www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 15 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.42C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 06:28 Kodad: Seven people were killed in a gruesome road accident on Sunday at the Khammam crossroads in Kodad town on Sunday. While five persons died on the spot, two others breathed their last on way to the hospital. The incident occurred, when a lorry rammed into an auto carrying devotees from a nearby Ram temple. Three other injured were being treated at a Khammam hospital. The deceased were identified as Naga Sulochana (53), Laxmaiah (60), Narmaneni Suguna (51), auto driver Abbas (40), Laxmi (45), Ambati Saidamma (45) and Shialaja (48), all are residents of Kodad. According to the police, 10 people from Kodad town went to witness the celestial wedding of Lord Srirama at a temple in Tammera village of Kodad mandal. After the celebrations, they were returning in an auto. Severely injured Renuka, Laxmi Kumari and Manga Tayaru are undergoing treatment and their condition is said to be critical. Meanwhile, the bodies of all the five people were shifted to the government hospital in Kodad for postmortem. District SP R Venkateshwarlu and Kodad MLA Bollam Mallaiah Yadav visited the accident spot and inquired about the incident. Minsiter Jagadish Reddy expressed shock over the mishap and extended his condolences to the bereaved family. BUSINESS 7 killed in auto-lorry smash at Kodad STATE H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KTR STRESSES ON REFORMS IN ELECTION COMMISSION RBI DEBT RESOLUTION RULES ON HOLD CELESTIAL WEDDING Opposition firm on 50% VVPAT count n Naidu questions reliability of EVMs HANS NEWS SERVICE 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 TS labourers stranded in Saudi seek help n 689 workers from India cry Riyad company cheated them B BHASKAR KUMAR 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 4 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 three-and-a-half months and we don't know when we will be paid. So, we have decided to 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. Karimnagar: As many as 689 Indians, who have gone to Saudi Arabia in search of livelihood, are stranded in the country since April 2018 as the company which assured them jobs failed to do so. The Joannaou and Paraskevaides (J&P) Limited, Riyad, a construction company, hired people from countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Philippines, but failed to provide employment. The company is not paying salaries to the hired staff from India and also not extending their Iqama status. As a result, they are facing a lot of problems. With no proper food and accommodation, the victims are made to stay there in fear. They alleged that the company has been harassing them for the last six months and exploiting by making them to work without renewing Iqama. According to reports, the labourers stranded are from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The validity of health cards has also expired leading to several problems. R Ratnam (46), hailing from Chennai, died due to lack of proper medical help. Continued on Page 4 KCR does quiet campaign: KTR n CM IN TOUCH WITH NON-BJP, NON-CONG PARTIES HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: TRS working president K T Rama Rao on Sunday said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was in touch with heads of various regional parties in the country, while indicating that the latter may not campaign for these parties directly. In an informal interaction with the media, KT Rama Rao said that some campaigns need to be done indirectly, when he was asked whether KCR would be campaigning in other states in North India as part of his Federal Front of non-BJP, non-Congress parties. “Why do you think KCR is not speaking? The campaigns are of many types. There will be direct and indirect campaigns,” said KTR. He reiterated that the TRS was going to win 16 seats from Telangana and his party would play a decisive role in Delhi. KTR predicted that the Congress and BJP would lose deposits in many Lok Sabha seats in the state. The Congress would be in third place in four to ﬁve seats and lose deposits in three to four seats. In some constituencies, including Nizamabad and Mahbubnagar, the Congress leaders appealed to the voters to vote for the BJP, he said. The TRS leader said the state government had requested the Election Commission to conduct ZPTC and MPTC elections before May 23 so that the government can focus on development for the next 4 years. He said the Chief Minister KCR was contemplating to bring in a strong Municipal Act to curb corruption in the state. He ridiculed the comments of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that the EVMs were tampered with. “A person who tells technology has come because of him is talking about tampering of the EVMs which is laughable. Continued on Page 4 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 4 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 P5
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