www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 40% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 06:46 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS President visits ailing Karunanidhi Chennai: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday visited DMK President M. Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital here and wished him speedy recovery. "Visited Thiru Karunanidhi, met Kalaignar's family members and doctors, and inquired about his health. Wishing the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a veteran of our public life, a quick recovery," Kovind tweeted. Separatist shutdown hits life in Kashmir Srinagar: A shutdown called by separatists in support of Article 35A, which gives special powers to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, affected life across the Kashmir Valley on Sunday. The separatist Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) called for a complete shutdown for two days in support of the Article that has been challenged in the Supreme Court. 180 Mansarovar pilgrims stranded Kathmandu: Nearly 180 Indians on way back home from Mansarovar pilgrimage are stranded in Humla district in Nepal due to bad weather, official sources said on Sunday. However, the numbers are not alarming and it will take just a day of good weather and normal operation of flights to evacuate all the stranded persons, the Indian Embassy here said. It confirmed that these persons were stranded in Simikot, the district headquarters of Humla, and Hilsa on the Nepal-China border. ANDHRA P5 P13 Kanna alleges phone tapping by TDP govt World War II plane crashes, 20 killed DREAM BIG, AIM HIGH Prez Kovind addresses 7th convocation of IIT-Hyderabad S Wants the institute to break out of silos S Calls for sharing of ideas among institutes S Asks it to collaborate with ISB, NALSAR S Universities shouldn’t be mere degree factories Hyderabad: President Ram Nath Kovind has emphasized on sharing and interchange of knowledge and ideas among the prestigious national institutes, universities and research laboratories. Addressing the seventh convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad at Kandi on the city outskirts on Sunday, Kovind noted that Hyderabad has 19 research facilities and laboratories of the Council of Scientiﬁc and Industrial Research, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation. “Individually, many of these entities are doing excellent work. The President Ram Nath Kovind presents a certiﬁcate to a student during the 7th convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad at Kandi in Sangareddy district on Sunday IIT-HYDERABAD IS THE ELEMENT THAT COMPLETES THE PICTURE point is: Are they pulling their collective weight? Is there adequate cross-pollination?" the President asked. The President said the IIT-Hyderabad was not envisaged as just an add-on to this ecosystem. Rather, it DRI officials seize 1,125 star tortoises in Vizag needs to be the hub of this ecosystem and must be the connecting tissue and the catalyst for a greater synergy. He urged the IIT Hyderabad to break out of silos and to encourage others in this direction. Continued on P6 Gadkari asks on Maratha quota demands They are being transported to Kolkata for smuggling OUR BUREAU Javadekar opens transit campus of Central varsity Aurangabad: Stating that reservations will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday that there is a "school of thought" which wants policy-makers to consider the poorest of poor in every community. GST incentives for digital payments soon toises are protected under ‘CITES’ - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, declared ‘vulnerable’ by ‘IUCN’ – International Union for Conservation of Nature and are listed in Schedule IV of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and are prohibited from export under Foreign Trade Policy and the same are liable for conﬁscation under Customs Act,1962. Accordingly, the sleuths of the DRI have seized the said Tortoise under Customs Act, 1962 later handed tortoises to the Forest Range Officer, of Vizag. The three accused persons are being prosecuted against. OUR BUREAU Govt thinks that the move would promote cashless transactions in rural and semi-urban areas New Delhi: The GST Council has cleared a proposal to offer cashbacks to consumers on trial basis for digital payments through Rupay cards, BHIM app and UPI system to promote cashless transactions in rural and semi-urban areas. Volunteer states would roll out incentives on pilot basis for digital payments, and the GSTN, the IT backbone of the GST network, and the National Payments Corporation of India will develop a system soon for the same, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters after the GST Council meeting in Delhi. Once implemented, customers making payments through Rupay card and BHIM UPI, would get a cashback of 20 per cent of the total GST amount, subject to a maximum limit of 100, Goyal said, while terming the move as a step towards formalisation of Continued on P6 