www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. More sun than clouds Temp: Max.35°C. Min.23C. Humidity: 43% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:22 Rita Jatinder Guest on TV show dies during live telecast Srinagar: In a shocking incident, a guest on a popular regional Doordarshan TV show died during live telecast on Monday. Rita Jatinder, a known educationist and writer, was answering questions about her life and achievements on the channel's 'Good Morning J&K' show when she suddenly collapsed, shocking the two anchors and scores of viewers. The 86year-old woman was later declared dead. The producers of the widely watched TV show were unable to handle the unforeseen situation initially. Nirav’s siblings face CBI, ED action New Delhi: Probe agencies have moved to stifle movements of fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi's family members, with the Enforcement Directorate getting an Interpol Red Corner Notice issued against his sister and the CBI making an extradition request against his brother, in connection with the alleged USD 2-billion PNB banking fraud. Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against 44-year-old Purvi Deepak Modi on the request of the Enforcement Directorate, and the CBI has moved an application to extradite 34-year-old Neeshal Modi, officials said Monday. ALIBABA’S JACK MA TO BID ADIEU IN 2019 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H AP slashes petro prices by `2/litre NAIDU BLAMES CENTRE FOR HIGH PRICES OUR BUREAU The Chief Minister, introducing a resolution in the Assembly to this effect, said the decision to cut the price was taken in view of the prices hitting an all-time high causing severe hardship to the people. The cut of Rs 2 per litre on petrol and diesel would mean a loss of Rs 1,120 crore of VAT per annum to the state exchequer. The Chief Minister took exception to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s statement that the price rise was on account of hike in the prices of petroleum products in the international market and increase in VAT by the state government. “His statement is misleading and is far from truth,” he said. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: In a major relief to the people of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday announced a cut of Rs 2 in the price of diesel and petrol per litre. The relief would come into effect from Monday midnight. Interestingly, Naidu announced the cut on the day when the Congress called a nation-wide bandh protesting the steep rise in the prices of both petrol and diesel. The cut would be in the Value Added Tax (VAT) levied on fuel sold in the outlets by the state government. It is equal to half of Rs 4 per litre VAT that the state has been imposing on fuel sold in the state. PETRO PROTEST Bandh total, peaceful APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy along with Congress leaders rides on a bullock-cart during 'Bharat Bandh' called against fuel price hike and devaluation of the rupee in Vijayawada on Monday OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The nation-wide bandh called by the Congress in protest against the steep hike in the prices of petrol and diesel was near total and passed off peacefully in the state on Monday. Till afternoon, transportation was affected with the APSRTC withdrawing its bus services. Banks and commercial establishments remained closed till noon. Cinema houses cancelled morning shows in Vijayawada, Vizag, Guntur, Tirupati and other cities. The government offices however worked normally albeit with thin attendance. Policemen were posted in strength at the important junctions in the cities and towns to prevent breakdown of law and order. The police arrested scores of agitators and leaders. In Vijayawada, the Left parties, Congress and Jana Sena jointly staged a dharna in front of the Pandit Nehru bus station, Lenin centre and elsewhere. The angry party activists holding placards and banners raised slogans against the BJP government. Continued on Page 15 OPPN RALLIES AGAINST BJP New Delhi: The Bharat Bandh called by the Congress and Left on Monday against rising fuel prices and tumbling rupee evoked mixed response in the country as the opposition closed its ranks against the Modi government. The BJP dubbed the protest a failure. The day-long shutdown affected normal life in Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala and Tripura and triggered a mixed response in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. But it was mostly ineffective in Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal. Shutdown enforcers resorted to blocking roads and rail tracks disrupting traffic in several parts of the country. In Bihar, a critically ill twoyear-old girl died on her way to a hospital in Jehanabad town apparently due to a road blockade. Bandh supporters allegedly resorted to violence and clashed with the police in some parts areas, prompting the ruling BJP, which dubbed the shutdown a "complete failure", of accusing the Congress of creating an "environment of fear" by violently enforcing the shutdown. Normal life was paralysed in Odisha with vehicular movement and train services thrown out of gear as Congress workers blocked roads and trains. Continued on Page 15 A majority of them were TDP leaders before joining the TRS Hyderabad: Disgruntled TRS leaders, whose names are missing in the list of 105 candidates announced recently, are knocking the TDP doors. A majority of them were TDP leaders before joining the TRS. Already two senior leaders M Venkateswara Rao from Serilingampally Assembly constituency and Mohanlal from Mahabubabad assembly segment joined TDP. Venkateswara Rao was given the assurance of TRS ticket at the time of joining TRS in 2015. But the Ramesh Rathod Many former TDP leaders have already approached the TDP high command with a request to admit them. Some of them are asking for party ticket in lieu of shifting loyalty to the Telugu Desam Party TRS chief announced incumbent MLA Gandhi as the party candidate in the ensuing election. Mohanlal was vying for the party ticket for the ST reserved Mahabubabad seat. Against his expectations, KCR declared Shankar Mohanlal Naik as the party candidate. Many former TDP leaders in the Greater Hyderabad Corporation (GHMC) limits have already approached the TDP high command with a request to admit them. Some of them are demanding DEATH FOR 2 IN TWIN BLASTS CASE OUR LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, constituted in the Cherlapally Central Prison, on Monday awarded capital punishment to Aniq Shafeeq Sayeed and Akber Ismail Choudhury, accused No1 and No2 in the 2007 twin bomb blasts which were set off at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park in Hyderabad. The special court awarded life imprisonment to another accused in the case Tareeq Anjum on charges of providing shelter to A1, A2, including Indian Mujahideen chief Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal. Akber Ismail It may be recalled that Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge (in-charge) T Srinivas Rao pronounced Aniq Shafeeq Sayeed and Akber Ismail Choudhury as guilty on September 4, but the quantum of punishment and pronouncement of order for the other accused, Tareeq Anjum, has been postponed to Monday. The court has also imposed a ﬁne to the tune of Rs 10,000 to all convicts. Mixed response to Bharat Bandh Disgruntled TRS leaders make a beeline to TDP OUR BUREAU HOUSES FOR ALL NEEDY BY 2022, SAYS NAIDU party ticket in lieu of shifting loyalty to the Telugu Desam before the elections. TDP leaders said the party was still maintaining considerable strength in some assembly segments in North Telangana districts of Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad and parts of Nizamabad. Many TDP leaders, mainly those who were in charge of Assembly segments, joined the TRS after 2014 elections. Former TDP leader Ramesh Rathod from the Khanapur Assembly in the erstwhile Adilabad district was shocked when he was denied party ticket. Continued on Page 15 Senior Advocates of NIA at Cherlapally, Hyderabad The lower courts are competent to impose death penalty, but its execution is conditioned on the sanction of such penalty by the High Court. Speaking to The Hans India, Special Public Prosecutor C Seshu Reddy explained that they sought death penalty for the third accused also, Tareeq Anjum, but the court has awarded him life imprisonment. Reddy has informed that legally the convicts can seek relief against the order of the special court in the High Court, in the Supreme Court and can also seek mercy of the President of India via a clemency petition. Aniq Shafeeq Sayeed Lawyer for A1 Aneeq Sayeed, Gandam Gurumurthy, said that he will challenge the death penalty in the High Court. It may be recalled here that the other two accused Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik, were acquitted for want of enough evidence by the court on September 4. But, they are kept under detention as they face charges in other cases. Continued on Page 15
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