www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers early. More clouds than sun Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 20% Sunrise: 05:49 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS New Delhi: A day ahead of the scheduled arrival, the Southwest Monsoon hit Delhi on Thursday, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). In the next 2-3 days, it would cover the entire country, IMD Additional Director General Mritunjay Mohapatra said, implying that the monsoon could cover the rest of the nation well before its scheduled date. The Met Department said the normal onset date for monsoon in Delhi is June 29 while it usually reaches Sriganganagar in west Rajasthan, its last outpost in the country, on July 15. Rupee hits all-time low of 69.09 Mumbai: The rupee fell past 69 to the dollar for the first time ever on Thursday and hit an intraday low of 69.09, as crude prices continued their week-long rise, and amid concerns of higher inflation and current account deficit. At 11.11 pm, the rupee was trading at 68.88, 0.4 per cent weaker than its previous close. On Wednesday, it ended at 68.63, its worst ever closing price vis-à-vis the US dollar since August 28, 2013, when it hit a record closing low of 68.82. Modi remembers PV on birth anniversary New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday remembered his predecessor PV Narasimha Rao on the Congress leader’s birth anniversary. However, it was not until two hours of Modi’s tweet that the official Twitter handle of the Congress tweeted out a tribute to Rao, who was Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had not tweeted a tribute till the time this story was published. “Remembering our former PM Shri PV Narasimha Rao on his birth anniversary. Shri Rao is widely respected as a statesman who provided valuable leadership during a critical period of India’s history. Blessed with immense wisdom, he made a mark as a distinguished scholar as well,” Modi tweeted on Thursday morning. Two hours after Modi’s tweet, the Congress twitter handle @INCIndia tweeted, “We remember PV Narasimha Rao, India’s 9th Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary. I ension prevailed at the local R&B guest house here where BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana was camping on Thursday. The provocation for the clash between TDP and BJP workers was the burning of TDP flags when the latter came to meet Lakshminarayana. ndia has asked its oil firms to prepare a blueprint of alternatives sources as it considers acquiescing to US President Donald Trump's demands for ending oil imports from Iran by November 4, government and industry officials said on Thursday. P5 P13 Nagayalanka missile project gets nod from Law Ministry OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Vijayawada: The Law Ministry has given clearance to the missile project in Nagayalanka on Thursday setting in motion the process of establishing the prestigious project in Andhra Pradesh. This will be the second missile project in the country. This was necessary as per the conditions of the Supreme Court's Green Bench. The Rs 1,600-crore project has already been given Forests clearance and the remaining Environmental clearance will be issued in a couple of days, according to Arja Srikanth, Additional Resident Commissioner, AP Bhavan. Arja Srikanth, who pursued the project relentlessly, said the project work might start in three months or so and it was expected to be completed in four years. The Centre had earlier released Rs 35 crore for land acquisition and Rs 81 crore for afforestation programme. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) proposed a missile test centre at Gollamoda in Nagayalanka mandal which is part of Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in 2012. Then the project got entangled in court cases and though it could finally wriggle out of them about three years ago, it remained a non-starter with the clearance pending with the Law Ministry. Ailing techie jumps to death from 11th floor ‘IF YOU DON’T, WE WILL’ OUR BUREAU AP tells Centre to decide by June 30 on Kadapa steel plant Hyderabad: Dogged with health problems, a 28-year-old woman working for a software company committed suicide by jumping from 11th ﬂoor of the office building under Madhapur police station limits on Thursday. Excruciating pain post caesarean operation, reportedly, pushed her into depression leading to suicide. According to police, M Shravani, working for Primera Medical Technologies Pvt Ltd situated in Melange towers in Patrika Nagar jumped from the 11th ﬂoor of her office building during morning hours. The visuals of her going up with the help of a lift and use of a plastic stool to climb on to the parapet wall were recorded on the CCTV of the building. Continued on Page 6 OUR BUREAU Kadapa/New Delhi: The AP government has made it clear to the Centre that if the latter does not come forward to set up the steel plant in Kadapa, it would go ahead and do it on its own, even as the health condition of Telugu Desam Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh, whose fast entered ninth day on Thursday, deteriorated further. The state government is contemplating to wait till June 30 for a categorical announcement from the Centre on setting up of the steel plant which means that Ramesh would continue his fast till then. Though his condition is causing concern, Ramesh is refusing to be shifted to the hospital. A delegation of the Telugu Desam MPs met Union Steel Minister in Delhi again on Thursday with a letter dated June 22 which had all the information on the queries that the Union Minister had raised when they called on him on Wednesday and persuaded him to announce the location of District Collector Pravin Kumar interacting with dengue patients at the King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Thursday Dengue sends chills down the spine of Vizagites OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Dengue and other seasonal fevers are on the rise in district. During the blood tests conducted recently in King George Hospital (KGH) for 720 personnel, the authorities conﬁrmed 220 persons suffering from dengue. The patients are undergoing treatment in KGH and also at various private hospitals in the city. The dengue and malaria fever cases have been on the rise in the Agency areas. In Araku and Paderu mandals, as many as 17 dengue fever patients were identiﬁed in the past 48 hours. Apart from malaria, there is spurt in cases of viral fever in various parts of the district. Special medical teams have been deployed in the Agency areas to identify the reasons behind the increasing dengue cases. Meanwhile, Collector Pravin Kumar, who visited the KGH, interacted with doctors and patients. Continued on Page 6 CM Ramesh firm on continuing fast Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana visited fast camp of CM Ramesh on Thursday the steel plant in Kadapa district. The MPs told the minister that the state was ready to purchase private land of 500 acres and hand it over to Mecon. Though 1,800 acres of the government land was available, Mecon under direction from the Centre asked for 1,300 acres of government land and 500 acres of private land. The MPs on minister's advice consented to submit a fresh letter to Mecon on Friday. The Union minister talked to CM Ramesh over phone and requested him to call off his hunger strike but the Rajya Sabha member stuck to his guns, saying that unless the Centre gave an assurance in writing that it would set up the steel plant, he would continue his fast. "I am determined to continue my hunger strike. I have no second thoughts. You take this issue to the notice of the Prime Minister. This is not a political issue. A steel plant would provide employment to a number of youths. The AP government has given all the information that you need on land, water, power, rail and road connectivity. Sort out the issue as early as possible or you will see me dead. Don't worry about my health. Thank you for calling me," he said. Ramesh who spoke to the Union minister for about 15 minutes was quite categorical about the need for setting up the steel plant. Meanwhile, the doctors who examined Ramesh in the evening felt that he should be admitted to a hospital. Dr Raj Talluri, who examined the MP, told ministers P Narayana and G Srinivasa Rao, who visited the fast camp on Thursday, that sugar levels had come down and that it was not advisable to allow him to continue his hunger strike as his condition may take a bad turn. After collecting detailed health report from the doctors, Narayana reportedly brought it to the notice of the CM. KCR vows to offer prayers as CM again Vijayawada: Bonhomie and light-hearted banter dominated Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s visit to Vijayawada where he offered a diamond nose stud to the presiding deity Goddess Kanaka Durga atop Indrakeeladri hillock. By donating the ornament, KCR has redeemed his vow for creation of Telangana state. Before leaving, Vijayawada, KCR said he would return to Vijayawada again as Chief Minister to offer prayers to the Goddess, hinting that he did not foresee any difficulty in his re-election. There was no bitterness or rancor any longer during his visit to Vijayawada which used to characterised the relations between the Telugu Desam Party and TRS before the division of the state. From the moment he touched down at Gannavaram Airport along with his family in a special aircraft, KCR, with his characteristic savoir-faire drove through the city, inquiring about the development that was taking place in Vijayawada and elsewhere. Continued on Page 6 ‘Chandranna Bhima’ protects farmers y Chandranna Rythu Bhima provides insurance cover up to 70 years y Kin to get `5 lakh for unnatural death or permanent disability of farmers Eruvaka Sagaro… OUR BUREAU Srikakulam: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu kicked off celebrations of Eruvaka Pournami, an occasion to rejoice the onset of monsoon and the commencement of agriculture operations in the state, by announcing Chandranna Rythu Bhima at Amudalavalasa here on Thursday. The scheme will be applicable to farmers up to 70 years of age. If any farmer dies accidentally or suffers permanent disability, his family members would be entitled to a payment of Rs 5 lakh. In Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu sowing seeds as part of Eruvaka Pournami celebrations at Amudalavalasa in Srikakulam on Thursday case of natural death, the farmer's family would get Rs 30,000. The scheme also covers medical expenses for treatment to injuries. The Chief Minister, who launched kharif operations at Ravikantipeta in Amudalavalasa mandal, inspected stalls arranged by various departments at NTR green ﬁeld stadium at Timmapuram in the same mandal. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister went ballistic at the BJP for creating impediments in the growth of the state which was nothing but wreaking political vendetta against Telugu Desam Party for parting ways with the NDA. Naidu pointed out that the agriculture sector was suffering because of the unhelpful and inimical stand that the Centre had taken in respect of the state. "We are not getting funds for Polavaram, the lifeline of the state and for construction of Amaravati. We have been denied steel plant in Kadapa district and there is no word about special category status. Continued on Page 6 Indian money in Swiss banks rise 50% to ` 7000 cr Zurich/New Delhi: Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 per cent to Rs 7,000 crore (CHF 1.01 billion) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India's clampdown on suspected black money stashed there. In comparison, the total funds held by all foreign clients of Swiss banks rose about 3 per cent to Rs 100 lakh crore (CHF 1.46 trillion) in 2017, according to the official annual data released on Thursday by Swiss National Bank (SNB), the central banking authority of the Alpine nation. The surge in Indian money HIGHLIGHTS Delhi celebrates monsoon arrival US threat: India to cut oil imports from Iran T A family gets caught in sudden rains, in New Delhi on Thursday Tension in Anantapur as TDP, BJP workers clash y The money of Indians in Swiss banks had fallen by 45 per cent in 2016 y The rise in Indian money held with Swiss banks comes as a surprise given India's continuing clampdown on black money stashed abroad y Figures do not include money that Indians, NRIs or others might have in Swiss banks in the names of entities from different countries held with Swiss banks comes as a surprise given India's continuing clampdown on suspected black money stashed abroad, including in banks of Switzerland that used to be known for their famed secrecy walls for years. The Indian money in Swiss banks had fallen by 45 per cent in 2016, marking their biggest ever yearly plunge, to Rs 4,500 crore (CHF 676 million) -- the lowest ever since the European nation began making the data public in 1987. According to the SNB data, the total funds held by Indians directly with Swiss banks rose to Rs 6,891 crore (999 million Swiss Franc) in 2017, while the same held through ﬁduciaries or wealth managers increased to Rs 112 crore (CHF 16.2 million). These ﬁgures stood at CHF 664.8 million and CHF 11 million, respectively, at the end of 2016. As per the latest data, the Indian money in Swiss banks included Rs 3,200 crore (CHF 464 million) in the form of customer deposits, Rs 1,050 crore (CHF 152 million) through other banks and Rs 2,640 crore (CHF 383 million) as 'other liabilities' such as securities at the end of 2017. Continued on Page 6
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