www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.26C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 06:43 Sunset: 05:49 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG GETS DOWN TO BRASS TACKS ON POLL SHOW IN 10-SECOND AYODHYA HEARING… WITH AN EYE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS... 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. SC says will decide on Jan 10 KCR TO VISIT DUBAI Congress MPs in a demonstration protest with potatoes during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday OUR BUREAU KCR has made all arrangements to leave for Dubai on Sunday morning, a senior oﬃcial said, while indicating that there is a possibility of cancellation of KCR’s foreign tour at the last minute. In case he decides not to go, only the oﬃcial team will attend the summit The Chief Minister has made all arrangements to leave for Dubai on Sundaymorning,aseniorofficialsaid butindicatedthatthereisapossibility of cancellation of KCR’s foreign tour at the last minute. In case he decides not to go, only the official team will attend the summit. In an official order, Chief Secretary SK Joshi said on Friday that state Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Secretary to Chief Minister S Narsing Rao, Principal Secretary to IT and Industry Jayesh Ranjan and Principal Secretary to MunicipalAdministrationandUrban Development (MA and UD) Arvind Kumar will accompany KCR. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Will the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao embark on his proposed weeklong visit to Dubai to attend investors’ summit and meet Indian diaspora, including Telangana NRIs or postpone it? According to sources, KCR is to leave for Dubai on Sunday accompanied by a group of state officials. But the officials are tight lipped over the reason why the tour might be cancelled. They, however, point out that if KCR does not undertake the journey, it would be because there are no auspicious days till Sankranti. Stage set for Kakinada greenfield port at Kona village BUSINESS BUREAU 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. Kakinada: GMR Kakinada Gateway Port Ltd, on Friday held the ground-breaking 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 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. Continued on Page 4 SURESH REDDY NEW PRESIDENT FOR TIE HYD 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 ﬁve-judge constitution bench, had directed that the case be referred to a three-judge bench to begin hearing from October 29. Continued on Page 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4
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