www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.32C. Min.19°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 05:59 SURESH REDDY NEW PRESIDENT FOR TIE HYD REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H 3 HILLS AROUND AMARAVATI GET FACELIFT Stage set for Kakinada greenfield port at Kona village Congress MPs in a demonstration protest with potatoes during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday Parliament nods bill that scraps ‘no detention’ policy New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed after a brief discussion the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to scrap the "no detention" policy up to Class 8th for improving "learning outcomes". However, the Bill empowers the state governments to either scrap the "no detention" policy or keep it intact. The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill. As per the old policy, children could not be failed in examinations, and their promotion to next class could not be withheld up to Class 8. The Bill will become a law after the President's assent. n GoAP, Haldai Petrochemicals sign MoU for `60K-cr refinery BUSINESS BUREAU Kakinada: GMR Kakinada Gateway Port Ltd, on Friday held the groundbreaking ceremony for the development of Greenfield commercial port near Kona village in East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. The foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu. Kakinada Gateway Port is promoted by Kakinada SEZ Ltd, a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited, the ﬂagship company of GMR Group. Kakinada Gateway Port Limited had signed the Concession Agreement on November 21, 2018 with the Director of Ports, Kakinada, GoAP for development of the Port on DBFOT basis (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer). The concession AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, GMR Group Chairman GM Rao with Prasanna Challa, CEO, Kakinada SEZ Ltd (2nd from left) and Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy, Infra & Inv. Dept., Govt. of AP (3rd from right) after the signing of MoU with Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation (APGDC) for laying natural gas pipeline for industries in Kakinada SEZ in Kakinada on Friday. AP Chief Minister also laid foundation stone for Rs 3,000 crore Greenﬁeld Kakinada Port being developed by GMR Group has been awarded with a concession fee of 2.7% of revenue share in the ﬁrst 30 years of COD, 5.4% of revenue share in the years 31 to 40 and 10.8% revenue share in the years 41 to 50. The Port would be developed in an area of over 1811 acres owned by KSEZ. GoAP would lease 133 acres of sea front IN 10-SECOND AYODHYA HEARING… SC says will decide on Jan 10 File photo HC orders NIA to probe knife attack on Jagan OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday ordered investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the knife attack by a youth on YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Presently, the case is being investigated by a Special Investigation Team of the Andhra Pradesh police. Sudhakar Reddy, counsel for Jaganmohan Reddy, contended that the petitioner had no faith in the state police and wanted a thorough investigation by a central agency, preferably NIA. The High Court, which concurred with the argument of the petitioner that there is every danger of tampering with the evidence, ordered the NIA to investigate the case. The Centre already took decision to transfer the case to the NIA and registered an FIR on January 1. The FIR was registered basing on the complaint lodged by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer Dinesh Kumar. This was conveyed to the High Court on Friday. It may be recalled that Jaganmohan Reddy was attacked at the Visakhapatnam airport on October 25, 2018 by J Srinivas, an airport canteen employee with a knife used in cockﬁght. Jagan neither preferred to lodge a complaint nor accepted to record his statement with the AP police expressing no faith in them. The ruling Telugu Desam Party alleged that the attacker was a fan of Jagan and the attack was a planned one for sympathy. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said the bench that will hear a batch of cross petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment on the Ayodhya title suit will decide the future course of hearing. "This is the Ramjanmabhmi case? Yes? Ok. Listen to the order now. Further orders will be passed by the appropriate bench on January 10," Chief Justice Gogoi said asking lawyers in the case to "please come on 10th of January". The hearing that generated a lot of speculation in political circles and among the public at large barley lasted not even for a minute. It lasted only for 10 seconds. The top court at the last listing on October 29 had directed that the matter be listed in the "ﬁrst week of January 2019 for ﬁxing a date of hearing before the appropriate Bench". The matter was listed on October 29 as directed by the top court on September 27. The top court had on September 27, while rejecting the plea by Muslim litigants for referring the challenge to the 2010 High Court judgment to a larger ﬁvejudge constitution bench, had directed that the case be referred to a three-judge bench to begin hearing from October 29. Continued on Page 15 land for the period of concession. The port is expected to handle coal, general cargo and liquid cargoes over the concession period. The estimated project cost is Rs 3,000 crore. The Port is expected to generate huge direct and indirect employment opportunities for the people of Thondangi mandal in East Godavari district of the state. On the occasion, Naidu said, “The 974 km coastline of the State offers tremendous scope for Port development and thus economic development & employment generation in the region. I am conﬁdent that Kakinada Gateway Port would go on to become a gem among the Ports and would stand as a shining example not just for the state or the country, but for the whole world.” Continued on Page 15 PM limits Naidu’s Davos’ plans Modi resorting to destructive politics: Lokesh Amaravati: The ongoing political battle between Andhra Pradesh government and the Centre seems to be taking new twists and turns every day. The latest one being the rejection of the proposal of the Chief Minister to lead a 15-member delegation to Davos for six days. