www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 7 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.28C. Min.19°C. Humidity: 46% Sunrise: 06:37 Sunset: 05:59 Hasina announces 47-member Cabinet Dhaka: A 47-member new cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was announced on Sunday. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told a press conference that the cabinet included 25 ministers, including Prime Minister Hasina, 19 ministers of state and three deputy ministers. According to the cabinet secretary, Hasina has inducted 31 new faces into her new cabinet. Members of the next cabinet, including the prime minister, are slated to take the oath at 3:30 pm local time on Monday at the President's Office. INDEX FUNDS: LESS RISKY WAY OF INVESTING IN EQUITY MKT REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NEW SYLLABUS TO BRING DOWN BURDEN ON STUDENTS Prove orders for HAL or quit Rahul dares Defence Minister Sitharaman New Delhi: Slamming Nirmala Sitharaman for "lying" in Parliament over Rafale issue, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday demanded Defence Minister's resignation. "When you tell one lie, you need to keep spinning out more lies, to cover up the ﬁrst one. In her eagerness to defend the PM's Rafale lie, the RM (Raksha Mantri) lied to Parliament. Tomorrow, RM must place before Parliament documents showing Rs 1 Lakh crore of govt orders to HAL. Or resign," he tweeted. Rahul Gandhi questioned her over a report that said that India's leading defence PSU HAL is keenly awaiting formalisation of orders adding up to Rs 1 lakh crore mentioned by Sitharaman during the discussion on the Rafale ﬁghter deal in the Lok Sabha . The report quoted a senior HAL management official as saying that no actual order had either been placed or a single rupee had been released to the company. Meanwhile, the Congress accused the Defence Minister and her senior colleagues of spinning a "web of lies" around the Rafale deal issue to hide the Prime Minister's "falsehood". A day after the government's defence in the Lok Sabha over the Rafale deal, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said: "The ministers in the court of this 'king' are lying, to hide the falsehood of the 'king'. The Defence Minister said lies. It is not her fault… her fault is that she's a minister in a court of a 'king', who has uttered such a huge lie. And to hide that lie, the entire cabinet is lying," Khera said. Sitharaman hits back, says Rahul misleading nation New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has strongly hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for raising doubts over multi-crore contracts given to the Hindustan Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) saying “he should apologise for misleading the nation.” In her counter offensive, Sitharaman said it was a matter of “shame” that the Congress president was misleading the country on the issue. She also tweeted details of the contract awarded to HAL since 2014 when the BJP came to power. "Dear Shri @RahulGandhi , looks like you really need to start from ABCs. Someone like you who is hellbent on misleading the public will quote an article even before reading it," she tweeted. Modi putting spokes in AP’s wheel of growth: CM PM doesn’t like anyone questioning him, alleges Naidu OUR BUREAU Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felt that there was growing political intolerance against the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre. Addressing the Janmabhoomi meeting at Punaadipau village in Krishna district, Naidu said the BJP wants to suppress the Muslims in the name of triple talaq and was taking steps to send Muslims to jails. The BJP was also harassing those who question Centre’s undemocratic functioning and was targeting those who were uniting against the NDA. Soon after Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and BSP leader Mayawati announced joining hands to ﬁght the BJP in the 2019 general election, the Modi government ordered CBI raids on them. The BJP provoked violence in Kerala with political interests, he added. Naidu said the Prime Minister does not like anyone Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu administering the pledge to people at the Janmabhoomi-Maa Vooru programme at Punadipaddu in Krishna district on Sunday questioning him. He only likes those who are subservient to him like YSRCP leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Centre had transferred the CBI judge who was handling Jagan’s case when the hearing had reached a crucial stage and has intentionally handed over Jagan attack case to the NIA even without consulting the state government, the Chief Minister said. Since Andhra Pradesh had revolted against the Centre, the NDA government has been creating ﬁnancial hurdles and levelling false alle- gations against the state government. “The Centre has now gone to the extent of imposing restrictions on his Davos tour and following his protest has made some halfhearted amendments, he said. Naidu said the state and Centre both have rights in cooperative federalism, but the Centre is using the concept of federalism as a slogan only. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah were making plans to suppress the states and other political parties, the AP CM said. Continued on Page 15 10 Sabarimala pilgrims from PM accuses CM of betraying NTR’s values, promoting son AP CM Naidu is TS killed in TN road accident pushing the state Pudukottai (TN): Ten Sabarimala pilgrims from Telangana died in a road accident near Thirumayam town in Pudukottai district of central Tamil Nadu Sunday after their vehicle collided head-on with a lorry, police said. Five others have sustained grievous injuries, a senior police officer said, adding that some of the deceased were in their early twenties or early thirties. "The incident happened at around 3 pm when the tempo in which the Sabarimala pilgrims were travelling from Karaikudi to Pudukottai collided with a lorry that was coming from the opposite direction," the officer said. The lorry occupied the rightside of the divider-less, narrow road leading to the collision, he said, adding that an investigation is on. The bodies have been sent for autopsy. The injured have been admitted at the Pudukottai government hospital. The victims hailed from Narasapur mandal in Medak district. The deceased are identiﬁed as Nagaraju, Mahesh, Syam, Kumar, Praveen, Krishan Sai, Anajeneyulu and Suresh. The driver of the ill-fated vehicle too died in the accident. CONCRETE RECORD Mega concrete works underway to create a new Guinness record at the Polavaram project site on Sunday P15 into ‘sunset’ to see his ‘son rise’, a mock reference to the state's tagline ‘Sunrise AP’ – PM Modi Amaravati/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of pushing the state into "sunset" to see his "son rise", a mock reference to the state's tagline "Sunrise AP". Addressing BJP workers in Andhra Pradesh through video-conference, Strike may hit bank services on Jan 8, 9 New Delhi: Banking services are likely to be affected on January 8 and 9 as a section of public sector undertaking bank employees would go on a two-day strike in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government's alleged anti-worker policy. The All India Bank Employees Association and Bank Employees Federation of India has informed the Indian Banks' Association of the two-day nationwide strike on January 8-9, 2019, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the BSE. In a stock exchange filing, Allahabad Bank said the issues and demands are of industry level and strike call is also given at industry level. "Therefore, if the strike takes place, the functioning of branches of the bank may be affected,” it said. “The bank is taking all the necessary steps in terms of the existing guidelines for smooth functioning of bank's branches/offices on the day of strike(s), in the event the strike materialises." PLAN TO HAVE AIRPORT-LIKE-SECURITY AT STATIONS Rlys to close stations 20 mins ahead of departure New Delhi: The Indian Railways is planning to seal stations just like airports and passengers would have to arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure of trains to complete the process of security checks. The security plan – with high end technology – has already been put in motion at Allahabad, in anticipation of the Kumbh Mela which begins this month and at Hoobly railway station in Karnataka with a blueprint for 202 more stations ready for implementation, Railway Protection Force Director General Arun Kumar said. “The plan is to seal the railway stations. It is primarily about identifying openings and to determine how many can be closed. There are areas which will be closed through permanent boundary walls, others will be manned by RPF personnel and yet others will have collapsible gates. At each entry point there will be random security checks. However, unlike at airports, passengers need not come hours in advance, but just 15-20 minutes ahead of their departure times to ensure that they are not delayed because of the security process,” he said. Kumar said that while security will increase, presence of security personnel will not. “If we are inventing in technology, then manpower requirement will reduce,” he said. These steps are a part of a security plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations. The ISS will comprise CCTV cameras, access control, personal and baggage screening system and bomb detection and disposal system which together provide multiple checking of passengers and baggage from the point of entry in the station premises till boarding of train. Modi also invoked "Telugu pride", alleging that Naidu betrayed Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N T Rama Rao by joining hands with the Congress. "Telugu pride can only be restored when you (Naidu) put the interests of AP above your political interests and lust for power," the Prime Minister said. Continued on Page 15
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