www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Tstorms early. Morning clouds Temp: Max.35°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 29% Sunrise: 05:21 Sunset: 06:27 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Tues) 6.51 pm Newly-weds find it difficult Wawrinka, Azarenka to get new ration cards shown the door (Wed) 4.10 am E P5 Will Power of Australia celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, on Sunday Talking with US on H1-B visas: Sushma New Delhi: India is talking with the US on the issue of H1-B and H4 visas, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. Addressing a press conference here, she said that the H4 visas were issued at India's request from 2015 when Barack Obama was the US President. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. CBSE Class X results today Hyderabad: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce the Class X results on Tuesday. The Union HRD Ministry’s Anil Swarup also tweeted that the Class X results of the CBSE will be declared at 4 PM on Tuesday. The results can be accessed at www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in, and www.cbse.nic.in. ven though digitisation has been introduced replacing paper work in administrative procedures, thousands of applications for new/split ration cards are pending with officials in the district. S witzerland's 23rd seed Stan Wawrinka was knocked out in the first round of the French Open, losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 3-6 to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the French Open here on Monday. P16 WHO ARE YOU, Mr SHAH? TN shuts Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi Naidu spits fire on BJP chief for attack on AP govt Chennai/Thoothukudi: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday issued orders closing the Sterlite copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi owned by the Vedanta Group, a week after 13 people were killed in police firing during protests against continued functioning of the unit. The order said it has been brought to the notice of the government that Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) did not renew the 'Consent to Operate' to the copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi by its order of April 9 this year and subsequently on May 23, the PCB has also issued directions for closure and disconnection of power supply. "Under Sections 18(1)(B) of the Water Act, 1974 in the larger public interest, the Government endorse the closure direction of the TNPCB and also direct the TNPCB to seal the unit and close the plant permanently," said the order. Continued on P6 TDP chief asks Shah to explain for whom he is mobilising entire wealth of the country to Gujarat OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Taking a serious exception to BJP national president Amit Shah's outburst against the TDP government, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday questioned the BJP leader's authority in saying that not even a single brick had been laid for Amaravati though the Centre had released Rs 2,500 crore and that no utilisation certificates had been sent to the Centre for the funds released thus far for various programmes. Naidu, speaking at the second day of the three-day Telugu Desam Party's conclave Mahanadau, wanted to know who was Amit Shah in the first place to talk about state's fi- nancial management and submission of utilisation certificates as it was a government to government affair. "In what capacity is Shah asking for utilisation certificates from the state government? “Shah is president of a party and should do his work within the conﬁnes of the party," Naidu said and sought to know the justiﬁcation for Amit Shah’s outburst saying that Amaravati remained a non-starter though the Centre had done entire funding. "It has just released Rs 2,500 crore and makes a show that it had picked up the entire bill for Amaravati," Naidu said. He also disapproved of Shah saying that Amaravati masterplan was still in the ﬁles of the Singapore Consortium and said that time and again Shah was exceeding his brief as the president of a party. Naidu, disputing Shah's claim that no tenders had been called for Amaravati, said the process was already on for works of a value of Rs 24,000 crore. They comprised works related to buildings in an area of 45 lakh sq ft. "The masterplan for Amaravati was ﬁnalised quite a long ago and it is not in the ﬁles of the Singapore consortium," he said. Naidu reminded Shah that the state government had acquired 34,000 acres of land of a value of Rs 50,000 crore from the people for construction of the capital. "Though the task is daunting, the Centre had released only Rs 1,500 crore for it. It re- leased another Rs 1000 crore but said it should be spent on drainage works in Vijayawada and Guntur," the CM said and wanted to know if it could be described as helping the state build the capital. Continued on P6 NAVA NIRMANA DEEKSHA AP sets `6.3-lakh cr investment target PETROL PRICE No GST on land leasing by ryots: Govt `86 New Delhi: The Centre on Monday dismissed rumours that farmers would now have to pay 18 per cent GST when they lease out their land from June 1, calling such reports "factually incorrect" and "misleading". The clarification came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of spreading lies among farmers that if they give their land on contract farming, the