www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Thundershowers. More clouds than sun Temp: Max.31°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 43% Sunrise: 05:53 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H AP BEST IN ‘EASE OF DOING BIZ’ WINDOWS BUSINESS BUREAU Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh (AP) has topped the ease of doing annual business ranking of States and Union Territories carried out by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Telangana and Haryana are at the second and Pakistan's Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai holds a doll gifted to her during a meeting with women who campaign for education and children's and women's rights in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday AAP again knocks at SC door over officers New Delhi: Amid no let-up in the power tussle between the Delhi government and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up an AAP plea on the contentious issue of the management of city's officers, their transfers and posting. Rahul Mehra, senior standing counsel for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, tweeted that the plea had been filed before the court of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, seeking an early disposal of all appeals filed by the Delhi government. Mehra said the bench headed by the Chief Justice has indicated that "the matters shall be listed before the appropriate bench sometime next week". Cyient to unveil new module at UK airshow Hyderabad: Cyient, provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, networks, and operations management services will be showcasing their market leading Radio Frequency (RF) capabilities at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. This technology enhances both Cyient’s RF design capabilities and their design-ledmanufacturing. The Cyient TRM was developed using non-export-controlled components and can be seamlessly applied to multiple radar systems including, ground surveillance, border surveillance, air defense, and airborne fighter radar. S P13 All 12 boys, football coach rescued from Thai cave Bangkok: All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a ﬂooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, bringing an end to the ordeal that prompted a huge international rescue effort. The coach was one of the last to be extricated from the cave on Tuesday in the rescue operation that began as a local search for the missing but turned into a complex mission, involving hundreds of experts who ﬂew in from around the world to help, CNN reported. The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province on June 23. Continued on P6 TELANGANA COMES 2 third positions respectively, according to a statement issued by DIPP. Others in the top ten are Jharkhand (4), Gujarat (5), Chhattisgarh (6), Madhya Pradesh (7), Karnataka (8), Rajasthan (9) and West Bengal (10). Meghalaya was ranked last at 36th position. Last Hyderabad: It was a big day for Telangana State’s most happening paddlers Akula Sreeja and S Fidel R Snehit on Tuesday. In what was a signiﬁcant achievement and one that could propel their individual careers by several notches, they both won plaudits for accomplishing unique feats in their respective categories in the 11Even Sports National Ranking (North Zone) Table Tennis Championships at Tau Devi Lal Indoor Stadium in Panchkula. Incidentally, the two, who achieved a ﬁrst for Telangana State, had learnt the nuances of the sport at the city-based Global Table Tennis Academy (GTTA). Presently a protégé of Somnath Ghosh at MLR Table Tennis Academy in AP to drive a hard bargain on Polavaram IN RANKINGS time in 2016, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana jointly shared the top rank. While AP ranked ﬁrst in combined scorecard of ‘reform evidence and feedback’ in the latest edition, Telangana was on the top for ‘re- form evidence scorecard,’ along with Jharkhand. On the ‘feedback scorecard,’ index, AP and Telangana ranked 1 and 2 with a score of 86.5 per cent and 83.95 per cent respectively. Continued on P6 India ranks 57th in the world; improves slightly P13 OUR BUREAU We did it again, says Lokesh P6 NAIDU’S BID TO BUILD BRAND AMARAVATI AT WORLD CITIES SUMMIT Tech giants ready to invest in AP OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in his three-day visit of Singapore has been successful in getting commitment for investment in Andhra Pradesh from quite a number of companies even as the state has been ranked No 1 in ease of doing business among all states in India. Naidu, while in Singapore, made a serious effort in building a brand for Amaravati and Andhra Pradesh at the ﬁve-day World Cities Summit. Impressed with the presentations of the Chief Minister on the opportunities available in the state, world technology giants expressed their interest to enter into a tie-up with Andhra Pradesh and set up their units. Asian Infrastructure Invest- Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felicitating Singapore Finance Minister Hung Swee Keat on the third day of his tour in Singapore on Tuesday ment bank (AIIB) director general of investment operations Pang Yee Ean said they are willing to work with AP to develop roads, water supply, irrigation and electricity sectors. They announced this on the inaugural of the World Cities Summit on July 8. Lodha Group CEO Abhishek Mangal Dundigal, Sreeja, representing RBI, won the Youth (Girls) title by beating Saleendeepthi of Tamil Nadu 13-15, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10 in a high-proﬁle title clash. On his part, Snehit earned for himself the perfect icing on the cake a day ahead of his 18th birthday (July 11) with an envious runner-up ﬁnish in the men section. It has been an incredible run for Snehit, who now trains under S Raman in Chennai, as his exploits included scalping the top seeded Achanta Sharat Kamal in the pre-quarterﬁnals 4-3. It was a win that announced that he was ready for the big league. He lost the summit clash to Manav Thakkar (PSPB) 2-4. S Full report: P16 Prabhat Lodha came forward to invest in malls and entertainment sectors in Amaravati. Naidu