www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 28 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Mostly cloudy Temp: Max.29°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 73% Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 06:28 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS REGION P8 P3 Twin blasts verdict put off to Sept 4; kin of victims vent ire Neeraj Chopra threw 88.06 metres in his third attempt to clinch the gold AAP MLA Alka Lamba marches towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence with Delhi residents’ letter addressed to him demanding full statehood to Delhi, at Parliament Steet in New Delhi on Monday Flights from AP to Singapore Vijayawada: Singapore Airlines is expected to operate flights twice a week to Singapore from Vijayawada from the first week of October. The AP government has signed an MoU with the Singapore Airlines in this regard about six months ago, but due to some reasons the flight services had been delayed. Krishna district collector B Lakshmikantham, however, has informed media-persons that flights between Vijayawada and Singapore may be operated from the first week of October by which time the runway expansion works at the airport, which are at a very advanced stage, would be completed. He said air traffic from Vijayawada Airport has been increasing after the division of the state in 2014. Reigning Asian champion Neeraj Chopra created a new national record on his way to the men’s javelin gold at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta on Monday. Neeraj was the ﬂag bearer for the opening ceremony. Shivpal Singh, the other Indian in the fray, registered 74.11m to ﬁnish eighth BUSINESS Neeru’s admits mistake, but needs time to remove advts! Cabinet holds key for early polls OUR BUREAU Hyderabad/New Delhi: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is expected to hold Cabinet meeting in a couple of days even as anxiety levels both in TRS and Congress are soaring sky-high over whether he would go in for early elections to the Telangana Assembly. Though it was indicated that he would hold the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the latest input from the Chief Minister’s Office suggests that the meeting might be held after a couple of days. This probably is to allow himself enough time to ﬁrm up his mind over when he should go in for the elections to the Assembly. Meanwhile, Congress leaders went into a huddle in a hotel here on Monday evening, where party Telangana state in-charge RC Kunthia discussed party’s preparedness if KCR announced dissolution of the Assembly suddenly. Kunthia is trying to make leaders of rival factions in the party to iron out their differences and prepare for elections joining hands. The Chief Minister, winding up his three-day tour of Delhi, returned to Hyderabad on Monday evening after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh (Home), Arun Jaitley (Finance) and Nitin Gadkari. It was given to understand Interim Relief may get nod T Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao greeting Union Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari at his residence in New Delhi on Monday that the CM had raised the issue of early elections to the Telangana Assembly with the Prime Minister, seeking his help in this regard. Excitement built up over the possibility of Cabinet meeting taking place on Tuesday as it was assumed that KCR would allow a sneak peak into his mind over what his next move would be, when General Administration Department secretary Adhar Singha issued a circular asking all the special chief secretaries, secretaries to the government to send proposals by Monday evening itself. But later in the evening, the indications that came from the CMO was that the Cabinet meeting might take place in a couple of days. Continued on Page 4 he Cabinet meeting is likely to clear Interim Relief (IR) under the new Pay Revision Commission (PRC) to the government employees. Sanction of posts under new zonal system and some more sops targeting the poorer sections are also under consideration. Sources said the approval of new zonal system and the allotment of new posts to all departments in all the newly created 21 districts will be taken up as one of the priority items in the meeting. The Union Home Ministry has already given its nod to the new zonal system and forwarded the file to the President for his assent. The Presidential orders will be issued in a day or two. The arrangement being made for the mammoth “Telangana Pragati Nivedana Sabha” will also be discussed in the meeting, the sources said. The conduct of Assembly session in September will also be finalised in the meeting. Online glitch helps miscreants mint money UGC frames rules to K NETHAJI Tirupati: Loopholes in the online ticket booking software for Aarijitham at the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has helped fraudsters make fast cash by taking advantage of the technical glitch. The authorities stumbled on the glitch in the software when they found that two persons were exploiting the loophole to mint money. One such person identiﬁed as Prabhakar from Maharashtra, booked Suprabhatham tickets with fake Aadhaar card and sold them to pilgrims at a very high rate. An outsourcing employee of TTD also made illegal use of the technical glitch and booked Aarjitham tickets with fake voter ID cards through via TTD’s official website. Prabhakar, a native of Sholapur, booked a number of Aarjitham tickets using Aadhaar cards under ﬁctitious names and sold them to pilgrims. He charged pilgrims thousands of rupees for Aarjitham tickets. He used to create fake Aadhaar cards with photo of the pilgrims. TTD seva tickets In the same way, a TTD outsourcing employee, identiﬁed as Srinivas, had been booking Aarjitham tickets through bogus voter Id cards. The officials also overlooked to check whether the Aadhaar cards carried by the pil- grims were genuine or not at Vaikutham complex, which helped the illegal operations to ﬂourish for the last few years. In order to provide easy access to Srivari Aarjitha Seva for pilgrims, the TTD introduced online booking for the most sought after sevas in the year 2000. Under this method, all sevas are released in bulk every first Friday. Taking advantage of the technical glitches, miscreants used to book tickets using false identity proofs. Continued on Page 4 EC to provide reliable EVMs n Some political parties pitch for ballot papers New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday said that it would provide "satisfactory solution" to the concerns raised by political parties on the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs), after several of them pitched for returning to the ballot paper system at an all-party meeting. