www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Light showers. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.24C. Humidity: 66% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 06:11 PSU BANKS TOLD TO TAKE EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST FRAUDS Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu offers prayers at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on Tuesday UN all praise for Naidu’s natural farming AP CM impresses UN gathering with his address in Telugu on ZBNF Cybersecurity, data privacy main worries New Delhi/Bengaluru: Most business leaders in India regard data privacy and cybersecurity concerns as the biggest barrier to their digital transformation, a new report from Dell Technologies said on Tuesday. According to the research, 93 per cent of Indian businesses are facing major impediments to digital transformation today. S P5 Total employment shrunk by 7 m between 2013-2015 I ndias structural transformation has been slower than desired resulting in a situation that there has been an absolute decline in employment post 2013, with the rate of unemployment among the youth now at 16 per cent, says a report by one of the country's noted private universities released on Tuesday. The State of Working India (SWI) report said there is an urgent need to think comprehensively about employment. S P11 CONGRESS, INTL ALLIANCE TRYING TO OUST ME: MODI NATION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Underscoring the importance of Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) in improving happiness index in the state, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said he aimed to encourage 60 lakh farmers to go in for the new mode of agriculture by 2024. The Chief Minister was deliv- President Ram Nath Kovind confers Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on cricketer Virat Kohli at the National Sports and Adventure Award 2018 function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, on Tuesday SC verdict today on Aadhaar validity New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday deliver its verdict on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. After a marathon hearing that lasted 38 working days spread over four months, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had in May reserved its judgment on a clutch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act. The linking of the 12-digit biometric number with various government services has been criticised by many for allegedly trying to violate the right to privacy. In an interim order in March this year, the apex court had said that the mandatory linking of bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended ‘indefinitely’ till judgement on the petitions pending before it is pronounced. The Apex court will essentially decide on whether Aadhaar meets constitutional provisions and whether the government can continue seeking it as a mandatory identification in the name of furthering its welfare goals. The Union government had made Aadhaar compulsory for a host of services and welfare measures, including PAN cards, bank account, passport, mobile service and even driving licenses. The petitioners argued that Aadhaar — built on a mammoth biometric database comprising fingerprints and iris scans — cannot be made mandatory. Demanding complete scrapping of Aadhaar, they also contended that this huge database was open to compromise, citing a number of instances of data breach that had triggered a huge debate. AP CM says the core principle of ZBNF comprised using microbial seed coating through cow urine and dung-based formulations, bio inoculants to stimulate soil microbiome, cover crops, soil aeration, water vapor harvesting and use of zero chemicals CAN’T BAN CROOKS IN POLITICS: SC Urges Parliament to make law to prevent criminals from entering legislatures New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to disqualify candidates, against whom courts have taken cognisance of chargesheets, from contesting elections, but urged Parliament to enact a law to address the malaise of criminals entering legislatures. The apex court said it could not add any further disqualiﬁcation to the law. At the same time, it directed political parties to post on their websites, full details of the criminal charges the candidates they are ﬁelding in elections were facing. The information should also be publicised in the media. Pronouncing the judgment, a ﬁve-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also said that the law on criminals entering politics should also address fake cases being instituted against political opponents. The court directed that: * Each contesting candidate must state in bold the criminal cases pending against him/her in 1,765 MPs, MLAs facing criminal trial the forms to be ﬁled up at the time of ﬁling nomination papers. * The candidate aspiring to contest an election would be required to inform the political party about the criminal cases pending against him. * Political parties should put up on their website the criminal antecedents of the candidates being ﬁelded by them in the elections. * Political parties and the candi- date will give wide publicity to the criminal cases pending against the contesting candidate both in print and electronic media after ﬁling their nomination papers. The apex court said it could not add any further disqualiﬁcation to the law and it was now up to Parliament to make a law to prevent persons with serious criminal cases against them from entering the legislature. SC to hear plea against TS Assembly dissolution It is alleged in the petition that KCR is a ‘slave of superstition, astrology and numerology’ and his decision to dissolve the state Assembly and the date of dissolution was all ‘based on superstition’ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear next week a plea ﬁled by a former Congress MLA challenging the dissolution of the Telangana Assembly. The matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra who said it would be heard it in the coming week. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had on September 6 dissolved the Assembly and the Governor later decided that KCR would continue as the caretaker chief minister. The plea ﬁled by Congress leader Komireddy Ramchandar and his wife Komireddy Saroja Devi said the de- cision to dissolve the Assembly, that too just before nine months of the completion of its tenure in June, 2019, was a "great punishment to the people of Telangana" as it would lead to "an unnecessary election, at a most inappropriate time at an enormous cost". The petition, ﬁled through advocate Rabin Majumder, seeks to declare the dissolution of the state Assembly as "void" and "unconstitutional" along with directions to restrain KCR from taking any major policy decision or bringing in any legislation in the form of ordinance. Continued on Page 15 Tirupati plastic-free from Gandhi Jayanthi n n n Three months of awareness campaign against plastic will be over and from Oct 2, the ban comes into force. Every day 2 tonnes of plastic garbage is being generated in the city The fine would be `1000 to `25,000 for those who flout ban orders K NETHAJI Tirupati: After three months of campaign promoting awareness on the ill-effects of plastic, the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) is all set to implement the ban on its use from October 2 in the temple town. The MCT's counselling with traders was mostly on persuading them to sell alternative products to the people. It has taken the residents, plastic sellers and wholesale dealers on board and explained to them how plastic could cause havoc with the human life. The civic body roped in shop owners, fast food vendors and hoteliers also on the proposed ban on plastic. Officials warned the vendors against selling plastic covers, cups, plates and other nondegradable materials in the city and switch over to promoting eco-friendly materials. After the imposition of ban, there would be no counselling but only action against those who either sell plastic, in the form of imposition of penalty and revocation of the trade licence and other permissions. As per the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act 1955, which applies to the MCT, the civic authorities of Tirupati have already submitted a note ﬁle to Commissioner Vijaya Rama Raju on imposing penalty on vendors who sell plastic covers, cups and plates. Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that corruption and criminalisation of politics is hitting at the roots of democracy and hence Parliament should take urgent steps to curb this menace. The total strength of lawmakers in Parliament and Assemblies is 4,896 of which 1,765 or 36 per cent are facing criminal trial. The total number of cases registered against them is 3,045. The lawmakers with the highest number of cases has been reported from Uttar Pradesh. Second on the list is Tamil Nadu followed by Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Data provided by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that 1,581 cases were pending against the lawmakers after the 2014 elections. ering a keynote address at the United Nations Environment Programme on “Financing Sustainable Agriculture: Global Problems & Challenges" on the sidelines of the UNGA on Tuesday. The AP model of ZBNF won the world acclaim and all the delegates who participated in the programme were highly impressed, an official press release claimed. Continued on Page 15 Lawyers elected as MPs can practise law: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea to ban lawmakers from practising as advocates, saying the Bar Council of India rules do not prohibit them. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had on July 9 reserved the order on the PIL ﬁled by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking to bar lawyer-lawmakers (MPs, MLAs, MLCs) from practising in courts during their tenure in Parliament. The bench had earlier taken note of the Centre's submission that an MP or an MLA is an elected representative and not a full-time employee of the government, hence the plea was not maintainable. However, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade had told the court that a lawmaker draws a salary from the public exchequer and a salaried employee is debarred by the Bar Council from practising. Continued on Page 15
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