www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.27C. Min.17°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 06:05 Shifted tusker travels 50 km to return ‘home’ Coimbatore: A 25-year-old wild elephant, which was captured and translocated to the reserve forests at Varagaliyar last week, has travelled about 50 km and entered Angalakurichi village, police said on Thursday. The jumbo, called 'Chinnathambi' by locals, was tranquilised and translocated from Thadagam area, 50-60 km from Pollachi, by forest department personnel. The pachyderm was also fitted with a radio-collar to monitor its movements. Over the past seven months, the elephant had destroyed crops and the forest department decided to translocate him following complaints from the local people. STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H GP CANDIDATES ASKED TO SUBMIT POLL EXPENDITURE IN 45 DAYS BHARTI AIRTEL Q3 NET INCOME TANKS 72% US VISA RACKET BUSTED Many Indians face deportation in pay-to-stay fraud Washington: Several foreigners, including from India, face deportation from the US after authorities busted a "pay to stay" visa racket and arrested eight persons on charges of fraudulently facilitating at least 600 immigrants to illegally remain in the country. In late-night and pre-dawn raids, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested eight foreigners -- all of whom are either Indian nationals or Indian Americans - for aiding foreign nationals to remain in the United States illegally by actively recruiting them to enrol into a fake university in Farmington Hills in Metro Detroit. Six of them were arrested in Detroit area while the other two in Virginia and Florida. Without the knowledge of the conspirators, the university was operated by special agents of the Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) as part of an undercover operation, from a small building in Detroit area. Information made available on the website of this university in particular those related to admissions leaves a lot of questions. Simultaneously, the ICE also has started detaining foreign students of this fake university and started the process of their deportation. Continued on Page 4 8 ARRESTED Those arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement include Barath Kakireddy, Suresh Kandala, Phanideep Karnati, Prem Rampeesa, Santosh Sama, Avinash Thakkallapally, Aswanth Nune, and Naveen Prathipati. Most of them are in their late 20s or early 30s KCR to tweak fiscal policy for Golden T HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: As the nation awaits the presentation of Interim Budget for the ﬁscal year 2019-20 on Friday by officiating Union Finance minister Piyush Goyal in the Lok Sabha, there are widespread expectations of sops for the farming community and the middle class. So, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is likely to give ﬁnishing touches to the state’s ﬁscal Allocations for mega projects management for FY 201920 based on the speciﬁcs of the Union budget. Towards this end, the Chief Minister held a highlevel meeting with officials of the state Finance Department at Pragati Bhavan on Thursday to discuss the possible contours of the central budget. In fact, KCR has been holding a series of meetings for the last one month with Finance De- partment officials to ascertain the possible effects of the Union Budget (conﬁrmed on Thursday as ‘Interim’ Budget) on the state’s ﬁnances. This is because the Telangana state government is expecting huge ﬁnancial aid from the Centre to support the State’s multi-crore projects, mainly the Mission Bhagiratha and the construction of irrigation projects. The State govern- ment has reasoned with the Centre to allocate Rs 20,000 crore for the Kaleshwaram irrigation project and Rs 30,000 crore for Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya schemes. Officials said that KCR would ﬁnalise the state budget outlay based on the outcome of the central allocations. If the Centre commits any ﬁnancial aid to Telangana, the priorities of the State government would be altered. Continued on Page 4 NUMAISH BLAZE Owners of 300 stalls to get up to 50% compensation Exhibition Society to rope in insurance players from next year Y YANADI REDDY Hyderabad: With over 300 shops reduced to ashes in the powerful blaze that ripped through Numaish on Wednesday night, the management of the Exhibition Society announced on Thursday that compensation would be paid upon assessment of the damage and steps taken to rope in insurance players for covering any such mishaps in future. Earlier, many of the distraught traders protested vehemently for alleged lack of ﬁre safety measures on the premises hosting one of India’s longest, largest and ﬁnest shows. In all, 120 of the disappointed stall owners are from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir. In fact, it was their protests that drew a positive response from the management of the Exhibition Society. The shop owners who had lost most of their property in the fire accident gave vent to A stall-owner seems lost in his thoughts over the loss he suﬀered in the ﬁre accident at the All-India Exhibition Grounds, in Hyderabad on Friday Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru their anger at the exhibition society for its alleged failure in taking adequate fire safety measures and demanded compensation. They poured out their woes, saying they have lost everything, including money and their means of livelihoods due to the incident. Some of the affected traders said they had taken loans to set up the stalls. Officials said 300 shops, mainly those dealing in clothes, plastic and dry fruits, were reduced to ashes in the ﬁre attributed to short-circuit in one of the stalls. Continued on Page 4 MORE REPORTS P3 A ﬁle photo of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao President Ram Nath Kovind conducts proceedings in Lok Sabha during the Budget Session at the Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday Modi govt working