www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.25°C. Min.13C. Humidity: 29% Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 05:45 STATE WINDOWS Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering shakes hands with Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Friday. India announced `4,500 crore assistance to Bhutan Navy divers from Vizag to rescue trapped miners New Delhi: A group of Indian Navy divers are being taken by air from Vishakhapatnam to join operations to rescue 15 miners trapped in a flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13, official sources here said Friday. They said the Navy divers will join ongoing rescue operations on Saturday morning. Three naval personnel have already reached the site of the rescue operation and a group of divers will join them in the next 12 hours, the sources said. 8 P7 BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG TO EXPOSE DISCREPANCIES IN VOTES BANK BAD LOANS SOAR TO `10.39 LAKH CR With no Cabinet, budget exercise takes a beating OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Although the constitution of the full state cabinet is still pending, Telangana state government has begun the giant exercise of preparing budget proposals for 2019-20 financial year. While Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is monitoring the state finances closely in view of requirement of huge funds to fulfill the new promises made in the just-concluded assembly elections, top officials of the state Finance department have been asked to compile proposals from each department. Secretary to Finance department K Ramakrishna Rao has already issued circulars to all the departments and instructed the Secretaries and Heads of Departments (HoDs) to furnish the numerical data regarding the utilisation of funds in the existing financial year and the progress in the completion of the works. Specific guidelines will also be issued to all departments seeking proposals to earmark required budget for Officials admit that the absence of the ministers for key departments will affect the budget preparations since the CM is already busy with political activity for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections the new financial year. The officials concerned have admitted that the absence of the ministers for key departments mainly Irrigation, Agriculture, Education, Medical and Health, Panchayat Raj and Municipal Administration and BC, SC, ST and Minority welfare departments will affect the budget TDP’s protest plans put off Modi’s AP visit OUR BUREAU Guntur: The massive public meeting which was to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 6 at Guntur has been postponed. The reason given was that the venue of Modi's ﬁrst meeting on January 6 at Thiruvananthapuram has been changed and consequently, his programme at Guntur was postponed as it would be difficult for him to reach Guntur in time after addressing his ﬁrst meeting in Kerala at the changed venue. Speaking to The Hans India, BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana said: "A fresh date for the Prime Minister's public meeting at Guntur would be announced soon." Interestingly, the postponement of the public meeting at Guntur came amidst preparations of the Telugu Desam Party to stage protests against his visit for leaving the state to fend for itself, knowing fully well that it needed succour from the Centre as its bifurcation wounds were still bleeding. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has already called upon the people to protest Modi's visit by wearing black badges wherever they would be in expression of their resentment against the TDP MP Sivaprasad, dressed up like Lord Shiva, stages a protest demanding special package for Andhra Pradesh, during the Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday raw deal meted out to the state by the Centre. Naidu himself was to lead the protestors wearing black badges in Guntur. The TDP activists were busy making preparations for the protests when the news trickled in that Modi’s visit to Guntur has been put off. The BJP sources maintain that Modi postponed his visit because he would not be able to make it to Guntur after his Thiruvananthapuram public meetings. BJP leaders have made arrangements for public meetings as it will be his ﬁrst after TDP distanced itself from BJP. The BJP leaders hope that Modi might visit Guntur in the last week of January or the ﬁrst week of February. preparations since the chief minister is already busy with political activity for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections and is reviewing the performance of all departments. The general practice is that the ministers of the key departments hold a preliminary meeting with Secretaries and HoDs and forward the proposals to the Finance department. Later, the chief minister convenes a meeting with the ministers and the officials concerned to finalise the budget outlay in consultation with the Finance department. Officials said that the bureaucracy will have to take the entire responsibility of the preparation of the budget proposals if the cabinet is not formed. The Finance department has hastened the official process for the preparation of the budget to be presented in the Assembly before March 31. Though the government has enough time of more than two months for the finalisation of budget outlay to each sector, the existence of the cabinet is essential to hold meeting with the officials and sort out the issues. The MLAs too also did not take oath even as they were elected two weeks ago. The representations being made by the legislators will also be taken into consideration at the time of budget preparations. Continued on Page 4 TRS scouting for party office land in Delhi KCR plans to lay stone after Sankranti K CHANDRASHEKAR Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is all set to have its office at the nation's capital New Delhi, which is being seen as an indication that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao would be pursuing his ambition of forming a federal front to serve as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress. Chandrashekar Rao on Friday asked his party leaders, including MPs to identify suitable land for locating party office at the nation's capital. The TRS president, during his recent visit to Delhi, visited a few government sites in Delhi for location of the party ofﬁce. According to the party leaders, the chief minister is likely to lay foundation stone after Sankranti festival. He is keen that the construction should be completed at least three months ahead of Lok Sabha elections. According to a TRS leader, as per the rules, the TRS is likely to get about 1,000 sq. yards of land for the party office in Delhi. According to sources, along with the MPs, Vastu expert Suddala Sudhakar Teja would also take a look at the places and suggest plans as TRAI gives a month to choose channels New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Friday gave time till January 31 for consumers to select channels of their choice under the new framework for broadcasting and cable services and said all existing packs of subscribers will continue uninterrupted till then. The TRAI, in March 2017, had notiﬁed the new regulatory framework for Broadcasting and Cable services and re-notiﬁed it on July 3, 2018, prescribing the implementation schedule. According to the implementation schedule, all the service providers were required to complete