www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered clouds Temp: Max.32C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 54% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:14 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG OUT TO SHIELD PARTY BIG GUNS FROM TRS ONSLAUGHT GMR HYDERABAD BAGS ACI ASQ AWARD Nanded court issues NBW against Naidu for 2010 Babli protest case The Supreme Court has held that former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty” in a 1994 espionage case and ordered a probe into the role of Kerala police officers. S P7 Pak arrests 18 Indian fishermen Karachi: Pakistan authorities have arrested 18 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in the country's territorial waters, an official said. The latest batch of Indian fishermen was arrested on Tuesday by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and they will be produced before a judicial magistrate on Thursday by the Docks police, the official said. Two fishing boats of the Indian fishermen were also seized. They will now join hundreds of other Indian fishermen lodged in jails in Karachi before they are released either on completion of sentences or through any goodwill gesture announced by the Pakistan government. TDP sees Maha vendetta OUR BUREAU Hyderabad/ Vijayawada: Describing as an act of political vendetta the issue of non-bailable arrest warrants against AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and 15 others in a 2010 case by a Maharashtra magistrate court, the TDP organised protests across the two Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday. Ahead of by-elections to 12 Assembly seats in Telangana in July 2010, Chandrababu Naidu, who was leader of Opposition in the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh then, led a delegation of TDP legislators to Maharashtra with an intent to stage a demonstration at Babli project which he contended would hurt the interests of the Telangana region Dharmabad Judicial FirstClass Magistrate in Nanded district issued arrest warrants on Thursday, when the Telugu Desam Party was celebrating Vinayaka Chavithi, taking them by surprise since everyone had forgotten about the case. The order laid down that all those against whom warrants have been issued should be produced before the court before September 21. Chandrababu Naidu reacted Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performing Jala Harati to Krishna river at Srisailam dam in Kurnool district on Friday Telangana TDP members protesting issuance of NBW against AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at Hyderabad District Collectorate on Friday guardedly to the issue of arrest warrants while the TDP leaders said it smacked of political vendetta by the BJP which is at daggers drawn with the Telugu TJS sets terms for Grand Alliance OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) has set conditions for joining Maha Kutami (Grand Alliance) comprising Congress, TDP and CPI. It has proposed that the alliance should be formed on a mutually-agreed agenda or common minimum programme. Although news spread in some Television channels on Ganesh festival day that the Telangana Jana Samithi was on board, the TJS leadership has clariﬁed that it was waiting for parties’ response on its conditions. The TJS leadership that met under the chairmanship of Prof Kodandaram wanted the mutually-agreed agenda should reﬂect aspirations of the Telangana movement. It should be known as Telangana Martyrs’ Agenda. It also wanted TMAIC (Telangana Martyrs’ Agenda Implementation Committee) • Kodandaram wants martyrs’ agenda be alliance agenda • Seat-sharing only after member parties agree to conditions constituted which should comprise the Chief Minister, members of coalition partners as well as noted social workers as its members with Prof Kodandaram as Chairman. This committee will evaluate government functioning and advice government on policy matters and ‘Amarula Akankshala Sadhana’ (realisation of martrys’ dreams). Continued on Page 5 Petrol rates scale new high New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Friday scaled new highs as rates were increased on account of rupee depreciation and rise in international oil rates. While petrol price was increased by 28 paise a litre, diesel rates went up by 22 paise, according to a price notiﬁcation of state-owned oil marketing companies. Petrol in Delhi now costs Rs 81.28 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 73.30 a litre. In Mumbai, petrol is retailed at 88.67 per litre, for Rs 84.49 in Chennai and Rs 83.14 in Kolkata. Diesel costs Rs 77.82 per litre in Mumbai, Rs 77.49 per litre in Chennai and Rs 75.36 per litre in Kolkata, according to the notiﬁcation. Delhi has the cheapest fuel rates among all metros and most state capitals because of lower taxes. Mumbai has the highest sales tax or value added tax (VAT). A combination of a dip in Hyderabad Petrol: `86.18 Diesel: `79.73 rupee value against the US dollar and rise in crude oil prices has led to a spike in pump prices since mid-August. Petrol price has since risen by Rs 4.20 per litre and diesel by Rs 4.53 - the most in any one-month period since the daily revision in fuel prices was introduced in June last year. Rates vary from city to city and from pump to pump depending on local taxes and transportation cost. While petrol at pumps of Indian Oil Corp (IOC) in Delhi cost Rs 81.28 per litre, the same at stations owned by Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) comes for Rs 81.37. Diesel at HPCL pumps in Delhi costs Rs 73.39 and comes for Rs 73.30 at IOC outlets. Continued on Page 5 Desam Party after the latter stepped out of NDA earlier this year. He said at Kurnool: “I opposed the Babli project since it was wrong to construct a project within another project and it was harming