www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.30C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 54% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:23 A child dressed as Lord Krishna breaks 'Dahi Handi' to celebrate Janmashtami festival, in Mumbai on Monday Yet another historic low for ` at 71.21 vs $ BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H STATE SOAKS IN JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATIONS TS admin goes into hyper mode Babus hold emergency meetings on pending, new proposals OUR BUREAU state’s nod. New schemes like unemployment dole for the youth and a hike in pension amount is already under active consideration. Sources said that more than 50 issues are being ﬁnalised for discussions and seek ratiﬁcation in the next cabinet meeting. The Welfare departments, mainly the BCs, SCs, STs and Minority wings and Women and Child Welfare department officials held day- long meetings to resolve the long-pending issues mainly the release of funds and sanction of posts in the departments. Continued on Page 4 Mumbai: The Indian rupee Monday crashed to yet another historic low of 71.21, losing 21 paise at the close against the $ as nagging concerns over rising crude oil prices and trade war tensions continued to hurt forex market sentiment. It was a virtual collapse for the Indian unit during the late afternoon session despite a strong start as investors hit the panic button and even government's efforts to calm investor nerves failed to yield any result. S P8 Hyderabad: The high-voltage drama, which Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had set off at the mammoth public meeting at Kongara Kalan on Sunday night, continued on Monday too with the secretaries of all the departments in the Telangana state government getting their act ready to prepare the agenda for the all too crucial Cabinet meeting most probably on September 6 where decision on dissolution of Assembly appears highly likely. 1-nation-1-card for public transport: NITI Pragati Nivedana spreads ‘Avedana’ among Opposition The secretaries held emergency meeting with their respective Heads of the Departments (HoDs) in the Secretariat on Monday following Chief Secretary SK Joshi’s instructions to forward pending and also new proposals, if any, to the government by Tuesday evening. They were busy drafting the policies required to get the OUR BUREAU New Delhi: India will shortly unveil a one-nation-one-card policy for public transport that will bring seamless connectivity between various modes of transport, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday. He said a robust transportation sector was the backbone for the development of any economy, especially for a densely populated developing country like India. S P7 Hyderabad: A verbal war broke out on Monday between the ruling and opposition party leaders on the Pragati Nivedana Sabha of TRS held on Sunday. While the TRS party leaders said that the meeting was a huge success, the opposition parties Congress, BJP and TDP said that it was a flop show with lukewarm response from the people. The TRS leaders addressed a series of press conferences at Telangana Bhavan stating that the meeting was a major success. Continued on Page 4 Demonetisation big failure, says Naidu Amaravati: Taking a serious view of 99.4 per cent of demonetised currency notes returning to the Reserve Bank of India from circulation, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu described it as a major policy failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Naidu said: “Though I was against the circulation of high denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the Centre, after the demonetisation, reintroduced Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes to which I am against.” The RBI in its recent annual report had stated that of Rs 15.4 lakh crore notes demonetised, Rs 15.31 lakh crore had returned, which indicated that the experiment to ﬂush out black money had failed. Naidu, speaking to reporters on Monday, said that Modi had pushed the country’s economy to the brink of disaster. “The Indian economy has collapsed due to the failure of NDA in introducing reforms,” he said, pointing out that any leader other than Modi would have done much better. “The people had lost faith in banking system since it became known that the banks themselves were involved in corruption during the last four-and-a-half years,” he said. Continued on Page 4 Petrol, diesel hit new high New Delhi/Amaravati/Hyderabad: Prices of petrol and diesel, already at unprecedented levels in the country, rose for the ninth consecutive day on Monday. In the national capital, petrol was sold at Rs 79.15 per litre, up from Rs 78.84 on Sunday. In Vijayawada too, there has been a steep increase in the prices of diesel and petrol. During the last one month alone, petrol prices increased by Rs.3.77 per litre and diesel prices Rs 3.32. On Monday, petrol price was Rs 85.19 and diesel price Rs78.34. On August 3, the petrol price was Rs.82.42 per litre and diesel price was Rs.75.02. The variation of price is Rs.3.77 for petrol and Rs.3.32 for diesel in one month. Petrol has hit an all- time high of Rs 83.92 per litre in Hyderabad on Monday, while diesel price peaked to 77.39 per litre. The trend during the last one week has been one that was defying the laws of gravity. On Aug 28, the price of petrol was 82.75 per litre and that of diesel 75.72 per litre. During the last one week, the price had not come down even once. In Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai, the fuel was priced at Rs 82.06, Rs 82.24 and Rs 86.56 per litre respectively, all a new record, against Rs 81.76, Rs 81.92, Rs 86.25 on Sunday. The surge in fuel prices is largely attributed to the rise in crude oil prices and high rate of excise duty in the country. Brent and JDS have declared that they would tie-up in ULBs which have produced a hung verdict. Elections were held for three city corporations, 29 city municipal councils (CMC), 52 town municipal councils (TMC) and 20 Town Panchayats (TP). Results for 2,662 of the 2,709 seats for which polls were held have been declared. With the combined strength of Congress and JD(S) securing 1,357 seats, they enjoy a clear edge over the BJP to seize control of a majority of the ULBs. These