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said, "We will definitely look into all the suggestions given by them (political parties) and there will be a satisfactory solution to them." The Election Commission convened the meeting ahead of elections to several state assemblies later this year and the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for early next year. It is customary for the poll panel to listen to political parties ahead of elections. In the meeting, several opposition parties raised the issues of EVM tampering and technical glitches in the voter veriﬁable paper audit trail (VVPAT) system. Continued on Page 4 FIRST FLIGHT TAKES OFF WITH MIX OF GREEN FUEL New Delhi: Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Monday successfully operated India's first test flight partially powered by bio-fuel. A concoction of bio-fuel mixed with aviation turbine fuel (ATF) powered a SpiceJet's Q400 flight which was flew on Monday. The flight took off from Dehradun to Delhi. It was received by Cabinet ministers and airline officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Terminal 2. The government will make an environment-friendly aviation action plan till 2035, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. Continued on Page 4 An iconic temple coming up at Yadadri ADEPU MAHENDER Yadadri: People seldom notice when history in the making. When they finally notice, it’s already a part of history. The echo of chisel and hammer on Yadadri hillock for the last couple of years is not just all about renovating Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, it should rather be called as reinventing a sculptural era of yesteryears. Such a behemoth of an activity is in progress at Yadagirigutta, 63 km northeast of Hyderabad. Finally, when all that buzz comes to cease sometime either side of the 2019, indicating a mag- (Left) Art director Anand Sai is explaining the details of Yadadri temple design to former President Pranab Mukherjee, Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister KCR. (Above) An artist’s impression of Yadadri temple num opus of sorts is ready for spiritual ecstasy, it’s for sure that even the bitter critics of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would stand and salute him inadvertently. A lot has been written so far about the shrine and its metamorphosis but rarely it was discussed about the brainstorming that took place at the drawing board. After all, ideas have to make it off the drawing board first, be- fore they go to the boardroom discussions headed by none other than Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Tasked rein in rating agencies VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: The newly notiﬁed University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment and Accreditation Agencies) Regulations, 2018, are expected to prevent the rat race among the private assessment and rating agencies in ranking the higher educational institutions (HEI). According to officials in the Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE), currently there are statutory assessment, accreditation and ranking entities like the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), National Institution of Ranking Framework (NIRF) and Distance Education Council of India (DECI). These agencies are either backed by the statutes of the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or Union HRD Ministry. That apart, there are independent statutory bodies for Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries, Pharmacy, Nursing, Law and other professions. These agencies take care of maintaining the educational and professional standards in their respective domains. But, for over more than a Several private higher education institutions, whose standards are not that high, ﬁgured in the national rankings of the private rating agencies. For example, an engineering college in Ghatkesar and another from Medchal have ﬁgured among the top 100 and top 150 engineering colleges in the country decade, private agencies have mushroomed as assessment and ranking agencies. "The private agencies are behind building the popular listings like top 100 engineering colleges, top medical colleges in the country and the like. Several colleges from the private sectors have started going after them to see their names in the national rankings,” the officials said. Several private higher education institutions, whose standards are not very high, ﬁgured in the national rankings of these agencies. For example, an engineering college in Ghatkesar and another from Medchal have ﬁgured among the top 100 and top 150 engineering colleges in the country. Continued on Page 4 To me, KCR is Sri Krishnadevaraya in whose dynasty the radiance of sculptural elegance spread to all corners of the globe. If not KCR, the project wouldn’t have been a reality – Art Director Anand Sai with realising KCR’s vision into deeds is art director Anand Sai. This Chennaite who made Hyderabad his home understands that it’s a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for him to etch his name in the annals of Indian history. And it was no surprise that he gave up his film career and toiling at the sketch board consuming reams of paper and stacks of pencils to turn Yadadri a spiritual paradise. It’s not overstatement to say that he is totally engrossed on his task for the last two years after he was entrusted with the responsibility of re-presenting Yadadri temple. Since then he had visited 50-odd temples across the country and browsed many a book related to art and culture in search of giving a unparalleled touch of ﬁnesse to the temple architecture. The architecture is all but a reﬂection of Pallavas, Cholas, Kakatiyas and the list goes on... Continued on Page 4
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