www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 05:38 Sunset: 06:37 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS WINDOWS Iftar Saher (Thu) 6.47 pm Grama Jyothi Traders body sees red in floundering in State Flipkart-Walmart deal (Fri) 4.14 am W P3 Trump’s Korea hopes thrown into turmoil Pyongyang/Washington: North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on June 12. But in an angry statement, North Korea's vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring sinister intentions. S P4 SC justifies its verdict on SC/ST Act New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday justified its March 20 verdict on the SC/ST Act, saying even Parliament cannot allow the arrest of a person without a fair procedure and asserted that it has protected the fundamental rights to life and liberty of innocents by ordering prior scrutiny of complaints. The Centre opposed the verdict saying that courts cannot order to supplant or substitute a provision in the law enacted by the Parliament. A bench said, "We are not living in a civilised society, if we allow an innocent to go behind bar on a onesided version". S P4 T raders' body CAIT on Wen alleged that the $16 billion Flipkart-Walmart deal circumvents laws and said it will seek legal recourse on the matter. CAIT urged the government to conduct close scrutiny of the deal. P9 CRESCENT SIGHTED YEDDY TO FORM GOVT TODAY Governor gives BJP 15 days to prove majority Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited BJP legislative party leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the new government and to take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday, a party spokesman said. "We received a communique from the Raj Bhavan, inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath at 9.30 am," BJP state unit spokesman Vamanacharya said. Only Yeddyurappa will take oath at a simple Police to quiz Kejri in CS assault case New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be questioned by the police on Friday in connection with the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February. A senior police officer said that a notice has been sent to Kejriwal and he will be examined on May 18 at 11 am. Last month, his private secretary Bibhav Kumar was also questioned in connection with the case. Police have already questioned the 11 MLAs who were present at the chief minister's residence for the meeting on February 19 in which Prakash was allegedly attacked. S P4 ith no funds from the exchequer, the Grama Jyothi scheme of the State has been watered down in villages and planned development of them has been undermined. ceremony in the 'Glass House' on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan in the city centre amid tight security. In a letter addressed to the BJP leader, the Governor granted the saffron party a period of 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the House. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy termed the Governor's decision "unconstitutional" and "encourages" "horse trading". "By giving 15day time (to prove majority) Governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan," he said. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala questioned how the BJP was able to come to power in Goa and Manipur by forging a post-poll alliance. Continued on P4 CONG, JD(S) CRY POACHING; BJP SAYS POLITICS AN ART OF POSSIBILITY New Delhi/Bengaluru: The Congress and the JD(S), which plan to form a coalition government in Karnataka, alleged on Wednesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to poach their lawmakers but separately claimed later that the attempts so far had failed. In the state where both camps said they were confident about forming a government, murmurs of poaching gained ground on an action-packed day, when JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of doling out a bribe Continued on P4 of Rs 100 crore and triggered a backlash. Holy month of Ramzan begins Hyderabad: The Holy Month of Ramzan began on Wednesday night after Central Ruiyat-eHilal Committee conﬁrmed it, following sighting of crescent in Tamil Nadu. This would be the ﬁrst time in several years that Ramzan starts at the same time throughout the world. The Central Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee announced that the Holy Month of Ramzan has begun and the ﬁrst Roza (fasting) will be observed on Thursday. The office of the Chief Kazi to the Government of Tamil Nadu in a media statement announced the new moon of the month of Ramzan has been sighted on Wednesday at various places in Chennai. Mufti Kazi Dr Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, the Chief Kazi (Tamil Nadu) informed that the month of Ramzan has begun. Later during the evening, Hilal Committee president Syed Mohammed Qubul Pasha Quadri Shuttari gave the official declaration after the religious Ulema (learned men) met at Hussaini Building in Moazzam Jahi Market in Hyderabad. Depression drives UoH scholar to attempt suicide TS TO GET 300 MORE MBBS SEATS THIS YEAR OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In yet another incident, a 25year-old res e a r c h scholar of the University of Hyderabad attempted suicide by setting herself ablaze inside her hostel room on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The victim suffered around 50 per cent burn injuries and her condition is said to be critical. The victim, identiﬁed as Nitu Das, a ﬁrst-year PhD student with the Department of Plant Sciences, hails from Orissa. She joined the course during the last January session. She set her clothes on fire and has reportedly shrieked for help after the fire engulfed her. Later with the fear for the life she went