www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Cloudy Temp: Max.33°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 36% Sunrise: 05:51 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Gas from RIL’s KG Basin from 2020: Ambani Mumbai: Noting that Reliance Industries (RIL) has successfully commissioned both the world’s largest paraxylene and off-gas cracker facilities at its refinery in Jamnagar in Gujarat, Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Thursday that the company is looking at delivering natural gas from its KG Basin offshore project by 2020. Addressing RIL’s 41st Annual General Meeting here, Ambani said the company’s hydrocarbon business has further scaled up its capacities during the period in consideration “to become more profitable, integrated and predictable in its earnings profile”. On the exploration business, the Chairman drew attention to RIL’s joint investment plan with British energy major BP to monetise over three trillion cubic feet of gas from new fields in the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin D6 block on the eastern offshore. Prof Dipak Jain to head China’s top biz school Beijing (PTI): Dipak Jain, a prominent Indian professor in the US, has been appointed as the new head of a top global business school in China, according to a media report. Jain, 61, will take over as the European president of the Shanghai-based China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), replacing Pedro Nueno who held the position for 28 years. Jain, a former dean of two of the world's leading business schools - the Kellogg School of Management and INSEAD - will work alongside his Chinese counterpart Li Mingjun. `34k cr farm loans waived by HDK Bengaluru: Keeping his pre-poll promise, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy announced a Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver, but in a contentious move proposed hike in taxes on fuel and power in the maiden budget of the JD(S)Congress coalition government. Kumaraswamy, who holds the finance portfolio, said the increase in taxes on petrol, diesel, power and liquor was aimed at mopping up additional revenue to offset the burden on the exchequer caused by the farm loan waiver. He, however, capped the agricultural loan to be written off at Rs 2 lakh, saying it would not be right to waive loans of higher value. S P11 Somireddy slams Centre for meagre hike in MSP Oakwood, Kapil Group sign JV for 2nd property A O akwood Worldwide, wholly owned by Mapletree Investments, on Thursday signed a partnership with Kapil Group (BVM Energy and Residences Pvt. Ltd) to open its second Oakwood-branded property in Hyderabad in 2021. griculture minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy remarked that the minimum support price (MSP) announced by the Union government was very meagre when compared to price proposed by the state government. P5 CM SETS MEGA HOUSE WARMING GLOBAL RECORD 3L HOUSES IN ONE GO OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday had set a world record by inaugurating three lakh houses in one go. The house warming (Gruha Pravesam) ceremony for 3,00,346 houses in the state was organized at a programme at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium here. This is the second C phase of house warming ceremony. The ﬁrst phase was conducted on October 2, 2017 coinciding with Gandhi Jayanthi. The state government has so far constructed 5,80,849 houses since 2014 under NTR housing scheme when the Telugu Desam Party took over the reins of administration. Chandrababu Naidu said the construction works of 3,03,164 houses were completed during 2017-18 at a cost of Rs 3,746 cr. He said the housing beneﬁciaries included 57,296 (SCs), 24,332 (STs), 1,43,005 (BCs) and 75,713 others. Giving details of the scheme, he said the state government had spent Rs 6,260 crore towards Remote does the job C Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu presents new clothes to a beneﬁciary to mark the inauguration of the 3 lakh houses ‘mega house warming ceremony’ in Vijayawada on Thursday housing. He announced the state government decided to construct 13 lakh houses at a cost of Rs.19,000 crore. He said the Central government is allotting its share of only Rs 75,000 per unit, which he said was not sufficient. He said the Babu for Singapore World Cities Summit OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will attend the ﬁve-day biennial World Cities Summit beginning on July 8 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Naidu would leave for Singapore on July 7 and take part in the summit on the inaugural day. He will return on July 10. He will be accompanied by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and officials. During his visit, Naidu is scheduled to interact with representatives of various corpo- rate companies and delegates from various governments to persuade them to invest back in AP. Naidu is visiting Singapore on the invitation of Singapore government. Srilankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe and Chandrababu Naidu will be centre of attraction at the summit. