www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 12 MARCH 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.36C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 06:22 Sunset: 06:20 BUSINESS WINDOWS MEIL in Limca Records for AP project STATE H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H FEDERAL FRONT: CLARITY WILL EMERGE POST LS POLLS: KTR 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 P8 RBI WARNED GOVT OF IMPACT ON ECONOMY A BAFFLING LANDSCAPE KCR to sound LS poll bugle from Karimnagar HANS NEWS SERVICE Invoking Sabarimala will amount to poll violation: CEO 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 P7 The other side of this picture-perfect landscape tells a diﬀerent story. Nearly 50 palm trees around this mound of treating garbage are withering away at Jawahar Nagar dumping yard, which has drawn the attention of civic fathers after persistent protests from locals. Despite the best eﬀorts of the government to cap the dump yard with multiple layers to treat the accumulating garbage the Greater Hyderabad generates, results are showing up slower than the speed with which the eﬄuents are percolating the ground resources. Locals only hope that the eﬀorts will really make the environs look as pleasing as the picture, without the ill-eﬀects ADULA KRISHNA Pulwama attack ‘mastermind’ killed in encounter 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 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. 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. Hyderabad: Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao will kickstart the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections with a public meeting in Karimnagar on March 17. The Chief Minister will launch the campaign from the Karimnagar Lok Sabha segment, which has sentiment attached to it. TRS leaders said the party president starts his programmes from Karimnagar as per vaastu as it is located at Ishanyam. TRS working president K T Rama Rao had also started his preparatory meetings from Karimnagar. KCR has also decided to hold another public meeting on March 19 in Nizamabad Lok Sabha segment presently represented by his daughter Kavitha. Sources said the CM has already decided on who should be the candidates in about 10 constituencies. After the candidates are ﬁnalised for all the seats, the campaign schedule for these constituencies would be announced, the sources added. The sources further said the TRS chief would address one meeting in every Lok Sabha segment covering 16 constituencies. Earlier, it was said that the CM would address many meetings, but the party has decided to hold only one meeting each for constituency and asked the local MLAs to ensure the party candidates get huge majority from their respective constituencies. The party is aiming to win 16 Plea in SC seeks ban on roadshows 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 4 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. out of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the State leaving out one for its ally AIMIM. The party expects it would be a cakewalk for the TRS candidates as the people blessed the party with 88 seats and several Congress MLAs too have pledged their support to the TRS. With the Chief Minister deciding to take the center-stage, the tour programme of K T Rama Rao has been cut short. According to the party leaders, KTR would now address only four meetings at Nizamsagar project site for Zaheerabad Lok Sabha and Secunderabad on March 13. He would address party leaders meeting at Ramagundam for Peddapalli Lok Sabha on March 15 and the last meeting at Nalgonda. All the other meetings have been cancelled as the Lok Sabha election schedule has been announced, said party general secretary Palla Rajeshwar Reddy. Unable to keep pace with TRS, Cong boycotts MLC polls HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: As a mark of strong protest to poaching of its MLAs by ruling TRS ahead of the biennial elections to five MLC posts scheduled on Tuesday, Telangana Congress had announced boycotting the elections. TPCC president N Uttam Kuamr Reddy has taken the decision to stay away from the elections at a time when TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was holding a meeting with his party MLAs to ﬁnalise the party strategy in the MLC and the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. Congress had ﬁelded TPCC treasurer G Narayana Reddy as its candidate. Continued on Page 4 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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