www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Cloudy Temp: Max.34°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 38% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H COMMON MAN QUESTIONS BANKS REGION BUSINESS WINDOWS Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the medal winners of the 18th Asian Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday TTD CONTRACT STAFFER, MOTHER END LIVES JAYAHO BCs Military aviation service centre coming up in Hyd Naidu plans meet to enlist BCs’ support OUR BUREAU Moscow: India-based Space Era Materials and Processes and Russia’s KRET, a part of Russian state corporation Rostec, have signed an agreement to set up a service centre for military aviation in Hyderabad. The agreement was signed during the 'Army-2018' forum in Moscow last month, adding that the service facility is already under construction. Poonam Khetrapal re-elected in WHO New Delhi: Poonam Khetrapal Singh on Wednesday was elected Regional Director of WHO SouthEast Asia for a second five-year term, World Health Organisation said. Singh's candidature was unopposed, as the 11-member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region met at the ongoing Regional Committee session held here to elect the next Regional Director. Badminton star P V Sindhu showing her medals to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during Teacher’s Day celebrations in Guntur on Wednesday S Report: P14 CBI raids TN minister, DGP in gutkha scam Sonia, Shah to visit TS in Sept 2nd wk Hyderabad: The political parties in Telangana are going into election mode. Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi is expected to address a public meeting either in Karimnagar or in Nizamabad on September 14, while BJP president Amit Shah will arrive in Hyderabad either on September 12 or 15 for kickstarting election campaign at Mahbubnagar. TRS MP D Srinivas, who fell out with the TRS leadership, is expected to return to the Congress in the presence of Sonia Gandhi during her visit. Along with him, TRS MLC R Bhupathi Reddy is also likely to migrate to the Congress. In fact, even before Srinivas shot off an open letter on Tuesday accusing the TRS of witch-hunt, necessary spade work had been done for his home-coming. A day ahead of leaving for Delhi to ﬁnalise the party’s strategy for the elections, party core committee members held a meeting at the residence of former minister Mukesh Goud where they reportedly discussed among others, Srinivas’ return to the Congress. Continued on Page 15 n Sack them, demands DMK chief Stalin 3 pharma fairs in city from today Chennai: CBI officials from New ﬁcials from their posts. Ramadoss Delhi on Wednesday searched the said Vijayabhaskar's residence and residences of several persons, inthe other places were also raided by cluding Health and Family Welfare the Income Tax department. Minister C Vijayabhaskar and DirecThe CBI in May-end had registered tor General of Police (DGP) T K Raa case in the scam against unknown jendran in conofficials of Central nection with a Excise, Tamil Nadu multi-crore government, Food gutkha scam. Safety Department, "Separate CBI public servants and teams conducted private persons on simultaneous charges of criminal raids at 40 locaconspiracy and for tions in Tamil corruption followNadu early in the ing a direction of DGP Rajendran morning," CBI Vijayabhaskar the Madras High spokesperson Court on April 26. Abhishek Dayal said. This is the ﬁrst The agency has been investigating time a serving DGP's residence in all aspects of the offence of illegal Tamil Nadu has been raided by the manufacture, import, supply, distriCBI. Included in the search list are bution and sale of gutkha and other former Tamil Nadu Minister B V Raforms of chewable tobacco which manaa and retired Chennai Police are banned in Tamil Nadu and Commissioner S George. Puducherry. The CBI action prompted calls In April 2018, the Madras High from M K Stalin, leader of the main Court ordered the CBI to probe the Opposition DMK, to Governor Banmulti-crore scam, alleging Vijayabwarilal Purohit to sack Vijayabhaskar haskar, Rajendran and several other and Rajendran if they do not resign top police and other central and on their own. PMK founder S Ramastate government officials were said doss also demanded the removal of to be alleged. Continued on Page 15 Vijayabhaskar and all other raided of- Hyderabad: Three trade fairs are being held simultaneously in Hyderabad from September 6-8. S P5 IKEA stops selling biryani after complaint Hyderabad: Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA on Wednesday announced it has stopped selling vegetarian biryani and samosa at its store here following an incident last week in which a customer found a foreign object in a dish. IKEA said in a statement that it takes food safety and quality very seriously. "IKEA follows strong internal processes to secure quality and takes full responsibility for its supply chain. IKEA India has initiated an internal review in order to take any corrective actions as needed," it said. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corp (GHMC) fined the IKEA store Rs 11,500 after a customer lodged a complaint that he found a caterpillar in vegetable biryani served to him at the IKEA restaurant. IKEA opened its first India store here on August 9. It has a 1,000seater restaurant. ZERO FRICTION FUTURE REPORT BY FACEBOOK Mobiles to pilot airtickets, hotel bookings by 2022 W ith more and more Indians using phones for shopping experiences, nearly 9 in 10 airline ticket purchases and hotel bookings will be mobile inﬂuenced in the country by 2022 -- creating a $19 billion and $12 billion sales opportunity for airline and hotel brands respectively, a Facebook-KPMG report revealed on Wednesday. Nearly half of the total consumer loss in airline ticket purchases (11% out of 23%) and hotel bookings (16% out of 32%) is on account of media friction (consumer drop-off from their purchase journey). In fact, the mobile can help airline and hotel brands tap into a potential sales opportunity of $9 bil- lion and $2 billion by reducing media friction, the report added. "At Facebook, we want to help brands convert better by connecting better with their consumers. Our latest report aims at assisting travel brands and marketers in designing relevant mobile marketing strategies, which can help them reduce friction in consumers' path to purchase and consequently increase sales," said Pulkit Trivedi, Director, Facebook India. India currently has over 400 million smartphone users and over 700 million feature phone users. Additionally, mobile-inﬂuenced journeys are 24% shorter for airline ticket purchases and 19% shorter for hotel bookings than ofﬂine-inﬂuenced journeys, said the report which is the fourth in the series under the Facebook programme "Zero Friction Future". Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: In a bid to woo the Backward Classes, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said that to repay gratitude to the BCs, who were the back-bone of the party, he would organise a two-day convention - Jayaho BCs - on the lines of Mahanadu at Rajamahendravaram in the fourth week of October. The Chief Minister, who recalled the unstinted support of the BCs to the Telugu Desam Party since its inception, said the BC convention would be called ‘Desamlo Sagam – TDP tho Manam’. Speaking at the Telugu Desam Legislature Party executive meeting at his Undavalli residence, Naidu wanted party workers to become election-ready by focusing on party programmes at the ground level. He reiterated that he will launch unemployment allowance scheme on Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2). He wanted the leaders to sink their differences and work as one cohesive force to face the YSRCP in the elections. He asked them to keep aside egos and mix with the cadres to instill conﬁdence among them. "Unless you do this, they would not work with renewed vigour," Naidu said and pointed out to the MLAs that they should not forget the responsibility of attending to problems in their constituencies. He wanted them to make use of Grama Darsini programmes to mix with people and explain to them what the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu paying ﬂoral tributes to actor and TDP leader Nandamuri Harikrishna at a party workshop in Undavalli on Wednesday Recalling the unstinted support of the BCs to TDP, the Chief Minister said the BC convention would be called ‘Desamlo Sagam – TDP tho Manam’ TDP government has been doing for them. Narrating the progress the state had achieved during the last four and half years, the Chief Minister said that despite obstacles created by the Centre, the state stood ﬁrst in the country on several parameters. The TDP government has more or less fulﬁlled all the promises made in its manifesto, he said with a sense of satisfaction. Chandrababu Naidu suggested to the party leaders and cadres to own the party head office by making donations for the construction of new building for it. The minimum amount could be even Rs 10, he said, showing the blueprint of the building to them. By making donations one would have a sense of belonging to the office, he said. The party office will come up in 2 lakh sq ft area, ﬁve times the size of NTR Trust Bhavan in Hyderabad and having three blocks. It would be completed by February. Naidu, lashing out at the YSRCP for deciding to boycott the Monsoon session of the Assembly, wanted to know why they were taking salaries without attending the session. 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