www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.32°C. Min.20C. Humidity: 50 Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 05:43 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H BANG ON! EC SCRUTINISING POLL PROMISES WIPRO Q2 NET FALLS 14 PER CENT TO `1,889 CRORE 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 P7 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 P8 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 4 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. 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 4 Pvt schools pledge support to Mahakutami Delay in launch of Singapore service 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. OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Administering a shock to Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Telangana recognised schools have extended outright support to Mahakutami, which has Congress and Telugu Desam as major partners. The Telangana Recognised School Management Association (TRSMA) organised a meeting on Wednesday with the Mahakutami leaders, including TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, TDP president L Ramana, BC Association leader R Krishnaiah and others where TRSMA has pledged to support the Mahaku- Inter exam fee date extended OUR BUREAU 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: P9 Hyderabad: The last date for the payment of examination fee for ﬁrst and second year Intermediate Examinations to be held in March 2019 in Telangana has been extended from October 24 to 31, an official press release from Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) said on Wednesday. Continued on Page 4 tami candidates. The TRSMA has put forward their 13 demands, including withdrawal of Private Universities Bill by the government. They alleged that TRS government had closed down about 3,000 educational institutions resulting in loss of employment of 70,000 to 80,000 people. They alleged that the government had attacked their self-respect. Participating in the meeting of TRSMA, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the family members of TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao were ruling Telangana as fascists. The government was conspiring to close down the recognised private schools and assured the TRSMA that the Mahakutami government would resolve their problems. He said that the government would conduct mega DSC in 100 days and pay off fee reimbursement dues. He asked the TRSMA representatives not to get afraid of anyone. He said that the coming elections are ﬁght between Mahakutami and family of KCR. However, the ruling TRS has objected to the educational institutions supporting the Mahakutami and Telugu Desam and opposing TRS. The TRS leaders alleged that the corporate institutions were involving in politics under the inﬂuence of TDP leaders. TRS leader and Government Whip in Council Palla Rajeshwar Reddy said that few educational institutions were working against TRS, which is not good for the colleges. He said that the TRS government had cleared Rs 1,725 crore pending fee reimbursements. About 1.68 lakh students have joined government schools and colleges, he added. He recalled that BC leader R Krishnaiah had appreciated the chief minister for starting hostels for BCs. “Is it wrong to ask the managements to have quality? How can an educational institution start if no rules are framed,” said Rajeshwar Reddy. Rlys to unveil ‘engineless’ train Chennai: The ﬁrst engine-less 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. Continued on Page 4 SEAT-SHARING DEAL IN SIGHT WITH ALLIANCE PARTNERS Congress preparing its leaders for sacriﬁces OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With the seat-sharing exercise taken up by the partners of the proposed alliance reaching ﬁnal stage, the Congress is preparing its aspirants mentally to sacriﬁce the seats for the sake of the front. The alliance partners -- Congress, Telugu Desam, Telangana Jana Samithi and Communist Party of India -- have come to an agreement on seat-sharing. According to sources, the Congress would ﬁght 94 seats and the rest of the alliance partners would take 25 seats. Sources in Congress said that the TDP would be given 12, the TJS 10 and the CPI three seats. Though the TJS is demanding for 15 seats, the Congress is willing to give only 10 to it as the ﬁnal offer. If the alliance takes a shape, the Congress would forego nearly 25 seats to the partners. Most of the leaders of the constituencies, which would be conceded to alliance partners, have been working for about four years and pinned hopes on getting the tickets. Denial of tickets to them in the last minute would lead to unrest among them and would Mahakutami leaders at a meeting in Hyderabad on Wednesday Photo: Adula Krishna turn them into rebels. Keeping this trouble in view the Telangana Congress started to take steps to minimize the damage. The PCC office-bearers, who met under the chairmanship of Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Wednesday, have discussed the issue. They felt that some of the leaders of the party may have to sacriﬁce their seats. Speaking in the meeting, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the leaders who made sacriﬁces would be given recognition when the party forms government. He said that as Congress would form the government at any cost the leaders need not get despaired over losing the seats. He assured the leaders that nominated posts would be given according to their stature. He reminded the leaders that AICC president Rahul Gandhi directed that the alliance should be ensured at any cost and everyone should follow it. On the other hand, the PCC officebearers’ meeting has decided to entrust the campaign activity to teams led Uttam Kumar Reddy, Jana Reddy, Revanth Reddy and Bhatti Vikramarka. Continued on Page 4
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