www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny Temp: Max.40C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 38% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:33 ‘Russians meddled in polls, but Trump didn’t collude’ New York: Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that the inquiry into alleged cooperation between Russia and US President Donald Trump's campaign in the 2016 election found there was no collusion between them, although it established Moscow's interference. Speaking to reporters, he said that "the bottom line" is that "after nearly two years of investigation, the Special Counsel (Robert Mueller) conﬁrmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not ﬁnd that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes". India suspends LoC business with Pak New Delhi: India on Thursday suspended, with immediate effect, trade across the LoC in J&K, saying it was being used by unscrupulous and anti-national elements for sneaking in hawala money and weapons from the territory under Pakistani occupation to fuel terrorism and separatism in the country. 8 P11 RELIANCE Q4 NET AT RECORD `10,362 CR REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KRISHNA DELTA TO GET EXTRA WATER THANKS TO NS CRUST GATE REPAIRS Millions vote in second phase Poll code puts AP admin in limbo Sporadic violence, EVM glitches mar Lok Sabha polls; 66 per cent turn out New Delhi: Millions voted across 95 Lok Sabha seats in 12 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry on Thursday in the second phase of the staggered battle for a new Parliament, marred by stray violence in West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir and EVM glitches in seven states. An electorate of 15.7 crore voted to elect 95 Lok Sabha members out of the 1,606 contestants on Thursday. Except for some incidents of clashes between stone-pelters and security forces, polling ended peacefully in the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on Thursday while eliciting overwhelming voter turnout in the Udhampur constituency. Clashes broke out between security forces and stone-pelters who tried to disrupt the voting process in Batmaloo area of Srinagar city, Pandach area of Ganderbal district and at four other places in Badgam district in the Srinagar seat, officials said. One civilian and four policemen, including two of- An election oﬃcial applies the indelible ink on the ﬁnger of a bride at a polling station, during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Bengaluru on Thursday ficers, were injured in these clashes but the security forces said they exercised maximum restraint to ensure that the violence did not overshadow the voting in Srinagar. While the turnout in Srinagar was nearly 15 per cent, in Udhampur, over 65 per cent people cast their votes, including a newlymarried couple who turned up in their wedding finery. Polling in all other places was reportedly peaceful al- though complaints of glitches in electronic voting machines (EVMs) came from several states, briefly halting the electoral process. Over 76 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the three northern West Bengal constituencies in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, amid several incidents of violence including an attack on CPI-M MP and candidate Mohammad Salim in Raniganj and the smash- ing of an EVM in a clash inside a polling booth in Darjeeling. Unfazed by the summer heat and dust, voters turned out in large numbers in Karnataka. There was over 60 per cent polling in 14 of the state's 28 parliamentary constituencies, that went to polls in the first phase with the main fight between the ruling Congress-JD-S alliance and the BJP. Over 63 per cent polling was recorded in Tamil Nadu Naidu, Rahul to campaign in Raichur Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would go around the country to intensify the campaign in support of paper ballot and failure of the Election Commission of India in conducting free and fair elections. Naidu would be sharing the dais with AICC president Rahul Gandhi at Raichur on Friday and will appeal to the people to vote for JDS-Congress candidate Nayak. It may be mentioned here that there are considerable number of Telugu-speaking people in the Koppal Lok Sabha constituency. Recently, Naidu had campaigned for Nikhil in Mandya district. This will be Naidu’s first poll campaign with Rahul Gandhi. Both Rahul and Naidu are likely to reiterate their demand for counting of at least 50 per cent of VVPAT slips. Naidu will also explain how the EC had failed to hold elections smoothly and the problems the voters had to face due to mal functioning of EVMs and VVPATs and how a political conspiracy was allegedly hatched by Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. Soon, Naidu will also address meetings in other states. Meanwhile, Naidu has asked all the Assembly and Lok Sabha contestants to come for a review meeting on April 22. He asked them to come with boothwise details of votes polled. The Piler candidate N Kishore, brother of former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, informed Naidu that the EC behaved in an arbitrary manner in the constituency on the polling day and acted as per the directions of the YSRCP. Naidu said that there were many such instances and that is why he had taken up a fight to ensure that the EC regains its credibility. He asked the members to come with all details of the problems they faced on account of the problems that arose due to failure of EC in conducting elections in a smooth manner. CS, DGP play truant to Polavaram meet called by CM Naidu HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh is facing a peculiar situation and entire administration seems to be in a state of chaos. Even routine administration which should be the responsibility of the government headed by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is getting hampered and it appears that there is a serious lack of coordination or some sort of non-cooperation from the top-most level in the bureaucracy. Two days back, the main opposition YSRCP complained to the Governor and wanted him to intervene and see that the chief minister does not misuse the funds that were allocated in the vote-on- account budget towards giving largesse to various beneficiaries of welfare schemes. A day after that Naidu holds a review meeting on Polavaram works and ex- H ANS N EWS S ERVICE Vontimitta: In an interesting development Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu were seen sitting next to each other and talking and smiling during Sitarama Kalyanam at the Ko- dandaramaswamy temple in Vontimitta. The Chief Minister presented silk robes and pearls to the Lord as per the rituals. Later, while the Kalyanam procedure was on both the Governor and Chief Minister were seen talking to each other in a jovial mood. LIGHTNING KILLS 2, INJURES FOUR IN TWO DISTRICTS Boeing updating software for 737 Max flights gales and thunder shower, lightning struck the threshing machine. Due to its