the interest of people of Telangana. We did not do anything wrong at that time," he said. IT Minister N Lokesh said that Chandrababu Naidu along with others against whom arrest warrants had been issued would appear in the court in accordance with the provisions of law. "The BJP government is resorting to cheap politics since it could not face Chandrababu Naidu politically at national level," he said. Of the 15 leaders who accompanied Chandrababu Naidu, three of them are now in the TRS. They are G Kamalakar, Ch Vijayarama Rao and Hanumanth Shinde. The others were – KSNS Raju, Ch Prabhakar, Nama Nageshwara Rao, G Ramanayudu, D Umameshwara Rao, Mujafaruddin Anwaruddin, P Abdul Khan Rasool Khan, S Somoju, AS Ratnam, P Satyanarayana, T Prakash Goud and N Anandbabu. The Maharashtra police detained the TDP leaders after the then Nanded MP and MLA lodged protests against the TDP's intent to hold a demonstration. The sections that were invoked pertained to assault, use of force to threaten public servants, causing hurt using weapons and criminal intimidation. In Telangana, where notiﬁcation for Assembly election is due, protests broke out against the issue of arrest warrants. Since the issue on which Naidu had led the delegation to Maharashtra pertained to Telangana, TDP leaders want to convert it into an election issue, by painting BJP dispensation as vindictive and dictatorial and the TRS government in the state as one which has remained callous to the trials and tribulations of Telangana people because of the construction of Babli project. Continued on Page 5 Tollywood producer Bandla Ganesh greeting Congress president while TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy looks on in New Delhi on Friday Can win TS, shun differences: Rahul AICC chief asks Cong leaders to work unitedly OUR BUREAU New Delhi/Hyderabad: AICC president Rahul Gandhi on Friday exhorted party leaders from Telangana to keep the differences aside and work for the victory of the party in the next elections as it has good chances of winning the polls. While asking party leaders not to go to the press about the differences, Gandhi advised them to discuss the issues on various fora of the party. He told the leaders to conﬁne their work to their respective districts and constituencies. The Congress chief has given Amit Shah to make cadre ready for early elections OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: BJP president Amit Shah is expected to ask the party cadres to work hard taking the spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan "Mera Booth Sabse Majbooth" (My Polling booth is the strongest among all) to strengthen the party from the booth level when he visits Telangana on Saturday. Amit Shah, who will be arriving in Hyderabad for a day’s tour of the state, will land at Begumpet Airport at 11 am on Saturday morning. According to state BJP, the party chief will proceed to Nampally to address a media conference at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Bhavan, the party State Headquarters at noon. From there, Amit Shah will proceed to Lal Darwaja in Old City, to perform puja at the Mahankali temple at 2 pm, before proceeding to Mahbubnagar to address a public meeting at MVS College Grounds there at 3.30 pm. After the public meeting, the party chief will hold a meeting at Kotturu at 5 pm with the State Office bearers, Assembly Constituency in charges and district presidents. Shah will be discussing the election strategy and planning with them on issues related to gearing up the party to the ensuing state Assembly elections. After the meeting, he will proceed to the Shamshabad Airport to leave for Delhi, the party officials said. ISRO to launch 2 UK satellites tomorrow OUR BUREAU Nellore: After a brief lull, ISRO is launching S-Bank SAR platform and a high-resolution Earth observation satellite by PSLV-C42 into a 583 km Sun synchronous orbit from the ﬁrst launch pad at SHAR, Sriharikota on Sunday which is its full-ﬂedged com- mercial launch. The two satellites will weigh approximately 889 kg. The Antrix Corporation Limited, commercial arm of ISRO, has been contracted by the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom for the launch of their two satellites - NovaSAR and S1-4. Continued on Page 5 his nod in principle to the alliance with the Telugu Desam Party and told the party leaders not to concede the constituencies which could be won by the party in the state. The state Congress must work under one leadership. According to sources, Gandhi said, “Though the Congress has good chances of winning the next elections, we have problems with the leaders. This should be overcome to win the polls.” Addressing 40 senior leaders of the party in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi guided them on the way to face the next elections. Continued on Page 5 Accepting RSS invite is like inviting destruction: Owaisi Hyderabad: Amid reports that the RSS is planning to invite Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders to its meeting, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said those accepting the invite will be inviting destruction. The Hyderabad MP ruled out accepting the RSS invitation, saying he would never do the "stupidity" displayed by former President Pranab Mukherjee who attended an RSS event. "This is the time to show the difference. Just because BJP is in power, one should not succumb or prostrate before such an ideology," he told reporters. Owaisi was reacting to media reports that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is planning to invite Rahul Gandhi, other opposition leaders and even some Muslim leaders to its threeday lecture series 'Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective' in New Delhi from September 17. Continued on Page 5
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