www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Cloudy Temp: Max.33°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 55% Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 06:34 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGION P8 P3 Congress to go online to pick candidates BUSINESS Traders up in arms against Walmart-Flipkart deal PHOGAT BAGS HISTORIC GOLD IN ASIAD 2018 A newly inducted army soldier kisses his daughter after the passing-out-cumattestation parade at Army's JAKLI Regiment Centre in Srinagar on Monday FIRST INDIAN WOMAN TO WIN ASIAD ‘DANGAL’ Dabholkar: His ideas find more takers Pune:The killing of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar five years ago did not stop the expansion of his city-based organisation which has spread its wings in several states and is present even in faraway Assam. Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) has intensified the unfinished work of its founder Dabholkar and entered new territories like Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, said a functionary of the outfit. S P7 Sedition case against Navjot Singh Sidhu Muzaffarpur : A sedition case filed has been filed against cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a Muzaffarpur court in Bihar on Monday for 'insulting the Indian Army by hugging Pakistan Army Chief' at the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan PM Imran Khan. S P7 Jakarta: Vinesh Phogat on Monday became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold after she defeated Japan's Yuki Irie in the 50 kg women's Freestyle final here. This was India's second gold after wrestler Bajrang Punia bagged one in men's 65kg on Sunday. With this, India rose to the seventh spot in the Asian Games medal tally with 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Vinesh completely dominated the contest, taking a 4-0 lead initially before stretching it further to 6-2 to pocket the yellow metal. Modi: India ready for constructive engagement with Pak AMID DELUGE IN KERALA… New Delhi/Islamabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his new Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan that India desires "constructive engagement" with Islamabad but Pakistan quickly clariﬁed that there was no offer of a bilateral dialogue. Modi wrote to Imran Khan expressing India's commitment to build good neighbourly relations and pursue meaningful and constructive engagement with Islamabad. He also talked about a shared vision to bring peace to make the subcontinent free of terror and violence. Informed sources said in New Delhi that Modi wrote to Khan on Saturday, congratulating him after he took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Modi expressed India's commitment to build good neighbourly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad and pursue meaningful and constructive engagement for the beneﬁt of the people of the region. He expressed the belief that the smooth transition of government in Pakistan would strengthen people's belief in democracy. Continued on Page 4 No dialogue offer from Modi: Pak Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday clarified that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not "made an offer of a dialogue" in a letter to his new Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan. A Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said this in a statement issued in response to a query regarding reports in a section of the Indian media. The spokesperson stressed that new Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had not stated that "the Indian Prime Minister had made an offer of a dialogue," but had said that Modi in his letter to Khan had mentioned something similar to what the Foreign Minister elucidated earlier "that the way forward was only through constructive engagement". Thiruvananthapuram/Bengaluru: While parts of neighbouring Kerala are reeling under ﬂoods, Karnataka is battling both ﬂood and drought simultaneously. At least 16 districts in Karnataka have recorded deﬁcient rainfall with the government mulling declaring them drought-hit. According to data provided by the Revenue department, four districts in south interior and 12 in north interior Karnataka had received less rainfall during the south-west monsoon since June this year. Data released by the State Emergency Operation Centre has shown that districts of Raichur, Vijayapura, Yadgir and Gadag were the worst affected following scanty rainfall. At the same time, areas like Kodagu, Shivamogga, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi have received above normal rainfall and have been hit by ﬂoods. According to Director of the state Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre Dr GS Srinivasa Reddy, the government is in process to declare the districts which received deﬁcient rainfall as drought hit and begin relief measures will be taken thereafter. However, the process for ﬂood relief has started. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday conducted an aerial survey landslides and ﬂood-affected areas in Kodagu for the second day. The CM also presented cheques to persons who lost property in ﬂoods in Avarthi village and inspected rain-affected areas in Somawarpet and its adjacent areas on Monday. The Chief Minister had earlier announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for people who lost their houses in ﬂoods. Tirumala, Narayanadri trains to get makeover Tirupati: The renowned Tirumala Express is all set to transform itself into a one-of-its-kind train, hosting several places of prominence on its exterior. Not only the superﬁcial, the interiors of the train will soon bear a refreshing look much to the delight of the passengers. South Central Railway (SCR) proposes to redesign the interiors and exteriors of all trains in its jurisdiction to make the travel more fascinating and pleasant. To start with they have chosen Tirumala Express, which connects maximum number of stations in Andhra Pradesh, to renovate and n Sirpur gets the highest rainfall of 10 cm OUR BUREAU Karnataka battles flood and drought simultaneously V PRADEEP KUMAR Record rainfall, more