www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 28 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. More sun than clouds Temp: Max.30°C. Min.21C. Humidity: 49% Sunrise: 06:43 Sunset: 05:55 FARM LOAN WAIVERS TO HIT STATES’ CAPEX REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SECRETARIAT COMPLEX TO HAVE MANY UNIQUE FEATURES AP shows nerves of steel A flock of migratory gulls gather at Kalyan Creek in Mumbai on Thursday Indian-origin cop shot dead in US New York: An Indian-origin police officer was shot and killed by an unidentified gunman while he was conducting a traffic stop in the US state of California. Corporal Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot and killed during a traffic stop on December 26. Singh had called off on a traffic stop in Newman and a few moments later he called out "shots fired" over the radio. Multiple agencies responded to assist and Singh was found at the scene with gunshot wounds. Justice Praveen Kumar appointed as CJ of AP Naidu lays stone for Kadapa plant OUR BUREAU OUR BUREAU Kadapa: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the long-awaited Kadapa steel plant, while eliciting support of the people of Rayalaseema to him in the next elections for continuance of all development works initiated by him. "If you want this development to continue without interruption, you should support the party that is committed to its promises," Naidu said and referred to several irrigation projects which have been commissioned in the district for quenching the thirst of the parched lands and throats. The chief minister, by laying the foundation stone for steel plant christened Rayalaseema Steel Corporation, sent out a message loud and clear to the NDA dispensation that the state was taking up the construction of the plant since the BJP had conveniently glossed over its responsibility though it was constitutionally bound to do it. The plant, which will come up in perennially drought-affected Rayalaseema region, appeared to have let the youth allow themselves the luxury of the first stirrings of hope that they had bright future if their applause was any indication. The steel plant would transform the landscape of Kadapa and the neighbouring districts by triggering growth of ancillary industries, Naidu said. The Rs 20,000-crore project will be taken up under PPP mode. The AP State Mineral Development Corporation would have a partnership with a private player to promote the project. Continued on Page 15 Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, along with oﬃcials, taking a look at the site of AP Secretariat after laying the foundation stone for its construction at Rayapudi in Amaravati on Thursday CM lays stone for secretariat towers OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The first signs of world class capital Amaravati were visible on Thursday when Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation for prestigious Andhra Pradesh secretariat towers raft at Kondamarajupalem in Rayapudi village in Guntur district. It was a big moment for the state and the people to learn that entire volume of 11,000 cubic metres of concrete per raft was poured in a single stretch of 72 hours, which become a record in the country. The visibly happy Chief Minister said that the secretariat and HOD building complex will be a very tall towers affair. Each tower will be of a height of 225 metres with 40 storeys in four towers and 50 storeys in the fifth tower. He said the complex was designed for 16,000 employees and 10,000 visitors with world class corporate office amenities. The Chief Minister said that the secretariat complex would come up in an area of 41 acres to accommodate 145 departments. This would enable efficiency in work flow and interaction among different departments. The built-in area is around 56 lakh sq ft and 1.3 lakh sq ft with parking facility for 4000 cars. He said world renowned architects Foster Partners, UK and consortium have been engaged as consultants for providing comprehensive architectural services for the project. The structural design is being developed by world class structural designers Buro Happold, London and peer review by Thornton Tomasetti, USA. The Chief Minister said that for the first time in India, the structure is designed on the unique structural system called diagrid without the conventional columns to provide column- free interior space. He said that the building is connected with district cooling system grid for enhanced HVAC systems to lower maintenance costs. The cooling system will provide 20,000 tonnes of refrigeration for the overall govt complex giving scope for 35 per cent power saving. Continued on Page 15 Centre blames AP on data on ore presence OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Even as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was coming hard on the Centre for lack of political will in establishing a steel plant in Kadapa on Thursday, the Centre kicked the ball into AP's court, contending that it could not move forward as the state had not furnished information on availability of mines and iron ore to MECON, a steel consulting company, to finalise its feasibility report for the establishment of the facility. Disputing the state's claim that the Steel Ministry had no interest in setting up the plant, the Centre said that on the contrary it was wait- ing for the feasibility report from MECON, a steel consulting company, so that it could go ahead with the establishment of the project. The Centre recalled statement of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in its feasibility report that the project was not feasible. The SAIL was asked to do feasibility study in accordance with the commitment made to AP under AP State Reorganisation Act. In spite of SAIL's verdict against setting up of the steel plant, the Steel Ministry appointed a highlevel task force which has been holding meetings periodically. The last meeting of the task