www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.32C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 62% Sunrise: 06:02 Sunset: 05:56 KANTI... PATIENTS, KIN STILL GROPE IN THE DARK I-T raids rattle TDP rank & ﬁle A woman gets her back painted on a theme to create awareness on ‘Save the Lion’, ahead of Navratri festival, in Ahmedabad, on Friday n Naidu smells political vendetta RBI keeps key rates unchanged Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Friday unexpectedly maintained status quo on the benchmark interest rate but warned that volatile and rising oil prices and tightening of global financial conditions pose substantial risks to the growth and inflation. The repo rate, at which the RBI lends to the system, will continue to be at 6.5 per cent, the reverse repo, at which it absorbs excess funds, will be at the same level of 6.25 per cent. The MPC voted 5:1 in favour of a status quo, with only Chetan Ghate voting for a 0.25 per cent hike. S P8 If allies want, I will be PM: Rahul New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he will become prime minister if allies want him but the first step is for all parties to get together and defeat the ruling BJP. It's a twostage process and a decision on who will be prime minister comes second, Gandhi said. "We have had discussions with allies and what we decided is that this is a two-stage process," the Congress president explained. S P7 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H OUR BUREAU Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Friday DELHI IGNORES US THREAT India, Russia ink S-400 missile deal New Delhi: Brushing aside US threat of sanctions, India and Russia on Friday concluded a deal for supply of S-400 Triumf long-range surface-to-air missile system giving a substantial boost to air defence capabilities of the Indian Air Force. The $5.4 billion (around Rs 40,000 crore) deal was concluded during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, though both the leaders made no mention of it in their statement to the media, apparently in view of the sensitivities involving the United States that has been pressing India not to go ahead with the deal. Nor was the missile contract part of the signing ceremony for eight deals inked by the two sides in the presence of the two leaders covering areas of space cooperation, railways, nuclear cooperation, fertilisers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Continued on Page 4 Amaravati: As dawn broke on Andhra Pradesh on Friday, panic gripped several industrialists, businessmen, a few TDP leaders and several of those who are well-heeled with TDP DNA with news spreading that IT teams have fanned out across the state, preparing to raid their offices and residences. The IT sleuths had even caused anxious moments to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who in fact summoned a couple of ministers in the morning, advised them to be cautious and felt that the IT raids going on in the state reeked of political vendetta by the BJP against the TDP. The general feeling among the TDP functionaries in the state was that the IT department has begun a clampdown on those who have something to do with the TDP to convey a message that it would not spare those who are in higher echelons in the government and party. Continued on Page 4 HYDERABAD A SAFE BET FOR REALTY BIZ EC stalls distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In yet another setback to the Telangana's caretaker government, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday put conditions on the implementation of the second phase of Rythu Bandhu scheme. The Commission imposed restrictions, instructing the government to stop distribution of cheques to the farmers with immediate effect. It has already stopped the government from the distribution of Bathukamma sarees. In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, ECI Principal Secretary RK Rudola said the Commission had approved the scheme for pre-identiﬁed beneﬁciaries only. The conditions are: “No new beneﬁciaries should be added to the to the existing list of eligible beneﬁciaries, no publicity and no public function should be organised in the implementation of the scheme. Direct electronic transfer of cash should be made to the accounts of the beneﬁciaries and there should be no distribution of cheques in this regard.” As cheque distribution began on Friday morning, a section of beneﬁciaries has already got the subsidy in the form of cheques. The Election Commission, was however, silent on what should be done with the cheques already distributed. The officials surmise that the Election Commission, by being silent on the cheques already distributed, wanted the restrictions be imposed on the distribution of subsidy from Friday evening, the time they have arrived in the form of a communication to the government. On the instructions of the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, the Agriculture department launched the distribution of cheques to the farmers on Friday. As per the earlier schedule, the government was to launch cheque distribution from November first week. Continued on Page 4 KCR addressing Praja Ashirwada Sabha in Wanaparthy on Friday Armed with surveys, TDP wants decent share KCR DARES NAIDU ON CASH-FOR-VOTE OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The talks on seatsharing between the partners of the Congress-led alliance have reached a crucial stage. The leaders of the front are likely to announce the number of seats they would contest on Saturday. Leaders of the