www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `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. REGIONAL P3 P9 Officials race against time to meet MB deadline 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 ‘Where are the jobs?’ Gadkari asks on Maratha quota demands 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 P4 GST incentives for digital payments soon Govt thinks that the move would promote cashless transactions in rural and semi-urban areas caste), in all communities there is one section which has no clothes to wear, no food to eat. "One school of thought also is (that) we must also consider the poorest of the poor section in every community," he said. This is a "socio-economic thinking" and it must not be politicised, the Union minister said. Maintaining that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was trying to resolve the Maratha quota demand by holding talks, Mr Gadkari urged people to maintain peace. "The responsible political parties must not add fuel to the ﬁre," he added. The development, the industrialisation and the good prices for rural produce would ease the economic distress that the Maratha community is suffering from, he said. 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 the economy. "We have decided to undertake a pilot project. A broad framework has been worked out so that users of Rupay debit card, BHIM, Aadhaar, UPI, USSD transactions can be given the incentives because these are mostly used by poor people," Goyal said. A group of ministers under Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi, worked out the cash back mechanism and had assessed that the revenue loss on account of it would be Rs 1,000 crore annually. Row over saree offered to Goddess Durga OUR BUREAU 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 Old City echoes with Bonalu beats OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU 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 policymakers to consider the poorest of poor in every community. 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. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?" he asked. "The problem with the quota is that backwardness is becoming a political interest. Everyone says I am backward. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Brahmins are strong. They dominate politics. (And) They say they are backward," the senior BJP leader said. "So, one school of thought is that a poor person is a poor person, he has no caste, creed or language. Whatever may be the religion -- the Muslim, the Hindu or the Maratha (a WORLD 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 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. Hyderabad: Reverberated drum beats, enthusiastic crowd and women in traditional attires carrying rice-filled pots were familiar scenes in Old City on Sunday. The annual Bonalu festivities started in the early hours at Lal Darwaja, Historic Akkanna Madanna temple, Gowlipura, Aliyabad, Bangaru Pochamma and other temples in the Old City. Devotees carrying riceﬁlled pots as offering to the deity started thronging the temples with Lal Darwaja Simhavahini Sri Mahankali temple being the centre of the celebrations. The puja started early in the morning and AniVijayashanti carrying bonam in the Old City on Sunday mal Husbandry Minister T Srinivas Yadav offered Silk Saree to the deity. Women and girls mination. Folk artists and pothuraclad in traditional dresses carryjus who lead the ‘Thottela proing Bonams lined up at temples Devotees cessions,’ were in great deacross the Old City and in many mand. carrying other parts of the city too. Long Petty vendors offering toys, rice-filled pots ﬂavours and other commodiqueues were witnessed at most places of worship as devotees ties made a brisk business at as offering to in smaller processions temple premises. Congress the deity started converged for darshan leaders K Jana Reddy, and to make the tradiBJP leaders K Laxman, queuing outside the Lal tional offering. DancDarwaja, Historic Akkanna Ramachandra Rao, ing to the resounding Telangana Praja Madanna temple, Gowlipura, Samithi president M drum beats, men clad in turmeric paste Kodandaram and Aliyabad, Bangaru ‘pothurajus’ lead the other political leaders Pochamma and other processions. from different parties temples in the Old City All roads leading to visited the temples and the temples in the offered pujas. from the early Continued city were decked up hours on P4 with lights and illu-
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