www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Showers early. More sun than clouds Temp: Max.31C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 63% Sunrise: 05:58 Sunset: 06:18 Women participate in a temple to temple run event held as a tribute to womanhood, in Guwahati, on Sunday WhatsApp court? Shocks SC New Delhi: Have you ever heard of a trial in a criminal case being conducted through instant messaging app WhatsApp? Bizzare but true. This peculiar case has reached the Supreme Court, which was left wondering as to how this kind of a "joke" was allowed to happen in a court of law in India. The case, involving a former minister of Jharkhand and his MLA wife, saw the lower court judge in Hazaribagh putting these accused on trial by pronouncing the order framing charges against them through a 'WhatsApp' call. S P7 7-yr jail for seeking sexual favours New Delhi: Seeking and accepting sexual favours can be considered a bribe under the new anticorruption law with the accused getting up to seven years jail term, a senior government official said Sunday. The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018 incorporates the umbrella term “undue advantage”, which means any gratification other than legal remuneration and also includes expensive club memberships and hospitality, the official explained. S P7 DETENTIONS GIVE GOOSEBUMPS TO ENGG STUDENTS 3 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Bharat Bandh today Ajeya Bharat, Cong gets support from many opposition parties New Delhi: The Congress has called for Bharat Bandh on Monday against the rising fuel prices. While other Opposition parties like DMK, NCP, RJD, JD(S), have extended their support, the Congress has also asked civil society groups and NGOs to join the nationwide protest. The bandh will be observed across the country on Monday between 9 am and 3 pm. Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said the timing of the bandh is such that “the common man is not inconvenienced”. Stating the increase in fuel prices and excise duties on them as the reason behind the call for Bharat Bandh, the Opposition accused the BJP government of ﬂeecing the common man. An immediate reduction of central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states, bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST are amongst some of the demands of the Opposition. Immediate reduction of central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states, bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST are among some of the demands Surjewala claimed the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up by around 50 per cent while the excise duties on petrol and diesel have risen by 211 and 443 per cent, respectively, since 2014. Blaming the Some certain to lose Say TRS leaders after scrutiny of 105-list OUR BUREAU BJP-led NDA government for failing on multiple fronts, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav also raised the issue of increasing attacks against Scheduled Castes, Tribes and OBCs. Continued on Page 4 BANDH LIKELY TO DISRUPT LIFE IN TELANGANA P4 DUMMIES GALORE? Hyderabad: Even as caretaker Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao had announced the names of candidates for 105 Assembly seats, party leaders say that some of the candidates had no popular support and they may end up losing the election. Many senior party leaders, however, are hoping that some of the candidates are dummies and there is a scope for changes in the list announced by the party chief. The leaders are now requesting party leadership to reconsider its decision. Sources in the party said that the leaders at local level have raised doubts on the chances of the candidates announced by the party leadership. Continued on Page 4 Petrol hits record high of `80.50 New Delhi: The high cost of global crude oil and a weak rupee took the petrol price in Delhi to a record Rs 80.50 per litre on Sunday. The diesel price in Delhi rose on Sunday by 10 paise to Rs 72.61 per litre. The prices of both petrol and diesel have been rising for around a week now. In the other key cities of Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the cost of petrol on Sunday rose to Rs 87.89, Rs 83.54 and Rs 83.39 per litre, respectively. CPI ON BOARD GRAND ALLIANCE TDP ready for truck with T-Cong RAMANA SPEAKS TO TPCC CHIEF UTTAM KUMAR REDDY OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party on Sunday hastened the process of forming a ‘Grand Alliance’ with the Congress, Left and other parties. TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu constituted a committee with TDP Telangana unit president L Ramana to hold talks with the leaders of grand alliance partners to ﬁnalise seat-sharing and also joint poll campaign. The grand alliance that is in the making now will have a slogan for creation of “Samajika Telangana”. To begin with, the TDP committee held talks with CPI Telangana state secretary Chada Venkata Reddy on Sunday. After the talks, Venkata Reddy said the CPI will have an alliance with the TDP. He said he had made a request to the TDP to allot seats for the CPI in areas where it was strong. “We have arrived at a broad understanding to forge an alliance of democratic parties to ﬁght the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. We will contest where our winning prospects are bright,” the CPI leader said. His party would discuss with the TJS as well as with others. For the grand alliance to work effectively, a common minimum programme has to be evolved which should be binding on all the constituents,” Venkata Reddy said, pointing out that the agenda of his party was to defeat the TRS. In another development, Ramana called up TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on phone and informed Telugu Desam's readiness to forge a pre-poll alliance with the Congress. The state-level leaders meeting from the two parties is likely to be held on Monday to decide the number of seats to be shared between the two parties. They said they are keen to bring Kodandaram's Telangana Jana Samithi into the grand alliance fold. Continued on Page 4 All set for Brahmotsavams from Sept 13 OUR BUREAU Tirumala: The annual Brahmotsavams, the biggest event among 450 festivals that are being observed in the Hill shrine of Sri Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala all through the year, are all set to commence from September 13. Senior officials including TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal and Tirumala JEO KS Sreenivasa Raju overseeing the preparations on daily basis to ensure the conduct of the events in a fool-proof manner. Meanwhile, following the ageold temple practice, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, on behalf of the government, will present a set of new silk vasthrams GO FOR EQUITY MF INVESTMENT IF YOU WANT TO AVOID RISKS TTD Executive Oﬃcer Anil Kumar Singhal inspecting the architectural lighting system being set up at Ranganayakula Mandapam at Sri Venkateswara temple as part of beautiﬁcation for the upcoming Brahmotsavams to the Lord and have darshan on the ﬁrst day of Utsavam on September 13, TTD sources said. As per the lunar calendar, because of additional month during every three years, there are two Brahmotsavams this year, one in September (known as Salaktla Brahmotsavam) and the second in October (Navaratri Brahmotsavam). Following the age-old tradition, the temple cleansing fete Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam will be performed ahead of the commencement of annual Brahmotsavams on September 11, while the Ankurarpanam or seed-sowing festival, a preparatory ritual before the Utsavam, on September 12. Continued on Page 4 ATAL BJP New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday blew the bugle for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as he addressed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Executive meeting in the national capital. Setting the tone for the elections, Modi coined a new slogan, 'Ajeya Bharat, Atal BJP', highlighting his party's commitment to its core values and the country's progress and forward march under its rule. He also paid rich tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee through his slogan. The new slogan means an India which is victorious and cannot be subjugated by anyone and a party which is committed to its principles, Modi blows the bugle for 2019 polls with this new slogan Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said brieﬁng the media about Modi's speech in the closed-door meeting. Taking a dig at efforts by Opposition parties to stitch together a grand alliance against the BJP, Modi said, "People who do not see eye to eye are thinking of a grand alliance. It is vindication of our work." He said that no one, not even smaller parties, was ready to accept the leadership of the Congress in such an alliance. According to Prasad, the Prime Minister said that “a comparison should be done within the work done by one family for 48 years and that done by the current government in the last 48 months”. Continued on Page 4 Rahul to steer Cong to power in TS To address 10 public meetings in state OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With no unanimity on projecting a senior leader in Telangana for statewide campaign on behalf of the party in the Assembly elections, the Congress may depend on AICC president Rahul Gandhi in this regard to steer Congress power in the state. The leaders of the party are planning to hold as many public meetings as possible with Rahul’s participation in the state for the electoral campaign. Rahul may address about 10 public meetings in the 10 erstwhile districts of Telangana. According party sources, seniors of the state File photo party are not ready to project one leader for statewide campaign though it has a few leaders who are quite popular among people. Continued on Page 4
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