www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Light showers. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.29°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 05:38 Sunset: 06:50 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS US court upholds Trump’s travel ban Washington: The United States Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban. The 5-4 ruling, with the court's five conservatives in the majority, ends - at least for now - a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy represented an unlawful Muslim ban. Trump can now claim vindication after lower courts had blocked his travel ban announced in September, as well as two prior versions, in legal challenges brought by the state of Hawaii and others. Uttam Kumar Reddy blows ballot battle bugle ‘I’ve become poster boy of bank default’ T F PCC chief Uttam said Cong was fully prepared for polls, irrespective of whether they were held in December or early next year. In a live interaction with party workers through Facebook, he said more than the Opposition parties, people of Telangana were desperately waiting for the elections to give a humiliating defeat to TRS. InMobi partners with Microsoft for Cloud Hyderabad: InMobi, a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers, on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corporation to enable new-age CMOs in their transformational journey from digital to mobile marketing. The partnership will consist of InMobi moving to Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider and will involve technology collaboration and combined go-tomarket strategies aimed at accelerating the way marketers are looking at their advertising and marketing strategies in an always-connected world. S P9 Search on for 12 kids trapped in Thai cave Mae Sai: Desperate parents led a prayer ceremony outside a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children and their football coach have been trapped for days, as military rescue divers packing food rations resumed their search on Tuesday. Hundreds of people have been mobilised to find the youngsters who went into the Tham Luang cave on Saturday and were trapped when heavy rains flooded its main entrance. S P8 P3 ‘All-time high’ threat to Modi Govt to discontinue overtime allowance New Delhi: The Centre has decided to discontinue overtime allowance given to its employees except operational staff, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry. The move follows a recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in this regard. It has been clarified by the Department of Expenditure that the government has decided that given the rise in the pay over the years, the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission to discontinue the overtime allowance for categories other than operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions may be accepted, it said. ugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday said he has become the "Poster Boy" of bank default and a lightning rod of public anger, and there's nothing he could do "if politically motivated extraneous factors interfere" with his efforts to settle the dues. Kaleshwaram water to ﬂow from Aug Key Medigadda-Mid Manair stretch of `80k cr project to be completed by Jan 2019: Harish P MADHUSUDHAN REDDY Laxmipur (Karimnagar district): The much-awaited Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) dubbed as the game changer for Telangana is slated to become partly operational from August this year with Irrigation Minister Tanneeru Harish Rao announcing that works at two barrages – Annaram and Sundilla – and their associated pumphouses will be completed by July. “We have completed 93 per cent of works at Annaram barrage which will have a water storage capacity of 12 tmc with 66 gates. At Sundilla barrage, out 10 lakh tonnes of concrete works to be completed, more than 9 lakh tonnes have already been over. All the works at the two will be completed by July 31,” the minister said on Monday, while interacting with a 60-member national media team. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: Issuing new security guidelines to states in the wake of an “all-time high” threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Home Ministry has said that not even ministers and officers will be allowed to come too close to the Prime Minister unless cleared by the Special Protection Group (SPG). The ministry said there has been an “all-time high” threat to the Prime Minister and he is the “most valuable target” in the runup to the 2019 general elections, officials privy to the development said. “No one, not even ministers and officers, should be allowed to come too close to the Prime Minister unless cleared by his special security,” the Home Ministry communication said, citing an “unknown threat” to Modi. The SPG is believed to have advised Modi, who is the main campaigner for the ruling BJP, to cut down on roadshows, which invite a bigger threat, in Setback to govt as HC puts a rider on gram panchayat polls Poll notification only after enumeration of BCs, rules court LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad has directed the Telangana government to complete all requirements as per law before deciding on conducting gram panchayat elections in the state. It suggested that enumeration of BC population and voters must be done ﬁrst. This must be made public and objections sought and only after that a decision be taken about conducting panchayat elections. Justice MS Ramachandra Rao gave this direction on Tuesday while hearing a writ petition ﬁled by Congress leaders, B Ravindranath and Dasoju Sravan Kumar, seeking a direction to the government to conduct panchayat elections only after enumeration of BC population as the ﬁgures relating to that were not proper. The counsel for the petitioners submitted to the court that the state government was attempting to conduct panchayat elections without enumerating BC population. As per Section 17(4) of Panchayat Raj Act, it is the responsibility of the state government to provide reservation to BCs in pan- chayats. But in the case of Telangana the ﬁgures relating to BC population are improper. While the government announced that the BC population in the state was 34 per cent, in the Comprehensive Family Survey conducted by the government, it was stated as 54 per cent. There is a need to enumerate BC population using scientiﬁc methods and only then can the elections be held. Telangana Additional Advocate General J Ramachandra Rao informed the judge that enumeration of BC population has been done and the statistics are with State Directorate of Economics and Statistics. The judge asked him that as per law, such enumeration must be done by BC Finance Corporation and why did Directorate do it. When the AAG sought time to ﬁle counter affidavit with details, the judge posed a question as to what will happen if in the meantime notiﬁcation is issued for conducting the polls. The