www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Increasing cloudiness. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.27C. Humidity: 65% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 05:54 Devotees protest against Sabari verdict New Delhi: Days after the Supreme Court’s verdict opened the doors of the Sabarimala Temple for women of all ages, several Ayyappa devotees have taken to streets to protest against the apex court order, claiming that the verdict had ‘diluted’ the age-old tradition at the Sabarimala temple. The devotees on Sunday staged a massive protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, voicing their anger against the Supreme Court's verdict on the Sabarimala temple. A movement named 'Ayyappa Nama Japa Yatra' was organized in Delhi, wherein the devotees shouted slogans against the apex court for the judgment. S P4 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘FEAR OF LOSING POLLS PUSHING KCR TOWARDS DIATRIBE’ MFs GOOD BET FOR RISK-FREE RETURNS Sonia to pep up Cong campaign in TS PCC adopts scientific approach in selection of candidates OUR BUREAU Teary farewell to GITAM icon Venkaiah, Naidu recollect memories of Murthi OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: The mortal remains of founder president of GITAM University and MLC MVVS Murthi, who died in a car accident last Tuesday in the US, was cremated with state honors on the beachfront near GITAM campus on Sunday. After arrival of Murthi's body at 7.30 am, ministers and MLAs offered ﬂoral tributes to the departed leader. Then the body was shifted to his residence at Kanchana in Waltair Uplands. A large number of Telugu Desam Party leaders, friends, relatives and educationists paid tributes to him. In the afternoon, the body was placed at the TDP office at Daspalla Hills, where the party cadre came out in large numbers to pay their last respects. Thousands of people fol- lowed the last journey of Murthi from the party ofﬁce to the funeral site. The state government allotted 1,200 sq yards land to the family members to construct a memorial for the departed educationist. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu paid tributes to the departed educationist and later comforted the grieving family members. The Vice President, speaking to mediapersons, lauded Murthi’s services to the nation, state and also to the education sector. He was all praise for the establishments and development of GITAM University as an internationally-renowned institution. “He led a life of ethics, morals and values. As an industrialist, educationist and politician, Murthi had discharged his responsibilities. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: With the Election Commission sounding the bugle for Assembly elections in Telangana, the Congress, which does not want to lose precious time anymore, has decided to invite UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to address a couple of public meetings to shore up the prospects of the party candidates. According to sources, Sonia Gandhi will be addressing two major public meetings one each at Karimnagar and Hyderabad. The TPCC is yet to ﬁ- nalise the dates for the public meetings. Depending on her availability, the dates would be ﬁxed in a couple of days, sources said. The party is also keen that party president Rahul Gandhi too should address a few meetings to infuse new lease of life into the party cadres. Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit the state in November and his schedule would be decided keeping his election meetings in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. This apart, the Congress wants to go in for a campaign blitzkrieg for 18 days non-stop from October 10 to November 2. The campaign committee headed by Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka has prepared the campaign schedule up to November 2. Continued on Page 4 RAJNATH VOWS TO WIPE OUT MAOISTS IN 2 YEARS Lucknow: The long-drawn Maoist insurgency in the country will be “completely erased” in two to three years, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared here on Sunday. Addressing the 26th anniversary of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), a specialised wing of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Minister said the situation had changed and Maoists were now conﬁned to only 10 or 12 districts. “We will get news within 2-3 years that Maoism has been completely erased,” said Singh, who represents Lucknow in the Lok Sabha. Praising the CRPF’s role in Maoist affected areas, Singh said the 3.5 lakh-strong force had neutralized 131 Maoists this year between January and September 20 and caught another 1,278. “A total of 58 Maoists Kashmir is ours, it was ours and it will be ours. No power of the world can snatch it from us – Rajnath Singh had to surrender before the CRPF. The force also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition this year besides Rs 1.29 crore in cash.” In the process, the killing of security personnel in Maoist hubs had drastically fallen. A Maoist insurgency raging in parts of India since 1967 has claimed thousands of lives. Maoists are now known to be most active in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jhark- File photo Botched-up eye ops hit Kanti Velugu programme S All cataract operations stalled in districts after Warangal bumble S Only eye screening and spectacle distribution are being done for now MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: The botched-up eye operations in a private hospital in Warangal have impacted Kanti Velugu programme across the state. Cataract operations have been put on hold in 113 private hospitals in all districts that were shortlisted by the department. Instructions to this effect were given from the Health department to Kanti Velugu incharges in all districts and the same was communicated to private hospital managements. This decision was taken in view of cataract operations on 18 patients in Jaya Eye Hospital that went terribly wrong leading to infection of eyes. Authorities shifted the affected patients to LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad for further operations and better medical care and majority of them are still on road to recovery. Although the government launched this scheme with much fanfare and according top priority to ensure every single person in Telangana is free from eye-related problems, negligence on the part of stakeholders has pushed the administration to a tight corner. With elections due in next two months, the TRS government does not want to take any chances and repetition of similar incidents might do more harm than good. Continued on Page 4 BRING PETROL UNDER GST: CONGRESS P4 hand. The Union Home Minister asserted that "Jammu and Kashmir would always be with India. “Kashmir is ours, it was ours and it will be ours. No power of the world can snatch it from us,” he said. Reminding that RAF deals with riots, major law and order issues as well as relief and rescue operations, Singh said “rapid action” did not mean “reckless action”. Continued on Page 4 Prez nod for TS Bill to tackle cybercrimes New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a bill which will help tackle sexual offenders, cybercriminals and traditional unlawful acts like bootlegging and dacoity in Telangana, officials said on Sunday. The Telangana Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Dacoits, Drug-Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Land-Grabbers (Amendment) Bill, 2017 will replace a 1986 Act which had jurisdiction for the undivided Andhra Pradesh but could not punish offenders of present-day white-collar crimes or ﬁnancial frauds. The legislation is one of the showpiece laws of the outgoing K Chandrashekar-led TRS government which faces Assembly elections soon. Continued on Page 4
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