www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Breaks of sun late Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:45 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H BJP WIELDS PD A/Cs LASSO AGAINST TDP WINDOWS TDP plans legal action against GVL for lowering dignity of AP govt Former Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma R PRITHVI RAJ Minister quits over Muzaffarpur horror Patna: Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma on Wednesday resigned over the rape of young girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur but strongly defended her husband despite his alleged friendship with a key accused. "My husband was innocent yesterday, he is innocent today and will be proved innocent tomorrow," an unfazed Verma told the media. "But I resigned on moral grounds after media reports of call details revealed that my husband had spoken to Brajesh Thakur 17 times," she said. SC reserves verdict on adultery law New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Central government for defending the adultery law that punishes only a married man for extramarital affair with a married woman. The court reserved its judgment on the validity of the law. As the government defended the retention of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for preserving the "sanctity of marriage", a fivejudge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked as to how it preserved the "sanctity" as the extramarital affair was non-punishable if the woman's husband stood by her. Ikea opens today Hyderabad: Overcoming challenges that the complex Indian market presents to global retail biggies and a 20-day delay that put its global image under cloud, Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea is all set to open its Rs 1,000-crore outlet in Hyderabad on Thursday. Spread over 4 lakh sft, the store, which came up on 13 acres in upscale Hitech City, houses over 7,500 home furnishing products. Keeping the bargaining hunting mindset of Indians, Ikea put on sale as many as 1,000 products that are priced below Rs 200. S P12 Karunanidhi laid to rest next to Anna on Marina Chennai bids teary farewell to Kalaignar V JAGANNATHAN Chennai: DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was buried beside his mentor C N Annadurai on the sands of Marina beach here on Wednesday after his party clinched a midnight legal battle as lakhs of commoners wept, pushed and jostled for space to bid adieu to their leader, causing a stampede that killed two mourners and injured many. After a two-hour funeral procession covering a distance of less than 3 km headed by the late leader's son and DMK working president M K Stalin wound its way from Rajaji Hall to the Marina shores, the tri-colour wrapped body with his trademark black shades and yellow stole still intact was interred in a freshly dug grave with soldiers giving him a state funeral with full military honours. A military band played "Honouring Those Who Served" as the casket was taken from the cortege to the grave. Buglers sounded the last post and IMF asks India to consider simpler GST rate structure PM Modi (top) and Rahul Gandhi pay tributes to Karunanidhi gunners ﬁred a 21-gun salute after the body of the 94-year-old ﬁve-time chief minister was lowered at 7 pm amid a crescendo of slogans. Continued on Page 6 Stalin pens emotional poem for ‘Appa’ D MK working president MK Stalin late Tuesday tweeted a moving handwritten tribute for his late father and party supremo M Karunanidhi. “Just once shall I address you as appa (father)?” asked Stalin in a moving poem in memory of his late father, as he noted that he used to call him as ‘leader’ more often. “I have addressed you as 'thalaivare thalaivare' (leader) more than 'appa appa' (father). Therefore, just once, shall I address you as 'appa'?,” Stalin said in the poem written hours after the death of the DMK stalwart. Kuchibhotla’s killer gets 3 life terms New York: A US Navy veteran was on Tuesday awarded three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding two others at a suburban Kansas City bar last year. Adam Purinton of Olathe shot and killed 32year-old Kuchibhotla, and wounded two others - Indian national Alok Madasani and Kansas resident Ian Grillot at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas, in February 2017. S P13 Hyderabad: The Personal Deposit (PD) Accounts imbroglio, which is rocking Andhra Pradesh now, promises to escalate further. The BJP, which remained at the receiving end after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began a frontal attack on it for “injustice” done to the state, has found the report of the CAG on AP ﬁnances for the year 2016-17, as a powerful weapon to hit back at him and his governance. The BJP, which had used the issue of corruption successfully at the UPA -II to ride to power at the Centre in 2014, appears to play the same card against the TDP by branding it as the most corrupt state. It equates the PD Accounts issue with 2G scam and says it is one much worse than Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ﬁnancial misdemeanors in the infamous fodder scam in Bihar. BJP Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao, who is going for the government’s jugular, is determined to take the issue to its logical end by seeking an inquiry into what he calls one of the largest scams that had occurred in India Washington: The IMF on Wednesday described the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a "milestone reform" in India's tax policy, but pushed for a simplified structure, saying the multiple rate structure and other features could give rise to high compliance and administrative costs. In its annual country report, the International Monetary Fund also said that a dual rate structure with a low standard rate and an additional higher rate on select items can be progressive and preserve revenue neutrality. The GST is an indirect tax levied on the supply of goods and services in India. It came into effect on July 1, 2017. Continued on Page 6 GVL Narasimha Rao Yanamala Kutumba Rao while the Telugu Desam government maintains that the allegations of corruption are all hogwash and that not even one rupee has been misappropriated. Sources in the Finance department said that legal action might be initiated against Narasimha Rao for lowering the dignity of the government by making allegations of corruption against it at a time when it was managing ﬁnances in the most transparent manner. “I cannot say now what inquiry I will press for. But I will not leave the issue. If the state government is not guilty, why is it dragging its feet in seeking an inquiry by the CBI? I will use all the options available to me to proceed against the state government, whose image lies in tatters now,” Narasimha Rao said, pointing out that the threat of legal action against him makes him laugh. “This