www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.30C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 06:09 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 P11 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 P7 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG BIG GUNS CLAMOUR FOR LS POLL TICKET GoM FAVOURS 5% GST ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES Defence ministry Rafale billet rocks Modi 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 media 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 4 AS NO FM IN CABINET, CM MAY PRESENT BUDGET Assembly session likely from February 25 HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Budget Session of the Telangana Assembly is likely to commence from February 25. It is learnt that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao himself will present the budget this time since he had already dedicated most of the time in the preparation of the vote on account in consultation with all departments. As KCR may expand cabinet tomorrow Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to expand his cabinet on the auspicious day of Vasantha Panchami on Sunday during this Telugu month of Magha Maasam. The unconfirmed reports claim that KCR wanted to induct at least 8 ministers in his cabinet before convening the budget session of the Assembly by month-end. It is learnt that KCR wanted to give cabinet berths to freshers in the first phase and seniors will be inducted in the second expansion of the cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections. The swearing-in ceremony of the ministers will be confirmed by Saturday evening. Currently, the sate cabinet has only one minister, Mohd Mahmood Ali, with Home portfolio. 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. the expansion of the state cabinet is still pending since December 13 last year on the day KCR was sworn in as CM along with Mahmood Ali with Home portfolio, political circles said the chances of the presentation of the budget by the CM are not ruled out as there is also no Finance Minister to oversee the entire exercise of ﬁnalising allocations as was done earlier. Sources said KCR is planning to hold a brief four or ﬁve-day Assembly session to present the vote on account before February last week. In the wake of reports that the Election Commission of India is mulling to issue a notiﬁcation for the Lok Sabha elections in March ﬁrst week, the Chief Minister hastened the process to complete the whole exercise of the ﬁnalisation of the annual outlay. Continued on Page 4 File photo Budget thrust on irrigation, welfare HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The proposed vote on account to be presented by the Telangana government will showcase Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s vision and targets for 2019-20. All the departments got necessary instructions from the CMO (Chief Minister’s Office) for the inclusion of the sector-wise priorities in the interim budget. Even though the objective of the presentation of the interim budget is to meet the non-plan expenditure for a particular period, the state government has taken up the giant exercise of allocation of funds to all important sectors such as Irrigation, Education, Welfare and Health departments aiming to lure the voters in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections for which the notiﬁcation is likely to be issued in March. KCR has already announced substantial increase in the funds to be earmarked for the Irrigation sector every year for the completion of the ongoing major projects Kaleshwaram, Palamuru-Ranga Reddy lift irrigation scheme, etc, in his second term in power. The Chief Minister has projected the spending on Irrigation will be more than Rs 1 lakh crore in the next ﬁve years. After Irrigation, the govern- THE CHIEF MINISTER HAS PROJECTED THE SPENDING ON IRRIGATION TO BE MORE THAN `1 LAKH CRORE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALLOCATE REQUIRED FUNDS FOR THE INCREASE OF OLD-AGE PENSIONS FROM `1,000 TO `2,000 THE HIKE IN PENSION AMOUNT WILL ALONE PUT NEARLY `5,000 CRORE ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON THE STATE EXCHEQUER EVERY YEAR ment will accord top priority to Welfare as the TRS government will have to fulﬁll its promises in the Assembly elections. The government will allocate required funds for the increase of old-age pensions from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. The hike in pension amount will alone put nearly Rs 5,000 crore additional burden on the state exchequer every year. For Education, the government will project its target mainly the establishment of more than 100 BC residential educational institutions to provide corporate-style education to the students of poor backward communities. KCR has taken up the task of setting up one BC educational institution in every Assembly segment in the state. Continued on Page 4 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 4 450 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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