www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 5 JULY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few tstorms. Overcast Temp: Max.31°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 36% Sunrise: 05:40 Sunset: 06:51 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. ‘GST will continue even if govt changes at Centre’ T Won't return unless assured fair trial: Naik KRMB snubs TS demands, invites Centre’s wrath N he Union Ministry of Water Resources reprimanded Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) for not considering the demands of Telangana government in finalisation of the Board’s jurisdiction and also the draft manual. 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. P3 NDA’s agri promise delivered! CABINET OKAYS MSP HIKE FOR KHARIF CROPS 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. WhatsApp passes the buck to govt New Delhi (PTI): A day after the government voiced concern over WhatsApp messages triggering lynching in parts of the country, the US-based social media platform said fake news, misinformation, and hoaxes can be checked by the government, civil society and technology companies working together. S P7 P9 The hike will cost govt additional `33,500 crore 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. PROFIT OVER INPUT COST 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 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 year-on-year jump of Rs 730. The minister said the MSP would be based on 'A2 +FL' - 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 per quintal. The government has ﬁxed the MSP of Rs 5,675 per quintal for arhar (66 per cent proﬁt), Rs 6,975 for moong and Rs 5,600 for urad. Continued on P4 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 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 P4 Greater Warangal to raise funds à la GHMC ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: The urban local bodies (ULBs) have, of late found, new ways of raising funds for developing city infrastructure; one of them is municipal bonds, a trend borrowed from the western countries. Catching up with the trend, Hyderabad and Pune have already mobilised funds required for the infrastructural development in their areas. Now, it seems to be the turn of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC). Its main aim is to provide uninterrupted water supply in the city. In an effort to bridge the funding gap, the GWMC is exploring the possibility of raising funds through municipal bonds for the city development. It may be noted here that Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in February 2018 and Pune Municipal Corporation in June 2017 have received an overwhelming response when they issued municipal bonds. Both the local bodies have comfortably raised Rs 200 crore each through issue of municipal bonds. It may be mentioned here that municipal bonds are debt instruments. The investor is repaid the ﬁxed amount of principal with interest over a period decided by the municipal Continued on P4 body. MILLETS GET BIG PUSH IN 2018-19 Crop All promises of AP fulfilled Centre does it again to AP by filing an affidavit in SC just before vacation MSP OUR BUREAU Rs/Quintal Ragi 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 Paddy (common) 1,750 Soyabean 3,399 Paddy (Grade A) 1,770 Groundnut 4,890 Tur (Arhar) 5,675 Urad 5,600 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 Continued on P4 same. 12 die in Warangal ﬁrecracker blast Wailing kin at the accident site in Warangal OUR BUREAU Warangal: As many as 12 workers, including an eight-year-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. The unit produces high power ﬁrecrackers and is a major supplier of ﬁre crackers in the erstwhile Warangal district. According to police, there are 16 workers at the factory when the incident occurred and three others came to buy crackers. The victims have been identiﬁed as Komati Sravani (30), her sisterin-law Bethi Srivani (25), Rangu Vinod (25), Kandagatla Sridevi (34), Balne Rahupathi (30), Gajula Harikrishna (36), Valadasu Ashok (30), Vangari Rakesh (21) and Suresh (30). Suresh died during evening hours while being shifted to Hyderabad for treatment. The identity of three other persons, including the minor boy is yet to be ascertained as they are charred beyond recognition. Continued on P4 Gold SEZ coming up in Rangareddy district OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Gold jewellery will be cheaper for Telangana people who usually spend more on buying the yellow metal. One of the largest Gold SEZs (Special Economic Zone) in the country is coming up in Telangana soon. The Hong Kong-based Huntton and India’s Biyani group have come forward to establish gold reﬁneries in the SEZ for which the government has earmarked nearly 30 acres of land at Kongara Kalan village in Rangareddy district. The gold reﬁnery plants will process raw gold imported from different parts and prepare gold biscuits and bars. The reﬁneries will purify the raw gold by separating impurities from the raw gold. The gold SEZs have already been established in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka and Kerala where the companies set up gold reﬁneries and jewelry manufacturing units. The two companies have proposed to set up gold reﬁnery units with an annual turnover of Rs 43,000 crore. Biyani group has come forward to open the reﬁnery with a capacity of 30 tonnes and the Hong Kong-based com- Hong Kong-based firm and India’s Biyani group to set up SEZ with expected turnover of `43,000 crore pany will establish the unit with 110 tonne capacity. Taking into consideration the two companies readiness to set up units, the Telangana’s Group of Ministers (GoM), in the recently held meeting, instructed the Industries department to take all necessary steps for the establishment of the reﬁneries. The Industries department requested the state Commercial Taxes department to conduct a study on the quantum of revenues to be generated by the establishment of the reﬁneries in the SEZ. Officials said that the SEZ will facilitate the investors to set up reﬁnery and jewellery processing units. According to them, it is expected that the Telangana’s GSDP will increase by 6 per cent by the establishment of gold reﬁneries. At present, the total turnover of the manufacturing sector is around Rs 69,209 crore. The total turnover of the manufacturing sector will be increased by 41 per cent with the establishment of the two proposed gold reﬁneries. Besides generating huge revenues by the reﬁneries, officials said that gold prices will also come down in Telangana as the local product is exempted from the Inter -state GST. The establishment of jewellery processing units will also help the gold consumers to buy jewellery at lower prices than the existing cost. Officials said that the two companies are keen to set up reﬁneries as the managements are attracted by the government's TSiPASS industrial policy, air connectivity at the international airport, easy availability of land and other infrastructure facilities and the liberalised labour laws adopted by the government.
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