www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.18C. Humidity: 44 Sunrise: 06:08 Sunset: 05:42 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Hyd to be centre-piece of TRS manifesto To highlight `55,000-cr plans, including SRDP I-T raids on Navayuga offices OUR BUREAU Hyderabad/ Visakhapatnam: The officials of the Income-Tax (I-T) cracked down on the office of Navayuga Engineering Company Limited in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad and some other companies in Visakhapatnam in AP on Thursday. Nearly 20 members of the IT team reached the Navayuga office at 8 am and started searches in the office. According to I-T sources, they seized several key documents along with hard disks and bank account statements. Officials sources said that the I-T raids were conducted basing on the allegations that the company violated the guidelines of Registrar of Companies (RoC) and the violations in ﬁling the Income-Tax returns. The I-T officials inquired about the 47 companies related to Navayuga and the ﬁnancial transactions of the companies. Continued on Page 4 CBI chief under scanner 4 IB sleuths ‘snooping’ on Alok Verma caught OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With an eye on voters in the city, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is likely to highlight in its election manifesto programmes that would be taken up in Hyderabad city with an outlay of Rs 55,000 crore. During the 2014 elections, the TRS had won two out of the 24 constituencies in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. This time the party wants to bag “as many votes as possible from the city”. Hence, there would be several promises in manifesto with focus on Hyderabad city. According to sources, in order to build on the partial manifesto released recently, the manifesto committee has been deliberating on various schemes intended for people in the city. The major announcement would be about plans that involve spending Rs 55,000 crore, including the Strategic Road Development Plan, said a senior leader of the party. The party has already promised two lakh double-bedroom houses in GHMC, apart from making the city slum-free, said the TRS leader. The TRS leader further said that the government would help individuals who have land and want to construct house as promised by the Chief Minister during the release of partial manifesto of the party. There would be more ‘surprises’ in the manifesto for the people of the city like the ones given during the GHMC elections, the TRS leader said. The TRS, during the GHMC elections, had waived off pending water dues of citizens. Similarly, the government also gave relief to residents by regularising the houses below 100 yards through GO 58 and 59. The party also promised one lakh CCTVs in the city. Beautifying Musi River, laying four-lane road along the Musi River, etc may ﬁnd a place in the manifesto, said the TRS leader. When asked about the manifesto, city president Mynampally Hanumanth Rao said that Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao would be able to tell about the party’s poll promises. “As far as the party’s chances, the TRS is going to win handsomely in this election. I have been attending the residential colony meetings and have attended about 200odd meetings; the response has been tremendous from the people,” said Hanumanth Rao. Replying to a question, Rao said that there was no feeling of outsiders among people hailing from Andhra. Some opposition leaders had brought up the ‘settlers’ issue and continued to rake it up before every election, though people are not in that mood. There are many people from Andhra in the Malkajgiri constituency and they have no such feeling, said Hanumanth Rao, who is aspiring for ticket from the Malkajgiri Assembly constituency. New Delhi: In a dramatic development on Thursday, four Intelligence Bureau (IB) personnel were caught by the security staff of CBI Director Alok Verma outside his residence in the heart of Delhi, prompting the IB to say the men were on "routine patrol". The security staff of Verma, who was stripped off of his powers post-midnight on Tuesday, caught hold of the IB personnel who were seated in two parked cars outside the CBI Director's Janpath residence and dragged them into his house. Each IB operative was caught by at least two of Verma's guards -- in one case one man was held by his collar -- and taken into Verma's bungalow and asked to reveal their identity. The men had been seen in their cars since Wednesday night, raising suspicion that they were spying on Verma. The CBI chief had earlier been sent "on leave" by the government after a high-proﬁle spat with CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who too has been sent on leave. As a video showing the men being dragged by Verma's security officers went viral, the IB admitted that the men were its operatives. "The IB is entrusted with the responsibility of collecting intelligence on situations that may affect, inter alia, public order and internal security. Its units are routinely deployed on a regular basis in sensitive areas," the normally reticent IB said in a statement. "One such unit, in early hours of today (Thursday), Security personnel detain two of the four persons who were seen outside the residence of CBI Director Alok Verma for questioning, in New Delhi on Thursday halted on Janpath, where there was an unusual collection of people. This was with a view to checking the reason why people had collected at the location... ALOK VERMA STILL CHIEF: CBI New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday said Alok Verma, who has been divested of his powers, will remain its Director and the agency's number two Rakesh Asthana will continue as the Special Director, while M Nageshwar Rao has been given interim charge of the agency. To bring the perspective of the Central Vigilance Commission order recommending the divesting of powers of Verma and Asthana, Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao has been ‘Fan’ stabs YSRC chief at Vizag Airport Airport restaurant waiter inflicts injury to Jagan with pen knife OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam/ Hyderabad: In a development that set off shockwaves across the two Telugu states of AP and Telangana, a youth stabbed YSRC president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on his left shoulder with a knife at VIP lounge in Visakhapatnam Airport on Thursday afternoon while was waiting for his ﬂight for Hyderabad. The youth, who was identiﬁed as G Srinivasa Rao from Mummidvaram mandal in East Godavair district, approached Jagan Mohan Reddy in the VIP lounge to serve tea to him and his supporters who were with him then, telling him that he adored him. He requested him to pose with him for a selﬁe to which the leader of the Opposition obliged. Srinivasa Rao then moved closer to him holding his phone in one hand and suddenly pulled out a knife from his pocket with his other hand and stabbed him in his shoulder. For a few seconds, his security staff remained stunned by the sudden development but quickly recovered their senses and overpowered Srinivas. They later handed him over to CISF commandant Dinesh Kumar who in turn surrendered him to the state police for further investigation. Jagan Mohan Reddy later in the day tweeted that the he was safe by the grace of God. Continued on Page 4 YSRCP, TDP begin blame game OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The attack on YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam Airport on Thursday has triggered a fierce war of words between his party and those of the Telugu Desam, each blaming the other for the incident. