www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.32C. Min.19°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:48 Sunset: 05:58 AP tableau for RD parade rejected Vijayawada: In what could be described as ruffling of feathers, the Central government rejected the Republic Day tableau proposed by the Andhra Pradesh government. The Union Ministry of Defence invited all the state governments in August last to send the proposals for tableaus to be displayed during the Republic Day parade with the themes connected with the life of Mahatma Gandhi. 8 P15 AUROBINDO TO BUILD AROUND 150 PRODUCTS IN NEXT 3 YRS Virat Kohli kisses the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney on Monday Cabinet approves Citizenship Bill New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 that aims to give citizenship to illegal migrants of six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, a move that has stoked a major row in Assam. The Cabinet cleared the bill soon after the JPC presented its report in the Lok Sabha endorsing the move to legalize minority immigrants who entered Assam till December 31, 2014. 8 P11 ‘CENTRE NEEDS TO REIMBURSE HUGE FUNDS TO AP’ Now quota for upper castes n Modi Cabinet approves 10% quota for poor among general category India’s GDP to grow at 7.2% in 2018-19 New Delhi: India's GDP (gross domestic product) is estimated to grow at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19 compared to 6.7 per cent attained during the previous fiscal. "Real GDP or GDP at Constant Prices (2011-12) in the year 201819 is likely to attain a level of Rs 139.52 lakh crore, as against the 'Provisional Estimate of GDP for the year 2017-18' of Rs 130.11 lakh crore. 8 P5 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Invincible India Sydney: Indian cricket got its new seminal moment after the talismanic Virat Kohli led the country to a maiden Test series’ victory on Australian soil, ending a 71-year wait to script a golden chapter in the game's history. Gloomy weather and a dark Sydney skyline were witness to Indian cricket's brightest hour in what was the country's 12th attempt to achieve something perceived as impossible at one point of time. The fourth and final Test match at the SCG petered to a barren draw due to inclement weather but not before providing India with a 2-1 series win and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath's side visited the country back in 1947-48 months after independence to face Sir Don Bradman's 'Invincibles'. Alongside Ajit Wadekar's side's twin triumph in the West Indies and England in 1971, Kapil's Devils or Rahul Dravid's sides' winning the 1986 or 2007 series in England, the members of the current side have now successfully etched their names in record books. 8 Details: P16 New Delhi: In a landmark move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has decided to give 10 per cent reservation in jobs and admissions into higher education institutions for economically backward persons among the upper castes. This was approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday. The reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation and the government will amend Articles 15 and 16 - which are on discrimination and equal opportunity - of the Constitution to implement it, reports said. "The reservation will be given to those economically backward poor people who are not availing the beneﬁt of reservation as of now," sources said. “In fact, the government is aiming to introduce the legislation on Tuesday on the last day of the current leg of the winter session of Parliament,” the sources added. Though similar suggestions have been made by political leaders like Mayawati and Ramdas Athavale in the past, this is the ﬁrst substantial move to take legislative route to provide for this change. An attempt to provide for 10 per cent reservation Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government is understood to have decided to write a letter to the Centre conveying its decision not to hand over the case of knife attack on leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam airport on October 25 to the National Investigative Agency (NIA). It may be mentioned here that the NIA has been requesting the state government to handover the case. The government, according to sources, feels that this was a politically-motivated move. The Centre, which did not respond soon after the incident that took place inside the airport premises which comes under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, is now showing its interest to take up probe. This intention of the Centre to take over the probe undermines the credibility of AP government. Moreover, YSRC leader has stated that he doesn’t have faith in the investigation by AP government. At this stage when the investigation was in an advanced stage, the NIA sleuths entering the scene implies political interests of the Centre in AP. The state government maintains that they did not get any directions so far from the High Court to handover the case. In this backdrop, the Chief Minister is understood to have decided to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterating that the probe would be continued by the state police. to poor or economically backward among other sections during the Narasimha Rao government’s tenure to offset political backlash against the implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations was nulliﬁed by the Supreme Court in the Continued on Page 15 early 90s. n The feat of the spill channel concrete works of the AP project on Monday enters Guinness Book of World Records OUR BUREAU P V PRASAD ‘No question of handing over Jagan case to NIA’ This reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation l To grant this reservation, the government will amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution l It will be a reservation for economically backward upper castes in govt jobs l Polavaram enters Guinness Ranganatha Swamy temple to get facelift cated for the works under the Critical Infrastructure InvestNellore: The historical shrine ment Plan (CIIP) and Municibuilt by Pallava rulers during pal Administration Minister P seventh or eighth century, Sri Narayana laid the foundation Talpagiri Ranfor the works on ganatha Swamy Monday. In fact, Govt plans Temple in Nelthere is a ghat at lore, will undergo 100-feet ghat the western part many modiﬁcaof the temple tions to attract at a cost of `9 which was condevotees and structed centuries sightseers. The ago and has been crore to municipal adminfailing to serve the facilitate istration and enneeds during imdowments departportant occasions teppotsavam for performing ments have ﬁnally realized the sigin a hassle- teppotsavam in niﬁcance of the which Lord Rantemple and the free manner ganatha Swamy need for expanwith Sridevi and sion measures Bhudevi are taken keeping in view of the discomout for a celestial ride on the fort to the devotees and also ﬁnely decked ﬂoat in the River congestion during traditional Penna. temple festivities. Now, as part The temple is famous for its of the improvising the condiancient sculpture which was tions, the government has probuilt on the banks of River Penposed to expand the ghat area na where the main deity Ranthat enables thousands of devoganatha is seen within the retees to witness popular teppotclining position on his couch savam during Brahmotsavams. Anantha Sesha. Continued on Page 15 Now, Rs 9 crore has been allo- HIGHLIGHTS Unlike the reservation for SC/ST/OBCs, caste is not going to be a criterion for eligibility to the reservation under this new provision. The new proposal seeks to beneﬁt the economically backward people among those castes that do not fall under the quota meant for socially backward castes Naidu receiving the Guinness Book of World Records’ certiﬁcate Polavaram (West Godavari): Marking a golden letter day in the history of Polavaram project – the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh -- the concrete works of spill channel successfully entered the Guinness Book of World Records by completing 32,315.5 cubic metres of concrete works in a span of 24 hours by 8 am on Monday breaking the previous world record in the category of pouring of 21,580 cubic metres of con- crete continuously achieved by Abdul Wahed Bin Shabib, RALS Contracting LLC and Alfa Engg Consultant (all UAE) from 18 to 20 May, 2017. The Polavaram project works also broke the earlier records for the largest and continuous concrete pouring. Receiving the Guinness Book of World Records’ certiﬁcate from adjudicator Rishi Nath, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed happiness over breaking the two world records by the Polavaram project. Continued on Page 15 Modi govt dumps Energy University n However, Green Co has come forward to pump in the needed funds RAVI P BENJAMIN Anantapur: The NDA government has backed out from the establishment of Energy University promised to the district and region under the AP Reorganization Act 2014, according to sources in the energy department. In a sudden turn of events that can be linked to the cold war between the Centre and the state as a fall-out of the political developments, eye brows are being raised at the Centre on the backing out of a mandatory project under the AP Reorganization Act. The district was chosen as the ideal one for the establishment of the university as it had emerged as a hub of solar and wind energy projects producing more than 4000 megawatts of energy, inclusive of projects in Kurnool district. Until recently, the arrangement was one of PPP mode with private and public participation. Continued on Page 15 Mannavaram on verge of closure? P15
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