VIJAYAWADA l WEDNESDAY l JANUARY 30, 2019 l `5.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER GEORGE FERNANDES NO MORE The leader, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years, died at his home on Tuesday morning OUSTED COCA-COLA, OVERSAW KARGIL WAR George Fernandes was a lifelong socialist despite his political flip-flops that included Cabinet posts in two ideological opposite governments. He ousted Coca-Cola in 1977 and oversaw the Kargil war in 1999. He burst into the national limelight by organising a Railway strike in 1974. Fifteen years later, he became the Railway minister P9 ‘COULD HUMBLE THE MIGHTIEST’ ■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Fernandes “frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted”, adding that he “could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings” ■ Fernandes was arrested in 1976 and tried in the infamous Baroda Dynamite case, and charged with waging war against the state 88 FERNANDES’ AGE. LAST RITES TO BE HELD AFTER HIS SON REACHES INDIA 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’s NE allies want Citizenship Bill killed P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati TEN northeastern political parties, including the allies of the BJP, met here on Tuesday and decided to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Janata Dal (United) also participated in the meeting. “We held this convention to cohesively oppose the Bill’s passage in Parliament. The convention has unanimously decided that a delegation of all participating political parties from the Northeast along with other parties will meet the President and Prime Minister in the next few days and apprise them of our opposition to the Bill,” said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma after the meeting. “We oppose the Bill, for we believe, if implemented, it will endanger the lives and identity of indigenous communities of Assam and the Northeast,” said Mizoram Chief Minister and Mizo National Front chief Zoramthanga. AP DIGEST `500 fine for urinating in public Visakhapatnam: GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan slapped `500 as fine on the people who were found urinating in public places. He was obviously driven by the zeal to make sure that the city improves its Swachh Survekshan’ rank. P2 GOVT ROLLS AYODHYA LAND DICE Tells SC just 0.313 of 67.7 acres acquired by UP govt is disputed, wants the rest returned to original owners EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DAYS before the VHP’s Dharam Sansad at the Kumbh where saints are expected to heighten the Ayodhya Ram temple pitch, the Centre approached the Supreme Court suggesting restoring the excess, non-disputed land around the disputed site to its original owners. Of the 67.7 acres acquired by the UP government in 1993 - including 42 acres held by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas which was frozen by the Supreme Court till full and final resolution of the case, just 0.313 acres were disputed as that was where the structure stood, the Centre said in its af fidavit filed on Monday . The petition appeared to be aimed at mollifying the Sangh Parivar that was cut up with the government for not taking the legislative route to permit temple construction. If the Supreme Court accepts the plea, the Nyas can start construction work from the freed up land, defusing the tension building up in Uttar Pradesh and beyond. Even if the Supreme Court l In response, the Supreme Court barred the performance of any religious ritual on the land and ruled that the plot should be retained by the Centre, thus upholding status quo l In 2003, the SC upheld the status quo, asking the government to retain ownership till the civil suits regarding the disputed plot were settled Kia Motors on Tuesday commenced its trial production at its first Indian unit located in Anantapur district Commercial production to start from September According to market sources, the car is likely to be priced between `10 lakh and `16 lakh Ancillary units are expected to create 4,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs. Kia, which invested $1.1 billion, initially will further spend $0.9 billion more in the unit The firm is offering courses in automobile engineering to upgrade skills of local technicians Initially, @KiaMotorsIN wasn’t likely to operate in @anantapurgoap due to deficient rainfall conditions but we promised sufficient water supply within 6 months. Now, the entire area around the plant is developed, with several Kia ancillaries setting their base here. #KiaMadeInAP — N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) Oppn to boycott CM’s all-party meet Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will hold an all-party meeting on Wednesday at the Interim Government Complex to mount pressure on the Centre to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to the State. Meanwhile opposition parties decided to boycott the meet. l In 