www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Cloudy Temp: Max.30C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 64% Sunrise: 05:58 Sunset: 06:21 REGION WINDOWS Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the medal winners of the 18th Asian Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ELECTRIC BUSES LAUNCHED IN HYDERABAD Poll-eager TRS pushes Opposition into action Military aviation service centre coming up in Hyd 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. After dissolution, pink party expects KCR to continue as caretaker CM OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Assembly elections heat is on. With Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao having more or less decided to dissolve the Assembly on Thursday to pave way for early elections, the Opposition parties - Congress, BJP and TJS - are galvanising their cadres into action, while simultaneously taking a close look at alliances they could forge, and scripting manifestoes to woo various sections of voters. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), after blowing the poll bugle at Kongara Kalan, has hastened the steps to ensure early elections. As the dissolution of Telangana state Assembly seems imminent on Thursday, stage is all set to have the newlycreated Telangana state a caretaker government which is to be overseen by the caretaker Chief Minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao, who incidentally the ﬁrst CM of the T state after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. After the dissolution of the Assembly, KCR will address ﬁrst of 100 meetings in 50 days at Husnabad in erstwhile 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. 3 pharma fairs in city from today Hyderabad: Three trade fairs are being held simultaneously in Hyderabad from September 6-8. S P8 Karimnagar district on Sept 7. Though the 5-year term of the incumbent TRS government ends June 2, 2019, KCR made up his mind to go for early elections relinquishing the power he is already enjoying for almost 9 months (September to June) in advance. The fast-pace developments taking place in the government clearly indicates KCR will hold cabinet meeting on Thursday and dissolve the Assembly. Soon after dissolving the assembly, the CM will sub- mit the letter of his cabinet decision to Governor ESL Narasimhan. Giving his nod, the Governor will instruct state Assembly Secretary to issue a gazette dissolving the assembly and the same will be forwarded to the Election Commission (EC) which has to conduct elections within six months after the dissolution of the Assembly. As per the official procedure, the caretaker CM and the existing cabinet will run the government. However, the cabinet is not given any powers to take any major policy decisions except during the emergencies. In case of any emergency, the caretaker government will take important decisions in consultation with the Governor. There is possibility of clamping Presidential rule if the Election Commission fails to conduct elections within six months. However, it depends on the relations between the caretaker chief minister and the Union government, officials averred. They said that the Chief Minister already reshuffled the state administration by transferring majority of the district collectors and IPS officials in the state Police department recently ensuring the smooth run of the administration till the elections are held. KCR has already held series of meetings with the legal luminaries and constitutional experts and sought their advice to move towards dissolving the Assembly. The TRS was already acquainted with all information regarding pros and cons to his political career if he dissolves the Assembly before completing the term. Continued on Page 4 CBI raids TN minister, DGP in gutkha scam 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. n Sack them, demands DMK chief Stalin Chennai: CBI officials from New Delhi on Wednesday searched the residences of several persons, including Health and Family Welfare Minister C Vijayabhaskar and Director General of Police (DGP) T K Rajendran in connection with a multi-crore gutkha scam. "Separate CBI teams conducted simultaneous raids at Vijayabhaskar 40 locations in Tamil Nadu early in the morning," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. This is the ﬁrst time a serving DGP's residence in Tamil Nadu has been raided by the CBI. Included in the search list are former Tamil Nadu Minister B V Ramanaa and retired Chennai Police Commissioner S George. The CBI action prompted calls from M K Stalin, leader of the main Opposition DMK, to Governor Banwarilal Purohit to sack Vijayabhaskar and Rajendran if they do not resign on their own. PMK founder S Ramadoss also DGP Rajendran demanded the removal of Vijayabhaskar and all other raided officials from their posts. Ramadoss said Vijayabhaskar's residence and the other places were also raided by the Income Tax department. Continued on Page 4 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 4 COMMON MAN QUESTIONS BANKS Will win hands down Cong ready to face early polls: Khuntia NM SATHEESH Khuntia said the entry of important leaders from other parties has strengthHyderabad: All-India Congress Committee ened the Congress. Soon some more leadgeneral secretary and in-charge of Telaners of other parties including elected repgana Congress Rama Chandra Khuntia on resentatives would join the Congress. Wednesday exuded Questioning the raconﬁdence that his tionale behind the party would win the Chief Minister’s plans next elections. to go for early polls, In an exclusive inthe Congress leader terview to The Hans said the TRS was tryIndia, Khuntia exing to create panic plained the reasons among the Opposibehind the conﬁdence tion. He said though of the party on winthe mandate of the ning the polls, the failpeople would allow ures of the governthe TRS to be in power ment and growing till June 2, 2019, the EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW strength of the party. ruling party wants to Khuntia said the Congress was fully go to polls eight months early. geared up to face the elections at any time Khuntia said that the Assembly would be as it has been strengthened from the dissolved only when there is an emergency booth level. He said the organization and the Telangana Chief Minister chose to setup has been constructed at mandal, take the extreme step to safeguard his own bloc and state level. More emphasis was interests. The Assembly would be dissolved given on strengthening the party in the when ruling party loses the strength in the SC and ST reserved constituencies. He Assembly or there is a trouble in the cabinet. said through the leadership development It could also be dissolved when unmanageprogramme, the party has been strengthable natural calamities take place. He ened in those areas. He said people from wanted to know from the Chief Minister other castes were also involved in the SC whether he wants to dissolve the Assembly and ST constituencies so that they do not for the people of Telangana. Continued on Page 4 feel neglected. Sonia, Shah to visit TS next week 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 kickstart- ing 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. Continued on Page 4
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