www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered clouds Temp: Max.31C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 06:48 Sunset: 06:14 Cong minimum income sop a cruel joke: Maya Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday reacted sharply to the Congress pledge to ensure minimum income for the poor and termed the announcement a "cruel joke" that has left the "entire nation stunned and suspicious". She said the announcement by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Chhattisgarh on Monday was nothing short of a "cruel joke". While Congress governments spoke of 'Garibi Hatao' (Remove Poverty), the Modi government was fooling people by promising to bring back ill-gotten black money from foreign banks, she said. DHFL siphoned off `31K cr public money: Cobrapost New Delhi: A news website on Tuesday claimed that primary promoters of DHFL, a housing finance institution, siphoned off over Rs 31,000 crore of public money through loans and advances to shell companies and other means to create private wealth for themselves. Calling it the "biggest banking scam in Indian history", the Cobrapost website, known for journalistic sting operations, alleged that Dewan Housing Finance Corp Ltd's (DHFL) promoters routed money through dubious companies and parked it outside India to acquire assets. The probe alleged that the company under-reported Rs 20 crore donation to the BJP. BASIC INCOME SUPPORT TO COST AT LEAST `1.5 TN TO THE NATION REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TTD MAKES ARRANGEMENTS FOR BHOOKARSHANAM RITUAL ‘MADE IN ANDHRA’ AYODHYA DISPUTE KIA CAR READY P MADHUSUDHAN REDDY Anantapur: Andhra Pradesh took a big leap in manufacturing sector with South Korean carmaker Kia Motors kicking off trial production at its muchawaited, $1.1 billion (nearly Rs 7,800 crore) car manufacturing plant near Penukonda in this backward district. AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the trial production run amid much fanfare on Tuesday at the plant which is slated to roll out its ﬁrst model, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) based on SP Concept, in the middle of this year. Shin Bongkil, Korean Ambassador to India, was also present. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said that the Kia plant would transform the backward region of Anantapur into a hot destination for foreign direct investment. “Anantapur receives lowest rainfall in the country. So, many people said it would fast turn into desert. That is not the case anymore. We will turn it into an automotive hub as more and more companies are coming forward to invest here,” he said. Seoul-headquartered Kia Motors, which signed agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government in April 2017 has set up the plant in a record time. “We started construction of the site just 14 months ago and to have started manufacturing operations here so soon is testament to our bold plans and strong commitment to India,” Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & CEO, Kia Motors India, said Trial production starts at `7,800-cr Kia plant in the backward district of Anantapur; ﬁrst model, an SUV, will roll out middle of this year Kia cars can R.E.A.D your face in future! K ia’s mood-sensing interface is called R.E.A.D (Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving System) and it assesses driver’s emotional state by detecting and analysing bio signals. Kia has specially designed experiential R.E.A.D modules installed at CES 2019. Beyond Autonomous. That is the key theme of South Korean carmaker Kia’s technology showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas. Kia has developed an AI-operated car interior interface which deciphers drivers’ emotions and simultaneously optimizes the in-vehicle environment to match it. Thanks to an army of sensors interweaved together, R.E.A.D (as Kia calls it) creates a personalised driver’s space. By continuously assessing the driver’s emotional state through detection and analysis of bio signals it adjusts lighting, sound, cabin temperature, seat vibration and even scent! The R.E.A.D system can detect a variety of signals such as facial expression and heartbeat with the help of AI machine learning. at the inaugural ceremony. The plant spreading over 536 acres has an initial annual production capacity of 3 lakh units with plans to expand it to 4 lakh units. An integrated automotive pro- Ex-Defence minister Fernandes dead at 88 New Delhi: Former Defence Minister George Fernandes, longtime socialist and a trade unionist, who fought the Congress all his life died on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 88. Fernandes, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, has been out of the public eye and has been bed-ridden for more than eight years, family sources said. He had a cold and cough and was taken to the Max Hospital in Saket by his wife, Liela Fernandes, earlier in the day, when doctors said that the veteran leader was already dead. His son, who lives in New York, is expected back in a day or two, after which the funeral will take place, the sources said. Fernandes, a long-time socialist, rose to political prominence when he led the Bombay Taxi Unions Association and defeated "uncrowned king of Bombay" SK Patil, a Congress heavy-weight in the 1967 general election. A ﬁre-brand and hardworking Fernandes, only 37 then, campaigned tirelessly, covering large swathes of the constituency with his workers. And when the results duction facility, it employs the latest production technologies, with more than 300 robots automating the press, body and paint shops. Continued on Page 15 Centre seeks SC nod to transfer excess land to trust New Delhi: The Centre ﬁled an application in the Supreme Court seeking permission to alienate a portion of the disputed land in the Ram templeBabri mosque dispute to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. In 1993, the Centre had acquired 67 acres of land around the disputed site saying it was related to the dispute. The SC had upheld the acquisition in 1994 and ordered that this land shall remain with the Central government and shall not be released in anyone’s favour until the dispute is decided. This arrangement was continued and reasserted by the Supreme Court by a 2011 order in the Aslam Bhure’s petition. Bhure was also a petitioner in the case. Now, the Centre wants to release a portion of this acquired land in favour of the Nyas and is seeking the apex court’s permission. Continued on Page 15 VHP Working President Alok Kumar reacts while talking to the media on the latest development on Ram Janmbhoomi outside the Delhi High Court, Tuesday VHP welcomes govt writ in SC New Delhi: The VHP on Tuesday welcomed the Centre’s writ petition in SC, seeking to return 67-acre land around the disputed site in Ayodhya to its original owners, saying the step was in right direction. In a fresh plea, the