www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Thunderstorms. More sun than clouds Temp: Max.40°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 05:45 Sunset: 06:45 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Wed) 6.52 pm TS may come to first place, K’patnam, CONCOR launch but AP is not far behind: CM new rail service (Thu) 4.09 am C Bankers on 2-day strike from today Chennai: Over 10 lakh bankers in the government and private sectors are gearing up for a two-day strike starting on May 30, as the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) did not make any improved offer over the two per cent wage hike made earlier, an All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) leader said. The strike is spearheaded by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine unions. The bankers would strike work demanding early revision of the wages. The wage revision has been due since November 1, 2017.“It is now too late for us to go back on our strike call. We had requested the IBA to come up with a better offer than the mere two per cent hike offer made earlier. P5 M Chandrababu Naidu said that Telangana might become top State in the country first; but later, Andhra Pradesh would also reach the same position. He said that the Telangana has resources, opportunities and well-developed Hyderabad city now but soon AP will surpass it. K rishnapatnam Port Company Limited (KPCL), on the east-coast of India, as part of its multi-modal connectivity model has launched a new weekly direct container rail service connecting the country’s central region to the east coast and beyond in association with India’s container train operator CONCOR. P13 Shah blatantly lying: CM ‘Patel statue in Gujarat got more funds than Amaravati’ OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Cut to the quick by the incisive comments of BJP president Amit Shah on Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday questioned as to why the state should pay taxes to the Centre when it does not help the state in anyway including building the capital city. Speaking on the resolution on Amaravati on the third and final day of Mahanadu here, the Chief Minister termed Amit Shah’s observations as a tissue of white lies. "Shah says the Centre has gone out of the way in helping the state to build the capital. What all the Centre had given was a paltry Rs 2,500 crore”, Naidu said. With Shah touching Naidu’s raw nerve by making “derisive” comments on Amaravati which TDP National President and Chief Minister N ChandraBabuNaidu addressing the TDP Mahanadu 2018 at VR Siddhartha college Kanuru in Vijayawada on Tuesday. Photo: Ch Venkata Mastan is very close to his heart, Naidu continued his scathing attack on the BJP chief for the second day on Wednesday, wanting to know how the Centre could say it CBSE CLASS 10 RESULTS Four share top spot New Delhi: Four students topped the Class 10 CBSE examinations this year even as girls once again stole a march over boys. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the Class 10 board exam results on Tuesday. The overall pass percentage was 86.70, it said. Girls, with a pass percentage of 88.67, did better than the boys, who registered a pass percentage of 85.32. Four students -- Prakhar Mittal of DPS Gurgaon, Rimzhim Agarwal of RP Public School, Bijnor, Nandini Garg of Scottish International School, Shamli and Sreelakshmi G of Bhavan’s Vidyalaya, Kochi - topped the exam with 499 marks out of 500, the board said. While seven students secured Nava Nirmana Deeksha Move to connect solar, wind power stations to 11 KV grids K VARAPRASADA RAO Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government is formulating a strategy on decentralised power generation through solar and wind power with an aim to reduce transmission and distribution (T&D) loses. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has set a target that the T&D loses should be conﬁned between 4% and 5%. In fact, the energy department could successfully reduce transmission and distribution losses to single digit from 12% to 9.72%. To achieve the target of reducing the T&D loses, the department is now considering the decentralised power generation. Under this plan, the energy department is focusing on increasing the installing capacity of solar and wind power. Principal Secretary to Energy department Ajay Jain said the power department was working out a strategy to connect solar and wind power stations to the 11 kV Power Grids which will help to reContinued on P6 duce T&D loses. Prez okays AP’s Land Acquisition Amendment Bill Hyderabad: President of India Ramnath Kovind has given his assent to the Bill passed by the AP State Legislative Assembly tweaking some provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. S Details: P6 the second position with 498 marks, 14 students bagged the third spot with a score of 497. The top three performing regions are -- Thiruvananthapuram (pass percentage 99.60), Chennai (97.37) and Ajmer (91.86). Delhi recorded a pass percentage of 78.62. As many as 1,31,493 