force was held on December 17, it said. The Centre said it was unfortunate that the State government has not yet given required information for the proposed steel plant. Though the task force met seven times, the State government had not apprised it of the situation on the ground with regard to the type of mines, quantity and quality of iron ore reserves available for the plant. The Centre said that if the state furnishes the needed information, MECON would finalise the feasibility report within the shortest time. Once this is done, then the modalities of investment will be finalised keeping the best interest of people of the State in mind, the Centre said. To cash-crunch Telangana, liquor comes as succour PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: The more the merrier. The new year celebrations are expected to fetch a windfall for the Telangana government which is desperate for resources to meet the urgent financial needs in the last quarter of the present financial year. The Excise & Prohibition and Commercial Taxes departments have come up with a slew of measures to increase liquor sales and rake in the moolah on the eve of new year in the state, mainly in Hyderabad and other major cities of the state. Allowing licensed wine shops RULES RELAXED TO MOP UP `1K CRORE ADDL REVENUE DURING NEW YEAR EVENTS and bars to sell liquor till late in the night, permitting event organisers to have year-end revelry like musical nights in the resorts and open grounds across the state are among the important measures the Excise department has prepared to sell liquor on a large scale. The government has targeted nearly Rs 1,000 crore additional revenue during the new year celebrations to begin in the last week of December to January first week in Hyderabad and other parts of the state. The growing culture of people's participation in musical nights and year-end entertainment programmes in other urban areas is an added advantage to the efforts of the state. The Commercial Taxes department is already permitting event organisers to hold programmes by collecting 28 per cent advanced tax based on the estimated turnover before the commencement of the event. On the events alone, the government ﬁxed Rs 300 crore revenue target. Many corporate companies from across the country also have shown interest to hold year-end events in Hyderabad. Continued on Page 15 Hyderabad: A day after the gazette notiﬁcation dividing the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana issued, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appointed Justice Praveen Kumar as the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh. The President, in a separate order, appointed Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan as Chief Justice of Telangana high court. Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice V Ramasubramanian, who are from other High Courts and presently working in the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, will continue to work in the High Court for the State of Telangana in Hyderabad. The new high court will start functioning from the old camp office of AP Chief Minister in Amaravati from the appointed day on January 1. The new temporary high court building will be ready in the AP capital Amaravati by January 15. As the court observe holidays from Jan 4 to 17, only vacation court will function these days. Already barricades at old CM camp office have been removed and necessary arrangements are being made. Meanwhile, advocates, hailing from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, practicing in the high court of judicature in Hyderabad staged a dharna in the court premises demanding the postponement of the appointed day of the AP high court. Continued on Page 15 LS passes bill to make instant triple talaq criminal offence Oppn walks out over govt’s refusal to refer it to joint panel New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the bill which criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq, with the government rejecting the contention that it was aimed at targeting a particular community. The opposition, which had been demanding that the bill be referred to a 'joint select committee', staged a walkout when its demand was rejected by the government. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 was passed by the Lower House with 245 voting in favour and 11 opposing the legislation. The bill will now go to Rajya Sabha for approval. Piloting the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there should be no politics on the bill, stressing that it was not against any particular community. "Don't weigh the bill on the scales of politics. The bill is about humanity and justice," he said, urging lawmakers of different parties to speak in one voice to support the legislation. He regretted that opposition parties were creating hurdles in its passage due to "vote bank politics". The fresh bill will supersede an earlier bill passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha. Continued on Page 15 Owaisi questions intention New Delhi: AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday questioned the intention of the government behind criminalising triple talaq while it has supported decriminalisation of homosexuality. "Why have you decriminalised homosexuality and criminalising triple talaq? Because it would be used against us... Sexual minority got choice in Section 377, then why not religious minorities," Owaisi said participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on the talaq Bill. He said 100 per cent of Muslim population is against the move to criminalise triple talaq as it is against the rights of faith and belief provided in the constitution. "If your faith is your faith, then my faith should also be my faith. Your (Government) intentions are not clean... You can bring your own law, but we will not forfeit our religion," Owaisi said.
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