www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2019 PAGES 16 `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 P11 INDIA HAS SCOPE FOR CUTTING FOOD, FERTILISER SUBSIDIES: IMF STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ANANTAPUR SEES GOOD TURNOUT DESPITE VIOLENCE Andhra Pradesh heaves a sigh of relief Poll percentage may touch 80%; 2 killed in clashes; repolling in 6 places likely; glitches in EVMs affected polling initially; women returned later in large numbers Results going to be a big surprise HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Polling in Andhra Pradesh was by and large peaceful on Thursday barring sporadic incidents in about 25 places. Two party workers, one belonging to TDP and the other from YSRCP were killed in a clash. During the morning hours technical problems in EVMs were noticed at many places hampering the poll process in some booths resulting in slow pace of polling. But at the end of the day the voting percentage officially is estimated to be around 76 per cent but there is possibility that it may touch 80 per cent. The EC has decided to continue polling in a few booths till 11 pm on account of a few glitches experience in the EVMs. There is a possibility of repolling in six polling stations. Though both the main contenders, TDP and YSRCP had some tense moments till afternoon not knowing Women, senior citizens hold the key HANS NEWS NETWORK Women waiting in queue at a polling booth to cast their votes in Rajamahendravaram on Thursday. Photo: M Krishna which way the wind was blowing, the situation as regards turnout of voters is concerned underwent a change and large number of women and senior citizens were seen thronging to the polling stations and waiting in the queue for their turn patiently. By 1 pm about 41 per cent polling was recorded for the 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats. State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said there were some glitches in functioning of 381 electronic voting machines which were rectiﬁed subsequently. Clashes occurred mostly in Rayalaseema areas. The deceased have been identiﬁed as Pulla Reddy of YSR Congress party and Sidda Bhaskar Reddy of the TDP, according to police sources. TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu condemned the killing of his party worker and accused the YSR Congress of indulging in violence to win the election. The YSRC alleged that followers of local TDP MP and MLA, the JC brothers (MP J C Diwakar Reddy and MLA J C Prabhakar Reddy), tried to rig the votes in a polling booth at Veerapuram in Anantapuram district. Continued on Page 15 After roadshow, puja, Sonia ﬁles papers for Rae Bareli UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi waves at her supporters during a roadshow, before ﬁling her nomination papers for Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat on Thursday 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 incharge 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 leaving the Congress. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have not ﬁelded a candidate in the Congress bastion. Sonia Gandhi had won the seat in 2004, 2006 (by-polls), 2009 and 2014. On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi ﬁled his nomination papers for neighbouring Amethi Lok Sabha seat. He had also held a roadshow and was accompanied by his family. The three-term MP from Amethi will take on Union Minister and BJP nominee Smriti Irani. Like Rae Bareli, in Amethi, too, the SP-BSPRLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh has not to ﬁelded a candidate. This time, the Congress president is contesting a second seat, Wayanad, in Kerala where he had ﬁled his papers on April 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 WikiLeaks founder Assange held in UK 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 arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the US. He is accused in the US of computer related offences." Continued on P15 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. In view of the do or die battle, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu appealed thrice during the day to voters to bear with the problems and ensure that they do not miss the chance to vote for saving democracy. He also condemned the attacks that claimed two lives in the Rayalaseema region. Naidu criticised the Election Commission for its failure in providing error-free voting machines and deployment of sufficient forces to prevent violence. He said the enthusiasm the EC had shown in transferring the ofﬁcers was not shown in making proper arrangements for polls. However, the leader of opposition did not make any such appeal. A notable factor is that the TDP leadership which sensed that the technical glitches and violence could mar their chances, alerted the rank and ﬁle which spared no efforts to see that voters come out and cast their votes. Jagan confident of victory HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy exuded conﬁdence that his party would get landslide victory in the justconcluded elections in Andhra Pradesh. Talking to media late on Thursday night in Hyderabad, Jagan said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu should hang his head in shame for stooping to levels like threatening CEO and making all possible attempts to reduce voting percentage. His attempts failed and people came out in large numbers and the poll percentage is likely to be above 80 percent. Replying to a question, Jagan said Election Commission had made very good arrangements and that is why the poll percentage was above 80 per cent. He said some glitches were there but EC had taken quick action. Continued on Page 15 Nara family votes in Undavalli HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The general elections to 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh which had generated lot of heat on Thursday witnessed who’s who of the political parties exercising their franchise early in the morning. While Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, his wife Bhuvaneswari, son Nara Lokesh who is also the TDP candidate from Mangalagiri Assembly segment, his wife N Brahmani cast their vote at a polling station in Undavalli village. Later talking to reporters, Naidu referred to technical glitches in EVMs and said he was demanding that ballot papers be re-introduced. "No developed country is using EVMs as they are prone to manipulation. We have hence been demanding that we revert to the ballot paper system," Naidu said. YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy cast his vote in his native Pulivendula in Kadapa district, from where he is seeking re-election. "I am very conﬁdent that people are looking for a change," Jagan, who is aspiring for the chief minister's post, remarked. Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan exercised his franchise in Vijayawada. State Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam cast his vote in Vijayawada. The CEO cast his vote in Tadepalli. Interestingly, the VVPAT machine did not function when he voted. This is the ﬁrst general election in the state after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana in June 2014. Continued on P15 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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