www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 9 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Light showers. Overcast Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 43% Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS One Nation-One Election 2 Amarnath pilgrims from AP, TS dead Hyderabad/Srikakulam: Two pilgrims, one each from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh died while on Amarnath yatra on Sunday. According to sources, one Lakshmi Bai, 54, a resident of Hyderabad, complained of chest pain at Baltal base camp in the morning. She was immediately rushed to a medical centre where she died of cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment. A 72-year-old pilgrim from APHB colony in Srikakulam Sahukari Ravindranath Chowdary also died of illness. He set out to Amarnath along with his wife Bhuvaneshwari on June 18. They visited Amarnath on July 3 and later Ravindranth fell ill and was admitted to a hospital in Soura. He died while undergoing treatment on Sunday, his daughter Shukari Sumana told The Hans India in Srikakulam. The victim's son Kiran rushed to the place on learning about the death of his father. THAI CAVE TRAP 4 boys rescued Bangkok: Four of 12 schoolboys have been rescued so far from a flooded Thai cave after divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach, who were trapped underground for more than two weeks, Thai officials said. “I have received information that four have exited the cave”, a senior member of the rescue team told Reuters. Will provide all help to Sharath family: Sushma New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday condoled the death of Warangal student Sharath Koppu during an attempted robbery in Kansas City in the US and assured all required assistance to the family of the deceased. Swaraj spoke to the father of the 26-year-old Sharath and assured help. "Kansas incident - I have spoken to Sharath's father Rammohan Reddy in Hyderabad to convey our heartfelt condolences. We have offered that in case a family member wishes to go to Kansas, we will facilitate the US visa. Else, we will bring the mortal remains at the earliest," Swaraj tweeted. The deceased's father Reddy has sought help from the External Affairs Minister and Telangana’s NRI Minister K T Rama Rao to bring the body home. For her part, Swaraj later tweeted that the Union government will do a follow up on the matter and she also directed India's envoy in the United States Navtej Sarna to do the needful. India's Consulate General's office in Chicago also tweeted saying: "Deepest condolences to the family of Sharath. We will provide all assistance". According to authorities in Kansas, Sharath was shot dead during a suspected incident of robbery at a restaurant where he worked. He died shortly after being taken to a hospital late on Friday. Koppu was a software engineer who went to the US in January to pursue his master's degree. The Kansas City Police announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect and released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting. MANY VOICES Oppn ﬂays idea of holding simultaneous polls New Delhi: Even as the Law Commission holds consultations on the feasibility of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state legislatures, the Opposition slammed the proposal on Sunday. This comes after the proposal came under attack from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), both of which attended the consultation on Saturday. The BJP and Congress stayed away from the process on the ﬁrst day. The DMK of Tamil Nadu ﬁrmly opposed the idea of simultaneous polls, terming the Law Commission's proposal "a complete misadventure that will decimate the federal structure." DMK working president MK Stalin said an earlier Law Commission during the tenure of AB Vajpayee as prime minister in 1999 reported on the issue exhaustively. The DMK was of "the ﬁrm opinion that the proposed call for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state legisla- l BJP turned into a political shark, preying on smaller fish: TDP l Law Commission proposal a complete misadventure: DMK l BJP, Cong skip Law panel meet on simultaneous polls l NDA allies say it is a step towards less expensive elections YET TO RESPOND BJP, CONG, BJD tures goes against the basic tenets of our Constitution and established principles of democratic functioning," he said. AIADMK opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of simultaneous elections stat- ing that current Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly should be allowed to complete its full tenure till 2021. Even Sharad Pawar’s NCP too rejected the Law Commission’s move to hold simulta- AGAINST TDP, TMC, CPM, CPI, AAP, DMK, AIADMK, NCP, GFP AP to pitch in Singapore in building capital Amaravati S Chief Minister discusses capital construction with Singapore Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong S Naidu says AP building capital city keeping the rapid urbanisation worldwide in mind OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the Andhra Pradesh government was building capital city Amaravati keeping the rapid urbanisation Chandrababu Naidu with Singapore Minister Lawrence Wong worldwide in mind as 66 per cent of world population will be urban population, mainly residing in Asia and Africa by 2050. The Chief Minister said the state was working towards the vision of being one of the best des- tinations by 2050 though it was still overcoming difficulties. On his first day tour in Singapore, the Chief Minister participated in the World Cities’ Summit Mayors Forum, which would be attended by 120 mayors and representatives of 165 cities. In Singapore, the Chief Minister’s first meeting was