www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: More clouds than sun. Temp: Max.32C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 45% Sunrise: 06:42 Sunset: 06:09 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KCR PROMISES POWERS, FUNDS TO PR BODIES ‘CREDIT BOOM LIKELY TO PUSH UP FD RATES’ REVIEW PLEAS ON SABARIMALA JUDGEMENT 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 P8 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. 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 TDB changes stance, backs entry of all women 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 Kerala opposes pleas seeking review of verdict Kanaka Durga, 39 (L) and Bindu Ammini, 40, the ﬁrst women to enter Sabarimala temple 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. 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 4 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 ﬁvejudge 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 4 Priyanka drops Vadra at ED office, makes a political statement FORMALLY TAKES CHARGE AS AICC GEN SECY 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 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 surrounded her and piled questions but she walked straight into the room allotted to her in the Congress headquarters. Continued on Page 4 PRC buys more time to decide on salaries 3-member panel weighing options to decide on pay structure HANS NEWS SERVICE RTC unions fear division of Corporation The trade unions argue that the expert committee formed to suggest a plan to get profits was a strategy by the government to divide the corporation P3 Hyderabad: The Telangana state government employees would have to wait to get revised pay-scales for some more months as the Pay Revision Commission (PRC) has pleaded with the government to extend the commission’s term further to ﬁnalise the pay structure. The ﬁrst PRC in the newly-created Telangana was constituted in May last was supposed to submit its report in July 2018. Till date, the PRC neither recommended interim relief (IR) nor submitted any preliminary report regarding the revision of pay-scales to the government. As a result, the gov- ernment has been extending the deadline for the PRC to submit the report for every quarter. The 3-member PRC headed by CR Biswal requested the government six months time to complete the task of ﬁxing the pay-scales of all government employees. The ﬁle to extend time to the PRC is pending before Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao who is likely to give his nod soon, according to sources. According to inside information, PRC chief Biswal and the members require some more time to ﬁnalise the report for it has to analyse the state ﬁnancial position and availability of ﬁnancial resources to meet the de- mands put forth by the employees’ unions. The state government had already estimated that a mere 1 per cent IR will impose an additional burden of Rs 300 crore per annum on the government. A relief of 10 per cent would increase the burden to Rs 3,000 crore per annum and 20 per cent to Rs 6,000 crore per annum. After the launch of the Rythu Bandhu scheme and the new promise of increasing the pension amount from April onwards, the government would have to shoulder additional ﬁnancial burden. In these circumstances, the PRC will ﬁnalise the report in consultation with the Finance department. Continued on Page 4 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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