www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Mostly sunny Temp: Max.33°C. Min.22C. Humidity: 38% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 05:43 Women, dressed in traditional attire, perform a dance on the theme of 'Nari Gartima' during week-long Kullu Dussehra celebrations, in Kullu, on Tuesday Great Sports Infra gears for bigger play Hyderabad: India despite being home to 1.2 billion population and a large number of aspiring athletes and sports persons, suffers from lack of proper sports infrastructure. Hyderabad-based Anil Kumar, an athlete himself winning Bronze medal in junior nationals, saw a business opportunity in this and established Great Sports Infra (GSI) in 2004. S P8 ‘Terror and dialogue cannot go together’ Srinagar: The Centre is ready to hold talks with anyone including Pakistan, but terror and dialogue can never go together, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here Tuesday. The Home Minister, who reviewed the security situation in the state, told reporters that over the past four to five months there has been a big shift as incidents of stone-pelting have come down and the recruitment of militants has also decreased. S P7 SC asks Rajasthan to stop illegal mining New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed shock over "vanished" 31 hills in the Aravalli area of Rajasthan and asked the state government to stop illegal mining in the 115.34-hectare area there within 48 hours. The top court said though Rajasthan was earning a royalty of around Rs 5,000 crore from mining activities in Aravalli, it cannot endanger the lives of lakhs of people. S P7 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘ACCESSIBLE ELECTIONS’ THEME FOR NATIONAL VOTERS’ DAY SALE OF CRACKERS NO BLANKET BAN: SC Allows burning of ‘green crackers’ from 8pm to 10pm The apex court has also banned e-commerce sites from selling firecrackers New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to impose a nationwide ban on sale of firecrackers in its verdict. The apex court said that only "low-polluting" 'green firecrackers' that are within the permitted decibel limits and emission norms will be allowed to be sold. The court, additionally, banned the online sale of firecrackers and e-commerce sites from selling them. Not only that, the Supreme Court also imposed timing restrictions on burning crackers during celebrations. For Diwali, people will be allowed to burn crackers between 8pm and 10pm. However, on New Year and Christmas, the period has been further narrowed down to Hold panchayat polls in 3 months, HC tells AP LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday ordered the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct panchayat elections in the state in three months. Justice Ramachandra Rao was hearing a petition ﬁled by a group of former sarpanches, represented by their advocate Ravi Cheemalapati, challenging the GO No 90 which sought to extend the term of the expired panchayats by recruiting panchayat officers. The former sarpanches argued in the court that such appointments are unconstitutional, and the High court should squash the GO. Continued on Page 4 What are ‘green crackers’? W ith the Supreme Court permitting only 'green crackers' for a less-polluting Diwali, the manufacturers on Tuesday said ‘no such thing’ exists and environmentalists wanted authorities to work real quick to ensure compliance, while social media erupted with jokes with many simply colouring the crackers green. from 11:45pm to 12:15pm. All the states have also been asked by the court to explore feasibility of community cracker bursting during festivals. The Supreme Court's verdict was pronounced by a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan. Continued on Page 4 HYUNDAI SANTRO MAKES A COMEBACK IN INDIA EAGLE EYE ON CASH DEALS Election Commission studies preparedness for TS elections OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Taking a serious note of the increasing number of cases of seizure of huge money being registered post the announcement of election schedule in Telangana, the Election Commission of India on Tuesday paid special attention on the money transactions taking place across the state. On the second day of the visit to the state, the EC officials held a daylong meeting with top officials from the Police department, Income-Tax, Excise, Commercial Taxes, District Election Officers (DEO), bank and airport authorities on their preparedness to curb the violation of model code mainly money and liquor distribution to lure the voters during the election season. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat instructed all the officials concerned to constitute a strong coordination team involving the vigilance wing of all departments to monitor money transaction in bulk in the banks and check illegal money transfers till the polling day on December 7 evening in the poll-bound state. The 11-member EC delegation Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat at a district-wise review meeting in Hyderabad, on Tuesday reviewed the arrangements made so far by all the wings and the necessary steps need to be taken to curb election code violations. The issues relating to maintenance of law and order, identiﬁcation of hyper sensitive zones and requirement of additional forces were also discussed at the meeting. The ECI complemented all the HC relief to Asthana Pawar predicts hung Parl in 2019 New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to maintain status quo in the ongoing probe involving agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana and granted him interim protection from arrest till Monday. The 'status quo' is generally referred to the existing state of affairs or circumstances, and now, both sides involved in the dispute are prevented from taking any action until the next date of hearing. Justice Najmi Waziri directed the CBI to ﬁle response to agency's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Devender Kumar's plea seeking quashing of First Information Report Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday predicted that no single party would get a majority in the 2019 elections and that there would be change in government both at the Centre and in Maharashtra. Likening the current political scenario to the one in 2004, the senior leader, often dubbed as 'Chanakya' of Indian politics, said it does not seem possible for a single party to come to power in 2019. Pawar said this at 'Mumbai Manthan' organized by India Today group in the city. He pointed out that the NDA government headed by (Prime Minister) Atal Behari Vajpayee had gone to elections with an impressive 'Shining India' campaign, but failed to win the polls. Orders status quo in probe against No 2 in CBI (FIR). The court listed the matter for further hearing on October 29. The court directed Asthana to ensure safe custody of all electronic