www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.31C. Min.14°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 06:02 IIT-Guwahati student from AP found hanging in hostel room Guwahati: A student of the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati was on Monday night found hanging in his hostel room in the campus premises, police said. The parents of Pannem Pavan Siddardha, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, called up his friends at IIT-G around 5 pm asking them to connect him to them as Pannem was not picking up his phone, sources said. On entering his room, the friends found Pannem hanging from the ceiling fan. They immediately rushed him to the campus hospital where he was declared brought dead, the sources said. Pannem was a final year student of Electronics and Communications B.Tech programme and a boarder of Umium hostel in a single seater room. His body has been kept in the morgue of a nearby hospital. Modi, Trump talk over phone New Delhi/Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump have discussed the contentious issue of the US' trade deficit with India and increasing their cooperation in war-torn Afghanistan during a telephonic conversation. During the conversation on Monday evening, the two leaders exchanged new year greetings and expressed satisfaction at the continued growth of the IndiaUS strategic partnership in 2018. "The leaders agreed to strengthen the US-India partnership in 2019 and exchanged perspectives on how to reduce the US trade deficit," the White House said.8 P11 APSARA BECOMES FIRST TRANSGENDER OFFICEBEARER OF CONG REGION WINDOWS NATION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H 40% FALL IN PILGRIMS TO SABARIMALA FROM AP, TS LS PASSES QUOTA BILL Jaitley makes strong pitch for the bill Bill aims to provide 10% quota for economically poor l The legislation seeks to amend Articles 15 and 16 l New Delhi: Ahead of the general election, a bill to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education to general category candidates who belong to economically weaker sections was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The bill, which, in a ﬁrst, will extend reservation to upper castes, is likely to be presented in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The bill stands a fair chance in the Rajya Sabha, with several Opposition parties supporting it despite reservations. The Rajya Sabha session has been extended till Wednesday. The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday, was brought in on the last day of the winter session of the Lok Sabha. Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot introduced the bill in the House amid protests by the Samajwadi Party. According to the bill, "At present, the economically weaker sections of citizens have largely remained excluded from attending the higher educational institutions and public employment on account of their ﬁnancial incapacity to compete with the persons who are economically more privileged." The bill seeks to amend Article 15 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make "special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens". These "special provision" would relate to "their admission to educational institutions, including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the state, other than the minority educational institutions". It also makes it clear that reservation would be "in addition to the existing reservations and subject to a maximum of ten per cent of the total seats in each category". Continued on Page 15 WHO SUPPORTS 10% RESERVATIONS New Delhi: The Congress said it will support the bill granting 10 per cent quota to economically weaker sections from the general category, but questioned the timing of the government's decision stating that it is an "election gimmick" to fool the people. BSP chief Mayawati too said the govt decision to provide 10 per cent reservation in education and government jobs to the economically weaker sections was an "election stunt and political gimmick" ahead of Lok Sabha polls. She said her party, however, welcomes the "immature" move by the government. AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said his party will support the NDA government on the bill for giving 10 per cent quota to "economically weaker" sections and demanded that the ongoing Parliament session be extended for the purpose. The Delhi CM also said if the Centre drags its feet over the issue, then the constitutional amendment bill will be "merely an election stunt". Continued on Page 15 BIG SETBACK TO MODI GOVT SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Chief Asks him not to take major policy decisions New Delhi: In a big blow to the Centre, the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI director on Tuesday, three months after the government stripped him of his powers and sent him on forced leave in a midnight swoop. The CJI Ranjan Gogoi-led three-judge bench, while setting aside the government order, however, ruled that Verma can resume his role as the CBI chief but cannot take any major policy decision till the highpowered committee that selects and appoints the CBI Director takes a decision on the matter. The court said a meeting of the high-powered committee, which comprises the PM, the leader of Opposition and the CJI, will be called this week to take the decision on the basis of the ﬁndings of the CVC inquiry into the corruption allegations against Verma. Since Verma is set to retire on January 31, the selection committee will have to take a call in the next few weeks, otherwise the issue becomes in- Baahubali of multiplexes at Sullurpet Naidu, Rahul discuss plans to forge alliance OUR BUREAU New Delhi: Stepping up his efforts in shaping an anti-Modi opposition in the country to stitch an alliance of all anti-BJP forces, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu continued his consultation process with national leaders here on Tuesday. This is Naidu's third round of consultations in Delhi and it comes in the wake of Modi's authoritarian rule and misuse of in- stitutions against the opponents, the latest being that of CBI move against SP leader Akhilesh Yadav soon after he announced his alliance with BSP’s Mayawati. Naidu landed a bit late in the capital on Tuesday evening and straight rushed to Rahul Gandhi's residence for a one on one with the Congress president with whom he joined forces recently in the Telangana Assembly elections to form a mahagathbandhan. Continued on Page 15 P11 OUR BUREAU P V PRASAD Nellore: Pindipalem at Sullurpet is going to witness the third largest cinema screen around the globe