www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Overcast Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:30 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS HDK sees Naidu as champion of alliance against BJP OUR BUREAU India’s Sunayna Kuruvilla, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Joshana Chinappa and Tanvi Khanna celebrate after winning the women’s squash semifinal match against Malaysia at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarata on Friday Rationalists, NCP leader on Hindu right-wing hit-list: ATS Mumbai: In shocking revelations, an NCP leader and other leading rationalists were on the hit-list of the recently arrested Hindu rightwing activists in connection with the Palghar arms seizure case, the Maharashtra ATS told a Mumbai court on Friday. They are -Thane NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad, Pune-based rationalist Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of the slain anti-superstition campaigner Narendra Dabholkar, All India Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti president Shyam Manav and activist Ritu Raje. Modi, Thai PM discuss bilateral ties Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held "productive talks" with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha during which the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties, including ways to strengthen cooperation between India and Thailand. The two leaders met in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on the sidelines of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit. The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Amaravati/ Vijayawada: Lending a shoulder to the efforts which are still in embryonic stage though, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and his AP counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu here on Friday went over the broad contours of the alliance in the making at the national level against the BJP-led NDA. The two leaders, who discussed several issues in the formation of the alliance over a cup of coffee, decided that more such meetings should take place for the new formation to take a deﬁnite shape. Though Chandrababu Naidu appears to be not so in- imical to the Congress lately, the AP leader, however, is not yet ready to announce it officially. But he would have to be part of the formation at the national level in which the Congress would be there though it is too early to say if the grand-old party would be leading the alliance. Even Congress president Rahul Gandhi is not staking a claim for the post of the Prime Minister as it would mean jumping the gun before the alliance takes birth. He has gone on record saying that a decision on who should become the PM would be taken after taking into consideration the performance of each constituent of the alliance. Continued on Page 15 Tirupati to be healthcare hub n SVICCAR to aid govt’s efforts to combat cancer OUR BUREAU Tirupati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has expressed his vision of transforming Tirupati into a centre of specialised medical care which offers comprehensive medical services for all specialties soon. It will also be developed as the most liveable and the safest city in the country for ever. Addressing the people after performing ground-breaking ceremony for Sri Venkateswara Institute if Cancer Care and Advanced Research (SVICCAR) in Tirupati on Friday along with Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan N Tata, the CM has said that this institute will offer consultation services from March 2019. It will become a centre for cancer care in entire South India which will be linked to cancer care centres of NTR Trust in all district headquarters in Andhra Pradesh. The CM arrived at the venue almost two hours behind schedule and performed bhoomi puja Arrested activists wanted to end ‘Modi Raj’, claim cops New Delhi: The Maharashtra police on Friday said it found ‘incriminating evidence’ against the ﬁve arrested activists during the raids on Tuesday that hinted at a conspiracy by Maoists to overthrow the Narendra Modi government with a "Rajiv Gandhilike incident". Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and P Varavara Rao were arrested on Tuesday for their alleged links to banned out CPI Maoist. At a press brieﬁng on Friday, ADG Parambir Singh said that an email letter between Rona Wilson and a CPI-Maoist leader spoke of the alleged assassination plot. Human rights activist Rona Jacob Wilson was arrested from Delhi in June in connection with the Pune Commissioner Ravindra Kadam Koregaon-Bhima violence in Maharashtra in January this year. “A protected communication between Rona Wilson and Surendra Gadling was recovered by police officers. Pune police were able to crack the protected password, which showed a conspiracy by the Maoists to overthrow the established government," he said. He displayed the letter that spoke of ending "Modi raj" with a "Rajiv Gandhi-like" incident. "The letter also spoke of requirement of Rs 8 crore for annual supply of grenade launcher with four lakh rounds," he said. He said the police had also found thousands of minutes, mails, letters and other documents of CPI Maoists. "The letter written by Rona to Maoist leader "Comrade Prakash" said: We have received your last letter regarding current situation here. Arun (Ferreira), Vernon (Gonsalves) and others are equally concerned about the urban front struggle," he said. The letter asked Prakash to convey his decision, Singh said. "Comrade