SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TDP TO USE GRAMA DARSINI TO KEEP CADRE POLL-READY ‘‘Living well in the moment” accounts for splurging on sales and booming consumerist markets across the country’s metro cities and emerging urban centres. The country’s millennials, middle-class, neo-rich, affluent and super-rich citizens are all living “Life King Size” with luxury and comfort driving consumer behaviour and revolutionising lifestyles OUR BUREAU 12 & 13 WINDOWS Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court TBN Radhakrishnan offering prayers at the Dhwaja Sthambham at Goddess Padmavathi temple at Tiruchanur on Saturday Radhakrishnan sworn in Chief Justice of Hyd HC OUR BUREAU Monkeys swim across river Basistha on a hot day, in Guwahati on Saturday Stranded Mansarovar pilgrims evacuated Kathmandu: All the 1,430 stranded Indian pilgrims who were stranded while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet have been airlifted to safety with the evacuation of the last batch of 160 people from Nepal's mountainous regions on Saturday, the Indian embassy here said. Those rescued from Hilsa and Simikot districts have been moved to Nepalgunj and Surkhet, the two towns with better health care and infrastructure facilities close to the Indian border. S P10 TS student killed in US shoot-out Columbia: A 24-year-old student from Telangana, studying at United States's University of Missouri, was shot dead in a shooting inside a restaurant on Friday evening. The deceased has been identified as Sharath Koppu, a student hailing from Warangal district of Telangana. According to the initial reports, after receiving information about a shoot-out at around 7pm, when the Kansas City police reached at the spot they found Sharath lying in a pool of blood with a bullet wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead. Hyderabad: Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was sworn in new Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Presently, he is serving as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. At a brief ceremony at Raj Bhavan, Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office to Radhakrishnan. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Andhra Pradesh Deputy CM KE Krishna Murthy, Telangana CLP leader K Jana Reddy, leader of the Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohd Shabbir Ali and some Telangana ministers were present. Born in Kerala, Radhakrishnan pursued LLB course from Bangalore University. He enrolled at the Bar in 1983 and practiced in Thiruvananthapuram. He was elevated as judge of the Kerala High Court in October 2004 and was the Acting CJ of the Kerala High Court twice before his elevation as the CJ of Chhattisgarh High Court in March last year. Amaravati: The TDP has decided to utilise the Gram DarsiniGrama Vikasam programmes to keep the cadre pol-ready to face the Lok Sabha elections which are likely to be advanced. The TDP, which is not averse to early Lok Sabha election, feels that these programmes will help the rank and ﬁle of the party to keep in close touch with the electorate and take on the 3-pronged attack which it is facing from YSRCP, Jana Sena and the AP BJP. As part of this strategy, the state government proposes to organise 75 public meetings within 180 days from July 15. Under this programme, the government proposes to hold 25 meetings exclusively with women, another 25 meetings with farmers and equal number of meetings for general public. The programme is being designed in such a manner that the rank and ﬁle will have to be necessarily among the people for next six months. The party in the constituencies represented by the TDP, all MLAs will visit each village, ward and division in their respective constituencies and Members of Singapore Telugu Association receiving Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on his arrival in Singapore on Saturday Naidu in Singapore to attend World Cities Summit Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is scheduled to take part in the 3-day World Cities Summit beginning on Sunday, reached Singapore on Saturday evening. Singapore Telugu Association members welcomed the Chief Minister. Expressing happiness over the visit of Chandrababu Naidu to Singapore, the Telugu Association members came forward to extend their cooperation for the development of capital Amaravati. They said some of them were already involved in development projects in Amaravati. NEET, JEE to be held twice a year The newly-formed National Testing Agency, an autonomous testing organisation, will now conduct national-level examinations for higher educational institutions People calling Congress ‘bail gadi,’ says Modi Jaipur: Attacking the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said people are calling the party "bail gadi" because many of its senior leaders are out on bail in various cases. "The work which is being done now (by the BJP in the state and at the Centre) could have been done earlier also. You are aware of the intention of the previous governments. It is because of their intentions, the people are now calling the Congress a 'bail gadi'. S P10 New Delhi: Giving a major relief to medical and engineering aspirants, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that JEE (Mains) and NEET examinations will be conducted twice a year. While the JEE (Mains) will be held in January and April, NEET will be conducted in February and May, the minister said. The newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA) would conduct the national- level examinations such as NET, NEET, JEE (Mains) that were organised hitherto by the CBSE, Javadekar said. NET, a qualifying test for admission in higher educational institutions in the country, would be the ﬁrst exam to be conducted by the National Testing Agency. A student can take the exam two times a year and the best score will be taken into consideration said the Union HRD Minister HIGHLIGHTS S NEET WILL BE CONDUCTED IN FEBRUARY AND MAY S JEE (MAINS) WILL BE HELD IN JANUARY AND APRIL S ALL THE EXAMINATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE The NTA would also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Phar- macy Aptitude Test (GPAT), Javadekar said. The students can appear both the times in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the best of the two scores would be taken in account for admission, the minister said. NEET is conducted for admissions to medical institutions across the country. "The exams will be more secure and at par with international norms. There will be