www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Mostly sunny. Temp: Max.37C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 29% Sunrise: 05:57 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 P7 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H KCR PUTS ONUS ON KTR TO CONTINUE WINNING STREAK IN ZPTC ELECTIONS RELIANCE Q4 NET AT RECORD `10,362 CR Millions vote in second phase 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 Girls outshine boys in ﬁrst, second Inter exams Hyderabad: The State Election Commission may issue the schedule for the elections to the Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies and to the Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies on April 20. State Election Commissioner V Nagi Reddy held a meeting with the collectors and superintendents of police on Thursday and examined the preparedness. All the collectors and SPs of the 32 districts have attended the meeting. Speaking to the media, Nagi Reddy said that the officials are well prepared to conduct the polls. He said that they have been told to be ready to hold the polls whenever the Commission announces schedule. The security aspect has also been discussed with the district officials, he said. According to sources, the SEC has discussed the preparedness at district level. The officials have informed about the steps being taken by them to hold the polls. A few dis- 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- N Overall pass percentage registered in the ﬁrst year is 60.5 per cent and in the second year 64.8 per cent N Girls pass percentage in the ﬁrst year 66 per cent, in second year 70.8 per cent N Boys pass percentage in the ﬁrst inter 55 per cent, in second year 58.2 per cent Boeing updating software for 737 Max flights of the ﬁrst-year intermediate examinations, out of 43,520 candidates who appeared in the examinations 53.2 per cent have qualiﬁed. Out of this, girls scored a pass percentage of 67.8 per cent and the boys scored a pass percentage of 41 per cent. Similarly, in second year intermediate examinations, out of a total of 3,82,534 candidates in regular stream who appeared in general category, 60.4 per cent have qualiﬁed. Out of the overall pass percentage of 60.4, the pass percentage of girls is 70.8 against boys pass percentage of 58.2 per cent. Continued on Page 4 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. IIT-H to start centre for drone development Hyderabad: In a bid to speed up the development of drones in India, Japanbased 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 creat- HANS NEWS SERVICE (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 coestablish a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Solutions (drones) in Hyderabad on Thursday State Election Commissioner V Nagi Reddy tricts have completed issuing of Gazette Notiﬁcations about the details of the MPTC and ZPTC posts. The SEC has inquired about the availability of ballot boxes for the polls as the elections would be held through ballot papers. The printing of ballot papers and other issues have been discussed. The officials have said that about 1 lakh staff, both polling and security, would be required for the polls as they would be held in 30,000 polling booths. In order to ensure that the staff is available, it has been felt in the meeting to hold the elections in two or three phases. Continued on Page 4 AP CM, Guv witness Sitarama Kalyanam OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Girls outshine boys in the ﬁrst and second year Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE)2019. The results were declared on Thursday by the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE). According to the results announced by State Education Secretary Dr B Janardhan Reddy in the presence of TSBIE Secretary Dr A Ashok, out of 4,09,133 candidates who appeared in the general stream in the ﬁrst year intermediate examination, 2,47,407 candidates qualiﬁed with an overall pass percentage registering 60.5 per cent. Of the overall pass percentage, the pass percentage of girls was 66 per cent against boys pass percentage of 55 per cent. However, the number of candidates qualiﬁed with an ‘A’ grade, scoring above 75 per cent of marks is only 52.1 per cent. Similarly, the pass percentage of students who qualiﬁed with a ‘B’ grade, scoring more than 60 per cent and less than 75 per cent marks is just 28.3 per cent. Likewise, the pass percentage of students qualiﬁed with a ‘C’ grade scoring marks of less than 60 per cent and 50 per cent or more is 13.5 per cent. This leaves only 6 per cent of students in the overall pass percentage who scored less than 50 per cent and 35 per cent or more securing a ‘D’ grade. In the vocational stream 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 4 Mandal, ZP poll schedule tomorrow ing a unique educational ecosystem that combines 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 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 fastestgrowing major economy, the potential for commercial drone market in India is huge," noted Toru Tokushige, CEO, Terra Drone Corporation. 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.
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