulam district Support TDP for development: Naidu Beware of destructive forces, CM warns people while launching several schemes in Srikakulam OUR BUREAU Srikakulam: Underscoring the need for continuation of one party in power, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday appealed to the people not to commit 2004 mistake but elect the TDP once again in 2019 for the development process to continue in the state without any interruption. Addressing a public meeting at Chinnakittalapadu in the district after laying foundation stone for the Bonthu Lift Irrigation scheme and interacting with people at rachchabanda, Naidu said that elections in 2019 would be very crucial for the state and the people have to use their wisdom and elect the TDP as it is wedded to the cause of developing the state. He recalled the development works taken up during the last four years and if they have to be commissioned in time, it was necessary that the TDP should come to power once again. Continued on P6 K’taka Telugu voters 20 feared dead in E Godavari boat mishap cool to SCS issue OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Karnataka results reflect a mixed response from Telugu voters to the appeal to them to vote against the BJP for denying special category status to AP. While the nonBJP parties took the special status issue to the public, the BJP ensured this does not harm them. Analysis of Assembly constituencies where there is in- fluence of Telugu speaking voters show that the people have not gone to any one party. Out of the 65 Assembly constituencies where Telugu voters are sizeable in number, 31 seats are won by the Congress, 21 by BJP and 12 by JDS. The Telugu voters’ mood was a concern for political parties especially the BJP since it has been facing the opposition from Telugu Desam on special Continued on P6 status. Rajamahendravaram/Kakinada: In yet another boat tragedy, about 20 passengers who were travelling in a launch are feared washed away when it capsized in Godavari river on Tuesday evening at Manturu in Devipatnam mandal of the district. The officials, however, confirmed 12 deaths and said efforts were on to rescue those who were washed away. Only a few days ago, several passengers of a tourist boat had a close shave with death when their boat caught fire al- most at the same area on the river but all of them could reach to safety before the flames engulfed he boat. On Tuesday, the launch set off from Devipatnam with about 45 passengers of whom about 20 alighted at Manturu. As soon as the launch resumed its journey, the hailstorm hit it with vicious force, rocking the launch on the waters. A few youth could jump into the waters and swim ashore even as the boat overturned and sank. The owner of the launch Khajavali surrendered before the Devipatnam police. Ac- cording to official sources, there were about 20 passengers were there in the launch when the mishap occurred. East Godavari District Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni rushed to the spot to supervise rescue operations. The state government pressed two National Disaster Response Force teams into service for the rescue of the victims. Each team consists of 35 expert members and the teams would reach the mishap spot soon. One team was pressed into service from Vijayawada while the other was rushed from Visakhapatnam. They used 22 boats to look for survivors and as it was night time, they were not making much progress, when reports last came in. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, after returning to Amaravati from Srikakulam inquired about the incident and asked the officials to ensure that all necessary help is handed out to the survivors. He was informed that all the passengers were from Manturu, Talluru and Kadkuru. On Naidu’s instruction, East Godavari collector Karhtikeya Misra rushed to the spot.
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