www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Overcast Temp: Max.32°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 42% Sunrise: 05:50 Sunset: 06:44 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS STATE P3 P8 Congress adds social media to its armoury BUSINESS Gemini Edibles charts capacity expansion KCR for Delhi to get nod for zonal system today OUR BUREAU 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 P7 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 facilities 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. Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will leave for New Delhi on Friday. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers to get the approval from the Union government for new zonal system. The Chief Minister will himself monitor the entire process of obtaining clearance and approval for the zonal system dur- KUDA MASTER DESIGN UPSETS RYTHU BANDHU BENEFICIARIES ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: The state government’s Rythu Bandhu scheme is throwing a spanner in the works of Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) works which wants to come out with a draft Master Plan- 2041. The farmers of 42 villages which have been merged into the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) are taking exception to the move of the KUDA to designate their lands as meant for industrial purpose. As this would rob the farmers of the beneﬁts they are availing themselves under the Rythu Bandhu as their lands would no longer be categorised as agriculture lands. The stakeholders’ meeting organised by the KUDA that held recently seeking opinion on the draft plan ran into rough weather when the farmers said they were not willing to have their land categorised as industrial. The contention of the farmers is that they have to forego the beneﬁts of Rythu Bandhu if their lands are included in the Industrial Use, Public & Semi Public Use, and Recreational Use zones as proposed by the draft plan. “It is likely to impact small and marginal farmers whose livelihood by and large depended on agriculture. It’s a huge disadvantage for the residents of almost all the merged villages,” former Mayor Errabelly Swarna told The Hans India, demanding the KUDA to include these lands in Mixed Use zone. Continued on Page 4 ing his visit to the national capital. He has also decided to stay in New Delhi, if required, for two or three days and meet Prime Minister, if necessary, to underscore the necessity for zonal system. The Telangana government has recently announced the creation of seven zones and two multi zones in place of the two zones that existed in the Telangana region in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. Due to the delay in the approval of a new zonal system by the Centre, the government postponed fresh recruitments of the zonal cadre posts. The Chief Minister has also decided that there shall be new zonal system in the state, so that the fruits of achieving the statehood reach people. That is the reason why the Chief Minister has decided to obtain an early clearance and approval for the new zonal System and to take up fresh recruitments. According to sources, the state government has already requested the Centre to agree to the new zonal system. The Union Ministries of Law and Home Affairs positively responded to the proposal. The file concerned has been forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office. Since the entire matter pertaining to clearance of zonal system is at a crucial stage, the Chief Minister has decided to go to Delhi to personally monitor the whole process, sources said. Poor response to TS insurance n A little more than half of targeted farmers register OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Although August 15, the D-Day for the launch of ‘Farmers Insurance Scheme’ is nearing, the response from farmers to the Telangana State Government 's latest showpiece has been lukewarm. So far, only 27 lakh farmers have enrolled for the scheme, which seeks to provide Rs 5 lakh insurance cover to the bereaved family in case of the farmer’s untimely death. Not more than 50 per cent of the total number of 57 lakh farmers registered their names under the new scheme, which will take I ndia on Thursday successfully testfired 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. effect on Independence Day, officials said. They attributed the lukewarm response to a sentiment prevalent among some farmers that taking up an insurance scheme would have negative impact on the longevity of the farmer concerned. As per official records, 62 per INDIA TEST-FIRES INTERCEPTOR MISSILE cent of farmers in Telangana possess less than 2.5 acres of land, 24 per cent own land measuring between 2.5 and 5 acres, 11 per cent peasants possess between 5 and 10 acres, less than 3 per cent own between 10 and 25 acres, while 0.88 per cent of the farmers individually have more than 25 acres of land. Senior officials of the Agriculture Department said that in many districts, small farmers have reservations and sentiments as the scheme yields beneﬁts only after the farmer’s death. “They won’t like to be part of the scheme which extends help post-death of the enrolled persons,” officials said. They Hyderabad: In a heart-rending incident, two school students died, and several others sustained injuries when the roof of a shed that passes off as a classroom collapsed at New Century School at Vivekanandanagar in Kukatpally here on Thursday. The mishap took place at 3.50 pm when the children were taking Karate classes. The children who died were identiﬁed as Mani Keerthana and Chandana. They gave up the battle for life while undergoing treatment at a hospital while the condition of others is causing concern. One of them, OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit Telangana on a two-day tour from August 13, for the ﬁrst time after becoming president of the party. Speaking to media persons at Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday, Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that besides participating in the Praja Chaitanya Bus Yatra in Ranga Reddy district, Rahul Gandhi would also address a series of meetings during his two-day tour in the city. Rahul’s visit to Telangana was due for months and the earlier programmes which were announced were postponed as the Congress supremo was preoccupied with other engagements. The PCC has planned Dalits, BCs and STs public meetings with him. He was also invited to participate in the State Formation Day celebrations. Earlier, Uttam Kumar Reddy formally launched the TPCC’s IT Cell and announced the appointment of Kalakuntla Madan Mohan Rao as its chairman. He said that the IT Cell would play a major role in creating a link between the party, leaders and cadres. Continued on Page 4 Cops to spot criminals in a jiffy OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: For the ﬁrst time, the Telangana police have a new weapon its armoury. They have acquired a Facial Recognition System (FRS) which can help spot a person with a crime record from a crowd in a jiffy. According to Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahender Reddy, the FRS can recognise a criminal by scanning his face in real-time. It has been integrated with TSCOP. The software allows a police ofﬁcer to compare a person face with the database of photographs of criminals, wanted persons and even missing persons available in the central database of CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems). “The central database of photographs will 2 students killed as school shed caves in OUR BUREAU pointed out that middle level farmers, owning 5 to 15 acres, and landlords, owning more than 25 acres of land, are not showing interests in the scheme as most of them already have personal insurance cover. Some of them are settled in the cities and are not keen to be part of the scheme. Under these circumstances, officials said that the government does not expect the total number of beneﬁciaries to cross 30 lakh. While announcing the scheme, the government targeted enrolling nearly 45 lakh farmers. That is, it will fall short of the target by about 15 lakh this Continued on Page 4 year. RAHUL TO TOUR TELANGANA FOR TWO DAYS Naresh, was shifted to Apollo Hospital after his condition deteriorated. Parents and students allege that the school management had built the shed with poor quality material which resulted in the tragedy. The rain which lashed out Kukatpally on Wednesday rendered the foundation weak, with the result that the beam that held the roof got dislocated and crashed into the children. Continued on Page 4 CRIME BUSTERS Acquire Facial Recognition System to zero in on trouble-makers FRS can compare a person with database in a matter of seconds TS developing know-how to ﬁnd if past criminals mended ways DGP hopes the new initiatives will help curb crimes in a big way be updated by police stations across the state,” he said. When a person’s image is fed into the system, it compares with the pictures in the database and gives out re- sults within a few seconds. The photographs of persons that do not match the central database will automatically be discarded. Continued on Page 4 Assam TMC chief, 2 others quit 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. 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. 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 4
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