www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny. Temp: Max.29°C. Min.23C. Humidity: 58% Sunrise: 06:21 Sunset: 05:43 Newlyweds Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas pose for photos during their wedding reception, in New Delhi on Tuesday 50% JUMP IN INDIVIDUALS FILING I-T RETURNS: CBDT CHIEF REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NAIDU SEES POLITICAL DIVIDENDS IN STATE FROM TS POLL VICTORY STONE FOR KADAPA STEEL PLANT ON DECEMBER 27 Lagadapati gives clear edge to People’s Front OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU CIC facing Centre’s threat New Delhi: Former Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu on Tuesday alleged that the CIC was facing threats of litigations filed against it by the government and sought President's intervention. In a letter, he highlighted a global trend of Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation and said it is a "type of frivolous lawsuit, not undertaken to be won, necessarily, but to intimidate the target into ceasing public activities such as speaking out against an organisation or a person".8 P11 Kadapa: Here is a piece of good news for the youth in Kadapa. The state government will lay the foundation stone for a steel plant in the district on December 27. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday made an announcement to this effect at Gnana Bheri at Yogi Vemana University. The setting up of Kadapa steel plant has turned controversial of late with the Centre dragging its feet. It is one of the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014 but the Centre had not been showing any interest in setting the plant ever since the division of the state. The issue had turned sentimental which had even forced MP CM Ramesh to go on hunger strike for 11 days in June this year but as there was no response from the Centre, Naidu had announced then itself that the state would go ahead with its own plan to set up the steel plant. Naidu, at Gnana Bheri on Tuesday, said that the Centre had become very indifferent to the needs of Andhra Pradesh, particularly Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is all ears during Gnana Bheri programme at Yogi Vemana University in Kadapa on Tuesday for the construction of Amaravati though the state had been paying Rs 6,000 crore as taxes to the Centre. "Farmers in Amaravati have surrendered their land under pooling free of cost for construction of Amaravati but the Centre, Revanth freed after pre-dawn detention OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a pre-dawn swoop, police detained Telangana Congress Working president A Revanth Reddy ahead of caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's election rally in Kosigi in Kodangal constituency on Tuesday. Police said he was taken into preventive custody from his residence at Kodangal at 3 am to prevent any untoward incidents during Rao's rally in Kosgi. The police, later in the evening, set him free after the Hyderabad High Court's intervention. Reddy, who quit the Telugu Desam Party to join the Congress earlier this year, represented Kodangal in the dissolved Assembly. His detention came in view of Reddy's threat to disrupt the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief's rally. He had called for a shutdown to protest police raids at his house last week. The Election Commission had also issued a notice to Reddy over his threat. Police registered a case against Revanth Reddy on a complaint by the Electoral Officer. Tension prevailed in Kodangal following Reddy's detention. The police imposed prohibitory orders in the town to prevent breakdown of law and order. The drama began when the police forced their way into Revanth Reddy's house in Kodangal. After deploying additional forces around his house which closed all roads that led to his house, a team of policemen entered his house and then barged in by forcibly opening the doors of the bedroom. When the police raid took place, Revanth, his wife Geetha and their daughter were in the house. Along with them Revanth’s brother Kondal Reddy and other three brothers, and his friends were also present in the house. Along with Revanth his family members were shocked with the behaviour of the police. They found the police in large numbers with guns in their hands and bodily lifted him from there. Continued on Page 15 whose responsibility it is to help the state construct Amravati has clammed up, he said. The Chief Minister said though the Centre had remained callous, the state government had been working hard to take it forward on the road to development. "The secretariat building would be more beautiful than the Google Office building," he said and elaborated on his efforts to make the state drought free. Continued on Page 15 Hyderabad: Former MP and Andhra Octopus Lagadapati Rajagopal on Tuesday predicted that the Congress-led People’s Front has a clear edge over its rival Telangana Rashtra Samiti in the ensuing Assembly elections. Addressing media persons, Lagadapati Rajagopal said that the People’s Front could win a majority of the seats in four districts, TRS would win a greater number of seats in three districts and the ﬁght is neck and neck in two districts. He said that in Hyderabad MIM would get more seats and the TRS, Congress and BJP would share the rest. Lagadapati, who is known for his near accurate predictions of the poll outcomes, has come out with yet another survey report on the elections in Telangana. He said that the results would depend on the poll percentage and said that he would reveal the factors that have inﬂuenced the electorate on December 7, after the polling ends. He said that he has been revealing the reports of the survey since entire nation has been