www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.31C. Min.16°C. Humidity: 38% Sunrise: 06:16 Sunset: 05:35 KCR & KIN CORNERED ALL BENEFITS: PUDUCHERRY CM POLL NOTIFICATION ISSUED Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugs Nobel peace prize winner Iraqi Yazidi's Nadia Murad Basee Taha at the Paris Peace Forum as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, in Paris on Sunday Modi inaugurates Varanasi Port Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the first multi-modal terminal built on the river Ganga in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency. Modi, along with Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, also received India's first container vessel that sailed from Kolkata on the newlydeveloped inland waterway carrying cargo belonging to food and beverages giant PepsiCo India. The cargo had sailed from West Bengal on October 30. Modi was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the event. Heart ferried 3.6km in 3.28 min New Delhi: A 34-year-old man here got a new lease of life after police created a 3.6-km green corridor to enable a hospital to ferry a human heart in 3.28 minutes, a doctor said. Diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy -advanced heart failure -- the patient at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Okhla received the heart harvested from a brain-dead patient at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital at Sarita Vihar on Sunday. BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Poll time cut short in 13 Assembly segments OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Taking into consideration intelligence inputs, the Election Commission of India has reduced the election timing by one hour in 13 extremist affected Assembly constituencies in Telangana which goes to polls on December 7. The polling in these constituencies would be from 7 am to 4 pm, while in the rest of the 106 segments, the time would be from 7 am to 5 pm. Issuing the election notiﬁcation, the Commission announced the list of Naxal-infested constituencies - Sirpur, Chennur (SC reserved), Bellampally (SC), Macherial, Asifabad (ST), Manthani, Bhupalpally, Mulugu (ST), Pinapaka (ST), Yellandu (ST), Kothagudem, Aswaraopeta (ST) and the Bhadrachalam (ST) Assembly constituencies. The last date for submission of the nominations is November 19 and the scrutiny of the nominations will be done on November 20. The last for the withdrawals will be November 22. Elections will be held on December 7. Counting and announcement of the results will be on December 11. Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar said that MSME LENDING WILL INTENSIFY IN FUTURE: DENA BANK CHIEF CONG LIST GETS DELAYED EVEN AFTER RAHUL SCANS OUR BUREAU POLL SCHEDULE 19 Nov 20 Nov 22 Nov 7 Dec 11 Dec Last date for nominations Scrutiny of nominations Last date for withdrawals Elections will be held Counting & announcement of results 68 General Observers, 53 Expenditure Observers and 10 Police Observers will arrive in the state to monitor the whole election process from the date of issuing notiﬁcation and till the end of poll process. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad/ New Delhi: Release of Congress candidates’ list may be delayed further with AICC not being able to come to a decision on the selection of nominees even after discussions till late Monday night. The list may be out on Tuesday. With no decision on how many seats should be left to the alliance partners and on the seats where there are several claims by the Congress leaders, the AICC has held back issuing of the list on Monday, though the notiﬁcation for the polls was issued and receiving of nominations began. The PCC has entrusted the responsibility of settling the issues on the candidates to AICC president Rahul Gandhi. However, even after hours of discussions, the AICC did not announce the list. PCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy and former CLP leader in Assembly K Jana Reddy reached Delhi on Monday morning to discuss the issues. First, they met the Central Election Committee at the War Room of the Congress. They met Rahul Gandhi in the morning and discussed the list. With the suggestions being made TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy coming out of 10 Janpath after a meeting with the Congress high command in New Delhi on Monday by the AICC president they returned to the War Room and made the changes. They again went to meet Rahul in the afternoon and presented the list. In the afternoon also, they were suggested to make some changes and the PCC leaders met Rahul in the evening at the residence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Defying Maoists, 70% vote in Chhattisgarh ﬁrst phase polls Raipur: Amid sporadic violence by Maoists, nearly 70 per cent of the electorate voted on Monday in 18 constituencies in the ﬁrst phase of Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh that marks the start of ﬁve-state elections widely seen as a 'semi-ﬁnal' ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha battle. According to the Election Commission, over 21 lakh of the 31 lakh electorate had voted across eight insurgency-hit districts. Polling in 10 constituencies in the Maoist hub in Bastar ended at 3 pm and in the rest at 5 pm. Maoists detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Katekalyan in Dantewada district, minutes before the polling began, narrowly missing a foot patrol of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). In a later gun battle with the rebels, two CRPF personnel were injured in Pamed in Bijapur district. Security personnel also recovered IEDs planted by Maoists near a polling station in Bijapur and in Sukma district. The rebels have given a poll boycott call and have carried out multiple attacks in the last few weeks, killing several people including a BSF officer and a journalist. As the voting progressed, the Congress alleged "rampant" Security personnel stand guard as voters wait in queues to cast their votes during the ﬁrst phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, at a polling station in Dantewada on Monday rigging of EVMs in Bastar area but the poll panel rejected the charge. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ruled Chhattisgarh for the past 15 years. The constituencies which went to the polls were Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, MohlaManpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot. Twelve of the 18 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and one is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) category. Amid the polling for the ﬁrst phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the campaign for the second phase by addressing an election rally in Bilaspur. The prominent faces in the ﬁrst phase include Chief Minister Raman Singh, pitted against Congress' Karuna Shukla in his home turf Rajnandgaon. Shukla, a niece of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee switched to Congress from the BJP in 2014. The Congress has promised farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and special women police stations. The second phase of polling in 72 seats, out of the 90-member Assembly, would be held on November 20 and counting of votes would take place on December 11. at about 7 pm. The Central Election Committee of the AICC which has taken up the selection of candidates of Rajasthan has completed the process and examined the list of Telangana. Later they left the decision to Rahul Gandhi. According to sources, the Congress is unable to take a decision on about 20 seats which it wants to fight. At the same time, it was unable to come to a decision on six seats to be left to the alliance partners. The Congress is yet to arrive at a conclusion on the three seats to be given to Telugu Desam out of the 14 and three seats of the Telangana Jana Samithi out of 8. The seats of the TJS have kept on changing from time to time throughout the day on Monday. The leaders of Communist Party of India, which has been demanding ﬁve seats to it, have also reached Delhi to discuss the issue with the AICC leaders. The CPI leaders decided to settle the issue with AICC. On the other hand, rumours were doing the rounds in the media circles that a few senior Congress leaders would be denied tickets for the seats which they wanted. It has been speculated that ticket would be denied to former PCC president Ponnala Laxmiah from Jangaon as it would be given to Telangana Jana Samithi. In the same way confusion prevailed on the Nakrekal seat and Warangal West. Doubts were also raised on the LB Nagar constituency from where former MLA D Sudhir Reddy was ready to contest. It pays to know rebels in rival parties K CHANDRASHEKAR Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away Bengaluru: Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar died on Monday at a private hospital here due to multiple organ failure, a BJP spokesman said. He was 59. "Kumar passed away around 3 am at Shankara Cancer Hospital due to multi-organ failure three weeks after he was admitted on return from the US on October 21," party's state unit spokesman S Shantaram said. The Karnataka government declared a three-day mourning across the state and one-day public holiday for Monday as a mark of respect. The departed leader was also the Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister in the NDA-led government since May 2014. A six-time parliamentarian from the Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency since 1996, Ananth Kumar had been undergoing treatment for cancer in the UK and US since August. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Keeping an ear to the ground to learn what the enemy is doing pays rich dividends, especially during election time. The strategies that the parties are scripting focus on wrecking the other parties using all the tricks in their bags. For instance, the parties are getting in touch with the disgruntled elements in other parties who are denied tickets to help them contest as rebels and divide the votes between them and the official candidates. Even as Mahakutami is yet to announce candidates for the ensuing elections, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao had a surprise in store for his party candidates at the B-form distribution meeting on Sunday when he spelt out the names of two TDP candidates that the TRS nominees would have to face in the elections. KCR had reportedly told Warangal West candidate D Vinay Bhaskar that his rival would be Revuri Prakash Reddy of the TDP. Similarly, the TRS nominee for Malakpet would have to reckon with Muzafar Ali of the TDP. Sources said that the TRS chief also informed the candidates that Mahakutami was in confusion on seats like Khairatabad, Amberpet and LB Nagar. These constituencies were represented by the BJP and TDP, respectively. Sources said the TRS chief had assured the party candidates that they would not have problems in constituencies where the Mahakutami is contesting as they would have advantage of rebels within the Mahakutami. It is common knowledge that every political party has coverts in other parties, who give feedback on the activities in that party. These informers give the information by being in the other camp. This is the reason why the Mahakutami leaders particularly the Telangana Jana Samithi have been maintaining secrecy in their activities. Continued on Page 4 BJP proposes Yoga in schools, Sanskrit varsity in manifesto Hyderabad: The BJP in its manifesto for the December 7 Assembly polls in Telangana, has proposed introduction of Yoga in schools and colleges and setting up a Sanskrit University in the state, besides establishment of a board for welfare of IT sector employees. These measures are in addition to other proposals made earlier, including regulation of sale and consumption of liquor, free trips to certain religious places like Sabarimala and distribution of one lakh cows every year. "This (introduction of Yoga in schools and colleges) is not linked to Hindutva. Yoga is for better health," BJP's manifesto committee Chairman NVSS Prabhakar said. The manifesto would be formally released soon. The history of Hyderabad, including the Nizam rule, the activities of Razakars and the struggle for separate Telangana would be made part of academic curriculum, Prabhakar, a member of the recently-dissolved Assembly, said. Observing that employees in the IT sector faced problems like sudden reduction in salaries and absence of various welfare measures, Prabhakar said a board would be set up for their welfare. Hyderabad is one of the major centres of IT and related sectors in the country with thousands of employees working in the IT and ITeS companies. The other proposals include Telangana BJP President Dr K Laxman in a rally after submitting his nomination, at Musheerabad in Hyderabad, on Monday. (Right) Manifesto committee Chairman NVSS Prabhakar setting up exclusive Corporations for the welfare of different communities (Eg Reddy and Vysya). The manifesto had earlier pro- posed various measures, including free distribution of one lakh cows every year to those who seek them, setting up a 'mini-India lin- guistic welfare board' for the welfare of linguistic minorities (those coming to Hyderabad from other states for livelihood) The propos- als also include regulating sale and consumption of liquor, cancellation of surcharge fares by state-run Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses during festival seasons and free transportation to those taking up 'Deeksha' (religious code of behaviour) for visiting temples, including Sabarimala. Total waiver of the tax on petrol and diesel, free online and offline coaching to youth appearing for competitive examinations and provision of safe drinking water for Rs six per month per household are the other proposals made by the manifesto committee. The BJP, which had ﬁve MLAs in the dissolved assembly, hopes to substantially increase its strength in the coming polls.
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