www.thehansindia.com BE THE HEROINE, NOT THE VICTIM H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H F rench director Eva Husson’s ﬁlm screened at Cannes, ‘Girls of the Sun’; Meghna Gulzar’s Hindi movie ‘Raazi,’ Hollywood ﬂick ‘Book Club,’ Bollywood’s latest release ‘Veere Di Wedding,’ and closer home Nag Ashwin’s ‘Mahanati’ – all these “May releases” in different parts of the world were unconnected but had a common thread in the indomitable spirit of the female protagonists RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Sun) 6.53 pm (Mon) 4.09 am Govt decriminalises suicide attempt New Delhi: Attempting suicide is no more a crime in India and there will be no more electric shocks for mentally ill children, as per the new Mental Healthcare Act 2017 notified by the Health Ministry on May 29, a year after it was passed. "Notwithstanding anything contained in Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code," says the Act. EC rules out ballot papers for elections Kolkata: Ruling out any possibility of bringing back ballot papers for elections, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Saturday said the EVMs were being made a 'scapegoat' as the machines cannot speak and political parties needed to blame someone or something for their defeat. Giving wings to aspiring entrepreneurs ‘F uture begins here’ is the motto of iB Hubs, a startup hub initiated by 25 enthusiasts graduated from the country’s premier institutes. Their vision is to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and transform India from a land of potential to a land of opportunity. iB Hubs was launched on November 13, 2016 in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog. “We have seen many talented individuals slogging in the same job cycle. That moment we planned to start a hub for these aspiring entrepreneurs. S P9 SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 TEACH BJP A LESSON Naidu warns Modi against ‘hatching conspiracies’ OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The angst and pain of being let down by the Centre permeated the air as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday sought the people of the state to teach a lesson to the BJP for its political arrogance in continuing to deny special category status to Andhra Pradesh and its proxies - YSRCP and Jana Sena- for working at crosspurposes as he tried to take the state forward on the road to development. Addressing the people of the state from the Benz Circle, the nerve centre of Vijayawada, Naidu cautioned the people that the BJP was up to a bagful of tricks including scheming against the state. "It is good at politics of collusion to derail the growth in all sectors," Naidu said. The Chief Minister also asked the people to be wary of the YSRCP and Jana Sena, which together are a front for the BJP. "Using them the Centre wants to create a sense of insecurity in the state," Naidu said. Reeling out, ad inﬁnitum, the instances of breach of trust resorted by the BJP, the Chief Minister wanted the people to realise that the only way to cut them down to size was by rededicating themselves to develop the state as it is the responsibility of every citizen. "It is our misfortune that the state formation day for us is not an occasion to celebrate but to tighten belts to work at double the pace and vigour for achieving our goal of It is our misfortune that the state formation day is not an occasion for us to celebrate but to tighten belts to work at double the pace and vigour for achieving our goal of converting the state into a land of milk and honey converting the state into a land of milk and honey," he said. Expressing anguish over how bifurcation wounds were still bleeding, the Chief Minister said it was all because of two national parties - Congress and BJP. "The two parties had betrayed the trust of the people of Andhra Pradesh. Now the BJP is scheming against the state using the YSRCP and Pawan Kalyan. The BJP has a secret agenda. It has a tacit understanding with the YSRCP," he said and warned the BJP against any misadventure against the state which would surely turn out to be their nemesis in the end. Naidu said he was sure that the BJP would disappear from AP's soil just as the way the Congress had suffered molecular disintegration for dividing the state irrationally. At national level, the countdown has Panukulamanu, Suvarnarekha varieties get good response in world market VKL GAYATRI Visakhapatnam: The North Andhra brand, most popular and tasty mango varieties of Panukulamanu and Suvarnarekha have been receiving good response in the international market. The efforts of the Department of Horticulture to promote AP brand Orchid named after PM Modi Singapore: An orchid was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate his visit to the National Orchid Garden of Singapore on Saturday. The orchid, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, was named Dendrobrium Narendra Modi to mark Prime Minister's visit. It is the only tropical garden to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted, "Dendrobrium