www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Cloudy Temp: Max.31C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 58% Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 06:28 AMAZON BRINGS 200 STORES IN AP, TS UNDER AMAZON EASY REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SAFFRON LEADERS AT PRAGATI BHAVAN GOLD FOR MANJIT TRS, BJP BHAI BHAI? Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacts with the flood-affected people at a relief camp in Chengannur, Alapuzha, Kerala on Tuesday Hush-hush fight likely in early polls to Assembly OUR BUREAU Warren Buffett’s invests in Paytm New Delhi: Billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has picked up stake in Paytm and will get a position on the Board, the largest digital payments company in India said on Tuesday. The companies did not disclose the details of the deal including the stake size or the amount invested by the US-based Berkshire. According to sources privy to the development, Berkshire is pumping in about $300-350 million (about Rs 2,500 crore) into Paytm, valuing the Indian company at over $10 billion. S P8 Ranjan Gogoi set to be next CJI New Delhi: Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take over as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on October 2, when the incumbent, Justice Dipak Misra, retires, India Legal reported on Tuesday. The ministry of law has requested Misra to recommend the name of his successor as per protocol. Gogoi and three other senior top court judges had held an unprecedented press conference on January 12 to speak out against the manner in which Misra had been assigning cases to benches and other matters. S P7 5 crore people came out of poverty: Modi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday claimed that five crore poor people had come out of poverty in the four years that the NDA has been in power and that the lives of three lakh children have been secured through the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign. Interacting with BJP workers in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh and the city through the "Narendra Modi App", he said that the government was determined to bring the last man in the queue to mainstream development in the country. S P7 SABHA WILL UNVEIL GOVT ACTION PLAN FOR NEXT 5 YRS: KTR Manjit Singh, Gold medal winner in the Men’s 800m, carries the Indian Tricolor after winning the event at the 18th Asian Games JakartaPalembang 2018 on Tuesday S P16 Sindhu settles for Asiad Silver Jakarta: Indian star shuttler P V Sindhu had to settle for a historic silver after going down in straight games in the women's singles final at the 18th Asian Games here on Tuesday. Third seed Sindhu was no match for World No 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan and was outclassed 21-13, 21-16 in just 34 minutes. S P12 Sindhu (silver), Saina Nehwal (bronze) Hyderabad: The ruling TRS and BJP are likely to arrive at a secret understanding as part of which the pink party would only have “friendly” contest with the saffron party candidates in a few Assembly constituencies to help them win in the event of early elections after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolving the Assembly. This will be in the form of KCR repaying gratitude to the BJP for cooperating with the TRS in ensuring the conduct of early elections to the state Assembly. The Chief Minister has already set the ball rolling by making a repre- sentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers seeking their cooperation in the conduct of early elections and also address the long-pending issues related to the state a couple of days ago. A day after returning from Delhi, KCR invited state BJP leaders and legislators to his official residence Pragati Bhavan and held a meeting with them for more than one hour. It is learnt that KCR had sought state BJP’s support in fulfillment of the demands with regard to the state issues mainly the ratification of new zonal system, bifurcation of the High Court and other promises made under the AP Reorganisation Act, pending be- POLL-READY CM RESHUFFLES 11 IAS OFFICERS Hyderabad: In a move that adds grist to the rumour mills that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is going in for early elections to the Assembly, the government has affected a major reshuffle of 11 IAS officers, mainly district collectors. The reshuffle comes days ahead of the convening of the monsoon session of the Assembly from either on September 4 or 5. Ranga Reddy district Collector M Raghunandan Rao has been transferred and posted as Collector and District Magistrate, Hyderabad, in the place of Yogita Rana. The incumbent was posted as Director to Public Health and Family Welfare duly relieving Vakati Karuna, from full additional charge. Continued on Page 4 Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao held over plot to assassinate PM OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a dawn swoop, Maharashtra police arrested revolutionary writer and Virasam (Viplava Rachayithala Sangham) founder Varavara Rao at his residence here on Tuesday. Pune police, with the help of their Telangana counterparts, arrested the aging leader at his residence in Gandhinagar here. He was arrested on charges of conspiring and helping ﬁnancially the persons who were plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to police sources, the raids conducted at Varavara Rao’s residence were also in connection with the Elgaar Parishad Rally/ Bhima-Koregoan case where various Naxalite sympathisers were arrested. Police recovered