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) will arrange a special pavilion at the summit on Amaravati, an official statement said on Thursday. Chandrababu Naidu will participate in the mayors’ forum, the ﬁrst event of the summit. state government is allotting Rs1.50 lakh for each unit. He said the State government set the target of constructing 13 lakh houses by March 2019 and so far, 5.80 lakh houses were completed. Continued on Page 6 Hyderabad: A woman pilgrim from Telangana, who was among the stranded pilgrims at Kailash Mansarovar, died to due to inclement weather in Nepal on Thursday. The victim, Srilakshmi, was the resident of Sangareddy. Telangana special representative in New Delhi M Jagannadham conﬁrmed the death of the pilgrim. He said Srilakshmi got sep- arated from her family members. After tracing the family members, the Nepal government will conduct post-mortem. Telangana Bhavan Resident Commissioner Ashok Kumar was in touch with the Nepal authorities to shift the body to Delhi. According to officials, as many as 60 pilgrims from Telangana are stranded at Kailash Mansarovar with some of the them even separated from their family members. Efforts are on to AP to nail Centre’s ‘lies’ at apex court Modi govt throws cold water on State govt’s hopes OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Taking a serious exception to the Centre abdicating its responsibility of bearing the cost of rehabilitation and resettlement of Polavaram project oustees, the AP State government has decided to wage a legal ﬁght against the BJP, for its outrageous claim in the counter petition it had ﬁled before the Supreme Court on a case ﬁled by Congress MLC P Sudhakar Reddy. The Centre has asserted in the petition that it would only partially meet the monetary requirement of the project considered lifeline for Andhra Pradesh. The Centre said that it would fund the project only “as per its promise of funding the irrigation part of the project alone.” Similarly, on the issues raised concerning Krishna and Godavari boards, the Centre has not given much clar- y AP outraged by Centre’s claim of fully funding only the irrigation part y Centre washed its hands oﬀ bearing relief & rehabilitation expenditure y It limits its commitment to merely obtaining all approvals for project y AP says R&R package for oustees alone costs around `33,000 crore y It pegs total cost of project, which is lifeline to State, at `58,000 cr ity. The petition ﬁled by the Central Water Commission does not even mention the recommendation of the ST Commission on Polavaram R&R (relief and rehabilitation) package a report of which was submitted to the President of India a couple of days ago. Continued on Page 6 CABINET MEET TODAY Counter affidavit to be discussed OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP state Cabinet, which will meet on Friday, will discuss threadbare the issues that have to be incorporated in the counter affidavit to be ﬁled with the Supreme Court, to nail the Centre’s “lies and halftruths” on its commitments to the state. The state government which has taken a serious view of the bellicose stand the Centre had taken despite the state’s entreaties for honouring all the commitments made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. Finance Minister Yanamala TS woman pilgrim succumbs to bad weather at Kailash Mansarovar OUR BUREAU hief minister N Chandrababu Naidu did ‘house warming’ of over three lakh houses using a remote made available on the dais at the IGMC stadium here. He first lit the lamp as part of keeping the tradition of inauguration of any signature scheme. The huge dais was colorfully decorated. The officials and staff from the housing corporation participated in the event, they, having fulfilled the assignment given to them. The state government had planned that house warming be celebrated in all districts of the state on Thursday. It had sanctioned the subsidy in four phases for construction of houses for those who have own house site. P13 unite the members and shift them to safer places. Soon after they arrive at the national capital, arrangements will be made to ﬂy them to Hyderabad. The Nepalese authorities informed Telangana representatives in New Delhi that chartered ﬂights have been kept ready to shift the TS pilgrims to New Delhi. Telangana Bhavan authorities have also set up a helpline for sourcing information about pilgrims. Ramakrishnudu, speaking to media-persons here on Thursday said: “We will ﬁle a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court”. Describing the Centre’s affidavit on honoring the AP State Reorgansiation Act as misleading, the ﬁnance minister said that the Centre had deliberately fed the court with information that is either distorted or rank false. He wanted to know why the Centre had not referred to the formula that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to settle the contention issue of bridging the revenue deﬁcit. The affidavit also gave a sneak peek into the think- AYODHYA LAND ISSUE SC TO RESUME HEARING