www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 55% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:44 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS ANDHRA P5 P12 TD MPs demand discussion on state’s issues Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria presents a cricket bat signed by the Indian cricket team to Pakistan's PM designate Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday Imran apologises for poll code violation Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Friday submitted a written apology and an affidavit to the election commission for violating the electoral code of conduct while casting his vote in the general election on July 25. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has reserved its verdict in the case, Geo News reported. S P13 Kerala reels under floods Thiruvananthapuram: Dam reservoirs and rivers overflowed, sections of highways collapsed and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala, after days of incessant rains left nearly 54,000 people homeless and killed at least 29. Five columns of Army were deployed in the state's seven severely-hit northern districts, out of Kerala's 14, to help evacuate people and to build makeshift bridges even as the Indian Navy's southern command was put on alert after water level in Periyar river rose amid concern that parts of Wellingdon Island in Kochi could be inundated. S P11 BUSINESS LeaderSpeak summit held in Chennai TRIPLE TALAQ BILL CM hints at inducting Muslim into Cabinet MISSES DATE AGAIN OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The contentious Triple Talaq Bill which criminalises the practice of instant "talaq" could not be taken up for discussion and passage on the last day of Monsoon session on Friday, owing to lack of consensus among political parties on the issue. The Congress-led Opposition has been demanding that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 be sent to a Select Committee for further scrutiny. The BJP-led government, which does not have a majority in the Upper House, had also made efforts to get the bill cleared in the Budget Session also. When the Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2:30 pm on Friday after two adjournments in the pre-lunch session, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has decided that the bills "on which there is some sort of broad consensus" will be taken up for discussion and passage later in the day. Naidu also clariﬁed that the Triple Talaq Bill will not be taken up as a consensus has not yet been evolved on the issue. The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday cleared some UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi interacts with TDP MP Naramalli Sivaprasad and other opposition parties' leaders during a protest against the Union government over Rafale deal issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday amendments to the draft Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 bill, including adding a bail provision to it. The amendments came after the Supreme Court on August 22 last year had struck down 'triple talaq', calling unconstitutional. The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill in December. However, amendments to the draft legislation, once cleared by the Rajya Sabha, will again be sent to the Lower House for pas- A big question: Where will YSRCP ﬁeld Anam from? R PRITHVI RAJ Hyderabad: Former minister and Congress leader Anam Ramnarayana Reddy is taking a leap of faith into the YSRCP. He has already shed his yellow robes after he was ‘hounded’ out of the Telugu Desam Party. He is now getting ready to test political waters in YSRCP any day after August 20. “I have already met party chief Jaganmohan Reddy and told him that I was interested in joining the YSRCP. I did not seek anything from him. I will join the party any day after August 20,” Ramnarayana Reddy told The Hans India, scotching rumours that he was having second thoughts about joining the YSRCP. The Nellore leader, who lost security deposit when he contested from Atmakur Assembly seat in 2014 in the wake of rising tide of hatred of the people for the Congress for dividing the state. Then YSRCP nominee Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, son of Nellore MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, won the election hands down. Ramnarayana Reddy won the Assem- bly elections ﬁve times, the latest was from Atmakur in 2009. After the denouement of why he had lost the election, Ramnarayana Reddy kept to himself for about one and half years and joined the TDP in December 2015 along with his brother Vivekananda Reddy who passed away recently. But for Ramnarayana Reddy, the new habitat was not comfortable with his foe – Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy organising a campaign against him with his supporters mainly GM Kannababu, the TDP nominee who lost Atmakur Assembly seat to Gowtham Reddy. Somireddy and his protégé Kannababu increased heat on Ramnarayana Reddy after Chandrababu Naidu made the erstwhile Congress leader in charge of Atmakur in an indication that he would be ﬁelded for this seat in the next elections. Somireddy, by creating trouble for Ramnarayana Reddy, had also ruffled Municipal Minister P Narayana’s feathers as it was the latter who brought the former Congress leader into the Continued on P6 party. sage. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice within minutes during the pre-lunch session on Friday amid protest by Congress members over their demand for a JPC probe into the alleged scam in the Rafale jet deal. The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die as the Monsoon Session ended after 17 sittings for 112 hours, during which 21 laws, including one to amend the SC/ST Act, were passed. Continued on P6 Amaravati: Eager to enlist the support of Muslim minorities, especially after parting ways with the BJP, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his intent to induct at least one representative from the community into his Cabinet. Naidu, who keeps his cards very close to his chest when it comes to the expansion or reconstitution of his Cabinet, for a change, began thinking aloud that he would induct one Muslim into the Cabinet, while ﬂagging off the ﬁrst batch of Haj pilgrims in buses from Praja Vedika at Undavalli in Guntur district on Friday. The last Cabinet expansion took place on April 1, last year when he eased out ﬁve members and took 11 members into the Cabinet, taking the total strength of his Cabinet to 26. But two BJP ministers resigned in March this year after the Telugu Desam Party stepped out of the NDA at the Centre, reducing the strength of his Cabinet to 24. It is not clear whether the Cabinet expansion would be limited to only one or he would take two. Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said the state government was committed to the welfare of minorities and stressed the need for a Muslim member in his Cabinet. Apparently to endear himself to the Muslims, he condemned GST on Haj pilgrimage and promised to ﬁght for its abolition. He also promised direct ﬂight from the Gannavaram airport to Mecca from next year 2019. