www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.42C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 23% Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 06:28 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. STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H BJP DEMANDS DIRECT POLLS TO MANDAL PARISHADS, ZPs WPI INFLATION ZOOMS TO 3.18% IN MARCH SC asks Rahul to explain ‘chowkidar chor’ 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 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 4 BJP WANTS EC TO ACT AGAINST RAHUL 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. 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 Inter results on April 18 HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Results of Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE)-2019 will be announced on April 18, announced Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) Secretary Dr A Ashok on Monday. Intermediate examinations were conducted in 1,277 examination centres across the State from February 27 to March 18. A total of 9,42,719 students registered for the examinations, out of which, 4,52,550 were for the first year and 4,90,169 second year. Of the total candidates, 2,09,970 were girls and 1,99,120 boys. Similarly, for the second year, 1,84,423 boys and 1,98,573 girls registered for the examinations. Also 43,340 boys and 25,035 girls registered for Intermediate second year private study examinations, he added. TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao addresses party leaders, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Monday Committed will get rewarded: KCR n Assures ZP chairperson posts to those lost in Assembly polls HANS NEWS SERVICE of the TRS at Telangana Bhavan on Monday, discussed with the leaders about the strategy to be adopted in the coming ZPTC and MPTC elections. There are over 535 ZPTC and 5,857 MPTC seats and 32 ZP chairperson posts in the state and the Election Commission will be releasing the schedule for the elections soon. According to sources, TRS would be compensating the leaders who lost the Assem- Hyderabad: The TRS leaders who lost in the Assembly elections are likely to get rewarded in the form of Zilla Parishad chairperson posts. Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao entrusted the responsibility of winning the ZPTC and MPTC elections to the MLAs. The Chief Minister, who addressed the extended meeting bly elections by making them ZP chairpersons. There are 32 ZP chairperson posts up for grab and the party aims to bag all these posts by making the MLAs responsible for ensuring the victory of the party-supported candidates. During the meeting, the Chief Minister announced that former MLA Kova Lakshmi would be the ZP chairperson for Asifabad district. Continued on Page 4 Revenue staff against move to scrap dept HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Revenue officials from the rank of Deputy Collectors to Junior Assistants will announce an action plan on Tuesday to thwart government’s proposal to scrap the department (having nearly 40,000 employees) at a meeting of the Telangana Revenue Employees Services Association. Nearly 500 employees each representing Telangana Deputy Collectors, Tahasildars, VROs and VRAs associations will attend the daylong meeting and discuss the issues mainly the government’s proposal to abandon the Revenue 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 4 TO ANNOUNCE ACTION PLAN AT A MEET TODAY wing in the government and bring in a new Revenue Act soon in Telangana. Association president V Ravinder Reddy said all the officials in the department were in a shock after the government gave enough indication that the Revenue wing will be merged with other departments. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s recent announcement to bring in a new Revenue Act strengthened their speculations. In a pre-emptive move, the Revenue officials decided to launch a struggle demanding the government to withdraw the proposal, if any, to disband the department and instead strengthen it by using the advanced technology in the maintenance of land records and protection of land rights of farmers. Initially, the Revenue officials said the association will hold regular luncheon dharnas in front of the ofﬁces, submission of memoranda to the Chief Secretary and other top officials and organise rallies explaining the role of Revenue department in the villages. “We are ready to welcome re- forms in the department, including efforts to curb corruption,” Reddy said, adding that the association took strong exception to branding the particular department a highly corrupt wing in the state administration by some inﬂuential persons in the government. The association has been demanding the government to take decisions with regard to the enforcement of new Revenue Act in consultation with the officials. The association will not hesitate to launch intensiﬁed struggle if the government takes unilateral decision against the employees, he added. EC reins in Yogi, Maya poll drive 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 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 4 China develops armed combat drone boat Beijing: China has successfully tested the world’s ﬁrst armed amphibious drone boat which the Chinese military analysts claimed could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships, according to a media report. Built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the drone ship, named Marine Lizard, successfully passed delivery checks and left factory on April 8 in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, state-run Global Times reported on Monday. Having a maximum operation range of 1,200 km, the Marine Lizard can be remotely controlled via satellites, an official said. In ship form, the 12-metre-long Marine Lizard is a trimaran propelled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while maintaining stealth, it said. 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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