the economy. temple. The team of devotees sat on the ﬂoor while puja was being performed by the priests. They watched the puja for some time. A little while later, the devotees identiﬁed that there was no saree at the venue after the completion of puja. The Lalitha Parayana Mandali members enquired about the saree. The priests also noticed that the saree was missing. The puja was being held under the supervision of temple Vedic committee member Sankar Sandilya with the support of another priest Ramesh. The assistant, Ramesh, reportedly told the officials that a trust board member asked him to pack the saree. But Sankar Sandilya warned him not to do as it is against the system. Later, Ramesh handed over the saree to the sarees department. Vedic Committee member Sankar Sandilya speaking to The Anantapur: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday declared open the the transit campus for the Central University in the temporary buildings at the JNTU campus here. Addressing a meeting at the JNTU campus after unveiling the plaque and logo of the university, Javadekar said the Centre is keen to fulﬁll all the promises made to the AP state and that was the reason why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given the nod for the Central University though the concerned Bill was yet to be passed by the Rajya Sabha. More than 30 Bills are awaiting approval of the House, he added. Javadekar hailed the establishment of the Central University, which became a reality after a four-year wait. The new university will have 180 students with 30 students in each of the 6 courses. Pucca buildings will be constructed at Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurating the transit campus of the Central University at the IT Incubation Centre of JNTU, Anantapur, on Sunday Bukkarayasamudram in an area of 500 acres. The Centre will be spending Rs 1000 crore on the buildings and infrastructure. The Union minister regretted that the Centre which sanctioned Rs 359 crore for the 7 backward districts had been withdrawn after the TDP withdrew from the Central cabinet. Central University Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao spoke on the occa- ‘WHERE ARE THE JOBS?’ Row over saree offered to Goddess Durga Vijayawada: Yet another controversy involving the temple staff and a trust board member broke out in Durga temple here on Sunday following the disappearance of a silk saree worth Rs 18,000. The saree was offered to the deity by a devotee from the pooja venue. Presenting a saree to the Goddess Durga is a tradition during the month of Ashadam. Padmaja, a native of Undavalli, offered the saree along with a team of 300 members of Lalitha Parayana Mandali. The saree was placed at the feet of the idol of Durga in the puja hall in the sixth ﬂoor of the 4TH UNIVERSITY IN ANANTAPUR OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials on Sunday seized 1,125 star tortoises of varying sizes while being transported to Kolkata for smuggling them out of the country. Forest officials who have examined the tortoises on request from the DRI men have conﬁrmed that the tortoises were star tortoises with zoological name ‘geochelone elegans’. The DRI searched the bags of three passengers who told them that one person from Madanapalle in Chittoor district handed over the tortoises to them at Cheluru near Balegowdanahalli in Karnataka. They were taking the tortoises with them for delivery to someone in Kolkata who in turn would smuggle them out of the country. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) of Vizag region launched an operation on a tip-off that the star tortoises were being transported in trains. They made checks in the Yashwanthapur-Howarh express and found the three passengers with star tortoises hidden in bags. The Indian Star Tor- WORLD Hans India, said the sarees department employee collected the saree. He also said that the employee told the officials that one of the trust board members took the saree. Lalitha Parayana Mandali members Padmaja and Bala Tripura Sundari complained to the temple authorities about the missing of the saree. They also demanded the temple authorities to return the saree. But they did not lodge a complaint with the police. The temple security staff is watching video footage to verify the allegation. According to sources, no evidence is available so far. The officials are silent on this issue and no action has been taken in this regard so far. Gadkari made these remarks responding to reporters' questions on the ongoing agitation by the Marathas for reservations and similar demands by other communities in Maharashtra. "Let's us assume the reservations are given. Continued on P6 sion. Javadekar said the Central University is the fourth university in the district after JNTU, SKU and the Sathya Sai Deemed University. He said that there is no paucity of funds for the new university. Already, a sum of Rs 400 crore has been released and Rs 500 crore more would be released in the second phase. Continued on P6
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