www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 11% Sunrise: 06:09 Sunset: 06:24 STATE WINDOWS 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 Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican on Wednesday 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 P9 BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KCR CALLS AGGRIEVED FARMER OVER PHONE PHARMA EXPORTS TO TOUCH $19 BN IN FY19 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 ‘Limitless drama to reap political benefits’ make to the nation. There are indications that the Election Commission 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 manage- ment 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. COMMENTS ON CONG NYAY PROMISE 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. Terming it a gross violation of the model code of conduct, Banerjee said there was "no great urgency" of announcing the mission by a government "past its expiry date" and asserted that it seems to be the "desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat". ‘HAPPY WORLD THEATRE DAY’ New Delhi: Congress president 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," he tweeted. The Congress also congratulated ISRO for acquiring anti-satellite missile capability but extended credit to former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, while a senior party leader said the 'ASAT' programme was initiated during UPA rule. MLC RESULTS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF TRS: CONG Hyderabad: The Congress on Wednesday said that the results of MLC elections in the State is like a slap in the face of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as the results exposed its vulnerability. Addressing the media, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Spokesperson Dasoju Sravan said that the victory of Congressbacked candidates in the MLC elections is like a slap in the face of arrogant TRS. TPCC treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy said that though the people were against them, the ruling party has won the Assembly elections by manipulating the EVMs. Sravan said that the MLC election results reflect the mood of Telangana which is building up against the ruling TRS. He said that the fall of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's government was near and there would be some major developments in the next few days. He said that the same mood would continue in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections with Congress party winning majority of the seats. 8 P3 Rahul to address 3 meetings on April 1 HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address three public meetings on April 1 as part of his campaign in the state for Parliament elections scheduled for April 11. According to the schedule announced by PCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Rahul would address a public meeting at Zaheerabad at 12 pm. He would address the second public meet at 2 pm at Wanaparthy. Rahul would address the third public meeting at Huzurnagar at 4 pm on April 1. MLC RESULTS RING ALARM BELLS EC slaps notice KCR reviews TRS’ readiness for LS polls on NITI VC HANS NEWS SERVICE 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. "It is not a case of one politician attacking the other or one party attacking the other," said a functionary. Hyderabad: Following the unexpected victory of Congress-supported candidates in the MLC elections, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao hinted at working out strategies to ensure the victory of all 16 Lok Sabha party candidates in the elections scheduled to be held on April 11. The Chief Minister after a quick review of the situation on Wednesday asked his ministers and party functionaries not to move out of their districts and remain focused on the campaign in the Lok Sabha elections. Though the party did not give B-Forms to any of the candidates, the leadership had asked the party MLAs and other functionaries to support the candidates in the MLC polls. Accord- ing to sources, the TRS chief summoned important leaders and inquired about the pulse of the people in the Lok Sabha elections. The leaders of Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Nalgonda, Kham- mam and Warangal were contacted about the preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections. They were told to go aggressive and create awareness among the people to exercise their franchise. He told the party activists to see that there was considerable increase in voting percentage and ensure the victory of the party candidates. Sources said that the Chief Minister had asked the leaders, including the ministers, MLAs, chairpersons of various corporations, to be in their constituencies and work for the victory of the party. “The leaders have been told not to move out except in case of urgent personal work. No leader should be seen in a constituency which he does not represent,” said a senior TRS leader. This was evident on Wednesday, when minister T Srinivas Yadav came to the L B Stadium in connection with the arrangements for the Chief Minister’s meeting, the Sports Authority of Telangana (SATS) chairman was not present. Continued on P4 EC ropes in 1.8 lakh govt employees for LS polls in TS HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Election Commission gets ready for the conduct of elections to the 17 Parliamentary constituencies in the state in a fair and transparent manner on April 11. Around 1.80 lakh government employees are being deployed on election duty in the state. Another one lakh will be outsourced for the election duty. They include web casters, videographers, drivers, cleaners, etc. Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said that election duty orders have been issued to around 1.8 lakh employees as Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers, Other Polling Officers and Micro Observers. In addition to this, it is estimated that another 1 lakh or more people will be involved in various other election duties, including those of web casters, videographers, drivers and cleaners. Special efforts are being made across the state to ensure that all these people are able to vote and participate in the election. All employees on election duty have been issued postal ballots and it is expected that a majority of them will be able to cast their votes using Election Duty Certificates (EDC). EDCs are issued to those people who are voters of the same Parliamentary constituency where they are also on election duty and they permit the EDC holder to vote at any polling station within the Parliamentary constituency. The CEO has brought in transparency and accountability to the process of issuing postal ballots and EDCs by initiating a statewide IT platform PBSoft which monitors the issue of postal ballots/EDCs to those on election duty. It is expected that this system will minimize gaps and ensure access to voting rights to all those on election duty. Employees on election duty and citizens participating in the election process in the role of web casters, videographers, etc, are urged to ensure that they submit correctly-filled Form 12/12A as applicable along with their electoral roll details in the office of their District Collector who has issued duty orders in the next one week. They are also requested to attend trainings with these necessary documents so that preparation of their postal ballots and EDCs can take place in time to enable them to vote, the official said.
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