records. Asthana and Kumar have requested the court to call documents related to the case. Kumar told the High Court that in spite of an excellent record in probing cases, he has been made a scapegoat in the matter. WILL BUILD VIZAG A LA HYD: NAIDU OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that he was eyeing Rs 500 crore investment in the ﬁnancial space, which he considers as the sunrise sector in Information Technology area at present. Speaking to mediapersons af- ter inaugurating the Vizag Fintech Festival, Naidu said the state has already managed to land Rs 150 crore investment in the Fintech sector. The state was building the IT sector brick by brick after it had lost Hyderabad to Telangana where IT industries are concentrated when the state was divided. Naidu said the state would land another Rs 500 crore of investments from 75 companies, creating 50,000 jobs by next year. He said six big companies and 17 startups have already set up base in the 'Fintech Valley' over the last two years. Naidu, who is always ill at ease for losing IT sector to Telangana, explained how he had worked to develop Hyderabad into an IT powerhouse and said that he was drawing from his experience to replicate Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam. "I want Vizag to be one among the top four Fintech innovation hubs in the world. It should be one among the big names like London, New York and Singapore,” he said. Continued on Page 4 DEOs and SPs (Superintendent of Police) on the improvement of preparedness for the elections. The CEC said that the Election Officers and SPs are the representatives of the commission at ground level and they are responsible for the conduct of free and fair elections. He instructed the officials to exhibit their professionalism and commitment in discharging their duties. The officials were also asked to make special arrangements for the disabled, senior citizens and voters in remote and slum areas to exercise their franchise in a transparent manner. Rawat directed Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar to hold regular review meetings on the arrangements and address the problems encountered by the ofﬁcials instantly. YADADRI CHILD PROSTITUTION Explore endocrine tests on child victims: CJ LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad: Special Government Pleader (SGP) Sharath Kumar submitted his arguments in regard to child prostitution racket in Yadadri before the Hyderabad High Court division bench, comprising Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and Justice S V Bhatt on Tuesday. The SGP informed the court that Rachakonda Police Commissioner could not attend the court as he was busy in making security arrangements for the officials of the Election Commission of India. He said that the Superintendent of Police concerned and She Teams incharge, besides station house officer concerned other officers concerned, came to the court to submit a report. The SGP submitted to the court that he would ensure that the Police Commissioner attend the court in a couple, if the bench ordered for his presence. To query by the bench, the SGP told the court that there was no direct medical or circumstantial evidence to suggest that the RMP doctor, who obtained bail, administered hormone injection to the children for early puberty. He told the court that several steps, including installing surveillance cameras, were taken. Apart from it, a number of hideouts of those involved in the racket were seized. He also told the court that brothel owners had adopted sophisticated techniques, including faking Aadhaar cards. The Chief Justice asked the SGP to specify how many of the victims were rescued so far and where they are now. To this, the SGP said some of the children were housed under the protection of Prajwala NGO and the others were housed under the custody of Sishu Mandir, a government house. The Chief Minister directed the SGP to provide the addresses of the places where the children are housed for the record of the court. The bench has also allowed the intervenor, NGO Prajwala, to implead in the matter as some of the victims were housed there. Senior counsel Ravi Chandran appeared for the NGO. Continued on Page 4 TTD ﬁles ` 200-cr libel against Deekshithulu OUR BUREAU Tirupati: Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board has come under attack for paying a huge amount of Rs 2 crore as defamation fee for the suit it had ﬁled in the X Additional District Session Judge, Tirupati, here. Claiming Rs 200 crore as damages from former chief priest of Tirumala temple AV Ramana Deekshithulu and YSR Congress Party senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP V Vijaysai Reddy (each Rs 100 crore), TTD ﬁled a suit (Registration Number 264\2018) in the Additional District Session Judge here on Oc- tober 8. The ﬁling of the defamation case in the court remained under wraps till the leaders of BJP and Congress came out with the details of the case ﬁled by the TTD, here on Tuesday. Though, the TTD authorities including chairman Putta Sudhakar and Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal at a media conference, a few months back, said that TTD will ﬁle a defamation case against Deekshithulu and others if they did not cease from making “wild and baseless allegations” against TTD, damaging its image and reputation and creating aspersions in the minds of devotees, everyone including the media is clueless and surprised Leaders slam TTD for using devotees’ money on the ﬁling of the case after the bitter verbal war between TTD and others, including Deek- shithulu. Deekshithulu retired against his will from the post of chief priest in May last leading to the priest levelling series of charges against TTD administration and many political leaders followed suit, hitting the headlines in the media. On Tuesday addressing a media conference, BJP party state spokesperson Samanchi Srinivas strongly objected TTD paying a whopping amount as defamation fee as it is tantamount to misuse of the devotees’ money. He also sought the TTD to make the details of the case and clarify on whose –whether TTD or its official or the God reputation was damaged and how. "It is for the ﬁrst time such a huge amount is being paid as defamation fee at the cost of devotees valued contribution,’’ he said charging that TTD officials in order to please their political bosses resorted to the legal course despite it is a costly affair and time taking. A religious institution like TTD should restrain itself and need not opt for costly legal battle as its outcome is uncertain. Congress leader P Naveen Kumar Reddy also criticised the TTD paying huge amount as defamation fee in the court. Instead of ﬁling the case, the authorities should seek CBI inquiry to ﬁnd out the truth behind the allegation and punish those found guilty, he said.
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