www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.26C. Min.12°C. Humidity: 42% Sunrise: 06:43 Sunset: 05:48 STATE WINDOWS 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 P12 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. BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ENSURE TRS WINS 16 LS SEATS: KTR TO PARTY ACTIVISTS PENNAR GROUP GETS `309 CR ORDER CABINET NOD FOR MERGER OF 3 BANKS 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- 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 4 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 P7 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 condi8 P8 tions," he said. DROP FREEDOM IDEA, PREZ XI TELLS TAIWAN Beijing: Talking tough, President Xi Jinping on Wednesday asked Taiwan to reject independence and embrace "peaceful reuniﬁcation" with China on a 'one-country-two systems' basis, warning that he would not renounce the option of using military force if Taipei persists with the idea of freedom. Continued on Page 4 Panchayat poll code comes in way of Cabinet formation OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The ensuing panchayat elections have cast a long shadow on the constitution of Telangana state cabinet which has been hanging ﬁre since the formation of new Telangana government headed by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on December 13. Even as KCR hinted that his cabinet will be constituted soon after Sankranti festival, it is unlikely to come into being in view of the election code clamped by State Election Commission (SEC) on the sidelines of the conduct of panchayat elections. Since the poll code is in force till January 30, the swearing in of ministers is also not allowed. Earlier, KCR gave sufficient indication that an 8 to 10 ministers will take oath after Sankranti. It is also reportedly decided to organise the swearing-in ceremony on the auspicious day between January 18 and 20. Sources said that KCR had planned to induct a few members into his cabinet before Lok Sabha elections and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inspecting Annaram barrages under Kaleshwaram Project lift irrigation scheme in Bhoopalpally on Wednesday the rest of them will be inducted after the general elections. The Election Commission is contemplating issuing notiﬁcation in February. KCR would have to form the cabinet soon after the panchayat poll code is lifted. If there is any delay, the EC notiﬁcation for Lok Sabha elections will come as another stumbling block to form the cabinet in February also. Once the notiﬁcation issued, the poll code will come into force until the declaration of the poll results in April end or in May. Sources said that KCR is ﬁnding auspicious days in February before the announcement of poll schedule by the election commission. After the general elections, Cooperative, MPTC and ZPTC and Municipal elections are due in the Telangana in June and July. MNCs to help make Kaleshwaram international tourist destination OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With the larger objective of developing the emerging Kaleshwaram project areas and its environs into an international tourist destination, the Telangana government is planning to rope in multi-national companies for establishing high-end infrastructure that would meet the needs of foreign tourists. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, during his second visit to the Kaleshwaram sites on Wednesday, instructed officials to promote tourism at the locales by providing appropriate amenities upon completion of the project works. The Chief Minister said that once the Kaleshwaram project is completed, the entire area could be turned into a massive tourist spot. Accordingly, the State government is planning to construct hotels and restaurants, spread over 5-10 acres of land. A proposal to involve multi-national companies in promoting tourism at the project sites is also under consideration. Apart from developing the road network along the project sites, electric boating facilities will also be developed, he said and instructed the officials to prepare proposals for this. Expressing his unhappiness over the delay in the completion of irrigation works, the Chief Minister rapped the officials and con- tracting agencies. He then asked them to expedite the works by increasing the machinery engaged and quadrupling the deployment of labour at the work sites. The Chief Minister visited the Kannepalli pump house taken up under the Kaleshwaram project and inspected the works of the barrage over a stretch of 15 km, connecting the pump house and the Annaram barrage. He inspected the works and enquired from officials and representatives of the agencies the progress in the works. The CM sought to know the reasons behind the collapse of side slopes along the canal in some areas and instructed officials to build concrete guide walls in place of the slopes. He wanted them to execute the works on a war footing, working three shifts with sufficient work force. The CM set March 31 as the deadline for the completion of the works at Annaram and Sundilla barrages and the officials of state Energy Department were also asked to complete the works at subs-stations speedily. During his visit to the pump house taken up under Sriram Sagar revival scheme, KCR asked the officials to speed up the installation of the ﬁrst two pump motors and complete them by March. The third motor pump will have to be installed by June. Chief Secretary SK Joshi and CM OSD Sridhar Rao Deshpande were also present. Prayer by 2 young women at Sabari puts Kerala on the boil 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. The temple was reopened after an hour. SKS activists vowed not to rest till Vijayan was ousted from office and called a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Thursday. Speaking to the media over telephone, Bindu said she and Durga 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 reached the Pamba base camp around 1.30 am and along with a few police officers in civilian clothes went up the pathway. "The government had assured us all help... We, however, did not climb the hallowed 18 steps, instead went through the way normally used by VIPs," said Bindu. "We did not have any Priests carry out ‘puriﬁcation’ of the Lord Ayyappa Temple after two women in their early 40s entered the shrine and oﬀered prayers problems. Barring minor protests, there was no other issue." As the news spread, Sangh Parivar outﬁts took to the streets across Kerala blocking traffic, burning tyres on main roads and stoning buses. In the state capital, the police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse clashing CPI-M and Sangh Parivar activists. Protests were also reported from Kochi, Palghat, Kozhikode and Kasargode. Kerala's biggest traders' body, KVVES, announced it won't shut shops on Thursday as frequent strikes were causing huge losses. Once it became known that the two women had entered the temple, the chief priest and temple tantri met the Pandalam Royal family and decided to shut the shrine for "puriﬁcation rituals". Women and girls in the age group of 10 to 50 are barred from praying at the Sabarimala temple. This ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in September. Continued on Page 4
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