www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.34°C. Min.20C. Humidity: 39 Sunrise: 06:17 Sunset: 05:45 NBFCs NEED `95K CR IN NOV TO REPAY DEBTS REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CRDA TO PLACE 300 RESIDENTIAL FLATS FOR SALE TODAY People comfort each other as they sit in Thousand Oaks of California where a gunman opened fire on Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," killing 12 8 Report: P11 persons Time to save democracy Naidu to be Tribal university in AP gets Cabinet nod Amaravati/ Bengaluru: In a quick follow up action to his recent Delhi visit to bring all anti-BJP forces together, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday called on JDS chief HD Deve Gowda and his son and Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and discussed the need for cutting the BJP down to size in the next elections. "All anti-BJP parties will soon have a meeting at Delhi. Before that, I will meet DMK chief tomorrow and share my views with him," Chandrababu Naidu said after the meeting. The grand alliance is likely to take a shape by the end of November. The AP Chief Minister left for Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon along with leaders from AP and Telangana and discussed the winds of change that were blowing across the nation which they felt was a good augury for formation of an anti-BJP front and intensify the struggle against the saffron party. They reportedly discussed the verdict in favour of the Congress-JDS candidates in the byelections for one Assembly and four Lok Sabha seats in which the saffron party managed to win only one -Shimoga. New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of 'Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh'. It will be established in Relli village of Vizianagaram District. The proposed university will come up after necessary amendment in the Central Universities Act, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. "The 'Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh' will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. TDP CHIEF TO MEET STALIN IN CHENNAI TODAY OUR BUREAU projected as face of IT n TDP ready for sacrifices in Telangana for Kutami: Ramana OUR BUREAU Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu waves after being felicitated by Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda ahead of a meeting, in Bengaluru on Thursday The three leaders who were closeted for about an hour decided to strike the iron while it is still hot and bring all the opposition parties big or small on one side of the battle in the interests of democracy and nation. After calling on the two leaders, Naidu said that it was imperative that there should be an immediate halt to attempts of the Centre to destroy all democratic institutions. Naidu has already visited Delhi twice and conferred with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and leaders of several parties, including mercurial Mayawati who is understood to have said to him that she was game when it came to ﬁght alongside Congress against the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, her stand in respect of Assembly elections in the North, notwithstanding. Continued on Page 15 Hyderabad : After ﬁnalisation of seats as part of seat sharing with Congress in Telangana and deciding on the candidates, the Telangana TDP is all set to hit the campaign trail in Hyderabad projecting party president N Chandrababu Naidu as the face of IT revolution in the state and showcasing the development that had taken place in the city particularly the infrastructure like road network and uninterrupted power and drinking water supply during Naidu regime in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Telangana party unit president L Ramana accompanied by his party leaders met Naidu at the latter’s official residence in Amaravati and discussed the issue of seat allotment to Telugu Desam in Mahakutami. The party has been demanding 17 seats. Congress is ready to allot 12 to 14 seats. Ramana requested Naidu to mount pressure on Congress high command for more seats as the party was strong in at least 20 assembly segments in Telangana. Ramana said a list of proposed candidates has been submitted to Naidu for approval. “Our main objective is victory (in polls) rather than the number of seats. We will touch double-digit in the second Telangana Assembly elections and play a crucial role,” said Ramana replying to a question. Ramana said that the TDP is keen to ﬁght in all assembly segments where it is strong. The party is also ready to leave the its strong segments to Congress if the latter insisted. The two parties will arrive at consensus before ﬁnalising the candidates. Continued on Page 15 CBI chief meets CVC; Cong list to be out on Nov 9 or 10 refutes graft charges Party prepares leaders who are not on the ticket list New Delhi: CBI Director Alok Verma on Thursday met Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary and denied corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy and special director in the probe agency Rakesh Asthana, officials said. Verma came to the CVC office in the late afternoon and stayed there for about two hours, they said. He met Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar, the officials said, without giving any other details. The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana. Verma and Asthana have been sent on leave by the government. Officials said Asthana also met the CVC. The Commission had recently examined some CBI officials probing crucial cases which ﬁgured in Asthana's complaint of corruption against the probe agency's chief Verma, they said. The officials said CBI personnel from the rank of inspector up to superintendent of police were called and their versions recorded before a senior CVC official. These officials, who had recorded their statements in- cluded those who had handled the Moin Qureshi bribery case, the IRCTC scam, involving former railway minister