Narendra Modi - an orchid named after PM @narendramodi on the occasion of his visit to the National Orchid Garden in Singapore. A strong and robust tropical orchid which produces upright inﬂorences up to 38 cm long with 14-20 well-arranged ﬂowers." The Prime Minister, who is on the last leg of his ﬁve-day, threenation visit to Indonesia Malaysia and Singapore, earlier today, visited Sri Mariamman Temple, which is oldest Hindu temple of MODI GREETS PEOPLE OF AP New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sent his greetings to the people of Andhra Pradesh over Twitter as Saturday marks the day when the state would complete four years of its formation. He expressed his wishes for the people of Andhra Pradesh: "Greetings to my sisters and brothers of AP. I pray for the good health and prosperity of the people of the state." TDP: Will rally regional parties to oust BJP Amaravati: The Telugu Desam Party will soon be stepping up efforts to ensure that an alliance of regional parties will take shape to emerge as an alternative to the BJP. The outcome of the recent by elections in which the BJP had suffered reverses has come as a shot in the arm for TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu to make the necessary moves for the regional parties to come together. Naidu's decision comes in the wake a resolution adopted at the recently held Mahanadu where the party wanted him to play a crucial role at the centre to keep the BJP at the bay after 2019 elections. The party wanted Naidu to act as a fulcrum for the formation of the alliance of regional parties with a common minimum programme acceptable to the people across the nation. As it is too early, Naidu has not yet spoken his mind out as to how he was going about in stitching the alliance, but he was categorical that he would play a role. He however made it clear on more than one occasion that he would only facilitate formation of an alliance and would lead one since he never aspired any position at the national level. At a recent press conference Modi at the National Orchid Garden in Singapore, where an orchid has been named after him started for the BJP, if the outcome of the recent byelections were any indication. "Regional parties would come together to demolish the BJP's empire in the next election,” he added. Referring to the Polavaram project, considered to be the lifeline of AP, Naidu said that it was the responsibility of the Centre to fund the project fully as it has been declared as a national project. "I am demanding the release of funds for the project from the dais of Navanirmana Deeksha," he said and asked the BJP to realise that if it does not heed to the demand it would meet its Waterloo in the electoral battle that lies ahead," he said. Continued on P4 too, Naidu had said that though on two occasions in the past he had an opportunity to emerge as force at the Centre, he politely declined occupy any position since his interests basically lay in Andhra Pradesh. Naidu said he did not veer away from this stand even now and that his only aim was to end the BJP's suzerainty at the Centre. Since Naidu played a role in keeping parties together at the national level in the past, his experience in finding where there are grey areas would come in handy for the upkeep of the overall health of the coalitions. An alliance of such parties would be helpful in protection of interests of people back home in their respective states and at the same could show the way forward for the country at national level. What Naidu wants is that the leaders of all regional parties should join hands at the national level so that they could safeguard the interests of people back in their home states. " I want all the parties on one platform. For instance, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrasekhar Rao, Aravind Kejriwal, Navin Patnaik and all the other leaders opposed to the BJP, could join forces to throw the BJP out at the Centre," Naidu said. the Southeast Asian country. Due to its architectural and historical signiﬁcance, the temple, located at 244 South Bridge Road, in downtown Chinatown district, has been gazetted a National Monument, and is a major tourist attraction. The visiting Prime Minister, accompanied by Singapore's Culture Minister Grace Yien, also visited Chulia Mosque. It is located on South Bridge Road in the Chinatown district within the Central Area. Prior to this, Prime Minister Modi met with United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Singapore. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi unveiled the plaque, marking the immersion site of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi's ashes at Clifford Pier. Singapore's former Prime Minister and Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong was also present at the event. Facebook kills ‘Trending’, tests breaking news indicator A security person shakes hands with a child, during a curfew imposed to maintain law and order, following a strike call given by joint hurriyat leadership, in Srinagar on Saturday Kashmir on the edge after CRPF vehicle mows down protester Srinagar: Hundreds of slogan-shouting residents on Saturday attended the funeral of a 21-year-old man who along with two others was injured on Friday when a paramilitary vehicle ran over protesters in an already volatile old Srinagar city. The city remained on edge on Saturday as authorities imposed restriction and snapped mobile internet services amid Ramadan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi: Facebook has ﬁnally decided to do away with its controversial "Trending" feature to make way for "future news experiences" which may include a breaking news notiﬁcation. "We will remove Trending from Facebook next week and we will also remove products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API," Alex Hardiman, Facebook's Head of News Products said in a statement on Friday. Facebook introduced the Trending feature in 2014 aiming to help people discover news topics that were popular across the community. But for this feature that show a collection of headlines, the social networking giant soon faced allegations of political bias. The headlines were initially selected by human editors and a former contractor on the project claimed that Facebook used this feature to promote liberal causes and suppress conservative issues, NBC News reported. Facebook later removed the human editors and in its bid to appear neutral put in place an algorithm to decide what would find a place in the Trending section. However, the algorithm went haywire, at times promoting hoax stories and offensive head- lines, including one about a man masturbating with a McDonald's sandwich, the NBC News report said. Facebook said the feature was only available in ﬁve countries and accounted for less than 1.5 per cent of clicks to news publishers on average. "From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful," Hardiman said. "We're exploring new ways to help people stay informed about timely, breaking news that matters to them, while making sure the news they see on Facebook is from trustworthy and quality sources," she said. Facebook said it is running a test in several countries including in India to let publishers put a "breaking news" indicator on their posts in News Feed. "We're also testing breaking news notiﬁcations," Hardiman said. In addition to this, Facebook is also testing a dedicated section called "Today In" that connects people to the latest breaking and important news from local publishers in their city, as well as updates from local officials and organisations. "We will soon have a dedicated section on Facebook Watch in the US where people can view live coverage, daily news brieﬁngs and weekly deep dives that are exclusive to Watch," Hardiman added. "We are committed to ensuring the news that people see on Facebook is high quality, and we're investing in ways to better draw attention to breaking news when it matters most," she said. North Andhra mangoes for Germany fruits and ﬂowers on the global map is now giving good results. For the ﬁrst time in the history, the department has successfully exported ‘Panukulamanu,’ the early and less sweet mango variety, to Germany and receiving good response from the Germans. The department had exported another North Andhra brand “Suvarnareka” mangoes to South Korea last year and continued the same this year. The Panukulamanu mango is a special variety which comes for harvesting early. They ripen in the months of February and March in every season. Very par- Panukulamanu ticularly, these mangoes are less sweet compared to the other varieties. The damage of the ﬂowering is also less and even the summer is not set well the mangoes will grow to full shape and ready for ripening. Suvarnarekha With this, several farmers raise Panukulamanu mango variety. This variety has good demand in Delhi, West Bengal, and northeastern states. The Horticulture Department constructed fullyautomated ‘Integrated Pack House’ in Garividi of Vizianagaram district to export various fruits, particularly mangoes. “With good response from the Koreans, we have exported “Panukulamanu” mangoes to Germany this year and registered a good response from them. This year we exported the fruits by air cargo. In the coming seasons, the exports will boost up and be expecting good returns, thanks to the Horticulture Department,” Sri Harsha, mango exporter of Vizianagaram, told The Hans India. The Integrated Pack House (IPH) is taking every bit of responsibility to ensure export quality by checking weight, preparation of trim sort grade, clean, wash, dry, quality check, packing and precool, naming of the maker and timely lifting of the product. “Panukulamanu variety is a very safe horticulture crop. In terms of tonnage, quality, early ripening and less sweetness with good taste, the variety has been accepted well by the foreigners. “With the help of the IPH, the mango farmers will get good revenues in the coming seasons,” Deputy Director (Fruits) of Department of Horticulture P Hanumantha Rao told The Hans India.
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