www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 9 JULY 2018 PAGES 20 `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 THAI CAVE TRAP MANY VOICES 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. S P7 ‘Economy in wrong direction after 2014’ New Delhi (PTI): Eminent economist Amartya Sen said that despite being the fastest-growing economy, the country has taken a "quantum jump in the wrong direction" since 2014. He also said that due to moving backwards, the country is now second worst in the region. "Things have gone pretty badly wrong... It has taken a quantum jump in the wrong direction since 2014. We are getting backwards in the fastest-growing economy," Sen said. Modi’s remark was unwarranted: Ansari New Delhi: Raising the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks at his farewell function almost a year ago, former vice president Hamid Ansari says many considered the comments to be a departure from accepted practices on such occasions. Will provide all help to Sharath family: Sushma Oppn ﬂays idea of holding simultaneous polls 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. 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 NALGONDA TRS t Cong t M t MIM BJP t CPI t CP P3 KCR’s efforts to usurp Nalgonda from Cong C hief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrashekar Rao is taking extra measures to gain control of the erstwhile Nalgonda district from the Congress. Once dominated by Communist parties, Nalgonda district had been controlled politically by the Congress for the last 15 years. The TRS supremo succeeded in luring a good number of people’s representatives, including Nalgonda MP Gutta Sukhender Reddy, Miryalaguda MLA Bhaskar Rao and several second-rung Congress leaders into TRS. But, according to sources, it is not an easy task for the TRS supremo to wean away the district from the Congress and turn it into a TRS fortress as Reddy leaders are strong enough and people also relied on the Congress from village to district level. 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. 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 P4 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 P4 IN FAVOUR TRS, SP, JD-U, SAD Lack of funds make RTC back out on EVs Even `1 cr subsidy fails to attract corpn to buy expensive electric buses K CHANDRASEKHAR Hyderabad: The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation seems to be not interested in the subsidy being provided by the Centre for purchasing electric vehicles (EVs). It wants private players to avail subsidy and purchase them. The corporation will then take them on hire and operate them. In an effort to cut down on pollution and to encourage the procurement of the electric vehicles, the Centre, in the annual budget had announced subsidy on electric buses. The Centre had proposed to provide 50 per cent of the cost of the bus and in the ﬁrst phase the Centre would provide subsidy to 40 buses. The Centre had proposed to provide a subsidy of Rs 1 crore on each bus and released Rs 40 crore. However, the TSRTC is not ready to take this subsidy since it does not have the remaining balance of Rs 1.4 crore for each bus to purchase them as it is steeped in losses. The official sources said the electric buses are not manufactured in India and the country is dependent on imports. The official said that there are a few players in manufacturing electric buses and there were no such players in India. Even a battery of the bus is said to be costing Rs 90 lakh and most of the batteries would have to be imported from China, the official said. The official said that when the corporation called tenders for procuring the buses only ﬁve bidders had come forward. Continued on P4
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