www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.21C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:09 Sunset: 05:59 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H MARKETS MELT IN GLOBAL ROUT th TOR OF 15 FC WEAKEN CO-OP FEDERAL SYSTEM: YANAMALA Finance panel mum on SCS Russian rocket to ISS fails mid-air PhD scholar Manan Bashir Wani, believed to be a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, was killed during an encounter with security forces at Handwara, in Kupwara on Thursday PM: New tech to overhaul jobs New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday allayed fears of job loss due to technological development, saying artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technologies will change the nature of employment and provide more opportunities. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Two astronauts make safe emergency landing: NASA Washington: Two astronauts aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that made an emergency landing after their rocket malfunctioned on lift-off to the International Space Station (ISS) were safe and in good condition. The Soyuz MS-10 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the ISS at 4.40 a.m. on Thursday with Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague on board. It was Hague's maiden space mission. It was ﬁrst such mishap for Russian Soyuz capsule in 35 years. The four strap-on boosters were jettisoned as planned shortly after lift-off and the ﬂight was proceeding under the power of its second stage core booster when the mishap occurred. "Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft," NASA said in a statement. Continued on Page 15 Titli leaves a trail of destruction 8 lost lives as the cyclone crossed AP near Vajrapukothur OUR BUREAU Srikakulam/ Vizianagaram: The severe cyclonic storm Titli, which had formed over Bay of Bengal claimed eight lives, ﬁve in Srikakulam and three in Vizianagaram, as it crossed the coast near Vajrapukothur, leaving a trail of destruction on Thursday. Of the eight killed, six were ﬁshermen who were on sea when the cyclone made the land fall. A house collapse and an uprooted tree caused the remaining two deaths. Of the 67 boats that sailed out to sea from Kakinada, 65 have returned safe and the officials are trying to ensure that the remaining two also would come back without any human loss of life. The system as it crossed the coast near Vajrapukothur in Srikakulam district, triggered heavy rainfall. Continued on Page 15 A group of people relocate to safer places as Cyclone Titli hits Barua village in Srikakulam on Thursday Govt may ask MJ Akbar to step down New Delhi: Union Minister MJ Akbar will take a call on whether to resign after being accused of sex harassment by seven women in the tide of #MeToo allegations in India, government sources said. Government sources told several media houses that the government will hear Akbar's version after he returns from his trip to Nigeria. The government has passed on the onus of whether Akbar should stay or resign on the minister that Akbar should himself take a call on resign- ing, but the government has not asked him to resign. The government has also not asked him to cut short his official trip to Nigeria. The Congress also questioned the silence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the matter. India Today journalist Geeta Mohan @Geeta_Mohan tweeted: "Govt Sources after serious deliberations at the top, decision has been arrived at that @mjakbar would be asked to resign (on personal grounds) once he returns from Nigeria. May return to party till his name is cleared. Reports @Rahulshrivstv. Minister Smriti Irani joined a growing list of union ministers confronting questions about colleague MJ Akbar, who is abroad at a time sex harassment allegations have surfaced against him. MJ Akbar would be "in a better position to speak" on the allegations, Smriti Irani said. BJP trying to convert India into RSS Raj: Owaisi Hyderabad: Alleging that BJP was trying to convert India into “RSS Raj”, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday described BJP national president Amit Shah as “frustrated and lost”. The remark of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief came a day after Amit Shah lashed out at Owaisi, a bitter critic of the BJP, and said it was the saffron party alone that could ﬁght people like him and not the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) or the Congress. At a public meeting in Karimnagar on Wednesday, Amit Shah had also ﬂayed caretaker Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao for not celebrating September 17, the day the erstwhile Nizam's state merged with the In- dian Union, as the "Hyderabad Liberation Day". "Due to the fear of Owaisi and for the Muslim vote-bank, Chandrasekhar Rao stopped celebrating the Hyderabad Liberation Day," he had said. Reacting to Shah's comments, Owaisi, the Hyderabad MP, advised him not to "dance to the tune of gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes)". "Amit Shah is frustrated and lost and he does not know what to do in Telangana. Because the people in Telangana