SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com ENMESHED IN THE WEB, WORLDWIDE From the video cassette revolution of the 1980s to multi-channel, multi-lingual explosion of customised content, India has seen it all in the past four decades. It may have been a laggard, relatively, in the decades gone by, but the second decade of the new millennium has seen its solidly young population consuming anything that is streamed to them over screens of varying sizes – from a laptop to a smartphone WINDOWS An aerial view of Trinamool Congress party's annual Martyr's Day rally during rain, in Kolkata on Saturday. Every year, All India Trinamool Congress party holds the Martyrs Day rally in Kolkata to pay homage to 13 Youth Congress workers who were allegedly killed in police firing during Left Front government in 1993. H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TRS ON A HIGH AFTER PM’s PRAISE S Rumours about BJP, TRS working together making rounds in political circles S TS BJP rules out pre-poll alliance with pink party MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: The mood is upbeat in TRS camp after Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praise on TS government’s development agenda during the debate on no-confidence motion in Parliament on Friday. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his Cabinet colleagues have been saying all along that government’s flagship schemes, new initiatives and projects like Mission 21 Indian-origin persons jailed in call centre fraud in US E-com will take SMEs Global W e all know how globalisation has contributed towards creation of wealth, improving standards of living, allowed consumption of greater variety of goods, created employment and promoted convergence of income across economies. Though the initial beneficiaries definitely had been the larger corporations, time has now come to shift the focus towards SMEs. In the Indian context, this focus on SME becomes all the more critical due to the all-round impact that the segment brings in, from driving employment to leading innovation. At the same time, SMEs are central to the efforts to achieve environmental sustainability and more so the inclusive growth that the country needs the most. S P9 CONG, TDP COMING TOGETHER IN TS? Washington: Twenty-one Indian-origin persons have been sentenced here to up to 20 years for their role in a massive India-based call centre scam which defrauded thousands of US residents of hundreds of millions of dollars, the Justice Department said. The sentences which range from 4 years to 20 years were announced earlier this week, the department said in a press release on Friday. "The stiff sentences imposed this week represent the culmination of the first-ever large scale, multi-jurisdiction prosecution targeting the India call centre scam industry," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "This case represents one of the most significant victories to date in our continuing efforts to combat elder fraud and the victimization of the most vulnerable members of the US public. "The transnational criminal ring of fraudsters and money launderers who conspired to bilk older Americans, legal immigrants and many others out of their life savings, must recognize that all resources will be deployed to shut down these telefraud schemes, put those responsible in jail and bring a measure of justice to the victims," Sessions said. According to various admissions made in connection with the defendants' guilty pleas, between 2012 and 2016, the defendants and their conspirators perpetrated a complex fraud and money laundering scheme in which individuals from call centres located in Ahmedabad frequently impersonated officials from the federal tax agency, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or US Citizenship and Immigration Services in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the US. Continued on P4 Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha, Kaleshwaram project, Rythu Bandhu, etc, were getting national recognition and fame and PM’s endorsement has buoyed the spirits of the party cadre. PM said that KCR-led TRS government was showing maturity by focusing all its energies on the progress of the state. According to TRS leaders, Modi rarely heaps praise on parties and politicians outside the NDA alliance, but Revanth entrusted with the job of stitching pact to oust TRS PATAN AFZAL BABU Friday's statement was an exception and unexpected. Meanwhile, this praise has not gone unnoticed as political pundits are trying to link Modi's fresh praise with recent state visit of BJP national president Amit Shah, who did not criticise or target the TRS government in Telangana, much to the surprise of rank and file of the saffron party that was eagerly waiting for his visit to boost the morale of the BJP cadre. Continued on P4 Hyderabad: Amid speculations that the Congress and TDP are keen to have friendly contest in Telangana, Congress leader A Revanth Reddy is likely to play a key role in stitching alliance between the two parties before 2019 elections. The former TDP leader Revanth has been entrusted with preparing a report on the winning prospects of the Congress and TDP combine in every Assembly constituency mainly in the segments domi- nated by Seemandhra voters. Following Telangana Congress leaders’ proposal to the formation of Maha Kutami (Grand Alliance) involving all anti–TRS parties in 2019 elections, AICC president Rahul Gandhi had reportedly asked Revanth to give a detailed report on the TDP’s segmentwise strength in Telangana. Party sources said Revanth had already briefed the party high command about TDP’s strong cadre strength in every village and also the party network maintained in all dis- tricts in the recently held meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Even though the Telugu Desam weakened due to mass exodus of party leaders to the TRS and Congress recently, the yellow party is still maintaining a strong political presence in Telangana. Other former TDP leaders N Janardhan Reddy, Seetakka and Vanteru Pratap Reddy, who joined the Congress recently, will also be roped in to the task of uniting the TDP and Congress forces before the Continued on P4 elections. Naidu spits ﬁre on Modi on AP promises OUR BUREAU New Delhi: With the Centre making it clear that it was in no mood to extend a helping hand to Andhra Pradesh, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu seems to be working out strategies to unite all political parties which are against the BJP at national level. Naidu who ﬂew in to New Delhi on Saturday to address a media conference ruled out any national role for him and said: "I am only interested in bringing together all these parties against the BJP. I want all parties to come together and stand with us in our ﬁght.” He said his ﬁght was not only for the AP welfare and justice, but also against the BJP mis- Will unite all parties to end BJP misrule: AP CM rule in the country. "Every section is suffering in the country. Dalits, Muslims, minorities, women and youth. No section is happy. I want to ﬁght against all these. We will also work for national agenda. "I am creating a model state and a liv- able state in AP. This will be the model for entire country. Understand this and help us ﬁght the BJP,” he said. “Our MPs are ﬁghting for people's cause. We were in Parliament yesterday. YSRCP was in court (referring to Jagan's Friday appearance in court). How can the Prime Minister compare the TDP with YSRCP?” he asked. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying the people of Andhra Pradesh in denying the special category status to the state and hatching a conspiracy against AP to stall its development, Naidu said, "AP's progress is nation's progress. The Prime Minister who promised all cooperation and help in implementing the AP Reorganization Act has gone back on the word given in Tirupati and other places during election campaign. Trust is essential, and we expect more of it from the Prime Minister. But, our PM has money for several other projects of his native state Gujarat and not for AP. Continued on P4 At last, sanitary pads exempt from GST S Massive cut on rates for TVs, fridges, washing machines S The new rates will come into eﬀect from July 27 New Delhi: In a major relief for consumers, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Saturday decided to slash tax rates on several consumer durables like televisions, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, video games, trailers and inverters. Interim Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal also announced that sanitary napkins are now 100 per cent exempt from tax, from the previous 12 per cent. A high GST rate on sanitary napkins imposed last year had triggered howls of protest from consumer activist groups. The new rates will come into effect from July 27. In a mini-budget of sorts, the GST council signiﬁcantly pruned the list of items placed in the highest tax slab of 28 per cent, demonstrating the Centre and states’ growing conﬁdence in the new system that seeks to unify India into one common national market. Many handicraft items such as stone, marble and wooden deities, rakhis without precious stones, brooms and commemorative coins have been made fully exempt from GST, Goyal said. Fortiﬁed milk has also been fully exempted from GST. Handloom items such as knitted caps priced below Rs 1,000 will now attract a lower GST rate of 5 per cent. All leather items will now attract a GST rate of 18 per cent, while footwear priced below Rs 1,000 will be taxed at 5 per cent. Continued on P4 Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal at the 28th meeting of the GST Council at Vigyan Bhavan, in New Delhi on Saturday KEY TAX RATE CHANGES FROM 28% TO 18% TOTALLY EXEMPT FROM GST OTHER CHANGES • GST on imported urea reduced to 5 per cent • GST on E-books reduced to 5 per cent from 18% • GST for hotels to be charged on the actual price that the customer pays and not on the declared tariffs • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Lithium-ion batteries reduced Vacuum cleaners Food grinders, mixers Shavers, hair clippers Storage water heaters Electric smoothing irons Water cooler Ice cream freezer Refrigerators Hand dryes Cosmetics Perfumes Scents Paint Varnishe FROM 12% TO 5% Fertiliser grade phosphoric acid Handloom dari Special Category Status JAGAN CALLS FOR AP BANDH ON JULY 24 Kakinada: YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy called for AP bandh on July 24 in protest against the inaction of NDA government in sanctioning SCS to AP. In addition to this, he asked the ruling TDP to join hands with the Opposition for a united ﬁght on the issue. He said that the people of AP and all political parties should extend support to the bandh and make it a success to secure the SCS for AP. S P4 Man suspected of cow smuggling lynched in Rajasthan Alwar: A 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, police said on Saturday. Two persons have been arrested. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the Friday night incident in which some villagers caught and beat up Akbar Khan, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler. "The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators," Raje tweeted. Khan, a resident of Mewat in Rajasthan, was transporting the animals to his village along with another man when they were stopped by a group of villagers near Lalawandi village in Alwar. They were brutally thrashed, the office of Additional Director General Jaipur Range, Ramgarh, received this information at 12.40 a.m. Mall culture makes foray into temple town S Major brands setting up outlets in temple city S Oﬀers and discounts attract denizens into hyper malls PRADEEP KUMAR VENNELAKANTI Tirupati: The temple city of Tirupati, known for one of the religious centres in South India, is slowly transforming into a comprehensive city with all facilities to showcase its actual potential. After a string of retail units like Reliance Mart, Reliance Digital, Unlimited, DMart, etc, major brands like Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Max and others are all set to make a mark. Situated at AIR bypass road in a sprawling area a shopping mall is getting ready to woo the denizens by offering a mix of shopping and entertainment. Speaking to The Hans India, an official of ‘BNR Infra’ which owns the complex named ‘BNR Mall’, told that they have total four floors, including the ground floor. Already, the ground and first floors were totally booked by three establish- Newly built BNR Mall in Tirupati ments out of which ‘Pantaloons’ has already opened its showroom, while ‘Max’ will be opened for customers on Sunday. Both the shops were entering Rayalaseema for the first time and expressing confidence of getting huge response as they provide quality merchandise at affordable price. Big Bazaar booked a massive space on both ground and first floors together and will be opened soon. The city may see two more malls in the coming days with TUDA developing one of the two. It was learnt that major play- ers like ‘McDonalds’, KFC and others may start their outlets in this mall and some space may be booked for amusement zone. Like major metros, this facility will soon be expected to provide shopping, food and entertainment all under one roof which is relatively a new concept in Tirupati. Already, the people were showing good patronage to the hyper malls and branded outlets of clothes and might be looking for beyond that level which can be fulfilled only by malls. Continued on P4
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