www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.41C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 24% Sunrise: 06:02 Sunset: 06:32 Army to hold joint exercise with Coast Guard Visakhapatnam: Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said the army is planning to carry out a joint training and exercise with the Indian Coast Guard. He said the coast guard and the Indian Navy maintain coastal security and maritime surveillance. After commissioning the coast guard's offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Veera, the third in the series of the new-generation OPV here, he said Veera would help the coast guard monitor maritime boundaries more effectively. The 97metre long and 15-metre wide Veera has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and would be commanded by Commandant Girish Datt, he said. The vessel can attain a sustained speed of up to 26 knots and is armed with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns (HMGs) and a 30 mm-naval gun with fire control system, Rawat said. The ship is also equipped with an integrated bridge system (IBS), integrated platform management system (IPMS) and a high-power external firefighting system. 10 die in China pharma fire Beijing: A fire tore through a pharmaceutical company in China's Shandong province on Monday, suffocating to death at least 10 persons and injuring 12 others, the fourth major industrial accident in the country since last month. The incident occurred in the afternoon in the basement of Qilu Tianhe Pharmaceutical when welding sparks ignited a heat-transferring substance, generating smoke. Eight persons who were working on a pipeline renovation project suffocated to death on the spot, and two others died despite emergency medical treatment. Twelve rescuers also sustained minor smoke inhalation injuries, which were not life-threatening, the report said. WPI INFLATION ZOOMS TO 3.18% IN MARCH REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SPIKE IN PRICES PROVES A BOON TO TOMATO FARMERS SC asks Rahul to explain Modi out to destroy democracy: Naidu ‘chowkidar’ remark New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that the "chowkidar chor hai" comment made by Rahul Gandhi in the context of Rafale ﬁghter jet issue had been "incorrectly attributed" to it and demanded an explanation from the Congress president by April 22. A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna posted the matter for hearing on April 23. "We make it clear that this Court had no occasion to record any view or ﬁnding or make any observation as allegedly attributed to the Court by the respondent (Rahul Gandhi) inasmuch as what was decided by this Court was a purely legal question of admissibility of certain documents to which objections were raised by the learned Attorney General," CJI Gogoi said in the order. "Having clariﬁed the matter, we deem it proper to ask the respondent (Gandhi) for his explanation which will be laid before us on or before 22.04.2019. "We further observe that no views, observations or ﬁndings should be attributed to the Court in political address to the media and in public speeches, unless such views, observations or ﬁndings are recorded by the Court," the court said in its order uploaded on its website in the evening. The Supreme Court’s directive came on a contempt plea ﬁled by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Meenakshi Lekhi against Gandhi, who had said over a week back that the top court had "accepted" that there was some form of corruption in the Rafale ﬁghter jet deal and that "chowkidar chor hai", a veiled reference to Prime BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi comes out of the Supreme Court after a hearing on a contempt petition ﬁled by her over Congress president Rahul Gandhi's remarks after Rafale verdict, in New Delhi on Monday n Own responsibility for EVM failure, AP CM asks EC Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi had made the comments after the Supreme Court agreed to hear afresh a case related to the Rafale deal, rejecting the government's contention that the secret documents concerning the agreement had been stolen and published in some newspapers without authorisation. The top court on Monday clariﬁed that its decision on April 10 to hear the points raised over the documents was solely on a legal question regarding admissibility of certain documents as evidence, which was objected by the Attorney General. Continued on Page 15 HANS NEWS SERVICE BJP WANTS EC TO ACT AGAINST RAHUL New Delhi: The BJP on Monday asked the Election Commission (EC) to take "serious cognizance" of Rahul Gandhi's "chowkidar chor hai" statement after the Supreme Court demanded an explanation from the Congress President for wrongly attributing the said comment in the context of Rafale fighter jets issue to the apex court. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Gandhi of lying and said while the Indian Constitution gives every citizen the freedom to speak, it does not give freedom to "lie and abuse". "Please explain to the country why you lied and why you attributed that lie to the Supreme Court. When will Rahul Gandhi stop shameless showering of abuses on our leaders?" he said. Amaravati: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to all kinds of manipulations and misuse of autonomous bodies like Election Commission, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the Opposition parties would now intensify their ﬁght for the ballot paper system. Naidu said this was most important to save the democracy which the NDA government was trying to destroy. “They have already misused organisations like Income Tax Department, Enforcement Directorate and the EC to harass the state governments which refused to tow their line. Now they want to kill democracy by misusing and manipulating EVMs and encouraging criminal elements in politics,” he said. The AP Chief Minister said the Chief Election Commissioner could not reply to the issues he had raised during his meeting with him on Saturday. He could not even re- TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu addressing media persons at Praja Vedika in Undavalli on Monday ply as to why so many EVMs had failed to function and what safety and security measures did they take before using for polls in the state. He also did not have answers for questions like who would take the responsibility for making the people stand in queues till 4 am in certain places even without providing basic facilities like drinking water,” he added. Naidu said that this was YSRCP meets EC, denies attacking Kodela Vijayasai alleges Speaker orchestrated attack on self HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi/Amaravati: With the TDP resorting to protests in Nellore and other parts against violence on the day of polling and even during postpoll scenario, the YSRCP on Monday met the Election Commission of India and submitted a memorandum demanding action against the officials responsible. Senior party leader Vijayasai Reddy later