VOL. 6 | NO. 115 | FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Showers late. Morning clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 71% Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 06:20 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS PM's twitter handle hacked, restored later New Delhi (PTI): Twitter on Thursday said the account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal website was hacked, and it has now been restored. "We're aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. The compromised account has about 2.5 million followers. After hacking the @narendramodi_in Twitter account, which is the Prime Minister's personal website, the cybercriminal reportedly sent out posts seeking donations for the PM National Relief Fund for COVID-19 using crypto currency. "Yes, this account is hacked by John Wick (firstname.lastname@example.org), We have not hacked Paytm Mall," another message had said. Govt ready to field questions in Parliament New Delhi (PTI): The government on Thursday said it will answer every question asked in Parliament and 160 "unstarred" questions will be answered every day during the upcoming Monsoon session starting September 14, sources said. Countering the Opposition charge of curtailing the Question Hour, the sources in the government said this is not the first time that the Question Hour will not be taken up during a session as it was dispensed with in 2004 and 2009, besides also in 1991 as well as in 1962, 1975 and 1976 for various reasons. A research conducted by the Rajya Sabha also revealed that 60 per cent of Question Hour time was not availed during the last five years with only 40 per cent utilisation. Sources said the Question Hour was first done away with during the Emergency in 1975 and 1976, when everything was functioning normally except opposition leaders, who were put behind bars, and the media, which was censored. Unlike then, the government has argued that it is a real health emergency in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the session is being held under extraordinary circumstances even as there is a paucity of time CAG to audit TTD accounts /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: The accounts of Lord Venkateswara would now be subject to scrutiny by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). This decision was taken by the TTD recently but was kept under wraps for reasons best known to it. Normally, the TTD announces all major decisions taken by the board but in this case it had not only taken a decision to get the accounts au- dited by the CAG but had also asked the AP State Audit Department o hand over all the records to the CAG for financial year 2020-21. Not just that, it had also resolved and requested the CAG for a special CAG audit for the years of 2014-2019 when the TDP was in power. These decisions were taken at the TTD board meeting held on August 28. While it is being said that auditing of accounts by the CAG would bring in greater transparency, why it decided to seek special auditing for 2014-2019 has now become a matter of political controversy. The issue would not have come to light if the BJP MP Dr Subrahmanyam Swamy had not tweeted saying, “My associate Satyapal Sabharawal and I had filed a PIL in Andhra HC seeking a CAG audit of Tirupati Temple funds for the last 5 years and hereafter. CM Jagan gracefully consented. TTD Chm, Subba Reddy and Member & VHS AP leader Govind Hari piloted it thru TTD Board. Task completed.” According to the Chairman of the Board, “TTD move is aimed at bringing in more transparency and bolstering TS set for major admin reforms Talks, incursions continue Army chief in Ladakh to review ops to thwart China New Delhi (IANS): Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is on a two-day visit to Ladakh to review operational preparedness of the force amid border tension with China. General Naravane reached Leh early Thursday and interacted with senior officers present. His visit to forward location was expected, said source in the forces. The Army chief would be discussing strategy over how to thwart Chinese incursion attempts. Chinese's People Liberation Army (PLA) troops have made fresh incursion attempts into India territories. Both the countries military representatives are now engaged in dialogue to de-escalate the tension. China made provocative military movements to change the status quo at Pangong Tso. On August 31, Chinese troops indulged in provocative actions despite Indian soldiers earlier occupying the heights to thwart the PLA's land-grabbing bid over the weekend. On the intervening night of August 29 and August 30, PLA troops violated previous consensus agreed in military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and tried change the status quo. Naravane would also be reviewing the formidable logistical challenges posed by harsh climate at heights exceeding 12,000 feet and temperature as extreme as minus 50 degrees Celsius as winter approaches. The force requires special clothing, diet and shelter for around 35,000 extra troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh. Most of the friction points in Ladakh Tax collection in mind, govt strengthens key depts China deploys 5 militia squads in Ladakh IAF Chinook helicopter ﬂies amid the prolonged India-China stand oﬀ in the Ladakh region, in