www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.27C. Min.16°C. Humidity: 32% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 06:05 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KAVITHA PITCHES FOR MORE POWERS TO STATE KCR’S DIKTAT TO TRS MPs 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 FIGHT CENTRE WITHIN PARL AND OUTSIDE Ready talent pool attracted us to AP: Kia Motors n Says bifurcation promises and aid for mega TS projects unkept K CHANDRASHEKAR 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 P8 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 P12 PANEL INDICTS KOCHHAR IN VIDEOCON LOAN CASE COLOURING THEIR DREAMS 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 MORE PHOTOS & REPORT: YoungHans ‘I feel let down’ Parrikar’s letter after Rahul visits him Panaji: Goa Chief Minister minutes you spent with me, you Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday neither mentioned anything said Congress president Rahul about Rafale nor discussed anyGandhi visited him on the pretext thing related to it. Nothing whatof enquiring about his health, soever about Rafale was even but later used it for ‘petty political mentioned," he clariﬁed in the gains’. He also accused Gandhi letter. "Paying a courtesy visit of lying and maintained that the and then stooping so low as to subject of the Rafale ﬁghter jet make a false statement for petty deal had not even come up during political gain has raised, in my their private conversation. mind, questions about the sinGandhi had met the 63-yearcerity and purpose of your visit," old Goa Chief Minister, who is suffering from a serious ailment, on Tuesday. He later said during a meeting with boothlevel 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’ ReGoa CM Manohar Parrikar liance Group chairman Anil Ambani. Parrikar said in his letter that he said, adding that such tactics he had received Gandhi in a should not be adopted against a ‘healthy political spirit’ despite person "ﬁghting a life-threatenthe fact that he was ﬁghting a seing illness". vere ailment. "However, reading Parrikar also reiterated in his media reports covering your visit letter that the aircraft were to my office has caused me disbought as per the Defence Protress. I feel let down that you curement Procedure. "I have said have used this visit for petty pothis before and wish to reiterate litical gains...", he wrote. it in today's context too. The The Goa Chief Minister then ﬁghter aircraft are being procured went on to claim that there was by following all stated procedures no discussion on politics during and keeping national security as their time together. "In the ﬁve the top priority," he said. V&E sweeps clean attendance scam in Sanitation Wing n GHMC sanitation staff used synthetic fingerprints to siphon off `7 crore HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Wednesday carried out a “Swachh” drive against the erring officials in the Sanitation Wing. The Vigilance and Enforcement officials conducted raids in 12 circles and booked cases against the Sanitary Field Assistants (SFA) for indulging in irregularities in hiring temporary sanitation works and maintenance of workers’ attendance. The vigilance officials found the sanitation staff were using synthetic fingerprints to register the attendance of the hired sanitation workers in bogus names. Several names of the workers have been identified as benami and bogus. In the name of the bogus workers, the officials are drawing salaries. Nearly, 22,000 sanitation workers were registered in the sanitation wing and working on outsourcing basis. The raids were conducted in Kukatpally, Malakpet, Charminar, Musheerabad, LB Nagar, Karmanghat and other places. The vigilance sleuths seized biometric machines, synthetic ﬁngerprints and the registers with bogus names from the possession of the SFAs. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Far from being an ‘ally’ of the Union government, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), proposes to take on the Centre, both inside and outside Parliament, to address pending issues concerning non-fulfilment of promises made in the bifurcation act, financial support to projects like Mission Bhagiratha, reservations for STs and minorities, national highways, and Bayyaram Steel Plant, among others. This being the last Parliament session before the General Election, the TRS MPs have been told by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to leave no stone unturned for mounting pressure on the Centre to achieve the State’s reasonable demands. According to party leaders, TRS MPs would register their protests in Parliament over non-fulﬁlment of promises made to TS and denial of central assistance to various post-bifurcation programmes of the State. The MPs will corner the Centre on unfulﬁlled promises made in the Andhra Pradesh State Re-Organisation Act 2014, non-implementation of National Highways in the State as well as core reservation issues. All along, the TRS has been supporting the Centre even on various contentious issues like GST and demonetisation. Now, it wants to send out a clear, unmistakable message to people that it is not an ally of the Centre as is being alleged by Major ﬁre at Numaish HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: A major ﬁre broke out at the All-India Industrial Exhibition at Exhibition Grounds in Nampally on Wednesday. Within