www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Tstorms early. More sun than clouds Temp: Max.39°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 16% Sunrise: 05:45 Sunset: 06:45 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Iftar Saher (Fri) 6.53 pm Jackfruit farmers miss on Infosys launches new export opportunities Microsoft Cloud Business Unit (Sat) 4.10 am T P5 hough there is a huge demand for organic jackfruit in the international market, but the the horticulture farmers are failing to cash in on it due to lack of processing units and marketing support. In this picture taken with low shutter speed, Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah, marking Ramzan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday No bids received for Air India stake sale New Delhi: The Union government has said no bids were received for the strategic disinvestment of Air India. The deadline for the submission of Expression of Interest ended on Thursday. "As informed by the Transaction Adviser, no response has been received for the Expression of Interest floated for the strategic disinvestment of Air India," the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a tweet. S P13 Is magistrate above SC ? New Delhi: The Supreme Court wondered whether a magisterial court was "above" it, after it came to know that a lower court in Mumbai has refused to release an accused on bail despite the top court granting him the relief. The peculiar situation arose before a bench when it was informed by the counsel for the accused that the trial court had refused to grant him the relief on the ground that the bail amount was not mentioned in SC order. S P11 o boost digital transformation of its enterprise clients, Infosys on Thursday launched a new Microsoft Cloud Business Unit, marking the strengthening of relationships between the two software majors. The new unit at Infosys will focus on the Cloud needs of enterprises. P13 Unemployment dole for AP youth CABINET OKAYS MONTHLY ALLOWANCE OF `1,000 OUR BUREAU Amaravati: In a decision that should come as music to the ears of the unemployed youth, the AP Cabinet which met here on Thursday approved a proposal to pay Rs 1,000 per month as unemployment allowance to each of nearly 10 lakh youths in the state. The date of its implementation would be decided at the next Cabinet meeting after considering the feedback that the government would get for the guidelines that were released on Thursday. The Cabinet also considered providing incentives to the youths who would take part in programmes like adult literacy in their villages. The allowance money would be transferred to the bank accounts of the unem- Bank strike a success: Unions Chennai/Agartala/Guwahati: Banking operations across India were crippled for the second successive day owing to the strike by over 10 lakh bank employees demanding an early wage settlement, said the unions. The unions squarely blamed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) for forcing them to resort to a two-day strike, impacting banking transactions worth around Rs 43,400 crore. "The two-day strike was a huge success," All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) general secretary C H Venkatachalam said. T BYPOLLS SET PACE FOR 2019 UNITED OPPN UNSEATS BJP n Saffron party suffers shock defeats in UP, Maharashtra New Delhi: Ahead of next year's general elections, a united Opposition got a major boost on Thursday when it delivered a huge blow to the BJP, defeating it in the Kairana Lok Sabha byelection in Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra while the saffron party managed to retain the Palghar parliamentary seat and win only one out of the 10 Assembly seats in 10 states. Out of the four Lok Sabha constituencies that voted on May 24, the Nagaland Lok Sabha constituency returned the candidate of the ruling Nagaland Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a BJP ally, who defeated the Naga People's Front (NPF) candidate. The biggest shock for the BJP came from KEJRI DIG AT MODI People missing ‘educated PM’ like Manmohan RLD’s Tabassum Hasan Kairana -- a seat the BJP won in 2014 -- where the Opposition had put up a common candidate. Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan, supported by the Congress, the SP and the BSP, trounced the BJP's Mriganka Singh in Kairana in Uttar Pradesh by over 55,000 votes. Along with the Kairana reverse, the BJP also suffered the ignominy of losing the Noorpur Assembly seat to the Samajwadi Party in the byelection in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi candidate Naimul Hassan defeated BJP's Avani Singh by over 6,200 votes. Continued on Page 6 New Delhi: Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said people were missing an "educated prime minister" like Manmohan Singh. "People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh- PM should be educated. Its dawning on people now that the PM should be educated," Kejriwal tweeted, posting a Wall Street Journal article on the falling rupee. Kejriwal and members of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have earlier, too, questioned Modi's academic credentials and the authenticity of his degree. Continued on Page 6 AP to name ‘state delicacies’! n Blitzkrieg to get global recognition for local dishes OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The AP government’s Department of Tourism and Culture is finalising an action plan to get international recognition for Telugu delicacies with a geographical indication. As part of the initiative, the department has decided to organise food festivals and competitions across the state during June. Similarly, the government has also plans to announce some selected dishes as state dishes as in the model of state symbols like neem tree as state tree. The government is eliciting opinion from the public in this regard. Already, the government has collected public opinion about tasty and healthy dishes. Some of