www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. More clouds than sun. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 78% Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 06:41 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGIONAL P2 P8 CM directs babus to prepare DPR on RRR 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: P7 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: P7 BUSINESS No change in ease of doing biz rankings: DIPP A peek into future ARCADE OVERCAST 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- 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 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. 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. As the sky turned cloudy, followed by sudden downpour in the otherwise sunny afternoon, the usually buzzing Mozamjahi Market looking gloomy on Thursday even as the Metro rail acting as a shelter for pedestrians and motorists from the lashing rains. Photo: Ch Prabhu Das Centre’s no for national tag for Kaleshwaram OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari has ruled out according national project status for Kaleshwaram. In a reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Gadkari said that the Centre will not accord national project status to any irrigation project taken by states in the country in the future. Cut to the quick with Minister’s refusal to accord national project status to Kaleshwaram, TRS MP B Vinod Kumar shot off a letter to the minister reiterating TRS’s stand for grant of national status to either Kaleshwaram or Palamuru Ranga Reddy lift irrigation projects. The MP pointed out that the Centre made the promise of national project status for Kalesh- waram at the time of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He demanded that Gadkari fulﬁll the promise since it was pending before the Centre for the last four years. Vinod also expressed anger for not giving him opportunity to raise the issue of Kaleshwaram after the Union minister stated the Centre’s stand on national status to the new projects. Delayed delimitation turns turncoats into hot potatoes Headless water boards mirror Centre’s disinterest in TS, AP K CHANDRASEKHAR Hyderabad: The unavoidable delay in the delimitation exercise has turned turncoats into hot potatoes in the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, though these leaders had switched to the ruling party from other political parties with fond hopes of early accommodation. Today they are not able to decide whether to remain in the TRS, where the prospects of their getting party tickets are dim in view of intense competition; or, return to the party to which they originally belonged, TRS protests over defence land in LS New Delhi: TRS members on Thursday staged protest in the Lok Sabha over the issue of transfer of defence land to the state government. Jithender Reddy said the state government has been seeking defence land for building a secretariat in Secundarabad as the existing one has become a "pigeon hole". The state government, he said, took up the matter with the then Defence Minister Arun Jaitey, who said compensatory land measuring over 500 acres must be transferred to the Defence Ministry, and an additional Rs 95 crore. and which is not getting traction with people as much as the TRS. Many leaders have joined the ruling TRS during the last three years. Most of them claimed it was in pursuit of ‘Bangaru Telangana’. Some TRS leaders too had characterized the shift in loyalty as ‘uniﬁcation of political forces’. However, what remained unsaid was that these leaders were hopeful of being accommodated in any of the nearby constituencies. Today, not only is there resistance from some of the existing leaders, but also competition from succes- sors to these leaders. The leaders had been led to believe that the number of Assembly constituencies would increase following the delimitation exercise so much so that they all could be accommodated. But, now are they are looking at alternatives since it is crystal clear that there will be no such exercise until the next elections. According to party leaders, former minister and Congress leader B Saraiah had joined the ruling TRS expecting a ticket from Warangal east or elsewhere. However, the ruling party sitting MLA Konda Surekha is ﬁrm on contesting from the seat and she is also pitching for a ticket for her daughter Sushmita Patel from the nearby Bhoopalapally constituency. Similarly, another Congress leader R Pratap, who had contested unsuccessfully from the Station Ghanpur Constituency joined TRS. Pratap was given the post of vice chairman of the Minority Commission, which he refused to take ostensibly to concentrate on contesting in the next election from the same constituency. 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 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 Rahul’s TS tour packed with smaller meetings OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: For the Congress, small is big. It is doing away with major public meetings and on the contrary, it is preferring to hold smaller congregations that too of a particular class of people to send them a crisp and effective message on why they should choose the Congress in the next elections in 2019. All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi's visit to Hyderabad on August 13 and 14, is packed with such meetings in tune with the new strategy. The two-day programme of Rahul Gandhi comprises a meeting with women in Rajendernagar constituency, settlers in Serilingampally, interactions with editors of all print and electronic media of Hyderabad and interactive session with 150 most prominent industrialists of Telangana. Separate meetings with students of Osmania University and Muslim community leaders are also scheduled. However, these meetings are not decided at random. They were ﬁnalised after a lot of planning and in-depth analysis of their possible impact on those sec- tions. According to sources, nearly 10,000 members of women SHGs from across Telangana State would participate in the meeting at Shamshabad. Rahul Gandhi is likely to give a comparative picture of how previous Congress governments empowered women SHGs and how they are being neglected under TRS regime. He is also likely to unveil party's plans for empowerment of women SHGs. They include revival of Abhay Hashtam Pension, Rs 1 lakh grant to all women SHGs, arranging Rs 10 lakh bank loan to each SHG with State Government bearing the interest burden, regularisation of services of nearly 4,200 contract staff working for Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), increase in salaries of Beemi Mitra and Village Organisation Assistants (VOAs) to Rs 7,500 per month, etc., Congress is also promising to build offices for women SHGs in all gram panchayats in Telangana. About 52 lakh women are associated with nearly 4.5 lakh SHGs in rural areas while 15 lakh women are members of 1.5 lakh SHGs in urban areas. Through this meeting, Rahul Gandhi is likely to address the concerns of nearly 70 lakh women in the Telangana State. Similarly, in the public meeting at Serilingampally, Rahul Gandhi is likely to give an assurance that the next Congress government would take care of their safety and security. The settlers will also be given an assurance of being placement in prominent positions in next Congress government. The Congress party is also planning to ﬁeld prominent settlers as MP and MLA candidates in Greater Hyderabad. In the meeting with business leaders, industrialists and small traders, Rahul Gandhi might speak about the negative impact of demonetisation, GST and other disastrous economic policies of Modi government. He will also speak about closure of industries and loss of lakhs of jobs under BJP-TRS regimes. Continued on Page 4
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