AAG conceded that the government is ready to conduct the polls if the Election Commission issues notiﬁcation. The judge made it clear that without completing BC enumeration and putting out the details in the open and seeking objections, elections cannot be held. He adjourned the case by four weeks. P9 EVEN MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS CAN’T MOVE TOO CLOSE TO PM After the alleged threat of Narendra Modi’s assassination by the Maoists, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has issued new guidelines for PM’s security ahead of 2019 elections KEY TAKEAWAYS the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and instead address public rallies, which are easier to manage, an official said. The close protection team (CPT) of the Prime Minister’s security has been briefed about the new set of rules and the threat assessment and instructed them to frisk even a minister or an officer, if necessary. Continued on Page 4 Marriage certificate not a must for passport: Sushma Apply for passport from anywhere in India: EAM New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that among the rules discarded to make it simpler for obtaining passport was the requirement to show a marriage certiﬁcate during the application process. Swaraj said this at a speech to mark ‘Passport Divas’ to an audience of regional passport officers from across the country. This was her ﬁrst public remark since Swaraj went public through her twitter account on the barrage of online abuse that claimed she was indulging in ‘appeasement’ by acting on a complaint given by an interfaith couple in Lucknow of harassment by a passport official. Swaraj has also announced that people can now apply for passport from anywhere in India and can even submit their application using a mobile phone. “Some married women and men said that they faced difficulties… that they are asked to show marriage certiﬁcate… there is no requirement for marriage certiﬁcate to get a passport. We said, discard this rule. No married man or woman have to show marriage certiﬁcate to get passport,” said the minister. Continued on Page 4 y PM’s security apparatus was reviewed after Pune court was told about a plan to “assassinate” Modi y The Home ministry says Modi is the "most valuable target" in the runup to the 2019 general election y SPG is believed to have advised PM to cut down on roadshows during electioneering, which invite a bigger threat y PM’s security has been briefed about the new security guidelines and instructed them to frisk even officers and ministers y Maoist-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal were termed as sensitive CENTRAL TEAM IN HYD TO HOLD TALKS KCR’s diplomacy at NITI yielding results PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: The recent meeting between Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi seems to be yielding positive results. An official delegation led by Union Finance Secretary (expenditure) AN Jha will hold a meeting with TS government officials in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The meeting is likely to ﬁnalise the funds ﬂow to the T state from the Centre in 2018-19 ﬁnancial year. In the wake of KCR’s repeated pleas to the Centre to sanction funds for Kaleshwaram project, Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha schemes, the Central officials will ascertain the requirement of funds to the state in the meeting. Jha will hold a daylong conference with state Finance Secretary K Ramakrishna Rao and other ﬁnancial officials. It may be mentioned here that KCR requested the Prime Minis- ter at his one-on-one meeting held on June 15 to allocate Rs 20,000 crore exclusively for Kaleshwaram project taken up by his government at the cost of nearly Rs 80,000 crore. The government also has sought Centre’s assistance to complete Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha. The officials said that the issues, particularly ﬁnancial matters raised by KCR before Modi in the meeting will be discussed in detail by the central o ffi c i a l s with their File photo c o u n t e r parts in Telangana. The Chief Minister also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister the delay in the release of Rs 450 crore Central funds for the development of nine backward districts last year. The Central official will hold meeting with state ﬁnance department and discuss in detail the demand for Central funds from Telangana mainly for Kaleshwaram project. Continued on Page 4 ORR illumination LE(a)Ds to safer rides MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: Rear-end collisions have come down considerably on the busy GachibowliShamshabad stretch of Outer Ring Road (ORR) after it was illuminated with LED lights ensuring safe travel for motorists. Vehicles moving at high speeds are found to hit the rear of the slow-moving vehicles, especially load carrying trucks and lorries, leading to fatal accidents for the last few years. With LED lighting move paying dividends, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is taking up illumination of the remaining LET THERE BE LIGHT 24-km stretch on GachibowliShamshabad illuminated with LEDs 929 2,312 35 poles with twin poles with high-mast poles brackets of 210 single brackets with 9 light fixtures watts on main of 90 watts on of 1000 watts carriage way service roads metal-halide bulbs erected erected at junctions 135 km of ORR. Tender process for this Rs 125 crore project is on and the metropolitan body has set a target to start works at the earliest. It may be noted that uniform light beams across an Night lighting reduced rear-end collision of vehicles T Chiranjeevulu, HMDA commissioner entire highway surface provide motorists with the clearest picture of highway conditions with no dark spots or dimly-lit areas preventing accidents. On the GachibowliShamshabad stretch, HMDA installed lights (210 watts) on main carriageway, service roads (90 watts), up and down ramps (90 watts and 210 watts), junction lighting (1000 watts metalhalide bulbs) by June 2017. On main carriageway, 40 poles were installed in on a kilometre stretch in the middle of the road with twin brackets carrying two 210 watts bulbs each, one facing the road left side and the other to the right side to cover the entire 8-lane stretch of ORR. This LED lighting is state-ofthe-art technology with GSM based automation system, webbased management, progamming and reporting system making job easier for maintenance. The status of lighting can be controlled and monitored through web from anywhere. Also, another specialty is the lighting system will have the option to dim lights by 50 per cent, during low traffic time. Due to power saving LED lights, the metropolitan body is incurring monthly power bill of Rs 1 lakh per kilometre. Although night lighting would improve safety quotient, experts felt skills and driving habits of the person on the wheel are the key. Continued on Page 4
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