www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few tstorms. Overcast Temp: Max.38°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 56% Sunrise: 05:35 Sunset: 06:45 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Thu) 6.55 pm Four-hour-long KRMB Sri City founder in meet proves futile SEZ committee (Fri) 4.09 am T P3 he Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) ended its four-hour-long meeting on Wednesday without taking any decision on important issues related to utilisation of Krishna water for irrigation and drinking needs raised by AP and TS. T he Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India on Wednesday nominated Ravindra Sannareddy, the founder of Sri City as a member of the committee constituted for studying the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) policy. FINAL NOD FOR KALESHWARAM Union Water Ministry’s TAC gives all clearances OUR BUREAU Former president Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Nagpur Airport, in Maharashtra on Wednesday, to attend an RSS event on Thursday Loans to turn dearer as RBI hikes key rates Hyderabad: Housing and auto loans are set to become costlier with the Reserve Bank of India raising its key interest rate for the first time since January 2014. The RBI on Wednesday raised its key interest rate for the first time by 25 basis points (bps) to 6.25 per cent, responding to concerns on inflation from surging global crude oil prices. As result, the reverse repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) stands adjusted to 6.0 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate to 6.50 per cent. S P9 Hyderabad: The prestigious Kaleshwaram project taken up by the Telangana government got the ﬁnal clearance from Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Union Ministry of Water Resources on Wednesday. With this, the project secured all major clearances required for the construction of the mammoth irrigation project. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao thanked Union Minister of Water Resources Nitin Gadkari for the approval of the project by the TAC. Recently, the Central Water Commission (CWC) ratified the irrigation planning as well as the cost appraisal of the project based on the proposals submitted by the state Irrigation department. The project has already been given environmental and forest stage-1 and stage -2 clearances by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in February WHAT’S COOKING? ESL briefs Modi about TS, AP developments OUR BUREAU File photo this year. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) also allowed the TS government to utilise 237 tmc ft of water from Godavari under the project. The government is planning to utilise 169 tmc ft of water for irrigation, 30 tmc ft for Hyderabad drinking water needs, 10 tmc ft to meet water needs in the villages across the project, 16 tmc ft for industrial needs and 12 tmc ft is estimated as evaporation from the availability of 237 tmc ft of water. The total project cost has been ﬁnalised at Rs 80,190.46 crore. Out of which Rs 33,145.46 crore will be utilised for head works and Rs 47,045 crore to construct canals and distributaries. The CWC asked the state government not to change the estimations for a period of three years. Earlier, the project got interstate clearances, hydrological, Central Ground Water department and Construction and Machinery Directorate permissions to take up works on fast pace. Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. In the one-hour long meeting, official sources said, Narasimhan briefed Modi the political developments taking place in the two Telugu states. The Governor met the Prime Minister after trying to get his appointment for the last two months. Political activity of the BJP in Andhra Pradesh after Kanna Lakshminarayana was appointed state unit president of the party, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ against the Centre, people’s response to YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s padayatra and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan’s north coastal Andhra tour were among the issues reportedly discussed in the meeting. Sources said the Governor had explained to Modi the AP Chief Minister’s continuous tirade against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and Naidu’s targeting of BJP president Amit Shah at the recently held TDP annual conclave -- Mahanadu. It is learnt that the Prime Minister sought more information with regard to the political developments in Andhra Pradesh as the BJP is eyeing to win more number of Lok Sabha seats in the next Continued on P4 elections. `7K-CR BAILOUT PACKAGE FOR SUGARCANE FARMERS Govt promulgates IBC ordinance New Delhi: Home buyers will now be recognised as financial creditors under the insolvency law, with the government promulgating an ordinance. President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to promulgate the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, according to an official release. "The ordinance provides significant relief to home buyers by recognising their status as financial creditors. This would give them due representation in the Committee of Creditors (CoC) and make them an integral part of the decision-making process," the release said. S P9 P9 Arrested deputy director of SATS, G Venkataramana (R) MBBS SEATS SCAM ACB raids homes of SATS babus SATS DD Venkataramana arrested OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday raided the‘Sports Authority of Telangana State’ office located at LB Stadium and residences of its officials at four different locations in Hyderabad, after allegations that fake certificates were issued to students to get medical seats in sports quota on pecuniary considerations. