www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered tstorms late. More clouds than sun Temp: Max.33°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 05:49 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Five killed in US newspaper shootout Annapolis: Five people have been killed while several others have been wounded as gunman opened fire in a targeted attack on a newspaper office in Maryland capiRamos tal Annapolis on Thursday. The suspect, a white adult male, has been taken into custody. According to police and witnesses, this appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in the history of the US. Authorities said the man entered the building and looked for his victims. He threw smoke grenades and fired a shotgun at his victims. An Acting Police Chief declined to identify the suspect but said he was a Maryland resident and search warrants were being sought for his home. S P12 Sindhu, Srikanth enter semifinals Kuala Lumpur: P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth continued their impressive run at the Malaysia Open, progressing to the semifinals of the women's and men's singles competition with a straight-game wins in the USD 700,000 world tour super 750 tournament here on Friday. In a clash between Olympic silver and gold medallists, it was Sindhu who emerged victories with a 22-20 2119 result in a 52-minute quarterfinal match here. The 22-year-old Sindhu, who won a silver at the Glasgow World Championship, will face world no 1 and top seed Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying tomorrow. S P16 12-year-old impregnated by brother-in-law Centre rules out knee-jerk reaction as rupee recovers T A he city police registered a case on a youth and arrested him for impregnating his 12year-old sister-in-law on Friday. According to the paralegal volunteer BV Sagar, the girl lives with her parents and elder sister in Kabadipalem of Ongole. P13 P5 ONE YEAR OF GST Pass OR Fail? New Delhi: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will complete one year in operation on June 30. It had been rolled out with high expectations that the new indirect tax regime would bring down tax burden on the ultimate consumers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hailed GST as "Good and Simple Tax" that would achieve economic integration of the country following 'One Nation, One Tax' principle. It is time now to ask these questions: Has GST brought down your household bills? Are you paying less while eating out, travelling or buying medicines after GST was rolled out on July 1 last year? According to an online survey conducted by citizen engagement platform LocalCircles, consumers saw limited benefits fter crashing to life-time lows on Thursday, the rupee staged a spirited recovery to end higher by 33 paise at 68.46 against the US dollar on Friday even as the central government ruled out any knee-jerk reaction to the currency fall. Propped up by heavy dollar selling intervention by the RBI, the Indian unit touched a fresh intra-day high of 68.35. coming their way in the first year of GST. A majority of over 32,000 participants from 215 districts of the country, expressed that the GST regime required better enforcement. Only 21 per cent of the respondents said that their monthly household grocery bill reduced after the GST rollout. Another 63 per cent said that their household expenditure has not come down due to GST. Same is the case with people's response to the question about their restaurant bills. The GST rate for restaurants was 18 per cent when the GST was first rolled out in July. It was reduced to five per cent in November. But 57 per cent of the respondents said that their bills while eating out had not reduced. Continued on Page 6 Fight on till goals are achieved MODI FAILED TO KEEP PROMISES, EVEN THOSE MADE AT TIRUPATI: NAIDU OUR BUREAU Kakinada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday warned the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre that he would not give up his ﬁght for justice until he achieved his goals. Naidu, as part of his Dharma Porata Deeksha here, slammed the Centre for neglecting Andhra Pradesh, though the state had been raising its voice against the injustice meted out to it by the NDA government. Referring to reports that money parked by Indians in Swiss banks had grown by 50 per cent in 2017, Naidu wanted to know whose money it was and demanded to know what had happened to the promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would get all the stash in Swiss banks to India. The BJP, with its ill-advised policies, had brought misery and tribulation to the people across the country. The harshest of its measures was demonetization. The NDA government had allowed perpetuation of pliable Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addressing a meeting organised in Kakinada as part of Dharma Porata Deeksha on Friday systems in banks which had allowed borrowers like Vijaya Mallya and Nirav Modi escape from India. "Your money is not safe in banks anymore. The ATMs had gone dry and there is no guarantee that your money would be safe in banks," Naidu said. If the Centre failed to heed the just demands of the people, it would face the wrath