to the washroom and doused off the flames by squatting under a water tap. She is working on ‘Cardiovascular Diseases’, and it is in the early stage of research, said her colleague. “A fellow student inside the hostel heard her hues and cries and alerted us. We immediately rushed her to Health Centre, which is located inside the campus. Continued on P4 Hyderabad: The number of MBBS seats in Telangana will go up by 300 from this academic year (2018-19). The Medical Council of India has recommended to the Centre for issuing permission to a few new medical colleges (government and private) as well as increasing intake in some colleges in various states. Among the 17 new colleges, the MCI gave nod for Government Medical College in Siddipet (150 seats) and Ayaan Institute of Medical Sciences (150 seats), a private minority institution to come up in Ranga Reddy district. At present, the total number of MBBS seats in all colleges in the state this year is 3,700. With the fresh decision, the seats will touch the 4,000 mark. Also, the number of government medical colleges in Telangana will increase to seven with the addition of Siddipet Medical College. While the neighboring AP did not get any approval for new colleges, 100 MBBS seats were increased in total in two private colleges-NRI Academy of Sciences, Guntur (increased from 150 to 200 ), while in Great Eastern Medical School and Hospital, Srikakulam (from 100 to 150 seats). FALLOUT OF RAMANA DEEKSHITHULU OUTBURST? OUR BUREAU Tirupati: In a signiﬁcant development, the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board has decided not to continue the services of Archakas working in TTD temples after the completion of the age of 65. It also resolved to issue show- KCR with govt staff KCR makes govt staff merry Concedes almost all key demands of employees & teachers CM’s attitude angers RTC staff, to register their protest tomorrow OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Heaping praises on government employees, doctors, revenue staff and teachers for working with commitment during the last four years, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao conceded their key demands. However, KCR minced no words when speaking about RTC staff demands and stated that it is up to the employees to decide their future as states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have stopped public transport completely. He said the leaders of RTC unions were not invited to the meeting as the Cabinet subcommittee would hold discussions with them in the coming days and decide on their issues. Although it was announced initially that KCR would hold one-hour meeting with the employees associations on May 16 and announce government decisions by 4 pm, the meeting went on till 9 pm after which the CM addressed the media. KCR said that a three-member PRC panel would be appointed shortly moving away from the past practice of one-man commission to expedite the report which would be submitted before August 15. A decision on IR (Interim Relief ) for the employees would be announced on June 2. The government has also given its nod for employee transfers’ demand. A committee headed by Special Chief Secretary Ajay Mishra would be appointed to frame guidelines on implementing it transparently and without any scope for corruption. This process would be completed before Panchayat Raj elections to be held in July. Spouse transfer cases would be implemented without fail, he stressed. Continued on P4 ‘FEDERAL FRONT TO BRING CHANGE’ Hyderabad: KCR reiterated that he was trying to realign forces across the country to bring a qualitative change in the nation’s economy. Responding to a question, the CM said that the notion of Federal Front should be understood in the perspective of taking the country forward rather than bringing together parties for capturing political Continued on P4 power. TTD decides to shunt out Archakas over 65 yrs cause notice to Tirumala temple senior priest AV Ramana Deekshithulu, seeking his explanation for making serious allegations against the TTD management. The recently-appointed Trust Board at its ﬁrst meeting held in Annamaiah Bahvan, Tirumala on Wednesday unanimously adopted the resolution impacting the Archakas, the priests working under the TTD control and concerned with the performance of daily poojas, rituals and other temple ceremonies and religious celebrations as per Agama Shastra. Deekshithulu criticises the TTD management for allegedly compromising on the conduct of rituals in the Lord Venkateswara temple to accommodate the interests of VIPs The decision which will come into force immediately assumes signiﬁcance as it came a day after Ramana Deekshithulu ﬁred a salvo at a media conference he held in Chennai attacking the TTD management for compromising with the conduct of rituals in the Lord Venkateswara temple so as to accommodate the VIPs’ interests. Interestingly, Ramana Deekshithulu, who is 70 years, will be sent out while three others working in the same cadre – Narasimha Deekshithulu, Srinivasamurthy Deekshithulu and Nayana Deekshithlu, will also face the same fate, resulting in four senior priests going away at one stroke.The priest, who is not new to making such controversial observations against the TTD management, said the officials are forcing the priests to cut short the rituals so that they can get more time for VIP Darshan, hinting that the officials are striving to be in the good books of the inﬂuential than adhering to the rituals and religious practices in vogue in Tirumala temple. The officials are acting in a way violating the temple religious practices and are also commercially driven, Continued on P4 he alleged.
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