www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.32°C. Min.21C. Humidity: 44% Sunrise: 06:31 Sunset: 05:45 HYD’S DAKSHIN AMONG TOP 25 RESTAURANTS GLOBALLY REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H AFTER SHRILL CACOPHONY, CAMPAIGN FALLS SILENT President Donald Trump is greeted by former President George Bush and former first lady Laura Bush outside the Blair House across the street from the White House in Washington, on Tuesday OUR BUREAU Christian Michel sent to CBI custody New Delhi: British national Christian Michel James, the middleman wanted in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, was on Wednesday remanded to five days CBI custody by a Delhi court, which rejected the agency's plea for 14 days custody. Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed the CBI to quiz the middleman till December 10. 8 P11 INS Vikrant likely to be based in Vizag Kolkata: India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, currently being built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited, is likely to be based at Visakhapatnam, the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command to add to its effectiveness when it is commissioned, a top military commander said on Wednesday. CBI 1, 2 fought like cats: Centre New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the fight between two top officers of the CBI -- Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana -- in public exposed the premier probe agency to ridicule. Attorney General KK Venugopal told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the fight between the two officers impacted the image of the CBI. 8 P11 AMBULANCES TO BE UBERISED IN ANDHRA PRADESH Congress president Rahul Gandhi ﬂanked by AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (R) and TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy at a joint media conference in in Hyderabad on Wednesday PRAJA FRONT PRIORITISES FARMERS, JOBS, HEALTH OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: AICC president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the People’s Front, after coming to power, would focus on farmers, unemployed youth, education and health. Addressing a joint press conference here on the last day of campaign with Front leaders -Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Jana Samithi president M Kodandaram, CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, Balladeer Gaddar and PCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Rahul Gandhi said that the crop loan waiver was a beginning in addressing the issues of farmers. Rahul Gandhi said that the farmers were considered a liability so far, but the Congress considers them as assets. He said that they have to be treated with respect. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi could write of debts of Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 to 17 industrialists and businessmen, why not Farmers, who have so far been considered as a liability, will be treated as asset. Farmers will be treated with respect. When PM Modi could write of debts of Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 to 17 industrialists and businessmen, why not the farmers be extended the same beneﬁt. Rahul Gandhi the farmers be extended the same beneﬁt? Crisis in the farm sector is a national issue, he said. He said that the People's Front government would strive to transform the lives of the farmers of Telangana. Technology would be upgraded; food processing units would be set up and the implementation of Land Acquisition Act would be given a thrust. Rahul said that he did not like to call the schemes intended for the farmers as sops. He said that they would protect the future of the farmers. He said that the jobs for youths would be created by transforming the agriculture sector. Farms would be connected to rest of the country and to international markets. He said that strengths of each district would be studied and the steps to create jobs at the district level would be taken with a state level strategy. He said that signiﬁcant amount of money would be put in the healthcare and education sector. Universities, colleges and schools would be established. Good and quality education would be provided in government schools. Healthcare would be brought within the reach of people. Rahul alleged that the Chief Minister of Telangana has committed a crime by supporting the demonetisation as it has destroyed the informal economy, small businesses that provide job opportunities to the youngsters. Continued on Page 15 Hyderabad: Weeks of intensified poll campaigning for the elections to 119 assembly constituencies in Telangana came to an end on Wednesday with parties vying each other to woo the voters through big promises like hike in pension amount, waiver of farm loans, free housing by the ruling TRS and People’s Front. The elections will be held on December 7 and the poll results will be announced on December 11. TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao wound up his poll campaign in Gajwel by addressing a public meeting and People’s Front leaders AICC president Rahul Gandhi, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu attended the last public meeting in Kodad assembly constituency on the last day of the campaigning. Continued on Page 15 DETENTION OF REVANTH Vikarabad SP shunted out HC takes DGP to task for Cong leader’s arrest OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Taking a serious view of the arrest of TPCC working president and Congress candidate in Kodangal A Revanth Reddy, the Election Commission on Wednesday transferred Vikarabad Superintendent of Police T Annapurna and posted Avinash Mohanty in her place. Annapurna was directed to hand over the charge to Mohanty with immediate effect and report to the headquarters. The commission also instructed the government not to utilise the services of Annapurna for election purposes. Amidst high drama, the police arrested Revanth in the wee hours of Tuesday and released him after receiving directions from the High Court, which took serious note of the incident. The Do you want Kaleshwaram or Shaneshwaram, KCR asks voters Hyderabad: Asking intellectuals, poets, writers and others to stand beside him as a protective shield, TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday said that he will not allow Telangana to become slave to outsiders till he is alive. Concluding his campaign by addressing Praja Ashirwada Sabha at Gajwel, Chandrashekar Rao appealed to the people not to get confused with surveys. “I want to make an appeal to the people. I will not allow Telangana to become slave till I live. I have toured a majority of the constituencies in the state. My estimate is that