www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 27 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.30°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 71% Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 06:29 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGION P8 P3 History in the making at Kongara Kalan, says KTR Silver medal winner Indian athlete Dutee Chand at a medal ceremony Athletes Anas, Hima, Dutee bag Asiad silvers Jakarta: Indian sprinters Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and Dutee Chand claimed silver medals in their respective events at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday. Anas and Hima claimed the silver medals in the men's and women's 400 metres races respectively. Reigning Asian champion Anas completed the race in 45.69 seconds to be second, while Hima clocked a national record mark of 50.79 seconds to take the second place in the women's race. S P12 Opposition to pitch for paper ballots New Delhi: Many Opposition parties will reiterate their demand for paper ballots for future elections, among other things, in a meeting with the Election Commission of India (EC) on Monday. The EC has called the meeting with seven national and 51 state recognised political parties to discuss various electoral issues such as electoral rolls. S P7 BUSINESS Compare turnover ratios before investing in MFs KCR seeks 0.5 pc rise in TS annual borrowing limit OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday appealed to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to raise the annual borrowing limit for Telangana by an additional 0.50 per cent of GSDP as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission. The Chief Minister, who met Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday, referred to the letter of Centre giving its consent under Article 293 (3) of the Constitution of India to the state governments to raise the market borrowings, computed at 3 per cent of the GSDP provisionally for the ﬁrst nine months of the ﬁnancial year 2018-19. As per the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission, the states which are in revenue surplus are eligible for raising market borrowings up to 3.5 per cent of GSDP. Accordingly, the Union government conveyed its con- Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao meets Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Sunday sent to raise market borrowings up to 3.5 per cent of GSDP during the year 2016-17 and 2017-18. As per the accounts ﬁnalised by the Principal Accountant-General (A&E), Telangana, the state for the ﬁnancial year 2017-18 also ended with a revenue surplus of Rs 3,459.37 crore. The state continues to be revenue surplus for the fourth consecutive year, he said. The Chief Minister said, “Since the state government fulﬁlled the conditions laid down for availing the additional ﬁscal space of 0.5 per cent of GSDP, I request you to consider the borrowing limit of the state be raised by 0.5 per cent of the GSDP for the year 2018-19 at the earliest. As you are aware that there is a signiﬁcant jump in the ex- Don’t have visions of becoming PM: Rahul I am fighting an ideological battle: Cong chief London: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he does not have "visions" of becoming next the prime minister. While interacting with journalists in London, Gandhi underscored that he only sees himself as the one who is "ﬁghting an ideological battle". "I don't have these visions. I view myself as ﬁghting an ideological battle and this change has come in me after 2014. I realised that there's a risk to the Indian state, to the Indian way of doing things and I'm defending that. I just get up in morning think of how do I defend the Indian institutional structure and how do I make sure that the country I love works together," said Gandhi. Earlier in May this year, the Congress chief had said "why not" in reply to a question on whether he would like to become the prime minister if Congress emerges as the single largest party, in the 2019 parliamentary elections. On being asked about leadership in 2019, Gandhi said "Conversations (with the Opposition parties) on leadership are going to happen after the elections, after we have pushed the BJP and the RSS back." He targeted the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying that the "emphasis is... and there is a consensus among pretty much all leaders of the Opposition that the RSS is threatening the institutional order of India... they are systematically attacking organisations and putting their people into them." Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, Gandhi questioned Prime Minister's silence on the Unnao rape case and fugitives Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya. Continued on Page 4 penditure commitments of the state on account of ﬂagship programmes like irrigation and provision for drinking water to every household. All of the works have reached an advance stage and are about to give beneﬁt to a large number of people in the state.” KCR urged the Union minister to give directions to the concerned for giving consent for the enhanced borrowing limit for 201819 as per the 14th Finance Commission. The Chief Minister also requested the Union Finance Minister to release the fourth instalment of the special assistance for development of backward districts in the successor states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He said that the ﬁrst instalment assistance was released on February 2, 2016 amounting to Rs 450 crore at Rs 50 crore for nine districts of Telangana. Continued on Page 4 Verdict in Lumbini, Gokul Chat blast case today OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Metropolitan Session Judge (MSJ) court will deliver its verdict on Monday in the case of twin blasts which took place at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat Bhandar on August 25, 2007 killing 42 people and injuring 50 others. The ﬁrst blast occurred at the openair theatre in Lumbini Park in the evening hours killing 10 people. The second blast took place at the popular eatery Gokul Chat Bhandar in Koti in which 32 people died. The Indian Mujahideen (IM) activists were suspected to have planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at Lumbini Park and set them off when a laser show was going on. Many victims were students from Maharashtra who had come to Hyderabad on an industrial tour. Another IED went off a little later at the crowded Gokul Chat Bhandar in Koti. The bomb was hidden in a bag and was left on an ice cream machine by one of the accused, suspected to be Riyaz Bhatkal. The culprits ﬂed the location after setting off the explosives. The third IED, which was planted on the foot-over-bridge at Dilsukhnagar, was defused by the police before they were set off. These blasts created a panic among the people in the city. Continued on Page 4 When Mahatma raised `6K for Kerala ﬂood relief Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly a century ago when ﬂoods ravaged Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi had termed the misery of the people as "unimaginable" and stepped in to mobilise over Rs 6,000 to help them, records show. If the present rain fury has claimed over 400 lives and displaced over 10 lakh people, the massive ﬂoods that crippled the state in July 1924 are believed to have claimed a large number of lives and caused widespread destruction. Mahatma Gandhi, through a series of articles in his publications 'Young India' and 'Navajivan', had urged people of the country to generously contribute for the relief of the ﬂood-hit 'Malabar' (Kerala). Following his appeal, people from various walks of life includ- ing women and children had donated even their gold jewels and meagre savings to help the ﬂoodaffected people. Many had skipped a meal daily or given up milk to ﬁnd money to contribute to relief fund mobilised by Gandhi, according to the journals penned by him. The "Father of the Nation" had mentioned in one of his articles in 'Navajivan' about a girl who had stolen three paise to contribute to the relief fund. "Malabar's misery is unimaginable," Mahatma had said in the article titled "Relief Work in Malabar". He said he had to "confess" that the response to his appeal had been "more prompt" than he expected. "It has been proved not once but many times that, by God's grace, compassion does exist in the hearts of the people." Meanwhile, donations pouring into the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) have crossed Rs 500 crore. From school children to corporate giants, all are contributing to the relief fund to help rebuild the flood-hit state, whose loss has been estimated to be over Rs 20,000 crore. Children tying rakhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival, in New Delhi on Sunday MANN KI BAAT Talk on joint polls good for democracy: Modi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that discussions on simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies are a "healthy sign" for democracy. Addressing the 47th edition of his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister expressed solidarity with Kerala, where over 400 people have died in devastating ﬂoods. Modi also assured the Muslim women the country's support on the issue of social justice. "Presently efforts are afoot and discussions are being held about simultaneously holding elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. The government and the opposition - both are putting forth their view points. This is a healthy sign Prime Minister expresses solidarity with Kerala, where over 400 people have died in devastating ﬂoods. He also assures the Muslim women the country's support on the issue of social justice for our democracy," he said. Describing Vajpayee as a "true patriot", he said the late Prime Minister brought fundamental reforms in the electoral process. "I must say that developing healthy traditions for a sound democracy, making constant efforts to strengthen democracy, en- couraging open-minded debates would also be an appropriate tribute to Atalji." Modi's remarks on simultaneous polls comes almost a month after the Law Commission held discussions with most political parties opposing the proposal saying that it was against the Constitution and would dilute regional interests. The BJP's stand is "One Nation, One Election". Crediting Vajpayee with bringing good governance to the mainstream and for injecting positive political culture in India, Modi recalled how he changed the time of budget presentation from 5 pm to 11 am and framed the rules that made it possible to unfurl the tricolour in public places. Continued on Page 4
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