www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Morning clouds Temp: Max.34C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 44% Sunrise: 06:24 Sunset: 06:19 STATE WINDOWS President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Nari Shakti Puraskar-2018 to Kagganapalli Radha Devi, president of the AP State Women Barbers Association and founder president of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams Women Barbers Association, on the occasion of International Women's Day in New Delhi on Friday BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KAVITHA ASKS WOMEN TO WORK WITH UNITY INDIA PLANS IT CORRIDOR IN CHINA SC ORDERS MEDIATION IN AYODHYA DISPUTE CASE Apex court gives panel 8 weeks to complete process THE DEADLINE Deadline of 8 weeks for mediation. In 4 weeks the progress report will be submitted WHO ARE ON THE PANEL? 3 member mediation panel. The panel will be headed by Retd Supreme Court Judge Kalifulla and panel will consist of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchu WHERE WILL THE MEDIATION TAKE PLACE? Mediation to take place in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh WHAT IS THE NATURE OF MEDIATION? Mediation process to take place in-camera New Delhi: ‘Notwithstanding the lack of consensus’ between the contesting parties in the Ayodhya dispute, the Supreme Court on Friday referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case to mediation for amicable settlement. Former apex court judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla will head a panel of mediators in the case. Other members of the panel of mediators include spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The Supreme Court said the proceed- ings in the case will be held in Faizabad and process to start within a week. The court directed that the panel of mediators will ﬁle a progress report of the mediation proceedings within four weeks and the process should be completed within eight weeks. The court also said that panel of mediators may co-opt more members and in case of any difficulty, they can inform apex court registry. The court directed in camera proceedings of mediation in the case and restrained the media. Continued on Page 4 OWAISI AGAINST RAVI SHANKAR ON PANEL said Ravi Shankar had also asked Muslims to give up their claim as a goodwill gesture. He said it would have been better if the Supreme Court had not appointed him as a mediator. He, however, Hyderabad: MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order for mediation to settle the Ayodhya dispute but voiced concern over Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar being made a mediator saying he was related to the subject matter and was also a party to the dispute. The Hyderabad MP said Ravi Shankar had made a statement on November 4, 2018 threatening violence. He said the spiritual leader had warned that if Muslims did not give up the land, India will become a Syria. Owaisi hoped that Ravi Shankar would realize the huge responsibility entrusted to him by the apex court and act as a neutral mediator. The MP said he was welcoming the Supreme Court order on behalf of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). He said the All India Muslim Personal Law Board would spell out its stand. The MIM leader, also a member of Personal Law Board, said the Muslim side should go to the three mediators appointed by the Supreme Court and put forward its view. THE MEDIATORS Ibrahim Kalifulla Justice Kalifulla retired from the Supreme Court of India on 22 July 2016 four years after swearing-in as the CJI on April 2, 2002. Prior to retirement, he served as the Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir during 2011. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Founder of the Art of Living foundation, Ravi Shankar has been actively advocating in the discourse between the opposing political parties on the Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue. He had also attempted mediation in the Ayodhya dispute case during 2017-18. Sriram Panchu Being on the advisory panel on mediation to the Law Commission of India, advocate Sriram Panchu has a record of mediating in high-stake cases. Earlier, he has worked as a mediator in the Assam-Nagaland Border dispute and a dispute concerning the performance of religious ceremonies in Parsi temples. Data theft issue creation of Jagan, TS govt to divert attention: Sivaji HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: Actor Sivaji dismissed the data theft allegations describing them as attention diversion tactics indulged in by the BJP-led Central government in collusion with YSRCP and Telangana government. The Telangana government, which is playing to the tunes of the Centre, had in fact indulged in data theft in 2015 in collusion with the Election Commission, he said. Addressing the media at the Press Club here on Friday, Sivaji said that now nobody was discussing about the truncated railway zone or special category status and everyone is talking about data theft though in fact nobody knows what the meaning of it is. Producing certain documents supporting his argument, Sivaji narrated Actor Sivaji addressing the press in Vijayawada on Friday how the Telangana government indulged in real data theft in collusion with the Election Commission to delete the names of voters in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Nizamabad district. He recalled the unconditional apology tendered by the Telangana State Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar over the deletion of the voters’ names from the list. Sivaji said that the Telangana government through its IT department launched the portal State Resident Data Hub (SRDH) for collecting demographic data. By collating the data of the Election Commission and the data of the Telangana government’s SRDH, the voters’ names were deleted, he alleged. In fact, it was the Telangana government which stole the data of people and deleted the names of voters from the list, he said. Continued on Page 4 Cong making Rahul visit a big event HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Congress party is making all-out arrangements for what is billed as a major event where AICC president Rahul Gandhi who will blow the poll bugle and address booth-level Congress workers on Saturday. Rahul Gandhi is expected to announce the modalities of minimum income guarantee scheme and is likely to give a broad outline of the party’s poll promises. While he would continue his attack on the central government and the Rafale deal and reiterate how chowkidar had allowed theft of even defence TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy overseeing the arrangements at the venue of Congress president Rahul Gandhi meeting to be held on Saturday at Shamshabad documents to take place, it remains to be seen what stand he would adopt with regard to the TRS government here. TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and incharge of state affairs RC Khuntia and other leaders visited the Classic Convention hall at Shamshabad on Friday and examined the arrangements. Party leaders said that they have been planning to bring as many as 3 lakh common people and party workers for the public meeting. About one lakh would be gathered from Chevella Parliamentary Constituency, one lakh from the surroundings of Hyderabad and another one lakh from all over the state. Uttam Kumar held a tele-conference with about 30,000 party functionaries and told them to mobilise as many people as possible for the public meeting. According to the schedule received by the PCC, Rahul would arrive from Bengaluru at Shamshabad International Airport at 4.10 pm and will reach the venue at around 5 pm. Rahul promises women’s quota bill New Delhi: Reaching out to the huge constituency of women voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised passage of the Women's Reservation Bill, in limbo for the last nine years since being cleared by the Rajya Sabha, if his party is voted to power. Interacting with women on the International Women's Day, Rahul exhorted them to fight for "space" in every sphere of life as the country cannot progress without their effective and equal participation. RACE FOR SUPREMACY IN NEW ARENA KTR, Harish to compete on winning margins for TRS HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Entering a new arena in the perceived race for supremacy in Telangana Rashtra Samiti, its working president KT Rama Rao and party senior leader T Harish Rao will now compete in securing victory for the party with highest ever majority in each of the Lok Sabha segments under their purview in the upcoming General Election. This became evident from Harish’s assertion at his Medak Lok Sabha segment level party meeting on Friday, attended by KTR, that he targeted to win the seat by over 5 lakh vote majority. Apart from reﬂecting his supreme conﬁdence, Harish’s statement sent a strong message that he is geared to show his political acumen once again. He won the Siddipet seat by securing a substantial majority of 1.19 lakh votes in the just-concluded Assembly elections in the T state. Harish also played a key role in the crushing defeat of Congress senior leaders A Revanth Reddy, DK Aruna and others in Mahabubnagar district in the Assembly elections. KTR also displayed his leadership qualities in winning for TRS all the seats in GHMC and other parts of the state. KTR was assigned to look after the TRS affairs in Greater Hyderabad and parts of Karimangar, Nizamabad and Nalgonda in the Assem- TRS leaders would now compete with one another in maximizing the winning margin in their respective constituencies, instead of just competing with Congress or BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections bly poll. KTR targets to win 16 MP seats, out of 17, each by more than 2 lakh majority. In the first meeting of the Karimangar Lok Sabha segment, which covers the TRS working president’s Siricilla Assembly segment also, KTR instructed his party cadre to work hard and ensure that the TRS candidate wins the seat by more than 4 lakh votes. Leaders said that KTR and Harish would play a key role in the victory of TRS in the Lok Sabha election also. Participating the meeting, KTR said that TRS leaders would now compete with one another in maximizing the winning margin for TRS in their respective constituen- cies, instead of just competing with Congress or BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He challenged the TRS leadership of Medak Parliamentary constituency to show its strength by winning with a majority that is larger than the one recorded in Karimnagar Parliamentary constituency. Even if Congress and BJP come together, they will not form the government at the Centre, the TRS leader said. Leaders at the Centre were always concerned about developing their native states and never bothered about Telangana. The time has come for Telangana to prove its mettle at the Centre, he asserted.
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