VOL. 6 | NO. 126 | WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2020 | KHAMMAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: A few tstorms. Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 76% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:10 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS KCR launching national party? PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Is the TRS making silent moves towards entering national politics? Though the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that there was no such proposal for the present, political circles feel that the pink party was slowly moving in that direction. One of the reasons for such speculations is the decision of the TRS to open a party office Slovenia's Primoz Roglic, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after stage 16 of the Tour de France cycling race over 164 kilometers (102 miles) from La Tourdu-Pin to Villard-de-Lans in France on Tuesday Ayodhya temple trust gets back fraudulently withdrawn `6L Ayodhya (IANS): The State Bank of India (SBI) has refunded Rs 6 lakh which was fraudulently withdrawn from the account of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust last week. This was the second cyber-attack on the Ayodhya temple trust in four months. Secretary of Ram Mandir Trust, Champat Rai, said he had written to the bank demanding refund of money, fraudulently withdrawn from the account. Manager of SBI Ayodhya branch, Priyanshu Sharma, said, "The fraudsters had produced cloned cheques at the Punjab National Bank (PNB). We have refunded the amount to the temple trust's bank account and will recover the money from the PNB." The trust has conﬁrmed the refund. The amount was withdrawn through two cloned cheques with forged signatures of trustees over a 10-day span before the scam was busted during veriﬁcation of a third fake cheque at the SBI clearing house in Lucknow last week. SPORTS Thomas and Uber Cup postponed, BAI supports BWF's decision P8 /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Pink party readying to pitch its ﬂag in Delhi in Delhi. It could even the head office of the TRS once it takes the form of a national party. Sources said that they had zeroed in on a suitable piece of land near Vasant Vihar in South Delhi for the party office. KCR is said to be in the process of finalising the design of the new building. This may resemble the design of Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad. KCR, according to sources, has asked his party MPs to get necessary clear- ances and permissions for the construction of the new building including permission from the Lok Sabha secretariat before the present session adjourns sine die. This becomes necessary since the Union government allots land for party offices based on the party strength. As per the rules, any party which has a strength of 10 to 15 MPs, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha put together, would be allotted land measuring 500 square yards. The TRS has 15 MPs (9 Lok Sabha and 6 Rajya Sabha). Based on this, the TRS has been allotted 500 square yards. The party has China in illegal occupation of 38,000 sq km of land: Rajnath New Delhi (IANS): China is in illegal occupation of 38,000 square km of Indian land and it considers another 90,000 square km as its own, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on Tuesday, adding that the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not clearly delineated. The Defence Minister said that China has tried to disrupt the ground situation in May and June and it led to India's response. "We have told China that such incidents won't be acceptable to us," Rajnath said. China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq km in the Union Territory of Ladakh. In addition, under the so-called SinoPakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to China. China also claims approximately 90,000 sq km of Indian territory in the eastern sector of the India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh, the minister said. China does not accept the customary and traditional alignment of the ‘China moving troops in depth areas opposite Arunachal’ Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi on Tuesday boundary between India and China. "We believe that this alignment is based on well-established geographical principles confirmed by treaties and agreements, as well as historical usage and practice, well-known for centuries to both sides," the minister said. The two countries had engaged in discussions during the 1950s and 60s but these efforts could not yield a mutually acceptable solution. Both India and China have formally agreed that the boundary question is a complex issue which requires patience and have committed to seeking a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution through dialogue and peaceful negotiations. In the interim, the two sides also agree that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an essential basis for the further development of bilateral relations. The Defence Minister said as yet there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control in the border areas between India and China and there is no common perception of the entire LAC. Therefore, in order to ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas, especially along the LAC, the two countries have concluded a number of agreements and protocols. New Delhi (ANI): After the Chinese Army's attempts to occupy dormant heights in Southern Pangong Tso area were foiled by the Indian security forces, Indian agencies are keeping a close watch on their movements opposite other sectors, especially Arunachal Pradesh, where the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been moving troops in the depth areas. "A strict vigil is being maintained in almost all the sectors with China from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh as the Chinese suffered a setback in the southern Pangong Tso area and may try to make fresh attempts to ingress into newer dormant areas," government sources told ANI. In the Arunachal Pradesh sector, the Indian security forces have been keeping a close watch on Chinese mili- tary movements in the areas opposite the Asaphila area, and also opposite the Tuting axis and the Fish Tail-2 area, they said. Sources said the movement of Chinese troops in their depth areas (around 20 km from LAC) has been seen in the last few days using the roads built by them in the area where they have built infrastructure through glaciated areas as well. An IAF transport aircraft C17 brings in essentials supplies at a base in Ladakh on Tuesday, as the security forces gear up for winter amid tensions at the LAC suite to meet the accommodation requirements of the party president is also proposed to be provided. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister has of late sharpened his criticism against the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also said that he would join hands with the like-minded parties in fighting for GST dues. All this points towards his decision to foray into national politics, sources add. India beats China to win election to UN panel on women United Nations (PTI): In a signiﬁcant victory, India got elected as Member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global body focussed on gender equality and women empowerment, beating China in a hotly-contested election. