www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.36°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 37% Sunrise: 05:21 Sunset: 06:28 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Thu) 6.52 pm Govt, panchayats spat Moody’s cuts India’s over drainage machines growth forecast (Fri) 4.10 am P5 The panchayat raj department’s plans to deploy mechanised drain cleaning machines (MDCM) in villages is facing resistance from sarpanches, employees and executive officers who are not ready to bear the expenses. AP names new state symbols Amaravati: Neem and black day. "The government felt buck have been declared that it is necessary to have state tree and animal, respecseparate symbols for the tively, of Andhra Pradesh. state after the bifurcaRose-ringed paration. Accordingly, keet will be the the symbols have State Tree: state bird while been notiﬁed Neem (Vepa) jasmine the for Andhra ﬂower, PrinciPradesh," the State Animal: Black pal Secretary order added. Buck (Krishna Jinka) of EnvironState Bird: Rose ringed Andhra ment and Pradesh was Parakeet (Rama Chiluka) Forests G bifurcated to State Flower: Anantha create Jasmine (Malle Ramu said in an Telangana in Puvvu) order on WednesJune, 2014. M oody's Investors Service on Wednesday cut India's 2018 growth forecast to 7.3 per cent from the previous estimate of 7.5 per cent, saying the economy is in cyclical recovery but higher oil prices and tighter financial conditions will weigh on the pace of acceleration. P13 Bank strike plays havoc OUR BUREAU Amaravati/Hyderabad: For bank account holders, it was a double whammy. The ATMs had gone dry and for two days beginning on Wednesday the banks have downed shutters in AP and Telangana as part of nationwide strike in protest against the Indian Banks Association’s offer of a mere two per cent hike in salaries. The account holders were caught off-guards when they saw operations at banks having come to a standstill and the employees out on the roads raising slogans for their beneﬁt, not bothering about the suffering they are causing to their customers. Of late, people are going to the banks for withdrawal of cash since ATMs had become duds and even this facility was not available for them. They now would have to wait till Friday for the banks to open and be “generous” to the customers in dispensing cash to them. A businessman Ravi Kiran who went to State Bank of India Koti branch was disappointed when he saw the bank being closed. “I was Common man hit, businesses hurt We are having problem with cash since the days of demonetisation. The situation has not improved ever since. This is creating a lot of problems to me. I need money to pay rent for my house, pay my housemaid and grocer. They will not wait – A bank customer caught unawares. I could not draw money from ATM as it had gone dry. Where do I get money now?”, he asks and points out that his business would be hit hard if he does not have cash on hand”. An account holder Sunita, who was at Central Bank of India, Koti, too was not expecting the banks to remain closed for two days: “It is very difficult for me without cash in hand. With banks on strike and ATM's having no money stashed in them, it is getting very difficult for me. I need money very badly now. Where would I get it?” she asks. A homemaker Anuradha who was looking forlorn at Punjab National Bank says: “We are having problem with cash since the days of demonetisation. The situation has not improved ever since. This is creating a lot of problems to me. I need money to pay rent for my house, pay my housemaid and grocer. They will not wait,” she said. In AP, people suffered with about 5,000 bank branches in all cities and towns having been closed. Last two days of the month are very important for many customers, traders and ﬁrms. Marketing executive of a private company M Raghuram said: "The bank strike is creating a lot of problems to me. I could not pay dues to my distributor." Continued on P6
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