www.thehansindia.com SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 Kicking in the fever H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H I narguably the planet’s biggest sporting spectacle, the 21st FIFA World Cup that begins in Moscow on Thursday, will have the world in a thrall till July 15. New superstars will be born while some heroes will fall from grace. Vladimir Putin will hope to make a political statement with Russian organisational acumen to silence the prophets of doom, who warn of possible racism and crowd violence! RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Sun) 6.55 pm (Mon) 4.09 am Vehicles and pedestrians wade through a water logged street following heavy monsoon showers in Mumbai on Saturday Consoler of diarist Anne Frank dies London: Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted diarist Anne Frank at the BergenBelsen concentration camp months before its liberation, has died on Thursday. She was 95. Britain's Holocaust Educational Trust says Turgel dedicated her life to sharing her story of surviving the Jewish ghetto in Krakow, Poland and the German Nazi camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen. It was in a hospital at BergenBelsen that Turgel cared for Anne Frank as the teenager was dying of typhus. Gangster Rajesh Bharti killed in Delhi encounter New Delhi: One of Delhi’s most wanted gangsters, Rajesh Bharti, was killed in a shootout with the police in south Delhi on Saturday morning. Three members of his gang were also killed in the encounter. The Delhi police said the shootout happened in Fatehpur Beri’s Chanan Hola village, near Chhatarpur. S P4 BJP’s internal survey finds its position precarious in 152 of 282 seats it won in 2014 SURVEY SHOCK FOR BJP New Delhi: The results of an internal survey have come as a shocker for the ruling BJP. The BJP survey shows that of the 282 seats the party had won in 2014, there is a strong anti-incumbency sentiment in at least 152 parliamentary constituencies. According to highly-placed sources in the BJP, the party had commissioned an internal survey on all the seats it had won in 2014. According to a BJP strategist, the survey was completed just before Gujarat went to the polls last year. Dainik Bhaskar has access to the report of the survey. Sources say that as a matter of abundant precaution, the party has started work on the second phase of the survey. In this phase, alternative candidates and measures to improve the party’s prospects in constituencies where it is facing anti-incumbency will be explored. For the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Modi-Shah duo may choose to go for the new India-young India electoral template. Fresh faces may do the trick In the municipal elections in Delhi, the party’s experiment of ﬁelding new and young faces instead of the incumbent councillors had paid dividends. Likewise, in the last few assembly elections, the party had denied tickets to sitting legislators in constituencies where it was facing an antiincumbency wave. And this strategy too had paid off. Third line of leadership The BJP high command and the Sangh Parivar have now started working on a long-term strategy for building a third line Strategist-in-chief Amit Shah looking for ways to make good the likely losses by winning more seats from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha, where the BJP had fared badly, according to a report published in DB Post BJP feels that there is an anti-incumbency mood against Naveen Patnaik of Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, Mamata Banerjee of TMC in West Bengal, TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh and TRS’ K Chandrashekhar Rao in Telangana, which can be used to the party’s advantage. of leadership. The strategy was discussed at a meeting of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and top Sangh leader Bhaiyaji Joshi with party president Amit Shah at Ujjain recently. Now the BJP has decided to adopt some stringent criteria for the 2019 elections. Discussions are on whether candidates older than 75 years will be considered for candidacy. 75-plus yardstick is adopted If the party decided to deny tickets to 75-plus leader, it mat affect LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalraj Mishra, Sumitra Mahajan, BC Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari etc. Party to ﬁeld Modi from Puri In 2019, an important part of the BJP strategy will be to focus on 105 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal. Despite the Modi wave, the BJP could win only six of the 105 seats in these states. The party has now set its eyes on winning 80 seats from these states in 2019. Except for Odisha, BJP’s organisational structure is weak in the other three states. That is why, Shah’s strategy is to capitalise on Modi’s popularity. It is believed that the BJP is working on the strategy to make Modi contest from Puri Lok Sabha seat along with Varanasi in 2019. On April 15, 2017, when the Prime Minister met the party’s Odisha unit leaders at the BJP’s national executive meeting, they proposed that Modi should contest from Puri. Modi’s rally at Cuttack to celebrate four years of the BJP government was also linked to this. Nothing decided thus far: Shah When Amit Shah was asked about this, he said that the party has not decided this way or that thus far. The Prime Minister visiting a certain place should not be construed as him contesting elections from there. What is the strategy? According to sources, Shah has been working for the past three months on the strategy to increase the party’s seats tally in Andhra, Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal. The party feels that there is an anti-incumbency mood against Naveen Patnaik of Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, Mamata Banerjee of TMC in West Bengal, TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh and TRS’ K Chandrashekhar Rao in Telangana, which can be used to the party’s advantage. (Courtesy: DB Post) Newly-appointed Special Representative to the Government of Telangana at New Delhi, former MP Manda Jagannadham meets Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Saturday Jagannadham made TS rep in Delhi KCR’s bid to appease senior leader from Mahbubnagar OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Close on the heels of joining of many senior Congress leaders from old Mahbubnagar district in the ruling TRS, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday nominated party senior leader and former MP Manda Jagannadham as Special Representative to the Telangana government in New Delhi with Cabinet minister status. Jagannadham, who hails from the same district, has been maintaining distance from participating in party programmes as he was not given any post ever since KCR assumed office of the Chief Minister in 2014. Jagannadham was appointed government’s special representative in New Delhi on the same day senior Congress leader and MLC K Damodar Reddy