www.thehansindia.com CHARMED BY ETHNIC SPLENDOUR H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CBI GETS NEW CHIEF Says Michael Yorke – reputed anthropologist, award-winning ethnographic ﬁlmmaker and photographer. Yorke was a student and associate of the renowned anthropologist Prof. Christopher von Furer-Haimendorf during his study of Raj Gonds in Adilabad during 1976-78 n Congress leader Kharge dissents, govt hits back WINDOWS Russia suspends nuclear missile treaty after US move Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before. Moscow and Washington have long accused the other of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement. President Trump last year announced plans to withdraw unless Russia fulfilled its obligations. "Our American partners have announced they are suspending their participation in the deal, and we are also suspending our participation," Putin said of the agreement, following a US deadline for cooperation. 8P10 CM for Yadadri today Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will pay a visit to temple town Yadadri on Sunday and offer special prayers to Lord Laxminarasimha Swamy before conducting a review on the works taken up to promote the holy place as a spiritual tourist centre in the south India soon. SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2019 WARANGAL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha shares a lighter moment with a student during an event in Villa Marie College in Hyderabad on Saturday Photo: Ch Prabhu Das Harish Rao, Kavitha quitting union posts raises eyebrows HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The unanticipated decision to relinquish the posts of honorary president to the workers’ unions by senior TRS leaders T Harish Rao and K Kavitha in the last two days sparked a political storm in the ruling TRS in Telangana state. A day after Harish quit the post of honorary president of Road Transport Corporation Telangana Muzdoor Union, Telangnaa Jagruthi president and MP Kavitha on Friday announced her exit from the post of honorary president to Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TBGKS), Telangana Harish Rao Kavitha Rastra Vidyuth Karmika Sangham (TRVKS) and Telangana Anganwadi and Helpers Association. The two leaders have been the heads of these associations since its formation. Harish and Kavitha also played a key role in the victory of the elections conducted for the unions constituted as TRS affiliated bodies during the Telangana movement. Kavitha fought for the rights of the workers on the behalf of the unions and also succeeded in fulfilling the demands of recruitment on compassionate grounds in Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) and the regularisation of the contract workers in Transco and Genco wings of the State Energy department. Continued on P11 New Delhi: Ending speculation, the government on Saturday appointed former Madhya Pradesh Police chief Rishi Kumar Shukla as the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), weeks after controversial removal of Alok Kumar Verma from the post. The appointment was done following recommendation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee. According to a Personnel Ministry order, the appointment of 58-year-old Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer, will be for a ﬁxed tenure of two years. The appointment of Shukla, who was removed as Madhya Pradesh Police chief earlier this week by the new Congress dispensation in the state, triggered a fresh war of words between the government and the opposition party. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, a member of the panel that decided on the appointment, sent a dissent note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the selection criterion was diluted in violation of law and Supreme Court judgements. However, Union Minister Jitendra Singh claimed that Kharge tried to "manipulate" the criteria with the ulterior motive of accommodating Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation Director General Rishi Kumar Shukla at his oﬃce in Bhopal on Saturday Jitendra Singh Mallikarjun Kharge some of his preferred officers. Singh said that Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is part of the committee along with Modi and Kharge, had fully endorsed the objective criteria applied for CM wants poll promises in budget HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday instructed the officials to prepare interim budget aiming to fulﬁl the promises made by TRS in the just-concluded Assembly elections. He wanted sufficient funds should be earmarked for the construction of irrigation projects. The chief minister made a few suggestions to the officials of the state Finance department in prepa- ration of the budget which includes fulﬁlment of the assurances given by his party mainly the hike in pensions. He asked the officials to ensure no shortage of funds since the project works are going on fast pace and complete them before the deadline. KCR also wanted allocation of funds based on the government priorities set in the new ﬁnancial year. Chief Secretary SK Joshi and Finance Secretary K Ramakrishna Rao and others were present in the meeting at Pragati Bhavan. India reaches out to students ‘trapped’ in US New Delhi/ Washington: India to remain in the US. "Our concern on Saturday issued a demarche over the dignity and well-being to the American Embassy in New of the detained students and the Delhi, expressing concern over need for immediate consular acthe detention of 129 cess for Indian offiIndian students in cials to the detainees the US, and sought was reiterated," the immediate consular A 24X7 helpline has MEA said. The minaccess to them. The been established in istry underlined to External Affairs the US Embassy Ministry said India the Indian Embassy that the students, in Washington for who may have been continues to closely monitor and take duped into enrolling assistance and proactive measures queries related to in the 'university', to address the situshould be treated the detention of ation arising out of differently from Indian students. the detention of sevthose recruiters eral Indian students who have duped The helpline in connection with numbers are: +1- them. "We have their enrolment in urged the US side 202-322-1190 and to share full details a "fraudulent uni+1-202-340-2590 and regular updates versity in the US". As many as 129 of the students