www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.33°C. Min.22C. Humidity: 33 Sunrise: 06:12 Sunset: 05:51 WIPRO Q2 NET FALLS 14 PER CENT TO `1,889 CRORE REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TICKETS TO WINNERS ONLY: NAIDU SHAKE-UP IN CBI Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speaks to Natasha Manuela, 3, during a visit to the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday Bomb found at Clinton’s home in NYC suburb New York: A bomb was found at the home of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, on Wednesday morning. According to the New York Times, the explosive device was found by a technician who screens mail for the couple. The same device was found at the home of billionaire George Soros on Monday. Bill and Hillary live in a New York City suburb. S P11 100 developers to take part in TREDA expo Hyderabad: More than 100 developers are expected to showcase their real estate projects at the ninth edition of Property Show by Telangana Real Estate Developers Association (TREDA), which is scheduled to kick off on November 2 at Hitex in the city. The three-day realty exhibition will conclude on November 4. S P5 Warring top bosses sent on leave; Warangal man is new chief New Delhi: In a post-midnight drama on Wednesday, the top hierarchy of the CBI underwent a major overhaul with the Modi government sending the two top CBI officers -- Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana - on leave. Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao took over as interim CBI chief and immediately transferred 13 top officers of the investigating agency. The decision of the government came under all-round fire from the Opposition who termed it "the last nail in the independence" of the organisation. Verma moved the Supreme Court, which will hear his plea on Friday. Verma who has two more months as the CBI chief and cannot be removed formally. An official order said the arrangement would continue "during the period of the subsistence of the aforesaid interim measure", as the rift between Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations. "The Modi government buries the last nail into the independence of CBI. Continued on Page 15 Mannem Nageshwar Rao’s residence in Bore Narsapur HIGHLIGHTS Alok Verma Mannem Nageshwar Rao Rakesh Asthana VERMA CHALLENGES HIS OUSTER IN SC New Delhi: Alluding to government interference in sensitive cases, CBI director Alok Verma, in a petition in Supreme Court, challenged the government order that divested him of all charges, saying it was illegal and had bypassed a high-powered committee. The bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said Verma’s plea would be taken up on October 26. In his petition, Verma argued that the shunting out violated law that provides for a fixed tenure of two years. He said the transfer of a CBI director has to be with the consent of the high-powered committee. The order sending him on leave had bypassed the mandate of the committee. Verma has asked for a stay of the order against him and says: “The present action gives serious credence to the requirement that CBI be given independence from the DoPT, which seriously hinders the independent functioning of the agency”. “More often than not, it is tacit, and requires considerable courage to withstand it,” he said. Verma also offered to furnish details of sensitive cases that led to his removal. Delay in launch of Singapore service MANNEM NAGESHWAR RAO l Odisha cadre IPS officer M Nageshwar Rao takes over as CBI Director l Midnight drama at CBI HQ in New Delhi in the wee hours of Wednesday l Delhi Police cordoned off the CBI building on Lodhi Road l At 1.15am, Nageshwar Rao sealed the offices of Verma, Asthana l New chief to monitor personally sensitive cases like Agustawestland A humble farmer’s son who rose to CBI chief CENTRE WON’T LET ANYONE PROBE RAFALE: RAHUL New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the CBI Director Alok Verma was sent on a "forced leave" for collecting documents on the Rafale deal. "CBI chief Alok Verma was collecting documents on the Rafale scam. He was forcibly sent on leave. The Prime Minister's message is very clear that whoever comes around Rafale -- will be removed, wiped out," Gandhi tweeted. "The country and the constitution are in danger," he said in poll-bound Rajasthan while targeting Modi government over the Rafale deal. ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: From the countryside tiny village Bore Narsapur to swanky 11-storey CGO at Lodhi Road in Delhi from where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), country’s premier investigative agency, operates, it’s a tough journey for Mannem Nageshwar Rao, the 1986 Batch IPS officer of the Odisha cadre. Bore Narsapur under Mangapet mandal in Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district that barely has a population of 2,000 is one of those nondescript villages a stone’s throw away from River Godavari. The village on Wednesday woke up to find its son of the soil is the new boss of the CBI. Thanks to Rao who brought accolades not only to his village, 1,570 kms south of Delhi, but also to all Telugu-speaking people in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Incidentally, he is the second person from Telangana to hold the coveted post of CBI Director while K Vijaya Rama Rao was the first. Born into a farming family, Rao completed his school education in Mangapet and Thimmampet, close to his village. Continued on Page 15 Inter exam fee up by 30% OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The much-anticipated direct flight between Vijayawada and Singapore may not take off on October 25 as announced by the Andhra Pradesh government. Indigo A320 service has been chosen by the state government to