www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 12% Sunrise: 06:18 Sunset: 06:29 SC dismisses plea challenging ordinance on ‘triple talaq’ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the constitutional validity of an ordinance which makes the practice of instant ‘triple talaq’ a punishable offence. A bench headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi dismissed a plea of a Kerala-based outfit and said it will not like to interfere. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance was first notified on September 19 last year, hours after the Union Cabinet had cleared it. Instant ‘triple talaq’, also known as ‘talaq-e-biddat’, is an instant divorce whereby a Muslim man can legally divorce his wife by pronouncing ‘talaq’ three times in one go. People unsatisfied with NDA govt performance: ADR New Delhi: "Better employment opportunities" is the top priority of Indian voters and they are unsatisfied with the government's below average performance, reveals a survey conducted by election watchdog - the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The survey, released on Monday, said the government's performance score on the top 10 voters' priorities is below average. The other top two voters' priorities, "better healthcare" and "drinking water" were also rated as below average. JET AIRWAYS OFFLOADS GOYAL REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H YECHURY PREDICTS CHANGE IN GOVTs CROSS-CHECK MORE VOTES ON VVPATs: SC No institution should insulate itself from improvement, says Apex court New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday favoured increasing the random physical veriﬁcation of VVPAT slips in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls and told the EC that “no institution should insulate itself from improvement, including the judiciary”. It was not the question of “casting aspersions”, rather a matter of “satisfaction” of the electorate, the top court said. It asked the EC to ﬁle response as to whether it can increase the number of sample surveys of VVPAT slips from one in each Assembly segment for the upcoming general and Assembly elections. The court was hearing a plea ﬁled by 21 Opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, seeking that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each Nizamabad may go for ballot paper • 245 nominations received in Nizamabad • TS CEO exploring all options to conduct polls • A total of 795 nominations received for 17 constituencies • SC was hearing a plea by Oppn parties, led by AP Chief Minister Naidu • Court favours increasing random physical veriﬁcation of VVPAT slips • EC says it is fully satisﬁed with purity of elections with present system • It’s a matter of ‘satisfaction’ rather than casting aspersions: Apex court • Asks EC to ﬁle aﬃdavit indicating reasons for satisfaction by March 28 Assembly constituency be checked randomly in the Lok Sabha elections next month. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta asked the EC to ﬁle its reply on affidavit indicating the reasons of its satisfaction that purity of elections can be maintained and is being maintained. “The Election Commission of India (EC) is fully satisﬁed that the purity of the elections can be maintained and is being maintained. The Election Commission of India shall indicate the above in an affidavit the basis of satisfaction,” the bench said. It further said, “The Election Commission of India shall also indicate that if the sample survey can be extended to a higher level…the affidavit shall be ﬁled by 4pm on March 28. The matter is listed for further hearing on April 1.” At the outset, the bench told the deputy election commissioner Sudeep Jain, appearing in person, whether the poll panel can increase the number of random physical veriﬁcation of VVPAT slips with EVMs from the existing stipulation of only one polling station per Assembly segment. Continued on Page 15 CONGRESS PROMISE `72K/YR FOR 20% POOR Rahul announces minimum income guarantee scheme RESS A CONG MENT OUNCE ANN HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Ballot paper voting might be the option for the Nizamabad Lok Sabha election in view of a massive 245 nominations received for this parliamentary segment alone as nominations for April 11 election drew to a close on Monday (March 25). Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana, Dr Rajat Kumar stated they are making required arrangements for the ballot voting process in Nizamabad. However, he said that ﬁnal decision would be taken after withdrawal of nominations on March 28 as authorities would have an exact idea on the number of candidates left in the race. Addressing media on Monday evening, Rajat Kumar said that the old EVMs that they are using in view of a court case involving the latest EVMs does not support that big number and hence election authorities are exploring the ballot paper option as well. The total number of nominations received as per data received from all segments was 795. Candidates in Secunderabad and Hyderabad stood in queues till late evening to submit their nominations and they all reached the centre before the scheduled closing time of 3 pm. Continued on Page 15 New Delhi: In a big bang election promise, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power. Making the announcement at a press conference here, Gandhi said 50 million families and 250 million will directly beneﬁt from the scheme. "Final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country," he said, adding that the Congress has studied the ﬁscal implications of the scheme and consulted renowned economists and experts before ﬁnalising the scheme. "It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and wellthought idea. People have suffered in the last ﬁve years and we are going to give justice to them," he added. A Congress official said any family earning less than Rs 12,000 a month would receive Rs 6,000 every month. BJP laughs it off The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dismissed the plan as an enticement on which the Congress cannot deliver. BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav said, "If you are