told the media that they had complained to the EC about the violence took place in those places where Superintendent of Police sym- pathetic to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu were not shifted. He said they also told the EC that the attack on Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao was orchestrated by his own party men to get sympathy. Vijayasai Reddy said the Speaker tore his own shirt. He entered the polling booth to indulge in malpractices, the YSRCP leader alleged. Reddy appealed to the national parties not to believe what Naidu has been saying about the failure of the Election Commission. Appreciating the work of the EC, Reddy said that long queues were seen till early HATE SPEECHES: ACT NOW, SC TELLS EC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission to respond immediately to hate speeches after the poll panel said it was "toothless" and "powerless" when the model code of conduct was violated. In a sharp jibe at the Election Commission counsel, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: "This is something you are duty bound to do. You have to be prompt, you have to act immediately. You can't drag it." The court agreed to examine the statements made by BSP chief Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others. A bench of Chief Justice Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna put the matter for consideration on Tuesday. The court sought the presence of the Election Commission official during the hearing. Continued on Page 15 hours due to failure of the EVMs and for this the EC cannot be blamed. On the other hand, the TDP leaders said that it was pre-planned attack on the Speaker. They said the police which had taken some of those suspected to be involved in the attack during interrogation found that about 200 people were involved in it. Of them, about 20 were outsiders. They said the probe was still on and out of fear that the truth would expose the YSRCP, they have rushed to the EC just as they did in the case of Y S Vivekananda Reddy’s murder case, say the TDP leaders. APPSC to conduct job exams as per the schedule HANS NEWS SERVICE YSRCP leaders coming out of Nirvachan Sadan after meeting Chief Election Commissioner of India in New Delhi on Monday EC puts curbs on Yogi, Maya New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday barred BSP chief Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections for 48 hours and 72 hours respectively. While the action against Mayawati came for violating the Model Code of Conduct when she asked Muslims at a a serious issue and the Opposition was now preparing an action plan reiterating that at least 50 per cent of VVPAT slips be counted. Terming it as a democratic compulsion, he said the Opposition parties will launch a people’s agitation. Thanking voters for responding to his call to save democracy, Naidu said he is indebted to them forever. Continued on Page 15 rally in Saharanpur to vote in favour of the SPBSP- RLD combine, Adityanath was barred over his "green virus" and "Ali and Bajrang Bali" comments. "The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution and other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, roadshows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 am on April 16 (Tuesday)," the Election Commission order on Adityanath said. Continued on Page 15 Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) chairman P Uday Bhaskar said on Monday the examinations for recruitment of posts in various government departments will be held as per the schedule and there is no scope for postponement of examinations. He said the Service Commission is making all arrangements for the successful conduct of examinations from this month. Addressing the media at the APPSC office, Uday Bhaskar said the screening test for Group II examination will be organised on May 5 as per the schedule and screening test for the Group I will be conducted on May 26, 2019. Making it clear that the examinations will not be postponed at any cost, Uday Bhaskar said, “Our aim is to conduct the examinations as per the schedule so that the recruitment process will not be delayed.” Continued on Page 15 Cheer up! If not good, near normal rains this season New Delhi: The monsoon in the country this year is predicted to be "near normal" with the well-distributed rainfall expected to be around 96 per cent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. The prediction stands at a moderate error estimate of plus-minus 5 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), IMD Director-General K J Ramesh said and ruled out any adverse impact of 'El Nino' on the monsoon such as erratic rainfall. He told a press conference here that 'El Nino', which is developing in the Paciﬁc Ocean, will start weakening by June, thus ensuring that the country gets normal rainfall, which will be beneﬁcial to farmers during the kharif season. El Nino is sea surface temperature situation over Paciﬁc Ocean that is said to have strong negative inﬂuence on Indian monsoon, though no direct link has been established yet. Last year, the IMD had forecast 97 per cent longterm average rainfall, but the actual rainfall stood at 91 per cent at the end of the monsoon season. "The country is expected to have well-distributed rainfall scenario. The rain distribution will be uniform," Ramesh said. The average, or normal, rainfall in the country is deﬁned between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average for the entire four- month monsoon season-LPA-- which is 887 mm. Addressing the media on the ﬁrst Long Range Forecast, M Rajeevan Nair, Sec- 'El Nino', which is developing in the Paciﬁc Ocean, will start weakening by June, thus ensuring normal rainfall, which will be beneﬁcial to farmers during the kharif season. El Nino is sea surface temperature situation over Paciﬁc Ocean that is said to have strong negative inﬂuence on Indian monsoon, though no direct link has been established yet retary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said India is going to have a normal monsoon in 2019. "The south-west monsoon is likely to be normal. El Nino would get weaker after June, thus ruling out possibility of drought," Nair said. About two weeks ago, private weather forecaster Skymet had said that this monsoon would likely to be "below normal" at 93 per cent owing to developing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, posing higher risk for the eastern parts and a major portion of central part of the country being rain deficient. The IMD will come up with the second Long Range Forecast in the first week of June in which quantitative analysis will be done, with predication for the every meteorological sub-divisions in the country. Nair said information about the onset of monsoon will be given on May 15. There are chances that sowing season in southern states of Kerala and Karnataka may get postponed by up to two weeks in case El Nino leads to delay in monsoon arrival.
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