www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 17 APRIL 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 24% Sunrise: 06:02 Sunset: 06:33 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TDP to organise cycle rallies BHEL bags order from across state from April 21 NTPC-Ramagundam T A very own space for today’s women to tell their stories of success, courage and how to take on new challenges for a better tomorrow P7 WINDOWS Bengaluru highest paying city: Report B engaluru is the highest paying city in the country, while pharma and healthcare is the highest paying industry for talent in India, says a report. According to Randstad Insights, the average annual cost to company (CTC) for talent across all levels and functions in Bangalore stood at Rs 10.8 lakh per annum. Bengaluru is followed by Pune at Rs 10.3 lakh, NCR and Mumbai Rs 9.9 lakh and Rs 9.2 lakh, respectively. Chennai (Rs 8 lakh), Hyderabad (Rs 7.9 lakh) and Kolkata (Rs 7.2 lakh) are the other three names on the list of Indian cities paying the highest average salaries for professionals. S Young Hans Trump morally unfit to be Prez: Comey Washington: Former FBI Director James Comey, in his first interview since being fired last May, said that Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be US President, a “serial liar” who treated women like “meat” and it was “possible” that Russians had material that could be used to blackmail him. In an exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night, he also described him as a “stain” on everyone who worked for him. S P12 P5 he TDP will organise cycle rallies across the state from April 21 to May 30 demanding justice to state, just a day after the party president and CM Chandrababu Naidu observes one-day hunger strike at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada. B harat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has secured Rs137-cr order from NTPC Ltd in international competitive bidding (ICB). The turnkey order envisages renovation and modernisation (R&M) of electrostatic precipitators (ESP) of three units of 200 MW each at Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station (STPS). P13 AP bandh total, peaceful Bus services hit; schools and shops remain closed OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: A state-wide bandh called by the Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samiti demanding special category status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh was complete and peaceful. The state came to a grinding halt on Monday in response to the call for the bandh, which was supported by the Left parties, chief Opposition party YSRCP, Congress and Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party. Thousands of functionaries belonging to the various political parties, representatives of civil society and youth organizations, students and common civilians enthusiastically participated in the bandh. Traders too extended their support to the bandh across the State. RTC buses remained in depots, commercial establishments, cinema halls and shops remained closed till afternoon in many parts of the state. No untoward incident has been reported in the state though angry protestors staged An activist burning an effigy during AP Bandh to protest against NDA government for denying Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, at 1 Town in Vijayawada on Monday dharnas and took out rallies. Police forces were deployed in large numbers in cities like Vijayawada, Guntur, Vizag and Tirupati. Responding to the bandh call, lakhs of people raised their voice demanding that the Union government grant the SCS and staged dharnas in front of RTC bus de- ALL ARE EQUAL pots in Vijayawada, Vizag, Guntur, Tirupati, Kadapa, Eluru, Nellore, Ongole, Kurnool and other parts of the state. Hundreds of political leaders and thousands of workers belonging to YSRCP, CPM, CPI, Congress and Jana Sena took part in the protests and rallies. In Vijayawada, the APSRTC has suspended services since morning. Most commercial establishments, shops, cinema halls and private ofﬁces remained closed till afternoon. Many private educational institutions declared holiday on Monday in view of the bandh. SCS movement leaders Chalasani Srinivas, K Ramakrishma (CPI), P Madhu (CPM) and K Parthasarathi (YSRC) led the protests at the PNBS. The leaders alleged that the BJP and the TDP had betrayed the people of Andhra Pradesh. They vowed to continue the agitation till the Union government fulfilled the promises given to the people of Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation. Bandh paralysed normal life in many districts. In Guntur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati, transportation was hit and other services remained out of reach for the people though emergency services were exempted from the purview of the bandh. Continued on P6 KATHUA CASE Apex court asks J&K govt to protect victim’s kin, lawyer New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide security to the family of the eight-year-old Kathua gangrape and murder victim, their lawyer and a family friend assisting them in prosecuting the case. The apex court also took note of a plea of the victim's father seeking transfer of the trial of the case from Kathua, preferably to Chandigarh and sought response of the state government. During the hearing, the victim's father expressed satisfaction with the probe so far, conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Police and opposed the plea for CBI investigation demanded by others. "Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage," a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, while taking note of the submission that the victim's father was satisﬁed with the police probe so far. The bench also took note of the apprehension with regard to the security and asked the state to provide adequate security personnel, in plain clothes to the victim's family, their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat and family friend Talid Hussain. Continued on P6 Police on high alert at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on Monday NOT A SINGLE CHARGE PROVED All accused in Mecca Masjid blast acquitted Judge quits soon