www.thehansindia.com THE SHIFTING WALLS! F lowers, bands, ﬁrecrackers and a lot of people. To an outsider, the Indian elections might come across as a grand Indian festival. And make no mistake-it is! But, during this election season, some of its charm seems to have gone oﬀ the streets. With ‘shares’ replacing posters and likes replacing rallies, and preﬁxes in names replacing door-todoor campaigning, 2019 promises to be a unique election… BJP 1-man show, 2-man army: Shatrughan New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday officially joined the Congress, on the foundation day of his outgoing party, the BJP. "In the one-man show, two-man army, everything happens from Prime Minister's Office... the ministers can't work freely anyway," he said. "We have seen how democracy turned into autocracy" he added. 8 P9 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H FOR CONFIDENT TRS, IT’S A QUESTION OF MARGIN n Drafted leaders working to ensure Assembly poll majority in LS elections PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Now, it is the ﬁght between TRS legislators to secure the highest majority for TRS MP candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. With TRS supremo K Chandrashekar Rao entrusted all the TRS MLAs the task of ensuring the majority, they got in the just-concluded assembly elections, for the party’s MP candidates in their respective assembly segments, the ruling party MLAs were making all-out efforts to exhibit their leadership again. While the party working president KT Rama Rao is doing hard work for the victory of his party candidate from the Karimnagar Lok Sabha segment B Vinod Kumar with a majority of 4 lakh to 5 lakh votes, another TRS senior leader 2 terrorists gunned down in Shopian encounter Shopian: The security forces gunned down two terrorists in an exchange of ﬁre in Imam Sahib area of Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and the search operation is underway to ﬂush out any remaining terrorist. The security personnel launched the search operation after getting information about the presence of terrorists in the area. During the operation, the terrorists opened ﬁre on the security officials, triggering a gunﬁght. ASAT test poses no threat to ISS: DRDO chief New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chairman G Satheesh Reddy said on Saturday that there was no possibility of debris from the antisatellite (ASAT) test conducted by India on March 27 hitting the International Space Station (ISS). He said there were chances of some debris going up but since 10 days have passed since the launch, there was no possibility of it posing any threat to the ISS. The risk analysis also showed that there was no threat to the space station. 8 P9 US reaches H1B visa cap for 2020 Washington: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached Congressionallymandated 65,000 H1B visa cap for the ﬁscal year 2020, after it started receiving the applications for the most sought-after work visa among foreign, including Indian, professionals. The H1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. The USCIS, the federal agency mandated with task of approving such applications, on Friday said: "it has SUNDAY 7 APRIL 2019 WARANGAL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H1B visa regular cap for ﬁscal year 2020." The ﬁscal year begins October 1, 2019 and it the USCIS started receiving the visa petitions from April 1. However, the agency did not reveal the number of petitions received by it in the ﬁrst ﬁve days. The USCIS, said, it will next determine if it has received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H1B visa US advanced degree exemption, known as the master's cap. The agency said it will reject and return visa fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple ﬁlings. Continued on Page 11 Mandava joins TRS ahead of LS polls n Can he influence Nizamabad election where Kavitha in fray? Hyderabad: A day after Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao visited his residence and invited him to join the party, former minister and TDP senior leader Mandava Venkateshwara Rao switched loyalties towards TRS on Saturday. KCR inducted Mandava into the party adorning him with a pink scarf. The former minister's decision to switch ends a few days before the April 11 LS elections assumes significance, especially concerning the present political situation in Nizamabad. Continued on Page 11 Mandava Venkateshwara Rao joins TRS T Harish Rao already announced that he along with other legislators prepared a strategy to secure a majority of more than 5 lakh votes for the Medak Lok Sabha TRS candidate K Prabhakar Reddy. KTR, who won Siricilla assembly seat by margin of nearly 90,000 votes, and Harish, who won Siddipet seat by over one lakh majority, vowed to retain the same majority for TRS in the Lok Sabha elections. The other TRS legislators were also following suit. Wardhannapet TRS MLA A Ramesh, who secured the third highest majority of more than 86,000 in Telangana in 2018 Assembly elections, would have to sweat it out to get the same majority for TRS candidate P Dayakar contesting from SC reserved Warangal LS constituency. Continued on Page 11 Mamata attacks EC on transfer of cops ‘Cong will give free hand to terrorists’ Kolkata: Stung by the Election Commission’s latest order to transfer four police officers ahead of the elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote to the EC over its “biased” decision and accused it of acting “at the behest of the BJP”. “The EC decision is highly arbitrary, motivated and biased. We have every reason to believe that the decision of the Commission is at the behest of the BJP,” she added. 8 P9 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress over the latter's promise to review AFSPA if the party is elected to power in the Lok Sabha elections. Addressing a rally in Balod, Modi said by promising to amend the AFSPA, the Congress has tried to demoralise the morale of the armed forces. Accusing the Congress of conspiring to put the lives of soldiers at risk, Modi said that AFSPA is the "raksha kavach" (armour) of the security forces.
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