www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.32C. Min.19°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 05:59 MAHB CANCELS HYD AIRPORT STAKE SALE PACT WITH GMR REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H PAWAN REFUTES ALLIANCE TALK, TO CONTEST ALL SEATS DEMONETISATION AGAIN? Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP MPs Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Anurag Thakur during the 3rd MPs Badminton Tournament inauguration, at Constitution Club in New Delhi on Thursday PM Modi bats for more research Jalandhar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday added 'Jai Anusandhan' to the slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' coined by the late Lal Bahadur Shastri, hailing the power of research to propel the nation into the top league. The slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' was later suffixed with 'Jai Vigyan' by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Trump mocks Modi on Afghanistan New Delhi: Developmental assistance can play a major role in transforming Afghanistan, official sources said on Thursday, rejecting US President Donald Trump's jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over funding of a "library" in the war-ravaged country and asking "who's using it". 8 P11 RBI cuts printing of `2,000 notes New Delhi: The printing of Rs 2000 note, introduced after demonetisation on November 8, 2016, has been reduced to a “minimum” by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), a top Finance ministry official said on Thursday amid reports that it is being phased out. Soon after the sudden decision to ban old Rs 500/1000 currency notes by the Union government, the RBI had come out with the Rs 2000 note along with a new Rs 500 note as part of its remonetisation exercise. According to the Finance min- THE BIGGEST EVER RAID ON SANDALWOOD STARS IT raids Kannada actors, popular TN food joints Bengaluru: In a crackdown against tax evasion, the Income Tax Department on Thursday conducted raids on top Kannada ﬁlm stars in Karnataka and undertook searches at popular food joints in Tamil Nadu. The IT officers continued their operations at the homes of top actors, including Shiva Rajkumar, Sudeep, Puneeth Rajkumar and Yash, producers Rockline Venkatesh, Jayanna, CR Manohar, Vijay Kiragundur and others. A total of 26 residences and offices in Bengaluru were under the 'raids' for over 10 hours. The raids were also conducted at over two dozen premises of companies like Saravana Bhavan, Hot Bread, Anjappal and Grand Sweets spread in 32 locations in Tamil Nadu on charges of alleged tax evasion, officials said. Over 100 IT sleuths carried out the raids at the residences and offices of the directors of these food joint chains. Continued on Page 6 istry official, the central bank and the Union government decide from time to time the quantum of currency notes to be printed on the basis of money in circulation. When the Rs 2000 note was launched, it was decided that the printing would be “scaled down” going forward, since the new high-value currency note was meant for meeting the remonetisation needs. “The printing of Rs 2000 notes has been substantially reduced. It has been decided to limit the printing of Rs 2000 notes to a minimum. This is nothing new,” the official said. The `2000 note was launched for meeting the remonetisation needs after the old `500/1000 notes were banned due to demonetisation two years ago WILL SOLVE DOTTED LANDS’ ISSUE IN 30 DAYS, VOWS CM OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday warned IAS officials against creating any obstacles in resolving the dotted lands’ issue in the state. Reacting to actor Sivaji’s allegations against some officials in the state who were trying to tarnish the image of the government, Chandrababu Naidu said there was no question of compromise on the dotted lands’ issue and the other pending land-related issues. Speaking at a news conference at Undavalli here, the CM said he had directed the officials to clear all the grievances immediately. Naidu said if Sivaji reveals the names of the officials who have been trying to retain the lands with the government to defame it, he will take stringent action against such officials. The Chief Minister said the government was committed to settle all such land issues by the end of this month. “Except the lands which were in court disputes, all others will be cleared by the end of this month,” he said. But officials say it would be very difficult to resolve the dotted lands’ issue in the state within a month as desired by the Chief Minister, because of many factors, including disputes in the court. There are more than 89,000 grievances from the people across Disruptions rock Lok Sabha again 14 TDP MPs AMONG 21 LAWMAKERS SUSPENDED New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned for the day as members of the TDP and AIADMK continued to disrupt proceedings despite the Speaker suspending 21 more MPs for unruly behaviour on Wednesday. With the House unable to transact business due to ruckus by the two parties, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered the suspension of the 21 members, including 14 of the TDP and seven of AIADMK. The development came a day after 24 AIADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for disrupting proceedings. As the According to RBI data, there were 3,285 million pieces of Rs 2000 notes in circulation at the end of March 2017. A year after, on March 31, 2018, there was only a marginal increase in that number to 3,363 million pieces. Of the total currency in circulation amounting to Rs 18,037 billion on March 31, 2018, Rs 2000 notes accounted for 37.3%, down from 50.2% on March 31, 2017. The old Rs 500/1000 notes that were scrapped due to demonetisation accounted for around 86% of the total currency in circulation at that time. The crux of the issue here relates to the rejection of the applications by the revenue department oﬃcials. As many of the issues are complicated, the oﬃcials are taking the easy way out by keeping them either pending or rejecting the claims