www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.39C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 25% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:25 Sudan army topples veteran leader Bashir Khartoum: Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army on Thursday, brought down by months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule. "I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place," Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf said in a sombre televised address to the nation. A transitional military council would replace Bashir for two years, he said, adding that the country's borders and airspace would be shut until further notice. The veteran leader, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa's longest serving presidents. He is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Since early morning huge crowds of jubilant Sudanese had begun thronging squares across the centre of Khartoum on Thursday as the army promised an "important announcement". Laser light on Rahul: Centre clarifies New Delhi: A green laser light pointed at Congress president Rahul Gandhi during his roadshow in Amethi on Wednesday created a scare, but the Home Ministry said there was no threat to his life. The Congress has alleged breach in party president Rahul Gandhi’s security in Uttar Pradesh during his visit to Amethi in UP to file his nominations this week. In a letter addressed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, three senior Congress leaders have asked the Centre to “probe and neutralize the threat, if any,” and ensure that the protocol relating the Congress president’s security detail is strictly followed. In the letter, the Congress leaders said a green laser was pointed 7 times at Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s head when he was interacting with the media after filing his nominations. The letter also referred to a video clip of his media interaction as evidence of the green light. 8 P7 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NO REPOLLING REQUIRED AS PER INITIAL REPORTS: RAJAT KUMAR INDIA HAS SCOPE FOR CUTTING FOOD, FERTILISER SUBSIDIES: IMF AP polls, hot sun take toll on percentage Telangana poll percentage likely to cross just over 61 per cent MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: Polling for 17 Lok Sabha segments ended peacefully in Telangana on Thursday. However, the polling percentage witnessed a considerable dip when compared to the overall polling ﬁgures from the previous Lok Sabha election in 2014. Against polling percentage of 71 per cent seen ﬁve years ago, this time the polling percentage stood at 60.5 per cent as per initial ﬁgures. The ﬁnal ﬁgures are expected only on April 12 afternoon and are likely to increase slightly. Even in the assembly elections held in December, the overall polling percentage touched 73 per cent. Dip in voting in urban areas, especially segments in GHMC limits and Ranga Reddy districts including Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri and Chevella also affected the overall polling percentage in a big way. The timing of the election in hot summer, a good number of people from Hy- Urban voters disappoint once again K CHANDRASHEKAR Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao along with his wife Shoba greet supporters on his way to the polling station while T Harish Rao follows them, at Chintamadaka in Siddipet on Thursday derabad going to Andhra Pradesh to exercise their vote there, reluctance on part of voters on Lok Sabha poll compared to the recent assembly elections etc. are also being cited as some of the factors by political pundits. Polling was held from 7 am to 5 pm in 16 Parliamentary constituencies except for Nizamabad where the timings were modiﬁed from 8 am to 6 pm in view of a record number of candidates (185) in the fray. A slow start was witnessed to the voting process with polling percentage registered in the ﬁrst two hours (until 9 am) was just 10.6 per cent. Voters slowly began to stream out of their homes in the next few hours because of which the percentage began to increase gradually. By 3 pm, voting percentage crossed 50 per cent in Adilabad, Pedda- palle, Karimnagar, Zaheerabad, Nalgonda, Bhongir and Mahabubabad segments. Riding on a statehood wave, the polling percentage in Telangana rose to 71 per cent in 2014 as compared to 67.71 per cent in the 2009 general elections. The polling percentage registered this time is less when compared to the last three elections. Continued on Page 4 Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by oﬃcers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody on Thursday London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested here on Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had been living since 2012, after Ecuador withdrew the asylum it had granted him. Assange, 47, was arrested on behalf of the US after receiving a request for his extradition, it added. Another reason for his detention was that he failed to surrender to the court, the police added. In a statement, the UK Home Office said, "We can conﬁrm that Julian Assange was Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Malkajgiri constituencies register lowest percentage picked up in the three constituencies after lunch as people started coming and there were queues with seven to ten members waiting for their turn. By 3 pm, the voter turnout was 27 per cent to 36 per cent in these three constituencies. By the end of the day, the voter turnout in the three constituencies was 39 per cent to 42 per cent. While Hyderabad Lok Sabha was the lowest with 39.49 per cent, the Secunderabad was 39.2 and Malkajgiri was 42.75 per cent. Incidentally, in the Old City areas where the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has strong presence registered low voter turnout. Though youth and ﬁrsttime voters came to use their franchise, their number was not big. Senior citizens were seen during the early hours and they utilised the wheelchair facility provided by the Election Commission authorities. A polling booth (PS no 34) in Nampally registered just 68 votes out of the 1,207 total votes by 9 am. Similarly, a polling booth in Padmaraonagar, which had 1,254 votes could register only 214 votes till noon. This is not the ﬁrst time the Hyderabadis disappointed the election authorities as the voter turnout has always been on the lower side over the years. During the Assembly elections in December, the voter turnout in Hyderabad was 50 per cent. Continued on Page 4 After roadshow, puja, Sonia ﬁles papers for Rae Bareli WikiLeaks founder Assange held in UK arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the US. He is accused in the US of computer related offences." Assange rose to international attention in 2010 after WikiLeaks published leaked military information, provided by former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, which prompted the American government to launch a criminal investigation into the publisher. Assange surrendered to the British police in 2012 and was released on bail within 10 days after a drama that began in November 2010 when Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for him over allegations of sexual assault and rape. The Swedish woman who had made the allegations against Assange welcomed his arrest. But he breached his bail conditions after an unsuccessful appeal against extradition to Sweden. He was then granted asylum by Ecuador and allowed to remain in the embassy. Dramatic footage posted online shows a bearded Assange shouting as he was carried by seven police officers out of the Embassy and bundled into a police vehicle. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Even the highdecibel campaign by the political parties could not convince the urban voters as Hyderabadis showed least interest in utilising their franchise. The city constituencies (Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Malkajgiri) registered the lowest turnout in the state reﬂecting the denizen’s apathy in exercising their franchise. The election process started at 7 am in all the polling stations sans voters for too long during the morning hours. There were one or two persons in the polling booths during the early hours and not more than 7 per cent voters turned out till 9 am. The voting percentage was about 11 per cent to 12 per cent in the three Lok Sabha constituencies (Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Malkajgiri) till 11 am. Polling AP results going to be a big surprise Women, senior citizens hold the key HANS NEWS NETWORK Amaravati: The polling trend in Andhra Pradesh according to preliminary assessment indicates that the result is not going to be one sided for any party. At the same time, it will neither be a fractured one. The women and senior citizens reached polling stations in large numbers since morning. The huge gathering at the polling stations surprised the political parties and also the polling staff. Polling stations were abuzz with voters from 7 am to 6 pm. Nearly 1.95 crore women voters are in the state and majority of them had cast their votes. The political circles feel that DWCRA women groups played key role in mobilising the voters. Meanwhile, the election staff was surprised about the situation. The voters waited in queues when the mock polling was being done at polling stations from 6 am. But at the same time the failure of the Election Commission in ensuring trouble-free polls was clearly visible. The number of incidents where the EVMs failed to work and created problems was very high. CEO Gopalakrishna Dwivedi also admitted the fact. Continued on Page 4 Rae Bareli: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday ﬁled her nomination papers from the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. She was accompanied by her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her son-in-law Robert Vadra. Before ﬁling her nomination papers at the Collectorate here, the UPA chairperson held a roadshow and offered puja at the Congress central office here. Congress general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi, her children Raihan and Miray, and several party leaders attended the puja at the Congress office. Congress workers carrying party ﬂags and banners, gathered at the Collectorate to greet the UPA chairperson. Sonia Gandhi (72) is seeking re-election from the seat for the ﬁfth time in a row. Rae Bareli, where voting will be held in the ﬁfth-phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 6, will see a straight contest between Sonia Gandhi and Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi waves at her supporters during a roadshow, before ﬁling her nomination papers for Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat on Thursday leaving the Congress. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have not ﬁelded a candidate in the Congress bastion. Continued on Page 4 Indian students advised to be cautious on US admissions Washington: Students from India are advised to "exercise their due diligence" before seeking admission into American universities, the Indian Embassy in Washington has said, months after over 100 Indians landed in trouble for enrolling at a fake educational institution set up by US authorities to expose immigration fraud. In the unusual advisory, Indian students are advised to take into account several factors, in particular three questions. "Does the university function from a campus or merely maintains a website and has administrative premises only? If not, such universities are not to be regarded as a bona ﬁde educational institu- tion and admission into such universities should be avoided. Does the university have a faculty and regular instructors/ educators? If not, admissions to such universities should be avoided. It may be noted that such universities typically employ only administrative staff and their websites have no information in respect of faculty," the advisory said. In January, the US authorities busted a "pay to stay" visa racket and arrested 129 Indian students for enrolling at a fake university allegedly to remain in the US. The university in Detroit's Farmington Hills was part of an undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security designed to expose im- Does the university have a proper curriculum, hold regular classes and actively implement academic or educational activity? If not, admissions to such universities may be avoided. Students admitted to such universities, even if in possession of regular student visa, may be tried for violation of visa norms and subjected to detention and subsequent deportation from the US – Indian Embassy advisory to Indian students migration fraud, according to federal prosecutors who announced charges in the case. The advisory comes in the wake of hundreds of Indian students becoming a victim of either fake universities or those established by federal agencies to trap recruiters engaged in immigration fraud. "In order to ensure that Indian students do not fall into such 'traps', it is advised that due diligence be exercised while seeking admission in US Universities," said the Indian Embassy spokesperson Shambhu Hakki in an advisory issued for Indian students. "The fact that a university is duly accredited by relevant US authorities such as its inclusion in the Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVIS), is not an assurance in itself about the bonaﬁdes of a university," the advisory said. In recent years, instances of "fake" universities set up by the US law enforcement agencies have come to light, the advisory said. According to the US law enforcement, these universities are run by undercover law enforcement agents of the US, who pose as owners and employees of the university. The sole objective of such operations is to identify recruiters and entities engaged in immigration fraud in the US, it said. The most recent examples of such universities are the University of Northern New Jersey set up in 2013 and of Farmington University established in 2015 by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in the Department of Homeland Security of the United States.
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