www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Scattered clouds Temp: Max.32°C. Min.23C. Humidity: 53 Sunrise: 06:15 Sunset: 05:47 US journo alleges rape by Akbar, he says it was consensual New Delhi: Journalist-turnedpolitician M J Akbar, who quit as Union minister after charges of sexual harassment by many journalists, has now been accused of rape by US journalist Pallavi Gogoi. Akbar said they had a "consensual relationship" even as his wife accused Gogoi of lying. 8 P11 Godfather of Taliban killed Islamabad: Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, who was also known as the godfather of Taliban, was killed in a gun attack in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, according to media reports. Haq, 82, was the head of the Islamic religious seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak town and also the chief of the hardline political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), the Geo News reported. He was killed by unidentified attackers in a house where he was staying. PNB POSTS `4,532 CR NET LOSS IN Q2 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ALLIANCE WITH CONG IN TUNE WITH SPIRIT OF NTR: NAIDU AP is my focus: Naidu SAYS HE HAS NO NATIONAL AMBITIONS OUR BUREAU Marturu (Prakasam Dist): Ending speculation that he has national ambitions, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday asserted that he would stay in Andhra Pradesh and continue as chief minister. “I have no intention of moving to anywhere,” Naidu said. Addressing a public meeting organised as part of Grama Darshini, the Chief Minister said: “After my visit to Delhi yesterday to bring together all antiBJP forces, many had thought I had bigger ambitions. I want to make it clear. I will be in AP and I will remain your chief minister,” he said. The chief minister said he took the decision since he had an ambition to de- CM N Chandrababu Naidu and MLA Eluri Sambasiva Rao oﬀering food to a child at Samuhika Annaprasana programme at Degaramudi village on Friday velop Andhra Pradesh as the best state in the country. “I am committed to this goal and am working towards realising this objective,” he said and recalled how he had developed Hyderabad and gifted it to Telangana. “Hyderabad is the result of my hard work. It is a goose that lays golden eggs. Unable to administer the city and the state, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has unnecessarily been targeting me,” he said. Referring to how the BJP had become a threat to na- Telangana tops in power consumption Excited T-TDP taking poll battle to KCR’s den Registers nearly 14 per cent growth rate OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana has secured ﬁrst place in the country in power consumption and per capita power consumption during the year 2017-18. As per the data announced by the Central Electricity Authority, the Telangana state achieved the highest annual growth rate of 13.62 per cent in power consumption. This achievement is 122.91 per cent more than a country’s average growth rate. Uttar Pradesh which has more population than Telangana could register 11.92 per cent growth rate to secure the second position after Telangana with 7.43 per cent growth rate. Andhra Pradesh is in the third place. In 2016-17, in Telangana, the power consumption was 53,017 million units. In 2017-18, with 13.62 growth rate, the power consump- tion was 60,237 million units. Prior to the formation of Telangana in 2014, the united Andhra Pradesh power consumption annual growth rate was just 6 per cent. In per capita power consumption also, Telangana registered 11.34 per cent growth and secured the ﬁrst place in the country. In 2016-17, the per capita power consumption in the state was 1551 units. In 2017-18 it was 1727 units. At the same time in the same period the nationwide power consumption growth rate was 2.4 per cent. Andhra Pradesh stands next to Telangana in per capita power consumption. TS TRANSCO and GENCO chairman and Managing Director D Prabhakar Rao said the power consumption has increased substantially in commercial and industrial sectors due to quality power supply without any power cuts. Continued on Page 15 tion, the chief minister said that as the NDA dispensation at Delhi is continuing to undermine democracy and was out to harm the interests of Andhra Pradesh, he had to align with the Congress. “This is the reason why I had to undertake a visit to Delhi to cobble up a coalition with Congress and other antiBJP forces,” Naidu said. “For 36 years the TDP had fought the Congress. But today we are joining hands with it. This is because at present, saving the nation and democracy are of paramount importance,” Naidu said. He pointed out that unless the BJP is thrown out, there was no way the interests of the future generations could be secured. Continued on Page 15 OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: After the meeting between TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and AICC president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Thursday, Telugu Desam Telangana unit seems to be on cloud nine. The party is making preparations to organise mammoth public meetings to be attended by Naidu and other national leaders in the poll-bound Telangana state. The party is planning to hold the public meetings in TRS supremo K Chandrashekar Rao’s home turf - old Medak district, Greater Hyderabad, old Nizamabad and Khammam. Telangana party unit chief L Ramana has been entrusted with the task of making arrangements for