www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 2 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: A few tstorms. Overcast Temp: Max.31°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 47% Sunrise: 05:26 Sunset: 06:36 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Quake in Sonipat, tremors felt in Delhi New Delhi: An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale struck Haryana’s Sonipat at 3.37 pm on Sunday afternoon. Tremors were felt in parts of Delhi NCR and Uttar Pradesh. However, there were no reports of loss of life or damage to property so far. Earlier in May, a magnitude of 6.2 earthquake struck northern Afghanistan. The tremors of the quake were felt in parts of northern Indian and Pakistan. Set ACs to default 0 setting of 24 C, AP told FDI growth hits 5-year low of 3% T F he Bureau of Energy Efficiency asked AP government to take initiative to create awareness for using optimally the air conditioners at 24-26 degree temperature range in all government organisations and households for saving energy. oreign direct investment (FDI) in India seems to be petering out with the inflows growth rate recording a five-year low of 3 per cent at $44.85 billion in 2017-18. According to the latest data of DIPP, FDI in 2017-18 grew by only 3 per cent to $44.85 billion. P5 P13 MILK & MERC CANNOT HAVE SAME TAX: MODI PM rules out single-slab GST New Delhi: Marking the ﬁrst anniversary of the implementation of GST, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the beneﬁts of the tax policy and said it has helped in consolidating Indian cooperative federalism and is designed to eliminate the "inspector raj". Speaking to Swarajya Magazine, the Prime Minister dismissed Opposition's allegations that the tax policy is "too complex". Modi, according to a parttranscript of the 45-minute interview posted by Swarajya on its website, said that it is not possible to assign one slab for all the products. "Can we have milk and Mercedes at the same rate?" he questioned. The new tax regime, which subsumed central levies like excise duty and service tax and state taxes like VAT, is aimed at making indirect taxation "simple" while eliminating the Inspector Raj, he said. Listing the beneﬁts of the tax policy, the PM asserted that the GST is not a complex policy as claimed by its critics. In the last one year, 48 lakh new enterprises have been registered and 11 crore returns were ﬁled, he said. The Prime Minister also highlighted the positive impact of the GST on logistics industry as it led to the abolishment of check-posts on state borders thus saving crucial time, resources and money; and thereby improving the productivity of the country. Referring to the problems arising because of the implementation of GST as "teething trouble", Modi said the implementation of the reform, which merged 17 taxes and 23 cesses into one single tax, required a complete reset of one of the world's largest economic systems. Continued on P6 48 KILLED IN U’KHAND BUS MISHAP Dehradun: At least 48 people were killed and 11 others injured when a bus fell into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district on Sunday, the police said. The incident occurred near Gween village, close to Dhumakot in the district, when the private bus, carrying 58 passengers, on its way to Ramnagar, fell into a 200-metre deep gorge, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said. At least 45 people were killed on the spot and 13 others injured. Later, three more succumbed to their injuries at the PHC Dhumakot, where the injured were immediately rushed after rescue teams reached the spot, he said. Two critically injured, out of the remaining 11, were referred to Ramnagar, whereas nine are still under treatment at the Dhumakot PHC. Continued on P6 AP Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, MLA and Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute chairman Nandamuri Balakrishna, Minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, MLA Bonda Uma Maheswara Rao at the inauguration of Information Centre and Clinic of the institute at Vijayawada on Sunday Basavatarakam cancer clinic in Amaravati OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: A clinic, which also serves as information centre of Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (BIACH&RI), Hyderabad, was inaugurated at Governorpet here on Sunday by legislator N Balakrishna, who is also chairman and managing trustee of Nandamuri Basvatarakam Rama Rao Memorial Cancer Foundation (NBTRCF). This will be temporary premises as the administration is planning to develop a full-fledged cancer hospital in Amaravati. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has allocated 15 acres land for the BIACH&RI and efforts are on for construction of 1,000 bed hospital in oneand-a-half year’s time. The first phase works will begin next month. Continued on P6 Rahul’s single-slab idea flawed R ahul Gandhi has been advocating a single slab GST for India. It is a flawed idea. A single slab GST can function only in those countries where the entire population has a similar and a higher level of paying capacity. –Union minister Arun Jaitley It has become a bad word T he design, structure, infrastructure backbone, rate or rates and implementation of GST were so flawed that it has become a bad word among business persons, traders, exporters and the common citizens –Former FM P Chidambaram A problem since its launch D emonetisation is a failure. People don't have confidence in banks. GST has been a problem since its implementation. –AP CM Chandrababu Naidu TOMATO GLUT HITS FARMERS HARD V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Growing tomatoes in Chittoor district and especially in Madanapalle division is always a gamble. After handsome price tomatoes fetched for farmers last year because of shortage in production, they had gone in for tomatoes this time on a very large scale resulting in over Continued on P6 supply. Mass murder of Delhi family 174 VIPs want new rly zones, officials cry ‘politics’ 7 women among 11 found dead in Burari area SACHIN WANTS A NEW ZONE IN MUMBAI SUBURBAN; GADKARI IN NAGPUR The bodies were blindfolded and gagged and were found hanging from the ceiling New Delhi: Eleven members of a family, including seven women, were found dead under mysterious circumstances in a house in north Delhi’s Burari area on Sunday morning. According to investigators one of the deceased could have killed the others in the belief of some spiritual practices. Ten of the bodies were blind-folded and gagged and were found hanging from the ceiling of the house opposite Guru Govind Singh Hospital, police Continued on P6 sources said. New Delhi: In three years, there were demands by 174 VIPs, including Sachin Tendulkar, Shashi Tharoor, Nitin Gadkari and Yogi Adityanath for new railway zones and divisions in their constituencies that are under consideration of the Railway Board, according to railway ministry records. Railway officials, however, said most of these demands are "motivated by political reasons" and "regional considerations cannot override operational requirements of railways". From 2014-2017 (till March 31, 2017) demands were received from 55 VIPs for new zones and from 119 VIPs for new divisions. The VIPs who have approached the Railway ministry with their demands include members of both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, officers on special duty, private secretaries of senior leaders, Chief Ministers, Cabinet ministers and even the junior minister for the Railways Rajen Gohain. While Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari sought a new zone as well as a new division in Nagpur, Gohain wanted a separate zone in the northeast region. Cricket icon and former Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar batted for a zone in Mumbai suburban while Shashi Tharoor asked for a zone as well as a division in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur, respectively. Continued on P6
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