for New India: Prez New Delhi: Presenting key achievements of Modi government ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asserted it has worked to build a "New India" after assuming power in 2014 and infused new hope when the nation was passing through "uncertain times". Kickstarting the Budget Session of Parliament with an address to a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Kovind also said the government is attempting to ﬁnd "permanent solutions" for problems faced by farmers, amid speculation over an announcement of a farm relief package in the Interim Budget to be unveiled Friday. Continued on Page 4 CBI INTERIM CHIEF’S ROW Justice Arun Mishra to hear plea after recusal by third judge New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday set up a fresh bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to hear a petition challenging the Centre's decision to appoint M Nageswara Rao as interim CBI Director after Justice N V Ramana recused himself from hearing it citing social reasons. Justice Ramana expressed his disinclination to hear the matter saying he belongs to Andhra Pradesh, from where Rao hails, and had attended the wedding of the IPS officer's daughter who is married to an advocate known to him. He became the third judge of the apex court to recuse himself from hearing the matter after Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and the second senior-most judge in the top court Justice A K Sikri. Both had recused themselves earlier from adjudicating the case. The matter would now come up for hearing on Friday before a bench, also comprising Justice Navin Sinha. Justice Mishra is number five in seniority among the judges of apex court after the CJI and Justice Ramana expressed his disinclination to hear the matter saying he belongs to Andhra Pradesh, from where Rao hails, and had attended the wedding of the IPS officer's daughter who is married to an advocate known to him Justices Sikri, S A Bobde and Ramana. Hearing of the matter by Justice Mishra assumes significance as he authored a recent judgement in which he came down heavily on a section of lawyers, who criticise judges in the media and attribute "political colour" to judgements. Justice Mishra was also the target of some activist lawyers when he was dealing with some sensitive matter assigned to him by the then Chief Justice of India. Sources said he had protested in the meeting of apex court judges after the case handled by him was mentioned at the January 12, 2018 press conference by the four judges including the present CJI Ranjan Gogoi. The plea filed by NGO Common Cause, which has challenged Rao's appointment as interim CBI Director, came up for hearing on Thursday before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M M Shantanagoudar and Indira Banerjee. "I am recusing myself because I know him (Rao) as he is from my home state," Justice Ramana said. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the NGO, said, "Should I go to the Delhi High Court? Every judge in the Supreme Court is recusing himself from hearing the matter." To this, Justice Ramana observed, "If the issue was not about M Nageswara Rao, I would have heard it. I had attended his (Rao) daughter's marriage. His (Rao) son-in-law is a practising advocate. I know him also." BOOST TO RTC’S AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE Budget wishlist Nation’s ﬁrst ﬂeet of FAME electric buses to run in Hyderabad Telugu Inc seeks lower corporate tax K CHANDRASHEKAR Hyderabad: Hyderabad will be the ﬁrst city in the country to run electric buses that have been sourced under the central government’s FAME India scheme. The FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) Scheme was launched by the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in 2015 to incentivise the production and promotion of ecofriendly vehicles, including electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. FAME India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. The thrust of FAME is to encourage electric vehicles by providing subsidies. Although 10 other states are inclined to run these electric buses, Telangana has moved in that direction on the fast track. Hence, in around one week’s time, these buses would be on roads, connecting various parts of the city to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. According to TSRTC officials, the corporation has got under FAME scheme 40 new electric buses, which would be used for airport shuttle service. A senior official said that States like Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra too have decided to go for the electric buses under the FAME scheme, but Telangana has been in the forefront to get the ﬁrst lot of buses. The official said that these buses could run for 300 km once it is charged. Although the buses, when fully charged, can run up to 400 km, the prevailing road conditions and traffic in the city might limit it to 300 km per charge. The corporation has pro- vided charging facilities at two depots, including Miyapur and Cantonment. It would take at least four and half hours for a vehicle to get fully charged. Trial runs were taken up at Miyapur and JBS and they were successful, said the official. The buses would be air-conditioned, and it would have surveillance cameras, apart from wheel chairs for differently abled persons. The electric vehicle company Olectra has procured these buses, which would be owned and operated by them. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: As the country awaits the interim Union Budget 2019 to be presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, industrial sector in Telugu states is seeking cut in corporate taxation to boost industrial activity. In addition, MSMEs are batting for ﬁnance at lower interest rates and NPA norms with human face. The real estate sector underlined the need for creating a Rs 2,000 crore fund so that stalled projects could be revived. 8 P8
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