www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Broken clouds Temp: Max.30°C. Min.21C. Humidity: 54% Sunrise: 06:11 Sunset: 05:39 Charges against Asthana serious New Delhi (PTI): The CBI on Thursday opposed in the Delhi High Court its Special Director Rakesh Asthana's plea seeking to quash an FIR against him in a bribery case, saying that allegations against the officers and others show cognisable offences. The agency also said the investigation in the case was at nascent stage and it was "handicapped" in the probe as certain files and documents were under the Central Vigilance Commission scrutiny. 8 P7 SC gets four new judges New Delhi: Four judges were appointed to the Supreme Court on Thursday, the Law Ministry said. Acting fast on the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium, the government notified the appointment of justices Hemant Gupta, Ajay Rastogi, M R Shah and R Subhash Reddy to the apex court on Wednesday night. BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ELECTION WATCHDOG URGES VOTERS TO QUIZ CANDIDATES SMEs IN TELANGANA SHY OF EQUITY MARKETS Moments of unity Mantle to bring anti-BJP forces together falls on Naidu Cong, TDP upbeat in TS over Delhi developments OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU New Delhi: ‘Democratic compulsion’ has made the TDP and Congress to set aside its bitter history for the ﬁrst proper meeting on Thursday in Delhi between TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu and the AICC president Rahul Gandhi. From the fast-paced developments that took place in Delhi since morning, it is clear that the mantle of bringing all anti-BJP forces in the country together has fallen on Naidu, who is no stranger to such responsibilities as he himself was the convener of United Front in 1996. After a meeting which lasted for more than 90 minutes with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, Naidu appeared conﬁdent of crafting a coalition of anti-BJP parties which wear their hatred for Narendra Modi and BJP on their sleeves. “We have to free the nation from the stranglehold of the BJP. This is our primary concern as of now. Under the NDA rule, a lot of harm has already been done to the nation,” Naidu said adding: “As leader Amaravati: Both the Congress and Telugu Desam activists are happy over AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking the lead in forming a national level anti-BJP coalition to throw the BJP out, lock, stock and barrel, since synergy between the parties would help in acing the Assembly elections in Telangana in December this year. Though TDP-Congress alliance has already been in place in Telangana, the formation of a national level alliance of antiBJP parties has come as a shot of adrenaline for both the parties since the modus vivendi would act as an effective mechanism of checks and balances. The Telugu Desam Party in Telangana, after bifurcation of the state in 2014, has been reduced to a non- entity, with the TRS engineering defections of its MLAs into its fold leaving only two of the 15 MLAS in Telugu Desam camp – R Krishnaiah (LB Nagar) who does not possess the TDP DNA as he is more into Congress president Rahul Gandhi, along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, addresses the media outside his residence in New Delhi on Thursday of AP I am happy with the Congress since it had pledged its support for special category status.” Naidu pointed out that the immediate challenge was in facing the danger to the nation from the BJP. “The endeavour now is to save the nation and save democracy. We are not after power. We want to lend our shoulders to the effort to protect and perpetuate democracy and the institutions founded on it,” Chandrababu Naidu said and pointed out that a synergy among anti-BJP parties was necessary to throw the BJP out, he said. Continued on Page 4 movements for the welfare of the backward classes and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah (Sattupalli). The TDP claimed a share of 14.7 per cent of votes. Ever since, the party has been lying low and the activities of the party either were nil or off-key. Chandrababu Naidu, after winning the elections in Andhra Pradesh, has conﬁned himself to the reorganised state, not bothering much about his party in Telangana. In this backdrop, the Congress waved an olive branch to Telugu Desam Party for ﬁghting elections together in Telangana to dislodge KCR from power, by taking smaller parties like the TJS and CPI along which breathed a new life into the party. Initially, Naidu, did not foresee that he would be playing a key role at national level and yet sent feelers that he was game for a tie up in Telangana since in Andhra Pradesh, which is crucial for him, does not have any trace of the grand old party for him to reciprocate the gesture in 2019 when AP would go to polls. Continued on Page 4 ‘AMAVASYA’, SEAT-SHARING TALKS PROLONG SUSPENSE TRS ﬁnalises candidates for 12 Congress list to be out on Nov 8 or 9 To contest 94 seats, leaves 14 seats to TDP and rest to TJS-CPI remaining seats OUR BUREAU AWAITING MAHAKUTAMI PICK BEFORE ANNOUNCEMENT OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti has almost ﬁnalised the candidates for the remaining 12 seats for which it has not named its pick so far but is waiting for the opposition camp to announce the names of their candidates. According to sources, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao has ﬁnalised the names of the candidates. He is waiting for the Mahakutami to make an announcement regarding their candidates. The TRS was the ﬁrst to announce its candidates for the elections and the party president announced 105 candidates in one go. The TRS chief recently announced the names of candidates for two more seats. Now there are 12 more seats for which the party candidates have not been named. According to sources, the party has “almost decided” on the candidates and in some constituen- cies, there is “more than one candidate in the race”. Sources said that former Minister Danam Nagender’s name has been ﬁnalised for the Khairatabad Assembly constituency. However, there is intense competition among TRS leaders in this constituency. The leaders who are expecting this ticket include party in-charge Manne Goverdhan (who unsuccessfully contested last election), P Vijaya Reddy (daughter of former CLP leader P Janardhan Reddy), G Vijayalakshmi (both corporators). In Musheerabad, the party is learnt to have decided to give ticket to Mutha Gopal. However, Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy is pitching for ticket to his son-in-law Srinivas Reddy, who is Ramnagar corporator. Sources said that the party is zeroing in on former MLA Prem Singh Rathore for the Goshamahal seat. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi/ Hyderabad: Latching on to ‘Amavasya’ and barely concealing hard bargaining over seat sharing, the Congress on Thursday said that the list of its candidates would be out “either on November 8 or 9”, with party chief Rahul Gandhi taking the call on whether the list would be complete or partial. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chairman N Uttam Kumar Reddy shared this with newsmen at Delhi, after a meeting of the party’s Central Election Commission (CEC) at the residence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Uttam said that the Congress would contest in 94 Assembly seats, claiming there was ‘clarity’ Trump takes tough stand on India US withdraws duty-free concession on import of 50 Indian products Women take part in a bike rally to commemorate the 63rd Karnataka Rajyotsava celebration, in Bengaluru on Thursday. Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on November 1 of every year as all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the Karnataka state on this day in 1956 ‘Bird-dropping’ tweet on Modi sparks a row BJP slams it as 'arrogance' New Delhi: Congress' social media head Divya Spandana tweeted a controversial comment along with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing next to Sardar Patel's 'Statue of Unity', evoking a sharp reaction from the BJP which slammed it as the "language of arrogance". Spandana tweeted a picture of Modi standing next to Sardar Patel's 182-metre-tall statue in Gujarat, which was unveiled on Wednesday, with the on 57 seats and the candidates. The rest would be decided soon. He said that the Telugu Desam would be given 14 seats and the rest would be shared by TJS and the CPI. The TPCC chief said that the CEC of the AICC would meet again on November 8 and ﬁnalise the candidates of the party. State Congress in-charge RC Khuntia said that Congress candidates would be announced after the announcement of seats to be contested by the alliance partners. The Congress leaders said that party has “many things” to consider on releasing the list of its candidates. Since November 7 happens to be Amavasya (New Moon Day), the party did not want to announce the list ahead Continued on Page 4 of that day. comment: "Is that bird dropping?" Asked about the tweet, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit out at the opposition party, alleging that "this is the real culture" of the Congress party. They miss no opportunity to abuse the Prime Minister of India, he said. "It is the same party which called the prime minister 'neech'. Shashi Tharoor called him a scorpion and now Divya Spandana says that he is a bird's dropping," Patra said. "This is nothing but language of arrogance from the Congress party for the normal Indian who with his sheer hardwork become the prime minister of the country," he said. A normal Indian appears bird's dropping to them, while a dynast is power centre for them, Patra said. "This is arrogance of dynasty which is abusing the democracy of India," he alleged. Despite criticism from the ruling party and Twitterati, Spandana remained defiant. "When you're done huffing & puffing take a breath & hold a mirror to yourselves. My views are mine. I don't give two hoots about yours. I'm not going to clarify what I meant and what I didn't cos you don't deserve one," she tweeted. Washington: The US on Thursday withdrew duty-free concessions on import of around 50 Indian products, mostly from the agriculture and handloom sectors, in line with the protectionist approach to trade put in place by President Donald Trump. The Indian products, among 90 items originating from various countries that had duty-free access in America under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), were removed from the GSP list effective November 1 by a US Presidential proclamation earlier this week. Citing the US Trade Act of 1974, the proclamation said: "The President may withdraw, suspend or limit application of the duty free treatment that is accorded to speciﬁed articles under the GSP when imported from designated beneﬁciary developing countries." "I have determined to withdraw the application of the dutyfree treatment accorded to a certain article," the Trump proclamation said. The GSP is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for products from designated beneﬁciary countries. India has been the largest beneficiary of the GSP and last year its duty-free exports to the US THE AXE LIST Areca nuts, mangoes processed by vinegar or acetic acid, sandstone cut in slabs, whole buffalo skin leather, plain weave handloom cotton fabrics containing over 85 per cotton by weight, handloom carpets and textile floor coverings under their trade preference programme amounted to over $5.5 billion. The export of these products to the US will henceforth be subject to regular tariffs. Indian products removed from the GSP include areca nuts, mangoes processed by vinegar or acetic acid, sandstone cut in slabs, whole buffalo skin leather, plain weave handloom cotton fabrics containing over 85 per cotton by weight, handloom carpets and textile ﬂoor coverings.
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