www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Broken clouds Temp: Max.34C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 37% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 06:18 Sindhu signs `50-crore deal with Li Ning New Delhi: Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu has signed a whopping four-year sports sponsorship deal in the tune of Rs 50 crore with Chinese sports brand Li Ning. The record deal comes after compatriot Kidambi Srikanth was offered a cool Rs 35 crore over a period of four years by the Chinese company last month. "Sindhu's deal is one of the biggest in world badminton. It is close to Rs 50 crore for sponsorship and equipment," Mahender Kapoor, director, Sunlight Sports Pvt Ltd, the multi-national exclusive partner of Li-Ning in India, said. 8 P9 SC refuses to stay quota for poor New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Centre's decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. The apex court, however, agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued the notice to the Centre on the plea filed by businessman and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawala. "At this stage, we are not inclined to pass any order," said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Poonawala, told the bench that his only grievance at this stage was that this quota should not breach the ceiling of 50 per cent as mandated by the apex court. 8 P11 GoM FAVOURS 5% GST ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TELCOS TOLD TO PUSH DIGITAL PAYMENTS DEFENCE MINISTRY RAFALE BILLET ROCKS GOVT New Delhi: The Modi government was on Friday rocked by a 2015 Defence Ministry note cited in a media report expressing strong objections to the "parallel" negotiations by the PMO in the controversial Rafale jet deal and came under fresh attack from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Stepping up his offensive on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi demanded answers to questions raised in the me- dia report, saying it is now “crystal clear” that the "watchman" is the "thief", an apparent reference to Modi's alleged cronyism in the Rafale deal. Gandhi's offensive drew a counterattack from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who dismissed the report in 'The Hindu' newspaper on the internal note in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) dated November 24, 2015 as "flogging a dead horse" and alleged that the opposition was playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests. As the MoD note led to a ruckus in the Lok Sabha and sparked a fresh confrontation between opposition parties led by the Congress and the Centre, Sitharaman also maintained that "periodical enquiries" by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) cannot be construed as interference." Sitharaman, who spoke to reporters, criticised the news report for raising issues "selectively" and ignoring the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar's reply to file notings of officials. She said Parrikar had made a note asking officials to remain "calm" as everything was "alright". Parrikar's handwritten remarks at the bottom of the note said "it appears that PMO and French President's Office are monitoring the progress of the issue which was an outcome of the summit meeting (between Modi and French President Francois Hollande in April 2015)". Para 5, which referred to "parallel discussions" by the PMO, "appears to be an over-reaction", the minister wrote, adding Defence Secretary may resolve the matter in consultation with Principal Secretary to PM. Continued on Page 15 Capital Telugus roll up sleeves for Deeksha My Vision is like Gita or Bible: CM HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, revealing his vision for the state in the document - Vision 2029 in the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh- said he would strive to see that the per capita income of the state reaches Rs 3.75 lakh by 2024. Announcing this in the Assembly, the Chief Minister said that vision is very important whether it is a family, state or a corporate house to drive the same to reach its set goal. Recalling that the TDP government had implemented 295 assurances, more than what the party election manifesto had promised, during its tenure, Naidu said he envisioned that every family should earn Rs 25,000 per month by 2024. The Chief Minister said it was the TDP government which introduced Vision 2020 way back in the united Andhra Pradesh and some people heckled him then. “The result is visible in Hyderabad,” he said. He appealed to the people to read the Vision 2029 document everyday like Bhagavad Gita or Bible to ﬁnd answers for every problem they face during the day-to-day activities. Stating that 65 per cent Polavaram project works were completed, Naidu vowed that he would complete the project MAOIST HELD IN ODISHA FOR TDP LEADERS’ KILLING Koraput (Odisha): A hardcore Maoist was arrested from Odisha's Koraput district on Friday in connection with the killing of two TDP leaders in Andhra Pradesh in 2018, police said. The Maoist identified as Dambaru Khila was arrested from Kodikhal village, Koraput Superintendent of Police, Kanwar Vishal Singh, said.The Koraput police picked up Khila from his house following a tip-off. Two mobile phones were seized from him, the SP said. TDP MLA of Araku constituency, Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former TDP MLA Siveri Soma were killed by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) near Livitiputta in Andhra Pradesh on September 23 last year, he said. Steps are being taken to hand over Khila to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the murder case, Singh said. During investigation, the NIA had gathered information about the alleged role of Khila in the killing of the TDP leaders and was trying to nab him, the police said. OUR BUREAU NAIDU’S VISION 2029 PUTS PER CAPITA INCOME AT `3.75L BY 2024 at any cost. “Hundred per cent literacy would be achieved by 2022,” he said, adding that every college and school should become an innovation centre. Heavily coming down on the Opposition YSR Congress for staying away from the Assembly and Parliament, the TDP president wondered how can anybody ﬁght keeping away from the battleﬁeld? Referring to the recent outbursts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu wondered whether the Prime Minister had answers to the questions raised on the Rafale deal which he favoured to his friends. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress of the construction of the capital city Amaravati which is slowly taking shape. He was conﬁdent that Andhra Pradesh would be one among the top ten destinations in the world for investments. “Is there any chief minister who would reveal a vision for the next ten years in the country,” he challenged. He exuded conﬁdence that by 2029, the state would be number one in the country and 2050, number one in the world. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu holding cabinet meeting at the Secretariat in Amaravati on Friday CABINET TAKES CRUCIAL DECISIONS BEFORE POLLS HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Expecting that the election notiﬁcation would be issued either towards end of February or early March, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet, which is considered to be the penultimate one before elections, took some major decisions on Friday like interim relief of 20 per cent for employees and health cards for outsourcing employees. The Cabinet has approved a proposal for providing full-time scale salaries to the contract employees working in various government schools and colleges, including residential schools. The contract employees working at KGBVs, Intermediate, APRS, Model Schools and others will get these beneﬁts. Continued on Page 15 AP staff to get 20% interim relief Amaravati: The AP government announced an interim relief of 20 per cent to the state staff and was ratified by the cabinet which met here on Friday. According to the employees’ JAC, they had a series of meetings with the Chief Minister on the issue and the Chief Minister explained to them about the financial situation of the state and said despite odds he was ready to announce an interim relief of 20 per cent. The JAC leaders said they were happy with the announcement and would stand by the government in the successful implementation of all government programmes. They also said they would be going to New Delhi to participate in the Dharma Porata Deeksha led by the Chief Minister in protest against the injustice meted out to the state by the Centre. New Delhi: Telugus living in New Delhi and Andhra Pradesh are gearing up to take part in the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' being held here on Monday under the leadership of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in an unprecedented manner. On the one hand, several Telugu organisations and associations located in Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida and Greater Noida are holding meetings to review the preparedness of their members and urging them to make the programme a success. On the other, hundreds of Telugus are ﬂocking the AP Bhavan to enquire about the Deeksha and look at the arrangements being made at the Bhavan premises which is going to host the protest. Special trains from Anantapur and Srikakulam have left for New Delhi to transport interested political parties, organisations, NGOs associations and others to participate in Deeksha on Monday. JAC members also are said to reach Delhi to participate in the Deeksha. While the authorities are immersed in making the arrangements, MPs, Special Representative of the state government and the CM's OSD office are reaching out to media houses and Opposition parties seeking their support for Telugus in their ﬁght against the injustice meted out to AP under Narendra Modi stewardship of the country. 4-lakh beneﬁciaries to get a home today Amaravati/ Nellore: Andhra Pradesh government is going to achieve another record by inaugurating 4-lakh houses simultaneously across the state on Saturday. In the past it had inaugurated 3 lakh houses on a single day. Around one lakh urban houses by APTIDCO and 3 lakh rural houses by AP State Housing Corporation would be handed over to the beneficiaries. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be partici- Oﬃcials inspecting arrangements for the visit of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in Nellore on Friday pating in the house warming ceremony in Nellore. District administration constructed a pylon at Nedurumalli Janardhan Reddy Colony at Venkateswara Puram area for formally inaugurating the activity by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. NTR Nutana Gruha Pravesa Mahotsavam is going to be held for a total of 3.02 lakh houses by AP State Housing Corporation such as 2,53,180 houses in rural areas and 49,067 houses in urban areas in the state with Rs 3,574 crore. AP Township and Infrastructure Development had constructed around 1 lakh houses in urban areas, according to officials. The Chief Minister will reach Police Parade Grounds at Nellore at 10.20 am and inaugurate the new building of the District Police Office and reaches Venkateswara Puram at 11.05 am and address a public meeting. Good tidings for green card aspirants Two bills introduced in US House and Senate to remove per-country limit Washington: Two identical legislations backed by top companies from the Silicon Valley like Google have been introduced in the US House of Representatives and Senate to end the percountry limit on green cards and could beneﬁt thousands of Indian professionals waiting to gain permanent legal residency if signed into law. In the Senate, Republican Mike Lee and Democratic presidential aspirant Kamala Harris introduced the Fairness for HighSkilled Immigrants Act Wednesday, a bill that would remove per-country cap for employment-based green cards. An identical bill -Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 1044) -- was tabled in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Zoe Lofgren and Ken Buck, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Im- migration and Citizenship, with co-sponsorship of a bipartisan group of 112 Congressmen. Continued on Page 15 450 INDIANS GET UK CITIZENSHIP London: More than 450 Indians have confirmed their British citizenship under the government's 'Windrush Scheme', set up in the wake of an immigration scandal last year. The 'Windrush Generation' refers to citizens of former British colonies who arrived in the UK before 1973, when the rights of such Commonwealth citizens to live and work in Britain were substantially curtailed. HIGHLIGHTS The legislations would benefit Indians on H-1B visas whose current wait time is more than a decade A green card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) allows a person to live and work permanently in US US currently makes 140,000 green cards available every year The bill in Senate has of Immigra support tion Voice, Compete America C oalition, th Informatio e n Technolo gy Industry Council, G oogle, Wal mart, the Chamber US of Commer ce, Nation Associatio al n of Manu facturers, The Heritag e Foundat ion, La Raz and many a, others
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