SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com RINGING IN NEW YEAR AT EASE OF HOME The New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and people are in celebratory mood. However, with the changing trends, six out of 10 people prefer to welcome New Year at a house party. Traditional party methods are making a comeback as more people prefer to stay away from loud and crowded parties… WINDOWS 7.2 earthquake hits Philippines Manila: A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines island of Mindanao on Saturday that prompted authorities to issue a tsunami warning that was lifted later. No damage or casualties were reported. The quake, which occurred off the island of Mindanao, struck at 11.39 am at a depth of 54 km, 170 km southeast of Governor Generoso, a town in Davao Oriental province. 40 ‘extremists’ killed in Egypt Cairo: Egyptian security forces killed 40 suspected extremists during operations in several parts of the country in response to an attack on a tourist bus a day before that claimed four lives, officials said on Saturday. The operations were carried out in the governorate of Giza and the Sinai Peninsula after an explosion on Friday targeted a bus carrying Vietnamese tourists. No terror group has claimed responsibility. Rlys plan to recruit over 14,000 JEs New Delhi: After assistant loco pilots, technicians and gangmen, Indian Railways is expecting another heavy rush of applicants as it will soon recruit over 14,000 junior engineers (JE) in mostly safety-related semi-supervisory posts. The national transporter will offer job opportunities to diploma holders in all streams for which the notification will be issued during January 2 and 31, 2019. H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H COLLECTORS’ CONFERENCE ‘NOT A LEADER, ONLY A MANAGER’ CM: WIN PEOPLE’S TRUST BY SHOWCASING GOVT SCHEMES OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Stressing the importance of Janmabhoomi Maavooru programme in gaining public trust in government’s performance for the last four and half years, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday asked the officials to showcase the development works and welfare schemes, including family welfare, in all the villages during the course of the programme. Inaugurating the Collectors' conference at his Undavalli residence, the Chief Minister said they should use the data that they get from Janmabhoomi programmes in preparing microplanning and vision documents. He said that the Janmabhoomi programme should be organised like a festival. Debates should be held on white papers that are being issued by the state government. The officials should promote awareness among the people on the achievements of the state government during the programme. Naidu, referring to the zerobased natural farming, a programme which is close to his heart, said it was necessary for the Collectors to promote it as it would Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu presiding over the Collectors’ conference at Undavalli on Saturday FINAL DHARMA PORATA DEEKSHA IN AMARAVATI Naidu plans big show of strength ahead of 2019 polls OUR BUREAU Amaravati: The 12th and the last in the series of dharma porata deekshas to be organised in Amaravati will serve as a major show of strength of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The mother of all dharma porata deekshas will be organised, immediately after the AGUSTAWESTLAND CHOPPER CASE Michel named ‘Gandhi’, ED tells Delhi court New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday told a Delhi court that Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, had named 'Mrs Gandhi', but did not specify in which context the reference was made. The ED also told the special court that Christian Michel had spoken about "the son of the Italian lady" and how he is going to become the "next prime minister of the country". ED's lawyer said Michel has spelt out how state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was removed from the deal and how it was offered to Tata instead. It also sought to ban Michel's lawyer's access to him alleging that he is being tutored from outside. “Michel took Mrs Gandhi’s name and we wanted to ask a follow-up question. His lawyers had come and suddenly he handed a chit to them. He was caught red-handed by the doctors…He was actually seeking some direction on what to say and also to inform someone outside on the line of questioning,” ED’s Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh submitted. He further said officials who had been paid money near the North Block had to be identiﬁed. The ED also asserted that a “big man” referred to as “R” in communication between Michel and other people needed to be deciphered. “We need to confront Patiala House court sends alleged middleman Christian Michel to 7-day remand Michel with other people to decipher who “the big man” or “R” is,” he told the court. The Rs 3600 crore deal for the procuring of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland Company signed in 2010 is mired into a controversy because of allegation that bribes were paid. Michel, who is an accused in the case, was extradited from UAE in December and is currently is ED custody. The agency sought an extension of eight more days, but the special court granted seven days custody. It was alleged that Michel had entered into a criminal conspiracy with co-accused that included the then IAF chief SP Tyagi and his family members, and the public servants had abused their official positions by reducing service ceiling of the VVIPs helicopter from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres. issue of the notiﬁcation most likely in February for the general election in April. Naidu is expected to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's guts for the garters at the massive public meeting for which the party cadres are making preparations to mobilise at least 10 lakh people. Continued on Page 11 cut down on use of pesticides and fertilisers and thus reduce farmers' investment in agriculture. He said 635 awards received by the state government indicated the commitment of his government in grounding development works in the state. Taking a dig at the Centre, Naidu said the way the High Court was being divided now was similar to the bifurcation of the state in 2014 and said the state government was not given any time to prepare for the HC division. Citing the partisan attitude of the Central government, the Chief Minister said that cancelling air show by the Indian IAF contingent at Visakha Utsav was yet another indication. Stressing the need for improvement