intensity, Venkatesan died on the spot. The other four workers were injured and fell unconscious due to shock. The injured were ﬁrst shifted local government hospital in Macherla town and later to the Government General Hospital in Narasaraopet. The deceased Venkatesan hailed from Tamil Nadu. Residents of Gurazala mandal experienced light rain on Thursday in the wake of gradual increase in temperatures for the last few days. In another incident, a 40year-old person was killed after being struck by lightning at Tim- Washington: Boeing was making "steady progress" on the path to certifying of a crucial software update for the 737 MAX aircraft, CEO Dennis Muilenburg has said after two fatal crashes in recent months forced the grounding of the model, including by Indian carriers. He assured global airline industry that Boeing has also made the ﬁnal engineering test ﬂight before certiﬁcation for the 737 MAX aircraft. The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) system of the 737 MAX aircraft has come under scrutiny from investigators reviewing two fatal crashes -- the Lion Air crash on October 29 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10.Boeing has been developing and testing a software change to the system that will now factor in input from a second sensor. "We're making steady progress on the path to certiﬁcation for our 737 MAX software update thanks to the work of our Boeing pilots, engineers and technical experts," Muilenburg said in a video on his Twitter account. "Yesterday we completed the official engineering ﬂight test with the updated software with our technical and engineering leaders on board the airplane," he said. HANS NEWS SERVICE Guntur/ Kadapa: Two persons died and four others sustained injuries after being struck by lightning in two separate incident in the state on Thursday. A 36-year-old man died on the spot and four other agriculture workers were injured when the lightning struck them at Manchikal village in Rentachintala mandal in Guntur district. According to police, the deceased Ponnuswami Venkatesan, was working as threshing machine operator in the agriculture ﬁelds along with four others. Following a sudden change in the weather marked by and strong mareddypalli village under Porumamilla mandal in Kadapa district. The deceased has been identiﬁed as Boddu Ramaiah of the same village. According to villagers, Ramaiah was struck by lightning when he was axing trees at a nearby hill. Passers-by, who noticed him found lying amid trees at about 5 pm, shifted him to Porumamilla area hospital where he was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, banana, mango and papaya gardens in large extent of area were destroyed due to untimely rains in Pulivendula, Lakkireddipalle and Railway Kodur mandals since Wednesday night in Kadapa district. IIT-H to start centre for drone development Hyderabad: In a bid to speed up the development of drones in India, Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, Terra Drone India and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, on Thursday announced that they have signed a pact to establish a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in India. According to the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the centre will be set up at IIT Hyderabad. "We are creating a unique educational ecosystem that com- bines interactive learning with cutting-edge research, strong industry collaboration and entrepreneurship," said Dr UB Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad. "We are excited about developing drone-based solutions for domains like 5G communication, agriculture, transportation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), said Desai. With its presence in six continents and more than 20 countries, Terra Drone Corporation is one of the world's largest providers of industrial drone solutions. The company is at presses concern that the progress of works had slowed down due to elections and said that routine administration cannot wait till the results. After a gap of 45 days, Naidu went to the Secretariat on Thursday. He wanted to have a review meeting with new Chief Secretary L V Subramaniam and DGP RP Thakur. But the chief secretary did not attend it and was said to be busy in a meeting with 15th Finance Commission members. Even the DGP did not come to the Secretariat. Naidu had to remain contained with the review of capital city works at Amaravati with the CRDA officials and Amaravati Development Corporation. Continued on Page 15 CM, Guv witness Sitarama Kalyanam TDP leader to reiterate demand for paper ballot HANS NEWS SERVICE where people elected 38 of 39 Lok Sabha members -voting in Vellore has been postponed -- and 18 members to the state Assembly in bypolls. After initial dull moments, the voting picked up dramatically in Odisha, which is electing five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly members, to reach around 64 per cent. In Bihar, over 62 per cent voting was reported in five of 40 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in the phase. According to officials, polling was peaceful, save a reported incident of a paramilitary trooper at a polling booth opening fire and clashes between supporters of different parties. People in about a dozen villages in all five constituencies boycotted the elections to protest against lack of development. Uttar Pradesh's voting percentage was 62.3 per cent in all eight constituencies: Mathura, Hathras, Amroha, Agra, Fatehpur-Sikri, Aligarh, Nagina, Bulandshahr. Continued on Page 15 (Left to Right): Terra Drone Corporation COO Teppei Seki, Terra Drone India Director Yuki Ueno, IIT Hyderabad Director UB Desai and Visiting Associate Professor at IIT Hyderabad Kotaro Kataoka at the signing ceremony of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Japan's Terra Drone Corporation, Terra Drone India and IIT Hyderabad to co-establish a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Solutions (drones) in Hyderabad on Thursday the forefront of several innovations in the aviation industry, including promoting the application of AI technologies in drones and providing advisory services to the ongoing 'flying car' project in Japan. "As the world's fastest-growing major economy, the potential for commercial drone market in India is huge," noted Toru Tokushige, CEO, Terra Drone Corporation. Part of the Terra Drone Group, Terra Drone India offers a complete sales-servicesupport module for the drone ecosystem in India. "The UAV ecosystem in India is rapidly evolving and drones are set to become an integral part of future working environments in several industries," said Prateek Srivastava, CEO, Terra Drone India. Terra Drone will support IIT Hyderabad to organise workshops, seminars, lectures and joint projects that leverage cutting-edge unmanned technologies and drone LiDAR systems. Terra Drone India would also offer internship programmes to talented students and prepare them for the realworld technology applications.
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