www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 5 JULY 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 Forecast: A few showers. Overcast Temp: Max.33°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 05:51 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS New Delhi: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted by Indian agencies on charges of inciting youths to take up terror activities, on Wednesday said he will not return to India unless he was assured fair prosecution. "The news of my coming to India is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to come to India till I don't feel safe from unfair prosecution," the founder of NGO Islamic Research Foundation said. Keralite wins $1.9 mn in UAE lottery Dubai: An Indian man has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping USD 1.9 million in a monthly raffle in the UAE, hours before he was set to leave the country for good. Tojo Mathew, 30, working as civil supervisor in the capital Abu Dhabi, had bought the ticket on Tuesday at the city's airport before boarding a flight to India. Mathew, who is from Kerala, was leaving the UAE for good to join his wife in Delhi. Amarnath landslide toll reaches 5 Srinagar: The death toll from a landslide on a trek route to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir have increased to five, police said on Wednesday. The landslide occurred on Tuesday evening on the Brarimarg-Railpatgri area triggered due to rains. Two bodies were recovered on Tuesday while the other three early Wednesday. Warangal firecracker blast kills 12 workers Warangal: As many as 12 workers, including an eightyear-old boy, are burnt alive and two others were injured seriously in a major blast in a cracker manufacturing unit at around 11.30 am here on Wednesday. The blast, the origin of which is not yet known, has led to a powerful explosion at Bhadrakali Fire Works at Keerthi Nagar-NTR Nagar area in Geesukonda mandal of Warangal rural district. S P6 ‘GST will continue even if govt changes at Centre’ C Won't return unless assured fair trial: Naik Draw inspiration from Alluri, fight against Centre: Naidu N hief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that people should fight against the Central government drawing inspiration from Alluri Sitarama Raju, while offering tributes to him on his birth anniversary on Wednesday at Undavalli in Guntur district. othing can stop the The Goods and Services Tax (GST) juggernaut, not even change in the government at the Centre, says Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Commercial Taxes & Excise), Government of Telangana. P5 P13 ALL PROMISES FULFILLED Centre does it again to AP by ﬁling an affidavit in SC just before vacation OUR BUREAU New Delhi/Amaravati: The Centre has once again washed its hands off the AP Reorganisation Act promises brazenly, this time in an affidavit ﬁled with the Supreme Court just before its holidays began. A copy of which accessed by the state government shows that the Finance Department has declared "we have fulﬁlled all promises and nothing more is to be done". The counter ﬁled by the Centre to a petition states that Special Category Status was ruled out and the promises made on the ﬂoor of the House by the former PM could not be kept. The affidavit does not even mention the Railway Zone promised to AP. On Dugarajapatnam Port, the affidavit says though it was an in-principle agreement, a feasibility study was required to consider the same. It also does not mention anything about the special package promised to AP. It does not mention the EAPs, either. On the revenue deficit, it says it amounted to only Rs 4,116 crore at the time of bifurcation and so far the Centre had given Rs 3,979 crore to compensate the same. For the capital city construction, Rs 2,500 crore had been given and once the utility certificates are submitted, the state would get Rs 330 crore more every year, it says. Congress MLC Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy had filed a petition in the Apex Court seeking a directive from it to the Centre to implement all the bifurcation AAP wins ‘Delhi war’ APEX COURT PUTS LT GOVERNOR IN HIS PLACE New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that Delhi's Lt Governor was constitutionally bound by the "aid and advice" of the elected government -- a decision hailed by the ruling AAP as historic and which ends a bitter power tussle over the capital's administrative control and governance. A ﬁve-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the real powers of governance in Delhi rested with its elected representatives and their opinion and decisions ought to be respected. The ruling overturned an earlier Delhi High Court verdict which had declared the Lt Governor as the head of the Delhi administration, triggering an ugly war between the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party. The court said the Lt Governor, appointed by the central government, was bound by the aid and advice of the Ministers of the city government in all areas except land, police and public order or where he refers the matter to the President citing difference of opinion. "Real authority to take decisions lie in the elected government. This is the meaning of 'aid and advice'. Titular head has to act in accordance with aid and advice," Justice D Y Chandrachud observed. Chief Justice Misra, also promises. The Centre’s petition was in response to it. Incensed by the brazen "lies and half-truths" in the affidavit, the state government yelled blue murder, alleging that it was yet another proof of great betrayal of AP. AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held an urgent meeting with the ministers available at Amaravati, including Kalava Srinivasulu, Nakka Anandababu and Pitani Satyanarayana and IAS officials on Wednesday where he said that the Centre had come out in its true colours by ﬁling an affidavit in which it said it had nothing to do further for AP. Minister for IT N Lokesh, in a sharp reaction, said: “The affidavit ﬁled by the Centre where they said that they have nothing to give to AP is betrayal and hypocrisy. Congress broke the back of people, while BJP made them believe and broke their trust. People of AP will teach a lesson with