www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 33% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:44 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGIONAL P5 P10 Pension to tribals at 50 yrs Fire Services personnel rescue a child following a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, in Idukki, Kerala on Thursday 26 dead, 22 dams opened in Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains in Kerala on Thursday claimed 26 lives, leaving a trail of destruction across the southern state. With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost its maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water. Of the total deaths, 11 people were killed in a massive landslide in high range Idukki, six in northern Malappuram district, two others in Kannur and one in Wayanad district since last night, disaster control room source said here. Five members of a family were killed in Idukki's Adimali town. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the locals and police, they said. For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir, considered the biggest arch dam in Asia, was opened by on Thursday afternoon with the water level touching 2,398.98 ft. S Report: P11 Provision of bail in triple talaq Bill New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved inclusion of a provision of granting bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives, sources in the government said. Giving instant triple talaq will continue to be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The 'Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill' was cleared by Lok Sabha and is pending in Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers. Provision of bail was one of the demands of the opposition parties. Under the amendments cleared on Thursday, the magistrate will have powers to grant bail, the sources said. S Report: P11 REFLECTIONS Women’s condition not different in West A peek into future Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election draws the battle line R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: The election of JD(U) member Harivansh Narayan Singh, who was NDA’s candidate for the position of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, is signiﬁcant in more than one way. It has helped in dissolving the mist over which party is on which side. The election had also proved that the parties act differently from their public posturing when the moment of truth arrives. Take for instance, the YSRC. Till last minute, they could not come to any decision. A day ahead of the election, Rajya Sabha mem- ber V Vijayasai Reddy said they would vote against the NDA’ candidate. But ﬁnally, the two Rajya Sabha members abstained, contributing their mite to help the NDA candidate win the election. If the YSRC claims that it is al- T he ruling NDA has comfortably bagged the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha when journalist-turned politician Harivansh of the JD(U) beat Congress' B K Hariprasad in an election that was seen as a test for the opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls Nitish thanks KCR Hyderabad: JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday thanked Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for the support extended by TRS to his party candidate in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election. Nitish Kumar rang up the TRS president on Thursday afternoon and thanked him for the support of TRS members for his party MP and NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh in the election to the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, according to Rao's office. He extended support to efforts towards Telangana's development, it said adding KCR congratulated Kumar on the victory. RTC union polls go off peacefully OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Polling for RTC employees recognised union went off peacefully across the state. Polling began at 5 am and ended at 6 pm. Counting began at 6.30 pm and results are expected late on Thursday night. As the voters’ turnout was huge, the results may be delayed. Polling was conducted in 154 polling stations in 13 districts. National Mazdoor Union, Employees Union and five other unions are in the fray. More than 50,000 employees have registered their names for the polling. The Employees Union, which is backed by Left parties, is contesting in alliance with the Staff and Workers Federation, YSRCP Mazdoor Union and Office Staff Welfare Association. On the other hand, National Mazdoor Union is contested alone. Tight security was posted near the polling centres to prevent any untoward incidents as the unions campaigned vigorously, occasionally resorting personal allegations against each other. ways daggers drawn with the BJP are true, it would have taken a definite stand – voting against the NDA candidate which would have helped the prospects of the Congress nominee. Continued on Page 4 BJP sees TRS as ally after LS poll Hyderabad: The BJP sees Telangana's ruling TRS, which supported the NDA in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election, as a potential ally post the general elections in 2019, a leader of its state unit hinted on Thursday. BJD, TRS and AIADMK, which supported the NDA candidate Harivansh who won the election, were described by Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao as the ruling alliance's "new friends in the making" for the Lok Sabha elecContinued on Page 4 tions or post the polls. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu dancing with the tribals at Paderu in Visakhapatnam district on Thursday No bauxite mining in Agency We honour sentiments of tribals, says Chief Minister OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday announced that his government will never allow bauxite mining in the Agency area in the district. He assured the tribals inhabiting the Agency area that his government will never take any antitribal decisions. "We honour the sentiments of the tribals," Naidu PLAN FOR MSME PARK IN EVERY ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCY Boost for Industrial Estates to spur growth OUR BUREAU Amaravati: As part of steps to spur economic growth and ensure balanced development of the State, the government is planning to promote MSME parks, broadly known as Industrial Estates, one each in all the 175 Assembly constituencies. The Industrial Department has already acquired land in 42 Assembly segments spread over 13 districts. According to Commissioner of Industries Siddharth Jain, possession of land in respect of two or three MSME parks could take place in one or two months in Guntur and Kadapa districts. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), crucial for industrial development, are considered as driver for the growth of Andhra Pradesh. In view of the importance of MSMEs in industrial growth, the government has been promoting them in several ways -- from building infrastruc- ture to soft intervention, he said. Industries Minister N Amarnath Reddy termed the upcoming MSME parks as infrastructure provision for the sector. He claimed that the Government of Andhra Pradesh has been focusing on the cluster model, which focuses on the establishment of 11 sector-speciﬁc MSME parks in six districts. Of the 11 MSME clusters, land in respect of 10 clusters is in the possession of government. Continued on Page 4 The longest for the record A woman (left) making wafers to prepare the longest Poorthareku at Haritha Berm Park in Vijayawada on Thursday. (Right) Tourism and Culture Secretary, Govt of Andhra Pradesh Mukesh Kumar Meena, AP Tourism Authority CEO Himanshu Shukla watching the Poothareku Photos: Ch Venkata Mastan said. The Chief Minister's categorical stand on bauxite mining came after the public sector behemoth NALCO had said that it was ready to set up alumina refinery complex if the state government supplied alumna-ore bauxite. Describing NALCO's assertion as one intended to set a cat among pigeons, Naidu said that it was a ploy to ruffle the sentiments of the tribals. The game plan is clear - the Centre wants to drive a wedge between the state and tribals. "It is creating problem in the state by raking up the issue," he said. Interacting with tribals at ‘Grama Darsini’ (Village Visit), at Adarimetta village in Paderu mandal in the Agency area, Naidu said that the bauxite issue was the making of the erstwhile Congress government in the state. Continued on Page 4 Headless water boards indicate Centre’s disinterest in AP, TS PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: It seems the Union government is not serious in resolving Godavari and Krishna water sharing disputes between Telangana and AP post bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state. The KRMB (Krishna River Management Board) and GRMB (Godavari River management Board), constituted by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, are functioning without Chairmen leaving the two states in a quandary. The KRMB has been functioning without Chairman since January. While the GRMB was headless from July this after the incumbent HK Sahu demitted the office after attaining superannuation last month. He was also holding in-chargechairman of the KRMB after its head Srivastava retired from the services in the first month of this year. After the bifurcation of the state, the Centre constituted two boards in 2015 honouring the promise prescribed in the AP Reorganisation Act to settle water disputes between two states. Top officials said the KRMB member-secretary A Paramesham was given authority to look after the board affairs ever since Sahu retired as chairman in- charge to Krishna board and Chairman to Godavari Board. The role of the KRMB member-secretary is confined only to oversee the day-to- day management of the board without delegating powers to take any important decision. The GRMB has been left into the lurch with no specific official was given responsibility. Officials said that many issues pertaining to utilisation of Krishna water, installation of telemetry system and operational protocol have been pending for eight months as there was no permanent Chairman to the Krishna board. As per the protocol, in charge – chairman Sahu conducted the KRMB meetings but did not take decisions on any pending issue. Continued on Page 4 Forum slaps `25 lakh ﬁne on ﬁve multiplexes for dual pricing OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The Vijayawada Consumer Forum on Thursday imposed heavy penalties on the multiplexes for selling food and beverages at exorbitant prices by violating the laws. For the ﬁrst time in the state allowing the media, both print and electronic, inside the forum premises and delivering the judgment in Telugu, forum president R Madhava Rao, ﬂanked by the forum members Srinivas and Subbaramamma, announced that ﬁve complainants should be paid the compensa- N Multiplexes told to pay Rs 5 lakh each for selling food and beverages at exorbitant rates N The forum also instructs the managements to allow the audience to bring in packaged commodities and beverages, including drinking water into theatres tion of Rs 5,000 each and Rs 130 which the multiplex managements collected extra with 9 per cent interest. The forum presi- Vijayawada Consumer Forum President R Madhava Rao ﬂanked by members Srinivas and Subbaramamma announcing the order imposing penalty on Multiplex managements for the ﬁrst time in the presence of media in Telugu, in Vijayawada on Thursday dent also imposed a ﬁne of Rs 25 lakh on the multiplexes at the rate of Rs 5 lakh each to be paid into the account of Consumer Welfare Fund which would be used for the welfare of consumers. Referring to the complaints, Madhava Rao said that it is high time the exorbitant charges being collected by the multiplex managements needed to be curbed. He instructed the multiplex managements to sell food and beverages at the marked price. “The maximum retail price of the food packets and beverages should be printed on the package as per the requirement of the Legal Metrology department,” he said. Stating that the dual pricing policy is illegal, he said that the complainants represented by Consumers Guidance Society’s secretary Dr Ch Divakar Babu rightly presented various settled laws which proved beyond reasonable doubt that the dual pricing of commodities is illegal. He instructed the managements to display the prices of the commodities prominently and provide drinking water to the audience. Continued on Page 4
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