the TRS is going to win more than 100 seats,” said Chandrashekar Rao. Continued on Page 15 ANDHRA OCTOPUS ANSWERS KTR TS poll scenario dynamic: Lagadapati n Says even Warangal swings in favour of Kutami now OUR BUREAU Congress gears up for a tie-up with TDP in AP for 2019 polls Guntur: Congress likely to have a poll alliance with TDP in the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh to defeat common enemy BJP and prevent Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister for another term. Congress leaders are feeling that the Praja Kutami will form the government in Telangana and it will give a boost to efforts to repeat the exercise in AP too. 8 P14 Hyderabad: Andhra Octopus and former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal on Wednesday asserted that he did not do the Telangana poll survey on the request of any political party and that it was done on his own and it is not partisan in favour of any party. “I have never done any bogus survey in my life. Even when I did a survey in September after the dissolution of Telangana Assembly on the request of IT minister KT Rama Rao, it was very objective. At that time the situation was favourable for the TRS and that was why he predicted an unbeatable margin for the pink party, in reply to KTR’s outburst against him that the survey was baseless and looked like future telling by a parrot. KTR described the survey as one that was “concocted” and that Lagadapati was trying to set a cat among Lagadapati Rajagopal, industrialist and former politician, addressing the media at Jubilee Hills residence on Wednesday the pigeons. Rajagopal, speaking to mediapersons, however, said that when he did the recent survey the situation had changed. This time he did it on his own and even then, he did not specify how many seats either the TRS or the People’s Front would win. “I was speciﬁc in respect of independents. In Tirupati, I spelt out two names and on Tuesday three more names. As the situation was conducive for the Congress, I said trend was in favour of the grand old party,” Rajagopal said. The former MP said he did not meet KTR during the last four and a half years except once at his relatives’ house. KTR had initially requested me to do survey in respect of 23 seats and later wanted survey done for another 37 seats. When he did the survey for KTR, People’s Front had not been formed. “I told KTR that though the trend was in favour of the TRS, there was anti-incumbency against 65 per cent of MLAs and cautioned him about the pitfalls and grey areas in the TRS’ approach to elections. In fact, KTR was thankful to him for the advice,” Rajagopal said. Continued on Page 15 THE BIG BIRD SET TO BOOST RURAL BROADBAND Isro launches GSAT-11 satellite successfully New Delhi: In what could give a major boost to broadband connectivity in rural areas, India’s most-advanced high-throughput communication satellite GSAT11 was successfully launched from Spaceport in French Guiana, on Wednesday. The satellite weighs 5854-kg GSAT-11 and is the heaviest satellite ever built by the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro). It has a mission life of 15 years. “GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme,” said ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan. The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, ehealth, e-governance among oth- ers. It targets high throughput data rate connectivity at 16 Gigabits per second. The satellite with multi-spot beams would cover the Indian mainland and Division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court, comprising Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy, on Wednesday for the second day in sequence heard the petition challenging illegal detention of Revanth Reddy. The Advocate General representing the state of Telangana produced before the court the documents which contained the decision of the government to detain Revanth Reddy. After perusing the documents at length, Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan expressed extreme displeasure as the documents did not bear any seal and were undated. The court asked the Advocate General whether this was the way official communication between various departments happen in the state of Telangana. Continued on Page 15 islands. A siver only a limited geographic area on earth. “GSAT-11, which is the 34th communication satellite built by ISRO, will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites,” said Sivan. ISRO has successfully completed three satellite and two launch vehicle missions during the last one month. The satellite was launched using heavyweight rocket Ariane 5, which is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 carrying India’s GSAT-11 and one of South Korea’s satellite, lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST). After a 30-min ﬂight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage and reached close to the intended orbit. Soon after its separation, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-11 and found its health parameters normal. The scientists would now undertake phase-wise orbit tests to place the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit which is 36,000 km above the equator using its onboard propulsion systems, after which the satellite is expected to become operational. Sahitya Akademi award for four Odia litterateurs New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Four litterateurs from Odisha, Dasarathi Das, Gaganendra Nath Das, Haladhar Nag and Prafulla Tripathy, will be conferred Kendra Sahitya Akademi award 2018. Dasarathi Das will receive the prestigious award for his book ‘Prasanga Puruna Bhabana Nua’. The writer had earlier received the Atibadi Jagannath Das award and Sarala Award. Similarly, Gaganendra Nath Das will be conferred Sahitya Akademi Bhasa Samman 2018. Das is a wellknown English and Odia language author. Haladhar Nag and Prafulla Tripathy are selected to receive the Koshali Sambalpuri Bhasa Samman. The selections have been approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi. Winners in 24 languages An extensive range of works representing diversity in contemporary Indian literature, comprising seven collections of poetry, six novels, six short story collections, three works of literary criticism and two collections of essays were announced on Wednesday as the winners of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 in 24 languages. The awards were recommended by jury members in respective languages and were then approved by the Executive Board of India's national academy of letters under the chairmanship of Akademi President Chandrashekhar Kambar. Continued on Page 15
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