elections were considered the ﬁrst test of popularity of the Congress-JDS coalition government, which was Hyderabad Vijayawada `83.92 `85.19 Diesel `77.39 `78.34 Petrol crude oil is currently priced over $78 per barrel. The recent slump in rupee also has lifted the import cost of crude oil, subsequently raising fuel prices. On Monday, the key transportation fuel was sold at Rs 71.15, Rs 74, Rs 75.19 and Rs 75.54 per litre in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai respectively, up from the previous levels of Rs 70.76, Rs 73.61, Rs 74.77 and Rs 75.12 per litre. Diesel prices gain signiﬁcance as the fuel is used in the transportation of farm products and a rise in the prices may push up inﬂation. With fuel prices touching new levels on Monday, petroleum dealers in Tamil Nadu said they were closely monitoring the sit- An employee ﬁlls fuel in a vehicle at a ﬁlling station, in Kolkata on Monday uation. "We too are concerned. We have no choice but to follow the order of oil marketing companies on dynamic pricing. In the last three days, the price of petrol increased by Re 1," Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association Vice President Suresh Kumar said. "The situation is precarious," he said. Meanwhile, DMK President M K Stalin ﬂayed the Centre and State governments, saying the fuel prices were "unconscionable." In a statement here, he sought to know whether it was right on part of the Centre to export fuel at cheaper rates while it was being retailed at 'exorbitant' rates in the domestic market. CM okays one installment of DA for state staff OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday gave his nod for one installment of DA to the government employees. The government has been pending the sanction of two DAs for eight months. An official release from the Chief Minister’s Office said that the Chief Minister signed on the concerned ﬁle to release 1.572 per cent DA with a cumulative total of 27.248 per cent with effect January 1, 2018. The Chief Minister even before his blockbuster meeting - Pragati Nivedana Hyderabad twin blasts verdict today OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Metropolitan Session Judges (MSJ) court, Nampally, will deliver its verdict on the Lumbini Park and Gokul chat twin bomb blasts case on Tuesday. The twin bomb blasts in 2007 claimed 44 lives and left 68 injured. On August 27, Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T Srinivas Rao adjourned the judgement in the case to September 4. The Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of the Telangana Police had investigated the case and arrested ﬁve accused who were all allegedly Indian Mujahideen operatives. The agency had ﬁled four charge sheets against the ﬁve accused and also named two others, Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, who have been absconding ever since. On August 27, the court opined that as the judgement order was not yet ready it would be delivered on September 4. The court heard the case of ﬁve suspects Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari, Aneeq Shaﬁque Sayeed, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik and Tarik Anjum who were produced before the court on August 27 through a video conference from Cherlapally Central Prison. Earlier, the trial against ﬁve accused in the case was shifted to a court hall located on the premises of Cherlappally Central Prison from a court located in Nampally Court Complex in June this year. The accused were charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of Explosive Substances Act in connection with the twin blasts on August 25, 2007 and also with regard to the recovery of an unexploded bomb found under a foot over bridge at Dilsukhnagar. Continued on Page 4 Cong gets slight edge in Karnataka civic polls Bengaluru: Establishing a slight edge over BJP in a closely fought race in urban local bodies polls in Karnataka, the Congress is set to gain control of a majority of the ULBs, teaming up with its ruling coalition partner JDS. The Congress has secured 982 seats and the BJP 929 in the elections held Saturday, while JD(S) came a distant third with 375 seats, according to the state election commission results. The others, including 329 independents, bagged the rest of the seats in the threeway race with Congress and JDS ﬁghting against each other, despite being coalition partners. Both the Congress SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS HIT HARD BY LOW TARIFFS formed post-May assembly polls when it yielded a hung verdict. The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the assembly polls, but failed to shore up the numbers in its bid to form the government. The ULB polls were also considered as indicative of the voters' mood before the next Lok Sabha elections. Buoyed by the results, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said it was a "beﬁtting answer" to those who were saying that the coalition government was weak. "The results have silenced all those who have been saying that Congress has weakened," said Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao. CONG WINNER, 9 OTHERS INJURED IN ‘ACID ATTACK’ Bengaluru: A Congress candidate and his nine supporters were injured in a suspected acid attack on Monday during a march to celebrate his victory in the Karnataka urban local body elections. Inayatullah Khan, who won the election from ward No. 16 in Tumakuru -- around 70 km from Bengaluru, was taking out the procession when an unidentified person sprayed some liquid on the crowd and fled the scene, police said. Nearly 10 persons felt a burning sensation and were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were administered first-aid. Sabha – began clearing administrative ﬁles. The CM’s focus on clearing ﬁles created a buzz in political circles and media that KCR may go in for dissolution of state Assembly and seek early elections. Nevertheless, the CM promised to address the issues related to the state staff. Clearing of one installment of DA appears to be one such initiative. Official sources said that the last installment of the DA will be sanctioned before the announcement of Interim Relief (IR) under the new Pay Revision Commission (PRC) which will come into effect by this year-end.
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