www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 Forecast: Cloudy Temp: Max.33°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:48 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS CITY P2 P12 BJP to counter TDP’s ‘negative’ campaign against Central govt BUSINESS GMR Aero Technic gets FAA approval STONE LAID FOR PERURU CANAL West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan at Parliament House, in New Delhi on Wednesday Imran invites Aamir, Kapil, Gavaskar to oath ceremony Islamabad: Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has invited Bollywood star Aamir Khan and former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar to his oath-taking ceremony on August 11, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced on Wednesday. Earlier reports said the PTI wished to invite the heads of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) member states including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as China and Turkey. But the party rubbished the reports. S P13 SC to decide curbs on firecrackers New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed concern over growing respiratory problems among children due to air pollution and said it will decide whether there has to be a complete or reasonable curbs on the use of firecrackers. A bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan cited a report that said 20-25 per cent children suffer from respiratory diseases. "The lungs of most infants in Delhi are grey," the bench said expressing concern over pollution caused due to bursting of firecrackers during Diwali festival. Didi dismisses talk of being PM candidate New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sought to dismiss talk of her being a Prime Ministerial candidate, saying her priority was the ousting of the BJP government at the Centre for which the opposition should come together. "I am nobody. I am a very simple worker. Let me just continue as a commoner. I want that this government must go, this BJP government. They are doing maximum political vendetta and atrocities with the people," she said. S P11 Naidu’s all-out attack on Modi WILL BRING CENTRE TO ITS KNEES AND GET WHAT’S DUE TO AP: CM OUR BUREAU Peruru (Anantapur): Not showing any signs of fatigue in attacking the BJP, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday warned the Centre of consequences if it went back on the promises made to the people of Andhra Pradesh. "I will bring the Centre go down on its knees and give the state what is due to it," he said. Addressing a public meeting at the Peruru village after laying the foundation stone for the Peruru canal construction, Naidu Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Peruru dam after inaugurating the pylon at Peruru in Ramagiri mandal of Anantapur district on Wednesday took exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he (Naidu) lacked maturity as though he (Modi) was mature enough. "I was the Chief Minister of AP even before Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. It is his immaturity to state that I fell into Jagan Reddy's trap by taking a U-Turn on special category status issue. On the contrary, it was he who fell into the YSRCP trap by moving closer to it," Naidu said. Not slackening his tirade, Naidu said Modi was lowering the dignity of his office by making insinuations against him. "Modi, lacing his words in sarcasm, said he would organise felicitation to me. Continued on P6 EMIs TO COST MORE AS RBI HIKES RATES Mumbai: EMIs on home, car and two-wheeler loans are set to cost more as RBI on Wednesday raised key lending rates on the back of higher inflationary risks and fears of global volatility such as currency wars. Consequently, the rate hike affected in the third monetary policy review for 2018-19 is expected to dampen the industrial output scenario. The RBI hiked the key repo or short-term lending rate by 25 basis points to 6.50 per cent, while the reverse repo rate was adjusted to 6.25 per cent and the bank rate to 6.75 per cent. Addressing the media after the rate hike decision, RBI Governor Urjit Patel said the MPC noted the rise in retail inflation has continued for the third consecutive month. It touched the 5 per cent mark in June compared to 4.87 per cent in May and has gone beyond the RBI's revised inflation projection of 4.8-4.9 per Rahul to breathe new life into APCC AP Cong planning public meeting by Rahul in Kurnool this month OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: AICC president Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting at Kurnool in the third week of this month to breathe new life into the party which lies in a moribund state after its ignoble defeat in 2014 elections. The party hopes that Rahul Gandhi's visit will work like a tonic to the cadres who are lying low with no hope of the party coming back to life. Rahul Gandhi, after he made a rejig of the AICC and CWC, is trying to give a new look to the party and skipper it to victory in the next elections. Though it is a daunting task for the Congress to make its presence felt on AP soil, the Congress supremo is doing his best. Appointment of veteran war horse Oommen Chandy as in charge of AP affairs with a brief to him locate leaders who had left the party and persuade them to come back to the party, is one such step in the direction. Chandy, after attending APCC executive committee meeting here on Wednesday, said the party has decided to make the Kurnool public meeting a grand success. Referring to appointment of mandal and constituency level co-ordination committee members in the state, Chandy said by August 10 coordination committees will be appointed in all Assembly constituencies and mandals of the state. He informed training classes will be conducted on August 11 and 12 to Assembly level co-ordination committees. He said booth level committees will be appointed between August 21 and September 15 and presidents will be appointed for party village committees by September 15. Continued on P6 cent for the first half of the current fiscal. Noting the government's decision to raise minimum support prices (MSPs) by at least 150 per cent of the cost of production for all kharif crops, RBI said this is much higher than the average increase seen in the past few years. S P12 Centre harbouring grudge against AP? Modi govt rules out modernisation of Visakhapatnam fishing harbour UPGRADATION MUST Jetties 750 Mechansied boats Plus ﬁshing trawlers Ice factories 150 14 45% OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Visakhapatnam: In yet another blow to the aspirations of Andhra Pradesh, the Centre has categorically rejected the proposal for modernisation works of ﬁshing harbour in Visakhapatnam. The proposal was made by the state government of AP in 2017. