www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.31C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:48 Sunset: 06:14 Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st death anniversary, also observed as Martyrs' Day, at Rajghat in New Delhi on Wednesday Ready talent pool attracted us to AP: Kia Motors Erramanchi (Anantapur district): For drought-prone Anantapur district dotted by denuded hillocks, Kia Motors' $1.1-billion Greenfield car plant is no doubt a game changer. But why did the South Korean auto giant choose Andhra Pradesh for its Indian foray when other states like Gujarat and Maharashtra lobbied hard for its presence? One of the key reasons that tilted scales in AP favour seems to the availability of trained talent pool in the Telugu state. 8 P5 India eye biggest series win Hamilton: His penchant for hitting double hundreds is universally acknowledged and skipper Rohit Sharma will be eager to make his 200th appearance for India a memorable one with a solid performance against a below-par New Zealand in the fourth ODI here Thursday. 8 P16 PANEL INDICTS KOCHHAR IN VIDEOCON LOAN CASE REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ONE STATE-ONE NUMBER COMES INTO FORCE GUV LASHES OUT AT CENTRE FOR APATHETIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS AP HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: Governor ESL Narasimhan on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre for not fulﬁlling commitments made under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 and praised Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for steering the state on the path of rapid development and making it a "role model" for the country. Addressing a joint sitting of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and Assembly on the opening day of the budget session, Governor Narasimhan said while the state bifurcation was "imposed on us" and it inherited several problems, the "apathetic attitude" of the Centre proved even more hurting and agonising. "On top of all, the Union government's decision not to heed to our legitimate demand of according Special Category Status to AP citing incorrect and incoherent reasons is a major setback for the state in its development pursuit," the Governor said in a hard-hitting 38-page speech. The state re-organisation has resulted in several issues, many of them remain unresolved even today, he said, adding the bifurcation process has caused severe hardships to the people of n ESL praises CM for making AP a role model TDP stitches together JAC to take on Centre HANS NEWS SERVICE the state as there was no rationality in bifurcation, nor has it engaged stakeholders in consultations. "This is not the ﬁrst time I am uttering the hardships faced by the people of Andhra Pradesh as a result of the unwanted state bifurcation," the Governor asserted. "The intensity of the wound is so deep and demands repetition since many of these commitments remain unfulﬁlled even after fourand-a- half years," he said. Narasimhan noted that for a new state like AP, struggling with low per capita income and without a capital city like Hyderabad or Chennai or Bengaluru that drives the economy of the state, key issues like huge revenue deﬁcit, skewed asset distribution, lack of research and development institutions and adoption of inconsistent criteria, have aggravated the crisis. "It was a long wait by the people of the state, anxiously looking for the Centre to fulﬁl the commitments made in the AP Re-organisation Act, 2014 and other assurances made by the then prime minister. "Countless requests made by the state to the Union government for ﬁnancial and infrastructural handholding literally fell on deaf ears," the Governor lamented. Continued on Page 15 Budding talents absorbed in sketching pictures during the ‘Draw A Dream’ competition with the theme of ‘Swechha Bharat’ organised by The Hans India at Gachibowli Stadium on Wednesday. A whopping 2,000 schoolchildren from a total of 88 schools from across Hyderabad took part in the event, creating history of sorts Photo: Ch Prabhu Das Report: YoungHans Amaravati: In an act that can be the best described as better late than never, the ruling TDP, social organisations, employees’ organisations and other like-minded groups on Wednesday decided to form a Joint Action Committee to continue the fight for the rights of Andhra 19 for ﬁnal disposal. The petitions have sought the declaration of the new amendments to the SC/ST Act as ultra vires. The apex court bench said the issue required hearing in detail and it would be appropriate if all matters were heard on February 19. The SC’s decision came after senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for one of the petitioners, sought an immediate stay to the changes to the Act. In August last year, the Parlia- ment had passed the amendment bill, overturning a March 20 Supreme Court order that barred arrests without a preliminary inquiry to avoid false implication of innocent people under the Act. Besides ruling out any provision for anticipatory bail, the amendments provide that no preliminary inquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under the law would not be subject to any approval. Pradesh. Henceforth the JAC would be leading all the agitations to put pressure on the Centre. Unlike the Telangana JAC or in Tamil Nadu when all political parties bury their hatchets and unite, here parties like YSRCP, Congress, BJP, Jana Sena and left-wing parties refused to attend the meeting. Continued on Page 15 Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at an all-party meeting in the Secretariat on Wednesday MODI TO VISIT AP ON FEB 10, 16 HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guntur on February 10 and Visakhapatnam on February 16 as part of Andhra Pradesh tour. State BJP president Kanna Lakshminarayana announced this at a press conference here on Wednesday. He also said Prime Minister Modi and party national president Amit Shah would tour Vizianagaram, Rajamahendravaram and Ongole on