www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Rain showers. Overcast. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 05:45 Sunset: 06:48 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Fri) 6.55 pm BJP urges Guv to sack Akhila Priya RBI impact: EMIs set to go up as banks hike rates delegation of Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders led by their (Sat) 4.09 am A Haryana cops nab notorious gangster in Hyd P4 president Kanna Lakshminarayana submitted a representation to Governor for AP and Telangana ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday urging him to take steps for the removal of tourism Minister Akhila Priya from Andhra Pradesh cabinet for her derogatory comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hyderabad: The Haryana police arrested most wanted gangster Sampat Nehra of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang from Hyderabad, police said on Thursday. Special Task Force's (STF) Superintendent of Police Ashwin told the media here that Nehra, 28, was arrested from Venkataraman Colony in Sahibabad area late Wednesday evening. The sharpshooter has more than two dozen criminal cases pending against him in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Chandigarh. ithin a day of RBI hiking the key lending rate, banks have started raising interest rates which will increase EMIs for auto, home and business loans. Some big lenders including SBI, ICICI Bank had already increased their MCLR in anticipation of RBI raising repo rate, at which it lends money to banks. P13 A PhD a day! n Andhra varsity breaks all records Rains disrupt life in Mumbai IIT’s solar-powered system can convert plastic into fuel New Delhi: Scientists from IIT Madras have developed a solar powered system to convert nonrecyclable plastic into fuel that can substitute diesel used in generators, furnaces and engines. The technology - which consists of a mobile unit that can collect and process waste - currently yields around 0.7 litres of fuel oil per kilogramme of plastic, researchers said. "India produces approximately 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste in a day. Centralised systems for plastic waste management cannot work to effectively deal with this much plastic waste on a daily basis,” said Ramya Selvaraj, a research student at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in Tamil Nadu. W Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Singapore Minister Iswaran at the 3rd Joint Implementation Committee meeting in Vijayawada on Thursday Mumbai: Normal life in Mumbai has begun to see minor disruptions as heavy rains lashed the city on Thursday ahead of the southwest monsoon's arrival. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of rain and thunder across Mumbai over the next 24 hours and has advised residents to stay indoors. Continued on Page 6 Singapore signs MoU for Amaravati development n Vijayawada-Singapore direct flights in 30 days: Naidu OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and Singapore-Amaravati Investments Holding Ltd (SAIH) on Thursday signed a Concession and Development Agreement (CADA) in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Singapore Minister for Communications S Iswaran to develop the start-up area in Amaravati during the 3rd Joint Implementation Committee meeting (JISC) in Vijayawada. The JISC meeting followed by one-on-one meeting between Chandrababu Naidu and Iswaran in which they spoke about the teamwork between the Singapore Consortium and the AP government. After the meeting, Naidu addressing the media said the Sin- gapore-Amaravati Investments Holding Ltd (SAIH) was formed to take forward the start-up area development in Amaravati. The Chief Minister has said the AP government also requires the assistance of the Singapore Consortium to bring in convergence of activities in infrastructure, tourism, education and the service sector. Continued on Page 6 TIME TO CREATE A HAPPY NATION n Pranab’s class for swayamsevaks Nagpur: Former president Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday warned that any attempt to deﬁne India through "religion, dogma or intolerance" will only dilute the country's existence, as he attended an RSS event in Nagpur amid criticism by several of his party leaders, including his own daughter. “India hasn't fared well in the 'happiness index’. We need a happy nation where nationalism ﬂows 'uninterruptedly' and 'automatically', he said. Here are some of his best comments at the event: n Nationalism is not bound by religion or race...Indian nationalism not exclusive nor aggressive n It was this very nationalism that Pandit Nehru so vividly expressed in the book 'Discovery of India', he wrote, "I am convinced that nationalism can only come out of the ideological fusion of Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs and other groups in India." n We must free our public discourse from all sorts of violence n n n n Secularism and inclusion a matter of faith for us Any attempt at deﬁning our nationhood in terms of dogma and identities or religion, region, hatred and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our identity I am here amongst you to share my understanding with you of the concepts of nation, nationalism and patriotism in the context of India Concepts of Nation, Nationalism & Patriotism are closely intertwined TALKING PEN Dolphio, the gadget that transforms learning ADEPU MAHENDER Jangaon: The children, who returned to Zilla Parishad High School in Ibrahimpur this week after a long summer layoff, had a surprise gadget to greet them. What they found at their disposal was a Dolphio talking pen that makes learning, especially speaking and listening, altogether interesting besides infusing morals and life skills. Thanks to the joint initiative of the UNICEF and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) that aimed at providing a new learning curve to those students hailing from the rural backdrop. To start with, the government has selected a Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and a Zilla Parishad high school from each district in the State and provided them with a Dolphio talking pen, 100 each English and Telugu books that worth around Rs 1 lakh. The initiative is for those students studying Class VI to VIII. The gadget, which resembles like a pen, is nothing but a multimedia print reader. The featherweight pen has a pre-loaded chip consisting of audio ﬁles. The pen that runs on a chargeable battery has an in-built speaker. Pronouncing, be it the English or Telugu words, the right way is a difficult proposition altogether even for A teacher explaining the best in the business. The pen about Dolphio talking pen helps students to pick the right proto students at Ibrahimpur nunciation, besides inculcating zeal Zilla Parishad High School to read books other than academics. in Janagaon district Continued on Page 6 Trump hosts first Iftar at White House Washington: Donald Trump hosted his ﬁrst Iftar dinner as US President on Wednesday, marking the traditional Ramzan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Hundreds of millions of devout Muslims observe the holy fasting month of Ramzan, which is slated to end on June 14. Continued on Page 6 VKL GAYATRI Visakhapatnam: The number of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees awarded to research scholars by Andhra University, Waltair, has been increasing year after year. On an average, during the last ﬁve years, the university awarded PhDs at the rate of one degree a day! All in all, the university awarded 1,808 PhDs during the ﬁve-year period. “It is true that during the last ﬁve years, research work increased in the university. According to the National Institute of Ranking Framework, the AU, ranked 69th in 2017, jumped up by 33 places to reach the 36th position in the overall ranking of the top 100 institutions. Not only in India, the Andhra University has recognition abroad too," a senior professor of Andhra University opined on the number of PhDs awarded by AU. PhDs Year Arts Science Total 2014 160 212 372 2015 166 296 462 2016 171 253 424 2017 129 243 372 2018 72 106 178 (May 31) Total: 1,808 188 M Phil degrees were awarded during 2014 to 2018 The 92-year-old Andhra University during the past one decade signed several MoUs and the UGC is also encouraging the university by releasing a large sum of money to promote research activity. Continued on Page 6 NO SURPRISE VC says research on fast pace in AU University Vice Chancellor Prof G Nageswara Rao says there is nothing surprising about the trend and it was because of heightened research activity. "Research has increased manifold. In fact, the university has been signing MoUs with a number of national and international institutions for research activity,” he said.
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