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu praying during ﬂagging oﬀ of Haj pilgrims’ buses at his residence in Undavalli on Friday Amaravati’s new tower to dwarf Eiffel PATIBANDLA NAGA SRINIVAS Vijayawada: The AP's new capital will have another new attraction. The state government is going to construct one of the world's tallest towers in Amaravati. As per plans, the tower will have 90 ﬂoors and its height would be 290 metres which is just a few metres less than the world famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The world's best architect Norman and Fosters - is making designs for the project. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu desires to build Amaravati with unique features and attractions. Now the CRDA has taken up the tallest tower construction responsibility along with other 61 Energy varsity set to be a reality soon P5 Amaravati to have another tower to its string of 61 towers to attract tourists and highlight the AP's capital glory. The 90-ﬂoor structure will reach a height of 290 metres that will dwarf Eiﬀel Tower in Paris. A visitors’ deck will be set up at the top ﬂoor of the tower from where they can have a bird’s eye view of Amaravati and Vijayawada towers following the guidelines of the Chief Minister. Presently, the Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugus (APNRT) laid the foundation stone for the 33-ﬂoor building in Amaravati. The building is one of the important projects in Amaravati capital. Now the state government also made plans to construct the new tower. The tower would be main attraction to the capital. The tower also would be con- structed to attract tourists and highlight the AP's capital glory. The visitors’ deck would be set up at the top ﬂoor of the tower. They can have a bird’s eye view of Amaravati and Vijayawada from the top of the ﬂoor. Moreover, the commercial zones and shopping attractions are common in the building. The project cost is estimated at Rs 1,500 crore. The project is in the initial stage but the CRDA offi- Heavy rainfall predicted across Andhra, Odisha Bhubaneswar: Heavy rainfall is likely to lash several parts of Odisha in the next two days owing to formation of cyclonic circulation in the region, the Met office said on Friday. While a cyclonic circulation lies over north Odisha, the cyclonic circulation over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining south coastal Andhra Pradesh persists, the Meteorological Centre here said. Under its impact, rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at many places in Odisha. There could be heavy rainfall in districts like Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal from Saturday, it said. Similarly, heavy rainfall is likely to occur at some places in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak and Sundargarh districts on Sunday, it said. In addition, a fresh low-pressure area is likely to form over northwest Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood around August 13. TTD gears up for Mahasamprokshanam Tirupati: TTD has geared up for the major religious ceremony “Ashta Bandana Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam” to be held at Tirumala for six days beginning from Saturday. On Saturday, Ankurarpanam, a preparatory religious exercise will be performed in the evening after the formal Acharya Varnam (allotment of duties) in the morning while on Sunday series of rituals like Akalmasha Homam, Pradhana Kalasa sthapana, Jeeva Sakthi Avahanam, Yagasala Pratishta, Jeeva kalasalu and other ceremonies will be held in the morning and in the evening Vasthu Homam, Paryagni karanam and Balalaya Sthapana will be conducted. In all, 26 Kundams on 19 Vedikas (platforms) in the shrine for the performance of the six day Mahasamprokshanam in which about 300 religious personnel, including 46 Riwiks (performers of the Yagams), Archakas, Paricharakas and other staff will be involved. On August 13 and 14 along with the conduct of various Homams, preparation of Ashtabandana a special divine adhesive made of eight materials, including herbs will be taken up for carrying out the repair works in the Sarvadarshan token counters closed in Srinivasam complex in Tirupati for Astabandhana Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam cials have already ﬁnalised preliminary designs and other related construction issues. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the CRDA officials to take up the project at any cost. CRDA commissioner Ch Sridhar said that the plans are being made for this project. In an interaction with a section of journalists, he said that the project designs would be ﬁnalised soon. He said that the total 61 towers would come up in capital for various purposes. He said that the total works for capital city would be launched from September-October. The quarters for the IAS officers and the MLAs are being completed at a brisk pace, he said. sanctum sanctorum where the presiding deity is for two days i.e. on August 14 and 15. The ritual comes to an end on August 16 with Punaravahanam followed by Poornahuthi, Aasirvchanam, Acharya Bahumanam and Archaka Bahumanam (rewarding ceremony of the Ritwiks and Archakas involved in the six day event). As the Mahasamprokshanam involves elaborate ceremonies in the morning and evening in the temple leaving only four to six hours will be left for darshan during the six days of Samprokshanam, the TTD ﬁrst decided not to allow darshan as it will be very difficult to cope with the rush of pilgrims with the limited hours available for darshan. Later, at the behest of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and responding to the strong demands of devotees revoked its decision to allow darshan. However, TTD has taken up a massive publicity campaign to inform the pilgrims about the limitation in providing darshan during the six days of Samprokshanam which seems to have its impact with the pilgrim rush coming down significantly on Friday, a day before the start of the ritual. Continued on P6 I’m sorry, says Dalai Lama on remarks over Nehru Bengaluru: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday apologised for his statement that India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was "self-centred." On Wednesday, he had said Nehru had a "self-centred attitude" to become India's first prime minister even though Mahatma Gandhi was in favour of Muhammad Ali Jinnah taking the top post at that time. He had also claimed India's Partition would not have happened if Mahatma Gandhi's wish of Jinnah becoming the prime minister had materialised. "My statement has created a controversy. I apologise if I have said something wrong," said the Dalai Lama, when he was asked by reporters to comment on what he meant by calling Nehru self-centred. "I felt pity when I heard that Mahatma Gandhi was opposed to Partition... There are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan, but past is past," the Dalai Lama said.
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