www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.32C. Min.19°C. Humidity: 37% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 05:58 Brazil's new first lady Michelle Bolsonaro and her husband President Jair Bolsonaro, wave to the crowd from the Planalto Presidential palace, in Brazil on Tuesday Sachin’s coach Achrekar no more Mumbai: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar passed away here on Wednesday. He was aged 86. He was reportedly unwell for the last several days. Apart from Sachin, the Dronacharya Award winning coach also mentored former India stars Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh. 8 P16 1 dead, 7 missing as boat capsizes Paradip: A woman died and seven others of a picnic party were missing as a boat capsized in river Mahanadi in Odisha's Kendrapara district on Wednesday. The incident took place when the mechanised boat carrying 10 persons capsized in the Mahanadi river on Wednesday evening, said Kendrapara collector Dasarathy Satpathy. PENNAR GROUP GETS `309 CR ORDER REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H VUNDAVALLI CALLS FOR OPEN DEBATE ON WHITE PAPERS Cong clips Rafale deal with audio Sinha, Shourie, Bhushan want review of SC verdict n Sparks fly over purported Parrikar’s tape as govt rejects demand for JPC New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday released a purported audio clip of a Goa minister on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's alleged claim of a ﬁle on Rafale deal "lying in his bedroom", igniting a fresh political ﬁrestorm as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley crossed swords with its chief Rahul Gandhi. Jaitley also whipped out a dialogue from a James Bond ﬁlm to accuse Gandhi of peddling "lies" and "falsehood" in the Lok Sabha after the Congress president made an attempt to play the unveriﬁed audio tape purportedly of the minister Vishwajit Rane telling an unidentiﬁed person regarding the alleged claim by Parrikar at a Cabinet meeting last week. Launching a blistering attack on the government, Gandhi targeted Narendra Modi saying he "does not have guts" to face questions in Parliament. He also alleged that Parrikar is "blackmailing" the prime minister. The Congress earlier in the day demanded answers from Modi on Parrikar's purported claim and asked if this was the reason why a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe was not being ordered. Congress chief spokesperson Ran- DROP FREEDOM IDEA, PREZ XI TELLS TAIWAN Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speak in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on the issues related to Rafale deal in New Delhi on Wednesday deep Surjewala came out with a conbedroom here only in my ﬂat, each and versation purportedly between Rane every document on Rafale." and another person regarding the alHowever, there was no confirmation leged claim by Parrikar. Rane purporton whether it was the voice of Rane edly can be heard saying in the audio. Parrikar on that during a Goa cabinet Goa Minister Vishwajit his part termed the aumeeting last week Par- Rane termed the audio dio clip as a desperate rikar allegedly stated he attempt to fabricate had an entire ﬁle and all clip as "doctored" and facts after the Supreme documents relating to fake and told BJP Court exposed the "lies" the Rafale deal lying in president Amit Shah of the opposition party. his bedroom, Surjewala that he has asked the No such discussion as claimed, playing the con- State government to cited in the audio clip versation for the media ever came up during the order an inquiry into outside Parliament. Cabinet or any other He quoted Rane as the matter meeting, said Parrikar, saying, "The chief minwho was the defence ister made a very interesting statement, minister when India and France signed that I have all the information of Rafale a deal for the purchase of fighter airin my bedroom....that means he is holdcraft from France. Continued on Page 15 ing them to ransom. He said it is in my New Delhi: Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with advocate Prashant Bhushan approached the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking review of its December 14 judgement which dismissed all PILs alleging irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France. The apex court had relied upon "patently incorrect" claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover in the court, they alleged in their review plea. They said that they were not given an opportunity to be heard on the claims made by the government in the note "resulting in gross miscarriage of justice". A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on December 14 dismissed all Public Interest Litigations (PILs) against the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying there was no occasion to "really doubt the decision-making process" warranting setting aside of the contract. Parrikar ‘blackmailing’ Modi: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is "blackmailing" Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the former Union defence minister claims that he has the entire Rafale deal file "in his bedroom." Citing an audio clip in which a Goa cabinet minister is quoting Parriker claiming that he has the Rafale deal file, Gandhi said there might be many such "tapes". ‘Rafale planes’ fly in Parliament P11 Beijing: Talking tough, President Xi Jinping on Wednesday asked Taiwan to reject independence and embrace "peaceful reuniﬁcation" with China on a 'onecountry-two systems' basis, warning that he would not renounce the option of using military force if Taipei persists with the idea of freedom. In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of issuing 'Message to Compatriots' in Taiwan, president Xi proposed 'one -country-two-systems' on the lines of Hong Kong for the peaceful reuniﬁcation of Taiwan. "Chinese don't ﬁght Chinese," Xi, 65, said, asserting that the peaceful reuniﬁcation is in the best interests of the compatriots across the Strait as well as to China. "We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means," he said, delivering a strong message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ingwen, a ﬁrm advocate of Taiwan's independence. Xi, regarded as the most powerful leader who heads the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), the military and the presidency, said both Hong Kong and Macau were integrated into China under the 'one-country-two-systems' basis and have retained their autonomy. Be on my side, Naidu asks Pawan Protests as two women pray at Sabarimala OUR BUREAU JAGAN ATTACK: A SHAM ONLY FOR FAME OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam police, which investigated the knife attack on YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in October last year, have arrived at the