HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 02, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION ATF PRICE CUT BY 14.7%; NOW CHEAPER THAN PETROL, DIESEL The cost of Aviation Turbine Fuel — used to power airplanes — was slashed by a record 14.7%, or `9,990 per kilolitre, on Tuesday BIGGEST SINGLE RATE CUT EVER YOUR BIKE/CAR FUEL IS MORE EXPENSIVE The recent revision, bringing the cost of ATF to `58,060.97 per kl, is the second straight monthly reduction in rates and the biggest single cut ever. On Dec 1, prices were slashed by 10.9%, or `8,327.83 per kl. The two consecutive reductions have brought rates to their lowest levels in a year, giving cash-strapped airlines much-needed relief ■ ■ ■ A litre of petrol, used in bikes and cars, costs `71.22 in Chennai, as compared to `58,060.97 per kl or `58.06 per litre for ATF Diesel, meanwhile costs `66.14 per litre (as on Tuesday) Retailers revise ATF rates on the 1st of every month based on average international oil rate and rupee-dollar exchange rates 19 paise DROP IN PETROL PRICE ON TUESDAY, DIESEL RATE CAME DOWN BY 20 PAISE 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 BJP like TRS will win with thumping majority, says Modi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE tion that Rao’s Federal Front had the backing of the BJP, Modi shot back that he had “no PRIME Minister Narendra idea” of the TRS supremo’s alModi on Tuesday obliquely liance strategies. “I have not compared Telangana Rashtra spared a thought for KCR’s Samithi (TRS) president K front. Naidu is in pain after the Chandrasekhar Rao to himself Telangana elections. It is natuand said the BJP would defeat ral that he makes such statethe Mahagathbandhan in the ments,” he said. Lok Sabha polls as the pink Union Finance Minister party had done the Grand Alli- Arun Jaitley too echoed simiance in the recent Aslar views at a function sembly elections. in Delhi and drew simDuring a televised ilarities between Modi chat with a news agenand Rao, saying the cy in Delhi, the prime prime minister would minister said the peowin a second ter m ple of Telangana had with a comfortable rejected the Grand Almargin like KCR had liance. “Their strength whether or not the Opor the lack of it was on position came togethshow in the Telangana er to fight the saffron Assembly elections. party. “There Grand Naidu was defeated in Alliance or MahagathTelangana,” he said, bandhan is a tried, before adding that pretested and failed poll alliances in Jamidea,” Jaitley said. In the Assembly mu and Kashmir, As“In the recent Telelections, all sam and Tripura too Opposition parties a n g a n a A s s e m bly had met with the same fought against the elections, all Opposifate. The comments TRS, but the pink tion parties fought party won hands come in the wake of against the TRS, but down. Antithe Congress and sevthe pink party won Telangana forces eral regional parties hands down. Anti-Teljointed together initiating talks of a angana forces jointed to oust the TRS ‘Mahagathbandhan’ together to oust the and the people ( g r a n d a l l i a n c e ) gave their verdict TRS and the people against the ruling BJP gave their verdict. The Arun Jaitley in the 2019 Lok Sabha Lok Sabha elections polls. “People have will be no different. previously rejected the Grand The fight is between a strong Alliance and supported good leader (Modi) and anarchic alleaders instead,” he said. liances,” he said and added that “The parliamentary polls the Grand Alliance idea had will be between the people of been tried unsuccessfully the country and the Grand Al- against KCR, VP Singh, Charan liance of the Opposition,” Singh, HD Deve Gowd and IK Modi said. KCR too cam- Gural. “When parties with difpaigned on the same lines in ferent ideologies come togeththe Assembly polls. er, administration is affected When asked about Andhra and the longevity of the govPradesh Chief Minister N ernment formed will be just a Chandrababu Naidu’s allega- few months,” Jaitley said. P5 @ Hyderabad Won’t jump the judicial process gun on Ayodhya, assures Modi In pushback on Sangh pressure, PM says the Centre will act after the Supreme Court takes its call, but blames Congress for trying to put the issue on ice; frames 2019 as a contest between the people and an alliance; asserts the Modi magic is very much alive FARM LOAN WAIVER Just a small segment of farmers take loans from banks. Most of them take it from money lenders, so loan waivers don’t benefit them. The farmers who are dying are out of the purview of such schemes, says Modi SAVE INSTITUTIONS For 10 years, the PMO was weakened and an NAC was formed. This was disrespecting institutions. In which set up does a party leader have the right