www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.39C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 36% Sunrise: 06:26 Sunset: 06:27 BSNL to clear Feb salary by Friday New Delhi: Public sector telecom firm BSNL will clear salaries of all employees for February month by Friday, its Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said Thursday. "BSNL will pay salary of all employees by tomorrow. We are thankful to telecom minister Manoj Sinha for his timely intervention to ensure that salaries of employees are paid at the earliest," the BSNL CMD said. He said that revenue receipt of BSNL is usually higher in March and internal accruals have started flowing in. "We expect total accruals of Rs 2,700 crore in March of which Rs 850 crore will be used for salary disbursement," Shrivastava said. AIRFARES SOAR 100% AS AIRLINES CANCEL FLIGHTS REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H DIGITIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO BE PART OF POLL COST TDP FINALISES 15 PARL, 126 ASSEMBLY TICKETS Marathon meeting decides to retain most of the sitting MLAs HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Racing against time, the Telugu Desam Party on Thursday ﬁnalised a list of about 126 names for the Assembly and nearly 15 names for the Lok Sabha seats, elections for which would be held on April 11. The party has retained most of the sitting MLAs. Unlike in the past, the party this time had to face sev- Since the ﬁght is going to be mainly between the TDP and YSRCP, the party leadership had taken into consideration various survey reports, the performance index of the sitting MLAs, caste equations, and the response TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu got from interactive voice response system from the people in the constituency. The party leadership during its marathon eral problems in selecting the candidates. Apart from addressing the issues of dissent in the party, it also had to keep in view the candidates who are likely to be ﬁelded by the YSRCP. exercise since morning had to make several last-minute changes to ensure that the winning horses get the tickets. Even ﬁnalising the name of Speaker of the AP Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao caused some trouble but ﬁnally the party decided to ﬁeld him from Sattenapalli Assembly constituency. Continued on Page 15 FULL LIST ON P15 Poaching ticket-seekers a new mind game in play I aspire to become CM: Pawan Kalyan HANS NEWS SERVICE Rajahmundry: Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan for the ﬁrst time expressed his intention to become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Addressing a huge gathering at Rajahmundry on the occasion of ﬁfth formation day of the party, Pawan said that he was announcing his intention to become the chief minister for the ﬁrst time publicly as his motive is not to earn money but to serve the poorest of the poor. He said he was fed up of seeing how the contemporary politics had deteriorated and wants to usher in a change. That was the intention of ﬂoating Jana Sena and now he feels that unless he was is in the seat of power, it may be difficult to deliver what he wants to. Continued on Page 15 are becoming players. For instance, the YSRCP spread a rumour of TDP sitting MLA and minister Ganta Srinvasa Rao shifting his loyalty miffed over his being deprived of the Bheemili seat. Though it started as a rumour in WhatsApp groups, it then spread fast on the social media and websites, eventually making its way into some newspapers and TV channels too. The rumour was generated on the presumption that TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s Indians to beneﬁt as UK lifts cap on PhD-level work visas ADITI KHANNA London: Indians are among the largest group of professionals set to benefit from a new UK government plan to remove any limit on the number of PhD-level work visas to be granted. UK Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on Wednesday in a Budget update, referred to as the annual Spring Statement, that from later this year all such highly-qualified roles will be exempt from any cap on the numbers that can apply and come to work in Britain. "From Autumn 2019, PhD-lev- el occupations will be exempt from the Tier 2 (General) cap, and at the same time the government will update the immigration rules on 180-day absences so that researchers conducting fieldwork overseas are not penalised if they apply to settle in the UK," Hammond said in his statement. According to the most recent UK Home Office data, Indians form the largest chunk of highlyskilled professionals within the Tier 2 (General) category of work visas, accounting for 54 per cent of all such visas granted in 2018. son Lokesh would be fielded from the Bheemili Assembly constituency, from where Srinivasa Rao was elected in 2014. After the rumour, both Lokesh and Srinivasa Rao were forced to give a statement that there were no differences between them. Ganta said he was ready to leave the Bheemili seat for anyone who wants it. In fact, Ganta had never contested from the same seat for the second consecutive time. Continued on Page 15 India seeks visa-free access for 5000 Kartarpur pilgrims Attari (Punjab): India on Thursday sought visa-free access from Pakistan for 5,000 pilgrims per day to the historic Sikh shrine in Kartarpur. This was conveyed to