HYDERABAD THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA MUST TALK TO THE TALIBAN, SAYS ARMY CHIEF Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said talks must be held with the terror outfit, but this should be done without preconditions GOOD FOR BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN ‘WHY NOT TALK TO J&K SEPARATISTS?’ “There should be talks with the Taliban, so long as they do not come out with any preconditions, and so long as they are looking at lasting peace in Afghanistan, and bring about stability in that country. It is in our interests, it is in the region’s interests and it is in Pakistan’s interests,” Gen Rawat said at the Raisina Dialogue on Wednesday ■ ■ “Former J&K chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti responded to the army chief, wondering why the Centre was not initiating a dialogue with the separatists in the state “We bat for talks with Taliban... yet we are unwilling to look at engagement or political initiatives in J&K,” Abdullah said | P9 $3 bn AMOUNT INDIA HAS COMMITTED TO AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2011 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 TAX RELIEF COOKING FOR FEB 1 BUDGET Outgoing govts don’t announce tax reliefs in interim budgets, but this time around there’s no MCC in force A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi A-BRIDGE VERSION Labourers installing girders at the Pamban Railway Bridge at Rameswaram on Wednesday | PONMALAR Rahul’s attack on Modi gets him sexist tag EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Lucknow / Jaipur IN his over enthusiasm to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the mat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday went overboard with his attack on the PM over the Rafale deal, only to find himself in the dock. Rahul’s comments at a farmer’s rally in Jaipur that the PM ‘ran away’ from Parliament and got a ‘woman’ to defend him on the Rafale deal drew sharp reactions, including the NCW Rahul . was referring to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s fiery speech in Parliament the other day tearing apart the Congress. While Rahul’s comments provoked sharp response from Modi, it also earned him the wrath of the National Commission for Women. EXPRESS READ Parliament stamp on upper class quota EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BARELY three days after it was unveiled, a bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in education and jobs to the poor in the general category got Parl i a m e n t ’s a p p r o v a l o n Wednesday with 165 ayes and , 7 nays in the Rajya Sabha. The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill is now a step away from becoming law, as it awaits President Ram Nath Kovind’s approval. The Lok Sabha had passed it on Tuesday . Prime Minister Narandra Modi described the passage of the bill — that came all of a sudden and sailed over the ropes like a ‘slog over six’ — as a victory for social justice. The near- eight-hour debate began with an Opposition up- Verma reverses CBI transfer orders New Delhi: Reinstated CBI chief Alok Verma got down to business on Wednesday, withdrawing the midnight transfer orders issued by his predecessor M Nageshwar Rao on October 24. The committee, comprising Justice AK Sikri, the Prime Minister and others will P11 meet on Thursday. J&K IAS officer resigns protesting killings Srinagar: An IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Faesal, on Wednesday resigned from government service to protest the “unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of a sincere outreach from the Central government to P12 improve the situation. roar when Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot sought to introduce the bill. They accused the Centre of bringing it for political benefit ahead of the general elections. However, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back, claiming the UPA II had a similar proposal but failed to take it to its logical conclusion. The new quota will be valid for Central and state government jobs, though states would be free to define their cut-off, he said. Congress leader Anand Sharma said the bill was brought in haste to beat the MCC, “thinking if not two crore (jobs), then let’s dangle a carrot in front of the public, show them another dream that Modiji made arrangements for their children’s employment”. Congress flayed Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Opposition of hypocrisy, claiming the UPA II had a similar proposal but failed to make it work There is no consent. The situation is such that there is no dialogue between the Opposition and the govt Anand Sharma, Cong leader Patancheru-Bollaram pollution causing genetic deformities V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad ARE pollutants emanating from the Patancheru-Bollaram industrial cluster causing genetic deformities in people living in close proximity to the spot? A study conducted by geneticists from the city confirms so. The research lays bare a series of shocking cases from the area indicating irreversible genetic problems