www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Partly cloudy Temp: Max.31C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 57% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:15 Ganapati Bappa Morya H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H The oﬃces of The Hans India will remain closed on Thursday, September 13, 2018 on account of VINAYAKA CHAVITHI. There will be no issue of the edition on Friday, September 14 WINDOWS Inflation falls to 10-mth low of 3.69% in August New Delhi: Retail inflation cooled to a 10-month low of 3.69 per cent in August - below RBI's target of 4 per cent - on the back of easing prices of fruits, vegetables and other food items, official data showed Wednesday. The lower retail inflation print comes amid a spike in petrol and diesel prices that have been on the rise since August 16. Also, the rupee has weakened in the recent weeks, making imports costlier. S P8 IAF chief justifies Rafale deal New Delhi: Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Wednesday stoutly defended the government's decision to procure only two squadrons of Rafale jets against the original proposal of 126 aircraft, saying there have been similar "emergency" acquisitions in the past. The Air Force is reeling under a severe shortage of fighter aircraft at a time India faces security challenges from two nuclear-powered neighbours, he said. EC hints at TS polls in Nov OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has dropped enough number of hints that Telangana Assembly elections will be held before November end at the daylong meeting held with district Collectors and Superintendents of Police here on Wednesday. The official team also met Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahendar Reddy and Home Secretary Rajvi Trivedi and other top officials. They enquired the state’s readiness for the election. The 7-member ECI official delegation led by senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha was on a 2-day visit to the state to study the government’s preparedness to hold elections at the earliest. In the meeting with the district authorities on Wednesday, the EC delegation reviewed maintenance of law and order in the districts, requirement of security forces, EVM storage, ﬁnancial requirement, status of revision of electoral rolls and the availability of human resources and requirement of vehicles during the election season. The delegation expressed satisfaction on the preparedness of the state and district authorities which are ready to face elections any time. The EC officials hinted the authorities that, if all goes right, the notiﬁcation is likely to be issued in October third week and the elections will be conducted in November even before the elections scheduled in the four states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram in December Divergent views in party ranks over alliance OUR BUREAU Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha along with Commission oﬃcers arrives to attend a review with all government oﬃcials in Hyderabad on Wednesday this year. The officials instructed the state authorities to be ready to face elections any time, an official source said. Addressing the press after winding up the visit, ECI Umesh Sinha said that the state official mechanism is on right line for the conduct of the elections. District level preparedness is also satisfactory. Stating that a report on state preparedness for the elections to the ECI instantly, the official said that the issue of the fate of the COURTING THE BALL voters of seven mandals in three assembly constituencies of Bhadrachalam, Pinapaka and Aswaraopet, which merged with Andhra Pradesh after the state bifurcation, will be brought to the notice of the ECI. After the merger of the seven mandals with AP, people have been considered as Andhra voters. The demand to the extension of deadline to ﬁle objections and claims under second summary revision of electoral votes will also be put before the ECI, Sinha said that the state Chief Electoral Officer was already instructed to take up door-to-door campaign for the enrollment of new votes, set up district helplines, introduce voter enrolment on mobile and enforce SMS-based veriﬁcation of the names by the voters immediately. As the ﬁnal electoral rolls are to be published on October 8, the official said that action will be taken against the authorities concerned if they found guilty in the wrong deletion of votes. Polavaram Project site (West Godavari): Describing Polavaram as his dream project, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said that he would rather lay down his life than stop the construction of the project, which is the lifeline for entire Andhra Pradesh. Naidu, after leading Polavaram Spillway Walk of his MLAs, MLCS along with his family members, vowed not to rest until Polavaram water ﬂowed to parched lands of East, West Godavari, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts. "Till my last breath, I will not stop the work," Naidu, overcome by emotion, said. He said he was sure of completing the project since he had never failed in any project that he had taken up in his life. "Opposition might be under the impression that if they stall Polavaram, it would be an achievement. But they should realise that it would be regarded Mallya’s extradition verdict on Dec 10 Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra plays a shot during an annual cricket match between Chief Justice of India-XI and Supreme Court