www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 12 MARCH 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.38C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 13% Sunrise: 06:28 Sunset: 06:27 Hyderabad: Infrastructure giant Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) has won a place in ‘Limca Book of National Records’ and Asia book of Records for its outstanding achievement of completing power sub station in a record time of seven months in Andhra Pradesh. It could complete the project five months ahead of the scheduled deadline fulfilling all the quality parameters. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), for which this project was built, has appreciated MEIL performance and awarded ‘Best Debutant Award’ with a memento and citation also. 8 P5 Invoking Sabarimala will amount to poll violation Thiruvananthapuram: The Sabarimala row, over the entry of all women to the famed shrine, has been declared a taboo subject by the Chief Electoral officer in Kerala who said on Monday that it should not be used in the election campaign. Tikka Ram Meena told the media that the Sabarimala issue cannot be debated in the election campaign by anyone. "I will soon call a meeting of all political parties and this information will be passed on to them. If anyone violates the order, it will be seen as a violation of the model code of conduct and appropriate action will follow," said Meena. 8 P11 RBI WARNED GOVT OF IMPACT ON ECONOMY REGION WINDOWS MEIL in Limca Records for AP project BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TDP, YSRCP PLEAD EC AGAINST EACH OTHER File photo Pulwama attack ‘mastermind’ killed in encounter: Army Srinagar: Officials claimed on Monday that the mastermind of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Tral area. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Mudasir Ahmed Khan was one of the two militants killed in the encounter in Tral’s Pinglish area that started on Sunday evening and went on till the early hours of Monday, they said. The body of the second militant has not been identiﬁed yet, said the officials, who had earlier claimed he was Sajjad Bhat, a JeM operative whose car was used in the Pulwama attack. Bhat’s brother refused to take the body, saying it was charred beyond recognition. Khan’s body has been taken by his family members, the officials said. Khan was the “main conspirator” of the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama, Lt General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, XV Corps, said at a hurriedly called joint press conference by the Army, state police and the paramilitary force. CRPF Inspector General (Operations) in Jammu and Kashmir, Zulﬁqar Hasan, said, “Mudasir Ahmed Khan alias ‘Mohd Bhai’ was among the two militants killed in the encounter in Tral’s Pinglish area in Pulwama district.” He, however, refused to term this as avenging the deaths in the February 14 terror strike. “We are peace keepers and we ensure that no one raises a gun against the country,” Hasan said. JAGAN KICK STARTS POLL CAMPAIGN HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: A war of petitions broke out between the TDP and YSRCP over the alleged leak of electoral data by a IT ﬁrm and supply of the same to TDP's Seva Mitra here on Monday. A TDP team, led by Minister K Srinivasulu, approached the Election Commission to complain against the theft of data by the YSRCP leaders and ﬁling of false petitions under Form 7 of the EC provisions. The delegation alleged that it was an effort by the opposition leaders to remove the TDP voters in large numbers as was evident by the number of applications of delisting ﬁled by them. The opposition was trying to block the TDP App too to its detriment, the team said. Speaking to the media, K Srinivasulu said that YSRCP worked in consonance with the TRS and under the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, against the interest of AP voters and hence the conspiracy. The delegation drew the attention of the Election Commission over the role of YSRCP leader Vijay Sai Reddy and urged them to initiate action against the YSRCP leadership for the crime. The letter submitted to EC stated, “The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which is an opposition party and one of the contesting parties in the State of Andhra Pradesh, with an intention to win the elections by TDP to release list of 120 today AP ministers along with TDP leaders addressing the media after meeting the Chief Election Commissioner in New Delhi on Monday hook or by crook is resorting to illegal, unethical and undemocratic methods. YSRCP has joined forces with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and with the support of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is conspiring against the TDP. Given, the declaration of the Model Code of Conduct for the upcoming elections on March 10, 2019, the Hon’ble Election Commission of India is fully empowered to take necessary appropriate actions.” Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: Terming the upcoming Lok Sabha elections a contest between the Congress' ideology of inclusivity and Narendra Modi and the RSS ideology of fear and hatred, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday promised a minimum income guarantee scheme for all the poor in the country if the party is voted to power. Addressing booth workers at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here, Gandhi ridiculed Modi for being a coward and said only the Congress can tackle the twin challenges of unemployment and the agrarian crisis. "The choice is between India of Mahatma Gandhi and that of his assassin (Nathuram) Godse. The ﬁght is between Modi and RSS' ideology of fear and hatred on one side and the Congress' ideology of love and inclusivity on the other. New Delhi: A former DGP of Uttar Pradesh and an environmentalist have urged the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls, saying they violate EC's instructions and cause damage to the environment. The plea, filed by former DGP Vikram Singh and environmentalist Shaivika Agrawal, was mentioned for urgent listing on Monday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The bench, however, refused to accord urgent