operate the twice-a-week. S P14 Indian batsman Virat Kohli raises his bat after completing 10,000 ODI runs during the 2nd ODI cricket match against West Indies in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The match ended in a tie. S Report: P6 CM to scan AP progress n 2-day collectors’ meet from today Vijayawada: The Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday increased the exam fee by 30 per cent from this year. The last date for payment is November 11, 2018. The examination fee for March 2019 examination is Rs 480, according to a BIE press release. Last year, it was Rs.370, up by Rs 110. It is expected that nine lakh students will attend the Examination in March 2019 for both first and second years. B Udaya Lakshmi, Secretary, Board of Intermediate Examination, Andhra Pradesh, issued the orders for payment of examination fee. Last date for payment of fee with fine of Rs 120 is November 14, 2018 and last date with payment of fine of Rs 500 is November 26, 2018. Last date for payment of fee with fine of Rs 1,000 is December 6 and with fine of Rs 2,000 it will be December 20. Last date with fine of Rs 3,000 is December 31 and with fine of Rs 5,000 is January 22, 2019. Continued on Page 15 OUR BUREAU The state-of-the-art train has been developed by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai Railways to unveil ‘engineless’ train Chennai: The ﬁrst engineless indigenous train, which has been code-named ‘Train 18’, has been put on trial run and is likely to be commissioned by the Indian Railways on October 29 as part of the Make in India initiative. The state-of-the-art train has been developed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, and is likely to replace the Shatabdi Express on the 707-km route between Delhi and Bhopal. "We are planning to unveil the train on October 29," ICF General Manager S Mani said on Wednesday. He said the train will undergo test runs in two/three sectors for about two months and on satisfactory results, would be inducted into passenger service. "With 16 coaches, the Rs 100-crore, high-tech, energy-efficient, self-propelled train will have the same passenger carrying capacity of the Shatabdi Express. There are now separate power cars. But it is about 15-20 per cent energy efficient and leaves less of a carbon footprint," Mani said. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to review the progress achieved in the last four-anda-half years in the state at the two-day collectors' conference beginning at his residence on Thursday. The office of Chief Minister at Secretariat informed that Chandrababu Naidu will mainly focus on the development and welfare programmes taken up by the government. The Chief Minister will guide the officials on the strategies to maintain sustainable double-digit growth in the economy. The state has been showing consistency in achieving double-digit growth from last four years. The Chief Minister will further guide the officials to stabilise this in the next ten years, at this meeting, the sources informed. Apart from economic growth and industrial sector development, Chandrababu Naidu will focus on prioritised sectors during the two-day collectors’ conference. Continued on Page 15 Plastic ban in Lord’s abode from Oct 31 K NETHAJI Tirupati: Twenty-two days after plastic ban came into effect in Tirupati, Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board has taken a decision to implement a similar ban in the worldrenowned Hindu shrine from October 31. Two days ago, TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal directed the officials at a meeting to prepare a road map for implementation of complete plastic ban in Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara. According to sources, at Tirumala hill shrine 80 tonnes of garbage is being produced every day of which 6 per cent is non-degradable. This non-degradable plastic is showing adverse impact on Tirumala, covered by lush green dense forest. In the interest of the green cover and for implementation of ecofriendly methods, TTD officials are considering a ban on use of plastic. In Tirumala, there is no static population. Pilgrims come and go in thousands, leaving non-biodegradable plastic material all over. Every day, the TTD uses more than one lakh plastic carry bags which are 51 microns in thickness for selling laddus at Tirumala. Till a few days back, TTD authorities had used plastic carry bags to distribute Anna Prasadams and Laddu, Vada to VIP devotees. A total 4,500 shops and hotels have been using the plastic covers for packing food, toys and other gift articles and puja materials. In this backdrop, the TTD public health department has taken a week-long awareness campaign on implementation of plastic ban among the shop owners, hoteliers and locals of the hill town. Meanwhile, TTD is also searching for alternatives instead of plastic carry bags to issue laddus to devotees. The ofﬁcials are examining many bio-degradable covers like those made of jute other environment-friendly material. Since last fortnight, TTD officials are using plastic alternatives in Srivari temple, mainly using leaves and bamboo baskets for carrying the Anna Prasadams from temple to outside. Speaking to The Hans India, TTD health officer Dr S Sharmista said that after a week they will implement complete plastic ban in Tirumala. "Already our catering department is using paper cups and plates for distributing the food and other beverages to pilgrims at the hill shrine. On instructions from our EO Anil Kumar Singhal, we have told all the shop owners, hoteliers and locals at Tirumala to stop using plastic covers from October 31 and advised them to make their own alternative arrangements for packing food, toys and other items,” she said.
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