www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.41C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 12% Sunrise: 06:16 Sunset: 06:29 Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican on Wednesday PHARMA EXPORTS TO TOUCH $19 BN IN FY19 REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SHARMILA, VIJAYAMMA TO CAMPAIGN FROM TOMORROW AP CHALLENGES EC, RETAINS INTEL CHIEF CM terms poll panel action hasty, biased HANS NEWS SERVICE FAKE NEWS T he Hans India has not conducted any election survey either on AP Assembly polls or Lok Sabha elections. The survey purportedly conducted by The Hans India and doing rounds on the social media has nothing to do with this newspaper. – Editor NYAY a game changer New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi's electoral promise of a minimum income guarantee (MIG) scheme called NYAY is not a silver bullet, but if implemented, it can be a game changer in eliminating poverty in India, co-director of the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics Lucas Chancel said on Wednesday. 8 P6 Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government locked horns with the Election Commission following the transfer of three top cops on Tuesday night. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who reviewed the issue, dashed off a seven-page letter to the ECI protesting against the lightning speed with which the EC had acted on a complaint by the YSRCP. In his letter, Naidu said the order communicated by the ECI doesn't mention the reasons for such a transfer. “The ECI, which has been assigned with the authority of conducting free and fair elections to safeguard democracy, conducts its business in the most unfair and undemocratic manner,” he alleged. The government also ﬁled a petition in the High Court against the Election Commission’s directive ordering the transfer of Director General (Intelligence) and two Superintendents of Police. COMMENTS ON CONG NYAY PROMISE EC slaps notice on NITI VC New Delhi: After the NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar made comments attacking the Congress over minimum income guarantee promise, the Election Commission has sent him a letter seeking an explanation of his comments on Wednesday. Rajiv Kumar has been given two days to respond to the letter by the EC, according to the report. Kumar on Tuesday criticised the Congress over its minimum income guarantee scheme and accused the party of promising the moon to win elections. He tweeted, saying "The proposed income guarantee scheme fails the economics test, ﬁscal discipline test and execution test". He said the Congress had promised 'Garibi Hatao' in 1971, 'One Rank One Pension' in 2008, food security in 2013 to win elections, but could not fulﬁl any of those. The "same unfortunate fate" awaits the populist and opportunistic promise of minimum income guarantee, he added. Sources in the poll panel said, since Kumar is part of "bureaucratic executive", such remarks may be violative of the model code. HC notice to EC on transfer of cops Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Election Commission to come to the court on Thursday with full details on the transfer of three IPS officers. It may be recalled that the Election Commission of India late on Tuesday transferred three IPS officers of Andhra Pradesh following complaints lodged by the YSR Congress. The government appeal came for a hearing on Wednesday during which the High Court after hearing the arguments of the state government issued the notice to the EC. The government contended that the ECI did not have any "untrammelled powers" to interfere with the course of administration that is unconnected with the polling. "The ECI cannot engage in unchecked and arbitrary exercise of power. The ECI order suffers from the vice of lack of jurisdiction, and colourable exercise of power and is based on alien purposes or oblique motives which have nothing to do with the conduct of polling duties," political secretary (general administration) N Srikant said in the plea ﬁled on behalf of the Chief Secretary. The court put off the hearing to Thursday, directing that the ECI ﬁle a detailed affidavit in the case. Though the government complied with the ECI directive on Tuesday night itself, it cancelled the order and issued a fresh government order on Wednesday afternoon retaining the DG (Intelligence) in his post, while transferring the two SPs. Continued on Page 15 Jagan warns people against ‘10-headed demon’ of AP HANS NEWS SERVICE Woman killed in wall collapse at Jagan meet Mummidivaram/Mandapeta: YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy made use of mythological stories to attract the people who had attended his roadshows on Wednesday and explained to them why they should vote for YSRCP in the ensuing Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Referring to Mahabharat and Ramayana, Jagan said there used to be a 10-headed demon called Ravanasura. “But here,” he said, “we have a chief minister who has different heads. One is his own head and the other is that of his paid actor. Another is in the form of Eenadu and his Rajguru. Continued on Page 15 Mandapeta: In an unfortunate incident, a woman lost her life and about 50 people were injured when a wall collapsed in Mandapeta, while YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy was addressing a roadshow. Of the injured, 20 people are said to be in critical condition and have been shifted to the Kakinada general hospital. The victim identiﬁed as Pilli Ramulamma. Mission Shakti makes India space superpower New Delhi: India has become the fourth nation in the world after United States, China and Russia to demonstrate anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a satellite. In a special address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. "In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today," he said in a broadcast to the nation on television, radio and social media. According to reports, the target was a decommissioned Indian satellite which was eliminated within three minutes. The anti-satellite (A-SAT) weapon was launched at 11:16am. Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Develop- India becomes 4th nation to add anti-satellite weapon to arsenal ment Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India's overall security, Modi said in his address that came a fortnight before the start of the Lok Sabha election. The last time Modi had addressed the nation was November 8, 2016 when he announced the demonetisation of high value currency notes. While PM was supposed to start his address at 11:45, it was delayed by over half an hour, triggering panic and spec- ulation about what the announcement could be. Congratulating members of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), scientists and officials, Modi said the mission was an important step towards securing India's safety, economic growth and technological advancement. The capability was not against any country and India was against arms race in space, he added. EC to look into ‘urgency’ of Modi’s address to nation New Delhi: The Election Commission of India held an “internal consultation” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on India successfully testing an anti-satellite missile on Wednesday morning. According to senior officials, the poll panel would seek an “active transcript” of the Prime Minister’s speech from the government immediately and look into the “urgency” of the address. The timing of the test, conducted at 11.16am on Wednesday, and the announcement by Modi, an hour later, has come under question with several Opposition parties alleging that it was done only for political mileage. The Prime Minister had tweeted at 11.23am that he had an important announcement to make to the nation. There are indications that the Election Commis- sion was taken by surprise with the announcement, made just a fortnight before the start of the Lok Sabha election. Sources in the poll panel said the issues related to national security and disaster management do not fall under the ambit of the model code of conduct. "The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had met. Decisions taken by it and issues such as disaster management do not fall under the model code of conduct and require no prior nod," a functionary said. ‘Limitless drama to reap political benefits’ ‘HAPPY WORLD THEATRE DAY’ Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee hit out at PM Modi over his announcement about India's successful demonstration of anti-satellite missile capability, saying it was "yet another limitless drama" to "reap political benefits" ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi congratulated DRDO for making India the fourth nation to add anti-satellite weapon to its arsenal. He also wished PM Modi, but in a dig on World Theatre Day. "Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day." TDP victory must for AP’s development: Naidu HANS NEWS SERVICE Guntakal/Anantapur: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday found a new way to seek public opinion on happiness index of his performance during the last ﬁve years. Addressing a roadshow in Anantapur late on Wednesday, Naidu said his government had taken up several welfare measures but before he speaks about them, he would like to know if people were happy with the performance of his government. He said if they were happy, they should switch on the torch light in their cell phones and show. Soon the entire area was full of ‘Pay ‘my wages’ by casting your votes to party candidates’ torch lights. Thanking them for their support, Naidu announced that the TDP after coming back to power this time too would ensure that Anantapur will have an airport within two years. He referred to the transfer of police officials by the Election Commission and the alleged nexus between Modi, KCR and YSRCP and dwelt at length on how they were together trying to create chaos in the state. Addressing an election meeting at Guntakal, Naidu asked the people to pay the ‘wages due to him’ by casting their votes to party candidates and give a thumping majority to all TDP candidates. He said he had never asked for bauxite licences from Modi or any other beneﬁts. All that he had asked was to fulﬁl the promises made in the AP State Re-organisation Act, but Modi on the other hand resorted to murdering democracy. The Centre has been conducting IT raids on TDP leaders but not a single IT raid has been conducted on the houses of YSRCP leaders. Hence, it’s time for the people to teach the Centre a lesson and ensure people’s victory since the attack by the “three Modi’s” on the people of Andhra Pradesh. Naidu said he has many more projects lined up for the development of Anantapur district. Employment, industry and water will be the top priorities for his government. But then all that would be possible only when people stand by him like a rock and ensure that the TDP sweeps the polls. He said he was moved when he saw an old woman having a party ﬂag tied to her walking stick and partici- pated in the meeting not caring for the hot sun at Guntakal. He said she came up the van from where he was addressing and said that her sons had left her and she was now living on the pension of Rs 2000 given by the government and blessed him that he should once again come back to power. Lambasting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying the people of AP, Naidu sarcastically said the chowkidar of India is protecting criminals who have several cases against them. The TDP national president had a dig at Telangana CM Chandrasekhara Rao for opposing water allocation to Rayalaseema.
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