www.thehansindia.com The K wave! As the Korean Club of Hyderabad celebrated the second Korean Culture Day recently (September), we take a look at the inﬂuence of Korean entertainment and beauty products in India, including the two Telugu States WINDOWS Police constables make a 'rangoli' ahead of Diwali festival, in Thane, Mumbai, on Saturday Moderate polling in Karnataka bypolls Bengaluru: Moderate voting was registered for the by-polls to three Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats in Karnataka on Saturday, an Election Commission official said. "Moderate voting of around 35 per cent has been registered across the five constituencies till 1 p.m. Polling has been going on in a peaceful manner barring few Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) glitches which were rectified soon," the official said. GST: Roadblock for livestock sector growth I ndian livestock industry calls for exemption of both oil seeds and oil meals from GST to fuel its growth and help achieve the goal of doubling farmers’ incomes. Hailed as one of the biggest tax reforms of the country, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) subsumes many indirect taxes and helped streamlining several aspects of doing business. 8P9 SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Cong backs Verma, moves SC CBI chief’s removal illegal, says Kharge in his petition New Delhi: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday moved the Supreme Court in support of Alok Verma, pressing for a full term for the CBI director who has been divested of all charges amid the turmoil in the agency. Questioning the government’s decision to send Verma ‘on leave’, Kharge said in his petition that neither the Central Vigilance Commission nor the government can curtain Verma’s tenure. Asserting that the law provides for a two-year term, Kharge’s intervention application in Verma’s petition has termed the government’s move as “arbitrary and illegal”. Kharge’s petition comes amid Congress allegations that Verma was “removed” from the post as he wanted to investigate the Rafale ﬁghter jet deal. Party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that French ﬁrm Dassault Aviation paid Rs 284 crore as "ﬁrst Mallikarjun Kharge speaking to the press on Saturday instalment of kickbacks" to Anil Ambani's company. Anil Ambani's Reliance Group rejected Gandhi's charges as false and said Ambani and his company are being continuously dragged into a political battle in view of upcoming polls. In an unprecedented shakeup in the CBI's 55-year-history, both Verma and his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, were divested of their powers and sent on leave in a dramatic overnight action by the government last month. The Supreme Court has set a two-week deadline for the CVC to complete the inquiry against Verma. The court has directed that the inquiry be conducted under the supervision of a retired apex court judge and barred IPS officer M Nageswara Rao, who has been given interim charge of looking after the duties of CBI Director, from taking any policy or major decision. The feud between Verma and Asthana escalated recently leading to registration of an FIR against Asthana and others including Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who is in the CBI custody in an alleged bribery case. The FIR was lodged on a written complaint of Satish Sana on October 15. It alleged that Kumar, the investigating officer (IO) in a case, was repeatedly calling him to the CBI office to harass and compel him to pay bribe of Rs 5 crore for giving him clean chit. Asthana and Kumar have both challenged the FIR in the Delhi High Court. Sabarimala turns police fortress Sabarimala: The Sabarimala town where the famed Lord Ayyappa shrine is located came under complete police control on Saturday ahead of its day-long opening on Monday, a senior official said. The Pathanamthitta district administration has announced a temporary ban on large gatherings at the pilgrimage site and its surrounding areas from Saturday night. District Collector PB Nooh said restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting four or more people from gathering, will be in force at Elavunkal, Ni- lakkal, Pamba and Sannidhanam until Tuesday midnight. Police patrolling will also be intensiﬁed to ensure that nobody is harmed. In a verdict on September 28, the Supreme Court allowed women of all age groups to enter the temple which led to mass protests. According to Pathanamthitta SP Narayanan, 1,500 police officials have been deployed in the temple town and will remain till the midnight of November 6 when the temple will close again. He said as of now, there have been no requests from women to enter the shrine. "If there are any requests, the police will see that the apex court verdict is carried out. None other than the pilgrims would be given permission to the designated areas of the temple," said Narayanan. The security arrangements were being monitored by Additional Director General of Police Anil Kanth. According to the police, no one is allowed to remain in the pathway that leads to the temple, right from the Pamba base camp and also in the areas closer to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. CONGRESS-TDP PACT HURDLE TO DEVELOPMENT: KT RAMA RAO I know where and when to hit: Naidu OUR BUREAU in a similar manner, he has decided to unite all anti-BJP Ongole: Chief Minister N Chanforces and teach the saffron drababu Naidu, who has departy a lesson. “I know where clared full-ﬂedged war against to hit and how to hit back,” he the BJP, utilised the Gram said. Apart from taking up masDarsini programme to exsive campaign to convince plain the reasons bepeople about his polithind his decision ical moves at naReferring to form an altertional level, to Pawan Kalyan, native front to Naidu also Naidu commented that challenge the seems to be the upcoming politician BJP. Naidu making some should know that politics is said while the quick moves Congress had to ensure that not cinema script. Both done injushis decision to Jagan and Pawan are tice in the past form the antiscared of Modi and thus by bifurcating BJP front does have surrendered the state in unnot impact the to him scientiﬁc manner, prospects of the the BJP which had party in the state. He promised to help the people wants to ensure that the BC of the truncated state have not youth stay with the party. only gone back on their assurKeeping this in view, the ance but were also behaving in a Government has decided to vindictive manner. hike the subsidy amount for enNaidu said the TDP was born trepreneurs and self-employed to ﬁght suppression. When youth in the state from present Congress indulged in suppres70 per cent to 90 per cent of the sion, NTR fought against it and total unit cost. Continued on Page 4 now that the BJP was behaving Land acquisition issues hit Galeru-Nagari project