www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Light showers. Cloudy Temp: Max.32°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 05:51 Sunset: 06:42 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGIONAL P3 P8 TRS MP seeks separate Ministry for BCs 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. OUR BUREAU GOVT TO SEEK FUNDS FROM WORLD BANK, ADB AND OTHER EXTERNAL AGENCIES PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: With the increase in ﬁnancial burden due to distribution of freebies, including the ﬁnancial help under Rythu Bandhu scheme, Telangana state government has launched a hunt for funds to meet the growing expenditure in the current ﬁnancial year which is also crucial for the TRS government ahead of next elections likely to be held early 2019. Besides seeking funds from the domestic banks and RBI through bonds, the state OBC Bill passed in Rajya Sabha Asad dares BJP for NRC survey in Mizoram, J&K Indra Nooyi to bid adieu as PepsiCo CEO Freebies burden forces Buses, autos to be TS to hunt for funds off the roads today 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 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 P7 BUSINESS Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman election on Aug 9 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. government has come out with the proposal to seek the support of ADB, World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and other external agencies for the implementation of the infrastructure projects. The government is also approaching autonomous central agencies for support to enforce communitybased ﬂagships programmes like sheep and milch cattle distribution. Top officials said that even though Telangana registered 19 per cent growth in the revenues generated through taxes and also maintaining ﬁscal discipline in 2018- 19 , the abnormal increase of the scheme expenditure after the launch of series of programmes mainly Rythu Bandhu, farmers insurance scheme, Kanti Velugu and proposed salary hike for government employees under new Pay Revision Commission brought the state under ﬁnanContinued on P4 cial duress. 15 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh 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 anti-insurgency 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 oneand-a-half 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 of the DRG and Special Task Force. "The operation lasted till 7.30 a.m. 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 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, MOVE TO OVERTURN SC ORDER The colleges should have faculty-student ratio of 1:20. But, it is 20:1 with poor admissions this year V R C PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: The student to teacher ratio has always been high on the student side but in what can only be termed as ironical, private colleges in the state offering pharmacy have too many teachers for few students. Ac- tice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot last week. "The government had including INSAS rifles, .303 rifles, .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. 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. 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- buses and autos, would have to search for the alternative Hyderabad: Public means with many of transportation is the trade unions TSRTC likely to be afhave decided to unions, auto, fected with support the drivers’ association TSRTC strike. support strike call given by buses and All the autos to be unions in the All- India Coordination off the TSRTC, Committee of Road Transport roads in auto Workers Organisations the state on unions, protesting against the Tuesday as drivers’ asMotor Vehicle Act the trade sociation have Amendment Bill unions would supported the be on one day strike call given by strike against the Centhe All- India Coorditre's plans to bring Motor nation Committee of Road Vehicle Act Amendment Bill. Transport Workers OrganiStudents and office-goers, sations. Continued on P4 who commute in the RTC 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. Teachers outnumber students in pharma colleges cording to sources, after completion of the third round of counselling by the Telangana State Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test – 2018 (TS EAMCET-2018), the initial data points to a drastic fall in enrolment to pharmacy colleges, down to less than 10 per cent of the total intake of seats offered under TS Eamcet-2018. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official from the Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE) said that as per the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the combined approved intake for postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma courses in the state is around 23,000 for about 150 colleges during 2018-19 academic year. There are nearly 6,218 faculty members working in these colleges affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological Univer- sity-Hyderabad (JNTU-H), Osmania University (OU) Kakatiya University (KU), Palamuru University (PU) and others. Of the total number of colleges, the JNTU-H alone has around 70 colleges affiliated to it. A senior official from the JNTU-H said that there had been a wide gap between the total intake and enrolment of students for the last four years. But, this year, the situation has turned worse. Admissions this year were less than 2,000. The colleges should have faculty-student ratio of 1:20. But, given the current admission trends, the student-faculty ratio is around 1:20 in the pharmaceutical colleges in the State. “The state had the highest intake of 35,566 students during 2014-15 academic year and highest number of 12,592 students had enrolled for pharmacy course in government, private, aided and universityrun colleges during the same year,” he said. From 2014-15 the total intake had come down to 23,352 in 2017-18 with no improvement in the enrolments. Similarly, the number of students passing out is more or less the same. But, what is making Pharmaceutical Sciences lose their sheen is that the placement ratio of the total passed out candidates is less than 45 per cent. Besides, the students are unhappy over poor wages offered. This is turning tables against the students, a majority of them girls, opting out in search of better opportunities.
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