www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 12 JULY 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Thundershowers. Broken clouds. Temp: Max.30°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 60% Sunrise: 05:53 Sunset: 06:53 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS GMR disqualified for Philippine airport bid C PM Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani CM seeks donations for Anna canteens G hief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the philanthropists to give donations for Anna canteens. The Chief Minister inaugurated the Anna canteen at RTC workshop near Vidyadharapuram and had the lunch at the canteen on Wednesday. MR group, which is looking to bid for operations and maintenance contract of Clark International Airport in the Philippines has been disqualified as it does not have required ranking by SkyTrax, an international air transport rating organisation. P5 India obeys US, cuts Iranian imports New Delhi: Indian refiners cut imports of Iranian oil last month as they started weaning their plants off crude from the country to avoid sanctions by the United States that are set to take effect in November. India's monthly oil imports from Iran declined to 592,800 barrels per day (bpd) in June, down 16 per cent from May, according to data from industry and shipping sources. BSNL unveils India’s 1st Internet telephony New Delhi: State-owned BSNL on Wednesday unveiled the country's first internet telephony service that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app, starting from July 25. The company launched the app 'Wings' that will allow customers to make unlimited calls by paying annual fee of Rs 1,099 and by using internet service or wi-fi of any telecom operator, to any phone number. "In present competitive environment, increase in market share by BSNL is laudable. I congratulate BSNL management for internet telephony which will enable consumers to make call without SIM," Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said after inaugurating the service. Govt non-committal on decriminalising gay sex New Delhi: The Union government on Wednesday said it was leaving it to the wisdom of the Supreme Court to decide if a law that criminalizes consensual gay sex was constitutionally valid. On the second day of the Supreme Court hearing on the plea challenging the constitutional validity of Indian Penal Code's Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality, the Centre did not spell out its stand one way or the other. P13 PROJECT POLAVARAM Naidu demands Centre should foot entire bill No dearth of funds: Gadkari Union minister says escalation in project cost needs to be justiﬁed Visitors at the historic Taj Mahal on Wednesday. The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre for its 'lethargy' in taking steps to protect the historic medieval structure RESTORE TAJ OR DEMOLISH IT SC slams govt for sheer lethargy New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, issuing a warning it will "shut it down" and the authorities should "demolish or restore" the Mughal structure. The apex court was unhappy as the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal. A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and said its "sheer lethargy" on the part of the authorities. Continued on P6 OUR BUREAU Polavaram (W Godavari): Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said there was no dearth of funds at the Centre for the Polavaram project but quickly added that the state would have to justify the escalation of cost for each component with the proof of documents. After visiting the project site along with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Gadkari, while saying that he was for the project and that he would not mix politics with development, pointed out that the state would have to do a lot of explaining before it sought funds for the Polavaram project. While saying that he would cooperate with the state in releasing funds, Gadkari, however, made the process look very con- Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Polavaram project site on Wednesday voluted and tortuous, pricking the balloon of hope of early completion of the project. He seemed to have paid a Chinese compliment to Naidu saying that the progress of works impressed him most but wondered Paripoornananda too externed from Hyderabad if the state would be able to complete the civil works when he visits the project once again in the ﬁrst week of April next year. Gadkari requested the Chief Minister to send his team of officials to Delhi and make them camp there to provide the necessary information and evidence justifying the increase in estimates both for civil works and land acquisition. He asked the Central Water Commission chairman to interact with the state government officials on a regular basis to help in resolution of issues at the earliest. The Central minister also requested the Chief Minister to visit New Delhi and stay there for four days to help build a strong case for increase in estimates. "I will give time for you as well as our staff. Within eight days, complete all the procedures. Send the documents to me. I will clear them and then send them to the Finance Ministry for clearance since for every instance of cost escalation, permission of the Finance Ministry is required.” Continued on P6 TDP CANDIDATURE OF MOHAN REDDY, RENUKA FOR KURNOOL SEATS TG sees invisible hand of Akhila Police brand him as violator of Anti-Social