with Singapore’s Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong. Minister Wong said that the Singapore would continue to work with Andhra Pradesh. Naidu spoke about infrastructure and innovation and the development of Amaravati in association with Singapore in World Cities summit. The Chief Minister said that despite difficulties, Andhra Pradesh was working towards the vision of being one of the best destinations by 2050. Continued on P6 GST sends Adbhuta Rupavani into thin air V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: The famed sound and light show at Chandragiri Fort has fallen on bad days. It has been removed from the sightseeing package of the AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). After the advent of GST regime, the sound and light show was placed under the luxury bracket which attracts 28 per cent tax, forcing APTDC to withdraw it from the sight-seeing package as it would mean an additional burden of around Rs 600 per ticket per individual who is on package tour. According to the APTDC sources, the GST is being levied on FAMED SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW AT CHANDRAGIRI FORT GOES OFF FROM APTDC PACKAGE the entire package and since light and sound show is part of it, the tax authorities are charging 28 per cent on what one would pay for the entire tourism package. If one wants to visit sound and light show, one would have to pay 28 per cent tax on entry ticket which is Rs 60. But, even this facility is not there for the last one month as the show was closed after lightning hit the fort on June 1, damaging the exterior portion of the tower. Due to its effect, the sound and light show system was also burnt, and the circuits were damaged. To restore the show, APTDC has to spend about Rs 90 lakh to get the burnt-out equipment replaced for which proposals were already sent to higher authorities but the buck stopped there. The show named as ‘Adbhuta Rupavani’ attracts many which was introduced in 2000 with the special interest of CM Chandrababu Naidu with Rs 3.5 crore. Continued on P6 neous polls. Speaking to mediapersons on Sunday, senior JD(U) leader KC Tyagi gave a guarded statement in support of simultaneous polls. He said, "We are in the favour of simultaneous elections, but we don't think it will be easy to conduct them. However, we cannot oppose it as it is a step towards less expensive elections, curbing black money and better governance." The TRS too voiced its support for the idea, with its president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao stating in a letter to the Law Commission, "TRS is strongly in favour of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state Legislative Assemblies." The TDP, which supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea of simultaneous polls when it was a constituent of the BJP-led NDA, opposed the idea of holding simultaneous polls saying the move was only to weaken regional parties. Continued on P6 IN FAVOUR TRS, SP, JD-U, SAD LOW COST AND EASY TO EXECUTE At-grade urban rail transit system for Vijayawada city under study NAGA SRINIVAS PATIBANDLA Vijayawada: The AP government is studying alternative plans to introduce metro rail in Vijayawada. Now, the government has changed its initial elevated metro rail corridor plan and the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation is studying the “At-Grade Urban Rail Transit System”. According to officials, the At-grade system is low-cost transport system compared to elevated or underground rail system. Earlier, the government launched the metro rail project almost three years ago with an outlay of Rs 6,000 crore. It wanted to construct the project with help from the Centre. At one stage, the Centre also formally accepted to bear 20 per cent expenditure as its share. The government planned to provide metro rail facility in two corridors from Pundit Nehru Bus Station to Penamaluru and Pundit Nehru Bus Station to Gannavaram. Later, the government decided to extend the project up to Amaravati capital city. The government allocated Rs 100 crore for the land acquisition process. But the state government suspended the project midway by paying attention to other options after the Centre’s “noncooperation” towards project implementation. In this backdrop, the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation has begun studying At-Grade Urban Rail System. Under this project, the track would be laid on the road itself. The construction cost of the at-grade transport system is very less compared to elevated metro rail corridor. Nearly, Rs 250 crore is required for each kilometer of elevated metro rail corridor but only Rs 100-150 crore is needed under the atgrade system. Continued on P6
thehansindia.com is a news portal which strives to keep you hooked on to news-as it happens. Our team aims to keep you abreast with whatever is making headlines across the world including politics, business, sports, lifestyle and entertainment. thehansindia.com is a part of The Hans India, an English Daily published across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The newspaper was launched in 2011 and publishes editions from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Amaravati, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Kurnool, Nizamabad, Tirupati and Warangal simultaneously, the newspaper is on its way to becoming the leading English Newspaper in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. We are soon going national too. The Newspaper is owned and operated by Hyderabad Media House Ltd, which also runs the Telugu-language news channel, HMTV. In a nutshell, we closely highlight socio-economic development of India in general and the two Telugu states in particular.