2002, Mohammed Aslam a.k.a Bhure, had filed a complaint in the Supreme Court against an attempt by kar sevaks to perform puja on the land surrounding the disputed site to vroom out of Anantapur unit in Sept The first car to roll out of the unit will be a Sports Utility Vehicle named SP2i. REPORT ON P4 TODAY BUDGET SESSION TILL FEBRUARY 8 January 30: Governor ESL Narasimhan to address joint session of Assembly and Council February 6 to 8: Discussion on Budget and government bills FREAK MISHAP Flying concrete punches holes in AI aircraft E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupati AN Air India aircraft bound for Hyderabad was damaged while taking off at the Tirupati international airport here on Tuesday afternoon. Sources told TNIE that loose concrete from the runway flew off while the flight was taking off and hit its belly and wings. The flying concrete pieces punched holes in the wings of the aircraft. However, the flight went ahead and landed safely in Hyderabad where the crew noticed the damage and complained to the authorities. A senior official at the Tirupati international airport said they were alerted by their counterparts in Hyderabad. The incident occurred around 2.15 pm and the runway was closed for maintenance work around 3.30 pm after receiving information from Hyderabad. It was opened for traffic later in the evening. However, due to SITA KI RASOI IDOL OF RAMLALLA STATUS QUO ORDERS Kia cars DA for State govt staff from Jan 1, 2018 Vijayawada: State government on Tuesday issued orders sanctioning DA to the employees from January 1, 2018. The DA was increased from 25.676 % to 27.248% of the basic pay from January 1, 2018. It will be paid along with the salary of April, 2019. thought otherwise, the petition would keep the pot boiling ahead of the general elections, as it would help the government claim it was trying to exhaust all legal options. “It is submitted that the acquisition took place in 1993 and 25 years have passed, the original landowners whose land, which were not in dispute but were still acquired, are entitled to get it back and the Central government is duty bound to restore/revert/hand over the same land,” the application stated. The Supreme Court in 2003 and 2011 imposed status quo on the entire 67.7 acres, saying that returning it could complicate the dispute further. According to legal experts, the outcome of the appeal on the title suit pending before the Supreme Court at this stage will not have any impact on the excess land that was acquired, and hence there is no legal impediment in allowing the Centre to restore the land to the Nyas and other land owners. The Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was formed by the VHP to oversee the construction of the P9 Ram temple. PROPERTY MATTERS maintenance, the incoming flights from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi were rescheduled. Raghu Swaminathan, who arrived at Tirupati airport in the night, said his flight from Bengaluru to Tirupati was delayed by nearly four hours due to rescheduling. “I was to fly by the 3.45 pm Indigo flight but it departed only at 7.45 pm at Bengaluru and reached Tirupati only at 8.45 pm,’’ Swaminathan said. The airport at Tirupati was given international status in 2015 but international flights are yet to take off from here. The runway expansion at the airport is going on and it is likely to be completed by February 2020. INNER COURTYARD RAM CHABUTRA Site where the disputed Babri structure stood. Size: 0.313 acres Idol of Ramlalla placed here in Dec 1949 OUTER COURTYARD Waqf board said this was a Muslim graveyard; Nirmohi Akhara claimed it was their land Shilanyas performed in November 1989 Part of the land acquired by govt Land identified for party that wins case Boundary line of 67.7 acres of land acquired in 1993 About 42 acres held by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas before UP govt acquired it 2.77 acres to be partitioned in three equal units, said HC CBI-chief shortlist down to 11, Asthana still in race S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi Sarayu river Swarga Dwar Adinath Kaushalaya Tirath Babri structure stood here Hanuman Garhi Ramkot Ratna Mandap 67.7 acres of land acquired in 1993 Sugreev Kund Hanumat Kund THE government has trimmed the list of contenders for the CBI Director’s post from 82 to 11, but controversial IPS officer Rakesh Asthana still figures on the list that will be submitted to the selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. The committee is expected to meet soon. The 11 candidates have been shortlisted from a pool of IPS officers belonging to the 1983, 1984 and 1985 batches. All of them have served the premier investigating agency before. Topping the list in terms of seniority is 1983-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre officer Rina Mitra, Special Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs. P6 ,
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