www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 10 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.31C. Min.14°C. Humidity: 30% Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 06:02 CBI chief Alok Verma arrives at CBI headquarters to resume office, a day after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Verma, returned to his Delhi office for the first time in three months, after he was sent on forced leave by the central government on Oct 23, 2018. 8 P11 WORLD BANK PEGS GDP GROWTH AT 7.5% IN FY20 Quota for poor in general category gets Parl nod New Delhi: Parliament on Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education with the government terming the landmark move as 'slog over sixes'. A day after Lok Sabha approved the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and 7 against. In the last leg of the legislative process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval. And once it gets his ascent, it will become the law that will give economically weaker sections in the general category 10 per cent reservation in education as well as central and state government jobs. The Bill was approved after the House rejected a motion moved by Kanimozhi (DMK) and supported by Left parties for sending it to a parliamentary select committee for scrutiny. Against 18 members supporting, 155 opposed it and one member abstained. The Bill was approved after the House rejected 5 amendments moved by Opposition members. The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Replying to nearly eight-hour long debate in Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Emowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot asked Congress how it would have implemented the promise it made in its election manifesto of giving giving reservation to poor of general category but by amending the Constitution. He said reservation to SC, ST and OBCs will not be touched by the amendment and opposition parties should have supported the legislation without any ifs and buts. The changes in the Constitution being made to provide the reservation will hold scrutiny of the Supreme Court, he hoped. Filling up of jobs reserved for SC/STs and OBCs is an ongoing process, he said, adding the bill was an attempt to beneﬁt poor of general category who have been deprived so far. Continued on Page 15 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H EMPHASIS ON REVAMPING EDUCATION SYSTEM THERE’S A CHILD IN ALL OF US Budget session likely from Jan 31 to Feb 13 Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu playing marbles with children at the games being conducted as part of Sankranti celebrations at Janmabhoomi Maa Vooru programme in Ramayapatnam on Wednesday New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament is likely to be held from January 31 to February 13 and the interim Budget is expected to be presented on February 1, government sources said on Wednesday. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh deliberated on the dates for the Budget session and the ﬁnal decision will be announced after the Rajya Sabha is adjourned sine die and the committee recommends prorogation of the Winter session, the sources said. Thereafter the recommendation will be sent to the President. As of now, it has been decided that the Budget session will be held from January 31 to February 13. The interim budget is likely to be presented on February 1, the sources said. President Ram Nath Kovind is likely to address the joint sitting of the two Houses on January 31 and the Economic Survey may also be tabled on the same day. The Budget session, which usually happens in two phases, is likely to be held in a single phase as the general elections are due in April-May this year. It is expected to be the last session of the current Lok Sabha. Adani group to set up Data Centre Park in AP n Sunrise State pitched as data hub for south-east Asia OUR BUREAU the next 20 years. This ambitious project would be the first of its kind with 100 per cent renewable energy powered project in the world. The first phase of this project would be ready in 18 months. The state government along Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government and Adani Group signed a MoU on Wednesday to set up a Data Centre Park up to 5 GW capacities in and around Visakhapatnam over Biggest pulp unit to come up in Ravuru n CM unveils pylon of Ramayapatnam port Asia Pulp and Paper sign MoU with EDB to set up world’s biggest paper and pulp unit in Prakasam district CM Chandrababu Naidu congratulating Suresh Kilam, ED of the Asia Pulp and Paper at Ramayapatnam on Wednesday JAGAN WISHES TO RULE FOR 30 YRS P14 OUR BUREAU Ravuru (Prakasam dist): Prakasam district would soon have world’s biggest pulp and paper manufacturing unit. A MoU to this effect has been signed between AP Economic Development Board and Asia Pulp and paper company on Wednesday. This unit will be set up at Ravur village with Rs 24,000 crore investment. Another important event that took place was the unveiling of the pylon of Ramayapatnam port at Ravur village in Prakasam district on Wednesday by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said Prakasam district as well as Andhra Pradesh will witness rapid growth once the paper industry and Ramayapatnam port become a reality. Ramayapatnam has many advantages, including proximity to sea coast, railway line and national highway. He expressed conﬁdence that the paper industry and port would transform the economic scenario of Prakasam district and at the same time sought the cooperation of farmers. He said top priority would be given to farmers’ empowerment. He appealed them not to be carried away by false campaign of other political parties. Continued on Page 15 AP, Israel hammer out solutions at hackathon OUR BUREAU Amaravati: AP Innovation Society (APIS), in association with DCF Ventures, is