www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few storms. More clouds than sun Temp: Max.31°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 17% Sunrise: 05:38 Sunset: 06:50 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS PRODIGAL CHILDREN Misconduct towards Prez: No complaint from Rashtrapati, says Odisha govt Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Wednesday denied having received any communication from the Rashtrapati Bhavan about alleged misconduct towards President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife during their visit to the shrine in March this year. The denials came a day after the media reported that the SJTA had received a letter from the Rashtrapati Bhavan which alleged that some servitors created problems for President Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind during their visit to the 12thcentury shrine on March 18. 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 P8 HOMECOMING’18 DS, Kiran to rejoin Cong? EARLY POLLS REMIND KCR OF HIS VOW TO KANAKADURGA Though it is not yet clear if TRS Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas 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 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 Trump for merit-based immigration system Washington: US President Donald Trump said he wants foreign workers to come into the US through a merit-based 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 H1B 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. “I want people to come into our country because our country is doing so well. We have companies moving into our country at numbers that nobody has seen in a long time. We need workers. So, I want people to come in. They have to come in through the merit system though,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a luncheon with members of the Congress. “They have to come in so that they can help our country and these companies,” Trump said responding to a question on immigration after the US Supreme Court upheld his travel ban against people coming from eight Muslim-majority countries. 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 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 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. Later, Srinivas said that he would meet KCR whenever he sends word to him. But it requires no political sagacity to foresee what future lay in store for him in the TRS. He has already become a persona non grata for the TRS and the only tenuous thread that keeps him with the pink party is that he belongs to Munnuru Kapu, a backward caste, and whose population is quite substantial in Nizamabad area. Chandrasekhar Rao knows that banking on Reddys alone would not help him in winning the elections and that he would have to take the others too on board. There is speculation that Srinivas would ﬁnally join the Congress but the Rajya Sabha member is still keeping his cards close to his chest, while the Congress is waiting impatiently for him to return home. Continued on Page 4 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 long-cherished dream of Telangana state. KCR already released Rs 75 lakh to design the nose stud. Earlier, KCR postponed the visit to the Durga temple twice in the eleventh hour due to some political and personal reasons. Leaders said the TRS chief had prepared his schedule for the government as well as party programmes for the next four months. Continued on Page 4 KTR’s BID TO CONVINCE Amarnath pilgrimage PM ON BAYYARAM STEEL begins with 3k devotees OUR BUREAU IT Minister K T Rama Rao presenting a shawl to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday New Delhi: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao on Wednesday handed over additional information sought by the Centre for setting up the Bayyaram Steel Plant in Khammam district to Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally. He told the PM that the state government was ready to do all it could to make the integrated steel plant viable. This followed the request of the Centre seeking additional information for the setting up of the steel plant in the state as per the promise given in the AP Reorganization Act, 2014. A few days ago, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, met the PM and apprised him of the developmental programmes of the state and sought the former's cooperation in getting the clearance for the steel plant which was getting delayed. KTR said he had updated the PM on the developments in the IT sector in Telangana under its new initiatives. He told the PM that neighbouring Chhattisgarh had high grade iron ore aplenty and even if Bayyaram ore was of low grade, it could be useful in making steel through beneﬁciation. Continued on Page 4 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 heavilyguarded 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 NunwanPahalgam in Anantnag and Baltal in Ganderbal districts, officials said. They will reach the twin base camps later in the day and would start their onward journey to the 3,880-metre high cave shrine by foot on Thursday, marking the commencement of the pilgrimage. While 1,904 pilgrims have opted for the traditional 36-km route from Pahalgam, 1,091 others are registered for the shortest 12-km route from Baltal. The pilgrimage is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival. National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana and BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa had also come to welcome the pilgrims in the State. According to official ﬁgures over two lakh pilgrims have so far registered for the yatra. A total of 2.60 lakh pilgrims offered prayers at the shrine last year. Won’t harm you, Hizb tells yatris Meanwhile, a new audio, purportedly released by Hizbul Mujahideen, has surfaced assuring Amarnath pilgrims they have nothing to fear as long as they visit Kashmir only to fulﬁl their religious duties. TDP MPs demand urgent nod for Kadapa plant P4 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. Sadhus wait in a queue ahead of their registration for Amarnath Yatra 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 pro- mote 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 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. Naidu seeks sitting judge to probe TTD jewels 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. Continued on Page 4
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