Leh on Thursday CHINA FUNDS PROTESTS ALONG INDO-NEPAL BORDER New Delhi (IANS): China has paid Rs 2.5 crore (in Nepali currency) to various organisations based in Nepal to carry out demonstrations against India along the Indo-Nepal border that stretches to over 1,700 km, intelligence agencies said. "Chinese Embassy in Nepal has provided financial support to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore (NPR) for organising anti-India protests/ demonstrations along India-Nepal border areas highlighting the recent border disputes and interferences of India in Nepal's internal/ political matters," the agencies stated. NPR stands for Nepalese Rupee. The India-Nepal relation has been strained after China increased its influence on the Himalayan nation. It was India's road construction to the Lipulekh at 17,000 feet that had sparked a diplomatic row between India and Nepal as Kathmandu claimed the area to be its territory. Lipulekh is a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley in Uttarakhand. The road construction was aimed at shortening travel time for pilgrims visiting the Kailash Mansarovar. After this, Nepal brought out a new political map showing the contested area as its own. PATAN AFZAL B ABU New Delhi: China has deployed five militia squads for rapid response at the disputed Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. It has done so to "consolidate the border" and "stabilise Tibet region", sources said. "Militia is basically a reserve force of the Chinese's People Liberation Army. They are deployed during war time situations and help the PLA in its military operations," said a senior government officer. P7 like Pangong Lake and Galwan Valley where the face-offs have happened are 14,000 feet above the sea level. Both countries have been engaged in the current fourmonth-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues. On June 15, as many as 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley. Chinese aggression started increasing along the LAC and more particularly in Galwan Valley since May 5. The Chinese side transgressed in the areas of Kugrang Nala, Gogra and north bank of Pangong lake on May 17 and 18. Hyderabad: Major administrative reforms are on the cards in Telangana. The key revenue generating Transport, Stamps and Registrations, Excise, Prohibition and Commercial Taxes departments are set to go in for major changes to improve the efficiency of the officials and ensure that there was no leakage in tax collections. Apart from bringing in a new Revenue Act to ensure a transparent land administration, the State government is keen to bring in major changes in the other key departments by the end of this year. The government has already decided to create more number of Excise stations in the identified areas, where liquor sales are high. Hence it has created new posts of the rank of Additional Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners. Top officials of the state administration said that special focus was being laid on revenue generating wings. State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, who also heads Commercial Taxes department, is analysing the performance of the officials in the entire wing. He is also recommending strengthening of the entire Com- HANS NEWS SERVICE lice have not identified the dead. According to information, the police force, including the Greyhounds, has taken up intensive combing of the area and vehicle checking at Gundala mandal forest area for the last three days. While Gundala Police Circle Inspector Srinivas along with the forces was doing vehicle checking, the police noticed two persons escaping by motorbike on seeing the police. The police chased them. While escaping on the bike, they opened fire at the police and police retaliated killing one on the spot. Another managed to escape. The police recovered a revolver and the bike and launched searching operations for the escaped. The dead Maoist is suspected to be of Kistaram village in Chhattisgarh and was working as a guard of the Maoist leader Haribhusan. India with G-4 serves ultimatum on UN Security Council reforms mad-Bande written on behalf of the G-4, the group of four countries that mutually support each other for a permanent seat on a reformed Council. He wrote, "There is a need to ensure that the IGN process is not held hostage, procedurally and substantially, by those who do not wish to bring about reform in the Security Council." "If this happens, and there are indications that this is already happening, those who demand reforms will be forced to look for other ways to finally make progress, including potentially outside the IGN process," he added. The letter did not identify the countries hiding behind the "smokescreen" of procedures in the IGN to hold the process hostage. They are a group of 12 countries that call themselves Uniting for Consensus (UfC) led by Italy and includes Pakistan. The group's agenda is prevent adding permanent members to the Council. For more than a decade the group has blocked the adoption of a negotiating text on which to base the discussions by insisting that there should be a consensus on reforms before the text can be adopted. Consequently, the IGN process has not been able to hold meaningful negotiations. "In the last decade or more of IGN meetings (since 2009), there has been practically no