www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Afternoon clouds Temp: Max.29°C. Min.17C. Humidity: 56% Sunrise: 06:39 Sunset: 05:50 GOVT DID NOT ASK FOR URJIT’S RESIGNATION, SAYS JAITLEY REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H PM MODI TO ADDRESS A PUBLIC MEETING IN GUNTUR ON JAN 6 Modern tech helped rescue people from Phethai onslaught Used RTGS to minimise cyclone losses: Naidu Trinamool Congress MP Moon Moon Sen during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday Sajjan Kumar quits Congress New Delhi: A day after being convicted and sentenced to life-imprisonment in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday resigned from the primary membership of the Congress. The former Lok Sabha member in a letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was resigning from the party with immediate effect, said party sources. Elected thrice to the Lok Sabha from Outer Delhi constituency, the latest being 2004, Kumar had been sidelined by the party since 2009 when he was denied ticket to contest the general elections following allegations of his involvement in the riots which the High Court on Monday described as "crime against humanity". ‘All-women’ political party launched New Delhi: A "National Women's Party" was launched here on Tuesday with the aim of ensuring 50 per cent representation for women in Parliament and other places. Announcing the launch, the party's national president Swetha Shetty said: "In a maledominated political system, an allwomen party is important. OUR BUREAU Lord Malayappa Swamy along with His consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi being taken out in a procession on golden chariot at Tirumala on Tuesday on the occasion of Vaikuntha Ekadasi Govt to simplify GST further Working to bring 99% things used by common man in sub-18% slab: PM Mumbai: Indicating that further simpliﬁcation of the Goods and Services Tax is on the anvil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government wants to ensure that '99 per cent things' attract sub18 percent GST slab. Before implementation of the GST, registered enterprises only numbered 65 lakh, which has now risen by 55 lakhs, Modi said, addressing the Republic Summit here. "Today, the GST system has been established to a large extent and we are working towards a position where 99 per cent things will attract the sub-18 percent GST slab," Modi said. Modi indicated that the 28 per cent slab of GST would only be restricted to a few select items, such as luxury goods. SURI’S KILLER BHANU GETS LIFE TERM n Manmohan aid of Bhanu gets 5 years jail; four others acquitted The country was demanding GST for decades. I am pleased to say that GST implementation has removed contradictions in the trade market and the eﬃciency of the system is improving. The economy is also getting transparent – PM Narendra Modi The Prime Minister said the effort will be to ensure that 99 per cent of all items, including almost all items used by the common man, would be kept at a GST slab of 18 per cent or less. "We are of the opinion of making GST as smooth as possible for the enterprises," he said. "In earlier days, the GST was framed according to the existing VAT or excise tax structures exercised in those respective states. Continued on Page 15 Continued on Page 15 7 dists bear the brunt Amaravati: Phethai has broken the back-bone of the farmers in about seven districts. In Srikakulam, one farmer unable to bear the loss, had a heart attack and died in his fields in Kosamala in Meliaputti mandal. He was identified as Gottipalli Chinnadu. According to sources, he raised his paddy crop by borrowing heavily. The state suffered a production loss of 26,232 tonnes in all the seven districts due to the impact of the cyclone. The districts are: Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam. The figure relating to production loss might go up as assess- n Birthday boy Rammohan Naidu goes on fast seeking special status for AP OUR BUREAU Telugu Desam Party MPs stage a protest demanding special status for the state of Andhra Pradesh, during the Winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday New Delhi: Srikakulam TDP MP K Rammohan Naidu on Tuesday turned his birthday into a protest day at Parliament seeking Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh. Rajahmundry MP M Murali Mohan also sat with him on hunger strike in expression of solidarity with the cause. This unique protest was sparked by the continuous refusal of the Modi Government to concede the demand of the AP people. The TDP MPs cheered him as he sat on a his "day's session long hunger strike" near Gandhi statue. The other colleagues of Naidu continued their protest both inside and outside Parliament raising slogans and displaying placards seeking the special status. Meanwhile, the Centre once again clariﬁed to TDP MP K Kanakamedala Ravindrakumar, in the Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday that SCS was not possible for AP as the 14th Finance Commission ruled it out. It was in reply to a question by the MP to the effect. Rammohan Naidu and Murali Mohan called off their hunger strike after the session was adjourned when former Union Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju offered them lemon juice. Rammohan Naidu, speaking to media person on the occasion, said that leaders of several parties had visited them expressed their solidarity with them. He said: "Our demands are not new. We had the same demands when we were in NDA and they remain the same even after we broke away from it. The responsibility of keeping the promises, including conferring Special Category Status on AP rests on Prime Minister Narendra Modi." Rammohan Naidu said that the Centre has no defence for various issues dogging the country. "The prime minister is not in a position to come out with a reply when the Opposition demanded constitution of a joint parliamentary probe in to the Rafael Continued on Page 15 deal," he said. ‘School kids are better than us’ n Speaker fumes over ruckus in Lok Sabha New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday within hours after in met as both the opposition and treasury benches created a ruckus over the Rafale deal prompting admonitions from the Speaker for being unruly and "worse than school kids". Following the ﬁrst adjournment at noon, when the House reassembled the scenes inside the lower House was no different than it was earlier or even during the last week. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to transact the business for the day but was repeatedly intervened by the sloganeering. "It is CM Chandrababu Naidu consoling cyclone-hit ﬁsherfolk at Bhairavapalem TDP MP celebrates ‘Special’ birthday OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: A Hyderabad court on Tuesday convicted factionist Bhanu Kiran and sentenced him to undergo life imprisonment. He was the prime accused in the murder of Rayalaseema faction leader Gangula Suryanarayana Reddy alias Maddelachervu Suri in 2011. The court also sentenced another accused Manmohan Singh, close aide of Bhanu Kiran to undergo five years imprisonment. The court acquitted four others Subbaiah, Venkatramana, Haribabu and Vamshidhar who helped Bhanu Kiran to stay in Madhya Pradesh after killing Suri. Kakinada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said the state government could face the challenge posed by the Phethai Cyclone effectively by using modern technology. Naidu, after making an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected villages in East Godavari district, said that if the government could minimise the damage caused by the cyclone, it was because of its ability to send messages to about nine lakh people from RTGS and IVRS warning them about the impending calamity. "We have beaten IMD in predicting the exact location of where the cyclone made the landfall," he said. He pointed out that relentless efforts of the officials yielded results in mitigating the suffering by the people. As soon as power supply was disrupted, the officials used generators. People were served food with the infrastructure already in place for midday meal scheme for school children, he said. Naidu said that since cyclones were frequently visiting the AP coast in December, the farmers should go in for crops in such a way that they would come to harvesting stage before November. In Araku in Visakhapatnam district, a maximum of 23 cm rain was recorded. The wind speed reached up to 85 kmph in some places which was the highest triggered by the cyclone. Continued on Page 15 not sending a good message outside. I have heard from people from abroad asking what is happening in Indian Parliament," she thundered. She said she has received feedback even school children behave much better than parliamentarians. But no amount of chiding helped as the Congress, AIADMK and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members trooped near the Speaker`s podium and started sloganeering against the government. The Congress demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 36 ready-toﬂy Rafale ﬁghter jets deal with France while accusing the government of lying before the Supreme Court on the matter. The AIADMK members wanted Karnataka to take back its proposal to construct a dam across the Cauvery river at Mekadatu, while the TDP raised several issues related to their demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh. Both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress members exchanged heated arguments with the opposition seeking an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi while the other demanding the same from Congress President Rahul Gandhi for misleading the House and the nation on the defence deal. Amid sloganeering, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs introduced the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill 2018. As the din continued, Mahajan urged the members to go back to their seats and allow smooth functioning of the House. "Parliament is for debate and discussion, but this is not the way. This session is very important, and we all have to face elections next year. The government is ready for discussion. "We have a responsibility. We have to maintain the standard of Parliament," she said. ment is still going on. According to officials, crops in an area of 10,856 hectares have been affected of the total cropped area of 9.37 lakh hectares in the entire state. Of this paddy in an area of 5,857 hectares, tobacco in 596 hectares, maize in 3,988 hectares and pulses in 415 hectares had been damaged. Krishna district stood first in suffering maximum damage to paddy crop at 3,984 hectares while the extent in Prakasam was 800 hectares and in West Godavari 703 hectares. The cyclone left misery and privation for famers who now are looking at the government for succour. Continued on Page 15 CYCLONE PHETHAI MAKES HYD SHIVER OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Effect of northerly winds and cyclone Phethai have led to skies remaining overcast with cool winds resulting in a sharp fall in temperatures in Hyderabad and rest of Telangana for the last two days. Light rainfall (1 mm to 1 cm) was experienced in many places, including Hyderabad, Warangal, Medak, Ramagundam and Nalgonda on Tuesday while moderate rainfall (between 2 cm and 6 cm) was recorded in Medak and Khammam. The lowest minimum temperatures were seen in Adilabad (11 degrees Celsius) while Medak recorded 13 degrees Celsius and Hyderabad 15 degrees C. Appreciable fall of minimum temperatures (ranging from 2.1 degrees C to 4 degrees C) was seen in some parts of the State. Continued on Page 15 It is not sending a good message outside. I have heard from people from abroad asking what is happening in Indian Parliament – Sumitra Mahajan
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