www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Rain showers. Overcast Temp: Max.37°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 28% Sunrise: 05:35 Sunset: 06:45 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Fri) 6.55 pm TS scripted history by giving RBI impact: EMIs set to go water to tail-end areas: THR up as banks hike rates (Sat) 4.09 am I ‘Reveal RBS beneficiary details’ Hyderabad: Former MP V Hanumantha Rao demanded that the government reveal the number of beneficiaries in the State through Rythu Bandhu Scheme. The former MP wrote a letter to the principal secretary of Revenue Department in this regard. He wanted to know the number of farmers, who have less than five acres land, who benefitted through the scheme. He also wanted to know number of farmers, who have more than five acres, and benefitted from the scheme. S P2 Haryana cops nab notorious gangster in Hyd 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. 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. P3 rrigation Minister T Harish Rao on Thursday said that the modern technology adopted by his department helped optimum utilisation of available water and provided irrigation facility to even tail end areas of many ayacuts under Krishna and Godavari rivers in the State. W 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. P9 KCR mulls Rythu Yatra To make ﬁeld visits for ﬁrsthand info on ryots’ status after I-Day PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Enthused by the immense response from across the country to his government’s ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to undertake ‘Rythu Yatra’ soon after the launch of farmers' insurance scheme on August 15. The objective of the yatra is to ascertain the change in the lives of farmers after they got ﬁnancial assistance under the crop investment support scheme. The incentive of Rs 4,000 per acre has been provided to every farmer who owned agriculture land. Around 58 lakh farmers were covered under the investment support scheme launched on May 10 in the state. Top officials of the state Telangana Rythu n CM is keen to visit select villages and interact with farmers n Sukhender Reddy to study farming activity in kharif season n Ministers, MLAs will also take up simultaneous Rythu Yatras Samanvaya Samithi (State Farmers Coordination Committee), which is overseeing the distribution of cheques to the beneﬁciaries in the villages, said the Chief Minister is keen to visit selected villages and interact with the farmers about Rythu Bandhu and the insurance schemes exclusively for the farming community. The officials said the state committee chairman Gutta Sukhender Reddy has already been instructed to study the farming activity in the ensuing kharif season after extending ﬁnancial assistance. The committee in coordination with the Agriculture department will also measure the signiﬁcant changes taking place in the farmers attitude and the farming activity post the implementation of Rythu Bandhu scheme at gross root level. Nowcast tech gives in time weather alerts OUR BUREAU State Secretary, Revenue (Disaster Management) RV ChanHyderabad: ‘Nowcast ‘technology dravadan said that the IMD (Hyis now available with Telangana derabad unit) is providing alerts government to predict thunderthree hours in advance on the storms, hailstorms and heavy possibility of rain related disaswinds three hours in advance in ters particularly in Greater Hythe coming monsoon season. derabad Municipal Corporation In the wake of growing inci(GHMC) and district headquardences of rain related calamiters. The disaster management ties, mainly loss of huwing will alert the local man lives and authorities immediPredicts extensive damately and take necthunderstorms, age of properessary steps to ties during contain the rain hailstorms or heavy rainy season, related damwinds three hours in the State govages. The offiadvance, which will help ernment in cial said that the authorities take steps the thundercooperation with the IMD to mitigate damage to life storm related (Indian Metedeaths and propand property in the orological Deerty damages due GHMC region partment) has to hailstorms can be adopted the Nowcast prevented with the use technology to foresee the of nowcast technology. The calamities that wreak havoc in a use of new technology will help short time. The IMD has prethe government in disaster predicted the T-state is likely to reparedness by anticipating the inceive 4 per cent more rains than tensity of calamity in advance normal rainfall this year. every hour. Soon after receiving Nowcast technology is being alerts, the disaster management used widely in European counwing will plunge into action and tries to assess the impact of deploy rescue teams for ﬂood thunderstorms and gales in one management and evacuation of or two hours and help to protect residents. Continued on Page 4 the dwellers from the disaster. “The government is closely monitoring the farming activity and also the behavioral change in the distressed farmers after they have been given assistance, who have till then been facing difficulties due to debt burden,” a senior leader associated with the coordination committee told The Hans India. Based on the observations, the Chief Minister will take up Rythu Yatra and meet farmers at agriculture