progress," Nagaraj wrote, because of the contention that "rules of procedure, allegedly, should not apply, due to the supposed 'informal nature' of the discussion." "There has been no effort to capture the discussions in a single consolidated text for negotiations, which should be the essential task for any facilitator of any UN negotiations," he added. The formal decision to rollover the negotiations was adopted on Monday using the si- mercial Taxes department and the same will be submitted to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for approval before the beginning of the Assembly session. Currently, the officials of the State Commercial Taxes department were assigned to collect VAT on fuels and streamlining the traders list online for GST collections. All the identified loopholes in tax collections were rectified. To overcome the future challenges, the officials were being provided training with high end technology to curb the hi-tech cheating by traders in tax payments reported in the recent times. The Stamps and Registration department, which is considered as one of the big revenue generating sources, was undergoing major transformation with the adoption of paperless administrative mechanism. A set of big reforms aiming to check corruption and misuse of power in the land registrations is under preparation. The government will overhaul the entire wing soon. The State Transport department was already upgraded by introducing 100 per cent online registration of vehicles and issuance of driving licences. Continued on Page 5 India serves ultimatum on UNSC reforms Maoist killed in Bhadradri encounter Kothagudem: A Maoist action team member was killed in exchange of fire with the police in the forest area between Devallagudem and Dubbagudem villages in Gundala mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district in the wee hours of Thursday. The police recovered a revolver and a bike from the spot. The body of the Maoist was shifted to the area hospital in Kothagudem for post mortem. The po- United Nations (IANS): India, along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, has served an ultimatum that the supporters of Security Council reforms will be forced to look for other ways to move the process forward if the UN's Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) for reform continues to be "held hostage" by those opposing change. As the General Assembly rolled over on Monday the deadlocked IGN process to the next session that starts later this month, India's Deputy Permanent Representative Nagaraj Naidu issued the warning in a letter to Assembly President Tijjani Muham- Jagan Reddy’s vision of clean governane,” he said. The TTD, he said, was dragged into several controversies by those with vested interests, hence we want the CAG to set the record straight and furnish a report within 6 months, he added. Now the board will send an affidavit to the High Court seeking an external audit of the temples accounts, funds, jewellery worth crores of rupees donated by pilgrims and trust members. lence procedure of voting under which resolutions and decisions are declared approved by the Assembly if no one voices an opposition within a timeframe after the Assembly president's announcement. The procedure is being followed because the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped in-person Assembly meetings where voting can be held in the traditional manner. The letter on behalf of the G-4 and a separate one written along the same lines by India were not to be construed as "breaking the silence," which would be a vote against the decision. One of the avenues for bypassing the IGN is initiating the process to amend the UN Charter under its Article 108, which requires a two-thirds majority of UN members including all the permanent Council members. While it may be possible to muster a two-thirds majority, the hurdle would be getting all the permanent members to agree. The US, Britain and France support India's permanent membership while Russia is lukewarm in its backing and China is against it. The US is likely to oppose possible African nations for permanent membership. United Nations (IANS): India, along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, has served an ultimatum that the supporters of Security Council reforms will be forced to look for other ways to move the process forward if the UN's Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) for reform continues to be "held hostage" by those opposing change. As the General Assembly rolled over on Monday the deadlocked IGN process to the next session that starts later this month, India's Deputy Permanent Representative Nagaraj Naidu issued the warning in a letter to Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande written on behalf of the G4, the group of four countries that mutually support each other for a permanent seat on a reformed Council. He wrote, "There is a need to ensure that the IGN process is not held hostage, procedurally and substantially, by those who do not wish to bring about reform in the Security Council." "If this happens, and there are indications that this is already happening, those who demand reforms will be forced to look for other ways to ﬁnally make progress, including potentially outside the IGN process," he added.
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