www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.33C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 29% Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 06:19 Interim CBI chief Rao apologies to SC for shifting officer New Delhi: M Nageswara Rao on Monday admitted that as an interim chief of the CBI he committed "mistake" in transferring former joint director A K Sharma and apologised to the Supreme Court saying he had no intention to circumvent its orders. Rao, who filed an affidavit in response to a contempt notice issued to him on February 7, said he was praying for an unconditional and unqualified apology by the apex court. India could become 2nd-largest global economy by 2030: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India would continue to be the fastest-growing large economy and could become second-largest economy in the world by 2030. India is currently the fastest-growing large economy in the world and it “recently became the sixth-largest economy in the world”, Modi said. Centre okays Polavaram DPR-2 Amaravati: After more than oneand-a-half years struggle, N Chandrababu Naidu’s government has achieved a major goal in its efforts to complete Polavaram irrigation project by getting approval for the project’s Detailed Project Report-2, to the tune of more than Rs 55,548 crore. The Central government’s decision to approve the DPR-2 assumes importance since the Chief Minister’s Dharma Porata Deeksha drew national attention on Monday in New Delhi. 8 P14 MODI PITCHES FOR RESPONSIBLE OIL PRICING FOR AFFORDABLE ENERGY REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H PARTIES WANT CLEANSING OF VOTER LISTS MANY LEADERS ONE VOICE Naidu unites anti-Modi forces with ‘Deeksha’ W CHANDRAKANTH New Delhi: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu succeeded in making the entire gamut of the anti-Modi opposition come together in voicing its support to the demand of Special Category Status of AP and for mounting pressure on the Centre to implement the 18 major promises made in the AP Bifurcation Act "at least now" and announce special category status in the ongoing session. The political who-iswho of the country was present at the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ venue to express their solidarity with Naidu and denounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi who failed in keeping the promises made to AP by him Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu during 'Dharma Porata Deeksha', a day-long fast to demand special status for the state of Andhra Pradesh, in New Delhi, Monday and other BJP leaders. Sporting black dress in protest against the central government’s failure to accord special category status before launch- ing the Deeksha, Naidu visited Rajghat and offered prayers at Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Later he garlanded the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar. Continued on Page 15 Disabled AP man ends life for SCS New Delhi: Forty-year-old Devula Arjun Rao of Srikakulam committed suicide near Andhra Pradesh Bhavan on Monday demanding special category status Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh government has announced ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh to his family. A state funeral will be held for Rao recognising his sacrifice. As soon as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu came to know about it, he appealed to the people of the state not to indulge in such acts and said that what was due to the state would be achieved in a democratic manner through peaceful protests. A twominute silence was observed as a mark of respect. According to Deputy Commissioner of police of Delhi Madhur Varma, a passer-by informed the police about a body on a wheel chair. A note written in Telugu was found on his body. Continued on Page 15 RECEIVE & HONOUR MODI, SHAH WRITES TO NAIDU SLUGFEST NOT MY CREATION: NAIDU New Dehli: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday categorically defended the political slugfest raging in the country and the sharp criticism of one another by the leaders in their political discourses. Asked whether the "personal attacks" by politicians were justified Naidu retorted, "who had started it? Who is responsible for it? Have I ever used abusive language against anyone so far? The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, goes to Guntur and calls me "Lokesh's father". Is that how one is to be addressed? Don't I have an identity of my own? What is his identity for that matter? When you resort to personal attacks, you must be prepared to receive some". Earlier, in responding to the supportive speech of the Opposition leaders, Naidu asked Modi whether it was proper to use improper language. Continued on Page 15 Naidu ends fast with lime water oﬀered by Deve Gowda P15 Rahul slams Modi, backs Naidu ‘He stole from AP to give it to friend Ambani’ HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: Expressing solidarity with the people of Andhra Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling the promises made at the time of bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Rahul, who was on his way to Lucknow to participate in a rally along with Priyanka Gand- hi, spent some time at the Dharma Porata Deeksha venue. Addressing the gathering, Rahul said the Prime Minister has only three months left in office as the Opposition was going to show him the sentiments of the people. “Special category status is a promise made by the Prime Minister of India in Parliament and after the elections, the Prime Minister will fulﬁl the promise. Continued on Page 15 WHO SAID WHAT AT DEEKSHA Fight on Naidu, we are with you HANS NEWS SERVICE Manmohan Singh: Present govt has the responsibility of fulfilling the decisions taken during the last Parliament