WINDOWS Tony Blair, Ratan Tata, Sundar Pichai, Anand Mahindra grace Akash Ambani wedding Mumbai: The high-profile wedding of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta kicked-off on Saturday, with the arrival of leading industrialists, international leaders, diplomats, Bollywood stars and business tycoons. In the three-day wedding affair of Akash Ambani, son of Reliance Industries chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani, and Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta, a bunch of eminent personalities graced the couple. Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra and Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair, ADAG chairman Anil Ambani, Google CEO Sundar Pichai ArcelorMittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal attended the wedding. Cadets celebrate after a passing-out parade at OTA in Chennai on Saturday Three cross-border strikes in 5 yrs: Rajnath Mangaluru: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India has successfully carried out as many as three cross-border strikes in the past five years but stopped short of revealing details about the third military action apart from Uri and Balakot. Rajnath said, "People know about the surgical strike of Uri and the air strike that the IAF carried out in Balakot. In fact, we have carried out three such strikes in five years. I can give you details of the two operations. However, I can't disclose details of the third one," Singh said. SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2019 KURNOOL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘A BAAHUBALI CONSPIRACY’ Fugitive Nirav in London, runs his biz as usual Naidu sees a plot hatched by KCR-Jagan-Modi trio against AP HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: “A conspiracy bigger than that of what was seen in ﬁlms like Baahubali has been hatched against Andhra Pradesh. There are many players in scripting the mega conspiracy. The conspirators include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, TRS chief KCR, his son KTR and YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy,” alleged Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Naidu said the elections have reached a decisive stage and the ﬁght is now between the TDP and KCR as he has taken over as the new president of YSRCP. “KCR who said that he would give me a return gift realised that Jaganmohan Reddy under no circumstances can win the elections and hence decided to turn into a director and was implementing the conspiracies scripted by Modi,” Naidu said. Taking a jibe at the three political parties, Naidu said, “The schedule • AP CM says ﬁght is now between TDP and YSRCP ‘new chief’ KCR • Compares Vijayasai Reddy with Dawood Ibrahim in caballing • YSRCP FIR to Election Commission exposes it all, says TDP chief • Questions TS police raiding IT Grids even before a complaint • Says KCR insulted Andhra people with his Ulawa Charu comment for the entire conspiracy is written and the action plan is also attached to the request and given to the Election Commission. “Telangana police’s drama continued in the direction of YSRCP leader Vijayasai Reddy. The conspiracy is clearly sketched in the request of Vijayasai Reddy on February 19, 2019,” he said. Comparing Vijayasai Reddy to Dawood Ibrahim, the AP CM said the parallel between them is that they’re invisible, but everybody is afraid of them. He said the con- spiracy started with the lodging of a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner by Vijayasai Reddy on February 19. Page 28 of his complaint contains the plan of action of the YSR Congress to move further on the data theft case. Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the YSRCP suggested to the Election Commission to register an FIR on the “stolen data by IT Grids, seizure of cell phone/email communication between the directors of the IT Grids and Bluefrog Mobile Technologies and the state government ministers and officials.” It also sought the Election Commission to ask for a CBI investigation through the court and expose it to the national media. He questioned as to how the TS police raided the IT Grids even before a complaint was lodged. Did they get a dream that data was stolen? Do they start a probe into any other case without a complaint? Continued on Page 11 FORM 7 FOR REMOVAL OF VOTES FILED BY DEAD TOO! New Delhi: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud in India, is living in a luxurious apartment in London’s West End and running a diamond business, according to a report in The Telegraph. A video released by a UK-based newspaper on Saturday shows Modi, apparently sporting a jacket made from ‘Ostrich hide’ which costs ‘at least £10,000’ (over Rs 9 lakh), repeatedly answering ‘no comment’ to every question posed by the reporter. Modi is living in a ‘three-bedroom ﬂat occupying half of a ﬂoor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, with views across London’, likely to be rented at around £17,000 (Rs 15 lakh), the report stated. Citing highly placed sources in UK government, the newspaper reported that Modi was provided with a ‘National Insurance Number’ by the Department for Work and Pension which allows him to operate online bank accounts in the country while still being on a wanted list in India. When asked about this, Modi replies: “No comment”. Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi are being investigated by Indian investigating agencies after the PNB reported that it had been cheated of Rs 13,600 crore through fraudulent issue of letters LoUs and foreign letters of credit (FLCs). The duo left India in January 2018, a few weeks before the scam was unearthed. While Modi is in the UK, Choksi has become a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and is learnt to be residing there. Continued on Page 11 P11 Kin want to play king in Krishna politics HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: The heirs of various leaders especially in the Telugu Desam Party are active in politics by making plans to contest directly or indirectly by extending support to their family members. Already, former minister late Devineni Nehru's son Devineni Avinash and MLA Jaleel Khan's daughter Shabana Khatoon received a green signal from the TDP leadership to contest in the Assembly polls. MP Kesineni Nani's daughter K Swetha and MLA Bonda Uma's son Siddharth, MP Konakalla Narayana's brother K Bullaiah are busy with po- On Page 4 Jagan non-resident of AP: KE • Some leaders set to enter election fray • Some others support their family members litical activity as descendants of their family members. Similarly, MLA Gadde Rammohan Rao’s wife Gadde Anuradha, who is also Zilla Parishad chairperson, has been active in politics along with her husband. Indeed, the TDP leadership is yet to announce the candidates’ list but the family members of these leaders started campaigning. They are meeting with the rank and file of the party and also common public. MLA Jaleel Khan’s daughter Shabana Khatoon started publicity as the TDP candidate for Vijayawada West constituency. She has been conducting meetings and interacting with the people on a daily basis. MP Kesineni Srinivas’ daughter Swetha is also moving with Jaleel