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 54member ECOSOC, holding the ﬁrst plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on Monday, held elections for two seats in the Asia-Paciﬁc States category with Afghanistan, India and China in the fray. Afghanistan, which is led by Ambassador Adela Raz at the UN, garnered 39 votes and India got 38 votes of the 54 ballots cast. China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, got only 27 votes and could not even cross the half-way mark and also failed to get the required majority of 28 votes. “India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body! India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It's a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support,” India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted. Assembly to adjourn sine die today TS rejects Centre’s Electricity Amendment Bill HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The ongoing monsoon session of the Assembly will adjourn sine die on Wednesday as against the earlier decision of holding the session till September 28. This decision was taken at the special meeting of the floor leaders held on Tuesday. The Speaker explained to the members that about 50 officials, who have been attending the Assembly HANS NEWS SERVICE session belonging to the Assembly secretariat and other government officials, are said to have tested Covid positive. All floor leaders also felt that it would be better if the Assembly session was curtailed. Hence Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said the Assembly would take up the listed discussion on the GHMC on Wednesday and would adjourn sine die. This discussion assumes importance since the GHMC elections are scheduled to be held early next year. This would provide a platform for the government to showcase its achievements, including widening of the roads, despite Corona pandemic and other developmental activities taken up by the GHMC. MAUD Minister K T Rama Rao will give the reply to the debate and the issues raised by the Opposition members. Hyderabad: The state government on Tuesday opposed the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill by the Centre. Calling the proposed Bill as draconian, anti-people, anti-farmer and against the federal spirit of the Constitution, the state Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the Bill. Intervening in the short discussion on power, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that this Bill if passed will be snatching away the powers of the Facebook grants `32cr to help 3,000 small biz New Delhi (IANS): Facebook India on Tuesday announced a grant of $4.3 million (Rs 32 crore) for more than 3,000 small businesses in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The grant, that includes both cash and ad credits with cash constituting a larger share, is part of a $100 million global grant for small businesses Facebook announced in March this year as Covid-19 pandemic began to spread globally. "The grant programme is open to small businesses from all industries and verticals, and businesses do not need to have a Facebook family of apps presence in order to apply. They are also free to do what they wish to do with this grant," Ajit Mohan, MD and VP, Facebook India, sent a request to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) , the official agency, to look after the allotment of land, to give additional land so that the party can build a palatial party office. The party was also ready to pay the cost of additional land. It is learnt that the party wants to construct party office along with big dormitories to provide accommodation to thoe party workers and leaders who would go to Delhi for various reasons. A big media conference room with modern equipment to meet the requirements of the national media and a special said in a statement. Facebook and Instagram also launched capabilities for businesses to drive the discovery and sale of Gift Cards. "Gift cards will help small businesses reach more potential customers online. They will also help small businesses to get cash ﬂow when they need it the most, and even when physical stores might be shut," Mohan said. Conﬁguring gift cards on Facebook and Instagram is free for businesses. Facebook also released India ﬁndings of the 'State of Small Business Report', an ongoing research collaboration between Facebook, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank to survey SMBs globally, including India, in the context of Covid-19. According to the survey, more than a third of operational SMBs on Facebook India expect cash ﬂow to be a challenge in the next few months. Nearly 41 per cent of operational SMBs on Facebook India reported that at least a quarter of their sales are made digitally. More than half of operational SMBs on Facebook India also said they feel optimistic about the future of their business. According to Facebook, 180 million small businesses globally use the Facebook family of apps to reach potential customers and build their business. It means, for every 45 people in the world, there is a small business present on the Facebook family of apps. "The 60 million small businesses in India are a key growth driver for the economy, fueling innovation and disruptive business models," Mohan noted. The social media giant in April announced to pour in Rs 43,574 crore for a 9.99 per cent slice in Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)-led Jio Platforms, underlining its commitment to India and especially small businesses. states. He said in a federal setup, the Centre should go in for more and more of decentralisation of powers but here it was trying to centralise all powers. He said in the past to the governments had taken away some of the powers from the states and wanted to rein them but this Bill was more dangerous than those efforts. If it is adopted, there will be no cross-subsidies, load dispatch authority will go to New Delhi, states will have no say in constituting ERC, future of discoms will be at risk and so also scores of employees working would be at risk as private players will rule the roost. The Centre wants to give power sector on a platter to the private players, KCR said. This new reform will be a big setback for states like Telangana. It will not be possible to give 24 hours free and uninterrupted power to farmers. Centre's Bill proposes ﬁxation of meter for every farmer's power connection and to monitor reading. An additional Rs 700 crore burden will be there to ﬁx meters for 26 lakh connections, he pointed out. The states will have to buy power as per their directions. If not followed they will have to pay a ﬁne of 50 paise to Rs 2 per unit on the states. Further, KCR said that many states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi are on the same page as Telangana. KCR said that he has already spoken to CMs of these states on how to go about on this issue and exert pressure on the Centre.
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