www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Cloudy Temp: Max.32°C. Min.22C. Humidity: 48 Sunrise: 06:14 Sunset: 05:48 India jumps 23 places to rank 77 in ‘ease of doing business’ index DECCAN CHRONICLE LIKELY TO KNOCK AT SUPREME COURT DOORS New Delhi: India became South Asia’s top-ranked economy, jumping 23 spots to rank 77 out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ index released on Wednesday. Last year, India had moved up 30 places to 100th position, showing an improvement on eight out of 10 indicators for “Ease of Doing Business”. The rankings give a measure of how friendly the regulatory environment of a country is for doing business. 8 P5 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Modi unveils STATUE OF UNITY PM Modi dedicates to the nation the 182-metre, world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as a fitting tribute to the Iron Man on his birth anniversary LPG price hiked by `2.94 per cylinder New Delhi: Subsidised cooking gas (LPG) price was hiked on Wednesday by Rs 2.94 per cylinder due to tax impact on the change in base price. A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will cost Rs 505.34 from midnight on Wednesday as against Rs 502.40 now, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation's biggest fuel retailer, said in a statement here. This is the sixth straight monthly increase in rates since June. In all rates have gone up by Rs 14.13 per cylinder since then. All LPG consumers have to buy the fuel at market price. The government, however, subsidises 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each per households in a year by providing the subsidy amount directly in bank accounts of users. Kevadia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, dedicated to the nation the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, believed to be the tallest in the world and said it will be a reminder about the courage of a man who thwarted efforts to disintegrate India. In his speech, Modi stressed that the statue would generate immense employment opportunities for the local tribals living near the dam in Narmada district. Gujarat's Governor OP Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah were also present at the unveiling of the Statue of Unity. Modi described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of the country's engineering and technical capabilities. To welcome visitors, the Gujarat government has not only built a 3-star hotel, shopping centre and a research centre in the Sardar Patel statue com- ED seeks custodial interrogation of PC New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday opposed in a Delhi court the anticipatory bail plea of former Union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case and sought his custodial interrogation. ED, which filed its response to the anticipatory bail plea of Chidambaram, said that he has remained evasive and was not cooperating in the probe and therefore grant of anticipatory bail at this stage would be highly detrimental to the investigation. 8 P11 PVT ENGG COLLEGES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH UGC GUIDELINES plex but has also built high-speed elevators that will take you to a height of about 400 feet through the core of the statue where you can get a panoramic view of the surroundings. What is unique about the statue? Apart from being the world's tallest statue, it also holds the distinction of being among the fastest to be completed -just 34 months unlike China's Spring Temple Buddha which took 11 years. The work began on December 19, 2015. The imposing monument is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet, around 3.5 km downstream from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat's Narmada district. The best way to reach Sadhu Bet island is to take a boat ride. Continued on Page 15 PM Modi inaugurates the 'Statue of Unity' as Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Governor OP Kohli, MP Governor Anandiben Patel, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, BJP president Amit Shah and others look on at Kevadiya colony in Narmada district on Wednesday UNIFORM REGISTRATION NUMBERS FOR AP VEHICLES OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Henceforth, all vehicles in Andhra Pradesh will have AP39 as preﬁx in their registration numbers. The number will be uniform for all the 13 districts in the state. Till now, each district has its own code. Transport Minister K Atchannaidu told mediapersons at the Secretariat on Wednesday that the new system will come into force within 15 days. So far, the vehicles are being registered with codes up to AP38. The new numbering is an answer to the allegations that the people are getting their vehicles registered with wrong addresses in other districts due to different code numbers. RTC buses would be given Z series, police department P series and other government vehicles would be given T,U,V,W,X,Y. But the code number would remain AP39. Transport Commissioner N Bala Subrahmanyam said the revenue from the sale of fancy numbers was Rs 2.98 crore last year and it would surely increase this year with the introduction of new code. SC seeks Rafale pricing info ...IN SEALED COVER WITHIN 10 DAYS New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre for pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France in a sealed envelope within 10 days but agreed that "strategic and confidential" information need not be disclosed. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, gave some more leeway to the government which has been arguing that pricing details are so sensitive that they have not even been shared with Parliament. The Centre must bring details of the decision-making process of the deal into the public domain, except those that are conﬁdential and have strategic importance, the court said. The bench said the information must be shared by the government within 10 days and the petitioners could respond to it in the next seven days. It posted the matter for the next hearing on November 14. "If pricing is something exclusive and you are not Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan with former union minister Arun Shourie after a hearing on Rafale deal, at Supreme Court in New Delhi on Wednesday sharing it with us, please ﬁle an affidavit and say so," the bench told Attorney General KK Venugopal in its oral observations. It was hearing four peti- The bench said the information must be shared by the government within 10 days and the Centre must bring details of the decision-making process of the deal into the public domain, except those that are conﬁdential and have strategic importance tions, including one by advocate Prashant Bhushan and former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha who are seeking a court monitored CBI investiga- tion in the procurement of the ﬁghter jets. "That will have to wait," the CJI said, adding, "Let CBI put its house in order ﬁrst." The attorney general had expressed reservations about disclosing the details of pricing of the jets and said its cost was not even disclosed in Parliament. He also said the documents placed by the Centre before the court are covered by the Official Secrets Act. The bench, also comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph, said the "core of information" that can be brought in the public domain should be shared with the "petitioner and petitioners in person". In its order, the bench observed that none of the petitioners have questioned the suitability of the Rafale jets, their equipment and their utility to the Indian Air Force. "What has been questioned is the bona fide of the decisionmaking process and the price/cost at which the same is to be procured," the bench said. RIFT WITH GOVT RBI governor Urjit may quit New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel may consider resigning from his post given a breakdown in relations with the Union government, indicate several reports on Wednesday, sparking a sell-off in the rupee and bonds. The government has invoked never-before-used powers under the RBI Act that allow it to issue directions to the central bank governor on matters of public interest, says a report. It said the government had sent letters to the RBI governor in recent weeks exercising powers under section 7 of the RBI Act on issues ranging from liquidity for non-bank ﬁnance companies, capital requirements for weak banks and lending to small-and medium-sized companies. Section 7 says that ‘the Central government may from time to time give such directions to the bank as it may, after consultation with the governor of the bank, consider necessary in the public interest’, a statute that has not been used in independent India. However, a senior trader at a foreign bank said it is difficult to believe that the RBI governor will resign because it is ‘unprecedented and would look quite irresponsible and (an) immature step’. KNIFE ATTACK CASE Jagan moves HC seeking Central agency probe OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday ﬁled a petition in Hyderabad High Court seeking inquiry by an agency of the central government into the knife attack on him at Visakhapatnam Airport recently. The YSRC chief, in his petition, contended that the attack was with an intent to kill him and as he had no faith in the investigation by the state police, he was seeking probe by a central agency. He described the attack on him as failure of the state government in providing enough protection to him. Jagan Mohan Reddy listed AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu as respondent in the case. The petition will come up for hearing on Thursday. Meanwhile, the state intelligence personnel are also trying to ﬁgure out the motive for the attack, if there is any mastermind behind the operation. Though a SIT has been constituted to probe the case, they too have not yet achieved any breakthrough so far. According to highly-placed sources, three teams of the intelligence officials headed by officers of DSP ranks are on the job. They are identifying those who are very close to J Srinivas, who is the accused person in the case. Naidu chosen for coalition leadership Meetings scheduled with Rahul, Sharad Yadav, Maya & Akhilesh in Delhi today OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is walking tall. He will be in Delhi on Thursday rubbing shoulders with big names at the national level - Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. The agenda is to “Save the Nation” by crafting a coalition calculus of parties with disparate ideologies that would stand up to the NDA at the time of reckoning. The leaders of the parties want to ﬂy the trial balloon of the coalition in the forthcoming elections to four North Indian states and Telangana and see what results it would deliver. The non-BJP parties that are showing interest to come together have nothing in common but what is uniting them is their visceral hatred for the BJP. The Assembly elections to the ﬁve states are expected to set the trend for the ﬁnal Armageddon in May when the nation would go to elections. Naidu, known for his managerial skills in getting parties on one side despite their internal contradictions, is taking a lead in positioning the anti-BJP forces in the battle-ﬁeld. After his arrival in Delhi, he would have a meeting with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. This would be the ﬁrst time that Naidu would be closeted with him though he was seen brieﬂy sharing the dais with him at the time of the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister in Bengaluru about four months ago. This would also be an occasion when Naidu, as president of TDP, which is a sworn enemy to Congress, would be meeting the latter’s president, indulging in bonhomie and light-hearted banter. They are expected to take stock of the political situation in the country and discuss ways to bring all anti-BJP parties around to take the BJP monolith by its horns. The TDP supremo then would have lunch with Sharad Yadav followed by a meeting with mercurial and whimsical Mayawati who likes national Congress leadership but is at loggerheads with Congress’ local leaders in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The problem arose when the BSP sought an outsized share of seats in each of the three states. When Naidu met her in his recent visit, Mayawati reportedly said that she was game for the national coalition with Congress. Continued on Page 15
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