www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.34°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 36% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 06:46 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGIONAL P5 P7 Oppn candidate Ramesh gets most votes in PAC polls Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra receives a Green Certificate from FLO President Pinky Reddy during an FLO talk on 'Challenging the Status Quo and Forging New Paths' with Vir Sanghvi (unseen), in New Delhi on Monday OBC Bill passed in Rajya Sabha New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday cleared the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 also referred to as the OBC Bill as part of the ongoing Monsoon session. With the Congress undoing its stance taken in the Upper House during the last monsoon session, the Bill to grant constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) was passed unanimously by Lok Sabha last week. The passage of the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, making NCBC a panel with full powers to safeguard rights and interests of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), is likely to give a fillip to the BJP’s attempts to posture itself as a party that stands for backward communities. S P11 Asad dares BJP for NRC survey in Mizoram, J&K Hyderabad: AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has dared the BJPled Union government to conduct survey under the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing a public meeting on the occasion of death anniversary of former party president Moulvi Abdul Wahed Owaisi at Ahmed Nagar in the city on Sunday night, Owaisi lashed out at BJP chief Amit Shah for branding 40 lakh people who were excluded from the draft list of NRC in Assam as 'infiltrators' and challenged the BJP government to take up the exercise in other states. He recalled media reports that the present Tripura Chief Minister was born in 1971 in Bangladesh. FASHION FILE The changing trends SHAME ON CENTRE TDP MPs in Lok Sabha question stalling of funds for AP Representatives of Holitech Technology sign an MoU with AP government in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Secretariat on Monday Holitech to make Xiaomi modules in Tirupati COMPONENT MAKER TO GENERATE 6,000 JOBS OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Holitech, a key component supplier to Xiaomi smartphone, has signed an MoU with the state government on Monday to establish its manu- facturing unit in Tirupati. Holitech will produce ﬁve modules in a smart phone in the state. This company aimed to commission the ﬁrst phase by January 2019 and second phase by Continued on P6 June 2019. New Delhi: TDP members on Monday brought placards into the Lok Sabha protesting the Centre's alleged withdrawal of funds for Andhra Pradesh and demanded the Union government to release them immediately. TDP member Rammohan Naidu raised the issue but his party members were pulled up by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for bringing placards into the House and then their attempt to show them after she allowed Naidu to speak. "What do you want to show the people of India," she asked angrily. A TDP member later tore some papers and threw them in the air as party MPs staged a walkout after Naidu's speech. TDP MPs staging a protest demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh during the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday 15 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh President of J&K High Court Bar Association B S Slathia SC ADJOURNS HEARING ON ARTICLE 35A New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on pleas challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A pertaining to J&K. Petitions on Article 35A will now be heard from Aug 27, said CJI Dipak Misra. The crucial hearing was adjourned as Justice D Y Chandrachud, one of the three judges in bench, was not present. The matter was initially listed for hearing before a bench comprising CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The three-judge bench was hearing the case to decide whether issue of Article 35A has to be referred to the Constitutional bench. Raipur: Fifteen Maoist guerrillas were killed and two others, including a senior cadre and an injured woman rebel, were held after a gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday, police said. The ﬁghting started around 6.15 am near a village forest in Miltkatong area when the District Reserve Guard (DRG) of the Chhattisgarh Police force, who are trained to ﬁght the Maoists -- were out on an antiinsurgency operation. The gun battle took place at a spot situated between Gollappalli and Konta, hotbeds of insurgency around 490 km from here. The police said the ﬁring lasted for around one-and-ahalf hours and an unknown number of ﬁghters managed to ﬂee from the spot. Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Vivekanand Sinha said the operation was conducted by the DRG personnel as they were out on the operation since August 4. Earlier, the Chhattisgarh police had said that the operation was conducted by a joint team This is one of the biggest anti-Naxal operations in the history of Chhattisgarh, where 15 bodies of rebels were recovered in a single incident D M Awasthi, Special DGP (anti-Naxal ops) Representational image of the DRG and Special Task Force. "The operation lasted till 7.30 a.m. Area committee commander Deva and a woman Maoist were held during the operation," said Sinha, adding that the woman has suffered a bullet injury to her leg. The operation was based on an intelligence input about the presence of a large number of Maoists in the area. The rebels were killed as they retaliated with ﬁring when the police asked them to surrender. Sixteen high-tech weapons, including INSAS riﬂes, .303 ri- MOVE TO OVERTURN SC ORDER Chandrababu Naidu first CM to pledge organs tice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot last week. "The government had New Delhi: The election for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha will be held at 11 am on August 9, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced on Monday. The nomination papers will have to be ﬁled before noon by August 8, he informed the House soon after it assembled for the day. The post of the Deputy Chairman has been lying vacant since June this year following the retirement of P J Kurien, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament on a Congress ticket from Kerala. He was later elected as the Deputy Chairman during the UPA government's tenure. The BJP-led NDA government does not enjoy a majority in the House and would need the support of several regional parties to push for the election of its candidate. The ruling side has not yet cleared its stand over the candidate while the Opposition has decided to take a collective decision on the election. Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi’s health has declined once again and doctors at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai are facing a challenge in maintaining his vital organ functions, the medical bulletin released on Monday said. Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital on July 28 after his blood pressure dropped and he has been receiving treatment at the intensive care unit since then. The medical bulletin further stated that he is being monitored continuously and being treated with active medical support. “His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis,” the hospital added. filed a review petition in the Supreme Court with regard to its order to strike down the original provisions of The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. "Following the court decision, many SC/ST organisations called for a 'Bharat Bandh', leading to unfortunate incidents. Continued on P6 1.2 lakh pledge to donate organs in Amaravati the occasion of International Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week celebrations. Interestingly, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was also inﬂuenced by the campaign and pledged his organs. Naidu happens to be the ﬁrst Chief Minister to announce do- nation of organs.The Chief Minister made the announcement at his residence at Undavalli here on Monday. He appreciated the MEPMA for creating awareness and motivating 1.2 lakh people for a noble cause. The India Book of Record recognised organ pledge at Undavalli as the high- OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Motivation for a good cause, properly done, gets results. In just a span of 10 days, Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) could make 1.2 lakh people pledge their organs on Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman election on Aug 9 Karunanidhi critical LS discusses Bill to restore SC/ST Act New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday took up for discussion the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, which seeks to overturn a Supreme Court order that struck down the provision for immediate arrest. The amendment Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Social Jus- ﬂes, .315 riﬂes, 12-bore guns, explosives, detonators, electric wires, battery, medicines, Maoist literature, banners and some posters, were recovered from the site. Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said: "The operation was conducted after we got inputs that the Konta Militia Group was conducting meetings with villagers and trying to recruit them." The operation was launched over the last few weeks. "Last week we missed them by an hour. But this time the police party was on time," Meena said. Eight Maoists, including four women, were gunned down in a similar operation conducted by security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on July 19. In April, eight Maoists -- six of them women -- were killed in a joint operation by Chhattisgarh and Telangana security personnel near the inter-state boundary in Bijapur. Naidu said the Centre had promised Rs 22,000 crore for seven backward districts of the state but has agreed to give only Rs 2,050 crore, which is a "grave injustice". The Centre had recently credited Rs 350 crore to the state's account but then withdrew it, he said, terming it as "unprecedented and shameful". He alleged that it was done at the behest of the Prime Minister's Office. He said it is being projected that the state's TDP government was not furnishing utilisation certificate and insisted that it was wrong as it is at the third position among all states in submitting proof of utilisation. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addressing a function held to celebrate the International Organ Donation Day at Praja Vedika in Undavalli on Monday est consent ever given as one block. Addressing the gathering, Chandrababu Naidu informed that till now, 218 kidney transplantation, 103 liver transplantation, 38 heart and 34 lungs transplantations were performed in the state. On this occasion, he said that the government will consider the proposal for making organ donation pledge as mandatory to take driving licence in Andhra Pradesh. This was a proposal brought by the officials who worked on the Organ Donation Pledge. Continued on P6
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