Khan’s daughter. She has been urging voters to cast their votes in favour of the TDP. She is confident about her father Kesineni Nani’s candidature for the Vijayawada Parliament seat. Continued on Page 11 ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI’ Congress, BJP spar over Nirav Modi n New Delhi: The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday sparred over a news report that fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was living in a swanky apartment in London. Slamming the Narendra Modi government, the Congress alleged fugitives had looted Rs 1 lakh crore from Indian banks but not even one has been caught in five years. The Telegraph reported that billionaire diamond tycoon, accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud case, has been tracked down by it to an apartment in London's West End. "Fugitive Nirav Modi has been seen enjoying in London, living in a Rs 75 crore flat and wearing a 10,000pound jacket," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. Continued on Page 11 Modi attacks Cong on terror Noida: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday again hit out at those seeking proof of India's air strike in Balakot, Pakistan and slammed the previous Congress government for its handling of terror incidents post-26/11 Mumbai attack. Addressing a public meeting in Greater Noida, Modi said the corrupt are opposing and abusing him in order to get votes. “India today works on 'nayi reeti, nayi neeti' (new methods, new policies), asserting that after the terror attack in J&K's Uri in 2016, the country for the ‘ﬁrst time taught terrorists a lesson in a language they understand’ with surgical strikes,” he said. "Is it okay for you (the people) to have a government that does nothing? A chowkidar (referring to prime minister) who sleeps?," he asked the gathering of thousands. "After Uri, proofs were sought. Our soldiers did something that has never happened before. Our soldiers struck terrorists inside their home. Terrorists and their guardians had not expected such action. They thought if India once did a surgical strike, they would again do something similar. So, they had deployed forces ‘Assets seized during ACB raids will be credited to govt account’ Panyam YSRCP MLA Charitha Reddy joins Telugu Desam YSRCP MLA Sridhar Reddy arrested, sent to remand BJP demands probe into false claims Who released Masood Azhar from jail, Rahul asks Modi New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Pulwama terror attack and said it was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that freed Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. "A few days back CRPF personnel were killed in Pulwama. I want to ask the Prime Minister that who killed them? What is the name of chief of JeM? Wasn't it a BJP government that freed Masood Azhar from an Indian jail," Rahul Gandhi said as he addressed a rally in Haveri, Karnataka. Gandhi said the Congress was, however, not the same. "We don't bend before terrorism," Rahul said at Haveri. JeM chief Azhar and two other militants Mushtaq Ahmed and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh were freed in exchange for hijacked Indian Airlines passengers by then External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh in 1999. After some restraint post a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, the Congress sharpened its attack on the Modi government over the incident. Alleging failure on part of the government, the Congress questioned the Centre how such an attack was not stopped. The Congress has also accused the BJP, its ministers and Narendra Modi of politicising the Pulwama attack. along the border, but we went by air this time," Modi said. He said after the pre-dawn air strike on February 24, India was quietly monitoring the situation and it was Pakistan which started "crying" around 5am that "Modi has hit us". "They were thinking they can keep wounding In- dia, wage attacks, proxy wars and India would not respond. The reason that enemies of India had this thought was (because of ) the attitude of the 'remote-controlled' government prior to 2014. That is why they (enemies) could nurture this attitude," the Prime Minster said. Hubby Kashyap chides Saina during All England match Birmingham: When India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal was struggling in her match against World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the quarters of All England Championship, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and her husband Parupalli Kashyap reportedly admonished her for playing weak shots. Saina had suffered defeats in 14 out of the 19 clashes against the Taiwanese shuttler and Friday was no different as she once again went down 15-21, 19-21 in the 37-minute match. The time when the Indian was trailing 3-11 during the break in the ﬁrst game, Kashyap gave Saina an earful. Women keep trains on right track at Chandragiri The all-women-employees railway station completes a year V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: It’s a railway station with a difference. One can ﬁnd no male employee there as it has been manned by all-women employees for the past one year. Chandragiri railway station in Chittoor district was selected by the South Central Railway (SCR) as the ﬁrst one in Andhra Pradesh to be managed by all women in 2018. Soon, SCR authorities took steps and posted all women staff there and the station was inaugurated on March 6, 2018 by then General Manager of SCR Vinod Kumar Yadav who has been elevated to the post of Railway Board Chairman now. The station got the distinction of being the third station managed by all-women staff in the country. Indian Railways made some selected stations as ‘All-Women Managed Railway Stations’ in its bid towards empowering women to do anything on their own. In the jurisdiction of SCR along with Tirupati station Begumpet station in Hyderabad was also selected for the purpose. However, the women staff were initially had several apprehensions to work there Staﬀ at Chandragiri railway station celebrating the ﬁrst anniversary of it becoming the ‘all-women railway station’ on Friday due to various reasons but took it up as a challenge. After one year, the staff were quite enthusiastic and saying that it’s a novel experience for them. Speaking to The Hans India, Station Master ML Usha Rani has said that, the authorities have been addressing all problems without any delay and they were satisﬁed to discharge duties there. “It gives us an opportunity to prove ourselves which gives more conﬁdence to face any challenges though we work somewhere else in future. About 14 women staffers have been working in the station including RPF personnel, points women, booking clerks and sub staff, of them ﬁve station masters were there. All of us feel happy and secured here,” said Usha Rani. DRM Vijay Prathap Singh has been visiting the station frequently and addressing our needs, said another women employee. The DRM has said that, the experiment was a great success and the public have been appreciating the efforts. “All the women staff there have been doing extremely well and they were all comfortable. Continued on Page 11
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