www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 1 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Scattered clouds Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26C. Humidity: 40% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 06:07 DFIS: A PANACEA FOR ALL PROBLEMS BELIEVE IN PEACE, BUT NOT AT COST OF SOVEREIGNTY Petrol, diesel prices at record highs Indonesia tsunami toll reaches 832 Jakarta: The death toll in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia's island of Sulawesi increased to 832 on Sunday as rescue workers combed through concrete and lumber searching for survivors, the country's disaster management agency said. The toll was confirmed by agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho who has estimated that 2.4 million people were impacted by Friday's 7.5magnitude earthquake. NAIDU’S CLARION CALL TO NRIs TO WORK FOR ANDHRA PRADESH MODI VOWS ‘BEFITTING REPLY’ TO INDIA’S ENEMIES President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev and his wife Jirot during a visit to Taj Mahal in Agra, on Sunday New Delhi: Petrol, diesel prices hit another record high on Sunday as the upward trend in fuel prices continued. Petrol prices were increased by 9-10 paise per litre on Sunday while diesel prices were hiked by 16-17 paise across the four metro cities. REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H New Delhi: In a veiled warning to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Indian soldiers will give a "beﬁtting reply" to whosoever attempts to ruin peace and progress in India. While India ﬁercely believed in peace, it would not compromise with its honour and sovereignty at any cost, he said. Modi's remarks came in his 48th episode of monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', a day after India celebrated the second anniversary of the 2016 surgical strike by the Army on terrorist hubs in Pakistanadministered Kashmir. Recalling the surgical strike as a reply to the "audacity of a proxy war under the garb of terrorism", Modi, without naming Pakistan, said: "It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a beﬁtting Pak chopper violates Indian airspace Pak lies, glorifies killers n Sushma launches frontal attack on Islamabad at UN United Nations: India launched a frontal attack on Pakistan at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, calling it “an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity,” accusing it of funding and glorifying terrorists and warning of a “conflagration” if terrorism was not rooted out. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj blamed Pakistan’s continued support of terror for stalled peace efforts between the subcontinental neighbours, and defended India’s record on human rights, saying there was no bigger transgressor of rights than terrorists. Pakistan “glorifies killers” and “refuses to see the blood of innocents,” she said. In her address to the General Assembly, Swaraj listed the Indian government’s development programmes, aimed at achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, before describing climate change and terrorism as the “biggest challenge of our era”. WINNING HEARTS Cop babysits while mom writes exam Hyderabad: When a young mother was forced to bring her four-month-old to the exam centre, a Telangana policeman offered to help. He took care of the baby while the mother wrote her exam. The heartwarming photograph of the cop trying to comfort the crying baby outside the exam centre was shared by IPS officer Rema Rajeswari on Twitter. Head constable Mujib ur Rahman is posted at Moosapet police station in Hyderabad. He was deployed at the examination centre at Boys Junior College, Mahbubnagar as part of the security arrangement for the police constable examination on Sunday. The woman, Rahman said, be- reply to whosoever tries to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation. "We staunchly believe in peace; we are committed to taking it forward… but not at the cost of compromising our selfrespect and sovereignty." Continued on Page 15 Head constable Mujib ur Rahman seen playing with the baby longs to an underprivileged family and desperately needs a job. She is a post-graduate, but failed to get a decent job, he said. She aspires to be a police constable now. Continued on Page 15 Jammu: A Pakistani helicopter crossed 700 metres into Indian air space along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Sunday afternoon. According to reports from Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan was travelling in this chopper. Pakistani news channel Aaj News said, the Pakistan Muslim League leader was flying near the Tarori area in PoK to participate in a condolence meeting. Continued on Page 15 Punetha assumes charge as new CS OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Newly-appointed Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Anil Chandra Punetha assumed office here on Sunday. The 1984 batch IAS officer took charge from outgoing Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar at the Secretariat in Velagapudi. On this occasion, Punetha thanked Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for giving him an opportunity as Chief Secretary. He said the Chief Secretary’s post was a challenging job. While stating that the state is facing various challenges since the bifurcation, he said he would try to overcome the problems. Punetha said he would work relentlessly to improve living conditions of the people of the state. The welfare schemes would be delivered to the people in time every time, he said. Continued on Page 15 Google, FB, Twitter to help EC check fake news New Delhi: Internet major Google and social media giants Twitter and Facebook have assured the Election Commission that they will not allow their platforms to be used for anything which effects the purity of polls during campaign period, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said. He said it was tested during the Karnataka elections. "Small pilot was there. That was the beginning. Now we will have a bigger pilot before the Lok Sabha elections in these four states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram," the CEC said. Assembly polls are due in the four states later this year. Rawat said a committee under Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha had called re- gional and local heads of Google, Facebook and Twitter and had asked them as to what they can do for ensuring purity of Indian elections such as avoiding adverse impact of fake news and targeted communication to voters. "They have all committed that during campaign period, they will not allow anything which is adversely effecting level-playing ﬁeld be allowed on their platforms... during the last 48 hours before the close of poll, they have committed that nothing of elections will be allowed on their platforms," he said. The last 48 hours before the elections come to a close is called 'silence period' so that voter can calmly decide on as to whom to vote. The companies have also assured the poll watchdog that political ad- vertisements will be ﬂagged, including the amount spent, so that expenditure can also be accounted for during campaign period, the Chief Election Commissioner said. Google will establish a system that will allow it to share with the EC details about the expenditure incurred on its platforms. The panel under Sinha was set up to explore possible changes in section 126 of Representation of the People Act, 1951 in view of the expansion and diversity of media platforms. The section "prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour ﬁxed for conclusion of poll in a constituency". n Big changes in CBSE exam schedule A sigh of relief VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to conduct Class X and XII examinations to declare results early from the academic year 2019. This comes as a sigh of relief to the students studying Class XII in the schools affiliated to the Central board in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Because of the delay in declaration of Class XII CBSE results, students have been posing problems in appearing for EAMCET. For example, the State Higher Education Councils of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had to intervene to accommodate the Class XII students from the CBSE schools allowing them to appear in the APEAMCET-2018 and TSEAMCET-2018 based on their internet mark sheets. Also, conveners of the EAMCETs of both the State Swine flu panic in Tirupati again had to withhold the announcing of their EAMCET2018 ranks. But, to go ahead with announcing the ranks for the students who have completed the Intermediate state boards of TS and AP. Continued on Page 15 Masks being distributed at a health camp in Tirupati V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Swine flu returns to the temple town this season and reportedly claimed a life in Tirupati which may be the first death in the state this year. Panic gripped with the news of swine flu spreading in the town, though the officials and doctors maintaining that the situation was well under control. The figures reveal that significantly a less number of cases have been registered this year than the previous year, but the death of an aged woman, who was admitted to the SVIMS hospital on September 22 with the symptoms of the disease, alerted everyone concerned making them to take all precautionary steps. From January to September 2017, there were 232 swine flu cases registered in Chittoor district, whereas only nine cases were registered during the same period this year. Of them, only six cases were tested positive of H1N1 virus during the last week. Continued on Page 15
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