www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 12 JULY 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Thundershowers Temp: Max.31°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 73% Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 06:51 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS GMR disqualified for Philippine airport bid H PM Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Buoyed by project works, Harish praises engineers to skies G eaping praises on engineers working in various government departments in the State, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao on Wednesday exhorted the engineers to rededicate themselves to the development of the State and serve their best for persistent growth. India obeys US, cuts Iranian imports New Delhi: Indian refiners cut imports of Iranian oil last month as they started weaning their plants off crude from the country to avoid sanctions by the United States that are set to take effect in November. India's monthly oil imports from Iran declined to 592,800 barrels per day (bpd) in June, down 16 per cent from May, according to data from industry and shipping sources. BSNL unveils India’s 1st Internet telephony New Delhi: State-owned BSNL on Wednesday unveiled the country's first internet telephony service that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app, starting from July 25. The company launched the app 'Wings' that will allow customers to make unlimited calls by paying annual fee of Rs 1,099 and by using internet service or wi-fi of any telecom operator, to any phone number. "In present competitive environment, increase in market share by BSNL is laudable. I congratulate BSNL management for internet telephony which will enable consumers to make call without SIM," Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said after inaugurating the service. Govt non-committal on decriminalising gay sex New Delhi: The Union government on Wednesday said it was leaving it to the wisdom of the Supreme Court to decide if a law that criminalizes consensual gay sex was constitutionally valid. On the second day of the Supreme Court hearing on the plea challenging the constitutional validity of Indian Penal Code's Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality, the Centre did not spell out its stand one way or the other. MR group, which is looking to bid for operations and maintenance contract of Clark International Airport in the Philippines has been disqualified as it does not have required ranking by SkyTrax, an international air transport rating organisation. P3 P9 At last, RERA in TS from Aug OUR BUREAU Visitors at the historic Taj Mahal on Wednesday. The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre for its 'lethargy' in taking steps to protect the historic medieval structure RESTORE TAJ OR DEMOLISH IT SC slams govt for sheer lethargy New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, issuing a warning it will "shut it down" and the authorities should "demolish or restore" the Mughal structure. The apex court was unhappy as the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal. A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and said its "sheer lethargy" on the part of the authorities. Continued on P4 Hyderabad: Better late than never. The much-delayed RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) Act 2016 is set to come into force fully in Hyderabad and in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Telangana from August second week this year. The Union government enacted RERA in Parliament two years ago aiming to boost realty industry as well as protect the interests of home buyers in the country. Due to various reasons, the Telangana government did not enforce the Act in the state except issuing the rules and guidelines and appointing a temporary regulatory authority under the chairmanship of Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Rajeshwar Tiwari. The government is likely to appoint a permanent regulatory authority involving senior officials and experts in realty trade before the enforcement of the Act. The pending Act will come into force from August in all municipal bodies, including the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, under which the realty agencies will have to seek the regulatory au- Under RERA, realty agencies will have to seek regulatory authority’s nod to construct commercial complexes and residential apartments in the urban areas. The authority will also redress the grievances of home buyers against construction agencies on pricing and other issues thority’s nod to construct commercial complexes, and residential apartments in the urban areas, a senior official said. The authority will also redress the grievances of the buyers who lodge complaints against the construction agencies Paripoornananda too externed from Hyderabad on pricing and availing other facilities at the time of purchasing the property, he added. As per RERA rules, the developers who take up projects in 500 square meters and above will have to register with RERA. The real es- tate agents should also register their consultancy agencies with RERA. Permissions granted from January 2017 for the new projects by the urban planning departments in every municipality will be registered under RERA. Under the Act, the authority will grant approval to the builder’s proposal and publish the entire details of the project including the schedule for completion of the works and handing over them to the buyers on the official website. If the builder failed to do so, the authority will have the right to scrap the permission. The developer needs to update