to simply tear away a decision taken by the Cabinet? We have to respect institutions THE MIDDLE CLASS Inflation is at a low. More educational institutions like IITs and IIMs are being set up. There is a scheme for quality, affordable healthcare. Flying is affordable and more people are sitting in planes. Who’s benefiting? The middle class POKE AT SONIA, PC It is a reality that the so called First Family of the nation is out on bail. Their loyalists may try to hide that fact but they won’t succeed. A former FM of India has to go to the courts. People are seeing that as well SABARIMALA CASE Every temple has its own beliefs. For example, there are temples where men are not allowed entry. We should read minutely what the respected lady judge Indu Malhotra said on the Sabarimala case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi C LEARING the air on the Sangh chorus for parliamentary intervention for construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Centre would wait for completion of the judicial process before taking any action. Signalling a course correction for the BJP that was actively playing the Hindutva card during the recent state elections, Modi sought to keep the focus on development for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, adding the NDA continued to enjoy popular support. “After the judicial process is over, we will make all efforts to fulfil our responsibility as the elected government,” Modi told ANI in an interview. “Nobody can deny those sitting in the governments in the last 70 years tried their best to stall a solution to this (Ayodhya) issue,” he added. The Supreme Court first bench is expected to take up the Ramjanmabhoomi title suit on Friday After RSS chief Mohan . Bhagwat pitched for the early construction of the Ram temple, which led to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) issuing a January-end deadline to the Modi government, several BJP l e a d e r s, i n cl u d i n g U t t a r Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, made it a talking point during the recent state elections. While affirming faith in the judicial course, Modi blamed PEOPLE WILL SET THE 2019 AGENDA, SAYS PM The first test of the opposition alliance was in Telangana. See the outcome. Opposition alliances in Tripura and Assam failed to work. Their top leaders can close ranks but they will never have people connect For the opposition, Modi is the issue. On different days, they take turns to abuse Modi... In 2019, the people of India will set the agenda. They know who is with their aspirations and who is not The people are seeing how leaders who want to loot are closing ranks and forming alliances. The 2019 poll is going to be about the people of India versus an Opposition alliance AMIT BANDRE the Congress for creating the Ayodhya roadblocks. “Legal process was getting delayed in the Supreme Court as Congress lawyers were creating obstacles. The BJP manifesto clearly states that the government will work to find a solution under the ambit of the Constitution,” noted Modi. Rejecting suggestions that the outcome of the recent polls indicate the Modi wave is waning, the PM said a set of people were peddling such a narrative, as they had done in the run-up to 2014. “The BJP was up against anti-incumbency of 15 years in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Yet, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had hung Assemblies. Recently the , BJP swept the local body elections in Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, and Tripura,” Modi stated. Framing the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls as a duel between “Janata (people) and gathbandhan (alliance)”, he said: “Modi is just a manifestation of people’s love and affection.” Political forces with vested interests, he claimed, were vying to come together on a platform against the BJP . “It’s a fact that those considered the first family, who ran the country for four generations, are out on bail for financial irregularities. A set of people who are at their service, are trying to suppress such information and push other narratives,” Modi said in a veiled attack on Congress attempts to cobble together a grand alliP9 ance for the LS elections. TECH THAT Cheaters to face jammer test at JEE this month S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IT’S going to be tougher to cheat at the JEE (Mains) this year, as jammers will be used to keep candidates from using the Internet. One jammer will be installed for every 24 students at the entrance exam for the country’s engineering institutions, to be held between January 8 and 12. To be held as a computerbased test across 258 cities, the exam will be