session. He said all parties extended support to give special category status to AP during state bifurcation. Jairam Ramesh: Modi cannot speak truth even by mistake. Modi should take VRS. If the Congress comes to power the first decision is to accord special category status to AP. Arvind Kejriwal: Modi has been trying to suppress the state governments, who question the Centre. Modi promised to accord special category status to AP during Tirupati public meeting and failed to fulfil the promise made at the abode of Lord Venkateswara. Continued on Page 15 GANDHIS LAUNCH MISSION UP Priyanka roars into UP with roadshow Congress President Rahul Gandhi and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, during a roadshow, in Lucknow, Monday Lucknow: Making her political debut as Congress general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi on Monday roared into Uttar Pradesh with thousands cheering as her cavalcade slowly made its way through the city during a roadshow, being seen as launch of the party's campaign in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Accompanied by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and in charge of the western region Jyotiraditya Scindia, the beaming 47-year-old sported a kurta and a stole and waved at the teeming party workers jostling for a glimpse. When the three leaders embarked on a roughly 25-km-long roadshow, from the airport to the party headquarters, to woo voters in the Lok Sabha polls, rose petals and marigold garlands were showered at their cavalcade. As her 'rath' inched through The Indira Gandhi 2.0 factor Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has a striking resemblance to former PM Indira Gandhi and the Congress has made sure to exploit the gene factor. The bus Priyanka Gandhi was in had posters of her against the backdrop of Indira Gandhi. Priyanka Gandhi's sarees, her sharp nose, the hairstyle, all remind of Indira Gandhi. But apart from her looks, Priyanka's mannerisms are also much like Indira Gandhi. "The harder we fall, the stronger we rise, this is what I learnt from Indira Gandhi," Priyanka Gandhi had once said. While Indira Gandhi was the first female prime minister of India, Priyanka Gandhi too has been vocal about women empowerment. major thoroughfares, enthusiastic people and party members took vantage positions to click a prized photo. Enthusiastic Congress workers took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the two new AICC incharges, with party tricolours and hoardings all over giving the city a festive look. Since morning, Congress workers were seen busy giving ﬁnal touches to the arrangements for the roadshow, distributing food packets, tea and water to passersby. Patriotic songs were played on loudspeakers perking up the mood. Some posters showed Priyanka in 'Durga Mata' avatar riding on a lion. "Maa Durga ka roop behen Priyankaji" (Sister Priyankaji is Maa Durga's incarnation) said one poster, while some others highlighted her resemblance to Indira Gandhi, her grandmother. Continued on Page 15 Indian workers rally for merit-based immigration plan Washington: About 200 Indians rallied in front of the White House on Sunday in support of a Trump administration plan for a "merit-based" immigration system that they argue would beneﬁt thousands of high-skilled visa holders who've waited years to become legal permanent residents. The demonstrators, many of them software engineers and other technical workers from South Asia who hold H1B visas, said a backlog in green card applications has kept them in limbo while their children face the risk of becoming too old to beneﬁt from the immigration process as dependents. At the rally, organized by the Illinois-based Republican Hindu Coalition, they urged President Trump to cut through the backlog and place a higher priority on the problems faced by immigrants in the United States legally. "When DEMANDS OF H1B VISA HOLDERS Indian H1B visa holders hold a rally outside the White House with several demands for immigration reforms in Washington on Sunday l Immediate clearance of Green Card backlog l Removal of country caps for Green Card allotments l Grant of Green Cards to H4 children I came here, my daughter was 6 years old," said Nandu Konduri, 45, a software engineer in North Carolina, who has been waiting for his green card application to be processed since 2007. "Many kids have already aged out. We feel stuck." Indians are among the country's fastest-growing immigrant populations, with about 3.5 million people nationwide and nearly 137,000 Indian immigrants in the Washington region, according to U.S. Census estimates. With Trump also believed to be considering reforms that would prevent H1-B holders from extending their three-year visas, some anxiety has rip- pled through that community as well as others with large numbers of highskilled workers in the country. Some groups have found hope in a Trump proposal, announced last month, that calls for assigning points to green card applicants based on such factors as age, education and English skills. Under that plan, family-based immigration — in which US citizens and legal permanent residents can sponsor their family members — would be limited to spouses and minor children. Trump's plan also offers a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children in exchange for those reforms and $25 billion in funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — a deal Democrats in Congress have said would be dead on arrival. The demonstrators referred to their children as the "DALCA" group, an acronym for a lamb curry dish that, in this instance, also reminded bystanders that the "L" stands for "legal" immigrants. "No DACA without DALCA" the demonstrators chanted. Continued on Page 15
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