www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 47 | TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020 | WARANGAL | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: A few tstorms. Overcast. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 66% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:25 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Alvida Pranab Da EX-PRESIDENT DIES AT 84 HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: Former President, Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee (84), is no more. Pranab Da, as the illustrious son of India was affectionately called by one and all, was admitted to the Defence Hospital at New Delhi for a brain surgery for the removal of blood clot, but also tested positive for Covid-19. He breathed his last on Monday evening. He was admitted to Army hospital on August 10 and had undergone surgery for the clot in brain. He was later found to be Covid positive and he slipped into coma, deep Coma and on Monday he went into septic coma. He leaves behind a daughter, Sharmishta Mukherjee and two sons, Indrajit Mukherjee and Abhijeet Mukherjee. Pranab was born in a Bengali family in Mirati, a village in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Birbhum district, West Bengal) on December 11, 1935. His father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee was active in the Indian independence movement and was a member of West Bengal Legislative Council between 1952 and 1964 as a representative of the Indian National Congress and was the member of AICC. His mother was Rajlakshmi Mukherjee. Continued on P 5 S More reports: P7 A scholar par excellence PM condoles Pranab’s death P ranab Mukherjee made Rashtrapati Bhavan accessible to common citizens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he paid his tribute to the former President -- the “scholar par excellence and a towering statesman”. “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna GDP SEES SHARPEST DIP EVER India's GDP shrank by the steepest ever 23.9 per cent in the April-June period, as per provisional estimates released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) on Monday. The government had imposed a nationwide lockdown from March 25 to curb the spread of Covid-19, which adversely impacted all sectors of the economy. Agriculture was the only outlier as all other sectors, including manufacturing, construction and services, suﬀered steep declines. S P6 Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets. TS to take up GST ﬁght along with likeminded States Affected States to stall proceedings of Parliament HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Government of Telangana appears to be in a mood to go in for a joint ﬁght against the Centre demanding reimbursement of GST. It participated in the video conference held by non-BJP state governments and said that the Centre's proposals were not acceptable to them and instead the Centre should borrow money and pay the dues to the States. Finance Minister T Harish Rao said it is like someone saying since I am affected by Covid-19, I cannot pay Income Tax as they do not have money due to ‘Act of God’? Will the Centre agree to it ?. He took strong objection to the decision of the Centre reducing the payment of GST dues to the States to Rs 1.30 lakh crore from Rs 3 lakh crore on the pretext of Corona pandemic. The Centre has the option to avail the borrowings at the lowest interest rates whereas the States does not have such an option, he explained. Harish Rao said that the TRS along with non-BJP states would stall Parliament proceedings in the ensuing session if the Centre failed to pay the GST compensation and dues. The Finance Ministers from Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Delhi, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha participated in the conference. Addressing media after the meeting, Harish said that the Telangana government is mulling to knock on the doors of courts if the Centre did not mend their ways. Continued on 5 BAN ON INT’L FLIGHTS EXTENDED TILL SEPT 30 PURNA SINGH New Delhi: The suspension of scheduled international passenger ﬂights has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday. "However, international scheduled ﬂights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," noted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular. India has so far created air bubbles with USA, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar and Maldives. India is in talks with many more countries to create air bubbles like Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The idea of these bubbles is to ensure continuity of travel between India and these countries by eligible categories of people till schedule ﬂights resume. Continued on Page 5 Is RFCL going Vizag Steels way? VRC PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: Is the Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (RFCL) going the way of Vizag Steels? The RFCL is all set to complete trial runs and to start urea production with the brand name 'Kisan’ from November 15, this year. According to sources, the plant has a total employees’ strength of 460. Out of this, the RFCL has already ﬁlled 278 posts through direct recruitment process and is set to ﬁll up some more posts soon. Sources say that the RFCL is adopting the similar Only 10 per cent from TS got jobs in company recruitment policies that the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant had adopted in the initial stages by ﬁlling posts with candidates from across the country. This policy had then become a major controversy. It was only after much persuasion and struggle that people from across the state got opportunities in various positions at VSP. It is said that a similar policy of recruitment is now being followed by the RFCL in Telangana. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official of the RFCL said, "As of now, the RFCL has less than 10 per cent of its employees from Telangana. The unskilled jobs are given on contract basis to outsourcing agencies. Most of the unskilled people are from the states like Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, etc," he added. However, RFCL sources said that there was pressure on them from the local leaders that local people be given employment in the factory. On the other hand, the policy decision of the majority shareholders from the Central government entities was to employ best of talent on all-India basis. Continued on 5 FRESH FACEOFF IN LADAKH Army staves off China bid to change status quo New Delhi: Even as the talks between India and China to resolve the nearly four-month long standoff in eastern Ladakh have been stuck in a stalemate since mid-July, the Indian Army said on Monday that China had tried to create fresh trouble at a new point over the weekend. The Army mentioned that the Chinese troops tried to change the status quo on the south bank of Pangong Tso on the night of August 29 and 30, an attempt that was thwarted by the Army. “On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” the Army said in its statement. “Indian troops preempted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground. Continued on Page 5 PM Modi holds series of meetings China builds missile site at Kailash-Mansarovar New Delhi: Amid tensions with India over the standoff in Eastern Ladakh sector, China has reportedly built a site for surface-to-air missile launch near a lake, which is a part of the Kailash-Mansarovar. The development of the missile site, according to experts, is a continuation of the aggressive provocation by the Chinese and it could further complicate the border tensions between the two countries, The Epoch Times reported. Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, commonly known as the Kailash- Mansarovar site is revered by four religions and is linked to culture and spiritual scriptures in India. While the Hindus consider the site as the abode of Shiva and his consort Parvati, the Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rinpoche, the "Precious One of Glacial Snow," and revere it as the abode of Demchog and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. The Jains call the mountain Astapada and consider it to be the place where the first of their 24 spiritual masters achieved liberation. Continued on Page 5 New Delhi: Hours after India thwarted China’s attempt to change the status quo by carrying out “provocative military movements" in Ladakh, R K Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, reached Delhi to brief the authorities about the latest faceoff. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding continuous meetings with persons concerned to understand the situation and it was established during the discussions that India is prepared for any eventuality. Sources added that the situation is currently under control. Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said a Brigade Commander level meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve the issues.
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