www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Breaks of sun late Temp: Max.32°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 58% Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 06:41 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS KCR PLANS BIG EXERCISE TO SPOT WINNING HORSES n TRS chief to meet MLAs, leaders from Aug 16 PATAN AFZAL BABU Former Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma 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 P8 Karunanidhi laid to rest next to Anna on Marina Hyderabad: As the elections are fast approaching, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will dedicate part of his busy schedule to hold meetings with his party MLAs and also key leaders from August 16 onwards to resolve political issues and also accord clearances to the pending development programmes in their respective Assembly segments. Till recently, there is a criticism that KCR was not available to meet any leader, including ministers, MLAs, MPs and senior leaders who always wait eagerly to have the audience with the TRS leader. The Chief Minister has already summoned a bunch of his party MLAs to meet him and explain the ground reality in their constituencies. After the Independence Day celebrations, top sources said, KCR will concentrate more on interaction with the party legislators and leaders from state to district level. He will ascertain the TRS party’s strength and weakness and also the requirement of realignment of political equations, if any, in every Assembly segment before the elections. As a ﬁrst step, KCR will concentrate more on the Assembly constituencies where Congress is strong especially in South Telangana districts of Khammam, Nalgonda, Rangareddy and Mahbubnagar. The TRS chief has already gathered enough reports on the TRS strength in the assembly segments in these districts. To weaken the Congress in old Nalgonda district from where TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, CLP leader K Jana Reddy and another senior leader Komatireddy Venkatreddy are representing, KCR has already announced sanction of a government medical college in Suryapet and taken up the works on war-footing. Similarly, developmental works worth crores of rupees have been sanctioned in the assembly segments represented by Congress leaders A Revanth Reddy and DK Aruna in the erstwhile Mahbubnagar district. To weaken the Congress in the three districts, KCR is evolving a political strategy in which he will announce some more sops to the districts. Continued on Page 4 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 File photo IMF asks India to consider simpler GST rate structure HARIVANSH VS HARIPRASAD Battle ground set for RS Dy Chairman post 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 4 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. 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 4 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 4 BJP wields PD a/cs lasso against TDP Centre may starve TS gram panchayats of funds TDP plans legal action against GVL for lowering dignity of AP govt R PRITHVI RAJ GVL Narasimha Rao Yanamala Kutumba Rao 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 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?” Continued on Page 4 NM SATHEESH Hyderabad: The Centre may hold back release of funds as per the guidelines of the 14th Finance Commission to the gram panchayats of the state as elections to elect new bodies have not been held. The elections to the gram panchayats (GPs) should have been conducted before August 2 of this year as the term of the previous panchayat bodies has ended on August 1. Unless the election is completed, there is no possibility of GPs getting funds from the Centre. This would virtually make the panchayats penny less after the available funds are exhausted and they would not be in a position even to maintain minimum services in villages. According to sources, the Centre has imposed condition on the states that the Central Finance Commission funds would be released only if the elected bodies are in place. "It has held back the funds in 2013 and forced the state government to hold the elections. Though the term of the elected bodies has ended in 2011, the government did not hold the elections till 2013," the source said. The same is expected to repeat this year if the elections are not held to the GPs. The Centre would hold back the second installment of the grants to the GPs which have to be released after October. Most of the old GPs of the state are surviving with the funds being given through the 14th Finance Commission. From the 14th Finance Commission period, the Centre has been releasing funds directly to the GPs. Continued on Page 4 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. 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. S P9
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