New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court is likely to resume hearing on the contentious Babri MasjidRam Temple land dispute case on Friday. A special bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer on May 17 had heard submissions on behalf of Hindu groups that had opposed the plea of their Muslim counterparts that the 1994 verdict holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam be referred to a larger bench. ing of the Centre on how to avoid picking up the Bill for rehabilitation and resettlement of oustees of Polavaram Project, he said. The Cabinet is expected to go through all the issues that the Centre had raised in its affidavit and then come up with a watertight argument to nail the BJP and its attempts to escape from its responsibility. What is rankling the government is the stand the Centre had taken which manifested itself in its affidavit that it had effectively addressed all the commitments made to the state in the AP State Reorganisation Act, the 14th Finance Com- mission’s recommendations and the then prime minister Manmohan Singh’s promise of Special Category Status in Rajya Sabha. The state government feels that it is outrageous for the Centre to hide behind the shield of 14th Finance Commission on Special Category Status. The Centre said in the affidavit that there was “a conﬂict in granting Special Category Status to the State, since the Fourteenth Finance Commission did not make any distinction between Special Category States and general category states in determining norms and recommendations. Continued on Page 6 Delhi govt still in muddle New Delhi (PTI): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal saying ‘services’ matter lies with the Council of Ministers, after officers refused to follow the AAP dispensation’s order withdrawing powers of transfer and postings from the L-G. The letter comes a day after the Supreme Court in its verdict on the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre clipped the powers of the LG. The AAP government now plans to issue an order regarding implementation of public wel- fare schemes and the court's verdict to all its functionaries. In his letter to Baijal, the Chief Minister said that L-G’s concurrence would now not be required on any matter, adding all stakeholders need to work towards implementing the apex court's order in “letter and spirit”. Hours after the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement on Wednesday, the government introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the approving authority. Continued on Page 6 MALLYA ASSETS CASE UK court grants enforcement order to Indian banks London: A UK High Court judge has issued an enforcement order in favour of a consortium of 13 Indian banks, seeking to recover funds owed to them by beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is ﬁghting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore. The order grants permission to the UK High Court Enforcement Officer to enter the 62-year-old tycoon’s proper- ties in Hertfordshire, near London. It permits the officer and his agents entry to Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge in Tewin, Welwyn, where Mallya is currently based. However, it is not an instruction to enter, which means the banks have the option to use the order as one of the means to recover estimated funds of around 1.145 billion pounds. “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any enforcement agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn and Bramble Lodge, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn, including all outbuildings of Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge to search for and take control of ‘POLICE IDENTIFIED 159 PROPERTIES, BUT NO ATTACHMENT’ New Delhi (PTI): The Bangalore police on Thursday informed a Delhi court that it has identified 159 properties belonging to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, but has not been able to attach any of them for the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) money laundering case relating to FERA violations. The Bangalore police, through the ED, told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat that it was unable to attach Mallya’s properties as some of them had already been attached by the ED of Mumbai Zone and remaining assets were part of the liquidation proceedings. Mallya has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court on January 4 for evading its summons in the case. Continued on Page 6 goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” notes the order by Justice Byran, dated June 26. “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any Enforcement Agent acting under his authority, may use reasonable force to enter the property if necessary,” it stated. According to legal experts with knowledge of the case, the latest order by the High Court's Queen's Bench Division is the granting of permission, should it be required, while the banks consider “all the enforcement options available to them”. Continued on Page 6
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