is how a government which is on the defensive always says. It is a face-saving gesture,” he said. In fact, AP State Planning Board vice-chairman C Kutumba Rao also had challenged Narasimha Rao to prove that mismanagement of funds had occurred. He advised him to approach the Vigilance Commission if he believes that money had been siphoned out of PD accounts. Continued on Page 6 HARIVANSH VS HARIPRASAD Battle ground set for RS Dy Chairman post New Delhi: The stage is set for an electoral batand a former editor of Hindi daily Prabhat tle on Thursday between NDA's Harivansh Khabar,isconsideredclosetoBiharChiefMinNarayan Singh and joint Opposition candidate isterNitishKumar.TheShivSena,asulkingBJP B K Hariprasad for the post of Rajya Sabha ally, and Akali Dal on Tuesday said they would Deputy Chairman. support the NDA nominee. The candidates ﬁled Hariprasad, a Congress MP their nomination papers on from Karnataka, who was Wednesday before Rajya on Wednesday declared as Sabha Secretary General theOppositioncandidate,is Desh Deepak Verma. The intohisthirdtermintheRapost fell vacant after P J jya Sabha. Talking to reKurien retired in July. porters, Congress leader Union Ministers Ananth AnandSharmasaidﬁvesets Kumar, Piyush Goyal, Vijay ofnominationpapers--ﬁve Goel along with leaders of proposers and ﬁve seconHariprasad the Akali Dal, the Shiv Sena Harivansh ders -- were ﬁled by the and other NDA concombined opposition. stituents were present when Narayan Singh of Sharma,accompaniedbyHariprasadandNCP the Janata Dal-United ﬁled his papers. "I am MPVandanaChavan,accusedthegovernment 100 per cent conﬁdent of winning. The NDA is andtheBJPof"usingeverytactic,usingtheina team and we will win," he told reporters. ﬂuence of their authority and power just to Harivansh, a ﬁrst-timer in the Upper House swingtheelection". Continued on Page 6 Vizag-Chennai corridor to put AP on fast-track Focus on infrastructure development in Andhra Pradesh MD AMEEN Vijayawada: Prestigious Visakhapatnam- Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) taken up with the support of Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expected to give a big boost to the infrastructure development and industrial growth in Andhra Pradesh. The state government is planning to develop infrastructure facilities at seven places in the Coastal districts and connect to national highways in order to attract investors. The VCIC project cost is Rs 5,544 crore and will be implemented in two phases from 2017 to 2020. The ADB loan is Rs 4,125 crore and the share of Andhra Pradesh government is Rs 1,419 First phase of works to be completed by Dec 2019 Infrastructure facilities will be developed in industrial parks 24x7 power supply and road connectivity between industrial units to NHs top priority crore. The state government is planning to complete most of the works of the phases. Representatives of the ADB recently inspected some projects and expressed satisfaction over the progress. They attended a meeting in Vijayawada two weeks ago and ensured full co-operation for the completion of the VCIC which was taken up at a cost of Rs 5,544 crore, one of the biggest projects taken up by the state gov- ernment to promote industries. So far, the Andhra Pradesh government has approved the works worth Rs 1,617 and agreement was signed to this effect, said a source. The Department of Industries in co-ordination with the AP Transco, APIIC is trying to complete the Phase I works by the end of 2019, the source added. In the ﬁrst phase, focus is will be on increasing power supply to the industrial units in Visakhapatnam, Chittoor and Nellore districts. Later, the focus will be shifted to other districts, East Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore, said the officer. The APIIC will develop infrastructure facilities in the industrial clusters. Primarily, the VCIC is focusing on industrial development and infrastructural facilities in Visakhapatnam, Chittoor and Nellore districts. Notable works proposed in the ﬁrst phase will be strengthening of water distribution network in the Greater Visakhpantam Municipal Corporation area at a cost of Rs 390 crore. Mobilisation advance of Rs 33.67 crore has already been released for the project. Continued on Page 6 All set to make Pootarekulu enter India Book of Records OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The mouth-watering sweet delicacy Pootarekulu, which is already famous in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana if not in other states too, is all set to go places. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority wants to take the Pootarekulu to another level by making a 10-metre long delicacy to secure a place in the India Book of Records. All is set to make the 10-me- tre long Pootareku at Berm Park, the Tourism office, on the banks of River Krishna on Thursday at 9 am. Specialists from Godavari districts have been roped in by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority to prepare the delicacy to bag the record. The Pootarekulu would be made on earthen pots in a traditional way. Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Authority Himanshu Shukla said that the Tourism Authority is trying to bring more popularity at national and international level to the indigenous delicacy Pootarekulu. He recalled that the Authority had already introduced Araku Bongu Biryani as the state delicacy and giving training to the Tourism chefs to ﬁnetune it. Mukesh Kumar Meena, Secretary to the Tourism Department, would be chief guest to the function when the 10-metre long Pootarekulu is made setting the record to enter Indian Book of Records. ADMISSIONS FOR INTER EXTENDED TILL SEPT 15 Guntur: The Board of Intermediate Education has extended the last date for final phase of admissions into the Intermediate till September 15, following a request to this effect by the principals of government junior colleges. BIE commissioner and secretary B Udaya Lakshmi, issuing relevant orders, directed the principals of government, aided, private unaided, co-operative, AP Residential, Social Welfare Residential and AP Model Junior Colleges that they could admit students till September 15. She made it clear that after that there will be no further extension of time. The BIE officials informed that the last date for admissions for Intermediate without condonation expired on Wednesday. The students, who join Intermediate from August 9, would have to pay condonation fee of Rs 400. According to BIE officials, Intermediate students would have to attend at least 220 to classes in the academic year. The students who join the junior colleges from August 9, will get attendance shortage, if they attend college without absent. Taking this into consideration, the BIE directed to collect condonation of Rs 400 from the students.
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