with and the email Indians are among the government, to address is: the 130 foreign sturelease them from cons3.washington detention at the dents arrested on @mea.gov.in. Wednesday by the earliest and not to Immigration and resort to deportaCustoms Enforcetion against their ment (ICE) agents will," the ministry for enrolling at a fake said. Continued on P11 university, allegedly selecting the head. Kharge's main objection was to the inclusion of investigation experience only, and not experience in investigating anti-corruption cases, in the criteria. Shukla takes charge of the country's premier investigation agency at a time it has been grappled with controversies. The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Kumar Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter ﬁght with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer and former CBI special director Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges. Both Verma and Asthana had accused each other of corruption. The Congress had then questioned the removal of Verma, alleging that he was targeted as the government feared a probe into the Rafale ﬁghter aircraft deal. Shukla is at present chairman of Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation in Bhopal. From his ﬁrst posting as the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Raipur (now in Chhattisgarh) to the head of Madhya Pradesh police, Shukla has worked in key positions in both at the Centre and in state police department. Continued on P11 Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu and IT Minister Lokesh participating in the annual day celebrations of NTR Model School at Gandipet in Hyderabad on Saturday 24X7 Helpline REPORT P11 TS getting ready for Finance panel’s visit HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Telangana state government is all set to confront the new 15th Finance Commission on the injustice meted out to the state in the allocation of funds at its ﬁrst meeting organised by the Commission in February third week in Hyderabad. The ﬁvemember Commission headed by its Chairman NK Singh will embark on a three-day visit from February 15 in Telangana. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and state Finance department officials will make a detailed presentation on the state’s ﬁscal management and the increasing requirement of funds to complete the developmental programmes at the meeting. The Commission will hold daylong meeting with the state government in the ﬁrst two days of the visit and on the last day the commission will conduct a ﬁeld visit to Kaleshwaram irrigation project and see the Mission Bhagiratha works. KCR has been expressing serious concern on the ‘unilateral’ approach adopted by the Union Government and also Finance Commission towards the states in the devolution of funds and addressing the economic issues. In a recent meeting with the state’s top officials, KCR said, “the Finance Commission visits states with pre-conceived notions. They come with ideas like ToR (Terms of References) which in fact should be done after they complete their visit, discuss with state governments and take their views. Its better if the Finance Commission becomes a policy formulating body. Devolution is the right of the states. A lot of diversity is there with reference to states’ requirements.” He instructed the Finance department to prepare a memorandum highlighting the requirements of the state. Continued on P11 Express TV boss murder: Nandigama cops sniff for clues in Hyd HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Teams of Nandigama police, investigating the suspicious death of Coastal Bank MD and Express TV chairman Chigurupati Jayaram, made searches at his office-cum-guest house at Jubilee Hills Road No.76, his niece’s residence in Gachibowli and Daspalla hotel, where he had attended a meeting on January 31. He was found dead in his car on the Hyderabad- Vijayawada highway on same night, near Nandigama in AP. Police believe that someone else was driving his car, as CCTV footage from Panthangi Toll Plaza in Nalgonda district on the night shows someone in white shirt whose picture is not clear. The suspect killed and abandoned the car to make it look like an accident. Preliminary investigation also found empty liquor bottles in the car, suggesting that someone else was there. Jayaram’s visit to Shikha Chowdary’s residence in Gachibowli one day prior to his suspicious death has shifted the focus to Hyderabad and possible involvement of her. Besides taking into custody his niece Shikha Chowdary and her acquaintance and alleged boyfriend Rakesh Reddy for questioning over their possible role in the death of the businessman, the police as part of their investigation visited his office- Chigurupati Jayaram (File Photo) cum-guest house. While another team visited, the Daspalla hotel in Jubilee Hills and recovered CCTV footage for possible leads into his mysterious death. Jayaram had attended a pharma Shikha Chowdary company meeting on January 31, where he was seen with a man wearing white coloured shirt and the camera captured the images of both leaving the hotel. It is believed that the police also questioned the family members of Shikha, including her sister as part of investigation. According to sources, Shikha Chowdary rushed to Jayaram’s place in Jubilee Hills immediately after his death and entered the building premises to get some documents from his almirah. However, watchman and even one of his aides, Venkatesh foiled her attempts. Shikha, owed about Rs 4 crore to her alleged boyfriend, Rakesh Reddy, one of the accused. Jayaram promised to provide the money on the condition to stay away from the woman, but could not fulﬁl his promise. Police are investigating the case whether Jayaram was poi- soned as his body turned blue. They are analysing the call data of the victim and the CCTV footages for getting clues as part of investigation. Jayaram, who was director of Coastal Bank and Chairman of Express TV, is believed to have made huge investments in pharma companies. Another possible angle the police is focusing is on possibility of involvement of a close relative over sharing of property, following his mother’s death. It is believed that Jayaram took lead in distribution of property after his mother’s death, some two years back. Those who felt that injustice was done to them could be involved in his death.
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