taken by 9.65 lakh candidates. As many as 40,000 jammers will be used, Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday “This is to make . sure no examinee indulges in any malpractice,” he added. “Installation of jammers on such a massive scale will ensure there is no possibility of students using any devices that facilitate cheating in any form.” This will be the first time such devices are being used for the exam for admission to IIITs, NITs and other Centrally-funded technical institutions. Another first would be the exam being conducted by the National Testing Agency a specialised body to con, duct various entrance exams, which was formed a few months ago. Till now, it was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. “Using jammers — to ensure students can’t access the Internet — is done in many developed countries. We are now adopting it for important entrance exams,” a senior NTA said. EXPRESS READ NEW YEAR GIFT: TELANGANA’S OWN HIGH COURT Revenue gap widens as GST collection dips New Delhi: When the government recently softened tax rates on 23 items with an eye on the general elections, it had anticipated a healthy Goods and Services Tax mop up to bridge the yawning revenue gap. But contrary to expectation, it ended up collecting about `3K crore less P7 in Dec than it had in Nov. Panchayat elections on January 21, 25, 30 Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan with 12 other judges of the Telangana High Court in Hyderabad on Tuesday | EXPRESS The Telangana High Court came into existence on Tuesday with Justice TBN Radhakrishnan taking oath as its first Chief Justice. The Governor administered oath of office to him at Raj Bhavan Justice R Subhash Reddy of the Supreme Court and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao attended the swearing-in-ceremony along with several public representatives, lawyers and their family members The Chief Justice administered oath of office to 12 other judges who were allocated to the Telangana High Court. Governor ESL Narasimhan also swore in judges, CJ for the Andhra Pradesh High Court Apart from the Chief Justice, the strength of the judges of new the High Court is now 12, as against the sanctioned 24. The judges will conduct court proceedings from January 2 onwards Hyderabad: State Election Commission on Tuesday announced the dates for Gram Panchayat elections. They will be conducted in three phases on January 21, 25 and 30. With this announcement, the model code of conduct (MCC) also comes into force. The officials have prepared 3.5 crore ballot P5 papers for the elections. CYBERSECURITY Facebook acts in time to check potentially dangerous spamming campaign A I H I K S U R @ Hyderabad AN Avast research has spotted and treated a spamming campaign targeting Facebook users. The social networking site has removed all links of innocuous-looking cartoon posts that redirect to a malicious website and get shared on users’ timelines without any prompts. The unusually high number of shares caught the attention of Facebook’s team which took down the links suspecting cyber threat. “The images were linked to malicious pages hosted on Amazon’s web-based storage service, S3. Once users clicked on one of the shared images, they were redirected to a website and presented with a pop-up that asked them to confirm if they were over the age of 16 years,” the study said. Researchers have concluded that a bug in Facebook’s API is responsible for allowing the malicious pages to create Facebook URLS that appeared on users’ timelines. However, it is unclear how harmful the spam is. “The malicious pages did not appear to be collecting personal information, such as Fa- All bad links removed The unusually high number of shares caught the attention of Facebook’s team which took down the links suspecting cyber threat. Once users clicked on one of the shared images, they were redirected to a website and presented with a pop-up that asked them to confirm if they were over the age of 16 years. cebook lo gin credentials. Browser extensions that separate Facebook from other websites prevents that from happening,” it said. It is important to note that the text in the cartoons was in French, but users from nonFrench-speaking countries too got alerts. Meanwhile, Facebook has reportedly taken note of the threat and fixed the bug in its API. “Before the link was removed, there was little that Facebook users could do to prevent the link from spreading as it appeared to be using a bug in the Facebook API. The good news is that the link was rather benign. However, it would have been the perfect candidate to spread a phishing campaign,” the study said.
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