SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2019 WARANGAL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com ‘WINTER’ IS FINALLY HERE! H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Ch Prabhu Das The season finale of the long-awaited TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ is finally upon us. People around the globe are awaiting April as the world will witness the epic battle between the living and the dead… LOK SABHA POLLS KCR now crafting TRS manifesto with national perspective PATAN AFZAL BABU WINDOWS Rahul Gandhi at a meeting in Shamshabad SEND MODI HOME: RAHUL TEACH BJP ALLY KCR A LESSON, SAYS CONG CHIEF 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. 8P9 HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the duo had entered into an understanding to create two types of India. One to benefit the rich like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya and the like and another to keep the poor suffering. Addressing a booth-level workers’ meeting of the TPCC where he sounded the poll bugle for the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul said Modi has a large heart for the rich like Anil Ambani but has no money to waive off farmers’ loans. It is unfortunate that KCR was cooperating with Modi in his Mexico night club attack leaves 15 dead • AICC president says Modi, KCR are pro-rich and anti-poor • Finds fault with TS CM for not questioning PM on Rafale deal • Announces ‘Minimum Income Guarantee’ scheme for farmers • Under NDA rule, safety & security of the nation compromised Don’t repeat mistake committed in Assembly elections: Vijayashanthi acts. KCR was the first to extend his support to Modi in anti-people’s decisions like demonetisation and GST which have affected the small and medium businessmen and has brought them on to the streets, he added. “KCR, so far, had never questioned Modi on Rafale deal. TRS leaders always extended support to Modi in Parliament on every decision taken by the BJP-led NDA government which were against the wishes of the poor,” the Congress chief alleged. Announcing that the ‘Minimum Income Guarantee’ scheme will be enforced soon after the Congress comes to power in the country, Rahul said all deserved will be included as beneficiaries in the scheme irrespective of parties, language, religion or caste. “We will bring all the money taken away by the bank fraudsters and distribute them to the poor,” he said. Stating that Modi was not sensitive towards the plight of the farmers, Rahul said the Congress was committed to ﬁght Modi’s corruption and dethrone the BJP in the next elections. He further said that Modi had not only destroyed the economy of the country but also compromised on the safety and security of the nation. Continued on Page 11 Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is likely to announce soon the party’s manifesto with a national perspective for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, highlighting the aims and objectives of the Federal Front as well as local issues that impinge on national politics. KCR ﬂoated the Front as an alternative to BJP and Congress at the Centre recently. The TRS chief has met several leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and DMK leaders, seeking their support to his front. Sources in the party said that the proposal to prepare the TRS manifesto for the General Election is under active consideration. “KCR is of the view that the party manifesto announced in the just-concluded Assembly elections is already under implementation. Hence, the party needs to come out with another manifesto to showcase the Federal Front’s vision and its efforts to bring a change in the country’s economy, farming sector, while ensuring optimum utilisation of water resources to make agriculture a proﬁtable profession in the country,” a senior leader said. The ﬁrst-of-its-kind Rythu Bandhu scheme, extending cash incentives directly to farmers, introduced by KCR has drawn national attention. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has already emulated KCR’s scheme and has started implementing it in the current farming season, leaders said. Two other ﬂagships schemes - Mission Baghiratha and Mission Kakatiya, aimed at providing safe drinking water to all households and reviving the water bodies respectively, also received accolades from across the country. 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 Guanajuato: At least 15 men have died following a shooting at a nightclub in central Mexico, prosecutors said on Saturday. Another four people, three men and a woman, suffered injuries, public prosecutor's office spokesman Juan Jose Martinez told AFP by telephone. The nightclub lies in Guanajuato state, where authorities have launched an operation against criminal gangs involved in fuel theft. The attack took place in the early hours Saturday as several heavily armed men opened ﬁre at the La Playa nightclub in Salamanca, before making off in a vehicle, the spokesman said. The four injured people were taken to a nearby hospital. So far, none of the victims have been identiﬁed. Salamanca is the site of the main pipeline of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), where fuel thieves have cost the firm around US $ 3 billion over the last few years. In late January, a fake bomb was found in a car parked close to the refinery. Nearby, signs were found threatening Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and demanding that he withdraw from the area soldiers fighting against fuel theft gangs. 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. 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- 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. 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. Fugitive Nirav in London, runs his biz as usual 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. Aware he is in London, India taking steps for his extradition: MEA Hours after the newspaper reported about the presence of Ni- rav Modi in London, the Ministry of External Affairs said the government is taking all steps to extradite the fugitive diamond trader. “We are aware that (Nirav Modi) is in the UK, otherwise we wouldn’t have requested for extradition,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media brieﬁng. “The UK is still considering our request to extradite Nirav Modi… The government is taking all necessary steps for his extradition,” Kumar added. “Just because he has been spotted doesn’t mean he will be brought back immediately. It is for the UK to consider our request and respond,” Kumar told reporters. “If you think we aren’t pursuing this, then you are wrong. Just like we followed Vijay Mallya’s case, we are following this with the same intensity. Whatever steps that need to be taken by the government of India will be taken,” adding the UK was considering India’s request to extradite Modi. 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. ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI’ Congress, BJP spar over Nirav Modi n The Congress and the BJP 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. Continued on Page 11
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