outright the state on the dotted lands requesting the government to regularise them in their favour. At the same time, the revenue department had cleared only 12,000 grievances so far. The revenue officials rejected a majority of the applications of the remaining 77,000 grievances. Only a few grievances are pending. The crux of the issue here relates to the rejection of the applications by the revenue department officials. As many of the issues are complicated, the officials are taking the easy way out by keeping them either pending or rejecting the claims outright. One official opine that the Chief Minister had taken up the issue unnecessarily at the time of elections. They say that the dotted lands’ issue has been hanging ﬁre for more than six decades and the CM has been trying to solve it within a short span of time which is an uphill task. AP all set to give `300-cr relief to AgriGold victims OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The state government is all set to distribute Rs 200 crore to Rs 300 crore among the depositors of AgriGold, AP Planning Board vice-chairman C Kutumba Rao said here on Thursday. Speaking to the mediapersons, Rao said that helping the victims will start from this month end. Already, the government has paid Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of those who died unable to overcome grief of losing their lifetime savings. Rao said the state government was committed to helping the depositors by working out ways to do justice to them under the supervision of the High Court. In the wake of the division of the High Court, the process might be slightly delayed, but it would be done as soon as possible. He said that though the case against AgriGold was ﬁled in Hyderabad, it was being dealt by the AP High Court since most of the victims were from AP. Rao said that preparations were going on to attach the remaining properties of AgriGold in addition to the properties that the High Court had already attached. Taking potshots at YSRC chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Rao said the Opposition party was trying to beneﬁt politically by provoking the victims against the state government at a time when the state was doing everything in its capacity to go to their rescue. "A group of ministers held talks with the victims who staged a dharna recently and efforts are on to resolve the issue," Rao said and wanted to know why Jagan Mohan Reddy shouldn’t acquire the properties himself and thus help the victims. "Jagan who is the wealthiest politician in India could easily acquire the property. Compared to his stake in Bharati Cements and Jagati Publications, the value of the AgriGold properties is very small," he said. STONE LAID FOR `100-CR PROJECT ‘Kuppam airstrip will speed up growth’ OUR BUREAU House met on Thursday, TDP and AIADMK members trooped in the Well, raising slogans and carrying banners demanding special state status to Andhra Pradesh and stalling of a dam on river Cauvery, respectively. Continued on Page 6 Tirupati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of an airstrip to be built with an outlay of Rs 100 crore at Ammavaripeta village on the borders of Ramakuppam-Santhipuram mandals in Kuppam constituency. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the airstrip will boost the farmers’ horticulture products, including vegetables, ﬂowers, and fruits in the Kuppam area and accelerate the growth of Rayalaseema as a horticulture hub. He thanked the farmers who gave up their lands for the construction of the airstrip to be constructed in an area of 483 acres and directed the officials to complete the works within 8 months. Continued on Page 6 SABARIMALA ROW Widespread violence in Kerala during shutdown Thiruvananthapuram: A dawnto-dusk Kerala shutdown called to denounce the visit of two women to the Sabarimala temple saw major violence on Thursday, a rarity compared to the regular strikes the state witnesses from time to time. The Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SKS), which had the backing of the BJP and RSS, said it called the protest to oppose the role of the Kerala government which facilitated the entry of the two women inside the temple before dawn on Wednesday. What began as minor skirmishes at various places be- tween the strike organisers and its opponents aggravated during the day as more than 300 protesters were arrested, with nearly 100 people, including police officials, getting injured in the violence.The worst affected districts included Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kasargode and Kannur. A number of CPI-M offices came under attack. In several places in the suburbs of the state capital, it was a free for all as rival factions took on one another. In Nedumangadu near here crude bombs was thrown at Police personnel patrol at a closed market during Congress party's statewide 'black day' strike on the issue of the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Kozhikode on Thursday CPI-M offices while homes of CPI-M leaders were attacked. While state-owned and private buses were off the road, private vehicles, mostly two-wheelers, plied. Private cars also operated in Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities in Kerala. Even as the two traders' body in the state announced they would open their shops, in several places shops failed to open. However, in Kozhikode, traders were determined to open their shops even as the SKS and BJP activists protested. "This frequent calling of shutdown is not acceptable. We will open in future also," said a group of shopkeepers at Kozhikode. An inter-state bus from Karnataka was stoned in Kozhikode district. Similar incidents were also reported from Kasaragod and Palakkad. University examinations scheduled for Thursday were postponed. All educational institutions in the state were shut. Meanwhile, the Left government decided to take strong action against the trouble makers. Vijayan added that there was no protest from ordinary people including women over the entry of the two women at the Sabarimala temple.
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