of service sector, the Chief Minister said improvement in tourism would help trigger economic growth in the region. He asked the officials to prepare an action plan right from village level for development of service sector. Referring to Polavaram, the Chief Minister said the project would be completed by 2019. He said if the Centre extended cooperation to the state government, it would be ready much early. Continued on Page 11 Naidu selﬁsh, knows nothing, says KCR TS CM playing to the tune of Modi, alleges TDP OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Taking exception to the comments of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that the Centre should have given reasonable time at least one month to shift the High Court to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said it was the Andhra Pradesh government which had ﬁled a petition against the Centre for the delay in the division of the court and it was the AP government which said the building would be ready by December end. On the directions of the apex court, the Union government had issued a gazette notiﬁcation three days ago. KCR wondered as to why Naidu is taking ‘U’ turn on every issue regarding the AP, including granting special status to the residuary state after the bifurcation. The Chief Minister branded Naidu as a ‘bluff master and dirtiest political leader’ in the country. Going further, the TRS chief vowed to ﬁght against the TDP president’s ‘selﬁsh’ politics in AP in the coming days. He predicted that the TDP would be decimated from Andhra Pradesh. Addressing a press conference at Pragati Bhavan here on Saturday, KCR pointed out that Naidu backed the Centre’s announcement of granting special package in the place of special status to AP. Later, the AP CM revolted against the Centre demanding special status. “Naidu’s changing stance on such an important issue made it clear that he is selﬁsh and stooped so low for political gains. He has no policy and consistency on any issue”. Continued on Page 11 ‘CONG A LOLLIPOP COMPANY’ Modi attacks Cong on farm loan waiver H Describes himself as a Focus on farmers’ issues: Cong 'chowkidar' of people who is toiling hard H Cong promised much more than it delivered on loan waivers: PM H Modi's rally is seen as an eﬀort to woo the Rajbhar community Ghazipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the Congress of misleading farmers on loan waivers, saying its governments had handed over ‘lollipops’ instead of what was promised. "Be wary of the Congress and its lies,” Modi said at a public meeting here after laying the foundation stone for a medical college and re- PM Modi addresses a public rally in Ghazipur on Saturday leasing a postal stamp on legendary king Suheldev. On a day's visit to the Purvanchal region, his second trip to Uttar Pradesh this month, Modi said the Congress promised loan waivers to lakhs of farmers, but the JDS-Congress coalition that came to power did not deliver. "Lollipops were handed over. Continued on Page 11 New Delhi: Retaliating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest attacks, the Congress on Saturday asked him to resolve the agrarian crisis and waive farmers' loans instead of blaming the grand old party. Modi has been vicious in his attacks against the Congress which after coming to power in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, waived farm loans. Iterating Congress' assertions that it will not let Modi sleep until nationwide farm loans were waived, party leader RPN Singh reminded PM of his 2014 election promises of doubling farmers' income . Continued on Page 11 One dead, 7 hurt in crane collapse OUR BUREAU Rescue work being taken up at the Kakinada Deep Water Port on Saturday Kakinada: One person died, and seven others sustained injuries, one of them seriously, when two cranes engaged in work at the Kakinada Deep Water Port collapsed on Saturday morning. According to sources, the incident occurred when the two cranes of the SPL Company which were hired by Kakinada Sea Ports limited (KSPL) for their work in KDWP collapsed killing Vattupalli Lakshmana Kumar (35), a native of Kovvur in West Godavart district. Other persons who were engaged in lifting of goods sustained injuries. Among them, Pothileti Prasad sustained serious injuries. The other persons who sustain injuries are B Appa Rao, Satish Yadav, Raj Kumar Yadav, G Appala Rau, Y Ranganayakulu and Kamar Khan are undergoing treatment in Trust Hospital in Kakinada suburbs. Mean while Kakinada RDO and sub divisional Magistrate G Rajakumari visited the place of accident and ordered for detailed enquiry by deputy commissioner of labor and deputy inspector of factories and submit report over the incident. Continued on Page 11 Alexa, what’s 5 minus 3? Sneaky 6-yr-old gets caught asking Alexa for help with math homework I f you got an Amazon Alexa device for Christmas, you might want to keep a closer eye on the wily kids in your house. Last week, a New Jersey mom caught her son red-handed using the virtual assistant to cheat on his math homework. Yerelyn Cueva posted a short 11-second clip of her 6-year-old son Jariel asking Alexa to solve the age-old math question, “What’s 5 minus 3?” Cueva told the New York Post they’d only had the Amazon Echo for a week before she caught her son taking the easy way out of his winter break math homework. “Alexa, what’s 5 minus 3?” Jariel asks, eagerly awaiting the machine’s response. “5 minus 3 equals 2,” Alexa responds, right before Cueva busts into the room to confront her son. “It was just any regular day of doing homework,” Cueva told The New York Post. “I’m in the living room, and I overheard him asking Alexa some math problems, and I could not believe it,” she said, adding that Jariel actually loves math, but was just being “lazy.” “What you don’t see is after, he says, ‘Thank you, Alexa, for helping me with my homework,’” she added. The 24-yearold mom, though jokingly, tweeted whether she should “whoop him now or later.” Twitter, meanwhile, was largely impressed by Jariel’s attempt at “cheating,” with some dubbing him “a prodigy” and an "Einstein in the making.” Cueva, too, is ﬁnding the humour in the situation — later sharing a picture of herself and “the young legend himself.” While adorable, the video does raise the question of how children growing up with virtual assistants in their homes will interact with these devices. Recently, Google introduced its “Pretty Please” feature, which rewards children for being polite when requesting things from Google Assistant. Yerelyn Cueva with son Jariel
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