www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Broken clouds Temp: Max.30C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 58% Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 06:27 Barman becomes 1st Indian heptathlete to win Asiad Gold Jakarta: Swapna Barman on Wednesday created history by becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold here, a feat she achieved despite a toothache. The 21-year-old Barman logged 6026 points from the seven events competed for two days. En route to the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points). MISTRY’S REMOVAL: NCLAT ADMITS PLEA AGAINST ORDER REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H HISTORICAL CHAITANYA RATHAM LOSES HELMSMAN Fiery Nandamuri scion Harikrishna no more Accident occurred at Anneparthy on NarketpallyAddanki road at 6 am Fortuner (AP 28 BW 2323) vehicle driven by Harikrishna The vehicle overturned after hitting road divider 4 cops killed in J&K militant attack Srinagar: Four policemen were killed in a militant attack on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, officials said. Police said the militants fired at the escort party of a senior police officer in Arhama village, about 2 km from Shopian town. OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a dawn tragedy, Telugu Desam Party politburo member and son of former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao, Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a road accident near Nalgonda on Wednesday. The accident took place at 6 am at Anneparthy on Narketpally- Addanki road when the Fortuner (AP 28 BW 2323) vehicle driven by himself overturned after hitting the road divider. He was reportedly speeding at 160 kmph and was trying to overtake a vehicle ahead of him while simultaneously trying to pick up water bottle from the back of the passenger’s seat, when the untoward incident occurred. Harikrishna fell on the divider on the other side of the road with severe head injuries. His friends Raavi Venkat Rao and Shivaji who were travelling with him sustained injuries but survived. On seeing the Fortuner hitting the road divider, local people rushed and tried to help him. They laid him on the side of the road and tried to make him feel comfortable. Though he appeared unconscious, now and then he moved his hands. His face was splattered with blood and he was groaning occasionally. As soon as the police arrived, he was shifted to Kamineni hospital in Narketpally where he died while undergoing treatment. Harikrishna left from his Mehdipatnam house at 4:30 am and was on his way to Kavali in Nellore district to attend a wedding when the accident took place. Speaking to the media persons, Nalgonda SP A V Ranganath said that due to over speeding the driver lost control, the vehicle hit the road divider and overturned. Had Harikrishna wore seat belt, he would have escaped with minor injuries, he said. When the family members knew about the incident they immediately rushed to Kamineni hospital. Kalyan Ram and Junior NTR spoke to the doctors. Harikrishna’s brother Balakrishna visited the hospital. AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh reached the Narketpally hospital by helicopter. After the post-mortem examination in an ambulance, Harikrishna’s body was shifted in the convoy of AP Chief Minister to his Mehdipatnam residence. Continued on Page 4 TWO-DAY MOURNING IN AP Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government has declared state mourning for two days on August 29 and 30 as a mark of respect to the departed leader Nandamuri Harikrishna. During the period, the national flag will be flown half-mast and there will be no official entertainment, Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday. Nimmakuru close to his heart, always OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Former minister and former Rajya Sabha member Nandamuri Harikrishna set an example to others by developing his native village Nimmakuru. He reportedly had a lot of attachment for his village and used to speak of it proudly. He had spent nearly Rs 3 crore for the development of the village. If the village had good roads, it was because Harikrishna had released money necessary for the work from his MPLAD’s fund. He also provided solar street-lighting and allocated funds for girls' hostel and temple. Especially, he developed blacktop roads to reach agriculture fields in the village. Similarly, he developed roads for the neighboring villages of Nibhanupudi-Undrapudi. He also allocated Rs 2.5 crore for the development of a veterinary hospital in Vijayawada proving his special interest in animals and cattle. His close relative Nandamuri Sivaramakrishna, speaking to The Hans India, said that Harikrishna had developed the village with various schemes. Continued on Page 4 Telangana CM KCR and his AP counterpart Chandrababu Naidu at the residence of departed TDP leader Harikrishna in Hyderabad on Wednesday to express their condolences WhatsApp campaign to ﬁght fake news New Delhi: After being asked by the central government to take steps to stop the spread of disinformation on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday roped in New Delhi-based non-proﬁt Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to create awareness among its users about the need to verify information. "Our goal is to help keep people safe by creating greater awareness about fake news and empowering users to help limit its spread," Ben Supple, Public Policy Manager at WhatsApp, said in a statement. WhatsApp has recently issued four radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in the country as part of an "educational campaign" to ﬁght fake news. The radio advisories issued by WhatsApp warn Indian users of the ills of blindly believing in forwarded WhatsApp messages and encourage them to look out for the Forwarded Labels on incoming messages to determine their source and authenticity. Continued on Page 4 The vehicle was reportedly speeding at 160 kmph Harikrishna was trying to overtake a vehicle while trying to pick up water bottle from the back of the passenger’s seat FACEBOOK’S ANSWER TO YOUTUBE NOW ROLLING OUT GLOBALLY San Francisco: Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced "Facebook Watch", its video-on-demand service, often touted as video-sharing giant YouTube's rival, is rolling out globally for people to discover interesting videos and interact with friends and creators. Launched in the US in 2017, the video service allows users to enjoy videos from different genres, including entertainment, sports and news in their personalised "Watch Feed" that carries a collection of recent videos from the pages they follow. S More reports LOCAL TRS invincible All surveys point to TRS victory: Kavitha OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Nizamabad MP and an important functionary of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) K Kavitha on Wednesday exuded conﬁdence that her party would win the elections to Telanagana Assembly hands down, whenever they are held. “There is no doubt our party would romp home with convincing majority. We have in fact no opposition. There is only one party which is there, but it is quite far away from us. It is called Congress,” Kavitha said, refusing to attach any importance to the grand-old party. In an informal chat, she said, all the surveys done so far point to the fact that the TRS landslide victory was only waiting to happen for the second time. She binned the argument that antiincumbency factor might throw a spanner in the TRS’s endeavour to march to power for the second time. “In case of TRS, there is no anti-incumbency. Even if it is there it might be in a very few constituencies and KCR knows how to deal with it. We are not worried at all,” she said when pointed out that if the Congress lost the Karnataka Assembly election, it was because of this Continued on Page 4 factor. BHIMA-KOREGAON RAIDS SC orders house arrest for 5 activists Police claims plot hatched to overthrow govt New Delhi/Pune: The Maharashtra police's move to arrest ﬁve well-known activists was punctured on Wednesday with the Supreme Court observing that "dissent is the safety valve of democracy" and directing that those in its custody be kept under house arrest. The ﬁve human rights activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — who were arrested after the pan India crackdown on Tuesday will not be sent to jail but be under house arrest until September 6, the court ruled. "Dissent is the safety valve of democracy and if you don't allow these safety valves it will burst," a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said. Dealing a blow to the Maharashtra police, the bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, questioned it for arresting the activists nine months after the violence between Dalits and upper caste Peshwas in KoregaonBhima village near Pune following the Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31, 2017. Continued on Page 4 INDIA REMAINS CHOSEN ONE FOR FDI, SAYS RBI P4
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