VOL. 10 | NO. 79 | SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 2020 | WARANGAL | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: More sun than clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 68% Sunrise: 06:02 Sunset: 05:57 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H India successfully test fires N-capable Shaurya missile Balasore (Odisha): India on Saturday successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable hypersonic missile 'Shaurya' with a strike range of around 1,000 km from a test range in Odisha, defence sources said. 'Shaurya', which is the land variant of Indias K-15 missile, has a strike range of 700 km to 1000 km and is capable of carrying payloads of 200 kg to 1,000 kg, the sources said. Draft voters’ list to begin from Nov 1 HANS NEWS SERVICE PM Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur and others during the inauguration of Atal Tunnel in Manali on Saturday. (Inset) Modi inaugurating the tunnel PM opens Atal Tunnel INDIA’S BORDER INFRA GETS A SHOT IN THE ARM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh’s Rohtang, which connects Solang Valley near Manali to Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti district. Atal Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in the world (9.02-km), built at an altitude of 3,000 meters. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane. The tunnel cuts through a mountain west of the Rohtang La and will now SALIENT FEATURES S 9.02-km Atal Tunnel passes thru Rohtang pass S It is the longest highway tunnel in the World S It connects Manali with Lahaul-Spiti valley S It is horseshoe-shaped, single tube double lane tunnel S The tunnel is built at an altitude of 10,171 feet S It has emergency route under the main tunnel S Telephone facility available at every 150 meters shorten the distance between the two points by around 46 km. What was a nearly 4-hour journey will now take around 15 minutes. The double-lane tunnel can handle around 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks per day, with a maximum speed of 80 km per hour. Launching the tunnel, Modi said, “Atal Tunnel will give new strength to India’s border infrastructure. It is an example of world-class border connectivity. There have been demands to improve border infrastructure but for a long time, such projects either couldn’t get out of the plan- ning stage or got stuck midway. Connectivity has a direct connection with development. Connectivity in border areas is directly related to security issues.” The Prime Minister said that such border connectivity projects will also aid the security forces in ensuring regular supplies to them and in their patrolling. “Atal Ji laid the foundation stone of approach road of this tunnel in 2002. Till 2013-2014, progress was made only on 1,300 meters of this tunnel. After 2014, the project progressed with an unprecedented pace. Continued on Page 4 Farmer Koteshwara Rao Reaping rich from horticulture ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: Notwithstanding the huge potential of horticultural crops, a majority of farmers still stuck to traditional crops and age-old cropping patterns. Farmers in Warangal Rural district, who identiﬁed the need for shifting from traditional crops to fruits and vegetables, have a massive success by doubling their income. Thanks to the special impetus shown by Rural District Collector M Haritha that led to a largescale increase in the production of horticultural crops in the region. This year the farmers have taken up cultivation of horticulture crops in 51,868 acres - fruits 10,506 acres, vegetables 8,433 acres, chilli 14,579 acres, turmeric 16,750 acres, ﬂowers 313 acres, plantation 1,037 and mulberry 250 acres. In all, 29,922 farmers have taken up horticulture crops. Bommineni Raja Ranga Reddy of Elukurthy village under Geesukonda mandal who has ﬁve acres used to cultivate maize in the past. Against this backdrop, Reddy erected a permanent pandal system in his ﬁeld. He adapted drip irrigation and mulching with the help of the Horticulture Department to cultivate ridge gourd and bitter gourd in his ﬁve acres. In all, Reddy had to invest Rs 5 lakh which includes costs of seed, fertilisers, pesticides, mulching and labour charges. In return, Reddy earned Rs 13 lakh after harvesting both the crops. He had a net proﬁt of Rs 8 lakh after subtracting investment. Reddy said, “I never earned more than Rs 2 lakh when I cultivated maize in my ﬁeld.” Continued on Page 4 Trump on Remdesivir therapy in military hosp Washington: President Trump was ﬂown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday less than 24 hours after announcing he and ﬁrst lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19. It's the most serious health crisis a President has faced since President Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. The White House physician said on Friday that the President is "doing well" and has not required supplemental oxygen. He said Trump started treatment with Remdesivir, a drug that has shortened the recovery time for some patients with the virus. Trump tweeted an update from the hospital, where the White House says he will spend the next few days. "Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!" he wrote late on Friday. White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said earlier that Trump had "mild symptoms" and was being transferred to Walter Reed "out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts." Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: The State Election Commission would start preparing a draft integrated voters' list from November 1 onwards. Announcing the schedule, Additional Commissioner S Pankaj said the total number of polling stations is 15. Assembly constituencies in Hyderabad district were 3,977 and total number of locations was 1,586. As per the ﬁnal rolls published on February 7, 2020, the total voters in the Hyderabad city were 42,37,190. The officials would be completing the rationalization, change of boundaries and approval of ﬁnal polling centres by October 31. According to the officials, the process of preparing the draft voters' list would start from November 1 and would continue till November 15. The EC would be publishing the integrated draft electoral rolls on November 16. Claims and objections would be accepted between November 16 and December 15. Continued on Page 4 Gandhis meet victim’s family, demand justice S Cops permit only S S 5-member team to visit Hathras Media allowed after SIT completed its investigation Top officials meet kin of the deceased in the village New Delhi: It is the Uttar Pradesh government's responsibility to protect the family of the alleged gangrape victim, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after meeting with the family in Hathras. Gandhis said they would fight till justice was done in the case. Rahul Gandhi, along with party general secretary and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, spoke with the family of the 20-yearold Dalit woman who died in Delhi after allegedly being gangraped and tortured in Hathras. The woman's body was then cremated in the dead of night by the police in a secretive ceremony. Earlier the Noida police allowed only five members to go to Hathras via Noida considering the restrictions imposed under CrPC Section 144. Continued on Page 4 Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at Delhi-Noida border as she attempts to move towards Hathras to meet family members of the 19-year-old woman who died after she was allegedly gang-raped, in Noida on Saturday Yogi recommends CBI probe Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday recommended a CBI probe into the death of a 19year-old Dalit woman who was allegedly gangraped in Hathras, officials said. The development comes within hours of Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi and Director General of Police H C Awasthi meeting the victim's family at her home. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered that a probe should be done by the CBI into the complete Hathras case,” the chief minister's office tweeted. Reacting to the announcement, the family members of the victim said they want a Supreme Courtmonitored inquiry.
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