sure about your defeat, you can promise moon. Who takes it seriously? Already under different schemes poor families get much more support. Is it in addition to those schemes or they all will be subsumed in it?" The number of Indians below the poverty line had fallen to about 65 million, or 5 per cent of the population, from 22 per cent in 2011, the BJP said on social network Twitter after Gandhi's news conference. The BJP pledged direct cash support of Rs 6,000 a year for 120 million poor farmers and cut taxes for the middle-class last month. It has also rolled out cheap health insurance for the poor. CONG MOVES EC OVER RELEASE OF MODI BIOPIC New Delhi: The Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission urging it to not allow the release of the "PM Narendra Modi" biopic, saying that its purpose was "political" to get extra mileage in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Briefing reporters here, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the party told the poll panel that a biopic on PM Modi was scheduled to be released on April 5, just a few days before the Lok Sabha polls, and its purpose "was only political to get some extra mileage." TDP president and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during a roadshow in Nellore district on Monday If you want jobs, retain me: Naidu HANS NEWS NETWORK Sulurpet/ Venkatagiri/ Satyavedu: Sharpening his attack against YSRCP, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu called upon the people to decide whether they want a leader who can provide stable government or one who attends courts for 275 days and Assembly for 25 days. Addressing a meeting at Sulurpet, instead of his stereotyped lecturing style, Naidu adopted more of interactive style of speech in which he involved various sections of people by posing questions to them and eliciting answers. “KCR does not go to Secretariat and Jagan does not come to Assembly. If people commit any mistake, no industry would come to the state,” he said. Recalling the slogan of “Job kavalante Babu ravali,” (If you want job Babu should come to power), the chief minister said the government had already done a lot in this direction. “With more industries coming, number of jobs would also increase. If people want jobs it is imperative that TDP should be voted back to power. The slogan now is, ‘Job ravalante Babu Undali’. (If you want to get job Babu should continue),” Naidu said. In another major announcement, Naidu said that after coming back to power, he would further increase the oldage pension amount from present Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and all those who were of the age of 55 years would become eligible for pension. At pres- National leaders to campaign for TDP HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: National leaders like Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin, Farooq Abdullah, Arvind Kejriwal, Deve Gowda, Tejashwi Yadav, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie to campaign for Telugu Desam Party. J&K National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah will campaign in Kurnool on Tuesday while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Vijayawada on 28. Similarly, DMK leader Stalin will campaign in Chittoor. ent those who were 65 years and above were getting the pension. Naidu said that KCR was eyeing on creating properties in Andhra with the help of Jagan who would become subservient to KCR so that he can indirectly rule the state. Naidu said KCR was hatching conspiracy and Jagan was acting accordingly. Naidu promised to make Tirupati, Nellore and Venkatagiri as tri-city industrial hub with adequate water resources from Godavari. Srikalahasti would be developed into a mega city. Naidu revealed another dream of developing Sri Padmavati Special Economic Zone near the pilgrim city meant for women entrepreneurs. Sulurpet will be made into another Shenzhen. Pulicat, he said, will be developed as an international tourist destination. PAWAN’S ATTACK ON JAGAN RAISES TDP HOPES Vijayawada: There is a big debate in political circles on the role of Jana Sena in the present election. Initially the TDP leadership had apprehensions over the loss to their vote bank especially Kapus, the majority of whom supported it in the last election. Now Pawan Kalyan upped the ante against the YSR Congress. The situation has taken a new turn and the two main parties are assessing the impact of JSP constituency-wise. 8 P14 YSRCP tie-up with TRS blatant lie spread by Naidu: Jagan HANS NEWS SERVICE YSR Congress Party president Jaganmohan Reddy addressing a public meeting at Adoni in Kurnool district on Monday Tadipatri (Anantapur): Adopting an aggressive posture, YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said if TRS and YSRCP have alliance what was Naidu's problem. Addressing a public meeting in Tadipatri on Monday, Jagan said that Chandrababu Naidu was coming up with new theories and stories alleging that he has links with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The YSRCP president said that Naidu had alleged that Rs 1,000 crore was given as election fund by TRS to manage elections in Andhra Pradesh. “This is a blatant lie and a new conspiracy to retain power. Such activities do not behove a man of his age and experience,” said Jagan. The YSRCP president demanded that Naidu should explain how he could make such an allegation. Did he see money coming in? Is he an eye witness or did KCR call Naidu and inform him, asked Jagan. KCR would have been a good man to Naidu had he agreed for an alliance with TDP but since he did not accept his suggestion, KCR has turned otherwise, he said. Referring to Naidu’s allegations that KCR is threatening AP settlers and others owning properties in Hyderabad of conﬁscation if they did not support YSRCP. If that is true has Ramoji Rao, Radhakrishna of ABN or chief minister Naidu who owns properties in Hyderabad ever receive threats from KCR, he questioned. In a bid to claim himself as the sole champion of Telugu people’s rights, Naidu is unleashing smear campaign on him, he said. Continued on Page 15
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