www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.39°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 06:40 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Thu) 6.47 pm CM levelling charges to Traders body sees red in get mileage: Kanna Flipkart-Walmart deal (Fri) 4.14 am N P5 Trump’s Korea hopes thrown into turmoil Pyongyang/Washington: North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on June 12. But in an angry statement, North Korea's vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring sinister intentions. S P6 FMs of 5 states to meet President New Delhi: The Finance Ministers of Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and the Chief Minister of Puducherry will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday to complain about the "unfair" terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted about the meeting on Wednesday evening. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also tweeted: "Cabinet approved the recommendations and suggestions in the plea to the 15th Finance Commission. S P4 T raders' body CAIT on Wen alleged that the $16 billion Flipkart-Walmart deal circumvents laws and said it will seek legal recourse on the matter. CAIT urged the government to conduct close scrutiny of the deal. P13 CRESCENT SIGHTED YEDDY TO FORM GOVT TODAY Guv gives BJP 15 days to prove majority Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited BJP legislative party leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the new government and to take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday, a party spokesman said. "We received a communique from the Raj Bhavan, inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath at 9.30 am," BJP state unit spokesman Vamanacharya said. Only Yeddyurappa will take oath at a simple Police to quiz Kejri in CS assault case New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be questioned by the police on Friday in connection with the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February. A senior police officer said that a notice has been sent to Kejriwal and he will be examined on May 18 at 11 am. Last month, his private secretary Bibhav Kumar was also questioned in connection with the case. Police have already questioned the 11 MLAs who were present at the chief minister's residence for the meeting on February 19 in which Prakash was allegedly attacked. S P6 ewly-appointed state BJP president Kanna Lakshminarayana countered the recent comments of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over his appointment. The Chief Minister would see him whether he is a new poojari or leader, he said. Cabinet nod for Central varsity in Anantapur OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: At a time when Andhra Pradesh is peeved over the Centre not keeping the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for the establishment of a Central University in Janthaluru village in Anantapur district. Setting up of a Central university in the state is one of the promisies made in the bifurcation Act. The varsity named ‘Central University of Andhra Pradesh’, with a provision of Rs 450 crore has been approved as ﬁrst phase expenditure. Announcing the development, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar tweeted: “Narendra Modi government gives yet another pre- FALLOUT OF RAMANA DEEKSHITHULU OUTBURST? OUR BUREAU Tirupati: In a signiﬁcant development, the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board has decided not to continue the services of Archakas working in TTD temples after the completion of the age of 65. It also resolved to issue show- mier institution to Andhra Pradesh. The Union Cabinet gives in principle nod for setting up of "Central University in the State of Andhra Pradesh" in village Janthaluru of Anantapur district. The setting up of ‘Central University of Andhra Pradesh’ in the backward region of Rayalaseema will create more educational infra facilities, which will beneﬁt thousands of students. The Cabinet also approved the proposal for operationalization of the Central University in the transit camp to enable commencement of academic activities from the year 2018-19. It also approved the proposal for operationalisation of the Central University in a transit campus initially by forming a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give a legal status to it till the amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 is enacted and to enable commencement of academic activities from 2018-19. The new Central University would be mentored by an existing Central University until its governing structure is in place, an official press release said. ceremony in the 'Glass House' on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan in the city centre amid tight security. In a letter addressed to the BJP leader, the Governor granted the saffron party a period of 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the House. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy termed the Governor's decision "unconstitutional" and "encourages" "horse trading". "By giving 15day time (to prove majority) Governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan," he said. