www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Morning clouds. Temp: Max.43C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 31% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:27 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TS RECORDS 62.69 PER CENT POLLING STATE PMO calls urgent meet on crisis-hit Jet Airways STATE WINDOWS IT GIANTS BEAT EXPECTATIONS 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. WORLD PRESS PHOTO WINNER CRYING GIRL ON THE BORDER H ANS N EWS S ERVICE 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’ Mandal, ZP elections shortly 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". TS TO REVAMP STATE, DIST ADMINISTRATION Govt requests SEC to hold polls from April 22 HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Telangana is bracing for another round of elections. Mandal and zilla parishad elections are set to be held by the end of April. The Telangana government on Friday requested the State Election Commission (SEC) for the conduct of elections to zilla parishad, mandal parishad members whose term will come to an end shortly. The state government had proposed the SEC to hold the elections from April 22 to May 14 this year. However, the results would be announced only after the announcement of Lok Sabha election results. Recently, the SEC has sent its proposals to the government expressing its preparedness for conduct of mandal parishad and zilla parishad elections. The Election Commission of India also agreed to the proposal to conduct the local body elections after completion of elections to the Lok Sabha in Telangana. Continued on Page 4 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 4 Hyderabad: The Telangana government is all set to revamp the state and district administration by introducing new Revenue and Municipal Acts and also by unveiling the Telangana Urban Policy to ensure corruption-free and hassle-free civic services to the people at their doorsteps. It was also proposed that a powerful official body will be constituted at the state and district levels. The District Chief Administrative Officer will head corruptionKCR proposes Telangana Urban Policy N To ensureservices free civic Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao holding a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Friday the district body consisting of senior officers of the district. At the state-level, an official mechanism with important senior officers led by Chief Secretary would be set up. Addition- 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. al Chief Secretaries are to be appointed under the control of Chief Secretary and they are to be given different departments. The work of the team at the district-level under the N Teams of CS, District Collectors to be set up N To create Telangana State Administrative Service N Proposes a special policy for Greater Hyderabad leadership of a districtlevel IAS officer has to be monitored by the Chief Secretary and take decisions from time to time as needed. Continued on Page 4 TRS conﬁdent of 12, expects tough ﬁght in four LS seats HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders believe that the party would win at least 12 seats easily and expect tough ﬁght in four seats with slight edge to the TRS candidates. The party leaders are analysing the trends in various constituencies in the state. As per the reports, the TRS leadership expects clear victory in 12 constituencies and slight edge in favour of their candidates in four constituencies. A senior TRS leader said that though the voting turnout has decreased in the Lok Sabha election compared to the Assembly elections, this would beneﬁt the ruling party only. According to the TRS leader, the party is slated to do well in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Peddapally, Medak, Zaheerabad, Warangal, Mahabubabad, Chevella, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool and Malkajgiri. “Party will do well and win the seats easily in these constituencies. The Congress and BJP would have to ﬁght between themselves for the second sport,” said the TRS leader. He further said that though the BJP has gained votes in the urban pockets, but these would not affect the chances of TRS. The TRS leaders have been saying that they would win 16 out of the 17 Lok Sabha seats and the other would be won by its friendly party AIMIM. After the end of elections, TRS working president K T Rama Rao said that as per the update by the party leaders, TRS would be winning 16 seats. The party expects tough competition in Secunderabad, Khammam, Nalgonda and Bhongir. While BJP is giving competition in Secunderabad, the Congress would give competition in remaining three seats, said the TRS leader. The TRS leader said that these four seats are kept under competition because the difference between two parties is over or less than 10 per cent. The 10 per cent difference is in favour of TRS and the party may win this scenario. Continued on Page 4 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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