VOL. 10 | NO. 54 | TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2020 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 10 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 52% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 06:23 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS India enters elite club /thehansindia | Hugs and handshakes missing as Telangana Assembly begins NAMASTE ANNA! Houses lack usual bonhomie HANS NEWS SERVICE Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully demonstrated the hypersonic airbreathing scramjet technology with the ﬂight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island oﬀ the coast of Odisha, in Bhadrak district on Monday India test fires HSTDV missile New Delhi (IANS): India has successfully ﬂight tested hypersonic technology that will pave the way towards development of missiles travelling at six times the speed of sound. With this successful demonstration, the country enters an elite club to become a member of the hypersonic regime. This is a step towards manufacture of advanced Hypersonic Vehicles. India became the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to get this technology. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully demonstrated the Hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the ﬂight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) at 11:03 am on Monday from the APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, oﬀ the coast of Odisha. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appreciated the DRDO for achieving this milestone. "The Hypersonic cruise vehicle was launched using a proven solid rocket motor, which took it to an altitude of 30 km, where the aerodynamic heat shields were separated at hypersonic Mach number," said the DRDO in a statement. /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Session to go on till Sept 28 with 4 holidays was pasted on the other seat. The attenders in the Assembly hall were made to wear face shields along with masks to avoid close contact. The usual media interactions and brieﬁngs were banned. Only one from each organisation was permitted to cover the proceedings and they too had to undergo the mandatory Covid test. Meanwhile, the Business Advisory Committee decided to work till September 28 with four holidays during the session. While the Question Hour will be limited to six questions and will be of only one-hour duration, the Zero Hour will be limited to half an hour. The proceedings on the second day – Tuesday – will include government businesses and resolutions. There will be short discussions on important issues on Wednesday and all other days. There is a possibility of the government taking up the new Revenue Bill for discussion on Thursday and Friday. The Assembly will not be working for four days during the entire session, on September 12 (Saturday) and on September 13, 20 and 27 being Sundays. CLP Leader Bhatti Vikramarka demanded discussions on issues such as Covid-19, sharing of Krishna river water with AP, the Telangana Layout and Building Regularisation Scheme, sanction of universities, belt shops, podu cultivation, demolition of old the secretariat, SC, ST and BC sub-plans and new education policy. The government agreed to it. Hyderabad: The bonhomie that used to be witnessed on the ﬁrst day of the session of the Legislative Assembly and Council, where legislators used to greet each other with a warm hug, shake hands, exchange jokes and pleasantries, was missing as the monsoon session has been convened under difﬁcult times while the world is still grappling with coronavirus. The members greeted each other with traditional Namaskarams. “We cannot even convey to our friends that we are smiling at them thanks to the ubiquitous masks,” a member quipped. There were unprecedented preventive and protective measures due to deadly pandemic. The Assembly and Council have put a ‘No Entry’ boards for the invisible enemy called Covid 19. All legislators, staff, police and media had to undergo Covid tests before the session began. Inside the House, physical distancing was strictly maintained. Airconditioners, it is said, have been ﬁtted with special ﬁlters to provide protection from the virus. To top it all use of hand sanitisers and face masks has been made mandatory. All members were asked to show their test reports sent to their mobile phones. No one was allowed to stand in the lobbies or the walkways. Inside the Assembly and Council halls, one person was allowed to sit on one seat. A cross mark Mask rule goes for a toss in Assembly Many lawmakers fail to follow Covid norms HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The ﬁrst day of the monsoon session of the Assembly saw the policy makers breaking Covid rules soon after the announcement by Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy on the guidelines. In his initial remarks explaining the circumstances under which the session was being conducted, the Speaker read out the new guidelines saying that wearing of masks was compulsory for all and in case of sneeze or cough they have to cover their mouth with a kerchief, etc and strictly maintain social distancing. He also asked them to TS scraps VRO system HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: In 1984, the first non-Congress Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, N T Rama Rao, abolished the Patwari system and 16 years later, the first Chief Minister of Telangana has decided to abolish the VRO (Village Revenue Officers) system. In a sudden move, all VROs were asked to surrender all official documents to the Mandal Revenue Officers (MROs), who will now look after the village revenue administration with immediate effect. There are 4,800 VROs dis- charging their duties and 21,000 Village Revenue Assistants are assisting the VROs in the villages. Official sources said the government has decided to transfer all powers enjoyed by the VROs to the MROs, following strong criticism that village revenue administration system was witnessing unbridled corruption. This measure comes ahead of the introduction of the new Bill to bring massive changes in the revenue administration. It is learnt that the VROs will be shifted to other departments, which require manpower under the new Act. The documents, which were handed over to the MROs, include Pahanis, undistributed pattadar passbooks, tippons, village maps, etc. The VROs were also asked to stay away from attending the duties and visiting the mandal offices on official work until further orders. Continued on Page 5 use hand sanitisers frequently during the proceedings and sanitise their mobile phones and laptops. While social distancing was strictly maintained, usage of masks seems to have caused discomfort to some. Soon after that when he asked Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to move a condolence resolution on former President Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Minister who came to the Assembly with ‘Sella’ instead of mask tried his best to cover his mouth and nose with it but while reading out the condolence message had to struggle with it to keep it in place. Later, when he was called upon to move another condolence resolution for TRS Dubbaka MLA S Ramalinga Reddy who died recently, the Chief Minister chose not to cover his mouth and nose. State Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy, Health Minister E Rajendar, Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy and Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy, MLAs Sudhir Reddy, B Suman, G Sunitha and Padma Devendar Reddy, who participated in the discussion over the resolution, chose to pull down the masks before making their speeches. However, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, Social Welfare Minister K Eswar and CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka strictly adhered to the safety norms and wore the mask when they spoke in the House. The Speaker also kept his mask in tact throughout the proceedings. The scene was similar in the Legislative Council as well. While Chairman G Sukhender Reddy was seen wearing his mask throughout the proceedings, some members chose to pull it down while giving their speeches. Revenue Bill draft gets Cabinet nod HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Decks have been cleared for the introduction of the Telangana Revenue Bill in the Assembly on Wednesday with the state Cabinet giving its nod for the draft revenue Bill. Official sources said the new Revenue Act will give more powers to the District Collectors and Mandal Revenue Officers to address the grievances of farmers in regard to their land rights. The new Act will also facilitate the farmers to get the Pattadar pass books and land mutation in just 24 hours after the completion of the veriﬁcation of all valid documents. MROs will have to visit villages regularly to resolve the land-related issues. The ofﬁcials will be the custodians of all government land also. KCR explained to his Cabinet colleagues about the main objective of the new Revenue Act and said that it would put a check on the growing encroachments of lands by land grabbers and reduce legal battle on land rights. This law will also help in punishing the encroachers. The Cabinet also approved the Telangana Municipality Act-2019 (Amendment), Panchayat Raj and Rural Development - Transfer of Non-Agricultural Property Act - 2018 (Amendment), Telangana GST Amendment Act 2017, Telangana State Private Universities Amendment Ordinance-2020, Telangana State Disaster and Public Health Emergency Ordinance-2020 , Telangana Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Bill-2020, TS BiPASS Bill and Telangana Civil Courts Amendment Act1972 . Among other decisions were to give nod to the administrative sanction of the funds required for the demolition of the existing Secretariat buildings and inclusion of 17 castes in the BC category based on the recommendations made by the BC Commission. Don’t brand Registrations put on hold for now us as corrupt: H N S VROs ANS HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Telangana VROs Association has welcomed the State government's decision to scrap the village revenue administration system but asked the government to utilise their services in the revenue department only. Taking strong objection to branding them as corrupt officials, VROs said the government had the powers to bring in reforms as it deems ﬁt but should not brand them as corrupt. Continued on Page 5 EWS ERVICE Hyderabad: In a major move ahead of the transfer of powers of the Sub Registrars to the Revenue Officials, the government on Monday stopped the land registration services indefinitely across the state from Tuesday. The Stamps and Registrations department was instructed to conﬁne only to extending the services of registration of will deeds, marriage and franking services. The top officials said that government will incur a loss of Rs 8 crore to Rs 10 crore per day due to the closure of Last Day: Landowners waiting for their turn to register properties as the government ordered to put on hold registrations indeﬁnitely, in Hyderabad on Monday land registration services. "Stopping the registrations is a big move ahead of the restructuring of the entire Stamps and Regis- trations department. The department is one of the major revenue-generating departments. Continued on Page 5 Centre gives Kangana Y+ security; actor says no one can crush a patriot New Delhi/ Shimla (PTI): Kangana Ranaut has been given Y-plus category security and will be protected by about 10 armed commandos, the Union Home Ministry said on Monday, prompting the Bollywood actor to thank Home Minister Amit Shah and declare that no one could crush a patriot. The decision to provide 24X7 security comes two days before Ranaut, who is in her home state Himachal Pradesh and had likened Mumbai to Pakistan occupied Kashmir, plans to visit Mumbai on September 9. Ranaut, whose comments led to a spat with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, had said she felt unsafe in Mumbai after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and also spoke of drug use in a section of the ﬁlm industry. Describing the “Queen” star as a daughter of Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur issued a video statement on Monday welcoming the decision to provide her with CRPF security. He said the Central and the state governments are providing security to the actor and would do whatever necessary for her security. “I Thank you Amit Shah have got information that an 11-member commando team of the CRPF has been provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs for her security yesterday. I welcome this decision and also express my gratitude to union home minister... her security is important for us,” he said. A Union Home ministry official explained that Y-plus category central cover entails the deployment of about 10 armed commandos who will work in shifts around the clock, he explained. Ranaut, often in the eye of the storm for her provocative comments, went on Twitter to express gratitude for the security being provided to her. "This shows that no one can crush a patriot in the country. I am thankful to Home Minister Amit Shah," she said. "Had he (Amit Shah) wanted, he would have told me to visit Mumbai later but he respected India's daughter and acknowledged my self-respect. Jai Hind," Ranaut added. An ambulance at Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's residence, in Manali on Monday. A police team and a health team have been deployed outside her residence in view of protests against her over her statements after actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death
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