SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER 2018 WARANGAL | 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… H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KCR blasts AP CM on HC shifting Naidu not a leader only a media manager, says TRS chief ACTION PLAN ON FEDERAL FRONT SOON WINDOWS Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday said that an action plan on the proposed Federal Front with the amalgamation of regional parties will be prepared in 15 days. Addressing the press here, KCR said consultations with likeminded leaders will go on to float a strong alternative to the Congress and BJP at the national level. “We will sit down again in 15 days and chalk out a plan. It is in the process. It will certainly 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. 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 more to shift the High Court to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Chief Minister 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 for the HC would be ready by December end. On the directions of the apex court, the Union government 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 of the 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 announce- 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. ment 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 importance issue made it clear that he is selﬁsh and stooped so low for political gains. He has no policy and consistency on any issue”. In a scathing attack, KCR also said that ‘Naidu is not a leader but only a manager. The Union government provided all kinds of assistance to AP including ﬁnancial support. But the AP CM is making false statements and turned out to be a big liar,” he said and alleged that Naidu also promoted corrup- have implications on the present political system. We will achieve some goals much before the elections.” The Chief Minister asserted that the country needs a new economic and agriculture model for the development. Nearly Rs 20 lakh crore financial resources were available and the Centre unable to use them. He already met Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee recently. Continued on Page 11 tion in the government and swindled public money. “The AP CM has no administrative skills and survived in politics only by managing the media,” he said. KCR also said that Naidu did not have any idea and knowledge on the new economic model proposed by him. The AP CM always copied the schemes and programmes implemented by other states. The TRS chief disputed Naidu’s claim that cyber towers in Hyderabad was his brain child. He said former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and former AP CM N Janardhan Reddy were instrumental in laying the foundation for IT sector in Hyderabad. Inauspicious days put off exercise Cabinet only after Sankranti OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: After winding up the initial efforts of federal front formation, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is focusing on the home front keeping everybody guessing on the expansion of cabinet. With no auspicious days till Sankranti festivities are over, it is learnt that KCR is in favour of cabinet formation after the festival. The new members of the Assembly will take oath leading to the selection of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. A few ministers will be inducted into the cabinet at the time of Speaker’s selection and the rest of the ministers will be appointed after Lok Sabha elections. Out of the total strength of 17 members, the chief minister inducted Mohd Mahmood Ali only as home minister. The proposed cabinet will be a mix of the former ministers in the previous government and new faces elected in the fresh elections. The government was already in the process of merger of related departments before the formation of the cab- inet. Sources said KCR is not interested to form the cabinet till January second week considering all these days are not good. The state government is also planning to bring in an Act for the appointment of Parliamentary secretaries in the state government on the lines of other states. ‘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 Election-ready TS to go for vote on account OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Telangana government is contemplating to go in for vote-on-account budget this year. According to sources, the government feels that since the Union government was likely to present a vote-on-account budget in February and then issue notiﬁcation for General Elections, the state government too should follow the same pattern as the details of the devolution of central funds to the state will not be clear and unless the state government knows what it would get from Centre it cannot make budgetary allocations. Hence it would be better to go in for vote on account, the government feels. It is learnt that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday instructed state Finance department to examine the proposal on whether to go in for presenting a vote-on-account budget or a full-ﬂedged budget for the next ﬁnancial year 2019-20. The Chief Minister indicated that the Budget 2019-20 will accord top priority to education and medical and health sectors along with irrigation. Directing officials of the Finance depart- ment to commence budget exercise for 2019-20 ﬁnancial year, he asked the top ofﬁcials to study the possibility of interim budget in the March and go for full budget at a later stage taking into consideration the policy framework of the next new government at the Centre. KCR held a meeting with top officials of the Finance, Irrigation, Education, Health and medical departments and reviewed progress in the ongoing schemes. The CM said that his government was committed to fulﬁl all promises, including increasing of Aasara pensions. 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-year-old 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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