in residents, far higher than in peo- ple residing in non-industrial areas far off from the critically polluted cluster. What sets alarm bells off is that the mutations which can cause cancer will also be passed on to future generations. The researches found increased aberrations in chromosomes — a thread like organelle in a cell carrying DNA which form genes — in samples collected from those living in close proximity to P4 the industrial area. Frequency 5% higher The frequency of anomalies or genetic damage was 8.07 % in people living close to the cluster and 2.61 % in residents of non-industrial areas MATTER OF PRIDE Soodu! TU preparing 1L entry-strong Telangana Word Bank honouring dialect EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Warangal IN order to popularise the Telangana dialect, the School of Folk and Tribal Lore of Telugu University is planning to bring out a Telangana Word Bank by June 2. The department is planning to accommodate at least one lakh words commonly used in different areas of Telangana. Disclosing this to mediapersons here on Wednesday, School of Folk and Tribal Lore Dean Bhattu Ramesh stated they already have a collection of thousands of words used in the region, which will be added to the word bank. “We have already started getting new words through social media and web portals. We have also asked newspaper of fices to share words which they are using or have come across,” he said. The university’s team will be visiting different villages in the State to collect words being used by the local population. “Our team will visit places where people are using some peculiar words which are not known to the people of other parts. We aim to collect as many words as possible,” he added. The formation Telangana State infused pride in people to speak in the Telangana dialect. Over the last four years Telangana dialect has gained respect and acceptance even among those who once mocked it, he opined. Those who were once worried about their children picking up the dialect at home and being mocked in schools now proudly own the dialect Bhattu Ramesh, Telugu University FULL BUDGET IN JULY IT’s going to be a vote-on-account in February but that may not stop the Narendra Modi-led government from announcing tax sops to woo the middle class ahead of the upcoming general elections. Outgoing governments usually don’t announce tax reliefs in their interim budgets as it may run afoul of poll code. This year, however, the model code of conduct would not be in place when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents his sixth consecutive Budget on Februay 1. “Being a vote-on-account, there may not be big-ticket announcements. However, the government is seriously considering increasing the income tax exemption threshold to give relief to the salaried class,” an official told TNIE. In its pre-Budget recommendations, Industry chamber CII had urged the government to double the income tax exemption threshold to `5 lakh and increase the deduction limit under Section 80C to `2.5 lakh to incentivise savings. In vote-on-account, the government seeks Parliament’s nod for incurring expenditure for part of a fiscal year Since the interim budget is only for four months — April to July — a full budget will be presented by the new government in July. The Economic Survey will also be tabled at that time, sources said but estimates are presented for the full year. Constitutionally the government , in power can announce tax changes. However, the new government has full freedom to change the estimates completely when it presents a fullfledged budget. According to highly placed sources, the Economic Survey will not be presented on the eve of the Budget day which is the , custom. “There was a significant gap in the office when Arvind Subramanian resigned from the post of Chief Economic Advisor, ahead of his tenure. Even though we have a new CEA, there was too less time to prepare the Economic Survey It’s an important docu. ment and can’t be prepared overnight. So it is likely there will be no Economic Survey this time,” a senior official in the finance ministry told TNIE. The Budget session will start on January 31. GOQII REPORT Hyd 3rd fittest State, but losing battle with obesity EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad GOQii India Fit Report-2019 ranked Hyderabad the thirdmost fit city in the country, an encouraging jump from last year’s fourth position. Bengaluru tops the list, followed by Delhi National Capital Region. The ranking based on a survey conducted by GOQii among 7,00,000 people across the country considers 10 parameters including body mass index (BMI), lifestyle diseases, waist size, steps taken per day, hours of sleep, food intake and alcohol consumption. However, all is not well with city folks. Hyderabad has the highest number of overweight people, second only to Delhi. The report also points towards a lack of trust in doctors and pharma companies, with a whopping 68.7 percent surveyed saying hospitals were untrustworthy and 42 percent complaining about pharma companies.
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