www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 7 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Cloudy Temp: Max.34°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 BJP alleges misuse of Centre’s spl funds French paint co sets up plant in TS B M JP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana came down heavily on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for organising attacks on BJP and opposition party leaders for questioning the government over its failures. France's Antoine Griezmann (back) is congratulated by teammate Kylian Mbappe after scoring his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on Friday Amarnath Yatra resumes Srinagar: The Amarnath Yatra resumed on Friday from the Pahalgam route after a gap of two days while it remained suspended for the third consecutive day from the Baltal route due to landslides. The yatra was suspended on Wednesday on both routes in the wake of landslides and shooting stones at several places and intermittent rains in the Yatra area. A spokesman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said that the yatra resumed from the Pahalgam route in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday morning. He, however, said the yatra remained suspended from the Baltal route in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district due to landslides near the base camp and in Danibagh area of Kangan on the Srinagar-Leh highway. CJI is boss: SC New Delhi (PTI): The Chief Justice of India is the “master of the roster” and there is no dispute that he has the “ultimate authority” and “prerogative” to allocate cases, the Supreme Court asserted on Friday, in third such reiteration by the apex court in eight months on the contentious issue. A bench of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan in their separate but concurring verdicts noted that being the senior-most judge, the CJI is empowered to exercise 'leadership”. S P11 aestria, the 65-year-old paint company from France has entered the Indian market with its headquarters in Hyderabad. The R & D centre and 20,000 tons installed production facility has come up in Cheriyal near Isnapur in Hyderabad. P5 P13 AP to call Centre’s bluff Cabinet takes serious exception to the Central govt affidavit full of lies and half-truths in SC OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Intent on taking the war to the logical conclusion, the AP state cabinet, which met here on Friday, decided to ﬁght tooth and nail against the Centre in the Supreme Court and call its bluff that it had honoured all the commitments made to the state in the AP State Reorganisation Act 2014. The cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, took serious exception to the Centre ﬁling an affidavit with lies and half-truths with the Supreme Court, Information and Public Relations Minister K Srinivasulu said, while brieﬁng media-persons, on the resolutions adopted at the cabinet. He said that the Central government has so far ﬁled three affidavits in the Apex Court on the petition by Telangana Congress MLC P Sudhakar Reddy, to which Andhra Pradesh government is also a party. “The affidavits reﬂected the unhelpful attitude of the Centre towards the truncated Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu holding a meeting with the Council of Ministers at Secretariat in Amaravati on Friday state of Andhra Pradesh,” he said. He maintained that the Centre has ﬁled affidavit which had false information. “The Centre has the responsibility to enhance the dignity of the Supreme Court by submitting documents which are truthful. This act of misleading the apex court in not in the interests of democracy,” Srinvasulu said, adding that the state would consult legal experts and then would ﬁle its affidavit in the apex court. Listing out the issues on which the state would ﬁght, he referred to the revenue deﬁcit of Rs AVENFIELD CORRUPTION CASE Sharif gets 10-yr jail Daughter gets 7, son-in-law 1 year jail terms for purchase of posh ﬂats in London Nawaz Sharif Maryam Nawaz Islamabad: Dealing a severe blow to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) ahead of the general elections, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in prison while his daughter Maryam Nawaz was given seven-year jail over graft charges in the purchase of overseas properties. The verdict was delievered by the accountability court in the Avenﬁeld corruption case, which is related to the Sharif family's ownership of four ﬂats in the posh Avenﬁeld House in London. Sharif, a three-time Premier, was earlier disqualiﬁed from standing for his PML-N following conviction in corruption cases. His brother Shahbaz Sharif now heads the party and is running in the July vote. The court ordered Sharif to pay a ﬁne of $10.6 million while Maryam Nawaz was ﬁned $2.6 million. Her husband Captain Capt Safdar Awan Safdar Awan was given one-year sentence. Accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict after several delays. Sharif was sentenced for "owning assets beyond income and one year (included in the 10year term) for not co-operating with the National Accountability Bureau. He will serve his sentences concurrently. Maryam Nawaz received jail term "for abetting a crime and one year (included in the 7-year term) for not co-operating -- again to run concurrently. The Sharif family insists that they had purchased the apartments through "legitimate ﬁnancial resources". None of the defendants were present for the ruling. The former Premier and his daughter are currently in London with Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is receiving cancer treatment, and Safdar is in Pakistan but was reportedly unable to attend. 