HYDERABAD FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION U.S. PLANS TO SCRAP LOTTERY SYSTEM TO SELECT H-1B VISAS The Trump administration has proposed to introduce a wage-level-based selection process for H-1B work visas MOVE TO PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS’ PAY WILL INCENTIVISE EMPLOYERS TO PAY MORE Replacing computerised draw will help counter the downward pressure on the wages of American workers due to influx of relatively lower paid H-1B visa holders, the Department of Homeland Security said. H-1B, the most sought after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US firms to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that need expertise | P7 ■ If finalised as proposed, the new selection process will incentivise employers to offer higher wages. DHS says this is a better way to allocate H-1Bs when demand exceeds supply ■ The proposals have been published in the Federal Register, but their implementation may hinge on the outcome of the US polls 85,000 H1-B VISAS ARE ISSUED EACH YEAR, IN ADDITION TO RENEWING LAPSED ONES 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 The long-awaited portal, a first of its kind in the country, will be used to store digitised land records and for property registrations, thereby doing away with the need for a human interface and eliminating the scope for graft DHARANI PORTAL GOES LIVE V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad USHERING in a revolutionary system in the Revenue and Registration departments, the Telangana government on Thursday launched the Dharani portal, a first of its kind in the country, for storing digitised land records and registration of properties. This means, property registrations would be done without a human interface from now on, eliminating the scope for corruption. The service, which was temporarily stopped on September 7, resumed with the launch of the portal. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao unveiled the portal at Muduchintalapalli village in Medchal-Malkajgiri on Thursday . But officials would register only agricultural lands for now. “It will take 15-20 days for the registration of non-agricultural properties to commence,” Rao informed reporters during an informal chat. At the public meeting in Muduchintalapalli after launching the portal, he said Telangana will soon emerge as a territory free of land disputes. “Our ultimate goal is to give conclusive land titles to the people,” he said. The Dharani portal will be a trendsetter for the country , he said, adding that TS was the first State in the country to use IT in its Revenue Department. Already, 1.45 crore acres belonging to around 59 lakh farmers, which were free of disputes, have been uploaded on the portal, he said. The Chief Minister further said illegal registration of properties will no longer be done in Telangana. He, however, said there will be some teething troubles in the portal for the initial few days, for which technical teams have been constituted. Additionally , VROs, who were removed from the Revenue Department, would be accommodated in other departments, he said. Labour Minister Ch Malla Reddy and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar were present on the occasion. Also, the Telangana government would soon invite tenders for the comprehensive geographic coordinate land survey . The Chief Minister said the government can choose to hide the details of valuable non-agricultural properties on the Dharani portal. This assumes significance as there have been instances of people threatening owners of such properties to divulge details, while their children are MORE ON P4 overseas. AT a highway crossing in Jarang Baluaha village of Muzaffarpur, a group of men playing cards under a tree are discussing the ongoing Bihar elections. As the debate touches on the subject of the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s rule of Lalu Yadav-Rabri Devi, when criminals ruled the roost, Amar Chand Ver ma, 32, tur ns agitated. “Let Nitish Kumar keep on shouting Lalu jungle raj, but the people will vote for the candidate of their choice. It is not going to influence the voters,” he said. His views are echoed by Shubham Thakur, 21, a graduate in Patna. “What is the point in recalling the Lalu-Rabri rule? We want jobs, whoever will perform on Lalu missing in RJD’s hoardings as the party tries to put a lid on his legacy | RANJIT K DEY this front will get our vote, irrespective of caste,” he said. Lal Bachchan Paswan, 30, of Kamtaul village agreed with them. “Most of the people who witBIHAR 2020 nessed that regime have died. Those who are still alive have no say in the decision-making of their family members,” Paswan said. But Lata Sinha, 54, a college teacher in Patna whose doctorhusband was kidnapped for ransom in 2004, violently disa- Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gestures as Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar looks on during the launch of the Dharani portal at Muduchintalapalli village in Medchal-Malkajgiri district on Thursday For property registration, biometrics of the buyer, seller and tahsildar are needed. The tahsildar cannot escape if he illegally registers a property — KCR More time for Sada Bainamas Tenders to be floated soon for survey Dharani portal to be a trendsetter, says KCR The govt has received 1.64 lakh applications for regularising Sada Bainamas and the deadline would be extended by a week. “Sada Bainamas won’t be accepted and every transaction should take place on Dharani. This is the last chance for those who have done transactions on white paper,” Rao said The government would soon invite tenders for the comprehensive geographic coordinate land survey. Rao said owners can choose to hide the details of their valuable non-agricultural properties on the portal. Details of other properties can be accessed by anyone across the globe Telangana will soon emerge as a territory free of land disputes, KCR said. “Our goal is to give conclusive land titles to the