a letter from one of the arrested suspects in which Varavara Rao allegedly complimented him on success of attacks on policemen in Surjagad in Gadchiroli by Naxalites. The Pune police also made fore the Centre. According to a reliable source, KCR held the meeting with the state BJP leaders with an objective to send a message to the BJP high command that his party is not considering the BJP a rival in Telangana. “KCR wanted to maintain a cordial relationship with the Union government as well as the BJP leaders in the state. KCR and state BJP leaders’ meeting is a clear indication of the sudden bonhomie between the two parties,” the source said. Continued on Page 4 KCR makes Governor cancel his engagements n Wants him to stay put in Hyd for 2 days Five rights activists held in nationwide swoop Varavara Rao, who was arrested by Pune police, gestures as he comes out after medical examination at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad on Tuesday Sudha Bharadwaj held in Faridabad searches in the houses of two journalists at Himasai gardens at Gandhinagar and at Nagole who are members of Virasam Arun Ferreira arrested in Mumbai S P7 and in the ﬂat of Prof Satyanarayana at EFLU near Osmania University. Continued on Page 4 Pune/Hyderabad: Police on Tuesday arrested five human rights activists and alleged Maoist sympathizers, including Left ideologue Varavara Rao, in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima riots in Maharashtra. The raids took place at 10 places in Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Haryana. "We have arrested Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha," Joint Police Commissioner of Pune Shivajirao Bodkhe said. Besides, other activists across the country including Kranti, Stan Swami and Anand Teltumbde were raided in the major operation that is part of the ongoing probe into the involvement of Maoist supporters into the Koregaon-Bhima riots of January 1 this year. OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Amidst reports of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao going in for early elections to Telangana Assembly, Governor ESL Narasimhan has cancelled his Kurnool district tour to attend Andhra Pradesh Tourism Minister B Akhila Priya's marriage on Tuesday. Governor was scheduled to leave for Kurnool on Tuesday afternoon and attend the minister’s marriage on Wednesday morning in Allagadda. He will now only attend the reception in Hyderabad on September 1. In his ﬁrst meeting with Governor on Tuesday evening after his New Delhi tour a couple of days ago, KCR is learnt to have told him his preparedness to go in for early elections. He reportedly informed Narasimhan about his intention to dissolve the state Assembly in the ﬁrst or second week of September after holding Assembly session for two or three days. Continued on Page 4 Gaganyaan to send 3 persons into space for 7 days: ISRO New Delhi: India's ﬁrst manned space ﬂight, Gaganyaan, is expected to send three persons into space for seven days and the spacecraft will be placed in a low Earth orbit of 300-400 km. Giving details of the programme at a joint press conference, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh and ISRO Chairman K Sivan said GSLV Mk III, the three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch Gaganyaan as it has the necessary payload capability. They said two unmanned Gaganyaan missions will be undertaken prior to sending humans. "The total programme is ex- pected to be completed before 2022 with the ﬁrst unmanned ﬂight within 30 months. The mission will aim to send a threeperson crew to space for a period of seven days. The spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km. The programme is expected to cost less than Rs 10,000 crore," Singh said. Prior to the manned mission, ISRO would conduct two unmanned missions, the ﬁrst one in 30 months and the second in 36 months, the ISRO Chairman said, adding that the entire mission would cost the exchequer less than Rs 10,000 crore. So far, only the US, Russia and China have successfully launched Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh(R) and ISRO Chairman K Sivan at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday manned space missions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, announced that an Indian astronaut would be in space before the country celebrates its 75th Independence Day, which falls in 2022. According to the ISRO chief, the Gaganyaan mission would create 15,000 new employment opportunities, 13,000 of them in private industry and the space organisation would need an additional manpower of 900. Many national scientiﬁc institutions and private industrial houses would help ISRO in undertaking this ambitious mission. As it is planned currently, an Indian astronaut, who is yet to be chosen, would be stationed at an altitude of 400 km from earth for 5-7 days, Sivan said. The payload, or orbital module, consisting of a crew module and a service module, will have a diameter of 3 metres and a height of 10 metres and would weigh about 3.8 tonnes. The ﬂight would take 16 minutes to reach its orbit and during the period of stay, the astronaut would carry out a series of experiments, particularly microgravity experiments. The descent, on the other hand, would take 36 minutes as care would be taken to avoid heating up while heading back to earth, the ISRO chief said. At 120 km from earth, the service module would detach, allowing the crew module to prepare for its journey towards the earth. Continued on Page 4
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