www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sprinkles late. Scattered clouds Temp: Max.31C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 57% Sunrise: 06:11 Sunset: 05:38 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 P7 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. BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘MAKE KCR CM FOR NEXT 10 YRS TO KEEP TS BOOMING’ `1-cr loan in 59 minutes! MODI’S DIWALI BONANZA FOR MSMEs 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 shipment PM launches support, outreach programme for MSMEs; announces series of measures to spur growth in the sector 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. PNB POSTS `4,532 CR NET LOSS IN Q2 TELANGANA TOPS IN POWER CONSUMPTION 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 Rahul steps in to save Kutami PROF KODANDARAM TO STRIKE A DEAL WITH UTTAM TODAY OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Hyderabad: The unresolved seat-sharing issue between Congress and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) is likely to be settled in Hyderabad in a day or two. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has given directions to Telangana Congress to hold a meeting with TJS leadership and ensure the alliance gets going at the ear- liest. A TJS delegation led by Prof. M Kodandaram called on All-India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi to discuss about future and working of Mahakutami. Kodandaram and Co. decided on meeting the Congress boss in view of deadlock between Telangana Congress and alliance parties on sharing of seats and other issues. According to Kodandaram, Denied tickets, aspirants create ruckus in BJP OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Tension prevailed at Telangana BJP headquarters with party workers creating a ruckus, in protest against denial of tickets to them in the ensuing Assembly elections. Trouble began when the party released its second list of candidates. Supporters of Dhanpal Suryanarayana barged into the office premises raising slogans against the BJP leadership for denying party ticket to their leader. The staff of the party office had a tough time in bringing down some of the angry supporters who had reached the terrace of the four-storied building threatening to jump from there if the party fails to reconsider its decision of allocating the ticket to Y Lakshminarayana. Adding fuel to ﬁre, two more aspirants from Serilingampally Assembly constituency -- Naresh and Bhaskar Reddy - announced that they are going on an indeﬁnite fast for denying tickets. In addition to this, the State BJP leaders were BJP aspirants stage dharna at the state BJP oﬃce on Friday Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru briefed that a handful of supporters of Suryanarayana had forcefully entered the District party office in Nizamabad and smashed office furniture, a computer, printer and a few other articles worth around Rs 3 lakh. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior leader dismissed the protests as isolated incidents of two or three of the party leaders who were disappointed for not getting the ticket. Continued on Page 4 the meeting with Rahul Gandhi lasted nearly 40 minutes. Elaborating details, he said that TJS stressed on expediting formation of Mahakutami and hitting campaign trail at the earliest. “The talk about Mahakutami for last few weeks has created conﬁdence in the public that an alternative for better governance is possible. Continued on Page 4 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 politicallysensitive 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. KCR out to break Gajwel jinx OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is all set to break the jinx on Gajwel Assembly constituency in the ensuing elections. The TRS chief is slated to blow the myth that no candidate can win twice from here. There is another sentiment attached to Gajwel constituency where the party which wins here rules the State and this has been happening for decades. The Congress party had • No candidate wins twice from Gajwel constituency • Whichever party wins Gajwel will form govt won from here twice, but its candidates were different. During 2004, senior Congress leader J Geeta Reddy was elected from Gajwel. Later in 2009, Geeta Reddy was shifted to Zaheerabad and T Narsa Red- dy was given the ticket and he had won the election. Both times there was Congress government in the state. During 1994 G Vijaya Rama Rao was victorious from here and his party TDP was in power. In the year 1999, the TDP changed candidate and gave ticket to B Sanjeeva Rao, who was victorious and then too the TDP came to power. This time the TRS leaders are conﬁdent that party chief is likely to break the jinx of no candidate not getting elected twice and maintain the tradition of party coming to power again. The TRS leaders said that the amount of development which has taken place in Gajwel during the last four years would im- press even an average voter. The TRS leader said that there has been massive development in Gajwel in the recent times. A model and state-of-the-art integrated market yard has come up in the village. There is a multipurpose auditorium with central a/c and with a capacity of 1,200 persons. A KG to PG facility with model school, Zilla Parishad High School, Intermediate and Degree colleges with hostel facilities coming in the premises. Continued on Page 4 Telangana could register 11.92 per cent growth rate to secure the second position after Telangana with 7.43 per cent growth r a t e . 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 consumption 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 consump- tion 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 4 Excited T-TDP taking poll battle to KCR’s den 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 supre- mo 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. Continued on Page 4
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