invited the Fotescue Metals Group of Australia to set up steel plant in Kadapa. It may be noted that the Fotescue group has come forward to set up a ﬂoating storage degasiﬁcation unit and lithium battery manufacturing unit in AP. In addition, the SMH Rail of Malaysia and the Royal Holdings of Singapore expressed readiness to invest in metro rail, manufacturing, infrastructure, entertainment and housing sectors. Continued on P6 Amaravati: The Telugu Desam government is preparing to drive a hard bargain with Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari for liberal release of funds for Polavaram when he visits the project along with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday. The Chief Minister is expected to explain to Gadkari how important the project is for the state and is likely to make no secret of his displeasure over the release of funds in fits and starts which is hampering the progress of the project. To begin with, the state government is preparing to seek release of Rs 10,000 crore immediately. Naidu will explain to Gadkari the progress of the project when both the leaders visit the Polavaram project site. Telugu Desam leaders are wondering how Gadkari will react to the state’s presentation to him on funds as it is the first time he is visiting the project after the TDP stepped out of the NDA in March and started a full throttle attack on the BJP for betraying state’s interests by denying special category status and going back on the commitments made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. Continued on P6 SC to examine correctness of 2013 verdict on gay sex Sreeja, Snehit, TT beacons of hope OUR BUREAU ND GADKARI TO VISIT PROJECT TODAY New Delhi: A 150-year-old law that prescribes a life term in jail for gay sex is under spotlight as a ﬁve-judge Constitution Bench on Tuesday began hearing a bunch of petitions that call for its scrapping. The bench, however, said it would only examine the "correctness" of its verdict of 2013, which cancelled a Delhi High Court judgment that said the law criminalizing gay sex was "unconstitutional". As petitions for a relook into A FIVE-JUDGE CONSTITUTION BENCH BEGINS HEARING PETITIONS DEMANDING SCRAPPING OF SECTION 377 the 2013 order kept piling up, the top court decided to take a fresh look at the matter in January, citing changing "social morality". The bench said the curative petitions ﬁled by it has a limited scope and would have to be heard by some other bench. The apex court had in 2013 restored sexual relationship between persons of the same sex as a criminal offence by setting aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgement that had held as unconstitutional section 377 of the IPC, which makes such actions between two consenting adults of same sex as a penal offence. Continued on P6 Non-stop rains in Mumbai Transport hit; ﬂight overshoots runway Mumbai: Road, rail traffic and ﬂights were hit as the country's commercial capital and many parts of Maharashtra continued to be hammered by incessant rains for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, officials said. Mumbai has now been placed at high alert. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the legislature that all agencies including the Indian Navy, the Disaster Management Cell and others are working hard to provide all assistance to Mumbaikars. Anxious moments were experienced at Mumbai Airport when an Air India Express ﬂight IX-213 with 89 passengers, while landing on the alternate runway 14 at around 3 p.m., overshot the runway by 10 feet and stopped on the paved Continued on P6 stopway. Anna canteen to be opened on Wednesday at Vidyadharapuram in Vijayawada. Sources say Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to inaugurate the canteen. S Report: P5 TN company to set up winery in Kuppam V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s constituency Kuppam which had seen several experiments in the past, including Israel model of irrigation and Gherkin crop cultivation, is now marching ahead with another venture. If the proposals of the officials materialise, a winery will soon be established in Kuppam, which is expected to generate a lot of employment and make farmers earn proﬁts. Minister for Prohibition and Excise KS Jawahar, Commis- sioner of Prohibition and Excise Dr P Lakshmi Narasimham, MLC Gounivari Srinivasulu, Joint Commissioner of Distilleries Deva Kumar and others interacted with about 1000 farmers in Kuppam on Monday and explained to them the advantages of cultivating grape. Speaking to The Hans India, Lakshmi Narasimham said that he will present the detailed project report (DPR) to the government within a month. He said Kuppam is ideal for cultivation of grapes and Palamaner and some areas in Madanapalle too are suitable for its cultivation. In the neighbouring areas of Karnataka like Kolar there are a lot of grape gardens. The crop was not new to the district as in the past there was extensive cultivation of grapes in Kuppam belt. Since there was no organised mechanism in place to take yield and to provide remunerative prices to farmers, they discontinued its cultivation, he said. If these problems are addressed, cultivation of grapes will be proﬁtable for farmers for which SNJ Group from Tamil Nadu has come forward to establish Rs 60 crore winery unit in Kuppam. Though in the past, two companies took licenses to start the units but because of scarcity of raw material (grapes) they did not materialise. In view of this an attempt was made on Monday to bring awareness among the prospective farmers to cultivate grapes. “Without raw material, the winery cannot be successful. So, we tried to elicit the views of farmers. Most of them who participated have expressed their willingness to cultivate grape provided they get subsidy to meet capital cost which may be around Rs.4 lakh to Rs5 lakhs per acre”, explained the Commissioner. He said the farmers were willing to be trained in advanced technology to be used in cultivation besides establishing a wine board here on the lines of the one in Karnataka to tap central funds. Continued on P6
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