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered the ACB to investigate into the al- leged irregularities on May 16. The ACB officials arrested SATS deputy director G Venkataramana in this connection. The news about the alleged irregularities in SATS is in public domain for past few months, the staff of SATS at the LB Stadium shocked with the surprise raids of ACB officials. The office staff was not allowed to go out without the knowledge of ACB officials. The staff involved in certificate issuing section has been grilled by the ACB. Continued on P4 New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Rs 7,000-crore bailout package and set the minimum selling price for sugar at Rs 29 per kg to support the struggling sector. "In order to remove the problem of liquidity of sugar mills resulting in accumulation of huge cane price arrears of farmers, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ... measures involving total amount of about Rs 7,000 crore," Union Minister for Law, Justice and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said. The decision of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) comes as excess production in the current sugar season has depressed its market price, adversely affecting the liquidity position of sugar mills leading to accumulation of Rs 22,000crore dues to the farmers. YCP MPs after submitting their resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday Speaker accepts YSRC MPs’ resignations OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The YSRCP MPs failed to convince Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday too to accept their resignations forthwith. The Speaker in an unusual move asked the MPs to 'resubmit' their resignations after they had told her that they were resigning on their volition and had hence submitted the same in the Speaker's format. However, the Speaker nudged them to resubmit the same for her satisfaction. The MPs reportedly handed over fresh letters in support of the previous ones to the Speaker's Office by the closing time of the office. There was no confirmation from the Speaker at the time of filing this report of the acceptance of the same. The Speaker is leaving Delhi for abroad on a holiday and if there is no confirmation of her acceptance later by night, the decision would be pending till her return which could be around June 18. However, the YSRCP MPs who spoke to the media said the Speaker had accepted their resignations and the confirmation would come by the evening. They claimed they had resigned for the sake of AP that was de- nied the Special Category Status (SCS) by the Centre. They challenged the TDP too to do so if it was really fighting for the SCS. However, TDP MP Kesineni Nani later lashed out at them calling their resignations a farce and drama. If the YSRCP was really interested in taking on the Centre, they would have resigned much earlier instead of waiting for an opportune time and only after the TDP launched its war against the Centre to protect AP's interests. Nani said if YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy was genuine in his concern he would have asked even Vijaysai Reddy to resign. LeT threatens to bomb Kashi Vishwanath temple Lucknow: Dreaded Pakistanbacked terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has threatened to blow important Hindu temples across the state of Uttar Pradesh following which a high alert has been sounded by the authorities. According to reports, the LeT has threatened to trigger bomb blasts at the famous Krishna Janmabhoomi, Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Hapur and the Saharanpur railway stations. A high alert has been sounded and security around these temples and other vital installations across the state has been tight- The Intelligence Bureau has already sounded an alert following the alleged LeT letter threatening to blow up important temples and railway stations and the state police has stepped up vigil in most sensitive areas Security personnel ride in a boat near Taj Mahal as security beefed up across Uttar Pradesh following threats received from Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT), in Agra on Wednesday ened after a letter bearing a LeT operative's signature was received by the authorities. The letter has been signed by Maulana Ambu Sheikh, "area commander" of LeT in Jammu and Kashmir. The authenticity of the letter could not be ascertained. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has already sounded an alert fol- lowing the letter and the state police has stepped up vigil in most sensitive areas. Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Anand Kumar said that security has been beefed-up at important religious, tourist and public places. There is massive security checking underway in the state capital. Electric vehicles to zoom on AP roads P4
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