listing. In their plea, the petitioners have said roadshows and bike rallies during election period cause air and noise pollution and traffic jams which result in inconvenience to the general public. Continued on Page 15 Continued on Page 15 ACTOR ALI JOINS YSRCP Hyderabad: Telugu film actor and popular comedian Ali joined the YSR Congress party on Monday. The actor called on YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy at his Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad and joined the party. Ali had earlier met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan, but finally switched loyalties to Jagan. Ali at that time told media that he would join a party that would promise to make him a minister. But Mohammad Ali Basha, who is called fondly as Ali said that he Plea in SC seeks ban on roadshows Choose between Gandhi and Godse: Rahul Amaravati: TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu has completed review of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies along with their respective Assembly segments. Chandrababu Naidu is contemplating releasing the first list of candidates with not less than 120, before he starts his election campaign, according to the party sources. As election schedule already announced, the party has decided to give clarity to the strong and winning candidates in the first list. It is learnt that party general secretary Nara Lokesh’s name will also be in the first spell of candidates. The second list will be announced within next couple of days after announcing the first list, with about 25 to 30 candidates. HIGH COURT BANS USE OF FLEX The plea said modiﬁed vehicles, often called "raths", are being used in the roadshows in contravention to several rules. "Most roadshows involve star campaigners perched on the so-called raths. These royal raths are modiﬁed to accommodate all luxuries to have cabins, kitchen, toilets, hydraulic lifts, internet, TV, etc. These raths are very expensive and in excess to the election expenditure allowed by the EC. Further, VVIPs on the raths are vulnerable to terrorist attacks during campaign," it said. Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday prohibited the use of flex and other non-biodegradable materials for campaigning throughout the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar, gave the interim order while considering a plea seeking a ban on the use of flex. In his petition, Shyaam Kumar from Aattingal in Thiruvananthapuram district sought the urgent intervention of the court to prohibit their use in the state in the ongoing election campaign. would campaign for YSRCP. Currently, he has no plans to contest the elections. If the party gives opportunity, the film actor said he will test the waters in the ensuing elections. The 49-year-old actor, who hails from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, said he felt that he will not have a secure future in TDP. Though Ali had acted in almost all films of Pawan Kalyan, he chose to join YSRCP. When asked he said, “Friendship is different from politics." Swiss accounts of ‘Chandamama’ owners under lens New Delhi: Swiss Bank accounts of Mumbai-based software services ﬁrm Geodesic Ltd, new owners of decades-old children's magazine Chandamama, is to come under scrutiny of Indian investigating authorities in an ongoing money laundering and ﬁnancial irregularities case. The development comes after Switzerland has agreed to provide "administrative assistance" of these accounts to Indian authorities, including Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax. Geodesic is mainly known for acquiring 'Chandamama', the popular children's magazine started in July 1947. In 2007, Geodesic acquired the iconic 'Chandamama' magazine which enthralled children with Indian mythological stories. HARIKA, MOHANLAL, JAISHANKAR HONOURED Prez confers Padma on 47 personalities New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday conferred Padma Awards on 47 prominent and inspiring personalities, in three categories of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awardees include Malayalam actor Mohanlal, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, Akali Dal leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and renowned journalist Kuldip Nayar (posthumous). Also, there are eight sportspersons who received the honours this time. They are grandmaster Harika Dronavalli, wrestler Bajrang Punia, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, football captain Sunil Chhetri, basketball player Prashanti Singh, Choreographer Prabhu Deva, actor Viswanathan Mohanlal, percussionist Anandan Sivamani, and music composer Shankar Mahadevan Narayan pose for a group photo before receiving their awards archer Bombayla Devi Laishram, kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur and table tennis player Sharath Kamal. Bihar leader Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (Padma Bhushan), former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of multinational techno giant Cisco systems John Chambers (Padma Bhushan) and renowned dancer and ﬁlmmaker Prabhu Deva (Padma Shri) were also honoured at a special function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. While Viswanathan Mohanlal, Dhindsa and Nayar (posthumous) were conferred the Padma Bhushan, Jaishankar was honoured with the Padma Shri. Nayar’s wife received the award from the President. Bachendri Pal, who became the ﬁrst Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1984, has been bestowed with the honour for ‘distin- guished service of a high order.’ She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award. As many as 112 personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, a Home Ministry official said. Other notable awardees include renowned singer Shankar Mahadevan Narayan (Padma Shri), former Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Karia Munda (Padma Bhushan), physicians Sandeep Guleria and Ilias Ali (both Padma Shri) and wrestler Bajrang Punia (Padma Shri). President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Shri upon Harika Dronavalli, top-ranked chess player, during 'Padma Awards 2019', in New Delhi on Monday
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