people,” he said. The portal will be a trendsetter for the country, he said, adding that TS was the first State in the country to use IT in its Revenue Department grees. “Those who have seen those days will never forget them. We will not vote for that party at any cost,” she said. Sinha is supported by Kaushal Kumar Singh, 55, of Vaishali. “In those days we didn’t have the courage to go out in the evenings or buy a new car. Either you would get mugged or your car would be lifted,” he said. As campaigning for the threephase elections peaks, a competing narrative is being built by the BJP-JD(U) combine on the one hand and the RJD on the other. The BJP-JD(U) has repeatedly targeted the RJD and its leader Tejashwi Yadav, warning voters of the RJD misrule. Campaigning in Muzaffarpur, Modi described the 15year RJD rule as the age of “darkness” and called Tejashwi the “jungle raj ka yuvraj (prince of jungle raj).” CONTINUED ON P8 FRANCE HORROR IN another lone-wolf jihadist attack in France, a man armed with a knife killed three persons at a church on Thursday, prompting global outrage. This was the third such attack in two months in the country since the opening of a terror trial into the mass murder at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris in 2015. Though the assailant at the Notre Dame Church in Nice was wounded by police bullets, “he cried ‘Allah Akbar!’ over and over,” Mayor Christian Estrosi later claimed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined global leaders in condemning the attack, adding India stands with France in its fight against terror. But Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad was the odd man out as he said Muslims had a right “to kill milP9 lions of French people”. TS EAMCET: State govt relaxes eligibility criteria E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE State government has relaxed the eligibility criteria for the Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (TS EAMCET)-2020. Issuing G.O. 201 in this regard on Thursday the government has given re, lief to several students who have qualified the EAMCET but did not get the minimum qualifying marks of 45 per cent in 10+2. According to the government order, all those students, who have cleared the Intermediate exam and qualified in the entrance test, are eligible for admission into engineering colleges. Also, the weightage of 45 per cent (general category) and 40 per cent (reserved category) in 10+2 for qualifying the exam, which was mandated in the yesteryears for all candidates barring those of B Pharm, has been relaxed ‘only’ for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the Telangana governCONTINUED ON P4 ment’s order. LTC cash voucher scheme for all now 3 KNIFED TO DEATH IN CHURCH TERROR ATTACK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NO POTHIREDDYPADU WITHOUT GREEN NOD, NGT RAPS ANDHRA V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad In battle of narratives, a generational divide in Bihar MUKESH RANJAN & RAJESH K U M A R T H A K U R @ Muzaffarpur/Patna TO THE POINT E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NEW LAW TO CURB DELHI’S AIR POLLUTION PAGE 7 IN a bid to boost consumption, the Centre on Thursday extended the I-T exemption available under the LTC cash voucher scheme to employees of state governments, state-owned enterprises and the private sector as well. “The payment of cash allowance, subject to a maximum of `36,000 per person as Deemed LTC fare per person (Round Trip) to non-Central Government employees, shall be allowed income-tax exemption,” a finance ministry statement read. CONTINUED ON P10 would affect the water availability from Srisailam for IN a positive development the farmers in TS. for Telangana, the National The NGT order was passed Green Tribunal (Southern in a petition filed on the isZone) on Wednesday direct- sue by a farmer from Narayed the Andhra Pradesh gov- anpet district, Gavinolla ernment to seek an Environ- Srinivas. Telangana was mental Clearance (EC) also a party in the case and before going ahead with the was represented by Addiconstruction of the Rayala- tional Advocate General J seema Lift Scheme. Ramachandra Rao, while The Rayalaseema the appellant was repLift Scheme intends resented by advocate to augment the caSravan Kumar. Both pacity of the raised the point that Pothireddypadu in a similar case rehead regulator on lating to the Purushthe Krishna river at othapatnam Srsailam. The NGT project, the NGT Other rejected the AP gov- observations (Principal Bench) ernment and Minhad made it mandaNGT also istry of Environtory that an EC observed that ment and Forests’ must be obtained claims t h a t Pothireddypadu before commencis part of AP’s Pothireddypadu is ing the project. Rayalaseema not a new project, The advocates Drought and that it is only also accused the AP Mitigation meant for providgovernment of takProject, which ing drinking water ing up the project aims to ensure and not for irrigain the guise of a water supply in tion, thereby not red r i n k i n g w at e r Rayalaseema for project, which does quiring an EC. drinking, Earlier this year, not require an EC irrigation needs the AP government and naming it as had issued an order Rayalaseema Lift approving `6,829 crore for S ch e m e. W h e re a s, t h e various components of the project is actually aimed at Pothireddypadu project. The providing water for irrigaproject envisages lifting wa- tion as well to the Rayalaseeter from 800 feet from the ma region. The NGT agreed foreshore of the Srisailam with their contention and reservoir as opposed to the said AP had framed the original permission of lift- project in a manner to avoid ing over 854 feet in order to seeking an EC. Noting the provide water to the Rayala- nature of Pothireddypadu, seema region. The Telanga- including that there is a na government had staunch- component of irrigation, it ly opposed this on the decided that AP cannot go grounds that the project ahead without an EC.
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