16,000 crore which it had inherited at the time of the division of the state. The Centre, however, said that the deﬁcit was only Rs 4,100 crore and that since it had reimbursed most of it already, it is left with only a little. As regards construction of Amaravati, the Centre again misled the Supreme Court. “The Centre claimed that the funds released for Guntur and Vijayawada municipal corporations were also shown as part of its commitment for Amaravati. Continued on P6 Petrol under GST in stages, says FinSecy New Delhi: Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Friday said the all-powerful GST Council will consider bringing petroleum products under Goods and Services Tax (GST) and it could happen in phases. Speaking on the issue, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman S Ramesh said although there is demand for bringing petroleum products under GST, the GST Council will have to ﬁnalise modalities. Currently, diesel, petrol, crude oil, natural gas and aviation turbine fuel are outside the purview of GST, and states have the right to impose value-added tax on these items. "One of the demands that is there before us, we will see... everything will happen in stages," Adhia said at an event here. The Civil Aviation Ministry has time and again voiced its concern on the high rate of taxes on aviation turbine fuel, which accounts for a signiﬁcant chunk of an airline's operational costs and also has a bearing on air fares. Continued on P6 Miss India Anukreethy Vas meeting Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Secretariat in Amaravati on Friday ‘Simultaneous polls will weaken regional parties’ OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP state government has rejected the Centre's proposal for going in for simultaneous elections for both Assembly and Lok Sabha, indicating that it would want more time to prepare people for the electoral battle that lay ahead. Interestingly, it was the Telugu Desam Party which was the first party to support the idea of simultaneous elections as it would give a clear five years’ time for both the governments to concentrate on all-round development. On more than one Malaysia not to deport Zakir Naik Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday ruled out the deportation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India if he does not create problems in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency status. "As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status," he said at a news conference when asked about the reports of Naik's imminent deportation. S P12 Leaders see the move as grand conspiracy by BJP occasion in early part of last year, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had welcomed the move since it would not only cut the election expenditure, but also would help the state to think of nothing else except development. He wanted all elections, including those for civic bodies to be held in a span of six months. But Naidu had welcomed the idea during the halcyon days when he was riding shotgun with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a lot of water has flown Krishan since he stepped out of NDA in March this year, the TDP has sobered up and sees a conspiracy in the move for simultaneous polls. Echoing the state government’s stand on simultaneous polls, Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu on Friday said that he smelt a rat in the eagerness with which the Centre was pushing simultaneous elections. "We will not go in for early elections for Assembly," he declared and said that the move was part of the Centre’s grand conspiracy to weaken the regional parties. Ramakrishnudu, offering evidence to his argument, referred to how the Centre was treating the AIAMDK in Tamil Nadu, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, Nitish Kumar in Bihar and the Telugu Desam Party in AP. He however said that the Centre should keep in mind that this time around, no national party will be in a position to form the government at the Centre on its own and dependence on regional parties would be sine qua non. Continued on P6 Telangana may slash UG seats MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: It is a case of supply exceeding demand by a huge margin when it comes to higher education sector, particularly under-graduate studies in Telangana. The number of UG seats in conventional degree courses as well as professional courses like engineering and pharmacy is very high compared to number of students passing out of senior Intermediate in Telangana. Hence it is no surprise that a large number of seats are left unﬁlled, year after year, in several colleges offering different type of UG courses. In 2017-18, the number of students passing senior Intermediate was nearly 3.1 lakh. Compare with this number of seats at UG level-4.1 lakh in conventional three-year degree courses and 90,000 seats in engineering. Medicine, dental, ayurveda, ho- meopathy, pharmacy, veterinary, horticulture, agriculture and other courses put together also make a considerable number. Not all students completing Intermediate education enroll for UG study. Some students from poor ﬁnancial backgrounds prefer to get into jobs and try to assist their parents in family responsibilities. Students, especially in rural areas, either halt their study or pursue UG through distance education format. Some students join polytechnic diploma courses for which Intermediate is the qualiﬁcation. Continued on P6 US, China set off largest trade war in history Beijing: A trade war between China and the US - the world's largest economies - began on Friday as the two sides started slapping additional tariffs on each other's goods, worth nearly $70 billion, a development that could impede global economic recovery. As planned, Washington began taxing 818 Chinese goods worth $34 billion early on Friday to punish Beijing for allegedly playing underhand in trade practices and pressuring US companies to hand over their technologies for doing business in China. Beijing, which denies these charges, was swift in responding in kind after the first tranche of planned US levies on Chinese goods announced by President Donald Trump kicked in on Friday. "After the US imposed its tariffs, China also took effective measures," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. Even though neither Lu nor the Chinese Commerce ministry gave details about the scales of tariffs, Beijing has plans to slap punishing levies on 545 US products worth $34 billion a year that range from soy- Trump poll flags made in China beans and lobsters to sport utility vehicles and whiskey. The duties slapped by the US will make Chinese cough an ad- ditional 25 per cent on products such as industrial machinery, medical devices and auto parts. Continued on P6 Washington: Amidst a trade war between the US and China, a Chinese company is manufacturing flags for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, a media report said here. The factory, situated in eastern Zhejiang province, had also made flags for the election campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016, the Washington-based National Public Radio (NPR) reported. “We also make flags for Trump for 2020. It seems like he has another campaign going on in 2020. Isn't that right?” the company owner Li Jiang said. All the flags being made have 'Made in China' tags on them. Stating it is normal, Li Jiang said, "That is trade. We buy stuff from America, and America is buying stuff from China. For example, my car is from America.”
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