looking at Telangana. He Defeat Congress ‘daridrulu’ to remove poverty: KCR OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Seeking to highlight what he perceives is the predicament of people in Palamur, TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday said they had to fight ‘outsider’ Chandrababu Naidu and simultaneously deal with ‘insiders’ comprising Congress leaders, whom he lumped as daridrulu (paupers). “If this ‘daridram’ (poverty) has to go, then these ‘daridrulu’ should get defeated,” KCR observed. The TRS president was addressing people during Praja Ashirwada Sabha at Kodangal on Tuesday. Without taking the name of Revanth Reddy, Chandrashekar Rao lashed out at the Congress leader. Rao said, “Outside we have to fight with Chandrababu Naidu and here we have to fight with these ‘daridrulu’ also.” The Congress leaders are saying that they would merge Telangana with AP and if Chandrababu wins, he will stop the projects including Mission Bhagiratha aimed at providing drinking water, KCR alleged. Continued on Page 15 Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates the ﬁrst international ﬂight from Vijayawada to Singapore, at the Vijayawada airport on Tuesday. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu, Minister of State Jayant Sinha and other dignitaries are also seen Amaravati makes a mark on international aviation map Amaravati: Vijayawada entered the international aviation map on Tuesday when the maiden Indigo Airbus A320 ﬂight took off for Singapore from the airport at Gannavaram. Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu ﬂagged off the inaugural ﬂight in the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, state Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and a host of other dignitaries. "This is only a beginning and Vijayawada will have more international ﬂights in the near future,” Venkaiah Naidu said on the oc- Govt rejects long-pending pay hike for armed forces Over 1.12 lakh military personnel disappointed; anguished Army to seek review New Delhi: The government has rejected a long-standing demand of the armed forces for higher Military Service Pay (MSP) for over 1.12 lakh military personnel, including Junior Commissioned Ofﬁcers of the Army, official sources said on Tuesday. The Army headquarters is "very anguished" over the decision by the Finance Ministry and will seek its immediate review. Around 1.12 lakh military personnel, including 87,646 JCOs and 25,434 personnel of equivalent rank from the Navy and the Indian Air Force will be affected by the decision. The demand was to increase the monthly MSP from Rs 5,500 to Rs 10,000 and the total annual ﬁnancial outgo would have been Rs 610 crore if the government had accepted the demand, sources said. The MSP for the military personnel was introduced recognising their unique service conditions and hardships. "The proposal for higher MSP for JCOs and equivalent rank of the Navy and IAF has been rejected by the Finance Ministry," said a source. At present, the MSP has two categories -- one for officers and another for JCOs and jawans. The seventh Pay Commission had ﬁxed Rs 5,200 as MSP per month for JCOs and jawans while put- said that early polls have raised the interest among the voters. Rajagopal said that the Congress-led front would get more seats in erstwhile Khammam, Adilabad, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy districts. He said that TRS would win a greater number of seats in old Warangal, Nizamabad and Medak. The rivals are engaged in close contest in erstwhile Mahbubnagar and Karimnagar districts. He also revealed three more names of the independents who are likely to win. He said that Malreddy Ranga Reddy from Ibrahimpatnam, G Vinod from Bellampally and Jalandhar Reddy from Makthal are set to win. Already Rajagopal revealed the names of two independents, Anil Jadav from Both, and Sivakumar Reddy from Narayanapet who would win. Continued on Page 15 ting it at Rs 15,500 for officers between Lieutenant-rank and Brigadier-rank. The Army has been pressing for granting a higher MSP to the JCOs, arguing that they are gazetted officers (Group B) and play a very vital role in command and control structure of the force. "Since JCOs are Group B gazetted officers and also have considerable length of service, it is incorrect to grant them MSP on par with the jawans. It is very unfair," said a military officer who wished not to be named. The Army had taken up the issue strongly with the Defence Minister and the three services as well as the Defence Ministry were on the same page on the issue, the sources said. The MSP was ﬁrst introduced by the 6th Pay Commission, accounting for compensation for intangible aspects of military service. It accounts for a range of "hardships and disadvantages" which cannot be evaluated while assessing pay comparability. The concept of MSP for armed forces personnel is widely prevalent in European countries. The armed forces were pressing for a separate slab of MSP for JCOs and equivalent rank. In November last year, the Army clariﬁed JCOs are gazetted officers and cancelled a sevenyear-old note describing them as "nongazetted" officers. The decision by the Army came amid growing resentment among a large section of its officers over the controversial issue of rank-parity between them and their civilian counterparts in the service headquarters. casion. The new air connectivity between Andhra Pradesh and Singapore would increase India’s reach in south-east Asia and the state would become an aviation gateway between the two prospering regions. It would also boost tourism, the Vice-President said.8 P2 Agusta case middleman Michel being extradited to India P11
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