VISAKHAPATNAM l MONDAY l MAY 21, 2018 l `4.00 l PAGES 30 l LATE CITY EDITION CHINA STARTS LARGE-SCALE MINING NEAR ARUNACHAL HUGE TROVE OF GOLD AND SILVER China has begun a massive mining project on its side of the border, where a huge trove of precious minerals has been found, a report said on Sunday SENSITIVE LOCATION TO BOTHER INDIA South China Morning Post reported that the mining project is being undertaken in Lhunze county, near the Indian border. A huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals has been found there, and the scale of mining activity in Lhunze had surpassed that of all other areas in Tibet, it added. P9 ■ ■ “People familiar with the project say the mines are part of an ambitious plan by Beijing to reclaim South Tibet,” the report said. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet Power lines and communication networks have been set up, and work is on to build an airport for passenger jets $60 bn ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE PRECIOUS MINERALS NEAR CHINA BORDER 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 ■ KALABURAGI All TTD jewels safe, nothing missing, clarifies EO EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirupati REFUTING former Tirumala Temple chief priest AV Ramana Deekshitulu’s allegation that a pink diamond had gone missing from the jewellery donated to the temple, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal on Sunday asserted all jewels noted in the Tiruvabharanam register were “safe and sound”. “In fact, it wasn’t a diamond at all... just a ruby,” he told mediapersons at Tirupati. He added that the broken pieces of the ruby were with the TTD and cited Justice M Jagannadha Rao Committee’s report to prove his point. “It fell down during Garuda Seva when devotees threw coins at the utsava murthy (processional deity). AV Ramana Deekshitulu noticed it had fallen down and the pieces were retrieved during a search conducted,” he explained. FUEL SHOCK Karnataka Chief Minister-elect H D Kumaraswamy coming out of the Ranganathar temple after worshipping in Srirangam, Tiruchy on Sunday | M K ASHOK KUMAR Day after, rush for berth begins Talks for ministry formation in full swing; Kumaraswamy to consult Sonia, Rahul ALLIES GET CRACKING ON TEAM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru MINISTRY formation could turn out to be a ticklish challenge for the leadership of the Congress and JD(S) with too many aspirants wanting to make the best of coalition compulsions. The H D Kumaraswamy government is likely to have two Deputy Chief Ministers and the Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s demand for a minimum of five berths for the community including a Dy CM post has added to the worries of Kumaraswamy, who is set to finalise the composition of the ministry during his talks with Congress top brass Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday . Kumaraswamy held talks with JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Sunday morning in this regard even as AICC leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, K C Venugopal, former CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwara had discussions among themselves at a hotel in the city . The Congress is set to have a majority share of 18- 20 in the 34-member ministry and JD(S) would have to settle for about 14 as the Congress is the bigger partner and the party has offered the CM post to JD(S). The compulsions of striking a caste and regional balance are likely to force the coalition partners to have two posts of Dy CM. While Parameshwara is almost certain to get one, there is a strong demand from Congress leaders from northern Karnataka to get a DyCM post, preferably from the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community . “We have received demand for having two Dy CM posts. Party high command will take a final call on this,” Parameshwara said after meeting with party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Venugopal and Ashok Gehlot. According to party sources, M B Patil, S R Patil and H K Patil are the front-runners for the second Dy CM post. Meanwhile, the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha has stepped in to bat for a fair share for the community in the ministry Mahasab. ha has demanded at least five berths. No rotational chief ministership. Kumaraswamy to be CM for full term Ministry likely to have 2 Dy CMs. KPCC chief G Parameshwara, a Dalit, and M B Patil, a prominent Lingayat face in Congress are frontrunners Congress to have a majority of berths in 34-member ministry Congress wants Siddaramaiah to be in ministry, but he is not keen Kumaraswamy, brother Revanna from JD(S) and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, K C Venugopal, D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah from Congress part of talks on ministry formation