www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 25 JUNE 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Overcast. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 41% Sunrise: 05:48 Sunset: 06:52 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Idea-Voda merger may miss June 30 deadline E Hessah alAjaji drives her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight in Riyadh. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday LLR drives miss target as candidates fail sign tests T fforts by the RTA to ensure everyone has a valid driving licence via LLR drives, seems to be falling short (or slightly away from the target) and raising many questions on road safety and awareness. P5 Mehbooba denies Shah's allegations Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday denied emphatically that she discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions and wondered why none of the BJP ministers spoke about it till now if it was true. The PDP chief said that whatever happened during the time of the PDP-BJP rule in the state was in accordance with the agenda. P13 GST VICTORY OF INTEGRITY It’s a symbol of cooperative federalism, PM says in Mann Ki Baat 9 die, 5 injured as RTC bus hits auto Kurnool: Nine persons died, and four others sustained serious injuries when an APSRTC bus hit an autorickshaw coming in the wrong direction at Somayajulapalle Thanda under Orvakal mandal in the district on Sunday morning. The tragedy struck when 14 persons from Kollipari and Chanugunda villages in Kodumuru mandal boarded a 7-seater autorickshaw to visit Mahanandi for treatment of joint pains from a quack. S Details: P5 he mega-merger deal of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India may not meet the expected June 30 timeline as the telecom department is looking to raise a fresh demand of around Rs 4,700 crore, a source said. BID TO KEEP ANTI-BJP KETTLE BOILING TDP plans 2 massive meetings this month MADAMANCHI SAMBASIVA RAO Amaravati: To keep the antiBJP kettle boiling, the TDP has planned two massive public meetings, one at Visakhapatnam and the other at Nellore this week, with reports emanating from Delhi indicating that there might be early elections either in November or December this year. In Visakhapatnam, the TDP MPs will organise a protest meeting against the BJP on June 27 for not sanctioning the railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters. Cont’d on P6 New Delhi: Hailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as "probably the world’s biggest tax reform", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said its implementation was a celebration of honesty and a symbol of cooperative federalism. With the rolling out of GST about a year ago, the 'One Nation, One Tax' dream of the people of this country had become a reality, he said. The GST was rolled out at a special ceremony held at Parliament House on the intervening night of June 30-July 1, 2017 amid reservations by some opposition parties. "GST is probably the biggest tax reform in the world. It is not only the victory of integrity but also a celebration of honesty," After 2-week hiatus, monsoon returns New Delhi: The Southwest Monsoon has managed to end a two-week hiatus and resume progress on the West Coast, Peninsular India and East India, making a delayed entry into Veraval, Amreli and Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Sunday morning. The alignment of the northern limit further connected Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh), Amravati and Gondia (Maharashtra), Titlagarh and Cuttack (Odisha) and Midnapore (Bengal) on Sunday noon. Two major features signifying the growing strength of the monsoon is a full developed offshore trough that lies extended all the way from South Gujarat to Kerala, and the East-West shear zone. Of the four meteorological divisions of the country, only the southern peninsula has recorded 29 per cent more rains. The rainfall deﬁcit was 29 and 24 per cent in east-northeast and northwest India, respectively. An India Meteorological Department (IMD) data revealed that less than 25 per cent of the country received normal or excess rains till now, with the weatherman today saying that monsoon activity has revived over the weekend and is making a steady advance. Central India and the north Indian plains, that have been witnessing a rise in temperatures, are likely to get some relief in the next two to three days, the meteorological department said. Conditions are becoming favourable for pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity over parts of northwest India from Continued on P6 June 27. Violence cannot solve any problem: Modi Modi said in his monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat'. "GST is a great example of cooperative federalism, where all states decided to take a unanimous decision in the interest of the nation, and then such a huge tax reform could be implemented," he added. The GST Council has already held 27 meetings so far, involving representatives of different AP plans integrated tourist project along Vizag beach road OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has approved India’s first-ever integrated tourist project with underground driveway on the Visakhapatnam beach road. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) has proposed the project at a cost of Rs 60 crore connecting INS Kurusura, TU-142 Aircraft Museum and Sea Harrier attractions. Along with the integrated tourist attractions, the VUDA has also proposed a 2-kmlong underground driveway and spacious underground parking on the beach front. The project is an integrated museum complex which is expected to serve as a unique tourist attraction. The project would meet the traffic issues on the beach road and provide spacious underground parking. VUDA vice chairman Basanth Kumar has explained the project and designs to the Chief Minister during the recent visit to the city. Once the underground drive is completed, the VUDA will develop greenery and cycling tracks on its surface to attract more tourists. The underground parking area will have a capacity of 800 cars and 400 two-wheelers. However, the VUDA has to get a few more clearances to take the project forward, including permission from the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ), as the location comes under its jurisdiction. Fake news proving deadly in India: BBC London: Fake news spread instantaneously over WhatsApp chat groups and Facebook is causing a ‘firestorm’ in India and resulting in the loss of lives, warns the BBC in a new investigative report from Bangalore. The British public broadcaster is set to highlight the issue in a report to be aired on BBC World News on Tuesday centred around the death of Kaluram Bachanram, who was beaten to death by a mob in Bangalore after WhastApp rumours convinced people that he was a child kidnapper. "Kalu became a victim of India's fake news firestorm… Across BBC is set to highlight the issue in a report to be aired on Tuesday about death of Kaluram Bachanram India eight lives have been lost in this latest wave of fallacy defeating fact. Fake news is a challenge we all grapple with but here it is proving deadly," the BBC correspondent says in his report. The BBC has been working to combat the issue of fake news through initiatives such as "BBC Reality Check", a political discourse fact-checking service. It was launched during the Euro- pean Union (EU) referendum in 2016 for both TV and online and has now been made permanent and covers a wide range of issues. "Fake news is a big problem and it's vital for democracy that ordinary people are able to tell truth from fiction in the news they read, watch, and hear," said Jim Egan, CEO of BBC Global News Ltd. He noted: "Trusted news will be as important as ever as we approach the elections in India next year, however a recent BBC 'Value of News' study found that 83 per cent of Indian news consumers are concerned about fake news. states and having different priorities. But in spite of all this, all the decisions taken have been of absolute consensus, said Modi. The Prime Minister pointed out that before the rolling out of GST, there were 17 different types of taxes in the country, but now only one tax (having various slabs) was applicable in the entire country. Continued on P6 New Delhi: Violence and cruelty can never solve a problem and it is peace and non-violence which always win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. Referring to Guru Nanak Dev and Kabir Das, Modi said in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ that they worked towards social harmony and fought against casteism. He also referred to Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, saying he worked for the unity and integrity of India. Continued on P6 200 MW hybrid power plant coming up at Ramagiri OUR BUREAU Anantapur: Land acquisition for the 200 MW wind-cumsolar hybrid power project at Ramagiri town in the district is on the verge of completion, according to National Renewable Energy Development Corporation (NREDCAP) district manager Kodandarama Murthy. A committee constituted by Joint Collector Dilly Rao with NREDCAP and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) would look into the land compensation issues. The project will be spread in 1,000-acre land located in Ramagiri and Kanaganipalle mandals. Already, 750 acres have been acquired in Ramagiri and an- other 250 acres in Kanaganapalle. The World Bankaided project costs Rs 1,400 crore and is being implemented by the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) and the SECI. The unique project is another feather in the cap of Ramagiri town which hosted several wind and solar power projects. Continued on P6
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