the preparation for migration to new framework by December 28, 2018, as the new framework will come into force the next day. In order to facilitate all service providers to migrate their subscribers from old to new framework without causing inconvenience, TRAI, after consultations with broadcasters, DTH operators, and MSOs (multi-system operators), has given them more time to seek options from subscribers for smooth and interruption-free migrations. "All existing packs/ plans/ bouquets to the subscribers will continue uninterrupted till January 31, 2019. No service provider to disconnect any signal or feed to any MSO/ LCO (local cable operator)/ subscriber till January 2019," TRAI said in a statement. Distribution Govt mulls zero interest on timely crop loan repayment New Delhi: To address farmers' distress ahead of 2019 general elections, the government is considering waiving interest on crop loans for farmers who pay on time, costing an additional Rs 15,000 crore to the exchequer, according to sources. Currently, farmers have to pay 4 per cent interest rate if they repay their loans within due date. There is also a proposal to completely waive premium for taking insurance policy for food crops. The premium on horticultural crops could also be reduced, they said. When asked about the government's plan of an- nouncing big farm package, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "The government is committed towards farmers' welfare. Going forward, whatever decision taken, will be announced." He was speaking at a Cabinet brieﬁng here. The ruling BJP government has swung into action to address distress in the agriculture sector after it lost power to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the recent state polls. According to sources, several rounds of meetings have taken place at the highest level in the past few days to chalk out a plan to address difficulties faced by farmers in view of low realisation in several crops amid bumper production. Continued on Page 4 UNION CABINET GIVES A BOOST TO ‘GAGANYAAN’ 3 Indians to spend 7 days in space in `10,000 crore initiative New Delhi: In major boost to India's ambitious programme to send astronauts to space, the Union Cabinet has approved Rs 10,000-crore "Gaganyaan Programme" that envisages two unmanned and one manned ﬂight to the space. Informing about the decision on Friday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "Three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for up to seven days by 2022." Announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, the total fund requirement for the Gaganyaan Programme is within Rs 10,000 crore and includes cost of technology development, ﬂight hardware realisation and essential infrastructure elements. Two unmanned ﬂights and one manned ﬂight will be undertaken as part of the programme. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will collaborate extensively with various national agencies, laboratories, academia and industry to accomplish the Gaganyaan Programme objectives. While the ISRO will be responsible for realising the ﬂight hardware through industry, national agencies, laboratories and academia will participate in crew training, human life science technology development initiatives as well as design reviews. per Vastu. Sudhakar Teja had earlier suggested Vastu changes at Telangana Bhavan, the party ofﬁce in Hyderabad. Sudhakar Teja is the official Vastu consultant in Roads and Buildings department. The TRS chief had made his plans clear as he wants to have a federal front with non-Congress and non-BJP parties. “Our party president wants TRS to become an invincible force. As he would be busy with the federal front at national level, he would have to visit Delhi and a party office would help the leaders to chalk out strategies,” said the TRS leader. The chief minister has already declared that he would form a consortium of non-BJP and non-Congress parties to craft a federal coalition at the national level to press for devolution of more powers to the states from the Centre. Chandrashekar Rao, heady with landslide victory in the recent elections to Telangana Assembly in which he cornered 88 of the 119 seats, is now eyeing capturing all but one of the 17 Lok Sabha seats. He has left Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat for his trusted friend Asaduddin Owaisi. First human space ﬂight demonstration is targeted to be completed within 40 months from the date of sanction. Prior to this, two unmanned ﬂights in full complement will be carried out to gain conﬁdence on the technology and mission management aspects. The ambitious programme will also allow pooling in of diverse technological and industrial capabilities and enable broader participation in research opportunities and technology development. It is also expected to spur research and development within the country in niche science and technology domains and provide huge potential for technology spinoffs in areas such as medicine, agriculture, industrial safety, pollution, waste management, and water and food resource management, among others. The ISRO has completed the development of launch vehicle GSLV Mk-lll which has the necessary payload capability to launch a three-member crew module in low earth orbit. It has also tested the crew escape system which is an essential technology for manned space ﬂight. The aerodynamic characterisation of crew module has been completed as part of GSLV Mk-lll X mission ﬂight. Elements of life support system and space suit also have been realised and tested. In addition, the orbital and re-entry mission and recovery operations have been ﬂight demonstrated in Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) mission. platform operators (DPOs) will devise their own mechanism to reach out to all the subscribers and seek options from subscribers, it said. DPOs need to migrate all the subscribers to new framework with effect from February 1, 2019, it said. In order to have a smooth implementation of the new regulatory framework that will come into effect from Saturday, TRAI held a series of meetings and consultations with all the stakeholders, including Consumers Advocacy Groups (CAG) during last 4-6 weeks, the statement said. Continued on Page 4 British Indian family in freak Iceland crash, three dead London: Seven members of a UK-based Indian-origin family were involved in a freak accident in Iceland when their SUV crashed off a bridge on Thursday, killing two women and a child. Four others, including two British Indian brothers and two young children, remain in critical condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Iceland's capital Reykjavik. The family was reportedly on holiday in the Nordic island country when their hired Toyota Land Cruiser slammed through a railing while crossing a high single-lane bridge at Skeidararsandur, a vast sand plain in the southern part of the country. Icelandic Police have only identiﬁed the victims as British, with their names to be released on formal identiﬁcation. Local media reports have named the deceased women as sisters-in-law Rajshree and Khushboo Laturia and an infant girl. Rajshree's husband, Shreeraj, and his brother Supreme remain in hospital with two young children. The Indian Ambassador to Iceland, T Armstrong Changsan, visited the injured at Landspítali hospital, where he spoke to hospital staff and the chaplain before contacting family members in India.
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