Kumaraswamy to meet Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Monday to finalise details Kumaraswamy likely to keep Finance and Intelligence Petrol price hits all-time high EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GOVERNMENT-owned oil firms continued to jack up fuel prices for the seventh straight day on Sunday, pushing petrol and diesel prices to levels not seen before. In Delhi, petrol was sold at `76.24 a litre — an increase of 33 paise — the highest since the daily price revision came into force in mid-June 2017. Diesel price rose 26 paise to `67.57 a litre, according to price notification issued by oil firms. At `84.07, Mumbai is the worst-hit in terms of petrol prices owing to higher local taxes. Kolkata and Chennai are relatively better off as prices have not yet breached the `80-mark. Prices in these cities stand at `78.91 and `79.13 per litre, respectively Goa capital Panjim is the cheapest . city in India for fuel where petrol costs only `70.26.Port Blair is the cheapest place for diesel, at `63.35 a litre. Rates vary from state to state depending on local sales tax. Notably oil companies had refrained from in, creasing fuel prices for as many as 19 days in the run-up to the Karnataka elections, absorbing the huge burden arising from increase in international crude prices. According to rough estimates, oil firms may have lost about `500 crore a day due to the spike in international rates. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH CALM AFTER THE STORM “The guns have fallen silent,” BSF spokesman Manoj Yadav said on Sunday, adding that the entire 190-km stretch of the International Border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir was calm F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Pakistan Rangers on Sunday pleaded that Indian forces stop firing at their posts, a day after one of their men was killed in precision firing by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, BSF spokesman Manoj Yadav said. After unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani troops left two border guards dead and another injured in a week, the BSF responded with precision firing at the Pakistani force’s locations across the border for three con- secutive days, the spokesman explained, adding that the BSF on Saturday hit its mark, killing one of the Pakistan Rangers in the Chicken Neck area of Akhnoor sector. “Our precision firing inflicted heavy losses... The Pakistan Rangers called up the Jammu BSF formation today, beseeched that we stop firing along the IB, and pleaded for a ceasefire,” Yadav said on Sunday, adding that throughout the day there was no , firing or mortar shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB. “The guns have fallen silent.” The BSF also released a 19-sec- ond clip, with thermal-imagery footage, showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border. However, it did not disclose in which sector the picket was destroyed. Schools along the border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, which were closed last Friday, would reopen on Monday, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Arun Manhas said. A BSF man and four civilians were killed and about 13 people injured on Friday in heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in R S Pura and Arnia sectors. Man arrested for killing girlfriend Visakhapatnam: Ending the mystery behind a woman’s death at Narava two weeks back, Visakhapatnam police on Sunday said her boyfriend killed her. R Satish, 27, from Devarapalli mandal allegedly murdered K Sujatha, 32, a native of Kurnool and resident of Visakhapatnam, so that he could get married to someone else. Pendurthi police have arrested the accused. P3 Sujatha is survived by two children. For heart diseases COSTLIEST DISEASES l Cancer l Heart disease l Gastro-intestinal disorders l Neurological and musco-skeleton conditions l Jaundice l Diabetes l Respiratory diseases l Tuberculosis Source: International Institute of Population Sciences Nipah confirmed in Kerala, death toll now 5 THE Heath Department on Sunday confirmed that the death three persons of a family at Perambra in Kozhikode was due to an infection by the rare Nipah virus. The announcement came after samples of body fluids from the deceased were tested at the National Institute of Virology Pune. , The lab report, which confirmed the presence of Nipah virus in blood and Pakistan Rangers ‘plead’ with Indian troops to hold fire after BSF gives solid pounding 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) RARE-VIRUS SCARE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kozhikode AV Ramana Deekshitulu, who retired recently, on Sunday sought a CBI probe to ensure that all donations made to the Tirumala Temple were intact. He believes that a pink diamond given to the temple is