www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.29C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 51% Sunrise: 06:10 Sunset: 05:39 India jumps 23 places to rank 77 in ‘ease of doing business’ index BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TRS TO UNLEASH POLL BLITZ TO TAP VOTERS 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 P8 DECCAN CHRONICLE LIKELY TO KNOCK AT SC DOORS 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. 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- 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 4 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 G Vinod likely to join Cong OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With uncertainty hovering over his ticket, TRS leader G Vinod Kumar is said to have made up his mind to join Congress party any time. According to sources, the former minister expected ticket for Chennur Assembly seat. However, the party had announced Peddapally MP Balka Suman as the candidate. Sources close to Vinod said that he already had initiated steps to join Congress party. He is presently in New Delhi and is said to be in touch with the Congress leaders. He is likely to join the Congress anytime. The ruling TRS has also tried to retain Vinod with help of his brother G Vivekanand. However, he was not convinced and is learnt to have decided to leave the party. If Vinod joins Congress, he is likely to be given ticket from Chennur, said sources. In a recent meeting with his followers, Vinod reportedly said that the party had cheated him by not giving Chennur seat even after explaining the ground report. Earlier, when he approached Minister K T Rama Rao, the latter told them that Suman was given ticket to accommodate his brother Vivek in Peddapally Lok Sabha constituency. SC seeks Rafale pricing info in sealed cover in 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 decisionmaking 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. Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan with former union minister Arun Shourie after a hearing on Rafale deal, at Supreme Court in New Delhi on Wednesday 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 "If pricing is something exclusive and you are not 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 pe- titions, including one by advocate Prashant Bhushan and former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha who are seeking a court monitored CBI investigation in the procurement of the fighter jets. Calls Congress and TDP as Telangana traitors Hyderabad: TRS leader KT Rama Rao called upon the people of the state to think and vote in the coming elections as these votes would decide the future of the state. Rama Rao spent a busy day on Wednesday campaigning in Gambhiraopet mandal in Sircilla constituency from where he is contesting in the upcoming elections. Rama Rao said that the people should be wary of ‘Mayakutami’ which has nurtured a conspiracy to stall the progress and development in the infant State. He exhorted the people to defeat the Telangana traitors Congress and Telugu Desam for joining hands and trying to stall growth. n Meetings scheduled with Rahul, Sharad Yadav, Maya & Akhilesh in Delhi today OUR BUREAU KTR dubs GA as ‘Mayakutami’ OUR BUREAU Naidu chosen to lead coalition Attacking the Congress, he said, “TRS government gave uninterrupted power supply after coming to power. But, a vote for the Congress party will bring dark days back into the state.” Rao reminded the villagers that Telangana was the only state in the country which provided uninterrupted power supply to the agriculture sector. “On one hand Congress ﬁles cases on irrigation projects in the state and on the other hand, Chandrababu Naidu writes letters to the Centre asking them not to give permission for irrigation projects in Telangana. Continued on Page 4 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 antiBJP forces in the battle-ﬁeld. Continued on Page 4 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. Intact Kutami ready to take on TRS Seat sharing deal: Cong 94, TDP 13, TJS 8 and CPI 4 OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Hyderabad: After initial hiccups, the Grand Alliance is ﬁnally in place. The constituents have sorted out all bumps in the seat-sharing agreement and the alliance is understood to be in shipshape to take the TRS by its horns. According to sources, the Congress, obviously, got a lion's share of 94 seats followed by TDP which got 13. The TJS had to contend with eight and CPI with four seats. The Congress party has re- portedly agreed to leave another 4-5 seats for the allies if necessary. The agreement would be ratiﬁed at the Congress Election Committee meeting at Delhi on Thursday. Telangana PCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy is already in Delhi while others, including Jana Reddy, Shabbir Ali and Bhatti Vikramarka will be reaching the nation's capital by Thursday morning. According to sources, the Congress party will release the ﬁrst list of 70 to 75 seats on Thursday. This means that the AICC could make public the ﬁrst list of candidates perhaps by Thursday evening after the Central Election Committee meeting of the party at Sonia Gandhi's residence. The names making rounds here, according to the party sources, for the ﬁrst list are all of senior leaders. Continued on Page 4
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