Centre said it had acquired 67 acres of land around the 2.77 acre disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site. The plea has said that the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, which is a trust to promote the construction of Ram Temple, had sought return of excess land acquired in 1991 to original owners. “This land belongs to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and is not under any litigation. This is a step in right direction and we welcome it,” VHP’s international working president Alok Kumar said. GOVT MOVE ‘INSIDIOUS’: OWAISI Hyderabad: Describing the Centre's plea in the Supreme Court to return excess land acquired by it in Ayodhya to their original owners as ‘insidious’, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said the NDA government was trying to prevent fair adjudication of the dispute. "This insidious attempt by the Modi government should not be ignored. They're trying everything in their capacity to prevent a fair and independent adjudication of the Babri Masjid dispute," MIM leader tweeted. In 2003, the apex court held that unless the dispute was resolved, status quo had to be maintained over surplus land, he said. Old woman’s big heart n She sets example by donating `50K pension money for capital n Moved by this, CM touches her feet, seeks her blessings HANS NEWS SERVICE were declared, he unseated the 'king' with 48.5 per cent of the votes. Fernandes later joined the Janata Dal. He served as Railways Minister in the VP Singh government from 1989 to 1990. He was instrumental in setting up the Konkan Railway project, connecting Mangalore and Bombay. In 1994, Fernandes formed the Samata Party, which later allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was appointed convenor of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and served as the Defence Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government for two terms, between 1998 and 2004. His term was eventful as it witnessed the Kargil war and Pokhran test. 8 See Also: P11 Kadiri: The public meeting at Kadiri turned into a venue for emotional scenes. An old lady Mutyalamma from Ontimaddi village of Ramagiri mandal came on to the dais and handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu as her contribution to the construction of Amravati city and said that it was a gesture for providing water to the parched lands of Kadiri. She said the irrigation facilities provided by the government helped her family to raise crops and get good yield. She said she was moved by this gesture of the government and saved her pension amount and decided to contribute Rs 50,000 as a gesture of goodwill in the development of the state. Moved by this, Naidu touched the feet of the old women and sought her blessings. Later addressing the crowd, Naidu said Mutyalamma had set a very good Naidu touching the feet of old pensioner Mutyalamma precedent and she should become inspiration for all those who want to see Andhra Pradesh develop at a faster pace. Another disabled woman, who had lost her both hands, thanked the Chief Minister for taking a policy decision to provide financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per month for people like her. In addition, she said she was also get- ting a pension of Rs 1500 and 5 kg of rice. Naidu said the government had taken the decision to provide Rs 10,000 to all such disabled people as part of its social responsibility. Mere expression of sympathy was not enough but what was required was a helping hand to such disabled people, he added. Continued on Page 15 Round table squarely blames Centre Politicos agree to work together without passing any resolution MD AMEEN Vijayawada: A round-table meeting started off with a bang on Tuesday but ended in a whimper as the meeting did not pass any resolution nor took any decision to exert pressure on the Centre to release pending grants and funds. However, the mainstream political parties, including the TDP, the BJP, the CPI, the Congress and the Jana Sena agreed to work together for the implementation of AP Bifurcation Act. Leaders of these parties attended the round-table meeting Former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar, Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Jana Sana chief Pawan Kalyan and SC justice (retired) Jasti Chelameswar and other leaders at a roundtable on state bifurcation issues in Vijayawada on Tuesday hosted by former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar on Tuesday here and discussed the loss suffered by the state due to bifurcation of the state and pending grants from the Union government. The leaders unanimously agreed that the state was divided unscientiﬁcally, and injustice was meted out to the state. The YSRCP and CPM did not attend the conference. The YSRCP said that it would not attend a meeting with the TDP. The CPM announced that it had differences with the BJP and would not participate in the meeting. Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Social Welfare Minister Nakka Anandababu attended the meeting on behalf of the TDP. Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan, CPI State secretary K Ramakrishna, Congress leader N Tulasi Reddy, BJP leader IYR Krishna Rao and Supreme Court former judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar attended the meeting. The leaders have discussed the pending dues from the Central government and implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act in the state. Continued on Page 15 SETTIPALLI RESIDENTS PAVE WAY FOR ECONOMIC CITY V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: Paving the way for setting up ‘Economic City’ at Settipalli near Tirupati, the district officials • Residents give have secured the acceptance for acceptland pooling ance letters from • Final deal: all the per30:70 ratio for sons in farm lands and whose 50:50 for possession houses the lands exist. Apart from creating infrastructure to increase economic activities, it will also help people there as they get rights for the lands which they are in possession for over 70 years with no records in their name. They have been demanding regularisation of the lands. The total lands in the possession of 3,300 members out of which about 3,000 have houses and the remaining are agricultural lands. Continued on Page 15 Will KCR-Jagan meet happen in Vizag? Hyderabad: Will Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy meet at Sri Sarada Peetham in Visakhapatnam on February 14? This is the question making rounds in the political circles in the two Telugu states, ever since KCR said that he will give a ‘return gift’ to Chandrababu Naidu in the ensuing elections. KCR has been invited to the unveiling of Ammavari statue on the premises of the Peetham on February 14 by its head Sri Swaroopananda Saraswati during the latter’s recent visit to Hyderabad. Continued on Page 15
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