ﬁelds in the farming season. KCR wanted to take up ﬁeld visits to have a ﬁrsthand information by an interaction with the beneﬁciaries. The CM will come to know if any other problems are being faced by the farming community and address them before the launch of disbursement of second instalment of ﬁnancial assistance in November before the beginning of the rabi season. KCR’s Cabinet colleagues and his party MLAs will also take up simultaneous Rythu Yatras in their respective districts during KCR’s yatra. He will visit a selected district accompanied by agriculture officials and coordination committee’s state-level members. Tolerance strength; secularism, the soul n PRANAB TELLS SWAYAMSEVAKS Nagpur: Nationalism, patriotism, tolerance and secularism formed the crux of former president Pranab Mukherjee’s address at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on Thursday as the veteran Congress leader impressed upon the right wing organisation’s cadre the need to maintain communal harmony and pluralism. Flanked by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other Khaki clad members on the stage, Mukherjee said that secularism is the soul of India and warned that any attempt to deﬁne the coun- try through "religion, dogma or intolerance" will only dilute its existence. Burdened by the weight of disapproval by his lifelong party and his daughter, Mukherjee said that Indian nationalism is not about one particular language or religion, but about inclusion, universalism and tolerance. “Indian nationalism is not one nation, one language, one religion, one enemy. It’s perennial universalism of its people,” he told the Sangh cadre. Continued on Page 4 Rains hit normal life in Mumbai 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. Monsoon, which has currently reached south Goa, is expected to reach Mumbai in the next 48 to 72 hours, the IMD said. The IMD has also issued heavy rain warning for June 8 to June 10 in Mumbai and Thane area. Following the IMD's alert, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation cancelled the Saturday and Sunday holidays of its officers, putting them on standby to deal with any possible disruptions over the weekend. Local trains in Mumbai were affected earlier today. Trains running on Mumbai's suburban railway Central line were delayed by at least 20 minutes. Continued on Page 4 If you strike, it’ll be last for you OUR BUREAU 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 4 Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday asked the TSRTC employees’ unions to call off their proposed indeﬁnite strike from June 11 as the corporation cannot meet their demands as it was already in crisis with mounting debts of more than Rs 3,000 crore. The CM warned the employees that those who would go on strike would be dismissed from service peremptorily. KCR said if the unions go on strike, it will be the last agitation for them. He came down heavily on the employees’ unions for calling boycott of their duties KCR WARNS RTC STAFF when the corporation was struggling hard to overcome the debts. The strike will not only affect the ﬁnancial position of the corporation but also burden the commuters in the entire state. The CM said that the RTC has already been mired in Rs 700 crore losses and going for strike at this juncture was irresponsible. The government has given 44 per cent ﬁtment to the RTC workers, which never happened in the history of the corporation. He remined them that strikes are banned in the corporation. The union leaders are provoking workers to go for strike for beneﬁting in elections. In many states, the governments had either privatised their RTCs or shut them down. Strike by employees would only result in either of the possibilities in Telangana, he said. At a high-level meeting with the officials, KCR reviewed the demands put forth by the RTC unions. The CM said that it was his government which had increased the salaries of RTC employees by 44 per cent soon after he assumed office in 2014. 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 A teacher explaining about Dolphio talking pen to students at Ibrahimpur Zilla Parishad High School in Jangaon district 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 the best in the business. The pen helps students to pick the right pronunciation, besides inculcating zeal to read books other than academics. Speaking to The Hans India, Mukthavaram Jhansi, Resource Person at ZP High School in Ibrahimpur and who had participated in preparing the UNICEF’s digital lessons, said: “The gadget is much like an e-reader device that reads content. The sensor on the pen reads the barcodes printed on the books when it’s positioned over the codes of a book. Then it activates that particular pre-loaded audio ﬁle, thus enabling the user to hear it as he/she moves the pen pointer along the text.” One of the most difficult parts of the languages is their pronunciation as it differs from place to place. The gadget which improves the vocabulary is also helpful in bringing uniformity in pronunciation among the students, she said. Moreover, the gadget has an option to record the voice too. By playing back option, the students can also check and correct their pronunciation, Jhansi said. Continued on Page 4
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