www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.30C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 56% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:24 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SABHA SUCCESSFUL SANS GLITCHES India leads tourism growth in South Asia: UN GOLD PRICES APPRECIATE; SILVER RATE DECLINES PRAGATI NIVEDANA SABHA Full of sound & fury United Nations: The number of people travelling abroad hit record levels in 2017 with a total of 1,323 million international tourist arrivals recorded in destinations around the world, with India leading the growth in the South Asian region, according to data from the UN's tourism organisation. S P9 KCR assumes ‘poll’ position without baring dates OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Prolonging guessing games in political as well as media circles, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday chose Kongara Kalan, the venue of his mammoth public meeting on the outskirts of the city, as a support to wriggle out of a dicey situation in which he was widely expected to “make an announcement regarding early elections to the State Assembly.” “The media and political parties are abuzz with reports on dissolution of the Assembly before the completion of the ﬁve-year term. But, I will take political decisions keeping in mind the interests of the State, those of the people and the TRS. As a Chief Minister, it is not proper on my part to announce ‘political decision’ at a public meeting conducted to showcase the government’s performance,” he said, carefully wording the muchawaited lines on the turn of political events during the Pragati Nivedana Sabha. In his 50-minute speech, the chief minister, referred multiple times to speculations about dissolution of the Assembly and recounted how the state cabinet and the party state committee had vested him with all powers to “take an appropriate decision that would do good to the state”. With KCR keeping the cards close to his chest, political circles, particularly the Congress were left confused, while leading lights of the media were none the wiser. Continued on Page 4 Suspense continues over early polls OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao continued the nail-biting suspense over when he would be dissolving the state Assembly to pave way for early elections, by deferring the decision at the cabinet meeting held at Pragati Bhavan here on Sunday to the next cabinet meeting to be held at the earliest. The next meeting to be held any day immediately after September 4 is expected to take a call on early polls, announcement of IR (interim relief) under new Pay Revision Commission and sanction of new posts under the new zonal system. Briefing the media-persons after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari said that Sunday’s cabinet meeting cleared allotment of 71 acres of land Rs 70 crore for the construction of Atma Gaurava Bhavanalu for all backward communities in Hyderabad. Continued on Page 4 Indian Athletes (L-R) Md Anas, PU Chitra, Sudha Singh, Jinson Johnson and Arpinder Singh pose for photograph with their medals won at Asian Games after a press conference, in New Delhi on Sunday India’s top show in Asiad promises bright future Jakarta: Achievements over the past two weeks, in the world's second biggest multi-sport event, matched India's aspirations and set the country on a road that appears far more promising than the path it has been on for decades. The bestever medal haul at the 2018 Asian Games is a leap forward for Indian sport after the Commonwealth Games medal spurt. In pursuit of excellence in the sporting arena and creating a niche for itself, India never had it so good in the continental showpiece that is considered next only to the Olympic Games. Even as the medallists come back with a feeling of accomplishment from Jakarta and Palembang, the surge in podium ﬁnishes could trigger new passion for Olympic sports in a country so obsessed with cricket. S P12 HIGHLIGHTS • The best-ever medal haul at 2018 Asiad is a leap forward for Indian sport after the CWG medal spurt • With 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze, India's medal tally stood at 69 • India equalled the 15-gold tally of the 1951 inaugural Games but the country had never won 24 silver medals before TRS MEET DRAWS OU STUDENTS’ WRATH Page 3 A ﬂop show: Uttam n Cong plans ‘KCR Hatao-Telangana Bachao’ OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Sunday said the party would take up ‘KCR Hatao – Telangana Bachao’ campaign from now. Addressing the media late in the evening after the end of speech of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao at Pragati Nivedana Sabha at Kongara Kalan near here, Uttam Kumar Reddy said the TRS public meeting has ﬂopped. He said the Chief Minister’s speech also failed to evoke response from the people as he failed to tell what he has achieved from June 2, 2014 to September 2, 2018. Criticising the Chief Minister for alleging that the Congress has been hindering construction of projects by filing cases in the courts, Uttam Kumar Reddy sought to know whether the courts are banned institutions. He said as the government has been taking away lands by force, the farmers have been knocking the doors of the courts for justice. Uttam Kumar Reddy said that it was the TRS which has been making ‘Chamchagiri at Delhi’ (appeasing the Delhi bosses) and not the Congress. He alleged that the state government has mortgaged the interests of the state to Delhi as it failed to get the promises being made in the AP Reorganisation Act like establishment of steel factory at Bayyaram, ITIR and coach factory at Kazipet. Though the Chief Minister said that he would stage a dharna at Delhi if the Centre did not give support to provide 12 per cent reservations to Muslims, nothing like that has happened. He reminded that the Chief Minister promised 12 per cent reservations in four months after coming to power at Shadnagar on April 19, 2014. Uttam Kumar Reddy wanted the media to question the government whether it has kept its promise on Mission Bhagiratha. “In 2014, in the Assembly, the Chief Minister said that he would provide tap water to all the households in three years and would not seek votes if he failed in it. The time has ended in 2017 itself. By that time even 10 per cent of the households did not receive the beneﬁt of Mission Bhagiratha,” he said. He alleged that during the tenure of TRS, about 5000 small and medium industries were shut down as per the official statistics. He said that there was nothing great in giving jobs to the locals up to 95 per cent through the zonal system and said that they were not provided in private sector. “The Chief Minister is boasting that he has made the Prime Minister to yield to his demand for zonal system. But there is nothing great in that,” he said. Continued on Page 4
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