of the people in the next election. Narendra Modi, who had made several promises for the state at Tirupati, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, had no qualms in breaking them. "Will anyone do it?” he asked rhetorically. “If you play with the Lord, you would be bringing everlasting perdition on yourself," he said. Naidu recalled that Modi had promised help to the state in building Amaravati; yet, the PM had sanctioned only Rs.1,500 crore, while allocating Rs.2,500 crore for Sardar Patel Statute to be set up in Gujarat. Continued on Page 6 IIIT admissions schedule out MME building at NIT second best in country OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: The state government announced the provisional selection list for all the four campuses of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) of Andhra Pradesh. The admission into six-year integrated B.Tech programme in RGUKT is based on students’ merit in the SSC or equivalent examination. The RGUKT is running four campuses at Nuzvid, Idupulapaya, Ongole and Srikakulam with a total intake of 4,000 students (each campus 1,000 seats). While releasing the admission schedule here on y The institutions conduct 6-Year Integrated B.Tech programme y Counselling dates: Nuzvid & Idupulapaya campuses July 4 & 5, Srikakulam & Ongole, July 6 & 7 Friday, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that the classes at all the campuses would begin on August 1. Fifteen per cent seats are reserved for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and 85 per cent seats are reserved for local areas which come under Andhra University and Sri Venkateswara Continued on Page 6 University. OUR BUREAU Warangal: The academic building of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) Department at the National Institute of Technology Warangal (NITW) has been identiﬁed as one of the best constructed institutional buildings in the country. The building is constructed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) with an expendi- Will make AP a hardware hub: Naidu OUR BUREAU Guntur: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday announced that his government would develop the state capital Amaravati into a hardware and electronics hub to generate employment opportunities for the youth. He was speaking afChief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu lighting the lamp ter inaugurating INmarking the inauguration of INVECAS Technologies Pvt Ltd VECAS Technologies Pvt Ltd and VEDA IIT and VEDA IIT in Guntur on Friday along with Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao here. Stating that the state is importing electronic goods worth $400 bn from various countries at present, the Chief Minister said there was a need to focus on electronic goods production. He reminded that the government has already started virtual classrooms to use technology. Continued on Page 6 Ultra-mod ESI hospital in Tirupati by Aug OUR BUREAU Tirupati: The much-delayed Rs 108-crore modern ESI hospital being built in Tirupati will take another two months to start functioning. So far, about 90 per cent of works have been completed and the ﬁnishing part was going on a brisk pace. To cater to the needs of employees falling under the purview of ESI in four Rayalaseema districts of Chittoor, Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool and Nellore district, the Central Labour Department has sanctioned a new facility at Tirupati in 2010 with all modern features. Initially, it was agreed to be completed in 18 months, but it has taken almost 100 months by now with the y The 100-bed hospital will have modern healthcare facilities y `108-crore facility took more than 8 yrs for completion y It caters to the needs of ﬁve dists of Rayalaseema, Nellore sluggish pace of construction work. The contract was given to Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited (UPRNL), which sub-leased it to the Kanakadhara Ventures Private Limited of Hyderabad. As the sub-contractor halted works for some time citing technical grounds, the ESI Corporation gave notice to the main contractor UPRNL in later half of 2016. It was only after this the work resumed but on a slow pace only. The new facility was required as there are 4.5 lakh insured persons in Rayalaseema and Nellore districts. The existing 50-bed hospital gets about 400 out patients daily on average and witness almost 100 per cent occupancy of beds. Continued on Page 6 ture of about Rs 70 crore. The department has decided to celebrate the 164th CPWD Day celebrations in selected buildings constructed under different zones in the coun- try to present awards in various categories. The NITW building is selected for the second prize under the Civil Stream Best Completed Projects in south zone. The award will be presented to the concerned engineering wing on July 12 on which the CPWD Day is celebrated. Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department is meant to cater to the entire academic and research requirements of the department. In addition to state-of-art classrooms and laboratories and computer facilities, the building is having a modern conference hall.
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