www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 17 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Rain. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.23°C. Min.26C. Humidity: 92% Sunrise: 06:28 Sunset: 05:48 OVERNIGHT FUNDS OFFER BETTER RETURNS THAN SB ACCOUNTS GOLDEN GIRL No more a silver Sindhu Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe, center, surrounded by his loyal lawmakers and supporters Pusarla V Sindhu of India holds the winner's trophy after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton singles ﬁnal at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province on Sunday Wickremesinghe reinstated as Sri Lanka PM Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sacked from the post in October, was sworn in again on Sunday by President Maithripala Sirisena, a move that ended a nearly twomonth political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal. Wickremesinghe, who is also the leader of the ruling United National Party (UNP), took his oath of office at the Presidential Secretariat here as hundreds of his supporters massed outside, reports Xinhua news agency.8 P11 Sindhu breaks jinx to win World Tour Finals Guangzhou: PV Sindhu became the ﬁrst Indian to win the season ﬁnale at the BWF World Tour Finals 2018 badminton tournament here on Sunday. Sindhu defeated title favourite Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the women's singles ﬁnal. The straight games win is special for the star Indian shuttler, who has won no title this year, although she made it to the ﬁnals of four tournaments, including the BWF World Championships and the Asian Games. She ﬁnished runner-up at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Championships and the 2017 World Superseries Finals. She had also lost to Okuhara in the epic World Championships ﬁnal in Glasgow last year. However, on Sunday, Sindhu held her attack and dominated the game. Okuhara won the very ﬁrst point of the match, but failed to secure a lead again in the match. "I got close to her in both games, but I wasn't patient. She wasn't as aggressive as she usually is, she played at a slower pace. I tried to play the longer rallies in the second game, but I couldn't recover from my ﬁrst game loss," Okuhara said after the game. "I'm really proud, the year has ended on a beautiful note. People have been asking me the same question, I think the question won't come again asking why I always lose in the ﬁnal. Now I can say I won the gold and I'm proud of it. It was good that people were asking me about losing so many ﬁnals, because I had to ask myself why I was losing. Finally I got the answer," Sindhu said after her win. FOCUS ON MITIGATION: CM TO STAFF REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Cyclone Phethai to cross AP coast Landfall likely between Kakinada and Tuni today n Heavy rains and gales with speeds reaching up to 100 kmph likely n NDRF, SDRF and police forces deployed in all vulnerable districts n Collectors, officials of 9 districts on their toes n Third stage warning flags hoisted at all ports TEAM HANS Vijayawada: Cyclone Phethai, expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, was moving on Sunday night towards East Godavari and may make a landfall on Monday afternoon between Kakinada and Tuni, accompanied by heavy rains and gales with speeds reaching up to 100 kmph. Keeping in view the warnings being issued by Indian Meteorological Department, the State gov- With the cyclone Phethai, the traditional fishermen are reaching to the shore at Jalaripeta in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo: A Pydi Raju ernment has geared up its machinery to face the threat and minimise the loss it could cause to life and property. The storm lay centred about 280 km East of Sriharikota, Nellore district on Sunday night, according to Real Time Governance Naidu, Jagan pat Sindhu OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy congratulated ace shuttler P V Sindhu on winning the BWF Tour title on Sunday. In a statement, Naidu expressed happiness over Sindhu's historic victory and wished her many such successes in future. Reddy, in a separate message, conveyed congratulations to Sindhu on winning her maiden BWF title by defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight sets in the ﬁnals. Hyderabad: Cyclone Phethai effect will also be felt in a few districts of Telangana in the next few days. Light to heavy rain is likely in a few districts like Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda and some parts of Mahbubnagar district. Although, rains are not predicted in rest of the districts, the weather will be cloudy with cold winds set to lower minimum temperatures a bit. According to the IMD, Hyderabad Direc- Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister designate Bhupesh Baghel, Congress state in-charge PL Punia and others during a press conference after the CLP meeting, in Raipur on Sunday Raipur: State Congress president Bhupesh Baghel was on Sunday picked the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, where the party crushed the BJP in Assembly elections to end its 15-year rule and will take oath on Monday evening. Shortly after he was elected the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader by the MLAs at the party office Rajiv Bhavan, Baghel announced: "I am committed to waiving farmers' bank loans within 10 days." He added that the Congress government will unravel the conspiracy that led to the killing by Maoists of top Congress leaders in the Jheeram Valley in Bastar in May 2013 including the then state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, the veteran V.C. Shukla and Mahendra Karma. Baghel is a powerful leader of the OBC community which makes up 52 per cent of the state's 2.55 crore population. The ﬁve-time MLA was elected from Patan in Durg district. He was Revenue Minister in Ajit Jogi's ﬁrst government in Chhattisgarh that was voted out in 2003. Stalin proposes Rahul as PM face of Oppn Sonia unveils Karunanidhi’s statue UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, DMK president M K Stalin and Chief Ministers of AP, Kerala and Puducherry Chandrababu Naidu, Pinarayi Vijayan and V Narayanasamy at the unveiling of Karunanidhi's statue at the DMK headquarters in Chennai on Sunday State Disaster Response Force have been deployed mainly in these districts to meet any eventuality. The state police forces too are on high alert, having been deployed at various places to assist the district administration. Continued on Page 15 CYCLONE LIKELY TO BRING RAINS IN TELANGANA TOO Baghel to swear in as C’garh CM today Chennai: DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday proposed Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the PM face of the Opposition in the 2019 elections. Speaking at a public rally here, Stalin said: "I propose, we install a new Prime Minister in Delhi. I propose the candidature of Rahul Gandhi from Tamil Nadu." Stalin said Rahul Gandhi had the capability to defeat the "fascist" Narendra Modi. "We will strengthen Rahul Gandhi's hands," Stalin declared. Stalin made the announcement at a public rally in the presence of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, DMK leaders and several other parties. Society (RTGS) of the AP government. Accordingly, RTGS has sounded alert that heavy rainfall may occur in East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. Teams from the National Disaster Response Force and the Chennai: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday unveiled the bronze statue of late DMK president M Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu. Sonia Gandhi was received by DMK president M K Stalin at the party headquarters. She unveiled former TN CM Karunanidhi's statute installed at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam here in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, leaders of DMK and several other parties, movie actors and industrialists. Actor-turned-politician Rajnikanth also participated in the function. tor Dr Y K Reddy, the cyclone is likely to cross the coast between Ongole and Kakinada on Monday, causing light to heavy rains in some parts of Telangana, most likely on December 18. “Rainfall predicted ranges from 2 to 3 cm to 5 to 6 cm. The cloudy weather across the state will lead to dip in minimum temperatures, which is likely to be around 10 to 14 degrees. The wind speed will be 30 km/hour, which means cold temperatures for a few days," he said. Meanwhile, light rains were witnessed in Khammam district on Sunday. The district administration has sent messages urging agriculture labour to complete their work in fields early and return in view of rains forecast.
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