www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 12 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.29C. Min.14°C. Humidity: 49% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 05:54 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG NETAS SHYING AWAY FROM TPCC POLL COMMITTEES INFOSYS Q3 NET FALLS 30% ON HIGHER EXPENSES KCR TO EXPAND CABINET SOON President Trump shakes hands with Reggie Singh, brother of slain California police officer Ronil Singh, at a roundtable on immigration and border security at US Border Patrol McAllen Station on Thursday Cricketers Hardik, Rahul suspended New Delhi: The participation of allrounder Hardik Pandya and opener Lokesh Rahul in the three-ODI series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Saturday, has been thrown into jeopardy as the duo have been suspended for their controversial comments in a television talk show. The decision comes after Diana Edulji, the woman member of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA, advocated suspension of the duo until the quantum of sentence is announced. 8 P12 Gurmeet convicted Chandigarh: A special CBI court in Haryana's Panchkula town on Friday convicted Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. Three others, who were close aides of the sect chief, were also convicted by the court. 8 P7 JUSTICE SCUTTLED Will young Turks find berths? Verma calls it quits K CHANDRASHEKAR Hyderabad: Blood is thicker than water. But, what if efficiency of the highest order and loyalty also come into play. And, how about the taunt that ‘family rule’ deﬁnes Telangana Rashtra Samiti? These are some of the underlying factors at work when it comes to answering the overriding question ahead of cabinet formation: Will T Harish Rao and K T Rama Rao, young Turks of the party, be inducted into the cabinet? This is also the hot topic of discussion among various TRS circles. While some argue that both the young leaders will be inducted into the cabinet, there are others who say that only Harish will get a chance as KTR has been entrusted with the arduous task of handling party’s performance in the upcoming elections, initially panchayat and later the Lok Sabha elections. The TRS president, after taking charge as the Chief Minister, appointed K T Rama Rao as the party’s working president. The message was clear and unmistakeable. Accordingly, KTR has been visiting the districts and is trying to ensure that the TRS sweeps the panchayat elections. According to some party lead- CHANDRAYAAN-2 IN MARCH-APRIL ISRO to send Indians to space by Dec 2021 Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday said it would send astronauts to space by December 2021. Addressing a press conference, ISRO Chief K Sivan said that the preparations for Gaganyaan Mission are underway and it will prove to be a major turnaround for India's space agency. In his Independence Day speech last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced about the Gaganyaan project, saying that India would send an astronaut to space in the year 2022."When India celebrates 75th year of Independence in 2022, and if possible even before, an Indian son or daughter will undertake a manned space mission on board 'Gaganyaan' carrying the national ﬂag," the PM had said. If India successfully launch the mission, it would be the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. "The initial training for Gaganyaan will be done in India and advanced training maybe in Russia. Women astronauts will be there on the team. That's our aim," ISRO chief was quoted as saying. "We will set up six incubation and research centres across the country. We will bring the Indian students to ISRO. Why do the Indian students need to go to NASA?" said ISRO chief. ISRO aims to deploy its biggest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III), to send the astronauts into space from the Sriharikota space port in Andhra Pradesh. Sivan said that the government has allotted Rs 30,000 crore for the organisation's activities of which Rs 10,000 crore has been cleared by the cabinet for the Gaganyaan programme under which three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for up to seven days by 2022. Discussing about the progress of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, he said that the second moon mission will be lunched around March-April this year as it missed the January-February launch window. Last year, ISRO completed 16 missions, signing off with 7 successful missions, which included two successful GSLV missions in a single year. The year 2019 promises to be much more challenging to the ISRO community with 32 planned missions (14 launch vehicle, 17 satellite and 1 Tech. Demo. missions), the Chairman had announced in his New Year letter on 2 January. ers, if the Chief Minister decides to have both the leaders in the cabinet, the opposition parties would again target him on ‘family rule’ in the State. Yet, sources say, there is pressure from within the family to include Rama Rao into the cabinet. Still, some of the party leaders want the TRS chief to accommo- date Harish Rao in the new team. Harish has come to be known as the ‘trouble shooter’ in the party, going by the unobtrusive role he played in the last cabinet. These leaders also point out that Harish Rao had achieved the targets set for him. Harish Rao was given the responsibility of looking after Kodangal, Gadwal and Alampur constituencies during the elections and he ensured the victory of party candidates, with Congress party’s bigwigs (Revanth Reddy, D K Aruna) losing the election. Sources say that there has been no communication between the TRS chief and Harish Rao ever since Chandrashekar Rao took oath as the Chief Minister at Raj Bhavan. Harish is ostensibly busy in participating in different programmes in the district and following the instructions of the party leadership “like a disciplined worker”. Shah pitches for mandir New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday said his party is committed to construct Ram mandir in Ayodhya. “BJP wants Ram Mandir to be constructed at the earliest. We are trying in the Supreme Court that the case reaches its conclusion, but the Congress is trying to create obstacles. We want the case to be resolved soon,” Shah said in his inaugural address at the party’s convention at Ramlila Maidan. The BJP chief also hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attacking the Central government over Rafale issue. He said, “Out on bail in corruption case, the Congress presi- dent is levelling baseless allegations of graft against the Modi government. People are wiser than him.” Speaking about the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Shah said the general election will be a battle of two ideologies. He asserted that BJP stands for cultural nationalism and development of poor, while the rivals have come together merely for power. The BJP had defeated each one of them in the 2014 general elections, he added. Shah also expressed conﬁdence and claimed that the BJP would return to power with full mandate. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: Barely a day after being sacked from the post of CBI director unceremoniously by a selection panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Alok Verma resigned from the Indian Police Service on Friday. In a letter to DoPT Secretary Chandramouli, Verma said, “The selection committee has not provided the undersigned an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC before arriving at the decision. “Natural justice was scuttled, and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the Director CBI.” The former CBI director said that he “would have already superannuated as on July 31, 2017” and “has already crossed his superannuation age for DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards. Accordingly, he may be deemed as superannuated with effect from Friday.” Continued on Page 4 Vijayawada: The Vijayawada railway station, one of the busiest junctions, is all set to cross another milestone. The rail junction, which connects south to the west coast up to West Bengal, will get two more platforms taking the total number to twelve. Presently, the Vijayawada railway station has ten platforms on par with the Secunderabad railway station. Now, the Vijayawada station will have more platforms than Secunderabad. With this Vijayawada station will become the second busiest railway junction in the country after the Chatrapathi Sivaji station in Mumbai which has 18 platforms. The station serves 1.4 lakh passengers daily with nearly 500 express, passenger and goods trains passing through the junction. The construction work for the two New Delhi: A day after the ouster of Alok Verma, M Nageshwar Rao, additional director, on Friday took charge of the office of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director. Soon after assuming the charge, Rao cancelled all transfer decisions taken by Alok Verma during his recent two-day tenure as the agency chief. CBI No 2 Asthana faces arrest New Delhi: Rakesh Asthana, the CBI Number 2, will be investigated in the bribery case against him, the Delhi High Court said on Friday. The judge refused to cancel the case filed against Special Director Rakesh Asthana, CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad, and also removed the interim protection given to Asthana against criminal proceedings. The CBI has been told to complete investigation in the case against Asthana and others within 10 weeks. Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint the FIR was filed, alleged he paid bribe to get relief in a money laundering case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Choice for CBSE students to answer tough or easy paper VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has provided major relief to the students of the All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) from the Academic Session ending March 2020 onwards introducing two levels of mathematics examination. Referring to the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005, Dr Joseph Emmanuel, Director (Academics) of CBSE said the ‘Position Paper’ by the National Focus Group on Examination Reforms (NFGER) said that students should have the choice of picking one of two levels within that subject. As per NCF, not only the two levels of examinations cater to different kinds of learners, it also allows different levels of testing. Besides, it would also reduce overall stress levels. Emmanuel said that it is well known that students experience stress before and during their most ‘difficult’ subject examination. It was keeping in view of this important aspect and as evidenced by the board results, a decision has been taken to introduce two levels of examination in mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards, he added. Accordingly, the two levels of examination will be held in the subject of mathematics in the board examination for Class X in 2020 and the same shall not be applicable to the internal assessment in Class X. "There shall not be two levels of assessment/ examination for Class IX. The ﬁrst level would be the same as the existing one, and the other would be an easier level," he said. The nomenclature for the two examinations will be, Mathematics- Standard for the existing level of examination, and Mathematics- Basic for the easier Vijayawada Jn to have dozen platforms OUR BUREAU Rao takes charge, reverses transfers new platforms would begin soon, according to officials. The railways has initially sanctioned Rs 10 crore to establish the two new platforms. The officials have prepared plans to remove structures on platforms No 6 and 7. Currently, several offices, including chief ticket inspector office, Railway Protection Force and other commercial buildings are functioning from these two platforms. The offices would be shifted to another location soon. New platforms will distribute train arrivals and departures as well as passengers relieving pressure on the existing ones. Presently, several trains are being halted on outer limits of the railway station during nights due to non-availability of platforms. Sometimes, the trains are halted up to 15 minutes. With Amaravati capital taking shape, it is expected that the rush at the junction will increase manifold. level of examination. The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels of examination would remain the same. In turn, this will help the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and will be able to decide upon the level of board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities. The Director said that the standard level will be meant for students who wish to opt for mathematics at the senior secondary level and the basic level would be for students not keen to pursue mathematics at higher levels. Now, insurance bonanza likely for small traders New Delhi: Ahead of the general election, the Union government is considering an insurance scheme for lakhs of GST-registered small and medium scale traders with a view to address certain concerns of this segment. According to sources, the scheme may provide accidental insurance cover on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) for the traders at an affordable premium. This could be based on the scheme being operated by the Uttar Pradesh government for traders. Continued on Page 4
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