www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.26C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 36% Sunrise: 06:43 Sunset: 05:49 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG PULLING UP SOCKS FOR LOK SABHA, GP POLLS MAHB CANCELS HYD AIRPORT STAKE SALE PACT WITH GMR 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 P7 IMA PROTEST IN TS TODAY 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 `2000 note was launched for meeting the remonetisation needs after the old `500/1000 notes were banned due to demonetisation two years ago n Doctors’ body 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. 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 government deferred it indeﬁnitely. The commission put on hold the whole exercise of ﬁnalizing the report soon after the issue of the notiﬁcation by the Election Commission for the Assembly elections in November. With the mounting pressure from the employees demanding enforcement of fresh PRC at the earliest, the commission called for a meeting with TGOs (Telangana Gazetted Officers) and TNGOs (Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers) and Secretariat Employees union leaders for talks. Once the consultations with the employees’ unions on their demands are over, the commission will hold a meeting with the state Finance department and put an end to the deadlock on the ﬁnalisation of the pay structure. The government has already analysed the ﬁnancial implications of the IR and PRC. The rough estimates show that a mere 1 per cent IR will put an additional burden of Rs 300 crore per annum on the state exchequer. A hike of 10 per cent would increase the burden to Rs 3,000 crore per annum and 20 per cent to Rs 6,000 crore per year. Officials said that the government is unlikely to implement the PRC till August as the state has already decided to present a vote-on-account for a period of six months from April to August in the place of regular budget in the Assembly. 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. Continued on Page 4 PRC RESUMES WORK TO FIX PAY SCALES FOR GOVT STAFF OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: As the Assembly elections are over, the ﬁrst PRC (Pay Revision Commission) headed by CR Biswal resumed action on Thursday to ﬁnalise the pending revised pay scales of the government employees. Tentatively, the commission will submit its report to the government in February ﬁrst week. However, the PRC recommendations are unlikely to be en- forced till August in view of the government decision to present a vote-on-account in March. The government was to have implemented the new PRC in July last itself. Before the revision of the scales, the employees would have to get IR (Interim Relief ). Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao made the promise of the disbursement of IR from August last. Due to delay in the ﬁnalization of the IR structure by the commission, Disruptions rock Lok Sabha again state status to Andhra Pradesh and stalling of a dam on river Cauvery, respectively. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: The Indian Medical Association chapter of Telangana will protest the three bills - the Consumer Protection Bill 2018, the National Medical Commission Bill 2017, Medical Council Amendment Bill, 2017 – by the Central government. According to TS state secretary of the IMA Dr Sanjeev Singh Yadav, the medical fraternity would be discharging duties on Friday by wearing black armbands. A rally or demonstration is also being planned in the afternoon after hundreds of doctors converge at one place, he added. The Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha a few days ago, seeks to replace the MCI and also proposed allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homeopathy and Ayurveda, to practise allopathy after completing a bridge course. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has been opposing the NMC Bill saying it will cripple the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators. "The Medical Council of India is a representative body of the medical professionals in the country. Any registered medical practitioner in the country can contest the election and every qualiﬁed doctor can vote," said the doctors expressing concerns that bill deprives voting rights of every doctor to elect their own medical council. According to the doctors' fraternity, the NMC Bill in the present form was not acceptable to them. They opine the bill is anti-poor, anti-people, undemocratic and anti-federal. Continued on Page 4 IT raids Kannada actors, popular TN food joints Yash House met on Thursday, TDP and AIADMK members trooped in the Well, raising slogans and carrying banners demanding special OUR BUREAU THE BIGGEST EVER RAID ON SANDALWOOD STARS 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 opposing three Central bills Sudeep 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 4 ENTRY OF TWO WOMEN INTO SABARIMALA TEMPLE 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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