alliance have continued their discussions on the number of seats on Fri- File photo day night. The TJS, Telugu Desam and CPI have forwarded their requests to the Congress. The CPI has sought 11 seats. The CPI has sought Kothagudem, Wyra, Husnabad, Bel- lampalli, Alair, Munugodu, Pinapaka, Deverakoda, Mancherial, Qutbullapur or Malkajgiri and Bhupalapalli or Mahabubabad. Sources said that the Telugu Desam and TJS have also been demanding about 30 seats each. However, the Congress has offered 29 seats to TD, TJS and CPI and these three parties divide the seats between them. Continued on Page 4 OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Resurrecting the bogey of cash-for-vote scam to ﬁx his AP counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana caretaker Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday reiterated that the AP leader's voice-records had proved his involvement in the impropriety beyond any doubt. The Telangana chief minister, taking Naidu to task for the third straight day at ‘Praja Ashirwada Sabha’ in Wanaparthy, dared him to prove that he was not guilty. "Wasn't it your voice on the voice record? Wasn't it not true that you had sent one ‘Buddarkhan’? Your voice record is there, giving you away,” KCR said. Continued on Page 4 Nobel Peace Prize honours ﬁght against sexual violence AP WHITE PAPER PUTS MODI GOVT IN A SPOT Amaravati: In what has turned out to be an embarrassment to the BJP, the AP government on Friday released a white paper on the establishment of Central educational institutions since 2014, assured under the AP Reorganization Act. S P4 Oslo, Norway: The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday was awarded to a Congolese doctor and an Iraqi woman who was held captive by the Islamic State group for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.” Mukwege, 63, founded a hospital in eastern Congo’s Bukavu and has treated thousands of women, many of whom were victims of gang rape. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country. Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by IS militants. She managed to escape after three months and chose to speak about her experiences. At the age of 23, she was named the UN’s ﬁrst Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Her book, “The Last Girl,” tells of her captivity, the loss of her family and her eventual escape. Both honourees are the ﬁrst from their countries to receive a Nobel Prize. The award comes amid heightened attention to sexual abuse of women in the workplace and socially, broadly referred to as the “#MeToo” movement. ‘Unmanned level crossings’ to be passe by Dec New Delhi: Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said the entire rail network would be free from “unmanned level crossings” by December. He said only three rail accidents took place due to unmanned level crossings in the last six months (April-October) as compared to 118 in 2013-14, barely three years ago. Interacting with the audience at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Goyal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to do away with all unmanned level crossings. From 2014-17, the Railways eliminated about 1,100 unmanned level crossings every year. There were around 5,500 unmanned level crossings on the rail network across the country out of which, around 5,000 have been eliminated as of September 30. The remaining 474 would be eliminated by December. Goyal, who took charge as Railway Minister on September 4, 2017 against the backdrop of a major rail accident, said his first meeting was on safety in which he promised to eliminate every unmanned level crossing in a year. Initially, railway officials said it was not possible to eliminate all unmanned level crossings in a year but Goyal hailed them saying it is they who have achieved the target themselves. SC sets Nov 15 for ﬁnal hearing on Polavaram Centre says no need for another study on backwaters OUR BUREAU New Delhi: A Supreme Court Bench, in a big relief to Andhra Pradesh, turned down the appeal of the Odisha and Telangana governments to review the submergence caused by the Polavaram backwaters afresh. No study was required into the matter as it was a settled issue, it observed. Earlier, counsel for the Centre, Pinky Anand, said there was no need for going in for a fresh study on the issue. The SC posted the case further to November 15 to hear on the plea of Odisha to renew stop-workorder. A three-judge bench of Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice S Abdul Nazeer has scheduled the application for ﬁnal hearing. The counsel told the court that a complete study was conducted on the Polavaram dam by former Central Water Commission member M Gopalkr- ishna on the direction of the apex court in 2011 and he also submitted the report. The counsel said there is no requirement for a further study on the project. However, in his argument, the Odisha government advocate said Odisha had objected to the Gopalkrishna report. The Odisha government had ﬁled an interlocutory application for quashing the July 2018 order of Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) allowing Andhra Pradesh to continue construction work on the Polavaram dam. In the application, the Odisha government said that the project didn’t have valid environment clearance and the Union government had issued stop work order to Andhra Pradesh in February 2011. It further stated that the stop work order has been kept in abeyance by the MoEF on yearly basis since July 2015.
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