the Pakistani delegation at a meeting here to discuss the opening of a planned corridor for pilgrims between Punjab's Gurdaspur district and Kartarpur Sahib across the border. “From our side, we have pressed for at least 5,000 pilgrims per day to be allowed to visit the holy Sikh shrine in the initial phase,” S C L Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, told reporters. This was the ﬁrst meeting between an Indian and a Pakistani delegation since tensions between the two countries spiked after the terror attack in Pulwama.. Tale of two nations spar over legacy of names MANIK GUPTA New Delhi: Gujarat in India, Gujrat in Pakistan; Hyderabad here and also there; Delhi Gate in Lahore and Lahori Gate in Patiala. Then there is the favourite sweetmeat of many Indians, the Karachi halwa, while the Pakistanis relish Bengali samosa. Some names have withstood the uneasy decades since Partition, standing out like little beacons of oneness in a landscape fraught with hostility but also hope between two neighbours sharing a border and age- I ndia has Gujarat (state), Pakistan has a district in Punjab called Gujrat. There is a city called Hyderabad in Sindh. India, too, has Hyderabad. Even surnames such as Bajwa, Sethi, Rathore, Chaudhry etc. are used by several people from both countries. We cannot change geography or erase the shared past – Amit Ranjan, Author old cultural ties. IndiaPakistan, locked into a hyphenated relationship of a shared history and a divided present, is not just about rift but also about the many vestiges of unity that have survived seven decades. It's about the names of streets, shops, monuments, food and more, say historians and others on both sides of the border. With the recent es- he noted ‘Kasab Bridge’ collapsed during the rush hour on Thursday evening leaving five persons dead and injuring 29 after a major portion of a foot overbridge near the iconic CST rail station in Mumbai caved in. The bridge, which connects the area near the Times of India building with CST, is commonly known as 'Kasab bridge' as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike. Apex court to probe only after addressing Centre’s objections SAMBASIVA RAO M Amaravati: As the election campaign picks up momentum, Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a new phenomena this time. Normally horsetrading begins in case of a hung assembly and desertions from opposition to ruling party take place if the ruling party has absolute majority as is being seen in Telangana these days. But in Andhra Pradesh horse-trading has begun much before the polls. It is like private bus operators vying to attract passengers. “No seat in your party, come to us we will give you. Our aim is to defeat the opposition party,” this appears to be the motto of political parties. This is the new kind of mind game that is being played now. Interestingly, even senior leaders 5 die, 29 injured as bridge collapses T calation in tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, this legacy has come under increasing strain. The spotlight of unwelcome attention fell on the Karachi Bakery in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru after the February 14 strike, which prompted the first aerial combat between the two countries since 1971 and led to the capture of an IAF pilot by Pakistan on February 27. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released almost three days later on March 1. The managements of the two stores were told by vigilantes to hide ‘Karachi', Pakistan's buzzing commercial centre, from their signboards. Forced to show their Indianness, they also put up a tricolour along with posters reading that the brand was established in 1953 by a Sindhi, Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated to India after Partition and is "absolutely Indian by heart". The ripple effect of fear could be seen in other cities, including in the national capital, particularly the historic walled city. Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will decide ﬁrst on the preliminary objections raised by the Centre and then go into the facts of the Rafale ﬁghter jet deal case. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi wrapped up the hearing on preliminary objections by the Centre that review petitioners in the Rafale jet deal case cannot rely on privileged documents obtained illegally. It will be known later as to when the order will be pronounced on the issue. The top court asked the petitioners seeking review of its order to focus on the preliminary objections regarding admissibility of the leaked documents. "Only after we decide the preliminary objection raised by the Centre, we will go into the facts of the case," said the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. At the outset, Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, claimed privilege over documents pertaining to the Rafale ﬁghter jet deal with France and told the Supreme Court that no one can produce them in the court without the permission of the department concerned. Venugopal referred to Section 123 of the Evidence Act and provisions of RTI Act to buttress his claim. He told the top court that no one can publish documents which relate to national security as the security of the State supercedes everything. Continued on Page 15 RAFALE DEAL CASE
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