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, at a news conference later in the day, hinted at the possibility of the role of BJP in the attack on YSRC leader to blame the state for the incident and help Jagan Mohan Reddy gain some sympathy. Continued on Page 4 This is a high security zone. Unfortunately, their presence was projected otherwise," the statement said. The four men were handed given the charge to look after the duties and functions of the Director as an interim arrangement, a CBI spokesperson said. "Alok Verma continues to remain the Director of the CBI, Rakesh Asthana remains as Special Director and M Nageshwar Rao is looking after duties and functions of the Director in the interim period till the time CVC looks into allegations and counter allegations," the spokesperson told reporters. Continued on Page 4 OUR BUREAU YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy before he was stabbed on his arm by J Srinivasa Rao (left), at Visakhapatnam Airport on Thursday (Above) The seized weapon that was used for the attack on Jagan Mohan Reddy. (Right) YSRCP chief undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Thursday Hyderabad: The Election Commission is all set to introduce a ‘special code’ shortly to ensure judicious use of social media by political parties during election campaign, which has already taken off in the poll-bound Telangana state. Under the new code, the commission will announce ‘Dos and Don’ts on social media platform by parties and individuals as part of their campaign in support of the contestants and while sharing their political agendas and manifestos. In the wake of in- creasing number of complaints being received from parties on the misuse of social media platforms, mainly Facebook and WhatsApp, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat has taken serious note of the issue. State elec- tion authorities also brought to the notice of the CEC that the use of social media by some of the parties was no longer confined to campaigning in their support. Social media platforms are being exploited by these parties for hurling abuses and mudslinging on rivals. In the recent meeting between the CEC and state election authorities, the officials reviewed such exploitation of social media platforms. The commission then asserted that it would put an end to the growing abuse of social media. Officials said that the EC au- thorities have been holding a series of meetings with the managements of social media organisations to get them to curtail the flow of controversial and objectionable content which could cause unrest and disharmony in the state during the election. Rawat announced that he would hold a meeting with Facebook India heads in New Delhi in a week. A strong proposal to completely ban posts against rival parties with derogatory comments, unleashing negative campaign by targeting individuals depicting leaders with objectionable caricatures and Interim director of CBI M Nageswara Rao seen at Home Minister's oﬃce, in New Delhi on Thursday Naidu sees grand conspiracy Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said that he suspected the BJP was hatching a grand conspiracy to defeat him in the elections by imposing President’s rule in the state using, as an excuse, the law and problem that would be created with attacks like the one that took place on YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam Airport on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons here, Naidu said that helping the BJP in its game there were several leaders who had joined hands to deal a blow on the TDP regime in the state. He said it was unusual for Governor to call DGP of AP to learn about the details of the incident. The Governor is not supposed to short-circuit the constitutional practices and talk to officials directly. “This kind of activism by governors is unwarranted and uncalled for,” he said and demanded that a debate should take place at national level on the role of governors. Continued on Page 4 Election Commission mulls social media special code PATAN AFZAL B ABU over to Delhi Police and they identiﬁed themselves as Dheeraj Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Prashant Kumar and Vineet Kumar Gupta. Dheeraj Kumar and Ajay Kumar told the police they were junior IB officers while the other two claimed to be seniors in the Bureau. Identity cards and several mobile phones were recovered from their possession. Verma and his deputy Asthana were divested of their duties on Tuesday night amid an unprecedented feud in the agency as the two hit out at each other over bribery accusations. The Congress accused the Modi government of indulging in "snooping and spying" and of using central agencies in a "blatant and brazen" manner. "Making the agencies dance to their tune by use of brute force, extortion and murky dealings is the real character of the BJP," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said. Continued on Page 4 text messages, and action against those violating the special code is under active consideration. The EC officials said that the commission is also examining complaints received from aggrieved persons and might place additional restrictions, if required, to check rampant abuse of social media for election campaign. The limitations that could be placed on parties on the use of social media, particularly from the issuance of election notification to the date of election, will also be taken into consideration during finalsiation of the special code. President Ram Nath Kovind being presented with a memento at the inauguration of the International Arya Mahasammelan in New Delhi on Thursday Need to celebrate festivals without affecting environs, suggests President New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the rising pollution levels in Delhi have led to difficulties in breathing and urged social organisations to create awareness about celebrating all festivals in such a way that it does not affect the environment. Kovind made the remarks at the launch of a four-day global convention of the Arya Samaj where he praised the organisation for contributing towards ﬁnding a solution to various issues facing the country. "In India, the time for winter festivals has arrived. At present, people in Delhi are having trouble breathing due to the increasing pollution levels in the city. Such a situation greatly impacts the elderly and children," he said. "Social organisations need to create awareness among people about celebrating all festivals in such a way that it does not affect the environment, and peace and brotherhood," he said. He hoped that the Arya Samaj will ﬁnd alternatives to non-renewable energy and contribute toward protecting the environment. Kovind said the convention would discuss ways to tackle superstitions, needs and challenges of the future, women empowerment, tribal welfare and preservation of the environment. He said society has to play its part in addressing pressing issues facing the country and work towards granting powers to women and dealing with environmental challenges. "It makes me happy that the Arya Samaj is contributing towards ﬁnding a solution to these issues," he said.
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