www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 10 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Thundershowers. Broken clouds Temp: Max.31°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 61% Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS TDP MPs to stage protest in Anantapur tomorrow 46 amendments to GST law on anvil T E mployers will soon be able claim input tax credit on facilities like food, transport and insurance provided to employees under any law, once the proposed amendments to the GST Act are approved by Parliament and the state legislatures. he third protest meeting of the TDP MPs is going to take place in Anantapur on Wednesday. This is part of the total four protest meetings planned by the party MPs in the State against the Central government and BJP’s indifferent attitude towards the residual State of AP. P5 Nirbhaya’s rapists to hang South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook (C) poses for photographs during her visit at Humayun's Tomb, in New Delhi on Monday SC rejects convicts’ plea to review death sentence Gangster shot dead in Uttar Pradesh jail Lucknow (IANS): Dreaded gangster Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside a high security prison in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh early on Monday, causing a major embarrassment to the Yogi Adityanath government. The 51-year-old criminal was shot 10 times in the head and chest from close range with a sophisticated handgun and his body was then dumped into a gutter inside the prison premises, a police officer said. S P11 Plea against bullet train project Mumbai: The Godrej Group on Monday moved the Bombay High Court against the Centre’s plan to acquire land for the bullet train project, which the conglomerate says will include the procurement of its property in Mumbai’s Vikhroli area, PTI reported. The firm asked the court to tweak the project’s alignment to exclude its property, which is valued at over `500 cr. S P11 AP COUNTS ON CUTTING EDGE Signs MoU with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The AP government on Monday entered into an MoU with a Singapore institute to deepen cooperation in research and training to improve competitiveness on the second day of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to the island state. The MoU was signed between Asia Competitiveness InstituteLee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Government of Andhra Pradesh by Prof Danny Quah, Dean, LKYSPP and state’s Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha. Thanking the Lee Kuan Yew Institute, which he recalled they had collaborated with the state for capacity building, the Chief Minister said that the partnership would result in high standards and the latest technology. Continued on P6 New Delhi: A year after it had first upheld the death sentence against four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case of 2012, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed petitions filed by three of the four seeking review of its earlier verdict. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the review pleas filed by Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23), saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict. The fourth convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition against the May 5, 2017 judgment of the apex court. The court said on Monday that the death row convicts had failed to point out "error apparent on the face of record" in the judgment. Continued on P6 Mukesh Vinay Sharma WHO SAID WHAT Corteva launches new pesticide for paddy Hyderabad: Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, on Monday announced the launch of its product, Pexalon. The solution powered by Pyraxalt intends to protect rice crop against brown plant hoppers. However, the product in its testing stage will be available in the market by August. KV Subbarao, South Asia leader, Corteva Agriscience, said: “We want to bring in science for the benefit of farmers and understand their needs. S P13 P13 Akshay Pawan Gupta Nirbhaya mother Asha Devi "They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime. This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice." Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ”This would act as a deterrent for those who indulge in such heinous crimes.” Ex-CM (Delhi) Sheila Dikshit "I hope this will be a lesson for all those who indulge in these activities." DCM Chairperson Swati Maliwal "Urge authorities to urgently execute the death penalty and give justice to Nirbhaya." Union minister PP Chaudhary "It will prove as a lesson for people who commit such crimes." Cong spokesperson R S Surjewala "Justice Prevails! The punishment is a lesson to all those, who attempt such horrid crimes." BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi "The verdict restored people's faith in judiciary." Amnesty India "The Supreme Court's decision is an unfortunate step towards the continued use of the death penalty in India" Gadkari reviews Polavaram works OUR BUREAU No namaz by non-locals at Taj mosque SC rules that monument’s preservation is paramount New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the Agra authority's order debarring non-residents of the city from offering Friday prayers at a mosque in the Taj Mahal complex. A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that the Taj Mahal was one of the seven wonders of the world and people can offer their prayers at other mosques also. The petition has challenged the January 24, 2018 order passed by the ADM (City) Agra which said that those who are not residents of Agra would not be allowed to enter the mosque situated at the Taj Mahal for offering customary prayers on Fridays on grounds of security. Continued on P6 New Delhi: Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday reviewed the ongoing works of the Polavaram project ahead of his scheduled visit to the project site on July 11. This visit assumes importance as it would be the ﬁrst one by the Union minister after