the conduct of the meetings. Ramana held ﬁrst round of meetings in Hyderabad on Friday with his party leaders for the arrangements. Congress has already held two public meetings attended by AICC president Rahul Gandhi in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts recently. In the next public meetings, the TDP will also take part since the party is a poll partner of Congress and the meetings organised by Telugu Desam will also be attended by ConContinued on Page 15 gress leaders. SC dismisses CBI plea in Bofors case New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the CBI's appeal against the Delhi High Court's 2005 verdict discharging all the accused, including Hinduja brothers, in the politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the CBI plea seeking condonation of the 13-year delay in ﬁling the appeal against the May 31, 2005 judgement of the High Court. It said it was not convinced with the grounds of the CBI to condone over 4,500 days' delay in ﬁling the appeal. The CBI had ﬁled the appeal on February 2 this year. The apex court, however, said the CBI can raise all grounds in the appeal against the same High Court verdict ﬁled by advocate Ajay Agrawal who has also challenged the judgement. Continued on Page 15 Trump pities Indians who wait for green cards Washington: As per official records, over 600,000 Indians in the US are waiting to receive green cards, which is a step short of American citizenship and taking this into account US President Donald Trump shows his sympathy to the hundreds of thousands of skilled professionals who are patiently waiting for years to receive green cards. Trump claims that they have done everything perfectly and they are going to enter America soon. Such a comment came as a hope over 5,000 to 7,000 people mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, including more than 600,000 Indians in the US, waiting to receive green cards or legal permanent residency. As for Trump, he is doing away with the “release” part of the policy as according to him letting illegal immigrants enter the country will make them take advantage of the “catch and release” policy, which is quite unfair for the skilled professionals. “Some have been waiting for many years. Some have been waiting for a long time. They’ve done everything perfectly, and they’re going to come in,” Trump said. He also adds that “we will not allow our generosity to be abused by those who would break our laws, defy our rules, violate our borders, break into our country illegally. We won’t allow it.” He said the US has the largest and most expansive immigration programmes anywhere on the planet. The communities are often left to bear the cost and the influx of people that come in illegally, he said, adding that this can’t be allowed. `1 cr loan in 59 minutes! MODI’S DIWALI BONANZA FOR MSMEs PM launches support, outreach programme for MSMEs; announces series of measures to spur growth in the sector New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a slew of measures, including sanction of loans of up to Rs 1 crore to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in 59 minutes through a special portal to give a boost to the nation's second biggest employing sector. GST-registered small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can now avail of loan of up to Rs 1 crore in just 59 minutes, Modi said announcing the measures. Also, GST-registered MSMEs will get 2 per cent interest subvention or rebate on incremental loan of up to Rs 1 crore, he said. Interest subvention on pre and post ship- ment credit for exports by MSMEs has been increased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent, he said. In all 12 decisions, which he termed as "historic", were announced to boost MSMEs. Talking of India jumping 23 places on World Bank's latest 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking, Modi said in four years his government has achieved what many did not believe and achieved what no other nation in the world has done - leaping from 142 rank in 2014 to 77th rank. Breaking into top 50 rank is not far away, the PM said. Reform of processes will help small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), he said. Swine ﬂu scare in Vizag 5 OUT OF 34 PATIENTS TESTED POSITIVE OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Swine ﬂu is spreadingrapidlyinVisakhapatnamdistrict.Evenasdoctors at King George Hospital examined 34 patients from the city with swine ﬂu symptomsonThursday,eightmore patients from different parts ofthedistrictcametothehospital on Friday with similar symptoms. Of the 34 cases that came from the city, the doctors conﬁrmed swine ﬂu in ﬁve of them while investigationsaregoingoninrespect of those who are admitted on Friday.Asthereisasteadyincrease in the number of patients with suspected swine ﬂu, District Collector and GVMCSpecialOfficerPravin Kumar called an emergency meeting with Chief Medical OfficeroftheGVMCandother staffinthemorning.Laterhe held a meeting with DMHO, doctorsatthePHCsandother staffoftheMedicalandHealth department where he told themtotakemeasurestoprevent the spread of the infection. He wanted the officials both in city to conduct doorto-door survey for 15 days in areasfromwherepatientshad tested positive. The collector also directed the officials to arrange massive awareness programmes at all the public gatherings, including educational institutions, function hallsandrythubazars,official sources said.
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