www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.38C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 18% Sunrise: 06:20 Sunset: 06:21 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. STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CS DIRECTS COLLECTORS TO ENFORCE MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT STRICTLY AIRFARES SOAR 100% AS AIRLINES CANCEL FLIGHTS TRS OUT TO OUST CONG In 2014 it was TDP, now it’s Congress K CHANDRASEKHAR Hyderabad: Even before the election campaign in Telangana kickstarted, the TRS party is trying to attract several Congress MLAs into the party fold which could lead to decimation of the T Congress in the state. In 2014, soon after the elections, the TRS had weaned away almost all the TDP top leaders resulting in the yellow party disappearing from the political scene. In the recent times, Congress MLAs, including R Palair MLA K Upender Reddy greeting TRS working president K T Rama Rao, in Hyderabad on Thursday Kanta Rao, Atram Sakku, B Haripriya Naik, Chirumurthy Lingaiah and P Director of School Education T Vijay Kumar addressing media on SSC public examinations, in Hyderabad on Thursday SSC exams from tomorrow • Exams will end on April 3 • Class X examinations to be held in 2,563 centres • 5,52, 302 candidates registered for the examinations • 2,55,318 boys and 2,52,492 girls will appear as regular candidates HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Director of Government Examinations B Sudhakar and Commissioner and Director of School Education T Vijay Kumar said that the SSC Public Examinations will commence on March 16 and end on April 3 in the State. Continued on Page 4 Sabita Indra Reddy had pledged support to TRS and also said that if needed they would resign and contest again on TRS ticket. Now the Congress MLA from Palair Assembly constituency K Upender Reddy met TRS working president K T Rama Rao on Thursday and expressed his willingness to join the ruling party. Upender Reddy is the sixth one to tilt towards TRS after ﬁve other Congress MLAs declared joining TRS. Upender Reddy had defeated TRS candidate and then minister Renuka may contest from BJP, if Cong denies ticket NM SATHEESH Hyderabad: In a surprising development, senior leader of Telangana Congress Renuka Chowdary may contest from Bharatiya Janata Party from Khammam Parliamentary Constituency if she is denied the ticket by the Congress. The former MP is seriously considering contesting on behalf of BJP as she has doubts on getting the ticket of Khammam PC, according to party sources. There is speculation that Congress may give ticket to Telugu Desam leader Nama Nageswar Rao. Chowdary was also denied the ticket in 2014 Lok Sabha polls as the Khammam seat was given to Communist Party of India. Though in the next elections this seat may not be left to any People’s Front partner, the high com- mand is reluctant to give the ticket to Renuka. Leaders of the party said that several leaders of Khammam district have been opposing her candidature and this may lead to her defeat. The Congress has won majority of the Assembly segments in this Parliamentary Constituency in the Assembly elections being held in 2018 and the party is conﬁdent on winning in the Parliament polls too. Keeping better chances to win the seat, the high command did not want to spoil them by giving ticket 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- Tummala Nageswara Rao in the last elections. Upender Reddy said that he strongly believes that his constituency Palair and Khammam district can be developed only under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao hence he has decided to join TRS and work under KCR’s guidance. “If need be, I will resign from the MLA post which I have got through Congress party and seek fresh mandate from the people.” Continued on Page 4 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. to her and considering the names of others in her place. Nama Nageswar Rao has lost the Khammam Assembly election in the previous elections to Assembly and he has been seeking Congress ticket for the Parliamentary constituency. As the All India Congress Committee’s screening panel would meet on Friday to short list the names for the 17 Parliamentary constituencies of the state, Renuka’s political future would be out in two or three days. Party leaders said that the Congress high command is deliberately delaying ﬁnalisation of candidates as the political scenario is yet to settle down. The departures and joining in Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samiti are continuing and speculation is rife over shifting of loyalties by several leaders. Continued on Page 4 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- 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 4 5 die, 29 injured as bridge collapses T 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 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 4 RAFALE DEAL CASE
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