which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2019. The theatre would serve needs of Sullurpet and Tada areas and also people who travel on the national highway-16. Baahubali-fame Prabhas wants to invest his earnings wisely in business constructing the state-of-the-art giant screen on the borders of AP and Tamil Nadu for attracting mobile population and also movie lovers from both the states. With big players like PVR, Cinemax, Carnival Cinemas, Inox and others already taking up many Telugu theatres, now UV Creations is likely taking up the task. Continued on Page 15 ‘ALOK VERMA CAN RESUME PROBES’ CM dedicates Kurnool airport to nation Tollywood actor Prabhas owned V Celluloid Entertainment LLP is taking up the world’s third megaplex with a screen length of 106 feet and seating capacity of 670 at Pindipalem in Sullurpet Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu meets Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday fructuous. The court stated that the verdict only dealt with the pure question of law on “whether government was empowered to strip the CBI director of his powers.” Continued on Page 15 TTD Chairman Putta Sudhakar Yadav addressing the media at Annamaya Bhavan in Tirumala on Tuesday ARCHAKA RETIREMENT CASE TTD to appeal in HC OUR BUREAU Tirupati: Tirumala-Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) has decided to go in for an appeal in the High Court on the archaka (priest) retirement case. The TTD Trust Board, which met in Tirumala on Tuesday, passed a resolution favouring for an appeal against the High Court judgement which set aside the TTD orders retiring the archakas working in the temples under the TTD control on attainment of 65 years of age. The trust board meeting chaired by Putta Sudhakar Yadav resolved to take the services of advocategeneral for taking up the TTD case on the archaka retirement in the High Court. The board also decided to write to the government, which is one of the respondents in the case, to permit TTD to avail the services of the advocate-general in the case. It may be recalled that the High Court of Hyderabad responding to the petition ﬁled by two priests, working in Sri Padmavathi Ammavari temple in Tiruchanur, against the board’s decision to retire the archakas on attainment of 65 years, set aside the decision. Continued on Page 15 Kurnool: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday dedicated the greenﬁeld airport and a solar park to the nation at Orvakallu in Kurnool district. The chief minister said that air services would be introduced from the greenﬁeld airport to Amaravati, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru soon. In all probability, the ﬂights would take off from this summer, he said. Addressing entrepreneurs at the airport, Naidu said that Kurnool district in the Rayalaseema region would soon emerge as a major industrial hub. He said even the Kia cars, which is being manufactured in this region, would be rolling out soon. This, the Chief Minister said, indicates the commitment of the government to develop the region. After inaugurating the two projects, he said despite non-cooperation from the Centre and hurdles created by main opposition, the state has been making allout efforts to see that it progresses at a faster pace. Continued on Page 15 APTDC Haritha hotel ﬁnds its brand operator in Tatas V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: It seems happy days are here for the AP Tourism Development Corporation’s (APTDC) Haritha hotel in Tirupati as it has crossed various obstacles and ﬁnally found a brand operator for undertaking and implementing the project. Recently, APTDC has issued a notiﬁcation calling for bids from brand operators and primarily selected the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), Mumbai, the South Asia’s largest hospitality enterprise owned by the Tata group and running hotels with various brands like Taj, Vivanta, Ginger, etc. The IHCL has complied with the terms and conditions and sent an acceptance letter and fulﬁlled the preliminary norms paving the way for APTDC to take further steps in this regard. It may be recalled that APTDC has planned to build a star hotel at a prime location near Alipiri and opposite to Ruia Hospital for which the works began in 2013. It was planned to build 110 rooms, including dormitories, conference hall, APTDC divisional office and a restaurant to seat 200 people. After APTDC has spent Rs 11 crore and preliminary civil works were completed, the project was stopped with a view to lease out the hotel to private parties, which received poor response. The bidders tried to capture H IHCL owned by Tata group will take up operation and maintenance of the hotel H APTDC has already spent Rs 11 cr on the project and needs another Rs 10 cr for completion H With 110 rooms at a prime location near Alipiri, the hotel is expected to fetch good returns the hotel for a meagre Rs 3 crore and those efforts were turned down by APTDC. After several such attempts which went in vein, it ﬁnally decided to run the hotel on its own. To proceed further in completing the hotel, APTDC needs to spend at least another Rs 10 crore and expecting to yield an annual income of not less than Rs 5 crore from it. To give a brand to its hotel, APTDC called for bids to become the brand operator and to be associated with maintenance of the proposed hotel and selected the IHCL for the purpose. IHCL has responded positively within the stipulated time of 15 days and accepted the conditions. When contacted, APTDC Divisional Manager RV Suresh Kumar Reddy told The Hans India that this operation and maintenance contract will be given for a period of 20 years. He, however, made it clear that all decisions will be taken by APTDC headquarters at Vijayawada. Once the formal signing of the agreement is taken place, the officials of the IHCL will reach Tirupati to undertake the works. It was learnt that the IHCL will be the brand ambassador only and the rights of the hotel will be vested with APTDC. The IHCL will be paid some percentage on the gross revenue. Needless to say, APTDC has also been contemplating with an idea of building another star hotel at Horsley Hills for which the expression of interest was already called for from reputed hotel brands. Already, Tirupati division has been fetching huge revenues for APTDC, by way of the transport services through which it has been operating package tours to Tirumala from various destinations and Horsley Hills. It has been earning about Rs 35 crore per annum from this division and once the two-star hotels at Tirupati and Horsley Hills are opened, the income may reach Rs 50 crore mark.
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