www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.33C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 06:16 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘RBI MPC MAY CHANGE POLICY STANCE TO NEUTRAL THIS WEEK’ REGION BUSINESS WINDOWS CJI CALL TO CLEAR PENDING CASES Participants drive their vintage car during the Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2019, in Kolkata on Sunday Evaluating changes in FDI rules: Amazon US e-tail giant Amazon sees "very good long-term prospects" in the Indian market but is evaluating the recent changes in FDI rules for online marketplaces to ensure that there are no "unintended consequences" for customers and sellers on its platform. 8 P5 KANNA INSPECTS MODI MEETING ARRANGEMENTS ‘ATTACK ON FEDERAL STRUCTURE’ Gogoi inaugurates interim CBI-POLICE FACE OFF building of AP High Court Detained CBI officials released, Mamata sits on dharna HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Voicing concern over the pendency of cases and vacancies of judges, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday said the twin factors have made the judicial dispensation system extremely vulnerable. After inaugurating an interim building of the Andhra Pradesh High Court at judicial complex and laying the foundation stone for a permanent structure at Nelapadu village in Amaravati, the CJI indicated the problem was imminently solvable and urged judges to take a solemn pledge to take the system forward. He said the pendency ﬁgures of three crore cases were alarming but pointed out that 81 lakh cases were just about CJI Ranjan Gogoi inaugurating the temporary High Court building along with Justice Venkata Ramana, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, AP High Court Chief Justice Praveen Kumar and Minister Kollu Ravindra at Nelapadu in Amaravati on Sunday one year old. "When you ﬁle the case, by the time it gets ready it takes little time. Therefore, 81 lakh cases which are less than one year old really cannot be said to be pending," said the CJI. Continued on Page 15 New twist in Jayaram murder Shikha makes key disclosures HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Police has intensiﬁed their probe into the murder of NRI industrialist Chigurupati Jayaram. With the evidences collected by them at the spot and in Hyderabad, the police came to a conclusion that one Rakesh Reddy is allegedly behind the murder. But police yet to conﬁrm this. The 55-year-old Jayaram was murdered on January 31. His body was found in the back seat of his car, which was left parked on the highway side at Ithavaram village. With several head injuries and no damage to the car, the murder raised several suspicions. Ten police teams have been working on the Jaitley hints at raising `500 a month cash support to farmers in future • Police quiz Shikha, Rakesh at diﬀerent places • `4.5 cr ﬁnancial dispute between Rakesh, Jayaram • Wife Padmasree seeks security for her, children case and ﬁnancial aspects seem to be the motive behind the murder. During the interrogation of Jayaram’s niece Shikha Chowdary, many things came to light. The police intensiﬁed the investigation to bring a clarity in the case. Continued on Page 15 New York: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday hinted that the Rs 500 a month cash dole to small farmers may be increased in the future as the government's resources grow and said states can top up this amount with their own income support schemes. He also slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for ridiculing the scheme announced in the Interim Budget for 2019-20 by equating it to Rs 17 a day dole, saying the opposition leader must "grow up" and realise that he is contesting a national election and not a college union poll. 8 P5 Cement cos go for dispatch holiday to create scarcity Manufacturers’ cartel tries to hike price by `35 Prices vary from district to district within the state Traders suspect proposed cut in GST as motive for the move V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: In the absence of any control by the government, the cement manufacturers have been implementing dispatch holiday for the last four days obviously in an effort to create artiﬁcial demand and increase prices. This was not new for them as they became the dictators as far as the cement production, supply and arbitrary price ﬁxation are concerned without depending actual market demand. The price of 50 kg bag of cement has been around Rs 270 for quite some time with minor ﬂuctuations. Due to the differences among the manufacturers they could not hike the prices as they intended to do, it was learnt. At last, they all met in Chennai during the last week of January in the presence of one big shot in cement industry and decided to be united by forming a syndicate to dictate terms as far as the prices and prevent any drop in them. Accordingly, they have imposed a dispatch holiday and not sending any stock out from their manufacturing units thus creating artiﬁcial scarcity in the market. By doing so for another two or three days, they reportedly going to hike the price of each bag by Rs 30-35. As fresh stocks were not coming, the traders have been clearing their existing stocks while who do not have them were waiting for new loads. As such, the demand for cement has been increasing and once the stocks enter market, people will have no alternative but to buy at the increased prices. One trader told that Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) was planning to hike the price further by Rs 20-25 after February 11. Continued on Page 15 3 crowns of Govindaraja Swamy temple go missing HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: Three golden crowns of the TTD Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Tirupati, went missing on Saturday evening. This issue came to the light late in the night. Following this, the TTD vigilance department ﬁled a case with the police. The three crowns are estimated to be worth Rs 40 lakh and weigh 1351 grams. The sensational incident took place during the evening Nivedyam time around 5.45 pm. After the completion of Nivedyam, temple Archakas found that the golden TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal, CVSO Gopinath Jetti, Tirupati JEO P Bhaskar and other oﬃcials at the Govindaraja Swamy temple on Sunday crowns of processional deities of Govindaraja Swamy went missing. Every day, Archakas perform Nivedyam at 5.45 pm. On Saturday also, Archakas performed Nivedyam, during that time temple doors were shut down for 30 minutes. After reopening of the temple doors, the staff found that the golden crowns were missing. Immediately, a case was ﬁled by them at the Tirupati East police station and TTD EO Anilkumar Singhal and CVSO Gopinath Jetti were informed. Late in the night, Tirupati Urban SP KKN Anburajan visited the temple and examined the scene of offence and formed two special parties for investigation. The Tirupati central crime police have checked with all the CC TV footages in and around of the temple premises and outside of the temple too. Continued on Page 15 Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday lashed out at the Central Bureau of Investigation after it attempted a raid at the residence of Kolkata Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar over allegations that he had a role to play in the chit fund scams that plague the Trinamool Congress government in the state. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi Rajeev Kumar and BJP president Amit Shah of carrying out a witch-hunt against the state government, she said: “This is a witch-hunt by the BJP government and Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They (BJP) are using brute physical force to destabilise West Bengal. They have compromised on all ethics of politics,” Mamata Banerjee said. “Whenever an election comes close, the BJP does these antics around chit fund scams.” “I am going to stage a dharna to save the federal structure. From today, I’m going to sit near the Metro Channel. Tomorrow proceedings in the State Assembly will take place where I will hold a meeting. This dharna means satyagraha,” the CM told mediapersons. Taking pride in the state police force, Mamata said that she will stand by her force. “We respect central agencies. But this is unconstitutional. I CBI oﬃcials at Rajeev Kumar’s residence Mamata on ‘Save the Constitution’ dharna am deeply hurt by this act. This is an attack on the federal structure of the country. I believe Rajeev Kumar is a man of honour… I am proud to say that my responsibility is to give protection to the force,” the West Bengal CM said. Banerjee accused the BJP of “torturing” West Bengal. “They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did the anti-BJP rally at Brigade Parade Grounds last month. A scuffle also reportedly broke out between the state police force and the CBI team after they raided the Commissioner of Police's residence. The Kolkata Police sought a warrant from the CBI team and failure of which led to the adverse measures. 6 killed in Bihar train tragedy Sonepur: At least six passengers died, and 24 others were injured on Sunday when 11 bogies of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express jumped the tracks in Bihar's Vaishali district, railway and police officials said. The train originated from Jogbani in Kishanganj district and the accident took place around 4 am, they said. Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central Zone, Rajesh Kumar, said the accident took place at Sahadai Buzurg, close to Mahanar Road in the Sonepur division. Continued on Page 15
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