Bar Association-XI, in New Delhi on Wednesday London: A UK court on Wednesday fixed December 10 as the date to deliver its verdict on whether beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore. Marking the conclusion of the trial, Westminster Magistrates' Court Judge Emma Arbuthnot fixed December 10 as the date on which she expects to deliver her verdict. "There is an awful lot to go over… The most important point is the prima facie case," the judge said, indicating that other issues relating to prison conditions would be secondary. Mallya has now been bailed to appear before the court on December 10, marking the conclusion of the year-long extradition trial which opened on December 4 last year. S P7 Orders for campaign vehicles picks up pace Hyderabad: As the state is gearing up to face early elections, politicians from different parties are worked up to the limit in preparations for the polls. With elections around the corner, leaders are busy scurrying to order the best campaign vehicles and are making a beeline to car manufacturers to order customised vehicles. A party worker was seen giving speciﬁcations at manufacturing units on Wednesday in Ranigunj. A campaign manager said that the poll vehicles are given a complete makeover starting with a fresh coat of paint, sun roofs, hydraulic platforms, LED lights, platform to stand and address people. One thing that all political parties insist is that the cars be ﬁtted with a public address system that is used for speeches and facility to play party songs. The ﬁrst lot of 10 Bolero Camper Gold, ﬁve-seater air-conditioned vehicles are ready to hit the roads. Narayan, assistant vice president, Automotive Manufacturers private limited (AMPL) said, “We sold 200 vehicles in the A campaign vehicle, ready to hit the road, is parked at a showroom in Ranigunj on Wednesday last elections in 2014 and are expecting to sell 150 vehicles this year.” Leaders of the TRS, the Hyderabad: Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) is in a bind over alliance with TTDP for forthcoming elections. Although Telugu Desam camp has reached out to TJS chief Prof Kodandaram over the last few days, no progress has been achieved as far as alliance is concerned. While Congress, Telugu Desam and CPI have held a series of talks, TJS is still noncommittal thus far. While Kodandaram has stated that TJS is ready to join hands with likeminded parties to end the autocratic rule of K Chandrashekar Rao, he has been non-committal on this issue. The newest entrant to state politics is unable to take a call on joining hands with Telugu Desam due to divergent views within the party ranks. Majority of TJS leaders have expressed their reservations for truck with TDP as they are worried it may send wrong signals to people of the state. Prof Kodandaram has been very vocal in criticising AP Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on umpteen occasions in the past during agitation days and after formation of Telangana on several issues, including bifurcation-related matters. Now joining hands with the same party would might give TRS a chance to fault TJS and its ideologies and political opportunism. Also, TJS functionaries feel TDP is almost dead and buried in Telangana and is not a reckoning force any more. Leaders say what is the need to include such a party in alliance and give a fresh lease of life to it. They also are worried of interference by Andhra unit of TDP in Telangana affairs if their party gets dozen or more legislators in Assembly. Another view expressed by few others is the reported assurance by TDP national president to give financial assistance to party candidates in Telangana elections. In case of joining hands, TJS candidates might also get benefitted to meet election expenses is the opinion of some others. Also, TDP is keen on alliance with TJS as it feels having Kodandaram as the face of alliance would give their candidates a good chance of taking on TRS candidates wherever they are offered tickets. Sources stated that Naidu was very keen on poll pact with TJS and gave clear instructions to top brass to leave no stone unturned to convince Prof Kodandaram. Continued on Page 4 I’ll work for AP till my last breath: Naidu SAMBASIVA RAO M T P VENU TJS in a bind over poll tie-up with TDP Congress and the BJP have already placed orders for vehicles with specifications. Mohammed Younus, who specialises in pasting stickers on vehicles said, “We got busy as orders have started pouring in and we are getting several phone calls. Many leaders want us to remove the stickers and have new ones.” The cars have a sound system with six speakers, cordless colour mike for candidates along with a hand mike. Khader, who specialises in upholstery works said, “Politicians insist on matching seat covers to the car body.” Continued on Page 4 a failure of the entire ﬁve crore people of AP which he would not allow it to happen, he said. Addressing a public gathering at Polavaram Project Site, he said that the Central government, BJP and YSRC parties had tried to derail the project but he was going ahead doggedly for its early completion. “The BJP government put a squeeze on funds ﬂow, levelled baseless allegations against us, ﬁled cases in courts, frightened contractors and provoked farmers. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu along with family members walking along the Spillway Gallery of Polavaram project in West Godavari district on Wednesday
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