after verdict Hyderabad: A special anti-terror court on Monday acquitted Hindutva preacher Swami Aseemanand and four others in the Mecca Masjid blast case, holding that the prosecution failed to prove "even a single allegation" against them. Barely hours after pronouncing the judgement, in a dramatic development, K Ravinder Reddy, the special judge for NIA cases, tendered his resignation, citing "personal" reasons. Soon after the verdict, the NIA had come in for attack by oppostion parties, including the Congress and AIMIM. Hyderabad MP and MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted "Judge who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision". Asaduddin Owaisi, in an earlier tweet, claimed that the NIA did not properly pursue the case, leading to the acquittal of the accused. A powerful blast, triggered by remote control, had ripped through the over four centuries-old mosque here during an assembly of devotees on May 18, 2007 when they had gathered for Friday prayers, killing Cabinet nod for Chandranna Pelli Kanuka OUR BUREAU CS Rangarajan, Chilkoor Balaji temple priest carries Dalit devotee Aditya Parasri on his shoulders into the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Ranganatha temple at Jiyaguda. The re-enactment of centuries-old ritual known as Munivahana Seva was held to emphasise the equality of humans, in the wake of atrocities in India against so-called 'lower' caste communities and the alleged dilution of a law to ensure their protection. Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru Amaravati: The AP State cabinet, which met here on Monday, cleared Chandranna Pelli Kanuka, a scheme meant for providing ﬁnancial assistance to brides of different castes. Apart from Chandranna Pelli Kanuka, the cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, also cleared a policy for promoting gaming and animation sector by creating infrastructure in Visakhapatnam in an area of 40 acres, proposal for exemption of stamp and registration duty for houses that are being constructed under Pradhan Manthri Awaas Yojana and upgrading Telugu Ganga which supplies drink- ing water to Chennai into Irrigation Project with an outlay of Rs 6,671 crore, among others. By upgrading Telugu Ganga, parched lands of 5.75 lakh acres in Kadapa, Kurnool and Chittoor dis- tricts will get irrigation facility. Brieﬁng media-persons on cabinet decisions, Information and Public Relations Minister K Srinivasulu said that as part of Chandranna Pelli Kanuka, which would be launched on Chandrababu Naidu’s birthday on April 20, Rs 75,000 would be paid to the bride of either SC or ST community marrying a groom of a different caste, Rs 50,000 to a BC bride if she goes in for an inter caste marriage and Rs 1 lakh if either or both the bride and bridegroom are physically challenged. If an SC bride marries a boy who also belongs to SC, she would get Rs 40,000 as gift and Rs 30,000 if a BC girl marries Continued on P6 a BC boy. Vetapalem cashew nuts ﬁnd it tough to survive NARESH NANDAM Chirala (Prakasam Dt): Vetapalem’s cashew industry is in its death throes. Gone are the days when famed and fabled Vetapalem cashew nuts used to be on sale in dryfruit stalls all over the country. Factors, including increase in labour charges, high import duties and reduction in the area of cashew plantations in nearby areas of Vetapalem for taking up real estate activity, are killing the industry softly. Cashew plantations require no maintenance once they grow Women cleaning up cashew kernels in a processing unit at Vetapalaem in Prakasam district to the fruit bearing stage. Some plants are known to have survived for nearly 100 years, producing cashew nuts. When the country was under British rule, reformation colonies were set up at Stuartpuram and the inmates of these colonies were asked to grow cashew in the areas nearby in order to provide them work. They raised cashew plantations from Naidupet to Ichapuram along the coastalline. Around 1930, the fruit from the plantations in Vetapalem and its surroundings used to be processed locally and sent to Madras for use by British officials and some portion of it used to be exported. Now, cashew plantations in the surrounding areas of the Vetapalem are not supplying even 5 per cent of the demand from the industry. The private operators sold the land or removed the plantations to get more income by means of other crops or converting the land for real estate purposes. The forest department, which should take care of the trees and replant new ones, is not showing much interests. Continued on P6 Justice Ravinder Reddy Judge who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision" –Asaduddin Owaisi nine persons and wounding 58. "Prosecution (NIA) could not prove even a single allegation against any of the accused and all of them stand acquitted," J P Sharma, the counsel for Assemanand, told reporters after the verdict was pronounced by special judge for NIA cases K Ravinder Reddy. Continued on P6 Disabled Dalit woman raped Amaravati: A 24-year-old physically challenged Dalit woman was raped by a man and an alert passerby came to her rescue when two associates of the attacker too tried to sexually assault her in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. The woman hired an autorickshaw to visit a relative's house near Kota Sunday evening but was gagged and taken to an isolated place by the driver and two of his friends present in the vehicle, according to police. She was raped by one of the three, the police said. As she raised an alarm, a person passing by the area on a motorbike came to her rescue. The culprits ﬂed the scene, said Vizianagaram Sub-Divisional police officer Ramana. On being alerted by the man, police arrived at the site and shifted the woman to a government hospital in Vizianagaram for medical examination. Her condition was now stable, he said. Based on her statement, a rape case had been registered against the three and a manhunt launched for the culprits, the official said. A case under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has also been registered against the accused since the woman belonged to the Scheduled Caste, police said.
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