www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.32C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 40% Sunrise: 06:42 Sunset: 06:08 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H STATE TO MAKE STRONG PITCH FOR MORE FUNDS A SHAMEFUL ACT Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu honours renowned classical dancer and Rajya Sabha MP Sonal Mansing during presentation of the dance production 'Sankalp se Siddhi' at Balayogi Auditorium, Parliament Library in New Delhi on Tuesday Cash transfer to farmers, tax relief to boost growth: Moody’s New Delhi: The direct cash transfer programme for farmers and tax relief steps for the middleclass will give a fiscal stimulus of about 0.45 per cent of GDP, and support growth through increased consumption, though at a fiscal cost, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday. Observing that fiscal slippage from the budgeted targets for the past two consecutive years is "credit negative" for India, Moody's said the government will face challenges of meeting its target again next year and this does not bode well for medium-term fiscal consolidation. 8 P8 School dumps students from bus mid-way HANS NEWS SERVICE Narayankhed: Despite several orders, the school managements seem to be incorrigible with regards to collection of fees. In a shameful act, the Bodhi School management resorted to humiliating the poor and innocent children on the roads. As many as 15 students from Rudraram village were forcibly deboarded from the school bus on Tuesday, leaving all of them in a shock. The innocent kids reached home weeping, unable to understand their fault. Apart from parents, the villagers also got angry over the incident and demanded the reason from the principal. The parents told The Hans India that they had already paid 75 per cent fees. They should have informed us instead of insulting the children and leaving them on the road, they lamented. They lodged a complaint against the school management with MEO Vishwanatham. Speaking to The Hans India, the MEO said he had received the complaint from parents and an inquiry would be conducted into the incident. • For non-payment of fees, the school management resorts to punishing the children with no fault of theirs • Angry parents and villagers question the principal for the incident • Lodge complaint with the Mandal Education Oﬃcer, who assures of initiating inquiry into the incident Centre rules out merger of PM-Kisan with Rythu Bandhu n TS to provide farmers’ data to meet March deadline HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Union government has ruled out the merger of its newly-announced Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PMKisan) scheme with the Telangana state government’s Rythu Bandhu. There were reports that the TS government had proposed amalgamation of the two schemes which were launched with the same objective of extending ﬁnancial support to the farmers so that the state will get nearly Rs 3,000 crore relief from the impending ﬁnancial burden in implementing the cash incentive scheme. Telangana would have to shell out Rs 15,000 crore exclusively for Rythu bandhu scheme this year. Continued on Page 4 Centre is extending a maximum of to the farmer’s family which holds not more than 5 acres of land `6,000 The first instalment of will be deposited into the beneficiaries’ accounts be March end `2,000 Addl Secretary to Union Ministry of Agriculture Vasudha Mishra meeting Telangana CS SK Joshi, at the Secretariat in Hyderabad on Tuesday A historic embrace Pope and Grand Imam hug each other P ope Francis became the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula as he is on a three-day visit to the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. The Catholic leader was bestowed a grand welcome at the presidential palace. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Emirati vice president and prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum greeted Pope Francis during the presentation of delegations. He also held talks with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb - the Grand Imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's prestigious seat of learning. Both religious leaders embraced each other and urged the world leaders to ensure peace and religious harmony. They also signed a document on "human fraternity for world peace and living together", described by the Vatican as an "important step forward in the dialogue between Christians and Muslims". Pope Francis also celebrated the first-ever papal Mass at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in UAE, which was attended by around 1,35,000 people. BANKS YET TO TAG `3.5 L-CR STRESSED CORP LOANS AS NPAs SC STOPS KOLKATA TOP COP’S ARREST New Delhi: Escalating the battle between the Centre and the state, the Ministry of Home Affairs has written to chief secretary of West Bengal seeking disciplinary action against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, while the Supreme Court directed the CBI not to resort to any coercive action including the arrest of the officer. The apex court on Tuesday asked the Kolkata Police Commissioner to appear before the CBI and faithfully co-operate in the probe into the Saradha chit fund scam. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said the investigation would take place at a neutral place -- in Shillong. On the other hand, in a letter dated February 5, the police division of the MHA said that Rajeev Kumar is prima facie guilty of violating all India service rules as he sat on a political dharna. The MHA communication cited the extant provisions of the rules 3(1),5(1) and 7 of the AIS (conduct) Rules, 1968 which were reportedly ﬂouted by Rajeev Kumar. Under rules 3, 5 and 7, Rajeev Kumar has been accused of criticising the government, embar- l Modi govt seeks disciplinary action against Rajeev Kumar l Apex court directs him to cooperate with CBI rassing the government and CentreState relations. The apex court also sought responses from the West Bengal Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and Rajeev Kumar on a contempt petition moved on Monday by the CBI along with the one asking for direction to Rajeev Kumar to surrender for questioning. During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal described the situation as "a total breakdown of constitutional machinery" and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta highlighted that CBI personnel were detained at a police station. Continued on Page 4 Mamata ends sit-in, claims ‘moral victory’ Anti-BJP parties to make assets of Shah’s son poll issue Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ended her sit-in protesting against the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the probe into the ponzi scheme scam. Banerjee had begun her "Save Constitution" dharna on Sunday evening after a team of CBI officials showed up near the Loudon Street residence of the Kolkata Police chief but were removed from the spot by state police personnel. Both the Centre and the Banerjee government in the state had hailed the verdict as a "moral victory" for them. Kolkata: The anti-BJP parties, which have come on to a common platform with a call to ‘Save Democracy’, are trying to turn the tables on Saffron Party by making the alleged growing assets of BJP president Amit Shah’s son into a major political issue and demanding a CBI probe into it. Opposition leaders -- AP CM Chandrababu Naidu, and Kanimozhi of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, who visited the venue of dharna where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been protesting against the alleged misuse of CBI, said that the Centre was trying to divide the country and unleash political vendetta against all those who opposed the BJP. Continued on Page 4 Continued on Page 4 Rahul makes TPCC poll-ready HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: As part of preparing the Telangana Congress for the next Parliament elections, All-India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi held a meeting with Pradesh Congress Committee leaders and MLAs in Delhi on Tuesday. This is the ﬁrst meeting of the TPCC with Rahul Gandhi after Assembly polls, held in December last. TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, working presidents A Revanth Reddy, Ponnam Prabhakar, J Kusuma Kumar, all the 19 MLAs, AICC incharge general secretary RC Khuntia and AICC incharge secretaries participated in the meeting. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi discussed the party’s preparedness for Parliament elections and reviewed the reasons for the defeat of the party in the PCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy addressing the media after a meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi Assembly elections. He also discussed the organisational set up, appointment of party committees for all the districts, appointment of booth level agents and other matters. The TPCC leaders have told the AICC president that the party could perform well in Parliament elections as the people of the state were against the NDA regime. People of the state have opposed the decisions of the Centre like demonitisation and implementation of GST. Party leaders said that the meeting assumed signiﬁcance in view of the upcoming Parliament elections. Continued on Page 4 PAY-AND-STAY VISA SCAM Arrested Indian students are aware of their crime: US Washington: All 130 foreign students, including 129 Indians, detained in the US for enrolling in a fake university were aware that they were committing a crime to fraudulently remain in the country, the State Department has said amid claims that they knew nothing about the varsity's illegal operation. The State Department's response came after India issued a demarche to the American Embassy in New Delhi on Saturday, expressing its concern over the detention of Indian students and sought immediate consular access to them. The foreign stu- MEA GETS CONSULAR ACCESS New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday said they have obtained consular access to 117 out of the 129 Indian students detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The ministry said the “consular access to the remaining students, estimated at about a dozen, are continuing, including through the 24/7 helpline set up by the embassy and outreach to the community”. As many as 129 Indians are among the 130 foreign students arrested last week by US immigration authorities. dents were arrested last week by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for enrolling at the University of Farmington allegedly to remain in America. The fake university was set up by the DHS's investigating unit in Greater Detroit area to bust the "pay-and-stay" racket. Eight individuals — either Indian citizens or Indian-Americans — have been arrested for running the racket. They have pleaded "not guilty" before a federal court in Michigan. One of them Phanideep Karnati, 35, who is on a H-1B visa and lives in Louisville, Kentucky was released on a bond of $10,000 on Monday. The seven others - Barath Kakireddy, Suresh Kandala, Prem Rampeesa, Santosh Sama, Avinash Thakkallapally, Aswanth Nune, and Naveen Prathipati – consented to their continued detention before a judge in the Eastern District of Michigan, where they were produced along with Karnati. Continued on Page 4
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