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been attending the World Economic Forum meetings held at Davos every year for the past four years. He utilises this occasion to showcase the state and attract investments. This year too, he sent a proposal to the Centre but the latter on Friday while granting permission to Bofors sank Cong, Rafale will bring Modi back: Sitharaman New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Friday witnessed a ﬁery debate on Rafale deal where Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a point-by-point rebuttal to Congress chief’s charges. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in an over two-hour reply in parliament to an acrimonious debate on the Rafale jet deal, accused the Congress of scrapping an earlier deal for 126 jets when it was in power because it "didn't get the money" and ignored national security in favour of its "treasury security". Pulling no punches, the minister referred to the Bofors scandal that exploded when Rajiv Gandhi - the father of Congress president Rahul Gandhi - was prime minister in 1986 and said: "Bofors was a scam, Rafale is not. It is a decision in the national interest. They lost an election because of Bofors. Rafale will bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi back to power." Sitharaman tore into Rahul Gandhi-led Congress over the Rafale deal, alleging that the party never intended to purchase the ﬁghter jets “till something else was done”. “You stopped the deal, forgetting the Air Force was suffering. The deal didn’t get you money,” she asserted. The minister rubbished the speculations that the ﬁghter aircraft were “available off the shelf”. Continued on Page 15 Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks during the discussion on issues relating to Rafale deal, in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi, Friday Only drama, no answers: Rahul New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman evaded his questions on the controversial Rafale deal and "ran away" when asked a pointed question if the Air Force objected to the changes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made in "two minutes" to the defence acquisition deal negotiated over eight years. Talking to reporters after a debate on the Rafale deal in the Lok Sabha, the Congress president said Sitharaman, instead of answering his simple question in yes or no, started "doing drama" and then ran away. He said the intention of the BJP-led government was to mislead the people of the nation. Continued on Page 15 AIR to shut down national channel in Hyd Also to close down regional academies in 5 cities to cut costs New Delhi: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has decided to close down All India Radio’s national channel and its regional training academies in five cities as part of “cost-cutting measures” and to “rationalise” services. The programme, technical, ministerial and other staff posted at National Channel in Todapur and Nagpur etc, apart from those working at Regional Academies of Broadcasting and Multimedia (RABMs) in five cities, may be posted as per the requirement of the organisation, said the order is- sued by the Directorate General, All India Radio (AIR). In order to “rationalise AIR services and keeping in view of the CM go to Davos said Naidu should cut down his visit to four days and the delegation should not exceed more than ﬁve members. This has invited sharp reaction from the state government. TDP leader and Minister for IT Nara Lokesh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been resorting to sabotage and destructive politics. Lokesh tweeted on his official twitter handle that, Naidu’s participation and networking with investors at the annual world economic forum event at Davos has led to many triumphs for the state. Continued on Page 15 the cost-cutting measures”, it has been decided by Prasar Bharati and communicated to DG AIR on December 24, 2018, to close down the national channel of AIR and RABMs located at Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Shillong and Thiruvananthapuram with immediate effect, it said. The order, dated January 3, stated that the programmes of archival value maintained by national channel should be sent to the central archives in Delhi for digitisation and preservation for posterity. The national channel came up in 1987 and played an important role in keeping people abreast with national issues, an AIR source said. “National channel has a huge repository of programmes and the personnel will now be redeployed,” the source said. It is understood that certain sections within AIR are not happy with the decision as they believe that the national channel was an important part of the broadcasts and there were other ways to cut costs than shutting it down altogether. “These days you can livestream, you can make it an application-based service, there are many other ways of cost-cutting. The effort should have been to strengthen national channel and not close it down,” a source said. Printing of `2K notes stopped; sufficient currency in circulation: govt New Delhi: The Union government on Friday said printing of Rs 2,000 bank notes has been stopped for now as there is enough stock in circulation. The Centre issued the statement after media reported that Rs 2,000-rupee bank notes are being phased out. "Printing of notes is planned per projected requirement and now, over 35 per cent of the notes in circulation are those of Rs 2,000," Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said. Continued on Page 15
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