and former MLAs E Krishna Reddy and Abraham (all from Mahbubnagar) joined the TRS. In a bid to placate the senior TRS leader following the joining of many Congress leaders, Jagannadham was given the Cabinet rank post ahead of the 2019 elections. He will continue in the post for a period of one year. Jagannadham is the second leader in the post after Venugopala Chary was appointed government’s special representative in Delhi earlier. Modi-Xi take Wuhan spirit forward INK PACTS ON BRAHMAPUTRA DATA, NON-BASMATI RICE RTC talks inconclusive As strike set for Monday, panel to meet staﬀ again today OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Talks between the ministers’ committee and TSRTC union leaders remained inconclusive on Saturday as the government turned down the union’s demand for pay revision on par with other government employees. However, the government is working to ﬁnd out an amicable solution by Sunday evening, as the unions have decided to go on strike from June 11. The ministers’ committee members – Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari, Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageshwara Rao and IT Minister KT Rama Rao and officials concerned held a meeting and discussed the demands raised by the unions. Earlier, Harish Rao in the capacity of honorary president of TMU (Telangana Mazdoor Union), which served the strike notice, met the union leaders separately. The minister’s committee informed the union leaders that the government is not ready to accept the demand for pay hike which will put an additional burden of Rs 1,400 crore on the corporation every year. The ministers told the leaders that the Chief Minister is ready to hold talks if the strike notice was withdrawn. The CM has already warned that the employees who take part in the strike will be dismissed from service, on Thursday. The union leaders were also demanding a pay hike as per the pay revision which is due since April 1, 2017. TMU leader Thomas Reddy said the union was also insisting on job security for the employees and stopping private operators from plying buses in the state. As there was no outcome in the meeting, the ministers’ committee decided to hold another round of talks on Sunday. Officials said the ministers also met Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and informed about the meeting held with the union leaders. Qingdao: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on Saturday agreed to take their April meeting in Wuhan as a new starting point to promote bilateral relations. The two leaders reached the consensus during a meeting in the coastal Chinese city of Qingdao ahead of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. Recalling that he and Modi successfully had an informal meeting and reached important consensus in Wuhan of Hubei Province more than one month ago, Xi said the meeting had been well received by both countries and the international community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations. China is willing to work with India to take the Wuhan meeting as a new starting point to continuously enhance political mutual trust and engage in mutually beneﬁcial cooperation across the board, so as to push forward China-India relations in a better, faster and steadier manner, Xi said. Noting that China and India have reaped quite a few earlyharvest outcomes in implementing the consensus reached at the Wuhan meeting, Xi said the two sides should make persistent efforts to accelerate the implementation, maintain strategic communication, expand economic and trade cooperation, promote people-to-people exchanges and enhance coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs. Continued on P4 Prime Minister,Narendra Modi meeting the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, in Qingdao, China on Saturday KCR schemes make Congress edgy OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee which has of late created an impression that it was regaining the lost ground with its agitations such as bus yatra and dharnas under the leadership of TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy once TPCC looks to high command for direction again seems to be caught in a dilemma on how to consolidate its gains following the introduction of new schemes like Rythu Bandhu, farmers insurance scheme, etc by the TRS government. The Congress for the past few months has been attacking the government on various issues pertaining to farmers and has been successful in cornering the TRS government to some extent. But it now feels that it has lost a major weapon to take on the government with government’s schemes. Continued on P4 Telugu states among top 3 in India in GIS use JAYARAMA EMANI Hyderabad: The Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been ranked second and third respectively behind Maharashtra in terms of generating demand for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) & Positioning segment, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems)/Spatial Analytics technology for the FY18. While AP falls into the category of a state that has GIS-based schemes above 10, Telangana comes under the 5-9 categories, opined an expert. “The State of Telangana holds the same rank for urban development where, municipal bodies are the biggest users, whereas, AP is yet to improve its usage of GIS in this segment” said Dr Aniruddha Roy, Co-Chairman, Assocham National Council on Geospatial Technology. “However, within the education & research sector, where there is a great demand for earth observation data by research institutions such as DRDO, and autonomous research institutes under various ministries, AP ranked ﬁrst followed by Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh for generating the COUNTRY’S GEOSPATIAL TECH MARKET TOUCHES `7,679 CRORE IN FY18 maximum demand during FY18,” he added. In an exclusive chat with The Hans India, Roy who was in the city for a conference on “Geospatial Technologies,” on Friday, said “India’s geospatial market has grown from Rs 5,338 crore in 2014-15 to an estimated Rs 7, 679 crore in FY18 at a CAGR of 12.9 per cent - notably higher than the global average of 11.5 per cent CAGR for geospatial technologies during the same period. The major growth drivers have been the central and state governments’ push for robust physical infrastructure, effective governance delivery including e-governance and digital economy initiatives, integrated programs on urban and rural development initiatives such as smart cities, RURBAN clusters etc. These initiatives have provided a signiﬁcant momentum for enhanced adoption of geospatial technologies.” A geospatial economy comprises - Market size through commercial procurement of equipment, software, data, services; Exports of geospatial equipment, software, data and services; Public expenditure on creation and maintenance of geospatial data, infrastructure and institutions. Continued on P4
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