www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 28 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Decreasing cloudiness Temp: Max.24C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 65% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 06:03 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RURAL VOTERS DWARF URBAN COUNTERPARTS IN GP POLLS KCR vows to secure ‘national project’ tag for Kaleshwaram Mementos presented to PM auctioned New Delhi: Around 1,800 mementos gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014 went under the hammer at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here on Sunday. The amount raised by the auction will be utilised for the Namami Gange Project, the organisers said. 8 P7 FM GOYAL TO MEET HEADS OF PSU BANKS TODAY FUN, FOG AND FROLIC! MISSION-MODE CLEARANCE FOR ALL MEGA PROJECTS ON AGENDA PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Settling issues concerning mega TS irrigation projects as well as getting them cleared on a mission mode and securing for the prestigious Kaleshwaram ‘national project’ status top the immediate agenda of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Having succeeded in getting environmental and forest clearances for his two pet multi-crore major lift irrigation schemes -- Sita Rama and Palamuru Rangareddy projects, in just a month’s time, the Chief Minister has conﬁdently initiated fresh moves to obtain na- tional project status for Telangana’s lifeline - Kaleshwaram Project taken up at a whopping cost of Rs 70,000 crore and being executed with remarkable speed. It is understood that KCR is bent upon achieving this goal before the Election Commission issues notiﬁcation for the General Election. Soon after assuming charge on December 13 as the Chief Minister for the second consecutive term, the TRS supremo declared that his government would accord top priority to the completion of ongoing irrigation projects, on which the State has already spent more than Rs 70, 000 crore over the last ﬁve years. He also embarked on "Project Baata" to track the works in progress in the case of all projects. Recently, KCR, accompanied by top officials of the State Irrigation Department, visited Kaleshwaram and held a series of reviews with irrigation experts to address core issues and remove hurdles, if any. A time-bound action plan to complete the works on fast track and provide irrigation facility from Kaleshwaram in the next Kharif is being prepared. Considering that Kaleshwaram already has all requisite permissions, includ- ing environmental clearances and Central Water Commission nod, and given the fact that works are in full swing at the project site, KCR is of the considered view that securing national project status for it would be a cinch. Besides, Kaleshwaram as a national project would translate to a big relief to the State, which is set to face ﬁnancial challenges due to the substantial additional expenditure entailed by muchwatched welfare schemes, mainly Rythu Bandhu and double of pensions from the new ﬁnancial year 2019-20. Continued on Page 4 Unmindful of short spells of winter rain which brought down the temperature in the city, young girls having a corking good time at Tank Bund blanketed by fog, on Sunday Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru Three-day rain alert for TS Hyderabad: A day after unseasonal rain lashed parts of Telangana State, the Indian Meteorological Department on Sunday forecast light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers in a few places of the State in the next three days. The rainfall was expected from Sunday till 8.30 am on January 30, according to officials. On Saturday, the rain had lashed parts of the city. Meanwhile, the commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Dana Kishore, in a press release, ordered the officials concerned and their teams to be ready for the downpour likely in the next 48 hours. Also, the Commissioner asked the officials concerned to make all the necessary arrangements to deal with emergen- cies, the release said here. "Everyone (officials) should be available, prepared to monitor the situation. Any lapse will be viewed seriously," the release quoted Kishore as saying. Instructions were given also to clear the debris clogging the manholes and the silt that has accumulated in view of the rain on Saturday night, the release added. FRAUD CASE OF ICICI’S KOCHHAR INDONESIA MASTERS 2019 CBI investigator shifted; govt denies meddling Saina wins title as Marin limps out of final New Delhi: A day after the CBI booked former ICICI Manging Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and industrialist VN Dhoot in the Rs 3,250crore loan case on January 22, the agency transferred its investigating officer Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra to its economic offences wing in Ranchi. An agency source said Mishra, a Superintendent of Police in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and was part of the Banking and Securi- Train 18 named Vande Bharat Exp New Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said that the indigenously built Train 18 will be called Vande Bharat Express and will run between New Delhi and Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "We wanted it (Train 18) to have a special identity that is connected to India and is venerated by 125 crore Indians. We crowdsourced the name suggestions, and I thank them all, he said. "We chose one name - Vande Bharat Express" he added. 8 P7 ties Fraud Cell (BSFC), was transferred to the agency's Economic Offences wing on January 23. Interestingly, two days later Union minister Arun Jaitley suggested that the bookings were "investigative adventurism" - a sentiment that was echoed by other senior ministers. However, the Union government has dismissed suggestions of meddling. Jaitley's comment was supported by Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman. Continued on Page 4 LORD’S NEW ABODE TTD-built Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Kanyakumari was opened to public on Sunday after priests performing Yagam and Purnahuthi marking the completion of a series of rituals held for 8 Report: P4 the past few days. The temple was constructed at a cost of `22.5 crore MANN KI BAAT ‘India will mark its presence soon on Moon’ New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India will soon mark its presence on the Moon with the Chandrayaan-2 mission and appreciated the use of space technology in saving assets and life and in delivering government schemes. "We have created a world record for launching 104 satellites simultaneously from the same spacecraft. We will soon register India's presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign," Modi said in this year’s ﬁrst 'Mann Ki Baat' monthly radio address. He said Indian satellites symbolise the country's growing power and help in establishing better relations with other countries. "It has contributed a great deal in fostering better relations with many countries of the world. The 'South Asia Satellite' has been a unique initiative, which has gifted hues of development to our neighbouring allies," Modi said. "Through its highly competitive launch services, today India not only propels satellites of developing countries but also those of developed nations." Modi said the government is using space technology in delivering government schemes as well as maintaining accountability in government programmes. Giving an example, he said the 'Housing For All' scheme involves geo-tagging of about 40 lakh houses spread over 23 states. Along with this, more than 30.5 million properties under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have also been tagged. Appreciating the use of space technology in devices for saving assets and life, he said: "Whether it is cyclone, or rail and road safety, all of these safety measures are being augmented by space technology." Modi also mentioned that the number of successful space missions attempted since the country's independence until 2014 have been equal to those successfully completed in the past four years. Jakarta: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two years after three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury on Sunday. The London Olympics bronze medallist, who last won a BWF title in 2017 in Malaysia, was trailing 4-10 in the opening game when Marin decided to withdraw from the contest. "It is important year for all of us. It was not good to see at all. It is painful. Continued on Page 4
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