VOL. 10 | NO. 86 | SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2020 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 16 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thundershowers. Broken clouds. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 64% Sunrise: 06:08 Sunset: 05:57 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Cabinet nod to tweak GHMC Act Decides to set up 6,000 paddy procurement centres HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Telangana Cabinet on Saturday made amendments to the GHMC Act of 1955 allowing 50 percent representation to women in the GHMC Governing Body. The Cabinet has also Officials present a mask to a vegetable vendor during 'Mask Enforcement Day' as part of an initiative by the State Government to curb COVID-19 spread, in Agartala on Saturday BARC scientist goes missing from Mysuru Mysuru: A 24-year-old scientist working in the Rare Materials Project at the Bhabha Atomic Research Institute near Mysuru has gone missing for the last four days, the police said. Assistant Scientiﬁc Officer Gulla Abhisheka Reddy, 24, was a resident of Cauvery Layout (New Janata Colony) at Yelawala in Mysuru. Reddy had moved to Mysuru from Chitturu district in Andhra Pradesh a year ago after he secured a job at BARC, 15 km from Mysuru. The police suspect that since he was allegedly suffering from depression and migraine, he left without informing anyone. CBI takes over Hathras probe New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will take over the investigation into the alleged gang rape and murder of the 19year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, the crime which has sparked protests and outrage across the country, the Centre said in a notification on Saturday. Officials said the central agency is likely to register an FIR by Sunday. The CBI will re-register the FIR filed by the state police and then begin investigations according to procedure. India warns against Pak attempts to disrupt NAM United Nations: Calling out Pakistan's attempts to disrupt the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), India has warned that it will slide to irrelevance and be shut out of global decision-making if attempts were made to divide it by venting bilateral grievances. Continued on P4 approved amendments to the functioning of ward committees and reservation of wards. Also, the Cabinet made an amendment to the NALA (Non-Agricultural Lands Assessment) Act. In the new Revenue Act amendments (no human interference) were suggested to ensure that relevant authority should not abuse his discretionary powers in the conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural land. The Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has decided to amend the law to make it easier for ‘Talks with China won’t help’ US NSA advises India on Ladakh standoff Washington: China has ‘attempted to seize’ control of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India ‘by force’ as part of its territorial aggression, US' National Security Adviser has said, underlining that time has come to accept that dialogue and agreements will not persuade Beijing to change. India and China are locked in a ﬁve-month-long tense standoff in eastern DRAGON DEPLOYED 60K SOLDIERS AT LAC: POMPEO Ladakh that has signiﬁcantly strained relations between New Delhi and Beijing. Both sides have held a series of high-level diplomatic and military talks to resolve the border row. Continued on Page 4 Centre draws new roadmap to boost women’s safety Zero FIR, dying declaration, probe in 2 months a must New Delhi: Amid rising cases of crimes against women in the country and the uproar over the Hathras gangrape and murder, the Centre has issued a fresh advisory to states and UTs reiterating existing guidelines on women’s safety. In the advisory, the Ministry of Home Affairs said action must be taken by the police in cases of crimes against women, adding probe into rape cases must be completed within two months as per law and that dying declaration of a victim can’t be discarded merely because it has not been recorded by a magistrate. The detailed three-page advisory came days after the gangrape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit woman at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, which sparked nationwide outrage. The MHA said there should be compulsory registration of an FIR in case of a cognisable offence under the CrPC, and any failure of the police to adhere to laid- File Photo down rules does not augur well for the delivery of justice. The law also enables the police to register an FIR or a “Zero FIR”, in case the crime is committed outside the jurisdiction of the police station, in the event of receipt of the information on the commission of a cognisable offence, which includes cases of sexual assault on women, the ministry said. “However, even with stringent provisions in law and several capacity-building measures undertaken, any failure of police to adhere to these mandatory requirements may not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in the context of women safety,” it said. “Such lapses, if noticed, need to be investigated into and stringent action taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the same,” the advisory to states and Union Territory administrations said. States and Union Territories have also been requested to monitor cases on Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offenses (ITSSO) to ensure that appropriate action is taken on the charge sheet in a time bound manner as required by law. DRDO’s Rustom-2 drone takes off New Delhi: Overcoming the initial programme setbacks, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has ﬂight tested the Rustom-2 medium altitude long endurance indigenous prototype drone and achieved eight hours of ﬂying at an altitude of 16000 feet at Chitradurga, Karnataka. The prototype is expected to achieve a height of 26000 feet and endurance of 18 hours by 2020 end. Rustom-2 is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads depending on the mission objectives including synthetic INDIA GOES FOR ARMED HERON Rustom-2. The medium altitude long endurance indigenous prototype drone aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems and situational awareness systems. It has a satellite communication link to relay situation in the battle theatre citizens to apply online by providing relevant details through the Dharani portal. Also, the Cabinet approved minor amendments to the Registrations Act. The Cabinet has decided to extend the deadline for online registration of assets in the state for another 10 days, i.e. till October 20. The Cabinet discussed the issues of the agricultural sector comprehensively. It was earlier decided to procure paddy directly from farmers in the villages during the initial days of corona. It was again decided to procure paddy in villages in view of the past experiences without any difficulty to the farmers. In this connection, it has been decided to on real time basis. “The Rustom-2 had one hour of fuel left after eight hours of test ﬂying at Challakere aeronautical test range in Chitradurga district of Karanataka and had achieved the test ﬂight ceiling,” said a senior official. While the DRDO expects Rustom-2 surveillance drone to match the speciﬁcations of the Israeli Heron unmanned aerial vehicle used by the Indian Air Force and Navy, it has revitalized its drone program with a new mission head and objectives. The push to Rustom-2 program was given after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to occupy Indian territory in Ladakh on the basis of a 1959 cartographical claim on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: China has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers on India’s northern border, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said, in further signs that a deadly military standoff between the world’s two most populous countries is far from cooling down. Cont’d on P4 set up 6,000-paddy collection centres to buy the produce. However, the Cabinet asked the farmers to ensure that the moisture content of paddy does not exceed 17 percent. The Cabinet discussed the issue of maize to be cultivated in the state in the coming season. The Cabinet also expressed concern over the non-availability of minimum support price for maize. The Cabinet expressed concern over the Central government's decisions which would affect minimum support price for crops, especially the maize crop. The Cabinet also discussed the Integrated Township Policy under the HMDA. Jawahar Reddy takes charge as EO of TTD HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: K S Jawahar Reddy, who was appointed as the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer, took charge on Saturday. TTD Additional EO AV Dharma Reddy handed over the charge to KS Jawahar Reddy at Ranganayaka Mandapam. Retired TSRTC staff seek CCS savings balm HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Nearly 15,000 retired employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) are waiting to get their savings which they deposited in the Credit Cooperative Society (CCS). Those in service used to get loans from the CCS but that has also been stopped from January 2020. This is what the TSRTC union leaders are complaining. They allege that the corporation had utilised the money deducted from the salaries of the employees for other purposes. The RTC employees contribute about 6 per cent of their basic salary in CCS. There are about 48,000 members in CCS. The CCS was set up in 1952. According to Union leaders, the amount deposited by retired employees was around Rs 1,100 crore and another Rs 350 crore was under ﬁxed de- S S RTC employees contribute 6% of their basic salary to Credit Cooperative Society Employees to obtain loans from CCS at nominal interest posits. The employees prefer to take loans from the CCS as the interest rates are much less than bank interests and in case of death of the member, the loan amount gets waived off. Union leaders said the management provides Rs 4.5 crore as interest every month but for the last two to three months the management, it is said, had not deposited the interest money. Many employees have died during the last couple of months and it is said that most of their families did not get the money. Continued on Page 4
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