minutes, the ﬁre spread like wildﬁre to the other stalls at the exhibition, which is popularly known as Numaish. Panicked visitors ran helter-skelter searching for safety. In the melee, a minor stampede occurred injuring a few. Police and Fire ﬁghters rushed to the spot. Nearly 10 ﬁre tenders were pressed into service to douse the ﬁre. Leaping ﬂames and billowing smoke presented a scary picture in the neighbourhood. City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said that no casualties were reported. According to police, ﬁre broke out when a short circuit from an electric bulb took place at the AP Mahesh Bank Stall between 8:30 pm and 8:45 pm. The ﬁre immediately spread to the Andhra Bank, LIC, Reserve Bank stalls and later stretched to the nearby cloth shops, plastic stalls and food courts which were equipped with gas cylinders. Eye-witnesses said that they heard four blast sounds suspecting that cylinders could have went off due to ﬁre. The blast sounds created fear among visitors who made a mad rush to the exit gates leading to mild stampede. Ambulances were No casualties reported Minor injuries to dozens of visitors Huge property loss estimated Fire tenders pressed into service pressed into service to shift the injured persons to nearby hospitals for treatment. The ﬁre could have been contained if the ﬁre tender has reached the spot a little earlier, said a stall owner. GHMC Mayor B Rammohan, Commissioner Dana Kishore and other officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue operations at the site. Many stalls were completely burnt in the ﬁre. The stall owners, who tried to take out the Troubled waters do not stop Mangal Tanda voters ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: Elections come and go, but the tiny Mangal Thanda never seems to get rid of its “ignored and forgotten” status, this even after death of at least a dozen people who met with a watery grave while crossing the stream to reach Surpalle village for their needs during last ﬁve years. They had made fervent appeals to their netas (leaders) for the construction of a bridge but in vain. Yet they appeared zealous and raring to exercise their franchise at their designated polling station which is located a few kilometres away from their habitation on Wednesday, the last and third phase of gram panchayat A youth with an inﬂated tube heading towards Mangal Thanda along with other villagers under Nekkonda mandal in Warangal Rural district to exerise their franchise on Wednesday Photos: G Shyam Kumar elections. The hamlet, which was part of Madipally Gram Panchayat (GP) till a few weeks ago, is now included in the newlyformed Kasna Thanda GP under Nekkonda mandal. The habitation has no proper road and the residents have to walk a couple of kilometres countryside to catch a TSRTC bus or an auto-rickshaw. So Surpalle village that is just 3 kilometres away is the most sought-after destination for the locals. But they have to cross Mangal Thanda vagu to reach Surpalle village for their needs. With no bridge connecting Surpalle and Mangal Tanda, crossing certain political parties, including the Congress. Partly leaders said KCR and TRS MPs had given several representations to Union ministers concerned on many occasions. Yet, there has been no concrete response till date. Sources said that the party MPs would zero in on the promises made in AP Reorganisation Act. Continued on Page 4 it is a herculean task for those living around in the vicinity. The locals whose living is predominantly agriculture were hugely dependent on Surpalle village. During summers, the locals wade through the waist-deep water. But, what agonises them is monsoon as the water level rises by more than eight feet. With no boat facility, inﬂated tubes are the only option. Or else they have to take a roundabout trip to reach Surpalle that amounts to 14 kilometres. Speaking to The Hans India, the 60-year-old farmer Badavath Malsoor, who has three acres, said: “For essential commodities, medical, farm and other needs, we are depended on Surpalle. Even agriculture labourers shuttle between the two villages. For men it’s okay they cross the stream easily but it’s very difficult for women. In the last ﬁve years, nearly a dozen people washed away in the stream while crossing it.” Continued on Page 4 clothes and plastic articles from their shops, received burn injuries. They were shifted along with other injured persons to the nearby private hospital and Osmania General Hospital for treatment. Sensing that ﬁre accident may turn into a big disaster, the police shut down the power supply to reduce the ﬁre intensity. Central Zone DCP P Viswa Prasad said that all the visitors were let out from the ground immediately to take up rescue operations. Residents of surrounding houses were asked to evacuate as a precautionary measure. The GHMC Disaster Response Force teams were assisting the Fire and Police officials in the rescue operations. The entire Nampally area was cordoned off and vehicular traffic was diverted towards Koti to give green channel for the injured to be taken to Osmania hospital. SC again refuses to stay SC/ST Act amendments 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 19 for ﬁnal disposal. The petitions have sought the declaration of the new amendments to the SC/ST Act as ultra vires. Continued on Page 4
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