www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers early. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 05:49 Sunset: 06:52 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS PRODIGAL CHILDREN Trump for merit-based immigration system Washington: US President Donald Trump said he wants foreign workers to come into the US through a meritbased immigration system so as to meet the demands of companies that are moving into America in greater numbers. Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and came to the US mainly on H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of green cards or permanent legal residency. Army chief slams UN report on Kashmir New Delhi: Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday termed a UN report on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir as "motivated" and said there was no need to be concerned about it as the Army's record was absolutely above board. "I don't think we need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it is well known to the people of Kashmir, the international community," Gen Rawat said here on the sidelines of an event here. SC nod to probe ED officer investigating 2G New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the government to probe into allegations against a top ED officer who is probing the high profile 2G and Aircel-Maxis cases. Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram are being probed for alleged irregularities and graft in the grant of FIPB clearance in Aircel-Maxis case. ‘Punish disrupters of economic security’ Beirut: Iran’s Supreme leader on Wednesday called on the judiciary to punish those “who disrupt economic security”, following protests earlier this week over the rial’s collapse and the prospect of more hardships to come due to impending US measures against Tehran. S P12 CM seeks sitting judge to probe TTD jewels HOMECOMING’18 OUR BUREAU Kiran, DS to rejoin Cong? Though Kiran Kumar Reddy is not interested in any position in AP politics, he might play the ball by joining the Congress and campaign for it to expand its footprint in the state. The former CM wants to move to the Centre after the elections R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: The leaders who had left the Congress in the past – D Srinivas in Telangana and N Kiran Kumar Reddy in AP seem to be contemplating to return home. The prodigal children want to be back in the grand old party and steer it through the trouble waters in both the states. Though it is not yet clear if TRS Rajya Sabha member DS would walk out of Telangana Bhavan for good and rediscover his way to Gandhi Bhavan, what is sure at present is that he has fallen from grace in the TRS. As far as Kiran Kumar Reddy is concerned, he has no such problem as the party is desperate for strong leaders in Andhra Pradesh. Just as the way any port is a good port for a ship caught in a storm, the Congress party is trying to locate the leaders who had left its company after the division of the state in 2014 and make an attempt to ask them to come back home. In Telangana, Srinivas’ recent Delhi visit has kicked up a storm with reports doing the rounds that he was in the nation’s capital to meet Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi and party president Rahul Gandhi and when he could not get appointment with either of them, he had settled for a talk with party senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. But Srinivas denied these reports, saying that he was in Delhi only for repairs to his quarters there and not for meeting any Congress leader. But his bete noire and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha has not taken kindly to his travel to Delhi and urged Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take action against him for antiparty activities. Kavitha and the AMARNATH PILGRIMAGE BEGINS ‘Taxi track’ move to decongest airport VKL GAYATRI Visakhapatnam: With a view to overcoming decongestion at the existing runway at the Visakhapatnam International Airport owned by the Eastern Naval Command, the state government is mulling to construct a second runway. But the problem lies in terming the project as ‘second runway’. It would require sev- eral clearances from the Centre for new runway. Hence, the state government named it “taxi track” and sought allotment of 50 acres land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for its construction. The Eastern Naval Command, which allows commercial ﬂights along with its operations, has some new plans that are bound to affect the ﬂight schedules. Continued on Page 6 Jammu: Amid tight security, the ﬁrst batch of nearly 3,000 pilgrims on Wednesday left the base camp here for the annual 60-day pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas. Advisors to the Governor K Vijay Kumar and B B Vyas ﬂagged off a ﬂeet of 107 vehicles and four motorcycles carrying the pilgrims from the heavily-guarded Bhagwati base camp in the City of Temples around 4.30 am. They said all necessary arrangements are in place to ensure a peaceful and smooth yatra. A total of 2,995 pilgrims — 2,334 men, 520 women, 21 children besides 120 sadhus — left for the base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam in Anantnag and Baltal in Ganderbal districts, officials said. Continued on Page 6 other TRS leaders in Nizamabad, including party district president Tula Uma, are of the view that DS has been promoting his son D Arvind, who is now an important leader in the BJP, at the cost of the TRS. The Nizamabad leaders allege that DS had been running down the party’s interests by asking the party workers to support his son. Kavitha and Arvind have been at logger heads for a long time after Arvind began stepping up attack on her accusing her of corruption and the MP believes that Arvind’s father DS is behind his verbal fusillade CM RAMESH’S CONDITION DETERIORATES TDP MPs demand urgent nod for Kadapa steel plant TDP MPs hand over a memorandum to Union Minister for Steel Birender Singh demanding an integrated steel plant in Kadapa district, in New Delhi on Wednesday OUR BUREAU KIA to roll out its ﬁrst car in New Year OUR BUREAU automobile project in Anantapur district. Kia Motors project in Penukonda has generated lot of interest among the youth and is kindling the hope of the jobless engineering graduates as the company announced 10,000 jobs.The historical town of Penukonda is now emerging as an industrial town, thanks to the Kia Motors setting up shop in the heart of Anantapur town on a 600-acre land. The Korean major being established at a cost of Rs13,500 crore aims to provide employment to 4,000 skilled workers and 7,000 unskilled workers. Continued