www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.27C. Min.14°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 06:04 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. STATE WINDOWS KCR EMPOWERED SARPANCHES TO DEVELOP VILLAGES: HARISH EX-DEFENCE MIN FERNANDES DEAD New Delhi: Former Defence Minister George Fernandes, long-time 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, Leila 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 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: P7 BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Fb to monitor India polls from ‘Singapore hub’ New Delhi: As India faces elections in a couple of months, Facebook said it will launch transparency tools for electoral ads next month in the country to help prevent foreign interference and make political and issue advertising on its platform more transparent. According to a report in Quartz on Tuesday, the social media giant will work to monitor threats to the upcoming India elections from an operations centre in Singapore. "The Singapore office will be a hub for the team managing threats to the Indian election," a senior employee of Facebook India was quoted as saying. 8 P4 Rahul assures passage of women’s quota bill if voted to power Kochi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said the Women's Bill would be passed on a priority if voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "The ﬁrst thing we will do when we win the 2019 election is to pass the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament," he told a booth-level party workers’ meeting here. He was responding to a suggestion from a party worker that there was need for more women candidates. Will KCR-Jagan meet happen in Vizag? HANS IMPACT Latecomers in TS Secretariat get memos HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: the Telangana General Administration Department on Tuesday issued memos to Deputy and Assistant Secretaries and other staff in the Secretariat for coming late to the duty. Following a report published in The Hans India on Monday stating that officials from the rank of Senior Assistant to Deputy Secretaries were not maintaining punctuality in attending to their duties, the government took serious note of the negligence on the part of the employees in discharging their duties. As per the stipulated rules, the employees should be in their seats at 10.30 am sharp. The government admitted that it has come to the notice that certain officers and staff working in the Secretariat are failing to attend the office punctually at 10.30 am, which is more essential to maintain the office discipline and deliver public service. GAD Secretary Adhar Sinha said the Circulating Officers concerned were also directed to inspect the department and check attendance registers regularly and ensure that the officers and staff under their control shall maintain punctuality. 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. Jagan also received invitation from Sarada Peetham to witness the holy function. On the same day on February 14, Jagan will be celebrating his house warming ceremony in the new capital of Andhra Pradesh; Amaravati. Initially, KCR had planned to attend the ceremony at Jagan’s residence and then go to Visakhapatnam on the same day. In view of the growing outcry from different quarters against KCR’s recent statement that he will visit Andhra and campaign against TDP, the TRS chief reportedly decided to stay away from attending Jagan’s function and instead preferred to take part in unveiling the statue in the Port City. Sources said that KCR and Jagan considered the event at the Peetham a safe bet to have a brief political interaction while attending the function. Reports says that the Telangana CM will give some tips to YSR Congress chief, who is struggling hard to give a tough ﬁght to ruling TDP in the ensuing Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections. It is learnt that the informal meeting between KCR and Jagan will be ﬁnalised two days before the function in Visakhapatnam. BASIC INCOME SUPPORT TO COST AT LEAST `1.5 TN TO THE NATION AYODHYA DISPUTE 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 4 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. ‘PUBG-wala hai kya’, PM asked a mother. Audience was in splits New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday coined a term that could succinctly sum up ...er many children across India – ‘PUBGwala’ - as he ﬁelded questions on exam stress at his ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0’. As a mother complained to the PM that her son was avoiding studies and was addicted to online games, Modi replied: "PUBGwala hai kya? The audience roared with laughter. On a serious note, the Prime Minister said it was not good to dissuade children from technology. "Explore ways in which you encourage your children towards accepting and understanding technology. But remember, technology should be used to expand our horizons, not to let it shrink us in our life. It should not be allowed to narrow us down, as that would be very harmful for us," he advised. "Like everything else, technology too comes with its positives and negatives. As parents, we must guide our children to Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with a wheelchair-bound student, during ‘Pariksha Par Charcha 2.0’, in New Delhi on Tuesday get the most from technology. Encourage their inquisitiveness on learning about various apps... like how to build something or cook something." He said if parents tried to make these efforts, children would hopefully move from "playstation to the playground". The hugely popular online multiplayer game PUBG, or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has been banned in schools in Modi's home state Gujarat. PUBG was launched in December 2017 and has since acquired a massive fan base in India and worldwide. Mega honour for Warangal’s micro-artist Wax art-piece ‘Dandi March’ gets space in Salt Satyagraha Memorial ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: Strange as it may sound, Warangal will have its connection to Dandi that was shot into worldwide fame in 1930 when Mahatma Gandhi chose it to be the destination for the Salt Satyagraha March. Warangal-based micro-artist’s wax-made artistry has a found a place in the prestigious National Salt Satyagraha Memorial (NSSM) Project that mirrors the spirit and the energy of the Dandi March which ﬁnally led to India’s Independence from the A close up of the micro-sculpture of Dandi March Mattewada Ajay Kumar at the enclosure of his micro-sculpture at the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial at Dandi in Navsari district of Gujarat British colonial rule. The memorial will be thrown open by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dandi in Navsari district of Gujarat on Wednesday. The 45-year-old Mattewada Ajay Kumar, a self-taught micro artist, needs no introduction as he had already made name for himself in sculpting micro objects that are invisible to the naked eye. A goldsmith by profession, Ajay has the habit of producing miniature art forms on special occasions. He came up with a wax-made idol portraying Dandi March on Gandhi Jayanti last year. The wax-made idols inserted in the eye of a needle depict Mahatma Gandhi walking with a stick in hand while seven other freedom ﬁghters following him. It took Ajay 30 hours spread across 11 days to carve the mini-sculptures. Continued on Page 4
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