Lalu Prasad, the cattle smuggling case in which a senior BSF officer was caught with wads of cash in Kerala. The Supreme Court had directed that the CVC's inquiry into the allegations against Verma, who has challenged the government's decision divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, would be conducted under the supervision of retired apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik and this was a "onetime exception". The feud between Verma and Asthana escalated recently leading to registration of an FIR against the latter and others, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who is in CBI custody in an alleged bribery case. The CBI had on October 15 registered the FIR against Asthana for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Sathish Babu which was given through two middlemen Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad to sabotage the probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi. OUR BUREAU New Delhi: The Congress has been preparing ground for the announcement of the party nominees for the ensuing Assembly elections. Before making the official announcement, the Congress counselled leaders from several districts asking them work together and help the Congress- TDP-TJS combine win the election even if they are not allotted tickets. The official announcement is likely on November 9 or 10. The Congress has told the alliance partners about the seats they would be given. According to sources, the Congress offered 11 seats to Telugu Desam, eight to Telangana Jana Samithi, one to Telangana Inti Party and 3 to CPI. The Congress would contest in about 94 to 96 seats. The Con- gress offered Wyra, Husnabad and Bellmapally seats to CPI. Similarly, TJS is learnt to have been given Jangaon from where Prof Kodandaram will contest, Malkajgiri Kapilvai Dileep Kumar, Medak Janardhan Reddy, Wardhanpet, Mabhabubanagar Rajender Reddy. Siddipet Bhavani Reddy, Dubbaka Rajender, and Ramagundam G Ilaiah Yadav. Continued on Page 15 Telangana Congress in-charge RC Khuntia addressing media at 10 Janpath after Congress party central election commission meeting in New Delhi on Thursday Trump interim relief to India on Iran curbs Maoists kill 4 civilians, one CISF jawan Raipur: Four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when suspected Naxals detonated a bus with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on Thursday, four days ahead of the first phase of elections in the state, police said. Two personnel of the CISF were also injured in the explosion, the third Naxal attack in 15 days in the pollbound state. 8 P11 Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating Diwali with the jawans of the Indian Army and ITBP, at Harsil in Uttarakhand on Wednesday Tiruchanoor Brahmotsavams from December 4 JEO Bhaskar directs the departments concerned to complete arrangements by Nov 30 for the nine-day fete OUR BUREAU TTD Joint Executive Oﬃcer P Bhaskar reviewing with oﬃcials on the arrangements being made for Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Brahmotsavam in Tiruchanur on Thursday Tirupati: The annual Karthika Brahmotsavams of Sri Padmavathi Devi Ammavaru in Tiruchanoor will be observed from December 4 to 12 on a grand manner, said TTD Tirupati JEO P Bhaskar. During the review meeting held in the new office building in Tiruchanoor, 4 km from here on Thursday, the JEO directed all the heads of departments (HoDs) to complete the arrangements for the big fete by November 30. “All the civil, electrical and other works should complete by this month-end. The electrical illuminations should be as grand as was during the recent Brahmotsavams at Tirumala and similarly the ﬂoral decorations should also be unique," he instructed the HoDs concerned. He said the Kalabrindams (cultural troupes) and Bhajan troupes who perform before Vahana Sevas should also be exceptional. Last year, they enthralled devotees with their unique art forms. He directed Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad (HDPP) secretary Ramana Prasad to invite expert artistes from other states during important vahanams like Gaja and Garuda sevas. He directed the publicity wing and SVBC to release press notes to media and promos respectively and give wide publicity so that more number of devotees take part in the nine-day festival. The JEO instructed vigilance officer Ashok Kumar Goud and temple DyEO Jhansi Rani to prepare an indent of Srivari Seva Volunteers and deputation staff respectively required for the occasion. Later, he reviewed the arrangements to be made by Annaprasadam, forest, medical and health wings and other departments for the fete. Washington: President Donald Trump said he gave temporary exemptions to India and seven other major importers of Iranian oil as they sought US "help" and he did not want to drive oil prices "up to $100 a barrel or $150 a barrel". The US on Monday imposed "the toughest ever" sanctions on a deﬁant Iran aimed at altering the Iranian regime's "behaviour". The sanctions cover Iran's banking and energy sectors and reinstate penalties for countries and companies in Europe, Asia and elsewhere that do not halt Iranian oil imports. However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that eight countries -- India, China, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey -- were temporarily allowed to continue buying Iranian oil as they showed "signiﬁcant reduction" in oil purchase from the Persian Gulf country. "I gave some countries a break on the oil. I did it a little bit because they really asked for some help," Trump told reporters at a press conference in the White House on Wednesday. The President said he also did it "because I don't want to drive oil prices up to $100 a barrel or $150 a barrel". "I am driving them (oil prices) down. If you look at oil prices, they have come down very substantially over the last couple of months," he asserted. Continued on Page 15
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