www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds. Temp: Max.34C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 28% Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 06:17 ‘CREDIT BOOM LIKELY TO PUSH UP FD RATES’ STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL ACCORDING SC STATUS TO DALIT CHRISTIANS REVIEW PLEAS ON SABARIMALA JUDGMENT President Ram Nath Kovind presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2017 to Deepika Reddy for her contribution in Kuchipudi Dance, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday 9 Cong, 3 BJP MLAs skip joint session of K’taka Assembly Bengaluru: Despite whips issued by various parties to their legislators to be present on the first day of the Budget session of Karnataka legislature, as many as nine MLAs from the Congress and three from the BJP on Wednesday were found absent from the House. The nine Congress legislators who were absent included the four rebel MLAs -- Ramesh Jharkiholi, Mahesh Kumatalli, Umesh Jadhav and B Nagendra. TRAI refutes claims of rise in TV bills New Delhi: Rubbishing claims that the new broadcast tariff regime would increase bill amounts of cable TV and DTH subscribers, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday said the new framework may actually decrease TV bills. 8 P5 SC RESERVES VERDICT New Delhi: Almost four months after it allowed women of reproductive age entry into the Sabarimala temple, the Supreme Court on Wednesday heard review petitions challenging its September verdict. After the hearing, a ﬁvejudge constitution bench reserved the verdict in 65 petitions including 56 review petitions and 4 fresh writ petitions in the Sabarimala temple case. In a U-turn, the board controlling the Sabarimala temple told the Supreme Court that it supports the entry of women of all ages at Kerala's famous hill shrine. The board is controlled by the Kerala government, which has opposed any review of the top court's September order that opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50 and set off a huge backlash. Following a marathon hearing that lasted more than four hours, a ﬁve-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, reserved its judgment on and said that it would pronounce its order on whether to review the judgment or not. TDB changes stance, backs entry of all women New Delhi: The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the Sabarimala temple, on Wednesday joined the Kerala government in supporting entry of women of all ages into the hilltop shrine, saying that any practice has to be consistent with the Constitution's dominant theme - "all persons are equally entitled". The TDB spelt out its changed position before the ﬁve-judge Constitution bench as it opposed a batch of petitions seeking the review of the court's September 28, 2018 judgment lifting the ban of entry of women of all age groups. Senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the board, focused on Constitutional morality, which he said was not subjective but founded on Articles 14, 15, 17, 21 and 25 of the Constitution and subject to other fundamental rights. While the Kerala government stuck to its stand and opposed any review of the Sabarimala verdict, the Travancore Devaswom Board, which controls the Lord Ayyappa temple, made a U-turn, saying it supported the entry of women of all ages. “We have taken a decision to respect the judgment lifting Kanaka Durga, 39 (L) and Bindu Ammini, 40, the ﬁrst women to enter Sabarimala temple age restrictions on women entry,” senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, who represented the Board, said. The Travancore Devaswom Board is an autonomous body controlled by the state government. At this, Justice Indu Malhotra, the lone judge who had given a dissenting verdict and ruled in favour of the customs, reminded Dwivedi that the board had earlier opposed the entry of women of all ages to the temple. The board had earlier contended that the celibate character of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala temple was a unique religious feature which was protected under the constitution. Responding to Justice Malhotra, Dwivedi said a particular class could not be discriminated on the ground of “biological attributes”. “Women cannot be excluded from any walk of life on biological attributes… equality is the dominant theme of the Constitution”, he said. Since the Supreme Court verdict, the Kerala government has said just two women, between the ages of 10 and 50, have entered the temple at Sabarimala — Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga, both in their early 40s. Continued on Page 15 Kerala opposes pleas seeking review of verdict New Delhi: The Kerala government on Wednesday vehemently opposed in the Supreme Court a batch of petitions seeking review of the verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala shrine, even as several organisations argued that the judgement be reconsidered. A ﬁve-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was told by the counsel for the Kerala government that no ground was made out in any of the petitions seeking review of its September 28, 2018 verdict. Continued on Page 15 AP on fast-track despite Centre’s hurdles: CM HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh, the Sunrise state, with top ranking for the ease of doing business is on the fast-track growth despite the hurdles placed by the Centre, said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Replying to the motion of thanks to Governor ESL Narasimhan’s address to the Assembly, the Chief Minister on Wednesday said, “We stand for vision-oriented goals. The government would provide houses for all by 2022. The state is all set to create another record by inaugurating nearly four lakh houses on February 9.” “Andhra Pradesh is poised to become knowledge and industrial hub with rapid growth being achieved in industrial, agriculture and service sectors during the last four-and-a- half years of the TDP rule,” said Naidu. Stating that developed nations across the world are depending on the service sector, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh government is also giving priority to the service sector by increasing infrastructure facilities and human resources. Listing out the achievements made by the government and welfare schemes being implemented, the CM said the state ranked at top position for the last two years in the ease of doing business in the country and would continue to compete with other countries in the future. “The focus in this direction would be creation of wealth to keep people happy,” he said. Stating that the pro-industrial policies of AP is attracting reputed international companies to set up shop in the state, Naidu said that 30 per cent of the mobile phones being produced in India are made in Andhra Pradesh. Continued on Page 15 Priyanka drops Vadra at ED office, Political activity hots up makes a political statement in Kurnool, Kadapa New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday appeared to be making a political statement of strongly backing her controversial husband Robert Vadra when she dropped him at the Enforcement Directorate office when he came to face questioning in connection with a money laundering case ﬁled against him. Priyanka Gandhi, who was appointed Congress general secretary of UP (East) a fortnight ago, made her ﬁrst public appearance when she accompanied her husband in an SUV. Both hugged each other and FORMALLY TAKES CHARGE AS AICC GEN SECY planted a kiss in each other's cheeks before Vadras came out of the car outside the ED office in Jamnagar House at the mouth of the India Gate Circle. From there, she drove straight to her 10 Janpath, residence of her mother Sonia Gandhi, and then walked over to neighbouring AICC headquarters where Congress workers shouted slogans hailing her. "Priyanka you ﬁght on, we are with you!" Mediapersons sur- rounded her and piled questions but she walked straight into the room allotted to her in the Congress headquarters. She formally took charge and later met party workers. Vadra's aide Jagdish Sharma alleged outside the ED office that the BJP government was carrying out a political vendetta against him. The BJP has been attacking Vadra, Priyanka and the Congress over the cases allegedly involving him and is set to step up the attack during the coming elections, now that she has also taken up a political position. HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: With elections not very far, hectic political activity for seats is being witnessed, particularly in Kurnool district and Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district. The reports that Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy, who resigned from the Congress, was likely to join TDP has created ripples among other aspirants in the party. It is learnt that Kotla wants the Kurnool Lok Sabha for himself and the Dhone Assembly ticket for his family members. This is being strongly opposed by the group led by Deputy Chief Minister KE Krishnamurty. KE is also staking claim on the Dhone assembly seat for his brother KE Prabhakar. This has become a contentious issue prompting TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu to resolve it amicably. Naidu met the Deputy Chief Minister, his brother KE Prabhakar and constituency in-charge late on Wednesday evening. It may be mentioned here that for decades the Kotla family and KE family have been political rivals. Another contender for the Kurnool seat is Butta Renuka who had won Lok Sabha seat in 2014 from YSRCP party and joined TDP. Continued on Page 15 OU to host South Indian History Congress HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The century-old Osmania University is all geared up to hold the prestigious 39th South Indian History Congress (SIHC) from February 8 to 10. Nearly 1,500 participants are expected for the 3-day event, including renowned historians, professors, researchers, faculty, scholars and students. Elaborating on the details, OU Vice-Chancellor Prof S Ramachandram on Wednesday said that the history congress is being hosted to commemorate completion of hundred years of the History department in the varsity, which was set up in 1919. OU, which is hosting the history South region’s history, culture and role in freedom movement was deliberately neglected by north Indian historians for decades and that compelled historians from south India to start this conference in 1978 to deliberate and highlight the history of several OU Vice-Chancellor Prof S Ramachandram addressing the media on the states in the south 39th South Indian History Congress to be held on Friday in Hyderabad congress for the second time, had conducted the 6th South Indian History Congress in 1986. Dele- gates for the congress are expected from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Goa. The V-C said that inaugural programme would be held at Tagore Auditorium on February 8 while sessions and deliberations on various history-related topics would go on at the Centre for Distance Education premises. In all, 400 papers have been received to be presented in the congress. More papers are expected before the event. Prof Arjun Rao Kuthadi, Head, Department of History at OU and SIHC local secretary, said that they were engrossed in the preparatory works for the last six months and thanked the V-C for extending support. The keynote address in the inaugural session would be delivered by Prof Badrinarayan of Allahabad University. OU is expecting few more delegates and papers since two more days are left for the start of the congress, he said. Dr Sivadasan, Associate Professor from Calicut University, that hosted the last conference explained about the history of the SIHC. South region's history, culture and role in freedom movement was deliberately neglected by north Indian historians for two to three decades and that compelled historians from south India to start this conference in 1978 to deliberate and highlight the history of several states in the region. He said that organisers had given the chance to OU to host the summit in view of the History department crossing century milestone.
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