www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.38C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 28% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 06:25 PMO calls urgent meet on crisis-hit Jet Airways IT GIANTS BEAT EXPECTATIONS STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H STATE RECORDS 76.69% POLLING All international ﬂights cancelled till Monday Mumbai: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has called an urgent meeting to discuss the crisis in private airline Jet Airways, which is facing acute financial woes. According to sources, the meeting has been called after Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu asked the secretary of the department to review issues concerning Jet Airways. The airline, which was forced to ground several planes due to non-payment of rentals to the lessors, has extended suspension of its international operations till next Monday due to severe liquidity issues. CRYING GIRL ON THE BORDER WORLD PRESS PHOTO WINNER To protest in Delhi against ‘deliberate failure’ of EC HANS NEWS SERVICE Russia’s highest honour for Modi 2019 World Press Photo of the year is John Moore’s image of a crying girl at the US border, which made news around the world when it was published last year. The photo shows Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border oﬃcials. John Moore, a senior staﬀ photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images, said the image touched so many people’s hearts because it ‘humanises a larger story’ AP simmers under post-poll violence HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: Russia on Friday announced its highest honour-- the Order of St Andrew the Apostle -for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "distinguished achievement" in developing bilateral strategic relations. A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Modi had been chosen "for distinguished achievement in development of the special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian people". Naidu bats for ballot paper Ongole/ Kadapa: Even after the polling process has come to an end in Andhra Pradesh, many areas continue to reel under tensions and incidents of post-poll violence. Tension prevailed in Potladurty village on Friday, the native place of Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh when group clashes broke out between TDP and YSRCP activists. CRPF personnel in large numbers rushed to the village. TDP MLA candidate for Markapuram Kandula Narayana Reddy alleged that the YSRCP supporters attacked the TDP polling agents at Kondapalli and Goruguntalapadu on Thursday night and continued to surround their houses threatening them to kill if they step outside. Kondapalli of Markapuram mandal is the native village of the YSRCP MLA candidate Kunduru Nagarjuna Reddy, who is also the son of former MLA KP Kondareddy and son-inlaw of Udumula Srinivasa Reddy. Goruguntalapadu is neighbouring village of Kondapalli, but they both become part of each other. Continued on Page 15 Veteran journalist Vasudeva Deekshitulu passes away HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: Veteran journalist and former chairman of Andhra Pradesh Press Academy V Vasudeva Deekshitulu, who has been ailing for quite some time, passed away in a hospital at Secunderabad on Friday. He was 76. He is survived by wife and three daughters. Deekshitulu, who started his career as a journalist in a vernacular newspaper, Andhra Prabha, retired as editor of that Telugu daily. As editor of Andhra Prabha of the Indian Express Group, he used to write thoughtprovoking and hard-hitting editorials. He was instrumental in bringing out the Chimakurti granite scandal which rocked the state in the early 1990s. In recognition of his service to journalism, the Andhra Pradesh government appointed him as chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Press Academy (APPA) in 2015 for a period of two years. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to take his ﬁght against the Election Commission of India to New Delhi not only to submit a memorandum to the EC registering his strong protest against the “deliberate failure” of the Commission in conducting elections in a proper manner but to reiterate the demand for introduction of ballot papers in place of EVMs. At media conference on Friday, Naidu said that the Modi-Shah combination has in association with KCR and Jaganmohan Reddy tried all possible tricks to see that the voters get demoralised and do not turn up in large numbers to vote. After seeing the manner in which the EVMs did not function he suspects that more than technical glitches, it was a delib- erate attempt on the part of the Centre through EC to sabotage smooth conduct of the elections, he said. The Chief Minister said that people of Andhra Pradesh had exhibited their courage and determination and came out in large numbers, faced the extreme heat conditions, attacks on booths by YSRCP activists and did not go back till they cast their vote. The Chief Minister said that there is a silent wave towards TDP in the state and no one saw it coming. Thanking all the voters in general and women and senior citizens, Naidu said they had created a history of sorts. They did not get dejected when the EVMs did not function in the morning. They waited for a minimum of three hours, went back home, made another attempt in the afternoon and again when they found that the EC had failed to rectify EVMs, they again came back in the evening and stood in queue till early hours of Friday and exercised their franchise. This should come as a slap on the face of the officials concerned, he said. Continued on Page 15 NO STAY ON ELECTORAL BONDS Disclose details by May 30: SC Apex court asks all political parties to give info of donations New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that all political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds must submit details to the Election Commission of India in a sealed cover before May 30. The apex court asked political parties to give details of donors who donated through electoral bonds, amounts received from them, details of payment received on each bond, etc to the poll panel. The court, while turning down a plea for interim stay on the electoral bonds, said the issue requires detailed hearing and so it will announce the date for ﬁnal hearing later. "We will examine all the changes made in law and ensure balance does not tilt in favour of any party," the court said. The court said the Election Commission of India will keep the record of the money received through electoral bonds by the political parties. It also directed the Finance ministry to reduce window of purchasing electoral bonds from 10 days to ﬁve days in April-May. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the plea ﬁled by the CPM and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-governmen- WHAT ARE ELECTORAL BONDS? E lectoral bond is an interest-free bearer bond. It is an instrument used to donate money to political parties. The electoral bond can be bought from specified branches of the State Bank of India by any citizen of India or body incorporated in India within a fixed period. There is no cap on the quantum of electoral bonds. The Union government introduced "electoral bonds" in 2017. tal organisation. The petition, which has challenged the validity of the scheme, has sought interim relief, including that either the issuance of electoral bonds must be stopped or the names of the donors made public to ensure transparency in the poll process. The CPM in its petition claimed that the non-disclosure clause would add to the woes of democracy. Earlier, the AG argued that in the absence of state funding of elections, private contributions were the only source for political funding. The Election Commission and the central government have submitted their divergent views on the issue in writing to the court. The government has justiﬁed the bonds, saying it will promote transparency in political funding and according to the commission, the changes made in the law would have “serious repercussions”, making election funding opaque, and, further, making elections vulnerable to foreign interference. Electoral bonds were introduced after changes in the Finance Act 2017 as well as related amendments in the Income Tax Act, the Reserve Bank of India Act, and the Representation of People Act. Individuals, as well as foreign companies, can buy electoral bonds. When the bonds were announced in 2017, the poll body differed with the Centre’s view that their introduction would make the process transparent. Intermediate Board Secretary Udaya Lakshmi releasing Inter 1st and 2nd year results at the Secretariat on Friday Girls outdo boys in Inter results Krishna, West Godavari, Nellore secure top three places HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Girls came out with ﬂying colours in the Intermediate examinations with the pass percentage of 64 whereas the boys remained at 56 per cent, said B Uday Lakshmi, secretary of Board of Intermediate. Addressing the media, Uday Lakshmi said that the Intermediate results were released in a record time of just 25 days after the conclusion of examinations. She released the ﬁrst and second year Intermediate results at the Secretariat here on Friday. She said that grading system was introduced for the ﬁrst year to minimise the undue competition among colleges and stress levels of students. She announced that ﬁrst year pass percentage in general is 60 per cent, in vocational courses 49 per cent whereas in the second year the general percentage is 72 and in vocational courses 69 per cent. She recalled that the examinations were successfully conducted under the surveillance of CCTV cameras. Uday Lakshmi said that Krishna, West Godavari and Nellore are the top three districts which achieved the highest pass percentage in both ﬁrst and second year results, whereas Kadapa, Anantapur and Srikakulam were the districts which achieved least pass percentage in both the years. She further said that Vizianagaram, Nellore, Srikakulam are the districts which achieved the highest pass percentage among the government junior colleges, whereas Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Anantapur, East Godavari are the districts which secured the least percentage among the government junior colleges. She said that West Godavari, Chittoor, Krishna and Kadapa districts achieved the highest percentage among aided junior colleges whereas Vizianagaram, Prakasam and Kurnool achieved the least percentage in both ﬁrst and second years among the Aided Junior collages. Continued on Page 15 Centre in a hurry on division of AP, Telangana assets HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Union government hastened the process for the long-pending division of assets between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the fulﬁlment of promises made under AP Reorganisation Act to the two Telugu states. The Union Ministry of Home has summoned the official representatives of Telangana and AP government to New Delhi on Friday and reviewed the progress in the fulﬁlment of the promises and also pending un-apportioned debts and liabilities between the two states. Telangana Finance Secretary Ramakrishna Rao and AP official Prem Chandra Reddy, who attended the meeting, explained the Central authorities the urgent need to the establishment of educational institutions mainly AIIMs, Tribal University, National Institute of Disaster Management and Horticulture University in their respec- AP and Telangana oﬃcials in New Delhi to discuss pending division of assets under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act on Friday tive states. The authorities assured the states of allocation of funds at the earliest as the Centre already gave its nod to set up the institutions recently. The issues pertaining to the establishment of Duggarajupatnam port, steel plants in Bayyaram in Telangana and Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, VizagChennai industrial corridor, speed of the establishment of new railway zone in Visakhapatnam, railway coach factory in Kazipet in Telangana and the pending national highway project workers in the two states were discussed in detail. The division of assets mainly the power dues owed to each other to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore came for discussion. The authorities asked the two state governments to resolve the assets distribution and repatriation of Telangana employees from AP amicably. The officials said that the Centre responded positively to address all the pending issues through a dialogue.
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