them have already voted in favor of Bandar Laddu, Kakinada Kaja, Atryeapuram Pootarekulu, Gongura and Mango Avakaya and Punugulu. Continued on Page 6 CM Chandrababu Naidu chairing the Cabinet meeting in Amaravati on Thursday ployed youths every month. “Though the programme would place a burden of Rs 1,200 crore on the state government annually, the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, had decided to go ahead with the proposal which is different forms of unemployment allowance programmes in other states most of which had run into rough weather during the course of their implementation,” Information Technology and Panchayat Raj Minister N Lokesh told mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting. Continued on Page 6 Prasad sees key role for BJP in AP, TS after 2019 polls n Centre treats all states equally, says Union minister OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The ruling TRS in Telangana and Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh have to watch out for BJP strategies in the 2019 general election. If words of senior leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are any indication, saffron party is eyeing both the Telugu states and would leave no stone unturned to gain the conﬁdence of the people. Prasad said they have a role to play in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after the next Lok Sabha elections. The Union minister was in Hyderabad as part of NDA government's campaign to highlight its GDP GROWS AT 7.7% IN Q4 New Delhi (Agencies): Showing signs of fully coming out of the shadows of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), India's GDP for the fourth quarter of 201718 grew at 7.7 per cent, while for the full ﬁnancial year 2017-18 it touched 6.7 per cent. With GDP growth clocking a 21-month high, India retained its fastest growing economy tag. The GDP growth during the third quarter of the ﬁscal was at 7 per cent. "GDP at 2011-12 prices in Q4 of ﬁnancial year 2017-18 registered growth rate of 7.7 per cent as against 5.6 per cent, 6.3 per cent and 7 per cent respectively, in the ﬁrst three quarters. S P13 N Shiva Kumar Meru RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS achievements and initiatives across the country coinciding with the completion of four-year rule the NDA. Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP has become a pan-India party and won Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, northeastern state of Tripura, where it had little presence earlier and securing highest number of seats in Karnataka was a testimony to it. Continued on Page 6 AP gets bulk of housing beneﬁt under PMAY n `848 cr for building 56,512 houses in 22 towns OUR BUREAU New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh has taken the bulk of housing beneﬁt in the latest tranche of allocation of affordable houses for the poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAYUrban) scheme. A central assistance of Rs 848 crore has been made under the programme for 56,512 houses in 22 cities and towns which will be constructed with Rs 3,184 crore of total cost. The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 1.5 lakh affordable houses for the beneﬁt of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana with an investment of Rs 7,227 crore with central assistance of Rs 2,209 crore. The approval was given in the 34th meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee held here on Wednesday. Uttar Pradesh got 23,060 houses in 110 cities and towns with an investment of Rs 870 crore and central assistance of Rs 346 crore. Continued on Page 6 DESPITE CENTRE’S UNHELPING HAND Andhra Pradesh sets goals for sustainable development MADAMANCHI SAMBASIVA RAO Amaravati: Despite facing problem of ﬁnances since day one after the bifurcation of the state in 2014, the AP government is putting the development agenda on fast-track. Though the Centre failed to extend ﬁnancial support, the state government is constructing the capital Amaravati and the vital infrastructure that the state needs like laying roads of international standard, con- struction of residential quarters for MLAs, ministers and AIS ofﬁcials, the Polavaram project and others with the available meagre ﬁnancial resources. According to the statistics of the Finance department, the Central government has provided only Rs 13,523 crore to the state after the bifurcation. It includes amounts released for bridging revenue deﬁcit, Polavaram project, capital city, backward districts funds, Godavari Pushkaralu and others. In fact, it is mandatory that the Central government should bridge the revenue deficit estimated at Rs 16,079.76 crore at the time of bifurcation of the state, but it was reduced to Rs 7,500 crore. Even then, the Centre provided only Rs 3,979 crore to the state till date. On the other hand, the Centre claims that it has to pay Rs 138.39 crore only as balance amount for bridging the revenue deficit. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s government is disputing the claim. The state government has been claiming that the Central government must provide about Rs 20,010 crore as special assistance, with respect to the externally-aided projects. The Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement recently that the state government had submitted proposals for an estimated amount of Rs 18,857 crore. Out of which, the Central government accepted the projects proposals worth Rs 8,349 crore and proposals worth Rs 7,611 crore were still pending. At this juncture, the Central government further clarified that all these debts would come under the limit of borrowing set by the FRBM for which the state had raised serious objections. The Central government suggested to the state government to establish the Special Purpose Vehicle for these externally-aided projects, for which also the state government had raised objections. Continued on Page 6
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