www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 31 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.30°C. Min.18C. Humidity: 63% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 05:56 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Venkaiah’s mother-in-law passes away New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu's mother-in-law passed away at a Chennai hospital on Sunday. Naidu has left for Nellore in Andhra Pradesh to pay his last respects to her. Naidu said his mother-in-law, A Kausalyamma (80), was admitted to the hospital after she complained of some pain. She used to stay with him in Delhi but had recently shifted to Chennai due to cold weather in the national capital, he added. Bangla polls close amid clashes Dhaka: Polling stations in Bangladesh closed on Sunday after a day of violent clashes in which at least 12 people have died as well as a boycott by the main Muslim opposition party. Some 104 million citizens in the largely Muslim country were called to cast their ballots in what has been a deadly general election scarred by violence, mass arrests, a large military deployment and a boycott by the main Muslim party minutes before polling ended. AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHILE INVESTING IN MFs NAIDU WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW RAPID GROWTH OF CAPITAL REGION BUSINESS WINDOWS Naidu digs deep to hit back at KCR TRS chief, Modi, Jagan hand in glove to stall AP progress: CM OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Riled by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's barbs, his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday hit back at him by digging into his past and not even hesitating to refer to "Viceroy incident", a very touchy issue for him. Reacting to KCR's outburst, Naidu, while releasing a white paper on urban and rural infrastructure at his residence in Amaravati here, asked KCR to recall the role played by him at Hotel Viceroy in 1995. "In those days, KCR acted as the chief strategist. In fact, KCR has been with me for a long time. He was in my cabinet," he said, and wanted to know how KCR could say he had yanked off the rug under the feet of NTR. Cut to the quick by KCR's harsh comments, Naidu said that it was not proper for a leader of his Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addressing a press conference at Undavalli on Sunday. Minority Welfare and Empowerment Minister N Md Farooq is also seen stature to seek at a level beneath his dignity. If KCR, YSRCP Jaganmohan Reddy and Narendra Modi want to contest in elections in AP, let them do it. Why this cloak and dagger game?" he asked. He sought to nail KCR on his lies asking him to recall the days when the TRS chief had an alliance with the Congress in 2004 and with the TDP in 2009 elections. KCR had gone back on his promise that he would merge his party in the Congress in return for bifurcation of the state. KCR is the real opportunist. He speaks whatever suits him in a given situation, he said. Naidu said KCR to satisfy his anti-Andhra itch needs people of Andhra to attack them. "What kind of political game-plan is this? If the TDP snapped its ties with Narendra Modi it was because he betrayed the trust of the people of AP in him. This is the reason why the TDP had joined hands with the Congress since it had supported the no-conﬁdence motion against the NDA and for promising to accord special category status to AP once it comes to power. Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: The residents of national capital continued to battle a long-lasting cold wave as they woke up to a chilly Sunday morning. The mercury dipped to 3 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 21 degrees Celsius, and the humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 97 per cent, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. The visibility in the morning was 1,500 metres in most parts of the city, he said. "There was fog in the morning. The sky will be clear ahead with haze and smoke. Some places in the city may face a cold wave situation in the day," the IMD official said. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality in the national capital was found in 'very poor' category with the Air Quality Index of the city registering a score of 388. New Delhi: Spreading negativity is fairly easy, but people must come together to make positivity viral, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday adding that collective efforts of the people have ensured that India achieved a lot in 2018. 2019 too. Taking her to newer heights with her inner strengths. "...let's come together to make positivity viral. I do believe that by doing so, more and more people will get to know about our heroes who brought a change in society. Spreading Let's come together to make positivity viral. negativity is fairly easy. But I do believe that by doing so, more and some really more people will get to know about our good work is heroes who brought a change in society. done Spreading negativity is fairly easy. But some being us...," around really good work is being done around us... Modi said. He said sevAddressing the last episode eral websites are spreading of the year of his monthly positive news and people 'Mann ki Baat' radio address, should share their links so Modi also said if the resolve that positivity can be made is strong, hardships fail to turn viral. He noted that the year into obstacles. "I sincerely 2018 saw the launching of hope that India's journey on the world's biggest health the path of advancement & insurance scheme 'Ayushprogress continues through man Bharat'. Triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha today in the Lok Sabha amid a heated debate last week. In the Lok Sabha, 245 MPs voted in favour of the bill, while 11 opposed it. The Congress, whose MPs staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha when the bill was passed on Thursday, has asserted that it will oppose the bill in the Upper House. V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati Divisional Superintendent of Posts G Sreenivasa Murthy with the laddu containers The Postal department charges Rs 75 for six laddus, Rs 100 for 12 and Rs 170 for 24 for packing and sending them in food grade containers of six, 12 and 24 capacity by Speed Post special darshan tickets, released special covers on various ‘Vahana Sevas’ of the Lord. They have been involved in delivering of Calendars and diaries of TTD which have huge demand even internationally. Devotees