believe in a composite culture and vouch for the 'GangaJamuna tehzeeb (cross-culture)'. RAHUL FLASHES FRESH PROOF New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched yet another attack on Narendra Modi reiterating his allegation that the Rafale deal was nothing but a blatant case of cronyism. Gandhi demanded an investigation against PM on his role, alleging that he was a "corrupt man" who helped Anil Ambani pocket Rs 30,000 crore in the purchase of 36 aircraft. P11 SVU has no heart to spare space for hostellers K NETHAJI Tirupati: Post-graduate and undergraduate students are suffering on account of lack of adequate accommodation in hostels on the campus of famed Sri Venkateswara University. For the last two academic years, the situation has only turned worse as nearly 3,000 hostel students are packed like sardines in the rooms of various hotel blocks. The number of students had increased after the University has introduced new courses for income generation, but it glossed over the need to in- OUR BUREAU 12 girls forced to live in one room in main hostel crease accommodation at the hostels. It is learnt that the capacity of the varsity hostels is for only 2,000 students. But the number of students living in the hostels is about 3,000. On the campus, there are 16 hostel blocks- 10 for boys, two for girls, four for engineering students. The authorities are forcing 12 girl-students to live in one room in the university's main girls’ hostels. The same situation is prevailing in boys' hostel too where students ﬁnd life difficult since they would have to use the same facilities meant for two students per room. As the number has increased, the water supply has become insufficient. About 450 students are additionally staying in varsity's engineering college hostels. On severe hostel accommodation shortage, SFI district secretary N Madhava Krishna, speaking to The Hans India, said that many times on behalf of SVU students, they had submitted memoranda to VC, Registrar and other higher officials, but to of no avail. When contacted, SVU Rector Prof G Janakiramiah said that very soon two additional blocks would come up which will solve accommodation problem. The Ministry for Human Resources Development will sanction funds for the construction of hostel blocks. "We have proposed construction of two hostels blocks, one for BPED and the other for girl students of engineering courses," he said. Amaravati: Fifteenth Finance Commission chairman NK Singh has made it clear that the 14th Finance Commission did not obstruct sanction of special category status to Andhra Pradesh and that when it comes to his panel, he cannot speak on it as it is not part of its terms of reference. Replying to a question at a news conference here on Thursday, Singh said: “SCS doesn’t form part of terms of reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission. We would not like to cross the mandate as laid down in the notiﬁcation." Singh, after holding meetings with the state government, various political parties and other stake-holders, said that he would not make any comment on central government the denial of SCS to Andhra Pradesh. He, however, expressed concern over the problems the reorganised state has been facing after bifurcation. "I was in Rajya Sabha when the AP State Reorganisation Bill, 2014 was being passed. I was in favour of the bill at that time but all the same I am sensitive to the demands of the people of AP," he Fifteenth Finance Commission chairman NK Singh addressing a press conference at Secretariat in Velagapudi on Thursday said. Referring to SCS issue, he said that the 14th Finance Commission had nothing to do with it. The special category status (SCS) originally took birth in National Development Council and the Gadgil- Mukherjee formula. It was ﬁrst accorded to Assam and Jammu & Kashmir and later it was extended to North Eastern States. "During Atal Bihari Vajpayee rule, SCS was granted to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand," Singh said. He pointed out that implementation of SCS was undertaken by Planning Commission in conjunction with Ministry of Finance. Continued on Page 15 Sabarimala march turns violent Thiruvananthapuram: With protests over the Sabarimala issue mounting, police on Thursday used water canons and teargas shells to disperse Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists, who tried to barge into the official residence of Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran here. Chanting the 'Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa' mantra, the right-wing activists marched to the minister's house, protesting the CPI(M)-led LDF government's stand over the issue and tried to break the barricades put up by police. The agitators squatted on the road and held a protest meeting against the Left government's decision to implement the Supreme Court order, permitting women of all age groups into the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala. The sit-in dharna by activists demanding steps to protect the tradition and rituals of the hill shrine continued for the fourth day at Nilackal.
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