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had sought funds under the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme which requires a commitment to meet 50 per cent of the funds by the sponsoring or organising agency. The Centre, which was dilly-dallying all through, has categorically stated that the project has not been considered on account of certain deﬁciencies. However, it has not clariﬁed what were the deﬁciencies. It has not even asked the state government to reframe or restructure the proposal too. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Com- of total marine products for exports merce and Industry C R Chaudhary in the Rajya Sabha in reply to a question of YSRCP MP, Vijaysai Reddy on Wednesday. Chaudhary stated that the proposal was vetted by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA). The Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour is planned to be modernised with world-class facilities by spending Rs 40 crore promised by the Centre. Continued on P6 ‘GRATEFUL TO GOD’ Over 100 survive Mexico plane crash HIGHLIGHTS S The Aeromexico plane carrying 97 passengers and four crew S It was heading from Durango to the capital Mexico City S The plane crashed on take-oﬀ during a heavy hailstorm S Injured passengers left the plane, which was engulfed in smoke Durango, Mexico: Dozens of people were injured as an airliner crashed on take-off during a heavy hail storm in northern Mexico, engulfing the plane in flames, the airline and passengers said. Passengers said there had been "a strange movement" on take-off and "that was when the accident happened," Durango Governor Jose Rosas told the Milenio television channel. Passenger Jackeline Flores told reporters that the plane crashed shortly after taking off in heavy rain. She and her Red Cross workers carry an injured person on a stretcher as airline workers walk away from the site where an Aeromexico airliner crashed in a ﬁeld near the airport in Durango, Mexico, on Tuesday. The jetliner crashed while taking oﬀ during a severe storm, smacking down in a ﬁeld nearly intact then catching ﬁre, and oﬃcials said it appeared everyone on board escaped the ﬂames daughter escaped from a hole in the fuselage as the aircraft filled up with smoke and flames, she said. "A little girl who left the plane was crying because her legs were burnt," said Flores, who said she was Mexican but lived in Bogota, Colombia. Flores said her passport and documents were burnt in the fire. "I feel blessed and grateful to God," she said. Many injured passengers left the plane, which was engulfed in grey smoke in a field. Witnesses said there were "about 80 injured." The pilot was the most severely hurt but was in a stable condition. Continued on P6 Delhi BJP chief demands action against illegal migrants New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday demanded that the AAP government should identify and evict Rohingya and Bangladeshis living illegally in the national capital, saying they were depriving the poor in India of their rights. He said the BJP has already made the demand to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and now the Delhi government must act to ensure eviction of illegal migrants. "The Delhi government should identify and ensure action against Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living illegally in different parts of Delhi," he said. Illegal migrants were depriving India's poor of their rights and were also found to be involved in criminal activities sometimes, he said. Tiwari's remark came after the Assam government published the ﬁnal draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of its citizens, on 30 July. Protesting distillery units stop liquor production in TS ALCOHOL UNITS WANT LICENCE FEE REDUCED AT LEAST BY HALF PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Tipplers in Telangana will have to put up with dry days soon. Unable to bear the burden of hefty licence fees imposed by the Telangana state government, as many as 14 of the 19 hard liquor (whisky) manufacturing distilleries stopped alcohol production indeﬁnitely from Wednesday. The managements of the dis- tilleries, located around Hyderabad and Medak districts, took the decision to halt liquor production in the wake of the state government’s reluctance to accept the demand for the reduction of licence fee for the last three years. As a result, liquor supply to the licenced liquor shops has been stopped from Wednesday morning. Fourteen of the 19 distilleries produce 80,000 cases of liquor every day, meeting 80 per cent of the liquor requirement in the Telangana state. The managements have been demanding reduction of the licence fee by 50 per cent as the fee burden was eating into their proﬁts for the last three years. Telangana distilleries association leaders said that the TS government increased licence fee from Rs 6.50 per case (with 12 bottles of 750 ml each) to Rs 13 in 2016. From then, the managements are struggling hard to run the distilleries with meagre proﬁts. The issue has been brought to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao two years ago but to of no avail. The association leaders said that the Telangana was the lone state collecting the highest licence fee from the distilleries. The companies in Telangana are coughing up Rs 1.50 crore for the production of one lakh cases of liquor. Whereas in AP it was only Rs 78 lakh, Karantaka is collecting Rs 53 lakh and Tamil Nadu imposed only Rs 5 lakh fee. The other major hurdle being faced by the distilleries is the government was collecting licence fee on the total installed production capacity of each unit. Continued on P6
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