BELAGAVI FRIDAY MARCH 9, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION WINGS INDIA 2018 OFF TO A FLYING START IN HYD ‘AIR INDIA DIVESTMENT SOON’ The 4-day biennial event on civil aviation and aerospace will lay special emphasis on regional connectivity LATEST MEAN MACHINE IN TOWN Speaking at the event, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said the govt is soon likely to invite Expressions of Interest to begin the divestment process of national carrier Air India. He also urged State governments to reduce VAT on aviation fuel to make travel affordable ■ State-owned HAL brought in an upgraded 19-seater and showcased it to potential buyers (pic) ■ HAL also showcased the Dhruv Mk III, ZD-4165 helicopter ■ Both of them have been adapted for civilian use; the aircraft has been fitted with twin turboprop engine to boost mileage 19 seater AIRCRAFT IS BEING ADAPTED FOR CENTRE’S UDAN SCHEME CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Modi calls Naidu, ministers follow resignation script Hadiya wins on Women’s Day, SC restores her marriage CM briefs PM on rationale behind decision, BJP withdraws its ministers in Andhra govt K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi UPHOLDING the freedom of choice, the Supreme Court on Thursday set aside Kerala High Court order of annulling Hadiya’s marriage with Shafin Jahan and ruled that it is her choice to live with whoever she wishes to. The judgment came on the International Women’s Day and is in line with the apex court’s remarks over the previous hearings, when it had observed that Hadiya has the freedom to make her own marital choices and the courts cannot intervene in consensual marriage. The verdict has set aside the 2017 ruling by the Kerala High Court, which had given the custody of Hadiya to her faHadiya ther Ashokan. The High Court had also mentioned in its order that Hadiya was incapable of taking decisions relating to her marriage. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra maintained that Hadiya was free to live with whoever she wants and that it cannot allow state or any other party to make inroad into this extremely private space. “We are restoring Hadiya aka Akhila Ashokan’s marriage with Shafin Jahan as we interacted with Hadiya and found that she has exercised her free consent in getting married to Shafin,” the court said. The court while said, “Hadiya is at liberty to pursue her life and NIA will carry on investigation as per law into the so-called Kerala ‘love jihad’ case without interfering in Hadiya’s marriage.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada A TDP MP in a T-shirt that lists six of his party’s demands, protesting outside Parliament seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh | PTI WHY IS TDP WORKED UP Chandrababu Naidu is under pressure from Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief of the main Opposition YSRC, for accepting a special package in lieu of special status to the State Naidu has turned against the BJP so as to capture Opposition space by playing the victim card; hopes to closing the door for BJP-YSRC poll pact Jagan hammering the point of a tacit TDP-BJP understanding is hurting Naidu. And BJP is wary of Naidu’s past record of dumping allies Jagan is setting the agenda, saying his party will move no-trust motion against Modi govt; Naidu does not want to lose the initiative ACTING on instructions from party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the two TDP ministers in the Central government -- Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary — submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening. Later, speaking to reporters, the duo said they had resigned in protest against the refusal of the Centre to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. However, they clarified that they would continue to be part of the BJP-led NDA. To queries on their future course of action, Chowdary replied there was still time for the Budget session of Parliament to conclude and claimed the Prime Minister had assured them of the Centre’s continued support to the State. Their optimism notwithstanding, the rift between the two allies seems too wide to bridge. Their resignations were immediately accepted and significantly their resignations came , just a couple of hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Naidu. TDP leaders claimed Naidu had explained to him the reasons for his drastic action. N o n e t h e l e s s, p e r s u a s i o n wasn’t a part of the conversation. It was at best a parting courtesy Information and Pub. lic Relations Minister Kalava Srinivasulu revealed, after a late evening meeting with Naidu, that the Prime Minister had asked him to hold back resignations and come for talks. According to him, Naidu refused, citing “public sentiments”. In fact, the BJP acted faster after Naidu announced his decision late Wednesday night. The two BJP ministers in the Naidu cabinet, Kamineni Srini- vas and Manikyala Rao, submitted their resignation letters to the Chief Minister in the morning itself and headed straight to the nearby Guntur district where the new AIIMS is coming up with Central funding to “highlight how the Centre is helping the State.” Rao told TNIE, “the State government has several loopholes and is primarily responsible for the delay in executing Central projects. Now that we are no longer in the government, we will expose its true colours.” It’s more bravado than anything else since the TDP chief, who is under pressure ahead of the elections, primarily from Y There is still time for the Budget session of Parliament to conclude and the Prime Minister has assured us of the Centre’s continued support to the State Y S Chowdary, Minister of State for Science and Technology Soon, many flights from Hubballi P R A M O D K U M A R V A I D YA @ Hubballi Chief Minister Siddaramaiah releases the newly-proposed Karnataka flag at his office, in Bengaluru on Thursday | PUSHKAR V Karnataka ready with its flag, to seek Centre’s nod E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE state government has decided to have a separate flag for the state. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is now seeking the Centre’s approval to get constitutional sanctity for it. With this move, Siddaramaiah is looking to invoke the pride of Kannadigas ahead of the assembly election. Siddaramaiah unveiled the proposed tricolour flag on Thursday It has horizontal stripes in yellow, white and red . with the state emblem of ‘Gandabherunda’ in the middle in blue colour — as suggested by the flag committee headed by the Kannada and Culture department secretary . The state cabinet, which approved the decision to have a separate state flag, had authorised Siddaramaiah to evolve a consensus on its design. He met the leaders of pro-Kannada outfits, litterateurs and intellectuals on Thursday in this regard and they unanimously approved the flag. The flag with yellow at the top, white in the middle and red at the bottom stands for the spirit and values represented by the people of Karnataka. While yellow is reflective of harmony, white stands for peace and the red denotes courage. Siddaramaiah said he would soon write to the Union government seeking its approval. If approved by the Centre, Karnataka will be the second state in the country af, ter J&K, to have its own state flag. On the legal sanctity for the flag, CM said the Constitution does not bar any state from having its own state flag. IAS officer’s transfer put on hold after CAT notice E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hassan/Bengaluru IN a major embarrassment to the Siddaramaiah government, Hassan Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri’s transfer has been put on hold after Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) issued notice to the state government on Thursday. This is the second unsuccessful attempt by the state government in the last two months to transfer the IAS officer. P5 IN what could be a big boost for air connectivity from Hubballi, all the flight operators, who were awarded routes in the second round of UDAN bidding under affordable regional connectivity scheme, are in talks with the authorities of Hubballi Airport. If every thing goes as per the schedule, at least five more flights will fly from Hubballi within a month or two. After the new terminal building and expanded runway of Hubballi Airport were put into use, a lot of S Jagan Mohan Reddy chief of , the main Opposition YSRC, for accepting a special package in lieu of special status to the State, has already painted the saffron party as a traitor to the cause of AP . If his favourite whipping boy in the past was the Congress, the original sinner who divided the State, it is now the BJP and by playing the victim, he hopes to occupy the Opposition space while at the same time, closing the door for any chance of the saffron party aligning with the YSRC. There is simply no other option for him given Jagan’s ongoing campaign and the muchrumoured tacit understanding between him and the BJP P9 . expectations were there on improving the air connectivity from Hubballi. Though the introduction of a bigger aircraft - Airbus A319 - by Air India was considered as hallmark of inauguration of the upgraded airport, there was no clue about the additional air service, despite assurance by the authorities. Until then, only an ATR-72 flight of Alliance Air, the subsidiary of Air India, was operating from Hubballi. However, during bidding for the second round of UDAN (Ude Desh- WHO CONNECTS WHERE Alliance Air (Air India) to Hyderabad IndiGo Airlines to Ahemadabad, Chennai, Goa, Kochi and Kannur SpiceJet to Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune Star Air to New Delhi, Pune and Tirupati ka Aam Nagarik), nine routes were allotted to Hubballi among four operators. One among them, Air India, which is already operating from Hubballi, has been awarded the Hyderabad route. Other three low -cost air carriers - SpiceJet, IndiGo Airlines and Star Air - have got the other routes. But the biggest challenge fr Hubballi is whether the air services on all routes will run to their full capacity Sector experts say that ini. tially it would be a challenge for the operators. Once the operations stabilise, passengers of neighbouring towns and cities of Hubbaalli would start using the service, since the airfare will be attractive and affordable, they said. P4 Tejraj was angry over losing tenders BENGALURU: Anger and frustration over losing tenders for supply of furniture to government offices, and the Lokayukta closing petitions he had filed against those government departments prompted 33-year-old Tejraj Sharma to decide on murdering Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanath Shetty on Wednesday afternoon. This is what Tejraj stated to the police investigating the case, on Thursday . He was handed over to the CCB and will be in their custody for five days. ENS
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