www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 17 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Light rain. Overcast. Temp: Max.16°C. Min.22C. Humidity: 54% Sunrise: 06:35 Sunset: 05:39 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H HOLD PR POLLS AFTER FRESH SURVEY OF BCS: CONG TO GOVT OVERNIGHT FUNDS OFFER BETTER RETURNS THAN SB ACCOUNTS GOLDEN GIRL No more a silver Sindhu Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe, centre, surrounded by his loyal lawmakers and supporters Quota in PR polls restricted to 50% 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 Baghel to take over as C’garh CM today 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. ORDINANCE ISSUED n BC RESERVATIONS REDUCED FROM 34 TO 24 PC 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. KCR hails Sindhu Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Sunday congratulated ace shuttler PV Sindhu for winning the BWF world tour title. Hailing Sindhu as the "pride" of the country, KCR wished that she would bring many more laurels to the country and the state in future, an official release said. Expressing his happiness over her feat, Sindhu's father PV Ramana described her victory as amazing. He said in the year-end she has proved that she is not "silver Sindhu", but she is a "golden girl" of badminton. OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telangana government has issued an ordinance amending the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018, to pave way for the conduct of polls to the Gram Panchayats in January, by implementing the order of the Supreme Court to keep the upper limit on reservations at 50 per cent. The ordinance issued on Sunday will allow the State Election Commission to take up the poll process for the GPs. The BC reservations would be reduced to bring total reservations down to 50 per cent. The ordinance says that reserva- KCR LIKELY TO DELAY CABINET EXPANSION OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is reportedly contemplating a limited expansion of his cabinet with about six to eight members towards the end of this month and not before. According to reliable sources, the full-ﬂedged expansion of the cabinet would take place only after the Lok Sabha elections which are about ﬁve months from now. "The Chief Minister is not in a hurry to expand his cabinet," one official said. At present, KCR has only Md Mahmood Ali (Home) in his cabinet. The sources said the Chief Minister has decided to wait till the end of this month to expand the cabinet since not less than eight Congress MLAs have sent messages to him that they were willing to join the TRS. The TRS has 88 members in the new Assembly. After the elections two independents have joined the TRS, taking the total to 90. KCR would take a call on the expansion of the cabinet after knowing how many from the Congress would switch loyalties, the sources said. The Chief Minister, it is learnt, is going through the exercise of 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 Sonia unveils Karunanidhi’s statue 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. Cyclone likely to bring rains in TS OUR BUREAU 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 Director 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 Decem- ber 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. ceed 50 per cent. In order to implement the court order, the government would reduce the reservations of BCs to 24 per cent. The Hyderabad High Court has recently directed the government to complete the election process of the Gram Panchayats by January 10, 2019. TRS SOURCES HINT AT CROSSOVER OF 8 CONG MLAs Stalin proposes Rahul as PM face of Oppn 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. tions have been given to SCs and STs as per their population and the BCs would have 34 per cent reservation in Panchayats, Mandal Praja Parishads and Zilla Praja Parishads. This has crossed the 50 per cent limit. As per the judgments of the Supreme Court of India, the total reservations shall not ex- P3 KCR directs babus to appoint secy to each GP expansion of the cabinet very carefully, after taking into consideration several factors like who would suit which portfolio and who would be able to deliver on the government's priorities. This time, the cabinet expansion would be not for individuals but for delivery of quality work. This time one's ability alone would play a role while considering one for elevation to cabinet. The Chief Minister would follow the same principle for appointment of officials to important positions since he is obliged to deliver on the promises, he had made to the electorate at the time of the recent Assembly elections. KCR is likely to get busy in the near future and this was another reason to schedule limited expansion of his cabinet to the end of this month. Continued on Page 4 Grand welcome awaits KTR at Telangana Bhavan OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders and cadres are busy preparing to welcome their new working president K T Rama Rao on Monday when he arrives at Telangana Bhavan to assume charge at 11.56 am. KTR after arriving at the Telangana Bhavan would occupy a separate chamber which has been readied for him. He would be spending time at the news office to attend to party affairs. Continued on Page 4
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