February 4, February 21 and February 26. SC again refuses to stay SC/ST Act amendments I HANS NEWS SERVICE YSRCP, Cong, BJP, JSP, left-wing parties keep away COLOURING THEIR DREAMS New Delhi: For the second time in a week, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for the accused. A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit said it would hear a batch of petitions challenging the amendments to the Act along with the Centre’s review plea on February Guv rejects ordinance on dotted lands Following the SC verdict last year, violent protests erupted across the country, killing seven people, as Dalit organisations saw the ruling as a dilution of the provisions of the SC/ST Act. However, the amendments to the Act, which were passed by the Parliament on August 9, incensed the upper caste and protests were held in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Amaravati: Governor ESL Narasimhan on Wednesday rejected an ordinance on dotted lands issued by the state government. The Governor objected to two points, including delegation of authority to Joint Collectors from District Collectors and reducing time period from six months to two months. The government now is mulling two options -- one to resend the ordinance to the Governor which he will have to accept it; the other being the government can introduce a bill and get it passed since the Assembly is in session now. According to sources, the government is more inclined to introduce a bill. The government brought the dotted lands Act in 2017 enabling the District Collectors to solve the problem. Later, as the government found it a difficult task to solve the 85,000 grievances from public on dotted lands, it decided to bring an ordinance with latest amendments. The Cabinet at its recent meeting had proposed the two amendments to the Act and sent the same for Governor's consent. ‘I feel let down’ Parrikar’s letter after Rahul visits him Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited him on the pretext of enquiring about his health, but later used it for ‘petty political gains’. He also accused Gandhi of lying and maintained that the subject of the Rafale ﬁghter jet deal had not even come up during their private conversation. Gandhi had met the 63-yearold Goa Chief Minister, who is suffering from a serious ailment, on Tuesday. He later said during a meeting with booth-level party workers in Kochi that Parrikar had clearly denied any involvement in the Rafale ﬁghter jet deal, indicating that it was ‘orchestrated’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘beneﬁt’ Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani. Parrikar said in his letter that he had received Gandhi in a ‘healthy political spirit’ despite the fact that he was ﬁghting a severe ailment. "However, reading media reports covering your visit to my office has caused me distress. I feel let down that you have used this visit for petty political gains...", he wrote. The Goa Chief Minister then went on to claim that there was no discussion on politics during their time together. "In the ﬁve minutes you spent with me, you Goa CM Manohar Parrikar neither mentioned anything about Rafale nor discussed anything related to it. Nothing whatsoever about Rafale was even mentioned," he clariﬁed in the letter. "Paying a courtesy visit and then stooping so low as to make a false statement for petty political gain has raised, in my mind, questions about the sincerity and purpose of your visit," he said, adding that such tactics should not be adopted against a person "ﬁghting a life-threatening illness". Parrikar also reiterated in his letter that the aircraft were bought as per the Defence Procurement Procedure. "I have said this before and wish to reiterate it in today's context too. The ﬁghter aircraft are being procured by following all stated procedures and keeping national security as the top priority," he said. Wondrous Kirti Mandir to come up at Barsana in UP soon n just 10 days, on February 10, the world will see the grand opening of the wondrous Kirti Mandir broadcast live on Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat channel on YouTube. Kirti Mandir, is the ﬁrst temple of its kind in the whole world, showcasing a very special sculpture that has never been seen anywhere else, in any temple. The sister temple of the breath-taking, gorgeous Prem Mandir in Vrindavan and the charming Bhakti Mandir, this temple is sure to turn heads as it stands on a vast land of untouched India in Barsana. The height of the magnificent temple is 111 feet from the ground up with a foundation depth of 18 feet. The internal pillars are made from pure Emerald Peri Granite and there is a total of 24 pillars within and outside of the main temple. No cement or steel has been used to build this temple. The temple has been built like this to stand the ravages of time and weather, making it one of the strongest temples in the world. Dancers and bands from many parts of India will be represented during the grand opening ceremony where thousands of people from all over India and the world are expected to attend. Special 'RasLeelas' will also be performing LIVE, showcasing Hindu and Indian culture in a unique manner. Almost every tradi- tional musical instrument of India will be played during the event. Officiating at the event are the presidents, Dr Vishakha Tripathi Ji, Dr Shyama Tripathi Ji and Dr Krishna Tripathi Ji, of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, a charitable and spiritual organization that has helped over 4.2 million impoverished lives through its hospitals, poor-relief fund and all-girls school in Kunda. In honour of the opening of this grand temple, the organization has pledged to help 50,000 impoverished individuals and have so far reached 45,000 of them. A further 15,000 underprivileged individuals will be given important necessities on 11th February, the day of the public ppening of this temple, going beyond the pledged number and reaching many more lives.
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