www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.34°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 37% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:48 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS STATE P2 P12 Green tribunal directs CIFRI to inspect diaphragm wall BUSINESS Gemini Edibles charts capacity expansion TDP keeps poll promise n JOBLESS YOUTH TO GET `1,000 DOLE EVERY MONTH External Affairs Minister departs for her 4-day tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, from New Delhi on Thursday SC terms adultery law as violative of right to equality New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday termed as "manifestly arbitrary" a penal provision which required a woman to have her husband's consent to indulge in adultery with another married man and said it amounted to treating women as "chattel". A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, drew the distinction between adultery as a criminal offence and as a civil wrong which has been used as a ground for seeking divorce in matrimonial disputes. The apex court, which was hearing a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 497 (adultery) of the IPC, said, "As far as criminalisation or decriminalisation of adultery as an offence is concerned, it is in one compartment. Adultery cannot cease to be a ground for seeking divorce by estranged couple in a court of law." S P11 Imran to resume talks with India Lahore: Pakistan welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's congratulatory phone call to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and said it wants resumption of bilateral talks which were halted in 2015. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that he hoped the phone call would pave the way for bilateral talks between both India and Pakistan. Faisal said that Pakistan was ready to host the SAARC Summit postponed in November 2016, which will help to address regional issues. The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate. S P13 OUR BUREAU Amaravati: After three-and-ahalf year of tantalising wait, the unemployed youth are going to get allowance of Rs 1,000 per month from the state government. The scheme, named Mukhyamantri Yuavanestam, will beneﬁt 12.26 lakh youth in Andhra Pradesh. The help, called stipend, will be credited to the beneﬁciaries' accounts directly. The state cabinet, which met here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, took the decision to implement the Telugu Desam Party's 2014 electioneve promise. By rolling out the scheme, Chandrababu Naidu sought to woo a sizeable and inﬂuential section of society which can make or mar an election. Spelling out the details of the scheme after the cabinet meeting, Panchayat Raj and IT minister N Lokesh told media-persons that the eligibility criteria would be that one should be between 22 and 35 years of age. If there is I ndia on Thursday successfully test-fired the endo-atmospheric Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile, which is a part of the country's ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield against a multiple target scenario. The interceptor missile (it remains within the earth's atmosphere at an altitude below 100 km), fired from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, hit a designated incoming dummy enemy missile at a distance of 40 km, said official sources. The interceptor is a 7.5-metre long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired the AAD interceptor from a canister against multiple simulated targets. The missile shoots down one after choosing from a number of targets, said the sources. The DRDO has developed both high-altitude and low-altitude anti-ballistic missiles. Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu conducting a Cabinet Meeting with the Council of Ministers at Secretariat on Thursday more than one youth in a family who are unemployed, they also would be eligible for receiving the stipend. The government will finalise the list of beneficiaries with the data from the smart pulse survey conducted in the past. Apart from paying the stipend, the government would provide training in skill development for the youth. Lokesh said:"Mukhyamantri- Yuvanestham is unique. No state government in the country has a similar programme. The unemployed youth, who want to avail themselves of the beneﬁt, should register their names online from August 3. The portal where they could register their names would be created in the third or fourth week of this month." New seed, textile policies aim at big investments, jobs Amaravati: The state Cabinet on Thursday approved seed policy aimed at attracting Rs 3,000 crore investment and providing 40,000 jobs. The seed park would be established in Kurnool district with the help of Iowa University to supply quality seed to farmers. It also approved a new textile policy which is expected to bring Rs 15,000 crore investment and create 2.5 lakh jobs. S P5 INDIA TEST-FIRES INTERCEPTOR MISSILE Exempt GST on TTD services: Yanamala OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: In view of the forthcoming GST Council meeting on Friday, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu demanded here on Thursday that Goods and Services Tax (GST) could be reduced on various services and products keeping in mind the interests of common man. Yanamala pointed out that since Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams was devoted to promoting Hindu Dharma, it was not proper to tax on its services. He further explained the TTD was not engaged in business and was only providing service to devotees as part of spreading Hindu Dharma and, hence, it deserved the total waiver of GST on its services. The minister also pleaded with the GST Council to exempt tax on the products of Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) to make the products of Girijans compete with the products of others. AP State also sought waiver