visiting Tirumala ﬁnd it difficult to pack laddus and send them through courier service to their loved ones and often the prasadam will get broken into pieces in transit. Keeping in view the ever-increasing demand for the sacred laddu prasadam of Lord, the Department of Posts has come forward with the ‘Pack Post’ concept, in which they undertook the delivery of the consignment they receive from the TTD at New Delhi and Kurukshethra on a weekly basis and deliver about 1000 – 5000 laddus every week. As per the requirement "Electricity reached each and every village of the country this year. Noted world institutions have accepted that the country has taken strides in the area of poverty alleviation at a record pace. On account of the unwavering resolve of our countrymen, swachchata, the sanitation coverage, is rapidly advancing towards crossing the 95 per cent mark," the PM said. To honour Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, world's tallest statue, the Statue of Liberty, was unveiled, he said. The highest United Nations Environment award, Champions of the Earth' was also conferred upon India, Modi said in his address. The PM also paid obituaries to people with modest backgrounds who made their mark in social service and had passed away in 2018. from these two places, the TTD hands over the consignment to the Postal Department which they will pack and airlift them the same day which can be available for sale at Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi and TTD’s Balaji temple at Kurukshethra on the next day. This was going on for many days and now the department has decided to extend the facility to individuals also and made arrangements for this at the Tirumala post office. Continued on Page 15 dhadeb Dasgupta expressed his grief and termed Sen's death as "the end of an era". Acclaimed Bengali actorﬁlmmaker Aparna Sen said more than a director and a colleague, Sen was like a family member to them. Film and stage actor Kaushik Sen, who debuted in Sen's ﬁlm 'Ek Din Pratidin' as a child actor, said he did not have words to express Sen's inﬂuence on his career. Continued on Page 15 Prohibitory orders at Sabarimala extended Sabarimala: With the Sabarimala temple opening on Sunday for the popular 'Makaravilakku' season, the administration has extended the prohibitory orders till January 5, an official said. The ﬁrst phase of the current season opened on November 15 and closed on December 27. The season is referred to as 'mandala pooja'. The temple town in Kerala has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, including those from the hitherto banned age group of 10 to 50 years. Medical colleges go BTech way to beat staff crunch VRC PHANIHARAN AICC general secretary KC Venugopal has said that his party will not let the passage of the triple talaq bill in its present form in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition has demanded that the bill be sent to a joint select panel for review before it is passed by Parliament. Novel ‘Pack Post’ concept to deliver Tirumala laddus the same scheme to the devotees of Goddess Padmavathi in October. Already, the department has been working with the TTD in selling of Rs 300 Kolkata: Legendary ﬁlmmaker Mrinal Sen died at his south Kolkata residence on Sunday following old age complications, said his family members. Sen, 95, a widower, is survived by his only son Kunal Sen. The Padma Bhusan awardee ﬁlmmaker, who was ailing for a long time, breathed his last at his residence, 38 Padmapukur Road, in South Kolkata's Bhawanipore area around 10 am. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condoled Sen's death. "Saddened at the passing away of Mrinal Sen. A great loss to the ﬁlm industry. My condolences to his family," she tweeted. Famous Bengali ﬁlmmaker Bud- PM appeals to people in 2018's last 'Mann ki Baat' BATTLE LINES DRAWN Tirupati: Now devotees of Lord Venkateswara can send laddu prasadam to their near and dear without any difficulty, thanks to the innovative ‘Pack Post’ scheme of the Department of Posts. After the success of ‘Ashirvachanam’ scheme aimed at helping devotees to send donations to Lord Venkateswara through money orders and in turn getting a photo of the deity and ‘akshintalu’, the department has introduced The only Telugu film he had made: Oka Oori Katha in 1977 Let’s make positivity viral: Modi Delhi shivers at 3 degrees C New Delhi: Expectations of a heated debate on triple talaq in the Rajya Sabha are high as both the Congress and the ruling BJP have issued a whip to their MPs to be present in the House on Monday when the Bill will be tabled. The crucial Bill that criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men was passed Legendary ﬁlmmaker Mrinal Sen no more Hyderabad: Several medical colleges in the State facing shortage of qualiﬁed staff are taking a leaf out of engineering colleges effective methods to try and manage the staff already on their pay rolls to retain Medical Council of India (MCI) recognition. According to sources, while the private medical colleges located in rural areas are hiring resident doctors, some of the government colleges are roping in doctors from Osmania, Gandhi, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) to ﬁll the faculty gap. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official from the State Medical Education department said, “the shortage of qualiﬁed faculty remains a problem for all the colleges. Further, several colleges do not have principles and in the majority of the cases, the shortage of full-time faculty range from 40 to 60 per cent.” It was against this backdrop that the colleges are roping in MBBS graduates, doing their house surgency attached to the hospitals. The graduates are asked to teach subjects like biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and the like. At the request of the Medical education department and the government medical colleges, faculty and doctors working in reputed government medical colleges like Osmania, Gandhi and NIMS are taking some classes in the nearby medical colleges in and around the city. That apart, private colleges have been literally begging senior doctors with experience and postgraduate qualiﬁcations from reputed and multispecialty hospitals to take some classes of few important subjects. Apart from the subjects being taught by guest faculty, the colleges are trying to make-do with part-time faculty for teaching of other subjects, the sources said. Continued on Page 15
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