launching the largest two-nation hackathon called Sunrise Open Challenge Hackathon (SOCH) between India and Israel. SOCH has been conceived to find solutions for real-world problems that the municipalities and state governments face across multiple departments. The problem statements have been identified from water supply, agriculture and cyber crime departments. The hackathon will bring together developers, designers, subject-matter experts and other interested people who are creating innovative solutions to new and old problems. IncubateIND provides The idea behind hackathon is to digitise the perfect ground to network and teamthe seed distribution process between the work for tech-driven entrepreneurs and students. The event is scheduled for Janfarmers and the source and hence reduce uary 27 and 28 at Tel Aviv, Israel and on the manual intervention to promote February 2 and 3 at Sunrise Incubation Hub at Vizag. transparency, optimisation, and The Innovation Society aimed ease of business in the system. at bringing all its hackathons under one brand- SOCH, Also, the data mine with the which has been conceptuhelp of the above system should alised to invite start-ups and individuals to solve real-world be able to facilitate input subsidy use-cases from the industry and and crop insurance settlements Lakshmi Potluri, government departments. Continued on Page 15 DCF Ventures CEO Gaganyaan a major turning point: Former ISRO chief Hyderabad: India's maiden human spaceﬂight mission 'Gaganyaan' would be a major turning point in the country's space programme and allow New Delhi to catch up with global players, former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said. He also expressed conﬁdence that ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) would be able to undertake the venture by 2022, the targeted time-frame. The project report was prepared when Nair was heading ISRO. The objective of the Gaganyaan project is to carry a three-member crew to low earth orbit and return them safely to a predeﬁned destination on earth. ISRO plans two unmanned ﬂights -- by December 2020 and in July 2021 -- before undertaking the manned mission by December 2021. "Gaganyaan is going to be a major turning point and technologically all the ISRO centres are going to have big challenges before them... huge beneﬁts to the country", he said. Nair noted that some work, including those relating to crew escape module and space suit, had already been going on in a low-key mode, before the formal Cabinet approval on December 28 for the Rs 9,023 crore project. The Union Cabinet's nod for Madhavan Nair the Rs 9,023-crore programme came nearly five months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the project in his Independence Day speech last year. "This is really a fantastic support to ISRO. With this pro- Gaganyaan is going to be a major turning point and technologically all the ISRO centres are going to have big challenges before them... huge benefits to the country gramme we can reach the level of global players", he said. ISRO is capable of undertaking the mission by 2022, Nair said, adding, the space agency's chief K Sivan is giving "the right guidance and direction" to the organisation. "It's something which is achievable. They will do it in a project mode and reach the goal," Nair said. Asked whether ISRO has all technologies for the project, he said the space agency might not be able to put in place crew training facilities by the targeted time-frame. "So, we may have to depend probably on Russia, their support (in crew training). All other things (technologies) are something doable (by ISRO)," he said. with the integrated infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group will develop the hyper-scale data centre market in the state, positioning AP as the east coast data centre hub for India and south-east Asia. Continued on Page 15 Patnaik to keep away from BJP, Cong Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday made it clear that his BJD will not join any grand alliance (or Mahagathbandhan) the opposition parties are trying to form before general elections, and would not align either with the BJP or the Congress. Speaking to reporters after a meeting here, the Biju Janata Dal president said his party would "continue with our policy of equidistance from the BJP and the Congress." "I want to clarify that as far as Mahagathbandhan is concerned, the Biju Janata Dal is not a part of it," he said. The Chief Minister's statement is signiﬁcant as several non-BJP parties are trying to forge unity in a bid to form a grand alliance to take on the ruling party in the Lok Sabha elections this year. Patnaik's statement comes a day after he said during his visit to Delhi on Tuesday that his party needed time to take a decision on Mahagathbandhan. "We will take some time and think about it," he had said. While the ruling BJD was in alliance with BJP for over a decade and both shared power in the state from 2000-2009, the regional party snapped ties with the saffron party on the eve of 2009 elections. Thereafter, it has been maintaining distance from both the BJP and the Congress. Referring to Patnaik's meeting with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here last month, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said it was an exercise to weaken anti-BJP forces. Patnaik during his meeting with K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) last month, had said: "We are state teams." Then, KCR and Patnaik had emphasised on uniﬁcation of regional parties to provide an alternative to the Congress and the BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections. The BJP, meanwhile, accused the BJD of having some "understanding" with the Congress, which, in turn, charged that Patnaik's party has been "with the BJP all along".
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