consequences which BJP will not forget. Shame on BJP.” Minister Srinivasulu informed that the Central government did not show any sympathy towards the farmers' loan waiver scheme and said it cannot be considered part of revenue deﬁcit Rs 16,000 crore estimated by the CAG. Continued on P6 CENTRE CLEARS HURDLE FOR POLAVARAM OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The AP state government, which survived anxious moments with expiry of environmental appellate stay order on Monday, breathed easy when the Centre extended the order on Wednesday. This means that there would be no stoppage of works of Polavaram project, considered the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh. An official notiﬁcation would be issued by Union Minister for Environment Harsha Vardhan after his return to New Delhi on Thursday from his foreign visit. With this the hurdle for going ahead with construction works at Polavaram project has been removed for one more year. Polavaram project had got environmental clearances in 2005 but the National Environmental Appellate Authority cancelled the clearances in 2007 following Odisha objections. NDA’S AGRI PROMISE DELIVERED! Cabinet okays MSP hike for kharif crops MILLETS GET BIG PUSH IN 2018-19 Crop MSP Rs/Quintal Ragi The hike will cost govt additional `33,500 crore HIGHLIGHTS Lt Governor has no independent decision-making power Lt Governor is bound by the advice of Council of Ministers Parliament has the power to make laws for the NCT Delhi on any matter under state list and concurrent list The Centre has exclusive executive power over land, police, law & order Decision of the Council of Ministers that has to be communicated to the Lt Governor does not mean that the concurrence of Lt Governor is required speaking for Justice A K Sikri and Justice A M Khanwilkar, wrote that the Lt Governor was not vested with any independent decision-making powers and cannot The National Capital Territory of Delhi can be accorded status of State Delhi Assembly too has the powers to enact laws on all subjects covered under concurrent list and state list minus land, police, law and order act in a "mechanical manner without due application of mind" in referring decisions of the government citing differences. Continued on P6 New Delhi: The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved Minimum Support Price (MSP) for summer-sown crops for the year 2018-19, which will provide farmers a proﬁt of 50 per cent or more over the cost of production. The additional bill is likely to be around Rs 33,500 crore. Addressing the media, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said the Cabinet had taken the "historic" decision to provide relief to distressed farmers as it would have "positive impact" on the economy. The new MSP largely applies to paddy and pulses but beneﬁts ‘nutri-cereals’ like millets the most. The added cost of MSP is 0.2% of GDP, according to the cabinet note. The share of paddy in the additional outgo will be around Rs PROFIT OVER INPUT COST 2,897 Nigerseed 5,877 Jowar (Hybrid) 2,430 Jowar (Maldandi) 2,450 Bajra 1,950 Sunflower seed 5,388 Cotton (medium) 5,150 Cotton (long) 5,450 Moong 6,975 Maize 1,700 Sesamurn 6,249 1,750 Soyabean 15,000 crore. Rajnath Singh said the Commission of Agricultural Costs and Production (CACP) had ﬁxed input cost for major monsoon crop paddy at Rs 1,166 per quintal and the government had added 50 per cent proﬁt, which would make the MSP Rs 1,750 per quintal this year -- a steep increase of Rs 200 from Rs 1,550 last year. The MSP for 'Grade A' variety of paddy would be Rs 1,770 per quintal while it will be Rs 2,430 per quintal for jowar -- a yearon-year jump of Rs 730. The minister said the MSP would be based on 'A2 +FL' - Paddy (common) 3,399 Paddy (Grade A) 1,770 Groundnut 4,890 Tur (Arhar) 5,675 Urad 5,600 one of the input cost concepts recommended by the Swaminathan Commission and the Central government would spend additional Rs 15,000 crore on account of the higher MSP. Rajnath Singh said the MSP for bajra would be Rs 1,950 per quintal -- return of about 97 per cent as the input cost calculated by the CACP was Rs 990 Continued on P6 per quintal. TDP MPs observe deeksha for new rly zone OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: All the Telugu Desam Party MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, ministers, MLAs and MLCs of Visakhapatnam district went on a day’s hunger strike near Chavulamodham, which is close to Visakhapatnam Railway Station, on Wednesday, calling the Centre to account as to why it had forgotten the promise of creation of a separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters. The people’s representatives warned the BJP that they will not TDP MPs, MLAs and other leaders at the deeksha venue in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday leave the issue and continue their ﬁght till the Centre announces the railway zone. Though the IMD predicted heavy rain on Wednesday, the organisers heaved a sigh of relief when rain did not play spoil sport. Leading the one-day deeksha, Deputy Chief Minister N Chi- narajappa along with the MPs and MLAs went to the beach road and paid ﬂoral tributes to Alluri Sitaramaraju statue. Later, they came to the venue and after offering ﬂoral tributes to party founder NT Rama Rao sat for the day-long deeksha. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Roads and Buildings Ch Ayyannapatrudu said the deeksha is not for political gain. For the last four years, the BJP government has been saying that the issue is being considered. “If the railway zone is set up in the state, the youth and future generation would get jobs. It is not for Ayyannapatrudu’s future or for other leaders. This deeksha is to ensure good future to the younger generations. The Centre should realise its mistake at least now,” he said. Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao also attended deeksha and after some time he left the venue as he had other important work to attend to. Anakapalle MP M Srinivasa Rao introduced the other MPs from various districts to the crowd. On the occasion, he said since 2014, the TDP is ﬁghting with the Centre for the railway zone. Continued on P6
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