www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 28 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny Temp: Max.27°C. Min.17C. Humidity: 57% Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 05:44 STATE WINDOWS 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. BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H BJP SEEKS RECTIFICATION OF ELECTORAL ROLLS FARM LOAN WAIVERS TO HIT STATES’ CAPEX LS passes bill to make instant triple talaq criminal offence 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". Continued on Page 4 Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks after presenting the triple talaq bill in Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday Vote counts displayed on an LED screen after the triple talaq debate at the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday 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 de- bate 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. A chain-snatch every 20 min puts cops on tenterhooks Hyderabad: The Hyderabad police have got their act together after two chain snatchers created a scare with a series of crimes in LB Nagar in the city during the last 24 hours. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat, who took a serious view of the chain-snatching incidents, constituted eight teams to apprehend the culprits. He took the matter seriously and intensiﬁed checks at entry points on the outskirts, Shamshabad airport, railway stations and bus stations to apprehend the offenders. In the early hours of Thursday, the CP inspected various colonies in the LB Nagar zone and reviewed the situation with the policemen deployed to arrest the chain snatchers. Based on the CCTV footage and information from the police in the neighbouring states, the police suspect the hand of the two chain snatchers and habitual offenders were part of the Irani gang from Uttar Pradesh. The two chain snatchers in a matter of 15 hours committed nine snatches since Wednesday night. Till now, they have looted 30 to 40 tulas of gold from the victims in ﬁve police station limits of Meerpet, Hayathnagar, Vanasthalipuram, Chaitanyapuri and Saroor Nagar in the LB Nagar zone. Under the Meerpet police station limits at Teachers colony, they targeted an old woman, Manemma, and snatched 3.5 tola chain. Later they reached LB Nagar within 10 minutes and made another snatching at Anupama Nagar from one | K Padmavathi and snatched 3 tula chain. Later, they did another snatching at LB Nagar attacking a woman, who was walking on the road margin and took away 3 tula chain. Thereafter, the accused reached Vanasthalipuram in 20 minutes and did two more snatchings. Every 20 minutes, they have committed a chain snatching. On Thursday morning between 7:30 am and 8:30 am, they have resorted to four snatchings. At 7 am, they took away from U Jayamma at RajiReddy Nagar in Vanasthalipuram PS limits a 6 tula chain, at 7:20 am at NGO’s colony they snatched 3.5 tula chain from Bhaskara Lakshmi. On the national highway at Hayathnagar, they snatched a 4 tula OUR BUREAU 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 OUR BUREAU Miscreants caught on CCTV camera after their act in LB Nagar chain from one Reshma Reddy while she was parking her scooty to buy sweaters. Interestingly, the Irani gang members are high proﬁle chain snatchers and they move in ﬂights. In the case of the recent chain snatching incidents, the culprits are understood to have arrived in Hyderabad by ﬂight stole a bike and then resorted to chain snatching. After committing the offences, they leave the bike somewhere in the city and board another ﬂight and disappear. This, the police said, to avoid being caught by the police. The motive for the thefts is to lead a lavish life. In view of the new year celebrations, the offenders once again have begun targeting women on the outskirts. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: The Telangana Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Services Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act has remained only on paper in the last four and half years after the formation of Telangana. Only after witnessing vandalism and hooliganism at the Global hospital, Lakdikapul, authorities have decided to invoke the Act for the ﬁrst time in the state. This obviously has led to a debate on why this Act, under which accused have to undergo stringent punishment including jail term of three years, was not used at all for all these days. IMA (Indian Medical Association) member and Forensic HoD at Gandhi Hospital Prof Kripal Singh stressed the need to invoke this Act as and when cases of assault on doctors and medical staff occur. It is not correct to wait until major damage to invoke this Law, he said. "To say in simple terms, an act of a small theft or a robbery can attract a police case. It's not that ﬁling a case will happen only after a da- Medicare Service Institutions are institutions providing medicare under the control of state or Central government or local bodies, including private hospitals Medicare service persons are (a) registered medical practitioners, registered nurses, medical students, nursing students and paramedical staﬀ Oﬀender means any person who either by himself or as a member or as a leader of a group commits or attempts to commit or abets violence coity took place. Issuing threats to doctors over phone, holding shirt collar of a doc- 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 de- partment 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 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. The advocates union took strong exception to shifting the AP high court to Amaravati without providing basic infrastructure like court building and residential campus for judges and other logistic support. As a mark of protest, the advocates also stalled the court proceedings by boycotting their duties the whole day. Police uses TS Medicare Act for ﬁrst time on Global attackers Police boss forms 8 teams to nab offenders who created panic in LB Nagar OUR BUREAU Radhakrishnan CJ of Telangana HC week in Hyderabad and other parts of the state. The growing culture of people's participation in musical nights and yearend 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. Besides, the Excise department is ensuring the supply of required liquor to the licensed event managements which requested the government for liquor stocks in bulk and in advance. On the eve of new year, the government has also decided to allow wine shops and bars to sell liquor beyond the permitted time. At present, wine shops are allowed to sell liquor from 10 am to 11 pm and bars can serve alcohol till midnight. The Excise ofﬁcials have targeted to double liquor sales in the season. Gen- erally, liquor sales fetch Rs 1500 crore in a revenue month. It will go up to Rs 2,200 crore registering Rs 700 crore additional revenue in the year-end season. On the instructions of the state government, Principal Secretary to Excise and Commercial taxes Somesh Kumar has already held a series of meetings to make arrangements for generating more revenues through liquor sales. Special vigilance teams have also been formed to check any liquor smuggling from the neighbouring states and also curb the ﬂow of non-duty paid liquor (NDPL) in the events. Continued on Page 4 Violence means activities of causing any harm, injury or endangering the life or intimidation, obstruction or hindrance to any medicare service Persons who commit such oﬀences shall be punished with imprisonment for a period for 3 years and with ﬁne up to Rs 50,000 The oﬀender is liable to a penalty of twice the amount of purchase of price of medical equipment damaged and loss caused to the property tor, etc, should also be considered as a breach of law. Continued on Page 4 AP SHOWS NERVES OF STEEL Naidu lays stone for Kadapa plant P4
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