on Page 6 Penukonda: Kia Motors of South Korea is all set to roll out its ﬁrst car in January 2019. “If everything goes well as per our schedule we are going to roll out the ﬁrst car next year,” Kia management sources revealed. Land allotments for 19 ancillary industries is in progress and the stage is being set for setting up ancillary industries. Andhra Pradesh has attracted one of the largest FDI investments in the recent years — $2 billion (Rs 13,500 crore) from Kia Motors, along with its subsidiaries and ancillaries, to set up an ultra-mega integrated against her. But Arvind says he has nothing to do with his father and that he joined the BJP at his own accord. He says dragging his father into the controversy was stretching the narrative a little too far. Apparently under the inﬂuence of his daughter Kavitha, KCR, after giving time to DS to meet him on Wednesday evening, played hard to get at, with his office telling the Nizamabad leader that the Chief Minster was preoccupied and that he would not be able to see him now. Continued on Page 6 New Delhi/Kadapa: TDP MPs met Union Minister for Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh in Delhi on Wednesday and reiterated their demand for the setting up of a steel plant in Kadapa district, even as health condition of TDP Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh, who is on indeﬁnite hunger strike for the project for the last eight days in Kadapa, deteriorated. The other TDP leader B Tech Ravi, who is also on fast along with Ramesh, was shifted to hospital after his condition turned very critical in the evening. In Delhi, the TDP MPs conveyed their concern to the Union minister over the health of the fasting leader and urged him to positively respond at least now to save his life. The promise was made by the Union government and it was its responsibility to keep up the word, they said. B Renuka, K Rammohan Naidu, Kesineni Nani, J C Diwakar Reddy, K Narayana, Galla Jayadev, Maganti Babu and others were part of the delegation, which met the Union minister. Later speaking to the media persons, the Union minister clariﬁed that the Centre had no intention to go back on bifurcation promises. It was getting delayed only due to lack of clariﬁcation on allotment of land from the state government. The affidavit submitted to the apex curt per se was not opposed to the setting up of the steel plant at Kadapa. It was a report of the SAIL on the feasibility. The Centre had sought to know some more clarifications, both from AP and Telangana in UGC to give way to Higher Education Commission New Delhi: The Centre is set to replace the apex higher education regulator body University Grants Commission (UGC) with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) by repealing the UGC Act, 1951, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. "In a landmark decision, a draft Act for repeal of #UGC & setting up #HECI (Higher Education Commission of India) has been prepared," Javadekar tweeted. He said the draft act is in accordance with the commitment of the government to reform the regulatory mechanism to provide "more autonomy" to higher education institutes to promote excellence and facilitate holistic growth of the education system. The proposed Higher Education Commission of India would focus solely on academic matters and monetary grants would be under the purview of the ministry, according to the draft. Presently, the University Grants Commission (UGC), which came into existence in 1953, provides ﬁnancial assistance to eligible colleges. The new Act will be called the Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act). The HRD Ministry has asked educationists, general public Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has urged the High Court at Hyderabad to appoint a sitting High Court judge to probe into the allegations against the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams Trust Board (TTD) that several items of precious jewellery of Lord Venkateswara are missing. In a letter to Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Wednesday, Naidu said: “I request your goodself to appoint a sitting High Court judge to take stock of the allegations, verify the records and inspect the jewellery/ ornaments/ assets, scrutinise the procedures in vogue and place a report in public domain so as to bring a quietus to the issue at question.” The Chief Minister said that he was seeking probe by a High Court judge in the wake of “certain vested interests triggering unwarranted unrest and apprehensions in the minds of millions of devotees of Lord Venkateswara with allegations of mismanagement and theft of jewellery and other invaluable assets of the Tirumala temple. Continued on Page 6 and other stakeholders to give comments and suggestions before 5 pm on July 7 on the draft, which has been released on its website. The new Act is likely to be tabled in Parliament during the monsoon session. The government was earlier planning a single regulator for technical education, national council teachers training and UGC. However, it has been decided to strengthen the higher education regulator as it was felt that the current commission remains preoccupied with disbursing funds to institutes and is unable to concentrate on other key areas such as mentoring institutes, focusing on research to be undertaken and other quality measures required in the sector. the past on the steel plants' issue, but the AP government had not come forward with the same. The Centre would go ahead with the project once the inputs were given to it. However, the TDP MPs later denied any delay on the part of the state government. The Centre was only dodging the issue on the pretext of clarifications, they added. Meanwhile in Kadapa, the hunger strike camp continued to be ﬂooded with visitors as the fasting leader’s health condition deteriorated further. Ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Paritala Suneetha, who visited the fast camp, shocked to see him weak and rundown. They sat beside him silently for some time in expression of their solidarity. Continued on Page 6 Early polls remind KCR his vow to Kanakadurga Hyderabad: Amidst the talk of early elections, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday finalised his long-pending visit to Vijayawada. The CM along with his family members will visit Kanakadurga Goddess temple atop Indrakiladri on Thursday. He will present a nose stud to the goddess in Andhra city as part of fulfilling his vow for realising the longcherished dream of Telangana state. KCR already released Rs 75 lakh to design the nose stud. Continued on Page 6
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