no issues of leakage and it would be more student friendly, open, scientiﬁc and a leak-proof system," Javadekar told reporters. The NTA would beneﬁt the students and they would have the option of going to computer centres from August-end to practice for the exams. The tests would be computer-based. The exams would be held over a span of four-ﬁve days and students would have the option of choosing the dates, he said. Continued on P4 Kashmir simmers after 3 civilians shot dead Srinagar: Three civilians, including a girl, 16, were killed and many injured when security when security forces allegedly opened ﬁre at a stone-pelting mob during a cordon and search operation in a south Kashmir village on Saturday, sparking tension across the Valley on the eve of militant commander Burhan Wani's second death anniversary. A police officer said residents of Hawoora and adjoining villages tried to disrupt the antiterror operation as security forces cordoned off the area following inputs that a group of militants was hiding in Kulgam, some 70 km from south of here. Eight civilians sustained ﬁrearm injuries during the clash with security forces. The three deceased were identiﬁed as as Andleeb, 16, Shakir Ahmad, 22 and Irshad Ahmad, 20. Five injured were being treated in hospi- tals and the condition of two of them was reported serious. Senior police, army and paramilitary officers rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. The authorities snapped mobile internet services in all the four south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama. Thousands of people walked to attend the funeral of the slain civilians. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of his faction of the Hurriyat Conference who is under house arrest, tweeted that security forces had ﬁred "indiscriminately" at protesters and accused them of Continued on P4 "massacre". BJP wants Guv rule to continue Srinagar: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday ruled out any possibility of the BJP stitching an alliance with disgruntled PDP legislators to form the government in Jammu and Continued on P4 Kashmir. will spend one day in the village interacting with the public and address a meeting towards the end of the day. The Grama Darsini meeting, which would be addressed by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, will focus on the developmental activities taken up by the government in the last four years despite the failure of the Centre to extend hand-holding. The party also proposes to hold Ward Darsini and Division Darsini programmes in urban areas, while Grama Darsini will be organised in rural areas. During the ward and division Darsini programmes, the party leaders will explain to the people about the infrastructure facilities created by the government which includes laying of concrete roads, construction of school buildings, panchayat buildings, burial grounds, community halls, head water tanks, digging of canals, watershed management schemes, farm water ponds digging, lift irrigation schemes etc. In addition, the party leaders will also prepare village, ward and division speciﬁc Vision 201924 document. Continued on P4 Monsoon active in TS Many areas witness moderate to heavy rains OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Weather turned pleasant in entire Telangana on Saturday as the Southwest Monsoon which entered the state in June second week became active. The state witnessed moderate to heavy rains in many parts and some parts received very heavy rains under the inﬂuence of the monsoon. The state capital witnessed drizzling at many places and clouds are engulfed the entire city since morning. The officials of the Indian Meteorological Department predicted that all the state will be cloudy, and most places will receive good rains in the next 24 hours. The department has also alerted the government about the inundation of low-lying areas . The officials said rain with gales occurred in Adilabad district. Highest rainfall was registered at Itchoda with 14 cm and Indravelli and Jainadh mandals (13cm) rainfall. Reports said the projects under river Krishna and Godavari are also receiving good inﬂows with continuous downpour in the upper riparian states in the last 24 hours. Flood intensity increased to Penganga at Venatraopet in Sirupur (T) mandal in Komuram Bheem Asifabad district. Heavy water was ﬂowing into Penganga due to heavy rains in upper areas. Lonavelli, Parigama, Tonekinni, Venkatraopet areas will be inundated due to heavy rains, the officials said. In Khammam district, Karepalli, Kamepalli, Sathupalli, Yellandu, Manuguru, Burgampadu, Raghunathapalem and Madhira mandals were receiving moderate rain. Elon Musk working on escape pod for trapped Thai kids Washington: SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Saturday said a team he had sent for the Thailand cave rescue operations is working closely with experts from the country on an escape capsule design to bring the 12 schoolchildren and their football coach trapped in a partially ﬂooded cave to safety. "Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try," Musk tweeted on Saturday. "Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely Elon Musk to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does," he added. The schoolchildren and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand for almost two weeks now. The boys went missing on June 23 after they had entered the cave in the Chiang Rai region during ﬁne weather but became trapped when a sudden down- pour ﬂooded the narrow tunnels. As the boys are getting more and more exhausted due to drop in oxygen levels, and heavy rains being forecast for this weekend, authorities in the country fear that time is running out to save them, Space.com reported on Friday. So far, around 1,000 people have got involved in the rescue operations, including navy divers, military personnel and civilian volunteers, as reported by the BBC. Alarmed by the urgency, Musk earlier announced on Twitter that engineers from his SpaceX and Boring Company, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, would head to Thailand on Saturday to help the government in the rescue operations. "There are probably many complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person," he added. Tragically, a former Thai Navy diver who joined the ongoing rescue operations died on Friday. Saman Gunan, 38, lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex after delivering supplies and could not be revived, reported the BBC.
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