government will charge them 18 per cent GST. FUEL PRICES RISE FOR 15TH STRAIGHT DAY New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices across the country were raised for the 15th straight day on Monday with oil marketing companies (OMCs) passing on the increase in international fuel prices to the consumers. The latest rally has continued since the 19-day price freeze initiated by the OMCs before the Karnataka polls. Price of non-branded petrol in Delhi soared to Rs 78.27 per litre on Monday, the highest price recorded in Delhi’s history, and a 15 paise per litre hike over Sunday’s price. The previous high for petrol price in Delhi was Rs 76 per litre in September 2013 when crude oil prices were hovering around $108-115 per barrel. Similarly, diesel prices in the national capital soared to Rs 69.17 per litre, the highest recorded ever. Continued on P6 States can lower prices by `2.65: SBI report New Delhi: States can cut petrol prices by Rs 2.65 a litre and diesel prices by Rs 2 litre, an SBI research report said. This suggestion has come at a time when the OMCs hiked fuel prices for the 15th successive day on Monday. “Our analysis shows that at the current crude prices and extending our analysis to 19 states (overall consumption share is 93 per cent both in petrol and diesel), the states could have gained at least an additional Rs 18,728 crore of revenue/Rs 2,675 crore additional revenue over and above the budget estimates of states revenue for every $1/barrel increase in oil prices,’’ it said. K VARAPRASADA RAO Pradhan for bringing petrol under GST Bhubaneshwar: Asserting that the Union government is sensitive to the rising trend in fuel prices, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said that bringing petroleum products under the goods and services tax (GST) regime is one of the long-term solutions as part of the Centre’s holistic strategy to address the problem. “I have already categorically stated this issue several times. The present oil price hike is due to three main factors — hike in international price of crude, ﬂuctuation in dollar and Indian currency ratio and some of the tax issues are also there. For long-term solutions, government of India is planning for a holistic strategy. Bringing petroleum products within the ambit of GST is one among them. We are sensitive, let’s see how things are unfolding,” Pradhan told reporters. Monsoon will hit Kerala in 24 hrs: IMD New Delhi: The Southwest Monsoon hit Kerala on Monday, marking the arrival of the rainy season in the country, private weather forecasting agency Skymet said. However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the country' official weather forecaster, in its 8.15-am bulletin said the monsoon would hit Kerala in the next 24 hours. "There are monsoon-like conditions over Kerala and we can say that the annual rainfall season has arrived," Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said. The Skymet, in its forecast, said that monsoon would hit the Kerala coast on May 28, while the IMD has made a prediction for its arrival on May 29. According to the IMD, if after May 10, 60 per cent of the available 14 stations --Minicoy, Amini, Thiruvananthapuram, Punalur, Kollam, Allapuzha, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, Kudulu and Mangalore -- report rainfall of 2.5 mm or more for two consecutive days, the onset of monsoon over Kerala can be declared on the 2nd day. This is one of the main parameters for the declaring the arrival of monsoon. Besides this, the other parameters for the arrival of Monsoon should be that the westerly winds must be up to 15,000 feet above main sea level and outgoing long-wave radiation should be less than 200 wm-2 (watt per square metre). "The long-wave radiation is 140 wm-2. Rain for consecutive two days have been recorded in almost all weather stations and even the wind criteria has matched to safely say that the Monsoon has hit Kerela," said Mahesh Palwat, vicepresident (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet. Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government has set a target of achieving investments of Rs 6.3 lakh crore by March 2020 in the industrial sector to maintain 15.7% average annual growth rate. The state government has focused mostly on the industrial sector to create employment and increase its contribution to the GSDP. The residual Andhra Pradesh state lost several major industries to Telangana and the AP government is now facing a tough time to generate employment to lakhs of unemployed youth in the state. However, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held partnership summits in Visakhapatnam inviting global and Indian investors which yielded good results. He strived to create a business ecosystem in the state. The state, which ranked no 1 in ease of doing business, has set target that Rs 21,000 crore must go into production every month until March 2020 to sustain 12% growth rate. AP TO BE LAND OF MAJOR INDUSTRIES According to principal secretary to Industries and Investments Ajay Jain, the investment of Rs 1.3 lakh crore went into production between June 2014 and March 2018. “The government has also set a target of Rs 5 lakh crore of investment to go into production from April 2018 to March 2020,” he said. Officials said industrial sector contributed 22% to GVA in 2017-18 and the manufacturing sector contributed 9.7%. Continued on P6
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