SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Happy Raksha Bandhan How much is too much! As Kerala reels under an unprecedented natural disaster, nation’s heart beats with kindness; but both sensible planning and caution are needed to make relief efforts most fruitful… WINDOWS An artist dresses up as Mahabali King Maveli shakes hands with a child during 'Onam' celebrations at a flood relief camp in Kochi on Saturday H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H No question of truck with Cong: Naidu OUR BUREAU Kurnool: Discounting rumours of the TDP planning to forge an alliance with the Congress, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked why he should have any truck with Congress. “There is no need for us to forge an alliance with anyone,” he maintained. Addressing a Dharma Poratam public meeting at STBC grounds here on Saturday, the Chief Minister reminded the people that he never had alliance with the Congress even in the past when the United Front government was in power. The Congress was not part of the United Front government but supported it from outside. He said that when the TDP gave notice to the Speaker for moving a no-conﬁdence motion, about 120 parties small and big supported TDP. The Congress too came forward to support the TDP against the Narendra Modi government. Maybe the Congress too would be part of the larger combination against the NDA but TDP as a party has no intention to forge alliance with the Congress in the state. The Chief Minister said that it is the YSRCP and Jana Sena which are moving closer to BJP. He took a dig at Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan for supporting his government and later taking a u-turn against him at the behest of BJP. He alleged that both YSRC and Jana Sena working hand-in-glove with the BJP. Naidu made a mockery of the Jana Sena’s fact-ﬁnding committee and asked what happened to it after launching the same with fanfare. The Chief Minister accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of instigating some persons to ﬂoat new parties in AP to weaken the Telugu Desam Party, in an indirect reference to Araku YSRC MP Kothapalli Geetha announcing formation of a party. He said that it is impossible to weaken TDP as it is a party which has people as its high command. Naidu called upon people to give 25 Lok Sabha seats to TDP so that it could play the role of a king-maker Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu with Bharatanatyam performers at Dharma in 2019 elections. Continued on Page 4 Poratam public meeting at STBC grounds in Kurnool on Saturday RaGa gears up for 2019 Rahul says he supports punishment for those involved in 1984 anti-Sikh riots London: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has described the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as a "very painful tragedy" and said he was "100 per cent" for the punishment for those involved in any violence against anybody. Nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots in 1984 following the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards when the Congress government was in power at the Centre. Gandhi, who is on a twoday visit to the UK, told the audience of UK-based parliamentarians and local leaders on Friday that the incident was a tragedy and painful experiences, but disagreed with the view that the Congress was "involved". "I think any violence done against anybody is wrong. S P10 Durgawati looks like Sunny Leone Ballia (UP): Film actor Sunny Leone is a voter in Ballia but goes by the name of Durgawati, if the voters' list that was being prepared for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is to be believed. An elephant, a pigeon and a deer were also on the list. The errors were detected and set right during the process of verification of the list, an official said, blaming a disgruntled data operator. Another victim was Narad Rai, a former minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav governments in Uttar Pradesh. He had a picture of an elephant pasted besides his name in the updated voters list. S P10 Congress forms key panels with a blend of old and young leaders Anantapur man selected as new DRDO chief OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Distinguished scientist Dr G Satheesh Reddy has been appointed as the Chairman of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) on Saturday. He is the scientific advisor to the Defence Minister. He has also been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development (DoRDO). Satheesh Reddy’s term at the Chairman of DRDO will be of two years. Satheesh Reddy is well known for his significant contributions towards indigenous design, development, deployment of diversified Missiles and Strategic Systems, Guided Weapons, Avionics technologies and for Satheesh Reddy is well known for his significant contributions towards indigenous design, development, deployment of diversified Missiles and Strategic Systems, Guided Weapons, Avionics technologies and for sustained efforts in advancement of Aerospace technologies and Industries in India sustained efforts in advancement of Aerospace technologies and Industries in India. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: Gearing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Saturday formed three crucial committees to look after coordination, manifesto and publicity in the polls, with the old guard maintaining its position in the core set up under party president Rahul Gandhi. The decision by Rahul Gandhi shows he has chosen against any drastic overhaul. Party leaders said he has opted for a blend of young and old leaders, taking the experience of the veterans and the energy of the youth together. Gandhi formed the key ninemember Core Group Committee comprising AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala and K C Veugopal. While all those in the Core Committee have worked under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, those in the publicity and manifesto committees comprise old-timers as well as some fresh faces. The 19-member Manifesto Committee comprises veterans like former ﬁnance minister P Chidambaram, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former union ministers Jairam Jakarta: India's Tajinderpal Singh Toor set a new meet record to clinch the gold medal in the men's shot put event at the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday. Toor hurled the iron ball a distance of 20.75 metres to smash the previous Games record. The previous mark of 20.57m was set by Aboulmajeed Alhabashi of Saudi Arabia at the 2010 Asiad in Guangzhou, China. China's Liu Yang was a distant second with his season's best throw of 19.52m. Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan took bronze with 19.40 m. This is the eighth gold medal for India in men's shot put in the history of the Asian Games. Toor dominated the final right from the start but reserved his best for the very last attempt. The tall, burly 23-year-old from Punjab had taken the lead with an effort of 19.96 metres in his first attempt. He threw 19.15 in his second attempt but fouled his third throw. The fourth attempt saw the Indian clock yet another 19.96m before he simply blew away the competition with his last attempt. CM puts up a Muslim-friendly face OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Bent on cornering returns in the form of support from the Muslims after he parted ways with the BJP, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is understood to be working on many sops to be announced at “Nara Hamara-TDP Hamara,” a convention of the Muslims to be organised on a grand scale in Guntur on August 28. The Chief Minister has already indicated that he would be taking one Muslim member into the Cabinet after the convention since there is no representation to the community in it so far. This apart, the Muslims are expecting him to announce a string of incentives and sops for them as Naidu was now in the mood to listen to them as he is seeking their support in the elections. They include the creation of Minority Sub Plan on the lines of SC and ST Sub Plan so that the funds meant for minorities would not be diverted to other A BOND THAT PROTECTS New Delhi: In a major decision, the Defence Ministry on Saturday gave its nod to acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for the Navy at a cost of over Rs 21,000 crore, besides approving separate procurement proposals worth nearly Rs 25,000 crore, according to officials. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry's highest decision-making body on procurement, cleared the proposals. The procurement of the naval utility helicopters will be the first project under the ambitious strategic partnership (SP) model. S P10 A woman tying rakhi to Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Oﬃcer Commanding of Telangana and Andhra Sub-Area on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan celebrations at Headquarters Sub Area in Secunderabad on Saturday Railways to come up with new ﬂexi-fare soon every 10 per cent of the berth sold thereafter. Similarly, the government is also mulling op- Tajinder clinches gold in shot put NARA HAMARA-TDP HAMARA Govt nod for 111 naval helicopters New Delhi: The railways is all set to come up with a revised flexi-fare scheme next month to bring in some relief for passengers, who, in some sectors pay as much as airfares for the premium trains, sources said. The ministry is planning to suspend the scheme temporarily as an experiment during lean months in some identified trains as they are seeing occupancy as low as 30 per cent. They said another option being considered is revising the scheme as per a formula used in the Humsafar trains in which the first 50 per cent berths will be sold at a 15 per cent higher price than the base price of A/C-3 tear mail and express train tickets. The slab will go up with Ramesh, Salman Khurshid, Shashi Tharoor and Kumari Selja, besides former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, Punjab ﬁnance minister Manpreet Badal, party's women's wing head Sushmita Dev, party Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda and Tamradhwaj Sahu, who is also the party's Backward class department chief, are also part of the panel. The others are Bindu Krishnan, Raghuveer Meena, Bhalchandra Mungekar, Meenakshi Natarajan, Rajni Patil, Sam Pitroda, Sachin Rao and Lalithesh Tripathi. Continued on Page 4 India's Tajinderpal Singh Toor celebrates after receiving his gold medal for the men's shot put during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta in Indonesia on Saturday tions to bring in special discounts under the scheme in less busy routes. The final shape for such a move will be announced by next week, an official said as its removal would also lead to refunds for advance bookings. Recently, a CAG report had come down hard on the railways for the flexi-fare prices and it stated a comparison with airfare for 13 sectors showed that travelling in aeroplane was cheaper than in train for a large number of routes. In terms of absolute numbers, the premium trains carried 2.4 crore passengers during post-flexi period (September 9, 2016 to July 31, 2017) as compared to 2.47 crore passengers during pre-flexi period (September 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016), said the CAG in its report. programmes. The leaders also want that there should be at least one woman Muslim MPP and one Muslim woman ZPTC. The Muslim leaders claim that they have an assurance from the Chief Minister on this count. According to sources, the Muslim leaders are seeking an announcement on at least 25 issues pertaining to the community. They include subsidy for SUVs for at least 200 Muslim minority unemployed skilled youth, in line with the cars being given to the Kapus, BCs, SCs and others through various corporations. The sources said that their primary demand was safeguarding Wakf Board properties, for which measures are expected to be announced. This apart, Naidu is likely to announce loans with a ceiling of Rs 50,000 for the Muslims for starting small businesses and would take up the issue with the bankers for advancing them without any problem. Continued on Page 4 HELP US TO HELP YOU BETTER KCR prevails upon PM for early polls in TS Likely to dissolve Assembly on Sept 6 OUR BUREAU New Delhi/Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar is understood to have persuaded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help in holding early elections to the Telangana Assembly along with polls for four northern states in December. Chandrasekhar Rao, who arrived in Delhi and was closeted with the Prime Minister on Saturday for about 20 minutes, where, apart from his wish list for the state, he had explained to him (PM) his intention to dissolve the Assembly most probably on September 6, which would allow necessary time for the Election Commission to club the Telangana Assembly elections with the polls for the northern states. The Chief Minister wanted Modi's help that the Election Commission would hold the elections after he dissolved the Assembly and that he would remain caretaker Chief Minister of the state until polls are over. In other words, he did not want imposition of President's rule, a possibility that is hanging like a Damocles’ sword. It is learnt that KCR explained to him that if Telangana goes to polls early, it would come to power and at the time of the Lok Sabha elections next year, it would help him win more number of Parliamentary seats, indicating that he would be in a better position to help the BJP in case it needed the support of TRS MPs in forming the government at the Centre. The TRS supremo has also explained to the Prime Minister the people’s support his government is enjoying for its various welfare programmes launched during the last four years in the new state of Telangana. He requested Modi to extend Centre’s support to his plan to dissolve the Assembly and ﬁght elections early this year end. Continued on Page 4
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