www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered tstorms late. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.34°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 13% Sunrise: 05:39 Sunset: 06:51 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 Ramos office in Maryland capital 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. 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. Earlier fourth seed Srikanth, who won a silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, dumped world no 22 France's Brice Leverdez 21-18 2114 in a 39-minute clash at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, a suburb in Kuala Lumpur. Biggest ever farmers’ rally in Delhi on Sep 5 New Delhi: For the first time since Independence, lakhs of farmers and workers would hold a rally in Delhi on September 5 against the "anti-people" policies of the NDA government, the All India Kisan Sabha said on Friday. The farmers' organisation said farmers, workers and their families would join the rally, where the future course of their struggle would be declared. The rally would give a call to build the Left and democratic political alternatives at all-India level based on alternative policies for people's development. Drinking water still eludes parched throats in villages Centre rules out knee-jerk reaction as rupee recovers M A any villages across the State are facing drinking water shortage even in the monsoon season due to absence of good rains. Though the rainy season has begun three weeks ago, drinking water sources like bore wells, rivulets and tanks still does not have enough water to meet the drinking water demand. 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. P9 P3 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 Will fight till goals are achieved: Naidu 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. Continued on Page 5 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. IN TERMS OF GREENERY WILL MAKE MAHBUBNAGAR A LA EAST GODAVARI: KCR OUR BUREAU Gadwal: Apparently kicking off election campaign, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday addressed a huge public meeting here after inspecting works of the Gattu and Thummilla Lift Irrigation Schemes in Nadigadda, a delta in between Tungabhadra and Krishna rivers, where he announced a number of concessions for the residents of Jogulamba-Gadwal district. Continued on Page 5 RYTHU BANDHU SCHEME Why not tenant farmers, HC poser to TS govt LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad on Friday issued notices to the Telangana government and directed it to ﬁle its explanation as to why the Rythu Bandhu Scheme of ﬁnancial assistance is being provided only to the land owners and not to the tenant farmers. Justice M S Ramachandra Rao gave this direction while hearing a writ petition ﬁled by Durgam Prashanth, a tenant farmer from Ankushapur village in Kataram mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalapally district, seeking a direction to the authorities to provide him ﬁnancial assistance under the Rythu Bandhu Scheme and a loan PENDING CHALLANS AGAINST ‘CM’s CARS’ REMOVED FROM WEBSITE n Inspects works at Gattu, Thummilla project sites eligibility certiﬁcate. The counsel for the petitioner informed the judge that the petitioner’s father was also a tenant farmer and he had committed suicide. He contended that the government’s action of limiting the beneﬁts of the Rythu Bandhu Scheme to only land owners was wrong as the assistance is needed for tenant farmers also. The judge issued notices to the Principal Secretary-Agriculture, Commissioner of Agriculture and District Collector of Jayashankar Bhupalapally district and directed them to ﬁle a counter affidavit. He also directed the authorities to take a decision within three weeks on the application of the petitioner seeking issuance of loan eligibility certiﬁcate. KARTHEEK B Hyderabad: After The Hans India broke the news that some unidentified persons were moving in cars using Chief Minister’s car number - TS09K666, the police, instead of apprehending the culprits, had removed all pending challans against the number from its website. The Chief Minister addressed his ﬁrst public meeting after playing ball with the Centre's proposal for early and simultaneous elections for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly recently. KCR, only on Thursday, redeemed his vow of donating a diamond nose stud to the Goddess Kanakadurga at Vijayawada and offered special prayers, which are viewed as pre-election pooja. The Chief Minister has promised upgradation of the Gadwal government hospital into a 300bed medical facility and sanctioned Rs 100 crore for Gadwal development. He also promised an SC Study Circle, assured 119 additional BC residential schools in the state in addition to 560 schools existing already in the state. For the development of Gadwal bus station, KCR announced Rs 2 crore and Rs 15 crore for setting up of Brindavan at Jurala, a tourism promotion initiative. The Chief Minister conﬁned himself to the development and welfare initiatives that his government has taken up so far and how he intended to take them further. He elaborated on how he was trying to provide irrigation facility to large swathes of parched lands. Continued on Page 5 ‘States will get to levy addl taxes on top of 28% GST on petrol’ New Delhi: Petrol and diesel when brought under GST will involve a peak tax rate of 28 per cent plus states getting to levy some tax, keeping the retail rates at almost the same level as they are currently, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Friday. Modi, however, said it will take some time for states to get around to including petrol and diesel in the GST and the Council will take a final call on the timing. "If petrol, diesel are to be brought under GST, then states will be allowed the levy taxes on top of 28 per cent to prop up revenue. It will take some time to include petrol, diesel in GST as the states have divergent views," Modi said at a PHD Chamber event here. "If petro products are brought into GST, then there will be minor impact on the incidence of tax... and minor impact on prices. Continued on Page 5 The Hans India brought to light how the police unmindfully issued challans to Chief Minister's cars but the police after realising their mistake removed them but still no arrests have been made. A quick search in the ‘Telangana State Police Integrated E-challan System’ web portal now prompts a message “No Pending Challans”. Continued on Page 5 MME building at NIT second best in country 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 expenditure 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 country 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-ofart classrooms and laboratories and computer facilities, the building is having a modern conference hall. The building will also host Physics and Chemistry departments of the Institute. Two more buildings of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology Department and Dr Ambedkar Learning Centre are also nearing completion, according to a release from the NITW here on Friday. NIMS oncology block gets corporate makeover MAHESH AVADHUTA Hyderabad: The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Oncology department has now got a corporate makeover. Also, a 45-new paying rooms’ (twin sharing and single sharing basis) facility with an additional bed for attendant is now complete and ready for inauguration. In what can be termed as a ﬁne example of corporate social responsibility, the Megha Group that is into infrastructure projects in both the Telugu speaking states came forward to fund the project. Narrating the genesis of the Megha Group took up `5 crore project under CSR initiative New wards with stateof-the-art facilities built in 18,000 sq ft Total 50 beds for male, female, kids and leukemia patients with ICU Posh paying rooms with top notch facilities getting ready project, NIMS Director Dr K Manohar said the idea took root when a former PG student brought to the notice of the group and they took it further. In a matter of just a year, the block has been transformed. Work started last year in the month of May. Dr G Sadashivudu, head of the department, medical oncology, said, “We never imagined that the place would be turned around to such an extent. Cancer patients are prone to infections and now the survival rate would deﬁnitely improve several notches as the ward has all the facilities.” He further said, “The newly constructed oncology block would be used for treatment of in-patients while the existing one on the ground ﬂoor and below would be used for treatment of out-patients. The state-of-the-art construction spread over 18,000 sq ft has separate wards for male, female, kids, leukemia patients, ICU along with one isolation room with a total of 50 beds.” These wards are equipped with centralised AC. Also, doctors, resident doctors and nurses have also been given separate rooms, enclosures and working stations. Continued on Page 5
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