conclusion that there was no conspiracy and that the assailant resorted to the misadventure to grab attention. Visakhapatnam Commissioner of Police Mahesh Chandra Laddha, speaking to media persons here on Wednesday, said that the accused Janepalli Srinivasa Rao, who was a follower of Jagan Mohan Reddy, had assaulted him with an intention to kill him but to create some sensation. Srinivasa Rao slashed Jagan Mohan Reddy on his biceps when he could not land his knife on his neck. "We have examined 92 witnesses and the 321 contacts on 11 phones used by him,” the police said. The small knife which he used was brought by the accused from Rajupalem in East Godavari when he went there to watch cock Continued on Page 15 ﬁghts. Kuppam (Chittoor dt): In a signiﬁcant development that might change the dynamics of state politics, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was a bitter critic of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan till now, has invited him to join hands with him in his ﬁght against the BJP for securing justice for the state. Speaking at a public meeting in his Kuppam constituency organised to mark the inauguration of the sixth edition of state wide Janmabhoomi Maavooru (JBM) programme on Wednesday, the AP Chief Minister said that he wants Pawan Kalyan to be on his side since he had also been maintaining that the Centre had betrayed the trust of the people of the state and had even constituted a fact-ﬁnding committee to ascertain as to what had been delivered by the Centre and what was still due. He said that it would be appropriate if Pawan Kalyan strengthens his hands to intensify the struggle to save the state. "The ﬁght I am spearheading against the Centre is neither for me nor for my family but for the people of the state,” he said. Naidu, however, continued his virulent attack on YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Mohan Reddy, Prime Minister Narendra Women in SC colony welcoming Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu with traditional Harathi when he arrived to inaugurate the newlyconstructed houses under NTR Housing programme in Vaddipalli on the outskirts of Kuppam in Chittoor district on Wednesday Modi and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao who, he said, had joined hands to conspire against him. "Modi is determined to wreak vengeance against me after I intensified fight against him through Dharma Poratams conducted 11 times to build a strong public opinion against Modi. Naidu said that TRS chief Chandrashekar Rao is training guns at him afraid that his people will turn against him after watching how he (Naidu) had been navigating the state through choppy waters, making it clock growth in all sectors and providing corruption-free serv- ice to the people. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is anxious to get off the CBI hook, is prostrating before Modi, Naidu said. He said that the Centre had denied Swachh Bharat funds forcing the state to complete construction of individual toilets scheme on its own and delayed or provided meager funds for Polavaram and Amaravati capital deliberately to cripple the state. Even the shifting of High Court was sudden as it was meant to give a reprieve to Jaganmohan Reddy from corruption cases which the CBI had ﬁled against him. Continued on Page 15 Thiruvananthapuram/ Sabarimala: Protests erupted across Kerala on Wednesday after two women in the hitherto banned age group entered the Sabarimala temple before dawn, with the Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SMS) calling for a state-wide shutdown on Thursday. The temple was shut for an hour to conduct "purification rituals" after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that Bindu and Kanaka Durga had 'darshan' at 3.30 am, having been stopped on December 24 by predominantly male pilgrims from entering the hill shrine. Continued on Page 15 Priests carry out ‘puriﬁcation’ of the Lord Ayyappa Temple after two women in their early 40s entered the shrine and oﬀered prayers Actor Sivaji takes up dotted lands issue for CM OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Film actor Sivaji has warned that he would go on indeﬁnite hunger strike if the state does not resolve the dotted lands issue by Sankranti. The film actor, speaking to media persons, said that the impasse over returning the possession of the dotted lands to those who are claiming to be their owners, is taking time since a few officials, who wanted to defame the state government, were trying their best to retain the lands with the government. He said that officials in three districts were working against the directions of the chief minister who had clearly stated that the lands be returned to their rightful owners. "If the officials do not like the government, let them resign. Why are they not implementing the chief minister's instructions," he asked. He lashed out at the Opposition for not taking up the issue since it is not bothered about the interests of the people. Actor Sivaji speaking to the media at the Press Club in Vijayawada on Wednesday "The YSRC chief's only interest is to become the chief minister," he said. He said that the game plan of some officials is that by not returning the lands, they are trying to turn the farmers and people against the government with mala ﬁde intentions. He asserted that he would confront the ofﬁcials why they were not implementing government's decisions. He said he would soon be meeting the chief minister and after discussing the issue with him, he would expose the officials. A still from a video grab shows two women, Bindu and Kanaka Durga (both in black outfits), walk to oﬀer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala on Wednesday Sivaji believes that the adamant attitude of the officials in not returning the land to the farmers was borne out of a strategy to cripple Chandrababu Naidu. The government had named the lands for which there were no records with the revenue department as dotted lands and took them into its possession recently. Ever since, those who had been raising crops in those lands or who have immovable property on them had been insisting that they are their rightful owners. CABINET NOD FOR MERGER OF 3 BANKS New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of public sector lenders Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda (BoB). Brieﬁng reporters following the cabinet meeting, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the merger will make the transferee Bank of Baroda the third largest bank in the country and a 'globally competitive entity'. "There will be no retrenchment of employees as the employees of Dena and Vijaya banks will be transferred to BoB. There will be no problem in service conditions," 8 P5 he said.
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