candidates secured 90 per cent marks and above, while 27,426 candidates secured 95 per cent marks and above, the board said. The pass percentage for differentlyabled students was 92.55, with Anushka Panda of Sun City, Gurgaon and Sanya Gandhi of Uttam School, Ghaziabad topping in the category by securing 489 marks out of 500. Continued on P6 helped the state in building Amaravati when it did not even give as much money as it had committed itself to world’s tallest 182meter-high statue of Sardar Val- labhai Patel in Gujarat. At one stage, Naidu lost his composure and warned the Centre of consequences if it continued its gameplan of discrediting Amaravati project and slinging mud on the TDP regime in the state. The TDP supremo raised the construction of smart city Dholera in Gujarat and pointed out that the Centre was investing Rs 95,000 crore on developing the port city. “You do not pay us a penny and on the contrary, you divert the funds of the nation to Gujarat. Do you call this spirit of cooperative federalism”, he asked? He said the Centre should hang its head in shame as even children donated the money they had saved in kiddy banks and farmers voluntarily donated their lands for the Amaravati project. Continued on P6 SW monsoon hits Kerala 3 days early New Delhi: The southwest monsoon on Tuesday hit Kerala, three days before its scheduled arrival, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon into some parts of central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala, parts of coastal and south interior Karnataka, parts of east-central and northeast Bay of Bengal, and some parts of northeastern states during the next 48 hours, it said. The onset of monsoon over the southern state of Kerala marks the commencement of the four-month long rainy season in the country. “On Tuesday, the southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of southeast Arabian Sea, Comorin–Maldives area, entire Lakshadweep, most parts of Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu and some more parts of southwest, central and AP youth dies while hiking in US park New York: A 29-year-old Indian national fell to his death while ascending Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome trail, the US National Park Service has said. Asish Penugonda, who lived in New York City, was hiking with friends up the steep north side of Half Dome in the park when he slipped from the cables and fell to his death, his roommate and close friend was quoted as saying by the Mercury News. The hiker was on the trail’s Half Dome cables, the park service said in a statement. He was hiking with another person during thunderstorm activity around when he slipped and fell. The cables take hikers up the last 400 feet to the summit of Half Dome, which rises Asish Penugonda ( Photo courtesy of Swamy Kottur) nearly 5,000 feet above California’s Yosemite Valley. Park Rangers were notified that the hiker had slipped and fallen from the popular hiking route, the statement said. Rangers arrived on the scene and provided assistance to the second hiker. The Yosemite National Park Rangers recovered the victim’s body last Tuesday. Asish was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked as a bio- chemist with Siemens Healthcare, New Jersey. He was a native of Andhra Pradesh. His friends have created a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign to help pay for his funeral in Fremont, transport of his body home to India, and assistance to his mother and elder brother, the report said. This is the first fatality since 2011 from the cables up the granite dome and the first visitor fatality in 2018, according to information from Yosemite National Park. Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a wellknown rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape. The slope of the Half Dome cables, which are 200 yards long, is about 45 degrees. northeast Bay of Bengal. Thus, the southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala, on Tuesday, the 29th May 2018, three days ahead of its normal date,” the IMD said. June 1 is the official onset date for arrival of monsoon in the country and it takes more than a month-and-half to cover the entire country. The usual date for the monsoon over Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, its last post, is July 15. Continued on P6 Storms kill 34 in Bihar, UP Patna/Lucknow (PTI): Thunderstorms struck at several places in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 34 people as hutments collapsed and trees fell, officials said. Nineteen of them died in Bihar on Monday night, with the adjoining districts of Gaya and Aurangabad reporting five deaths each, Bihar's disaster management department said. Other deaths were reported from Munger, Katihar and Nawada districts of the state, it said. In Uttar Pradesh, 15 people were killed and 10 injured, a senior official said on Tuesday. "While six persons were killed in Unnao in incidents of thunderstorm and lightning on Monday night.
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