www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 15 APRIL 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Scattered clouds Temp: Max.41C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 27% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 06:32 RBI DEBT RESOLUTION RULES ON HOLD REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H HIGH POLL PERCENTAGE ADDS TO BETTING FRENZY CELESTIAL WEDDING Opposition firm on 50% VVPAT count President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries during the tribute paying ceremony to Babasaheb B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his 128th birth anniversary, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Sunday n Naidu questions reliability of EVMs HANS NEWS SERVICE Transasia Bio-Medicals unveils hematology range in Telangana Hyderabad: Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd., an In-vitro Diagnostic (IVD) company on Sunday as part of its 40th anniversary celebration announced that its international hematology range, is now available in Telangana. Backed by European R&D, the 3PD to 5PD fully automated haematology analysers, reagents and controls include a number of features to help institutions, clinicians and lab technologists offer accurate diagnosis. 8 P6 Priests performing the celestial wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita Devi at the temple town of Bhadrachalam on Sunday WON’T ALLOW THEM TO DIVIDE INDIA: PM n Modi targets Abdullahs, Muftis at J&K rally Kathua: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday came down heavily on the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying the two families ‘ruined’ three generations of Jammu & Kashmir and he will not allow them to ‘divide’ the nation. The Prime Minister was referring to NC leader Omar Abdullah's demand for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir. The Abdullah and Mufti families have "ruined" three generations in the state. They laid seize to the state for three generations. For the better future of the state, they need to be voted out, he told a public rally here. The bright future of Jammu and Kashmir can be ensured only after their departure. They can bring their entire clan into the ﬁeld, can abuse Modi as much as PM Modi pays homage to BR Ambedkar at an election campaign rally, during the ongoing general elections, at Kathua, on Sunday they want but they won't be able to divide this nation, the Prime Minister said. Campaigning for Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, who is seeking reelection from Udhampur Lok Sabha seat, the Prime Minister said people in Jammu and Kashmir voted in large numbers in the ﬁrst phase of polls and "rattled" terrorist leaders, opportunists and demoralised the "mahamilavat" alliance. Continued on Page 15 BHASKAR REDDY’S MURDER 11 YSRCP activists surrender HANS NEWS SERVICE Anantapur: YSRCP activists and the accused in the TDP leader Bhaskar Reddy’s murder case surrendered before the police in Tadipatri mandal of Anantapur district on Sunday. It may be noted that TDP leader Bhaskar Reddy sustained severe injuries during the clash between the TDP and YSRCP activists on polling day on April 11 and he died while being shifted to the hospital. In all, 11 YSRCP activists surrendered before the police. The dispute broke out at Veerapuram village of Tadipatri mandal when agents were appointed at the polling both. The two sides clashed with deadly weapons and Bhaskar Reddy sustained severe injuries in the attack. He breathed his last while being shifted to the hospital. BJP govt approval ratings drop by 12 points in a month: CVOTER New Delhi: The net approval rating of the Narendra Modi government has dropped 12 points between March 12 and April 12, according to the CVOTER-IANS tracker. The performance rating of the Central government had peaked in the days after the Balakot air strike on February 26, touching the highest level of 62.06 on March 7. After remaining in the 50s till March 22, the approval ratings have come down to 43.25 on April 12, a day after the first phase of polls held for 91 Lok Sabha seats. Exactly a month ago on March 12, the approval rating of the government was 55.28. The tracker findings are based on survey of people who were asked if they are "very satisfied", "satisfied to some extent", "not satisfied" and "Dont' know/can't say" about the performance of the Central government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On March 7, 51.32 per cent of the respondents had said they were very satisfied with the performance of the government. However, the net approval rating, taking into account all the responses, has been in constant decline and is settling into the prePulwama levels. The government's net approval rating was 32.4 on January 1 and remained between 30 and 40 for the entire month before rising steadily after the midFebruary when the Pulwama attack took place. Jet pilots to stop ﬂying from today New Delhi: More than a thousand Jet Airways pilots will strike work from 10 am on Monday to protest unpaid salaries and uncertainty about their jobs. The carrier, saddled with more than $1.2 billion of debt, has had to ground more than 80 per cent of its fleet over unpaid dues to leasing companies, pushing it to the brink of shutdown and jeopardising hopes of attracting a new investor. "As on today, we have not been paid for nearly threeand-a-half months and we don't know when we will be paid. So, we have decided to HIGHLIGHTS l Jet Airways pilots to protest at Jet Airways headquarters l Airline dying a slow death due to unpaid salaries: Pilots' body l Earlier, pilots had sent a notice threatening legal action go ahead with our call of no-ﬂying from April 15," said a person with the National Aviator's Guild, the union of Jet employees. Jet pilots, engineers and senior managers have not been paid since January. Other employees have not got their March salary. On Friday, hundreds of Jet’s employees marched from the airport to the airline’s headquarters in Mumbai to seek clarity on whether they will get paid soon and if their jobs will be secure over the coming months. Jet is ﬂying seven planes out of its original ﬂeet of 120. It has repeatedly defaulted on payment to aircraft leasing ﬁrms, oil companies, vendors due to a severe cash crunch. A lenders’ consortium, led by State Bank of India, is considering a proposal to give Jet Rs 1,000 crore and has asked the airline management to give a plan by Monday outlining operational requirements. New Delhi: New Delhi: Questioning the reliability of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), leaders of 21 Opposition parties on Sunday demanded a mandatory paper trail count in at least 50 per cent of the Assembly constituencies in all the Lok Sabha seats. Addressing the media, leaders of the political parties, representing 70 per cent of the population, said the BJP onslaught on democratic institutions was continuing unabated and the latest to fall victim to the vindictive politics of PM Narendra Modi was the Election Commission of India. Spearheading the onslaught on the Centre, AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said the meeting of the 21 Opposition parties decided to ﬁle either a fresh petition or a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking 50 per cent VVPATs’ counting. They would also take the issue of malfunctioning of the EVMs in the recent Assembly elections in AP across the country and create awareness among the voters. Naidu said the technology was misused during Telangana elections and 25 lakh votes were removed. The election officials apologised when the number of votes polled were more than the total number of votes. He said the services of contract AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi at a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday employees were used for maintenance of the EVMs. Who will be responsible if they resort to any wrong doing? Will the Election Commission own the responsibility? Naidu asked. He said around 20 to 30 per cent EVMs mal-functioned during the elections in AP. It was appalling that every vote in the malfunctioning machine went to the BJP, which went on to prove that EVMs' were not malfunctioning but were manipulated to do so, the Opposition leaders said. The leaders said paper ballot was the best and if it was not possible to switch back to it during this election, at least 50 per cent VVPATs must be counted. Continued on Page 15 TDP defends its choice of tech advisor for EC meet Amaravati: The TDP defended sending technical advisor Hari Prasad Vemuru to the Election Commission (EC) along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to discuss the issue related to the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), saying he was invited by the poll body in the past despite alleged involvement in a case of EVM theft. 8 P14
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