predicted • The exteriors of all coaches to reﬂect local art and culture • Interiors of AC coaches will get international look Chandragiri Fort in Tirupati, Kalamkari art work of Sri Kalahasti, Sriharikota in Nellore, Kanakadurga temple of Vijayawada, Kolleru Birds sanctuary in Eluru, Godavari Arch bridge in Rajamahendravaram, Annavaram temple and Hindusthan Shipyard in Visakhapatnam will be feature on the exteriors of Tirumala Express unveil the local tourist attractions and art crafts on its exteriors. “It is being the most feasible rail route that shuttles between Tirupati and Visakhapatnam covering a distance of 736 kilometres passing through seven railway junctions of SCR,” said a senior official to The Hans India. After Tirumala Express, they will take up Narayanadri Express for the purpose, which has HA1 coach (ﬁrst class AC) additionally. This coach will be designed to give a feeling of comfort like in aircraft. The AP Tourism department in its bid to promote art and culture of every district has teamed up with Railways for the purpose. Continued on Page 4 and Adilabad districts were receiving very heavy rains. The other districts witnessed light to heavy rains. The IMD predicted that very heavy rains are likely to occur in Khammam, Bhadradri – Kothagudem, Mahbubabad, Suryapet and Medak districts and heavy rains will happen in Kamareddy, Sangareddy, Hyderabad, Warangal, Jangaon and Nalgonda district cording to officials, road network was damaged in many tribal villages in the Bhupalpally and Bhadradri khammam districts. In Suryapet district, several low-lying areas in Kodad municipality were submerged with heavy floods waters. People alleged illegal constructions beside the rivulet was the main cause for submergence. Hyderabad: Heavy rains lashed Telangana registering the highest rainfall in the current monsoon season in the state on Monday. Normal life was thrown out of gear in many parts of the state with the incessant rains in all the districts for the last 24 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the state will experience incessant rains in the next 24 hours. The silver lining is that no human loss was reported from the rain ravaged districts. The heavy ﬂow of ﬂood waters into the rivulets and local water bodies resulted in many remote villages be- Water from Katakshapur tank overﬂowing mathadi or alugu in local parlance in Warangal Photos: G Shyam Kumar ing cut off from Rural district on Monday other areas and coal production was hit in and the rest of the districts The district authorities are Ramagundam coal-belt area. will get light to moderate visiting the heavy rain afSirpur in Kumaram Bheem rains in the next 24 hours. fected villages and ascertainAsifabad district has been reRivulets were in spate in ing the people’s safety roundported the highest rainfall of the villages along Godavari the- clock. Disaster response 10 cm, followed by Magidi – basin with heavy inflows. teams were also deployed in 9.6 cm and Chimanpalle – 9Kalluru Vagu in Khammam the heavy rain-hit districts to 5 cm in Nizamabad district district and Sunkena, Sartackle the ﬂood situation. and Nerella in Jagtial district vapeta and Teega rivulets Heavy inﬂows in Krishna received 9.3 cm rainfall. were brimming with flood and Godavari basins were Khammam, Kothagudem waters. Suddala and Gollacontinuing. Water levels in Bhadradri, Bhupalpally, Jagpally vagu in Mancherial Jurala project reached to the tial, Asifabad, Nizamabad were also in the spate. Acfull capacity of 1,045 feet. High alert as Krishna, Godavari in spate Pay balm for sanitary workers soon : Jupally A causeway across Budameru canal between Mutyalampadu and Kandulapadu in Krishna District. Photo: Ch Venkata Mastan HANS TEAM Amaravati: With the Godavari and Krishna rivers in spate following rains, the government machinery is on high alert and hundreds of villagers on the banks have been shifted to safer places as many hamlets were inundated, officials said on Monday. No loss of life or damage to property has been reported, according to the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority. Krishna, the second major river in Andhra Pradesh, was in spate as incessant rain in Krishna and Guntur districts over the last two days resulted in a surge in water ﬂow in many rivulets that empty into the river. As many as 28 villages in the two Godavari districts were affected by surging waters and several hundreds of villagers evacuated. The intensity of the ﬂow had lessened in Go- davari a couple of days back but it again picked up on Monday and the surging water entered villages on the banks. Standing crops in hundreds of acres in the two districts have been inundated, according to officials. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu spoke to collectors of rain-hit districts and asked them to be on high alert. Communication to several villages in the Agency area of West Godavari district and island villages in East Godavari remained cut-off. The government has opened 16 relief camps in the 13 villages of 12 mandals in Amalapuram, Ramachandrapuram, Rampachodavaram and Rajamahendravaram divisions for the evacuated villagers. Nearly 2,982 people were lodged in relief camps in East and 6,336 in West Godavari district. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao on Monday said that the TRS government was determined to strengthen gram panchayats with all facilities with a focus on sanitation and improving green cover besides supporting Self-Help Groups. He also announced that the State government has decided to deposit Rs 8,500 monthly salary in the bank accounts of sanitary workers and resolve their issues soon. S P3 Talasani flags off relief vehicle Hyderabad: In yet another significant help to flood ravaged Kerala State, the Telangana government on Monday sent a lorry-load of 100 tons of cattle feed and 1.25 lakh doses of vaccination for the animals affected in that State. At the Secretariat gate, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Monday flagged off a vehicle carrying 100 tons of cattle feed and 1.25 lakhs vaccination doses to Kerala State. S P3
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