www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.26C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 05:48 STATE WINDOWS FOREST OFFICIALS SEIZE TWO SNAKES, TWO HELD A kite vendor shows a kite with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi, ahead of Makar Sakranti festival in Ranchi on Monday Virat Kohli kisses the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney on Monday 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 P8 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 P7 AUROBINDO TO BUILD AROUND 150 PRODUCTS IN NEXT 3 YRS 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 Cabinet approves Citizenship Bill 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: P12 Anglo-Indian Stephenson re-nominated as MLA OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The ﬁrst Cabinet meeting of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s government has decided to re-nominate Elvis Stephenson as an MLA for the second term under the Anglo-Indian quota. He will be taking oath along with the newly-elected members. The Cabinet meeting held here held on Monday was attended by the lone Cabinet minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, decided to ren o m i n a t e Stephenson so that there was no loss of precious time to work as MLA and serve the community. Normally, the practice has been that the nominated MLA under this quota was ﬁlled after the elected members were sworn in. Sometimes, it used to take couple of months and intense lobbying for the post used to take place. But this time, KCR decided to bid adieu to this practice. The 61-year-old Stephenson was nominated to the Assembly in 2014 after the TRS formed the government in the newly-formed T state. He hogged the political limelight when the then TDP leader A Revanth Reddy was caught on camera offering kickbacks to the MLA to vote in favour of the Telugu Desam Party candidate in the MLC elections. Soon after the Cabinet decision, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar on behalf of the Election Commission issued order nominating Stephenson as member of the Telangana Assembly. The Cabinet also decided to provide copies of the Constitution, Assembly procedures, booklets and other information connected to the Legislature procedure in Telugu, English and Urdu languages to all the MLAselect. These copies were shown to the Chief Minister by Legislature Secretary Vedantam Narsimha Charyulu after the Cabinet meeting. The Cabinet has placed on record its deep appreciation to the Election Commission in general and Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar for successful and peaceful conduct of Assembly elections. The Cabinet has also placed on record its appreciation to the Election Commission machinery. 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 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 early 90s. “Narasimha Rao government’s attempt was thrown out as it violated the basic structure of 50 per cent ceiling,” conﬁded a highly-placed source revealing that “this time this basic structure is changed to provide for reservation up to 60 per cent”. “Additionally, NAIDU TO WRITE LETTER TO MODI ‘NO QUESTION OF HANDING OVER JAGAN CASE TO NIA’ 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. Continued on Page 4 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 EBC QUOTA GIVES KCR REASON TO PUT PRESSURE ON CENTRE OUR BUREAU HIGHLIGHTS 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 a new criterion of economically weaker section as eligible for reservation will be provided for through the Constitution Amendment,” conﬁded the source to stress how the government move is conscious of keeping its legislative move immune from legal challenges. The move will require amending Article 16 of the Constitution to provide for reservation for economically weaker sections. Unlike the reservation for SC/ST/OBCs, caste is not going to be a criterion for eligibility to the reservation under this new provision. In fact, the sources revealed that the government has a plan to delineate the economically weaker section (EWS) for avoiding confusion. The sources said the EWS category will be deﬁned as families with income (includes agricultural income as well as from profession) below Rs 8 lakh per annum, possessing agricultural land below ﬁve acres and residential house below 1,000 square feet. As for urban areas, those with residential plot below 100 yards in notiﬁed municipality or residential plot below 200 yards in the non-notiﬁed municipal area. The decision comes at a time when there were substantives reports from the ground from across the country, particularly from northern Indian states that upper castes were unhappy over the way the government had overruled the Supreme Court verdict on the SC/ST Act. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: The BJP-led Union government’s ‘historical’ decision to raise the cap on reservation to 60 per cent by providing 10 per cent quota to EBCs (Economically Backward Classes) is likely to put greater pressure on the Centre as the Telangana government is likely to demand it to accept the resolution passed by the State Assembly to enhance reservations for Muslims and STs to 12 per cent and 14 per cent from the present four and nine per cent respectively. On the other hand, the Andhra Pradesh government is also likely to demand that the Centre to include the resolution passed by AP Assembly on reservations for Kapus. Both these issues have highpolitical importance in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. However, the Centre has been cold shouldering their demand and the Prime Minister himself had said on many occasions that his government was not in favour of religion-based reservations and also has been quoting the Supreme Court’s decision putting a cap of 50 per cent on reservations. While KCR is likely to include this as a major issue in the agenda of the federal front. Continued on Page 4 GAD swings into action for swearing-in ceremony OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Pulling curtains over speculation regarding cabinet expansion, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is learnt to have ﬁxed January 18 for the swearing in of new ministers. According to sources, soon after the ﬁrst cabinet meeting on Monday, the Chief Minister Office (CMO) instructed GAD (General Administration Department, Political) officials to make necessary arrangements for the swearingin ceremony. It is learnt that eight ministers will be inducted into the cabinet in the ﬁrst phase. The government, it may be recalled, has decided to hold a four-day session of assembly from January 17. During the session, the newly-elected MLAs will take oath followed by election of the new Speaker. Governor ESL Narsimhan will address the newly-elected members and a motion of thanks to the governor’s address will be passed by the Assembly. Continued on Page 4 Polavaram enters Guinness Book of Records n The feat of the spill channel concrete works of the AP project concludes on Monday OUR BUREAU 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 concrete 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 Naidu receiving the Guinness Book of World Records’ certiﬁcate 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. He made it clear that the project would be completed by June 2019 and water would be released through the right and left canals through gravity. The Chief Minister appealed to the Centre to clear the revised DPRs of the project immediately setting aside politics as the Polavaram project was declared as a national project. He said the Central government should release the funds with interest as the project enhance the prestige of the country. The Chief Minister said that other states should emulate Andhra Pradesh in development programmes. He said once the Polavaram project was completed, the farmers will get great relief with supply of water to all the regions of the state. Coming back to the engineering feat by the project, the Navayuga company has placed 20 agitor trucks and 70 transit mixers to deliver concrete from 10 batching plants with capacity up to 1560 cum/hour, a total of 900 men worked together to execute this remarkable feat. Continued on Page 4
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