the TDP severed its ties with the NDA. Gadkari reportedly sought updates on all aspects of the works from the officials of the Polavaram authority and also reviewed the timeline for completion of works. TO VISIT PROJECT SITE ON JULY 11 Amid differences over the contribution of the Centre to the Polavaram project as per the guidelines of the AP Reorganization Act, Gadkari also reviewed the Relief and Rehabilitation package funding. AP is seeking full reimbursement of the R&R, while the Centre has been reluctant to oblige File photo F amous banana varieties Chakkerakeli and Amruthapani have been under threat from the deadly Panama disease. In the last four years, the crop output has declined by 25 to 30 per cent and Amruthapani variety is almost disappearing due to Panama disease in AP. S P5 EASE OF DOING BIZ ONE-UPMANSHIP TDP names candidates for Kurnool LS, Assembly seats OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Setting a new trend and stealing a march over the YSRCP, the Telugu Desam Party on Monday announced the names of candidates for the Kurnool Lok Sabha and Kurnool Assembly constituencies for the next elections whenever they are held. Information Technology Minister N Lokesh said the sitting MP Butta Renuka and sitting Laying emphasis on early completion of the project, Gadkari reviewed the funding of the project too, sources said. Amid differences over the contribution of the Centre to the project as per the guidelines of the AP Reorganization Act, 2014, Gadkari also reviewed the Relief and Rehabilitation (R&R) package funding. The state government is seeking full reimbursement of the R&R while the Centre has been reluctant to oblige. The stand of the Centre will be clear only after his visit to the project site after a couple of days, Continued on P6 it is said. Panama disease threatens survival of banana varieties Butta Renuka, SV Mohan Reddy MLA SV Mohan Reddy will be ﬁelded by the party. Butta Renuka won the Kurnool Lok Saba seat on YSRCP ticket but later defected to the Telugu Desam Party. Interacting with the party workers in Kurnool on Monday, Lokesh wanted them to ensure their victory at the hustings. By naming the contesting candidates, the Telugu Desam Party made the ﬁrst move in the electoral battleﬁeld and is now waiting for the YSRCP response. Continued on P6 TS in race for top slot Andhra Pradesh at 3rd place with 99.73% score; Rankings to be announced today BUSINESS BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana has scored a perfect 100 per cent in the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) rankings for 2017 as of Monday evening even as it is vying for the top slot with Jharkhand which has also enjoyed similar score. The ﬁnal rankings are to be announced on Tuesday. Andhra Pradesh stood third second in the list with a score of 99.73 per cent. In 2016, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana jointly shared top position in the rankings. The rankings currently being displayed on eodb.dipp.gov.in website are dynamic and will continuously undergo changes, until the freezing of rankings on Tuesday under the Business Reform Action Plan, 2017. Like in the past, there is tight race for top slots with AP, Gujarat and Haryana scoring 99.73 per cent each followed by Rajasthan, West Bengal and MP with 99.46%. Kathi Mahesh externed from Hyd for ‘blasphemy’ OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The externment of film critic Kathi Mahesh from Hyderabad for six months and his subsequent "shipment" to his native Chittoor has become dicey with the Andhra police saying that he was not welcome for the same reasons for which he was sent out of capital of Telangana. After Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy announced that Mahesh has been sent to Chittoor, the police in the sibling state said they would not want the headache in their district, and that he may be sent to some other state. But no action has begun so far on AP's demand. “We have nothing to do with Mahesh,” a top police official said. Mahesh was externed by the police for his "blasphemous" interpretation of Ramayana which led to a rash of protests and expression of indignation by devout Hindus so much so Paripoornananda Swami, based in Hy- derabad wanted to take out a dharmika chaitanya yatra to Yadadri but the police denied permis- cision to extern Mahesh has been taken keeping in view tempers running high following the incendiary statements that inflamed passions. Follow- Kathi Mahesh’s externment from Hyderabad for six months and his subsequent ‘shipment’ to his native Chittoor has become dicey with the Andhra police saying that he is not welcome for the same reasons for which he has been sent out of capital of Telangana sion, stating that it would further fuel already volatile atmosphere. Mahender Reddy said the de- ing this, he was externed under Telan gana Prevention of AntiSocial and Hazardous Activates Act, 1930. The Telangana Police Chief said that certain elements with ulterior motives have been trying to hurt the sentiments of the people of a particular religion in the last two weeks resulting in disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between groups, castes and community. This, in turn, has resulted in other groups starting counter agitations resulting in posing a great threat to public peace and tranquility. Following this, it was decided to take stern action against any individual or group or groups of individuals trying to disturb peace in Hy- derabad city and Telangana at large, he said. The State Police Chief said that so far three cases have been registered against Mahesh and a notice was slapped against a TV channel for repeatedly airing the objectionable comment for telecasting malicious content hurting religious sentiments directing them to explain why they cannot be prosecuted for the offences under section 16 and 17 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act No.7 of 1995 for violation of the Programme Code. Continued on P6
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