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala questioned how the BJP was able to come to power in Goa and Manipur by forging a post-poll alliance. Continued on P6 CONG, JD(S) CRY POACHING; BJP SAYS POLITICS AN ART OF POSSIBILITY New Delhi/Bengaluru: The Congress and the JD(S), which plan to form a coalition government in Karnataka, alleged on Wednesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to poach their lawmakers but separately claimed later that the attempts so far had failed. In the state where both camps said they were confident about forming a government, murmurs of poaching gained ground on an action-packed day, when JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of doling out a bribe Continued on P6 of Rs 100 crore and triggered a backlash. Holy month of Ramzan begins Hyderabad: The Holy Month of Ramzan began on Wednesday night after Central Ruiyat-eHilal Committee conﬁrmed it, following sighting of crescent in Tamil Nadu. This would be the ﬁrst time in several years that Ramzan starts at the same time throughout the world. The Central Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee announced that the Holy Month of Ramzan has begun and the ﬁrst Roza (fasting) will be observed on Thursday. The office of the Chief Kazi to the Government of Tamil Nadu in a media statement announced the new moon of the month of Ramzan has been sighted on Wednesday at various places in Chennai. Mufti Kazi Dr Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, the Chief Kazi (Tamil Nadu) informed that the month of Ramzan has begun. Later during the evening, Hilal Committee president Syed Mohammed Qubul Pasha Quadri Shuttari gave the official declaration after the religious Ulema (learned men) met at Hussaini Building in Moazzam Jahi Market in Hyderabad. GODAVARI BOAT MISHAP Sorrow engulfs kin as death toll hits 22 SS CHARY Devipatnam (East Godavari): Rescue teams continued search operations late into the night on Wednesday after a launch with 44 passengers on it capsized in the River Godavari near Mantur in Devipatnam mandal of East Godavari district on Tuesday even as officials put the toll at 22. The toll may go up as it is suspected that some people may have been washed away when they jumped into the river and tried to swim to safety. CM visits hospital, announces `10L ex gratia AP govt to free 49 life convicts OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to release 49 life convicts on the merit of their good behaviour. According to Information and Public Relations Minister K Srinivasulu, the convicts were supposed to be released on the last Republic Day, but the decision was deferred due to technical reasons. After careful examination of the conduct of all the prisoners, the Department of Home submitted proposals to the Cabinet for their release. The government will release their de- tails through the Home Department in due course of time. Another decision taken at the cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, was to provide red gram to public through Public Distribution System at Rs 40 kg. The I&PR Minister said that the cabinet approved a new AP Electric Mobility Policy, under which subsidy will be provided for manufacturing units in the State. The policy aims to improve manufacturing sector’s performance in the State. A proposal to take up projects worth Rs 12,600 crore to create urban amenities was also approved by the cabinet. Continued on P6 Till afternoon on Wednesday, officials supervised the operation to pull the ill-fated launch to the surface of the river from a depth of 60 ft to which it sank, after it capsized unable to face the high velocity winds that accompanied torrential rain. The relatives of the passengers who were missing waited on the river bank with anxiety writ large on their faces as the workers toiled to bring the launch up. The officials had two tents pitched up at the bank for the relatives to sit Continued on P6 and wait. SETBACK TO CENTRE SC justifies its verdict on SC/ST Act New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday justified its March 20 verdict on the SC/ST Act, saying even Parliament cannot allow the arrest of a person without a fair procedure and asserted that it has protected the fundamental rights to life and liberty of innocents by ordering prior scrutiny of complaints. The Centre opposed the verdict saying that courts cannot order to supplant or substitute a provision in the law enacted by the Parliament. Continued on P6 TTD decides to shunt out Archakas over 65 yrs cause notice to Tirumala temple senior priest AV Ramana Deekshithulu, seeking his explanation for making serious allegations against the TTD management. The recently-appointed Trust Board at its ﬁrst meeting held in Annamaiah Bahvan, Tirumala on Wednesday unanimously adopted the resolution impacting the Archakas, the priests working under the TTD control and concerned with the performance of daily poojas, rituals and other temple ceremonies and religious celebrations as per Agama Shastra. Deekshithulu criticise the TTD management for allegedly compromising on the conduct of rituals in the Lord Venkateswara temple to accommodate the interests of VIPs The decision which will come into force immediately assumes signiﬁcance as it came a day after Ramana Deekshithulu ﬁred a salvo at a media conference he held in Chennai attacking the TTD management for compromising with the conduct of rituals in the Lord Venkateswara temple so as to accommodate the VIPs’ interests. Interestingly, Ramana Deekshithulu, who is 70 years, will be sent out while three others working in the same cadre – Narasimha Deekshithulu, Srinivasamurthy Deekshithulu and Nayana Deekshithlu, will also face the same fate, resulting in four senior priests going away at one stroke.The priest, who is not new to making such controversial observations against the TTD management, said the officials are forcing the priests to cut short the rituals so that they can get more time for VIP Darshan, hinting that the officials are striving to be in the good books of the inﬂuential than adhering to the rituals and religious practices in vogue in Tirumala temple. The officials are acting in a way violating the temple religious practices and are also commercially driven, Continued on P6 he alleged.
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