OUR BUREAU Mahabubabad: The choice is with the people to choose between the TRS that worked for the development of the State and the Congress that is kneeling down before the Telugu Desam Party chief and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, TRS leader KT Rama Rao said, speaking at the Praja Ashirvada Sabha here on Saturday. “The Congress and the TDP which have no guts to face the TRS individually in the ensuing elections to the Telangana Assembly forged an alliance. This shows the bankruptcy of these parties,” KTR said. How can Chandrababu who equated the then AICC president Sonia Gandhi with Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, join hands with the Congress? On the other hand, the Congress leaders are already making a beeline to meet Chandrababu to have his favour in getting tickets, he alleged. This gives a fair idea of the State. Chandrababu will call the shots if the Congress wins the upcoming elections, KTR said. Continued on Page 4 CM Chandrababu Naidu at a review meeting in Ongole on Saturday Irrigation wing forced to drop 3 reservoir projects K NETHAJI Iran sanctions set to kick in INDIA MAY GET WAIVER Washington: Midnight on Sunday will mark a dividing line in the world of oil. Beyond that point, anyone unloading a tanker from Iran risks the full wrath of the US government. While the US softened its crackdown on the Middle East’s third-biggest oil producer on Friday, allowing some trade to continue, exports are already slumping. Shipments have plunged 37 per cent since President Donald Trump announced that he’d reimpose sanctions, and once those penalties kick in on November 5, the overall supply disruption could become the biggest since Libya, erupted in civil war at the start of the decade. “Iran’s oil exports are falling rapidly, and perhaps more and more in the weeks to come,” Fatih Birol, executive director at the International Energy Agency, said in a television interview. The US will grant partial exemptions, known as waivers, to eight governments on condition that any purchases from Iran are at “greatly reduced levels,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Friday. But the Trump administration ultimately seeks to squeeze Iran’s sales towards “zero” -- potentially leaving a gap that even major producers like Saudi Arabia would struggle to ﬁll. Tirupati: The Irrigation department of Andhra Pradesh has decided to drop the construction of three out of seven reservoirs as part of Galeru- Nagari Sujala Sravanthi (GNSS) project in Chittoor, the home turf of the Chief Minister. Previously, the state government had approved the GNNS project at a cost of Rs 2,525 crore by constructing seven reservoirs under the phase-2 works of the project. The GNSS intends to create irrigation potential for 1.5 lakh hectares in eastern parts of the district. But GNNS project was facing technical as well as legal hurdles, due to which the project size was gradually reduced. The project works executing wing Telugu Ganga circle Srikalahasti officials have already sent the proposals for dropping the two reservoirs -- Srinivas Sagar and Padma Sagar -- near Tirupati due to lack of site. Apart from the above two reservoirs, construction on the remaining ﬁve reservoirs are in progress at different stages. Irrigation department officials have been focusing on completion of Malli Chittoor District Collector P S Pradyumna inspecting GNSS Malli Madugu reservoir works (ﬁle photo) Madugu expansion works and construction of Balaji Sagar reservoir with 5 tmc ft storage capacity. Similarly, Adavi Kothuru, Vepagunta reservoirs works also are in the ﬁnal stage. Construction of Venugopala Sagar, where bund works worth Rs 20.74 crore were completed, was put on hold for a few months due to technical reasons. Irrigation officials are facing problems with land acquisitions. Presently, more than 80 hectares of land procuring is under pending for procurement. A few farmers under Venugopal Sagar project had ﬁled petitions in high court against the land acquisition process. The reservoir total construction cost was estimated as Rs 165 crore, if court will give the verdict in favour of farmers, the Irrigation department has to pay up to Rs 80 crore only for land acquisition. This will become a major ﬁnancial burden to the Irrigation department. Similarly, many technical clearances were pending at Forest department as far as forest land is concerned. In this situation, Irrigation higher officials have informed Industries Minister N Amarnath Reddy over the dropping of Venugopal Sagar in a recent review meeting which was held at Tirupati. 120 million Facebook accounts hacked PRIVATE MESSAGES FROM 81,000 ACCOUNTS PUBLISHED ONLINE New Delhi: Hackers have gained access to private messages of nearly 120 million Facebook accounts and already published such messages from 81,000 accounts for generating money, the BBC reported. Several users whose details have been compromised were based in Ukraine and Russia, but some were also from the UK, US, Brazil and elsewhere, the report said. “The hackers offered to sell access for 10 cents per account. However, their advert has since been taken offline,” it added. The breach was first discov- ered in September and the messages were reportedly obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. Facebook, however, said its systems were not breached as part of the hack. “We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores,” Guy Rose, Vice President of Product Management at Facebook, was quoted as saying. “We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed infor- mation from Facebook accounts.” The BBC Russian Service contacted five Russian Facebook users whose private messages had been uploaded and confirmed the posts were theirs. “One example included photographs of a recent holiday, another was a chat about a recent Depeche Mode (British rock band) concert and a third included complaints about a son-in-law,” the report said. In the biggest-ever security breach after Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook in October admitted that hackers broke into nearly 50 million users’ accounts by stealing their “access tokens” or digital keys. Rosen had said that Facebook fixed the vulnerability and reset the access tokens for a total of 90 million accounts -- 50 million that had access tokens stolen and 40 million that were subject to a “View As” look-up in 2017. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), which is Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe, has opened a formal investigation into this data breach that could result in a fine of $1.63 billion. According to Digital Trends, the latest hack involves the use of browser extensions. “It is always best to check which source an extension is coming from, and which permissions it is being granted access to,” it said.
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