www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Afternoon clouds. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.24C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 06:22 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NOTA option ‘goes’ New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday withdrew the 'none of the above' (NOTA) option from ballot papers of the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council polls following a Supreme Court directive. On August 21, the apex court had said that NOTA would not be applicable as a ballot option in the Rajya Sabha polls. Are people of AP your slaves, Naidu asks PM OUR BUREAU Amaravati: In what is being seen as the most vitriolic attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the recent times, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asked PM Modi whether the people of AP should remain as his slaves forever swallowing self-respect, despite the fact that he had gone back promises made to them at the time of the bifurcation of the state in 2014. A livid Naidu asked: “Are people of AP your slaves? Why are you riding roughshod over them? If Amaravati comes up, doesn’t the Centre benefit from it? You render lip service that you would help in construction of Amravati but in deeds, it does not reflect,” he said, in a short duration discussion in Amaravati in the Assembly. “We have not got anything from you except a handful of earth from Parliament, a glass of water from Yamuna and a picayune Rs 1,500 crore,” he said. In a high-voltage reply to BJP floor leader P Vishnu Kumar Raju for questioning the wisdom of spending thousands of crores of rupees on Amaravati, Naidu said that the people will surely have a city which would be one among the top five cities in the world. “Works of a value of Rs 1 lakh crore will be taken up in the capital city by both the government and the private partners. From this, the Centre stands to get Rs 6,000 crore as direct and Rs 5,000 crore as indirect taxes annually besides an additional Rs 2,000 crore as income tax,” he said. Naidu said he did not see much difference in governance of the British Raj before Independence and the present NDA dispensation. “The present government does not exempt the industries from paying taxes or fund Amaravati liberally,” he said. Taking serious exception to Narendra Modi for calling him a leader without maturity vis-à-vis his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao, Naidu said that with this statement the game-plan of the prime minister became evident: He wanted to drive a wedge between him and KCR at a time when he was trying to build a bridge of understanding with his neighbour. He also took objection to the Centre submitting an affidavit in the Supreme Court that it will establish High Court for AP in Hyderabad itself which is against the interests of Continued on Page 15 the state. IAF seeks land for 5 enclaves OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Indian Air Force (IAF) Southern Air Command In-charge, Trivandrum, B Suresh, met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Tuesday and disclosed the plans of Indian Air Force to set up enclaves at Donakonda, Vijayawada, Rajamahendravaram, Bhogapuram and Nellore. He requested the Chief Minister for allotment of land at the ﬁve places Air Marshal B Suresh, AVSM, Air Oﬃcer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters, Southern Air Command, IAF, meeting Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Assembly on Tuesday when there are either airports and airstrips already. The IAF evinced interest to extend the Suryalanka Airbase and sought more land in addition to the 1,350 acres land in which the air base is located. The IAF wanted 800 acres at Donakonda, 25 acres in Vijayawada, 10 acres at Bhogapuram and 55 acres at Nellore. The Chief Minister appealed the IAF to extend cooperation for clearance of Kuppam airport. After AP, Mamata cuts fuel price by `1 Kolkata: Urging the Centre to reduce the cess on fuel prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that her government has decided to reduce the tax on petrol and diesel by Re 1 Asha, Anganwadi workers get hike in incentives per litre. In a way, the West Bengal government was following the footsteps of Andhra Pradesh which reduced the fuel prices by Rs 2 on Monday. "We demand the Central government to reduce the cess on petrol and diesel. The price of crude oil has gone down, but they are increasing the prices and cess. Both cannot happen simultaneously. The state government does not get any percentage from the cess. "In this situation, our government has decided to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by one rupee per litre," she said at the state Secretariat Nabanna. She also said mismanagement is going on. Opposition voices against early TS polls OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Opposition parties on Tuesday lodged a strong protest against early elections in Telangana with the Election Commission of India (ECI) and demanded extension of the last date for the revision of electoral rolls in view of the festival season in Telangana. The EC has announced recently the schedule for the second summery revision of the electoral rolls. The final electoral rolls will be published on October 8. A Congress delegation led by the party senior leader M Shashidhar Reddy demanded the official team of the Election Commission visiting the state on a two-day official tour to explain the reasons behind the deletion of nearly 20 lakh votes in the recent drive. The Congress leader strongly objected to the Commission’s decision to cut down the deadline for the completion of the revision of electoral rolls to four weeks from the earlier fourmonth schedule. He alleged that the TRS included bogus voters in a huge number in Hyderabad. Continued on Page 15 S Honorarium raised from `3,000 to `4,500 S Those drawing `2,200 will get `3,500 S Anganwadi helpers will get `2,500 from `1,500 Rescue personnel help the trapped passengers of an TSRTC bus which skidded into a deep gorge near Kondagattu in Jagtial district on Tuesday 56 killed as bus falls into gorge in Telangana KCR announces `5 lakh ex gratia OUR BUREAU Kondagattu (Jagtial): In a gory road accident, 56 persons were killed, and many others sustained grievous injuries when a TSRTC bus in which they were traveling fell into a gorge near Kondagattu, 180 km north of Hyderabad, on Tuesday. The mishap occurred when a Jagtial depot bus packed to brim, said to be carrying 86 persons, was heading to Jagtial from Shanivarampet through Kondagattu ghat road. It is learnt that the driver lost control over the wheel while negotiating a narrow curve on the 1.5 km ghat road. The over-speeding bus overturned at least thrice before it fell into a gorge. Even though the gorge is just about 25 feet deep, the impact caused by over-speeding was such that all those inside the bus not only suffered injuries but also suffered shock and asphyxia leading to large number of casualties. As many as 25 persons died on the spot, according to eyewitnesses. Speaking to The Hans India, Kondagattu temple assistant executive officer Srinivas said: “Instead of taking the scheduled route - via Nachupally and Thimmayapalle - the driver opted for the ghat road which turned out to be fatal.” It is learnt that the steep ghat road is not in ideal condition for motoring and has the history of witnessing quite a few accidents. Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: In good news for lakhs of Asha and Anganwadi workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a hike in their monthly honorarium from October. In addition, all accredited social health activists (Asha) will be brought under the coverage of various social security schemes and provided free insurance cover under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana. The social health activists will not have to pay any premium for the insurance coverage and will get Rs 4 lakh in case of any untoward incident, the prime minister said during a video interaction with Asha, ANM (auxiliary nurse midwife) and Anganwadi workers from across the country. The PM said the revised incentive will come into effect from October and it will reﬂect in their salaries from November onwards, which would be a Diwali gift for them. Those who drew an honorarium of Rs 3,000 will from now on get Rs 4,500 and those who used to get Rs 2,200 will get Rs 3,500, he said. The honorarium of Anganwadi helpers will be hiked from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500, he said. These are routine incentive given by the Centre to Asha and Anganwadi workers. Continued on Page 15
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