of GST on dry tamarind which is widely used in all households in south India, on a par with fresh tamarind, which had already been exempted from the tax. Yanamala exposed another discrepancy in taxation. Napa slabs y Says TTD is devoted to promoting Hindu Dharma, can’t be taxed y GST waiver on GCC products will help cause of tribals greatly y AP also seeks waiver several items used by the poor people y Yanamala argues for rationalisation of GST in certain cases also known as Kadapa slabs which are widely used by poor are in 5 per cent slab category and Napa tiles ﬁgure in 18 per cent category. Continued on Page 6 Blow to Mamata: Assam TMC chief, 2 others quit over NRC Guwahati: Assam Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Dwipen Pathak and two other party leaders resigned on Thursday in protest against party supremo Mamata Banerjee's opposition to the ﬁnal draft of the NRC, which has evoked a sharp reaction from different parties and organisations in the state. Pathak's resignation came within hours of a TMC delegation arriving at the Silchar airport in the Bengali-dominated Barak valley at Banerjee's instructions and being stopped from exiting it by the police. Diganta Saikia, a TMC leader from Golaghat and who was among the three to resign, even threatened to ﬁle a case against Banerjee for taking an anti-Assamese stand. Trinamool Congress delegation being stopped by Assam Police as they arrived to assess the situation in Assam in the wake of the publication of the complete draft of the NRC, at Kumbhirgram airport in Silchar on Thursday The ruling BJP as well as other parties in Assam said the TMC had no existence in the Barak valley. Pathak, a former MLA from Hajo, told reporters here that he had apprised the party leaders of the "ground realities" in Assam after the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and urged Banerjee not to send the delegation to the north-eastern state now. "The party did not pay heed to my suggestion and refused to understand the ground situation here. In this backdrop, it is not possible for me to remain in a party that does not value the Assamese sentiment," Pathak, who was a TMC MLA from 2011 to 2016, said. Indian chef among 3 killed in Kabul Kabul: An Indian working for an international food services company in Afghanistan was among three foreign nationals killed by unidentiﬁed gunmen after being abducted from Kabul, the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn country. The three men -- one Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian - who were working as chefs for the French food services and fa- cilities management giant Sodexo, were shot in the head, the TOLOnews reported. The food services company, which manages canteens and facilities for offices, military, schools, hospitals and prisons, has not yet commented. The Indian national was 39, the Macedonian was 37 and the Malaysian national was 64. The victims were abducted on Thursday morning by four gunmen from the industrial park area of 9th Police District in Kabul city while they were on way to work in their official car. Their bodies were later found in Mussahi, a volatile remote and mountainous area of the Afghan capital, the report said. India has strongly condemned the killing of the Indian national along with two other foreign nationals. Shunned by students, engg colleges turn shooting spots VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: Scores of engineering colleges around Hyderabad and adjacent districts are fast turning into a unique infrastructure for making movies. Rejected by thousands of students, these college buildings dot the rural patches in Ghatkesar, Ibrahimpatnam, Keesara, Moinabad and Chilukur. Some of the colleges have good potential to shoot horror movies. The huge buildings of academic, laboratories and practical and administrative blocks are turning into creepy places. "After, 4 pm, except me, even the skeletal staff who are still around would not dare to stay on the campus. One would not see anyone after 6 pm in the area," said Srinivas Gowd, (name changed), working as a Chowkidar at an engineering college in Ghatkesar. "In all, there are nearly 20 students who have visited the college in the last week of June, this year. After that, none has come. Two of the faculty members come in the morning and leave by afternoon and the college correspondent visits once in a blue moon," he said. Vouching for this, Suresh Reddy, a fresh M.Tech graduate wanted to take up teaching job in the college, said that he was not a lone case. There are few colleges y Engineering colleges located in rural areas with zero admissions turn into scary places y 8 colleges got zero admissions, 43 had 10 % admissions y 17,850 seats under convenor quota under Eamcet not ﬁlled y 5,000 students admitted not reported to the colleges in the vicinity where you don't see more than a group of students here and there. In some colleges, the allotments did not cross even 40 per cent of the total intake. "There are students who are allotted but they have not yet reported to the college," he said. Krishna Murthy, a faculty member in a private engineering in Batasingaram, said, "Only 25 students took admission out of an intake of around 250 seats in ﬁve branches of engineering in the college."That means one-fourths of the classrooms in the entire academic block remain empty." When contacted officials in the Directorate of Admissions in the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University - Hyderabad (JNTUH) said, "Around eight colleges have got zero admissions. Nearly 43 colleges got only around 10 per cent of seats ﬁlled. Some of the prominent colleges, who boast of accreditation records and achievements are forced to reduce the number of sections as even those students allotted seats under the convener quota have not turned up," said a senior official from JNTU-H. Continued on Page 6
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