Kisan and a few other comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi raj. Continued on Page 15 • CM, Ratan Tata perform ground breaking ceremony • Naidu outlines his vision for healthy Andhra Pradesh Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan Tata with AP CM Chandrababu Naidu performing puja during a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Cancer Care in Tirupati on Friday 9-seater flights between Vij-N’sagar on anvil • Flights to be operational from October • Supreme Aviation Company will operate two services daily from Gannavaram to Nagarjunasagar Guntur: The Andhra Pradesh government in order to promote State tourism will be operating nine-seater ﬂights from Vijayawada (Gannavaram) Airport to Nagarjunasagar airstrip daily from October. The Andhra Pradesh Airport Development Corporation Limited (APADCL) is making necessary arrangements for the commencement of ﬂight operations on the route. The Supreme Aviation Company has come forward to operate two services daily from Gannavaram to Nagarjunasagar. It also applied for permission to the Airports Authority of India to this effect. The aviation company is waiting for time slot allotment. Continued on Page 15 n DUMPING OF WASTE TAKES ITS TOLL ON THE SOURCE Visakhapatnam: The main drinking water source for Visakhapatnam Meghadrigedda - is fast drying up due to sheer lack of maintenance and supervision. The water that flows through Naravagedda canal, the main source of Meghadrigedda, is highly polluted with solid and liquid waste being dumped by hospitals, caterers and meat shop owners. For the last three decades, the Irrigation department has not been taking any Various types of waste being dumped into Naravagedda natural water resource of the Meghadrigedda reservoir in Visakhapatnam Mfg lifts Q1 GDP to 8.2% New Delhi: An upswing in manufacturing activity accelerated India's GDP growth rate in the first quarter of 2018-19 to 8.2 per cent, official data showed here on Friday. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the GDP at 2011-12 prices in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018-19 registered a growth rate of 8.2 per cent, up from 7.7 per cent reported for Q4 of 2017-18 and 5.6 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. "The economic activities which registered growth of over 7 per cent in Q1 of 2018-19 over Q1 of 2017-18 are 'manufacturing', 'electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services', 'construction' and 'public administration, defence and other services'," a statement by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said. S Details: P5 VL SYAM SUNDAR Meghadrigedda on death bed VKL GAYATRI for the new Institute to be established on the Alipiri-Cherlopalli road amidst traditional rituals. Later, he reached the dais along with Ratan Tata and unveiled the plaque and the miniature model of the hospital. The CM has felt that in the coming days SVICCAR will become a sacred cancer institute which Tata Trusts have taken up under 100 per cent Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. For the 300-bed hospital a special purpose vehicle Alamelu Charitable Trust was established and lauded Ratan Tata who donated his entire property to Tata Trusts. “He is the most respected personality in the country. Money earning is one aspect and making it useful for the society is another and only a few will follow the second point among which Ratan Tata was one. Bill Gates also donated his earning to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” he recalled. SVICCAR will have all modern facilities. Continued on Page 15 steps to cleanse Naravagedda to ensure free flow of water into Meghadrigedda. The Roads and Building department constructed a bridge on Naravagedda between Vepagunta and Pinagadi in 1988, taking into consideration the width of canal as 96.57 metres. During the last three decades, no steps were taken to cleanse the Naravagedda. As there were no maintenance works and supervision, the width has shrunk with a lot of waste being dumped into it. Now it is like a ribbon of ﬁve metres width. Continued on Page 15 Picture for illustration purpose only Women from Telugu states stay away from Haj without mehram ASKARI JAFFER per cent of the total number of pilgrims are women, which is Hyderabad: In 2014, Saudi Arathe highest ever representation bia updated its earlier rule of women in Haj from India and allowed women out of which, around Today, above 45 years to 1,300 women travMuslim women can go in groups on elled in groups perform Haj without Haj pilgrimwithout age. And, afmehram. ‘mehram’. Mehram is a male ter three Talha escort like father, husband, years, in Jabeen, sobrother or son who accompanies 2018 India cial activist women to perform Haj. Around too passed 1,300 women went on Haj without from Hya resolution derabad, mehram from diﬀerent parts of to let says that, the country. But no one from women go on “Haj is a Telangana and Andhra Haj without a beautiful and Pradesh opted for male escort. sacred journey this facility Women over the age for the almighty of 45 will no longer have adding up disobedience is to be accompanied by a basically not appreciated. It is mehram, or close male relative, the maulana’s and mufti’s who such as a father, husband, should decide and declare the brother or son, the governmentlaws of the religion rather than added in the country’s ﬁrst Haj the government of any country.” Continued on Page 15 policy. This year more than 47
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