lost. Visakhapatnam: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Sunday said his party would contest in all 175 constituencies in the 2019 general elections. “I am not a puppet or robot acting on somebody’s will... I came into politics after a decade long study, clear vision and principles. Like Anna Hazare and other leaders, Jana Sena Party wants to bring a corruption-free government to AP,” he said during P5 a public address in Srikakulam. L 57,232 L 40,947 For cancer Former chief priest wants CBI probe ‘Jana Sena will contest all 175 seats’ Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are pushing millions of Indians into extreme poverty, says a new study. Expensive treatment forces people to resort to distress financing like selling property or borrowing money, keeping them in perpetual indebtedness | P9 L 19,210 Committee have in the past reported that all donated ornaments, as mentioned in the Tiruvabharanam register of 1952, were safe. To prove Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’s transparency, temple ornaments should be put on display for the public, he opined, but quickly added that if the suggestion was against Agama Shastra, then the images of their 3D models should be put up on the TTD’s website and P5 museum. EXPRESS READ Rising med bills push India into poverty Avg cost of hospitalisation Singhal elaborated that the necklace in which the ruby was embedded was donated by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1945 and the price of the precious stone was `50 at the time. Former TTD EO IYR Krishna Rao submitted a report to the state government in 2010 stating that the broken stone was a ruby and not a pink diamond as claimed, he said while producing a photograph of the precious stone. Justice Wadhwa Committee and Justice M Jagannadha Rao other fluids collected from the victims’ brains, reached the health department on Sunday evening. They were taken from Muhammad Salih (26), his brother Muhammad Sabith (23) and their paternal aunt Mariyam (50) — all from Perambra. Meanwhile, the death toll due to the virus rose to five and the condition of nine infected persons at various hospitals in the district remains criti- cal. Of the nine, seven are in an isolation ward at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. Ismael (49) and Velayudhan (48), who were undergoing treatment for a week, died on Sunday morning. Additional District Medical Officer Dr Asha Devi said Ismael got infected after coming in contact with Sabith, while Velayudhan had no contact with any infected persons. FLICKER OF HOPE Collector Karthikeya Mishra and Ramapachodavaram MLA Rajeshwari give cheques to the families of people who died when a boat capsized in the Godavari on May 15, at Anguluru in East Godavari district on Sunday | EXPRESS Govt turns blind eye as politico runs aqua pond, kiln on land allotted for edu projects E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kakinada THE Endowments Department remains a mute spectator even as lands belonging to Malladi Satyalingam Naicker (MSN) Charities in East Godavari district continues to be encroached by many including politicians. , MSN Charities has donated 1,258 acres of land to various establishments for educational projects since 1919. A politician who was given land to set up educational institutions pays a measly `16 per acre per annum to the charity organisation through the department when the market rate is between `30,000 and `35,000. Malladi Satyalingam Naicker’s life was a fairytale rags to riches story. Though he was born into a family of modest means in a small village named Korangi of East Godavari district, he died a rich man in Myanmar in 1915 with a successful shipping business to his credit. MSN Charities School Browbeating MSN Charities Parirakshana Samithi president alleged that the politico was suppressing attempts to get the land back and added that though writ petitions had been filed to raise the lease amount, nothing had changed, so far. Before his death, the philanthropist actively pushed for the strengthening of educational institutions. Naicker gave away 1,258 acres of agricultural land as a source of income to various schools. According to MSN Charities Parirakshana Samithi, which is waging a legal battle to protect the trust’s lands from encroachers, 248 acres at Kalavapadu in Tuni Mandal was taken over by Thota Varahala Venkata Narasimha Rao in 1944. At the time, the lease cost was `4,000 per annum. The amount remains the same to this day . “The Thota family makes lakhs of rupees using the lands every year. Aqua pond, brick kiln etc have been set up on the land allotted for educational projects,” committee president Presangi Adinarayana said. Repeated attempts to contact V Trinadha Rao, the regional joint director of East Godavari Endowments Department proved futile.
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