the progress in the construction activity to the authority from time to time. Officials said the government had already entrusted to a private agency to develop and maintain RERA portal exclusively for Telangana. Trial run has already begun. The portal will provide all necessary information to the builders and customers and also address the issues raised by two sides. The registration charges to be collected from the builders under the new Act were already ﬁnalised by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development department. PROJECT POLAVARAM Naidu demands Centre should foot entire bill No dearth of funds, says Gadkari Police brand him as violator of Anti-Social Activities Act Union minister says escalation in project cost needs to be justiﬁed OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: After film critic Kathi Mahesh, the city police now externed Sri Peetham seer Swamy Paripoornananda from the city for six months. The police officials externed the Swamy under Section 3 of the Telangana Prevention of Anti-Social and Hazardous Activities Act 1980 and shifted him to Sri Peetham in Kakinada from his city residence at around 4 am on Wednesday. Swamy Paripoornananda can come to the city after six months with prior police permission. The police have listed out reasons for the externment of Swamy Paripoornananda. The police found a few comments of the Sri Peetham seer as objectionable. Continued on P4 Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram in Rajamahendravaram Water level rising in Godavari OUR BUREAU Rajamahendravaram: The ﬂood water in River Godavari is increasing due to heavy inﬂows reported in its catchment area following heavy rains. The district administration alerted the officials to take all necessary measures and evacuate people from low-lying areas. According to Water Resources Department (WRD), currently three lakh cusecs of water is being discharging into sea from Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage. All the 175 gates of Dowleswaram, Ryali, Maddur and Vijjeswaram were lifted by half metre height. Over 1,800 cusecs of water has been released into Eastern canal, followed by 1,000 cusecs into Central delta and 2,000 cusecs of water into Western delta. Currently, the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage is 11 feet, followed by 48 feet at Havelock bridge, 31 feet at Bhadrachalam, 8.14 feet at Kaleswaram, 9.10 feet at Perur, 9.25 feet at Dummugudem and 9.77 feet at Kunavaram. Steps were taken to lift the gates to some more height depending upon the water inflow. Respective engineers were directed to check the condition of river bunds. Polavaram (W Godavari): Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said there was no dearth of funds at the Centre for the Polavaram project but quickly added that the state would have to justify the escalation of cost for each component with the proof of documents. After visiting the project site along with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Gadkari, while saying that he was for the project and that he would not mix politics with development, pointed out that the state would have to do a lot of explaining before it sought funds for the Polavaram project. While saying that he would cooperate with the state in releasing funds, Gadkari, however, made the process look very convoluted and tortuous, pricking the balloon of hope of early completion of the Continued on P4 project. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Polavaram project site on Wednesday TS to ﬁght for BC quota in Panchayat Raj polls CABINET PANEL DECIDES TO MOVE SC OVER HC ORDER OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Cabinet sub-committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution that BC reservations in Panchayat Raj elections should not be less than 34 per cent for the Backward Classes and decided to knock the doors of the Supreme Court seeking the protection of the BC quota. In the wake of High Court’s interim The Cabinet sub-committee discussing the High Court order on reservation in Panchayat Raj elections, at the secretariat on Wednesday orders that the reservations in the elections should not exceed 50 per cent, the sub-committee, headed by Panchayat Raj Minister J Krishna Rao, held a meeting where he finalised the future course of action. On the advice of the legal experts who attended the meeting, the sub-committee resolved to move the apex court against the High Court orders. The committee members said the BCs were provided 34 per cent reservations in the local bodies based on their population. The High Court’s order not to exceed 50 per cent of reservations will deprive the BCs of their rights. Additional Advocate-General J Ramachandra Rao explained to the ministers that the Supreme Court had previously allowed the reservations up to 61 per cent in the civic body elections. The minister said the issues related to fresh enumeration of the Backward Classes and appointment of special offi- cers in gram panchayats (as the ﬁveyear term of the elected bodies is coming to an end this month) will be taken up in the next meeting to be presided over by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. As the Chief Minister had already pleaded with the Centre to accord powers to the states in the finalisation of quota, Krishna Rao said the subcommittee will also take up the reservations issue with the Centre to avoid legal hurdles in future. The sub-committee members – T Harish Rao (Irrigation), E Rajendar (Finance), T Nageshwara Rao (Roads and Buildings) and A Indrakaran Reddy (Housing) were present.
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