www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sprinkles late. Mostly sunny Temp: Max.32°C. Min.21C. Humidity: 50% Sunrise: 06:30 Sunset: 05:45 KEY ISSUES IN US-CHINA TRADE TALKS REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ASSIGNED LANDS’ REGULARISATION TO STIR UP HORNETS’ NEST POLAVARAM PROJECT WORKS Singapore-Vijayawada IndiGo ﬂights from today SC rejects Odisha plea for stay The SoyuzFG rocket booster with Soyuz MS11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station flies in the sky at the Baikonur cosmodrome on Monday SSC exams from March 18 Vijayawada: Tenth class examinations, popularly called SSC exams, will be held from March 18 to April 2 next year. The schedule of the examination will soon follow. Speaking to the media persons on Monday, Minister for Human Resources Development Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that 6.1 lakh students will appear for the examination in 2,835 centres. CCTV cameras will be arranged at the 91 problematic centres. SC to hear Jafri’s plea in January New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred till the third week of January the hearing on a plea filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 Godhra riots, the Gulberg Society massacre. Zakia, the wife of Ehsan Jafri, an ex-MP who was killed in one of the worst incidents during the riots, has challenged the Gujarat HC's October 5, 2017 order rejecting her plea against the SIT's decision. 8 P11 New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: In a setback to Odisha, the apex court on Monday rejected Odisha government’s plea for issuing a stay on the Polavaram project work. The court directed the state government to seek necessary information regarding public hearing and terms of condition relating to the project from the Centre. Court sources said it will hear the matter in January 2019. The court has asked the Centre to hold a public hearing with the people affected by the Polavaram project in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the project could not be taken forward without ﬁrst holding the hearing. The public hearing will discuss issues on the matters relating to submergence of land, compensation and rehabilitation package. Meanwhile, the Centre on Mon- CENTRE RETRACTS STATEMENT BEFORE APEX COURT ON PUBLIC HEARINGS File photo day retracted last week's statement to the Supreme Court that it was ready to appoint an independent agency for public hearings in Chhattisgarh and Odisha. In an affidavit ﬁled before the bench, the Union government said the statement given on November 29 before the court was "inadvertently communicated" to the counsel appearing PREPARING PITCH FOR MAHAGATBANDHAN Oppn to draft action plan to ﬁght Modi on its behalf. "The inadvertent communication, made without obtaining instructions from senior officers, to the counsel may kindly be considered and condoned," the Centre said in its affidavit. On November 29, the bench had noted in its order that the "counsel appearing for the Union of India, on instructions received in court OUR BUREAU today, says that the Union of India is prepared to appoint an independence agency to conduct a public hearing in the above two states (Chhattisgarh and Odisha)". During the hearing in the matter on Monday, the Centre's counsel told the bench that holding public hearing on the issue was basically the responsibility of states. "If it is the view of the Union of India, what is to be done," Justice Lokur observed while referring to the affidavit. When the Centre said Chhattisgarh and Odisha should be asked the conduct public hearings, the bench said, "They (states) are saying they cannot do it unless you disclose all the facts." The Centre's counsel said Odisha and Chhattisgarh were told repeatedly to hold public hearings but they are not willing to do so. Continued on Page 15 Rahul decries false promises of KCR Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao, who has been sloganeering ‘Bangaru Telangana, has ended up making his family a ‘Bangaru Kutumbam’, said All-India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi. Addressing a series of public meetings as part of his campaign at Gadwal and Tandur, Rahul Gandhi said that TRS has become T-RSS (Telangana RSS). Tossing up another acronym for TRS chief he frequently uses, Rahul Gandhi said that people of Telangana say that KCR means not K Chandrasekhar Rao but ‘Khao Commissions Rao’. The TRS has become B team of BJP and the MIM the C team of saffron party. Explaining the nexus between BJP and TRS, Rahul said that the BJP has the remote control of Telangana government and the Chief Minister in its hand. He said that the Chief Minister could not question Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the latter knows the corrupt activities of Chandrasekhar Rao. Rahul said that the demonetisation has hit the people hard. But Telangana Chief Minister has supported the decision. Continued on Page 15 Vijayawada: All set for the launch of international ﬂight services from Vijayawada Airport (Gannavaram) on Tuesday. IndiGo Airlines is operating the 180-seat Airbus from Singapore to Vijayawada and back. The ﬂight arrives in Vijayawada Airport at 3.45 pm and will depart at 6.40 pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will attend ﬂight arrival programme. On the other hand, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will attend the ﬂight departure programme at 6.40 pm. IndiGo will operate biweekly services basing on a condition that the state government should pay the viability gap fund to the airlines in case the passenger traffic is Save TS from family rule of KCR, says Modi OUR BUREAU Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by Telangana party leaders during a BJP election campaign ahead of the state Assembly elections at LB Stadium, in Hyderabad, Monday Congress president Rahul Gandhi and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu during an election rally in Gadwal on Monday New Delhi: Preparing the pitch for a 'Mahagatbandhan' (grand alliance) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Opposition parties will meet in Delhi on December 10, a day before Parliament opens its winter session and the results of Assembly elections in ﬁve states are known. The driving force behind the gathering is Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been making efforts to put together an anti-BJP Front after walking out of the Modi government. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Union minister Sharad Yadav, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and leaders of other Opposition parties are likely to attend the meeting to be held at the Constitution Club in the heart of Delhi. The meeting will focus on the form and structure of the proposed opposition alliance and a course of action to take forward the initiative. A plan of action is likely to be drafted to ﬁght the Modi government over its alleged anti-people policies such as misuse of institutions like RBI, CBI, CVC and the Income Tax department to settle scores with political rivals, an Opposition leader said. He said the meeting would also discuss on the sidelines of how to corner the government in Parliament on issues related to farmers, demonetisation and the controversial Rafale deal. Continued on Page 15 Hyderabad: Asserting that Telangana has potential to lead the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday exhorted the people to save the state carved out of Andhra Pradesh four years ago from the family run TRS government headed by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. Addressing a public meeting at LB Stadium, here, the Prime Minister took a dig at KCR for promoting his family members in the state administration. “Telangana was ruined under KCR leadership as no significant development had taken place during the last four years. First five years of the newly born state has gone waste,” the PM said and warned that the T state would lag behind on all fronts if the TRS is voted to power again. I’m an agent of people: KCR OWAISI HITS BACK AT YOGI ADITYANATH ‘INDIA IS MY FATHER’S COUNTRY, NONE CAN FORCE ME TO FLEE’ Hyderabad: "India is my father's country. Nobody can force me ﬂee," was how MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi reacted to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's comment that if the BJP comes to power in Telangana, Owaisi will have to ﬂee. "It is my religious belief that Prophet Adam, when he descended on the Earth from Paradise, came to India. Thus, India is my father's country, and nobody can force me ﬂee," the Hyderabad MP told an election rally on Sunday night. Speaking at an election rally of BJP earlier at Tandur, Adityanath had said that if his party came to power in Telangana, Owaisi will have to ﬂee the way the Nizams had to ﬂee Hyderabad. Continued on Page 15 below 50 per cent. Vijayawada Airport will become the second airport in the state with international connectivity after Vizag Airport. The Vijayawada Airport was declared international airport in 2015 but taken nearly three years to operate international services after developing infrastructure facilities. The state government is hopeful of passenger traffic between Vijayawada and Singapore will be more than 50 per cent of seating capacity. The government’s incentive to IndiGo Airlines to operate two return flights per week basis with indicative round the trip ticket price of Rs 18,881 per passenger. For 180 seats, the indicative ticket price is Rs 33,98,580 for each trip. Continued on Page 15 HIGHLIGHTS Owaisi was speaking at an election rally late on Sunday MIM leader says UP CM is ignorant of the history as Nizams did not ﬂee Hyderabad Hyd MP says he would not be scared by such threats and propaganda Hyderabad: TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said that he was an agent of people of Telangana and not the ‘BTeam’ of BJP or agent of Congress party as alleged by the opposition parties. The Chief Minister was speaking in a public meeting in Kodad on Monday. “Prime Minister says KCR is Sonia Gandhi's agent. Rahul Gandhi comes and says TRS is the 'B-team’ of Narendra Modi. Whose agent, am I? What is this story of agents? KCR is agent of people of Telangana and not of anybody," said Rao. Continued on Page 15 Parties take ﬁnal stab at wooing voters in TS TEAM HANS Hyderabad: With electioneering set to end on Wednesday evening, political parties are making last-ditch attempts to woo people to vote for them. It will be a triangular ﬁght among the TRS, People's Front and the BJP in a majority segments with rebel candidates to pose a tough challenge in some constituencies. When we talk about candidates reaching out to individual voters, the TRS is ahead of its rivals just for the fact that its candidates were declared nearly three months ago (September 6) which meant they had ample time to cover the last voter in their constituency. Some candidates were said to have visited each village three times in the last 90 days as part of the extended campaign. • TRS ahead of Praja Front, BJP in electioneering • Focus now shifts to booth management • EC lens on curbing ﬂow of liquor, cash distribution The People's Front and the BJP, on the other hand, prolonged candidates’ announcement until the last day of with- drawal of nominations (November 19) leaving just over two weeks for contestants to campaign. Although most of them went on an overdrive to cover all divisions in their constituency, most of them are depending on cadre and boothlevel workers to reach out to voters. However, with less than two days left for the campaign to end, challenge before election authorities is to curb illicit ﬂow of liquor and cash distribution to bribe voters. Police have stepped up vigil and inspection of vehicles in all districts leading to seizure of unaccountable cash of over Rs 104 crore in this election alone. The cash seized is Rs 28 crore higher than the amount seized in 2014 that was held for the last time in combined Andhra Pradesh state. Though the Election Commission has said that it had stemmed the overt distribution of cash, luring of voters with cash in last one-two days remains a regular and known strategy of all contestants. Parties in People's Front have alleged that the TRS had sprinkled money in elections, like water, to inﬂuence voters. They also stated that KCR election meetings in all districts were utilized by party cadre to lure voters with different beneﬁts thus mobilizing crowds in huge numbers. Even the public meeting in Parade Grounds on December 2 was no different. Large crowds were mobilized at short notice and each of them were given monetary beneﬁt directly, alleged leaders from rival parties. As far as the People's Front is concerned, it has been widely reported that the TDP, which is in power in Andhra Pradesh, would be taking care of election costs, including publicity in media, contestants’ individual costs. Continued on Page 15
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