Activities Act R PRITHVI RAJ OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: After film critic Kathi Mahesh, the city police now externed Sri Peetham seer Swamy Paripoornananda from the city for six months. The police officials externed the Swamy under Section 3 of the Telangana Prevention of Anti-Social and Hazardous Activities Act 1980 and shifted him to Sri Peetham in Kakinada from his city residence at around 4 am on Wednesday. Swamy Paripoornananda can come to the city after six months with prior police permission. The police have listed out reasons for the externment of Swamy Paripoornananda. The police found a few comments of the Sri Peetham seer as objectionable. Continued on P6 Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram in Rajamahendravaram Water level rising in Godavari OUR BUREAU Rajamahendravaram: The ﬂood water in River Godavari is increasing due to heavy inﬂows reported in its catchment area following heavy rains. The district administration alerted the officials to take all necessary measures and evacuate people from low-lying areas. According to Water Resources Department (WRD), currently three lakh cusecs of water is being discharging into sea from Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage. All the 175 gates of Dowleswaram, Ryali, Maddur and Vijjeswaram were lifted by half metre height. Over 1,800 cusecs of water has been released into Eastern canal, followed by 1,000 cusecs into Central delta and 2,000 cusecs of water into Western delta. Currently, the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage is 11 feet, followed by 48 feet at Havelock bridge, 31 feet at Bhadrachalam, 8.14 feet at Kaleswaram, 9.10 feet at Perur, 9.25 feet at Dummugudem and 9.77 feet at Kunavaram. Steps were taken to lift the gates to some more height depending upon the water inflow. Respective engineers were directed to check the condition of river bunds. present by announcing their names and asked the people Hyderabad: Why did IT Minof the two constituencies to ister N Lokesh, who is also elect them with a thumping general secretary of the TDP, majority. The announcement announce the names of SV may have warmed the cockles Mohan Reddy and Butta of the two leaders but ruffled Renuka as TDP candithe feathers of Rajya Sabha dates for the member TG Kurnool AssemVenkatesh, who is Unless the bly and Lok keen on getting announcement comes Sabha seats from party chief and Chief party nominaeven though tion for his son Minister N Chandrababu there is unBharat in the Naidu nothing is final. Mohan certainty next Assembly Reddy might have ‘hypnotised’ over when elections. Lokesh into making an elections For quite announcement in his would be some time now, favour held? Bharat has been –TG Venkatesh Lokesh, during proclaiming himself his two-day visit to as the candidate of the Kurnool, sprang a surprise at Telugu Desam Party for an official meeting where MoKurnool in the next elections. Continued on P6 han Reddy and Renuka were Akhila Priya TG Venkatesh TDP MPs want ‘betrayer’ Modi thrown out in 2019 polls OUR BUREAU Anantapur: A galaxy of TDP leaders, including MPs, MLAs and MLCs, from across the state slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying the Telugu people and warned that the PM and his party would meet the same fate as the Congress, in 2019 general and Assembly elections. Dubbed as 'Karuvu Seema Pai TDP MP la Deeksha', the MPs trained their guns against the Centre and the Prime Minister and called him the most wicked man. Anantapur MP Diwakar Reddy lambasted Modi by saying that the people would wait just one more year for Modi to step down in 2019 and only the next nonBJP government would address the pressing issues of AP. As long as Modi is at the helm of affairs nothing will happen in the state, he added. Diwakar Reddy accused the Prime Minister of being jealous of the growing popularity of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and with a view to check him had stopped doing anything for AP. He even tried in vain to thwart Kia Motors from coming to AP. Anantapur MP Diwakar Reddy speaking at TDP MPs deeksha “The PM called the Kia Motors’ people three times to persuade them to come to Gujarat. So mean and wicked he is that he is indirectly taking vengeance on Telugu people but the Chief Min- ister was very smart in outwitting the latter in politicking and ﬁnally got the Kia plant to the district,” he said. The 7-time MLA from Tadipatri and MP from Anantapur announced that he is quitting politics and that he would not contest the general election in 2019. He, however, appealed to the people to vote only for the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu for the future of their children. If Babu is given another term, he would do miracles for the state, he added. Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh challenged YSRCP president Y Jaganmohan Reddy to at- tend the all-party meeting to be addressed by the Prime Minister on July 18 and take on the Prime Minister on the issue of the special category status. He accused Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan and Jaganmohan Reddy of being hand in glove with the BJP. Vijayawada MP Kesineni and Machilipatnam MP K Narayana praised the Chief Minister as the champion of the state. Guntur MP Galla Jayadev said he along with other MPs had raised the issue of the SCS and participated in debates on the injustice meted out to the state. Continued on P6
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